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.

Danny McCain

Danny McCain (1974)

2020 Recipient

Missionary, professor, preacher, and author. In 1986, Dr. Danny McCain founded the world renowned International Institute for Christians Studies (now Global Scholars) which initiates Christian studies projects, recruits and equips Christian academics in public universities internationally. Dr. McCain moved to Nigeria in 1988 to pioneer this ministry and now serves as a New Testament professor at the University of Jos. Dr. McCain has worked extensively with the Nigerian ministry of education, developing materials and training programs for public school teachers of Christian Religious Education. He has also led in developing and implementing a Christian-Muslim faith-based HIV/AIDS curriculum for public schools. He was a co-founder and is the chairman of Africa Christian Textbooks and has written over 25 books and training manuals. He served as a special consultant and editor of the Africa Study Bible. He is known throughout Nigeria as both a successful academic and effective preacher. Dr. McCain received a BA from Hobe Sound Bible College, a MA in Bible from Columbia International University, and a MA and PhD from Bob Jones University. He and his wife, Mary, have three children

Doug and Alleene Petty Kracht (1967, 1968)

2019 Recipient

Missionaries/Artist/Teacher. 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. Alleene passed away December 2020.


Y. Armanious (2004)

2018 Recipient

 Leader/Evangelist. 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)

2017 Recipient

Educator/Author/Institutional Director/Veteran. 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)

2016 Recipient

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)

2015 Recipient

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 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He left a great spiritual legacy for many to follow. Moses passed away in 2008.


Dr. David T. Chow (1975)

2015 Recipient

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)

2014 Recipient

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)

2013 Recipient

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)

2013 Recipient

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.