The 2009 recipient of the CIU Kingdom Impact Honor is Dr. Paul Copan.
Paul is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. Previously, Dr. Copan honed his skills as lecturer, writer and researcher at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He is the author of 7 apologetic books, including the most recent one, "When God Goes to Starbucks: A Guide to Everyday Apologetics." He edited or co-edited many published works including the Apologetics Study Bible published in 2007. He is the current president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, and has spoken on many major university campuses. His favorite quote comes from Psalm 84:11, "No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly."
The 2010 recipient of the Kingdom Impact Honor is Arlene Richardson.
Arlene ministers to the urban and poor around the world through quilts and crafts is the second recipient of the Kingdom Impact Honor. Her ministry "Heart Craft" is a subsidiary of missions agency Pioneers, which was founded by her parents. Arlene and her husband Steve Richardson were Pioneers' first missionaries to Indonesia, where they launched a church-planting team to a large Muslim group of 30 million people in 1986. Through "Heart Craft" unemployed people have been taught marketable skills, teaching them to sew exquisite quilts and other crafts.
The 2012 recipient of the Kingdom Impact Honor is Adrian Despres.
“He may be one of the best preachers you’ll ever hear.” That is what University of South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier says about Adrian Despres. In addition to chaplaincy ministry to the Gamecocks, Despres has spoken to over one million people in two decades as an evangelist with Kingdom Building Ministries. He also serves on the CIU Board of Trustees.
Adrian Despres’ favorite Bible verse is Acts 20:24.
"However, I consider my life worth nothing to me. If only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me, the task of testifying to the Gospel of God's Grace."
The 2013 recipient of the Kingdom Impact Honor is Dr. Peter Spencer.
Dr. Peter Spencer was the first student of African descent to enroll at Columbia Bible College. Following studies at Jamaica Theological Seminary and CIU, Dr. Spencer pastored churches in Kingston, Jamaica. He has participated in international Christian conferences around the world and has served on the boards of various evangelical, missions and community organizations, currently serving as Chairman of the Board at Jamaica Bible College and Community Institute. He is a champion for Victorious Christian Living, serving as Chairman of the Kingston Keswick Council. Peter Spencer was awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology.
Dr. Spencer's life verse is Philippians 3:10: "I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death."