Williams Baptist University alumni David Daniel and Jake Guenrich were honored during Homecoming festivities Saturday, Nov. 3. Daniel was recognized as WBU’s 2018 Distinguished Alumnus, while Guenrich was presented the Outstanding Young Alumnus award.
Daniel, a 1974 Williams graduate, serves as the director of athletics for Jonesboro Public Schools. During Daniel’s nine years in that role, Jonesboro has won 41 state championships and made several notable upgrades to its athletic facilities. He has worked a total 43 years in the field of education, coaching on all levels from 7th grade to NCAA Division 1 basketball.
Daniel (pictured above at right with Dr. Stan Norman) is active in a wide range of community and athletic organizations, and the City of Jonesboro declared David Daniel Day in his honor in 2012. He and his wife, Beverly, have two sons and four grandchildren. They are actively involved at Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro.
Guenrich, a 2010 WBU graduate, is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. The church has baptized 107 new members during his tenure as pastor and has added several new ministries, including a community food closet. Guenrich also remains active on the Williams campus, including assisting the student move-in activities each fall.
Guenrich and his wife, Stephanie, have four children.
“One of the great pleasures of Homecoming is recognizing alumni who have graduated from WBU and gone on to make a major impact through their careers and their Christian service. Mr. Daniel and Rev. Guenrich epitomize just how Williams shapes the lives of its students to make a difference in this world, and we were proud to honor both of them at Homecoming,” said Dr. Stan Norman, president of WBU.
Both alumni were honored during the annual Homecoming Celebration, which was held before a large crowd in Manley Chapel.