Faith Alumni Updates

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David ('69) and Susan ('71 Gortmaker) Blazer have retired from active missionary service after serving 42 years with ABWE in Brazil. The Blazers have exemplified throughout their missionary career the Faith motto of With the Word to the World. The Faith Alumni Association is pleased to have such faithful Christian workers among its ranks. The Blazers now live in Madrid, Iowa, and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is available for pulpit supply in Central Iowa. (04/14)


Terry Stueck ('73) has become the director of High Plains Bible Mission in Marietta, Georgia, after serving 35 years in inner city rescue missions in Albuquerque, Chicago, and Atlanta. Terry has also written Forgive Instantly and Live Free, a book about forgiveness based on his years of ministry. Terry and his wife, Patricia, live in Canton, Georgia.

Jim Hill ('75) has retired as pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Ishpeming, Michigan, after a ministry of 37 years. He and his wife Ruth (Helfinstine '74 ) first went to the church as missionary pastor and wife with Continental Baptist Mission. The church became self-supporting in 2003, and Jim continued to serve as the pastor of the church until May of 2014. We commend the Hills for a lifetime of faithful service for Christ. (07/14)

David Stout ('75) has retired from 30 years of ministry at Faith, serving for most of those years as registrar. We commend David for his outstanding service at Faith, and we wish him and Della (Mullins '65, '89) an enjoyable and pleasant retirement. The Stouts live right across from the campus, so we know we will see them around often! (07/14)

David Wymer ('79) went to be with the Lord on December 6, 2013. Before his Homegoing David was the pastor of Breidablilk Baptist Church in Poulsbo, Washington. We express our sincerest sympathies to his wife, Susan (Norris '79), and her family. (06/14)

Alton James Luder ('74) has completed the Ed.D. degree from Northcentral University. His dissertation was "A Phenomenological Study of the Call, Theological Education, and Lived Experiences of Pastors Who Left the Ministry." We commend Dr. Luder on this accomplishment. (06/14)

Brian Wilkins ('78) has been called to be the interim pastor of Cedar Street Baptist Church in Tipton, Iowa. He previously served as pastor of First Baptist Church of Waverly, Iowa. We are thankful for alumni like Brian and his wife, Joyce (Marck '78), who faithfully serve the Lord in pastoral ministry. (04/14)


Charles ('81, '07) and Nancy (Bunjer '80) Ellis were recently honored for 30 years of service with Baptist Mid-Missions. Charles and Nancy ministered for many years as missionaries in Germany. Charles now serves as the Midwest Director of Enlistment for Baptist Mid-Missions. We commend the Ellises for this milestone of ministry in their lives. (07/14)

Virginia (Ginny) Stratford ('84) married Steve Sebok on June 28, 2014. Ginny taught at Faith in the Christian School Department until 2012 when she accepted the position of office administrator at Baptist Church Planters in Elyria, Ohio. We wish Ginny and Steve a blessed life together in service for Christ. They are living in Lorain, Ohio. (07/14)

Dennis ('81) and Sheryl (Lutz ex '79) Sanders have accepted the call to serve as pastor and wife at Airport Boulevard Baptist Church in Aurora, Colorado. The Sanders have served at Liberty Baptist Church in Dike, Iowa, for 24 years. The Faith Alumni Association commends the Sanders for their faithful, longterm service for the Lord in Dike, and we wish them a prosperous ministry in Colorado. (06/14)

David ('82) and Linda (Anway) Wemmie have both retired as teachers at LaSalle-Peru Christian School in Peru, Illinois. David taught at the school for 31 years and Linda for 23 years. The Faith Alumni Association commends the Wemmies for faithful, longterm ministry in the Christian School field. (06/14)

Greg Baum ('87) recently joined the Iowa State Patrol as a police chaplain. Greg and his wife, Beth, serve as pastor and wife of Bethel Baptist Church in Britt, Iowa. We wish Greg a prosperous ministry as he serves the troopers and officers of his district. You can find more information and a photo here. (05/14)

Lonnie Dufty (ex '80) completed 22 years of missionary service in Japan in 2012 and is now the director of missions ministries for the International Ministerial Fellowship. He and his wife, Cynthia, live in Minnetonka, Minnesota. (05/14)

