Thomas Joseph was named recipient of the inaugural Distinguished Alumnus Award presented by Samford University's Beeson Divinity School.
Joseph, pastor of Presbyterian Church of the Hills, received a Master of Divinity degree at Beeson in 1996. He was recently named clerk of the Evangel Presbytery.
The award was presented during the William E. Conger, Jr., Lectures on Biblical Preaching at the divinity school in February.
"Thomas was an exemplary student while at Beeson," said Beeson professor Dr. Frank Thielman in making the presentation, adding that the winner left a managerial position and worked as a church janitor so that he could attend divinity classes.
Joseph, a graduate of Auburn University, holds a master's in public and private management from Birmingham-Southern College. A businessman before being called into the ministry, he has served as pastor of Presbyterian Church of the Hills since 1997.
He and his wife, Peggy, have two children, Taylor and Edmund.