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Leadership awards given

 Holding their awards are (from left) Bishop Joseph D. Henderson Jr., Del. Bryce Reeves, state Sen. Charles Colgan and Terry Beatley. The awards were presented last month.
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Date published: 9/10/2012


The Virginia Christian Alliance recently honored several people with its first leadership awards.

The honors were presented at an event last month at the Bragg Hill Family Life Center in Fredericksburg.

Recipients were:

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Founder Leadership Award "for his outspoken stand on pro-family, pro-life issues and especially for his efforts to support House Bill 1--The Right to Life Bill--in the 2012 General Assembly Session," the alliance noted in a press release.

Virginia Dels. Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, and Kathy Byron, R-Lynchburg, Courageous Leadership Awards for the 2012 General Assembly session "for their steadfast courage in supporting their pro-family, pro-life legislation. In the face of much public pressure and personal attacks, they both stood strong on their positions," the group said.

State Sens. Phillip Puckett, D-Tazewell, and Charles Colgan, D-Manassas, Courageous Leadership Awards. "Both of these long-serving members of the Virginia Senate, under much duress, broke ranks with their party and voted for positive pro-family, pro-life legislation," the alliance said. "They both deserve special recognition for their steadfastness in standing for their beliefs and standing for life."

Bishop Joseph D. Henderson Sr. and the Bragg Hill Family Life Center in Fredericksburg, the Pastor's Leadership Award. According to the alliance, Henderson's leadership contributed greatly to the "changing of the old guard" in the Virginia Senate. The "changing of the old guard" in the Senate allowed for passage of long-delayed pro-family "pro-Virginia" legislation," the alliance noted.

State Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, the Freshman Legislator of the Virginia General Assembly 2012 Session Award. Reeves "played an active and important role in his leadership of pro-family, pro-life legislation in his first session," the alliance press release said.

No Excuse Ministries and founder Terry Beatley, the Virginia Christian Alliance Affiliate of the Year Award. According to the group, Beatley and her ministries "were the force behind the elections in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County that brought back pro-family, pro-life leadership to the Virginia Senate."