"Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever." – Daniel 12:3
Warner Pacific College is honored to recognize Ethel C. Willard '58 with the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Ministry Award. Ethel Willard came to Pacific Bible College from West Plains, Missouri. She learned about the College while attending Missouri Youth Camp in the summer of 1952. In all, five students from West Plains, including Bob Thompson, Paul Findley, Robert Bixler, Leaota (Baughman) Hardt and Ethel, enrolled at PBC in January 1953. It was a milestone in Ethel's journey in ministry.
Ethel Willard studied at PBC from 1953 to 1958. She studied Music and Christian Education. She was involved with student government, serving as sophomore class president, junior class vice-president, and as student council secretary.
Ethel was well respected on campus and was a true friend to many students.
While in school, Ethel worked as a bookkeeper at the Bank of California. A year after graduating, she returned to PBC, now named Warner Pacific College, to work as a bookkeeper and accountant until 1969.
Ethel then began a 29-year career with Church of God Ministries. Her first assignment was as a missionary in Hong Kong, serving in the financial department of the Junk Bay Medical Relief Council, which operated a hospital, children's hostel, and a clinic. During her twelve years in Hong Kong, Ethel served as a secretary, business manager, treasurer, and assistant administrator. She also volunteered as the choir director at Emmanuel English Church, in Hong Kong, for eleven years.
In 1982, Ethel was back in the United States, serving as a bookkeeper at Church of God Ministries headquarters in Anderson, Indiana. From 1987 to 1997, she worked as the assistant treasurer, handling missionary remittances, insurance, and payroll, among other duties.
From 1998 to the present, Ethel has been a Chaplain in Residence at Anderson University School of Theology. She makes her home in Anderson, Indiana.
Friends describe Ethel as one of the most selfless people they know. For a life dedicated to supporting the work of the church, Warner Pacific is pleased to welcome Ethel into the circle of distinguished alumni, this day, Saturday, February 11, 2012.