Omaha Alumni Updates
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James Wright ('53, '55) and his wife Eleanor ('55 Geary) have announced their retirement. They have written their memoirs entitled, No Certain Dwelling Place. Their memoirs recount a lifetime of missionary ministry in three countries that involved 46 moves. They are living in Central City, Nebraska. The Faith Alumni Association wishes the Wrights God's best in their retirement.
Mrs. Bernice Miller, wife of Louis Miller, a 1955 graduate of OBI, went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 10, 2014. Bernice served with her husband, Louis, in pastoral and camp ministries and later as a builder with Continental Baptist Mission. She was living in Manning, Iowa, at the time of her Homegoing. We extend our deepest sympathies to Louis and their daughters, Peggy and Marilyn. You will find a photo and more information at the IARBC website. (7/14)
Donald Mueller ('58) entered the Lord's presence on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013. He was 77 years old. He pastored five churches in his pastoral ministry, the last one being in Bancroft, Iowa, where he served from 1976 to 2006. At the time of his Homegoing he was living in a nursing home in Bancroft. We extend our sympathy to his wife, Bernadine ('57), and the rest of his family. Pastor Mueller served the Lord faithfully for many years and now is enjoying the blessing of the Lord's presence. (4/13)
Marceline Rieser (ex. '53) went to be with the Lord on March 1, 2013. Marceline worked as a nurse before her retirement. She was living in Des Moines, Iowa, at the time of her Homegoing. We realize that many of those who attended OBI are now with the Lord. We rejoice with them in their "abundant entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Pet. 1:11). (4/13)
Wayne Davis (ex. 66) went to be with the Lord on January 27, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. He was living in the Phoenix area at the time of his passing. Wayne and Sheena (McDonald '67) spent most of their married years in Alaska where Wayne grew up as the son of BMM missionaries Dale and Bea Davis. The Faith Alumni Association expresses is symphathies to Sheena and her two sons, Rob and Scot. (1/15)
Earl Swigart ('61) recently sent word about his "retirement" ministry. He retired in 2009 as pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. He and his wife, Ellie, moved to Mount Pleasant, Iowa, to be near their son and became members of Calvary Baptist Church there. In 2010 he accepted the pastorate of Lockridge Baptist Church in Lockridge, Iowa. You just can't keep a pastor away from pastoring! God's best to Earl and Ellie. (9/13)
Joy Nettleton ('67) went to be with the Lord on March 8, 2013, after a 15-month battle with cancer. She was living in Lakeland, Florida, at the time. Joy was one of the the six daughters of David and Ruth Nettleton, our president from 1965 to 1980. We extend our condolences to the Nettleton and Osterhout families. (4/13)
Gene Swim ('61) entered into Heaven on March 14, 2013. At the time he was living in Topeka, Kansas. Gene pastored several churches in the Midwest and before his retirement was the pastor for 30 years of Faith Baptist Church in Topeka. His wife, Shirley (ex. '57) passed away on September 4, 2012. We offer our sympathy to the Swim family. (4/13)
Gary Gonnerman ('67) recently retired as the pastor of St. Ansgar Baptist Church in St. Ansgar, Iowa, because of health reasons. He had pastored that church for nearly 29 years and spent a total of 45 years as a pastor. Gary writes, "We plan to continue to live in St. Ansgar, worship at the church, and continue to minister in whatever way will be helpful to the new pastor. I also plan on doing pulpit supply when possible. We love the Iowa Fellowship and look forward to continued fellowship with you." We wish Gary a pleasant, fruitful retirement. (3/13)
Denver Alumni Updates
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Anna Ruth Hauser, former registrar at Denver Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary, went to be with the Lord on March 15, 2013. She was the wife of Dr. Charles Hauser who served on the faculty at Denver and later at Central Baptist Seminary. Read the full article on the Baptist Bulletin website.
Dan Jackson ('69) serves as a full-time chaplain at the Fremont Correctional Facility in Canon City, Colorado. His wife, Sandra (Hamilton ex. '70) has begun working at an adolescent treatment center in the area. The Jacksons live in Canon City and have two married children and four grandchildren. In their communication they wrote, "We are thankful to be in the King's service."
Robert ('67) Morrison has retired from Bob Jones Press in Greenville, South Carolina. He and his wife, Joyce (also retired from Bob Jones Press), are members of Faith Baptist Church in Taylors, South Carolina, and will continue to serve there.
Harold Jewell ('76) has been called as the assistant pastor of Highland Freedom Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. We wish Harold and his wife, Judith ('76), a rich and prosperous ministry.
Bruce Thompson ('82 and '84) has accepted the pastorate of Berean Baptist Church in Pella, Iowa. Bruce and his wife, Sharon (Norris '85), have served for many years at Bethel Baptist Church in Oskaloosa, Iowa. The Thompsons have three sons: Zachary, Isaiah, and Seth (a current student at Faith). We commend the Thompsons for their years of service in Oskaloosa and trust they will have a long and fruitful ministry in Pella. You will find a photo and more information here.
