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January 15, 1993 


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No, Not the Wrong Line Again! 
Illiteracy in the Check-out Lane! 


Readers of these editorials remember 
I have a problem with being in the 
wrong lane of traffic and the wrong line 
at the post office. But last week was a 
real winner for being in the wrong line. I 
picked up some donuts at the local 
supermarket for coffee break at the 
Herald. All went well, and with such a 
few items, the only logical line was the 
express line. Just two persons were 
checking out at the "8 items only" line. 
I never did understand what eight items 
really means. 

If I buy a dozen donuts I feel guilty for 
getting in the line. Does it make a dif- 
ference if you buy a dozen unwrapped 
oranges that are loose or a dozen oranges 
in a sack? They never explain the details 
of what eight really means. 

But it was hurry time and the lady 
first in line caught my passing atten- 
tion. It appeared she had a problem, 
either she could not read or she could 
not count. She had thirty items that 
filled three large sacks. So it was just a 
bad day. Then she found her checkbook 
in the hidden depths of her purse. The 
manager was called and she found her 
card that permitted her to write the 
check. Not bad, except another problem 
came to light. She had a handful of dis- 
count coupons which she had not yet 
turned in. The checkout person showed 
a great deal of poise through it all. 

Then it was my turn and I felt like 
asking for a special price on the day-old 
pastry I had in my hands. It seemed like 
a day anyway. But the better part of vir- 
tue is to be able to dispense with the 
cute remarks. This is especially true 
when you are under a great deal of pres- 
sure. So with my best smile forced only 
slightly, I commented only on how the 
day was so nice and how charming it 
was to stand in line in such a nice 

Such tests of patience are good for 
me. I did not say that I enjoy them. 
They are good because I am too impa- 
tient, a very unflattering problem for 
those of us who are still in the process 
of reconstruction. This is a small re- 
minder that the world does not revolve 
around us. Impatience is also 
put to the test to suggest that a 
bit slower life style is not the 
worst of suggestions. 

I am hopeful that when I 
check into heaven there will 
not be a long waiting line. 
I can handle it, but I just hope 
they check me in quickly. 
When I wait for a room at the 
hotel and the line is long, 
though I know I have a reserva- 
tion, there is still the little bit 
of apprehension. The same is true of air- 
line check-ins. I have the seat number 
on the boarding pass, but it is always 
good to hear someone say, "Everything 
is in order, Mr. Turner." That is the way 
I trust it will be in heaven. Maybe an 
angel, or whoever is in charge of admis- 
sions, will make me feel as if they were 
expecting me and the mansion on that 
special street is all set and available. 

But down here there are the waiting 
lines to get a table and to pay the bill; to 
buy stamps I wait; to get the donuts I 
wait. I wait at the stop light and the stop 
street. It is all part of learning and ma- 
turing because one of these days I am 
going to have a few thousand years (or is 
it a few million years?) to be involved in 
a new, higher, greater life that is eternal. 

My patience will be perfected, which 
will be quite an accomplishment and 
undoubtedly an act of a divine God. But 
for now I just hope that we can all learn 
the lesson of being able to read about 
which line we really belong in at the 
right time. 

January 15, 1993 

??rethien Missionary 


Volume 55 No. 1 ^"^ Tanuarv 15. 1993 

January 15, 1993 


3 Editorial 

No, Not the Wrong Line Again! 
Illiteracy in the Check-out Lane 

Charles W. Tuinei 

5 Women's Missionary Council 
Idea Bag 

6 Home Missions 

District Leaders Meet at 

8 Why Aren't More Senior Adults 
Being Evangelized? 

12 Brethren Evangelistic Ministries 
There is a God in Heaven 

14 National Conference 1993 Notice 

15 Grace Seminary Announces 
Major Changes 

Herald Bookstore-Indianapolis 

16 Sebring's Super Sunday 

17 1 7 Fellowship News 

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Foreign Missions 

Tom Julian 

Kip Cone 
Grace Schools 

John Davis 

Joel Curry 
Home Missions 

Larry N. Chamberlain 

Jim Folsom 
Women's Missionary Council 

Nora Macon 

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Idea Bag 

Ideas from WMC Circles Across 

the States 

Prayer Chain — "We use our member- 
ship Ust recorded alphabetically with 
phone numbers. Where there is a need, 
someone lets us know and the calls go 
right down the list. Lately, we not only 
start the chain from the top, but also from 
the last name on the list. The chain meets 
somewhere in the middle. It's twice as 
fast and it seems to be working very well." 
-Fremont, Ohio, Lois-Irene Circle 

Introducing WMC — "During a Family 
Night we introduced our family members 
to the workings of the WMC. We treated 
them to a showing of the Missionaries of 
the Year slide tape presentation." What a 
great way to let the families and the 
church know what WMC is all about. 

-Portis, Kansas 

Inviting Others — At a special meeting 
all the ladies and girls of the church were 
invited to a WMC meeting. The focus was 
the family, and everyone in attendance 
was encouraged to share a tradition or the 
heritage of her family. Many women who 
do not normally come to WMC attended. 

-Mifflin, Ohio 

Reach Out — In order to reach out to the 
many single women in the church, one 
WMC meeting was dedicated to singles. 
Every single woman (whether widowed, 
divorced or never married) who did not 
normally attend WMC received a special 
printed invitation, then a personal phone 
call to attend the WMC meeting honor- 
ing singles. Several of the single women 
shared some of the joys and frustrations of 
living and coping alone. It was an enlight- 
ening experience for many of the married 
women and a great time of support and 
encouragement to the single women. 

-Winona Lake, IN 

A Note from the National President 

Geneva Inman 

The time we sang often at Conference 
has been ninning through my mind. I find 
myself singing it: 

Bind us together, Lord, 

Bind us together with cords that cannot 

be broken. 
Bind us together. Lord, 
Bind us together. 
Bind us together in love. 

It is my prayer that in the coming 
months, perhaps years, God will use WMC 
as a part of the healing process for our fel- 
lowship. Would you take a moment with 
me, right now, to sing through the chorus 
with our National Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches in mind? 

Let's go through it again and think of 
your own district. Now your church. Now 
your WMC circle. Let's continue to pray 
that God will use the WMC as prayer 

National WMC Projects 

Grace Schools 

The renovation of McClain Hall 

classroom #203 

Goal: $8,000 

Send by March 10, 1993 

CE National Offering 

Sponsorship of the Director of 

Girls' Ministries 

Goal: $1.50 per WMC member 

Send by March 10, 1993 

January 15, 1993 


District Leaders Meet 
at Lancaster 


Willow Valley Family Resort and Conference Center in 
Lancaster, PA, was the site for the second annual Coali- 
tion Task Force. 

Monday morning, November 9, w^as 
frosty and bright at Willow Valley Fam- 
ily Resort and Conference Center in Lan- 
caster, Pennsylvania. The ministries and 
contacts by Home Missions personnel 
in area Grace Brethren Churches the day 

lowship. We had a gratifying response 
from the chairmen of the 23 district 
mission boards whom we had invited to 
participate. Men from 17 districts joined 
with five of our staff to follow up on the 
first such meeting a year ago at the same 

The purpose of the first meeting was 
to work out an agreement that estab- 
lished guidelines for cooperative church 
planting between the districts and 
Grace Brethren Home Missions. The 
sessions in 1991 were so profitable that 
we felt it would be important to meet 
again to finalize the agreement and to 
expand our cooperative thinking even 

The first item of business for the 26 
participants was to consider and ratify 
the working agreement that had gone 

Men from seventeen districts joined the Home Missions staff. 

before had been enjoyable and encour- 
aging. Larry Chamberlain visited the 
Elizabethtown church, Jesse Deloe was 
at Lititz, and I enjoyed a ministry at the 
Southern Lancaster GBC. 

We were in the area for Coalition 
Task Force n, a two-day meeting with 
Home Missions staff and representatives 
from district mission boards in our Fel- 

through several revisions during the 
year. The final document is the result of 
a careful analysis of the unique roles 
that the districts and the national office 
play in starting churches. 

Several other topics were pursued by 
the panel during the two days, includ- 
ing very exciting and stimulating dis- 
cussions about recruiting and training 


k --» 

Bill Snell shares his vi- 
sion for church planting. 

potential church 
planters. A program 
called the New 
Church Incubator 
(NCI) was introduced 
by Neil Cole, chair- 
man of the Southern 
California- Arizona 
Church Planting 
Board, and Dave 
Marksbury, western 
director for Home 
Missions. Both men 
are pastors of local churches and are in- 
volved in the pioneer NCI program in 
their district. 

These two men introduced the con- 
cept and responded to questions that 
were raised by their peers. Developed by 
Church Resource Ministries, NCI pro- 
vides a complete system for the men- 
toring and coaching of church planters 
with detailed materials, assignments, 
and accountability built in. 

In a related subject, Neil Cole shared 
his excitement and vision for a move- 
ment to recruit and train prospective 
church planters in what he has called 
the Pastor Factory. Again, lots of ques- 
tions were asked and helpful discussion 
ensued. The principles outlined in both 

the Pastor Factory 

and NCI are transfer- 
able and can be uti- 
lized in any region of 
our Fellowship. 

Other sessions in- 
cluded a report on 
the Canadian Initia- 
tive — the Home Mis- 
sions strategy for 
launching the first 
Grace Brethren 
Church in Canada by 
1995 — and a presen- 
tation of the challenges of cross cultural 
ministries within our own country. 

The work was productive,- evaluations 
from the participants indicate that they 

NeU Cole explains his 
dynamic new program, 
the Pastor Factory. 

judged the time and effort to have been 
well spent. And, it was not all work. 
The fellowship with brothers, whose 
ministries are'separated as far as Alaska 
from Florida and California from Penn- 
sylvania, was especially enjoyable. 

An anonymous donor provided an 
evening of spiritual enjoyment at a per- 
formance of "The Joys of Christmas" at 
the nearby Sight and Sound Center in 
Strasburg. Chris and Dolly Lapp, owners 
of the famed Good and Plenty Restau- 
rant in Smoketown, served us a deli- 
cious family-style Pennsylvania Dutch 
dinner one evening. Another home- 
style dinner was prepared for the group 
by ladies of the Southern Lancaster 

As the Coalition participants return 
home and share with their district pas- 
tors and churches some of the values 
and principles we worked on together, 
there cannot help but be a greater impe- 
tus for USA church planting in this 
final decade of the twentieth century. 

May God be pleased to 

grant us the joy of meeting 
goal of 50 new churches 
from 1991 to 1995. 

Editor's note: Bill Snell 
came to Grace Brethren 
Home Missions as Direc- 
tor of Church Planting and 
Development in the East , ^, ^ , . 

jf^^i-- r^ ^ 1- r Larry Chamberlain, 

and South m October of Executive Director of 
1990. Prior to that he Home Missions 

served long pastorates in 
Meyersdale and Martinsburg, Pennsyl- 
vania. He and his wife, Jean, live in 
Warsaw, Indiana. 

Dave Marksbury leads one of the small group break-out 

Tanuary 15, 1993 

why Aren't More Senior Adults 
Being Evangelized? 


If demographers are correct, the magnitude of 
the coming "age wave" will be so significant 
that every social institution will be affected. Ken 
Dychtwald, noted business and management 
consultant, beUeves that, "The age wave is going 
to be of a significance that matches the dawn 
of the industrial age or the invention of the 
microchip."' This "age wave," as sociologists 
are now referring to it, describes the fact that 
America is rapidly aging, and will continue to do 
so. The statistics are mind bogghng: 

• The number of people in the U.S. over age 65 
is now larger than the entire population of 

• The number of "senior citizens" is growing 
three times more rapidly than the national 
population rate! 

• Of every dollar spent for consumer goods in 
the United States, 41(2 is spent by older 

• Two-thirds of all the people who have ever 
hved to age 65 are alive today! 

Number of persons in U.S. 50 yrs. and older 


Percent of Total 








As the number of senior adults in congrega- 
tions continues to grow and the senior adult 
population outside the church increases, a most 
fruitful opportunity for outreach/evangehsm is 

Unfortunately, at the present time, the great 
majority of churches are unprepared to respond 
to the aging of America. One might think that 
because many congregations are already com- 
posed of a considerable ntimber and percentage of 
older adults, that evangelism and additional 
growth among this age group would be an easy 
process. Not true! In fact, we have apparently 

been unsuccessful for some time in effectively 
evangelizing older adults. The graph below is just 
one of several studies which indicate that few 
people who are Christians today came to their 
faith during their later years:-^ 

Age At Conversion 




iS 60- 



11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71 

In looking at the above graph, one of three 
differing conclusions might be drawn: 

l)The older a person grows, the more "hard- 
ened" or resistant he/she becomes to the 
gospel, and thus very few people "convert" 
in their later years. 
2)Youth and younger adults typically receive 
the priority of churches in programming, 
outreach and evangelism, and thus a greater 
number are reached. 
3) The evangeUsm strategies currently em- 
ployed are effective for youth and young 
adults, but ineffective for persons in the sec- 
ond half of Ufe. 
While more research is sorely needed in effec- 
tive evangelism strategies for older adults, my 
personal observation from 20+ years in the field 
of church growth leads me to believe the first 
possible conclusion is completely untrue, the 
second is frequently true, the third is almost al- 
ways true. 

Let's look more closely at why more older 
adults are not being reached and assimilated into 
local churches in their later years. There are at 
least three reasons: 

1. The church's outreach emphases have tra- 
ditionally focused on youth and young adults. In 
research conducted in 500 churches, we found 
that 8 of 10 churches had youth directors (voltm- 

' Michael Maren, "Catch the Age Wave" 
October 1991, p. 54. 

in Success, -Amell Motz, Reclaiming a Nation (Winnipeg: Trinity 
Western Press, 1990), p. 163. 


teer or paid), but only 1 in 95 had a senior adult 
director! This over-allocation of staff and dollars 
for youth deserves a closer analysis of steward- 
ship and "return on investment" . . . 

• Only one in ten participants in the average 
church youth group will be an active mem- 
ber of the same church ten years later. 

• The youth department typically requires re- 
sources (time, effort, money, people] of a 
church, rather than being a source of re- 
sources for the church. 

• The loyalty of young people to a particular 
church is usually shallow — if/when a suc- 
cessful youth pastor leaves and is not imme- 
diately replaced, the youth leave, as well. 

In comparison: 

• Senior adults have more time available for 
volunteer activities, including church min- 

• Senior adults typically have the largest 
amount of discretionary funds of any age 
group, and financially support the causes and 
institutions they believe in. 

• Senior adults tend to be less transient, and 
stay in the same church for longer periods of 

Certainly it is important to have an effective 
youth outreach strategy. Energy needs to be 
spent on providing an excellent and attractive 
ministry for young people. But it is equally im- 
portant to have an effective senior outreach 
strategy. Chvuches should emphasize both. Un- 
fortxmately, ageism (discrimination against older 
adults) occurs in many churches, and Hmits 
those churches' potential for growth. It is time 
for a more balanced emphasis. 

2. Outreach does not take into account "win- 
dows of receptivity" with senior adults. Re- 
search has shown there are times in people's 
hves when they tend to be more open to becom- 
ing a Christian . . . and there are times when 
those same persons tend to be resistant to the 
gospel. Not only is it good strategy to focus evan- 
gehsm activity on people who are receptive, it is 
a soUd Biblical approach that Christ himself 
modeled. The seed sown on good soil, said Jesus, 
is the person who both hears and understands the 
message.^ He was talking about those people 
who were receptive. In sending out the seventy, 
Jesus told his followers to shake the dust from 
their feet of the towns that would not accept 
them, and go to those places that welcomed 
them . . . those who were receptive.'' 

When are these periods of "receptivity" in the 
Hves of senior adults? They usually occur when 
people experience a change or transition in some 
area of their life. The "Receptivity Scale" below 
provides a list and hierarchy of common transi- 
tions in the Hves of senior adults. It is these 
times of change in lifestyle that commonly pre- 
cipitate a period of spiritual receptivity and open- 
ness to the gospel. 

^Matt. 13:23. 
''Matt. 10:14. 

Arn Senior Stress Scale 



1. Death of a spouse 


2. Divorce 


3. Move to nursing home 


4. Marital separation 


5. Death of a close family member 


6. Major physical problems 


7. Marriage/remarriage 


8. Realizing one has no plans/dreams 


9. Financial loss of retirement money 


10. Forced early retirement 


11. Unable to maintain driver's license 


12. Marital reconciliation 


13. Retirement 


14. Spouse confined to retirement home 


15. Change of health of family member 


16. Gaining a new family member 


17. Change in financial state 


18. Death of a close friend 


19. Diflficulty getting medical insurance 


20. Change in number of arguments with 



21. Mortgage over $50,000 


22. Foreclosure of mortgage or loan 


23. Feelings of not being needed 


24. Feelings of lack of purpose 


25. Outstanding personal achievement 


26. Wife begins or stops work 


27. Significantly decreased contact with 



28. Revision of personal habits 


29. Significantly less contact with 

support groups 


30. Trouble with the boss 


31. Minor physical problems 


32. Change in recreation 


33. Change in church activities 


34. Change in social activities 


35. Mortgage or loan less than $50,000 


Effective evangeHsm for senior adults foUows 
Christ's command to "turn your eyes to the 
fields that are ripe [receptive] unto harvest."^ 

3. Most senior adult programs do not provide 
an adequate number or diversity of options for 
seniors to become involved. It is critical to tm- 
derstand that senior adults are not one "homo- 
geneous group." They have different interests, 
lifestyles, concerns, needs, self-images. 

Again and again we hear newly retired persons 
say, "I don't want to be part of that group of old 
people" (referring to the present senior adult 
group). Just as one youth group is obviously inad- 
equate for ministry and outreach to "youth" from 
junior high to college, one senior group is inade- 
quate for ministry and outreach to "seniors" from 
55 years old to 95 (or beyond). The answer? Start 
new groups! We see three, four or more senior 
groups in churches with an effective senior min- 
istry. Each group is different, with each reaching 
a different piece of the senior mosaic. 

One of the best approaches to starting new 
groups for persons over age 55 is based on life- 
style (rather than age level). One effective senior 

Sjohn 4:35. 

January 15, 1993 

How Seniors Decide 

Appropriate Evangelism Strategy 

Rely on people they trust 

1 . Use existing networks of relationships 

2. plan friendship-building events 

Resist "hard sell" 

3. Emphasize "relational" style rather than 

4. Provide multiple exposiu-es to the gospel 
message (i.e., books, sermons, Bible study, etc.] 

Must clearly understand 
the benefits 

5. Message relevant to senior life issues 

6. Identify and communicate the attractive qualities 
of faith and commimity 

Require assiurance of quality 

7. Evaluate and improve quality of meetings and 
printed material 

8. Be sure time spent in senior activities is 
meaningful, not superficial 

Resist dramatic change in lifestyle 

9. Focus on Christian formation and discipleship 
10. Create small groups open to non-members 

Value peer recommendations 
and involvement 

1 1 . Present role models 

12. Use seniors to evangelize seniors 

Decision is based on "need" 
rather than "want" 

13. Create ministry teams for people with 
special needs 

14. Show how faith meets needs seniors face 

adult ministry we know of has their programming 
broken into three categories. There are outreach 
and ministry activities for the "go-go" seniors, 
others for the "slo-go" seniors, and still others 
for the "no-go" seniors. Churches v/ith only one 
senior group will be ineffective in reaching the 
diverse number of seniors outside the church. 

An Evangelism Strategy for Senior Adults 

As seen earlier, research reveals a dramatic fall 
off in Christian conversions among older adults. 
We have suggested several reasons why this is so. 
The remainder of this article presents a new ap- 
proach to evangehsm strategy for persons 55 
years and older. Church leaders who implement 
these new paradigms of outreach will see signifi- 
cant increase in their results and harvest. The 
strategies are most easily seen in the grid above. 

The first column Usts characteristics of deci- 
sion-making common among older adults. Un- 
derstanding these characteristics is important 
because when older adults decide to make a 
Christian commitment and/or join a church, 
they will have done so as a result of one or more 
of these reasons. 

The second column suggests strategies for 
effective evangehsm of older adults based on each 
characteristic of their decision-making process. 
Following this grid is a brief discussion on each 
evangehstic strategy proposed. 

Many of these guidelines are enlarged upon in 
the new book, Pieparing for The Age Wave 
(Baker Books, Win &. Charles Am, 1993) that will 
soon be published. In the space of this brief arti- 
cle, here are just a few comments on the above 
evangelism guidelines. (The numbers preceding 
the comments below refer to the corresponding 
numbers in the grid.) 

1 &. 2. Research indicates that 75-90% of the 
people who are today active church members 

came to Christ and their faith through the influ- 
ence of a friend, neighbor, or relative. The New 
Testament itself frequently describes this evan- 
gehstic strategy (see the Greek word oikos, mean- 
ing "household") as a reason for the explosive 
growth of the first centvuy church. Outreach 
strategies for older adults must build on this 
proven principle. Seniors should be helped to 
identify friends, neighbors, and relatives in their 
own circle of influence who are outside of an 
active Christian faith and chvirch membership. 
Then, as special events are planned and groups 
started which are designed to invite a friend, this 
"networking" process grows and senior adults 
reach out to newcomers. 

3 &. 4. Seniors generally decide to "buy" after 
they have had time to consider the impUcations, 
the costs, and the rewards. This is particularly 
true for decisions that imply a significant change 
in lifestyle, such as a Christian commitment or 
church membership would. For this reason, a 
manipulative approach or hard-sell style of evan- 
gehsm is guaranteed to repel prospective seniors. 
In contrast, an effective strategy will present the 
gospel in a variety of ways and times, allowing 
seniors to develop an understanding of the mean- 
ing and imphcations of their possible decision. 
This approach to evangehsm is supported in a 
study of 50 persons who made a Christian com- 
mitment and remained active in their church, 
compared with a similar number who dropped 
out within the year. The "actives" had been ex- 
posed to the Christian message an average of 5.8 
different times prior to their decision. The aver- 
age "drop out" had heard the Christian message 
only 2. 1 times.* The conclusion is that effective 

*Am, Win & Charles, The Master's Plan foz Making 
Disciples (Pasadena: Church Growth Press, 1982), 
p. 118. 



evangelism for senior adults is not a "spiritual 
scalp hunting expedition" on the first contact. 
Rather, it is a caring, constant, and consistent ex- 
posure of Christian faith. Christian convictions, 
and Christian people. 

5 &. 6. Seniors have hved a long time. Those 
who have lived it outside an active Christian 
faith have faced a life's worth of issues and ob- 
stacles, hi their owoi mind, they are survivors. 
For them to consider a change in lifestyle from 
what has gotten them this far, the benefit must 
be significant and tangible. One of the best exer- 
cises a senior adult plarming group could do is 
develop a Hst of unique benefits to older adults 
who become Christians and church members, 
and then highlight one or more of those benefits 
every time seniors are together. Build an aware- 
ness that hie in the Christian faith community is 
more rewarding than life without. 

7 & 8. Television has raised the expectations 
people have of receiving quahty products and ser- 
vices. This affects the church, as well. Low qual- 
ity programs, music, speakers, or facfiities cotild 
pass in churches 30 years ago. Today people 
know they have choices, and they will go else- 
where if not satisfied. This is particularly true for 
older adults who have httle patience for people 
or organizations who are wasting their time. As a 
result, first impressions of your church and pro- 
gramming are important from pubHcity, to room 
decor, to program, to foUow-up. Strive for excel- 
lence and quality. Newcomers will be comparing 
you with all the other options for their valuable 

9 & 10. hi interviewing individuals and 
groups of senior adults, we noticed an interesting 
commonahty. Older adults resist changes in life- 
style. They prefer the known to the unknown,- 
the status quo to change. While dramatic 
changes are inevitable in later years (i.e., loss of 
spouse, change in health, Hving accommoda- 
tions, etc.] seniors resist change as long as pos- 
sible. As a result, evangelism strategy for older 
adults should be seen as a "process" not an 
"event." Evangehsm that demands an immediate 
decision wUl be less effective than evangehsm 
which leads a person to a gradual Christian com- 
mitment. Involving unchurched seniors in small 
groups or special classes of interest will help 
them develop new relationships. As friendships 
grow with other Christians their openness to 
spiritually relating with these people will also 
grow. Put simply, an evangehsm strategy that in- 
volves many "baby steps" will be more effective 
than one requiring a big "giant step." 

11 &. 12. One important factor in a senior 
adult's decision to do something new or different 
(i.e., join a church) wiLl be how other persons "like 
them" have assessed the same situation and 
responded. Using books, videos, or hve presen- 
tations by role models (weU-known Christian 
seniors) can help. Having older adult church 
members share what Christ and the church means 
in their fives is another excellent approach. 

13 & 14. People who have hved much of their 
hfe without Christian faith wiU need a compel- 

ling reason to change. As a result, a felt need in a 
senior adult's hfe is a particularly crucial "win- 
dow of opportunity" in which to respond. The 
more needs a person who is outside of Christ can 
see are "meetable" within the Christian commu- 
nity, the more inclined he/she will be to respond. 
The need may be as serious as the loss of a loved 
one or discovery of a serious medical problem. Or 
it may be as simple as transportation to the gro- 
cery store or companionship on a lonely evening. 
Christ and His Church meet needs, and all 
people have needs. A key to effective evangehsm 
of seniors is to bring those two things together. 


In discussing some important reasons for lack 
of effective evangehsm of older adults, we have 
(we hope) stimulated your thinking in new ways. 
The real issue we are concerned with is people, 
and how to bring these people into a life-chang- 
ing relationship with the hving God. For many 
senior adults it may be their last opportunity. 

The issue was clarified for me in the video 
Live Long and Love It. A recently retired person 
related his own personal story: 

When I retired I entered the most diffi- 
cult time of my entire life. Then a year or 
so after my retirement my neighbor, who 
was also retired, made an intentional effort 
to be my friend. He was kind and caring 
and I soon found myseK trusting him. 

My friend belonged to a support group 
for retired people which met at a church. 
He invited me to attend. Although I had 
serious misgivings about church and Chris- 
tians, I went. It wasn't at all what I ex- 
pected. I found a group of people who also 
were struggling with the difficulties of re- 
tirement; and despite my being a virtual 
outsider, they accepted me. They offered 
me "no strings attached" love and support 
at a time when I needed it most. Well, to- 
day I'm no longer an outsider. God is real 
in my life . . . and my only regret is that I 
didn't find out about His love sooner. 

To catch the "age wave" will demand new pri- 
orities and new strategies for the church. But the 
results wiU be senior adults in your community 
reached in significant new numbers. And experi- 
ence indicates that not only will the church's vi- 
tahty and spirit take a giant step forward, these 
new Christian older adults wiU have a contagious 
effect in other areas of church life. And your en- 
tire church wiU benefit. 

Win Ain is president of L.I.F.E. International, a 
new organization dedicated to helping churches 
reach senior adults. Charles Am is editor of 
LIFELINE, a newsletter for senior adult church 

Information on L.I.F.E. International and the 
LIFELINE newsletter is available from 1921 So. 
Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 9I0I6. 

January 15, 1993 



There is a God in Heaven 


The year 1991 provided the world with one 
of the most significant and impressive verifica- 
tions of the correctness of the historic fun- 
damental Christian faith the world has ever 

This has to do with the utter disorientation 
of communism as a political and economic 
system and the philosophy or spiritual rock on 
which it was built which is atheism. These 
two go hand in hand. 

The commimists said, in effect, "There is 
no God, but we don't need Him anyhow, be- 
cause man can solve his own problems and 
meet his own needs." 

Of course, as events of the past years demon- 
strate so dramatically, they were completely 
wrong. As they foimd, mankind without God 
cannot even raise enough wheat to make the 
bread they need, or grow enough beets to make 
the borscht to sustain them on cold winter days 
through which they must suffer. 

In many of the Psalms, David and other 
writers sang the praises of the God who pro- 
vided for human needs, and the Apostle Paul 
in speaking of God to the people of Lystra said, 
as recorded in Acts 14:17, "Nevertheless he 
left not himself without witnesses, in that he 
did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and 
fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food 
and gladness." 

Why is there starvation? Why is there want 
and need in the world? Because people have 
left God out of the equation. David wrote in 
Psalm 37:25, "I have been young and now am 
old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, 
nor his seed begging bread." 

This is why even the atheists enjoy the 
blessings of the Lord in civilized and so-called 
Christian countries, because there are enough 
godly people in the society to merit God's 
blessings and the atheists go along for the ride. 
But where the whole system is atheistic or 
pagan, there will be starvation and lack of even 
the basic necessities. 

There has been lately a conclusion among 
scientists, even though they may not be be- 
Uevers, that there must be what they call an 
"entity" out there somewhere who created 
and sustains things as we know them to be. 
The realization has been reached that it is sim- 
ply impossible for the phenomena we see to 
have been produced by the laws of natural se- 
lection or survival of the fittest or random 


They have concluded that this "entity" 
must incorporate at least three features: 1) it 
must be from outside our imiverse, 2) it must 
be without limits, and 3) it must be a personal- 
ity, not just a blind or capricious force. Adding 
a fourth feature which is that the "entity" is 
good and we have a clear picture of the God of 
the Bible as revealed in the Word of God and 
personified in the person of Jesus Christ who 
came to reveal Him. 

Why don't people see and understand this? 
Could it be that the God of the Bible sets some 
moral and ethical standards which people do 
not want to observe? Deceived by the power 
of sin and the world, people refuse to seek 
Him and obey His will to their own eternal 

The promise to Solomon made after the 
dedication of the magnificent temple in Jeru- 
salem is equally applicable to our day. God 
said, "If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, 
or if I command the locusts to devotu: the 
land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 
if my people, which are called by my name, 
shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek 
my face, and turn from their wicked ways, 
then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive 
their sin, and will heal their land." 

—Dr. J. Keith Altig 

[Dr. J. Keith Altig is a retired 
missionary, having served for 
23 years with Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missions in the field of 
Brazil. He is Pastor Emeritus at 
the Grace Brethren Church of 
Whittier, CA, and serves as a 
director with Brethren Evange- 
listic Ministries.] 

Dr. Keith Altig 

To Argentina With Love! 

Your gifts will make it possible for Breth- 
ren Evangelistic Ministries to send an evan- 
gelistic team to Argentina this year. Two 
evangeHsm seminars have been planned, in 
Buenos Aires and Cordoba, with brethren 
cooperating from Uruguay. The dates are 
April 6-20. Pray that God will truly mobi- 
lize His Church to take the gospel through 
the open doors of opportunity in Argentina. 





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Grace Seminary Announces 
Major Changes 

Grace Theological Seminary's administration 
today announced major changes in its master of 
divinity curriculum. The changes mark a turn- 
ing point for seminary education to prepare 
pastors and ministry leaders in the Grace Breth- 
ren Church and other conservative Christian 

Grace President John Davis said that the re- 
structured curriculum v/ill enable students en- 
tering the seminary from approved Christian 
colleges to obtain advanced standing credit for 
undergraduate work successfully completed in 
selected classes in bibHcal languages, theology, 
and ministry. In addition, the revised seminary 
curriculum provides for a full year of ministry in- 
ternship during the student's senior year at the 

According to Dr. Davis, the seminary admin- 
istration has consulted with pastors in making 
these changes. Dr. Davis said: "We strongly be- 
Heve that seminary education must be designed 
to help prepare graduates who are equipped and 
experienced for ministering in contemporary so- 
ciety. The traditional academically-centered and 
theological research-oriented graduate program 
does not serve that need well. That is evidenced 
by declining enrollments and the resulting finan- 
cial pressures at Grace and many other theologi- 
cal seminaries. In addition, the large numbers of 
second-career students now entering seminary to 

prepare for vocational ministry ca- 
reers must have creative programs 
to help them complete their semi- 
nary tra inin g in a timely manner 
and to balance their seminary edu- 
cation with the challenges of family 
and financial responsibUities." 

Dr. Davis said that the number 
of faculty at the seminary will be re- 
duced for the 1993-94 academic 
year. At the present time, 12 full- 
time and part-time faculty members 
teach at tiie seminary. The restruc- 
tured program wiU feature eight or 
more full-time and part-time fac- 
ulty members, plus a number of 
pastoral mentors. In addition, the 
se min ary will Utilize the resources 
of the Biblical Studies faculty at 
Grace College. 

Dr. Davis added that the re- 
structured 92-credit-hour master of 
divimty curriculum continues the 
seminary's strong emphasis on stu- 
dents' knowledge of bibhcal lan- 
guages and accurate exegesis and 
communication of the Word of God. 

The restructured curriculimi will 
become effective in the fall of 1993. 

Herald Bookstore- 
Indianapolis Update 

phrase that we had to get acquainted with this 
last year. The thought of another store outside of 
Winona Lake was one that appeared from time to 
time. The question was where to go if such a 
move was to be made. Last year when the board 
gave an okay to the project there were stiU more 
questions. Location was number one on the hst. 
Fort Wayne and South Bend received only pass- 
ing glances. But high on the Hst was a city in 
some close range of Winona Lake, yet rapidly 
growing. That city was Indianapolis, but again 
location and costs were the major decisions. 

Transplantation — a concept in another loca- 
tion looks better on paper than it does in real life. 
Winona is a nice, quiet community. The study of 
population growth, traffic patterns, and cost per 
square foot of leasing began to enter our new 

Late July of 1992 was the time for commit- 
ment. We centered in on the northeast comer of 
Indianapohs. The traffic partem revealed more 
traffic passed our newly selected spot in a day 
than passed our Winona location in one year. We 

had new neighbors v«.th high soimd- 
ing names. There were Wal-Mart, 
Shell, Cracker Barrel, Sam's Whole- 
sale, the banks, and every fast food 
place you can name. Blockbuster 
video had been a stranger but after 
some months we had a new neigh- 
bor . . . the carry-out Hquor store. 
We indeed were out among them, 
and the quiet security of the old 
home place was gone. 

By the time you read this we will 
have put in our first full year of 
business. It was not as big as we had 
hoped, but it was a great step to the 
outside world. Sales will probably 
be near the $200,000 level, not too 
bad for the first year in a new opera- 
tion. We have learned lessons — 
learned to grow — and have devel- 
oped a strong desire to see whether 
stores spelled with an "s" means 
two or more. 

But that is for the future. 

January 15, 1993 



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Mr. and Mrs. John Aeby 

November! 992 

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Beaver 

November 1 992 


Sebring's Super Sunday 

—November 8*^ 1992 

One Sunday our pastor preached on bap- 
tism, as it has been a point of confusion in our 
chiu:ch. His topics were "Who We Are," 
"Where We Came From," "What We BeUeve," 
"WOiy We BeUeve What We Do" and "What 
Should We Do About It." And, to everyone's 
surprise and joy, sixteen adults responded to 
be rebaptized by triune immersion and become 
members of our body. Four children responded 
with first -time decisions. 

The ages of the candidates for baptism were 
from six years to the upper seventies. There 
were varied combinations of families: hus- 
band, sons and daughters completed some 
groups. Husbands were baptized and in turn 
did their priestly duties and immersed and 
prayed for wives and children. There was a 
two-generation group in the tank at one time, 
father and mother, son-in-law and daughter. 

Parents, grandparents and siblings were in- 
vited to come to the front of the sanctuary to 
observe and share in this step of obedience. 
We beUeve this will encouxage other members 

of the family to be baptized when 
they understand the value of iden- 
tifying with Jesus through this 

Most, if not all, of these people 
are joining oui church in the near 
future. Some have been attending 
this chturch for many years and 
some for just a few months. This 
would indicate that the mode of 
baptism should be explained again 
to our congregations and let the 
Spirit lead! 

Joyfully submitted, 

Joe Taylor 

Sebring, FL, Grace Brethren 


P.S. Twenty were baptized and 
two others had their mem- 
bership transferred by letter. 




Pastor Named 

in the 

Dr. Luke E. Kauffman, Senior Pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Myerstown, Pennsyl- 
vania, has been selected as a biographical entry 
for the Marquis 1 1th edition of Who's Who in the 
World, a respected reference classic of contempo- 
rary biographies. 

Dr. Kauffman was bom in Huromelstown, 
Pennsylvania, and piursued his schoohng at the 
M.S. Hershey Jr./Sr. High School and Hershey 
Junior College, Hershey, PA. He attended Grace 
CoUege in Winona Lake, Indiana, where he 
earned his B.A. degree in 1963 and the Master of 
Divinity degree of Grace Theological Seminary in 
1966. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree 
from Luther Rice Seminary in May 1989. After 
leaving Grace Theological Seminary, Dr. Kauff- 
man pastored in Beaverton, Oregon, until 1969 
when he accepted the call to pastor the Myers- 
town Grace Brethren Church, which grew from a 
membership of 35 to a high of 1,088. He will be 
assuming the Senior Pastor position at the Grace 
Brethren Church in Anchorage, Alaska, in Janu- 
ary 1993. 

In 1974, as Senior Pastor of the Myerstown 
congregation. Dr. Kauffman founded Grace Chris- 
tian School, a pre-kindergarten through senior 
high school educational ministry. In December 
1989 under Dr. Kauff man's visionary leadership 

to Who's Who 

Grace Community, Inc., a retirement facility lo- 
cated on the 26-acre campus of the Myerstown 
Grace Brethren Church, opened Phase I of its 
three-phase building project. 

From 1971 to 1991 he served as the president 
of the Northern Atlantic Mission Board, which 
functions as a church planting arm of the Fellow- 
ship of Grace Brethren Churches in the Northern 
Atlantic region. Eighteen new churches were 
planted tinder his supervision. 

He was named to the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches' highest office in 1981, when 
he was elected moderator of the National Confer- 
ence. In 1982 Dr. Kauffman was elected and con- 
tinues to serve as president of the Grace Brethren 
Home Missions Council, Inc., Grace 
Brethren Navajo Ministries, Inc., and the 
Grace Brethren Investment Foundation, 
viTLth home offices located in Winona 
Lake, Indiana. 

In addition to being named to Who's 
Who in the World, Dr. Kauffman was 
named in Who's Who in the East (1991- 
1992) and twice in Who's Who in Reli- 
gion {1985, 1992-1993). 

Pastor Kauffman and his wife, Sandra, 
are the parents of Kurt (age 26), Kent (age 
25) and Kristie (age 15). 

