Last Chapel Serves as Fall Baccalaureate, Honors Graduating Senior Christian Service
Submitted on November 28, 2017
“Our recipient is someone that I imagine has been an inspiration and encouragement to most every student, faculty member, and staff member on this campus,” said Rev. Ken Holden, Executive Director of the Marshall Center for Christian Ministry, as he prepared to present the Norman and Martha Yocum Lytle Christian Service Award (CSA) for a Graduating Senior during Tuesday’s Chapel Service.
The ceremony served as Baccalaureate for those students who have completed all requirements for graduation and will receive their diplomas during Winter Commencement on Dec. 15 in John L. Hill Chapel. Graduates were joined by their parents and other family members.
Rev. Holden, in his remark, was referring to CSA honoree Kody Kasey who was nominated for the CSA award by several fellow athletes and teammates.
“He (Kasey) is a man of service; every day talking about Jesus; wearing something with Jesus on it, and telling his story,” Rev. Holden quoted one nominator as having written, also describing Kasey as “a leader in Fellowship of Christian Athletes . . . a light on this campus. Just doing a Bible study with him weekly is beyond a blessing. He loves, serves and reflects Jesus Christ in his life.”
Kasey, a defensive back for the Tigers football team, suffered a broken leg injury during his sophomore year. The severity of the injury eventually led to the amputation of his right leg below the knee. After two months of recovery and rehab, Kasey received a prosthetic leg. His determination and perseverance eventually led him back to the gridiron as a Tiger.
Faced with an unimaginable decision, it was his faith in God that Kasey says helped him through that extremely difficult period, commented Rev. Holden.
“He kept going back to the Bible and to Romans 12:12: Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
Funding for the CSA is provided by Norm and Martha Lytle, 1957 graduates of Georgetown College. Mrs. Lytle died in 2015. Mr. Lytle joined Rev. Holden Tuesday in presenting the award.
The Lytles were career Baptist Missionaries in Israel and Russia. While students at GC they were honored by their classmates with such awards as Belle of the Blue, Homecoming Queen, Who’s Who, and Most Outstanding Male Athlete. Later they were honored by the College with an Outstanding Alumni Award.
The Woman’s Association of Georgetown College, now in its 121st year, honored Ms. Ashton Trunnell as the December graduate with the highest GPA. Ms. Trunnell is an elementary education and art major. She is from Owensboro. The award was presented by Mrs. Winnie Bratcher, Registrar Emeritus.
The speaker for the service was Rev. Dr. Steve Hadden, Class of 1972. His talk, “Beginning Again,” was based on Isaiah 43:18-21. He spoke of new opportunities, growth and calling as individuals, and the exciting challenges and opportunities led by God for the next phase in life’s pursuits.
Campus Minister Rev. Dr. Bryan Langlands presided. Dr. Sonny Burnette, Professor of Music, and Ms. Natalie Tilford Kopp led the music.