“Mrs. Cedarholm would often quote, ‘I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth’ (3 John 1:4),” commented Dean of Students and Alumni Director, Dr. John Davis. “She thought of the students and alumni as her own children, and she nurtured those relationships as much as possible around campus and wherever she went.”
Connecting with alumni was a priority for Mrs. Cedarholm when traveling with the choirs and ensembles. “Madrigal concerts in the churches were always special,” Louise Budahl shared. “Mrs. Cedarholm would call forward any alumni in the audience and ask them to join the choir for the last number. Everyone would lift their voices together to sing, ‘How Firm a Foundation.’”
The Maranatha faculty and staff share the same sentiment toward students and graduates today. “Nothing brings us greater joy than to hear of graduates ‘walking in truth’ and serving the Lord in the places and vocations God has prepared for them,” said Davis.
Maranatha continues to be guided by the Cedarholms’ vision to develop leaders for local church ministry. For over 45 years, graduates have demonstrated a pattern of faithfulness to ministry in Baptist churches. The fruit of that vision is evident in the graduates’ commitment to the local church—a commitment that transcends the decades.