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2023 Recipient

Rev. Greg Addison (BCS Class of ’83)       

Rev. Greg Addison is proud of his Memphis roots. He was blessed to be raised by Godly parents who built life around their church and sacrificed to send their children to Briarcest. Greg gave His life to Jesus as a 9-year-old boy and was baptized at Bellevue Baptist Church. Briarcrest was integral to both Greg’s education and spiritual formation from the third grade until his graduation in 1983. He married his college sweetheart Janet in 1987, and they have two children: Grant Addison and Mabry Keefe (husband Cory and son Killian). 

After graduating from the University of Memphis in 1987 and the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1990, Greg practiced employment law for 6 years before being called into vocational ministry. He stepped out of the deacon body at Bellevue Baptist onto the church staff where he served in multiple positions. In 2002, Greg was called as Senior Pastor of East Side Baptist Church in Paragould, Arkansas, beginning an active ministry throughout Arkansas. Five years later, Greg became Senior Pastor at First Baptist in Cabot, Arkansas. 

As an active leader in the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, Greg volunteered in many roles, including serving as the convention’s President  and as a member and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Williams Baptist University. When he became the Associate Executive Director of the state’s convention in 2014, Greg supported churches all over Arkansas.  After serving one year at the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee in Nashville, TN, he returned to Arkansas in 2022 as Senior Pastor of Fort Smith First Baptist Church. 

Greg has been blessed to have opportunities of ministry in many ways beyond his role as a pastor, including serving as the Chaplain of the Arkansas House of Representatives. He also joined the Board of Directors for Love Worth Finding Ministries with Dr. Adrian Rogers in 2020 and currently serves as the Board’s Chairman. 

Past Recipients

The Briarcrest Christian School Paul Piper Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 2004.
The Briarcrest Christian School Paul Piper Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually to a Briarcrest Christian School alumnus or alumna who graduated thirty or more years ago and who has shown outstanding achievement in their professional career. The award is named in honor and in memory of Mr. Paul Piper, a highly successful Christian entrepreneur whose foundations have provided financial support to many causes.

To read more about the life of Paul Piper, visit Historical Newspapers.

If you would like to nominate an alumni, please complete and submit the online nomination form.

Candidates for the Briarcrest Paul Piper Award must be recognized for their influential leadership and support of educational, civic, religious, and charitable causes in the community. Their personal and professional character and conduct must also mirror the mission of Briarcrest Christian School.

Alumni Awards