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President Tillotson Receives Honorary Doctorate
At its commencement service on Friday, May 6, Bob Jones University conferred the honorary degree, Doctor of Divinity, on Faith’s President Jim Tillotson. This degree was given in recognition of President Tillotson’s past ministry as a successful pastor and his new role as president of Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary. We are grateful to BJU’s president, Dr. Steve Pettit, and his administrative team for recognizing the important role President Tillotson plays in Christian higher education and for honoring him in this way.
Because the BJU graduation service was on the same day as Faith’s graduation, President Tillotson was unable to attend teh event. However, you can view a broadcast of the commencement service here. (The awarding of President Tillotson’s degree starts at the XX minute mark of the broadcast.) President Tillotson is also currently working on an earned Doctor of Ministry degree. Please join us in congratulating our president, Dr. Jim Tillotson.
Faith Confers Honorary Doctorate on Vernon Rosenau
Several years ago the board of directors of Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary authorized the institution to grant the honorary degree, Doctor of Divinity, to individuals who have made significant contributions to their ministry and who are worthy of special recognition.
This year the board of directors, with the unanimous approval of the faculty, is pleased to bestow the degree Doctor of Divinity on Rev. Vernon Rosenau, the new president of Baptist Mid-Missions.
Vernon earned his Bachelor’s degree from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, with a major in Missions and a minor in Missionary Technology. He pursued further training in Intercultural Studies at Columbia International University and Biblical Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina.
Vernon Rosenau is a third generation missionary with Baptist Mid-Missions. Vernon’s grandparents, Ferd and Ina Rosenau, were part Mid-Mission’s first missionary team in what today is called Central African Republic. Vernon’s mother and father, Eugene and Ernestine Rosenau, also served in the same country.
Vernon and his wife, Jan, followed in his parents’ and grandparents’ footsteps and arrived in CAR in 1975. They were involved in the leadership of the Baptist Mid-Missions ministry team in CAR, in the development of theological education under national leadership, in academics, in administration, and in the financial matters of the work there. During those years their three children, Julie, Sam, and Bill, were part of their parents’ ministry.
Vernon and Jan faithfully ministered in CAR for 24 years until 1999 when Baptist Mid-Missions called them to the home office in Cleveland, Ohio, where he served as the field administrator for Africa and Europe. In that role he supervised the missionaries serving on those two continents and often visited the missionaries personally to help and encourage them.
When Dr. Gary Anderson announced his plans to retire from the presidency of the mission, the General Council looked for a man to replace him. The council members were drawn to Vernon Rosenau because of his wide experience, his leadership abilities, and his evident godliness, and they asked him to be the new president. Vernon accepted the leadership of the mission and assumed his new role on January 1 of this year.
The Lord has already gifted and qualified Vernon Rosenau to be the new president of Baptist Mid-Missions. Our recognition today is meant to be a further confirmation that he is God’s man for this new ministry.
Faculty and Staff Receive Service Awards
During the awards chapel on May 6, several Faith faculty and staff members were recognized with service awards.
5 Years—Mr. Dan Bjokne
10 Years—Mr. Mark Davis, Mr. Tim LIttle
15 Years—Dr. Paul Hartog, Mr. David Horner
30 Years—Dr. Don Long
40 Years—Mrs. Karen Houghton
45 Years—Dr. Myron Houghton
We especially commend Dr. Myron Houghton (45 years), Karen Houghton (40 years), and Dr. Don Long (30 Years) for their longterm commitment to Faith. They represent 115 years of ministry at Faith! Such longterm service has been a major factor in the stability of Faith through the years.
Jim and Joan Tillotson Made Honorary Alumni
During the Awards Chapel preceding commencement on May 6, the Faith Alumni Association made President and Mrs. Tillotson honorary alumni of Faith. Both Jim and Joan graduated from Northland Baptist Bible College. However, that institution closed a year ago, leaving them without a school to call their own. Because of their significant role at Faith, it only seems fitting that we make them honorary alumni of Faith.
Welcome, Jim and Joan, to the Faith Alumni Assocaition!
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