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At the Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary commencement are Joan and Dr. Jim Tillotson with Dr. Vernon and Jan Rosenau.

ANKENY, Iowa—Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary awarded Vernon Rosenau, president of Baptist Mid-Missions, an honorary doctorate of divinity during the school’s commencement May 6.

Rosenau’s degree is only the second such doctorate the school has ever bestowed. It is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to ministry. The honorary doctorate, says Baptist Mid-Missions, recognizes Rosenau’s “education in missions and intercultural studies; his service as a third-generation missionary, including work in theological education in Africa; and his leadership in Africa as a field president and in the US as a BMM field administrator.”

“The Lord has already gifted and qualified Vernon Rosenau to be the new president of Baptist Mid-Missions,” says Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary. “Our recognition today is meant to be a further confirmation that he is God’s man for this new ministry.”

Baptist Mid-Missions extends “sincere appreciation to FBBC&TS not only for this honor granted to our president but also for their partnership with Baptist Mid-Missions in their excellent training of many missionaries who have served with us through the years.”

Also receiving an honorary doctorate, though from a different institution, was Jim Tillotson, president of Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary. Bob Jones University awarded Tillotson an honorary doctorate of divinity during its commencement May 6. Although Tillotson was unable to be present at the ceremony, he was recognized for his previous ministry as a pastor and his new role as president. Tillotson is currently working on earning a DMin degree.