David Butler and Pam Anderson were honored Monday as the "2013 Outstanding Businessman and Businesswoman" at the Chamber of Commerce Fall Membership Meeting meeting held at the Norman Activity Center.
This prestigious award is considered a very high honor in the community, as evidenced by former recipients such as 2012's Dr. Joe Wardell, superintendent of the Jacksonville Independent School District, and Debbie Kerzee, co-owner of Mark Kerzee Insurance Agency.
Both Dr. Wardell and Kerzee spoke at the Monday meeting – at which Pct. 4 Cherokee County Commissioner Byron Underwood was Master of Ceremonies.
Over 100 people attended the noontime event. During the lunch, several letters spelling out "Jacksonville" were passed around for guests to sign. The lunch was provided by Super Gallo Mercado.
Butler, pastor of People's Church since Nov. 2010, is the son of a pastor. He comes from a long line of Christian workers and church leaders. He has worked as a pastor for nearly 30 years and traveled to 24 foreign countries to do missionary work.
In a previous interview, Butler said he believes God brought him to Jacksonville to aid in restoring schools and businesses.
"This is the place to be," he said at the time.
Anderson has been employed at A Circle Of Ten, Inc. since 2002. The mission of her nonprofit agency is to empower leaders, foster healthy collaborations, and in the process, improve quality of life.
She has 20 years of experience in the non-profit arena – ranging from service delivery to supervision and management.
A Jacksonville enthusiast, Anderson has often proclaimed her desire to become a successful and published Christian author.