Goshen College will honor four exceptional alumni with awards for their commitment to the college’s core values. The awards will be presented on Friday, October 4 at 10:00am in the Church-Chapel during convocation, with a reception following in the Church Fellowship Hall at 10:45am.
Editorial advisor for Mennonite Women USA, Lynda Hollinger-Janzen, is a graduate of Goshen College and is receiving the Dr. Ruth Gunden Champion of Character award.
Throughout her life, Lynda Hollinger-Janzen, a 1978 graduate from Goshen, has worked to serve and advocate for those from other cultures.
Hollinger-Janzen spent a year studying abroad in France before coming to Goshen College in 1974, where she double majored in French and physical education and participated in volleyball and track and field. Immediately after graduating, Hollinger-Janzen spent two years teaching in a village school in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo with Mennonite Central Committee. During her third year there, she helped to create and implement an innovative program that brought primary health care into 200 schools in the northwestern region of the country.
Hollinger-Janzen went on to receive a master’s degree in tropical community health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and then served for 13 years as a community health trainer and mentor in churches in Benin, West Africa, with Mennonite Board of Missions. Hollinger-Janzen is currently employed as a writer for Mennonite Mission Network, and strives to honor people from a variety of cultures through her work.
Hollinger-Janzen and her husband, Rod, have three adult children, Mimi, Rachel and Femi, and attend Waterford Mennonite Church.