Asbury University Receives Prestigious Salvation Army Award
April 25, 2016
Asbury University received The Salvation Army’s Evangeline Booth Award — for its excellence in Christian education — during a national conference in Phoenix, Ariz. on April 23. Asbury is the only university in the world to have received the prestigious honor.
Honoring areas in Religious Leadership and Ministry, Entertainment, Philanthropy and the Arts, the Evangeline Booth Award recognizes exceptional individuals, corporations and organizations who best reflect the spirit, commitment and innovative vision of Evangeline Booth.
Past recipients include Dr. Billy Graham, President George W. and First Lady Laura Bush, Joan Kroc, Paul Harvey, Pastor and Mrs. Rick Warren and the Lilly Endowment. Two of the five recipients this year, along with Asbury, were NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith and television host Kathie Lee Gifford.
General Andre Cox, the international leader of The Salvation Army, attended the conference from London to assist in the presentation of awards.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious award and remain grateful for our continued partnership with The Salvation Army, as together we equip men and women to advance the cause of Christ around the world,” said Asbury President Sandra C. Gray. “The Evangeline Booth Award for Excellence in Christian Education recognizes the central role education plays in preparing the next generation of Christian leaders. Today, 125 years after our founding, our commitment to academic excellence and spiritual vitality has never been more relevant.”
Nearly 3,000 people attended the conference (April 21-24), which was planned for volunteer Advisory Organization members, as well as Salvation Army officers and professional employees
Attending the conference with C.E. Crouse, former chair of Asbury’s Board of Trustees, Gray was invited to present some thoughts at a major evening session on April 23. Following her talk, Gray and Crouse accepted the Evangeline Booth Award for Excellence in Christian Education on behalf of Asbury University.
Shared history, heritage and theological commitments have created a natural partnership between Asbury University and The Salvation Army. The first Salvation Army student enrolled at Asbury in 1924, and since then, more than 500 Salvation Army officers have attended the University. In 1983, Asbury University became the only college with an official Salvation Army Student Center, built with the support of all four Salvation Army Territories. In November 2015, an agreement between Asbury and The Salvation Army granted five tuitions per year for Salvation Army students entering Asbury’s Master of Social Work program. Additionally, Asbury offers a range of customized online and on-campus degree programs for The Salvation Army.
In a letter to Gray and Crouse, Commissioner David E. Jeffrey, National Commander of The Salvation Army in the U.S., expressed his appreciation for Asbury’s partnership with The Salvation Army.
“What an honor and absolute delight it has been to celebrate your relationship with The Salvation Army,” Jeffrey said. “We are deeply grateful for your very generous and prominent support of our organization.”
To learn more about Asbury’s Salvation Army programs, visit: asbury.edu/salvationarmy