Dr. Luke Kauffman 


Address Changes: 

First Brethren Church c/o Lavaughn 

Backfisch RR 1, Box 15 Clay City, IN 47841 

Dr. Luke E. Kauff man 1 2920 Wellsford Circle 
Anchorage, AK 99516 

James Kennedy 1925 Harden Blvd. 
Lakeland, FL 33803 

Pastor Howard Mayes 10 E. Luray Ave. 
Alexandria, VA 22301 (home phone 703/ 

John W. Schumacher 7018 - 44th Ave., NE 
Olympia, WA 98516 (phone 206/923-1595) 

Don J. Soule 1965 Huntsman Dr. Aiken, SC 

Robert Thompson 1830 Sunningdale Rd. 
20G, Seal Beach, CA 90740 (phone 301/ 


Kohr: Lois Wagner and Glenn Kohr, Jr., 
were married on November 7, 1992, at 
the Myerstown Grace Brethren Church 
by Dr. Luke E. Kauffman, pastor. (Their 
address is 23 Woodridge Dr., Palmyra, PA 


Nichols, Louie, 82, November 10, 1992. He 
served as trustee and usher in the Grace 
Brethren Church of Homerville, Ohio. 
Pastors James Sollenberger and Robert 
Holmes conducted the funeral. 

Biser, Bessie, 90. Mrs. Biser went to be with 
the Lord on November 9, 1992. A charter 
member of Hagerstown Grace Brethren 
Church, she was received into the 
membership in June 1938. Pastor Ray 
Davis officiated. 

January 15, 1993 



Birthday Sunday for Pastor Robert Divine 

On Sunday, November 8, 1992, the Middle- 
branch Grace Brethren Church had a few "sur- 
prises" in store for their pastor, Dr. Robert 
Divine, w^ho celebrated his 54th birthday on 
that day. 

The biggest surprise had to be kept hidden 
until the morning worship service. That was 
difficult, since Pastor Bob does not stay in his 
study during Sunday School but visits around 
in our classes. One of our men detained Pastor 
Divine in his study as we hid our morning 
"surprise" speaker in a classroom. The choir 
entered the sanctuary with our speaker posing 
as a choir member. And he hid himself well — 
behind a large banner that said Happy Birth- 
day to Pastor Divine, behind his hymnal, 
behind his bulletin, and any way he could! 
Pastor Divine was somewhat frustrated in 
seeing that his handout for his sermon was 
not inserted in the bulletin, his sermon notes 
were "stolen" from his Bible, and his message 
and Scripture reading were not printed in the 
worship schedule! Rev. Scott Weaver was in- 
troduced as our special "siurprise" speaker. 
Some of Pastor Divine's frustration was lifted 
in knowing he did not have to preach under 
the stress of his greatest fear — his sermon 
notes were missing. 

Pastor Weaver brought us a great message 
on "Baskets of Consecration." He also told us 
a story or two about Pastor Divine. While serv- 
ing as assistant pastor imder Rev. Scott 
Weaver, Dr. Divine felt the call to the minis- 
try and was accepted at Grace Seminary. Pas- 
tor Divine served as Pastor Weaver's assistant 
pastor at the Ireland Road Grace Brethren 
Church, South Bend, Indiana, from 1974 to 


The Myerstown Grace Brethren Church, 
Myerstown, PA, is seeking a youth pastor. To 
obtain further information contact Vice Moder- 
ator C. P. Brezeale, c/o Myerstown Grace 
Brethren Church, P.O. Box 409, Myerstown, 
PA 17067. 

Correction from December 15, 1992 
issue, page 15— Chet and Barbara 
Sparzak are church planters at Ivywood, 

Pastor Divine was presented with a few sur- 
prise gifts during his big day. A gift of money 
was presented to him during the moming wor- 
ship service. After a lovely turkey dinner, goofy 
gifts and cards were presented to him. Baseball 
cards were big on this day with four different 
photos of our pastor mixed in with real base- 
ball cards— "Bobby" at about age 4, "Robert" 
standing by his first car, "divine sweethearts" 
posing with Loretta on their wedding day, and 
"Dr. Robert Divine" now. These cards created 
a lot of interest as oiur church family traded 
them to find all fom:. 

For the last big event of the afternoon a 
large cake, beautifully decorated with intricate 
fall flowers, was displayed on a table in the 
middle of the fellowship hall. After all 54 can- 
dles were Ht, two "firemen" came running in 
with a fire extinguisher and a very large ham- 
mer and put out the big fire — and hammered 
the cake to death! It turned out to be a fake 
cake, decorated exactly Uke the real one. After 
Pastor Divine recovered from the shock, the 
real cake (carrot cake with cream-cheese icing, 
his favorite) was brought in and served. 

What a splendid day! We sang his 
favorite hymns, his son Steve honored 
him with special piano music, and his 
daughter-in-law Linda sang a special 
song just for him. Pastor had the privi- 
lege of dedicating his newest grand- 
daughter, Julianne Catherine Divine, 
and we entertained him with a special 
musical in the afternoon service. 
Many of his family members were able 
to be present for his big day. This was 
a birthday that Dr. Robert E. Divine 
wfil never forget. 

Pastor Robert Divine 


The Orange Grove Community Grace Breth- 
ren Church (Redlands, CA) has announced 
their merger with the Oasis Christian Fellow- 
ship. Oasis is a non-denominational, doctri- 
nally conservative church aligned with the 
Willow Creek Association. Upon the encour- 
agement of Brad Skiles, a past staff member 
of Christian Education, Orange Grove was 
founded in 1986 by pastor Mitch Cariaga. Pas- 
tor Mitch is a 1986 graduate of Grace Semi- 
nary and a member of the Grace Brethren 
Fellowship since infancy. Orange Grove feels 
that it can better serve the needs of the com- 
munity by this merger (Oasis is a 500-member 
church in Redlands). Pastor Mitch will be 
joining the pastoral team working primarily in 
areas of outreach. 



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Is It a Dinosaur or a Turkey? 
I Like the Way God Did It. 


With the excitement of the news still 
fresh I bring you some observations 
about what has been billed as one of the 
great findings of all time. It was her- 
alded by one as the link that would tie 
us to our common ancestry. The discov- 
ery of dinosaur bones was reported in 
early January. What a way to start the 
new year! This rare reptile is some 250 
million years old according to the scien- 
tists that discovered it. 

With such announcements I was very 
excited. After all, it is January in Indiana 
and the happenings are not that big. Be- 
sides this has been a dull winter. It is 
not warm and it is not cold. One day it 
rains and the next day there are snow 
flurries. Our only ski area closed a 
couple of years ago due to lack of pa- 
trons and also lack of height. Can you 
imagine Mount Wawasee nestled in a 
corn field in flat Indiana? 

Thus, you can see why a major an- 
nouncement of such profound impor- 
tance would be of interest to a bored 
Hoosier. On Wednesday morning, Janu- 
ary 6, I heard they were going to show 
the bones of this 250 million year old 
creature on "Good Morning America." 
How would they haul it back to the 
States and get this monster's bones 
through the crowded streets of New 
York? However, man overcomes untold 
achievements in the scientific commu- 
nity to bring truth, justice and the 
American way to us all. 

Then came the moment of truth and 
unveiling. There it was in the sand box. 
This thing was about the size of a tur- 
key that had come through a winter 
where the birds had eaten all the com. 
Our turkeys in Indiana would have been 
ashamed to admit it was a relative. This 
dinosaur, the link to our other ances- 
tors, would make a good soup bone for a 
cocker spaniel to chew on. I could see 


now that it is going to be a long winter 
in Indiana and the excitement level is 
pretty low. 

I must admit to the problem of not 
having a great deal of confidence in 
atheist scientists. Now I know aU scien- 
tists are not atheists, so hold your let- 
ters. Here is a group of people 
who often take so lightly our 
acceptance of faith in the Scrip- 
tures and the person of God. 
They want proof before 
will believe. Then they 
around and ask me to 
faith in a 250 million 
old midget dinosaur that they 
claim is a great link to our an- 
cestors' great uncles. 

I find it much more of a com- 
fort to believe the Bible and do 
not think it taxes facts to have faith in 
God. There are "big bang" theories on 
how the world came into being, but it is 
also satisfying to accept, "In the begin- 
ning God created. ..." 

The tendency to throw numbers 
around with such ease asks too much of 
my faith. Yes, there is an eternal God, 
and with him time is not a major issue. 
As I hear these millions of years spoken 
of, it reminds me of the pohticians 
throwing around another million or bil- 
lion dollars. They too have a problem 
with credibility. 

I hope the next time they come up 
with one of these dinosaurs it will be 
thirty feet tall with a tail that could 
knock down a 747. Then we will be 
really talking about something. Please, 
no more overgrown Thanksgiving birds 
that you tell me are 250 million years 
old. I still like the sound of Genesis and 
how God did it. Talking about a big 
bang, I would like to have been there 
when he said, "Let there be" and it was 
there. Now that is exciting! 

February 15, 1993 

Brethren Missionary 


Volume 55 No. 2 ^i«^ February 15. 1993 

3 Editorial 

Is It a Dinosaur or a Turkey? 
I Like the Way God Did It. 

Chailes W. Tumei 

5 New Publisher Announced 

6 Brethren Evangelistic Ministries 
Coming Against the Enemy 

8 Touching the Heart of God 

Letitia Wiley 

10 Home Missions 

Church Planting in Arizona 

12 Rethinking the Harvest (Part 5) 

1 6 Women's Missionary Council 

Mary Lou Moeller 

WMC Birthday Missionary of 

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18 Fellowship News 

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Herald announced on December 21, 
1992, the appointment of Rev. Jeffry 
Carroll as the new publisher and general 
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Herald. He will assume the full position 
on July 1, 1993. 

Jeff is married to Pamela Teeple Car- 
roll and they have three children, Cami, 
Courtney and Timothy. He received 
his bachelor of science degree from 
Ohio State University in accounting. 
He is also a 1979 graduate of Grace 
Theological Seminary. He has worked 
for Arthur Anderson, an international 
accounting firm and has pastored sev- 
eral Brethren churches. During his sem- 
inary days he pastored in Milford, 
Indiana. He then went to the Toledo, 
Ohio, area and founded the Maumee 
Valley Grace Brethren Church. The 
church started with five people in 1979, 

went through a construction program, 
and built beaiitiful facilities on ten 
acres of land. 

The Carrolls moved to the Columbus, 
Ohio, area several years ago and estab- 
lished the Sunrise Grace Brethren 
Church in Powell, Ohio. Jeff is editor/ 
publisher of Sermons Illustrated, a bi- 
monthly resource of fresh, current ser- 
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Charles Turner, present 
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year of 1993. 

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Tim Carroll 


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January 1993 


February 15, 1993 


Coming Against 
the Enemy 

Loving Heavenly Father, You are 
the stronghold of my life, of whom 
shall I be afraid? I worship You and 
love You for being omnipotent, al- 
mighty and absolute in Your transcen- 
dent greatness and unequaled power. 
Thank You that, no matter how for- 
midable and threatening the forces of 
darkness become, those who are with 
us are always "more" than those who 
are with them. I affirm that Your al- 
mightiness is unapproachable by any 
challenger and that Your power is full 
of glory. 

I worship You, Heavenly Father, in 
the worthy merit of the Lord Jesus 
Christ. I affirm that He is Lord to the 
glory of God the Father. I hold all of 
His person and work directly upon my 
life as my protection during this time 
of prayer. I choose to abide in His in- 
carnation. His cross. His resurrection. 
His ascension and His glorification. 

I come in humble obedience to use 
the weapons of my warfare against the 
darkness that is seeking to rule the 
people of my city, country and world. 
I affirm that the weapons You have 
given to me to use are filled with di- 
vine power that is sufficient to demol- 
ish every stronghold Satan has built to 
hold back Your will and plan. 

I confess the awful wickedness and 
sins that I, my family, my fellow be- 
lievers and my culture have commit- 
ted. Wash me afresh in the blood of 
my Lord Jesus Christ that there may 
be no hindrance to Your fellowship 
and blessing upon me. I apologize to 

You for the offense against You rep- 
resented in the wicked sins charac- 
terizing our culture. I recognize that 
when people abandon themselves in 
such sinful rebellion, much ground is 
being given to Satan to rule in our cul- 
ture. My only hope is knowing that 
the finished work of my Lord Jesus 
Christ is sufficient payment for even 
these. I ask You to bring about all that 
is necessary to grant us the gift of re- 
pentance and a broken humility be- 
fore You. I invite You to draw near to 
the people of our day until we are 
humbled and broken before You in a 
revival awakening greater than any 
that has ever been. 

In the mighty name of my Lord 
Jesus Christ, I use the weapons of my 
warfare to demolish and weaken every 
throne, dominion, princely ruler, au- 
thority, power of darkness and wicked 
spirit in the heavenly realm that is 
organized and strategized to hinder 
revival. I ask the Holy Spirit to hold 
the mighty power of the shed blood 
and finished work of my Lord Jesus 
Christ constantly against these strong- 
holds to cause their destruction and 

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ 
and by the power of His blood, I pull 
down all levels of the stronghold of 
. (Choose items from the fol- 
lowing list of areas of Satan's strong- 
hold that you desire to pull down 
and smash. You may think of other 
things — the list is suggestive, not 


1. Pornography 

2. Perverted sexual practices 

3. Adultery and prostitution 

4. Drug use and promotion 

5. Drug suppliers' protection 

6. Alcohol addiction 

7. Abortion practices and 

8. Cursing and vile language 

9. Unbelief and humanism 
10. New Age teaching 

11. Occult promotion and activity 

12. Satan worship 

13. Television and media 

14. Religious cults and isms (name 

those you know) 
15. Liberal theology promotion and 

false doctrines 
16.Divisive influences in the body 

of Christ 
1 /.Violence and crime 
18. Child abuse in all its forms 
19. Divorce and family disunity 
20. Materialism and greed 
21. Peer pressure 
22. Spiritual deafness and spiritual 

23. Blocking of people from sharing 

their faith 
24. Blocking of people from receiv- 
ing Christ 
25. Lack of care for the homeless 

and hurting 
26.Disunity and distrust in 

Christ's Body 
27. Attacks on pastors, Christian 

workers and their families 
28. Interest in spiritism and evil 

29. Promotion of hate, rage and 

violent anger 
30. Hindrance of the recruitment 

and funding of missionaries 
31. Pride, spiritual haughtiness and 

32. Neglect of Bible study and 


I pull down these strongholds in the 
name of my Lord Jesus Christ and I 
pray their wicked work back upon 
themselves. I ask my loving Father in 
heaven to assign His holy angels to 
engage in direct combative defeat of 
these strongholds of evil. I bind the 
work of evil powers in each of these 
strongholds and I invite the Holy 
Spirit to unleash His mighty convict- 
ing power upon the people who are in 
bondage to them. I ask Him to exalt 
the ways of righteousness before the 
spiritual understanding of such people 
and to convict them deeply of their 
accountability to God in coming judg- 
ment. I ask the Holy Spirit to open 
their spiritual eyes to see their need 
for the saving grace of our Lord Jesus 
Christ. May this revival for which I 
pray bring multitudes into a saving re- 
lationship with Him. 

I address my prayer against the 
strongholds assigned to keep God's 
people from believing You for revival 
awakening. Surely, there must be 
many that are working to make Your 
people lukewarm, satisfied with our 
materialism and blind to our spiritual 
needs. I pull down all such strong- 
holds, named and unnamed, and I pray 
for a great moving of the Holy Spirit 
to bring to us a hungering and thirst- 
ing after righteousness. May the Holy 
Spirit arouse in Christ's Body an insa- 
tiable appetite to memorize, study 
and know God's Holy Word. In the 
name of my Lord Jesus Christ I plead 
for a revolutionary revival to visit my 
heart, my family, my church and the 
whole body of Christ until it spills 
over upon the world around us and 
brings many souls into glory. Amen. 

— By Mark I. Bubeck 

[From The Satanic Revival, San Ber- 
nardino, CA: Here's Life Publishers, 
1991. Used by permission.] 

February 15, 1993 

Touching the Heart 
of God 


The exhausted couple bid farewell to 
yet another of their guests. Their party- 
had been successful, and now they were 
waiting for the last neighbors to leave. 

A child's loud voice pealed out over 
the quiet hum of conversation. "Jesus 
loves me, this I know." Silence lingered, 
but only long enough for the little girl 
to take a breath before continuing. The 
embarrassed mother sprinted to her 
daughter's playroom, pleading with her 
to stop. "But why, mommy? God Hkes 
to hear me sing." 

Music — a medium of power. Today's 
conservative churches often slight its 
influence. The worship segment can be 
one of the most cherished times in a 
service. Our goal is to please God Al- 
mighty, not to be ministered to. 

We satisfy God through our uplifted 
sacrifices, whether as hymns or cho- 
ruses. Some people worship best in a 
traditional manner; others focus better 
through the contemporary. The style of 
music should not distract us. 

"Our willingness to participate in a 
variety of styles shows our respect for 
other Christians," says Susan Zartman, 
Administrative Assistant of Worthing- 
ton, OH, GBC. "We are not called to be 
comfortable, but to worship 'in spirit 
and in truth' " (John 4:24). 

Music moves the emotions. We dis- 
arm our minds of our clutter and anxi- 
ety by lifting our hearts in praise. No 
longer can music serve simply as a prep- 
aration for the sermon. Many worship 
leaders now coordinate the theme of 
their songs with that of the sermon. 
Without an effective worship time, it is 
difficult to be prepared to make lasting 

"Before our will can change, both our 
emotions and our intellect must be 
stirred," says Steve Peters, senior pastor 
of the West Milton, OH, GBC. 

Unfortunately, an effective worship 
time does not just "happen." We've all 
been in services that follow this pattern: 

opening prayer, all five verses of hymn 
275, welcomuig visitors, all four verses 
of hymn 349, announcements and 
offering, all five verses of hymn 468, 
special music, sermon, altar call with 
all four verses of hynm 192. 

This is not worship,- this is singing. Our 
singing can be worshipful, but special 
considerations by the leader can prove 

The flow of the music segment facili- 
tates the outpouring of our spirits. The 
songs must be planned to flow, for this 
does not happen automatically. Prayer 
and hard work are needed. 

"The leader has the hefty task of de- 
termining where people are in their atti- 
tudes, where they need to be, and then 
how to move them to that point," says 
Paul Mutchler of Lititz, PA, GBC. He 
strives for this "scheduled flowing." 

Flexibility invites the work of the 
Holy Spirit. The continuity must con- 
vey the theme and lead in connecting 
thoughts, but the spontaneity allows 
those involved to feel more comfort- 
able. If this segment of the service tries 
to draw us closer to God, then the 
leader must be sensitive to the Spirit's 

Bruce Jackson and his family minister 
around the country when they are not at 
their home church in Nashville, TN. 
Their goal is to lead in worship when 
they sing in churches and then to en- 


courage the families to continue this at 
home. Because each performance is for a 
different audience, they have learned 
the importance of flexibility. 

"We must have a change of mindset. 
People are hurting intensely, and we 
must first minister to their needs. Mu- 
sic purges our souls to prepare us for 

Obviously, the quality of music must 
be high. When the musicians seem un- 
prepared, both the worship leader and 
the congregation are distracted. Randy 
Maxson, former Director of Music and 
Media at Myerstown GBC, encourages 
worship leaders to examine Old Testa- 
ment models. Preparation for the Sab- 
bath lasted for three days. Today we 
bring oiu: "sacrifices of praise" to the al- 
tar of God Almighty. Dare we bring 
flawed gifts? He deserves nothing less 
than our best effort. 

Finally, and possibly most important, 
is focus. "Worship" means "to ascribe 
worth." We need to become lost in the 
wonder of who God is. Dimming the 
lights can add to the atmosphere. "We 
schedule our service to be worshipful. 
We place our announcements early in 
the service so we can enter a focused 
time of worship," says Doug Courter, 
pastor of youth and music at Canton 
GBC. "Sometimes a package of choruses 
replaces special music." 

Although it may appear that the plan- 
ning or abilities of the worship leaders 
"make or break" the service, this is a 
misconception. Members of the congre- 
gation are responsible. Singing is not 
merely a transition to the message; it is 
an opportunity for involvement in exalt- 
ing our Creator. 

When focusing on worshiping God, 
you can discover a new appreciation for 
this segment of the service. Worship 
leaders strive to be eflective ministers 
and not distractions. Performances are 
not designed as showcases for soloists 
and choirs, but to prompt individuals to 
participate in exalting God. We need to 
think as closely about the words to the 

songs as we do to the sermon. Music is 
provided to stimulate personal worship, 
but only you can choose to participate 
in worship. Only one person can control 
the heart attitude. 

If you are sincerely trying to partici- 
pate but find the style ineffective, be 
willing to talk to your worship leader. 
Hymns teach and choruses encourage 
praise. The more carefully these are 
united, the more focused the singing 
will be. If the imbalance frustrates you, 
it probably does others also. Your wor- 
ship leader would appreciate your feed- 
back, and hopefully changes could be 

Success cannot be measured in a wor- 
ship service. A discouraged musician 
would be surprised to know how many 
individuals he ministered to through 
his performance. God's ability to touch 
lives is not limited by our talents. 

Likewise, we can please God even if 
our singing is not always on key or in 
proper timing. He calls each of us to be 
good stewards of what we are given, to 
make the most of every opportunity. 
When we give our best. He will not 
waste it. Our "sacrifice of praise" will 
encourage others. But most of all, God's 
pleasure is our goal. He is our audience. 

Matthew 18:3 says, "Unless you 
change and become like little children, 
you will never enter the kingdom of 
heaven." The little girl fervently squeak- 
ing out "Jesus loves me, this I know" 
practiced the essence of worship, 
whether she recognized it or not. 

When we offer our best, we will touch 
the heart of God. 

Letitia Wiley, a student 
at Grace College, wrote 
this article for her 
journalism class. An 
English education ma- 
jor with a minor in 
journalism and TESOL 
(teaching Enghsh as a 
second language), Leti- 
tia is from the Minerva, 
OH, GBC. She enjoys 
playing the piano and 

February 15, 1993 


Church Planting 
in Arizona 


Who would have guessed that 
the pastor of a young, grow- 
ing church in a scenic cen- 
tral Pennsylvania location would ever 
dream of leaving? In fact, that's exactly 
what my wife, Denise, and I thought. 
But God had other plans for us, and just 
four years into our ministry at Echo 
Valley Grace Brethren Church in Pine 
Grove, Pennsylvania, God used some 
unique circumstances to redirect us into 
a church planting ministry in Gilbert, 
Arizona. While visiting the area, we saw 
a great need for solid, Bible-believing 
churches. As God confirmed his call. He 
worked out all the details for us to move 
to the Gilbert area, a fast growing sub- 
urb of Phoenix. 

Those details include the cooperation 
of the Southern California-Arizona Dis- 
trict Church Planting Board and Grace 
Brethren Home Missions in targeting 
the greater Phoenix area for another 
Grace Brethren Church. So I became a 
Home Missions pastor for the second 
time, and I am glad to be a part of the 
Grace Brethren Home Missions staff 

We arrived in Gilbert in July of 1992 
with our three children and God's vi- 
sion of a vibrant GBC in the East Valley 
area of Phoenix. It was a rather unique 
way of beginning, not having contacts 
in the area. I realized that we had quite a 
tough road ahead of us, sharing the gos- 
pel with any contacts we make, disci- 
pling those that come to faith in Christ 
so that they can help with the church 

planting process. It may take a bit 
longer to launch the church without 
any established contacts or mature be- 
lievers, but we beheve the benefits of 
shared vision and unity will outweigh 
the negatives. 

This past fall, in addition to the de- 
tails of getting a new church up and run- 
ning, I coached two soccer teams in 
Gilbert. It provided an excellent oppor- 
tunity to meet families in the area. 
Gilbert is a very young town, demo- 
graphically, and we believe we need to 
touch the children in order to reach the 
parents. Sports is simply one avenue 
where we can accomplish this. 

A booth at the local street fair helped give East 
Valley Grace Brethren Church some new expo- 
sure to the community. 

Several families from my soccer 
teams have expressed interest in our 
work, and two are attending the home 
Bible study, meeting in our home on 
Sunday evenings. 

The future is exciting from our per- 
spective, yet also sobering. Many people 
don't realize that Gilbert is right next to 
Mesa, Arizona, and Mesa is second only 



to Salt Lake City in per capita Mormon 
population. That influence has spilled 
over into Gilbert and is almost stifling. 
We have already felt it in our attempts 
to sponsor a booth at a local street fair, 
and in our discussions with the local 
schools concerning facility usage. 

We are just beginning to realize the 
stranglehold that Satan has on this area. 
We are so glad that our God is so much 

We desire to see our state 
become a new district . . . 
planting new churches that 
grow and reach lost people 
for Christ. 

greater than any man-made, Satan- 
driven system. God will prevail, and we 
believe that now is the time He has 
chosen to begin a new Grace Brethren 
Church in Gilbert and proclaim the 
gospel. However, given the enemy's en- 
trenched position, it will take a con- 
certed effort in prayer before the throne. 
We covet the prayers of the Brethren 
around the country for this fledgling 

Three families and one single lady 
attend our home Bible study. Our de- 
sire is to have thirty adults attending, 
the number we believe it will take to 
launch public worship services. 

Long term, I believe God would want 
our Fellowship to plant many new, 
growing churches in Arizona. Working 
with Pastor Kevin Zuber and the other 
good folks at the Phoenix GBC, we de- 
sire to see our state become a new dis- 
trict, reaching into as many areas as 
possible, planting new churches that 
grow and reach lost people for Christ. 
Who knows when our Lord will return? 
I just pray He finds us busy doing His 
work when He arrives! And thanks for 
your gifts through Home Missions, and 
your fervent prayers, which make this 
ministry possible! 

Profile on the 
Wallace Family 

Mike and Cheryl Wallace with children, Rachel, 
Daniel, and Andrew. 

Mike Wallace grew up in central Ohio 
and graduated from the Ohio State Uni- 
versity where he majored in agriculture. 
Denise was raised in the suburban Phila- 
delphia area and graduated from the Uni- 
versity of Pennsylvania. 

After serving on the Campus Crusade 
for Christ staff for a year, Mike and Denise 
felt God's call to a local church ministry. 
Choosing the Theological Practicum of 
the Grace Brethren Church of Columbus 
for preparation, Mike graduated in August 
of 1986, served a four-month internship at 
the Columbus church, and then was 
called to pastor the Echo Valley Grace 
Brethren Church, at that time a Home 
Missions point in central Pennsylvania. 
They left the ministry there in lune of 
1992 to move to Gilbert, Arizona. 

Mike and Denise have three great 
"church planting" children: 

* Andy, 9, loves soccer, street hockey, 
reading, and correcting his father's 

* Dan, 8, also a soccer and street hockey 
buff, loves school and a good talk about 
the Lord. 

* Rachel, 6, wants to go farther, faster, 
and be better than her brothers, and ac- 
tually does it . . . sometimes! 

Please pray for the Wallace family, serving 
the Lord through Grace Brethren Home 
Missions in Gilbert, Arizona. 

February 15, 1993 



Rethinking the Harvest (Part 5) 


Master of the Mission 

Matthew 10:24-33 

During a summer session a few 
years ago I taught some thirty pastors 
enrolled in a doctor of ministry pro- 
gram. We worked together in a class 
called "Developing Lay Leadership in 
the Local Church." On the last day of 
the class we took a field trip to the 
American Airlines Training Center 
including a brief visit to the simula- 
tion module where takeoffs and land- 
ings can be practiced in conditions 
parallel to most of the major airports 
in North America. 

As our host explained the process — 
which officer would sit where and 
hold what responsibility in the cock- 
pit — it became apparent that multiple 
tasks were going on at the same time 


he key for a good student, 

assuming he is learning under a 

good master, is to become 

like his master. 

in a situation that could very well lead 
to confusion and disaster. I asked 
about the central priority among those 

cockpit officers at peak efficiency mo- 
ments of takeoff and landing. The cap- 
tain directing our tour explained, "The 
number one issue in an airline cockpit 
at all times is crew coordination." 

Crew coordination. Everybody 
knowing precisely what is expected, 
when to do it, how to do it, while at 
the same time respecting and assisting 
anyone else who needs that help. What 
a description of the church! What a 
description of the disciples in our 

And remember, every airplane cock- 
pit has only one captain just as the 
church has only one Lord. In the 
verses before us the disciples learn 
how to relate to Jesus their friend as 
Jesus their Lord. 

Relationship to the Master 

A student is not above his teacher, 
nor a servant above his master. It is 
enough for the student to be like 
his teacher, and the servant like his 
master. If the head of the house has 
been called Beelzebub, how much 
more the members of his house- 
hold! (Matt. 10:24-25). 

The word disciple, of course, means 
learner and so Jesus appropriately 



speaks about these men as students 
reminding them that "a student is not 
above his teacher, nor a servant above 
his master." The key for a good stu- 
dent, assuming he is learning under a 
good master, is to become Hke his 
master. In fact, Luke puts it this way: 
"A student is not above his teacher, 
but everyone who is fully trained will 
be like his teacher" (Luke 6:40). 

Once more the Lord reminds the 
disciples that their identification with 
him will determine how people treat 
them in the world. The specific refer- 
ence here is to Beelzebub, a name for 
Satan the prince of the demons. The 
name may have been derived from 
Baal-zebub, a god of the Philistine city 
of Ekron (2 Kings 1:2). The point is 
that Jesus is the Master, the head of 
the house. If those to whom Jesus 
preached the message of the kingdom 
attributed his power to demons. His 
servants could expect the same kind 
of response. 

Nevertheless, as often as Jesus 
would teach this theme of relation- 
ship, the disciples still struggled with 
it right to the end. In the garden of 
Gethsemane the Lord prayed for them 
on precisely this point. 

I am coming to you now, but I say 
these things while I am still in the 
world, so that they may have the full 
measure of my joy within them. I 
have given them your word and the 
world has hated them, for they are 
not of the world any more than I am 
of the world. My prayer is not that 
you take them out of the world but 
that you protect them from the evil 
one. They are not of the world, even 
as I am not of it. Sanctify them by 
the truth; your word is truth. As you 
sent me into the world, I have sent 

them into the world. For them I 
sanctify myself, that they too may be 
truly sanctified (John 17:13-19). 

In these seven verses from the 
Gospel of John, fourteen prepositional 
phrases appear, four of them dominat- 
ing the message of the prayer. The dis- 
ciples were to be in the world, but not 


hristians are inseparably 
related to the Lord Jesus and as they 
share His message, the response to 
us merely reflects the world's 
response to Him. 

of the world. By the power of the Holy 
Spirit they would be kept from the 
evil, as the Lord sent them into the 

Christians are inseparably related to 
the Lord Jesus and as they share his 
message, the response to us merely 
reflects the world's response to him. 
John Calvin once said, "As the wan- 
tonness of our flesh ever itches to dare 
more than God commands, let us 
learn that our zeal will turn out badly 
whenever we dare to undertake any- 
thing beyond God's Word." 

Revelations of the Master 

So do not be afraid of them. There 
is nothing concealed that will not 
be disclosed, or hidden that will 
not be made known. What I tell 
you in the dark, speak in the day- 
light; what is whispered in your 
ear, proclaim from the housetops. 
Do not be afraid of those who kill 
the body but cannot kill the soul. 

February 15, 1993 


Rather, be afraid of the one who 
can destroy both soul and body in 
hell. Are not two sparrows sold for 
a penny? Yet not one of them will 
fall to the ground apart from the 
will of your Father. And even the 
very hairs of your head are all 
numbered. So don't be afraid; you 
are worth more than many spar- 
rows (Matt. 10:26-31). 

What a wonderful phrase for us 
today — "do not be afraid of them." 
The message these men had received 
from the Lord privately they now pro- 
claimed publicly and fearlessly. Fear? 
Do not fear those synagogue rulers, 
governors and kings mentioned earlier 
in the chapter. If you must fear, fear 
the One who can destroy both soul 
and body in hell. This surely refers to 
the Heavenly Father since He alone 
has that kind of ultimate and eternal 

Commonly we explain that the bib- 
lical word "fear" means worship in 
reverence to God; but here it does 
not. Like us, the disciples would be 
tempted to fear those who could do 
them bodily harm. To alleviate that 
temptation, the Lord directs their fear 
toward the One in charge of physical 
as well as spiritual life. 

Actually, these verses suggest three 
reasons why the disciples of old and 


he disciples also were 
not to fear because only God has 

ultimate power. 

christians today need not be afraid. 
The first is that someday all will be 
known. Certainly to many passersby 

the little band of disciples must have 
often appeared to be a strange group of 
zealots, a first century cult centered 
around this carpenter from Nazareth. 
How many times did Mary, the 
mother of Jesus, want to herald the 
secret of his virgin birth and identity 
as the Messiah? Now, says Jesus, the 
time is soon coming. Everything that 
had been secret sharing becomes pub- 
lic proclamation. 

As we open the book of Acts and 
see these same apostles locked in ar- 
gument about the resurrection, they 
quickly proclaim, "these things were 
not done in the comer" indicating 
that the death and resurrection of 
Jesus were public and historic events 
based on solid evidence. 

The disciples also were not to fear 
because only God has ultimate power. 
The Bible never tells Christians to 
fear Satan. Sometimes we fight him; 
sometimes we run from him; but we 
never fear him. Scripture commands a 
realistic understanding of the power of 
Satan and his legions. But God's Word 
also commands a realistic understand- 
ing of the ultimate power of God who 
alone is sovereign and to whom Satan 
must always be accountable. 

Finally the disciples were not to fear 
because the Heavenly Father knew 
them and valued them just as he 
knows and values us. Look again at 
verses 29 through 3 1 . 

Are not two sparrows sold for a 
penny? Yet not one of them will fall 
to the ground apart from the will of 
your Father. And even the very hairs 
of your head are all numbered. So 
don't be afraid; you are worth more 
than many sparrows (Matt. 10:29-31). 

At the time these words were spo- 



ken, two sparrows were sold for an 
assahon, a Greek copper coin worth 
about 1/16 of a day's wages. Yet the 
sovereignty of the Heavenly Father 
and his control over his creation is so 
vast that not one of those sparrows 
could die without the Father permit- 
ting it. 

If the sparrow illustration is not 
sufficient, the Lord reminds them that 
the Father has numbered even the 
hairs of their heads. No, there is no 
need to fear when one stands under 
the control and protection of the om- 
nipotent, sovereign God. His human 
children mean much more to him 
than sparrows. 

Response to the Master 

whoever acknowledges me before 
men, I will also acknowledge him 
before my Father in heaven. But 
whoever disowns me before men, I 
will disown him before my Father 
in heaven (Matt. 10:32-33). 

These two verses offer what appears 
to be a simple and direct contrast. 
Earthly confession results in heavenly 
confession while earthly denial re- 
sults in heavenly denial. As you recall 
from your understanding of the New 
Testament, only one of the twelve 
original apostles fell into denial. And 
even Peter's repentance brought him 
back to relationship with his Lord. 

It is precisely this kind of courage to 
which Paul calls Timothy in his first 
epistle to that young man: 

Fight the good fight of the faith. 
Take hold of the eternal life to which 
you were called when you made your 
good confession in the presence of 

many witnesses. In the sight of God, 
who gives life to everything, and of 
Christ Jesus, who while testifying 
before Pontius Pilate made the good 
confession, I charge you to keep 
this commandment without spot or 
blame until the appearing of our 
Lord Jesus Christ (1 Tim. 6:12-14). 


here is no need to fear 
when one stands under the control 
and protection of the omnipotent, 
sovereign God. 

These brief verses from Matthew's 
pen speak different words to different 
kinds of believers today. To proud 
Christians the Master says, "Know 
your place." A student is not above 
his teacher nor a servant above his 

To frightened Christians the Master 
says, "Don't be afraid." Everything is 
open and your Heavenly Father re- 
tains control. Remember he loves you 
and knows everything about you. 

To non-Christians the Master says, 
"Confess me now." Passages like this 
remind us of Paul's words in Romans 
10:9-11: "If you confess with your 
mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in 
your heart that God raised him from 
the dead, you will be saved. For it is 
with your heart that you believe and 
are justified, and it is with your 
mouth that you confess and are saved. 
As the Scripture says, 'Everyone who 
trusts in Him will never be put to 

The Master of the mission has 
spoken. Our only biblical choice is 

February 15, 1992 



Mary Lou Moeller 
WMC Birthday Missionary 

of the Year 

Dan and Mary Lou Moeller and 

Mary Lou Moeller and her hus- 
band, Dan, are missionaries in the 
Central African Republic. Dan, 
Mary Lou, and their 
four children live in the 
village of Bata where 
Dan teaches in the 
seminary. The Moellers 
are actively involved in 
preparing Africans for 

Living in a village in 
Central Africa presents 
many challenges for 
Mary Lou as mother, 
v^ife and teacher. Her 
schedule is planned, es- 
pecially since the sun rises and it is 
light by 5:30 or 6:00 a.m. and then 
is dark by 6:00 or 6:30 p.m. 

Just turn on the lights, you say? 
Since electricity is supplied by a 

generator, it is on for only two 
hours each evening. They do have a 
12 volt system for lighting use after 
the generator goes off, but they 
usually don't use that too late into 
the evening. That means Mary Lou 
must be organized! 

