The 2008 recipient of the Ralph Garfield Schell Presidential Award is Dr. William Thurmond, Senior Pastor, Park Windsor Baptist Church, Los Angeles, CA, where he has served since 1990.
Dr. Thurmond is also a member of the Pastor's Advisor Committee to the Mayor, Inglewood, CA and has served the American Baptist Theological Center, Pasadena, CA since 1990.
He is a member of the African-American Korean-American Christian Alliance.
The recipient of the Ralph Garfield Schell Presidential Award is announced annually at the closing banquet of the American Baptist Ministers Council Senate August meeting.
It is presented to a pastoral leader who has been extraordinarily faithful in carrying out the principles of the Ministers Council Code of Ethics
, as well as unusually effective in ministry.
Dr. Thurmond has served in several positions of leadership in the American Baptist Churches USA, and has been on the staff of both American Baptist Churches of LA and American Baptist Churches of the Pacific Southwest.