Alumni Award for Ministry Excellence

Alumni Award for Ministry Excellence

The Alumni Award for Ministry Excellence is presented by Central Seminary to alumni who have made extraordinary contributions in their ministry context and exemplify the mission, values, and legacy of Central Seminary.

In 1973, Central Seminary began awarding the Alumnus/a of the Year Award. Past awardees are listed below.

2023Denise Hill & Jeff Buscher
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Denise Hill

M.A.R.S. '82, M.Div. '86

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Jeff Buscher

D.Min. '16

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  • 2021 Soozi Whitten Ford & Walter Lanier
  • 2019 Sharon Cantrell & Matthew Silvers
  • 2018 Steve Neal & Rakmi Shaiza
  • 2017 Joanna Harader, Danny L. Jack & Seung John Lee
  • 2016 Justin Anderson, Cheryl Harader & Wayne Paulsen
  • 2015 Heather Entrekin & Cedric Rowan
  • 2014 Lee Jost & Angela Lowe
  • 2013 Cliff Caton & Kapzamang Sonna
  • 2012 Ruth Clark & Phil Love
  • 2011 Jane T. Fickle & Gordon Hatcher
  • 2010 Marsha Perkins & Stanley Horton
  • 2009 John Clark, Richard Menninger, Robert Molby & Warren Smith
  • 2008 Margaret Roberts
  • 2007 William E. Rathbun
  • 2004 Robert A. Box & Dallas R. Weaver
  • 2003 John O. Propert
  • 2002 Herman E. Borum
  • 2001 Kenneth E Briggs, Jr, Glenn G. Knight & Najekhu Yeptho Sema
  • 2000 Carolyn Predmore & C. L. Baccus
  • 1999 Richard Behrens & Marshall Schirer
  • 1998 Lloyd James, Eileen James, Lee Rader, Bruce Bridgewater & Jene Chadwick Bridgewater
  • 1997 Franklin W. Nelson
  • 1996 J. Clark Hensley
  • 1995 Gary H. Rhodes
  • 1994 Joseph L. Backer & Telfer L. Epp
  • 1993 Kenneth E. Ellsworth & Fred Thomson
  • 1992 Harry Cowles & Robert Wallace
  • 1991 Arel T. Lewis, Allen D. Selig & Richard L. Waltz
  • 1990 Paul T. Losh, Doretha L. Horn & E. B. Hicks
  • 1989 Bill L. Shook
  • 1988 Samuel E. Beckwith
  • 1987 Henry R. Moeller
  • 1986 T. Maynard Preston
  • 1985 Vera Goodman
  • 1984 Floyd Boyd
  • 1983 Albert W. Bunch
  • 1982 Truman G. Sproles
  • 1981 Charles W. Spencer
  • 1980 Donald D. Gains
  • 1979 John P. Epp
  • 1977 Carleton L. Briggs & James M. Wood
  • 1976 A. Q. Van Benschoten, Jr. & R. V. Unmack
  • 1975 Mary Louise Slater, Harry E. Coulter & Jaime E. Davila
  • 1974 Theodore W. Thompson, Sr. & Robert O. Dulin, Jr.
  • 1973 Harry B. Bondurant & Ruby Lawrence