In Honor of Jeff Jenness
How do you fully honor a lifetime of service? How do you adequately express appreciation to one whose commitment to excellence and integrity has shaped and strengthened an organization as well as countless individuals? How do you effectively commemorate over twenty six years of dedication to “serving those who serve?” Practically speaking, it can’t be done, at least not this side of heaven.
Nonetheless, on October 3rd, a special banquet was held at Catalyst Church to honor Jeff Jenness. It was a beautiful evening celebrating his many contributions and accomplishments. Jeff refers to this season not as “retirement” per se, but as a “shifting of gears”. He has retired from the role of President and is now serving on a part-time basis as Chief Strategy Officer.
At the banquet honoring Mr. Jenness, approximately 115 people were in attendance, including board members, trustees, and other friends of Servant Solutions. Special tributes were given by John Pistole, AU President as well as Rev. Dr. Edward Foggs, General Secretary Emeritus, Church of God. One other notable guest in attendance that night was Mr. Lou Gerig. Mr. Gerig was there on behalf of Governor Eric Holcomb to present to Mr. Jenness the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash Award.
The Servant Solutions team also designated a portion of their office to be officially named the “Jeff Jenness Collaboration Space”. In dedicating the space, Jim O’Bold shared, “Collaboration is cooperating, communicating and creating. This definition captures the very spirit of Jeff’s 26 years of leadership at Servant Solutions as the 5th President/CEO, as well as his leadership in many other spheres of influence. May all who meet in this space experience collaboration as it was embodied by our friend, mentor, and brother in Christ, Jeff Jenness.”
Jeff was visibly moved by the event. “I feel so unworthy of this gathering of wonderful people. Let me just take a moment just to look at all of you.” He took time to thank his parents, who were both able to attend, as well as his wife and children. “My friend and mentor, Dr. Harold Conrad, once said that he owed everything to the church,” recalls Jeff. “I have similar sentiments. At every critical turn in my adult life, the Church has intersected to nurture my family and help us grow. I’m beyond grateful to the Lord and to the Church as a whole.”
Jeff, we can never adequately thank you for your years of impactful leadership and selfless service. Our prayers are with you for this next stage of your life journey.