International Educator Awards Presented

Orlando, Fla.–Two traditional International General Assembly recognitions were given on Wednesday during the International Educators Luncheon.

The International Educator Faculty Award honored Dr. Marcia Ruth Anderson. It was presented by Dr. Enrique A. De Jesús, director of USA Hispanic Educational Ministries.

Born in South Dakota and converted in Teheran, Iran, at the age of 31, Anderson has demonstrated a faithful journey as a disciple of Christ for many years. The awardee is well known by colleagues as a champion missionary-educator who will never retire from God’s calling. Dr. Anderson has excelled in many educational and ministerial tasks throughout her life.

Serving with distinction for 27 years, Dr. Anderson began her ministry as an elementary education teacher, continuing as a missionary with Word for the World, and for more than ten years as faculty and dean of students at the Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries. She has served as missionary and academic dean at Discipleship College in Eldoret, Kenya, for more than eleven years. Dr. Anderson holds the following degrees: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Theology.

She is a published author and has served as guest speaker/teacher in India, Zambia, Kenya, and Uganda.

The second award—distinguished leadership—was presented to Jürgen Rudolph and was made by Daniel Vassell of the Division of Education. An ordained bishop, Rudolph has been credentialed with the Church of God for 21 years. He has served with excellence as a missionary in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, and Germany. He has served as regional Christian Education coordinator for Africa, traveling to more than 67 nations during his ministry.

Bishop Rudolph has earned a Bachelor of Theology and Master of Divinity. He has authored teaching curriculum and articles in Church of God publications and been a plenary speaker at national assemblies, conferences, seminars, and graduation exercises.

Congratulated during the luncheon was Dr. Paul Conn, president of Lee University, for the 100th birthday of the institution, and Dr. Lamar Vest on the release of his new book.

By Cameron Fisher

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