David Burroughs, Passport’s founder and CEO, was awarded the Jack Naish Distinguished Christian Educator Award by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship at the ChurchWorks Conference in Jacksonville, Florida. The award’s namesake, Jack Naish, was a long-time Minister of Education at Wieuca Road Baptist Church in Atlanta who was recognized by his peers in the Baptist Association of Christian Educators for outstanding leadership and achievement. Awarded annually at ChurchWorks, the Naish Award honors “a Cooperative Baptist who exemplifies the dedication to educational ministry that Jack Naish’s legacy of Christian education represents.”
“Over the past 25 years, David has focused a remarkable vision for shaping the lives of adolescents and young adults toward vocations of significance through Passport. His unabashed support of fledglings in ministry, artistic excellence, and reflective theology are gifts he has lavished in the CBF orbit—and beyond. He has broken ground as a Christian educator by empowering staff and students to risk new forms of discipleship and global engagement. One of the things I appreciate the most is his intentionality in supporting women as leaders in ministry. This is not surprising given his kinship to Esther and Colleen. He is truly blessed among women!” Dr. Molly T. Marshall, President and Professor of Theology, Central Baptist Theological Seminary.