Malone University announced the establishment of the Earl H. Bailey Lifetime Achievement Award at a university alumni board dinner Saturday, June 18, 2011.
The Earl H. Bailey Lifetime Achievement Award was established to recognize extraordinary accomplishments by members of the Malone family. This is the highest honor bestowed by the Malone University Alumni Association. Individuals will be recognized for their exemplary foresight and courage and significant achievement in their professional lives or for distinguished human service. Friends, faculty and administrators will be recognized for their meritorious service on behalf of the mission and advancement of Malone University. Unlike other awards initiated by the alumni executive board, this is not an annual award, but rather an award that is given only when deemed necessary and appropriate.
The inaugural award, as presented to Dr. Bailey, is inscribed with the following:
Earl H. Bailey has a passion for ministry.
That passion eventually led him from youth ministry to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Canton Township. There he served as pastor, pressing on, even when, in 1978, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In 1984 he reached a point where he was no longer able to keep up with the pastoral demands of a vital, growing church. A lesser man might simply have given up altogether.
But not Earl Bailey. This time, his passion for ministry led him to found Earl Bailey Ministries in Evangelism, Inc. What the enemy undoubtedly intended for evil, God surely has used for good. For out of this new vision grew the Word for the World International radio ministry. His congregation now populates the globe. Bailey has received letters from listeners representing 162 countries – all grateful for the fact that one man faithfully and obediently continued to serve the Lord in spite of great pain and physical challenges.
Earl’s association with Malone University began in 1960 when he entered his freshman year. Upon graduation in 1966, he served as an admissions counselor several years. Later, as a member of the alumni executive board, he also served as its president. He continued his service to his alma mater as the alumni representative to the board of trustees from 2005 to 2011.
Awards have been bestowed on him on numerous occasions. Malone University awards include the Malone University Certificate of Merit, the Distinguished Service Award, and, in 1990, Earl was named Alumnus of the Year. In January, 2003, he received the coveted “Phillip Award” from the National Association of United Methodist Evangelists, joining past recipients Oral Roberts, Billy Graham, Corrie Ten Boom, Robert Coleman, Bill Bright, Chuck Swindoll, and Franklin Graham. That same year, he was presented the “Denman Award,” named after the global lay evangelist, Harry Denman.