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.
Jack Schultz ('79) was recently honored as the 2015 Squadron Chaplain of the Year for the Indiana Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. You will find more information and a photo here. We commend Jack on his faithful service for Christ as a military chaplain. (04/15)
Florence ('78 Jones) Beard now serves in ministries to women and the homeless and helps with ESL classes at Gateway Church in El Cajon. California. Her husband, Ralph, is with the Lord (04/15).
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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Dennis ('79) and Tonya (Gibson '73) Hakes have retired from full-time pastoral ministry. Dennis and Tonya have served as pastor and wife for 37 years in IARBC churches in Russell, Norwalk, and Muscatine, Iowa. They have served the last 16 years at Walnut Park Baptist Church in Muscatine. The Faith Alumni Association commends the Hakes for a lifetime of faithful service for Christ, and we wish them God's best as they continue ministering where God leads tehm. You will find more information and a photo here. (04/15)
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)
Terry Porter ('96) is now the pastor of adult discipleship at Bible Baptist Church in Traverse City, Michigan. He formerly served as the youth pastor of the church. Terry and his wife, Gen, have two daughters and one son. (04/15)
Marcy Joy (ex '93 Lubbers) Beyer is now a professor of speech and communications at Lake Michigan College in southwestern Michigan. After attending Faith, March comcleted her education at Cornerstone University. Marcy and her husband, Todd, live in Hamilton, Michigan. (04/15)
Jeremiah Cates ('03, '08) has returned from a one-year deployment as a chaplain in Afghanistan and is now serving as a chaplain at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Faith Alumni Association is thankful for Jeremiah's service for our country. Jeremiah and his wife, Jenny ('01 Anderson) have two sons, Ethan and Evan.
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. (01/15)
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! (01/15)
Aaron Moore ('15) was installed as the pastor of St. Ansgar Baptist Church in St. Ansgar, Iowa, on March 22. Speakers in the installation service were his father, Garry Moore ('79, '91), pastor of Burton Avenue Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa, and his brother, Stephen Moore ('04, '06), pastor of Horton Baptist Church in Waverly, Iowa. Aaron began pastoring St. Angsar Baptist Church during his senior year at Faith. The Faith Alumni Association wishes Aaron and his wife, Emily (ex '14) a prosperous ministry at St. Ansgar. (04/15)
Matt Froah ('15) has accepted the call to pastor First Baptist Church in Bloomfield, Iowa. He began pastoring the church during the final two months of his senior year at Faith. Matt and his wife, Shari, have four children. We wish God's blessings on the Froahs' new ministry. (04/15)
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)
Paul Lobb, a former Faith board member and friend of the school, went to be with the Lord on April 16. Read More
Regular Baptist Books has released Dependence in the Wilderness by Dr. Jeff Newman, professor of Biblical Counseling at Faith. This book draws from Psalm 63 to give hope and encouragement for those who are suffering. Read More
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