Alumni & Friends Luncheon in Phoenix

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary honored Bobby Evans and Naomi Paget with Distinguished Alumni Awards at the Seminary’s Alumni and Friends luncheon on June 15, during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.

Jeff Iorg, the seminary's president, praised the work of Evans and Paget and described their ministries. He explained that they were being honored due to the significance of their valuable contributions in furthering the Gospel.

Evans is a Rome, Georgia native who graduated from Golden Gate Seminary in 1961 with a Bachelor of Divinity degree. He served as a pastor in Northern California before the International Mission Board appointed Evans and his wife, Dorothy, in 1964 to assignments in Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei. Evans spent 37 years as a church planter, pastor, urban evangelism trainer, church growth consultant, and theological training leader. In 2000, Evans and his wife co-authored Great Things He Has Done, a 50-year history of the Malaysian Baptist Convention. Since retiring in 2002, Evans has made nine foreign mission trips to nine different countries, founded and served in a casino ministry in Kansas City, Missouri for four years, and currently lives in Independence, Missouri where he serves his local church, Coventry Estates Baptist Church.

Iorg also acknowledged Distinguished Alum Naomi Paget. The award was presented to her on May 28 during the commencement ceremony of the Seminary’s Arizona Campus.

Paget graduated from Golden Gate Seminary with a Master of Divinity in 1995, and a Doctor of Ministry in 2003. She serves with the North American Mission Board as Red Cross Liaison, chaplaincy consultant for the Red Cross, chaplain for the FBI, and travels extensively throughout the world providing comfort and training in disaster situations. She recently returned from serving as a disaster relief chaplain in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami. In 2003 Dr. Paget and her husband, John, established the Neva Burk Scholarship for Women in Ministry. This scholarship has provided financial assistance to more than 70 students at the Arizona and Rocky Mountain campuses of Golden Gate Seminary.

At the luncheon, Iorg reported on the work of the Seminary, including his year-long teaching and preaching emphasis on the work of the Holy Spirit in ministry leadership. He also described how the Seminary’s reaccreditation process is nearly completed, and that the Seminary received the strongest affirmation possible from Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and Association of Theological Schools (ATS). He discussed the development of the Northern California’s new master site plan, the success of the Seminary’s five-year Partners for the Future fundraising campaign, the establishment of the faculty rank and compensation plan, the launching of a new degree program and the addition of a concentration in counseling, the addition of faculty, enlargement of the Ph.D. program and the upcoming Master of Divinity program in the Korean language.
President Iorg concluded by remarking on the Seminary’s rebranding program, which was launched at the annual meeting. He referred to the new tagline, and quoted from his earlier report to the messengers: “You can trust our product – we are biblical. You can join our focus – we are missional. You can celebrate our significance – we are global.

“We hope the words of our tagline will ring in your hearts and remind you of what Golden Gate Seminary is all about.”