Melissa Barciela of Miami and Nathaniel Flores of Titusville have been named the 2014 recipients of the Servant Leadership Award from Palm Beach Atlantic University.
The Servant Leadership Award recognizes students who are leaders in the areas of ministry and community service. Awards are provided through a generous donation from Sam and Betsy Reeves of North Palm Beach.
The award totals $1,000 with $750 going toward a scholarship and $250 contributed to a charity of the recipient’s choice. A committee of University faculty and staff chose Barciela and Flores for their acts of service on campus and beyond.
Barciela is a junior who is majoring in biblical and theological studies and minoring in philosophy. She has volunteered in the Rosemary Village community through PBA’s Workship program, and she also has participated for two semesters in The Anchor worship ministry. She also has been a member of the Justice Club and leader of the Baxter Residence Hall Bible study group. She also went on a mission trip to Jamaica through PBA Campus Ministries.
“As a result of serving others I have been able to keep my heart full. It is easy to let the concerns of the world weigh down my flesh, but giving of my time and energy to others fills me with such joy and excitement,” she wrote in her application for the award.
Barciela has chosen the Miami-based nonprofit Fight Hunger as her charity.
Now in his senior year, Flores is majoring in psychology and minoring in biblical and theological studies. His on-campus activities include the University’s Impact Leadership Team; the Crossroads men’s Bible study and discipleship group in Rinker Residence Hall; and The Well, a discipleship group with Campus Pastor Dr. Bernie Cueto.
“Out of serving we not only were able to help others, but able to build community and compassion in our own lives,” Flores wrote in his application for the award.
Additionally, Flores worked on research with Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Steven Zombory, including three completed studies that have been accepted for poster presentations. He also was a finalist for “Mr. Charming,” a promotional event for incoming students and current students at PBA. He also was active with the University’s weekly coffeehouse group.