Alumni - Clarks Summit University


CSU Alumni Family

Since our school started in Johnson City in 1932, over 13,000 people have attended Baptist Bible Seminary, Baptist Bible College and Clarks Summit University. As a member of the Clarks Summit University Alumni Association, you are part of a global family now living and serving in all 50 states and in over 70 foreign countries. We remain committed to our mission of serving students by preparing them for lives of significant service for the cause of Jesus Christ in a variety of ministries and careers.

Our Alumni Services Department, working with the Alumni Association’s Executive Council, serves to represent the alumni family by:

  • promoting positive connections between the university and alumni,
  • providing regular communication pieces to our alumni and
  • planning opportunities for the alumni community to gather both on and off campus to renew old acquaintances and to develop new friendships.

Our goal is to continue to serve as a resource to our alumni through a wide range of services and events.

We are very thankful for the Alumni Executive Council and their leadership of the Alumni Association. They meet on campus three times each year for prayer, planning, brainstorming, representation and preparation of various alumni events and initiatives.

Request Transcripts and View Archived Catalogs.

To request your transcript, or view archived CSU or BBS catalogs, begin at the Registrar’s page.

Alumni Association’s Constitution

Read and download the Clarks Summit University & Baptist Bible Seminary Alumni Constitution and Bylaws.

Contact Us

Alumni Office
Clarks Summit University

As a graduate of Clarks Summit University, you have many benefits available to you.

  • A first-rate education.
  • Friends and colleagues who will last a lifetime.
  • Skills and knowledge to serve Christ throughout your life.
  • And a new family – the Clarks Summit University (BBC&S) Alumni Association, more than 13,000 members strong.
  • Discounts for furthering your education through CSU Online or Baptist Bible Seminary.

Our Purpose…

We exist to promote a unified fellowship among the alumni family and to foster the interests and advancement of Clarks Summit University toward the achievement of preparing men and women for Christian ministry careers to the glory of God by:

  • Prayer and personal involvement.
  • Financial support and student recruitment.
  • Godly and consistent representation of Clarks Summit University before the public.

We also provide a means of communication through the Alumni Executive Council to the administration and Board of Trustees in matters of mutual concern for maintaining the welfare of Clarks Summit University.

Who are Alumni?

Voting members are all graduates and all who have satisfactorily completed at least 12 credit-hours in any division of Clarks Summit University.

Associate members are spouses of alumni and those who have taken less than 12 credit hours.
Honorary members are those who serve on the Board of Trustees, administration, and faculty of the school.

Join the Alumni Association.

It’s free and easy. Join the Alumni Association today to stay current with all the happenings at Clarks Summit University and connected with all your friends.

Opportunities to serve…

As an alumnus, you have a unique ability to give back more than just financially to Clarks Summit University. There are many different areas where your gifts and abilities can help support and promote the institution.

Be a part of the family.

God has chosen to use appreciative and supportive alumni and friends to uphold and advance Clarks Summit University and its mission. These significant groups are valued contributors to the school through their lives and resources. Clarks Summit University is blessed by each of them.

To view a list of ways you can be a part of the family, please click here.

Alumni Council

The Alumni Executive Council is responsible for the leadership of the Alumni Association. It is made up of nine elected members. They function in cooperation with the Director of Alumni & Church Relations. The Alumni Council follows the Alumni Constitution and Bylaws voted on and approved by the Alumni Association.


Each year, awards are presented to our alumni. These are presented to an individual or individuals who “have completed at least 10 years of faithful and profitable Christian service vocation.”

To see the criteria for these awards as well as past award winners, please click here.

Meet the current members of Clarks Summit University’s Alumni Association Executive Council. Members are nominated by and voted upon by members of the alumni association.