Daniel Druyor ('83) has accepted the call to be the pastor of Children's Ministries at Desert Springs Community Church in Goodyear, Arizona. We wish Daniel and his wife, Angelina, a prosperous ministry there.
Susanne Clark ('80) is now serving at Somonauk Christian School in Somonauk, Illinois. She and her husband, James, live in Sheridan, Illinois. We wish Susanne and James God's blessings.
Faith Alumni Updates
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The Faith Alumni Association extends its deepest sympathy to Michelle (Ferre ex. '79) Riley and her husband Rob, whose son, Joey, was killed while on active duty in Afghanistan on November 24, 2014. Joey was a member of Memorial Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio, where his father is the worship pastor. You will find pictures and more information here. (1/15)
Vicki Reiner ('74) has earned the Master of Arts degree in Human Services Counseling: Marriage and Family from Liberty University. Vickie and her husband Tim ('75) have served as BMM missionaries in Brazil for more than 30 years. We commend Vickie on her accomplishment and the Reiners for their faithful missionary work. (12/14)
Max Bowlin ('76) has accepted the pastorate of Grace Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He and his wife, Jean, served for many years in pastoral ministry and then retired to Arkansas. But like many pastors, he desires to keep serving wherever he can. We commend the Bowlins for their long-term and continuing pastoral ministry, even in retirement years! (11/14)
Don McMillen ('74) went to be with the Lord on September 15, 2014. Don moved his family from New York so he could attend Faith. After graduating, he pastored Faith Baptist Church of Fort Dodge, Iowa, and filled pulpits around Iowa. All four of his children also attended Faith. He was living in Sac City, Iowa, at the time of his homegoing. We express our Christian sympathy to his wife, Arlene, and her children. You will find more information here. (10/14)
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. (09/14)
Larry Beckman ('83) served with his late wife, Paula, for many years in Africa with Baptist Mid-Missions. They came back to the United States because of Paula's illness, and Larry began serving at the BMM home office in Cleveland. Larry was recently honored for 30 years of ministry with Baptist Mid-Missions. We are thankful for Larry's ministry in missionary service. (11/14)
Ken Loveall ('89) and his wife were, Sharon, have completed 20 years of missionary service in Peru and were honored at the Baptist Mid-Missions meeting last July. The Faith Alumni Association extends to the Lovealls our thanks for their faithful ministry for Christ. Two of their children, Raquel and Marcos, are students at Faith this year. (11/14)
Darrel ('85) and Lori (Reiter '83) Jingst of Sebring, Florida, were recently recognized for 20 years of service with Editorial Bautista Independiente, the Spanish publishing ministry of Baptist Mid-Missions. We commend Darrel and Lori for this milestone of service for Christ. Both their daughers, Stephanie and Stacy graduated from Faith and Stacy serves at Faith in the Admissions Department. (11/14)
Dan ('81) and Barb (Anderson '81) Eloe have moved to Waverly, Iowa, where Dan is now the pastor of First Baptist Church of Waverly. The Eloes had served for more than 20 years at Shelbyville, Illinois, before making the transition to Waverly. We appreciate the longterm ministry Dan had in Shelbyville and wish him a long and prosperous ministry in Waverly. Their son, Caleb, is a sophomore at Faith this year. (11/14)
Randy Charlton ('89) has accepted the pastorate at Liberty Baptist Church in Dike, Iowa. Randy and his wife, Rita ('88), served for many years as pastor and wife at Calvary Baptist Church in Chatfield, Minnesota. We here at Faith welcome them to Iowa and wish them an effective start to their new ministry. (11/14)
Mike ('99) and Kristen (Boyd '99) Myers now serve as associate pastor and wife at Good News Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, under Faith alum Brian Cedarquist. For many years Mike and Kristen served as the youth pastor and wife at Brown Street Baptist Church in Alton, Illinois. They began their new ministry in January of 2014. We are thankful for alums like Mike and Kristen who faithfully serve the Lord. The Myers have two children, Samuel and Mickie. (11/14)
Jacob Saylor ('00, '06), pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Cambridge, Iowa, was ordained to the gospel ministry on Sunday, November 16, following an ordination council on Saturday, November 15. The council gave a "high recommendation" to the church to proceed with ordination. Jacob became the assistant pastor of the church in 2006 and the senior pastor in 2012. Jacob is married to Amber (Harris '00), and they have five children. We commend Jacob and Amber for this milestone in their lives and for their faithfulness as the pastor and wife of the church. You will find a photo and more information here. (01/15)
Josh ('12) and Bethany ('12 Duffy) Farrell have been called to be the pastor and wife of First Baptist Church of Brayton, Iowa. Josh served for several years as the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in West Des Moines, a ministry he began while still a student at Faith. Josh is the son of Doug ('86, '87) and Lori ('84 Rosenkrans) Farrell who serve as pastor and wife at Calvary Baptist Church in Forest City, Iowa, and the grandson of Russ ('57) and Merilyn (ex. '55) Farrell, retired pastor and wife. Bethany is the daughter of Pastor Jeff ('90) and Sherrill ('85 Dill) Duffy who serve at First Baptist Church in Yarmouth, Iowa. We commend the Farrell and Duffy families for the continuing generations of ministry workers. (12/14)
Isaac ('08) and Amanda Adams are proud to announce the birth of their son, Owen David Thomas, on November 14, 2014. Owen joins big sister, Alexis, in the family. The Adams live in Plymouth, New York. Congratulations to Isaac and Amanda! (01/14)
David Snow ('94) and his wife, Janet, have been called to serve as senior pastor and wife of Grace Bible Church in Casey, Illinois. David formerly served in inventory control at Bob Jones University. We wish the Snows a prosperouis ministry in their new place of service for Christ.
