Arthur J. Moore History Award presented


Warner Robins First United Methodist Church member Ellen Reynolds has been named the 2014 winner of the Arthur J. Moore History Award.

Reynolds and a group of volunteers have been busy compiling the history of their church and writing a book which will soon be available for purchase. The Reynolds family has attended Warner Robins FUMC since January 1952, and Ellen has been actively involved with many aspects of the church including Staff-Parish Relations, Finance and Trustees. This past year she has learned a great deal more about the people and history of her church.

"In many ways the research reminds me of an Easter egg in that I never know what prize piece of information I will uncover or where I will find it,” she said. “Much church history is filed in personal files in people’s homes, stored away in boxes in the attic, or just kept in our memory. Due to fires, rebuilding and movements, and the limited space availability, records maintained at the church are often misplaced or lost. As generations come, information is often thrown by those who do not recognize the same significance of the information. Sometimes information is kept for reasons unknown. Then its significance is realized, as in the case of a non-church member who found old newsletters in the attic of a home while church history was being written.”

The Conference Archives and History Committee, who honored Reynolds with the award, is grateful for people like her and the other volunteers at Warner Robins First United Methodist Church who work tirelessly to preserve Methodist Heritage. The award will be presented to Reynolds at the Friends Business Meeting on December 3rd. All are invited to attend and show appreciation for Ellen.