Forrest Turpen, former Christian Educators Executive Director, served Christian Educators faithfully for nearly 35 years, along with his wife Judy. He went to be with Jesus just short of his 80th birthday on December 21, 2017.
Forrest left an enduring legacy of equipping Christian educators to live out their faith in our K-12 schools.
Christian Educators is pleased to offer the Ray Gene and Joanne Thiesen Scholarship for Educators. Before he passed in 2017, Ray Thiesen was an educator who dedicated his life to seeing God’s love and truth transform our public K-12 schools. Ray and Joanne’s generosity, as well as matching funds provided by Christian Educators members and donors, allows us to provide scholarship awards to promising candidates who desire to carry on Ray’s legacy.