Mary Lou starts her day at 5:30 
a.m. Mornings mean getting her 
family up and going: breakfast, de- 
votions, and then getting the chil- 
dren off for school. Son Michael is 
in fourth grade, Sara in first, and 
Peter and Philip attend a preschool 
class taught by one of the African 

All of the cooking is done on a 
wood-burning stove. Baking is done 
in the oven of that stove. Since all 
water must be filtered and boiled, 
"We usually have large kettles of 
water sitting on the stove at all 



times while the stove is hot/' Mary All mail arrives there, is sorted and 

Lou commented. "It does get quite then sent up country to the various 

warm in the afternoon, so many stations. Plus, some Africans also 

times we do not add more wood send mail through the mission's 

and just let the fire go out after mail system, 

lunch." "We do get quite a bit of mail 

Washing clothes is a little more that is for Africans, and it is a plea- 
difficult task for Mary Lou, too, as sure to be able to deliver that mail 
she related, "We do start the gener- to them and be able to sit and chat 
ator to do laundry two times a with them for a while," Mary Lou 
week. Our laundry is done on a smiled. "It is also fun to go into the 
wringer washing machine and the village and visit with students and 
clothes are hung on the line to dry. their wives, especially after the 
These two hours are a big help in birth of a baby." 
getting the laundry done. If we Mary Lou also works with some 
would wait and do laundry in the of the African ladies teaching them 
evening when the electricity is to read and write. All the seminary 
usually on, we would not be able to students are required to have their 
hang them on the line to dry." wives attend classes as well. The 

Most of their shopping is done classes for the wives are held at the 

right at their back door. Meat and same times as the classes for the 

vegetables are brought to the door men in the seminary and the Bible 

by Africans, so they buy the food institute, 

there at the door. The women are supposed to 

Two times a day they have radio know how to read when they get to 

contact with the other mission sta- Bata, but many ladies have never 

tions. Many times it is Mary Lou's had the opportunity to learn. Mary 

job to contact Bangui, Yaloke and Lou counts it a "real joy and plea- 

Boguila. sure to teach them reading and 

Another way the Moellers keep writing and to see them make 

in contact with the outside world progress." 

is through mail. Sometimes they go The Moellers really enjoy minis- 

for two weeks without receiving tering in the Central African Re- 

any mail. But usually the mission public, in spite of some difficulties, 

airplane or a truck will be coming As you pray for WMC's Birthday 

from Bangui and will bring the Missionaries, remember to ask the 

mail. Lord for strength, wisdom and clear 

Mary Lou is the person at Bata communication skills for Mary 

who sorts the mail. All missionar- Lou as she lives and works in the 

ies in the Central African Republic Central African Republic, 
have the same address in Bangui. 

February 15, 1993 17 



Orville Flora, 90, was recently presented with 
a plaque from the Grace Brethren Community 
Cliurch near West Alexandria, Ohio. This was 
upon his retiring from the offices of Sunday 
School Superintendent and Moderator after 
serving for 42 years. 

For many years Orville taught the young peo- 
ple's Sunday school class. Robert P. Combs, 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Church in Norton, 
Ohio, was one of his pupils, as well as several 

others who are ministers in other 


He received the Senior Medal of 
Ministry at National Conference 
in California several years ago. 

Orville also serves as deacon 
and head usher. He always has a 
smile for everyone and helps 
those in need by running errands 
and visiting the sick in hospitals 
and rest homes. 

Previously Orville served at the 
Camden Brethren Church for 18 
years as Superintendent and 

Herald Hotline News Release 

On Sunday morning, January 24, at 3:45 a.m., 
Jim and Faye Hocking were robbed by armed 
bandits while staying at the Benzvi property in 
Bangui, CAR. They and their children were un- 
harmed and are completely safe. The bandits 
took some possessions, such as a camera and 
a video recorder, and some offering funds that 
had been received at a recent General Con- 
ference. The guards who were guarding the 
Benzvi property were injured by the bandits. 
The guards were treated and released at a 
local hospital. Praise the Lord that Jim, Faye, 
and the children were unharmed. Pray for the 
safety of our missionaries, our African Breth- 
ren, and our Yokefellows. 

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Grace Brethren Church, Duncansville, PA, 
passed away on October 8, 1992. Pastor 
John E. Gregory. 

Hummel, Douglas, went to be with the Lord on 
December 27, 1992. Memorial service was 
December 30. He was a faithful serving 
member of the Homerville, Ohio, Grace 
Brethren Church. 

Nevins, Mrs. A. Vivian, 68, a long time 
member of the Martinsburg, PA, Grace 
Brethren Church, was killed in a tragic 
accident which also claimed the lives of her 
daughter-in-law and grandson on 
December 15, 1992. Pastor James S. Laird, 
Sr., officiated at the memorial service. 

White, Ernest W., 70, passed away on 
December 20, 1992. Ernie was well known 
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conducted the memorial service. 

Wright, Harold, member of the Riverside 
Grace Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA, 
passed away on October 29, 1992. H. Don 
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A Time of Challenge-pifficult Times! 


A time of challenge — difficult times! 

What a week! It appears that the world has 
lost its way and does not know how to find it. 
The city of New York stops in its pirrsuits 
and pauses as the World Trade Towers bel- 
low out smoke and the lights go out. From 
people trapped in elevators and offices hun- 
dreds of feet above the ground come stories of 
those tearing through the walls and parti- 
tions to get to safety. It took five hours to 
cover the distance that just minutes before 
took a matter of seconds. Bombs go off in the 
Philippines and Southern France, and a Lon- 
don street is covered with debris. 

Then, there was and is Bosnia in living 
color. It is hard for us to know the good guys 
and who the bad guys are. To compound the 
problem we cannot even pronounce the full 
name of the place. In Somalia, we cut down 
the number of people we have to feed because 
we had to shoot some of the bad guys. It was 
also a week where the big companies an- 
nounced the departure of about 20,000 or 
30,000 more employees. Bang, bang! It comes 
close to home when in the neighboring town 
a young man not even out of middle school 
kills his parents with a shotgun. He didn't 
like the idea of taking orders from them all of 
the time. 

We are told there are about thirty other 
wars going on in the world but they are not 
important or big enough to take the time to 
cover in the news. What a time for salt and 
light and perfume. If you are in the business 
of any of the above, business has never been 
better or is there a more opportune time to 
push the product. 

No, my reference is not to Morton salt, or 
Consolidated Edison, or "Charlie" perfume. I 
refer to the salt of the earth as a believer, or 
light of the world, or the sweet perfume of 
the presence of God. The world is out there 
offering a solution. They call the answer to it 
all by calling on the planetary police, by an- 
other name the United Nations. Get ac- 
quainted with the name planetary police. It 
comes from a coined phrase from a TV spe- 
cial on the U.N. They will march into the 
trouble spots of the world, solve the internal 
problems and move on. They will have to 

move fast because the potential trouble spots 
are unhmited. Besides, it sets up a more 
defined move to getting everyone involved in 
setting up a part of the world system just a 
little sooner. With the economies of the 
world in disorder and everyone doing that 
which is right in their own sight, the world 
has no better opportunity of gaining control 
of the system. 

As the world un- 
knowingly marches on 
to the tune of Bible 
prophecy, does the 
church have a solu- 
tion? I wish there was 
more hope here, but 
it seems the church is 
seeking its identity at 
the time it should be 
serving its purpose, be- 
ing salt, light, and per- 
fume. The evangelical 
church seems about as confused as the world. 
Whether to reform the social system and the 
world by an external change or to sound like 
a prophet with a message from God are the 
pulling directions; both have merit but one 
or the other becomes the priority as time 
passes. We are so determined not to offend 
our friends that there is the possibility of 
offending God. The world looks at the 
present-day church and wonders whether it is 
a social club much like Kiwanis and the local 
Rotary Club. They too offer a helping hand to 
those in need. The booming voice of the 
prophet is still while the world heads to hell 
with a new pair of Nikes, a better balanced 
diet and a smile from a Christian friend who 
says, "I love you." 

I do not want to finish on this unhappy 
note. But I do think we all need to be re- 
minded, myself included, that God gives us 
a whole message when we emphasize one 
truth to the absence of the rest of the mes- 
sage. We end up at the other big story of the 
week . . . Waco, Texas, and the shoot-out at 
the messiah's house. God is patient, but even 
this is not an inexhaustible supply. Remem- 
ber the big rain . . . "as it was in the days of 
Noah, so shall it be ... " 


Brethren Missionary 


Volume 55 No. 4 ^^i^ Anril 15. 1993 

April 15, 1993 

3 Editorial 

A Time of Challenge- 
Diffiult Times! 

Chailes W. Turner 

5 Lay Leadership Works! 

6 Brethren Evangelistic Ministries 
Come and Go Evangelism 

8 Rethinking the Harvest (Part 6) 

12 Tragedy and Hope 

14 The Starting Line 

15 Home Missions 

Reclaiming a Nation 
"From Sea to Sea" 

16 Do You Know This Picture? 

17 Fellowship News 

News Release- Winona Lake, Indiana 
March 31, 1993 

Dr. John J. Davis this morning announced his resignation as pres- 
ident of Grace CoUege and Grace Theological Seminary. 

Davis' resignation takes effect May 31. Dr. Ronald Manahan, 
provost, will be named acting president Jime 1, v/hile the board of 
trustees conducts a search for Davis' successor. 

Davis will be on sabbatical begiiming June 1 to prepare for the 
fall, when he will become professor of Old Testament at Grace 
Theological Seminary. 

Speaking to Grace faculty and staff in the crowded Little Theatre 
on the Grace campus, Davis said, "After seven challenging but re- 
warding years, I have informed the board of trustees of my desire to 
relinquish my position as president of Grace Schools effective at the 
end of this fiscal year. May 31. With this change, I will have com- 
pleted 13 years of senior administration here at Grace — size as execu- 
tive vice president and seven as president. This decision comes after 
more than a year of reflection, prayer and evaluation of priorities." 

Publisher Charles W. Turner 
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Foreign Missions 

Tom Julian 

Kip Cone 
Grace Schools 

John Davis 

Joel Curry 
Home Missions 

Larry N. Chamberlain 

Jim Folsom 
Women's Missionary Council 

Nora Macon 

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Give people responsibility and authority, combined with 
a little encouragement and support, and then watch! 

Lay Leadership Works! 


How can a small country church, 
located in a village of 50 people, have 
a successful Vacation Bible School, an 
average attendance of 210 children, 
and a staff of 105 adults? If that alone 
is difficult for you to imagine, this 
must also take place in a church 
building originally designed to ac- 
commodate 175 persons and be held 
in the middle of August with no hint 
of air-conditioning. So, how can we 
possibly do all this? Through lay lead- 
ership. Lay leadership works! 

In January, our Sunday School 
Board appointed co-directors Laura 
Justus and Ellen Ensminger for our 
1992 Vacation Bible School program. 
They went to work immediately and 
by April had recruited a staff of nearly 
100 volunteers. They organized their 
staff into divisions (learning centers) 
and soon there were coordinators in 
charge of everything you could imag- 
ine: opening and closing songs, pub- 
licity, Bible lessons, Bible memory, 
crafts, recreation, skits, and so on! 

By mid May, a kick-off rally was 
held for the staff to introduce them to 
this year's curriculum and plaimed 
activities. Each staff member was en- 
couraged to buy a VBS tee shirt, and 
for the next three months the excite- 
ment of Bible school began to esca- 
late throughout the children's Sunday 
school classes. 

Each staff member received a 
weekly newsletter (10 in all) during 
this three month period, written by 
one of the co-directors, stressing a dif- 
ferent aspect of the tremendous op- 

portunity and responsibility that each 
will soon be facing. As the time for 
Bible school drew closer, so did the ex- 
citement and anticipation. Signs were 
going up all over the church, a wooden 
stage was built in the front of the 
sanctuary (including a hand-painted 
backdrop), a coloring contest was 
held, radio stations were making pub- 
lic service announcements, church 
members were passing out flyers in 
their neighborhoods, and people were 
committed to praying for VBS. The 
church looked like a beehive! When 
the first day of Bible school arrived, it 
was 9:00 in the morning when 25 vol- 
unteers arrived to help erect a 30' by 
75' canvas tent and set up tables and 
chairs inside. 

What a great week of Bible school! 
Eleven children accepted the Lord 
or rededicated their lives to him. 
And many of the adults were able 
to strengthen relationships between 
their fellow workers and experience 
the joy of being utilized in God's 

All of this planning, work and prep- 
aration was necessary to ensure a suc- 
cessful Bible school. And, what role 
did the pastor have in all of this, you 
may ask? All I had to do was write 
this article! You see, lay leadership 
does work. Give people responsibility 
and authority, combined with a little 
encouragement and support, and then 
watch and see how God will use 

Reprinted by permission of Evangelical Visitor 

April 15, 1993 


Come and Go Evangelism 


Is it more important to gather to- 
gether in prayer and worship, or to 
go out and serve? That is as silly as 
asking which is more important — 
to breathe in or breathe out! The 
one that is more important de- 
pends on which one you did last. 
Some congregations just take in 
and nothing else, but 
in a healthy church 
there is a balance. 
It is sort of like a 
football huddle. No- 
body would watch a 
football game where 
everyone stayed in 
the huddle all the 
time. In the huddle you make your 
plans and establish your strategy. 
Next you go out and get your nose 
smashed! Then the huddle looks 
good. One reason the huddle looks 
so inviting to some is because 
the last play has not been run. 
A healthy balance should charac- 
terize the model church. 

Evangelism, whether corporate 
or individual, begins with our obe- 
dience to God, but it reaches out 
to others. It is simultaneous move- 
ment — toward God and toward 

Evangelism, whether 
corporate or indi- 
vidual, begins with 
our obedience to 
God, but it reaches 
out to others. 

men. Like the eye of a hurricane, 
we have a vertical relationship to 
Christ — peace with God and the 
peace of God. There is also a hori- 
zontal dimension, a force that 
impacts the whole world as we 
share our faith in the power, plan 
and program of God (Acts 1:8). 
This principle, seen 
in the light of 
Scripture, could be 
termed "come and 
go" evangelism. 

God heard the 
cries of His people 
in Egypt and said to 
Moses, standing on 
holy ground before a burning 
bush: "Come now and I will send 
you" (Exodus 3:10). In spite of his 
excuses God assured Moses that 
His personal presence would go 
with him. He promised to make 
Moses able if he would just open 
his mouth. Acts 7:22 records that 
Moses was powerful in speech 
and actions, despite his excuses 
and dependence on Aaron (an 
unwise choice). His time in the 
presence of Jehovah made the 



The disciples came to Jesus and 
He ordained twelve "that they 
might be with him and that he 
might send them out to preach" 
(Mark 3:13, 14). Small wonder that 
these ordinary men turned the 
world upside down. People took 
knowledge of them that they had 
been with Jesus. Their going forth 
was in the fullness of His power. 

Jesus invites all those who labor 
and are heavy laden in Matthew 
11:28-30 to come unto Him and 
He will provide physical, intellec- 
tual, emotional and spiritual rest. 
The way it works is, we are to take 
His yoke upon ourselves and learn 
from Him. This is discipleship, the 
"go" in evangelism out of which 
we will have rest and He will 
teach us. In practice it is easy and 
light just to lean and depend on 
Him. His yoke is easy and His bur- 
den is light. 

Mark 1:17 records these words 
from the lips of our Lord: "Come, 
follow me, and I will make you 
fishers of men." Notice He first 
wants to establish a relationship. 
Then He takes us the way we are 
and sculptures us into fishers of 
men — evangelizers — those who go 
and catch men. 

At Christ's tomb on that glori- 
ous resurrection mom the angel 
invited the women to "come and 
see the place where the Lord 
lay." They had come to anoint the 

body of Jesus — an act of worship. 
Then the angel urged them to "go 
quickly, and tell ..." (Matthew 
28:6, 7). 

We are familiar with the Great 
Commission in Matthew 28:19, 
20. Jesus tells us to "go and make 
disciples of all nations." We intend 
to forget that these marching or- 
ders were given by the resurrected 
Christ to some disciples who had 
come to worship him (v. 17). Evan- 
gelism was taught as a way of 
life that included His power and 
presence. God's program for the 
Church is to come and worship, go 
and work. We must not neglect 
the importance of being with Him 
so He can empower us and send us 
out as His witnesses. 

The God of the Bible calls us to 
Himself and sends us out at the 
same time. We are invested with a 
ministry of evangelism in which 
He personally accompanies us, giv- 
ing us all the power, wisdom and 
equipment we need. Our success is 
guaranteed. With Him, in Him, 
and through Him we cannot fail! 

— Ron E. Thompson 

Ron E. Thompson is Executive 
Director of Brethren Evangehstic 
Ministries, 3580 Robin Hood 
Circle, Roanoke, Virginia 24019 

April 15, 1993 


Rethinking the Harvest (Part 6) 


Motives for the Mission 

Matthew 10:34-42 

What propels a Christian from the 
comfort of a North American suburb to 
a lonely outpost thousands of miles 
from home? How have the victories of 
post-World War n global service been 
won? According to Ralph Winter, 
"... a straggling band of underpaid, 
overworked, independent-minded mis- 
sionaries over the past one hundred 
years with the help of God opened 85 
percent of the schools of Africa, estab- 
lished 600 hospitals in India, produced 
the largest women's university in the 
new lead world — and more" [First & 
Foremost, January-March 1993, p. 1). 


he central focus on the 
message of the gospel is 
not social reform, but repen- 
tance and eternal life. 

But we have already seen in this 
study, the central focus of the message 
of the gospel is not social reform but re- 
pentance and eternal life. Those who 
espouse liberation theology argue that 
Christians need to be in the foreground 
of assisting oppressed people every- 
where, even if that assistance leads to 
open revolt and both political and mili- 

tary entanglement. To be sure, the 
Bible does call Christians to shoulder 
the burdens of the oppressed; but it re- 
peatedly condemns political and mili- 
tary involvement to achieve those ends. 
Furthermore, we can help release cap- 
tives in the physical dimension with- 
out ministering to their spirits — and 
leave them no better off than they were 
in captivity. 

To those who thought that the mes- 
sage of Jesus would be a message of 
universal peace and prosperity the final 
three paragraphs of this chapter deliver 
a surprise. Under the spotlight of God's 
Word we now view the issue of motiva- 
tion. Not what will we do for Jesus, but 
why will we do it? Not will we pray for 
laborers and be one of those laborers if 
God calls us, but why do we pray and 
why would we go? 

Motive for Missionary Spirit 

Do not suppose that I have come to 
bring peace to the earth. I did not 
come to bring peace, but a sword. For 
I have come to turn "a man against 
his father, a daughter against her 
mother, a daughter-in-law against 
her mother-in-law — a man's enemies 
will be the members of his own 
household" (Matt. 10:34-36). 

These are difficult verses, emphasiz- 
ing again how the gospel disturbs the 



normal order of things. Life in Jesus is a 
radical message which turns receivers 
against rejecters even within the same 

We learn immediately from the pas- 
sage that the motive for missionary 
spirit resides not in world peace, since 
Jesus said, "I did not come to bring 
peace, but a sword." Furthermore, the 
motive for missionary spirit is appar- 
ently not family unity since the gospel 
turns children against fathers and in- 
laws against each other. Finally, the 
motive for missionary spirit is appar- 
ently not brotherly love since "a man's 
enemies will be the members of his 
own household." 

We need to understand that all these 
are the realistic effects, not the in- 
tended objective of the gospel. We need 
to understand that world peace, family 
unity and brotherly love may very well 
result from the gospel in some mea- 
sure but they do not represent the cen- 
tral issue. We need to understand that 
these results of the gospel describe the 
situation at the Lord's first coming 
and after His return to heaven. Ulti- 
mately all the confusion of sin will be 
rectified and all three noble goals will 
be restored. 

At stake here is the cost of disciple- 
ship since love for family should never 
be greater than love for Christ; but that 
leads us into our next section. 

Motive for Missionary Service 

Anyone who loves his father or 
mother more than me is not worthy 
of mc; anyone who loves his son or 

daughter more than me is not wor- 
thy of me; and anyone who does not 
take his cross and follow me is not 
worthy of me. Whoever finds his 
life will lose it, and whoever loses 
his life for my sake will find it 
(Matt. 10:37-39). 

The focus of these three verses is the 
issue of priorities, not the rightness or 


hroughout the pages of 
both Old and New Testaments 
the Bible has established God's 
love for family loyalty. 

wrongness of family loyalty. Through- 
out the pages of both Old and New 
Testaments the Bible has established 
God's love for family loyalty. Now it 
must establish a standard of New 
Testament discipleship and more pre- 
cisely, the priorities by which those 
who would follow Jesus must live. And 
the first priority is Christ over family. 
Listen to the way Luke describes this 
challenge, given not only to the apos- 
tles but to all of those who sought to 
follow Jesus. 

Large crowds were travehng with 
Jesus, and turning to them he said, 
"If anyone comes to me and does 
not hate his father and mother, his 
wife and children, his brothers and 
sisters — yes, even his own life — ^he 
cannot be my disciple. And anyone 
who does not carry his cross and fol- 
low me cannot be my disciple" 
(Luke 14:25-27). 

March 15, 1993 


The second priority is cross over 
comfort. This first mention of the cross 
in the Gospel of Matthew is hardly the 
last, for that horrible and heavenly 
theme serves as a centerpiece of this 
book. The Bible Knowledge Commen- 
tary describes the message of this 


he world itself will heap a 
sufficient amount of discom- 
fort upon the children of God 
if they live in the pattern 
of the Holy Savior. 

A true disciple . . . must be willing 
to face not only family hatred, but 
also death, like a criminal carrying 
his cross to his own execution. In 
addition, in those days the criminal 
carrying his cross was tacitly admit- 
ting that the Roman Empire was cor- 
rect in executing its death sentence 
on him. Similarly Jesus' followers 
were admitting His right over their 
lives. In so doing one would find his 
life in return for having given it up 
to Jesus Christ (p. 43). 

Finally, the true disciple selects sac- 
rifice over safety. Perhaps the word 
"finds" in verse 39 could be rendered 
protects since the word "life" surely re- 
fers to physical life both times it ap- 
pears in the verse. The reference seems 
to be a figurative expression for per- 
sonal comfort rather than only martyr- 
dom. Obviously those who literally 
lose their lives for the sake of Christ 

would find eternal life in heaven but 
that doesn't seem to be the thrust of 
the verse. Jesus does not talk about 
dying or martyrdom,- He emphasizes 
how the disciples must live in alien 
culture. He wants us to understand 
that discomfort because of relation- 
ship to Christ is the road one must 
take to enjoy dynamic spiritual life as a 

Again, the Christians themselves do 
not induce this discomfort just to 
demonstrate some difference or call at- 
tention to their plight. That kind of 
behavior is cultic, not Christian. The 
world itself will heap a sufficient 
amount of discomfort upon the chil- 
dren of God if they live in the pattern 
of the Holy Savior. 

Motive for Missionary Support 

He who receives you receives me, 
and he who receives me receives the 
one who sent me. Anyone who re- 
ceives a prophet because he is a 
prophet will receive a prophet's re- 
ward, and anyone who receives a 
righteous man because he is a right- 
eous man will receive a righteous 
man's reward. And if anyone gives a 
cup of cold water to one of these 
little ones because he is my disciple, 
I tell you the truth, he will certainly 
not lose his reward (Matt. 10:40-42). 

In these verses Jesus calls the apos- 
tles prophets for they were communi- 
cators of God's message. Three things 
seem obvious in the passage regarding 
the wider issue of supporting Christ's 
servants. First, giving to the servant is 




giving to the Lord. Eight times in two 
verses the word "receives" appears. 
Here again Jesus notes the absolute 
Hnkage between Christ and His people. 
The one who hears the gospel message 
and receives the prophet who brings it 
thereby receives Christ and, in so do- 
ing, also receives the Heavenly Father. 

Second, the passage teaches us that 
giving to the servant is giving to a 
good cause. One might conclude that 
every Christian understands mission- 
ary work to be a good cause, but 
church budgets at the end of the twen- 
tieth century hardly substantiate such 
a conclusion. Notice the second recep- 
tion is a shade below the first since the 
motivation here centers not on Christ 
but the fact that the messenger is a 
prophet or a righteous man. In other 
words, the reward is linked to the atti- 
tude of the receiver. Remember Elijah 
and the widow. Her warm hospitality 
for the man of God was a demonstra- 
tion of receiving a prophet because he 
is a prophet. 

Third, we learn that giving to the 
servant will not go unrewarded. In- 
deed, it doesn't have to be a significant 
portion of the monthly support, just a 
cup of cold water. But it must be for 
the right reason — "because he is my 
disciple." Tax benefits are important 
and we thank God for a society which 
makes that kind of accounting possible 
but tax relief should never become the 
motive for missionary support. Clear 
consciences are wonderful and every 
Christian ought to have one but that is 
not the motivation for missionary sup- 
port. These insignificant "little ones," 
these disciples of Jesus would be under 

the constant watchful care of the One 
Who watches sparrows and counts 
hairs. Those who welcomed them and 
heeded their message, those who as- 
sisted them on their way and sustained 
their ministries, and did so because 
they thereby recognized their giving to 
Christ, will retain their rewards. 

How we desperately need all three of 
these motives straightened out in our 
crooked world! The motive for mis- 
sionary spirit needs to center on love 
for the Lord and obedience for the Mas- 
ter. The motive for missionary service 
finds its anchor in self-denial and total 
commitment to the One we call Lord. 
The motive for missionary support 
helps us see beyond the messenger to 
the Master, beyond the missionary to 
the Messiah, beyond the sent to the 
Sender, beyond the righteous man to 
the Redeemer and beyond the prophet 
to the Perfect One. 


he motive for missionary 
service finds its anchor in 
self-denial and total commit- 
ment to the One we call Lord. 

What a marvelous portion of God's 
word. What a challenge to those gath- 
ered around the text today as the disci- 
ples gathered around the Lord almost 
2,000 years ago. Once again we hear 
Him say, "The harvest is plentiful but 
the workers are few. Ask the Lord of 
the harvest, therefore, to send out 
workers into His harvest field." How 
are you responding to the mandate? 

March 15, 1993 


Tragedy and Hope 

It was the end of August, late in the day. I 
was sitting in the woods, among a circle of my 
workmates and friends. We had just finished a 
wonderful day on a high ropes course, chal- 
lenging ourselves, building our faith in each 
other and learning to work together as a team. 
I was using the opportunity to share my faith 
in the Lord with the others. I compared the 
ropes and climbing harnesses that we had 
depended on that day for our lives to my faith 
in Jesus. No matter how my circumstances 
looked, I knew I could trust Him to not let me 
down. I shared how I had never had to truly 
put that trust to the ultimate test until I had 
become a father of a beautiful three-year-old 
boy named Daniel and a perfect little girl 
named Elizabeth, just days away from her 
first birthday. I had never really been afraid of 
illness or any other setback, feeling that I 
could cope with anything. But now, I related, 
I knew true fear because I did not believe I 
could cope with losing my children. I told my 
friends that now, for the first time, I had to 
trust the Lord totally with something I could 
neither control or handle. 

God must have allowed me to clarify that 
truth as much for myself as for anyone else, 
for my wife Jan and I were to face exactly 
such a loss almost exactly twenty-four hours 

Elizabeth means "gift from God" and that 
is exactly what Jan and I considered our lit- 
tle girl to be. She was as full of energy and 
daring and joy as any child we had ever seen. 
Elizabeth always seemed to be in a hurry. Be- 
fore her ninth month she was walking. 
Within weeks she was climbing stairs and 
furniture. She knew no fear and all things — • 
animate and inanimate alike — were her 
friends. She would tease us by grabbing tow- 
els or placemats or whatever we were using 
and run giggling through the house with 
them. Frequently one of us would walk into a 
room to discover that she had somehow 
pulled herself standing up onto a piece of fur- 
niture and was screaming with glee while she 
"surfed." At an age when most children are 
learning to stand, she could go at a flat out 
run. That was what I saw her doing last: run- 
ning and laughing. 

I was on our riding tractor mowing the 
grass in our back yard and Elizabeth was 

"helping" mom garden in the front. As Jan 
turned to pick something up, Elizabeth de- 
cided it was time to see her Daddy who had 
been away at work all day. She ran across the 
front yard, around the drive and around a 
blind comer into the back yard, and directly 
into the path of my mower. It was too late, 
she saw me last, laughing at finding me. 

That night Jan and I laid in bed, alternately 
numb and crying. Unable to believe that she 
was gone, that anyone could be that alive and 
then. ... As any parent can understand, it 
was not simply a loss. Part of us was gone,- we 
would never be the same. 

Since that time, now six months ago, there 
have been many tearful nights, of laughter at 
something she had done, and almost at once 
the wave of agony at the knowledge she was 
gone. But not gone forever! From the first, Jan 
and I were filled with the certitude that Eliza- 
beth still was, and that she was in the Lord's 
care, happy and whole. One day I would again 
be her daddy and Jan would be her mommy. 

There has been tremendous self-doubt at 
how I could have allowed it to happen. There 
has been anger at how God could have al- 
lowed it to happen. And yet I know that Eliz- 
abeth was His before she was ours and that 
the loss is ours, not hers. 

God has been true. He has not let us fall. 
This place is now less our home and heaven 
more. "For where your treasure is there will 
your heart be also." We hurt for those who 
have no such hope. I know I would not sur- 
vive if I thought burying our daughter was 
the end. We want to tell them that there is 
hope, you can be together again, your child is 
not lost. 

We know that we will never be the same, 
we will always have the hurt. What would 
she be doing now? What would her voice 
sound like? But God is good. I cried the day I 
realized that I still love Him. And if we never 
meet you in this life, when you get to heaven 
we'll be the ones with the running and laugh- 
ing little brown-haired girl. 

Love in Christ, 
Tom and Jan 

Tom and Jan Stuber are members of the 
Maumee Valley GBC in Maumee, Ohio. 




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There is a story of sweetness and beauty which enhghtens 
the heart of every parent who has lost a child. It concerns a cus- 
tom among the shepherd folk of the Alps. In the summertime 
when the grass in the lower valleys withers and dries up, the 
shepherds seek to lead their sheep up a winding, thorny, and 
stony pathway to the high grazing lands. The sheep, reluctant 
to take the difiScult pathway infested with dangers and hard- 
ships, turn back and will not follow. The shepherds make re- 
peated attempts, but the timid sheep will not follow. Finally a 
shepherd reaches into the flock and takes a little lamb and 
places it under his arm, then reaches in again and takes another 
lamb, placing it under the other arm. Then he starts up the pre- 
cipitous pathway. Soon the mother sheep start to follow and 
afterward the entire flock. At last they ascend the torturous 
trail to green pastures. 

The Great Shepherd of the sheep, the Lord Jesus Christ, our 
Saviour, has reached into the flock and He has picked up your 
lamb. He did not do it to rob you, but to lead you out and up- 
ward. He has richer and greener pastures for you, and He wants 
you to follow. 

Will you follow Him? 

You will, if you catch a glimpse 

"Of the good Shepherd on the height. 

Or climbing up the starry way. 
Holding your little lamb asleep. 

While like the murmur of the sea, 
Soundeth that voice along the deep, 

Saying, 'Arise, and follow Me.'" 



April 15, 1993 



The starting Line 

Last fall, more than 15,000 prisoners [75% 
of the inmate population) and 974 Depart- 
ment of Corrections' staff in North Carolina 
heard the Gospel. 

Several thousand inmates professed Christ 
as their personal Lord and Savior — truly a 
miracle of the living God. 

This was Project Macedonia's "Starting 
Line." This v^^as an unprecedented opportun- 
ity as thousands of volunteers were mobi- 
lized for an assault on that state's entire 
prison system simultaneously. 

Over an 11 -day period Prison Fellowship 
conducted 345 evangelistic events in 94 pris- 
ons reaching an estimated 75 percent of the 
entire inmate population in North Carolina 
with the Gospel. 2,700 volunteers, and more 
than 125 Christian athletes, performers and 
speakers all assembled to be touched by the 
hand of God. 

The love of God was magnificently mani- 
fested through these 
dedicated men and 
women! Lives were 
changed forever at the 
foot of the cross. 

In Chuck Colson's 
February report he 
highlighted one out 
of 94 prison stories; 
namely. The Starting 
Line events at Tillery 
Correctional Center. 
The events at Tillery, 
a new minimum- 
security unit, were 

„ , c„. „„ ,. held September 25 and 
Founder of Pnson Fellowship „- »t i ^^ 

26. Nearly 60 percent 
of the prison population attended the two 
evening programs. 

Dr. Roy Roberts, a Grace Brethren pastor 
and former Prison Fellowship staff member, 
spoke during both programs. The subject oJF 
each message was the same: the life-changing 
power of Jesus Christ. 

Christian recording artist Brian Becker 
sang before Dr. Roberts' message on Friday. 
Becker took audience participation to a new 
level when he performed "Back to the Inno- 
cence," a single from his "No Longer the 
Wayward Son" album. Walking through the 
audience as he sang, he personalized the song 
with the names of inmates he'd met before 

Charles Colson 

his show began, shaking their hands as he 
said their name. "Back to the Innocence" is a 
powerful song written to the victims of child 
abuse. Becker was accompanied by his wife, 
singer Toni Becker. 

Dr. Roberts shared the platform Saturday 
night with Tom Herr, a former major league 
baseball star who played second base for the 
St. Louis Cardinals, the Minnesota Twins, 
and the Philadelphia Phillies. Their testimo- 
nies were preceded by a concert by Transfor- 
mation Crusade, a foiur-member Christian rap 
group. Dr. Roberts was so impressed with the 
group's ministry that he later said, "They 
should be in every prison in the country." 

The prison audience was attentive and re- 
sponsive. "Without a doubt the Holy Spirit 
was evident in ways that I've rarely seen Him 
in Christian meetings," said Dr. Roberts. 
"It's one of the few times I can remember 
where people came forward to receive Christ 
and they were given a round of applause." 

Following each night's program. Prison Fel- 
lowship volunteers provided every attendee 
with a copy of The Race, a seven-day Bible 
study that introduces new believers to the 
Christian life. 

Tillery prisoners were introduced to The 
Starting Line in August during the prison's 
first in-prison seminar. Now PF is working 
with Tillery officials to provide ongoing 
Bible studies and seminars for the prison 

According to North Carolina prison 
officials. The Starting Line had a positive im- 
pact on the state's prison population. Before, 
only 15 percent of the 
state's prisoners par- 
ticipated in any type of 
religious programming. 
But 75 percent came 
out for The Starting 

"There was an at- 
mosphere of celebra- 
tion and appreciation," 
said one official. 
The speakers, sports 
figures, and recording 
artists "brought a lift 
to the spirits of the 
inmates, and of the 
unit as a whole." 

Dr. Roy Roberts 





Reclaiming a Nation 

"From Sea to Sea" 


"He shall have dominion from sea to sea." That 
phrase from Psalm 72:8 is the motto inscribed on 
the seal of Canada, its coat of arms, and on the 
stone arch leading into the parliament buildings. 
Yet, with less than ten percent of Canada's urban 
population in any church on Sunday, this motto 
is as incongruous in Canada today as the phrase, 
"In God We Trust" is in the United States. 

Some have mistakenly labeled Canada as a 
"Christian" nation. Christianity is in trouble in 
Canada. Church attendance has dropped by half in 
just forty years. EvangeHcals number less than 
seven percent of the population and, if trends con- 
tinue, would be about four percent by the year 
2000. Only 1 to 1.5 million of the total population 
of Canada claims to be bom again! These figures 
stagger the mind of the thoughtful Christian. 

In response to these tremendous opportunities 
for evangelism, we at Grace Brethren Home Mis- 
sions are planning our Fellowship's first Grace 
Brethren Church in Canada. Our church planting 

strategy for the first half of 

. this decade, "Mission Amer- 

mk. ica," calls for us to reach all of 

jL^^ North America, not just the 
|r^M& United States, for Christ. Last 
i ^^ffl month our leadership staff and 
A wn. Board of Directors met in To- 
Ij * TO ronto, Ontario, to assess the 
ii-JI state of the church and the 
il '^ "h receptivity of the people of 

lltkbBII I Canada. 

We met with several evan- 
gelical leaders from various 
denominations. The staff and 
board members attended area 
churches on Sunday and reported open arms and 
strong encouragement to come and help. The 
people in the hotel, restaurants, and on the streets 
were open to conversation about the Lord. Most 
lacked current affihation with any church at all. 
We discovered a spiritual himger few of us had 
ever witnessed. 

The evangelical churches there urged us to help 
them reclaim their nation for Christ. The people 
we met and spoke with gave us a clear and excit- 
ing vision for the significant opportunity before 
us. Throughout the week of board meetings, the 
vision and desire to plant chinrches in this great 
country were cemented in all our minds. 

Canada is a nation of many faces, a nation of 
unlimited potential for a great spiritual renewal. 
There are few countries in the world as potentially 
ripe for the harvest as Canada. Toronto is the most 
cosmopolitan city in the world, with significant 
populations of Chinese, Portuguese, Filipinos, Jap- 
anese, Indians, Italians, British, French, and many 
more people groups from all over the world. 

Vivian is a yotmg Chinese waitress in Toronto. 
She is new to Canada, fleeing persecution in China 
with her family. Her smile is radiant, and her at- 

Tower Clock of Kitchener, On- 
tario, reminds us we may be in 
the eleventh hour of reaching 
Canada for Christ. 

tention to work impeccable. I visited a Chinese 
Baptist church on Sunday and brought her a Gos- 
pel tract in Chinese with a brochure about the 
church. My last words to Vivian were, "Jesus loves 
you." She smiled and said, "Thank you." My heart 
is heavy for Vivian. She needs the Lord. Will you 
pray with me for her? 

A lunch hour in downtown Toronto; one is reminded of the many people 
who need Christ. 

Fernando is a young man from the PhiUppines 
who has lived in Canada only four years. He des- 
perately wants to go back home, but employment 
opportunities are better in Canada. Someday, he 
says, he will go back. Fernando is not saved. We 
talked about the love of Jesus. He has heard before, 
but is unsure. Wouldn't it be wonderful if Fer- 
nando could take the Gospel of Jesus Christ back 
to the Philippines with him? 

Recent Canadian immigration figures reflect 
global evangehstic opportunities: 38% Asian and 
Pacific, 27% European, 18% African and Middle 
Eastern, 13% Central American, and 4% United 
States citizens coming into Canada daily. The to- 
tal population of Canada is 26.4 milhon people 
and is expected to exceed 29 million by the year 

A city of many contrasts, Toronto's skyline combines the old with the new. 

