Paul C. Stewart
2010 Alumnus of the Year
Lieutenant Colonel Paul C. Stewart closed out his Air Force ministry as the
Director of Hospital Ministries at the Malcolm Medical Center,
Andrews Air Force Base, MD. He was responsible to the Wing Chaplain for
developing, implementing, and managing the total medical center religious
ministry program, to include its 1,500 personnel, patients, and its aeromedical staging facility. He graduated from Louisiana State University,
completing two years of ROTC. Upon graduation, he entered LSU Law School.
Withdrawing from law school to enter the ministry, he subsequently earned a
Master of Divinity Degree from the Church of God School of Theology (now
Pentecostal Theological Seminary). He completed additional studies at the
Spanish Language Institute (Mexico), New Orleans Baptist Theological
Seminary, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and The Menninger Foundation
In October of 1968, Paul began almost 12 years of appointment as a missionary educator, supervisor, and bush pilot in Central and South America. Upon completion of the Denomination' one-year training program in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico, he held assignments in the Republics of Peru, Argentina, and Honduras. He served as the educational director and as the director of the respective bible colleges for the Church of God in the Republics of Peru and Argentina and as bishop of the Denomination’s churches in Northeast Honduras, the Bay Islands and Belize. He subsequently served four years as a member of the Pentecostal Theological Seminary administrative staff as the Seminary’s first Director of Student Services where he designed and implemented programs to enhance spiritual life and meet financial needs of both the students and the Seminary. During this time, he also assisted the Denomination’s General Department of Christian Education in several specialized programs. Chaplain Stewart and his wife, Regina, have two children and five grandchildren.
Charlotte Diane Fawver
Pentecostal Ministry Award
Charlotte Fawver and her husband, Robert, are members of the Park West Church of God in Knoxville, Tennessee. They have four children and five grandchildren. Charlotte holds a counseling position on the pastoral staff at Park West and is very active in a number of areas, including teaching, altar work, and oversight of a weekly evangelism team in her local community along with her husband. Charlotte and Robert have ministered God’s Word in 14 nations, experiencing the Lord’s miracle working power, and they presently have a television ministry called “Bringing to Light” where Charlotte ministers three times a week. Charlotte also served as a pastor for four years at the Jefferson City Nursing Home and pastored the women at the Hamblin County Jail for two years.
In 1977 Charlotte was marvelously filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. The call of God upon her led her to secure her Exhorters and Ordination license with the Church of God. She completed the Ministerial Internship Program and entered a correspondence training program at Oral Roberts University. There she completed her degree in Christian counseling, graduating summa cum laude, and receiving the Most Outstanding Student Award. She subsequently felt God's call to attend the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, majoring again in Christian counseling. Her response to what God has done in her life is “To God be all of the glory. Amen!”
Peggy Madden Harmann
Pentecostal Ministry Award
Peggy Harmann, along with her husband, Jeff, took early retirement from a Fortune 500 company after 30+ years of service. While recognizing the importance of serving the Lord in various vocational pursuits, they knew it was time for some new directions. During her corporate career, Peggy held positions ranging from data entry clerk to Vice President - Global Marketing and Customer Support and had opportunities to work in most areas of the world with many wonderful people of different cultures. Her work in the church has been similarly diverse in roles from musician, clerk, and teacher to her current role as Children’s Pastor at East Sparta Church of God. In addition to their work with children’s ministries, Peggy and Jeff initiated and oversee a meals ministry in their community. They also work with Indian Ministries of North America, fulfilling a call to mentor youth of this important group.
Peggy’s time at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary has been the fulfillment of a long-time dream. The studies have prepared the way for her to better serve in the ministry where she currently serves and those where she will serve in the future. She is known to say “We only pass this life once; let’s make it count in the ways that truly matter.” Peggy and Jeff have one son, Joey, and one daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Alex Lisic. Peggy is the daughter of Ed and Betty Ramsey Madden.
Jonathan Steven Land
F. J. May Excellence in Preaching Award
Jonathan graduated from Lee University in 2006, receiving the Center of Adult and Professional Studies departmental award. While at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, he interned at East Cleveland Church of God and completed a care practicum at the Mt. Olive East Church of God. At Mt. Olive East, he helped with the Fishes and Loves Family Center, ministering in the feeding program for youth and adults. Jonathan has also contributed to the life of the Seminary serving as a graduate assistant and Vice President of the Student Government Association. In the Summer of 2009 he led a series of discipleship classes for youth in two states using case studies, discussions and apologetic lectures. He is currently employed as an administrative assistant with the Church of God Chaplains Commission, which has a long-standing partnership with the Seminary.
A life-long member of the Church of God, Jonathan has a passion to communicate the word of God in discipling the next generation to engage postmodern culture. His future graduate studies in the service of the church will include biblical studies (especially Old Testament), moral philosophy, and apologetics.
Jianian Mai (“Janet”)
Jianian, the second of three children, was born into an engineer’s family in China. Despite the strong atheistic background of that country, an American missionary friend from Arizona introduced her to Jesus in 1990 while attending her third year of practice as a physician in the state’s hospital in China. Immediately after receiving Jesus, she was actively involved in the local underground international church. She served as its pastor for six years and worked with American missionary teams serving local pastors, Christian leaders, and churches all over China before coming to the Christ for the Nation Bible School in Dallas, Texas in 2002. As fruit of her faith and in answer to prayer, her sister came to faith in Christ, followed by her father.