Mark Steckiel (1981, 2009)
Council President

Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church
Spouse: Janis Keller (2009)
Troy, PA
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Dave FoxDave Fox (1984)

Pastor, Berean Baptist Church
Spouse: Cindy Zwald (1983)
Springfield, IL
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Image of Mark MeyersMark Meyers (1985)

Pastor, Grace Bible Church
Spouse: Kim Duncan
Warrenton, MO
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Image of Kelly HaightKelly Haight (1981)

Direct Support Professional
Johnson City, NY
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Image of Lynze MewhortLynze Mewhort (2009) 

Spouse: Nate Mewhort
Columbia Cross Roads, PA
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Image of Sherrie HollowaySherrie Holloway (1985) 

Clarks Summit University
Clarks Summit, PA
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Beth Kuhar Welman (1984)

Children’s Ministries Coordinator, Heritage Baptist Church
Spouse: Chris Welman
Clarks Summit, PA
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Rev. Brian King (1992)

Associate Director, Northeast Fellowship
Spouse: Judy King
Windsor, NY
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Laura Gardoski (2010)

Head of Youth Services, Abington Community Library
Clarks Summit, PA
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Alumni Awards

The Clarks Summit University Alumni Association presents special alumni awards each fall at the annual Alumni Bible Conference. The Alumnus of the Year, Outstanding Service Award, Young Alumnus Service Award and Athletic Hall of Honor recognizes those among us deserving of special honor.

God has greatly used many of our alumni around the world in a variety of capacities to bring honor and glory to His name. The Alumnus of the Year has been presented every year since 1967, the Outstanding Service Awards were first given in 1984 and the Young Alumnus Service Award was first given in 2016.

It is the great privilege and responsibility of the alumni family to participate in the selection of the annual alumni award recipients.

You may also contact the Alumni Department at 570.585.9202 or alumni@ClarksSummitU.eduThe deadline for nominations is May 31 each year. The Alumni Executive Council makes the final award selections. Members review all nominations.

Alumnus of the Year Award

Each year, one individual is awarded the Alumnus of the Year Award. Clarks Summit University alumni nominate individuals during the spring. The Alumni Association Council selects the award winner.

Candidates must have:

  • Received a degree from Clarks Summit University.
  • Completed at least 10 years of faithful and profitable Christian service in their profession.
  • Demonstrated loyalty to Clarks Summit University, its programs and/or its students or graduates.
  • Cultivated an evident pursuit of Christ-centered thinking and daily lifestyle that honors Him.
  • Hold an evident dedication to developing the life of Christ in others.

Outstanding Service Award

Each year, four individuals are awarded Outstanding Service Awards. Clarks Summit University alumni nominate individuals during the spring. The Alumni Association Council selects the award winners. Candidates must have:

  • Received a degree from Clarks Summit University.
  • Maintained a quality association with Clarks Summit University for at least 10 years.
  • Cultivated an evident pursuit of Christ-centered thinking and daily lifestyle that honors Him.
  • Hold an evident dedication to developing the life of Christ in others.

A few examples of ministry/professional areas of potential award winners are: Pastor, youth pastor, educator, missionary, deacon, women’s ministry leader, lay worker, counselor, other significant ministry.

Young Alumnus Service Award

Candidates must have:

  • Received a degree from Clarks Summit University within the past 5 years.
  • Cultivated an evident pursuit of Christ-centered thinking and daily lifestyle that honors Him.
  • An evident dedication to developing the life of Christ in others.

Athletics Hall of Honor

Clarks Summit University’s Defenders Athletics program established The Hall of Honor in 2006. The distinction recognizes former student-athletes, coaches, administrators, special individuals and teams. Membership is based on excellence in athletic achievement and demonstrated Christ-centered values while involved in the university’s athletics programs.

Induction is the highest athletic honor the university bestows. Membership not only recognizes extraordinary achievement, it also sets an example of the distinct Christ-centered values and attributes the Clarks Summit University athletic programs desires to cultivate in present and future participants.

Visit the CSU Defender Athletic site for details.

