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2013 ALUMNI AWARD WINNERS

1RickArmstrongRICK ARMSTRONG ('89)
ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

Rick L. Armstrong started his career with the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department in 1978 and was selected Chief in July, 2010.  In 1998, he graduated from the 194th Session of the F.B.I. National Academy and completed the F.B.I.’s prestigious Leadership and Development School in February 2012.  During his tenure with the KCKPD, he earned an A.A. in Criminal Justice, B.A. in Management from MidAmerica Nazarene University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kansas. He has received numerous Departmental awards and commendations, including Meritorious Service Valor Award, two (2) Purple Hearts, and honored with the Blue & Gold Award given by the National Kiwanis Club to officers shot in the line of duty. Rick has been married to his wife Allison for 26 years and they have two daughters, Alyssa and Caitlin.

0KindraBibleKINDRA BIBLE ('99)
ALUMNA OF THE YEAR

After graduating from MNU in 1999 with a degree in computer science, Kindra went to Brooklyn, NY, with Youth in Mission and worked with inner city kids teaching computer classes.  It was during this time that God called her into ministry. Upon returning, Kindra attended Nazarene Theological Seminary, while working as a programmer during the day at Nazarene Publishing House. In 2006, she graduated with a Masters in Intercultural Studies, and joined the staff of the Kansas City Urban Youth Center.   In the summer of 2007, God called her to something more.  While on a Work and Witness trip in Ukraine, God led her to international missions.  By October 2008, she had followed God's call to serve in Arequipa, Peru as a volunteer missionary with Extreme Nazarene Ministries.  She served there in the area of IT and Communications for over four years. In February 2013, she joined Extreme's latest project, "Extreme South America" and moved to Quito, Ecuador.  She is now the Education Manager, coordinating Spanish and Theology/Missions classes for all of Extreme's missionaries.  To view her profile, visit: http://www.extremenazarene.org/bible.  Kindra also authors a blog at http://KindraLBible.blogspot.com.

0SickelSTEPHEN ('07) & ANNE (BRYANT, '06) SICKEL
YOUNG ALUMNI AWARD

Stephen and Anne are a couple of “Midwestern kids transplanted to Central America because God told them that’s where He wanted them to go.”  Stephen led several student mission trips to Mexico in his years at MNU.  Now, they lead and organize mission trips full time.  Stephen and Anne have been serving as missionaries in Panama and Central America, where they work with pastors and district leaders to make a difference in Central America and leave an impression on the lives of the volunteers as well.  Stephen and Anne travel (by car, boat, airplane, motorcycle and by foot) all across lower Central America planning trips and managing funds to help match up the work and witness groups with the right work site.  To read more about their ministry, check out their blog at: http://sickelstory.wordpress.com/.

0MooreFRANK ('73) & SUE (POTTER, '75) MOORE
CARRY THE TORCH AWARD

Frank Moore currently serves as professor of theology and director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Olivet Nazarene University.  Sue serves as professor of education at Olivet.  They both served more than 20 years at MidAmerica Nazarene University prior to that.  Frank and Sue were instrumental in starting and maintaining 20 years of CAUSE mission trips at MNU.  Both are graduates of MNU.  Frank received an M.Div. in religion from Nazarene Theological Seminary and an M.A. and a Ph.D., both in religion, at Vanderbilt University.  Sue received at M.A. in Education from Tennessee State University, an Ed. Specialist degree from the University of Missouri, and an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University.  Frank has written 13 books, most recently Jesus is Lord, co-written with his son, Brent.  Frank and Sue live in Bourbonnais, IL.  Their son Brent, a professor at MNU, is married to Nikki; their two grandchildren are Mia and Micah.

0TollefsonALLEN & MADELINE TOLLEFSON
CARRY THE TORCH AWARD

Allen and Madeline have been longtime supporters of MNU.  Along with Frank and Sue Moore, they provided leadership for nearly 20 years for MNU student mission trips from 1985 to 2005. Their leadership and significant financial support has helped to impact an entire generation of university students to live out Matthew 25. Allen and Madeline's support of Nazarene missions is far reaching. They have been actively involved in supporting Nazarene Compassionate Ministries for more than 40 years, spending significant time in the field. They served as co-chairs for the Kansas City Rescue Mission's cabinet for the years 2012-2013, helping to raise funds for the new Womens' Center.  They continue to raise operating funds for the facility. Their passion to help those in need is a powerful testimony of their love for Christ.  The Tollefsons have four children, three foster children and 13 grandchildren. Their son, Dr. Cary Murphy ('89), is a doctor in Clay Center, KS.  He is married to Dawn (Bornsen, '91). Dawn teaches High School English in Clay Center, Kansas.