ELLENVILLE – Longtime Ellenville resident Joseph Logan accepted the 2017 Man of Integrity Award during the 9th Annual Central Hudson Baptist Council "Men of Integrity" Banquet at the Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls July 29, where 30 churches from Schenectady to The Bronx were asked to choose a male member of their congregation who depicts characteristics of honesty, honor and strong moral principles.
"We in the church body — we looked amongst ourselves — made a choice: Joe Logan. He's consistent, and strong in truth," said Rev. Julius Collins, pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Ellenville. "He is dedicated to serving the church and the community."
For the last 43 years since arriving in Ellenville from North Carolina in 1964, Logan has been employed by the Ellenville Central School District, where he is currently the head of maintenance, and beloved by students and administrators alike. The district, he said, has changed vastly over the years, although he added that one thing that hasn't changed are the children. "I like being around the kids," he said. As president of the Ellenville Chapter of the African American Men's Association, his dream is to see young people progress. Logan and his wife Shirley have been married for 53 years, and take enormous pride in their five children, four grandchildren and two great-grand kids.
"I'm going to continue to be active in the community," Logan said, highlighting a new program called My Brother's Keeper that he'll be spearheading through the men's association. Logan explained that the ECSD program will help students in 4th grade and up with mentoring services aimed to help them receive their high school diploma and pursue academic greatness.
"Deacon Joseph Logan is certainly characterized as a man of faith and integrity. He serves faithfully in the Diaconate Ministry and exemplifies humility and soberness," the recent banquet's brochure read. "As a member of the male chorus, he enjoys singing to the glory of God. He demonstrates true leadership as he serves as the president of the African-American Men's Association of Ellenville. He is faithful to his pastor's leadership and his church and always stands ready to lend a helping hand. His posture as a leader is always in a state of readiness and servitude. Deacon Logan is heralded by the church leadership as a 'man of integrity' who stands ready to serve and allows, 'God to work things out for the good in his life.'"
Logan is a committed member of the Shiloh Baptist congregation, acting as the church's treasurer and deacon, as well as participating in the men's choir. He is also a member of the NAACP Ellenville chapter.
"It went very well; it was a nice program," Logan said Monday, following the Saturday afternoon banquet, where he was presented with a plaque and a booklet commemorating the special occasion. "It was very nice. It all went well," he said with a smile.