Jack Naish was a lifelong learner and career Minister of Education. Even in retirement Naish continued to teach, share and challenge adult learners and ministers. Naish's long and distinguished career saw him active in church and denominational life, being recognized by his peers in the Baptist Association of Christian Educators for outstanding leadership and achievement. He was the long-time Minister of Education at Wieuca Road Baptist Church in Atlanta.
The Jack Naish Distinguished Christian Educator Award is presented annually to an individual who demonstrates a long-term commitment to Christian education both in learning and in teaching. This person has a demonstrated ministry to peers and colleagues. The recipient should be active in a local church and has engaged the Fellowship in leadership and servanthood. The award is given to affirm the recipient and encourage ongoing intentional Christian education.