Today we honor a graduate who has made a living building houses while serving lives by opening his own home for others. This calling began when he was a student at Bob Jones University in the early 1980s. He started a construction company while a student and living in a campus residence hall. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 1984, he continued his interest in construction.
Our recipient expanded the company in 1991 by joining forces with another BJU graduate, Nelson Neal—and they have been in business since that time doing high-end residential and light commercial construction. With honesty and integrity an integral part of their building process, they have built a solid reputation, not only as builders but as businessmen. This has led to referrals from satisfied clients constituting over 90 percent of their business.
Our recipient has remained involved in supporting his alma mater since graduation. He served on the first-ever President’s Advisory Council. He and his wife, Debbie, have seven children. Five are alumni and two more will graduate from the University.
He also has served as chairman of the board for Wisdom in Living Life Ministry, a Christian ministry helping people trapped by alcohol and drugs. Currently he serves on the board of The Wilds Christian Camp. He also continues his interest in helping missions by promoting and leading volunteer construction teams for Christian ministries—as he has for the last 28 years.Our recipient's ministry continues on a daily basis as he serves in his local church, Hampton Park Baptist Church, where he has attended since 1983. There he has served as deacon and has taught 7th- and 8th-grade boys. He has also used his own home and the gift of hospitality as a means of encouraging missionaries and others in ministry. In recognition of his steadfast, faithful service and of achievement in the varied opportunities that God has given him, it gives me great pleasure on behalf of the Alumni Association Executive Committee to present this Alumni Outstanding Achievement Citation to the founder of Peery Construction, Jon Peery.