Faith Alumni Updates
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Kathy Lang-DeVos (ex. '72) has retired from the Chariton (Iowa) Community School District where she has worked. Kathy and her husband, Ed, have two daughers and one granddaughter. Kathy and Ed live in Knoxville, Iowa, and are members of Faith Baptist Church in Knoxville. (11/13)
Gary Barber ('78) has accepted the pastorate of Byron Baptist Church in Byron, Michgan. Gary and his wife, Kathi (Merideth ex. '76) served for almost 30 years as Baptist Mid-Missions missionaries in Brazil. Gary and Kathi have two adult sons and one granddaughter. The Faith Alumni Association wishes the Barbers a spiritually prosperous ministry in Byron. (10/13)
Word has reached the Alumni Office that Jan Hines ('73) went home to be with the Lord on August 15, 2013. She was living in Des Moines at the time. We express our sympathy to her family. (9/13)
Debra Ann (Casey) Dyer ('76) went to be with the Lord on August 19, 2013. She was living at the time in Bandera, Texas. She was involved in music minstries over the years and spent more than 30 years as a nurse. We extend our sympathy to her family. (9/13)
Don Johnston ('74, '76) and his wife, Jennifer (Limbaugh ex. '76 ) have moved to Davenport, Iowa, where Don is now a chaplain at Beacon of Hope Hospice. Don has previously served as the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Grinnell, Iowa. He is also a member of the Faith Board of Directors. We wish the Johnstons God's best in their new ministry role. (9/13)
Don Collings ('70) recently retired after a long and successful pastorate at Prairie Flower Baptist Church in Washington, Iowa. We wish Don and and his wife Carol (Nelson '67) a blessed and prosperous retirement, but we know they will continue to be active in ministry whenever possible. (9/13)
Michelle (Pitcher '87) Pals is the new administrative assistant at Ankeny Baptist Church in Ankeny, Iowa. Michelle and her husband Russ (ex. '90) have been longtime members of Ankeny Baptist Church, and she is now pleased to be able to serve on the church staff. The Pals have two daughters, Jayme (ex. '10) and Taylor. (11/13)
Greg Javaux ('86) is now a hospice chaplain with the Blessing Hospital System in Quincy, Illinois. Greg and his wife, Stephanie, have three daughters and one son. (10/13)
Christina McElroy (Nystrom '83) has completed a master's degree in teaching at St. Martin's University in Lacey, Washington. Christina is married to Marvin ('77) and they have two adult children--Alexandra and Cameron. The McElroys live in Puyallup, Washington. The Faith Alumni Association is thankful for grads like Marvin and Christina who faithfully serve the Lord in their church. (10/13)
Jeff Duffy ('90) has been called to be the pastor of First Baptist Church in Yarmouth, Iowa. Jeff was most recently the pastor of Rapids Street Baptist Church in Adel, Iowa. The church welcomed Jeff and his wife, Sherrill (Dill '85), to the church in the first part of September. (9/13)
Adam Standley ('04) has accepted the pastorate of Grace Baptist Tabernacle in Centerville, Iowa. Adam has served at Hagerman Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa, since he went to the church as an intern in November 2003. Adam is married to Kellie (Peters ex. '03), and they have two daughters, Makenna and Auna. We wish the Standleys God's best in their new ministry. You will find a picture and more information here.
Aron Schrepfer (ex. '06) was ordained to the gospel ministry on September 29 by Valley Baptist Church in Eureka, Montana. He has now accepted the call to become the pastor of Pioneer Peak Baptist Church in Palmer, Alaska. Aron and his wife Rebekah (Shrader '99) have four children: Matthew, Katie, Nataly, and Sara. The Faith Alumni Association wishes the Schrepfers God's best in this new ministry. (10/13)
Chris ('01, '07) and Mandy (Betz '11) Ellis are pleased to announce the birth of their second child, Anya Kay, on Friday, September 27. She joins her brother, Camden, in the Ellis family. Chris is employed at Faith in the Advancement and Academic departments. The Ellis's live in Ankeny (10/13)
Daniel Baltich ('08) has accepted the pastorate of First Baptist Church of New Berlin, New York. We wish Daniel and his wife Julie (Harvey ex. '03) a fruitful ministry in New Berlin.
