Beidlers receive National Journey Award

Faith and Finance |

As landlords, they reinvent renting and create a home

Luke and Dot Beidler were named recipients of the national Journey Award from Everence. This award recognizes that Beidlers, from Norristown, Pa., have lived a life of intentional and holistic stewardship.

The award was presented Nov. 11, 2011, as part of the joint annual assembly of the Franconia Mennonite Conference and Eastern District Conference.

Luke and Dot Beidler

Landlords Luke an Dot Beidler at their unique rental building that nurtures community and a sense of home.

Created in 2001, the Journey Award highlights what people of faith are doing as stewards of their God-given gifts. The national award is a $5,000 donation to charities. Beidlers are splitting the donation among: Norristown New Life Mennonite Church, Methacton Mennonite Church and Norristown Ministries Hospitality Center.

"This award recognizes and thanks the Beidlers for their faithful and creative use of the gifts God has given them,” said Randy Delp, Everence managing director in Souderton, Pennsylvania.

Beidlers were especially recognized for their unique investment in a rental building as their personal ministry. They live in the Norristown building and work at being caring and attentive landlords in creating a home for residents who can have significant physical, economic or other life challenges. Beidlers attend Nueva Vida Norristown New Life Mennonite Church.

Regional awards

Everence is also awarding regional Journey Awards for the first time in the 11-year history of the awards, which recognize the stewardship journeys of people in the faith community.

The regional award recipients are:

  • Margaret Martin Gehman, Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • Ron Graber, Aibonito, Puerto Rico
  • David Kieser family and the Midwest Food Bank, Bloomington, Illinois
  • Daryl and Mary Martin, Lititz, Pennsylvania
  • Moses and Sadie Mast, Spenser, Oklahoma
  • Henry and Martha Miller, Constantine, Michigan
  • Darin Nissley, Canton, Ohio
  • Waldo and Verna Waltner (deceased) and their estate, Moundridge, Kansas