TWU students honoured for servant leadership

“In God’s eyes, greatness is not found in how many people serve the leader but rather in how faithfully the leaders serve others”. –TWU Core Values booklet

Langley, B.C—When Jesus laid out the principles of leadership for his disciples; he contrasted the domineering and self-seeking rulers of the day with a leadership that serves God and mankind selflessly and faithfully. Good leaders exist to strengthen the weak, empower those in their care and to show compassion to the disadvantaged and the lost (Ezekiel 34:2-10). Essentially, they demonstrate servant leadership.

For Trinity Western University, servant leadership is not only a good principal, it’s a core value. That’s why when the Barney II Foundation and the Moore Foundation collaborated to create the ‘Servant Leadership Award’ they selected TWU to be one of the annual recipients.

Each year, two second year students who have demonstrated servant leadership in the areas of ministry and community service are chosen by their peers and faculty for the award. They each receive a ‘Divine Servant Statue’ and $1,000, $250 of which is designated to the charity of their choice. This year’s recipients were Biblical Studies major Andrew Uchida and General Studies major Amy Bailey-Fulford.

“Both Andrew and Amy’s involvement on and off campus positively touched and continues to touch many lives through their selfless acts of service and compassion,” says Corwin Koch, Director of Financial Aid and Awards. “Their commitment to mentoring and impacting the lives that they come in contact with is very admirable.”

“There is a tremendous sense of wholeness that I have found in serving,” say Uchida. “It is truly fulfilling to help people and encourage them to betterment. Seeing growth and progress in others is unbeatable because they become excited to see the changes in themselves.” Uchida lives out his exemplary leadership weekly as a TWU prayer team leader, worship leader and soundman as well as a Sunday school teacher and worship leader at a local church.

Uchida’s service experience has not only been a means of giving back, but it’s also been a great way to learn. “One of the ways I have benefited is by serving along side other gifted leaders,” he says. “Whether they are my peers, campus staff, or church leaders, their examples have all taught me something valuable about how to serve and how to lead.”

And though Uchida has learned a lot from those around him, he has also learned where his hope should lie. “I have learned that people tend to disappoint,” he says. “And causes, even valiant and noble ones, grow old. My experiences have taught me that it is futile and devastating for the soul to place its worth, value and meaning in these temporal institutions. Though it may sound cliché, my God, Jesus Christ is my motivation, my example, my inspiration and my reward.”

Once he graduates from TWU, Uchida plans to return to Honolulu, Hawaii to work with his home church. “I have little doubt that I will find situations in my future dealings with people in ministry that are similar to what I have experienced at TWU: team building; vision casting; clear communication; unity and togetherness; hard work. Undoubtedly they have given me a taste of what is to come,” he says

Amy Bailey-Fulford who also awarded the servant leadership award is hoping to soon acquire her teaching certificate. “It’s been my life’s goal to teach,” she says. “I want to invest in the lives of others. I want my life to be not only a reflection of myself, but of God, simply serving my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ as well as everyone else around me. I feel I can do that through teaching.”

Bailey-Fulford put her teaching skills to work and provided leadership to her church’s college and career group, Sunday school classes and participated on the worship team. At TWU she is also involved in TWIST, TWU’s internal service team that provides practical support and service for numerous TWU events and activities.

Every Thanksgiving Bailey-Fulford can be found with other TWU students, making people smile in downtown Vancouver. There the students provide a Thanksgiving meal, music, coffee and company for those who don’t have the resources for a dinner or the family to visit during the holiday.

For Bailey-Fulford the people around her are her motivation for serving. “I love being able to give to people in order to bless them through help,” she says. “Being able to make someone smile or laugh by lightening the load of work they have to do is what makes me tick.”

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,200 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 other graduate degrees including counseling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

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Last Updated: 2015-07-13
Author: Keela Keeping