Judson Alum and Missionary Athlete Tom Randall to Speak in Chapel
(ELGIN, IL – April 20, 2017) Judson University will welcome alumnus Tom Randall ’76 to campus on Wednesday, April 26. Randall, a part-time pastor at Christ Community Chapel in Hudson, Ohio, and co-founder of World Harvest Ministries with wife, Karen (Derheim) Randall ’77, will speak at Herrick Chapel (1151 N. State St., Elgin) during the regular 10 a.m. chapel service. The event is free and open to the public.
Randall’s story is the stuff that legends are made of. During his time at Judson, he lettered in four sports (basketball, soccer, cross country, golf) and was named a four-time All-Conference basketball player setting seven school records, four conference records and two national records.
He went on to play basketball internationally with Sports Ambassadors until a bad injury changed that. Overall, he played more than 2,000 international basketball games around the world, and he coached and directed more than 100 different teams and about 1,000 short-term missionaries in the Philippines - all the time uplifting the name and the Gospel of Christ.
He and his wife called the Philippines home for more than 30 years, and in that time they adopted an orphanage of 31 youths, and helped to build churches, hospitals and other sustainable ministries.
Randall’s storied past also includes having spent more than 15 years as a chaplain with the Senior PGA and him becoming known for his juggling skills while riding a unicycle!
He graduated from Judson in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Relations. He was named “Alumnus of the Year” in 1981, honored with an honorary doctorate in 1998 and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.
His story is one of Christian triumph and heroism, as well as hardship and humility. We gladly welcome him and his lovely bride back to campus.
A special “Judson Legends” celebration will be held to honor Judson coach Steve Burke, who will celebrate his 60th birthday and is noted as the all-time winningest NAIA coach, and Tom Randall will be the keynote speaker. The evening program will be held Tuesday, April 25, in Eagle Lounge (in Lindner Tower), with a social hour at 6 p.m. and program at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in attending must RSVP by emailing email@example.com.