Tuesday, April 29—Alumni Chapel
We will hold a special chapel on Tuesday, April 29, to welcome the 2014 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 into the Association. The Faith Alumni Association now numbers more than 6,000 people.
Friday, May 19, 2014—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 layperson, and we will recognize a male and female lay layperson at that time. Selection will be by online voting. Send in your nominations by April 15.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014—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 St. Petersburg, Florida. This reception is a great time for connecting with fellow alumni and getting updated on what is happening at Faith.
Friday and Saturday, September 12 and 13, 2014—Faith Homecoming
Mark your calendar now for this fall's Homecoming. This year's Homecoming will feature a Rook and 3-on-3 basketball tournament. We will get more details to you in the summer.
Update Your Info
Tell us about changes in your life:relocation, marriage, births, ministry:to help us keep connected. Click here to access the Update Your Info form.
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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News at Faith
Larry Garland with the Lord
Larry Garland, former pastor and Faith Board member, went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 2, 2014. He was 77 years old. After working at John Deere for 37 years, Larry entered the ministry, pastoring churches in Peoria, Illinois; Kingman, Indiana; and Loup City, Nebraska. He was living in Waterloo, Iowa, at the time of his passing. We express our sympathies to his wife, Mary, and her family. We apperciate Larry's ministry to Faith as a Board member for a number of years. You can find a photo and further information here.
Central Seminary Honors Houghtons
Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Plymouth, Minnesota, recognized Drs. George and Myron Houghton with honorary doctorates at its graduation service on May 10. Dr. George Houghton has served af Faith since 1973 as a faculty member, librarian, academic dean, and vice president for academic services. Dr. Myron Houghton joined the Faith faculty in 1983 teaching theology. During the ceremony Central Seminary also honored Dr. Robert Delnay with an honorary doctorate. Dr. Delnay served on the faculty of Faith and was the founding dean of the seminary. We congratulate these three men who have made such significant contributions to Baptist fundamentalism and to Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary. Click here to see a photo of these three men with the Central Seminary faculty. You will also find on this same web page links to the statements read about these three men.
2014 Alumnus of the Year Awards
During the Commencement service on Friday, May 9, the Faith Alumni Association honored two individuals with Alumnus of the Year awards in the category of Christian layworker. Sandi Nihart was recognized as the female alumna of the year, and John Javaux was honored as the male alumnus of the year. Read their full stories here.
Service Awards to Four Employees
On Friday morning, May 9, during the Awards Chapel, President Ernie Schmidt recognized four employees who have achieved significant milestones in their service at Faith.
|Pat Duer||40 Years||Business Office|
|Sally McFarling||30 Years||Faculty|
|David Stout||30 Years||Registrar|
|Melody Mains||20 years||Executive Administrative Assistant|
We congratulate these individuals on their longterm ministry at Faith with a combined 120 years of service.
David Stout Retires as Registrar
Forty-five years ago, in the fall of 1969, Faith’s business manager Tom Gibson hired a new person to run the Faith print shop. The new employee was David Stout. That beginning back in 1969 started an association with Faith that totaled 30 years of faithful service in several departments here.
Let’s go back a little before he came to Faith. From 1960 to 1968 David had served in the U.S. military. In fact, he trusted Christ as his Savior while stationed in Taiwan. Shortly after he left the military, he married his wife Della, who had graduated from OBBC in 1965.
David came to Faith to run the print shop in 1969, but in the spring semester of 1970 he began taking classes here and graduated in 1975. After four years as the print shop manager, David became the assistant business manager working for Tom Gibson. He served in that role from 1973 to 1979.
By this time David had capably served in two roles—print shop manager and assistant business manager, but soon he moved into a third role. About this time Vernon Bliss, the registrar, was looking at retirement. So David worked with Mr. Bliss for a year and then became the registrar in 1979 where he served until 1982.
During those years David served part-time with the Iowa Air National Guard, but in 1982 he had the opportunity to move into a full-time position. So he left Faith and went to work for the Guard as a disaster preparedness educator.
In 1994 David had put in 20 years with the military, so he retired. But he was not through serving the Lord. From 1994 to 1997 he worked as the financial coordinator and teacher aide at Grandview Park Baptist School.
