Alumni Award Winners
PETER ROBINSON ('04)
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.
Peter Robinson, an Army Chaplain, has traveled the globe helping warriors grow closer to God and helping to care for the spiritual injuries experienced in war. Currently he works at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, GA, working with warriors who have substance abuse and chemical dependencies and also those who have returned from war with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress. Inspired by his wife, Kim (Fawcett, ’04), a trauma certified nurse who provides emergency care to their three energetic kids, he has created professionally credentialed training sessions teaching nurses about spirituality and integrating the chaplain in patient care. He is also nearing completion of his doctorate in clinical ministry in this area. Pete spends his free time volunteering with small group and children’s ministries at his local church and playing in the pool with his family.
MOLLY (FREI, '05) LATCHAW
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.
After graduating from MNU, Molly went on to Nazarene Theological Seminary to pursue her Masters of Divinity. She took a year away from her studies to serve with Nazarene Mission Corps in Poznan, Poland. Molly served as the first female pastor at Central Church of the Nazarene in Lenexa, KS, as the Pastor of Discipleship. She created a young adult ministry that doubled in size its first year and oversaw adult education in the church. During her time at Central, she was privileged to donate a kidney to another pastor on staff, Tim Johnson. She later served as youth pastor at Manhattan (KS) Church of the Nazarene. During that time, the youth and college ministries grew. The church built a youth center and started an at-risk middle school program that multiplied substantially within the first year. Molly also started two Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt franchises with the full intent of utilizing business to minister uniquely to both staff and local school age kids. Through Orange Leaf, Molly has given over 20% of sales to numerous churches, youth groups, and non-profits with the mission of bringing Christ to those in need. Molly recently accepted a position as Assistant District Superintendent for the Wesleyan Church in West Michigan. In 2010, Molly married Maj. Jeremy Latchaw and they had a son in September of 2014. They currently reside in Holland, MI.
JACOB LAWRENCE ('10)
Recent graduate recipient who has demonstrated early success in their first five years since graduation as a traditional student.
Jacob graduated from Fort Scott High school in 2006 and began his education at MNU in the fall of 2008. While at MNU, Jacob played football during the 2008-09 seasons. He gained an interest in the field of Criminal Justice, specifically law enforcement. In 2010, Jacob graduated from MNU with a BA in Criminal Justice and graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC). Upon graduation, he began his career in law enforcement with the Butler County (KS) Sheriff’s Office. On September 3, 2013, Jacob was checking a suspicious vehicle while on duty and was involved in a shooting. He was shot and injured by the suspect and returned fire, injuring the suspect. The suspect was subsequently captured and sentenced to 22 years in prison. In November of 2013, Jacob was selected by the Kansas Sheriff's Association as Deputy of the year. In July of 2014, Jacob left the Butler County Sheriff’s Office and began working for his current employer, the Augusta (KS) Department of Public Safety, as a Public Safety Officer. Jacob is the son of Larry and Tami Lawrence.
BRITT ('99) AND KELLY (RYMAN, '98) MATTIX
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.
Britt, a pilot and flight instructor, was recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration with inclusion in the prestigious FAA Airmen Certification Database as a pilot who exceeded the high educational, licensing and medical standards established by the FAA. Kelly is a pediatric surgeon at Scott & White Clinic in Temple/Killeen, Texas. She has won several awards, including the “Code 77” Trauma Recognition Award from Indiana University/Wishard Hospital and the Leonard Ensminger Award, presented by the Indiana Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. Britt and Kelly currently live in Temple, TX, with their three children Samuel, Burke and Ava Scarlett.
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