Spring Arbor University will confer degrees to more than 675 graduates at its spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 17.
Randall Hekman, national director of One Cry Ministries, will provide the keynote address for more than 350 graduates at the university’s ceremony for all campus undergraduates, off-campus teacher education graduates, and graduates of the School of Education master’s degrees, MBA, Master of Arts in Communication and Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation & Leadership programs. The ceremony will be held in the university’s fieldhouse at 10:00 a.m.
Graduates of Spring Arbor University’s undergraduate and graduate students from the east, north, Midwest and online programs and all students from the Master of Arts in Counseling program will be honored in the afternoon ceremony, which is set for 2:30 p.m. Robert Boulter, president of Faithworks, Inc., will deliver the keynote address to more than 320 students.
Randall Hekman serves as national director of the OneCry Movement, a part of Life Action Ministries of Buchanan, Mich., as well as president of Hekman Industries, LLC, which he formed in 1996. He previously worked to promote spiritual awakening in America through Healing America and was a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Michigan from 2011-12.
His vast work history began in the U.S. Navy, where he served as an officer from 1969 to 1972. Hekman was assigned to the Office of the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy in the Pentagon where he developed policies for computer systems in the Department of Defense.
Hekman returned to Grand Rapids to take on the job of assistant prosecuting attorney in the Kent County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. He left the job when elected in 1975 as Probate-Juvenile Judge in the Kent County Probate Court, a position he held for 15 years. In the early 1990s, Hekman left to become the founding executive director of the Michigan Family Forum. He then served as executive director of CBH ministries before taking the role of pastor at Crossroads Bible Churchof Grand Rapids, Mich.
Hekman holds a bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Juris Doctorate from George Washington University Law School. He has written two books, Justice for the Unborn (1984) and Truth that Sets America Free (2012).
Hekman and his wife, Marcia, have been married for 44 years and have 12 children and 24 grandchildren (with two on the way).
Robert O. (Bob) Boulter is the founding president of Faithworks, Inc. a regional community development nonprofit that provides services to local churches, ministries, and community-based organizations. Since it launched in 2001, Faithworks has served dozens of churches and community organizations from the historic missions of Washington, D.C. – The Salvation Army, and Central Union Mission, to homeless families in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
As a young teenager, Boulter heard a call “to be a minister, but not the pulpit kind.” His career in housing and community development began when he was on a leave of absence from college. Beginning with humble employment at a large apartment community, he became a licensed real estate broker and Certified Property Manager. Nine years, and thousands of apartments later, his full-time ministry began when the Rouse Company of Columbia Maryland assigned Mr. Boulter to work with Jubilee Housing, a church-related ministry in Washington, D.C.
In this assignment Boulter served as vice president of Jubilee Housing, Inc., a nonprofit developer of affordable housing and a host of affiliated ministries. During this period he assisted Jim and Patty Rouse as they established the Enterprise Foundation (now Enterprise Community Partners) to provide affordable housing and community development services nationally. From this collaboration he became founding president of Jubilee Enterprise of Greater Washington that, with resident leaders of five blighted and violence-torn properties, developed over 1,300 affordable apartments and created networks of ministry in close collaboration with neighborhood churches.
Boulter served on the board of the National Housing Conference, and was a founding board member of the Washington Area Housing Partnership of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. He was a founding board member of the Churches Conference on Shelter and Housing, and a founding board member of World Vision D.C.
He was named a James A. Johnson Community Fellow by the Fannie Mae Foundation; received the Property Manager of the Year Award and the W. Donald Calomiris Humanitarian Award from the D.C. Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management; the FHA Commissioner’s Special Recognition Award; and the Wallace Paletou Award from the National Institute of Real Estate Management. He has published several articles and has spoken widely about affordable housing and community development.
Boulter attended Princeton University, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies from The American University in Washington, D.C. He and his wife Marla have three children: Sarah, David and Jonathan, and three grandchildren, with a fourth on the way.