Florida College honored David and Flora Tant with the 2015 Friend to Youth Award at the conclusion of last Tuesday evening’s lecture.

David Tant began his relationship with Florida College as a student in 1953, earning his associate degree along with many hours of upper-division work while being actively involved in chorus, drama, the Royal Palm yearbook, Sower’s Club and more.

After marrying in 1959, the Tants began worshiping in Clayton, Oklahoma, where David Tant began his first work as a preacher on an Indian reservation. After spending time there and later in Portales, New Mexico, they moved to the Atlanta area, where they currently reside and have spent their last 52 years, working with the churches at Snapfinger Road, Embry Hills and Roswell Road. During these years, their hearts of service continued and became particularly directed toward young people.

They were instrumental in beginning the Atlanta-area booster club, for which David Tant served as president, and they participated in the original Florida College camp, which was hosted on campus at the time. They served in various roles — counselor, director and co-director, bus driver — for 27 years, fueled by their belief that every young person should have an experience at Florida College. Later on, they lent their experience to help establish the Georgia booster camp. They have served as Adopt parents for 49 students and are charter members of the Florida College Society, having donated consistently for 45 years.

Their service for the Lord goes far beyond the bounds of Florida College, and has been especially directed toward young people, whom they have housed, supported financially and taken with them on various evangelistic efforts throughout the U.S. and Jamaica. Their evangelistic efforts have also taken them to Mexico, throughout Europe, South Africa, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Florida College is honored to have such friends as David and Flora Tant, whose passion for young people, their Lord and His church has touched countless lives.