2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

The Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented at Spring Convocation 2016

2016 Distinguished Alumni Awardees

The Rev. Roy Almquist

The Rev. Roy Almquist

An ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Roy Almquist is in his fourth year of service as the Interim Rector of Washington Memorial Chapel, an appointment made possible by a joint agreement between the Episcopal and Lutheran denominations.

Fr. Almquist served for 12 years (1994-2006) as the Bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA. From 1984-1994 he was Senior Pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church in West Chester; prior to that he served congregations in northern New Jersey. A graduate of Muhlenberg College and The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (MDiv 1966), he and his wife, Shannon, live in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

The Rev. Paul F. Bosch

The Rev. Paul Bosch

Paul F. Bosch is a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada living in Waterloo, Ontario. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Muhlenberg College in 1952. In 1956 he received his BD from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, during which time he had an internship at Fort Plain, New York Parish, the first intern from LTSP

He was ordained in 1956 by the Central Penn Synod of the LCA as Assistant Pastor at St. Marks Lutheran Church in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where he served a very happy four years with Senior Pastor Fred Hasskarl, and in 1960 was called as the first ordained Lutheran Campus Pastor at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. Bosch met Kathryn Stinar that summer at a Lutheran Campus Ministry Conference in Chicago and were married the next Easter Sunday. He served almost 20 happy years in Syracuse.

In 1968-1969 Bosch was awarded a Danforth Campus Ministry Grant and the family moved to Europe for a year. For seven months he attended the Graduate School for Ecumenical Studies at the Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches in Bossey, Switzerland, living with his family in a small apartment in nearby Crassier on the French border, where they ate marvelous French cuisine and his children carried fresh baguettes of bread under their arms and an open pail of unpasteurized milk home from the local boulangerie on many occasions.

From March until August that year he served a small congregation of Scandinavian Lutheran refugees and their English families in Leeds, UK, then served the congregation of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amherst, Massachusetts, and as Lutheran Chaplain at UMass, Amherst, Smith, Mt. Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges. In 1982 he was called as Lutheran Campus Pastor at University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON, Canada.

Bosch was honored in 1992 by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada as its first Laureate Companion of the Worship Arts. In 2005 he was invited to exhibit his acrylic landscapes at the Aird Centre, WLU, and in 2014, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary (WLS) was host to a retrospective of his paintings, drawings, and liturgical designs. For almost 20 years, his monthly Essays on worship (“Worship Workbench”) could be read at the ELCIC’s worship website.

Bosch taught Worship, Pastoral Practice, Church Architecture, Church Drama, and Church Music and Hymnody for six years at WLS before his retirement in 1992. In 1993 WLS honored him as its first Emeritus Dean of the Chapel. He then served two terms of two years each as Interim Pastor at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Kitchener, ON.

His gifts include a natural ebullience of spirit, a joyous love of life, and he believes he is a rather uncommon combination of equal measures of ectomorph, endomorph, and mesomorph: intellect, emotion, and action.

The Rev. Harvard Stephens, Jr.

The Rev. Harvard Stephens, Jr.

Harvard Stephens, Jr., is the Dean of the Chapel and Pastor to the Community at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He is the former Senior Pastor of Frederick Evangelical Lutheran Church on the island of St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands. After serving as the Lutheran Campus Pastor at Howard University, he served for eight years as the first dean of Siebert Chapel at Carthage College.

Harvard earned his BA at Harvard College, his MDiv from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 1987, and was awarded an honorary DD from Carthage College in 2001.

He is also a soprano saxophonist who performs improvisational expressions of sacred music. Harvard has written extensively for Augsburg Fortress Press. His recent essay, “Twelve Years a Lutheran,” is featured in CrossAccent, the journal of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

Harvard also teaches tai chi chuan, an ancient martial art that is integral to his personal expression of contemplative spirituality. He and his wife, Linda, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this year.

Harvard wants the world to know: this is no time to live an uninspired life.

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