6297-Malone's Chaplain Heckert Awarded
6297-March 8, 2012
When Malone University's Chaplain L. Randall Heckert, M.Div., attended the annual Campus Ministers' Conference in California last month, he found himself on the program! The Commission for Campus Ministry Directors of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) presented him with the 2012 Dana Walling Award for Excellence in Campus Ministry.
"I was quite shocked to say the least," says Heckert, "and overwhelmed at the presentation. I really don't know how my nomination originated." The committee had spoken to University Board members including chairman Steve Steer prior to making this year's selection. Although he had been told of an award of some kind, he says he was unaware of its significance. "I'm also indebted to my Campus Ministries team," he says. The "team" was busy participating in the Coalition for Christian Outreach's Jubilee Conference in Pittsburgh at the time.
Heckert has served in his position as University Chaplain since 1997 – overseeing the spiritual formation of students through programming and pastoral activities. Prior to that, he served as pastor for the Evangelical Friends Church in Deerfield; Sarasota, Florida; and Salem. Between 1982 and 1988, he was chaplain for the United States Army, serving at Fort Sill, Okla.; Fort Bragg, NC; and in Sinai, Egypt with the 82nd Airborne Division. Heckert holds a BA in philosophy from Youngstown State University, and the M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Ill.). He is married to Kathy; the couple has two married sons and three grandchildren. In addition, the Heckerts own and operate Hambleton House Bed and Breakfast in Canton.
The surprised Heckert did not have to walk forward alone to accept his award. "Kathy was also up front with me at the presentation. Appropriately so," he observes.
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.
Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
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