Alumni Award Recipients

2017 Outstanding Service Award Recipients:

Michelle Hammaker

Michelle Hammaker is well known at CSU, probably because she’s served as a resident director on campus for more than 20 years. She spent three years as RD in Vibbard Hall. She’s been the one and only RD in Carter Hall since the hall opened more than 17 years ago. She also worked at CSU for 24 years, holding roles in the departments of athletics, admissions, alumni and the Office for Student Development. She now serves as administrative assistant at Heritage Baptist Church in Clarks Summit, where she helps people see where they fit best into the ministry of that local church.

Hammaker was born and raised in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. She placed her faith in Jesus at the age of 7 and was encouraged to attend CSU by her youth pastor and his wife, alumni Chuck and Gloria Cole. She followed their advice and graduated with her bachelor’s degree from CSU in 1988. As a student at CSU, she was a dorm officer, resident assistant and cheerleader. She is among many family members to attend CSU including two brothers, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

After graduating, Hammaker spent two years as a missionary in Durban, South Africa, where she served as a church planting assistant involved with children, youth and women’s ministries. She’s served at Heritage in children’s ministries, as a youth leader and leader of women’s Bible studies. She’s also led student missions trips to Ukraine, South Africa and Germany.

She loves to spend time with family, dine with “the breakfast club” at the Sunrise Café, converse over coffee and visit the beach.

Craig Miller

Born and raised in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, Craig Miller placed his faith in Christ at the age of 8. A Pastoral Studies major, Miller graduated with his bachelor’s degree in 1979 and went on to study at the graduate level at Baptist Bible Seminary and CSU.

He was assistant director of Camp Bayouca, where he now serves on the Board of Directors. He was also learning center supervisor at Grapeville Christian Academy. Now he’s a secondary teacher, athletic director and head of school at Cortland Christian Academy in New York.

His wife Janice (Lyon) Miller graduated from CSU in 1984. They’ve been married 32 years and have four children—Jeffry graduated from CSU in 2010 and now works as math teacher and athletic director in New York; Kristen graduated from CSU in 2016 and works as the academic administrative assistant here at the university.

Bill and Kathy Brittain

Bill Brittain grew up right here in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania as the youngest of eight children. After his parents’ death, he was raised by his older brothers and sisters. At 21 years old, he came to know Jesus Christ as his Savior through the testimonies of two of his brothers. He then attended Heritage Baptist Church where he was baptized by Pastor Milo Thompson, former president of CSU. Brittain attended CSU, where he noticed a “pretty and talented chapel pianist,” and graduated in 1990.

Music Education major (and chapel pianist) Kathy (Hart) Brittain, was raised in Auburn, New York. She trusted Christ at Second Baptist Church through the influence of several godly Sunday school teachers. She heard about CSU from students at a nearby local church where she attended high school. A visit to campus made the decision easy as she remembers that everything about the school was inviting. She graduated in 1987 and married Bill that summer.

They had a daughter and became houseparents with Baptist Children’s Home in St. Louis, Michigan. Bill Brittain later became houseparent supervisor, director and then vice president of Baptist Children’s Home. Kathy served as an adjunct faculty member, teaching piano at Valparaiso University, and as director of fine arts at their church. They both served at Trinity Baptist Church in Michigan for 14 years in roles like deacon, AWANA workers, Sunday school teachers and in the music ministry before Bill was called to be the pastor. After nearly six years as pastor, Bill was asked to return to Baptist Children’s Home as president. He is now president and chief administrator, and Kathy works in the office. Together they travel almost every weekend, preaching, ministering in music and updating churches on the progress and outreach of the Baptist Children’s Home, which cares for nearly 900 orphaned, needy and disadvantaged children in the USA, India, Liberia, Myanmar and Nepal.

They both love antiques. He enjoys gem collecting, Saabs and the Detroit Lions. She prefers gardening, reading and enjoying the beach of Lake Michigan. They have three children, one grandson and have loved a foster son and a child-in-care, who both attended CSU.

Below are previous Outstanding Service Award recipients.

