Omaha Alumni Updates
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Anabel Marie (Larsen) Sabacky, a 1947 graduate of OBI, went to be with the Lord on June 13, 2012, at age 90. She was born in Minden, Nebraska, and graduated to Glory from the Bethany Home in Minden where she had been living since 2008. She graduated from high school in 1939 and taught in rural schools for five years. She attended OBI and later worked there as the book keeper where she endeared herself to many students. She also served with the Rural Bible Crusade and the Open Door Mission. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Omaha for 50 years. In 1963 she married Stanley Sabacky. He died in 1990. We extend our sympathy to her family, and we rejoice in the completion of her earthly service for Christ.
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.
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 SaviorJesus Christ" (2 Pet. 1:11).
Faith Dark, a member of the OBI class of 1954, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. Faith and her husband Harold ('51) served for many years as missionaries in the Central African Republic. After retirement, they served the Lord in their church in Pennsylvania. Two of their three children, Dan and Pauline, also attended Faith. Philippians 1:21 is certainly a fitting verse for Faith Dark. "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." The Faith Alumni Association extends its sympathies to the Dark family.
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 the the six daughters of David and Ruth Nettleton, our president from 1965 to 1980. We extend our condolences to the Nettleton and Osterhout family. (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, becuse 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)
Charles Butrin, former dean of students and professor of Bible at OBBC and FBBC, went to be with the Lord on March 14, 2012, at the age of 93. He was living at the time in North Manchester, Indiana, near one of his daughters. His wife, Virignia, passed away in 2009. Mr. Butrin served from 1956 to 1968, the first year the school was in Ankeny. Mr. Butrin was a vital part of this institution for so many years and was fondly remembered by hundreds of students. We thank the Lord for his life and service for Christ.
Janice Brockel ('62) went to be with the Lord on December 19, 2012. After graduating from OBBC, she pursued a teaching degree and taught for 32 years in Omaha public schools. We extend our sympathies to her family. Visit the funeral home's website for more information.
Shirley Swim (ex. '57), wife of Gene Swim ('61), went to be with the Lord on September 4, 2012. She was a faithful helpmeet to her husband, Gene, as he pastored churches in the Midwest for 30 years. We extend our condolences to Gene and his family.
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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. 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.
Bryan ('76 and '79) and Jeanie (Lacy; '77) Augsburger recently celebrated 30 years of fruitful ministry at First Baptist Church of Arlington Heights, Illinois. Bryan also earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Their children, Lance and Joanna, are graduates of Faith and Lance serves as the dean of men and student body chaplain at Faith. The Faith Alumni Association commends Bryan and Jeanie for their longterm commitment to the pastoral ministry and for their example of faithfulness in serving the Lord.
Faith Alumni Updates
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Brian ('78) and Joyce (Merck; '78) Wilkins were recently honored for 25 years of ministry at First Baptist Church of Waverly, Iowa. We congratulate Brian and Joyce on this milestone in their ministry. You will find a photo and further information here.
Mickey Farlow ('74) has accepted the call to become the pastor of outreach and pastoral care at Harvest Baptist Church in Oswego, Illinois. He will begin his ministry there on June 2. He and his wife, Joyce ('83), will be transitioning from their ministry as pastor and wife of Calvary Baptist Church in Quincy, Illinois. (4/13)
Greg Lanzen ('74) recently received his doctoral degree in Christian counseling from Southwest Bible Seminary, Gainsville, Georgia. He and his wife Marcia (Thomson '73) serve as pastor and wife of pastor of First Baptist Church, Goshen, Indiana. (3/13)
Sherman Mackereth (ex. '74) now serves as the chaplain of the American Legion Post 544 in Cedarville, Ohio. (3/13)
Steve Anderson ('75, '76) and his wife Donna (McMillen; '74) have completed 30 years as pastor and wife of Grace Baptist Church in Sheridan, Wyoming. all four of their children (Joshua, Jennifer, Nathan, and Kristin) attended Faith. Our congratulations to the Andersons on this milestone in ministry. (1/13)
Richard Dayton ('75) retired from the pastoral ministry at the end of 2012. He had pastored Urbandale Baptist Church in Urbandale, Iowa, for 27 years, and before serving there he pastored the Indianola Regular Baptist Church in Indianola, Iowa. We wish Dick and his wife, Gloria, a happy and fruitful retirement. (1/13)
Mark Lobb (ex. '78) went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 7, 2013. We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife, Sharon (Hess; Denver ex. 78) and their children Joshua, Lucas, Jennifer, and Zachary. You will find more information and a photo of Mark at the IARBC and the funeral home websites. Mark was the son of Paul and Edwina Lobb. Paul served on the Faith Board of Directors for a number of years. (1/13)
