Faith Alumni Updates
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Dennis ('79) and Tonya (Gibson '73) Hakes have retired from full-time pastoral ministry. Dennis and Tonya have served as pastor and wife for 37 years in IARBC churches in Russell, Norwalk, and Muscatine, Iowa. They have served the last 16 years at Walnut Park Baptist Church in Muscatine. The Faith Alumni Association commends the Hakes for a lifetime of faithful service for Christ, and we wish them God's best as they continue ministering where God leads tehm. You will find more information and a photo here. (04/15)
The Faith Alumni Association extends its deepest sympathy to Michelle (Ferre ex. '79) Riley and her husband Rob, whose son, Joey, was killed while on active duty in Afghanistan on November 24, 2014. Joey was a member of Memorial Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio, where his father is the worship pastor. You will find pictures and more information here. (1/15)
Terry Porter ('96) is now the pastor of adult discipleship at Bible Baptist Church in Traverse City, Michigan. He formerly served as the youth pastor of the church. Terry and his wife, Gen, have two daughters and one son. (04/15)
Marcy Joy (ex '93 Lubbers) Beyer is now a professor of speech and communications at Lake Michigan College in southwestern Michigan. After attending Faith, March comcleted her education at Cornerstone University. Marcy and her husband, Todd, live in Hamilton, Michigan. (04/15)
Jeremiah Cates ('03, '08) has returned from a one-year deployment as a chaplain in Afghanistan and is now serving as a chaplain at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Faith Alumni Association is thankful for Jeremiah's service for our country. Jeremiah and his wife, Jenny ('01 Anderson) have two sons, Ethan and Evan.
Jacob Saylor ('00, '06), pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Cambridge, Iowa, was ordained to the gospel ministry on Sunday, November 16, following an ordination council on Saturday, November 15. The council gave a "high recommendation" to the church to proceed with ordination. Jacob became the assistant pastor of the church in 2006 and the senior pastor in 2012. Jacob is married to Amber (Harris '00), and they have five children. We commend Jacob and Amber for this milestone in their lives and for their faithfulness as the pastor and wife of the church. You will find a photo and more information here. (01/15)
Josh ('12) and Bethany ('12 Duffy) Farrell have been called to be the pastor and wife of First Baptist Church of Brayton, Iowa. Josh served for several years as the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in West Des Moines, a ministry he began while still a student at Faith. Josh is the son of Doug ('86, '87) and Lori ('84 Rosenkrans) Farrell who serve as pastor and wife at Calvary Baptist Church in Forest City, Iowa, and the grandson of Russ ('57) and Merilyn (ex. '55) Farrell, retired pastor and wife. Bethany is the daughter of Pastor Jeff ('90) and Sherrill ('85 Dill) Duffy who serve at First Baptist Church in Yarmouth, Iowa. We commend the Farrell and Duffy families for the continuing generations of ministry workers. (01/15)
Isaac ('08) and Amanda Adams are proud to announce the birth of their son, Owen David Thomas, on November 14, 2014. Owen joins big sister, Alexis, in the family. The Adams live in Plymouth, New York. Congratulations to Isaac and Amanda! (01/15)
Aaron Moore ('15) was installed as the pastor of St. Ansgar Baptist Church in St. Ansgar, Iowa, on March 22. Speakers in the installation service were his father, Garry Moore ('79, '91), pastor of Burton Avenue Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa, and his brother, Stephen Moore ('04, '06), pastor of Horton Baptist Church in Waverly, Iowa. Aaron began pastoring St. Angsar Baptist Church during his senior year at Faith. The Faith Alumni Association wishes Aaron and his wife, Emily (ex '14) a prosperous ministry at St. Ansgar. (04/15)
Matt Froah ('15) has accepted the call to pastor First Baptist Church in Bloomfield, Iowa. He began pastoring the church during the final two months of his senior year at Faith. Matt and his wife, Shari, have four children. We wish God's blessings on the Froahs' new ministry. (04/15)
Zach Patke ('09) has accepted the call to become the assistant to the pastor at First Baptist Church of Marshall, Minnesota, where Greg Linscott is the pastor. Zach's ministry will focus on discipleship and training with a focus on youth and children's ministries. Zach and his wife Hannah (Kolar '10) have two sons, Daniel and Noah. We wish Zach and Hannah God's richest blessings as they begin their new ministry in Marshall. You will find more information on the MARBC website and the GARBC website. (2/15)
Ethan Long ('14) has been called to serve as the assistant pastor of North Ridge Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa. He has been an active member of that church since he was in elementary school. Ethan will serve under senior pastor and Faith alum Kevin Subra ('88). We wish Ethan and his wife, Jordyn, God's best in their new ministry. You will find more information here. (1/15)