Ken Renz has busy hands.
As past president of the United Methodist Men group at Dalton First United Methodist Church, Renz has helped spearhead several community service projects for the elderly and people in need, those who know him say. Teresa McGuire, facilities manager at the church, said Renz and his brothers have also cooked the meat in the past for fundraiser barbecues for Methodist Men.
“He’s the first to volunteer in any project that we come up with,” she said. “He’s a very hands-on helper.”
That extends to his work with a Sunday school class for high school boys, whom Renz guides through carpentry work. Often, their finished projects are donated to the church or to people in the community, said outreach pastor Kenny Ott.
“He teaches a high school boys Sunday school class that uses the theme of carpentry,” Ott said. “They build furniture and (other items).”
Ott described Renz as a kind and caring person. It’s not just about emotions, though. Renz puts his feelings into action. Ott said he’s the kind of guy you go to “if you need something done.”
“(He’s) got one of the kindest hearts of anybody I know,” Ott said. “If he can do anything to help anybody, he’ll do it.”
Ott said Renz is involved in several efforts outside the church, too, including working with Dalton High School’s Quarterback Club, volunteering in local road races and working with his family-sponsored cross country race — the Big Harry Cross Country Run — in honor of his late father, Harry W. Renz Jr. Proceeds from the race go toward a scholarship fund.
“I know he’s got to be involved with a thousand other things,” Ott added.
Life’s busyness means that focusing on anything or anyone more than ourselves can be difficult. Selflessness is a trait that often gets forgotten. For his efforts at helping make the world a better place not only for himself and his immediate friends and family but for others around him, The Daily Citizen names Ken Renz Citizen of the Week.
Ken Renz has busy hands.
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