Father Steve Pawelk, GHM, pastor of St. Teresa of Kolkata Parish in Maynardville and St. John Paul II Catholic Mission in Rutledge, has been named the 2016 Man of the Year by the Union County Business and Professional Association.
Father Pawelk was honored at the group’s annual banquet Nov. 5.
Upon receiving the honor, Father Pawelk said, “I am humbled by this. I really have felt welcome here. I brag about the county all the time. The beauty of the Lord surrounds you here and the beauty of the people. People here are good. People here are honest. It’s a blessing, and I hope I can live up to it one day.”
Father Pawelk was asked to give the invocation at the association’s annual dinner on Nov. 5 when he was surprised with the award. ■