Alumni Award Winners
RON RYCKMAN JR. ('94)
Male recipient chosen for outstanding achievements not only in their career, but also for their contribution and service to the university, church, or in their local community. May be either a traditional or non-traditional student.
Ron Ryckman, Jr. was raised in western Kansas and has spent the past 25 years in Johnson County. Ron has a long history in local and state government. Ron was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2012. In 2016 He was elected as Speaker of the House. In addition Ron has served on the Olathe City Council since 2009 and serves on numerous other boards and committees. Ron is actively involved at Living Hope Church of the Nazarene. Ron and his wife Kim have been married for 22 years and have three children, Haley (19), Christian (15), and Chase (12).
JEANNIE (DEISHER, '96) WILLIAMS
Female recipient chosen for outstanding achievements not only in their career, but also for their contribution and service to the university, church, or in their local community. May be either a traditional or non-traditional student.
Jeannie graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University with her degree in Biology in 1996. She continued to pursue her ambition to become a physician and attended the University of Kansas Medical School, graduating in 2001. In 2005, Jeannie completed her residency at the University of Kansas Medical School in Anesthesiology and served as a director and practicing physician with Anesthesia Associates of Kansas City. Jeannie now works together with her husband Chad at QTS. Jeannie is married to Chad and together they have three children, David, Jackson and Caroline.
REV. CHRIS GILMORE ('07)
Recent graduate recipient who has demonstrated early success in their first five years since graduation as a traditional student.
Chris serves as the Lead Pastor at the First Church of the Nazarene, in Corbin, KY. He previously ministered as an associate pastor in Hutchinson, KS and Mandan, ND. Chris uses writing as an extension of his ministry and has been featured in the Huffington Post as well as other online news outlets and magazines. He has been actively involved with crisis pregnancy centers and currently serves on the Board of Directors for his local center. He is passionate about helping the church be the people that God always intended. He ministers alongside is wife, Associate Pastor Kristin (Leatherman ’07), and together they have three children: Maggie, Judah, and Lea.
Recipient chosen based upon humanitarian contributions to MNU, their church and their community. We recognize this recipient as "Carrying the Torch for MNU" by living out MNU's Pioneering Spirit, Passion to Serve and Purposeful Lives. This recipient is not required to be an alum of the university.
Mike recently retired as a professor after 33 years at MNU. He was granted Professor Emeritus status in May of 2017. Mike holds a bachelor and master’s degrees from Southern Nazarene University, a master of divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary, a master’s degree in business from Webster University, and a doctorate from Bethel Theological Seminary. He also has a graduate certificate in business ethics from Colorado State University. He is a recipient of the Donald Metz Professor of the Year award and the President’s Award for Professor of the Year. Mike is well loved by students and has spent years of his life investing in the lives of thousands of students.
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