Brian Cederquist ('03, 06) is now the pastor of Good News Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He formerly served as the assistant pastor of the church under his grandfather Karl Pike, who recently retired. We wish Brian and Jennifer (Holub '01) a rich ministry in Grand Rapids. (10/13)
Nick Oliver ('04, 07 ) has been called to be the pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Nick has previously served as assistant pastor at Fellowship Baptist Church in Des Moines under Pastor Jeff Holub. The Faith Alumni Association wishes Nick and his wife Jessica (Paige '09) a fruitful ministry in Fort Dodge. (9/13)
Jason ('04, '07) and Jessica (Bean '01) Brouwer announce the birth of their first child, Elizabeth Anne, born on March 6, 2013. Jessica worked in the Faith Dining Services prior to the birth of their little girl. The Brouwers live in Grimes, Iowa, and attend Maranatha Baptist Church in Grimes. We wish God's blessing on their family. (10/13)
Tim Crawley ('06) graduated from the U.S. Army Special Forces Training and continues to serve as a Special Forces Chaplain. Tim and his wife, Tasha, live in Eastover, North Carolina. The Crawleys have five children. They are moving to the Des Moines area where he will work as a civilian at Camp Dodge. (9/13)
Nathan Gast ('03, '05) recently accepted the pastorate of Urbandale Baptist Church in Urbandale, Iowa. He moves to Urbandale from a long ministry at Fair Haven Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kansas. He and his wife, Shanna (Peckham '04), are delighted to take up this new ministry.
Russ Harriss ('00) has retired as the pastor of First Baptist Church of Russell, Iowa. Russ came to Faith as an older married student and served as pastor of Norwoodville Baptist Church in Des Moines before becoming pastor at Russell. Russ's wife, Joann, graduated from Faith in 2011. (9/13)
David Cotner (student) has been called to become the pastor of Prairie Flower Baptist Church in Washington, Iowa. David is a senior at Faith Baptist Bible College with graduation in May 2014. He will commute on weekends until June 1 when he will become the full-time pastor. We wish David, his wife Heather, and their daughter, Ann-Marie, God's richest blessings on their new ministry. The Faith Alumni Association commends David for his willingness to accept a pastorate while a student and for his desire to serve the Lord in pastoral ministry. You will find a picture and more information here. (11/13)
Greg Gosnell ('10) was recently ordained to the gospel ministry by Faith Baptist Church of Mason City, Iowa, where Greg serves as an assistant pastor. Greg's ordination council met on Saturday, November 9. The council recommended the church proceed with ordination, which it did so on Sunday, November 17. We congratulate Greg and his wife Kerri (Herner '10) on this milestone in their ministry. You will find a picture and further information here. (11/13)
Chad Fincham ('12) has accepted a position as the chaplain at the Boys State Training School in Eldora, Iowa. Chad completed his internship at this facility as a student, and he is now able to return there as the chaplain. Chad and his wife Rachel (Johnson '11) are expecting their first child in October. (10/13)
Isaiah ('10, '11) and Rosanna (Bower '09) Peterson have been accepted as missionary candidates wtih Baptist Mid-Missions. They will work with the Bibles International division of BMM in Bible translation work. We are pleased to see our Faith grads committing to missionary service.
Zach Fischer ('10) recently accepted the pastorate at Holmes Baptist Church in Clarion, Iowa. (9/13)
Marshall Felderman ('10) recently accepted the pastorate at First Baptist Church in Russell, Iowa. Marshall previously had been serving as the assistant pastor of the church under Russ Harriss who has retired. We wish Marshall and his wife, Emily, a blessed and fruitful ministry in Russell. (9/13).