Alumni of the Year 2013
Chris Thomas ('70) and Bonnie Barrows Thomas (Honorary Alumna)
Chris ('70) is the General Director of Torchbearers International, the ministry founded by his father, Major Ian Thomas. Chris spends most of his time giving direction and vision to the worldwide ministry and as "pastor" to the staff.
Bonnie comes from a rich Christian heritage as the oldest child of Cliff Barrows, music and program director for Billy Graham. After graduation from Wheaton College, she served on the staff of Campus Crusade and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association before her marriage to Chris.
He and Bonnie both teach at Ravencrest where he was director for 23 years, and now serves as Senior Advisor and minister at
large. They are also involved in an extensive conference and retreat ministry throughout the United States and overseas.
Mark ('73) and Linda Nichols Thomas ('73)
As Managing Director of Capernwray, U.K., Mark overseas the year round program and in involved in both Bible School and the Holiday Program. Capernway was founded by his father, Major Ian Thomas. He works with leadership, teaches and preaches throughout the program as well as taking speaking opportunities. He participates in other teaching Bible programs, regularly exhorts the staff to pray, and is actively involved in prayer groups. He also mentors students.
As Domestic Manager at Capernwray Hall, Linda coordinates the volunteer staff, is a great teacher of crafts and card-making. She also leads Bible studies, corresponds with volunteers and is involved in the “Big Picture” of running Capernwray Hall. Born in Charlotte, NC, Linda attended Calvary Church where her father worked with the junior high youth and her mother led the women’s ministry. Grace was very hospitable and passed on or developed that trait in her daughter.