Ohio Valley University recently honored longtime supporter Frank Higginbotham of Chester for his "faithful and dedicated life of Christian service" during the school's annual President's Ambassadors for Christian Education banquet held April 24 in Vienna, W.Va.
The P.A.C.E. organization assists OVU's efforts in advancing a Christian atmosphere during students' college education.
Higginbotham's ministry of service includes 48 years as the minister of the Virginia Avenue Church of Christ in Chester. During the course of more than four decades, he also has conducted hundreds of gospel meetings, spoken at dozens of lectureships and developed an extensive radio and television background.
Sharing in the Christian service award was his wife, Rose.
Tom Butterfield, director of Church Relations for the university and a lifelong friend of the Higginbothams, chose Higginbotham as this year's recipient of the award, based on his faithfulness as a servant and the legacy he has established in the Ohio River Valley and beyond, according to a news release.
"Young men just entering ministry would do well to look to the example of faithfulness and hard work of men like Frank Higginbotham. It has been an honor to honor him," Butterfield said.