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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 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)

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.

We recently had contact from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , son of Sam Bradford, the founder of Denver Baptist Bible College and Seminary and a 1956 grad of the school. He now resides in Independence, Missouri.  We will be happy to post information about other members of the Bradford family.


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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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.

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.

Jim Hill ('75) has retired as pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Ishpeming, Michigan, after a ministry of 37 years. He and his wife Ruth (Helfinstine '74 ) first went to the church as missionary pastor and wife with Continental Baptist Mission. The church became self-supporting in 2003, and Jim continued to serve as the pastor of the church until May of 2014. We commend the Hills for a lifetime of faithful service for Christ. (07/14)

David Stout ('75) has retired from 30 years of ministry at Faith, serving for most of those years as registrar. We commend David for his outstanding service at Faith, and we wish him and Della (Mullins '65, '89) an enjoyable and pleasant retirement. The Stouts live right across from the campus, so we know we will see them around often! (07/14)

David Wymer ('79) went to be with the Lord on December 6, 2013. Before his Homegoing David was the pastor of Breidablilk Baptist Church in Poulsbo, Washington. We express our sincerest sympathies to his wife, Susan (Norris '79), and her family. (06/14)

Alton James Luder ('74) has completed the Ed.D. degree from Northcentral University. His dissertation was "A Phenomenological Study of the Call, Theological Education, and Lived Experiences of Pastors Who Left the Ministry." We commend Dr. Luder on this accomplishment. (06/14)



Charles ('81, '07) and Nancy (Bunjer '80) Ellis were recently honored for 30 years of service with Baptist Mid-Missions. Charles and Nancy ministered for many years as missionaries in Germany. Charles now serves as the Midwest Director of Enlistment for Baptist Mid-Missions. We commend the Ellises for this milestone of ministry in their lives. (07/14)

Virginia (Ginny) Stratford ('84) married Steve Sebok on June 28, 2014. Ginny taught at Faith in the Christian School Department until 2012 when she accepted the position of office administrator at Baptist Church Planters in Elyria, Ohio. We wish Ginny and Steve a blessed life together in service for Christ. They are living in Lorain, Ohio. (07/14)

Dennis ('81) and Sheryl (Lutz ex '79) Sanders have accepted the call to serve as pastor and wife at Airport Boulevard Baptist Church in Aurora, Colorado. The Sanders have served at Liberty Baptist Church in Dike, Iowa, for 24 years. The Faith Alumni Association commends the Sanders for their faithful, longterm service for the Lord in Dike, and we wish them a prosperous ministry in Colorado. (06/14)

David ('82) and Linda (Anway) Wemmie have both retired as teachers at LaSalle-Peru Christian School in Peru, Illinois. David taught at the school for 31 years and Linda for 23 years. The Faith Alumni Association commends the Wemmies for faithful, longterm ministry in the Christian School field. (06/14)

Greg Baum ('87) recently joined the Iowa State Patrol as a police chaplain. Greg and his wife, Beth, serve as pastor and wife of Bethel Baptist Church in Britt, Iowa. We wish Greg a prosperous ministry as he serves the troopers and officers of his district. You can find more information and a photo here. (05/14)

Lonnie Dufty (ex '80) completed 22 years of missionary service in Japan in 2012 and is now the director of missions ministries for the International Ministerial Fellowship. He and his wife, Cynthia, live in Minnetonka, Minnesota. (05/14)




Ben ('08)
and Katie (Root '05, '07) Wooster announce the birth of their first child, Emmaus Cade, on March 6, 2014. Ben and Katie are missionionary builders with Continental Baptist Mission. They will spend the last half of 2014 on a building expansion project in Geneseo, New York, as they continue deputation. We are thankful for Faith alums like Ben and Katie who have a deep commitment to ministry. Click here for a story and photo. (06/14)

Reuben ('03) and Niki (James '05) Rosekopf announce the birth of their first child, Tessa Renee, on April 12, 2014. Reuben recently concluded his ministry at Faith as the assistant athletic director and head coach of the women's basketball team and is now the junior high and senior high Bible teacher at Ankeny Christian academy. (05/14)

Shawn Weeks ('05) has graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and begins his internship and residency training in general surgery at Largo Medical Center in Largo, Florida. (05/14)


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)

Stephanie Harrier ('10) is now working as a K-5th grade resource teacher at Chapel Hill Academy in Chanhassen, Minnesota, as well as teaching for Pathway Learning Community Co-op once a week. Stepanie lives nearby in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Chelsea Johnson ('12) has relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, for employment and is now serving at Palmcroft Baptist Church in the music and children's ministries. Her note read, "God has directed me exactly where He wants me to be." We wish Chelsea a prosperous ministry in her service for Christ. (07/14)

Luke ('09, '10) and Diane Scallon have moved to Danville, Iowa, to assist missionaries Ed and Cheryl Bunt in their church planting ministry. We commend Luke and Diane for their willingness to join in this important effort. The Scallons have two sons–Samuel and Nathan–and are expecting a third child in July. (06/14)

David ('11) and (Tanya Hearn '10) Love have accepted the call to become the youth pastor and wife at Walnut Park Baptist Church in Muscatine, Iowa. David felt the Lord leading to youth ministry when he was at Faith, and we are thankful to see him and his wife continuing to follow the Lord's call on their lives. The Loves are expecting their first child in November. The senior pastor and wife at the church are Faith grads Dennis ('79) and Tonya (Gibson '73) Hakes. (06/14)

Dan ('11, '14) and Krisanna (Root '11) Sternquist are pleased to announce the birth of their first child, Elijah Swan, on May 11, 2014. Appropriately, he was born on Mother's Day! Dan and Krisanna live in Ankeny and are the youth leaders at Community Baptist Church in Ankeny. (05/14)














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