Alumni of the Year

Paul Thompson (1962)

Alumnus of the Year 2009

Paul Thompson 2009Missionary/Equipper/Teacher.  Paul graduated from the Bible College in 1962, and then earned a master's degree from Denver Theological Seminary in 1965. He married Carol, and together they ministered at two churches, one in Mexico City and the other in Arizona.  They later served God in Spain from 1972 to 1992, where Paul served as the Field Director. They faced several challenges of Muslim influence and difficult temperaments, but began to build bridges with local people. In 1986, Paul and other colleagues began the World Team Institute of Church Planting. By 1992, Paul and Carol left Spain and returned to the U.S., where Paul spent about 10 years itinerant training in places like Russia, Cuba, and Asia. In 2003, Paul and Carol relocated to Dominican Republic so they could focus on a new effort called Casa Yada, a ministry providing "intentional training in a community context." Paul and Carol seek to equip Latin Americans to reach their own people, and then the world, with the Gospel. Carol's greatest impact is discipling wives involved in Casa Yada, and preparing them for future ministry. Paul and Carol have three married children and five grandchildren.

J. Allen Thompson (1955)

Alumnus of the Year 2009

Thompson-J.-AllenTeacher, Missionary, Church Planter.  J. Allen came to CIU as a student following a degree from Prairie Bible Institute. He married Marilyn, his "right hand" in ministry, in September 1954, and graduated from CIU in 1955. From 1957 to 1960, Allen served as the director of Los Pinos Nuevos seminary in Cuba, where he taught much of Buck Hatch's material. Allen relocated to Dominican Republic where he continued training nationals.  In 1967, Allen became director of West Indies Mission, later World Team, where they expanded to Brazil, Spain, France, and Italy. Since 2000, Allen has worked with Redeemer Presbyterian Church and Pastor Tim Keller in New York City. Redeemer Church Planting Center plants strategic inner city gospel churches in 55 cities of the world. They have 2 daughters, Shari and Debi and 8 grandchildren.

Paul Timothy Young (1974)

Alumnus of the Year 2008

Paul Young 2008Speaker/Artist/Missionary/Writer. During Paul's years as a CIU student, he began developing chalk art as a means of illustrating his sermons. After graduating from CIU, Paul developed his preaching ministry by adding puppets, magic, and singing. By 1991 he was traveling throughout the U.S., as well as making short-term mission trips overseas. In 1992, Paul married Vicki, and in 1995, they traveled to South Africa. Since 2001, Paul, Vicki, and their children have lived in South Africa, reaching people with the message of Jesus in churches, schools, prisons, conference centers, and streets. In recent years, Paul's ministry had been extended through booklets, DVDs, and broadcasts on South African television.

Mary Faith Phillips (1954/1960)

Alumna of the Year 2008

Mary Faith 2008Bible Teacher. Mary Faith graduated from CIU with her B.A. in Biblical Education in 1954. She taught Bible in public schools for two years in Bluefield, WV before returning to CIU to earn a master's degree.  She was supervisor for women's Christian Service for four years. After two more years in Bluefield, WV, Mary Faith went to Pontotoc, MS (her home town) to teach Bible in the public schools. In 1973, she returned to CIU to serve as the Associate Director for Christian Service, and in 1979 became the Director of the Bible Teaching program at CIU. She retired from this position in 1997, and now volunteers her time at French Camp Academy in Mississippi, a Christian home and school dedicated to helping young people from broken home situations.

Grover DeVault (1953)

Alumnus of the Year, September 2008

DeVault 2008U.S. Army Chaplain/Pastor/Educator. Grover DeVault earned a diploma from Philadelphia Biblical University before attending CIU, where he earned his BA in 1953. The next year, Grover married Nancy, and they have four married daughters and thirteen grandchildren. Grover went on to earn a master's degree at Faith Theological Seminary and did some graduate work at Dallas Theological Seminary. In 1957, Grover was ordained to the ministry and began his distinguished career as a U.S. Army Chaplain with 22 years of active duty service. During this time, he was honored with over 65 letters of commendation and achievement, among which is the Legion of Merit, one of our nation's highest military honors. In 2003, Grover initiated a police chaplaincy in the Pennsylvania State Police force. With Grover as their first chaplain, the program has grown to about 48 chaplains. Grover now lives in Lancaster, PA, where he serves as northeast representatives for Cadence International. He lost his beloved Nancy in 2016.

David (1967) and Shirley Hunt (1971) Moreland

Alumni of the Year, September 2007

Morelands 2007Laypeople/Businessman/Administrators. David was born and raised in New Jersey by a family whose passion for business was exceeded only by their passion for God. He enrolled in CBC because of his desire to know God and to serve Him better in the marketplace. Following studies at CBC and Faith Theological Seminary, David worked at Word of Life Fellowship at Schroon Lake, NY. From 1969 to 1983, he worked in the family business in Acton, MA, taking over as owner when his father retired. During these years, he and Shirley ministered on the weekends through preaching, teaching, and singing. Shirley's administrative skills have enhanced David's business enterprises. She has ministered to women through teaching, encouragement and hospitality. From 1984 - 2015, David was VP of Sales and Marketing for Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers and Deland, FL, guiding Shell Point to a position of marketplace strength. David served on the CIU Board of Trustees for 23 years and was a Board member for Foundation in Christ ministry in Ireland and other not-for-profit ministry boards.

Tony (1970) and Sharon Meahl (1960) Gould

Alumni of the Year, September 2007

GouldsPastor/Servants of Christ. Tony and Sharon have a passion for the lost and deep love for people that has led them to minister in 20 different countries through 50 years of marriage and ministry together. Tony is a graduate of CBC, CBS and Luther Rice Seminary. From 1957 to 1989, he served as pastor for churches across the United States, one of which was a church plant. Tony is gifted in biblical exposition with practical application. In Jackson, Mississippi, he successfully led a Christian school to grow to 400 students. Sharon has served alongside her husband as a Christian school administrator, musician, library innovator and instructor, women's speaker, and administrator of Tony's over 840 sermon tapes in addition to being a super spouse to him. In 1990, the Goulds made a radical shift, moving into full time foreign missions with SIM. They served until 1997, training new church leaders through several Bible colleges, mostly in South Africa but also in Israel. Since their retirement the Goulds return each year to teach at Union Bible Institute.

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