TAYLORSVILLE, Ky. (KT) – A Kentucky man who received national recognition for helping thousands of people affected by last year’s devastating hurricanes says he was just doing what God told him to do.
Chris Cropp, of Taylorsville, Ky., was presented the Distinguished Service Award from Southern Baptist Disaster Relief in January and was the only Kentuckian celebrated by the humanitarian organization for his selfless service to others during 2017.
“Chris is a servant leader who loves Christ and has a heart to help those devastated by disaster,” said Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief Director Coy Webb.
Cropp is one of more than 4,500 volunteers who have been certified by the Kentucky Baptist Convention to assist people affected by natural and man-made disasters in Kentucky, the nation and around the world.
In nominating Cropp for the award, Webb said he served with “excellence” amid disasters in West Virginia, Florida and Texas after heavy rains and hurricanes flooded homes and displaced families.
“Chris spent almost two months serving in Texas,” Webb said. “He is an outstanding leader who regularly goes beyond what is asked of him. It is my privilege to serve beside him.”
Cropp, a member of First Baptist Church of Fisherville, also serves on the state disaster relief leadership team and as a disaster relief instructor.
Cropp, who began volunteering in 2011, said he was surprised by the recognition, especially considering “all the fine people we have working in disaster relief.”
"I just felt the Lord pulling on my heartstrings telling me that’s what I needed to do, to get out and help people in their time of need," Cropp said.