Betsy O’Flynn named the 2023 Denman Award for Laity
We are pleased to announce that the Conference Leadership Team has selected Betsy O’Flynn, Genesee Valley District Administrative Assistant, as the recipient of this year’s Harry Denman Evangelism Award, an award that honors United Methodists who bring people into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. Betsy’s impact extends far beyond the confines of her title. She possesses a remarkable ability to connect with everyone who reaches out or visits the district office, effortlessly becoming a friend to all. Betsy's administrative skills are unparalleled, as she handles her responsibilities with superb efficiency. However, it is her supreme care for each individual and church that truly sets her apart. Betsy is a valued partner, a trusted colleague, and a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ.
Leading by example, Betsy emanates a deep-rooted faith that she proudly shares with anyone she encounters. She willingly devotes long hours, offering compassion and lending a listening ear to those in need. Betsy's passion for her work drives her to go above and beyond, consistently displaying a remarkable willingness to assist others and embodying the essence of a true team player. Taking her role seriously, Betsy provides invaluable support to both clergy and laity, readily answering inquiries, offering resources, scheduling events, and offering a compassionate ear. Additionally, she serves our Board of Ordained Ministry, contributing to the success of our clergy candidates and providing course of-study information.
Betsy's leadership style is one of servant leadership, an approach she wholeheartedly embraces in every aspect of her life. Whether in the church, with her family, among her friends, and even with strangers, she tirelessly works behind the scenes to ensure that every moment becomes an opportunity to share the love of God through Jesus Christ. Her willingness to extend a helping hand knows no bounds, whether it requires personal visits, phone conversations, or any other necessary means to assist those in need.
In her personal life, Betsy finds joy in spending time with her family and indulging in her passion for quilting during her spare moments. She is happily married to Oscar, and their loving family includes two children, Riley and JR, a daughter-in-law named Catie, and their newest addition, grandson Maverick.
We consider it a true honor to present Betsy with this well-deserved award. Her unwavering commitment, compassionate spirit, and exemplary dedication embody the qualities we deeply appreciate, making her an invaluable asset to our team and a beacon of inspiration to all.
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