New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary closes each spring semester with a Celebration of Excellence chapel service recognizing students, staff and faculty whose work reflects a Colossians 3:23 devotion.
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily as to the Lord and not to men,” NOBTS Provost Norris Grubbs said in opening remarks. “We’re here today to celebrate some who have done just that.”
Three faculty members received the Marvin Jones Award for Excellence, named for Louisiana minister of education, church planter and former faculty member Marvin Jones. The award honors service in three areas. The Outstanding Classroom Teacher award was presented to Jeff Audirsch, associate professor at NOBTS’ Leavell College. Harold Mosley, distinguished professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, received the Outstanding Faculty Churchman Award, and Steve Lemke, professor of philosophy and ethics, was honored with the Outstanding Research Professor award.
David Odom, associate professor of student ministry, received the Ola Farmer Lenaz grant for research. Odom’s research will focus on the effective integration of adolescents into the local church after high school graduation.
Faculty members presented Chuck Kelley, chancellor, with a copy of books that were published during the academic year. The published works included: “Protect: A Youth Worker’s Guide to Risk,” by Jody Dean and R. Allen Jackson, and “Indispensable: Becoming an MVP in Disciplemaking,” co-edited by Randy Stone.
The Outstanding Student Awards presented by publishing houses included these recipients: Brett Andrew Dickson, Zondervan Hebrew Award; Hoyt Jeremy Denton, Zondervan Greek Award; Don Shove, Zondervan Theology Award; Brett Andrew Dickson, Broadman & Holman Seminarian Award; and Christopher Brandon Phillips, LifeWay Pastoral Leadership Award.
Other Outstanding Student Award recipients were: Mark Anthony Caruso, Baptist Association of Christian Educators Award in Christian Education; Don Shove, C. C. Randall Award in Evangelism; Charles Dean Ross, David and Sue Meacham Award for Outstanding Church Planting Student; Alex Robert Wendel, James A. Headrick Award for Excellence in Christian Counseling; Joshua Lay, Daniel H. Holcomb Christian History Award; Nicholas Maricle, Outstanding Student Award in Christian Thought; Kristen Bonnette, Excellence in Missional Living Award; Ron Wendell Lindo Jr, Jack and Juanita Cunningham Scholarship for Holy Land Travel; and Derek Kitterlin, Pastoral Ministries Israel Pilgrimage Scholarship.
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Source: Baptist Press