Jonathan ('90) and Julie (Andersen '89) Stilwell were recently honored for 20 years of missionary service in Peru with Baptist Mid-Missions. Jon and Julie are exemplary missionaries, and Faith is pleased to name them among our alumni. Their first daughter, Hannah, graduated from Faith in 2014, and their second daughter, Sarah, is now a student at Faith. (11/14)
David ('07) and Kara ('07 Vigneault) Tubbs are pleased to annouce the birth of their fifth child, Gideon Dale, on July 18, 2014. David currently serves as a pastoral intern at Parsippany Baptist Church in Parsippany, New Jersey, and teaches fifth grade in the church's Christian school. Our warmest congratulations to David and Kara. (11/14)
Tim Anderson ('08) has accepted the position of assistant pastor at First Baptist Church of Springfield, Colorado. He and his wife, Stacie (Oliver '03), had served for several years as the youth pastor and wife at Sheets Memorial Baptist Church in Lexington, North Carolina. We wish Tim and Stacie God's best in this new ministry. (11/14)
Ryan ('09) Lundquist has accepted the pastorate at Mountain Shadows Baptist Church in Pueblo West, Colorado. Ryan and his wife, Joy (Anderson '06), served for many years as the associate pastor at Altoona Regular Baptist Church in Altoona, Iowa, and they began their new ministy on June 1. The Faith Alumni Association wishes Ryan and Joy along with their children, Hudson and Ruby, a prosperous ministry in their new work. (11/14)
Kyle ('09) and his wife Christie (Johnson '01) Noll have accepted the position of associate/youth pastor and wife at First Baptist Church of Wauseon, Ohio. They have served faithfully in church ministries since Kyle graduated in 2009, and we wish them a long and fruitful ministry at Wauseon. (11/14)
Matthew Lentzkow (ex '09) passed away on November 1, 2014. Matt had an interest in missions while at Faith and went on missions trips to Mexico and Romania. We express our sympathy to his family. You will find an obituary here. (11/14)
Zach Patke ('09) has accepted the call to become the assistant to the pastor at First Baptist Church of Marshall, Minnesota, where Greg Linscott is the pastor. Zach's ministry will focus on discipleship and training with a focus on youth and children's ministries. Zach and his wife Hannah (Kolar '10) have two sons, Daniel and Noah. We wish Zach and Hannah God's richest blessings as they begin their new ministry in Marshall. You will find more information on the MARBC website and the GARBC website. (2/15)
Ethan Long ('14) has been called to serve as the assistant pastor of North Ridge Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa. He has been an active member of that church since he was in elementary school. Ethan will serve under senior pastor and Faith alum Kevin Subra ('88). We wish Ethan and his wife, Jordyn, God's best in their new ministry. You will find more information here. (1/15)
Alex Chavez ('12) has accepted the position of assistant pastor at Horton Baptist Church in Waverly, Iowa. He serves under Faith alum Stephen Moore. The Faith Alumni Association wishes Alex, his wife Brooke, and their new daughter Paisley Grace, a blessed start in this new ministry. You may view a photo and more information here. (11/14)
Josh ('09, '12) and Lindsay (Yankee '11) Palma are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Anya Georgia, on May 25, 2014. Josh and Lindsay serve as associate pastor and wife at First Baptist Church in Pana, Illinois, under Faith alum Greg White ('84). Josh was also ordained to the gospel ministry in October. Congratulations to the Palmas! (11/14)
Philip Kramer ('00, '06, '14) and Kayla Gerhardt ('06) were married on July 12, 2014, in Cambridge, Minnesota. Phil is the pastor of Norwoodville Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa, and Kayla is now an administrative assistant at Faith. We congratulate Phil and Kayla on their marriage and wish them God's best in their lives and ministries. You can find additional information and a photo here. (09/14)
The goal of the Search Committee has been to find a highly qualified and dedicated man of vision who can lead Faith onward and forward. We are convinced we have found that man in Rev. James R. Tillotson who has accepted our unanimous invitation to be the next president of FBBC&TS. Read More
The Faith men’s basketball team won the conference championship and tournament. Both the men’s and women’s team were the recipients of the sportsmanship awards. Read More
Faith’s volleyball coach, Lanny Nihart, was recently honored for completing 30 years as our volleyball coach. Read More