Alumni of the Year

Alumni of the Year 2013

Donald “Don” and Rachel “Rae” both graduated from Bryan College in 1963, Don with a degree in Greek and Rae with a degree in English. After graduating from Bryan, Don went on to earn a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, an MA from North American Baptist Seminary, and a DMin from Bethel Theological Seminary and with Rae has spent 43 years in full-time ministry. He has acted as pastor, church planter and district executive minister for many churches nationwide and is currently working in estate design planning “to lead in the discipleship of generosity to extend the kingdom of God through the gifts of God’s people” at Fellowship NWA in northwest Arkansas. Don and Rae currently reside in Gentry, Arkansas, and have two children and six grandchildren.
Josh Bales, pictured with his wife, Mindy, graduated from Bryan College in 2003 with a degree in Bible. He is now a singer, songwriter, and recording artist, whose albums span the genres of country pop, singer-songwriter, and retuned hymns. Josh’s worship song "A Hymn for All the World" has been featured on the Midday Connection Show from Moody Radio, and is sung in churches around the world. His singer-songwriter music has garnered awards online and is currently licensed for shows on E!TV, Discovery Channel Network, Mtv, and VH1. Josh travels the country year round sharing his art. He currently serves as Director of Worship at Lake Baldwin Church in Florida, and is finishing a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Counseling at Reformed Theological Seminary.

Previous recipients of the Alumni of the Year Award include

2012 Don and Connie Blanton, '76 and Matt and Kelly Rogers, '05

2011 Diane Dempsey Sirmans, '86 and Dr. Brian Eisenback, '02
2010 Gary Conner, '79 and Nathaniel Goggans, '00

2009 Henry Barrios, '04 and Mary Frances Rudd Carlson, 67

2008 Mastin, '76, and Nancy, '74, Robeson

2007 Jackie Perseghetti '82

2006 Dr. William Don Black '64
2005 Ron '64 and Lois '65 Zartman
2004 Timothy, '72, and Darcy, '74, Kimmel

2003 Stephen P. Bradshaw, '75
2002 David L. Spoede, '78

2001 Lamar, '50, and Dorothy, '52, Modert and Nell Pearson, '49

2000 Reita Hall, '54

1999 Edward, '39, and Joyce, '40, De Rosset

1998 Michael, '82, and Kim, '85, Smith

1997 Stu, '56, and Velma, '57, Meissner

1996 Rosalie De Rosset, '69

1995 Kenneth G. Hanna, '57
1994 Darwin, '54, and June, '54, Neddo
1993 Alan Winkler, '60

1992 Phil, '66, and Katie, '67, Ashworth
1991 Larry, '73, and Patty, '75, Puckett
1990 J. Wayne Cropp, '74

1989 Dan, '65, and Louise, '68, Sheyda
1988 Tom, '63, and Arlene, '65, Beal
1987 Karin De Rosset Traylor, '64

1986 Marilyn J. Laszlo, '59
1985 David C. Egner, '61

1984 Wilbur N. Pickering, '56

1983 John Stone, '68

1982 Virginia Seguine, '54

1981 James Reese, '56

1980 Warren A. Allem, '57

1979 Howard D. Park, '55

1978 Donald W. Crane, '66

1977 Charles Westgate, '62

1976 Allen B. Jewett, '52

1975 A. Clyde Simmons, '49

1974 Rebecca Peck, '40

1973 Mayme Sheddan, '65

1972 Larry Fehl, '57

1971 Richard Cornelius, '55

1970 James Barth, '57

1969 John P. Rynders, '61

1961 Ian M. Hay, '50

1960 Ralph Toliver, '37

1959 William Logan Rector, '34

1958 William Wonderly, '36