of My Life III - Dr. Ralph Covell
It was a little over one month ago when we last visited Dr. Ralph Covell
nursing facility in Denver and sang "Happy Birthday" for his
CCAI co-founders, Josh and Lily, celebrated CCAI's founding Board Member Dr. Covell's 90th birthday and presented him with the CCAI Legacy Award for his 20 years of passionate support for CCAI.
Last night, I received a message from Ralph's oldest son, Kevin, informing us of some very sad news: Ralph passed away peacefully on February 2nd in his sleep…
This is how the public knew this amazingly humble man:
Dr. Ralph Covell served as Senior Professor of World Christianity at Denver Seminary.
He joined the faculty in 1966 as Director of Admissions and assumed the role of Dean in 1979.
He retired from Denver Seminary in 1990.
Dr. Covell received a Ph.D. from the University of Denver, and an honorary D.D. from Denver Seminary.
earned a Th.M. from Fuller Theological Seminary
, a B.Th. and a B.D. from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a B.A. from Eastern Baptist College.
He served as a missionary with CBFMS (now World Venture) in China and Taiwan for twenty years.
He translated the New Testament into the language of the Sediq, a Malayo-Polynesian people living in the mountains of Taiwan, and continued to be an advisor on the nearly-completed translation of the Old Testament.
also acted as translation consultant for the Bible Societies of Taiwan
is the co-author of An Extension Seminary Primer with Peter Wagner and has written W.A.P. Martin: Pioneer of Progress in China; Confucius, the Buddha, and Christ; A History of the Gospel in China; Mission Impossible: The Unreached Nosu on China's Frontier; The Liberating Gospel in China: The Christian Faith Among China's Minority Peoples; and Pentecost of the Hills in Taiwan: The Christian Faith among the Original Inhabitants.
For me personally, and for CCAI
as an organization, Dr. Covell
meant so much more.
On January 5, 1987, I enrolled at the Graduate School of Columbia Bible College
Ten months later, when I informed my financial sponsor that I desired to continue my education instead of returning to China as an evangelist by the year's end, all of my financial support was revoked and I was left with no choice but to give up my dream.
Then a miracle happened.
As I was doing research on my final paper, I came across Confucius, the Buddha, and Christ, a book by Dr. Ralph Covell
On the back cover introduction, it stated that Dr. Covell was a former missionary to China and he spoke Chinese!
All I could think about was how sweet it would be to be able to talk to an American who knows China and speaks my language!
I quickly sent a letter to Dr. Covell
introducing myself, my financial need, and my determination to finish my seminary graduate studies.
A week later, I got his
I am Ralph Covell
For the next one and a half years, Dr. Covell served as my academic advisor and spiritual mentor.
unyielding faith and trust and constant encouragement, advice and prayers, I became the first seminary graduate from mainland China since 1949 when the atheist government took over the country.
In September 1989, Dr. Covell
, together with seven other wonderful Christian leaders, put his
hand on my head and pronounced my ordination.
In mid 1992, when Lily and I felt the call to launch an adoption agency for the sake of bringing hope and homes to some of the thousands of girls forced to be abandoned by their parents as a result of the infamous one-child policy, we went to Dr. Covell again asking him to serve as the founding Chairman of CCAI's Board.
Dr. Covell served as the Chairman of CCAI's Board until 2006, then as a member continuously until this past December, when we presented him with the CCAI Legacy Award.
became the largest and most respected China-focus adoption agency in the world by 1999 and continues to this day.
Godly, wise, patient, loving, forgiving, and trusting.
These are just a few incredible characteristics Dr. Ralph Covell
amazingly demonstrated and practiced on a daily basis.
For me, he
is more than a board member, spiritual mentor and advisor.
is my hero and he
will be missed.
Josh and Lily Visit CCAI Founding Board Member Dr. Covell
CCAI co-founders, Josh and Lily, celebrated CCAI's founding Board Member Dr. Covell's 90th birthday and presented him with CCAI's Legacy Award for his 20 years of passionate support for CCAI.
On December 23, CCAI Co-founders Josh and Lily paid a special visit to Dr. Ralph Covell who turned 90 on this very special day!
Dr. Covell is the founding board member of CCAI and was CCAI's first Chairman of the Board.
For 20 years, Dr. Covell
has been deeply involved in promoting CCAI's
mission and contributed greatly to the continued success of CCAI
On behalf of CCAI
and its entire board, Josh and Lily presented Dr. Covell
the Legacy Award for his outstanding service of two decades to orphaned children.
A former missionary to China in the 40s and Academic Dean and Professor emeritus of Denver Seminary
, Dr. Covell
is a well-know Christian educator, pastor, prolific writer, and Chinese language expert.
Happy Birthday, Dr. Covell!