Anderson University will host the 2nd annual African American Alumni Reunion and Awards Luncheon on Saturday, June 23, at 11:30 a.m. in the Olt Student Center, Schield Dining Room. At the luncheon, conducted during the North American Convention of the Church of God, three outstanding alumni of Anderson University will be honored. Persons being honored include Dr. Ronald J. Fowler, Senior Pastor of Arlington Church of God in Akron, Ohio; Dr. Carolyn Waddy-Reid, co-pastor of the Langley Avenue Church of God in Chicago, Ill.; and Phyllis Newby, career missionary to Haiti associated with Hand to the Plow Ministries based in Sarasota, Fla.
Dr. Fowler is the Senior Pastor of Arlington Church of God in Akron, Ohio. He has held this position for 37-years. He graduated from the Anderson University School of Theology in 1966 with a Master of Divinity and pursued doctoral studies in Theology at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Dr. Fowler received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Anderson University in 1986. He has served as a distinguished member of the Anderson University Board of Trustees and was honored his wife, Ella LeJoyce Sojourner Fowler, with the 2005 Heritage Award by Anderson University.
A 1980 alumna of Anderson University, Dr. Carolyn Waddy-Reid serves as co-pastor of the Langley Avenue Church of God in Chicago, Ill. She, along with her husband, Dr. Noah William Reid, Jr., has served the church since 1989. Together they minister and lead programs in Community Management and Community Resource Development with a focus on communities that work together in the urban context. She serves on the Program Committee of the General Assembly of the Church of God in Illinois, as a board member of the Chicago Renewal Society, and co-chairs the Chicago Area Ministers Fellowship of the Church of God.
Phyllis Newby serves as a career missionary to Haiti and is associated with Hand to the Plow Ministries based in Sarasota, Fla. She graduated from The School of Theology in Jamaica and enrolled in Anderson University to prepare for ministry. Following graduation in 1972, she traveled to Port-au-Prince to fulfill a call to serve in that county. Among her many ministries in Haiti, Phyllis has been instrumental in the development of over two hundred church-schools, representing nearly 40,000 children. A church-school is a multipurpose facility which is used as both the village church and primary school.
For more information about the 2nd annual African American Alumni Reunion and Awards Luncheon, contact the AU Office of Alumni Relations at 765-641-4100, 765-641-3888 (fax), firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail); Aleza Beverly at 765-641-5251 (office) or email@example.com (e-mail); or Kelvin Broadnax at 765-617-4159.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.