During the 101st Commencement ceremony
, Olivet conferred honorary doctorate degrees upon Rev. Lindell Browning, Mrs. Kay Browning and Dr. Gustavo Crocker for their outstanding professional achievements and Christian service.Rev. Lindell Browning
received the Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) degree for his many years of service as a missionary in the Middle East and, most recently, as the Eastern Mediterranean field strategy coordinator for the Church of the Nazarene. Prior to his missionary service, he was associate pastor at First Church of the Nazarene, Anderson, Indiana. He is a 1972 graduate of Olivet and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary.Kay (Embick) Browning
received the Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) degree for her many years of service as a missionary in the Middle East. She is certified as an English as a second language instructor and has taught ESL classes. In the Church of the Nazarene’s Eastern Mediterranean field office, she has served as administrative assistant and financial officer. She is a 1972 graduate of Olivet and holds a Master of Arts degree from Bethany Nazarene College (now Southern Nazarene University).
“The Brownings are scheduled to retire in early 2015. They leave a lasting legacy through a growing number of churches and pastors who have been nurtured by them,” said Dr. Dennis Crocker, Olivet’s vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Gustavo Crocker
— who also delivered the Commencement address to the Class of 2014's traditional undergraduates — received the Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) for his outstanding Christian leadership in a variety of administrative roles. Born in Guatemala and fluent in four languages, he has authored several books and articles in Spanish and English. His writings have been translated into more than 20 languages. In 2013, he was elected as the 41st general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene.
Dr. Crocker holds a master’s degree in community planning from the University of Cincinnati, where he attended as a Fulbright Scholar, and is a licensed architect. As a Latin American Leadership Scholar, he earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership in Business at Regent University. He has also completed further post-doctoral studies at the prestigious Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has taught in the areas of global missions, evangelism and church planting, cross-cultural ministry, international development, international business, and social development at various universities in Latin America, Europe and the United States.
“Architecture and urban planning were not to become Gustavo Crocker’s life’s work,” said University President John C. Bowling during the ceremony. “Responding to the needs of others and a sense of spiritual calling on his life, he entered the Christian ministry. He has had a distinguished career of leadership and service around the world.”