Indiana Wesleyan University has named Pastor Kevin Myers as the 2019 IWU Alumni World Changer. The award was established in 2012 by the Board of Trustees to honor an alumnus who has made or is making a significant difference in his or her corner of the world.
Myers graduated from IWU in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Ministries. Myers and his wife Marcia sold everything in 1987 and left Michigan to plant a church, 12Stone Church, in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
After a slow start in a movie theatre, 12Stone Church’s ministry saw explosive growth. Attendance reached 1,000 in 2008, and 20 years later the church moved into the 2,500-seat 12Stone Center on 70 acres. Now, with eight campuses in the Atlanta area, 12Stone serves 18,000 weekly worshippers. In 2014, the John Maxwell Leadership Center, housing 12Stone’s ministry internship for the next generation and pastors’ coaching, opened.
“Our hope is that their stories would inspire current IWU students to make a difference wherever God places them,” said IWU President Dr. David Wright. “IWU Alumni World Changers are ordinary people who have done extraordinary things with their lives.”
Previous inductees of the Alumni World Changer award include Cheryl Marie Beckett ‘00, a humanitarian worker who was killed in 2010 as she returned from a medical mission in Afghanistan; Howard Noggle ‘40, an alumnus who served five Marion College and IWU presidents in a variety of administrative positions; Doris Wall, a missionary to Guyana who helped to revise the New Testament in the Patamuna language; Charles DeVol ’26, a botany professor and missionary in China and Taiwan for 54 years; Francis Mustapha ’72, a nationally recognized high school science teacher who raised money to build Madina Village School in his native Sierra Leone; and Dr. David Blanchard ’53, an alumnus who worked for NASA; Dr. Marvin Hinds ’51, conducting medical research saved millions of lives and permanently changed the future of medicine and technology.
Plaques honoring all recipients hang on the Alumni World Changer wall in Jackson Library on IWU’s residential campus.
Pastor Kevin will be honored during the Alumni World Changer chapel service on Friday, Oct. 11 at 10 am.