When the Lord shifted her career direction from medical science to mental health care, her focus changed from physical health to emotional/spiritual care, which Jianian believes strongly impacts one’s eternal destiny. Her primary counseling focus has been for the youth. During her graduate internship, she enjoyed working with the Youth Counseling Service (2008) and Cumberland Hall Psychiatric Hospital where she had the opportunity to be supervised by psychiatrists (2008-2009). Recently, she completed her internship with Behavioral Research Institute (2009-2010); worked with pre-school, elementary, and high school students; taught educational psychology classes for children and adults; led a grief counseling group; and engaged in individual counseling. She has also been involved in jail ministry. Following graduation, Jianian plans to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology.
Care Ministries Award
Daniel Oscar was born in Haiti and has lived in the Dominican Republic since his early teens, both countries of the Caribbean (“The Hispaniola”). There he completed two years of residential training at the Church of God Bible Seminary, completing his Bachelor degree in clinical psychology. For a period of 14 years, he has been actively involved in several ministries, including pastoral, youth and Christian education, social rehabilitation, relief and church planting. As an opportunity for renovation and shaping of his skills, the Lord afforded Daniel to come to Cleveland, Tennessee, to pursue his Master of Divinity degree at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary. He is accompanied by his wife, Nidia, and their two daughters: Daynes (age 9) and Sarah (age 5).
During his journey at the Seminary, Daniel has been involved in training Hispanic churches for caring ministries. He traveled to Haiti after the 7.0 earthquake, engaging in post traumatic stress disorder responses. His thesis carries a call for holistic ministry and development of a model for a “seven stars church” where care must shine continuously. As a way of participating in the mission of the Spirit, Daniel has in his heart the burden to return to his Island to train local churches for compassionate care.
Ralph McKinley Weikel, Jr. (“Mickey”)
Pentecostal Ministry Award
Ralph McKinley Weikel Jr., fondly known as “Mickey”, was raised in rural Monroe County, West Virginia. Directly after graduating high school, he entered the Marine Corps where he served in North Carolina, California, Japan, Virginia, and Haiti. When his tour of duty was over, Mickey and his wife Nikki moved to Princeton, West Virginia, where he served as Associate Pastor of Princeton Church of God under the leadership of Dr. Ray Hurt. In 2005 Mickey and his family moved to Cleveland, Tennessee, where he finished his Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Ministries (with a pastoral ministries emphasis) at Lee University in the spring of 2007. He graduated cum laude and received the Center of Adult and Professional Studies departmental award.
Upon receiving his Master of Divinity degree, Mickey plans to enter the United States Navy as an active duty chaplain. This summer he will attend the Naval Chaplain Basic Course in Columbia, South Carolina, and will immediately enter active duty service upon completion of his training. Mickey and Nikki have been married for sixteen years and are the parents of two sons: Trey (age 6) and Jeremiah (age 6 months).
José Orlando Valenzuela
Pentecostal Ministry Award
Biblical Studies Award
International Student Leadership Award
Orlando Valenzuela, son of Eduviges Valenzuela and Gladis Ortiz de Valenzuelais, was born again 33 years ago in Guatemala. One year later, he was called to ministry by the Lord Jesus and baptized in the Holy Spirit. Since 1978 Orlando has served God as a full time minister. He is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God and is married to Reyna Salazar de Valenzuela. They have four children: Gladis (married to Hamilton Chavez), Betsy, Orlando, and Keren.
Orlando has a heart for missions and has served as an evangelist, pastor-teacher, district overseer, and administrative bishop in two different territories in Guatemala. As administrative bishop, he promoted and supported missionary projects to Peru and North Africa. He headed the National Commission for Integral Growth of the Church and organized prayer teams and intercession marches in several cities. His last ministry in Guatemala was National Coordinator of Missions and Evangelism. In 2004 Orlando was invited to the United States to serve as assistant pastor in the vibrant Hispanic church, Catedral de Fe in Lawrenceville, Georgia, under the leadership of Rev. Roque Barrios. In 2008 Orlando received scholarship approval from Church of God World Missions and enrolled in the Pentecostal Theological Seminary.
Orlando plans to pursue a doctoral program and then return to Guatemala with his family to enroll as a full time teacher in the Central America Pentecostal Seminary. Together, they will contribute in the formation of a new generation of ministers of Jesus Christ who integrate head, heart, and works in the power of God.
Darrell Eugene Young
American Bible Society Biblical Teaching Award
On the 23rd of December at age 17, as the presence of the Lord filled the living room of an elderly Baptist couple’s home, Darrell Young accepted Christ, dramatically changing his life forever. This was the beginning of a new narrative, a life dedicated to God’s love message.
Darrell’s education began with the completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree in pastoral ministry from Lee University (2004), graduating magna cum laude. At an Assemblies of God church, Pastor David Gilliland mentored Darrell in the Faith, guiding him into a deeper relationship that cultivated a desire for God’s work. God’s calling in his life led him to seek to work as a youth leader at the Vineyard of Chattanooga. He has been in this ministry for six years and will continue mentoring and providing Godly guidance in the lives of these youth. Darrell has two wonderful parents, Madeleine and Dwight, two older siblings named Colleen and Carlos, and several nieces and a nephew. He intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Christian ethics.