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1940s

1950s
Joan (Stengel '55) Boyd
went to be with the Lord on November 20, 2015. She was 83 years old. She was living in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at the time of her Homegoing. The Faith Alumni Association expresses its Christian sympathy to her husband, Vernon ('68), and her family. (1/16)

Marilyn (Holtz) Saunders (ex. '57) went to be with the Lord on November 18, 2015, after an eight-year battle with cancer. She was 79. Marilyn and her husband Glenn ('58) served for 25 years in pastoral ministry, and later she was a kindergarten teacher at Union Grove (Wisconsin) Christian School. Two of their three children, Jim ('83) and Joanne ('84), attended Faith. The Faith Alumni Association expresses its sympathies to Glenn and his family. You will find the obituary and photo here. (12/15)

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)

 

1960s

Ralph Boersma ('63) went to be with the Lord Tuesday, October 27, 2015. He was chosen as Faith’s Alumnus of the Year in 2003 for U.S.A and Foreign Missionaries.  After graduating, Ralph pastored a church in Ladysmith WI, and then started four churches as a missionary. Please keep his wife, Karen (Nincehelser '62), and the rest Boersma family in your prayers. You can find the obituary and a photo here

Delores A. Treffer ('66) went to be with the Lord on October 2, 2015. She was born in Weatherford, Texas and was raised there as well as in Iowa. She attended and graduated from OBBI and earned her R.N. degree from Immanuel Hospital of Nursing in Omaha. She was preceded in death by her husband and is survived by her children and grandchildren. To read her obituary and to view a photo, click here. (10/15)

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)

              

 

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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.

Glenn Armstrong, passed away September 3, 2015. He received an honorary degree from Denver Baptist Bible College. Glenn was a pastor for 55 years at churches in Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota and Hawaii. Glenn is survived by his wife, Frances; and their three children, the Rev. Jay Armstrong, Lisa Nielsen, and Jill Smith. Click here to view a photo of Glenn and read his full obituary. 

1950s
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.

 

1960s
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.

 

1970s
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.

 

1980s
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.

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1950s

Manford Norris ('51) went to be with the Lord on March 9 at the age of 90. He was living in Valparaiso, Indiana, at the time. A memorial service was held on March 12 at Crossroads Baptist Church in Wanatah, Indiana, where he was a member. Brother Norris has joined many other faithful men and women from OBI days in the presence of our Savior.

Eleanor (Geary '55) Wright entered the Lord's presence on March 21. A memorial service will be held April 23 at 11:00 a.m. at Community Bible Church in Central City, Nebraska. We extend our Christian sympathies to her husband, James, and her family. (03/16)

 

1960s
Mrs. Shirley Reese, wife of former pastor and Faith alum, Damon Reese ('69), went home to be with the Lord on Monday, October 26. Damon Reese pastored several churches in Iowa but is now retired and living in Ankeny. Please keep the Reese family in your prayers. You will find the obituary and a photo here.

 

1970s
Larry Akin (’73) went to be with his Lord and Savior last Thursday, February 11. Larry attended Slater Baptist Church with his wife, Mary (Landolt '73) whom he met at Faith when they were both students. His obituary is available by clicking here(03/16)

 

1980s
Paul Schoen (’85) passed away on Thursday, March 17. Paul was the head cook for the Faith Dining Services and a member of the Ankeny Baptist Church. His wife, Beth (Morley ’84) worked in Dining Services with Paul and continues her employment here. Paul’s oldest son, Nathan, is a 2012 Faith graduate, and his second son, Timothy, is a current student. To read more about Paul's life, click here. (03/16)

 

2000s
David Swope ('07) was installed as senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Mesa, Arizona on September 2. David has served at the church as the youth pastor and interim pastor before being called into his role as senior pastor. Please pray for Pastor Swope and for his wife, Alyson (Gates '06) as they enter this new stage of ministry at Calvary Baptist Church

 

2010s
Jonathan Rocha ('15) has accepted an associate pastor position at Prairie Flower Baptist Church in Washington, Iowa. During his senior year at Faith, Jon and his wife Julia (Bray '14) frequently traveled to Prairie Flower Baptist Church to teach 7th-12th grade Sunday school and run monthly youth events. Jon had also had the opportunity to serve as the church's associate intern last year. Please keep the Rochas in your prayers as they begin this new ministry and serve together! 

 

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