L to R: Tom West, Alumni Relations director; Sonya and Matt Price with sons Parker and Payton; and Walt Baughman, interim president of the Alumni Council.
MVNU honors alumni couple with Medallion Awards
Friday, December 5, 2008
Mount Vernon, Ohio
Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) congratulates Matt ('94) and Sonya (Richardson, '94) Price, who were named Medallion Award recipients, the highest honor an MVNU alumnus can earn. They were presented with their awards during a special Homecoming chapel service on Friday, November 14.
 
Medallions are awarded annually to one clergy and one lay alumnus/alumna of MVNU who exhibit outstanding professional achievements and selfless church and community service. These recipients exemplify MVNU's motto, "To seek to learn is to seek to serve."
 
Matt ('94) and Sonya (Richardson, '94) Price
Matt graduated from Nazarene Theological Seminary with an M.Div. in 1997 and the University of Kansas with a Ph.D. in education in 2002. Sonya holds an M.S. in special education from the University of Kansas and currently teaches fourth grade in Overland Park, Kansas. Together, they served as missionaries to Africa for the Church of the Nazarene since 2002.
 
Along with their two sons, Parker (10) and Payton (8), they have lived in Côte d'Ivoire, South Africa, France, and Benin. Their recent assignment included a variety of tasks with an emphasis on educational work in 18 countries. They hosted more than 100 short-term volunteers working in Benin and Togo, half of which were MVNU students and alumni.
 
Matt's ministry experience includes serving as a youth pastor, curriculum editor for children and youth, pastor, and author. He still works on missionary assignment with the International Board of Education for the Church of the Nazarene, coordinating quality review teams for theological schools around the world.
 
Tammy (Thomas, '88) Call was the special guest alumni speaker at the homecoming chapel service. Call graduated from MVNU in 1988 with a degree in theology. She served as a children's pastor at West Chester, Ohio, Church of the Nazarene for 19 years. While growing the ministry there, Call served the Southwest Ohio District as children's ministry director and children's camp director, as well as a special speaker at seminars and camps. Tammy, her husband, John ('88), and their children Joel (17), Ben (12), and Rachel (7), live in West Chester, Ohio, and are currently working to form a NewStart church, Living Faith, in the Mason area.
 
Other special Homecoming activities included dedication of the newly remodeled Barn and the new Marilyn Greer Children's Literature Collection, class and affinity reunions, Cougar basketball games, Queen's Pageant, a music department concert, concert with Shane and Shane, and an ARTalum exhibit and silent auction benefiting art scholarships.
 
To view MVNU Homecoming photo galleries, visit homecoming.mvnu.edu or contact (740) 397-9000, ext. 4341.
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