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Community and campus leaders earn recognition during Creighton’s Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week

The life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was celebrated at Creighton University Monday as the University handed out its annual recognitions to community members who exemplify King’s efforts to peacefully and meaningfully effect change in the world.

Earning this year’s Creighton President’s Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Awards were the Rev. Ty and Terri Schenzel of The Hope Center for Kids in Omaha and Frank Peak Jr., Ph.D., Creighton’s longtime director of Community Outreach Services at the Creighton University Medical Center. The Rev. T. Michael Williams, pastor at Risen Son Baptist Church in Omaha, earned the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award.

In 1998, the Schenzels founded The Hope Center for Kids, an outgrowth of their ministry to at-risk youth in Omaha. The Hope Center provides educational assistance, employment training and guidance in faith. The Schenzels remained active in the leadership of the Hope Center, Ty as the executive director and Terri as the center’s fundraiser. On Aug. 19, 2015, Ty and Terri were killed in an automobile collision near Alexandria, South Dakota.

Ty Schenzel was born in Fremont, Nebraska, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, and a Master of Divinity degree from the International School of Theology in San Bernardino, California. Terri Schenzel was a native Morgantown, West Virginia. The couple was married 29 years and raised four children.

An Omaha native, Peak was a tireless advocate for public health programs and organized yearly events at Creighton to ensure children received annual physicals and other primary medical care. Peak earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a doctorate in health education from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

Peak served on the Douglas County Board of Health from 2001 to 2013 and helped found Creighton’s Center for Promoting Health and Health Equality, where he also worked for 15 years. Peak died in Omaha on Oct. 27, 2015.

Since 1990, Williams has served as the pastor at Risen Son Baptist Church. He is also president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Metropolitan Omaha.

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