Two alumni awards are given to alumni regularly recognizing those who have served with distinction in ministry and those who have shown character and outstanding ability on the athletic field.

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At our 2015 Alumni Weekend we had the honor of presenting Alumni of the Year awards to Pastor Michael and June Backhaus as well as to Pastor Keith and Diane Warren.

Web Alumni of Year Backhaus

Pastor Michael Backhaus (Mike) graduated from Maranatha in 1977 with his undergraduate degree, and received a Master in Biblical Studies in 1979. June (Smith) graduated in 1978, and the two were married in August of that year. In 1981 Mike and June moved to Sidney, Montana where Mike served as assistant pastor of Bible Baptist Church, and June and he both taught in the church school. In the beginning of 1985 the pastor of the church resigned to go to the mission field.  The church asked Mike to candidate , and in June of 1985 Mike became the pastor of Bible Baptist Church. Mike and June’s four children were born and raised in Sidney. Three of their four children have graduated from Maranatha, and their youngest is attending this fall as a freshman.  The Lord has truly been good to the Backhaus family and blessed them with a great group of believers to serve with in the ministry.

Web Alumni of Year Warren

Pastor Keith Warren graduated from Maranatha in 1985, and Diane (Williams) graduated in 1984. They were married in June of 1985. A short time later they were lead to Strasburg, VA to pastor Liberty Baptist Church. At this time the congregation was small and the church could not support a full time pastor, so for several years Keith worked another job. He worked as a teacher and then as a mechanic. With the help of a friend, in 1998, Liberty Baptist Church was able to start an addition to the building. As the community began to hear about the new building the church began to grow, and lives were changed for God. During these years of growth, the church began to support Keith full time. Outreach to the community expanded, and in 2012 plans were made to build again. God has greatly blessed Keith and Diane’s ministry at Liberty Baptist Church, and the Lord continues to bless their faithfulness.

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