Saturday morning many gathered to honor the name of Joshua Thomas Teegarden by participating in a 5K race. Joshua Teegarden was killed July 27, 2004 while serving on a mission trip to Christ Camp for the Blind in Rockcastle County, Kentucky.
Teegarden was a 23 year old senior at Johnson University, formally Johnson Bible College at the time, and would have graduated in May of 2005 with a major in preaching and missions.
By the creation of J.T. Ministries, created in honor of Teegarden by family members, many students are awarded scholarships in remembrance of Teegarden. Scholarship recipients in the past have included Johnson’s Lauren VanNoy. In a letter written to the Teegarden family, VanNoy writes, “Your generous support is helping me to fulfill a lifelong dream of attaining a higher education and extending the Kingdom of God among all nations.”
So far in 2015, J.T. Ministries has set aside $1,375 dollars to award more scholarships in future years. They are hoping to award three scholarships in 2016.
Teegarden’s mother, Pam, was asked what the race meant to her personally, and she responded with, “Josh was so compassionate about missions. This race is a way that we can keep his memory alive and help people hopefully follow in his footsteps.” Pam Teegarden also says, “Sarah, Josh’s sister, also wants to pursue a life of missions.”
Through the work of amazing Johnson volunteers, and J.T. Ministries, the legacy of a beloved Johnson student can live on.