Restoring dignity to those in need

Chris BookChris Book ’78
Religion major
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Chris Book ’78 views his years at Messiah College as the formative years that confirmed God’s call to a life of Christian service. Now executive director of Paxton Ministries in Harrisburg, Book and his wife Marlys have a goal of continuing in service that makes a direct impact in improving the quality of life for people in a way that honors God.

Service is nothing new to Book, who spent the first fourteen years of his life in Zimbabwe where his parents served with BIC world missions. At Messiah he studied religion and also completed a Bible minor. After graduation, he and Marlys spent three years in Zambia, serving at the Sikalongo Bible Institute.

Book has served the past twenty years at Paxton Ministries, which operates two homes—Paxton Street Home and Hudson Street Apartments— dedicated to serving low income and disadvantaged adults challenged with social, mental, or emotional needs. “Here people are given dignity and hope. I believe that what is occurring at Paxton Ministries gladdens God’s heart, and I am privileged to be part of this ministry.”

In recognition of his heart for others and lifelong commitment to serving God, Book received the 2008 Alumni Christian Service award. The award is given to admirable alumni who dedicate their lives to serving God at home and abroad.

–Contributed by Melissa Paolangeli ’09 

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Posted on March 3rd, 2009

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