North Carolina Chaplain Tony Wilson Awarded 2015 Marketplace Chaplain of the Year

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North Carolina based Marketplace Chaplain Tony Wilson was awarded the 2015 Chaplain of the Year by Marketplace Chaplains in an Oct. 30 Awards Ceremony, the highest individual award given by America's largest and original workplace chaplaincy organization

2015 Chaplain of the Year Tony Wilson

"He (Chaplain Tony Wilson) is a friend, confidant and advisor."

North Carolina Chaplain Tony Wilson Awarded 2015 Marketplace Chaplain of the Year Honors

Marketplace Chaplains, America’s largest and original workplace chaplaincy organization, awarded North Carolina Chaplain Tony Wilson with the 2015 Chaplain of the Year award during the recent Marketplace Business Leaders and Friends Gathering at The Cove, in Asheville N.C.

Wilson was honored with the ministry’s highest individual award for his selfless service, and for going “above and beyond the call of duty” to serve others.

“His calm demeanor and genuine concern for others has guided many of our team members through dark times,” said Jeff Akins, Division President of David Weekley Homes, who nominated Wilson. He is always willing to go the extra mile. Tony has reached across many miles to offer support to extended family members. There seems to be nothing Tony won’t do to bring the Lord’s comfort to those that need it.

“He is a friend, confidant and advisor,” Akins added.

Wilson has been a Marketplace Chaplain since 2006, and was presented with a copy of the Max Greiner statue, “The Divine Servant,” along with a monetary gift for his work and service, by Marketplace Chaplains’ President George Cotter. His wife Caroline was with him when he received the honor.

“I stand here representing hundreds and hundreds of people just like me who serve every day for the sheer joy of helping others,” Wilson said. “These last nine years have been the greatest joy that any man can expect on this earth.”

The North Carolina pastor has served a variety of local companies providing hope, healing and help to client company employees and their family members.

“This award to Chaplain Tony is symbolic to the thousands of Marketplace Chaplains who compassionately and professionally give of themselves to employees in the Marketplace. Just like all of our chaplains, it is clear Tony has a continual deep lasting impact on those he has selflessly served. I congratulate Tony Wilson, our esteemed 2015 Chaplain of the Year,” said Doug Fagerstrom, Marketplace Ministries Executive President and CEO.

Wilson a native of North Carolina received a bachelor’s degree from Campbell University in 1974 and a Master’s Degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1978.

“I have only been at David Weekley for a few months, and Chaplain Tony Wilson has had a huge impact on my life,” said one David Weekley employee. “I always look forward to his visits. He has prayed with me, for me, and for my family members as well.

“Tony Wilson is indeed a gift to our family and is considered a friend and a significant person of loving support,” another nomination read.

North Carolina chaplain coordinator Luke Witte oversaw Wilson’s initial training, and Eastern Region Vice President Shane Satterfield has overseen his ministry in North Carolina.

“Tony has consistently served with excellence in all of his duties as a chaplain and completely embodies the expression of someone that always goes the 2nd mile,” Satterfield said. “This year’s selection for Chaplain of the Year couldn’t be a better representation of what a true, committed, and trusted chaplain should be.”
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