We left Canada with one thought firmly im- 
pressed upon our min ds and consciences, "Behold, 
I say to you, lift up your eyes, and look on the 
fields, that they are white for harvest" (John 4:35 

The time is now for the FeUowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches to rise to the great opportimity 
of reaching Canada for Christ. WiU you help? We 
are looking for willing people to GO. Could God 
use you in Canada? Please pray. Then call or write 
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Church Addresses: 

Hilltop Grace Brethren Church 
1638 W. Mound Street 
Columbus, OH 43223-1808 

Liberty Grace Brethren Church 
2314 E.York Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19125-2120 

Medina Grace Brethren Church 
3076 Remson Road 
Medina, OH 44256 
(telephone 216/725-9163) 

Grace Brethren Church 
Rt. 1, Box 21 
Accident, MD 21520 

Sunrise Grace Brethren Church 
P.O. Box 1269 
Powell, OH 43065 

Individual Addresses: 

C. McKillen 

6901 E. Broadway Blvd., Apt. 
Tucson, AZ 85710-2817 


Gary Miller 

4325 Catalpa Drive 
Dayton, OH 45405-5229 

Rev. Hill and Dorothy Maconaghy 
Grace Village 
P.O. Box 337, Apt. 177E 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Mike and Denise Wallace 
617 N. Cobblestone Street 
Gilbert, AZ 85234 
(602/497-5845 home) 
(602/497-5619 church) 

Michael and Judy Ostrander 
1113Twp. Rd. 1875, R 4 
Ashland, OH 44805 
(telephone 41 9/281 -4630) 

Community Church 

2261 S. Miami St. (St. Rt. 48) 
West Milton, OH 45383 
(telephone 698-4048) 

Pastor Changes: 

Co-Senior Pastors at Fremont Grace Brethren 

Robert J. Mayes (Carol) 
21 4 Yacht Club Drive 
Fremont, OH 43420 
(telephone 419/334-4352) 

Kevin W. Pinkerton (Pam) 
1064 Springwood Drive 
Fremont, OH 43420 
(telephone 41 9/332-51 85) 

J. Ward Tressler continues to serve the 
congregation as Associate Pastor. 

Phone number changes: 

Happy Valley Community Grace Brethren Church 
State College, PA 
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(home of Jim Morton) 

Larry Edwards 
P.O. Box 1026 
Lemont, PA 16851 
(telephone 814/234-9798) 

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their home church, Grace Brethren Church of 
Cypress, California, Charles L. Covington, Pastor. 

Pastor Paul Brook has resigned from the Yakima, 
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1993-94 school year in first and third grades. The 
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Death Notices: 

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Dorothy I. Flohr, October 27, 1992 

Carl James Lunden, February 24, 1993 
First Grace Brethren Church, Grafton, 
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Suncoast District 1993 ministerial board 

Chairman: David Kennedy, pastor. Lakeland GBC 

Vice Chairman: Randy Weekley, pastor, 
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Secretary: Ed DeZago, pastor. North Port GBC 

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Did They Change the Name 
Or Was it the Location? 


Last month I was struck with a ston" on 
"Good Morning, America." At that time of 
the day I catch only part of the stories. This 
is breakfast time, and I hear the words but 
miss the pictures on TV. Then it is time to 
shave and shower, dress, and this time of 
the year get the ice off the ^slndows of the 
car. So I admit to getting only a portion of 
each stor>\ However, I did hear them say 
that a major New York zoo was changing its 
name. It seems the word "zoo" no longer 
applied to what we used to call a zoo. 

As I got this odd stor>-, it seems it is iust 
not right to call a "zoo" a zoo any longer. It 
apparently offends the animals. How they 
foimd out the animals were offended I do 
not know. So the old famous, former zoo 
will from this point on be called a wild ani- 
mal preserve, or something like that. 

As I drove off to work, it all seemed like a 
fairly odd idea. But I am tr>ing to leam that 
mosquitoes have rights, too, so how could I 
imderstandr The longer I thought about it, 
these folks iust might be on to something. I 
am beginning to wonder where the zoo 
really is. Is it inside the protective walls or 
outside the moats and barriers? I have al- 
wavs contended that the animals have more 
interesting things to look at than the paying 
patrons. People stand and watch the mon- 
keys run and itmip and s\\-ing, but from 
time to time the monkeys sit there looking 
back in amazement. 

After all, at first glance an animal might 
think a giraffe got out only to discover it was 
a basketball team visiting. Or was that a 
hippopotamus with that bag of peanuts: Its 
hard to tell if you don't have your glasses on. 
On second thought, this change of names 
might be right. The zoo is on the outside. If 
you live m New York City, think of all the 
wild life on the outside of the moats. 

Beyond the ticket window of the old zoo, 
if it is not a zoo it iust has to be a jungle. Out- 
side the old zoo the residents seem bent on 
killing, maiming and harming each other. 
They use all kinds of instruments to accom- 
plish their tasks. With gims and knives imd 
fists they harm others. In our quiet comer of 
the world in times past a murder on the 
ne%vs was vers* imusual. It is the exception 

now if a murder is not reponed daily in the 
South Bend T\' \ie%\"ing area. So it appears 
that the jungle or the zoo is where we Uve 
and hope to breathe each day. 

Inside the quiet of the zoo seldom do the 
animals kill their young. However, outside 
with abortion rampant, the non-zoo resi- 
dents are killing their o%%"n by the hundreds 
of thousands each vear. Many of 
the zoo inhabitants mate for life, 
which is a better record than our 
species who have a fifty percent 
rate of breaking up the home and 
the family. 

We have reached the point in 
the ci\"ilized world where sin is no 
longer a shame. It is openlv stated 
as the rights of the indi\idual, 
thus is should not be condemned. 
Poor old John the Baptist would 
not be popular if he were the 
chaplain of the Senate. He was not 
veiv popular ^vith his generation 
either. It did cost him his head before the 
whole story reached its conclusion. 

Is sin more rampant than in other genera- 
tions? If not. it is much more open and es- 
poused than in past vears. We stand on the 
verge of total lawlessness, and the ability to 
conuol the indi\-idual ^^•ishes has reached 
frightening levels. The last davs are to be 
like that. If we keep up the present pace, we 
wll make Sodom and Gomorrah look tame 
and polite. The prophet will be labeled un- 
fair in calling out against sin. What vour 
children leam through the T\" is an educa- 
tion in how to do all of the ^^Tong things. 
Watch the networks in their h>-pocrisy 
show you ten to twelve killings during an 
evening's programming onlv to be followed 
bv a panel discussing what is wrong with 
America. It would seem like comedy if it 
were not so sad. 

Where is the zoo? It is not the name you 
place on it. It is the location and its actions. 
How long will God tolerate a corrupt world 
before he says that enough is enough? The 
old forgotten rules and laws will return and 
mankind will face a righteous God. ludg- 
ment for sin is a coming event, and that is a 
frightening thought. 

March 15, 1993 

Brethren Missionary 


Volume 55 No. 3 ^^^ March 15. 1993 

March 15, 1993 

3 Editorial 

Did They Change the Name 
Or Was it the Location? 

Chailes W. Turner 

5 The Importance of Family 

12 8 Foreign Missions 

The Seeds of Springtime 

10 Good and Faithful Servants 

1 1 Brethren Evangelistic Ministries 

When You Don't Think 
They'll Listen 

12 Home Missions 
Recipe for Starting a Church 

13 Women's Missionary Council 
A Few Thoughts on . . , Coveting 

14 What Does It Take to Obey 
His Commands? Discipline 

1 6 No Time to Pray 

17 Fellowship News 

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Printer Evangel Press 
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The Importance 
of Family Devotions 

Family devotions can take on different mean- 
ings for every family. Some families may consider 
devotions long, boring, time-consuming, or even 
worthless. On the other hand, some family devo- 
tions are exciting, enjoyable, thought-provoking, 
even relaxing. 

Growing up on a small farm in Wooster, Ohio, 
I think our family devotions hit all those stages 
mentioned above. Devotions as a small boy were ex- 
citing. Yes, we sang, Dad read the Bible, then we 
prayed. My sister and I would even take the offering. 
However, as I entered my teenage years, family de- 
votions seemed like a waste of time. For a long 
period I was blind to the importance of gaining the 
spiritual milk I needed to grow spiritually. As I en- 
tered college it hit me that I was alone. Trying many 
things to fill the void, I remembered how fulfilling 
family devotions really were. Today I see more than 
ever the importance of spending time with God, 
whether it's in devotion or singing praise to Him. It 
not only focuses the mind for life's daily decisions, 
but it renews the passion I desire for God. Without 
devotions it is easy to take our eyes off God and 
look at all the other distractions Satan puts in front 
of us as Christians. Satan is the master of deception. 
Praise through song, devotions, and prayer is the de- 
fense I believe Christians need to exercise daily. 

Jeff Buriff 

Grace College student 
from Wooster, Ohio, 
Grace Brethren Church 

There are times when I feel as though I was born 
"born again." Of course, this is impossible, but I 
don't remember a time in my life without the Word 
of God as the central focus of our family. Being a 
pastor's daughter, I doubt this will surprise anyone. 
After all, it is my father's "job" to teach the Scrip- 
tures starting first with his family. 

But "family devotions" in our home have a 
much larger meaning than the term actually im- 
plies. They do not always involve the entire family, 
and some people may not consider them to be real 
devotions. From a very young age, my parents have 
surrounded my brothers and me with biblical 
truths, found in a variety of sources. I remember 
falling asleep at night while Grandpa Whiskers told 
us stories over the intercom system. We had a regu- 
lar meeting time right before bed where dad would 
talk with us about our day and read from the Bible. 
Other times we would use books, such as character 
sketches, which revealed godly truth through ex- 
amples from the animal kingdom. I remember 
learning to read the Bible on my own, plowing 
through all the "-ites" of the Old Testament, or 
how to say physician (not fizz-i-can). My brothers 
would laugh. I can remember the week I prayed to 
receive Jesus into my heart — yes, every night for a 
week! My father taught me then that once was 

enough. Jesus was already there and now I should 
learn to obey Him. 

But I also remember the Sunday afternoon din- 
ner conversations where we could ask questions 
about the sermon or discuss Sunday school. And 
the late night trips home from a losing basketball 
game, my parents were able to help me refocus on 
the source and meaning of life. The phone calls 
from college with tears in my eyes over roommate 
troubles or general school stress. Many lunches 
bought seeking not only physical but spiritual food 
from the wisest earthly source I have — my parents. 
Our family devotions have occurred in a variety of 
atmospheres, covered numerous topics, at various 
times. My parents' desire is to train their children 
in God's Word using life's circumstances. 

For us, family devotions were really our family's 
devotion to seek God's will and see His hand in 
every detail of life. 

Johanna Custer 
Pastor's daughter, 
Grace Brethren Church, 
Columbus, Ohio 

A couple of weeks ago we were asked to write an 
article on family devotions. My wife and I both 
chuckled at the thought; we are far from being the 
perfect example when it comes to a formal "family 
devotions" time. We have four children ranging in 
age from 3 to 7. So almost anything we do requires a 
great deal of effort. We have a very lively household, 
and it is difficult to do anything on a regular sched- 
ule. Setting aside time as a family for reading the 
Bible or a book from the library does not happen as 
often as we would like it to. There are days when 
we just want to get the kids in bed and spend a few 
quiet minutes to ourselves. Does any of this sound 
familiar to you? 

But when thinking about what the Bible says 
about family devotions, one passage kept coming to 
mind. Deuteronomy 6:6-9, 12a says, "These com- 
mandments that I give you today are to be upon 
your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk 
about them when you sit at home and when you 
walk along the road, when you lie down and when 
you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hand and 
bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the 
doorframes of your houses and on your gates ... be 
careful that you do not forget the Lord." According 
to these verses, the traditional thought of what fam- 
ily devotions are to be falls far short of what God 
has in mind for the way we should teach our chil- 
dren about Him. This training process is not just for 
fifteen minutes a couple of times a week. It is an 
ongoing process that occurs over a lifetime. Titus 
2:1-10 talks about a teaching of godly ways to both 
the young and the old. In every aspect of our lives 
there are opportunities for us to teach and to be 
taught the various attributes of God. 

Warch 15, 1993 


In our house, we listen to WFRN (Christian ra- 
dio station) quite often. We also have a handful of 
children's CDs. Our kids have a lot of favorite 
songs. Many times we talk about what the songs 
say and what they mean. The three older children 
attend the AW ANA program at church and learn 
many new verses. We discuss these verses and the 
stories they hear at AW ANA and at Sunday school. 
We also have a couple of different children's devo- 
tion books that we read now and then before bed- 
time. After reading one of these stories or a book 
the kids picked out from the church library, we ask 
them questions on what they just heard. Even our 
three-year-old likes to answer questions. 

The key that we have found is variety and 
balance — variety so that the children see that Jesus 
is a part of every aspect of their lives; balance so 
that they see godliness in practice, not just in word. 
Our goal is to be a positive example of Christ in His 
love for others and in His giving to those in need. 
By God's grace we will succeed. 

Scott B. Goad 
Layman, Warsaw, IN, 
Community Grace 
Brethren Church 

All of us will agree that we need to have family 
devotions. But in our hectic, harried lives, how 
many Christian families actually take time to wor- 
ship together? The American family is fractured 
and weak. The need for families to spend time wor- 
shiping and learning of God and applying His Word 
to their lives is greater than ever. 

In Deuteronomy 6:7-9 Moses includes both 
special-time training and the in-life training of a 
child in the way of the Lord. Special-time can be 
with breakfast, when parents get home from work, 
just before bedtime, or whenever it suits your fam- 
ily. Yet, how many lost opportunities go by each 
day when we share a lesson of life . . . one that has 
an immediate illustration where God's truths can 
be greater understood. 

Family worship directs our family's thoughts 
Godward. It fosters family unity, gives us time with 
our children, stresses the importance of God's word, 
allows us time to share the plan of salvation with 
our family, and illustrates to them that Christianity 
is not only on Sunday but every day of the week. 

There are many helps available for planning this 
time with your family. Check your local Christian 
bookstore for books and ideas. Don't be afraid to be 
creative. Get the children involved in this special 
time together — let them participate not just listen. 
Scripture study and memory, missions, prayer time, 
character studies can all be a part of this special 
time. What a better illustration of God's power and 
provision to see prayer answered together as a fam- 
ily. A family prayer notebook is a visible illustra- 
tion of how God hears and answers prayer. 

Our children are God's precious gift. Family wor- 
ship, both formally and informally, must be a prior- 
ity. God's promise in Proverbs 22:6 is true. Our 
responsibility as parents is "to train." 

Becky Jarvis 

Pastor's wife, Listie, PA, 

Grace Brethren Church 

"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is 
one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and 
with all your soul and with all your strength. These 
commandments that I give you today are to be upon 

your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk 
about them when you sit at home and when you 
walk along the road, when you lie down and when 
you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and 
iDind them on your foreheads. Write them on the 
doorframes of your homes and on your gates" 
(Deut. 6:4— 9|. These words were, to the chosen 
people of Israel, similar to what the Great Commis- 
sion ot Matthew 28:16-20 is to every disciple of 
Jesus Christ today. 

As Christians thousands of years removed from 
the time these words were written, we can and 
must view them as timeless and applicable to any 
people. In this one passage we see God's passions. 
We see His passion for the complete devotion of His 
people to Himself. We see His passion for complete 
devotion to His authoritative Word. And we see His 
passion for its perpetuation through the family. 

When I see or think of these words I think of 
what many call "family devotions," but in a way 
that is never restricted to ten or fifteen minutes a 
day. As important as it is, that "sit down" time is 
only the beginning. As you can see, true family de- 
votion is a total lifestyle of teaching and reflecting 
God's passions in the entire context of family life. 
Are our passions accurately reflecting His? 

Dave Jodry 

Associate Pastor, Peru, 
IN, Grace Brethren 

It seems rather obvious that the #1 problem in 
the home is spiritual leadership. We can point our 
fingers in all directions, but the inevitable answer, 
or proverbial "buck" stops squarely on the desk of 
"who's going to take responsibility to lead"? In 
talking and counseling with people like you and me 
over the years, a host of excuses always surface as 
to why we lack spiritual leadership in the home. 

Lack of knowing how becomes the first excuse. 
None of us enjoy doing something we don't know 
how to do. All of us have had nerve-racking experi- 
ences learning a new job where we feared being 
embarrassed by a lousy performance. Making the 
spiritual decision as a family to have family altar is 
no different. Men tend to be scared to death of "not 
doing it right," whatever that is. 

Piide most certainly becomes a spin-off of this 
former excuse. Because of my intense masculine 
pride, why would I put myself in this potentially 
embarrassing situation? I think that the pride ex- 
cuse runs deeper than this. Sometimes we men 
feel a bit above the menial task of administrating 
"family altar." I wonder what that says about our 

Poor self-image is the third excuse that tends to 
surface. This refers to "who I am" in Jesus. It goes 
something like this: "How could I possibly lead my 
family spiritually when I am such a wretch?" We 
all know that if the truth be known we are all 
"wretches" saved by grace and declared righteous 
by God. 

Wrong piiorities also has to be addressed among 
these excuses. The "good" can be the biggest enemy 
of the best. It's not the really bad habits that dis- 
tract us from having family altar in our homes, it's 
the business of doing all that our world tells us to 
do in order to be good, upstanding Christian citi- 
zens. Don't eternal values and benefits come into 
play here? 

Both on the same level of maturity is excuse 
number five. This is the "who's on first?" excuse. 
Both husband and wife feel like they're on the same 


plateau spiritually, so they point the finger to the 
other saying, "it's your job." 

The wife on a greater level spiritually becomes 
our last excuse, which is a sequel to number five. 
Sometimes women are more verbal or even aca- 
demic in some marriages, but that doesn't change 
our responsibility, men. Sometimes a wife has been 
saved longer than her husband. Again, what's our 

In order to come to grips with resolving these is- 
sues, we must be willing to make conscious deci- 
sions to follow the principles given to us in God's 
Word concerning spiritual leadership and family al- 
tar. Remember a principle of scripture is an out- 
standing and abiding truth that is not limited to a 
moment of time. 

There is the principle of The Command to teach 
our children in the "nurture and admonition" of the 
Lord (Eph. 6:4). This is done, according to Deuter- 
onomy 6, by the things that we say, the things that 
we do, and the atmosphere or environment that we 
provide. I think 1 Tim. 5:8 applies here as well in 
our responsibility to provide spiritual food for our 

There is also the principle of The Content being 
the Word of God (Ps. 1:2|. It is Bible truth that God 
is going to use to make a difference in our lives. In 
order for our minds to be renewed daily, we must 
feast on scriptural truths! 

We must not forget the principle of Conse- 
quences. According to Judges 2, absence of spiritual 
teaching and leadership in our lives results in the 
rebellion of our children toward God. On the other 
hand though, Deut. 11:22-25 teaches us that obedi- 
ence to God's principles brings blessing, and obses- 
sion to these principles brings success! (Ps. 1:2-3). 

The only principle left is the principle of The 
Commitment — do it! It is rather obvious from 
Scripture— Josh. 24:15; Matt. 7:24-27; John 14:13; 
Matt. 6:33; 1 Cor. 10:31. It's time we get serious 
about what really counts in the home. Does family 
altar have to be "formal" in order to be meaningful? 
Certainly not! Our families are crying out for us to 
make a spiritual leadership decision and "feed" 
them what they really need and want. Be creative. 
There are tremendous materials out there to help. 
Come on men, let's choose to do it now! 

Steve Peters 
Pastor, West Milton, 
Ohio, Grace Brethren 

"A heart that seeks God finds Him." This quote 
has often encouraged me and been a good reminder 
over and over again of how vital it is that I make a 
conscious effort to spend time with God if I desire 
to get to know Him. 

My parents were good examples to me by their 
diligence and faithfulness in the Word on a regular 
and consistent basis. Although we never did devo- 
tions together as a family (not that my parents 
didn't try — we kids weren't too cooperative) we 
were encouraged to have a quiet time on our own, 
and my parents were always willing to spend time 
discussing whatever we needed to know regarding 
spiritual issues and topics. Now, as I look back, I 
wish I would have appreciated those times more 
and taken advantage of the openness that was avail- 
able to me. But I am thankful for the Christian 
influence my parents did have in relation to my de- 
votional life. 

I would be lying if I said that my desire to do de- 
votions came easily. Being committed and attempt- 

ing to be consistent in studying the Word of God 
takes work. Doing devotions is much more than 
merely opening the Bible, skimming over a few 
verses, praying for a few minutes, and drifting off to 
sleep — although that tends to be the pattern I find 
myself in many times. There is a relationship that 
develops when we spend time with God by reading 
the Bible and communicating with Him in prayer. 
God gave us His Word in order to give us hope, en- 
couragement, strength, and ultimately to gain a 
greater understanding and knowledge of who He is. 
He longs for us to come to Him with needs, praises, 
desire, troubles. ... So why is it so easy to neglect 
His Word and difficult to find the time to spend 
with Him? For me, it boils down to my own self- 
centeredness or selfishness and unwillingness to 
give up what seems important — social life, extra- 
curricular activities, sleep, etc. You name it, and it 
seems more important than spending quality time 
with God. 

Some suggestions I have found helpful in my 
own devotional life are: (1) choose a time during the 
day that is good for you to spend time in the 
Word — set aside at least 30 minutes; (2) find a book 
with a subject of interest to you that also encour- 
ages you to go through it with Scripture — a work- 
book type of study is good; (3) have someone keep 
you accountable and encourage you in your walk; 
(4) keep a journal of what you are learning in your 
quiet time; (5) enjoy! 

It would be physically difficult and painful to 
run a marathon without having the proper nutri- 
tion; so it is in our spiritual life. It is a marathon 
from the day we commit our life to the Lord; and if 
we aren't prepared with spiritual food, it is going to 
be a tough race. 

Jennifer Saurer 
Receptionist, CE Na- 
tional, Winona Lake 

The after dinner call, "Okay, children, it's time 
for family devotions," seemed to be the signal that 
set our children off into open revolt. The mental 
picture of children angelically listening to their 
father read from the Bible before the fireplace rarely 
seemed to be what this call to worship evoked from 
our sons. 

Instead, it signaled our sons to do anything but 
sit still and definitely not to listen. After feeling 
like spiritual failures, we turned bedtime into a 
devotional time. That's the time of day when our 
children would be the most interested in doing any- 
thing that would keep them from going to bed. 
They were willing to quiet down and listen to such 
books as William Coleman's stories about the fasci- 
nating differences God created in animals or the re- 
markable functions He gave the parts of our bodies. 
The boys would listen and the time was fun and in- 
structional for all of us. 

Prayer time would follow and then a time to talk 
with each child one-on-one. This has proven over 
the years to be a very non- threatening time. The 
lights were off and the child had our attention. We 
found it to be the time when we would learn what 
was troubling them and a time to show an interest 
in their day's activities. It has also provided a time 
to compliment them and express our love for them. 
We like bedtime devotions! 

Jane Teevan 
Pastor's wife, Winona 
Lake, IN, Grace Breth- 
ren Church 

ttarch 15, 1993 


Seeds of Springtime 


Movements, like nature, undergo seasonal 
changes. The seeds of vision are planted in the 
springtime of the movement. This leads to a 
stmmier of growth and fruit if the soil is recep- 
tive. However, when the vitality of the move- 
ment begins to turn inward, summer turns to 
autumn, followed by the self-preservation of 

For the last dozen years the Brethren move- 
ment has known some of the chill winds of 
winter. Controversy has absorbed much of our 
energy at a time when the world around us has 
never been more challenging. Many of oiur 
churches, however, are already feeling the 
warm breezes of springtime. Within them is 
seed capable of producing a new harvest. 

Will this seed fall into the groimd and pro- 
duce fruit? Are we at the dawn of a rebirth of 
the Brethren movement more vigorous than 

"Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the 
ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. 
But if it dies, it produces many seeds." (John 

Death for a seed is not the extinction of hfe. 
It is hberation, caused by exposure to the soil. 
To preserve seed is to ultimately cause it to 
perish. Planting it brings multiphcation. 

We have a heritage in the Brethren Fellow- 
ship which merits our continuation as a move- 
ment. We have a mission to fulfill, our unique 
destiny for this final decade of the century. We 
can pull together as a team, recapturing that 
sense of loyalty and camaraderie that was 
strong in a previous generation. 

Oiur Fellowship can recapture its vitality 
and bring the message of Christ to a new gen- 
eration of the lost. This will happen, however, 
only if at this time in oiu: history we are cap- 
able of recapturing the dreams and vision of 
men of our past who were able to lead us 
through times of crisis. 

What are some of the seeds that could pro- 
duce a springtime in our Brethren movement? 

A renewed vision of the glory of the Breth- 
ren movement 

To be Brethren is more than being a mem- 
ber of a denomination. It is to be a part of a 

movement. This movement was bom in a 
time of tension. The Reformation had focused 
on the authority of the Scriptures. However, 
the rationahsm of the reformed movement of- 
ten prevented people from finding a personal 
relationship with God through faith in Jesus 

In reaction many turned to a more mystical 
approach to God, finding personal faith but 
sometimes attaching more importance to their 

Our Fellowship can 
recapture its vitality 
and bring the message 
of Christ to a new 
generation of the lost. 

experiences than to the written Word. These 
people were called pietists. 

The founders of the Brethren movement 
were influenced both by the reformers and the 
pietists. They took what was positive in both 
but rejected the negative elements. From the 
reformers they committed themselves to the 
absolute authority of the Scriptures, but re- 
jected their rationalism, saying that no creed 
or human interpretation has the right to be 
elevated to the authority of the Word of God. 
From the pietists they realized that our rela- 
tionship with the Lord must be personal, but 
that we must not spiritualize the Scriptines to 
fit oiu: own experiences. 

These men realized something else — that 
their commitment to the Lord and to His 
Word had to be Hved out in churches that were 
true expressions of the ideal church, following 
the pattern of the New Testament with re- 
spect to practices such as baptism and the 
Lord's Supper. The early Brethren were more 
consistent than most in making the leap back 
to the New Testament church. Their commit- 
ment to the church was so great that they 
were willing to be persecuted and banished 
rather than compromise their convictions. 


what, then, is the glory of the Brethren 
movement? It is a commitment to the absolute 
authority of the Bible, the whole Bible, and 
nothing but the Bible, expressed in a personal 
and vital relationship with God through Jesus 
Christ, embodied in autonomous churches 
faithful to the New Testament practices. 

Like Rebekah, the Brethren movement has 
always had two sons within it, each striving to 
be bom. One is the tendency toward protec- 
tionism, often expressed in traditionalism or 
legalism. The other is the desire for procla- 
mation, expressed in what one historian called 
"a willingness to be contemporary, to change," 
as long as this change does not affect foun- 
dational doctrines and practices. We who are 
Grace Brethren are heirs of the progressive 
element within our movement, which was 
willing to abandon the outmoded cultural ex- 
pressions of their religion in order to allow the 
essence of the Brethren movement — obedience 
to the Word — to flourish in new generations 
and other cultures. 

Many of us came into the Brethren move- 
ment because we believed that, in its ideal ex- 
pression, it offered exactly what the world 
needed. If we are still a part of the movement, 
it is because we have not lost this conviction, 
in spite of the attempts of many to redefine 
our heritage. To rediscover the dream of our 
forefathers will again put us into the main- 
stream of what God is doing in the world. 

A renewed vision of our mission in these 
significant times 

The controversy in our Fellowship has been 
imfortimate in many ways. Perhaps its greatest 
damage has been to blur our vision of our mis- 
sion to a world that has never been more chal- 
lenging. Our energy has been directed inward 
at a time of tmparalleled opportunity. 

To fulfill our 
mission we must 
rediscover the 
spirit of teamwork. 

As a fellowship we have but two options — 
either fulfill our mission, or else know the 
slow disintegration of a fellowship whose 
spirit has departed. Particular churches chosen 
of God will continue to know His blessing, for 
they will be a part of God's team. But our fel- 
lowship can only experience renewed vitality 
as the seeds of vision of a needy world are 
planted on receptive soil. 

We are already in the third year of what 
is doubtless the most significant decade we 

have yet seen in human history. God is choos- 
ing His team — of people, of churches, and of 
fellowships of churches — who will rise to the 
significance of the times. We have lost valu- 
able time. Worse, we risk seeing the torch 
passed to others.' When the disciples lost per- 
spective Jesus had to tell them to lift up their 
eyes and look on the fields white unto harvest. 
His message to us would be no different today. 

A renewed commitment to each other 

The present controversy has dimmed our 
vision of our mission to the world. However, it 
has done something else that has been very 
painful. It has sown discord among the breth- 
ren, something that God hates, according to 
Proverbs 6:19. This has not been done through 
confrontation. What has happened to us is 
comparable to biological warfare. The minds 
of dear brethren have been infected with the 
virus of mistrust. Words have been used in 
violation of their meaning. Rumors have 
abounded. Motives have been judged. 

A spirit of disimity, criticism and negativ- 
ism has been among us, and it is, alas, an evi- 
dence of carnality. A house divided against 
itself cannot stand. Teaching on love must 
not be seen as suspect, even though this word 
has been emptied of its biblical meaning by 
those who have abandoned sound doctrine. 
Our battle must not be against flesh and 
blood, but against the principahties and pow- 
ers of the unseen world. Unless we are wflling 
to abandon sinful attitudes toward brothers 
in Christ, we risk bondage by the very powers 
we are to imitedly oppose. Unity is the result 
of clean relationships based on confession 
and forgiveness, two of the foundation stones 
of fellowship. 

We are in great need of a recommitment not 
only to our heritage, but to each other as 
brothers and feUow elders. To fulfill our mis- 
sion we must rediscover the spirit of team- 
work. If you are tempted to feel that you do 
not have need of the others, try to remember 
that others have need of you. As a FeUowship 
we are very diverse — but we do not have to be 
divided spirituaUy. 

In John 13:34-35 Jesus states, "A new com- 
mandment I give to you, that you love one an- 
other, even as I have loved you. By this wUl all 
men know that you are my disciples, if you 
have love for one another. " 

Are we on the threshold of springtime in 
the FeUowship of Grace Brethren Chinches? 
Grace Brethren Foreign Missions is dedicated 
to serving our churches in planting as widely 
as possible the seeds of renewed vision — of our 
mission in these significant times, of the glory 
of the Brethren movement, of feUowship in 
the gospel. Will you join us in a new com- 
mitment to God and to each other in these 
significant times? 

Vlarch 15, 1993 

Good and Faithful Servants 

Two faithful servants of God went to be with their Father in December. The record of their ser- 
vice in missions is a testimony of commitment. The fifty years of missionary work represented 
by each of these two families is only a partial recognition of lives Uved for the glory of God and 
the spread of the gospel. 

Vivian Altig, wife of Rev. Keith Altig, passed 
away December 2, 1992, in Whittier, Califor- 
nia. The Altigs pioneered the Grace Brethren 
church -planting ministry in Brazil in 1949. 
Vivian and Keith met at BIOLA University in 
Los Angeles and were married in 1932. After 
working with an evangelist in Phoenix, Ari- 
zona, for a couple of years (Vivian played the 
piano and sang, and Keith preached), the Altigs 
returned to Los Angeles where Keith pastored a 
Brethren church which had just been started. 
Convinced of his need for further training, 
Keith moved to Winona Lake to attend Grace 
Seminary. From there the Altigs served in the 
First Brethren Church of Fort Wayne, Indiana, 
and then at the First Brethren Church of Whit- 
tier, Cahfomia. Responding to Dr. Russell Bar- 
nard's plea for missionary workers, Keith and 
Vivian volunteered to pioneer a work among 
the unreached people of North Brazil. The first 
public service in Brazil was held at Icoaraci on 
New Year's Day, 1950. Keith writes, "Vivian 
was completely in accord with each step of the 
way and a true co-laborer in the gospel with 
me. In addition to being a wonderful wife and 
mother of our three children, she had her own 
ministry with youth, music and education." 

Vivian directed 
a school in 
Icoaraci, while 
Keith worked at 
building up the 
church. The Al- 
tig's first daugh- 
ter, Dr. Jan 
McDonald, said 
of her mother 
at the memorial 
service, "She 
was a woman 
ahead of her 
time. She han- 
dled not only a 
home and fam- 
ily, but a career 
in ministry at 
the same time." 

Vivian and Keith Altig 

James Paul Dowdy, retired missionary to 
Argentina, died suddenly of an aneurism on 
December 23, 1992, in El Paso, Texas. Paul 
and Dortha Dowdy served with Grace Breth- 
ren Foreign Missions in Argentina for 27 
years, the Dowdys first arrived in Argentina in 
1937. They served at several different mission 
stations in the province of Cordoba, which for 
a number of years was the center of the Breth- 
ren work. The Lord blessed the work in Ar- 
gentina, and many people were added to the 
churches. While hosting a camp in 1949, Paul 
surveyed the young people to determine their 
interest in a Bible institute. Thirteen people 
committed to attend. Along with his work as 
missionary-pastor, Paul Dowdy served for 
many years as an instructor and then as the 
head of the Brethren Bible Institute of Ar- 
gentina. In their last term before returning to 
the U.S. in 1962, the Dowdys established a 
second testimony in Rio Cuarto, and Paul was 
president of the Field CouncU. From 1962 to 
1971, Paul taught Spanish and missions at 
Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, 
Indiana. In 1971 Paul and Dortha returned 
to Argentina to help with the work for two 
years. After their retirement, Paul and Dortha 
were active in 
Child Evange- 
lism in El Paso. 
The Dowdys 
have three sons: 
James Paul, 
Roger, and Rob- 
ert Luis. Fu- 
neral services 
were held De- 
cember 26 at 
the Warsaw 
Grace Brethren 
Church in War- 
saw, Indiana. ^^^ 

Dortha and James Paul Dowdy 




When You Don't 
Think They'll Listen 


Today, in an effort to be sophisticated 
and contemporary, many Christians have 
stopped trying to persuade others to follow 
Christ. There is an underlying feeling in our 
society that nice people just don't go around 
persuading other people to do things. We 
don't want to offend people or appear 
strange. So we do nothing. 

I, too, have been guilty. When I lived in 
Mexico City, my next-door neighbor was a 
young television personality. We would chat 
from time to time, and he even mentioned 
that he listened to our radio program occa- 
sionally. But I didn't share the gospel with 
him. After all, I thought, he seems com- 
pletely immune to the problems of life. 

Eventually, though, my neighbor changed. 
The joy seemed to have left his face. He 
and his wife started driving separate cars 
to work. I could tell their marriage was 
souring, and I felt the need to talk with him, 
but I didn't want to meddle in his life. I went 
about my business and headed off for an 
evangelistic crusade in Peru. After all, that 
was the polite thing to do. 

When I returned home, I learned my 
neighbor had killed himself. I was heartbro- 
ken. I knew I should have gone to him and 
persuaded him to repent and follow Christ. 
But because of false courtesy — because I fol- 
lowed a social norm- — I didn't do it. 

It's very convenient to make excuses for 
not persuading others to follow Christ. We 
may say we don't want to be overbearing or 
offensive. We may think we can't possibly 
witness to someone because he or she will 
become angry. 

But over the years I have learned that 
some of the people I thought would be most 
closed to the gospel often are the most re- 
ceptive. Although they may outwardly fear 
it, in their hearts they welcome the message 
of the gospel. 

I saw this while in the Soviet Union after 
the advent of glasnost. Christians there had 

been persecuted for decades. Suddenly, evan- 
gelism was permitted. The situation was 
incredible. I've traveled all over the world, 
but I'd never seen a place as hungry and 
desperate to hear the gospel. Many Soviet 
Christians, however, were just beginning 
to realize "the fields are white already to 

Just before my evangelistic team's Soviet 
campaign was over, a Baptist pastor brought 
an acquaintance to one of our meetings in 
Moscow. The friend, head of an academic 
department at the university and a leading 
scientist, listened as I preached the gospel. 
Then, to the pastor's surprise, this scientist 
prayed out loud to receive Jesus Christ as 
his Savior. And then, with tears, he came 
forward to confess Christ. 

The Russian pastor was astonished at his 
friend's response to the gospel. He was 
equally surprised by the phone call he re- 
ceived at 7:15 the next morning. "I would 
like to express my gratitude to you," the 
scientist said. "You invited me to meet the 
Lord Jesus Christ. I didn't sleep the whole 
night. I just prayed. I'm absolutely sure that 
God accepts me as His prodigal son." Later 
the pastor told me, "I never thought a scien- 
tist would accept the Lord Jesus as Savior. 
But now I've seen it with my own eyes. 
What a great experience." 

Why be ashamed of the gospel? "It is the 
power of God for the salvation of every one 
who believes" (Rom. 1:16). It changes lives 
here and now, and for eternity? Whatever 
our place in the Body of Clurist, let's ac- 
tively and prayerfully invite others into 
God's Kingdom. 

Luis Palau has presented the gospel to tens of mil- 
lions in ninety-five countries through television, ra- 
dio, and crusades. This article is excerpted from the 
book Say Yes!: How to Renew Your Spiritual Pas- 
sion by Luis Palau, Questar Publishers Inc., Mult- 
nomah, 1991. Used by permission. 

March 15, 1993 



Recipe for Starting a Church 

Grace Brethren Community Church, Williamsport, Pennsylvania 

God is building a church in WilHamsport, PA, and He 
has been gracious to allow Sandy and me to assist Him 
in the process. We have discovered that starting a 
church is like baking bread, and you must include the 
best of ingredients. 

The main ingredient in the church planting recipe is 
PEOPLE! Our people are as different from one another as 
the ingredients in brown bread. We have families from 
every spectrum of the economic and social scale. Folks 
whose paths may never have crossed, people who would 
never have chosen each other as friends, but individuals 
whom God has called together to be a family — God's 
family! Let me tell you about a 
few of them. 

Stephen, Shawn, and Guy are 
foster children living with Bob 
and Tonya Sawyer and their 
other four children. Stephen, 
age 14, remembers his uncle 
dressing him in a black robe and 
setting him in a corner to watch 
Satanic worship being per- 
formed. Last summer I took 
Stephen to be my assistant 
counselor at Pioneer Camp. We 
had a cabin of twelve first and 
second graders, and during the 
week I watched as Stephen re- Stephen says, "Being a 
lated to those boys. foster child and not 

Every day in chapel he had having any family ties, 
at least two boys sitting on his ••'^ GBCC has become 
lap as they listened to the sto- "^ family." 

ries and sang all the usual camp songs. I soon realized 
that Stephen's understanding of God and his biblical 
laiowledge were on about the same level as the first and 
second graders in our cabin. 

By the end of the week, five little guys — and one teen- 
ager — accepted fesus as their Lord and Savior. Stephen 
wants to go back to camp next year to share his new 
found faith with another cabin full of boys! 

Shawn is another who, after being shifted from one 
foster home to another, has come to live with the Saw- 
yers. He says, "I like going to church for the teachers in 
Simday school, for learning about God, and for all the 
fun things I have been able to participate in." 

