Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 4, 2009) - Dr. Gary Oliver, executive director of the Center for Relationship Enrichment at John Brown University, was recently honored with the “Christian Caregiver” lifetime achievement award by the American Association of Christian Counselors.
“The highest and most meaningful honors are those that come from your friends and your peers—people who have known you and your life work over a period of many years and believe that by God’s grace what you’ve done has made a significant difference,” Oliver said. “It was very humbling, very encouraging and somewhat of a surprise to receive the award.”
The award was bestowed upon Oliver during the AACC World Conference in September in Nashville. At these conferences the AACC board usually awards one or two “Christian Caregiver” lifetime achievement awards for unique and outstanding contributions to Christian counseling and care-giving. Over 6,000 people attended this year’s World Conference, and the 2009 awards were presented to Oliver and Joni Eareckson Tada.
The AACC is a 50,000 member organization of Christian counselors from around the world. Every two years it holds a World Conference, and for close to twenty years the board of AACC has awarded the Christian Caregiver lifetime achievement award at these events. The honor is awarded based on the individual’s character, along with their accomplishments and contributions that have had significant and sustained impact both in the United States and in other parts of the world.