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Antenor Gonçalvez to receive ACU Distinguished Alumni Citation

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February 17, 2004

Abilene Christian University alumnus Antenor Gonçalvez will be presented with a Distinguished Alumni Citation.  The presentation will take place during the Continent of Great Cities Dinner to be held Monday, February 23, at 4:45 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of Hillcrest Church of Christ.

Gonçalvez has been preaching in Itu, Brazil for seven years.  The Highland Church of Christ in Abilene, as well as churches in San Angelo, Granbury, Midwest City, Okla., and Hobbs, N.M., support him. 

Gonçalvez says he is "in awe" of the citation. "I just couldn't understand how among thousands of brilliant students and wonderful people, I was one of the chosen ones."

More than 40 million Brazilians hear Gonçalvez's message each week through the Impacto television and radio programs.  This produces more than 300 telephone contacts each week.  Gonçalvez also serves on the board of a Brazilian orphanage where he seeks to help the transition of those leaving.

Gonçalvez grew up in Brazil.  After completing preacher training school in Sao Paulo in 1978 at the behest of missionaries he knew, Gonçalvez enrolled at a Brazilian university to study psychology.  Plans changed when he met and married Phyllis Sheppard and came to visit her family in 1980.  He decided to enroll at ACU and did so in 1981.

 "The thing that was engraved on my heart from ACU was the empathy from my professors, who served infinitely more than just teachers, but as mentors, fathers and friends," Gonçalvez said.

Antenor and Phyllis have two children. Their daughter, Alice, is a senior at ACU planning for mission work.  Son, Paul, born on his father’s graduation day in 1986 is planning to enroll at ACU in August.

Antenor's father, Jose, passed by a blackboard outside a missionary's house in Brazil with a Bible verse written on it each day on his way to work. Antenor laughs as he tells the story,  "This was mass media evangelism from the 1950s here in Brazil."

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