Alejandra de Jesus Guajardo was recently named the recipient of Lee University's 2019 Zeno C. Tharp award. Dr. Paul Conn, president of Lee, recognized her for this achievement in a recent chapel service.
The Zeno C. Tharp award is given annually to the Lee senior who shows the greatest promise of making a significant contribution to the Church. Established in 1955, the award is named in honor of the sixth president of Lee, who served from 1935-44. Each department may nominate one student for the award. A winner is selected by faculty vote from this group of nominees.
Guajardo graduated from Lee with a Bachelor of Arts in biblical and theological studies in December 2018 and is currently pursuing her master's degree in theological ethics at Lee. Her research interests include the relationship between conflict and migration movements in Latin America and Europe and the history of Pentecostalism in Eastern Europe. Her ministry interests include theological education and discipleship ministries, as well as intercultural ministry and reconciliation.
"I have been blessed to interact with Alejandra, not only as a professor, but also as an employer and mentor," said Dr. Daniela Augustine, associate professor of theological ethics at Lee. "I have been impressed with her remarkable work ethic and academic excellence, as well as her spiritual maturity and dedication as a young minister."
While at Lee, Guajardo spoke at a variety of on- and off-campus events, including the North Cleveland Church of God's Women's Conference; "Coffee, Cake, and Theology," a panel discussion led by Lee students and faculty; an advocacy event for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program; Tunnel of Oppression, Lee's mental health awareness event; and Lee's December 2018 Commissioning service.
"My time at Lee can be summarized in one word: love," said Guajardo. "I learned that through love, the Spirit permeates reality even in the most difficult times. I also learned that theology is incarnational. It serves the Church meekly and patiently. As I move forward to serve as a missionary in the Balkans, I pray that love may become incarnate in me."
Guajardo has also served as associate pastor, worship leader, Bible teacher, podcast speaker, and translator for ministries in Laredo, Texas, and Cleveland, Tennessee.
"There is no doubt that Alejandra's life and ministry will continue to make Christ irresistible to others, manifesting His redeeming, world-mending power for all to behold," said Augustine.
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