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2018 Alumni Awards

October 11, 2018 | Michael Napoli

The King’s College is pleased to announce the 2018 honorees of The King’s College Alumni Association. Each year, the Alumni Association confers three awards on alumni of The King’s College or of Northeastern Bible College for various areas of vocational distinction. This year’s award winners, along with the awards they will receive, are profiled below.

2018 Alumnus of the Year: Doug Hautz (’84)

Doug and Karen Hautz

The Alumnus of the Year Award is granted annually to an alumnus or alumna of The King’s College who has distinguished himself/herself in his/her chosen field, and who exemplifies the Christian philosophy of the College through a life dedicated to the Lord. The candidate must have attended either The King’s College or Northeastern Bible College for one full semester, but the preference will be for a graduate of either institution.

Doug Hautz, a graduate of The King’s College (Philosophy ’84), has been the associate pastor of Ormond Beach Alliance Church in Florida since 2008, and the senior pastor since 2010. His ministry is dedicated to helping the homeless, providing tangible and spiritual services to those who are most vulnerable.

Previously, the homeless shelter at Ormond Beach Alliance Church opened only when cold weather precluded sleeping outside. However, when more and more people began asking him for refuge, Doug’s response was to transform his church into a full time shelter. “Instead of inviting people to my church, I needed to be a supply for a need in my community,” he says. His door is now open 24/7 to anyone in need—prostitutes, addicts, and runaways as well as the homeless.

In addition to providing sustenance and shelter, Doug honors the God-given dignity of each person who crosses his path. He helps them to get cleaned up, sober, and back on their feet. Residents are taught to live in community with one another, sometimes pooling resources for communal meals. Doug also guides residents through the legal system, helps them find gainful employment, and even hosts Bible studies for spiritual development. His program is rooted in Christian charity and a deep-seated love for individuals.

Doug’s good work has been recognized by the community. He has partnered with local businesses such as the Ormond Beach YMCA to provide free showers for his residents. Other businesses will hire Doug’s residents as day laborers, and local churches pass along their food and donations to Doug’s shelter. Doug is also active on his town board, and communicates with neighboring mayors and police departments in order to address the root causes of homelessness. For Doug, it’s all part of the job. “It’s just treating people as humans—the ones that God created,” he says. “It’s amazing how God loves us.”

2018 J. Stanley Oakes Award: Jordan Fischer (’05) and Katie Fischer (’06)

Jordan and Katie Fischer

The mission of The King’s College is accomplished through its Alumni. Transforming society through shaping, then leading strategic national institutions is no easy feat and requires courage, integrity, vision, and tenacity. Together, these are the key components of a pioneering spirit and are exemplified by J. Stanley Oakes, the fourth president of The King’s College. President Oakes took on the daunting challenge of reestablishing King’s in New York City, driven by a vision to educate Christians to influence culture at its core ideas, rather than react to secular society. This award is in honor of President Oakes and seeks to recognize those Alumni who both embody the mission of The King’s College and demonstrate a pioneering spirit by using his or her career to influence strategic national institutions.

In 2014, Jordan (Business ’05) and Katie Fischer (Childhood Education ’06) and their four children established Hope In Our City (HIOC), a Denver, Colo. ministry which aims to build healthy connections and communities for refugees. They credit their King’s education as part of God’s plan, which moved them to share their blessings with others.

In Jordan’s words, “My work with HIOC is all community interaction, both with the over three hundred clients we serve as well as the over five hundred volunteers who have partnered with us.” His program of holistic community transformation emphasizes the importance of relationships and individuals. “Through friendships,” Jordan says, “all other needs come into clearer view.”

The experience of moving from a small town to New York City was formational for Jordan. Friendships with people from around the world taught him to value diversity. Moreover, Jordan says that King’s faculty “challenged the way I think about cultures, people, success, and God’s heart so that I could see that all people matter, and that I can learn from all experiences and individuals.”

A graduate of the King’s business program, Jordan manages the finances and fundraising for Hope In Our City. His work keeps him busy, but Jordan and his wife earn additional income from fixing and flipping homes. This side business, Fischer Investments, allows Katie to stay home and raise their four children. The Fischer family attends Fellowship Denver and the children are active in sports.

Jordan praises his alma mater, saying “King’s does a great job preparing you to be influencers in this world.” His highest praise, however, is reserved for the Lord: “My advice is to remember that only God, through His Spirit, can prepare your heart and this is a life-long journey.”

2018 Charles W. Anderson Award: Tom Jackson (’74)

Tom and Lois JacksonThe Charles W. Anderson Award is granted annually to an alumnus or alumna of either The King’s College or Northeastern Bible College in full-time vocational ministry. He or she should embrace NBC’s vision—Christ for a Lost World—through a life of faithfulness, sacrifice, and pioneering spirit. The award is named after Northeastern Bible College’s founding president, Charles W. Anderson, to perpetuate his vision for NBC and to demonstrate NBC’s shared vision with King’s to influence the world.

Tom Jackson, a graduate of Northeastern Bible College (’74) and his wife Lois (’76) serve as missionaries with The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) in Zimbabwe. Tom and Lois have spent over four decades in church planting ministries in Zimbabwe as well as in finance at TEAM’s Carol Stream office. During their time in the TEAM office (2006 -2015) Tom served as the manager of missionary finance. “It’s been such a joy to see God use my pastoral nature and bent in accounting and bookkeeping to bring a blend to missionary finance that has been an encouragement and help to the broader TEAM family,” Tom said during their time Stateside. In August 2015 Tom and Lois returned to Zimbabwe at the invitation of the Evangelical Church of Zimbabwe. Their focus in ministry is in helping to connect city churches in Zimbabwe with rural congregations to equip and empower rural congregations to reach and serve their communities. “The opportunity to serve alongside the Zimbabwean church in the rural communities has been an incredible joy,” Tom says.