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Crystal Apple

Crystal Apple Award

Crystal Apple Award

Each year the SDB Christian Education Council solicits nominees for the Sabbath School Teacher of the Year.

Any member church (or branch church) of the General Conference may nominate ONE Sabbath School teacher (Nursery through Adult).

Selection for this award shall be based on the following criteria:

  • The Sabbath School Teacher of the Year shall exhibit the qualities of faith and teaching found in the life and teachings of Christ;
  • serve as a Sabbath School Teacher;
  • and be a member of the nominating church.
  • Other Christian Education service shall contribute to a fuller appreciation of the nominee’s Christian service.
  • A church whose nominee has received the Crystal Apple Award is ineligible for the following three years.

The Christian Education Council selects a person from those nominated to be honored at General Conference. This person receives a certificate of award and a crystal apple.

The deadline for nominations for this award for the 2018-2019 Conference year is May 31, 2019.  The nominations form can be downloaded below.  Upon completion of the nomination form, it should be sent to Peggy Chroniger,( or by postal mail (5940 St Rt 21, Alfred Station, NY). Nominations sent by postal mail must be postmarked by May 31, 2019

Sabbath School Teacher of the Year Nomination Form (fillable PDF)

Previous Recipients of the Crystal Apple:

2018 – Larry Lawrence, Lost Creek, WV

2017 – Shari Severance, Boulder, CO

2016 – Rev. David Fox, Colorado Springs, CO

2015 – Rachel Trudell, Alfred Station, NY

2014 – Jo Rogers, Salem, WV

2013 – Kurt Berg, Riverside, CA

2012 – Bud Claycomb, Salemville, PA

2011 – Rev. Victor Skaggs, Boulder, CO

2010 – Dagoberto Alonzo, Arlington, VA

2009 – Ruth Hazen, Mitchellville, MD

2008 – Velma Taylor, West Palm Beach, FL

2007 – Ed Cruzan, White Cloud, MI

2006 – Wesley Greene, Columbus, OH

2005 – James Goodrich, North Loup, NE

2004 – Lucinda Snyder Torkaman, Alfred Station, NY

2003 – John W. Griffin, Paint Rock, AL

2002 – Larry Bird, Washington, DC

2001 – Judy Parrish, Battle Creek, MI

2000 – Esther A. Burdick, Waterford, CT

1999 – Marilyn Merchant, Riverside, CA

1998 – Earl W. Hibbard, Central, MD

1997 – Janis M. Bond, Shiloh, NJ

1996 – Karen S. Payne, Dodge Center, MN

1995 – Madeline Fitz Randolph, Boulder, CO

1994 – Alan R. Crouch, Daytona Beach, FL

1993 – Dr. Lewis H. V. May, Riverside, CA

1992 – Dan Richards, Texarkana, AR

1991 – Ruth B. Bennett, Battle Creek, MI

1990 – June Johnson, Nortonville, KS

1989 – Helen K. Bond, Columbus, OH

1988 – Margaret B. Allen, Lost Creek, WV

1987 – Shirley S. Cargill, North Loup, NE

1986 – George E. Parrish, Battle Creek, MI