Author Archives: Robin Saylor

For the Least of These: The Campbells

When you ask Kevin (’00) and Sarah (Leesman ’01) Campbell who their heroes are, they will tell you: the birth mothers of their two sons. “They gave us one of the greatest gifts we could ever receive on this earth, and we are truly thankful they entrusted us with their sons,” Kevin writes. We continue our series about Abilene Christian […]


For the Least of These: The Mendenhalls

We continue our series about Abilene Christian University alumni who have followed their hearts to adopt, sharing the story of the Mendenhalls, whose life took a curve when they were least expecting it. Dr. Doug Mendenhall (’82) is journalist in residence and an instructor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at ACU. His wife, Janet […]


For the Least of These: The Joneses

When Cory (’01) and Christina (McCarty ’01) Jones prayed for God to disturb their cliché suburban lives, they weren’t expecting the answer to be three more sons. But that’s exactly what they got. The couple has three biological boys (Levi, 11; Titus, 8; and Seth, 6) and adopted three more boys (Judah, 6; Canaan, 4; […]


For the Least of These: The Schroeders

“We could have chosen a gender. We could have chosen a race. We could have tried to customize the details. But instead we chose to let God do the choosing. To be open to whoever God wanted to be our child. And He did good. God did SO GOOD! I wouldn’t change a thing.” – […]


For the Least of These: The Tidmores

“For the Least of These,” a feature story in the latest issue of ACU Today magazine, takes a look at several Abilene Christian University alumni who have followed their hearts to rescue orphans around the world. In the weeks to come, we will introduce you to other alumni who help make a real difference in the […]


Alum launches ‘simple’ plan to fight Ebola

Abilene’s Global Samaritan Resources, led by executive director Danny Sims (’85) and inspired by Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly (’03), has launched a project to help with the Ebola crisis in West Africa. “Simple Works – West Africa” is a plan addressing three critical needs: purified water, fortified food and medical supplies. “We wanted to focus […]

Category: Alumni News


Lanier tackles questions with courtroom logic

Life presents tough questions. W. Mark Lanier, J.D., a prominent Houston trial lawyer and author of Christianity on Trial, offered answers to several of them during talks Monday on the Abilene Christian University campus. Speaking in Chapel, Lanier posed two life-defining questions: “What really counts?” and “What are the two most important decisions you will […]


Brantlys’ journey takes unexpected detour

“Where are you right now?” That question came in an urgent phone call yesterday to Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly (’03). Brantly and his family happened to be on a road trip to Abilene where he and his wife, Amber (Carroll ’06), are scheduled to speak Friday on the ACU campus. Doctors from Nebraska were […]


10 Questions with Dawne Meeks

Life sometimes comes full circle. That’s something  Dawne (Swearingen ’95) Meeks, director of this year’s Homecoming musical Big Fish, can tell you about. Meeks came to ACU as a freshman in 1991, the same year Adam Hester (’77) became chair of the theatre department. After graduating from Abilene Christian in 1995, she went on to […]


10 Questions with Amber Brantly

When Dr. Kent (’03) and Amber (Carroll ’06) Brantly accepted a call to the medical missions field in Liberia in 2013, they had no inkling their lives might one day be the making of international headlines. “It still feels bizarre to me that people know about us, that it even mattered to so many people […]

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