Distinguished Service to Society Award 2013
Dr. S. Douglas Birdsall ’75
Dr. S. Douglas Birdsall ’75 has devoted his 33-year career to strengthening churches and uniting Christian leaders for the cause of world evangelization. As chairman of the Lausanne Movement, Dr. Birdsall convened the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in Cape Town, South Africa in 2010. This Congress, which brought together 4,200 evangelical leaders from 198 nations, was described by Christianity Today as “the most representative gathering of Christian leaders in church history.” Dr. Birdsall is respected around the globe for his capacity to network, mobilize, and inspire leaders to collaboratively engage with the key theological and missiological challenges of our time.
Following his graduation from Wheaton College in 1975, Doug married classmate Jeanine Rowell Birdsall ’75. After completing his M.DIV. from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in 1979, Doug and Jeanine moved to Japan, where they served with Asian Access for the next 20 years, focusing on student ministry, church planting, and leadership development. Doug expanded the ministry from its base in Japan to establish leadership training centers in 12 countries across Asia. During those years, their three children, Stacia, Judson, and Jessamin were born and raised in Tokyo. Judson is a 2004 graduate of Wheaton. Daughters Stacia and Jessamin graduated from Princeton in 2002 and from Harvard in 2010. Dr. Birdsall has recently been appointed to serve as the 27th president of the American Bible Society.
For his tireless efforts and unflagging commitment to sharing and encouraging the gospel vision of the global church, the Wheaton College Alumni Association is pleased to honor Dr. S. Douglas Birdsall ’75 as the 2013 Alumnus of the Year for Distinguished Service to Society.