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Several years ago, CSR Ministries initiated the Spirit of the Shoals Award, an award recognizing the "unsung" heroes and heroines of the faith in the Tennessee Valley. It is an award given to those who are not often recognized for their profound contribution to the Christian community and beyond, in Northwest Alabama. The award includes public recognition, a lovely medallion, and a program in which we make the presentation and recognize the honoree.



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The Spirit of the Shoals Award


The Spirit of the Shoals Award honors men and women of faith in the Shoals Area.


CSR Ministries inaugurated the Spirit of the Shoals Award in 2003 as a nondenominational recognition of local clergy or laity. It was designed to recognize the unsung heroes and heroines of faith in the Shoals Area. Recipients are selected by a Shoals Area group of Christians and ratified by the CSR Board of Directors.


“We seek to honor Christian men and women often overlooked, who display the character of Christ in life and ministry,” said Don Soula, CSR Board Chairman.


The Lighthouse Award 


The Lighthouse Award is a corporate award, given to either a church, a Christian ministry, or a business that displays exceptional strength in serving as a spiritual Lighthouse to the community, region and world.

Nominations Open for Spirit of the Shoals Award

Deadline for receipt of entries – April 15th

In an effort to continually "render honor to whom honor is due" as described in Romans 13:7,

CSR invites nominations for upcoming Lighthouse and Spirit of the Shoals Awards.


For more information on the nomination and selection process for these awards,

please contact CSR Ministries at 256-335-8288 or via email.


Nominations of Shoals Area residents for consideration of the Spirit of the Shoals Award,

along with letters of support regarding their ministry, should be forwarded to:

CSR Ministries, P.O. Box 1555, Florence, AL 35631



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2017 Award Presentation
Hillard & Charlotte Matthews


2009 Award Presentations
Paul Slatton, WBTG
Alfred and Jean McCroskey, Bibles For Russia
Pastor E.M. "Doc" Shell, Christ Chapel

2004 Award Presentation

Reverend Henry Melton

2004 Award Presentation

Jane Blair

2003 Award Presentation

Reverend Howard Speegle

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