Every year the Faith Alumni Association is pleased to recognize two alumni with Alumnus of the Year awards. The categories for this year’s Alumnus of the Year awards are pastor and assistant pastor.


JamesRJames was born in 1976 into a pastor’s family. At the time of his birth his parents Dennis and Barb, both Faith grads, were serving as pastor and wife at a church in the Des Moines area.

James' start as a pastor began really early in life. At age 3 he stood on a footstool in the family home and preached, no doubt imitating his father. So from earliest days James wanted to serve as a pastor. Through the influence of his family and his church, he accepted Christ around the age of 4 or 5.

During his high school days at Grandview Park Baptist School James participated in soccer, wrestling, and drama, sang with the Songs of Praise vocal ensemble, and was the chaplain of his senior class. Read more. 


patPatrick was born in West Point, Nebraska, in 1970. Around the age of 9 he trusted Christ as his Savior.

When Patrick was 14, his family moved to Chatfield, Minnesota and became involved in Calvary Baptist Church. As a high schooler, Patrick became burdened for teens in his public school and sensed God calling him to full-time ministry.

During his high school years he started dating a certain young lady in the church—Ruth Merrill. They dated for three years and then it came time to go to college. Patrick enrolled at Faith in 1988 while Ruth enrolled at another college. That was a good test of their relationship. She finished her two-year degree in 1990 and they were married that summer. Read more.



ernieFrom time to time the Faith Alumni Association recognizes individuals as honorary alumni of Faith. This distinction is granted to people who did not graduate from Faith but who have made a significant contribution to Faith. This year we are pleased to recognize two individuals as honorary alumni of Faith—Ernie and Gen Schmidt.

Ernie was born in Toulon, Illinois, a small town near Peoria. During his teen years he received the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, and that decision changed the direction of his life, giving him the desire to enter full-time ministry. Upon graduation from high school, he entered Pillsbury Baptist Bible College and graduated in 1967.

Gen was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and like Ernie, attended Pillsbury Baptist Bible College after graduating from high school, desiring to serve the Lord. Read more.


Alumni of the Year Awards
Since 1970 the Faith Alumni Association has recognized outstanding alumni with the Alumni of the Year awards. To be eligible for this award, an alumnus must

• have graduated at least 10 years prior to the year of the award

• have made a substantial contribution to his or her profession

• demonstrate high Christian standards and integrity

• evidence the blessing of the Lord on his or her life

• faithfully promote the college and seminary and support the Alumni Association

• be a person whose selection will reflect honor on the school

We recognize Alumni of the Year on a five-year cycle and we also recognize honoary alumni from time to time:

Pastor and Assistant Pastor
U.S.A. and Foreign Missionaries
Educator (Male and Female)
Christian Worker (Male and Female)
Lay Person (Male and Female)
Honoary Alumni

Click here for a list of past recipients.





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