Jerry Flippin of Milan First UMC receives 'Order of St. Andrew' award from United Methodist Foundation for the Memphis & Tennessee Conferences


Jerry Flippin received the Order of St. Andrew award on Oct. 28. (submitted photo).

Jerry Flippin, a member of Milan First United Methodist Church in Milan, Tennessee, received the "Order of St. Andrew" award during his church's worship service on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Sponsored by the United Methodist Foundation for the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences, the award was presented by Dr. Philip Jamieson, president of the Foundation.

The Order honors clergy and laity who have greatly influenced the life of the church and blessed lives through their personal ministry, according to a media release from the Foundation.

A part of the Milan congregation for over 90 years, Jerry and his wife Sara served as Sunday School teachers for 60 years. They chaired and were members of many committees and assumed many leadership roles. Sara died in 2016.

The media release said: 

Jerry has always led Milan First United Methodist Church into the mission field, both locally and internationally. He participated in mission trips to Africa, Honduras, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Estonia, Russia, the ABC Islands, as well as Red Bird Mission and the Wood Cutting Mission in North Carolina.

He recruited numerous other church members to work as the hands and feet of Christ in the world and Gibson County. Through his legal practice and leadership in community organizations, and his participation in the work of the Memphis Annual Conference, Jerry has touched innumerable lives in the name of Jesus Christ.

Always ready to share a story to make an important point and inspire others, Jerry has indeed been an Andrew, bringing people to Jesus and sharing God’s love with all he meets. Jerry Flippin’s loving spirit and faithful work have made him truly God’s “very good and faithful servant.