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International Youth and Discipleship, along with Pathway Press, announces the 2011 winner of the annual Teacher of the Year award.

Gina Larrison, a member and teacher at the Sanctuary of Praise Church of God in Garrettsville, Ohio, has served in the teaching ministry for over 30 years. Her most recent class, an adult class, she has taught for the past three years. From her class, six people now have accepted the call to teach and are serving in teaching positions, while she continues to mentor them. Understanding the necessity and priority of prayer she arrives one hour prior to Sunday school and prays over the class, not only her class, but all ministries. She also looks for opportunities for ministry outside of her own church. Her primary focus is on new converts and discipleship. Since accepting her class, she has seen over 600% growth.

Her pastor, Reverend Kevin Crouch, states, “Gina is truly a godly woman, full of wisdom and love. She fulfills the role of a teacher extremely well, and is very deserving. She is a good example to all and we are glad to have her as a part of our ministry team.”

The additional nominees making up the Top 10 nominees in this year’s Teacher of the Year program include:

Annie Lou Edge, Vidalia Church of God, Vidalia Georgia
Betty Jo Dalton, Oppy Church of God, Lovely, Kentucky
Leslie Smith, Sanctuary Church of God, Avon Park, Florida
Ramona Hill, Azalea Garden Church, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Kelly Nolan, Heart of Worship Church of God, Highland Heights, Kentucky
Cathie Rabun, Waynesboro Church of God, Waynesboro, Georgia
Zulu Johnson, West Liberty church of God, West Liberty, Kentucky
Charlet Eash, Boswell Church of God, Boswell, Pennsylvania
Jewel Gabbard, Wynne church of God, Wynne, Arkansas

The Top Ten Nominees will receive gifts from Pathway Press.

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