Six staff and faculty members awarded for 35 years of service
A convocation was held Thursday, April 5, at Fuller's Pasadena campus to honor faculty and staff for their years of service to the seminary. The theme for the ceremony, “Pressing Forward,” was based on Fuller’s campuswide theme for the current academic year, from Philippians 3:14—“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.”
“This is one of those wonderful days when things that have been invisible to us are suddenly made visible,” remarked President Richard J. Mouw in his opening comments, emphasizing the amount of important work done behind the scenes to contribute to Fuller’s success as a seminary. “This is a day in the life of Fuller Seminary when we stand and look back at everything that’s been accomplished and we say, ‘We thank God for you,’” continued Mouw. “And we press on because we know that what we celebrate are works God will bring to completion in Jesus Christ our Lord.”
A total of 57 employees received awards, with both staff and faculty members given recognition for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years of service to Fuller. Among staff and faculty, several were honored for 35 years of faithful contribution to Fuller. These included Jollene Anderson, director of operations and academic systems for the School of Theology; Betty Sue Brewster, associate professor of language and culture learning; Warren Brown, professor of psychology and director of the Lee Edward Travis Research Institute; James Bradley, Geoffrey W. Bromiley Professor of Church History; Donald A. Hagner, George Eldon Ladd Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Senior Professor of New Testament; and Russell Spittler, provost emeritus and professor emeritus of New Testament.
Director of Academic Planning Christine C. Cervantes, as a staff member who served Fuller for 25 years, was granted the Dolores Loeding Service Award. The award is named for Dolores Loeding, a beloved member of the Fuller community who served the seminary’s faculty from 1947 until her retirement in 1992.
The All-Seminary Council gave the Award for Outstanding Service to Students to Brenda Mantel, coordinator for cross-cultural placement in the Office of Field Education, and to Jude Tiersma-Watson, associate professor of urban mission.
to view a digital copy of the convocation’s program, which includes a write-up honoring each recipient.Above photo: Brenda Mantel and Jude Tiersma-Watson with All-Seminary Council president Andre Castillo.