Alumni Awards to be presented Oct. 4

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The President’s Dessert on Oct. 4 is a great opportunity to catch the Corban vision, hear from students through life stories and music, and honor friends and classmates.

Ben Bryson ’93 will be honored as this year’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year and Dr. Paul Myers ’04 will be honored as the Distinguished Young Alumni of the Year. Dr. Marty Trammell ’83 will receive the Outstanding Service Award; the Christian Ministry Award will go to Jim Moore ’61 and Shirlie Bong Moore ’61, and the Honorary Alumni Award will be presented to Jerry and Carolyn Roth.

Friday 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Psalm Performing Arts Center

Admission: $6 per person.

Award recipients:

Ben Seth Bryson

Ben Bryson was born to Pastor Richard and Dee Bryson and grew up in California and Oregon with the family settling in the Columbia River Gorge town of Corbett. He graduated from Sandy Union High School in 1989 and made a last-minute decision to attend Corban, to which he had received a baseball scholarship. During his freshman year he submitted his life to the lordship of Jesus Christ and felt called to pastoral ministry.

At Corban, Ben was actively involved in the drama program. He was named “Most Inspirational Player” of the baseball team three out of his four years and was notoriously known as “Franz” of the “Hans & Franz” duo. During his junior year he accepted a part-time ministry position at Salem’s Court Street Christian Church, and upon his graduation in the spring of 1993 he was hired in a full-time capacity. That same year he and Sharon Nielsen were married. Together they have raised daughters Gabby and Greta. Another milestone occurring in 1993 was Ben’s ordination, at which Dr. John Balyo gave the charge.

In his tenure at Court Street Ben ministered to the youth for six years, was Associate Pastor of Outreach for two years, and in the fall of 1999 accepted the call to become Senior Pastor. In the years since, he has seen steady church growth, the addition of staff members and programs, and the building of a new sanctuary and remodeling of the existing campus. This project, completed in 2007, has enabled more community outreach and involvement.

Ben has a passion for missions, both at home and around the world. He serves as president of the board of Casa de Paz, an orphanage near Ensenada, Baja, Mexico, which Court Street supports through giving and short-term mission trips. His desire to encourage the gospel message in other countries has led to his taking part in several mission efforts abroad, and he has led many study trips to Israel. Community involvement includes a four-year stint as chaplain with the Salem Police Department; serving at the Union Gospel Mission; assisting those in grief by officiating at funeral services; support of Celebrate Recovery; and volunteering with 4Him2Day, a pediatric cancer foundation. He recently took the position of chaplain for the Corban baseball team, which has brought him much joy.


Ben has a pastor’s heart and a genuine love for the greater church here in the heart of the Willamette Valley. He meets regularly with area pastors for fellowship and prayer for revival and is fond of saying, “There is one church in Salem; we just meet in different buildings!”

Dr. Paul Myers

After graduating from Corban, Paul continued his studies at the University of California Santa Barbara, where his research focused on persuasion in the contexts of terrorism, natural disasters, and health threats. Paul was fortunate to find a home church at Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara, where he helped as a deacon, high school group leader and usher.

Since graduating from UCSB with his Ph.D., Paul has progressed through several roles in emergency management. He started as the Director of Emergency Services for the American Red Cross in Santa Barbara County and then became the lead expert for the national Red Cross on emergency preparedness. Paul now heads the emergency preparedness programs in the United States for the international non-profit Save the Children. The programs provide support to emergency managers, schools, child care providers, parents and guardians in meeting the needs of children in emergencies and disasters.

In 2009 Paul married his wife, Keli, who is a professor at Pepperdine University, and they currently live with their very active one-year-old daughter, Grace, in Malibu, California. Paul and Keli both have a heart for vulnerable children and are looking for the Lord’s leading in helping orphans and trafficked children in the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Marty Trammell

At the age of seven, Marty made his way down the aisle of Bethany Baptist Church in Seattle to receive Jesus Christ as his Savior. Thinking he was going to be punished by God for all the things he’d done that his parents didn’t know about, he asked the Vacation Bible School counselor, Lois Durham, “Do I get my spankings before or after I get saved?”

She answered, “Honey, Jesus took those spankings for you on the cross.”

