National Speaker Rev. Huron Claus will speak at Judson University’s Founders’ Day Celebration on October 21.  During the day’s events, Judson will honor Alumni Devlin Donaldson with the Golden Eagle Award, the highest service honor the university awards.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Convocation – 10:00 a.m.
Herrick Chapel
Featuring Rev. Huron Claus

Luncheon – 11:30 a.m.
Reed Room, Lindner Tower
(By Invitation Only)



Rev. Huron Claus

A fifth-generation follower of Jesus Christ. He comes from the Mohawk/Kiowa tribes of New York and Oklahoma. The Claus Indian family has ministered through evangelism and music in Native communities and villages across North, Central, and South America.

Rev. Claus is president of CHIEF Inc., which envisions seeing an effective Christian witness in every Native American tribe and all related tribes in this generation. The mission of CHIEF is to disciple and train a strong Native Christian leadership in the Word of God, who will practically impact their communities for the glory of God. CHIEF networks with approximately 3,000 Native Churches among 300 of the 1,200 Native tribes in the Western Hemisphere. Besides leading CHIEF, Rev. Claus has served on a number of Native Ministry boards. He is actively involved as a speaker for church events, national conferences, and mission-related activities and speaks often at colleges. He was the keynote speaker at Judson’s Prayer Breakfast in 2022.  He resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, Lois, and has two adult children.



Golden Eagle Honoree: Devlin Donaldson

During a private Founders’ Day Luncheon, Judson will honor Devlin Donaldson ‘79, with the Golden Eagle Award for his dedication and service to the university. The Golden Eagle Award is the university’s highest service award.

Donaldson graduated in 1979 with a degree in Human Relations from Judson University. He has a decades-long career of vision, breakthrough ideas, high impact, and leadership experience in both the not-for-profit and for-profit worlds. After earning his master’s degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, he joined Compassion International where he led the development of Compassion’s music artist program and its sponsor ministry division. He reorganized several large segments of the ministry and served on the President’s cabinet as Director of Marketing and Development. In 2001, Donaldson and his business partner founded The Elevation Group, a Growth Consulting firm based in Colorado Springs. From 2015-2018, Donaldson returned to serve at his alma mater, Judson University, as Senior Vice President of External Relations. He led projects focused on donor development, including providing leadership for the World Leaders Forum and the WLF Inspirational Series.

In July of 2018, Donaldson returned to his roots, accepting the position of President/CEO of VisionTrust International where he currently serves. A small child development organization in Colorado Springs, VisionTrust operates in 11 countries helping over 10,000 children. Donaldson lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Carol. They have one daughter, Maria, who is a recent Judson Alumni with a degree in Marketing.

Judson’s Founders’ Day celebration will include a gathering of Judson’s Fox Valley Spiritual Council in the morning, before the chapel featuring Rev. Huron Claus. The 10 a.m. chapel event with Rev. Claus will be broadcast live on YouTube as well as in-person for the Judson community. The luncheon featuring Donaldson is by invitation only.

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