Tuesday, May 2, 2013—Alumni Chapel
We will hold a special chapel on May 2 to welcome the 2013 graduates into the Alumni Association. Gene Matlock, our Vice President for Advancement and Church Relations (which includes Alumni) will lead this chapel. We will explain to the graduates the role of the Alumni Association and give them a small gift to welcome them. With this graduating class the Alumni Association now numbers more than 6,000 people.
Friday, May 10, 2013—Announcement of Alumnus of the Year Awards
During Faith's graduation services we will announce this year's recipients of the Alumnus of the Year awards. This year's category is Christian Worker, and we will recognize a male and female Christian worker at that time. Selection will be by online voting. Send in your nominations by April 12.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013—Faith Reception at the GARBC Conference
Join Faith alumni and friends at our annual reception following the Wednesday evening service of the GARBC Conference held in Dearborn, Michigan. This reception is a great time for connecting with fellow alumni and getting updated on what is happening at Faith.
Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14, 2013—Faith Homecoming
Mark your calendar now for this fall's Homecoming. This year's Homecoming will feature more activities for alumni, inlcuding a Rook and 3-on-3 basketball tournament. We will get more details to you in the summer.
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Faith Honors Tim Crown
The Faith pond underwent major renovation last summer. We dredged the pond, put fountains in it, and put sod around it. We poured concrete and built a gazebo. We added a fire pit, seating, picnic tables, grills, landscaping, and lighting. It is now much more than a pond—it is a park for our students to enjoy.
When we considered a name for our park, we did not go through a list of several possibilities. The obvious and only choice for us was to call it Crown Park in honor of Tim Crown, our dean of students for 20 years from 1988 to 2008. Tim loved students, and he always had a desire to see that area on our campus be developed into something more for our students. (He also enjoyed fishing in that pond and helped to stock it!)
On Wednesday, October 30, we had a special service at the close of chapel to honor Tim and his wife Carolyn and officially name the park in Tim's honor. Tim and Carolyn's daughter, Kim Domokos, and their son, Greg, and his family joined us for the special event. Tim's sister Karen Houghton and his brother Dave (who surprised Tim by coming from Minnesota) also attended. Shon Lundberg, who served as Tim's dean of men and later became the dean of students, gave a meaningful tribute to Tim. After the chapel service, the family went to Crown Park (barely beating the rain) for photos.
Faith is thankful for the ministry of Tim Crown. He established standards of excellence in the dean's ministry that continues to today.
Faith Ranks #1
Facebook recently surveyed its users to find out how many of them married someone from the same school or college they attended. It surveyed those over age 25 who had listed a college in the United States. The survey found that 28% of married couples went to the same college. The story then listed the top 25 colleges where men and women found their spouses. Faith was ranked the number one college for men to find their wives and the number four college for women to find their husbands. You might wonder, "What does Faith think about the results of this survey?" Here is the response we shared with a media outlet that contacted us:
"We think it is a great thing that so many of our students find their spouses here at Faith. While our purpose is not to facilitate such relationships, they naturally develop because many of our students are here for the same purpose—to pursue God's plan for their lives. Because most of our students come from similar backgrounds, it is easy for students to find spouses with whom they agree in beliefs and philosophy of life.
Our students have so many opportunities to interact through athletics, international missions trips, local church involvement, and an active campus life. A natural result from these opportunities is guys and girls developing meaningful relationships that frequently lead to marriage. A strong, Christ-centered marriage is a wonderful gift, and we are thankful that Faith is a place where students can develop relationships that lead to these types of marriages."
Mrs. Gladys Gray with the Lord
Mrs. Gladys Gray, wife of the late Dr. Harry B. Gray, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 28. Mrs. Gray, who was living in an Ankeny nursing home at the time, passed into the Lord's presence quickly and without suffering. Click here for the obituatuary and a link to photos. The memorial service will be held Wednesday, October 2, at Slater Baptist Church in Slater, Iowa.
In 2012 the Faith Alumni Association honored Mrs. Gray as an honorary alumna of Faith. Below is the tribute Alumni Director Gene Matlock read when she received this honor.
"Gladys Charlton grew up in Des Moines and attended Grandview Park Baptist Church. After high school, she attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. After her years at Moody, she returned to Des Moines to work and once again became an active member at Grandview Park Baptist Church.
Her pastor at Grandview was Carl Elgena. After a few years, he left Grandview to become a vice president of Baptist Bible Seminary in Johnson City, New York. When he learned of the need for an assistant dean of women at the school, he thought of Gladys Charlton, and the school invited her to join their staff. She later became the dean of women.
After serving there for a number of years, she returned to Des Moines where she worked as a life insurance underwriter for Central Life Insurance Company. She resumed her ministry at Grandview Park Baptist Church where David Nettleton was now the pastor. Gladys was content with her job and her church ministry. She seemed set for life until one day a life-changing phone call came.
Before we get to the phone call, let me stop and pick up two more threads in this unfolding drama. The first thread related to Dr. David Nettleton, one of her pastors at Grandview. A few years after Gladys returned to Des Moines, David Nettleton became president of Faith Baptist Bible College.
The second thread related to Dr. Harry B. Gray, who was a professor and dean of education at Faith. In 1970 his wife Audrey went to be with the Lord. The Grays had three children, Jenetta, Paul, and Melody, and Melody was still in high school. Dr. Gray knew he needed a wife and his children needed a mother.
