Antioch church, minister honored by Lipscomb University

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Sunday evening was the official kickoff to a three-day summer celebration hosted by Lipscomb University, where topics of faith are explored.   

But on Sunday, the event was also a remembrance of tragedy in Antioch – nearly one year ago.   

It’s been almost ten months since a gunman opened fire at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. On Sunday, members of the congregation and the minister were honored by Lipscomb University with the Kopio Award.

Lipscomb University said, “The Kopio Awards’ name comes from a transliteration of a Greek word that is used to describe a person who labors to the point of utter exhaustion with the help and for the glory of God. Lipscomb established the Kopio Awards to honor those individuals who give of themselves in this manner in service to God and the community. Lipscomb University awards it every year during its annual Summer Celebration event.”

The shooting at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ killed one and injured six others. Minster Spann and his wife were among those who were injured. 

“I got a bullet wound in the chest, and the bullet’s still in my back.” said Minister Spann. He’s also had one of his fingers amputated.  

Minister Spann said not only did they have overcome those physical injuries – they also had to overcome the emotional ones. He said they did that through worship. 

“We thought it was important, not to miss!”  said Minster Spann. 

“This church that went through a moment of tremendous tragedy and yet responded in ways that reflect grace and courage and we want to honor that,” said Randy Lowry, President of Lipscomb University.   

So, in a special presentation with a reflection of that tragic day by News 2’s Eric Egan – Burnette Chapel Church of Christ was presented the Kopio Award.   

“We appreciate your courage, your commitment, and you affecting our community in our positive way,” said Lowry  

A way that finished a story of tragedy with forgiveness.   

“We forgive because Christ forgave,” said Spann.  

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