Faye Carter (ex. '89) of South Roxana, Illinois, has begun serving as an interpreter for deaf in an area church. We are thankful for Faith alumni who minister in this way. (3/13)
Michael Robert Carroll ('88) has started a new ministryposition with Bethany Christian Services as a regional donor engagement associate. Michael and his wife, Vanessa, live in Rockford, Michigan. We wish Michael God's richest blessings in this new ministry. (1/13)
Mike Lucas ('99) went to be with the Lord on March 23, 2013. At the time of his Homegoing he was a chef at the Bethel Mission Hope Ministries in Des Moines, Iowa. We express our Christian sympathy to Mike's parents and family. (4/13)
James ('92) and Shannon (Deaner ex. '91) have begun serving with InterAct Ministries to disciple and equip Alaska Native believers in their villages, using aviation to reach these remote locations. The Faith Alumni Association is pleased to have alumni serving in these kinds of ministries. (3/13)
Shon Lundberg ('98, '01) has accepted the call to become the pastor of Community Baptist Church in Ankeny, Iowa. His first Sunday as pastor will be March 24. For the past 12 years Shon has served as the dean of men and the dean of students at Faith Baptist Bible College. We at Faith are sorry to see Shon leave our school, but we wish God's richest blessing as he and his wife, Angela ('99; Pegram), along with their children, Alison, Parker, and Austin, transition to this new ministry. (2/13)
Chad Hol ('96) was installed as the pastor of Missionary Baptist Church in Carlisle, Iowa, on January 13, 2013. Chad and his wife Amanda (Jensen, 00) are the parents of Kaelyn, Chloe, Kirk, and Cathryn. We wish Pastor Hol a fruitful and blessed ministry in Carlisle. (1/13)
Dan Lamgo ('98) and a current FBTS MDiv student, has become the pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Corning, Iowa. He will commute on weekends from Ankeny to minister at the church. In June the family will move to Corning to begin their full-time ministry there. His wife, Kim ('11) teaches 4th and 5th grades at Victory Christian Academy in Indianola, Iowa. We wish Dan, Kim, and their two children, James and Amy, God's blessing on their ministry there. (1/13)
Joe Earle ('08), pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Harlan, Iowa, was ordained to the gospel ministry on Sunday, March 24. Dr. Ernie Schmidt, FBTS dean, moderated the ordination council on Saturday, March 23, and preached the ordination message on Sunday. Our congratulations to Joe on this milestone in his ministry. (4/13)
Daniel Cox ('08) has accepted the call to be the assistant pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Harlan, Iowa. Faith grade Joe Earle ('08) is the pastor of the church. We wish Daniel and his wife, Maggie, a long and fruitful ministry in Harlan. (4/13)
Christopher ('04) and Crystal (Thompson '04) Persons announce the birth of their two children. Krispen Nisse, was born on September 9, 2010, and Krysiana Adeline was born on June 12, 2012. The Persons live in Eyota, Minnesota. (3/13)
Crystal Schuitema ('03) married Ian Reno on November 10, 2012. They live in Wyoming, Michigan. (3/13)
Brian ('01, '05) and Erica (Hansen '03) Peterson welcomed Lydia Kendelle ShenYao from Tangshan, Hebei, China, into their family on April 10, 2012. The Petersons live in Hartland, Wisconsin. (3/13)
Paul Hooks ('04, '06) has accepted the pastorate at WestGate Baptist Church in Trenton, Illinois. He previously served from 2004 to 2012 as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Yarmouth, Iowa. We wish Paul and his wife Heather (Richardson '04) a fruitful ministry in Trenton. (3/13)
Colin and Becky (Liebert '09) announce the birth of their daughter, Alne Jane, on October 17, 2012. (Alne is named after Alne Hartog, the wife of Dr. Paul Hartog.) Colin and Becky live in Omaha where he is completing his residency in family medicine. Becky teaches piano lessons at a Christian school and at home. (3/13)
Ben ('09) and Holly (Moore '09; ) Funkhouser announce the birth of their first child, Emma Jo, on January 9, 2013. Ben works at Davis Equipment in Johnston, Iowa, and serves as the worship leader at Living Waters Fellowship in Des Moines. Ben and Holly's parents, Janice and Joe Funkhouser and Mark and Mary Lynn Moore, are also Faith alums. (1/13)
Katie Peters ('07) and her sister, Kellie Standley, have produced a new CD titled "Riches of Grace." Kellie is the wife of Adam Standley ('04), assistant pastor of Hagerman Bapitst Church in Waterloo, Iowa. Katie teaches internationally. Katie and Kellie are the daughers of Dave and Robyn Peters, pastor and wife at Hagerman Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa. (1/13)
Josh Palma ('08, '12) has accepted the position of associate pastor at First Baptist Church in Pana, Illinois. He and his wife Lindsay (Yankee '11 ) have served faithfullly at First Baptist Church in Knoxville, Iowa while Josh completed seminary. We wish God's blessings on Josh and Lindsey as they take up this new ministry. (2/13)
Marshall Felderman ('10) was installed on November 4 as the assistant pastor at First Baptist Church in Russell, Iowa. We wish Marshall and his wife, Emily (Marx; ex. '06) God's richest blessing in their new ministry. Click here for more information. (12/12)
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