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Burning Bush Church honors three people

11/8/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Burning Bush Church
AKRON — Burning Bush Church recently honored the Rev. Mark Ford and judges Tom and Linda Teodosio with 2012-13 Dedication and Commitment to the Community awards. 

Each year, Burning Bush seeks individuals in the community to honor for their dedication and commitment to the community. The individual must embody a commitment to public service and helping others and be rooted in their faith.

Ford is a co-founder of Love Akron, a cooperative fellowship of more than 250 ministers and ministry leaders across Summit County, ranging from Catholic priests to prison chaplains, according to church officials. Love Akron exists to bring together the leadership of churches and servant ministries for the purpose of prayer, unity and collaborative ministry for the advancement of spiritual and social transformation in local communities.

Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Tom Teodosio is the presiding judge over the Felony Drug Court. He also serves on the Akron Civic Theater Board of Directors, Akron Zoo Board of Trustees and the Rebuilding Together Advisory Board, according to church officials.

Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Teodosio has received national awards for her work on the juvenile court bench, according to church officials. The MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative honored her as a Champion for Change in the juvenile justice system, and she also has gained national attention for the court’s Crossroads Program.

In 2011, the Teodosios created the Andrea Rose Memorial Foundation in honor of their late daughter. The foundation is a nonprofit organization that works to demonstrate the values Andrea held, which are compassionately assisting the underprivileged and elderly, actively addressing environmental issues and promoting community service and education, according to church officials.

Shown above left at the awards event are, from left, Tom and Linda Teodosio; Stacey Kelker and the Rev. Dejuan Kelker II, of Burning Bush Church; and the Rev. Mark Ford.

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