Van Campen honored with President's Award of Distinction

Van Campen honored with President's Award of Distinction

Elizabeth "Betty" Van Campen, a longtime friend and contributor to the mission of BBC&S, was honored with the President's Award of Distinction at the May 7 commencement.

A resident of Fishers, IN, Mrs. Van Campen called the special award and recognition a "very humbling experience."

"That's sincerely said. It is not in my comfort zone," she said. "We don't do things for the focus of man but to bring honor and glory to the Lord. Our purpose is to serve Him."

Established in 1995, the award is given periodically to trustees or major contributors to the ministry of BBC&S. It follows the biblical mandate to give honor to whom honor is due and is given to those who have faithfully served and heartily supported the mission and goals of BBC&S.

Mrs. Van Campen, who was presented with a Waterford Crystal globe, attended with her daughter, Luann Van Campen.

The presentation came as nearly 200 graduates were recognized during morning graduation exercises. Diplomas presented in the Phelps Student Center ranged from a one-year Bible Certificate to doctorate degrees. Graduates included residents of 28 states and 4 other nations -- Canada, Myanmar, Niger, and South Africa.

Special recognition
President Jim Jeffery cited her "noble character, faithful service to our Lord, and contributions to the mission" of BBC&S in giving the award.

"Perhaps the verses that describe her best are Proverbs 31:25-26: 'Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.' These words describe Betty perfectly. She is a strong believer, a student of God's Word, and a dear friend."

As a tribute to her father, Dr. William Walker Barndollar, Mrs. Van Campen established funds for an annual lectureship at Baptist Bible Seminary. She periodically visits campus to get to know the women who live in the residence hall that bears her father's name -- Barndollar Hall -- and has also assisted with renovations and furniture at the building.

"Betty has faithfully responded to the call of the Lord to utilize her talents of teaching, mentoring, public speaking, leadership, organization, and hospitality to further the cause of Christ," President Jeffery said. "She is a living the legacy of her parents as they modeled faith, stewardship, and generosity."

A lifetime of service
A speech communications major at Wheaton College, former journalist and high school teacher, Mrs. Van Campen also established a scholarship given annually to women students who are excelling in the Communications program..Elizabeth

It is that commitment to communications and to seeing lives changed through the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that has continually drawn Mrs. Van Campen back to BBC&S.

"In this ever-changing world of ours, I'm just naturally led to the school," she said. "(BBC&S) is tenacious about rightly dividing the Word of God and sending well-trained graduates out into careers. It is very exciting."

"There is a real understanding where our culture and society is today and they have been flexible in adapting programs and education to what is required."

See a complete list of graduates and the commencement program here.

Pictures from the day are posted at

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Posted on: 5/7/2011 12:17:32 PM

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