Faith Alumni Updates


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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.

John Malone ('69) went to be with the Lord on May 6 after a long battle with cancer. He with his wife, Merikay (Radloff '69) served the Lord for more than 30 years as the missionary pastor of the French Baptist Church in Trois-Rivière and Buckingham, Québec. He also served as chaplain at Montréal`s airport for many years. He was a member of Eglise Baptiste Evangelique Emmanuel. We commend the Malones for a lifetime of faithful missionary service for Christ. You will find the obituary and a photo here. (05/15)


Roger ('78) and Linda ('78) Crawford have retired from the pastorate of Calvary Baptist Church in Union, Iowa. Roger was a meat cutter for Hy Vee when God called him into ministry. Roger and Linda graduated from Faith and then served in pastoral ministry for more than 35 years. He served as our Alumni Association president for several years. Their three children, Mike ('85), Duke ('87, '89), and Joy ('90) all attended Faith. We commend the Crawfords for a lifetime of ministry and wish them God's best in retirement. (07/15)

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 them. You will find more information and a photo here. (04/15)



Jim Saunders (’82, ’83) has recently accepted the invitation to be the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Princeton, Indiana. He previously served as the pastor of First Baptist Church of Connell, Washington. The Faith Alumni Association congratulates Jim and his wife, Kim (Watkins ’82) and asks that you keep them and their children in your prayers during this transition. (07/15)

Dean Hlad ('82) went to be with the Lord on July 9 after a year-long battle with cancer. He worked for Devon Energy in Oklahoma City as a field and land representative. The Faith Alumni Association expresses its deepest Christian sympathy to his wife Dawn (Doggett '82) and their children Laura, Leah, Landon, and Lane. You will find more information and a photo here. (07/15)

Joyce Farlow (McCoy '83) went home to be with the Lord unexpectedly on May 15. At the time she was living in Oswego, Illinois, where she served with her husband, Mickey ('74), at Harvest New Beginnings Church. The Faith alumni association extends it sincere sympathy to Mickey and his family. A statement from her obituary captures the feelings of the family and all who knew Joyce. "It hurts so much that she’s gone because we loved her so much when she was here." (05/15)

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 (Lubbers ex '93) Beyer is now a professor of speech and communications at Lake Michigan College in southwestern Michigan. After attending Faith, Marcy completed her education at Cornerstone University. Marcy and her husband, Todd, live in Hamilton, Michigan. (04/15)


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


Danny Capon ('04) has been called to be the senior pastor of Grandview Park Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa. He and his wife Brenna (Austin '02) have served at Grandview in various ministries for the past 10 years. Danny has recently served as a deacon, associate pastor, and an interim pastor. Please keep the Capon family in your prayers as they begin this exciting stage of ministry! (07/15)

Jay Chapman (’01, ’03) has been called by the church family of Faith Baptist Church in Carroll, Iowa, as their next pastor. Both Jay and his wife Megan (Crill ’03) have been actively involved in Faith Baptist Church in Cambridge, Iowa. Please keep Pastor Chapman and his family in your prayers as they begin their ministry together. (07/15)

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 (Anderson '01) have two sons, Ethan and Evan. (03/15)



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! 

Adam Whitty ('10, '15) has accepted the call to serve as the pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Charles City, Iowa. Adam succeeds Rick and Elaine (Jensen '77) Fessel who are on deputation for missionary service in Germany. Adam will marry Erin Quam ('15) on August 1. We appreciate Adam's commitment to ministry, and we wish him and Erin God's best as they begin their service for Christ. (07/15)

Isaiah ('10, '11) and Rosanna (Bower '09) Peterson are currently on deputation in the Midwest raising support to go to Peru as Bible translators with Bibles International, the Bible translation division of Baptist Mid-Missions. We appreciate the Petersons' commitment to this important ministry. They are currently living in Ankeny. Please pray for them in the Petersons in their prefield ministry. (06/15)

Luke Scallon (09', '10) now serves as the pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Danville, Iowa. He and his wife, Diane, went to the church to serve as the assistant pastor, and Luke became the pastor when the senior pastor moved to another ministry. Faith Baptist Church is a recent church plant in Danville, and we are pleased that Luke and Diane can serve in that ministry. We wish them God's best in their service for Christ. (06/15)

Aaron Moore ('15) became 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 (Scherer '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. You will find further information and a photo here. (04/15)




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