H. Frank Doenges, the recipient of this year’s Spirit Award, has a long history with Four Winds. In 2014, his knee prothesis became infected, and he began an extended stay at Four Winds. While living there, Doenges, a local pastor, transferred Sunday evening services and the Redeemed Riders’ (Chapter 624 of the Christian Motorcyclist Association) monthly Bible studies to Four Winds.
When he returned home, Four Winds’ chaplain asked him to continue the Sunday evening services to fill a void in the service schedule. Doenges continued providing pastoral leadership until a weekly service resumed in the fall of 2017.
Today, Doenges continues his ministry at Four Winds, where he visits residents and prays with those who request his service.
The Spirit Award is presented to individuals who best exemplify the volunteerism, advocacy, inspiration and spirit for the residents and their families of United Church Homes communities.
Doenges has been a bivocational pastor since 1964. He is a member of the Wellston Ministerial Association and the Scioto Valley Baptist Association. He serves as chaplain to the Redeemed Riders and the Ohio State CMA as state prayer team leader. Doenges also served on Coalton Village Council and one term as mayor.
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About United Church Homes: United Church Homes, headquartered in Marion, Ohio, has been “Celebrating the Spirit” of seniors for more than a century. The faith-inspired nonprofit organization is one of the nation’s largest providers of senior living services, with more than 1,800 dedicated staff serving nearly 5,000 residents of all faiths in 74 senior living communities throughout 14 states and two Native American nations. UCH is in covenant with the United Church of Christ and welcomes residents of all faiths.
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