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1940s

1950s
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.

1960s
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.

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
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.

Faith Alumni Updates

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1960s
David ('69) and Susan ('71 Gortmaker) Blazer have retired from active missionary service after serving 42 years with ABWE in Brazil. The Blazers have exemplified throughout their missionary career the Faith motto of With the Word to the World. The Faith Alumni Association is pleased to have such faithful Christian workers among its ranks. The Blazers now live in Madrid, Iowa, and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is available for pulpit supply in Central Iowa. (04/14)

1970s
Brian Wilkins ('78) has been called to be the interim pastor of Cedar Street Baptist Church in Tipton, Iowa. He previously served as pastor of First Baptist Church of Waverly, Iowa. We are thankful for alumni like Brian and his wife, Joyce (Marck '78), who faithfully serve the Lord in pastoral ministry. (04/14)

Roy Cupples ('78) went to be with the Lord on March 7, 2014. After graduating from Faith, Roy started three churches in Nebraska and served as director of Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp in Fullerton, Nebraska. We offer our Christian sympathy to Roy's family, and we commend Roy for a lifetime of faithful ministry for Christ. You will find more information here. (03/14)

Miles ('71) and Mary (McCool) Grismore have retired from the pastorate of Faith Baptist Church of Mason City, Iowa, after serving as senior pastor and wife 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)

 

1980s
Jim ('83, '14) and Susie (Paswaters '83) Goodew have accepted the call to be the senior pastor of Grace Baptist Fellowship in Sartell, Minnesota. Jim had been the interim pastor of the church before being called as pastor. Before serving in Sartell, Jim and Susie served for 27 years at Faith Baptist Church of Brainerd, Minnesota. We wish the Goodews God's great blessing in their ministry in Sartell. (04/14)

Steve Cox ('89) has accepted the pastorate of Bethel Baptist Church in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He and his wife, Lynn, have served as pastor and wife at Clear Lake Regular Baptist Church in Clear Lake, Iowa, for 18 years. The Faith Alumni Association commends the Coxes on their faithful ministry at Clear Lake, and we wish them a prosperous ministry in Oskaloosa. You will find a photo and more information here. (04/14)

Tim Capon ('87) has accepted the invitation to become the state representative for the Iowa Association of Regular Baptist 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)

 

1990s
Chad ('98)
and Amanda ('00 Jensen) Hol announce the birth of their daughter, Kendall Joy, on March 5, 2014. Chad and Amanda are the pastor and wife of Missionary Baptist Church in Carlisle, Iowa. Kendall joins her sibliings Kaelyn, Chloe, Kirk, and Cathryn. You will find a photo and more information here. (03/14)

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 by directing the counseling program at his church. (02/14)

 

2000s
Caleb ('11)
and Liz (Moore '11) Reising have been called to be the associate pastor and wife at Hagerman Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa. They plan to serve in the church on a part-time basis as they prepare for missionary service in Peru. During his college days, Caleb spent a year in Peru on the ARRIBA! program. Pastor Dave Peters (ex '81), his wife Robin (ex. 79), and the church family look forward to preparing this family to serve as career missionaries. Caleb and Liz are the prouid parents of Kaylynn. (04/14)

Andy (ex '08) and Melinda (Abuhl) Mungons happily announce the birth of their son, Phillip Robert, on April 1, 2014. The proud grandparents are Kevin ('85) and Carla ('85) Mungons and Lee ('81) and Violette ('80) Abuhl. (04/14) 

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. (02/14).

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. (01/14)

 

2010s
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. (01/14)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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