Alumni Banquet Wrapup

Alumni and friends of Southwestern Christian University gathered to recognize a group of special individuals and churches for their outstanding achievements and service to the university and community. Award recipients are as follows.

Dan Beller Legacy Award --- Frank Tunstall
The Legacy Award is designed to honor those individuals who have made a lasting impact on the Kingdom of God that will affect generations to come. The recipient must have demonstrated Christian character and leadership in service which has produced tangible evidence in individuals or organizations bringing an impact to the Church or Community for today and the future.

Frank Tunstall served two terms as president of Southwestern Christian University in 1980 and again in 1983. He presided over moving SCU from its original location on NW 10th to its present-day location on Norwest 39th. Some of the accomplishments of his tenure are still evident on campus such as Irvin-Light Dorm, Terry Trip Activity Center, Patrick Building, C.H. Springer Administration building and the Dining Hall. Although funds were always limited, this man's administration operated with a balanced budget and finished with a firm financial footing.

Tunstall later went on to serve as pastor of the Northwest Christian Center and led the church in four major building programs culminating with a beautiful new sanctuary in 2002. He served as Conference Missions Director for the Heartland Conference and organized missions and construction trips to many countries, including Communist Cuba. He was later elected as the Bishop for the IPHC Heartland Conference.

Today he is back at SCU as an adjunct instructor where he teaches Bible class on Wisdom Literature.

Lifetime Achievement Award – Wallace Hamilton
The Lifetime Achievement Award honors those individuals who have produced a lifetime of service to the church or community through business, government, sports, entertainment, education, etc. and whose impact is seen through tangible evidence. The recipient has lived a life of achievement through service, business or career while demonstrating Christian character and ideals.

Wallace Hamilton assumed the duties of Chief Financial Officer for Southwestern Christian University in 1990.For over 25 years, Mr. Hamilton has carefully administered the monetary matters of the University with honesty and integrity to ensure the financial viability of the institution remains on firm footing.His attention to detail and oversight through the years of an abundance of functions, including information technology, physical plant, contractual agreements, and human resources, are a testimony to his commitment and love for SCU.

Athletics Hall of Fame – Roman Owen
The SCU Athletic Hall of Fame was established to honor student-athletes, coaches and contributors who have made a significant impact to the University and its Athletics Department. The Hall of Fame Selection Committee, comprised of SCU Athletic staff and alumni, meets each fall to determine if selections for the Hall of Fame are warranted.

Roman Owen, a graduate of Okarche High School, was a four-year starter for SCU from 2003-2008. He finished as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,802 points and averaged right at 17.7 points a game during his career. His teams combined for a 91- 67 overall record.

He was a three-time All-American and led the Eagles to three NCCAA national tournament berths in 2006, 2007, and 2008 including national runner up in each of the last two seasons. He was recognized as the winner of the Pete Maravich Player-of-the-Year award given to the outstanding NCCAA student-athlete in Division II Men's Basketball as a senior.

He went on to spend two years as the men’s assistant coach at Oklahoma City University before taking over the women’s head coaching duties at Mid-America Christian University in 2010. He led the Evangels to increasing amount of wins each of his three seasons before taking his current job as an assistant on the University of Oklahoma women’s basketball staff.

Spiritual Impact Award – Norman Wilkie and Steve Ely

The Spiritual Impact Award was created this year to honor and show recognition to spiritual leaders who are involved with SCU.

Norman Wilkie is a member of the New Horizons Ministries Executive Council where he serves as Board Member for Bridge Builders International, Prayer Power Ministries and an Instructor for the School of Ministry of New Horizons Ministries.

He has a master of ministry in leadership from SCU and has been licensed with the IPHC since 1972. He pastored churches in Fayetteville, Ark. and Springfield, Mo for 10 years before joining the staff at Evangelistic Temple in Tulsa in 1983.

He has served with the Tulsa Mayor’s Summit on Drug Abuse, South Peoria Task Force for Community Involvement, Tulsa Bridges of Faith Initiative and the Tulsa City-Wide Koinonia Outreach Festival.

Steve Ely graduated in 1990 from SCU with a bachelor of arts in Religion and later earned his master of ministry in leadership in 2006. He was awarded the Academic Achievement Award for having the highest grade point average in his senior class. He was a member of the Great Life singing group for two years and was president of the Southwestern Ministerial Associate (SMA) for two years. He also has served as Director of Admissions and Director of Spiritual Life.

Ely has been the public address announcer at SCU basketball games for 12 years and called well over 600 events.

He and his wife, Julie, were the co-founders of Passion Church in Oklahoma City, a charismatic, contemporary, and casual church and home to almost 300 regular members.

Women’s Ministries Donation
Sheri Sherrill of the IPHC Heartland Conference Women’s Ministries Department and Michelle Drake of the IHC New Horizons Conference each presented substantial checks from their organizations to the University’s scholarship fund.

Soaring Eagle Churches
Churches that contributed more than $1,000 or more in 2014 were recognized. They are as follows
1. Christian Heritage Pentecostal Holiness Church; Germantown, TN; Pastor John Hannah.
2. Downtown Pentecostal Holiness Church; Shawnee, OK; Pastor Ron Baldridge.
3. Spirit Life Church; Tulsa, OK; Pastor Norman Wilkie.
4. Victory Church, Oklahoma City, OK; Pastor Jon Chasteen.

Eagle Churches
The following churches contributed to SCU on a regular basis throughout 2014
1. Abundant Life Family Center; Enid, OK; Pastor John Hauser.
2. Apache First Pentecostal Holiness Church; Apache, OK; Pastor Caleb McDowell.
3. Northwest Christian Center; Oklahoma City, OK; Pastor Terry Lowder.
4. West Columbia Pentecostal Holiness Church; West Columbia, SC; Pastor Ed Watson.

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