“Some may question the specificity of her answer,” Marty said, “but that’s all it took for me.” Shortly after, he shared that story of forgiveness with a neighbor who also came to Christ.

During his freshman year at Corban, Marty led worship at Mehema Community Church and began singing at youth rallies with his roommate, David McGinnis. The next year, they joined the Masters Touch where Marty met “the world’s most amazing woman,” Linda Markwood. After traveling for a year with the group, Marty served as an RA with Sheldon Nord and interned each summer at his home church with pastors Jim Godwin, Fred Brock and Donn Mogford. In 1981, he began his ministry at Valley Baptist with Dr. David Miller and was joined later by Dr. Tom Younger. In 1982 Marty married his wife and best friend of 31 years. While teaching at Corban and directing the Field Education program, Marty and Linda served as counselors-guardians in the home of Congressman Denny Smith for a year, and then as RDs in Aagard Hall for two. In that ministry, they began an on-going mentorship with long-time friend, Professor Anne Jeffers.

Marty and Linda have been blessed with sons Justin, Chris and Josh, as well as two “compassionate and Christ-like” daughters-in-law, Corban alum Allison (Farwell ’10) and Katie (Hanson ’11).

For ten years Marty chaired 21st Century Councils and LSACs for Salem-Keizer schools and co-directed Salem Willamette Area Teens. For 12 years, he coached Little League and Skyball. Marty’s love for young people is also evidenced in his 27-year commitment to leading workshops at Teen Leadership Conferences and to the youth in his community. After completing his Ph.D., Marty began his work as Corban’s English Chair where he continues to enjoy “the humor, talents, and deep love for Christ” he experiences through his colleagues and students.

Marty pastored the International Church of Torino, Italy during the summer of 2004. “Justin and Linda led the worship and Chris and Josh ran the media. We loved the sound of14 nationalities singing,” he said. He and Linda continue to serve at Valley with their friends Dr. Greg and Tiffany Trull and at Redeeming Relationships Ministries with their mentors and friends, Dr. Rich and LouAnna Rollins. Marty has co-authored three books; written essays for the Chicken Soup series, Guidepost, Bethany House; and written Bible study notes for Tyndale, Zondervan and Thomas Nelson. Marty and Linda speak at conferences and couples retreats and write monthly for Moody’s

“I’ve never found a place outside Corban where God is more exalted—where students, faculty and staff are more eager to serve together, to learn together, to find God together. That’s where I want to be.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Jim and Shirlie Moore

When Jim was growing up in a non-believing family in Hawthorne, Nev., and Shirlie was being brought up as a pastor’s daughter in Perry, Iowa, neither could have imagined all of the places God would take them together.

Shirlie attended Bible college in New York and Jim was at Western Baptist Bible College when they met at a one-day conference in El Cerrito. Shirlie transferred the next year to WBBC, they got married, had three kids, and committed to the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE) to serve in the Philippines as missionaries.

Sailing under the Golden Gate bridge in 1967, with many college students waving goodbye, they served in a variety of ministries until 1989. After studying Ilocano that first year in Manila, they moved north to become pioneer church planters. They had no experience, limited language abilities and experienced less-than-comfortable living circumstances. By God’s grace, a church still ministers in Aringay, La Union, and more than one little boy grew up to go into the ministry. Facebook still connects them to several of those ‘first fruits.’

From there it was on to Baguio City and a large student center ministry among university students. In addition, Jim served as chaplain at U.S. military base Camp John Hay, and Shirlie managed Doane Rest, ABWE’s guest facility, for several years.

Over the course of their lives, the Moores’ ministry took them to a number of countries and assignments. They include a ministry on a college campus of 67,000 students; at Faith Academy as high school girls’ boarding parents and later, boarding administrator; manager for Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary Extension Program, an accredited U.S. master’s program serving Asians in Asia; and to Singapore—the first ABWE couple in that country.

Later, the Moores were asked to be team leaders for opening Cambodia for ABWE. Nothing they’d read or heard made them want to go, and on their first survey trip, they were even less inclined. But God and His Word spoke to them and within days they were asking Him to let them minister there.


