Distinguished Alumni Awards
This year, the school continued the emerging tradition
of recognizing the contributions of our alumni through
the presentation of Distinguished Alumni Awards. These
awards were first presented in July, 2003 at the NAB
Triennial Conference. The 2004 awards were presented
on April 24 at the spring alumni reception held on the
Taylor campus. We are very proud of our alumni and their
lives of service. Through these awards, we wish to acknowledge
the valuable contributions made by our many alumni.
The stated focus of the award is “to recognize
those who through their lives of service have demonstrated
the attributes of Christ-minded leadership”. It
was our pleasure this year to recognize three worthy
recipients. A pastor and teacher, a farmer turned camp
director and a tireless and joyful volunteer. They represent
so well the diversity of our alumni.
Dr. Terry Fossen
Terry Fossen attended NABC in 1972-1973. After completing
a degree at the University of Calgary, he began his
Master’s program as part of the first class of
students at the emerging divinity school, now called
Taylor Seminary. He completed his MDiv in Christian
Education, graduating in 1980 from NABS in Sioux Falls.
Dr. Fossen was adjunct faculty at NABC from 1981 to
1984 and served as assistant faculty member at NABC
from 1992-1996. During his time as a professor, he demonstrated
a passion for students and a personal love of learning.
He has shown deep devotion and solid support of the
school throughout his time as a student and faculty
Terry’s life has been characterized by a gentle
spirit that is dedicated to serving Christ. He is known
as a teacher, an encourager, and an edifier. He places
others before himself and inspires those around him
to become more like Christ.
Terry’s ministry has and continues to be far-reaching.
He was the Associate Pastor at Central Baptist in Edmonton
from 1980-1985. He instructed at Mambilla Baptist College
in Nigeria for 2 years and was the first Alberta Baptist
Association (ABA) Area Youth Minister. He has achieved
a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from the University
of Alberta which has helped to enhance his ministry.
Terry now serves as the Lead Pastor at Central Baptist
Church and chairs the Focus 3 leadership training committee
for the ABA. He is a wonderful father to 6 children
and husband to his wonderful wife, Tammy. We know you
will agree that Dr.Terry Fossen is a distinguished alumnus.
Thabea (Tabby) Walters
Walters worked on staff at NABC as assistant librarian
from 1974-1992. While on staff, Tabby completed several
courses at the school. She now serves on the executive
of the Jubileer’s, a 55+ ministry at Taylor and
coordinates the volunteer mailing team that meets throughout
the year to mail out 4000+ pieces for the school. Tabby
also aids the President’s Assistant in special
projects and continues to be an important part of the
team at Taylor.
Tabby’s life is that of a completely willing
and joyful servant of the Lord. She is someone whom
you can call on and know that she will offer her help.
Regardless of where you find Tabby serving, she always
has a smile on her face. Tabby’s love for God
translates into compassionate, selfless love for others.
Tabby’s ministry extends beyond Taylor to Greenfield
Baptist Church and even overseas. At Greenfield she
plays organ, is an active choir member, is a care group
leader and serves on the Ministry Council. Tabby has
served on missions trips to Brazil and Cameroon. She
is a wonderful role model and is a very distinguished
was born into a farm family in North Dakota. He attended
NABC from 1979-1980 for three semesters. He was a self-described
under-achieving student but has proven to be a strong
role model in his life and ministry. Darryl went back
to farming after his studies at NABC but over time became
uneasy / restless with the demands/ strains farming
was placing on him and his family. He eagerly sought
God’s direction and in 1998, Darryl with his wife,
Amy, and their 4 boys took the opportunity to work as
Executive Director at Crystal Springs Camp in North
Since starting at Crystal Springs, Darryl caught and
carried through a vision to make the camp a year-round
facility. The camp holds a special place in the hearts
of the area NAB churches. With their enthusiastic support
and the encouragement of the camp board, Darryl set
to work to achieve their vision for Crystal Springs.
In the past 4 years they have built a new dining hall,
administrative building, ladies dormitory, chapel and
meeting rooms. With this expansion of their facilities,
Crystal Springs has held 30 more events annually than
was previous possible. This expansion is helping to
provide spiritual retreat and refreshment for His people.
Darryl is a quiet but strong Christian leader. He has
shown passion and determination for the sake of God’s
kingdom. Darryl has made a difference in the lives of
campers, workers and volunteers at Crystal Springs.
What a privilege to watch the power of God at work in
a dedicated servant.
We encourage you to participate in recognizing
the contributions of your fellow alumni. Submit
your nomination for the recipients of the 2005 Distinguished
Alumni Awards. The award criteria and nomination
forms are available through our website or by contacting
the Alumni Affairs office of the school. (firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 1-800-567-4988)
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