FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Southwestern honored two couples for their commitment to the Gospel and generous partnership in ministry, March 3. The seminary awarded Bob and Phoebe Lambeth with the B.H. Carroll Award and Stanley and Joan Togikawa with the L.R. Scarborough Award, named in honor of Southwestern’s first and second presidents.

“These are people who are very special to the work of the Lord in general,” Southwestern president Paige Patterson said, “but then, specifically, they have become very special to those of us who labor in this ministry here at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.”

Bob and Phoebe Lambeth have a passion for the written word of God. The Lockman Foundation, where Bob has served as president since 1979, helped produce the New American Standard Bible as well as its exhaustive concordance in 1981. The Bible itself also exists in mission-strategic languages such as Chinese, Hindi and Korean.

Bob Lambeth met Dewey and Minna Lockman when he and his wife, Phoebe, served alongside them at First Baptist Church in Anaheim, Calif. Lambeth himself is a Certified Public Accountant and earned his bachelor’s from the University of Southern California.

The Lambeth foundation provides each Southwestern Seminary and College at Southwestern graduate with a free copy of this beautiful work.

“We’re both honored and humbled,” Bob Lambeth said upon receiving the award. “From our point of view, to see all the activity, ministry, and outreach and lives that are touched, it’s a wonderful blessing to see Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary develop the way it has and to continue in this ministry, and we hope that we can be a small part of that.”

Born into a Buddhist home, Stanley Togikawa attended a school run by missionaries as a child. However, in college the Holy Spirit took hold of Togikawa’s heart, and he accepted Christ while pursuing his degree in international trade.

Togikawa’s call to ministry came shortly after, and he earned a Master of Religious Education from Southwestern in 1959. Returning to his home state of Hawaii, he served the local church as a minister of education and then at the Baptist Academy in Honolulu. He also participated in relief efforts through the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, especially serving Vietnamese immigrants in Samoa, along with his denominational service on the behalf of Hawaii Baptists from 1983-2001.

With Hilda Shiraki, a like-minded fellow church member of Olivet Baptist Church, Togikawa helped start the Shiraki Memorial Foundation, which provides scholarship funds for Hawaii students at Southwestern Seminary.

“It’s been our privilege to help students to come to Southwestern Seminary as well as all of our Baptist seminaries around the world,” Togikawa said.

“We give any student from Hawaii and some from other countries tuition and a book allowance. Up until last month, when I wrote the check, it was over $1.5 million. This will continue because the foundation was established for this very purpose to help reach people and have more preachers and workers around the world.”