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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.






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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.

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Max Bowlin ('76) has accepted the pastorate of Grace Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He and his wife, Jean, served for many years in pastoral ministry and then retired to Arkansas. But like many pastors, he desires to keep serving wherever he can. We commend the Bowlins for their long-term and continuing pastoral ministry, even in retirement years! (11/14)

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. (10/14)

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. (09/14)

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)


Larry Beckman ('83) served with his late wife, Paula, for many years in Africa with Baptist Mid-Missions. They came back to the United States because of Paula's illness, and Larry began serving at the BMM home office in Cleveland. Larry was recently honored for 30 years of ministry with Baptist Mid-Missions. We are thankful for Larry's ministry in missionary service. (11/14)

Ken Loveall ('89) and his wife were, Sharon, have completed 20 years of missionary service in Peru and were honored at the Baptist Mid-Missions meeting last July. The Faith Alumni Association extends to the Lovealls our thanks for their faithful ministry for Christ. Two of their children, Raquel and Marcos, are students at Faith this year. (11/14)

Darrel ('85) and Lori (Reiter '83) Jingst of Sebring, Florida, were recently recognized for 20 years of service with Editorial Bautista Independiente, the Spanish publishing ministry of Baptist Mid-Missions. We commend Darrel and Lori for this milestone of service for Christ. Both their daughers, Stephanie and Stacy graduated from Faith and Stacy serves at Faith in the Admissions Department. (11/14)

Dan ('81) and Barb (Anderson '81) Eloe have moved to Waverly, Iowa, where Dan is now the pastor of First Baptist Church of Waverly. The Eloes had served for more than 20 years at Shelbyville, Illinois, before making the transition to Waverly. We appreciate the longterm ministry Dan had in Shelbyville and wish him a long and prosperous ministry in Waverly. Their son, Caleb, is a sophomore at Faith this year. (11/14)

Randy Charlton ('89) has accepted the pastorate at Liberty Baptist Church in Dike, Iowa. Randy and his wife, Rita ('88), served for many years as pastor and wife at Calvary Baptist Church in Chatfield, Minnesota. We here at Faith welcome them to Iowa and wish them an effective start to their new ministry. (11/14)

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)


Mike ('99) and Kristen (Boyd '99) Myers 
now serve as associate pastor and wife at Good News Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, under Faith alum Brian Cedarquist. For many years Mike and Kristen served as the youth pastor and wife at Brown Street Baptist Church in Alton, Illinois. They began their new ministry in January of 2014. We are thankful for alums like Mike and Kristen who faithfully serve the Lord. The Myers have two children, Samuel and Mickie. (11/14)


Jonathan ('90)
and Julie (Andersen '89) Stilwell were recently honored for 20 years of missionary service in Peru with Baptist Mid-Missions. Jon and Julie are exemplary missionaries, and Faith is pleased to name them among our alumni. Their first daughter, Hannah, graduated from Faith in 2014, and their second daughter, Sarah, is now a student at Faith. (11/14)

David ('07) and Kara ('07 Vigneault) Tubbs are pleased to annouce the birth of their fifth child, Gideon Dale, on July 18, 2014. David currently serves as a pastoral intern at Parsippany Baptist Church in Parsippany, New Jersey, and teaches fifth grade in the church's Christian school. Our warmest congratulations to David and Kara. (11/14)

Tim Anderson ('08) has accepted the position of assistant pastor at First Baptist Church of Springfield, Colorado. He and his wife, Stacie (Oliver '03), had served for several years as the youth pastor and wife at Sheets Memorial Baptist Church in Lexington, North Carolina. We wish Tim and Stacie God's best in this new ministry. (11/14)

Ryan ('09) Lundquist has accepted the pastorate at Mountain Shadows Baptist Church in Pueblo West, Colorado. Ryan and his wife, Joy (Anderson '06), served for many years as the associate pastor at Altoona Regular Baptist Church in Altoona, Iowa, and they began their new ministy on June 1. The Faith Alumni Association wishes Ryan and Joy along with their children, Hudson and Ruby, a prosperous ministry in their new work. (11/14)

Kyle ('09) and his wife Christie (Johnson '01) Noll have accepted the position of associate/youth pastor and wife at First Baptist Church of Wauseon, Ohio. They have served faithfully in church ministries since Kyle graduated in 2009, and we wish them a long and fruitful ministry at Wauseon. (11/14)

Matthew Lentzkow (ex '09) passed away on November 1, 2014. Matt had an interest in missions while at Faith and went on missions trips to Mexico and Romania. We express our sympathy to his family. You will find an obituary here. (11/14)

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)


Alex Chavez ('12)
has accepted the position of assistant pastor at Horton Baptist Church in Waverly, Iowa. He serves under Faith alum Stephen Moore. The Faith Alumni Association wishes Alex, his wife Brooke, and their new daughter Paisley Grace, a blessed start in this new ministry. You may view a photo and more information here. (11/14)

Josh ('09, '12) and Lindsay (Yankee '11) Palma are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Anya Georgia, on May 25, 2014. Josh and Lindsay serve as associate pastor and wife at First Baptist Church in Pana, Illinois, under Faith alum Greg White. Josh was also ordained to the gospel ministry in October. Congratulations to the Palmas! (11/14)

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)















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