2016 — Derek Mosher, Dan Cruver, Mike Bacon
2015 — Tim Ahlgrim, Russ Schelling, Mark Stuenzi, Ruth Nearmyer Trott
2014 – Mark Meyers, Ray Rouse, John Saucier, Christine (Bujnak) Warner
2013 – John Frey, Kristi Walker, Dennis Wilhite
2012 – Rev. Doug & Cheryl Boisvert, Pastor Patrick McGoldrick, Sue Lodico, Sgt. George Peach
2011 – Fran Weddle, Dr. Robert Kelleman, Ruth Rising
2010 – Ken and Arlene Updyke, Richard Blades, Martin Eaton
2009 – Dr. Don Whipple, Sherrie Holloway, Michael and Kim Ryall
2008 – James R. Howell, Wanda Southworth Leffel, Dr. Colin Smith, Mel Walker
2007 – Dr. Steve Viars, Dr. Rodney Decker, Jane Schmitz, Darlene Knafel
2006 – Joseph Flatt, Kennard Mosher, Delores Woods, Wilbur & Nona Janowski
2005 – W. Robert Mattox, C. David Barrows, Doris Youmans, Martha Lentsch
2004 – Carl Hills, Harold Green, Elizabeth Jones, Mary Shellhammer
2003 – Glenn Seaver, RoseLee Bancroft, Carl & Wilma Abbott, Bob Marsh
2002 – Donald Shirk, Saleen McElwain, Tim & Barb Vermilyea, Donald Moffitt
2001 – Harold Comings, Ellen Glanville, Dick & Ruth Gelina, Eddy Smith
2000 – Chris Hindal, Robert Lightner, Tim & Helen Matchett, Jacquelyn Mitchell
1999 – Victor Decker, James Grier, J. Murray Murdoch, Larry & Jacqui Armstrong, Verna Hollenback
1998 – Terry Zebulske, David Boehning, Andy & Diane Large, Bethel McGrew
1997 – Richard Alhgrim, James Lytle, Polly Strong, Lena VanGilder
1996 – Barry Stewart, Cheryl Fawcett, Paul & Elaine Kintner, Gerald & Thelma Strope
1995 – Willis Hull, Christopher Davis, Fred & Rachel Whitman, Beryl Kach
1994 – James Jeffery, Earle Harriman, Linda Short,
1993 – Donald McCall, Richard Engle, Paul Weimer
1992 – James Vogel, David McClain, Donald Bond
1991 – Richard Christen, Joyce McNamee, George Chadwick, Beverly McElwain
1990 – Karl Smith, Valerie Wilson, Artus Larkin, Harry Dodd
1989 – R. Craig Golden, Clara Crumb deRosset, C. Lloyd Button
1988 – Floyd Drake, Martha Green, David Moore
1987 – R. Eldon Brock, Jesse Eaton, Carl Elgena, Donald Trott II
1986 – Marylou Brownell, Warren Birdsall, Benjamin McGrew, Charles Vermilyea
1985 – Charles Cuthbertson, Patricia Brannen, Robert Hayden, Robert Gromacki
1984 – Mary Thompson, Rev. & Mrs. M.O. Burman, David Layhe

2017 Alumnus of the Year

Mel Walker (’76, 96)

Mel Walker is the president and co-founder of Vision For Youth, Inc., an international youth ministry network. He studied youth ministry at CSU and earned his bachelor’s degree in 1976. In addition to graduate work at Iowa State University and Faith Baptist Theological Seminary, he earned his Master of Ministry from CSU in 1996.

At CSU, he’s served as director of Teen Leadership Conference, director of public relations, instructor of youth and family ministries and vice president for alumni, communications and external relations. When he attended CSU, this student athlete’s claim to fame was shooting the first-ever basket in the newly constructed Phelps Student Center.

Walker also served as director of student ministries and youth editor at Regular Baptist Press where he led in their complete revision of the youth Sunday School curriculum. He was chair of the local church ministries department and instructor of youth and family ministries at Faith Baptist Bible College in Iowa, and he held pastoral roles at Calvary Baptist Church in Michigan.