The third boy, Guy, is only a year old, the son of a 16- 
year-old girl who has spent most of her life in the foster 
care system. Guy is living with the Sav/yers because his 
mother does not have the means to take care of him. 
Though Guy cannot speak. Bob and Tonya have summed 
up the feeling of the entire family, "Grace Brethren Com- 
munity Church has given us a family love like the love of 
the early church. All the behevers there were of one heart 
and mind and no one felt that what he possessed was his 
own. Everyone shared; the Apostles preached powerful 

sermons about the resurrection 
of the Lord Jesus, and there was 
warm fellowship among the 

These comments testify to 
other important ingredients in 
a church: LOVE and FELLOW- 
SHIP, a sense of family. The 
Sav\ryers say, "This is the love 
that we feel, being a part of this 
church. Not just on Sundays or 
at services, but every day. The 
church has become our family 
and has given the words, 'being 
part of the body of Christ,' true 
meaning. " 

To help the people under- 

Tonya Sawyer with 
foster son, Guy 

stand that being a Christian is not just a Simday thing, 
we have encouraged fellowship events: picnics, a carry- 
in, a Fall Party in October and a New Year's Eve gather- 
ing. These times of fellowship have biult a bond among 
us. A comment that we often hear from people coming 
into our church is, "you can feel that people really care 
about each other in this church." 

A final, and related, ingredient in our recipe for cre- 
ating a church is GOD'S LOVE. Our goal at GBCC is to 
teach people the depth and magnitude of God's per- 
sonal love for them. When people feel God's love in 
their life and are taught to share that love with others, 
it causes a domino effect. That's where church growth 
starts. As a result, since our beginning last year we 
have seen six people accept Christ and have baptized a 
total of eight. 

We're still in the infancy stage here, but we have tried 
to blend in a balance of home Bible studies, discipleship, 
leadership training, ladies' Bible study, men's groups, 
teen groups, Sunday school, fellowship — ingredients that 
make for a vibrant, lively church! Through this process 
we have seen the results of 
following a good recipe, the 
smooth texture of a finely de- 
veloped product, created and 
sustained by God Himself. 

Editor's note: Pastor David Millei, 
retired 20-year Army man. is a 
graduate of Lancaster Bible 
College. His new church is the 
project of the Tiadaghton Valley 
Grace Brethren Church (Pastor 
Jim Snavelyj, the West Penn Dis- 
trict, and Grace Brethren Home 
Missions. Your faithful prayers 
and offerings are needed to assist 
in such church starts. 

Pastor David and Sandy 

Miller, with daughter. 





A Few Thoughts on . . . 



Recently I went to a bridal shower 
at one of the most beautiful homes 
I've ever been in. The furnishings 
and decor were absolutely perfect — 
just the right colors, just the right 
amount that you feel immediately at 
home. I had to remind myself not to 
stand wide-mouthed as I gazed at the 

The hostess was lovely. She had 
the most fashionable, perfect long 
hair, a great figure, beautifully mani- 
cured hands, and a gorgeous outfit, 
not to mention three wonderful chil- 
dren. Many of the exquisite hand- 
crafted items in the house were made 
by her. 

The luncheon was resplendent, 
not only tasting delicious but look- 
ing mouth-watering. And after we 
ate, the hostess played the piano as 
the bride-to-be opened the gifts. 

As I looked around the home, I no- 
ticed a painting on the wall that I 
really liked. It looked familiar. It was 
the same painting I had on my living 
room wall, but it didn't seem to look 
half as lovely in my house. 

As I went home, I thought about 
the afternoon. The group of women 
gathered there had done a lot of com- 
paring, including myself. I had felt 
very lumpy and had tried to hide my 
ragged fingernails. 

But friends were coming over that 
night and I had a lot to get done in the 

next few hours. My musing would 
have to wait. 

That evening as ten good friends 
sat in my living room laughing and 
talking, I thought again about the 
beautiful home I had visited. My de- 
cor wasn't perfectly matched and 
some of the furniture was about 15 
years old. The joke was you didn't 
just sit down on my furniture, you 
sat "way down." 

But my friends didn't seem to care. 

They always seem to feel at home 
when they come over. And they cer- 
tainly made themselves comfortable. 

The laughter and friendships filled 
my ears. 

I had to stop and thank God for the 
beautiful hostess and her home that 
she graciously shares with others. I 
had to thank Him that my friends 
enjoyed being at my house and that 
I have a place where I can invite 

I also had to pray that God would 
help me keep my priorities straight 
and remember that life as a Christian 
is about relationships, not color- 
coordinated decor or customized 
drapes, that people are more impor- 
tant than furniture, and that my 
home should be furnished in love 
and hospitality. More than anything 
else, I need to remember that my re- 
lationship with Christ is the most 
important thing. 

March 15, 1993 


what does it take to obey His commands? 



And have you quite forgotten the 
encouraging words God spoke to you, 
His childl He said, "My Son, don't be 
angry when the Lord punishes you. 
Don't be discouraged when He has to 
show you where you are wrong. 

For when He punishes you, it 
proves that He loves you. When He 
whips you it proves you are really 
His child" (Heb. 12:5-6 Living N.T.). 

We are living in an age of lawless- 
ness where even the very founda- 
tions of our society are crumbling 
away. Discipline is a word seldom 
heard and if it is heard, it usually has 
little meaning. Even Christian par- 
ents and Christian people are de- 
ceived into thinking they do not love 
their children if they punish them. 
Parents obey their children and those 
same children become rebellious, 
discontented and unhappy. 

The dictionary has this to say 
about the word "discipline": 

1. Instruction 

2. A subject that is taught; a field 
of study 

3. Training that corrects, molds or 
perfects mental faculties or 
moral character 

4. Punishment 

5. Control gained by enforcing 
obedience or order 

6. A rule or system of rules gov- 
erning conduct. 

However lacking the world is today 
in administering discipline, it is cer- 
tainly true that God's order of things 
includes this word in every sense. His 
universe is disciplined. Man, His 
creation, is disciplined. And a Chris- 
tian finds it impossible to serve God 
without discipline in his life. For 
serving Him includes the denial of 
SELF. This is probably the greatest 
discipline we know. 

A Christian first encounters disci- 
pline at his conversion. He must 
recognize his own sinful condition, 
admit it to others and decide what to 
do about it. 

God's Word says: "For all have 
sinned, and come short of the glory 
of God" (Rom. 3:23). 

The next step is not easy. There is 
nothing you can do about your sin. 
You must accept God's gift through 
His mercy and grace. "Not by works 
of righteousness which we have 
done, but according to his mercy he 
saved us ... " (Titus 3:5). 

After one becomes a Christian 
there is discipline in the area of deci- 



sions he must make. To ask God, to 
wait upon God, to obey God — these 
are things necessary for the Chris- 
tian's well-being. To do them re- 
quires discipline. 

I will instruct thee and teach 
thee in the way which thou shalt 
go: I will guide thee with mine eye" 
(Ps. 32:8). 

And therefore will the Lord wait, 
that he may be gracious unto you, 
and therefore will he be exalted, 
that he may have mercy upon you: 
for the Lord is a God of judgment: 
blessed are all they that wait for 
him" (Isa. 30:18). 

If ye be willing and obedient, ye 
shall eat the good of the land" (Isa. 

To ask, to wait, to obey while 
serving God and then to obey His 
command to witness to others, to 
share with others our great salvation 
found only in the Lord Jesus Christ. 
Witnessing is one of the most dif- 
ficult of God's commands. No one 
wants to have others look down 
upon him or to think him foolish for 
his beliefs. To the world, the Chris- 
tian is a fool. 

"Ye are my witnesses, saith the 
Lord... "(Isa. 42:10). 

Long ago God commanded the 
people of Israel to be His witnesses, 
but they failed Him. Are we, as well, 
to fail our Lord when He gave His 
very life for us? To obey this com- 
mand takes discipline. 

In the New Testament, in Romans 
12:1-2, we find: 

I beseech you therefore, breth- 
ren, by the mercies of God, that ye 
present your bodies a living sac- 
rifice, holy, acceptable unto God, 
which is your reasonable service. 

And be not conformed to this 
world: but be ye transformed by the 

renewing of your mind, that ye may 
prove what is that good, and accept- 
able, and perfect, will of God. 

The pleasures of the world exert 
a tremendous pull, even upon the 
Christian. It would be an impossibil- 
ity to present our bodies a living 
sacrifice (which God says is our lea- 
sonable service!) without the exer- 
cising of discipline. No man can be 
transformed, no man can deny him- 
self, no man can seek the will of 
God for his life without exercising 

Christian parent, if you love your 
children, if you love God for the 
salvation found in the shed blood 
of Jesus Christ, if you truly want 
to serve Him to the best of your 
ability . . . then don't put discipline 
out of your life or the lives of your 

Reprinted from June 9, 1973, Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald 

March 15, 1993 


No Time 
To Pray 

I got up early one morning 
And rushed right into the day; 
I had so much to accomplish 
That I didn't take time to pray. 

Problems just tumbled about me . . . 
And heavier came each task; 
"Why doesn't God help me?" I wondered. 
He answered, "You didn't ask." 

I wanted to see joy and beauty 
But the day toiled on gray and bleak, 
wondered why God didn't show me — 
He said, "But you didn't seek!" 

I woke up early this morning. 

And paused before entering the day; 

had so much to accomplish 
That I had to take time to pray. 





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Dana Rohiabacher 

"Social Concerns Sunday" A Big 
Event at Grace Community Church 

January 17 was observed as "Social Concerns 
Sunday" at Grace Community Ciiurch in Seal 
Beach, California. 

Featured guest speaker was Congress- 
man Dana Rohrabacher, who represents 
the district which includes Seal Beach. 
Mr. Rohrabacher discussed several moral 
issues facing the country and advised the 
congregation on how they could be more 
effective citizens. 

Senior Pastor Don Shoemaker, who is 
also chairman of the Social Concerns 
Committee in the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches, used Abraham's con- 
versations with God prior to the destruc- 
tion of Sodom to teach on "Social Concern for a 
Sinful City." 

In the afternoon, 24 youths and adults from the 
church traveled 40 miles to Pasadena to picket 
outside a church where the Southern California 
Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights was cele- 
brating abortion rights with a candlelight vigil. 

Youth and adults preparing to go to picket in Pasedena 

Pastoral Changes: 

Beaverton, Oregon, Grace Brethren Church 
Thomas Rowe 
3595 S.W. 170th Avenue 
Aloha, OR 97006 
(telephone 503/649-2953) 

Sunrise Grace Brethren Church, Powell, Ohio 
Lyie Sweeney 
251 Northigh Drive 
Worthington, OH 43085 
(telephone 614/888-6466) 

50th Wedding Anniversary 

Rev. and Mrs. M. Lee Myers of 1240 Melrose 
Drive, Mansfield, Ohio, recently celebrated their 
50th wedding anniversary. 
They were married in Cleve- 
land, Ohio, on January 16, 

The Myers' have two mar- 
ried children, Carrell Lynn 
(Myers) Nixon, now living 
in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and 
Dennis Lee Myers of Fish- 
ers, Indiana, and six grand- 
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Rev. Myers pastored churches for 45 years in 
Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, West Virginia and Virginia. 
He is now retired from full-time pastoral work, but 
he and Mrs. Myers are both still actively engaged 
in various church activities. 

Address Changes: 

Duane Jones 

2820 N.W. 99th Street 
Vancouver, WA 98665 
(telephone 206/574-2128) 

Wilfred Jean 

P.O. Box 371233 
Miami, PL 33137-1233 
(telephone 305/739-5468) 

Ken Carozza 

15 Dalewood Road 
Newington, CT06111 

Emory "Zeke" Young 
97 Curtis Avenue 
Beckley, WV 25801 
(telephone 304/253-3430 home) 
(304/465-1771 office) 

Daniel and Rachel Jackson 
Lederstr. 17 
7260 Calw 


Rowland, Dorothy M., mother of Mrs. Ralph (Julia) 
Coburn, passed away on December 5, 1992. 
Memorial services were held at Community 
Grace Brethren Church in Long Beach, 
California. She was 92 years old. Mrs. Rowland 
was actively engaged in children's ministry at 
Englewood, CA, Fort Lauderdale, PL, 
Community Grace Brethren Church in Long 
Beach and North Long Beach. 



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A Turtle on 
the Turnpike 

Charles W. Turner 

Few experiences in life can be as frustrating as finding 
oneself in a place where he or she should not be. 
What do you do at a time like that? For the one with 
great foresight the answer is simple — don't go there in the 
first place. You and I cannot argue with such wisdom. 
Nevertheless, sometimes unplanned circumstances do 
evolve into fioistrating situations. Recently, I saw a very 
dramatic demonstration of this truth! 

It was early in the morning, and I was driving along the 
Pennsylvania Turnpike. Up ahead I noticed an object in the 
road, and as I drove nearer it became more obvious as to 
what the object was ... a turtle! It was resting in the center 
of the right-hand lane of traffic. He had retracted into his 
shell — pulling in his four legs and tail. The only sign of life 
was his head which was out far enough to size up the 
problem. Would you accept my reasoning that he must have 
been in the process of analyzing the total situation before 
proceeding one more step? Let me assure you the dilemma 
had no easy answer. To proceed would mean crossing one 
more lane of traffic, plus a median strip, and two more lanes 
of traffic before he could be safe again. To turn back may 
have appeared to be the next best solution. Never having 
had the faculty of thinking "turtle thoughts," I don't know 
what his logic could have been. There may have been one 
real good way out for him if a "Good Samaritan" would have 
been around to stop and pick up the poor fellow and thus 
remove him to safety. 

Even that device could have presented problems. 
Number one, the big road signs said, "Emergency Parking 
Only." Would the state trooper judge this as an emergency? 
Number two, who knows but what the turtle may have been 
a determined creature who had some important business on 
the other side of the turnpike. Such "help" would really have 
been a hindrance to his dedicated mission! Sorry, I caimot 
give you the final chapter of the turtle's tour of the turnpike. 
(I wasn't the "Good Samaritan.") However, please bear 
with me while I record for you some of my mental observa- 
tions I had for the next few miles of my trip. 

Having spent more or less all of my adult life working 
with people, I can remember a lot of human beings who were 
like the turtle. I fact, I can recall a number of occasions 
when I was just like him. There are those times in life when 
we all find ourselves in unusual circumstances and places, 
and we wonder how we ever managed to arrive at such a 
state of affairs. Yes, some strenuous thinking might help to 
answer the question for us. However, it undoubtedly took 

an untold number of turns and decisions to bring us to the 
present predicament. The "now" was where we found our- 
selves, and that was not where we wanted to be. The traffic 
was buzzing around us, and it seemed any move might be 
fatal. But to remain in the present place created an equal 
number of hazards. 

Perhaps our first thought 
was . . . how do we get out of 
here? Shall we keep on going 
or turn back? That is the 
pressing question. Maybe our 
purpose in getting involved 
was a good one and not of bad 
intent. To go on may take 
more courage than it seems 
possible to muster at the mo- 
ment. To turn back might 
well mean a personal defeat in 
our lives. Decisions are not 
always easy to come by, and we need help. 

But where is the help coming from? You guessed 
it — from the friend who shrewdly reminds you that you 
should not have let yourself get into this situation. (Big 
help!) Then there is always the possibility that someone will 
stop and give you the real assistance that is needed to solve 
the problem. He might want to remove you from danger and 
place you in safety, but remember — in order to complete the 
task and reach safety, you may have to retrace those slow, 
painfiil steps. 

Going through the danger is not foreign to the servants 
of the Lord. The Bible is filled with such types of commis- 
sions from God. David, Daniel and Jeremiah are a few of 
God's saints who were led in paths of severe trial. The main 
idea here is to make certain God told you to "cross the road." 

As the turtle's image faded in my mind, I was torn 
between several thoughts. After all, it was just a turtle . . . 
but, "Lord, never let me become insensitive to the needs of 
others. Never let me as a believer become thoughtless, cold 
or hardened to the dilemmas of others. Don't let me lose 
my love . . . this is serious. Give me wisdom to know when 
and how to help someone. Please, do not let me make them 
retrace their steps when You want them to go forward. 

Reprinted from August 1 , 1975 
Brethren Missionary Herald 


Brethren Missionary 


Volume 55 No. 5 



May 15, 1993 

3 Editorial 

A Turtle on the Turnpike 

5 National Conference 

6 CE National 
Brethren National Youth 

7 Women's Missionary Council 
Who Cares for the Shepherd? 
We Do! 

8 Interview with Terry Hofecker 

12 Home Missions 

First Military Chaplains 

14 Life Changing Stories 

1 5 Grace College 

Grace Basketball Wins at 
the Game of Life 

16 Fellowship News 

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Brethren Evangelistic Ministries 

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CE National 

Ed Lewis 
Foreign Missions 

Tom Julien 

Kip Cone 
Grace Schools 

John Davis 

Joel Curry 
Home Missions 

Larry N. Chamberlain 

Jesse B. Deloe 
Women's Missionary Council 

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Bill Snelly Our Fellowship Moderator 

Invites you to Attend our 
1 993 National Conference 

Theme: His Compelling and Constraining 

Dates & Place: July 24-29 in Billings, Montana — a city of western style with a country smile. In 
the middle of big sky country with many great things to see — a great place to enjoy a wonderful 
conference in a relaxed and informal style . . . and right close to Yellowstone Park. 

Conference Hotel: Holiday Billings Plaza (1-800-637-3670). Secure a reservation form from your 
pastor, church secretary, literature table or by contacting our Fellowship Coordinator. 

Program: The program will include all the good and exciting features like: 

• Moderator's Address Service on Sunday Morning 

• Home and Foreign Missions Rally and Challenge Hours 

• Evening Bible Hours with Great Music 

• Grace Seminary & College Challenge Hour 

• National Leadership Day Co-sponsored by CE National and Women's Missionary Council 

• Special Feature: Jim and Sally Conway of Fullerton, California 

• Women's Missionary Council Meetings — Grace Brethren Men and Ministers Sessions 

• Grand Finale Rally Thursday Evening — Special Showing of the Film, "The Eye of the Storm " 

• Special Airline and Car Rental Discounts are available through Prestige Worldwide Travel. Call Toll 
Free: 1-800-553-4410 (ask for Karen or Susan at the FGBC Desk). Two Free Airline Tickets to be 
given away at conference to two who purchase from Prestige. 

Tour Yellowstone National Park: Drive into the park over Beartooth Mountain which Charies 
Kuralt called, "The most beautiful highway in the world." Or join the Brethren in a Grand Bus Tour on 
Friday, July 30 — reservations may be made at conference. 

Child Care- Children's Conference: For babies through sixth graders available at nominal 
cost during all regular sessions. Paid adult and teen helpers will be needed. If interested contact the 
Fellowship Coordinator's Office to request an application form. 

For other Tourist Information: Contact the Billings, Montana Visitor's Center, 815 S. 27th St., 
Billings, MT 59107. Phone 1-800-735-2635 or 1-800-735-1692. 

Other Conference Materials should be available from your pastor or church secretary. 

Or contact our Fellowship Coordinator, Charles Ashman, P.O. Box 386, 

Winona Lake, IN 46590, Phone: 219-269-1269. 

May 15, 1993 


Brethren National 
Youth Conference « headed 

for the mountains! 


Western Carolina University, located near the Great Smoky Mountains, will host over 2, 000 young 
people and adults as they attend one of the most challenging youth events of the year 

July 31 - August 6, 1993 


Speakers and Testimonies 
Dave Busby 

Dynamic Speaker to Youth 

Dave Bogue 

GBC Pastor and Traveling Speaker 

Dave Roever 

Vietnam Veteran with an amazing story to tell 

Becky Tirabassi 

Author and speaker — will give her testimony on parent-teen 
relationships and alcoholism 

Steve Geyer 

An outstanding Christian Comedian 

Bob DeMoss 

From Focus on the Family 
"In Your Face" 

Music and Concerts 

• Rhythm & News • Benji Gaither Band • Sound 
Investment • Integrity Hosanna's Randy Rothwell 

Also Including: 

Three-day mini-series with numerous Grace Brethren Leaders, BNYC Variety 
Show, NAC Finals, Bible Quiz Finals, Special Communion Service, Community 
BLITZ (ministry opportunities). Leadership Track (NEW!). 
Daily afternoon extras include options such as: white-water rafting, excursions 
to the Ghost Town Western Theme Park, horseback riding, and repelling. 

Included in the 1 993 BNYC cost of $297 is: 

• Six nights lodging at beautifiil Western Carolina University 

• Three meals daily which include varied entrees and an outdoor barbecue 

• All programs (excluding afternoon options) 

Brethren National 
Youth Conference 

Sponsored by 

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Who Cares for the Shepherd? 

We Do!! 

You and your wife are invited to be our guess at a special day of appreciation, a Day with the Conways, on Monday, July 
26, at National Conference in Billings, Montana. 

About the Conways 

• Jim — pastor for almost 30 years, associate professor at Talbot 

• Sally — elementary school teacher, adjunct professor at Talbot 

• Together — daily radio program, numerous TV appearances, 
founders of Christian Living Resources Inc., and widely publish- 
ed authors of many books. 

• Dr. Charles Swindoll says: "The Conways are authentic people 
and they communicate well. They address real-to-life issues and 
they meet needs people wrestle with in this fast-paced generation." 

Jim and Sally Conway 

The day will begin at 8:30 with the CE National Plenary Session, during which Jim Conway will speak. Sessions for pastors 
and their wives will run from 10:15 AM until 3:30 PM. A complimentary lunch will be served.* 

*All pastors and their wives are invited. Cost of the luncheon will be underwritten/or one pastor and wife from each church. The cost for additional couples 
will be $7 .00 per person. 

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Interview with 
Pastor Terry Hofecker 

Northwest Chapel, Dublin Ohio 

by Jeff Carroll 

J: Terry, you are Senior Pastor at Northwest Chapel 
Grace Brethren Church, tell me a little about the church. 

T: Northwest Chapel is a Grace Brethren Church which 
will be eight years old in June. It is a daughter congre- 
gation of Worthington Grace Brethren Church. We 
began on June 25, 1985 in the basement of the Mid- 
America Federal Bank in Dublin, Ohio targeting the 
northwest suburbs of Columbus. 

J: How did you choose Dublin? 

T: The first thing that attracted me to Dublin was that a lot 
of the mainline and liberal denominations were target- 
ing this area for church planting. It is my opinion that 
it is much harder to plant a mainline or liberal church 
because there is a lot less to offer people, there is not 
the clear teaching of Scripture. There is no wonderful 
hope of the Gospel. There isn't the cooperating work 
of the Holy Spirit. It is a much more difficult task. 
Consequently, liberal and mainline denominations tend 
to pick the hottest areas, those areas where it is easiest 
to plant new churches. When I began to do my re- 
search, it was clear from the demographics that Dublin 
was going to be one of the most rapidly growing areas 
in the country in the 1980's. 

J: How do you explain the growth of Northwest Chapel, 
humanly speaking? 

T: When we began the church, there were 23 churches in 
Dublin. Only three of them had been here longer than 
seven years and had their own buildings. It was a 
heavily underchurched area and we were blessed 
enough in the Providence of God to meet people with 
the hope of the Gospel as they were moving in and open 
to new life patterns. 

J: Tell me about your family and personal background. 

T: I was raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. We were an 
unchurched family and our only contact with the church 
was with the Riverside Grace Brethren Church, my 
father was an alcoholic, and during times of crisis the 
church would reach out to us. When I was 1 8 years of 
age, I had been out of high school for a year and was 

working at one of the local factories. I was recovering 
fi-om involvement with the drug culture and was look- 
ing for a new direction for my life. One of the people 
who talked to me about the Gospel was a layman of the 
Riverside Grace Brethren Church. Due to the death of 
a fiiend I made a commitment 
to Christ and there was only 
one church I could think of 
going to and that was where 
this fellow attended. My Dad 
contracted cancer and two 
weeks later had serious sur- 
gery. The pastor of that 
church went up to visit him 
before the surgery began and 
led him to Christ. My Dad's life was radically 
changed. It was in that church that I met my wife and 
decided to go into ministry. We now have two chil- 
dren, Ben and Sarah, and are hoping to bring them up 
to love and serve God. 

J: Is marketing a term pastors should be familiar with? 

T: If you want to understand the culture in which we live 
we have to understand the idea behind marketing. 
When I took my doctorate in church planting one of the 
things I was required to do was a parallel study in a 
secular field. So, at Ohio State, I took a course on 

marketing. The 
professor stood 
up and defined 
marketing with 
a very com- 
monly accepted 
defmition. Mar- 
keting, accord- 
ing to him is 'dis- 
covering needs 
and meeting 
them.' To me 
that sounds very 
much like the biblical desire or drive we have to do 
ministry. I would like to think that we in the church 
have a great advantage because we are seeking out real 
needs, needs that matter for etemity. 



J: Who are you targeting? 

T: Our target couple would be right around 30-35 years 
old. They would be living here within 15-20 minutes 
drive of our church facility. He would ^^^^^ 
probably have at least a Master's Degree 
and she could have an undergraduate or 
graduate education. He works as a profes- 
sional or executive. They have recently 
moved to the area in the past five years. 
They live in a house in a large subdivision 
that is relatively new. Their background 
usually is un-churched but they have some 
association in their past with some other 
major denomination. The largest contin- 
gent in our church are people who are Ro- 
man Catholic in background, followed by 
Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Methodist. 
They have at least two children and Mom 
is staying at home to try to raise them in 
50% of the cases. They desire to build a 
solid family and are looking for the input ^^^^^" 
that will help them keep their life together 
as they see so many falling apart. 

J: What do your Elders do? 

T: When we define how our church functions, we define 
our church as elder-led, staff-run, and lay-empowered. 
The elders provide the overall oversight and direction. 
They meet at least once monthly plus an annual retreat 
where they examine the direction, the goals, the long- 
term master plan for the church. On a monthly basis 
they provide accountability for the staff as we're run- 
ning the day to day operations of the church. The 
Elders set policy and make the major decisions. They 
provide spiritual support in times of difficuh ministry 
and back-up support for the pastors who are usually the 
first on the scene in a crisis situation. All decisions of 
our Elder Board are required to be unanimous. 

J: How do you train people? 


I would like to 

think that we in 

the church have 

a great 


because we are 

seeking out real 

needs, needs 

that matter for 


Don Buckingham, Associate Pastor 

Training is probably one of the backbones of our 
church. We have a disicpleship strategy that tries to 
meet people as they might come into contact 
with us from secular, unchurched backgrounds. 
We then try to answer their questions and bring 
them into an encounter with God's people and 
the Gospel so they make a commitment to 
Christ. When they do that we try to move them 
from that point to where they are a maturing 
Christian. We do that by involving them in 
small groups, by recruiting them toward bap- 
tism and membership and by taking them 
through the first level of our discipleship mate- 
rial which is titled, Equipped to Live. After 
they are a maturing Christian we turn our atten- 
tion to helping them become a ministering 
Christian. We have a second level of our dis- 
cipleship material which focuses on teaching 
them how to share their faith in Christ and 
^^^ teaches them biblical principles about lay-em- 
powered ministry. It also helps them discover 
their spiritual gifts. At the end of that phase they meet 
with somebody on our paid or volunteer staff who 
actually looks over their assessments and places them 
in ministry. The next phase, which we are only begin- 
ning to work on, is trying to make them a missions- 
minded Christian. This January we took our first group 
of people to Mexico City for cultural exposure experi- 
ence. We're hoping to teach about God's heart for the 
entire world and have everyone, sometime in the asso- 
ciation with the church, go on a short term mission trip 
so they see one of the driving passions of the Grace 
Brethren Fellowship and our local church. 

J: What is your greatest challenge presently? 

T: I think our greatest challenge presently is maintaining 
our commitment to the quality of our ministry. We tend 
to grow here not because we focus on quantity, but on 
the quality of what we do. With the rapid growth, 
especially in the past couple of years, it has been 
difficult to keep up. When we moved into our facility 
in 1990 our attendance was right around 400. Last 
week we had 961 . With that kind of explosive growth 
it is difficult to maintain the type of care, discipleship, 
and quality of ministry which we want to have. 

J: What would be your advice to a pastor just starting out? 

T: I think the most important thing is to make sure that you 
are genuine. I think you have to make sure that you are 
doing this because you love God and you are respond- 
ing to what He has done for you and there is no drive 

May 15, 1993 



to prove anything. Around here we try to teach our staff 
people the most dangerous thing in the world is some- 
body with something to prove. People out there have 
been disappointed by religious leaders and they are 
looking for people who are real. If your ministry is not 
founded on prayer and genuine godliness in your per- 
sonal life, it will eventually show. You need to be 
genuine in your relationship with God. with your fam- 
ily, and with other people. Then, with that foimdation 
laid, I think you ha\e to study your culture and your 
target group of people. You must not import things 
which you ha\'e heard other people use elsewhere but 
which may not fit with the type of people you are trying 
to reach. You ought to be inno%ati%'e and creative and 
make sure that what you bring to them in ministry was 
designed for them and not a totally different audience 
or congregation. Lastly, I think you have to work very 
hard. All ministries have different phases w hether it is 
a specific ministry in a local church or starting a church. 
There is start-up phase, building phase, refinement 
phase and the redevelopment phase. The start-up and 
building phases are exhausting and you need to ha\e a 
real commitment to work hard during those so that you 
get to the refinement phase with sufficient resources to 
minister to others. 

What is the church's philosophy about money? 

We belie\"e that when God wants to gi\^e money to a 
church or ministry He gives it through people. The 
healthiest way for this to happen is when they give it 

freely out of their lo\ e for God and their response to 

what He has done for them on one side and their trust 
in the responsibility of the ministry to use it profitably, 
on the other side. We attempt to be responsible stew- 
ards of any money entrusted with us. We occasionally 
will tell our people that if they give us one dollar we 
will give them two dollar's worth of ministry. We tell 
stories of the high commitment of our staff to that value 
of stewardship. We are transparent and accountable 
with our financial commitments. The second thing we 

try to communicate to people is that ministry and giving 
is a ministry motivated by God's grace, and not by guilt 
or greed. We don't try to convince people that if they 
give us so much money they'll have a lot more them- 
selves. We don't try to make them feel guilt. Giving 
is a work the Holy Spirit must do within their hearts. 

I think our greatest challenge 

presently is maintaining our 

commitment to the quality of 

our ministry. 

We try to talk to people about God's love and people's 
needs. If they love God, trust us, and know the needs, 
they will give. 

J: How important is church planting at Northwest Chapel 

T: Church planting is how we do missions. We try not to 
"support missionaries" but to plant churches. Mission- 
aries, then, are the staff we hire to carry out these goals. 
We make very serious and deep commitments beyond 
just their support. We support them aggressively in 
prayer, in extra finances, in project funds, in emotional 
and personal support, and communication. We make a 
focused effort to plant daughter churches. We believe 
that the best model for multiplying churches is for 
churches to plant churches. We presently have three 
daughter churches that we've gotten started and we 
have the hopes of having three more or so in the next 
five years within our own city and in other cultures 
around the world. 

J: What has been most effective for Northwest Chapel in 
the area of outreach? 

T: I think the most effective outreach we have is that the 
value of authenticity which we have as leaders and as 
staff tends to filter down to our people. They are very 
sincere and real, not artificial about their faith. People 
see that difference in them and are attracted to a place 
where faith makes sense. Of course those namral rela- 
tionships are incredibly effective in their outreach to 
many people around them. Secondly it has been very 
effective for us to do direct mail. We try three times a 
year to do a 35,000 piece direct mailing to our ministry 
area. We believe that if we contact people and contact 
them continually there will be those times or seasons of 
life when they're open and vulnerable to the work of 
God's Spirit. Direct mail makes it possible that we'll 
be the channel through which the Lord will work in 




their lives to bring them unto Himself and to work on 
growing them toward maturity'. 

J: You didn't start out mailing 35,000 pieces? 

T: No, I actually started out with a brochure that one of 
our men who is now an elder and works for a marketing 
company designed. We didn't have money to mail it 
so evervAvhere 1 went I took some with me. If I had to 
wait in a doctor's office I'd leave one lay there. If I had 
to wait for a restaurant (which was vers common in this 
area) I'd leave one lying there. We had a couple of 
people who had businesses who became part of our 

congregation. They made the brochiu^s available on 
their counter tops and in all those cases we saw people 
w ho found out about our church and became a part of 
the life of our ministry through them. 

J: What is your philosophy of preaching and how do > ou 
prepare \our messages? 

T: 1 think the goal of preaching is to communicate the 
eternal principles and truths of the Word of God to 
whatever audience God brings before you. Conse- 
quenth, there are t\\o different directions which the 
effective preacher has to pursue in stud\ . The first is 
to stud> or exegete the Scriptures to find out the eternal 
truths that God tried to communicate in whatever sec- 
tion you are studying. My training at Grace Seminary 
was invaluable for this. The next thing you have to do 
is stud)- the people to find out how they will understand 
it. What needs in their lives need to be addressed from 
these truths? WTiat applications need to be addressed 
from these truths? \Miat applications need to be 
brought across so they can see the relevance of God's 
Word in their daiK lives? Preaching involves the study 
and exegesis of rvvo things, the Scriptures and people. 
Now we have help with the people because the Scrip- 
ture does give us an X-ray picture of their heart, but it 
needs to be filled out b\' insight into their daily lives 
and thinkina. 

J: WTiat would you say were the secrets to your effective- 
ness of your church? 

T: If we are effective as a church we don't have any 
secrets. The Word of God applied to peoples' lives 
with an earnest desire to contact as mam people as 
possible is the combination which has helped us. Out 
of the Word of God we've adopted values upon which 
we operate. We're a moral and ethical organization and 
those values define and govern who we are. At times 
when pragmatic choices can be tempting we resist those 
and stick with our values and that alwa>s turns out to 
be the most productive. The fad or the gimmick for the 
short run ma\ get > ou somewhere but in the long run it 
doesn't have the abilit> to have your ministry or your 
church be what God wants it to be. 

J: Can you speak to those who know you that sa\ you are 
not only a great pastor but also a great theologian and 
would you speak to your imderstanding of theology? 

T: The foundarion of all that we do here at this church 
grows out of our biblical theology . In all the things we 
do we ask ourseKes ho\s the was we handle mone\' or 
motisate people for service in ministr. connects with 
what we believe about God and His grace and work in 
our lives. How does it connect with what the Scripture 
teaches about the depravit> of man as well as the dignity 
of man. because we are created in God's imaae? Does 

We believe that if we contact 
people and contact them 

continually there will be those 
times or seasons of life when 

they're open and vulnerable to 
the work of God's Spirit. 

it fit with w hat \s e know about the work of the Holy 
Spirit? Is it consistent with the inspiration of Scripture 
and its sufficiency for directing the lives of believers. 
When we sa> "theolog> ", we are sa\ ing that the central 
theme is Christ and He is the foundation upon which 
the church is built. He's the foundarion for which the 
ministr> and life of even, individual is buih. Our 
mori\ ation for serving is gratitude for Christ's forgive- 
ness and not a works-orientedL performance-based fear 
or guilt. Good theologv is the foundation of all good 

May 15, 1993 



First Military 



by Chaplain C. Lee Jenkins 

For the first time ever, military chaplains endorsed by the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches met together recently 
in Winona Lake, Indiana, for a time of fellowship, discussion, 
and encouragement. All active duty and reserve chaplains 
were invited to the two-day Grace Brethren Chaplains Confer- 
ence, sponsored by the Eagle Commission, the FGBC network 
of prayer partners for her chaplains. 

The conference's primary mission was to introduce the 
chaplains to each other. We've had chaplains who have been 
in the military for 10 or 15 years and have not met the other 
men in similar roles, particularly those serving in the reserves. 
Our secondary purpose was to introduce the men to the 
various ministries of the Fellowship and their leaders at 
Grace Brethren Home Missions, Foreign Missions, CE Na- 
tional, and Grace Schools. 

On the first morning of the meeting, the chaplains were 
guests in psychology and sociology classes at Grace College. 
They presented their ministries and answered the students' 
questions. The reception by the students and professors was 
extraordinary, and student feedback was very good. The chap- 
lains also ate in the college dining commons for both breakfast 
and lunch, so they had good contact with the students. 

The national ministries associated with the FGBC sent 
a representative, usually their director, to spend an hour with 
the chaplains and outline their various programs, strategies 
and, in particular, what the chaplains could do to be involved 
in the program of that board. 

On the second day, in-house sessions continued for the 
chaplains. Prior to the conference I had asked the chaplains 
to submit areas or subjects they would like to discuss. Those 
that sent in their questions were then asked to prepare a 
presentation on that subject. It worked out very well. From 

Chaplains lames Schaefer, Dayne Nix, |ohn Diaz, ]ack Calle, Ben Collins, Ken Town- 
send, lohn Schumacher, Phil Spence, Bill Cochran, John Patrick, and Chuck Card 

nine in the morning to five in the evening the men discussed 
six different subjects. 

Issues addressed included gays in the military and how 
they could be ministered to; the chaplain's ministry respon- 
sibility to his own family; the reduction of military forces 
and its effect on morale; programs to reach the wide age 
span and maturity level of armed forces personnel; and the 
need to keep in touch with the FGBC aims and programs for 
reaching others for Christ. It was extremely helpful. 

Most importantly, our chaplains were able to fellowship 
with one another and encourage each other in their ministries. 
Each shared with the group about his own ministry and needs, 
and they discussed the fliture of the military chaplaincy. As a 
result, a great camaraderie developed among them. 

We had them stay in the same motel. We had them eat 
together. In that way, they had a chance to do the bonding that 
they had never been able to do before. And they learned what 
each other was doing, and the methods they were using. 

"It was one of the highlights of my military career," wrote 
Chaplain Colonel Jim Elwell, US Air Force, after he returned 
to his base. "It was a resounding success and we are all closer 
to one another because of it. Sharing our lives for two or three 
days really initiated some bonding among us." 

"We owe you a debt we could never pay for all you did to 
set up such a magnificent event for us," said Chaplain Colonel 
John Schumacher, US Army. "I have never seen any military 
activity done more thoroughly or professionally. From the 
bottom of my heart I thank you." 

Many thanks to the Eagle Commission members who 
pray for our Grace Brethren Chaplains as they serve our God 
and country with honor and distinction. 
If you would like more information on 
being a part of the Eagle Commission, 
contact Grace Brethren Home Mis- 
sions, PO Box 587, Winona Lake, IN 
46590 or 219\267-5161. 

