"We won't back down on the truth of the resurrected Christ. That's what we're about as Christians." — Matthew Jones, recipient of 2014 Carter Homiletics Award
From left: Matt Jones, Nick Kellar, Adrian Calhoun with Dr. John C. Bowling (right) and Professor Jason Robertson (center) during awards chapel service at College Church
Olivet's School of Theology and Christian Ministry is pleased to present the 2014 Sylvanus Carter Homiletics Award to Matthew Jones, a senior religious studies major from Eureka, Ill. During a special chapel service at College Church of the Nazarene on April 1, 2014, Matt received the award from University President John C. Bowling and delivered the sermon he had written.
Seniors Nick Kellar and Adrian Calhoun were also finalists for this award. Both received scholarships and were recognized during the service.
Each participant in the competition for this award researches, writes and submits the manuscript of a sermon that he/she has prepared. Next, selected participants deliver their sermons to an audience. Each sermon is rated on exegesis of scripture, focus and relevance for the audience who will hear it, as well as the participant’s delivery of it. Three finalists are then chosen to receive scholarships, and one of those is designated as recipient of the award.
“We are pleased to honor three men of God who will preach the Word of God,” said Professor Jason Robertson, chair of the selection committee.
Matthew Jones has been involved with many aspects of campus life during his years at Olivet. He has participated in Associated Student Council, Spiritual Life Council, Orpheus Choir, and Olivet’s improvisational comedy troupe, Spoons4Forks. In addition, he is a resident assistant for Hills Hall, a role that he plans to continue while pursuing his Masters of Arts in Pastoral Ministry degree at Olivet next year.
Matt’s award-winning sermon, “The Foundation of our Faith," was based on John 5. “The resurrection is what we are about,” he said in his sermon. “It is in the resurrection that we have the possibility of hope. The resurrection makes all the difference.”
Nick Kellar, a youth ministry major from Comstock Park, Mich., is a member of Olivet’s Preaching Ambassadors program. He has also been involved with the Men’s Residential Life council and volunteers for Youth4Christ at a local school. He plans to return to Olivet next year to pursue a Master of Arts in Family Ministry degree.
Adrian Calhoun of New Paris, Pa., is a religious studies major with a minor in sociology. He serves as a resident assistant in the Olde Oak apartment complex, a student ambassador for Public Safety, and the co-president and co-chaplain of Proclamation Gospel Choir. He will return to Olivet next fall to pursue a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry degree.
“Preach the Word. That is central to the work of the ministry,” Dr. Bowling said as he addressed Matt, Nick and Adrian during the service.
The Sylvanus Carter Homiletics Award was established by Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Carter in honor of Stephen’s father, Rev. Sylvanus Carter — a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene for 56 years. Rev. Carter’s life and ministry modeled a strong commitment to preaching and pastoral care.