They began working with beggar children and their families, which God grew into a church. This work included providing several wells, sponsoring more than 100 children so they could go to school, doing medical clinics, and having a center in their squatter village where they could teach and play and help physically and love them.


At age 62, the Moores moved to Nepal. They teamed with a gifted Nepali-born pastor and his American wife. Jim oversaw the construction of the church building and an orphanage, and they both served in simple ways in church ministry. They moved on to Gambia, West Africa in 20ll, which may have been their last overseas missions assignment—but then, who knows?


Their greatest ministry team members have been their children, biological and by marriage, and their grandchildren. Thank God for Steve and Lorie Lambert, John and Jo Moore, and Greg and Heidi Hogan, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

That boy from Nevada and that girl from Iowa have flourished in ways only God could have orchestrated!

Jerry and Carolyn Roth

In 1985 our sons, Steven and Douglas entered Western Baptist College and became part of the men’s basketball team. We first became fans of the basketball program but soon became fans of the school. Our respect for the college quickly grew as the quality of the students and adherence to biblical principles became obvious. Those qualities continue to mark its character and reputation in the Salem and the Mid-Willamette Valley area. We are pleased with the growth of Corban and its ongoing professionalism. Most of all, we cherish the friendships that we have made through the Corban community.

Jerry grew up on his family’s farm in the Central Howell and Pratum area between Salem and Silverton. He graduated from Salem Academy in 1951, attended Grace Bible College in Omaha, Neb. for one and a half years. Following that he served in the U.S. Army for two years. Upon his return home he launched a career in farming in the same area where he grew up. In 2000 the family established Willamette Valley Fruit Co.

Carolyn graduated from Albany High School in 1950 and Emmanuel Hospital School of Nursing in 1953. During the next six years she worked Salem and Grants Pass and volunteered with Young Life.

Jerry and Carolyn were married in 1959 and became parents of four children: Jeffrey, Karen (now Martin), Steven and Douglas. Today they are very proud grandparents of 12, and one great-granddaughter. Steve ’88, Doug ’89 and daughter-in-law Marie (Von Gunten ‘92) graduated from Corban, and grandson, Toby, plans to attend Corban and be part of the men’s basketball team.

Salem Alliance has been their church home since 1977. Through the years they have been involved in many volunteer ministries, including the church’s connecting ministry. For a number of years, Carolyn served with Christian Women’s Club.

Though not alumni, we would like to encourage all former students and graduates of Corban to contribute to the school. Our nation needs universities who are committed to quality education and biblical principles. Alumni can ensure these attributes continue to characterize Corban.        

Homecoming Events

Thursday, October 3

Welcome Party for everyone staying at the Phoenix Inn and Suites, South Salem

6 to 8 p.m. Cost $5

Friday, October 4


10 a.m.

Class Visits     

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Don’t miss this opportunity to re-experience the quality education Corban provides. Pick up a list of options at the registration table.


11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit our extraordinary Prewitt-Allen Archaeological Museum, located on the second floor of the Library. Featuring hundreds of items from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome and Palestine including: monument inscriptions, Bible lands artifacts, Bible manuscripts, pottery, coins and much more.


The dining room is a great option. Visit the El Cerrito room. Cost is $8.55

Campus Tours

2 p.m.

Leaving from the Psalm Center you’ll see what’s new on campus. Stroll the Inspiration Garden Walk and, if you feel like it, hike up to Caulkins Hall by the Gym. Tours are guided by Dr. Bryce Bernard ’82 and Vice President Steve Hunt ’69.

Reception in the Alumni House 3:30

Reunion Dinners       

5:30 p.m. Classes of 1950-1969, 1973, 1983 and 1993.

Join classmates and friends for your own private dinner location in the Pavilion rooms.

President’s Dessert   

7 p.m.

Saturday, October 5

1:30 Psalm Performing Arts Center

President Sheldon C. Nord Inauguration


  • Ben Bryson - Distinquished Alumni of the Year

  • Jim and Shirlie Moore - Christian Ministry Award

  • Dr. Paul Myers - Distinquished Young Alumni of the Year

  • Gerald and Carolyn Roth - Honorary Alumni Award

  • Dr. Marty Trammell - Outstanding Service Award

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