Editor's Note: C. Lee Jenkins, 
CDR, CHC, is retired from the US Navy 
chaplaincy. He currently serves as the 
Chaplain Endorsing Agent for the Fel- i^g Jenkins 

lowship of Grace Brethren Churches. Endorsing Agent 




Around the Nation with Our 
Churches and Chaplains: 

» Ft. Wainwright, AK, Chaplain John Patrick 

"Our mission has changed to a worldwide mission assignment including the Pacific theater. 
Chaplain Ralph Benson, the new Post Chaplain, is an evangelical and I'm enjoying working and 
fellowshipping with him. The 14 chaplains in the Division are really doing great ministry. Praise 

» Montgomeryville, PA, Pastor Dave Allem 

"Our numbers leveled off here before Easter. We spent some time reorganizing to care for our 
people better. Our Easter mailing brought 10 new guests on Palm Sunday. We had 88 on Easter 

» Niles, Ml, Pastor Scott Fetter 

"We are eagerly anticipating starting an advertising campaign for our community. The church has 
approved $500 towards newspaper advertising and a mailing campaign, and everyone is beginning 
to sense an urgency to reach out to our community." 

• North Port, FL, Pastor Ed DeZago 

"Slow ... steady ... we've grown over this time last year. A Friday night Hawaiian social in February 
saw 33 folks gather for fun and fellowship. A Sunday brunch worship service drew 46, and a 
three-fold Sunday morning baby dedication brought 81 folks on March 21st — a new record 
attendance for us." 

» State College, PA, Jim Morton, interim pastor 

"The core group continues to be committed at this point. The question that is uppermost in people's 
minds is 'when are we going to have a pastoral prospect to consider?' Please pray!" 

» Corning, NY, Pastor Pete Miller 

"Response to our 'Message of Hope' telephone line has been phenomenal ! We have had interviews 
resulting in newspaper articles and opportunities to talk widely about our ministry. More than 100 
have called in, responding to the articles or our ads on public TV. The phone message is interactive, 
so we are able to follow up with specific knowledge of the people who are calling." 

» Ft. Lewis, WA, Chaplain John Schumacher 

"Things continue on course with excellent command support. A spirit of teamwork prevails among 
our 28 chaplains. Praise the Lord for His protection and blessing during our deployment and 
mission in exercise "Team Spirit" in Korea in March. Pray for my ministry with I Corps 
Headquarters as senior chaplain for a multi-national, multi-service mission in Thailand in May." 

» Philadelphia, PA Crossroads GBC, Pastor Jim Brown 

"We have the opportunity to purchase and renovate a building. The tentative nature of our current 
lease, the rising costs, and the necessity for farther renovation provide motivation for us to move. 
We can purchase and remodel this new facility for $50,000. Would you pray that God would 
provide the resources for this project?" 

» Oceanside, CA, Pastors Doug Bukowski & Gary Kinser 

"Our first Women's Network event is scheduled for May 22 with a Christian author who's written 
on how to save money in the north San Diego County area. Her testimony can have a great impact ! " 

May 15, 1993 13 



^^^ir lives should preach good sennons. According to the book 
Life of Francis d' Assist, Francis once invited a young monk to join 
him on a trip to town to preach. Honored to be given the invitation, 
the monk readily accepted. 

All day long he and Francis walked through the streets, byways, 
and alleys, and even into the suburbs. They rubbed shoulders with 
hundreds of people. 

At day's end, the two headed back home. Not even once had 
Francis addressed a crowd, nor had he talked to anyone about the 
gospel. Greatly disappointed, his young companion said, "I 
thought we were going into town to preach." Francis responded, 
"My son, we have preached. We were preaching while we were 
walking. We were seen by many and our behavior was closely 
watched. It is of no use to walk anywhere to preach unless we 
preach everywhere as we walk!" 

'he 19th-century minister, Henry Ward Beecher owned a 
magnificent globe depicting the various constellations and stars. 
The well-known skeptic Robert IngersoU, visiting Beecher one day, 
admired the globe and asked who made it. "Who made it?" 

Beacher replied, seizing an opportunity to 
challenge IngersoU's unbelief "Why, 
nobody made it; it just happened." 
A point well made! The universe 
did not just happen; it bears the 
fingerprints of its Creator 
on every star, cloud, 
mountain and river. 

young man got into a financial tangle by loaning a 
ftiend in another town $500 without the benefit of a 
written note. He didn't even ask for a receipt indicating 
the amount loaned. 

When the young man needed his money, he realized 
he had nothing to document his claim. In desperation he 
consulted his father. After a moment of consideration, 
the father said, "Oh, that's easy. Write him and say you 
need the $ 1 ,000 you loaned him." The young man said, 
"You mean $500." "No," said the father. "You say 
$ 1 ,000, and he will immediately write back that he owes 
you only $500. Then you will have it in writing." 

If an earthly father can be clever enough to devise 
such a plan, imagine the possibilites available from the 
heavenly Father. God is the source of all true wisdom. 


^^rty thousand fans were 
on hand in the Oakland 
stadium when Rickey 
Henderson tied Lou Brock's 
career stolen base record. 
According to USA Today, 
Lou, who had left baseball 
in 1979, had followed 
Henderson's career and was 
excited about his succcess. 
Realizing that Rickey 
would set a new record, 
Brock said, "I'll be there. 
Do you think I'm going to 
miss it now? Rickey did in 
12 years what took me 19. 
He's amazing." 

The real success stories 
in life are with people who 
can rejoice in the successes 
of others. What Lou Brock 
did in cheering on Rickey 
Henderson should be a way 
of life in the family of God. 
Few circumstances give us 
a better opportunity to 
exhibit God's grace than 
when someone succeeds 
and surpasses us in an area 
of our own strength and 




Grace Basketball Wins 
at the Game of Life 

by Matt DeLong 

Basketball comes to the children of Indiana about an 
hour and a half after they begin to walk. The tradition is 
rich, the memories precious and the stories that are told last 
forever. And whoever thought that building one of the 
finest traditions in the world-wide scope of Indiana basket- 
ball would be a small college in Winona Lake that goes by 
the name of Grace? 

Beginning the 1991-92 season unranked, the Lancers 
of Grace College began a two-year run that would see them 
become one of the best small-college basketball clubs in the 

As history has so richly recorded, the Lancers did go on 
to prove themselves to the nation, earning the 1992 NAIA 
II National Championship with a stunning overtime victory 
over Northwestern College of Iowa. 

The start of the 1 992-93 season would place the Lancers 
in a situation that they had never before known. Ranked #1 
in the country and defending a national championship. 

The bulls-eye was marked on the red and gray Lancer 
uniforms from the very beginning of the season. But 
through all of the pressure of being expected to win every 
game (which they didn't), and remaining one of the top 
ranked teams in the country, Grace was still able to accu- 
mulate one of the best records in the history of the school 
by posting a 27-6 mark. 

An exceptional basketball team to say the least. 

But there is much more behind the Lancers' success. A 

I » x_ .* r jki 


Vi/HJ^HK- i^ * 


The 1993 Lancers following a victory in the NAIA District 21 Championship game 

Coach Jim Kessler presents Scott Blum with the 1993 NCCAA 
National Player of the Year award. 

much deeper meaning than putting a ball through a hoop. 
A commitment to Christ. Athletic ability coupled with 

a tremendous amount of dedication, that is what makes the 
Grace College basketball squad, and their 
coach, Jim Kessler, a different breed in this 
world of misplaced values pertaining to the 
world of athletics. 

Maybe that's what has made the basket- 
ball program at Grace College so very spe- 
cial. The men do share their faith. Be it in 
the prayer circle prior to each practice, or a 
ministry opportunity at a Grace Brethren 
camp in Washington, the Lancers make it 
clear that basketball is only a part of their 
reason for attending Grace College. 

Next year Jim Kessler will present an- 
other team to the fans of Grace College. The 
team will look a little different, but the mis- 
sion statement may still go something like 
this. "We will be ambassadors of God 
through basketball by playing by the rules, 
by playing hard, and by pleasing Him in 
every facet of our personal lives." 

May 15, 1993 



Centennial Celebrated at Altoona, 
Pennsylvania Grace Brethren Church 

The First Grace Brethren Church of Altoona, Pennsyl- 
vania is celebrating its Centennial this year. A series 
of concerts and special events have begun and will 
continue until the end of the year. The highlight will be a 
grand Celebration Service on Sunday, May 16, at 3:00 p.m. 
The featured speaker will be Rev. Ralph Bums who pastored 
from 1955-1966. Local dignitaries will also be participating 
in the service. All former members and friends are invited. 
The church has been located at Maple Avenue and 30th 
Street since 1896. It was the first Progressive Brethren 
Church in Altoona. Circuit pastor, William Spanogle was 
instrumental in its founding. 

- Pastor Barry L. Rowe 

Altoona Grace Brethren Church 

Education Facility Dedicated at 

Southern Lancaster Grace Brethren Church, 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

Southern Lancaster Grace Brethren Church 

AS the young congregation was completing the new 
church facility in 1 980, the back wall was peculiar 
in this brick building. The back wall was not brick, 
but a temporary wall that could be easily dismantled when 
the time came to add on to the facility. 

Pastor Vernon Harris, the founding pastor, saw the 
church grow dramatically in the early 1980's. A new 
addition was desperately needed. The church grew to the 
point where they had to have two services, also the Christian 
Education space was so limited that four Sunday School 
classes met in the basement of a nearby apartment building, 
a mall conference room and a house. The church launched 
a fund raising campaign called the Mustard Seed project. 

In 1989 Pastor Harris retired from the church and John F. 
Smith became the pastor. The ftind raising campaign con- 
tinued and was renamed the Caleb project. 

In September 1 99 1 , the church held the groundbreaking 
service for the 7,200 square-foot education facility. The 
facility includes eleven new classrooms, a greatly expanded 
foyer and a small addition to the sanctuary. The people of 
the church did most of the inside work which enabled the 
church to save money on labor costs. As the people of the 
church gathered on Sunday, March 28, 1 993 to dedicate the 
new facility, there was another peculiar item concerning the 
new facility; it is ALL PAID FOR. There was no debt 
incurred in building the new addition. The church did not 
want to become ladened with paying a large debt, but to be 
able to put money into ministering to people. With the 
additional space, the church is planning to begin a Nursery 
School and to begin new Bible Fellowship classes. 

Pastor Harris was the speaker at the Dedication Serv- 
ices. He challenged the church to keep their eyes on the 
Lord as they look to the fiiture. The service was a wonderful 
time of reflecting on what God has done in the lives of 
people as well as a challenge that there are many people who 
still need the Lord. 

- P astor Steve Doutrich 
Associate Pastor of Christian Education 




Pastor John Mcintosh just completed his tenth year 
as pastor at the Simi Valley Grace Brethren Church in 
California. The church honored Pastor John and his wife, 
Carolyn, with a "This is Your Life" celebration. Enough 
funds were obtained to send the pastor and his wife on a 
cruise to Hawaii to honor them for their faithful ten years of 
service to the congregation. 

Simi Valley GBC also reports a very successfiil Easter 
Day Worship Celebration which for the last four years has 
been held at the local high school football stadium. Atten- 
dance figures have grown at this annual event with this 
year's figure topping the 1,000 mark. 

Address Changes 

• James and Sibylle Belton 

Tevesstr. 39 

78176 Blumberg 

Calvary Grace Brethren Church 

13700 84th Street SE 
Alto, MI 49302 


Rev. Michael (Mick) and Nancy Funderburg 

13698 84th Street 
Alto, MI 49302 

Rev. Edward and Ruth Lewis 

1510-4 Watergate Drive 
Kissimee, FL 34746 

If you have any news from your church 
which you would like to share on the Fel- 
lowship News page, please send it to 
The Brethren Missionary Herald Co., 

P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, IN 46590 


Beach, Richard C, went to be with the Lord very suddenly 
on January 28, 1993 at the age of 62. He was a life-long 
member of the First Grace Brethren Church of Altoona, PA. 
Dick loved his Lord and spent all of his adult life serving in 
the church. He was Moderator, teacher of the Marathon 
Bible Class, choir member, and the head of many commit- 
tees. He will be greatly missed. Pastor Barry L. Rowe 
conducted the memorial service on January 3 1 . 

Cooley, Margaret J., age 81, when home to be with her 
Lord on February 15, 1993 in the local hospital. She was a 
member of the Uniontown, PA, Grace Brethren Church for 
5 1 years and a a member of the Walker Road Grace Brethren 
Church for three years. Thomas H. Rowe, Pastor. 

Garlin, Mrs. Leona, age 82, passed away on February 7, 
1993. She was a member of the Grace Brethren Church 
since 1944. Karl Garlin conducted the funeral. Dean Ris- 
ser. Pastor. 

Heilman, Richard, 74, when home to be with the Lord on 
February 9, 1993. Richard was a faithful member of the 
Myerstown Grace Brethren Church. Pastor Kauffrnan and 
Rev. Jim Link, Pastor in Residence, officiated at his funeral 

Doster, Mary, 80, went home to be with the Lord on 
February 9, 1993. Mary was a faithful member of the 
Myerstown Grace Brethren Church. Rev. Jim Link, Pastor 
in Residence officiated at her funeral service. 

Baker, John, a member of the Martinsburg, PA, Grace 
Brethren Church for 50 years, passed away January 10, 1993 
at his home. Services were conducted by Pastor James S. 
Laird, Sr. 

Weirich, Marie, 83, passed away on March 13, 1993. She 
was a long-time friend and supporter of Grace Schools and 
Grace Brethren Home and Foreign Missions. Marie was a 
long-time member of the Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, 
Oho, where she faithfully served in many capacities. Dan 
Allan, Pastor. 


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Volume 55 No. 6 

June 15, 1993 

3 Editorial 

5 1 993 Conference Reminder 

6 CE National 

7 Women's Missionary Council 
How Can WMC Minister More 
Effectively to Missionaries? 

8 Brethren Evangelistic Ministries 
To Argentina with Love 

10 Religious Cults: Are They 
Really Dangerous? (part 1 of 2) 

1 1 Returning to the Father 

14 Home Missions 

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1 993 Conference 


this is the theme that has gripped the heart of our Moderator, Bill Snell 

July 24-29 in Billings, Montana 

Moderator's address on Sunday morning, July 25 

Bible Hour Speakers — Doug Sabin, Timothy Boal and Robert 

Jim and Sally Conway, of Christian Living Resources, special guests 
for Monday Leadership Seminar Day, co-sponsored by CE National 
and National Women's Missionary Council. This day will be cli- 
maxed by a concert of prayer. 

Great missionary rally Sunday afternoon, July 25 

Inspiring Grace Schools, Foreign and Home Missions Challenge 

Daily meeting times for women's, men's and ministers' organizations 

Thursday evening, July 29, "The Eye of the Storm" Billy Graham 
film — an outreach ministry to the people of Billings 

Great sightseeing in the big sky country including a bus tour of Yel- 
lowstone National Park on Friday, July 30. Reservations may be 
made at the conference. 

It is not too late to plan to attend this great time of fellowship and 
challenge. Full conference information has been sent to all Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches. Contact your pastor for information or call or 
write our Fellowship Coordinator: Charles Ashman, (219) 269-1268, P.O. 
Box 386, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 

"If I Were 
the Man" 

&\j 3 wem tde man by tde side o{ tde i\oad who watcdes 

tde woM go by, 
3'd stop GKefty man wild a j/iown o dis {ace and ask 

dim tde /leason wdy, 
&'d stop eue/iy one witd sad, weaiiy eyes and find out 

u/dat made dim so; 
ffd point out to eacd tde Cd/iist on tde C/toss and 

deCp dim "Siifi foue to (snow. 

3^ & Hwed in a douse by tde side o{ tde koad and 

tftied {o/i tde ^Aiendsdip o{ man, 
&d M dim o{ Cdftist, tde wondek^uH ©ne, QA'do gaue 

us safeation's p?an. 
ffd sdow dim tde ftoad to "SJeauen's gate, tde way 

tdat tde Saiiouft tAod, 
31 3 u/e/ie tde man by tde side o{ tde ftoad, 3'd t/iy 

to Head someone to Qod. 

3 do not ftiie by tde side o{ tde ftoad, u/defte tde ftace 

o{ man passes on, 
<^ut 3 meet tdem eacd day on tde patd o{ ?i{e, tdose 

uiandems ^/ak ^om dome, 
^ou don't dai/e to ftue in a douse by tde koad to 

scatte/i tde sunsdine o{ Horn. 
"^ut wdeftei/eft you ftue, i{ a man aste tde way, just 

point dim to ^eai/en aboue. 

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youft {/liendsdip to man, 
lA feindCy mkd and a cheekjjuH smife, a {/liendJy cfasp 

o{ tde dand, 
lA wokd o{ foiie to a sin-sicfc sou{ defps ftgdten tde 

deauy Hoad 
Jknd make you a ^iend o{ aHH manfcind i{ you aAe 

tde man by tde ftoad. 


June 15, 1993 



See You at the Party (youth outreach event) resulted in almost 
5,000 Grace Brethren youth participating in sharing their faith! 
Almost 200 youth prayed to receive Christ as a result of the 

Conferences on Children continue to increase in numbers, 
effectiveness and scope. The all-Ohio Conference with 
Christine Wyrtzen brought over 225 for an all-day seminar. 
It produced new ideas, strategies for growth and 
excitement. A Pennsylvania Regional Conference is 
planned for October 30 in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania 

Twenties conference for young singles continues to 
grow annually at BNYC. In fact, regional Twenties 
retreats are products of the Twenties conference. 

That 5A^FC will be 
used to motivate 
and challenge all who 
attend the conference. . . 
that numbers will again 
'exceed 2,000. . . for a com- 
mitment to being "Faithful 
. . . whatever it takes!" 

That Operation Barnabas 

teams (youth and leaders) will 

impact churches, be encouragers, 

see results in evangelism, and have 

safety and health. Two teams of 35 

each will travel in the East. 

Effective CE National Board Meetings resulted 
in a search for a new director of Church 
Advancement, an endowment program for 
future FGBC leaders, and growing aware- 
ness of the need for small groups in 
church ministries. The computer age is 
eliminating the need for Vital Signs 
(PSA) since many churches now 
keep growth statistics locally. 

That TIME workers (young adults) 
will be given such a heart for cross- 
cultural ministries that they will be 
deepened in their love for God and others, 
and be encouragers to their home churches 
when they retum. Pray also for health, safety, 
and impact for TIME ministries in Brazil, 
Europe, Africa, New Mexico, and Philadelphia. 

See You at the Best Western, a three 
day youth worker enrichment 
seminar, was helpfiil for Grace 
Brethren youth workers in May, 
The National Youth Cabinet is 
urging that the concept be 
repeated annually. 

That the CE Day at Billings, Montana (National 

Conference) will give "continuing education" to all 

who attend the Monday sessions . . . that the joint 

efforts of WMC and CE National with Jim and Sally 

Conway will encourage pastors and wives . . . that 

the Concert of Prayer will be used to stimulate revival 

. . . and that the seminars will impact churches. 

Focus on Outreach rallies 
have produced 
encouragement, plans, 
and prayer for 

That the One-on-One curriculum for boys (that parallels 

the SMM program) will be completed by July. Pray for 

churches piloting the program this year as a means of reaching 

boys for Christ and seeing them discipled by godly men. 

That CE National's staff needs will be met — especially for the 

new Director of Church Advancement. Pray also that finances for 

the ministries of CE National will be met to allow the ministry to 

help churches.That the FGBC will be used of God to reach the lost 

. . to impact the world for Christ . . . and remain committed both to 

the Word of God and to one another. 



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How Can WMC Minister More 
Effectively to Missionaries? 

by Les Vnasdale 

The National President of the WMC in the Chad is 
very thankful for the interest and care of the WMC 
ladies in the United States. 

Bicycles are the preferred means of travel for many 
people in the Chad, including the Chadian WMC presi- 
dent. She thankfully rides her bike, which was a gift 
from a WMC here in the States. It is a great conven- 
ience and aid to her and her ministry. 

Thank you, WMC ladies, for your continued con- 
cern and support of missions in the Chad. 

(Photo by Steve Taylor. Taken in Bassou, Chad) 

Have you ever wondered how your WMC group or 
you personally could better minister to missionaries? A 
few missionary ladies have answered that very question! 

As you read these ideas, take note of them and 
implement them into your meetings and your life. 

Ruth Ann Cone, France 

Using the prayer requests from letters and encour- 
aging the WMC ladies to pray specifically about these 
matters is of great importance. Be sure to note support 
needs, too, and pray for them. 

Dorothy Hodgdon, Brazil 

Make telephone calls to your missionaries, assur- 
ing them you are praying for them. Mail frequently gets 
lost. Better yet, organize a visit to the mission field to 

spend time watching the missionary work being done. 
Get a vision of the national churches. Become ac- 
quainted with the nationals. 

Susan Griffith, France 

WMC Can minister to missionaries by continuing 
to stress prayer for our needs — spiritual, physical, sup- 
port, family, etc. The basics are still the most impor- 
tant. I appreciate the WMCs that see prayer combat as 
their role in the partnership of missions. It counts. 

Susie Hobert, France 

^^te^h^sv ,, ] Each WMC group needs to take its 

own missionaries and pray very specifi- 
cally for particular needs. 

Becky Schwan, England 

Get to know your missionaries. The 
more a WMC gets to know her mission- 
aries, the better WMC will be able to help 
meet their needs and pray for them. It is 
encouraging to know the WMC is pray- 
ing for us. 

Ruth Vnasdale, Chad 

The ladies could get more heavily 
involved in missions by spending a 
greater part of their meetings in prayer 
for missionaries and their work; perhaps 
one lady adopting a missionary and writ- 
ing to him/her faithfully to discover how to pray better. 
This lady could be a personal liaison between the 
missionary and the WMC. 

Margaret Hull, Portugal 

I believe that one of the most important ministries 
WMC has for missionaries is prayer. Anything local 
groups can arrange in order to have current prayer 
requests and praise items would enhance this ministry. 
If we know of a WMC group that has an active prayer 
group, we try to contact them each month. 

There seems to be a common theme among these 
responses. Missionaries are encouraged and depend on 
the faithfijl prayers of WMC women. Is your group a 
praying group? 

June 15, 1993 


To Argentina with Love 

A Diary of Evangelism 

by Ron E. Thompson 

Tuesday, April 6: With financial support from 
Grace Brethren Churches everywhere and the 
prayers of many, we land safely at Buenos Aires. 
My associate, Tony DeRosa, has arrived earlier and 
preached on Sunday at our Hope Grace Brethren 
Church. What a delight to meet Alice Peacock, a 
veteran missionary of 13 years, who serves as our 
hostess. It is a joy also to greet the missionaries our 
home church supports — the Baileys. 

Wednesday, April 7: A day of prayer and 
preparation. We discuss music principles with 
Eduardo Coria, senior pastor at Hope Church who 
will be in charge of music for both conferences. 
Thelma and I meet field superintendent Dave Guiles 
and his family, then assist in the office with assem- 
bling discipleship packets and charts. It is time to 
study and plan our strategy for the days ahead. In 
the evening everyone attends a wedding at the Hope Church. 
This building was constructed over 30 years ago under the 
supervision of veteran missionary Solon Hoyt. The sanctu- 
ary runs over with happy Argentine faces, people greeting 
us with the traditional gentle, brushing kiss on the right 
cheek. A reception lingers on into the wee hours of the 
morning, but we excuse ourselves early because of the 
ten-hour drive to Cordoba tomorrow. 

Eduardo Coria leading the music 

Thursday, April 8: After prayer, the team is on its way 
. . . two cars packed solid with suitcases, equipment and people. 
God must surely have some exceptional blessings in store for 
everyone at this conference because Satan seems to be buffet- 
ing our vehicles with mechanical problems before very many 
kilometers are behind us. Lost time forces us to bed down at 

Tony DeRosa sharing his testimony 

a motel somewhere short of our planned destination. 

Friday, April 9: I think of the apostle Paul's experi- 
ence of being shipwrecked at sea (Acts 27). Our party 
finally arrives at the camp, after "much difficulty." The 
language barrier is very real, but with the patient assistance 
of our interpreters we manage to communicate with these 
warm and friendly people. Attendance averages 1 15 from 
13 different congregations, including our church in Uru- 
guay. The people sing the hymns and choruses with 
beautifril harmony in their native Spanish, led by 
Eduardo at the keyboard. 

Saturday, April 10: While the facilities may 
not be as fancy as some in America, the food, 
fellowship and spiritual excitement of this confer- 
ence on evangelism far outweigh cold showers and 
rough dirt roads. The people eagerly participate in 
the teaching sessions, reading from their Bibles, and 
responding to Tony's moving testimony by asking 
countless questions. God adorns these days of 
blessing with perfect weather! 

Sunday, April 11: Resurrection morning! 
The children march into our service ad tell us how 
they want to be God's instruments to help build His 
Church. It is difficult to hold back the tears as our 
team receives gifts from the people. At the conclu- 
sion of the final service many kneel at the altar, recommit- 
ting themselves to be a consecrated minority to change the 
world. As we bid these precious saints at Cordoba farewell 
and head for Buenos Aires, they gather around us, embrac- 
ing and kissing us warmly. It is reminiscent of that touching 
scene in Acts 20 between Paul and the Ephesian elders. 




The CIA band singing 

Monday, April 12: Our return to Buenos Aires is not 
without some vehicle problems and a note of sadness. Word 
reaches us that Thelma's grandmother has passed away. 
God allowed her to live to the astounding age of 1 04! "We 
sorrow not as others who have no hope" because Grandma 
is where she has longed to be — with the Lord. 

Tuesday, April 13: A day of sightseeing in Buenos 
Aires, a metropolis of 12 million people. Roman Catholi- 
cism is the official religion in Argentina, but false 
cults are growing at an alarming rate. The cost of 
living is 32% higher than in America, fanned by 
runaway inflation and the devaluation of the dollar. 
These are difficult times for everyone. 

Wednesday, April 14: A two-hour drive 
brings us to the Word of Life Bible Institute where 
I preach to over 500 students fi^om all over Latin 
America. Using the incident of Peter's shadow in 
Acts 5:15 I remind them of the importance of their 
shadow influence on others. The fellowship after- 
wards is sweet. That evening Tony and I minister 
in flock meetings in the homes of the Hope Church 
members in Buenos Aires. 

Thursday, April 15: During a day of relaxa- 
tion I have an opportunity to witness to a neighbor 
lady who has been attending the women's Bible 
study. She does not yet have a personal relationship 
to Christ, only a religion of works. Pray for her. In the 
evening our team shares at more flock meetings in homes 
of church members. 

Friday, April 16: Our second conference begins at a 
CEF camp only 30 minutes away. Attendance averages 
130 with four churches cooperating. Thelma teaches 37-39 
children , assisted by Alice, Monica from Hope Church and 
Pastor Daniel from Uruguay. 

Saturday, April 17: Tony has a frill day teaching and 
challenging the people with the exciting growth of the 

church in Acts. Dave and Steve take turns inter- 
preting for us. The dining hail reverberates with the 
sound of music, led by Eduardo's deep voice. 

Sunday, April 18: A full moming of celebra- 
tion. Tony, Thelma and I again receive gifts of love. 
We choke back the tears. Children march in wearing 
their CIA Band T-shirts singing, "Messenger of the 
King." A mother and father dedicate their baby to the 
Lord. One of the pastors baptizes six people in the 
nearby camp swimming pool. The conference comes 
to a close as the pastors and people stand together for 
a time of prayer and dedication. The husband of one 
of the ladies baptized walks forward and Steve prays 
with him to receive Christ. Hallelujah! The cold rain 
falling outside does not dampen our spirits this day 
because God has been working in hearts! 

Monday, April 19: Dave hosts us on another 
sightseeing tour of the city where we have an opportunity 
to buy gifts for friends and relatives back home. Our final 
evening in Argentina passes at a quiet restaurant with the 
Guiles, Baileys and Alice Peacock. What an honor and 
learning experience has been ours, working with these de- 
voted servants of God. Tony even has an unusual opportu- 
nity to share Christ with our waiter. 

Tuesday, April 20: We bid a tearful farewell to our 

Our team relaxes at dinner 

friends as we leave for the United States. Our purpose in 
coming to Argentina? To be an evangelistic encouragement 
to the people of our Grace Brethren Church in this our oldest 
foreign field. Instead we go home having been encouraged 
ourselves by the openness and spiritual receptivity of eve- 
ryone. A pastor in Cordoba said, "This is a new day in the 
history of Grace Brethren missions in Argentina." As our 
plane speeds away from this second largest country in Latin 
America, we agree. 

June 15, 1993 


Religious Cults: Are They 
Really Dangerous? 

First of Two Parts 

by Dr. John J. Davis 
Professor of Old Testament 
Grace Theological Seminary 

Editor's Note: This article was written by Dr. Davis 
for the Warsaw Times-Union where it was published on 
Friday, April 23, 1993. Part II will appear in the next 
issue of the Herald. 

Virtually no one has escaped the numbing im- 
ages of the Branch Davidian building complex 
in Waco, Texas, soaring in flames and the 
heart-breaking realization that 86 human voices had 
been silenced. 

Many penetrating questions are being asked by 
those shocked Americans who viewed with horror the 
last moments of life for an estimated 24 children (and 
teens), along with 62 adults. "Why did those people 
follow David Koresh? What did he teach that was so 
powerfully gripping to the minds of these folks?" 
Thoughtful citizens want to know. 

These queries and a whole constellation of others 
now race through the minds of concerned people as 
they attempt to put the charred rubble of these complex 
events together. 

The issue of religious cults and what government 
response to them should be is one of the more thorny 
problems law enforcement officials and the courts have 
had to deal with in recent years. 

On one hand, there are the free speech protections 
of the Constitution and the separation of church and 
state guarantees which provide the basis for religious 
freedom that few countries enjoy. Virtually everyone 
agrees these must be carefully protected. 

On the other hand, the documented cult entrapment 
that has led to the separation of individuals from their 
families through mind control techniques, along with 
the sexual, economic and social abuse that sometimes 
accompanies cult practices beg for intervention. 

The fact that vulnerable children often become the 
innocent victims of cultic radicalism heightens anxi- 
eties even more regarding direct intervention. 

Large Numbers 

Estimates are that members of major cults number 
more than 15 million members and the lesser cults 
claim about 3 million. 

While religious cults are the best known, there are 
political cults such as the Aryan Nation (a white su- 
premacist group that supports and trains for armed 

... it is the deeper involve- 
ment that often strips one of 
his or her individuality and 

requires unquestionable 
allegiance to the "program." 

conflict). Move (the highly armed group that was 
bombed in Philadelphia) and the now-defunct Demo- 
cratic Workers' Party of California. 

There are also many psychotherapy/educational 
cults whose mind control techniques are highly sophis- 
ticated and have produced tragic results such as nervous 
breakdowns and broken marriages. Many of these are 
centered around one individual's particular self-image 
enhancement techniques and are quite divers in ap- 
proach. Casual contact with such groups is usually not 
disastrous, but it is the deeper involvement that often 
strips one of his or her individuality and requires un- 
questionable allegiance to the "program." 

Commercial cults are also on the landscape and 
appeal to those who are very success oriented with deep 
materialistic interests. There are numbers of pyramid- 
style organizations that promise significant wealth in a 
very short time, but either fleece the victims or destroy 
their self confidence. Sales people become highly trained 
and are tightly regulated. They are fi-equently sent to new 

Cont'd, on page 13 




Returning to the Father 

by William Gaultiere, Ph.D. 

Dr. Gaultiere relates the story of the prodigal son to 
people today who seek the arms of their loving heavenly 
Father. Its message is intended to reach people recovering 
from a painful past, the destructiveness of an impulsive 
lifestyle, or the weariness of trying to do all that one 
"should " 

The stirring of the chickens in the bam awoke Father 
early in the morning. He sat up on the edge of his 
bed and squinted to see the dim early morning light. 
He stretched his arms toward the ceiling, straightened his 
toes up and then down, and flexed his thighs and calves. 
Rubbing his eyes and then yawning, he considered laying 
back down. 

Finally, after hesitating some time, he rose to his feet. 
He lost his balance and almost fell backwards into the bed. 
"My, I feel like a stiff, wobbly old man in the morning!" he 

Father walked to the dining room 
area and sat down at the table. Out the 
window he could see the sun rising. "Oh, 
what a beautiful morning it is!" Father 
exclaimed. "I wish Elder and Prodigal 
were at my side to enjoy it with me. But 
I see Elder's dishes in the washing area. 
He must already be working in the fields. 
And Prodigal is still away. But maybe 
he'll be back today. What do you think 
Phillip? Is today the day? 

Phillip was just entering the dining 
area carrying a fresh baked pastry, cheese ^^^^^^^^^ 
and orange juice for Father's breakfast. 
He sighed, "Prodigal come home today? You know you've 
been saying that for months. Sir, I'm sorry, but I don't think 
he'll ever come home!" 

"Come now Phillip, where is your faith?" Father re- 
plied. "If you don't believe in Prodigal, then at least believe 
in Yahweh." 

Later that morning Father went out to check on his 
vineyard. He pulled one of the ripe grapes off of the vine. 
A lump formed in his throat and his eyes began to tear as he 
thought about how much Prodigal loved those grapes. 

Father tasted the juicy grape and looked north. Just in 
front of him the cattle were drinking at their trough. Phillip 
was working in the vegetable garden. A neighbor's servants 
were working in one of the fields which Prodigal had sold. 

"Father, I have sinned 
against heaven and 

against you. I am no 
longer worthy to be 

called your son; make 

me like one of your 

hired men." 

Beyond, Father could see that the village was just beginning 
to stir with people in the street. And beyond the village, way 
in the distance. Father could barely see some servants work- 
ing in a field. But Prodigal was not to be seen. 

Prodigal was on his way home. He had taken the 
coastal route along the Mediterranean Sea. His trip across 
the desert had been nothing like his series of nightmares. It 
wasn't sweltering hot, his bare feet hadn't blistered, and he 
hadn't run into any huge hissing snakes or crazy cackling 
birds. Further, he had gotten rides on carts for most of the 
three hundred mile trip home from Antioch. The last ride 
dropped him off just ten miles outside of Nain! 

So far Prodigal's trip home had gone quite well. But 
the worst of his horrible nightmares was just ahead — enter- 
ing the village. Just the thought of approaching the village 
sent chills through his body. His heart would begin to 
thump. His stomach would chum, his 
breathing would become shallow and 

His mind would race. How will I 
make it down the street past the gang of boys 
and the people in the village? Elder is 
going to beat me to a pulp if he gets his 
hands on me! And Father — what will he 
do? What if he doesn 't accept me back as 
a hired servant? I don 't know where Fd go! 
The more Prodigal thought about all 
that could go wrong, the more apprehen- 
sive he felt. His legs were becoming 
^^^^^^^^^ heavier as he neared the village. He 
wanted to turn around but he had no 
where else to go. He had to face his father, Elder, and the 
others in the village; he couldn't escape the consequences 
of his actions. 

So Prodigal shuffled forward with his head dropped in 
shame. He repeated to himself again and again, "Father, I 
have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer 
worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired 
men. Father, I . . . " 

Father had gone out to the garden to see how the onions, 
cucumbers, beans and other vegetables were looking. Phil- 
lip was still there plowing the dirt between the rows of 
plants. Suddenly, Father yelled out, "He's home! He's 
home! It's Prodigal!" 

June 15, 1993 



Phillip looked up and started to laugh at the old master. 
But then he stopped too; he saw a figure in the distance. And 
then he saw Father running across the fields. Phillip was so 
startled that he dropped the hoe on his foot and fell back- 
wards into an eggplant! 

Phillip couldn't believe his eyes. He had never seen his 
master run. He had never seen any man of such distinction, 
nor any man of his age run anywhere for any reason. But 
there went Father, tearing up the vegetable garden, then 
pushing through the cows, and then kicking up dust on the 
street! He was literally sprinting down the street as if he 
were in a foot race! 

Phillip squinted to see the approaching figure in the 
distance. How does he know that 's Prodigal? But he must 
know or he wouldn ' t run like that! 

Phillip jumped to his feet, kicked the hoe out of his way, 
and ran after Father. WJmt would Father do? Would he beat 
Prodigal right there on the street? Wliy doesn 't he just wait 
for Prodigal to get to the house? 

Just then, up ahead in the village, Sarah, one of the gossipy 
women of Nain, shouted, "Look, it's Prodigal! The fool is 
retuming home! He must be out of money! Ha! Ha! Ha!" 

A small crowd of gapers began to gather and point at 
Prodigal. They could see him shuffling his way towards 
them down the street. His head was dropped in shame. His 
clothes were tattered and disheveled. He was covered in dirt 
from head to toe. And his hands were empty. The crowd 
made quite a chatter as they voiced slanderous thoughts 
about the town fool. 

Others who heard Sarah scream were 
also gathering in the street to look at Prodigal. 
Among them were Joshua, the town mayor, 
and Rabbi Benjamin, the town priest. 

Everyone's attention was on Prodigal 
until Sarah, who had turned around when she 
heard racing footsteps coming towards her 
from the other direction, howled in disbelief 
"Oh, my goodness! Look over there! It's the 
Father of Prodigal running'. He runs like a 
mad man! He's huffing and puffing and 
sweating! And look! His robe came untied! ^^^^^^^ 
He's exposing his undergarments! 

Everyone turned to look at Father. 

Tears were forming in Rabbi Benjamin's eyes and there 
was a crack in his voice as he exclaimed, "See how he loves 
his son!" 

This thought perturbed Joshua, who vehemently shook 
his head at the rabbi and corrected him in his deep, gravel- 
sounding voice. "No, no, no! You don't understand!" 
Then pointing his finger at Prodigal and waving his Torah 
in the air above his head with his other hand, he angrily 
insisted, "This boy deserves to be punished severely! Jus- 
tice must be enforced!" 

Rabbi Benjamin was calmly stroking his long, gray 
beard as he responded, "No, Joshua my friend. You are 
wrong. See the way the father runs? See how he shames 

If you follow in the 
penitent Prodigars 
footsteps you will 

meet your 

Heavenly Father 

like never before. 

himself? He has mercy on his face." 

The boys in the street were also watching these events. 
Quickly they had put sticks in their hands, ready to poke, 
push, and punch "Prodi-gool the fool." But as Father came 
near they turned their attention upon him instead and a chant 
went up: 

Silly old man. 

Why do you run like a mad fool? 
Silly old man. 

Why do you expose your undergarments to all? 
Silly old man. 

