Alumni of the Year
It is our sincere desire in presenting the Alumni of the Year Awards that God may receive praise and glory for the display of His grace and faithfulness in the lives of the recipients. We would commend each honoree as an "example to the believers" in character, excellence, and in faithfulness to the high calling, "To Know Him and To Make Him Known."
Alumni of the Year recipients are listed in order of year received for an alphabetic list follow this link.
Paul Tripp (‘72)
Alumnus of the Year, November 2016
Pastor/Author/Counselor/Professor/ Conference Speaker. Paul’s driving passion is to help people understand how the gospel of Jesus Christ speaks with practical hope into a broken world. Paul received an M.Div from Reformed Episcopal Seminary and a D.Min in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. He pastored a church in PA for 11 years; founded a Christian school, taught at the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation and at Westminster Theological Seminary. With a heart for pastors, Paul founded the Center for Pastoral Life and Care where he currently serves as executive director. He and his wife, Luella Jackson (’72) have four grown children.
Dr. David T. Chow (’75)
Alumnus of the Year 2015
Pastor/Leader/Evangelist. Dr. David Chow (’75) is the president of Ambassadors for Christ, Inc. (AFC) continuing the work that his father, Moses Chow (’58) started. His heart is to see the Chinese churches and the Chinese be a force for God's kingdom. He thoroughly embodies CIU's values of world evangelization and evangelical unity, through AFC's mission of reaching the Chinese intellectuals and through his work to partner with Chinese churches to advocate for missions and discipleship. He and his wife Karen have four children; Dalen, Daniel, Dennis (CIU graduate 2012) and Karissa. David’s sister and brother-in-law Joyce and Patrick Liao both graduated from CIU in 1975.
Rev. Moses Chow (’58)
Alumnus of the Year 2015 Awarded Posthumously
Pastor/Leader/Evangelist. Rev Moses Chow (’58) and his wife Wendy served with the Ling Liang Worldwide Evangelistic Mission spreading the gospel in South-East Asia, Japan, United States, Europe and Africa. He co-founded Ambassadors for Christ, Inc. (AFC) with the vision to reach the Chinese intellectuals, and also started South East Asia Evangelistic Foundation to support young missionaries so they could be fully dedicated to the ministry of the gospel. Moses and Wendy have five children, seventeen grand-children and two great-grand children. He left a great spiritual legacy for many to follow. Moses passed away in 2008.
William (Bill) T. Harding III (’50)
Alumnus of the Year, October 2014
Pastor/Missionary/Translator. Bill and his late wife Elaine (’50) served for over 30 years in Ethiopia teaching pastors and helping grow hundreds of new congregations. They went to Ethiopia in 1954 with SIM, studied Amharic and achieved what he called “a joyful fluency that allowed me to preach”. In February 2013 the doors to the Harding Bible School opened. The school that honors the Harding’s efforts continues to reach far beyond traditional missionary work. Bill and his wife Betty continue to serve God with SIM.
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