Walker has directed numerous national conferences related to youth ministry and speaks to thousands of students, church leaders and youth workers each year on youth, family, ministry and parenting topics. An author and speaker, the most recent of his eight books is “Going on for God: Encouraging the Next Generation to Go on for God.” A member of the Association of Youth Ministry Educators, he has received the Outstanding Faithfulness in Youth Ministry award.

He and his wife Peggy have been married more than 40 years and serve at Heritage Baptist Church. Their three children, all CSU graduates, serve in full-time ministry. They love spending time with their eight grandchildren.

2017 Young Alumnus of the Year

Aaron Hixson (’12)

Aaron Lee Hixson is the Henrietta Campus Pastor of the multi-campus Northridge Church in New York. Hixson was born in Sandusky, Ohio, and grew up as the youngest kid in a pastor’s home. There, he had the privilege of seeing ministry modeled in his family.

He placed his faith in Christ at 5 years old through the influence of his parents at a backyard Bible club. A life-threatening accident in high school showed him life should be used to honor God and serve others. It was then that he set his sights on full-time, vocational ministry.

Hixson’s siblings, Charissa and Ben, both graduated from CSU and met their spouses at the university. While at CSU, Hixson traveled with RiSE and the Chamber Singers and met Lauren, who became his wife in 2013. He majored in Worship Ministry, graduating in 2012. He then earned his Master of Arts in 2014 and his Master of Divinity in 2017.

After serving as youth pastor at Northridge Church since 2013, he became campus pastor in 2017.

He loves riding his motorcycle. He and his wife love watching Red Sox baseball, although he admits Lauren is a bigger fan than he is! They have an son named Greyson, whom Hixson describes as “super cute and a riot to hang out with.”

Below are previous Alumnus of the Year recipients.

2016 — Kelly Haight (’81)
2015 — Marty Dittmar (’75)
2014 – Glen Lavy, Esq.
2013 – Cheryl Fawcett
2012 – Rev. Jim Showers
2011 – Dr. Paul Plew
2010 – Jeff Hash
2009 – Chaplain James E. May III
2008 – Dr. David Crandall
2007 – Dr. James M Grier
2006 – Donald Trott
2005 – R. Eldon Brock
2004 – Floyd Donald Drake, Sr.
2003 – Carl Elgena
2002 – Charles Ware
2001 – Robert Gromacki
2000 – R. Craig Golden
1999 – David McClain
1998 – Ken Rudolph
1997 – Jesse Eaton
1996 – David L. Moore
1995 – Charles Vermilyea
1994 – Willard Stull
1993 – Benjamin McGrew
1992 – Gordon Lewis
1991 – Wilbur Strader
1990 – Manfred Kober
1989 – Austin Plew
1988 – Robert Hayden
1987 – Helen Finch
1986 – Harold & Patricia Miller
1985 – John White, Jr.
1984 – Nina & V. Ben Kendrick
1983 – G. Heath Bobbett
1982 – Friedhelm Loescher
1981 – Mark Jackson
1980 – Kenneth Elgena
1979 – Bernard Bancroft
1978 – G. Arthur Woolsey
1977 – Mead Armstrong
1976 – Daniel Gelatt
1975 – Ruth Haycock
1973 – Cass Santos
1972 – Jessica Minns
1970 – Douglas Christen
1969 – Albert Williams
1968 – James Jeremiah
1967 – Merle Hull


Graduation doesn’t mark the end of your Clarks Summit University experience. It’s just the beginning of new opportunities as an alumnus!*

We want to help you stay connected to your friends, mentors and classmates.

Save the date!
Alumni Day: October 4, 2019
Homecoming: October 5, 2019



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*You are an alumnus if you graduated from or completed at least 12 credits in any division of Clarks Summit University. (We’re glad you’re in the family.)

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