How can you love your stupid son ? 
But Father kept running toward Prodigal. The crowd 
was following behind him to see what would happen. But 
none of them ran. Even Phillip, as anxious as he was to see 
Prodigal and as much as he was curious, he had gotten too 
tired to keep running. Only Father ran to Prodigal. He was 
gasping for air. Tears were streaming down his cheeks. 

Prodigal had stopped shuffling and was standing still. 
He had raised his hanging head and was looking with 
wide-eyed amazement at his father. 

He 's running! The villagers are mocking him, and his 
undergarments are exposed! But his arms are open to me. 
How can he love me this much? 

It was as if he was seeing Father for the first time. 

Have you see the Father? Have you seen him running 
out to welcome you home? If you follow in the penitent 
Prodigal's footsteps you will meet your Heavenly Father 
like never before. He comes running to you, 
not with a fist but with arms outstretched. 
Not with a frown but with tears of compas- 
sion in his eyes. Not with anger but with 
forgiveness filling his heart. 

And the Father brings an entourage of 
gifts: a hug and a kiss, a robe, a ring, and a 
pair of sandals. He even hosts a welcome 
home party for his once wayward son! 
These fatherly gifts change Prodigal's life. 
Indeed they are the things that every son or 
^^^^^^^m daughter yearns for from their father. The 
gifts bring with them fatherly blessings of 
affection, approval, encouragement, affirmation, and honor. 
I thought Sandra wanted to know a father like this. I 
met her a number of years ago when I was her college pastor. 
One day in my church office I prayed for her that God would 
be her Daddy and hold her in his lap, look into her eyes, and 
say "I love you." 

" I don ' t want him to touch me ! " she sobbed. " My father 
molested me!" I stopped my prayer and looked into San- 
dra's tear-filled eyes. Then I listened to her story of how 
her father had abused her sexually when she was a girl. No 
wonder it didn't feel good to her for God to be "Father." 

I've learned that Sandra's experience is not as rare as one 
would like to think. Studies suggest that as many as 1 percent 

Cont'd, on page 13 





to the Father 

(continued from page 12) 

Sandra's tear-filled eyes. Then I listened to her story of how 
her father had abused her sexually when she was a girl. No 
wonder it didn't feel good to her for God to be "Father." 

I've learned that Sandra's experience is not as rare as 
one would like to think. Studies suggest that as many as 
10 percent of fathers either physically or sexually abuse 
their children. And it isn't only those who were abused 
by their fathers who have trouble relating to God as Father. 
Others also do because they were severely wounded by 
fathers who were critical, perfectionistic, emotionally de- 
tached, or absent. 

A few months after Sandra let her secret out to me she 
was talking with me in my new office. I had finished the first 
part of my graduate education in psychology and had left my 
pastoral ministry to work as a psychotherapist. She sought 
my help saying she had decided that she needed to forgive 
her father's incest. 

Beginning that day she spent month after month with 
me processing painful memories and working through her 
fear, shame , and anger about her childhood. She also told 
me that later as a young adult she perpetuated the pattern her 
father started — she had sexualized many of her relationships 
with men. Sandra confessed relationships with other men 
including her best friend's husband and a boyfriend. 

Sandra began to see her heavenly Father's love more 
clearly and she felt closer to Him. 

Like Prodigal, Sandra left her pigsty of shame, isola- 
tion, resentment, and sin and made the long, hard journey 
across the desert to go home to the Father. Unfortunately 
most people don't take Prodigal's journey. Many are lost 
in the far country — lonely, wounded, and struggling. 
They may be trapped there by resentment or destructive 
behavior patterns. 

Others, like Prodigal's older brother, are stuck slav- 
ing away in Father's fields. They are busy trying to prove 
themselves worthy of God's love and they miss out on the 
celebration of the Father's gifts of grace. 

Whether you're in the far country or in the fields nearby 
you can return to the Father. If you step into Jesus' Parable 
of the Prodigal Son and take the Prodigal's healing journey 
then you'll encounter the Father's love in a new way! 

William Gualtiere is a psychologist and program 
director of the Minirth-Meier Clinic West in Orange, 
California. This article is adapted form Returning to the 
Father: A Healing Journey With the Prodigal Son, pub- 
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Religious Cults: 

Are They Really Dangerous? 

(continued from page 11) 

regions to sell products and are often required to turnover 
large sums of money in order to pay for living expense and 
other company benefits. 

While we shall be limiting our discussion to religious 
cults in this two-part series, many of the same charac- 
terisfics apply to the other types. 

Defining Cults 

A religious cult is usually regarded as any group that 
differs radically in belief or practice fiom the normative 
expression of religion in our total culture. Christian cults 
(like the Branch Davidian cult) consist of those groups who 
are committed to the absolute authority of one individual or 
their interpretation of the Scripture. Such interpretations 
usually focus on one or several biblical ideas to the exclusion 
of others and lead to secretive or radical behavior. 

Why cults have succeeded to swell in highly sophis- 
ticated western societies has been the object of consider- 
able investigation by theologians, sociologists and psy- 
chologists. At least four reasons have been suggested for 
these trends. 

First, racial riots of the '60s, corruption in govern- 
ment, and the Vietnam crisis raised many questions about 
the moral and spiritual foundations of American society. 
Many perceive the need for an authority structure in their 
lives to provide order and security, and so turn to the cults 
who offer those very benefits. 

Second, the breakdown of the family and the failure 
of many churches to go beyond the socially superficial 
have left individuals hungry for biblical truth, genuine 
fellowship and dependable support. Citizens are seeking 
the kind of truth that gives meaning to their lives and their 
futures, but are not finding it in traditional institutions. 

Third, many individuals are lonely and lack a sense of 
personal identity and purpose in life. Cults provide that sense 
of identity and meaning, although at the high price of indi- 
vidual intellectual, social and emotional freedom. 

Fourth, deep commitments to materialism have fre- 
quently led to disillusionment and frustration. The indi- 
viduals victimized by this often seek deeper spiritual 
meaning in life and easy answers to all problems. Most 
cults have very few gray areas — all things are black and 

In Part II, we shall focus on the characteristics of 
Christian cuhs like the Branch Davidians, what signs to 
look for in young people or adults which indicate cult 
involvement, and how to help those individuals. 

June 15, 1993 



"Opening Day" with 
the San Diego Padres 

by Larry N. Chamberlain 

"Keep your head in the strike zone . . .finish 
high for a good drive. " 

"Put your weight on the balls of your feet. " 

"Don 'tput the glove in front of your eyes . . 
. open your glove real wide. " 

"Square around early when you want to 
sacrifice . . . late when you want to 'squeeze 

"Your elbow leads you to the target . 
your hips all the way through. " 

. bring 

The baseball clinic 
brought big smiles on 
the faces of many 

Question: Does the above apply to church planting or 
to baseball? 

Answer: Well, if you were at Pacific Hills Commu- 
nity Grace Brethren Church on "opening-day" weekend, 
you'd say both. 

As part of their strategy to reach this Pacific Coast 
community for Christ, church-planters Doug Bukowski and 
Gary Kinser teamed up with several players from the San 

Tim Teufel, who hit 

the first run in that 

night for (hi ■ 

Padres, shows hi^ 

batting form. 

Yes, even 
ponytails were 
flying at the 

Diego Padres and held a baseball clinic for nearly 
100 youngsters on Saturday, April 17, the day prior 
to the opening services of Pacific Hills Community 
Grace Brethren Church. The clinic was directed by 
Don Gordon and Tim Cash of Unlimited Potential, 
an association of Christian baseball players with 
headquarters in Winona Lake, Indiana. 

During the two hour clinic. Padres players Tim 
Teufel, Kurt Stillwell, Craig Shipley, Pat Gomez, 
and coach Ty Waller taught the basics of hitting, 
base running, infielding, outfielding, and pitching. 




During the final session, Tim Cash presented the Gospel, 
using a four point outline (representing the four bases of a 
baseball diamond), and fifty-five youngsters made deci- 
sions for Christ! 

"Sports is very big here in the Oceanside-Vista commu- 
nities," explains church-planter Doug Bukowski. "Most of 
the churches in this area simply open their doors and say, 
'Worship with us, 'cause we're an awesome church.' Our 
strategy, however, is to go out of the doors of the church, 
into the community, and say, 'Jesus Christ loves you and 

Pitcher Pat Gomez 
and infielder Kurt 
Stillwell sign 

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Tim Teufel: 

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The opening day service on Sunday was fun for all! 

did an awesome thing for you!'." Sponsoring sports clin- 
ics throughout the year, in addition to other community- 
centered events, is putting this team of church-planters in 
touch with the thousands of unchurched people through- 
out this growing area of Southern California. 

The next day, April 1 8, more than 70 people attended 
the opening services of Pacific Hills Community Grace 
Brethren Church. Tim Cash and Don Gordon were on 
hand to encourage the young people and Pastor Doug 
preached a Gospel message using the story of 
Christ and the Samaritan woman at the well. 
The services were held at Brengle Terrace Rec- 
reation Center, a popular community meeting 
place and sports complex, ideally-suited to the 
church's strategy of taking the message of 
Christ to the people. 

As the result of your gifts and prayers, a 
brand new church is proclaiming the message 
of Christ's love. As Craig Shipley, who hit a 
home run for San Diego the day after the base- 
ball clinic shared: "Without God in my life, 
everything I did had no meaning. The #1 thing 
for me is to know the Lord. It's the most 
important decision I ever made in my life." 

Church-planting and baseball . . . teaming up 
for a great "opening-day" weekend for the Pa- 
cific Hills Community Grace Brethren Church! 


church-planters Cary Kinser and Doug Bukowski with their families 

June 15, 1993 



Around the Nation with 
Our Churches and Chaplains.. 

Ft Lewis. WA . Chaplain James Schaefer 

"I began March 20th in the 1st BattaUon of the 9th Infantry Regiment/Tth Infantry Division. To date, 10 
soldiers and three spouses have made professions of faith. I find myself counsehng at least six people a day. 
We are so grateful for godly chaplains and wives to serve with, including Chaplain John & Martha 

State College. PA , Jim Morton, interim leader 

"Recently the core group met and committed to use our family night as an outreach to the unsaved. We 
would desire then, to feed people from this activity into our weekly Bible study and eventually, into the church 
as a whole. The Delaware youth group wants to return this summer and assist with our VBS again." 

Corning. NY . Pastor Pete Miller 

"Praise the Lord for our first convert, Ryan, a 12-year old boy! A men's group is starting to form here. 
We have a prayer team organized. Our "50 Day Adventure" was very successful. And our "Moments of Hope" 
telecomputer ministry averages about 20 calls a day." 

Philadelphia. PA. Crossroads GBC . Pastor Jim Brown 

"Our recent outreach, aided by Right Direction from the Martinsburg GBC, was a great success. 1 14 
people joined us for music, puppets, drama, and food. The gospel was presented and God was glorified. We 
are in the final stages of purchasing a meeting facility with the assistance of Home Missions and the GBIF." 

Philadelphia. PA. Liberty GBC 

"We are glad for the eight people who completed our 'Sharing Your Faith' study. Also, we were able to 
acquire a small, portable sound system that will help with special outreach services. We are translating two 
brochures into Spanish for outreach to the Hispanic community here. Attendance has leveled out at 24 on 
Sunday morning and 10 on Wednesday evening. A spirit of encouragement continues to prevail and we look 
forward to growth." 

Williamsport. PA . Pastor Dave Miller 

"The last three months have been busy ones. We are building up the foundation of our group through 
one-on-one discipling and leadership training. We are continuing with our monthly Concerts of Prayer which 
have become great times of blessing for me personally and for our group. We also continue to focus on outreach 
and fellowship activities. As a result of one such activity Michael came and, following a Sunday evening 
service, prayed to receive Christ as his Savior! We rejoice as we see God at work here!" 

McAllen. TX. Pastor Robert Soto 

"We have seen good growth in the lives of those the Lord has entrusted to our church and even a physical 
increase in attendance. We have had many visitors, some who have continued to worship with us. Giving has 
gone up. Whatever we are doing right, however, our adversary is not pleased. There have been some great 
attacks on our youth and a few families here. Please continue to pray for us!" 




News Items: 

Maitland Christian School is expanding their school 
program and is in need of teachers for the 1993-94 school 
year in first and third grades. The school can be contacted 
at 1185 North Wymore Road, Maitland, FL 32751 (tele- 
phone 407/539-11 11) 

Pastor Michael Lookenott of Laurel Mt. Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Boswell, Pennsylvania challenged the con- 
gregation to read through the Bible in three months. The 
successfiil readers would be treated to an ice cream sundae. 
Six people completed the readings. They are: Don 
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Death Notices: 

• Surgeon, Joseph W. 67, went to be with the Lord on 
April 3, 1 993, after serving at the Hagerstown, Maryland 
Grace Brethren Church for 39 years. He was faithful as 
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Ray H. Davis officiated. 

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grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

• In the past year three active members of the Laurel 
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July 1992, age 98; Albridge Dunkle, January 1993, age 
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Seeking to Serve 

by Jeff Carroll 

On May 4, 1897, duchess Sophie-Charlotte 
Alencon was presiding over a charity ball in 
Paris when the hall caught fire. Flames 
spread to the paper decorations and flimsy walls, and 
in seconds the place was an inferno. In the hideous 
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My title here at the Brethren Missionary Herald 
is Publisher and General Manager. But beyond that 
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it get back on course and begin to thrive. 

Our board's initial directive to me was to update 
our mission statement so that we all might understand 
where we are headed and what our purpose for exist- 
ence is. Here is what I came up with; 

Our mission is to: 

1 . Help foster a positive image of the National 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
through the Herald magazine and various 
printed publications. 

2. Distribute Christian literature at the best 
possible price with quality service to both re- 
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3. Expand our distribution chain, as God gives 
us opportunity, recognizing that our business 
is a ministry committed to excellence in all 
that we do. 

Again it is our desire to serve you, the Grace 
Brethren, all across the world in any way we can. Let 
us hear about the great works of our God in your 
church wherever it may be, so that we may rejoice 
with you. We also would ask that you pray for Pam 
and me and our family as we move to Winona Lake 
and get started in this new endeavor. 

Hoping to serve you, 

Jeff Carroll 

Publisher and General Manager 

July 15, 1993 


Brethren Missionary 


Volume 55 No. 7 

July 15, 1993 

3 Editorial 

Seeking to Serve 

5 Thank You, Charlie 

6 An Interview with 
Charles Turner 

7 Life Changing Stories 

9 Brethren Evangelistic Ministries 
The Gospel, the Whole Gospel, 
and Nothing But . . . 

10 Foreign Missions 

Africa . . . An Hour of 

12 Home Missions 

On Reserve for Uncle Sam . . . 
On Active Duty for Christ 

13 Home Missions 
"Forever Our Friend" 
A Farewell Salute 

14 Religious Cults: Are They 
Really Dangerous? (part 2 of 2) 

16 Women's Missionary Council 
WMC Missionary of the 
Year . . . Sue Weaver 

17 Fellowship News 

Can you guess how many Grace Brethren 
Churches there are in the world? 

— Turn to page 1 7 

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Thank You, Charlie 

Your 23 years of leadership of BMH has extended far 
beyond the company itself, through our Fellowship of 
Churches. You have kept abreast of changes in the evan- 
gelical world and shared them faithfully and well. You've 
challenged our thinking, and actions. We appreciate your 
vision, which has expanded our ministries and set a pace 
for others to follow; for it has been a practical vision. Only 
a few seem to be able to function with their head in the 
clouds and their feet on the ground at the same time, and 
you've been one of those few. You've made serving on 
our board a beautiful partnership with our wives, by 
meaningful, challenging meetings, often in exotic places. 
Thanks for the memories! 

Ralph J. Colburn 

My special thanks and appreciation to Charles Turner 
for being a friend, one with whom one can easily laugh 
and enjoy the peculiarities of us all and not lose his sense 
of what is important. Thanks for having the courage to 
publish my commentary on Philippians. May it's message 
of joy remind all of us who know you of the joy you have 
brought and the encouragement you have always shared. 
May God bless you, Charlie, in whatever endeavor the 
Lord brings your way. 

Love to you, 
David Hocking 

Thank you, Charlie, for your innovative contribution 
to Christian publishing over the last two decades, espe- 
cially for the BMH imprint of The MacArthur Ne\^' Testa- 
ment Commentary series. 

John MacArthur, jr. 


Grace Community Ctiurch, Sun Valley, CA 

Thank you, Charlie, for service to Grace College and 
Grace Theological Seminary in many different ways. The 
dependable flow of textbooks, the commentary specials 
for seminary smdents and sponsorship of athletic sched- 
ules by the bookstore have been greatly appreciated. 
Thanks, also, for developing a special vision for the ex- 
panded distribution of good Christian literature by our 

Dr. John j. Davis 

Thank you Charlie for believing that God would minis- 
ter His Word through my pen. Praise the Lord that you 
provided the first opportunity to publish back in 1979 with 
The Biblical Pattern For Divine Healing. 

Fifteen years, nine books and over 50 articles later, 
these materials have ministered to English speaking peo- 
ple on every continent, plus being translated into Chinese, 

Korean, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, and Tamil to the 
glory of God. The Lord willing, this can be just the 
beginning; not only will the writing continue, but I can 
follow your example by encouraging gifted young men at 
The Master's Seminary in the ministry of writing. 

Thank you Charlie for placing the oversight of BMH 
in the able hands of Jeff Carroll. Under his energetic 
leadership, God can take the ministry to a new level of 
excellence and even greater kingdom impact. 

Richard L. Mayhue 

Vice President and Dean 

The Master's Seminary, Sun Valley, California 

Thank you, Charlie, for giving yourself unstintingly 
to the BMH ministry during your years as editor and 
publisher. The magazine has made stellar leaps, and 
distribution of Christian literature has far exceeded what 
any of us myopics envisioned. Thanks for fantastic board 
meetings. Thanks to you and June for unforgettable per- 
sonal vacations. We hope to keep doing them until the 
Lord comes. 

With our love, 
Russ and Betty Ogden 

Thank you, Charlie, for allowing God to use you. As 
I have viewed you over the years many words come to my 
mind to describe you such as: LEADERSHIP: you know 
where you're going, why you are going and how to get 
there. Thanks for being a great leader! FRIENDSHIP; A 
person wTapped up in himself cannot share himself with 
others. Thank you for sharing yourself with so many 
throughout the years! COMPASSION: a sympathetic, 
tender, responsive person. My wife and I will never forget 
you and June traveling nearly 500 miles to be with us when 
our son, Stevie, was called into the presence of Jesus. 
Thanks for being there for us ! It' s been a j oy and privilege 
to ser\'e with you on the BMH board. Our love and prayers 
are with you as you move into a new ministry for the Lord. 

Don Rough 

Congratulations on your retirement, Charlie! I count 

it a privilege to have known you since our days at Grace 

Seminary, more than 40 years ago. One of the highlights 

of my 36 years in the active ministry was the privilege of 

being on the Herald Board and having a front row seat to 

obser\'e you guide the Herald Company to a corporation 

with a worldwide ministry for Christ. It is my prayer that 

you and June will have many more years to enjoy life and 

leisure together. May the Lord continue to richly bless 


Maynard Tittle 

July 15, 1993 


An Interview 
with Charles Turner 

bv Jeff CarroU 

J How long have you been involved with the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Company? 

C My association with the Herald is about 28 years, 
serving six years as a member of the board and 22 
years as Executive Editor and Publisher. 

J How would you describe the ministry of the Herald 

C The ministry' of the Herald is the distribution of the 
Word of God and Biblical literature in various forms. 
I think this is the mission of Herald, whether a maga- 
zine, a commentary, or the sale of other Christian 

J How has the ministr%' changed in the last 22 years? 

C Times and circumstances have changed, which made it 
necessary for us to change the key growth pattern. Our 
major distribution 22 years ago was to Brethren 
Churches and to Brethren institutions. This has dramati- 
cally changed. WTien I came here we had just started 
the BMH label concept with one book out Now we 
have over 220 BMH books. We have become a full line 
pubhcation house in that period of time. 

J Where is the company headed? 

C The company, I think, had a ver\' rapid growth period. 
The last few years had a leveling off and is ready for 
a literal explosion as far as a growth pattern is con- 
cemed. In looking at the direction we are headed in 
literature distribution I will be disappointed if the 
Herald does not double it's size. We have prospects 
of being in a real upswing in the next five years.. 

J Tell us about the mail order business. 

C The mail order business is a fascinating area that we 
became involved in through distribution to pastors. 
Some 14 years ago we started a little paper called 
"The Nephew" that was mailed to Brethren pastors 
and workers — about 500 copies. So many pastors 
requested it that were non Brethren. We had a dra- 
matic growth pattern until now we have about 10,500 
ministers and church workers receiving "The 
Nephew." We ha\e customers in every state in the 
Union, 22 foreign countries and with our distribution 

through other BMH books we are serving 200-"- insti- 
tutions. This is schools and other bookstores — that 
type of work, not churches. 

J WTiat are you most excited about? 

C Well, I'm excited about the direction the company is 
now taking. In September 1991 we opened a new 
store in Indianapolis, Indiana. That was after several 
years of discussion about entering the retail market 
outside of Winona Lake. That store had sales in the 
first full year of approximately S200,000. It is grow- 
ing at a pace right now of 25% a year. We just 
opened, in the Dublin area of Columbus, Ohio, a new 
retail outlet. We feel the prospects there are very, 
ver>' good. It is possible that the Herald could from 
this point go into what I would like to see a three year 
cycle that you bring a bookstore on stream, give it a 
three year cycle in which the sales would reach the 
level of close to break even. Then you'd be ready to 
open another store. That would mean that since we 
have already started the cycle with Winona, Indian- 
apolis, and Columbus, maybe each year a bookstore 
could be brought on stream. By the standards of the 
Christian Booksellers, we have already become a 
chain since we have opened our third outlet. 

J What has been your greatest accomplishment at the 

C Well, do I have to use the word accomplishment? I 
happened to be here when a number of exciting things 
happened with the staff and with the work. That is a 
tough one. Well, the expansion of the bookstore 
chain comes to mind, as it is the most recent in history. 
Twenty years ago when we became involved with 
major publishers in what we call the BMH imprint 
was a dramatic change for us. BMH Books were 
unable to obtain the "name" authors. Through joint 
\'entures with Baker Book House, Moody Press, Zon- 
dervan, and Scripture Press, we were able to put out 
under BMH imprint such names as Swindoll, Fein- 
berg, and MacArthur. It opened up a whole new vista 
for us. In fact, under this area we feel we have some 
of the best available sets of commentaries under the 
BMH label. 

I think of the Newsline which was innovative and 
different. It is bringing modem technology into play. 



One thing we found through the years with the maga- 
zine the main thing people wanted was news. In 
every survey we took that highlighted it. Now in a 
monthly magazine with time lapse from news hap- 
pening to distribution became a long period of time. 
The Newsline is instantaneous. We cany news items 
sometimes within five to ten minutes after the occur- 
rence of the fact. 

Not too well known, one of the greatest achie\'e- 
ments of the Brethren publications, has been the 
distribution of the Grow tract ( "Life's Most Impor- 
tant Question"). Three million copies ha\e been 
distributed with fort\- some denominations using it 
It has received the widest printing and distribution of 
amihing in Brethren histor>'. Literally thousands and 
thousands of people have been brought to Christ 
through this tract. 

J How about your greatest disappointment? 

C That's an eas>' one. My greatest disappointment is 
that now I am retiring and was not able to either 
purchase or open a Christian radio statioiL This has 
been a long standing desire of mine. We w orked with 
Moody. We have been close a number of times. We 
were never able to put that one together. So. I guess 
that's my greatest disappointment One great disap- 
pointment has been the decline of the Fellowship 
itself-nimiericalh' and through impact things. 

J What makes Charlie Turner tick? 

C I'm not certain. I think someone has an answer for 
that. Her name is June, my wife, who probably knows 
me better than I know myself She accuses me of 
being not an .\ type, but an .\.\ t\pe. TMs is not 
Alcoholics .\non\Tnous. That's geared up to go'. 
Recently she simply said to me. "I had a friend whose 
husband never talks to her." She said to the friend. 
"You should have mine. When he wakes up in the 
moming he's talking. When at night he goes to bed 
he's talking." But I think w hat makes me tick is being 
sold on a concept of ha\ing a goal in mind. I like to 
drive tow ard that goal. I lo\ e to set out to do some- 
thing that seems hard. Maylje that's an ego trip. I 
don't know. One little example is when I started 
collecting Bibles someone told me I could never 
obtain a 1 6 1 1 King James which made me secure one 
ten years later for a collection. I love life. I love 
people, and I draw energy just being with people, 
listening to them and talking to them. They listen to 
me probably more than I gi\e them a chance to talk. 
VSTiat makes me tick is that I have enjoyed life and 
bfe has been ver\'. very kind to me. 

J As many people know. Charlie, you were pastor before 

you became die head of Ae Herald Company. What 
would you sa\' to young pastors just starting out? 

C Semi joking — be good to the \^■MC. The>arethe 
hardest workers in the church. Some time ago in a 
seminar a young pastor asked me w hat w as 4e best 
ad\ise I could give him and I said. "Be good to the 
WMC." In working as a young pastor you are serving 
people while you are leading them. You must bond 
together with those people in a common cause. You 
learn quickly in your ministry to become mature 
enough to know that a difference of opinion is not 
necessarily a personal conflict As a young pastor 
there is not this ad^ise. but this encouragement "^ou 
are entering the most noble profession in all the 
worid, the call of God and to sen e pe<^le. Nothing 
is higher than that" 

J N^Tiat will you do in retirement? 

C I'm avoiding the word. I will for a brief period of time 
serv e as consultant to the Board of Directors of the 
Herald. For a stipulated period of time I will remain 
in charge of some of the investments. In an advisory 
capacity- they have asked me to think about things thai 
we can be involved in. I have requests from publica- 
tion houses to serve as a consultant in ^jecific situ- 
ations such as commentaries, working between the 
editor and the sales staff siiKe we've had a great deal 
of background in theological books and tbeir distri- 
bution. I have a number of requests — my Sundays 
have alwav s been full over the years. On weekends 
I generally speak about 125 times a year. I wiD 
continue to do that I have some things I w^nt to do 
that I haven't had time for. I had gotten involved at 
1 7 years old in my first church and now I have some 
things I w ould like to do and am looking forward to. 
I am adjusting to a new set of circumstances. 

J Is there anything you want to say to oin- Fellowship? 

C One thing I'd like to say to everyone who reads this 
is thanks'. I'd like to change a few things in my life, 
but the V ast majority of things I would not change. I 
was fortunate the first time througk People have 
been unbehe%^ly kind to me. Friendships estab- 
lished have been just great not only in die BreUmai 
Fellowship, but external to that Myjob has taken me 
into areas far beyond the realms of the Brednen 
Church and to other organizations. The Fellowship 
and support of Christian beUevers is great Whai I 
started out as a kid I didn't know I would get to 34 
countries in the world. I w as so shy I w ould never 
hav e gotten up in front of a soul. I look back and think 
of many things that I thought would never haf^)en in 
the wildest stretch of my imaginations. God is very, 
very good. Thanks to God's pet^le for their suj^wrt 
during this period of time and for their patiaice. 

Julv 15. 1993 



^ 9^ little girl walking in a garden noticed 
a particularly beautiful flower. She admired its 
beauty and enjoyed its fragrance. "It's so pretty!" 
she exclaimed. As she gazed on it, her eyes fol- 
lowed the stem down to the soil in which it grew. 
"This flower is too pretty to be planted in such 
dirt!" she cried. So she pulled it up by its roots and 
ran to the water faucet to wash away the soil. It 
wasn't long until the flower wilted and died. 

When the gardener saw what the little girl had 
done, he exclaimed, "You have destroyed my fin- 
est plant!" "I'm sorry, but I didn't like it in that 
dirt," she said. The gardener replied, "I chose that 
spot and mixed the soil because I knew that only 
there could it grow too be a beautifiil flower." 

Often we murmur because of the circum- 
stances into which God has sovereignly placed us. 
We fail to realize that He is using our pressures, 
trials, and difficulties to bring us to a new degree 
of spiritual beauty. 


^ 9^ t the close of his sermon, a pastor 
directed some special words to the children. He 
said, "If you visit New York City, you will see 
great ships coming in from the ocean. They wait 
outside the harbor until tugs go out to meet them. 
A cable stretched between the large vessel and the 
tug enables the small boat to tow the big ship 
safely to the mooring dock." 

"Boys and girls," concluded the preacher, 
"you can be 'little tugs' for Jesus. You can throw 
the cords of love to some bigger person — an aunt, 
an uncle, or even your parents — and bring them 
to Christ." 

Two young girls began attending Sunday 
school and were converted to Christ. They in- 
vited their parents to come, and in time both of 
them had received Jesus as their Savior. The 
"little tugs" had brought the "big ships" into God' s 
harbor of grace. 


^ he Christian Worker 's Magazine tells 
about a young man who decided to grow peaches. 
He went all out, investing everything he had to 
develop an orchard. But disaster struck one spring 
when a heavy frost wiped out most of the peach 
blossoms. When Sunday came, he wasn't in 
church. The next week he was absent again. And 
the same thing was true the following Lord's Day. 

His pastor became concerned and went to visit 
him. The young man exclaimed, "I'm not going to 
church anymore! Do you think I can worship a 
God who cares so little for me that He will let a 
frost kill all my peaches? 

The minister replied, "God loves you better 
than He does your peaches. He knows that 
while peaches do better without frosts, it is im- 
possible to grow the best men without frosts. 
God's objective is to grow men — not peaches." 


/ rofessor E.G. Caldwell ended his 

lecture. "Tomorrow," he said to his class of semi- 
nary students, "I will be teaching on Romans 8. 
So tonight, as you study, pay special attention to 
verse 28. Notice what this verse truly says, and 
what it doesn't say." Then he added, "One final 
word before I dismiss you — whatever happens 
in all the years to come, remember: Romans 
8:28 will always hold true." 

That same day Dr. Caldwell and his wife met 
with a tragic car-train accident. She was killed 
instantly and he was crippled permanently. 
Months later. Professor Caldwell returned to his 
students, who clearly remembered his last words. 
The room was hushed as he began his lecture. 
"Romans 8:28," he said, "still holds true. One 
day we shall see God's good, even in this." 



The Gospel^ the Whole 
Gospel, and Nothing but . . . 

by Bruce Triplehorn 

I once sat in chapel service, as maybe you have, where 
the speaker shared about being on an airplane and 
striking up a conversation with a man in the seat next to 
him. The man was open to the speaker and prayed to receive 
Christ by the time they landed in Dallas. The speaker told 
us how easy it is and how we should all be leading people 
to Christ. The challenge stirred me, but soon I found out it 
was not so easy and I became frustrated with evangelism. 

Since then, I have had some great conversations about 
the Lord on airplanes, but I am yet to 'close the deal'. I have 
tried many techniques in evangelism, but there was always 
something that bothered me. Even when someone 'prayed 
the prayer' with me, I had my doubts if they really under- 
stood and had been truly converted. 

One of the first things that became apparent to me as a 
new missionary in Brazil was the lack of a general famili- 
arity with the Bible, even among the 'church people'. Be- 
cause of this, we found that it took a number of visits, usually 
months, for a person to grasp the Gospel and accept the 
Lord. This make us think through how we could best 
present the Gospel to those with little Bible background. 

Dr. James Engel developed what has become known as 
the Engel Scale that allows one to evaluate where people are 
at in their move towards Christ. I have modified this scale to 
evaluate more specifically the understanding that people 
have of key concepts necessary for salvation. The elements 
are not all of equal importance nor are they arranged in any 
absolute order. Here is a summary of my scale: 

1 Discipling other believers 

9 Training in evangelism 

8 Sanctification (a growth in purification of one's life) 

7 Stewardship of all one's resources (1 Chron. 29:12-14) 

6 Worship (1 Thess. 1:9) 

5 Incorporation into a fellowship (Heb. 10:25) 

4 Baptism (Matt. 28:19) 

3 Establish a life of prayer and Bible study 

2 Evaluation of one's decision and assurance 

1 Understanding of one's new position in Christ (II Cor. 5:17) 


-1 Conviction of personal need (Acts 2:37) 

-2 Understanding of faith (Heb. 11:16) 

-3 Understanding of repentance (Matt. 13:44,45) 

-4 Understanding of the cross (1 Cor. 15:3,4) 

-5 Conviction of judgment (II Thess. 1:9) 

-6 Conviction of righteousness (Rom. 10:13) 

-7 Conviction of sin (Rom. 14:23) 

-8 Interest in discovering the truth (Acts 17:11) 

-9 Awareness of Christianity 

- 1 Awareness of a Supreme Being (Rom. 1 : 1 9,20) 

Since coming back to the United States, I have noticed 
some of the same biblical illiteracy in this generation. Thus, 

most of our evangelism is about 40 years outdated. In the 
early part of this century, a vast majority of those in our 
country had a good general understanding of the Bible. 
Those who had been raised in a church could easily be 
evangelized since some were at -1 on the scale and quickly 
accepted the Lord. Consequently, we saw this as success 
and continue to model our evangelism after these tech- 
niques. Sometimes, even today, we do encounter those at 
-1 , but this in not the norm. 

When we do evangelistic visits in Brazil, we can usu- 
ally only hope to find those at -8. If this is so, we cannot 
assume that they can be moved quickly up the scale in a 
single presentation of the gospel. Therefore, we designed 
our study to systematically take them through each of these 
points so that the Holy Spirit can bring them to conviction 
and understanding of each of these areas. 

I don't want to give the idea that a person needs to get 
a theological degree to define each of these areas. A simple 
understanding is sufficient. After we are saved, we will 
spend the rest of our Christian lives learning the depths of 
these truths. However, it is essential that the understanding, 
though simple, be completely biblical. We can tell a person 
that salvation is by faith alone. Most people have a wrong 
idea of faith and we need to make sure they know what the 
Bible means by faith. The same is true with sin, repentance, 
judgment, even what their personal need is. A child is 
capable of understanding the basic truths. 

It is also important to know that the order and rate at 
which people understand these truths varies from person to 
person. A person may understand and be convicted in all 
areas except sin. Once that truth comes to light through the 
Spirit, they may be saved very quickly. Each person is 

(continued on page 1 4) 

Bruce Triplehorn is a member of the Grace Brethren Church of 

Wooster, Ohio, and currently serves as a missionary in Brazil 

under Grace Brethren Foreign Missions. 

July 15, 1993 



An Hour Of Challenge 

by Tom Julien 

By anyone's standards, the ministry in Africa has 
been an extraordinary chapter in modem mis- 
sions. Every Sunday in the Central African 
RepubHc an estimated 150,000 Christians gather in 667 
Grace Brethren churches to worship God. Bible Insti- 
tutes and a theological seminary train friture pastors. 
The medical work ministers to thousands through two 
hospitals and eighteen dispensaries, staffed by trained 

The traditional offering to guests in a small church 

African personnel. The James Gribble High School has 
educated leaders both in the churches and in govern- 
ment. The missionary staff that has served through the 
years has done exemplary work. 

Today, however, Africa faces some of its greatest 
challenges. These directly affect the church. In May, 
Dr. Wayne Beaver and I spent two weeks in the Central 
African Republic with a brief visit to the Republic of 
Chad to seek to encourage our missionary team and to 
work though a number of issues related to the Mission 
and the African churches. Here is an account of some 
of our observations. 

A Country Facing Unrest 

As is true in many African countries, the population 
of the Central African Republic is restless because of 
increased hardships. Poverty is on the rise. In spite of 
the dedicated efforts of medical workers, sickness and 
disease continue to spread. The inability of the govem- 
ment to pay its workers on a regular basis has brought 

political tension, sometimes resulting in strikes and 
other demonstrations of discontent. 

We have communicated to the President our prom- 
ise that we would encourage the Christians of our coun- 
try to pray for him at this difficult period. Several 
members of Grace Brethren churches are in the govem- 
ment; they seek wisdom as they attempt to follow the 
teachings of our Lord in their positions of responsibility. 
Because of the large number of Christians in the coun- 
try, the churches represent the most stable element of 
the society. 

In Chad, conflicts have occurred between the gov- 
ernment forces and the local population in many of the 
villages in the south, where the Grace Brethren churches 
are located. A number of villages are deserted and the 
churches are closed. Two pastors, as well as several 
members of our churches, have been killed. Gardens 
are unplanted; this will result in hunger later this year. 

Many have inquired about the safety of our mis- 
sionary family in view of these conditions. We were 
assured that they are not in immediate danger. They 
have been advised, however, to update their evacuation 
plans should this become necessary. They are grateful 
for your faithful prayers for their protection. 


Team Leadership Council meeting at Bata to 
discuss mission priorities 

A Mission Sharpening Its Focus 

For many years the missionary team in Africa has 
been diminishing because of retirements and resigna- 


r VJ1\I!.IVj1"N lYU^^aiUlMa 

Missionary Lois Wilson 
with a friend 

tions. Few have taken the place of those who have had to 
depart. During the past several months a series of acci- 
dents, sickness and attacks have reduced the numbers even 
fiirther. These incidents have prompted serious discus- 
sions concerning the future role of the Mission. 

Some have asked 
whether the work of the 
Mission is coming to a 

During our visit to 
Africa the fiiture of the 
Mission was the subject 
of long hours of discus- 
sion, both with the mis- 
sionary staff and our Af- 
rican Brethren. On the 
one hand, the African 
leaders are fully capable 
of continuing the work 
that has been begun. 
All agree, however, that many aspects of the ministry 
would suffer without the presence of the Mission at this 
critical time in Africa's history. Rather than phasing out 
completely, our reduced staff must phase into a new 
chapter of ministry, different from what we have known 
in the past. One of the purposes of the Mission will be 
to encourage more exchange between the churches of 
Africa and the United States so that fellowship can 
continue even when the missionary presence comes to 
an end. 

Much discussion focused on priorities. If the Mis- 
sion could do only one thing, what would it be? The 
consensus of the staff was that our greatest contribution 
would be to focus our efforts on the seminary— the hope 
of producing a generation of leaders that would impact 
the churches of tomorrow. The seminary would also be 
the most effective base for a wider ministry among the 

This, along with the medical work and the admin- 
istrative team at Bangui, will be the focus of the Mission 
as long as God allows the door to remain open. 

