2017 Fowler-Larson Allies Award
Robert DeJournett & Pastor Joe Schoblocher
While serving together on The Love Akron Network board, Robert and Joe formed a friendship that developed into an allies relationship between their respective congregations. Their churches enjoy gathering together for fellowship and shared worship times, including an annual Easter service that has also brought in two other churches, each with a different church affiliation, racial demographic, and cultural background. Robert and Joe have stepped out of their comfort zone to intentionally encourage more children of God to build bridges of understanding, receiving everyone as Jesus did, without regard for color, culture, congregation, or class.
Robert DeJournett is the Lead Pastor of St. Ashworth Temple, Church of God in Christ, as well as, the Director of Community Relations & Diversity for Summa Health System. In addition to serving as a past board member of The Love Akron Network, Robert is active with local minority health causes including the Brother to Brother Project and the Summit County Minority Health Roundtable. Most recently, he was recognized with the 2015 Community Leadership Award from the United Way’s Dorothy O. Jackson Society.
Joe Schoblocher is the Lead Pastor of Emmanuel Christian Assembly, where he has been on staff since 1983. He also ministered at a local church plant in North Canton, Ohio from 1990 until assuming the pastorate at Emmanuel in 1996. He is the Chaplain of the Barberton Fire Department and is actively involved in the community with other pastors. Joe served on the Board of The Love Akron Network for many years. His heart is to see the churches united, working together to further the Kingdom of Jesus Christ
About the Fowler-Larson Allies Award
In honor of Dr. Ron Fowler and Pastor Knute Larson, whose intentional relationship crosses racial, cultural, and congregational barriers, The Fowler-Larson Allies Award will be given to two individuals that have demonstrated or are demonstrating the “allies spirit” that these two faithful leaders have modeled. Recipients will be selected from the local church or para-church community in the greater Akron area. This honor is exclusive to the Christian community, and therefore, is not an inter-faith award.