Now back to the phone call. Dr. Nettleton called Gladys one day at her work to ask her if he could talk her into going to dinner with Dr. Gray. Keep in mind that Gladys knew of Dr. Gray but did not know him personally, so she said she was not interested. We do not know all that developed in that conversation, but at one point Gladys said, “Well, I’m not going to marry him!” That ended that conversation.
However, not more than five minutes later, Dr. Gray called Gladys and told her he was not asking her to marry him but simply go to dinner with him.
She finally gave in and they enjoyed dinner at a restaurant in Newton. They began to get to know each other that evening and enjoyed each other’s company.
Dr. Gray wanted his children to know Gladys. Melody knew her because she was still at home. Son Paul came from Dallas on one occasion to meet her. Dr. Gray was planning a trip to Bonaire, an island in the Caribbean where his older daughter and husband served as missionaries. Dr. Gray asked for a photo of Gladys to show his daughter. While he had not asked Gladys to marry him yet, he wanted the approval of all his children.
Contrary to Gladys’s earlier statement on that call from Dr. Nettleton, she agreed to marry Dr. Gray. They were married on September 1, 1972. School had started that year, but the Labor Day weekend allowed them a brief honeymoon in the Amana Colonies.
Gladys Gray became a faithful partner to Dr. Gray, a loving mother to his three children (all of whom call her Mother), and a dedicated volunteer worker at Faith. If Mrs. Gray committed to volunteering on a certain day here at Faith, she was there as promised. She came with a smile and on time, ready to work on the project – usually a mailing that needed to be stuffed, sealed, and sorted. Mrs. Gray’s humor and happy demeanor helped make the time fly. Volunteers working on projects in the Administration Building hallways welcomed the announcement, “We are almost done!” This often was followed by a cheer from Mrs. Gray.
Today we come to honor Gladys Gray for her sacrificial labors at Faith for many years. Gladys, we love you and are thankful for the role you have played here over the years. It is our privilege today to recognize you as an honorary alumna of Faith.
Dr. Arthur Walton with the Lord
Dr. Arthur B. Walton, longtime and beloved professor at Faith, went to be with the Lord on Friday, August 16, 2013. Dr. Walton taught at Faith for 45 years, equaling the tenure of his good friend and colleague, Dr. Harry B. Gray.
Dr. Walton joined the faculty of Omaha Baptist Bible College in 1960, teaching in the Bible and Theology Department. Along the way he earned the Th.D. degree from Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana, and the D.Min. degree from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, in Plymouth, Minnesota. Dr. Walton retired from full-time teaching in 2001 and taught as an adjunct professor until 2005.
Through his 45 years, Dr. Walton made a huge impact on the lives of thousands of students at Faith. We remember his classes such as Old Testament Prophets, Matthew, Acts, Senior Seminar, Greek, and other Bible courses. We remember his careful exegesis of Scripture and his alliterated outlines.
We also remember Dr. Walton for so many things outside the classroom, such as his woodworking, gardening, salsa-making, and matchmaking!
Dr. Walton was also a prolific writer for Regular Baptist Press. He prepared nine adult lesson series. Valerie Wilson, former editor at Regular Baptist Press, considered Dr. Walton one of the best writers she ever worked with.
Art Walton epitomized Faith's motto of With the Word to the World. He gave his life to teach men and women the Bible, who in turn took the Word to the far corners of the world. Many pastors, missionaries, and teachers are probably still using his outlines in their messages and lessons. And when you add to his students the number of people he reached through his RBP adult courses, his impact was astounding.
Dr. Walton and his wife, Virginia, had two children, Kelly and Philip. Virginia went to be with the Lord in 2002 and Kelly in 2003. He married Kathy Thompson in 2003, and they lived in Taylors, South Carolina. Please pray for Kathy and the Walton family. The funeral was held on Tuesday, August 20, at Community Baptist Church in Greer, South Carolina. Click here to read the full obituary.
Dr. Maxwell Continues as President
In September 2012 Faith's president, Dr. James D. Maxwell III, announced his retirement as of June 30, 2013. Since that time Faith's Board of Directors has been actively involved in searching for a new president. As the Board continues searching for the next president, it has asked Dr. Maxwell to continue serving in this role. Dr. Maxwell has graciously agreed to do so. Having Dr. Maxwell continue as president provides important continuity and stability in leadership. So Dr. Maxwell is retiring as of June 30, but he is also continuing as president. Please pray for the Board as it continues its search for a new president. (6/13)
At our 2011 graduation service the Alumni Association recognized two alumni missionary couples for their outstanding service for Christ.
Bill and Deb Edmondson:U.S.A. missionaries
Click here for the tribute read about the Edmondsons at the graduation service.
Tribute to Bill and Deb Edmonsdon
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John and Bev Leonard
Click here for the tribute read about the Leonards at the graduation service.
Tribute to John and Bev Leonard
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Board Appoints Interim President
The Board of Directors of Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary in Ankeny, Iowa, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ernie Schmidt as the interim president of the institution. Read More
Faith Ranked #1 Nationally
Faith Baptist Bible College recently was ranked #1 nationally in an interesting Facebook survey. Read More
Faith Honors Tim Crown
On Wednesday, October 30, Faith had a special service at the close of chapel to honor Tim Crown by officially naming the new Crown Park in his honor. Read More