A.K. Lama has been named this year's distinguished Doctor of Ministry alumnus at Samford University's Beeson Divinity School. Dr. Lama earned the Beeson degree in 2002.
Lama is founder and director of Transforming Leaders in Asia, a ministry that equips and disciples Christian workers. He also serves as general secretary of the Council for Baptist Churches in North East India.
Lama began his career as a veterinarian in his native India, where he was a Buddhist until he became a Christian in 1983. He also holds a Ph.D. degree in Old Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
He and his wife, Asangla Ao, a medical doctor who holds a Master of Divinity degree from Beeson, have three children.
Lama received the award from Dr. Mark Searby, director of Beeson's doctor of ministry studies program, in a chapel service at the school earlier this month.