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. 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.
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 Savior Jesus 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.
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 and is enjoying the ministry there. 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)
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.
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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Miles ('71) and Mary (McCool) Grismore have retired from the pastorate of Faith Baptist Church of Mason City, Iowa, after serving as senior pastor for 25 years. They previously served at Burton Avenue Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa. Miles and Mary have now relocated to Ankeny. Miles continues as a member of the Faith Board of Directors. We congratulate the Grismores on a lifetime of faithful service for Christ. You will find a photo and more information here. (02/14)
Steve ('76, '80 DBTS) and JoAnn (Munsen '75) Carter were recently honored for 35 years of faithful service as a missionary with ABWE. The Carters have served in Togo, England, and the United States. We commend the Carters for their many years of service for Christ. (02/14)
Tom ('77) and Nancy (DeGroot) Miller were recently recognized for 25 years of faithful service as Campus Bible Fellowship missionaries (BMM). They are currently serving in Boulder, Colorado. The Faith Alumni Association congratulates the Millers on their fine record of ministry. (02/14)
We learned just recently of the Homegoing of Greg Wood ('79) in 2008. We offer our Christian sympathy to his wife, Minnie, and her family. (02/14)
Kathy Lang-DeVos (ex. '72) has retired from the Chariton (Iowa) Community School District where she has worked. Kathy and her husband, Ed, have two daughers and one granddaughter. Kathy and Ed live in Knoxville, Iowa, and are members of Faith Baptist Church in Knoxville. (11/13)
Tim Capon ('87) has accepted the invitation to become the state representative for the Iowa Association of Regular Baptist Churches (subject to ratification by the IARBC churches). Tim and his wife, Sandy, have served for 23 years as pastor and wife at Faith Baptist Church of Carroll, Iowa. Previously they served at Bethany Baptist Church in Des Moines. We at Faith have a strong connecetion with the IARBC, and we look forward to working with one of our own grads! You will find a photo and more information here. (02/14)
Michelle (Pitcher '87) Pals is the new administrative assistant at Ankeny Baptist Church in Ankeny, Iowa. Michelle and her husband Russ (ex. '90) have been longtime members of Ankeny Baptist Church, and she is now pleased to be able to serve on the church staff. The Pals have two daughters, Jayme (ex. '10) and Taylor. (11/13)
Jeremy Penrod ('96, '97, '99) has accepted the pastorate of Temple Baptist Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. He served previously as the associate pastor of the church. Jeremy and his wife, Marcy, have four children: Joel, Brenna, Luke, and Andrew. We wish the Penrods a long and fruitful ministry in Lincoln. (02/14)
John ('85 and '91) and Lynna (Durham '86) Murray have accepted the call to pastor the First Baptist Church of Hawthorne, Nevada. The Murrays previously served for 12 years in campus ministry Crossroad Baptist Church in Ames, Iowa. You may read more here. The Faith Alumni Association wishes John and Lynna a frutiful ministry in Hawthorne. (02/14)
Brian Reeves ('92) has retired from pastoral ministry in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and is now a hospice chaplain. He is also involved in training others to be hospice, fire, and police chaplains. Brian and his wife, DeAnn (Nichols '92), live in Van Horne, Iowa. Though retired, Brian is still actively involved in ministry. (02/14)
Jeff Duffy ('90) has been called to be the pastor of First Baptist Church in Yarmouth, Iowa. Jeff was most recently the pastor of Rapids Street Baptist Church in Adel, Iowa. The church welcomed Jeff and his wife, Sherrill (Dill '85), to the church in the first part of September. (9/13)
Jeremiah Cates ('03, '08) has deployed to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan as a chaplain for the US Army's 25th Signal Battalion. He expects to be there through all of 2014. Please pray for his wife, Jennifer (Anderson '01), and their two boys, Ethan and Evan, who are living in Sheridan, Wyoming during Jeremiah's deployment. (02/14)
Jesse ('05) and Katie (Paige '04) Johnston announce the birth of their son Grant Jesse on August 23, 2013. Grant joins older brothers Hayden, Owen, and Silas. The Johnstons live in Oskaloosa, Iowa. (02/14)
Trey Perrott ('08) and his wife Janae (Huntrods '08) have accepted the call to become the pastor of First Baptist Church of Norwalk, Iowa. During three of Trey's four years at Faith, he attended First Baptist in Norwalk, so he already has a strong acquaintance with the church. We wish Trey and Janae a blessed ministry at Norwalk. You can find more information here. (02/14)
Steven ('08 and '11) and Priscilla (O'Sullivan '09) Gilbertson announce the birth of their son, Boaz, on December 16, 2013. He joins brothers John and Cyrus. The Gilbertson are planting a church in Woodbury, Minnesota. The Faith Alumni Association is grateful for grads like Steven and Priscilla who are committed to church planting. (02/14)
Lyndi Odegard (Erickson '01) and her husband, Brandon, announce the birth of their son, Logan, on June 5, 2013. Logan joins siblings Karis and Cayden. The Odegards live in Bemiji, Minnesota. (2/14).
