Faith Alumni Updates

 

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1950s
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.

Eleanor (Geary '55) Wright entered the Lord's presence on March 21. A memorial service will be held April 23 at 11:00 a.m. at Community Bible Church in Central City, Nebraska. We extend our Christian sympathies to her husband, James, and her family. (03/16)

 

1960s
Mrs. Shirley Reese, wife of former pastor and Faith alum, Damon Reese ('69), went home to be with the Lord on Monday, October 26. Damon Reese pastored several churches in Iowa but is now retired and living in Ankeny. Please keep the Reese family in your prayers. You will find the obituary and a photo here.

 

1970s
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)

 

1980s
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)

 

2000s
David Swope ('07) was installed as senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Mesa, Arizona on September 2. David has served at the church as the youth pastor and interim pastor before being called into his role as senior pastor. Please pray for Pastor Swope and for his wife, Alyson (Gates '06) as they enter this new stage of ministry at Calvary Baptist Church

 

2010s
Jonathan Rocha ('15) has accepted an associate pastor position at Prairie Flower Baptist Church in Washington, Iowa. During his senior year at Faith, Jon and his wife Julia (Bray '14) frequently traveled to Prairie Flower Baptist Church to teach 7th-12th grade Sunday school and run monthly youth events. Jon had also had the opportunity to serve as the church's associate intern last year. Please keep the Rochas in your prayers as they begin this new ministry and serve together! 

 

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