Updated: Jan 24, 2022
Don Gabriel, father of popular Branson entertainer Doug Gabriel, founded Branson Christian Business Men's Committee more than 20 years ago. Out of his vision came the annual Ozark Mountain Prayer Breakfast and the presentation of the Kingdom Builder Recognition. This recognition is given annually to a person who contributes to the quality of the community by demonstrating in word and action a dedication and dynamic Christian life. This person consistently puts others ahead of self and lives by Christian vision and mission, working for God's perfect will in Ozark Mountain Country.
Previous Recipients Include:
2004 Cliff Wagner
2005 Don Gabriel and Larry Van Glider
2006 John Baltes
2007 Edd Akers
2008 Barbara Brezavar and Brad Swofford
2009 Smith Brookhart III
2010 Bob Burton
2011 Jerry Lilley
2012 Jack Herschend
2013 Dr. Sue Head
2014 Ken and Sheila Ortman
2015 Jory Rolf Family
2016 Herb & Vicki Smith
2017 Joe White
2018 Brad Dolloff
2019 Jim Brawner
2020 Dr. John Moore
2021 Cheif Ted Martin
Criteria for Nomination:
A person who lives or works in Ozark Mountain Country (Stone or Taney County)
A person who contributes to the quality of the community by demonstrating by word and action a dedicated and dynamic Christian life
A person who demonstrates the following character qualities: a) Has a servant’s heart – consistently putting others ahead of self-interest b) Is a servant leader – following the example of Jesus Christ in leading by the Holy Spirit at home, in the Church and in the community c) Lives by Christian principles in all situations without compromising the truth d) Lives by a vision and a mission that includes praying for and working for God’s perfect will to be accomplished in Ozark Mountain Country
The recipient of the Don & Dorothy Gabriel Kingdom Builder Recognition is a living example of the love of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit at work toward community transformation for the glory of the Father, the salvation of souls and the building up of the Body of Christ.
It is our sincere prayer that this be a Spirit-led process, not intended to bring acclaim to any individual, but to share the example of those who are shining His light with others in our community.
As our Lord Himself stated in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
To submit a nomination for this recognition, please click here.