2017 Unruh Servant Award
Gina Burk & Scott Myers
Gina and Scott are a married couple who have worked tirelessly for community transformation for over twenty years. They have served on boards, provided financial support, volunteered their time, and have genuinely given of themselves in their efforts to encourage a wide variety of organizations and ministries. They were instrumental in introducing Mark Ford to the city reaching movement and in bringing him to The Love Akron Network. Scott and Gina are true servant leaders whose impact in the Greater Akron Area will be felt for years to come.
Gina Burk is a collaborative change agent, creative strategist and coach for mission driven organizations in the Greater Akron area. Having given selflessly of her time and talents to the community over the past 25 years, Gina truly is a Servant at Large. She has been involved locally in the start-up of Akron Pregnancy Services, Citi-Vision Leadership Foundation, the Allies Ministry at the Chapel and Arlington Church of God, GAINS the Greater Akron Innovation Network for Sustainability, and is a current board member of South Street Ministries and advisory board to South Akron Youth Mentoring.
Scott Myers is Board Chair and CEO of Good Place Holdings, starting with SD Myers, Inc. (now part of Good Place Holdings) in 1982. Scott has served on the boards of Pastoral Counseling, Love Akron, OPEN M, the OPEN M Foundation, and GoodCities, as well as, on the advisory teams for GAINS the Greater Akron Innovation Network for Sustainability, and iC.A.R.E. Mentoring.
About the Unruh Servant Award
Brenda Burnham Unruh was a person known and loved by many in the Greater Akron community. In addition to being a person of high integrity, Brenda was known for tirelessly, boldly and consistently reaching out to people of all socio-economic levels—from politicians, lawyers and doctors—to prostitutes, homeless and felons—with the Good News of Jesus Christ. An intense desire to share the Gospel with everyone was at the core of her legacy. Brenda eagerly cared for individuals and served her community-at-large without expecting compensation or recognition. She treated all people with dignity and respect regardless of their faith status. The Brenda Burnham Unruh Servant Award is to be given to a person not employed in full time ministry, who exemplifies the same character traits demonstrated so well by Brenda. We seek to not only recognize those who live their lives the way Brenda did but also to inspire and challenge those who would.