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Lillian (Gilliland '53) Orton went to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Lillian and her husband, Knute ('53), devoted their lives to missionary service in the Central African Republic under Baptist Mid-Missions. The Faith Alumni Association commmends the Ortons for their service for Christ, and we extend our Christian sympathy to Knute and family. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 14, at Temple Baptist Church in Omaha, Nebraska. You will find more information and a photo here. (07/16)

Everett Wolfe ('51) entered the Lord's presence on May 24, 2016. Everett's wife, Nelle, passed away several years ago. Everett was a faithful pastor through the years. Several of his children attended Faith, and his son, Jim, was the chair of the Music Department at Faith in the 70s and 80s. The Faith Alumni Association recognizes that most of our OBI grads, like Everett Wolfe, are now with the Lord. We commend them for their stedfastness in life and ministry. The statement in Hebrews 11:4 about Abel is certainly true of Everett Wolfe and the host of our other OBI grads now with the Lord. "He being dead still speaks." You will find a photo and obituary here. (6/16)

Manford Norris ('51) went to be with the Lord on March 9 at the age of 90. He was living in Valparaiso, Indiana, at the time. A memorial service was held on March 12 at Crossroads Baptist Church in Wanatah, Indiana, where he was a member. Brother Norris has joined many other faithful men and women from OBI days in the presence of our Savior. (4/16)


Rev. Dwayne LaFleur ('61) went to be with the Lord on June 9, 2016, at the age of 89. The memorial service was held on Monday, June 13, at Norwoodville Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa. He was buried in Holmen, Wisconsin. Dwayne served for many years in pastoral ministy with his first wife, Pearl, who passed away several years ago. All five of their children—Tim, Ruth, Tom, Margaret, and Rebecca—as well as some grandchildren attended Faith. Their son Tim was on the Music Department faculty here at Faith for a number of year. We wish the LaFleur family God's rest and peace at this time. (6/16)


Larry Akin (’73) went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 11, 2016. Larry attended Slater Baptist Church with his wife, Mary (Landolt '73) whom he met at Faith when they were both students. His obituary is available by clicking here(03/16)


Paul Schoen (’85) passed away on Thursday, March 17. Paul was the head cook for the Faith Dining Services and a member of the Ankeny Baptist Church. His wife, Beth (Morley ’84) worked in Dining Services with Paul and continues her employment here. Paul’s oldest son, Nathan, is a 2012 Faith graduate, and his second son, Timothy, is a current student. To read more about Paul's life, click here. (03/16)

James Reynolds ('99) has accepted the position of assistant pastor at Good News Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. James and his wife, Heather (Thomas '00) have served for many years as assistant pastor and wife at Nevada Baptist Church in Nevada, Iowa, serving under his father Dennis Reynolds ('75). James was honored as the Faith Alumnus of the Year as an assistant pastor in 2015. The Reynolds have four children: Hunter, Karianne, Tori, and Jadyn. We wish the Reynolds God's best in their new ministry. (07/16)



Jonathon Fuller ('13 and current seminary student) 
has accepted the pastorate at Bible Baptist Church in Sparta, Michigan. He and his wife, Liz, have served for the past two years as the assistant pastor at Fellowship Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa. We wish the Fullers God's richest blessings as they begin their new ministry. You will find a photo and more information here. (07/16)

Marshall Felderman ('10) has taken a ministry position as a hospice chaplain in Davenport, Iowa. Marshall and Emily served for several years as pastor and wife of First Baptist Church in Russell, Iowa. (07/16)





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Faith Chorale Spring Concert

March 17

The Faith Chorale will present its annual spring concert March 17 at 7:00 pm. This concert will be held in the Nettleton Center.

Spring Alumni Dessert Fellowship

March 27, 7 pm

Join us for a time of fellowship with old classmates, and hear what's new at Faith.

Instrumental Spring Concert

April 7

The Faith Instrumental Ensembles will present their annual spring concert April 7 at 7:00 p.m. This concert will be held in the Nettleton Center.