In a special chapel service on Wednesday (Feb, 3), LifeWay Christian Resources recognized Thom S. Rainer for 10 years of service as president and CEO.
Rainer was praised for his commitment to Christ and his family, as well as leadership during tumultuous cultural and business changes.
Gary Richardson, LifeWay Board of Trustees chairman, spoke of Rainer as a selfless, transparent and courageous leader. Before presenting Rainer with a gift, he relayed a fellow trustee saying, “LifeWay is impacting and influencing the world as never before for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
The celebration kicked off with music from Grammy Award-winning artist Mandisa. As a former LifeWay customer service employee, she shared how she “learned the power of the Bible” from her time with the company.
Eric Geiger, vice president of LifeWay’s resources division, presented a plaque from the LifeWay Executive Leadership Team thanking Rainer for his “visionary guidance and unwavering leadership.” Geiger told him, “In you, I see a man who loves Jesus and leads as someone who has been loved by Him.”
Selma Wilson, vice president of Organizational Development, recalled representing the employees at Rainer’s inauguration and expressed gratitude that she could do that again in her current role for his 10-year celebration. “We as an employee team are grateful that, as a leader, you care more about tomorrow than today,” she told Rainer.
Wilson also introduced a video created by LifeWay employees that highlighted several expressing their appreciation for Rainer’s leadership and mentioning what they feel he has done best as president.
Executive Vice President Brad Waggoner said the one word he would choose to describe Rainer would be “courage.” He then described several ways Rainer has displayed courage in his decision to come to LifeWay and his leadership since arriving.
Rainer’s wife Nellie Jo, their three sons and daughters-in-law, and nine grandchildren joined Rainer for the celebration. As they did during his inauguration, Rainer’s sons, Sam, Art and Jess, spoke of the impact their father made on their lives.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press