Alumni of the Year

It is our sincere desire in presenting the Alumni of the Year Awards that God may receive praise and glory for the display of His grace and faithfulness in the lives of the recipients. We would commend each honoree as an "example to the believers" in character, excellence, and in faithfulness to the high calling, "To Know Him and To Make Him Known."

Alumni of the Year recipients are listed in order of year received.

Doug and Alleene Petty Kracht (1967, 1968)

Alumnus of the Year, 2019

Doug and Alleene have been missionaries since 1972, initially serving with World Team, Inc., and later cooperatively with World Witness (ARP). They have also served on the faculty of Jamaica Bible College. Throughout their ministry, God has used Doug’s audio-visual abilities, and Alleene’s gift of teaching to spread the gospel in a variety of ways including church planting, educating students with learning differences, and producing evangelistic materials in digital and printed formats. Their work has made an impact throughout much of Latin America, including Cuba, as well as in Spain.


Y. Armanious (2004)

Alumnus of the Year, 2018

Dr. Y. Armanious (’04) is the director of Pioneers Mobilization Office for North Africa and the Middle East and founder of the Egypt-based missionary organization Streams of Living Water. He has been serving in the region for over three decades where he established missionary training schools, orphanages, and prayer networks in Sudan and Egypt. Dr. Armanious has a 10-year mision to train and send out 1,000 Arab church planters. Currently, 92 dedicated servants are being discipled for long term church planting careers. Additionally, the House of Hope Children’s Home in Juba, South Sudan, hosts 31 orphaned and neglected girls. 

Ralph Enlow

Ralph Enlow (1972, 1982)

Alumnus of the Year, 2017

Dr. Enlow served for 28 years as an educational leader at CIU, including six years as senior vice president and provost. Today he serves as president of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) which includes over 200 higher education institutions throughout North America. Dr. Enlow's involvment in theological higher education also includes service as a consultant, institutional self-study director, accreditation team chair, and chair of ABHE's Commision on Accreditation.

Paul Tripp

Paul Tripp (2016)

Alumnus of the Year, 2016

Pastor/Author/Counselor/Professor/ Conference Speaker. Paul’s driving passion is to help people understand how the gospel of Jesus Christ speaks with practical hope into a broken world. Paul received an M.Div from Reformed Episcopal Seminary and a D.Min in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. He pastored a church in PA for 11 years; founded a Christian school, taught at the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation and at Westminster Theological Seminary. With a heart for pastors, Paul founded the Center for Pastoral Life and Care where he currently serves as executive director. He and his wife, Luella Jackson (’72) have four grown children.

Rev Moses Chow

Rev Moses Chow (1958)

Alumnus of the Year, 2015

Pastor/Leader/Evangelist.  Rev Moses Chow (’58) and his wife Wendy served with the Ling Liang Worldwide Evangelistic Mission spreading the gospel in South-East Asia, Japan, United States, Europe and Africa. He co-founded Ambassadors for Christ, Inc. (AFC) with the vision to reach the Chinese intellectuals, and also started South East Asia Evangelistic Foundation to support young missionaries so they could be fully dedicated to the ministry of the gospel. Moses and Wendy have five children, seventeen grand-children and two great-grand children. He left a great spiritual legacy for many to follow. Moses passed away in 2008.


Dr. David T. Chow (1975)

Alumnus of the Year, 2015

Pastor/Leader/Evangelist. Dr. David Chow (’75) is the president of Ambassadors for Christ, Inc. (AFC) continuing the work that his father, Moses Chow (’58) started. His heart is to see the Chinese churches and the Chinese be a force for God's kingdom. He thoroughly embodies CIU's values of world evangelization and evangelical unity, through AFC's mission of reaching the Chinese intellectuals and through his work to partner with Chinese churches to advocate for missions and discipleship. He and his wife Karen have four children; Dalen, Daniel, Dennis (CIU graduate 2012) and Karissa. David’s sister and brother-in-law Joyce and Patrick Liao both graduated from CIU in 1975.

William (BILL) T. Harding III

William "Bill" T. Harding III (1950)

Alumnus of the Year, 2014

Pastor/Missionary/Translator. Bill and his late wife Elaine (’50) served for over 30 years in Ethiopia teaching pastors and helping grow hundreds of new congregations. They went to Ethiopia in 1954 with SIM, studied Amharic and achieved what he called “a joyful fluency that allowed me to preach”. In February 2013 the doors to the Harding Bible School opened. The school that honors the Harding’s efforts continues to reach far beyond traditional missionary work. Bill and his wife Betty continue to serve God with SIM.

Chris (1970) and Bonnie Barrows Thomas

Chris and Bonnie Barrows Thomas (1970)

Alumnus of the Year, 2013

Pastor/Leader/Teacher. Chris is the General Director of Torchbearers International, the ministry founded by his father, Major Ian Thomas. Chris spends most of his time giving direction and vision to the worldwide ministry and as "pastor" to the staff. Bonnie comes from a rich Christian heritage as the oldest child of Cliff Barrows, music and program director for Billy Graham. After graduating from Wheaton College, she served on the staff of Campus Crusade and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association before her marriage to Chris. Chris and Bonnie both teach at Ravencrest where he was director for 23 years, and now serves as Senior Advisor and minister at large. They are also involved in an extensive conference and retreat ministry throughout the United States and overseas.

Mark and Linda Thomas

Mark and Linda Thomas (1973)

Alumnus of the Year, 2013

Bible teachers/Leaders/Mentors. As Managing Director of Capernwray, U.K., Mark oversees the year-round program. He works with leadership, teaches and preaches throughout the program, and he speaks at various events. Mark also participates in other Bible teaching programs, regularly exhorts the staff to pray, is actively involved in prayer groups, and mentors students. As Domestic Manager at Capernwray Hall, Linda coordinates the volunteer staff, is a great teacher of crafts and card-making, leads Bible studies, corresponds with volunteers and is involved in the “big picture” of running Capernwray Hall.

Kumiko Jean Takeuchi

Kumiko Jean Takeuchi (1978)

Alumnus of the Year, 2012

Bible Teacher/Scientist/Chemist. Jean is a research scientist, retired from Eli Lilly and Company. She spent 20 years in drug discovery research at Lilly Research Laboratories and published over 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals and filed over 30 U.S. patents. She was involved in the identification and development of five clinical candidates at Lilly, of which two have advanced in human clinical trials as potential therapeutic drugs. She earned her PhD in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina, her M.A. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary, an M.A. in Bible and Missions from Columbia International University, and her Diploma in chemical engineering from Niihama Technical College in Japan. In 2011, she earned her MPhil in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge, U.K. and in 2015 she earned her PhD in Faculty of Divinity from Cambridge University, U.K., and in 2015, she earned her Ph.D. in Faculty of Divinity from Cambridge University, U.K.