BJU Confers Honorary Doctorate on Jonathan S. Edwards

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 4, 2018) – At its 91st commencement exercises Friday, May 4, Bob Jones University honored Jonathan S. Edwards, a long-time pastor and church planter in Utah, by conferring on him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.

A 1975 BJU graduate, Rev. Edwards has founded and pastored a number of Utah churches including West Valley Baptist Church in the West Valley area of Salt Lake City, Faith Baptist Church and Christian School in Salina, and Marysvale Baptist Church in Marysvale. He and his father were instrumental in the founding of Utah Independent Baptist Camp (Camp Utibaca) in 1978, and he has served on the camp’s Board of Directors for 40 years. The camp serves 15 churches in Utah, Idaho and Colorado.

Edwards has served on the executive board of Northwest Baptist Missions for over 30 years, conducts a devotional radio program twice a day five days a week, and once a month mentors a group of young preachers in the Greater Salt Lake City area. In addition, he serves on the advisory board of Grace Reigns, an outreach to polygamous communities in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. His work as a volunteer emergency medical technician, pilot, and horse trainer has provided a unique avenue for gospel witness throughout his ministry.

He and his wife, Chrissa, have been married for over 40 years and are the parents of five children.