Macon residents Rev. Don and Mary Dale Kea are this year’s recipients of the Methodist Home for Children and Youth’s Heroes, Saints, and Legends award given at Evening of Hope. The award is the highest honor given to those supporters who are instrumental in The Home’s success.
Rev. Kea is a graduate of Emory University. As a minister, he served at St. Luke UMC in Columbus, Waverly Hall UMC, Epworth UMC in Columbus, Isle of Hope UMC in Savannah, and Porterfield Memorial UMC in Albany before returning to St. Luke UMC for six more years. He was also the District Superintendent for the Macon District. He served five years as District Superintendent before returning to the pulpit at Albany First UMC until retiring in 2000. His wife, Mary Dale, supported him through it all.
Rev. Don and Mary Dale Kea have been faithful supporters of The Methodist Home since 1959. They give annually and were the very first members of the Joseph Company. Their support goes past material. Rev. Don and Mary Dale connect others to The Home and its mission. It is through their connections and efforts of others the Miss Margaret Pitts Family Foundation gives very generously to The Methodist Home every year. Mary Dale Kea actively
participated on The Home’s Board and was influential in Dr. Rick Lanford joining The Methodist Home staff.
Both Rev. Don and Mary Dale have shared time and wisdom when serving in leadership roles both at The Home and in The Foundation of The Methodist Home. Mary Dale was also a charter member of The Foundation of The Methodist Home. Rev. Kea began serving on The Foundation Board in 2008 and is currently the Board’s Chair.
When accepting the award, Rev. Kea talked about how he admired those who received the award in the past. He said he “was humbled to be among their company.”
About The Methodist Home
Founded in 1872 in Macon, Georgia, The Methodist Home serves children, youth, and families in crisis. Residential campuses serve 130 youth across the state of Georgia, including Americus, Columbus, Macon, St. Marys, Valdosta, and Waverly Hall. The Home also serves another 400 families annually with community-based services through its Lighthouse for Families program.
Mission Statement of The Methodist Home: “In response to Christ and the Church, the mission of the Methodist Home is to be a model organization that restores childhoods, strengthens families and cultivates a people-building organization.”