Bishop Julius C. Trimble received an award from Rust College, a United Methodist-related institution in Mississippi, for the support that\ the Iowa Conference provided the school during his tenure as the resident bishop. The award was presented by Dr. David L. Beckley, Rust College President, before the Service of Holy Communion and Remembrance Service, on the evening of Thursday, March 9, 2017, at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Black Methodists for Church Renewal during their annual meeting in Cincinnati. The Rust College Choir also performed during this service.