The Rev. Nathaniel L. Edmond has been chosen as the recipient of the 72nd Elgin Cosmopolitan Club's Distinguished Service Award based on outstanding contributions to the community.
A dinner will be held in his honor on Tuesday, June 3, at the Elgin Country Club, on Weld Road in Elgin.
Pastor Edmond is a longtime resident of Elgin and has been an active participant in the community as a member serving on various boards and committees. He retired as vice president of sales and marketing for Alcoa Aluminum in 2002. He currently is pastor of Second Baptist Church in Elgin. He is husband to Christine, father to two daughters and two grandchildren. He has devoted many hours serving the community.
In 2005, he received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award for the city of Elgin. He also won the Distinguished Volunteer Award for the Elgin Area U-46 School District and he has served on the district's finance review committee.
He has received the Quad County Urban League Outstanding Religious Leader Award, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Community Impact Award of Leadership. He has been recognized for outstanding work on the issue of domestic violence by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Community Crisis Center.
In 2014, he was recognized for his community service by the Illinois Commission of Diversity & Human Relations.
He has served on the board of trustees for Judson University, the board of directors and membership for the United Way of Elgin, and on the board of directors for Sherman Hospital, National Association for Sickle Cell Disease, and Basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
He has been a member of the Enhancing Elgin Committee, Elgin Chamber's Implementation Review Committee, United Way of Elgin, NAACP of Greater Elgin, African American Christian Minister's Alliance of Elgin, and Elgin Rotary Club.