Jim ('83, '14) and Susie (Paswaters '83) Goodew have accepted the call to be the senior pastor of Grace Baptist Fellowship in Sartell, Minnesota. Jim had been the interim pastor of the church before being called as pastor. Before serving in Sartell, Jim and Susie served for 27 years at Faith Baptist Church of Brainerd, Minnesota. We wish the Goodews God's great blessing in their ministry in Sartell. (04/14)

Steve Cox ('89) has accepted the pastorate of Bethel Baptist Church in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He and his wife, Lynn, have served as pastor and wife at Clear Lake Regular Baptist Church in Clear Lake, Iowa, for 18 years. The Faith Alumni Association commends the Coxes on their faithful ministry at Clear Lake, and we wish them a prosperous ministry in Oskaloosa. You will find a photo and more information here. (04/14)




Ben ('08)
and Katie (Root '05, '07) Wooster announce the birth of their first child, Emmaus Cade, on March 6, 2014. Ben and Katie are missionionary builders with Continental Baptist Mission. They will spend the last half of 2014 on a building expansion project in Geneseo, New York, as they continue deputation. We are thankful for Faith alums like Ben and Katie who have a deep commitment to ministry. Click here for a story and photo. (06/14)

Reuben ('03) and Niki (James '05) Rosekopf announce the birth of their first child, Tessa Renee, on April 12, 2014. Reuben recently concluded his ministry at Faith as the assistant athletic director and head coach of the women's basketball team. (05/14)

Shawn Weeks ('05) has graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and begins his internship and residency training in general surgery at Largo Medical Center in Largo, Florida. (05/14)

Caleb ('11) and Liz (Moore '11) Reising have been called to be the associate pastor and wife at Hagerman Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa. They plan to serve in the church on a part-time basis as they prepare for missionary service in Peru. During his college days, Caleb spent a year in Peru on the ARRIBA! program. Pastor Dave Peters (ex '81), his wife Robin (ex. 79), and the church family look forward to preparing this family to serve as career missionaries. Caleb and Liz are the prouid parents of Kaylynn. (04/14)

Andy (ex '08) and Melinda (Abuhl) Mungons happily announce the birth of their son, Phillip Robert, on April 1, 2014. The proud grandparents are Kevin ('85) and Carla ('85) Mungons and Lee ('81) and Violette ('80) Abuhl. (04/14) 


Stephanie Harrier ('10)
is now working as a K-5th grade resource teacher at Chapel Hill Academy in Chanhassen, Minnesota, as well as teaching for Pathway Learning Community Co-op once a week. Stepanie lives nearby in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Chelsea Johnson ('12) has relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, for employment and is now serving at Palmcroft Baptist Church in the music and children's ministries. Her note read, "God has directed me exactly where He wants me to be." We wish Chelsea a prosperous ministry in her service for Christ. (07/14)

Luke ('09, '10) and Diane Scallon have moved to Danville, Iowa, to assist missionaries Ed and Cheryl Bunt in their church planting ministry. We commend Luke and Diane for their willingness to join in this important effort. The Scallons have two sons–Samuel and Nathan–and are expecting a third child in July. (06/14)

David ('11) and (Tanya Hearn '10) Love have accepted the call to become the youth pastor and wife at Walnut Park Baptist Church in Muscatine, Iowa. David felt the Lord leading to youth ministry when he was at Faith, and we are thankful to see him and his wife continuing to follow the Lord's call on their lives. The Loves are expecting their first child in November. The senior pastor and wife at the church are Faith grads Dennis ('79) and Tonya (Gibson '73) Hakes. (06/14)

Dan ('11, '14) and Krisanna (Root '11) Sternquist are pleased to announce the birth of their first child, Elijah Swan, on May 11, 2014. Appropriately, he was born on Mother's Day! Dan and Krisanna live in Ankeny and are the youth leaders at Community Baptist Church in Ankeny. (05/14)

















Homecoming 2014

September 12 and 13

Come back to Faith for a weekend of enjoyable Homecoming activities. Two new events this year—women's alumni soccer game and sand volleyball tournament.


October 4

Make plans to attend the premier youth group event this fall. Evangelistic emphasis so teens can bring their friends.