The Rev. James Washington receives CU Racial Reconciliation Award

The Rev. James Washington receives CU Racial Reconciliation Award

Dec. 20, 2013
For Immediate Release

The Rev. James Washington, third from left, pastor of New Zion Baptist Church in Adair County, receives the Campbellsville University Racial Reconciliation Award from Dr. Michael V. Carter, left, and John Chowning, far right. Renee Shaw, Kentucky Educational Television journalist and host of “Connections with Renee Shaw,’’ who was the campus “Dialogue on Race” speaker. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joan C. McKinney)

By Jose Soriano, student news writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – The Rev. James T. Washington, a member of Greater Campbellsville United, a staff person with the Healing Place and pastor of New Zion Baptist Church in Adair County, was Campbellsville University’s 2013 Racial Reconciliation Award recipient.

Washington, former pastor of Pleasant Union Baptist Church in Campbellsville, received the award from John Chowning, CU vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president, at the annual celebration of the university’s Dialogue on Race.

The Campbellsville University Racial Reconciliation Award is given to those who have shown outstanding characteristics of servant leadership in bringing people together past racial matters and across lines of ethnicity, and who have been significant bridge builders for the community, Chowning said.

Washington is president of the Taylor County Ecumenical/Ministerial Alliance, secretary of the Taylor County Ministerial Association, a member of the Zion District Association and the General Association of Kentucky Baptists and vice president of Zion District Sunday School and BTU Convention.

He is a volunteer with the Hope Pregnancy Center in Campbellsville. He has been a journeyman ironworker and bi-vocational pastor since 1974.

Washington was pastor at Pleasant Run Baptist Church in Green County from 1988 to 1995 when he began serving at Pleasant Union Baptist Church until 2002. He also was assistant to the pastor of Second Baptist Church of Madison, Ind., and was licensed and ordained at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.

He studied at Kentucky Business College, Iron Worker Apprentice School and Lexington Bible College.

Washington served as a member of the United States Marine Corps from 1970 to 1974 and was a drill instructor for two years.

He is married to Wanda Murphy Washington, an employee with Greater Campbellsville United, and has four children: Quantrell, Joshua, Jackey and Jami and seven grandchildren.

For more information about the CU diversity program, call (270) 789-5520 or e-mail Chowning at

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,600 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is


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