Then in 1997 the Lord led him back to Faith. He, like other people on our faculty and staff, just couldn’t seem to stay away from this place. He returned as the registrar and has served in that role ever since. So David has worked as the printshop manager for 4 years, the assistant business manager for 6 years, and the registrar for a total of 20 years. Altogether he has faithfully served the Lord for 30 years.
During his registrar years he has counseled hundreds and hundreds of students, has helped many veterans with their VA benefits, and has put together dozens and dozens of class schedules. David has always had time to work with students and always had the right counsel to help them figure out their schedules. David Stout has established himself as a careful and capable worker who has a deep heart for Faith. Faith is such a part of his life that they chose to live right across the street from the campus.
David and Della have three sons—Tom, Dan, and Tim. Tim is a graduate of Faith. The Stouts have six grandchildren. Over the years the Stouts have served at Grandview Park Baptist Church, Altoona Regular Baptist Church, and are now worshipping and serving at Ankeny Baptist Church. Also during these years David earned a degree at DMACC and has taken some seminary courses here as well.
The Faith alumni are greatly indebted to David Stout for his ministry over the years. We, the Faith Family, offer him our sincerest appreciation for a life well lived and a job well done.
Dr. John Hartog II Announces Retirement
Dr. John Hartog II has announced his retirement from full-time teaching at Faith Baptist Bible College. His retirement takes place on a double milestone in his life—he concludes 50 years of ministry and he celebrates 50 years of marriage.
Dr. Hartog began his service for Christ in Texas in1964 with a literature ministry followed by a pastorate. He also married Martha Nuñez in 1964. He then served for 34 of his 50 years of ministry at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary.
Dr. Hartog earned the Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College, the Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, the Doctor of Theology degree from Grace Theological Seminary, and the Doctor of Ministry degree from Central Baptist Theological Seminary. He has also earned the Master of Library Science degree from East Texas State University.
Dr. Hartog has taught the Bible survey classes and a variety of other courses at Faith and has served as the librarian. For several years he was also the vice president for business and campus operations. Since he has taught the freshmen Bible survey courses, he may have taught more students at Faith in the last decades than any other professor. While teaching at Faith, Dr. Hartog also planted Maranatha Baptist Church in Grimes, Iowa, and pastored the church for ten years.
Dr. Hartog has also had an effective writing ministry. He has written several adults Sunday School courses for Regular Baptist Press as well as a book titled Enduring to the End, a study on the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Several years ago he wrote a study of the offices of pastor and deacon titled Pastor and Deacons. Just a year ago he completed an account of his life and family which he titled It’s a Crazy, Wonderful Life! The byline is 101 Brief Accounts of the Crazy, Unusual, Happy, Strange, Delightful, Sometimes Dangerous Things that Happened on the Way to My Grave. You can tell by the title that it is quite a read!
John’s wife, Martha, is a graduate of Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary and teaches the women’s ministry courses in the college. Their son, John III, taught in the college and seminary for eighteen years and served in administrative roles as seminary dean, provost, and acting president. He is now the vice president for student and academic services at Northwest Iowa Community College. Their son, Paul, currently teaches in the college and seminary at Faith and is the vice president for academic services and the college dean.
While Dr. Hartog is stepping out of the college classroom, he will continue as librarian.
The Faith faculty and administration commend Dr. John Hartog II for his faithful ministry of teaching the Bible to thousands of students. We are thankful for the significant impact he has made for the cause of Christ around the world.
Faith Reception at the GARBC Conference
Alumni and friends of Faith always enjoy getting together for their reception at the GARBC Conference. This year's conference will be held in St. Petersburg, Florida, June 23-27, with our reception scheduled for Wednesday, June 25. You will have an opportunity to catch up with friends and see the new Faith videos. Check the GARBC Conference website for details about the conference.
Central Baptist Theological Seminary recently honored Drs. George and Myron Houghton with honorary doctorates. Read More
The Presidential Search Committee is pleased to share that we are engaged with a possible candidate for the office of president. Read More
The Faith Alumni Association honored Sandi Nihart and John Javaux with Alumnus of the Year awards. Read More
Pat Duer, Sally McFarling, David Stout, and Melody Mains honored with service awards. Read More
David Stout completes 30 years of ministry to Faith. Read More
Dr. John Hartog II has announced his retirement from full-time teaching at Faith Baptist Bible College. Read More