The son of an Alcoa, Tennessee (and later, Wartburg, Tennessee) Baptist preacher, Millard Filmore Strunk, Jr. made his mark as an elected secretary of the Philos back in 1971. His “reading of the minutes” set the bar high for Philo secretaries who would try and follow in his footsteps. Nowadays, the Rev. Canon Filmore Strunk serves his flock at All Saints Anglican Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ever since the Lord saved him, his passion has been to help others experience the transforming love of God. While at Carson-Newman, he was a valued member of “Contents Under Pressure,” and his interest in music has remained strong. In fact, they say his collection of vinyl records is quite a sight to behold.
Filmore has been awarded the Archbishop’s Medal of Honor for his mission leadership in Ghana, West Africa, a Charlotte mayoral citation “Servant Leader Day” for his work in distressed neighborhoods of Charlotte. He has served as a doctoral mentor at Hood Theological Seminary and serves Honorary Canon to the Diocese of Accra, Ghana, Bishop’s Canon (lead advisor and sometime troubleshooter) in the Anglican Diocese of the Carolinas, and is a member of the Provincial Council and the Executive Committee of the Anglican Church of North America. He has also won awards for his skills in cooking chili and bar BQ. However, it must be acknowledged that his greatest honor lately was when his adorable twin granddaughters said he was “the best granddad ever.”