Pictured (L to R) are Debbie and Dr. William “Bill” Katip and Salvation Army Envoys Ken Locke and Sina Locke, Salvation Army administrators. Photo provided.
Pictured (L to R) are Debbie and Dr. William “Bill” Katip and Salvation Army Envoys Ken Locke and Sina Locke, Salvation Army administrators. Photo provided.
The Salvation Army Advisory Board met Nov. 15 and, prior to their meeting, presented the 2022 Kosciusko County Hometown Hero Award.  

This year’s recipient was Dr. William “Bill” Katip, sixth president of Grace College and Seminary and currently senior adviser.  

His career in higher education spans over five decades in areas such as admissions, student life and academic affairs, according to a news release from The Salvation Army. He came to Grace College and Seminary in 2007 and served as provost until he was named president in 2013.  

Dr. Katip retired in December 2021.

He has been married to his wife Debbie for 48 years and both graduated from Grace and have four children.  

He has been a long-time supporter of The Salvation Army, serving on the Advisory Board of Allegheny County, Pa., from 2001-2007. When coming back to the Warsaw/Winona Lake area, his demanding schedule did not allow time to serve on the advisory board of Kosciusko County. He always kept in touch with The Salvation Army and encouraged others to support its ministry.  

“I can’t tell you how many people would call me and say Dr. Bill told me to contact you about donating or volunteering,” said Envoy Ken Locke, administrator. “We always considered him a ‘ghost’ member of our Advisory Board!”  

Dr. Katip is the 2022 Kosciusko County Hometown Hero for his exemplary leadership and modeling service to others in the name of Jesus, the release states. In honor of the 2022 recipient, donations may be made to the Kosciusko County Hometown Heroes Endowment Fund. Checks may be sent to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1257, Warsaw, IN 46581 with “Hometown Hero” in the memo line.

The fund was established in 2017 and has honored the following people: E Mazie Alexander, Brigadier Brice Phillipson, E Joy Carlson, Commissioner William Roberts and Captain and Mrs. Fred Harvey.  

For more information, go to www.sawarsaw.org.