Adam Standley ('04) has accepted the pastorate of Grace Baptist Tabernacle in Centerville, Iowa. Adam has served at Hagerman Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa, since he went to the church as an intern in November 2003. Adam is married to Kellie (Peters ex. '03), and they have two daughters, Makenna and Auna. We wish the Standleys God's best in their new ministry. You will find a picture and more information here.
Aron Schrepfer (ex. '06) was ordained to the gospel ministry on September 29 by Valley Baptist Church in Eureka, Montana. He has now accepted the call to become the pastor of Pioneer Peak Baptist Church in Palmer, Alaska. Aron and his wife Rebekah (Shrader '99) have four children: Matthew, Katie, Nataly, and Sara. The Faith Alumni Association wishes the Schrepfers God's best in this new ministry. (10/13)
Chris ('01, '07) and Mandy (Betz '11) Ellis are pleased to announce the birth of their second child, Anya Kay, on Friday, September 27. She joins her brother, Camden, in the Ellis family. Chris is employed at Faith in the Advancement and Academic departments. The Ellis's live in Ankeny (10/13)
Daniel Baltich ('08) has accepted the pastorate of First Baptist Church of New Berlin, New York. We wish Daniel and his wife Julie (Harvey ex. '03) a fruitful ministry in New Berlin. (10/13)
Brian Cederquist ('03, 06) is now the pastor of Good News Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He formerly served as the assistant pastor of the church under his grandfather Karl Pike, who recently retired. We wish Brian and Jennifer (Holub '01) a rich ministry in Grand Rapids. (10/13)
Nick Oliver ('04, 07 ) has been called to be the pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Nick has previously served as assistant pastor at Fellowship Baptist Church in Des Moines under Pastor Jeff Holub. The Faith Alumni Association wishes Nick and his wife Jessica (Paige '09) a fruitful ministry in Fort Dodge. (9/13)
Aaron Moore (current student) has been asked to serve as the interim pastor of St. Ansgar Baptist Church in St. Ansgar, Iowa. Aaron is currently a junior Pastoral major at Faith. He plans to marry Emily Scherer this May and continue serving at St. Ansgar during his senior year. The Faith Alumni Association commends Aaron for his willingness to accept a pastorate while a student and for his desire to serve the Lord in pastoral ministry.You will find a photo and more information here. (02/14)
Jonathon Fuller ('13 and a current seminary student) has accepted the position of assistant pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa. Jeff Holub, Faith Alumni Association president, is the senior pastor of the church. We trust God's blessings on Jonathon and his wife, Liz, in this new ministry. You will find a photo and further information here. (02/14)
Pastor Josh ('12) and Bethany (Duffy '12) Farrell announce the birth of Miriam Elisabeth (Marybeth) on January 14, 2014. Josh is the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in West Des Moines, Iowa. You will find a picture and more information here. (02/14)
Kenny Froment ('10) and Allison (Walker '12) were marrried on August 17, 2013 at Ankeny Baptist Church in Ankeny, Iowa. Allision and Kenny are employed in the Des Moines area and serve as youth leaders at Ankeny Baptist Church.
David Cotner (current student) has been called to become the pastor of Prairie Flower Baptist Church in Washington, Iowa. David is a senior at Faith Baptist Bible College with graduation in May 2014. He will commute on weekends until June 1 when he will become the full-time pastor. We wish David, his wife Heather, and their daughter, Ann-Marie, God's richest blessings on their new ministry. The Faith Alumni Association commends David for his willingness to accept a pastorate while a student and for his desire to serve the Lord in pastoral ministry. You will find a picture and more information here. (11/13)
Greg Gosnell ('10) was recently ordained to the gospel ministry by Faith Baptist Church of Mason City, Iowa, where Greg serves as an assistant pastor. Greg's ordination council met on Saturday, November 9. The council recommended the church proceed with ordination, which it did so on Sunday, November 17. We congratulate Greg and his wife Kerri (Herner '10) on this milestone in their ministry. You will find a picture and further information here. (11/13)
Chad Fincham ('12) has accepted a position as the chaplain at the Boys State Training School in Eldora, Iowa. Chad completed his internship at this facility as a student, and he is now able to return there as the chaplain. Chad and his wife Rachel (Johnson '11) are expecting their first child in October. (10/13)
Isaiah ('10, '11) and Rosanna (Bower '09) Peterson have been accepted as missionary candidates wtih Baptist Mid-Missions. They will work with the Bibles International division of BMM in Bible translation work. We are pleased to see our Faith grads committing to missionary service. (10/13)
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
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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