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Kettering Adventist HealthCare VP Given Lifetime Achievement Honor

By Beth Michaels
Photos by Gerry Chudleigh

Lonnie Melashenko, Kettering Adventist HealthCares’s vice president of Spiritual Services and Mission, was recently awarded a lifetime achievement award for his work in Seventh-day Adventist media during the North American Division Ministries Convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is designed for a professional who has worked in communication for at least 25 years and has made a substantial contribution to the field. Melashenko joins the likes of Reger C. Smith Jr. (2008, posthumously), former associate communication director for the worldwide Adventist Church, and William G. Johnsson (2006), retired Adventist Review editor, as winners of the award.

“It was a humbling, yet thrilling experience for me to receive the lifetime award for my 22 years devoted to radio/television ministry!” stated Melashenko, who joined Adventist HealthCare last year after 17 years as speaker/director for Voice of Prophecy.

“To work alongside giants and pioneers in the field of media, like George Vandeman and H.M.S. Richards, Jr., what an incredible honor!” Melashenko added. “Those are footprints too large to fill! Yet, it was my privilege to take radio into the stratosphere and help fulfill Richards' dream: ‘To be on the air, every day, everywhere!’”

Fred Kinsey, assistant to the president for communication at the North American Division and new Voice of Prophecy speaker/director, presented the award to Melashenko.

“To me, Lonnie was always the classic definition of a gentleman, and I knew that he was a great pastor,” commented Kinsey, a member of Chesapeake Conference’s Spencerville church in Silver Spring, Md. “Our paths have crossed now at the Voice of Prophecy—perhaps not the way either of us intended. There is a void there that will be difficult to fill, but I know from looking at the history of his ministry that God will bless him in whatever he does.”