A Church in Transition 

The African church is facing some of its greatest 
challenges. A generation of older pastors is gradually 
being replaced by younger men who represent a new 
culture and a new way of seeing things. Unfortunately 
the transition is occurring slowly, and with some oppo- 
sition from the older men whose security is related to 
their positions. For some, the pastorate has become a 

place of authority and influence rather than ministry. 
Though the younger men exercise much patience and 
restraint, the tension between the generations will con- 
tinue to increase. 

' Related to this is the unrest of the educated laymen, 
especially in Bangui. Many of these have benefited 
from being trained in Europe and hold top positions in 
the country. Unfortunately, some of the pastors see 
them as a threat rather than a resource. We have encour- 
aged the President of the Fellowship of Churches to be 
a bridge to the pastors, both on behalf of the younger 
men entering the ministry and the educated lay people. 

The church in Africa is in need of revival. As the 
population continues to move into the cities, sin be- 
comes more prevalent, even among the pastors. There 
is need for more aggressive discipline, something that 
the new President has promised to exercise. The church 
in Africa is also in need of a renewed impetus in evan- 
gelism. Many of the people have become immune to 
the gospel because of the influx of non-Christian relig- 
ions such as Islam, and the secularization of the younger 

This is indeed an hour of challenge for our brethren 
in Africa. God's blessing on a previous generation of 
missionaries has resulted in a church four times larger 
than the size of the sending churches. Our African 
brethren are our spiritual children. We must not aban- 
don them. 

Times have changed. Africa is not the same, nor is 
our missionary staff God's purpose for human history 
is still the same, however-the calling out and perfecting 
of the bride. The challenges faced by our African 
churches at this time may be God's way of preparing 
them for an even more significant place in His plan. 
May God renew our vision as we join hands with them 
in these significant times. 

Pastor Noel Caiwaka, former President of the African Fellow- 
ship of Churches, meets an old friend. Dr. Wayne Beaver. 
(Tom julien at left) 

July 15, 1993 



On Reserve for Uncle Sam . . . 
On Active Duty for Christ 

By Larry N. Chamberlain 

"What an opportunity to 
my country at the 

Colonel Jerry Young has 
served as a Chaplain in the 
U.S. Army Reserve for 30 

"Colonel" Young is also known 
as "Pastor" Young to over 800 people 
at the Lititz Grace Brethren Church, 
which has grown to its present size 
from just a few families as a Home 
Missions church in January of 1971. 
During this entire period of the 
church's growth, Jerry has served as 
a Chaplain in the Army Reserve. 
"My church views it as an extension 
of my ministry, as an opportunity for 
outreach. I give my people reports of how the Lord blesses 
my ministry in the military." 

I visited Jerry at Ft. Indiantown Gap (a 16,000 acre 
military reservation in the beautiful hills of Pennsylvania), 
where he was serving weekend duty with the 79th ARCOM 
Headquarters unit. Along the crest of the mountain behind 
the Gap is the Appalachian Trail which makes for an excit- 
ing hike, given the rounds of artillery fire exploding fi-om 
the valley below. 

Over the years, Colonel Young has experienced many 
blessings. "I remember being in an airport, waiting for a flight, 
when an Air Wisconsin pilot came up to me and said, 'Hey, 
you're Jerry Young, aren't you?' 'Well, yes,' I said, 'but I'm 
not a very famous guy. How do you know me?' 'I was in your 
unit a long time ago,' the pilot replied, 'and I just want you to 
know that I'm a Christian now!' Experiences like this make 
all the sacrifice of serving in the Reserves worthwhile." 

During the military worship service on Sunday moming 

— in a very modest 
post chapel with no 
sound system, no 
bathroom facility or 
running water, no air 
conditioning, and no 
cushioned seats — 
Colonel Young pre- 
sents the gospel of 
Christ using a very 
simple outline, clear 
texts from the Bible, 
interesting illustra- 

serve my Lord and 
same time. " 

In a very modest chapel on the base of 
Ft. Indiantown Gap, Col. Jerry Young 
presents the message of God's grace. 

tions, and a prayer for those to follow 
who want to receive Christ as their 
Savior. "Many of the people in my 
chapel services do not know the Lord," 
Jerry told me. "It's a great opportunity 
for evangelism." 

Indeed, it is. Following the serv- 
ice, I noticed a young enlisted woman 
crying in the back row. Jerry greeted 
the other attenders as they left the 
chapel, then sat down with the woman 
and spoke with her as she continued to 
weep. What was unusual to observe 
was that she was also smiling and 
laughing during their conversation. I 
went outside and began packing up a few things for the trip 
home. Jerry came out a few minutes later and reported that 
the young lady he was speaking to had prayed the prayer to 
receive Christ. The tears were fi"om her penitent heart. The 
laughter from her new-found joy in the Lord. Just another 
reason ... a very precious reason . . . that makes the sacrifice 
to serve all worthwhile. 

Jerry has enjoyed his career in the military chaplaincy. 
It has brought him a long list of memories and friends that 
will be with him for 
all of eternity. Jerry 
offers nothing but 
encouragement to 
other pastors who 
may wish to con- 
sider a reserve chap- 
laincy: "What an 
opportunity to serve 
my Lord and my 
Country at the same 

On reserve for Uncle Sam. On active duty for Christ. 
We salute you, "Colonel" Young! 

Editor's Note : Grace Brethren Home Missions sponsors 
the Eagle Commission, a network of prayer partners for our 
Grace Brethren Chaplains serving in the U.S. Armed 
Forces. If you 'd like more information about how you can 
serve on this Commission, please write to me at P. O. Box 
587, Winona Lake, IN 46590. And ask for a free video of 
our weekend visit with Colonel Young. Thank you! 

Chaplain Young leads an enlisted woman to 
Christ. It makes the sacrifice all worthwhile. 



Muivie. Mi:iMur\!> 

"Forever Our Friend 

by Larry N. Chamberlain 


On Tuesday, May 4, our Lord Je- 
sus Christ received a new resi- 
dent in Heaven. Following a 
lengthy bout with cancer, Dr. Robert W. 
Thompson, my long-time friend and col- 
league, went home to be with his Savior. 
"I'm getting ready to play in the 
Master's Tournament," Bob told a friend 
shortly before his death. Bob was an avid 
golfer, a quick wit, a superb speaker, an 
encourager, a leader, a devoted family 
man, a friend of thousands. 

Bob was bom in Colorado in a setting 
not unlike "Little House on the Prairie." 
His early dream was to become a cowboy 
and, although his dream was never realized, 
his enjoyment of country-western music 
lasted a lifetime. In 1944, during his service as an Army Air 
Force pilot of B-29's, Bob married his high school sweet- 
heart, Betty Carter. TTiey would have celebrated fifty years 
of marriage next year. 

Following his tenure with Uncle Sam, Bob worked for 
Proctor & Gamble for fifteen years. During this time. Bob and 
Betty became the parents of two children, Dan and Linda. Dan 
followed his dad in church-planting, establishing a Grace 
Brethren Church in Naples, Florida. Linda is actively involved 
in church music, following her father's musical interests, with 
a little more refinement, as he would say. 

Bob came to know Christ as the result of Betty's prayers 

Dr. Robert W. Thompson 
1924- 1993 

and persistence. Wanting to give their 
young children some spiritual teaching. 
Bob and Betty found their way to the First 
Brethren Church of Long Beach where 
they gave their hearts and lives to Christ. 
Bob was discipled by Dr. Charles W. 
Mayes and enrolled in the Bible Institute 
of Los Angeles (Biola), where he gradu- 
ated Cum Laude in 1962. While a student 
at Biola, Bob planted and pastored the 
Westminster Grace Brethren Church. 

Following seven years as pastor of the 
growing congregation at Westminster, Bob 
accepted the call to become Westem Field 
Director for Grace Brethren Home Mis- 
sions. In this position, he provided spiritual 
advice and administrative support to dozens 
of church-planters for nineteen years. In 1985, the Board of 
Directors promoted Bob to the position of Executive Direc- 
tor where he served with distinction until his retirement, due 
to illness, in 1989. 

Bob was a visionary who believed in cultivating rela- 
tionships for the cooperative, effective building of our 
Lord's Church in America and around the world. I am one 
of many who have benefited from his love and mentorship. 
During a visit with Bob just prior to his homegoing, I leaned 
over at his bedside and as he reached his weakened arm 
around my neck for a final hug he said, "I love you, partner. 
God bless you." Always an encourager. Forever our finend. 

A Farewell Salute 

by Larry N. Chamberlain 

On April 29, Colonel Orville A. Lorenz 
died suddenly in his home and went to 
be with his Savior, his Commander in 
Chief His widow, Florence, deserves and ap- 
preciates our prayers in her behalf 

Colonel Lorenz served as a Grace Brethren 
Chaplain in the U.S. Army for a total of twenty 
years, including a three-year tour during WW 11. 
He provided ministry to soldiers in three invasions 
(North Africa, Sicily/Normandy, and France) and 
in eight campaigns (French-Morocco, Tunisia, 
Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, Central 
Europe, Ardennes, and the Rhineland). He also 
served during the latter stages of the Korean conflict. 

The recipient of numerous medals and citations for service 
and bravery during WW II, including the Silver Star and the 
Bronze Star, Colonel Lorenz went on to serve as a chaplain in 

Colonel Orville A. Lorenz 

eleven stations of duty, including Japan, Korea, 
Germany, Okinawa, and across the United 

In 1965f Col. Lorenz spoke to the Minis- 
terium at National Conference in Long Beach. 
The following words, I believe, sum up his great 
passion for ministry in uniform: 

"... the Army is a great field for effective 
evangelism . . . and pastoral work. If I can be 
used to keep those young men and women under 
my care lined up for Christ, deepen them spiri- 
tually so that they may return to their homes and 
churches a better Christian, then I will have had 
an important, a worthwhile ministry for God and Country." 
To Orville A. Lorenz, a gentleman and soldier, who served 
God and Country with honor and distinction, our Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches offers a farewell salute. 

July 15, 1993 



Religious Cults: Are They 
Really Dangerous? 

Second of Two Parts 

Editor's Note : This article was written by Dr. Davis 
for the Warsaw Times-Union where it was published 
on Saturday, April 24. It appears here with only 
minor changes. 

As the drama of the Branch Davidians contin- 
ues to be played out in all its grim details in 
Waco, Texas, Americans anxiously ask, 
"Will this happen again?" 

With every heart-sickening discovery of the 
charred remains of a little body, others want to know, 
"Why are children so often the innocent victims in 
these situations?" 

Christian cults are, for the most part, made up of 
sincere individuals who long for a deeper under- 
standing of the Bible, a more structured life style, an 
unambiguous understanding of good and evil, and a 
greater involvement in pious living. 

They often originate within Christian denomina- 
tions or associated groups. The Branch Davidian cult 
in Waco, Texas, for example, traces its origin to small 
groups that broke away from the Seventh Day Ad- 

Hundreds of small sects and cults exist here and 
elsewhere in the western world, but they rarely make 
headline news because their disastrous impacts are 
not so dramatically physical such as the followers of 
Davis Koresh or the late Hobart Freeman of the Faith 
Assembly in Wilmot, Indiana. 

The emotional, social and intellectual damage in 
the lives of adults and children, however, is all as 
serious. Knowing the characteristics of these cults 
can help parents and friends prevent involvement and 
ultimate disaster. The following are some of the 
more common characteristics of Christian cults such 
as the Branch Davidian group. 

Cult Characteristics 

First, all claim to be biblically founded. Most 
cults teach large segments of biblical truth that most 
Christians could accept and therein lies on of the 

by Dr. John J. Davis 
Professor of Old Testament 
Grace Theological Seminary 

deceptive aspects of these movements. Recruiters 
often point to the fact that, while they teach many of 
the same things other churches teach, theirs is a pure 
and "deep" doctrine. They alone can unlock the 
mysteries of the biblical text and character of future 

Second, isolation and secrecy generally charac- 
terize cultic groups. In fact, this is one of the most 
telling signs of cultic activity and puts it in direct 
contrast to the normative practice of Christianity. 

Christian churches, following biblical prece- 
dent, do not operate under a dark cloak of secrecy or 
exclude the public from their meetings or activities. 
The tradition for this is found in the ministries of 
Jesus and the Apostle Paul. 

When Jesus was required to stand before the 
High Priest to defend His ministry he argued, "I have 
spoken openly to the world ... I have said nothing in 
secret" (John 18:20, New International Version). 

The Apostle Paul defended his ministry before 
King Agrippa by arguing, "The king is familiar with 
these things, and I can speak freely to him, I am con- 
vinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because 
it was not done in a comer." (Acts 26:26, NFV). 

Third, such groups are usually founded and con- 
trolled by one individual who claims absolute author- 
ity in all matters of biblical interpretation and practi- 
cal piety. One is often required to surrender his or 
her mind, family ties or money to belong to the group. 

Such leaders often identify themselves as 
"God's anointed" based on Psalm 105: 15 and, there- 
fore, cannot be challenged or opposed. They claim 
their teaching is directly from God and, as a conse- 
quence, cannot possibly be wrong. 

Fourth, membership in cultic groups requires 
intense indoctrination followed by the abandonment 
of familiar life styles. The individual is often com- 
pelled to assume a new name and identity. These 
changes regularly lead to spiritual elitism, confronta- 
tional dispositions and irrational dialogue. 

Fifth, doctrine becomes reality and the individ- 
ual is regularly taught not to rely on his senses or the 



viewpoints of others to interpret his world. That is 
the divinely appointed task of the leader. Followers 
are admonished to read only those writings produced 
or authorized by the group or its rulers. 

Signs of Cult Involvement 

Very important to parents of teens (who are often 
sought out by cultists) and other family members, is 
the ability to determine when cult involvement has 
occurred. The hallmarks of cultic conversion are 
now well documented. 

They include sudden and radical changes in per- 
sonality, the abandonment of normal social activities, 
time consuming secretive study and meditation in- 
volvements with individuals, severed ties with family 
members and fi^iends, the adoption of new sociocul- 
tural and spiritual insignia, thought reform and sub- 
version of the will, inability to maintain a job, and a 
very strong intolerance of other biblical and theologi- 
cal viewpoints. 

Restoring cult victims is a long and arduous 
process. The commitments of individuals caught up 
in these movements are deep and abiding. For many, 
these are the most meaningful relationships they have 
experienced and their complex world is now securely 
interpreted for them. Unfortunately, the emotional 
and spiritual scars from cultic involvement are deep. 

Above all, restoration should be pursued in a 
spirit of humility and free of self-serving, pious ha- 
ranguing. Paul requires that such an individual be 

restored "in the spirit of meekness" (Gal. 6: 1). 

Parents and friends should work diligently to 
keep all lines of communication open. Don't engage 
in long, drawn-out arguments over biblical minutia, 
but focus on the larger issues of spiritual life and the 
fact that not all churches are spiritually bankrupt (as 
cultist leaders regularly assert). 

Find activities that the victim can comfortably 
participate in as a way of sustaining important relation- 
ships. Be knowledgeable of the cult's main tenants and 
become familiar with its mind control techniques. 

An excellent treatment of these issues is found in 
Steven Hassan's book. Combatting Cult Mind Control 
(Park Street Press, Rochester, Vermont, 1988). 

Leam if there are individuals living in your area 
who have left such cultic groups and have them 
arrange a meeting with the victim to discuss its dan- 
gers. Cult victims are regularly instructed to reject 
"outside influences" and be prepared for "serious 
persecution" for their beliefs, but the reflections of 
one who had a long history of involvement in the cult 
are not easily dismissed. 

The counsel and insights of your pastor are es- 
sential to dealing with the particular doctrinal or 
emotional idiosyncrasies of a given situation. By all 
means seek their help early. 

Prayer, a balanced study of God's Word, and the 
expression of genuine love are the two most powerful 
weapons to free victims from the horrors of cult 

The Gospel, the Whole Gospel, 
and Nothing But . . . 

(Continued from page 9) 

different. This scale is only an aid to understanding 
the Spirit's working in someone's life and to make 
sure we are presenting the whole message in an 
understandable way. 

More and more, we are becoming a 'post secular 
society'. When we share the gospel in our quick 
presentations, the terms we use are not readily under- 
stood, or worse, they have already been redefined by 
the cults or other religions. Moreover, because of our 
approach to evangelism, we have given a distorted 
view, such as the speaker at the chapel I attended. 
We are led to believe that if we do not share the entire 

plan of salvation and lead people to the Lord, we are 
not doing evangelism. Perhaps, through our contacts, 
God just desires us to move someone up the scale one 
point. Also, perhaps the 'challenge' or question that we 
need to ask our friends and neighbors is not, "If you were 
to die, would you go to heaven?" (they may not believe 
there is a heaven, that is -5), but instead, "Have you 
studied the Bible to understand what God's will is for 
your life?". Then we need to be willing to make the 
time commitment to study with them. This type of 
evangelism will involve more people and produce more 
true decisions. 

July 15, 1993 



WMC Missionary 
of the Year: 
Sue Weaver 

ue Weaver is 
very familiar 


k_7 with WMC. 
As a matter of fact, 
when she was a 
WMC member at her 
home church in 
Pennsylvania, she 
began writing to Sue 
Griffith. Sue Griffith 
commented that her 
interest in France 
was very evident. 

Now the Weav- 
ers are missionaries 
in France. She and 
her husband Marlin 
have been minister- 
ing at the Chateau 
since the fall of 1984. 

"My work here is mainly hospitality," Sue shared, 
"I prepare meals for the people who come to the Cha- 
teau. Sometimes that means 60 children for a children's 
weekend or maybe a dozen seminary students for two 
weeks of classes!" 

Having enough work to do around the Chateau is 
no problem. Various groups use the Chateau through- 
out the year since it is the Grace Conference Center in 

"The groups come all during the year with the 
spring and summer months being our busiest." And Sue 
cooks for them all. 

The meals start at my dining room table where I 
plan the menus. The grocery lists are the next step. And 
then it's to the store where I often buy two heaping carts 
at a time; Sue listed. 

Back at the Chateau, the food is put in the store 
room. When Sue is ready to begin preparations, the 

Marlin and Sue Weaver and Family 

food is taken to the 
kitchen. After Sue 
has peeled and cut, 
processed and 

cooked, the Chateau 
guests enjoy a won- 
derfiil meal. 

People come 
to the Chateau for 
many programs. 
Some hear the gos- 
pel for the first 
time. Others come 
to spend time with 
the Lord and study 
His Word. 

Besides her 
ministry of hospi- 
tality, Sue is busy 

as a mother and wife. 

The Weavers play a very important role in the 

ministry of France. The Chateau is a bridge between 

the French people and the Grace Brethren Church. It is 

a place of sharing. 

"Please pray with us that the Chateau will be a 

building tool for all our French Grace Brethren 



As you're completing this year of WMC, don't 
forget that July and August are offering months for 
WMC operating expenses. These offerings are the life- 
line of National WMC. Since your national officers are 
not paid, these funds go directly to the operating ex- 
penses (i.e., defraying the cost of printing the program 
packets, postage, stationary, etc.). Please support your 
national WMC financially and in prayer. 



>3iiir i^Eyyyo 

Fellowship News 

The Grace Brethren Church of Greater Washing- 
ton at Temple Hills, Maryland has called Rev. Dan 
Grabill to become the Director/Superintendent of their 
Christian School ministry. Dan has served as Pastor of 
the Grace Brethren Church at Kettering, Ohio for the past 
six years and has been involved in the ministry of Dayton 
Christian Schools for the last 24 years. Howard Mayes is 
the Senior Pastor at Temple Hills. 

Myerstown, PA Grace Brethren Church an- 
nounces that it will soon have application packets avail- 
able for any GBC Pastor who might feel led by the Lord 

Death Notices 

• Pollard, George K. 62, went home to be with the Lord 
on May 26. He was chairman of the deacon board, 
head usher and Sunday school teacher of an adult class 
in the Leamersville Grace Brethren Church. John E. 
Gregory, pastor. 

• Lacks, Erma age 81, passed away May 10, 1993. She 
was an active member of the Grace Brethren Church in 
Covington, Virginia since joining in 1941 . She served 
in various offices and positions and was a faithful atten- 
der. Pastor Dan Gillette officiated her service. 

• Hawkins, Sue was 80 years old when the Lord re- 
ceived her into His presence on May 15, 1993. She 
joined the fledgling Grace Brethren Church led by 
Bemie Schneider in 1937 and remained an active 
member of the Covington, Virginia, GBC and faithful 
attender to all services until the day of her death. She 
served in many position and made the communion 
bread for over 50 years. Pastor Dan Gillette con- 
ducted her church funeral. 

• Bonner, James went to be with the Lord on Saturday, 

Address Changes 

• Rev. James Marshall 

P.O.Box 173 

Milford, IN 46502-0173 

• Rev. and Mrs. Donald Ogden 
808 Timber Lane 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 

• Rev. Lester E. Pifer 
6810 23rd Avenue, W 
Bradenton, FL 34209 

• Gary and Laura Kinser 
1526 Marjorie Street 
Oceanside, CA 92056 

• Lester Kennedy 
6693 Dudley Ferry 
Radford, VA 24141 

to pursue Myerstown Grace Brethren Church's open Sen- 
ior Pastor position. Packets may be obtained by writing 
the Pastoral Search Committee, c/o Myerstown Grace 
Brethren Church, P.O. Box 409, Myerstown, PA 17067 
or by calling the Chairman, C.P. Brezeale, evenings at 
215-678-6527. Inquiries will be kept confidential. 

Wedding: Jenny Krumbine and Jeff Harvey were 
united in marriage on Saturday, May 22, 1 993, at the Blough 
Mennonite Church, R.D. #2, Hollsopple, PA. Jenny's pas- 
tor. Pastor H. Don Rough, of the Riverside Grace Brethren 
Church, Johnstown, PA, performed the ceremony. 

June 5, 1993. He attended the Riverside Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Johnstown, PA, for many years. Pastor 
H. Don Rough officiated at the memorial service. 
Martin, Daniel H. 70, went home to his Lord on June 
10, 1993. He was a faithful, active member of the 
Hagerstown, Maryland GBC since 1 966. Pastor Ray 
H. Davis officiated at the service. 

If you have any news from your church 

which you would like to share on the 

Fellowship News page, please send it to 

The Brethren Missionary Herald Co., 

P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

— -from page 4 

There are a total of 1,069 Grace Brethren Churches in 

the world (747 overseas and 322 in the United States) 

Richard Battis 

P.O. Box 250 
Washington, PA 15301 
(no longer pastor at GBC) 
Mr. and Mrs. David Manduka 

Kurt Schumacher Str 1 67 
73529 Schwebisch Gmuend 
Gene Klingler 
5179 Windorf Drive 
Westerville, OH 43081 
(telephone 614-898-0550) 
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99.9% Is Not Enough 

It was Dr. Whitcomb who taught us the second 
law of Thermodynamics. This law of physics 
states that order within a system tends toward 
disorder over time. Whenever I hear someone dis- 
cussing the law, I think of my garage. Oh, how I long 
to pursue excellence in all that I do, but in my garage 
excellence gets reduced to acceptable. Before long 
acceptable doesn't seem worth the sweat if I can get 
by with adequate. And once I buy into adequate, 
mediocrity is only a breath away. It is my nature to 
"just get by." 

Excellence to me means striving to do your very 
best 100% of the time. That's a goal. So I thought 
that coming close, like 99.9% of the time was hitting 
the mark until I read a piece by Natalie Gabal. If 
99.9% were considered good enough then. . . . 

• Two million documents would be lost by the IRS 
this year. 

• 811,000 faulty rolls of 35mm film would be 
loaded this year. 

• 22,000 checks will be deducted from the wrong 
bank accounts in the next 60 minutes. 

• 1 2 babies will be given to the wrong parents each 

• 268,500 defective tires will be shipped each year. 

• 14,208 defective personal computers will be 
shipped this year. 

• 103,260 income tax returns will be processed 
incorrectly this year. 

• 2,488,200 books will be shipped in the next 12 
months with the wrong cover. 

• 2 plane landings daily at O'Hare Airport in Chi- 
cago will be unsafe. 

• 3,056 copies of tomorrow's Wall Street Journal 
will be missing one of the three sections. 

• 1 8,322 pieces of mail will be mishandled in the 
next hour. 

• 291 pacemaker operations will be performed in- 
correctly this year. 

• 880,000 credit cards in circulation will turn out to 
have incorrect card holder information on their 
magnetic strips. 

• 20,000 incorrect drug prescriptions will be writ- 
ten in the next 12 months. 

• 114,500 mismatched pairs of shoes will be 
shipped this year. 

$761,900 will be spent in the next 12 months on 
tapes and CDs that won't play. 
107 incorrect medical procedures will be per- 
formed by the end of the day today. . . and every 

315 entries in Webster's New International 
Dictionary of the English Language (Un- 
abridged) will turn out to be misspelled. 

I'm glad that God did not settle for 99.9%. 
When He declared us righteous on the basis of our 
faith, it was 100% righteous. "Therefore having been 
justified by faith we have peace with God through our 
Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:1). God now sees us 
from then on as pure as His dear Son. It's not almost 
finished, it is finished! If it were 99.9% we'd have 
to keep on working to add to what Christ had started 
at the cross. Peter noted our Lord has given "to us 
everything pertaining to life and godliness, through 
the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own 
glory and excellence." 

God is a God of excellence, and when we do 
commit ourselves to acts of service in His name, we 
can do so only out of gratitude - not out of fear, duty, 
or compulsion. We love God because He did for us 
what we could not do for ourselves - He saved us 

August 15, 1993 


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August 15, 1993 

3 Editorial 

99.9% is Not Enough 

5 Women's Missionary Council 
The Impact of WMC 

6 Brethren Evangelistic Ministries 
Broken for Love 

7 Home Missions 
On Fire in Texas 

8 Home Missions 

Around the Nation with Our 
Churches and Chaplains . . . 

9 A Modern Story 

10 Can You Believe It? 

1 1 The World will Know Us 
by Our Love 

13 Forty Years of Jewish 

Evangelism with the Buttons 

17 Fellowship News 

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The Impact Of WMC 

Inspired by Karen Harper, 
WMC Editor for the Worthington, Ohio, WMC 

Does WMC really accomplish anything? Is WMC just a time 
for a group of church women to gather together to talk and 

Even those of us active in WMC sometimes don't realize the 
impact WMC has on missionaries, churches, and other women. 

The Worthington, Ohio, WMC asked four current or recent 
missionary women, "What does WMC mean to you when you're on 
the field?" Their answers were both inspirational and compelling. 

Prayer support was the most frequently mentioned WMC out- 
reach that these women valued. Denise Skeen, who has served in 
the Central African Republic, said that knowing the WMC women 
"prayed for her faithfully gave me daily encouragement and confi- 
dence." Jerreth McLaugnlin, Mexico, explained that WMC prayers 
kept her from feeling so isolated, living in a cold rain forest where 
many days get chilly and dark at 2 p.m. And Nancy Green, Brazil, 
said a Worthington WMC contact phoned her each Monday before 
the monthly WMC meeting to get the most current update possible 
on prayer requests. 

Some of us don't realize that the smallest, thoughtful, personal 
gesture is also greatly appreciated. Both Lois Belohlavek, formerly in 
the Central African Republic, and Nancy mentioned that little surprises 
like a piece of gum or stickers included as small gifts in birthday cards 
to their children provided major uplifting experiences. 

Lois also recalled that a package of Kool-Aid (especially the 
Nutra-Sweet kind) was a giff that seemed far out of proportion to its 
cost when her family served in Africa. It was the thought that counted, 
the little I-am-thinking-of-you message that warmed their hearts. 

Besides gratitude for the ever-faithfiil pen pals, the women 
recalled some unusual support from WMC women, including VCR 
tapes for their children. Personal gifts, however tiny, were great spirit 
lifters. Nancy remembered that she was deeply moved when someone 
sent a small amount of money and specified, "This is for a personal 
something for you which you would not ordinarily get right now." 

Lois provided the most unique story of how a WMC gift helped 
her. When Christmas money was sent to her one year, she did not 
spenditonany sort of personal item. She bought a beebee gun! It 
seems the family was living "in the middle of a barnyard where the 
Africans insisted on letting their animals wander. Several cows 
were breathing through the window over our bed at night and needed 
to be discouraged from that." So it really was a WMC oufreach that 
got Lois her nickname of "Annie Oakley" among the missionaries. 

Little or large, any letter, card, gift and especially prayer mag- 
nified in size and importance when our missionaries receive it. It is 
one of the very special things that WMC does for our missionary 
women on the field. 

WMC does have an impact on our missionaries! 

Some Comments from 
Pastors About WMC 

Pastor Fred W. Devan, Jr., Clearbrook Grace 
Brethren Church, Roanoke, Virginia 
What WMC means to me personally: 

WMC is an encouragement to me. I see 
faithful women ministering to one another and 
myself and family. I see role models for the 
ladies to follow in areas of leadership and the 
various ongoing ministries. Their commitment 
to the Word of God, in reading and studying it, 
is deeply encouraging to me. 

What WMC means to my church: 

WMC is an avenue of service ministries. It 
is a discipling ministry. It frains leadership. It 
is a ministry of warmth, excitement and fellow- 
ship. It is a viable, living, functional and frater- 
nal ministry. It's exciting to see prayer for the 
Lord's direction in goal setting and then the 
rejoicing as these goals are met. 

What WMC means to my church ministry: 

WMC compliments and expands my basic 
ministry within the church and the community. It 
prepares all women, young and old alike, to be 
better prepared for ministries in the home, church, 
employment, and just to interact with the ladies of 
the church. They have something worthwhile to 
offer our women. They are always ready and 
willing to assist and help in any endeavor - church 
cleaning, cooking, nursery, teaching - you name 
it! I would hate to think of pastoring a church 
without a WMC. I thank God for them! 

Pastor Doug Witt, Garden City Grace Brethren 
Church, Roanoke, Virginia 

WMC is a blessing to our church in that it 
provides our ladies an excellent opportunity to 
fellowship, have Bible studies and pray together. 
As they meet for the 1 5th Day of Prayer, I can rest 
assured they are praying for our missionaries, 
national boards, special needs in our congregation 
and for me, their pastor. They are always involved 
in mission projects, whether local or national. 
They are a real stay for our church. 

August 15, 1993 


Broken For Love Of jesus 

by Greg Hinnant 

Mary gave up the very best thing she had for Jesus. 
She broke her "alabaster box of ointment of spike- 
nard" and poured out the expensive, fragrant oint- 
ment on the Lord, " He sat eating, there came a woman, 
having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard, very pre- 
cious; and she broke the box, and poured the ointment on His 
Head" (Mark 14:3-9). 

Some called it a foolish waste (v. 4,5), but Jesus was 
deeply blessed by the sacrifice, the others in the house were 
blessed, and Mary received special recognition for her act. 

Spikenard was a red, aromatic ointment that was very 
popular as a perfume in the Lord's time. It was "very pre- 
cious," that is, extremely expensive, being imported from 
northern India, which was a long, difficult journey from the 
Holy Land in those days. And spikenard was usually stored 
in an alabaster box to preserve its strong, rich fragrance. 
Mary's box of spikenard was probably her most valued 
possession, something she undoubtedly held back for use on 
only the most special occasions. 

When Jesus came, she recognized who He was and 
believed all that He said. And believing His own testimony 
of His upcoming ordeal at Jerusalem, she anointed Him for 
His burial — " ...she is come beforehand to anoint My body 
for the burial" (v.8). For this Jesus, she would give up 
anything, even her costly box of spikenard. He was worth it. 

What is your "alabaster box of ointment of spikenard?" 
With the vast majority of us, our cherished "box" is our 
self-chosen path in life, our career. It is what we want to do 
with our own life, what we want to get out of this life for our 
own satisfaction. Self-realization is the great god of modem 
man. Naturally we all relish the thought of choosing a career 
that suits us, preparing for it, pursuing it devotedly for most 
of our adult life, and then retiring with satisfaction, respect 
and, of course, plenty of money in hand. This is the materi- 
alistic, self-centered dream that millions are following today 
as in a trance. 

And God's people are more under this spell of self-re- 
alization than the unbelievers are. Yet in the midst of all this 
self-centeredness, Jesus is looking for a few faithful souls 
who are willing to forgo their own plans for this lifetime, if 
He bids them to do so, in order to do the will of the Father 
and help the Church. Most go their own way — "But they 
made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another 
to his merchandise? (Matt. 22:5). 

"...and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment" 
(John 12:3). Mary's sacrifice blessed her fellow believers. After 
she willingly broke her precious box, the wonderful odor of the 
spikenard filled the air, blessing and refreshing the others in 
Simon's house. But her box had to be broken first. Without the 
breaking, there could be no blessing. 

The Lord has without apology changed many an ambi- 
tious career for the sake of His eternal kingdom. 

Moses, for example, was prepared and set for a high and 
mighty career in Pharaoh's court. He was a well-educated, 
expensively raised Egyptian blue blood — "And Moses was 
learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty 
in words and in deeds" (Acts 7:22). But when God called 

Moses, he laid all this aside to pursue the highest calling of 
all (Mark 3:13-15). 

From that point onward, the lodestar of Moses' soul was 
the will of God. He sought God's will and his brethren's 
welfare above everything, his own career plans included. 
Moses broke his alabaster box and poured out his spikenard 
unto the Lord, and the house of Israel was filled with the 
life-giving fragrance of His sacrifice. 

Saul of Tarsus, too, was wasted for God. Saul was well 
up the respected ladder of Pharisaism when Jesus stopped 
him and offered him a commission in His Church. He was 
ftjll of Hebrew zeal and growing in influence among the Jews 
— well on his way to becoming a fiill-fledged leader, so much 
so that he was evidently in charge of stamping out those that 
followed that heretical "way" that sprang up after the Jews 
disposed of Jesus of Nazareth (Acts 26:9-12; 24:14). 

But Saul, later called Paul, broke his alabaster box of 
precious Pharisaism and poured his life's rights out for the 
Lord, and the aroma of his sacrifice has blessed the Lord's 
house, the Church, for twenty centuries — " ...a Hebrew of 
the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; concerning 
zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness 
which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to 
me, those I counted loss for Christ" (Phil. 3:5-7). 

When Jesus called Paul, his natural career was abruptly 
halted and a new one began as a man wholly given over to 
the pleasure of His Lord — " ...but I follow after, if that I may 
apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ 
Jesus" (Phi. 3:2). 

Oswald Chambers was a promising art student at the 
University of Edinburgh when God's call came to him — "I 
need you for My service, but I can do without you." The next 
day he entered in upon a period of Spirit-led preparation that 
eventually made him into a "vessel unto honor." But his 
valuable art career fell by the wayside. His box was broken 
so that the spikenard could flow out. 

Is the Spirit of God calling you? Has the Master laid His 
"Woe is me if I preach not the gospel" squarely on your 
shoulders? Are you willing to forgo your own small-minded, 
private ambition so that God's large, earth-encompassing 
purpose might be done through you in due season? " thee 
shall all families of the earth be blessed" (Gen. 12:3). 

Are you willing to do menial work for a season while 
God prepares your character for His service? Moses was 
content to feed sheep and Paul made tents, when both men, 
if they had so desired, could have easily been at the top of 
their chosen professions. 

"Verily I say unto you. Wherever this gospel shall be 
preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath 
done shall be spoken of, for a memorial of her" (v. 9). Special 
recognition awaits those who follow Mary's example, for 
"them that honor Me, I will honor" (I Sam. 2:30). And 
nothing honors Jesus more than this "wasting" of our natural, 
self-appointed calling, if He bids us do so, in order to do the 
Father's will. 

[Gregg Hinnant is a pastor and free-lance writer from 
High Point, NC. Used by permission.] 



On Fire In Texas 

by Larry N. Chamberlain 





Over 275 people have come 

to know Christ through the 

McAllen CBC. 

In the summer months, on the southern tip of Texas in 
the growing community of McAllen, the temperatures 
sizzle past the 100-degree mark with consistency. But 

what's really hot in McAllen is the heart of church-planter 

Robert Soto for the thousands there who are lost and need 

to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. 

Since the church 
was started nearly five 
years ago, over 275 peo- 
ple have come to know 
Christ as their Savior. 
"Romans 1:16 has been 
my life verse since I ac- 
cepted Jesus Christ," 
Robert declares. "'I am 
not ashamed of the Gos- 
pel, for it is the power of 
God unto Salvation.' It's 
not that I go around talk- 
ing to every person I 

meet about the Lord, but I always have a sensitive ear to 

gear the conversation to the Gospel with the hope that this 

individual might be ready to accept Jesus i 

Christ as his personal Savior. 

"Just a couple of weeks ago, I went and 

left my car at a repair shop 20 minutes away 

and this mechanic gave me a ride. I said, 

'Lord, I'm going to be with this man for 20 

minutes, what can we talk about?' We 

started talking about our jobs. I told him I 

was a pastor. I asked him when 

he went to church. He 

said that he used to go to 

church when he was a little 

kid, but he said that he doesn't 

go anymore. 'I'd like to go 

back,' he said, 'but I'm not 

quite sure if I'm ready to go back. 

I've had some bad experiences.' I asked him if he had 

really ever accepted Christ as his personal Savior. He 

said, 'No, I never did. I never felt that I was prepared.' 

So, for the next 1 5 minutes we talked and by the time we 

got to our driveway, he prayed and accepted Jesus Christ 

as his Savior. 

"I'm usually open to share my faith with anybody, 

regardless of who they are, regardless if they'll ever come 

to my church or not." And Robert is not afraid to assume 

a few risks in order to achieve that objective. While 

"Gearing part of my ministry to youth is 
long term investment. " 

attending Bible college in Florida, he was compelled to share 
Christ with the Seminole Indians, but they were resistant 
because Robert had not proven himself to be a man. "I wasn't 
quite sure what they meant by saying that until I asked one 
of the leaders of the tribe. They had a ceremony, he said, that 
if you really wanted to be a man you had to go and wrestle 
an alligator." Well, a challenge was all that Robert needed. 
"It ended up that I became more of a man than most people 
there, because not only did I just wrestle one alligator, but I 
ended up doing it about six times a day, twice a week, for the 
next three years," 
wrestling alliga- 
tors professionally 
in a Florida animal 
park. He was able 
to share his faith 
with many Semi- 
noles as a result. 

Robert and his 
wife. Iris, spend a 
good deal of their 
time investing in 
the youth of 

McAllen, probably because of the spiritual stmg- 
gles Robert had as a youth before he came to know 
Christ at the age of 2 1 . "I feel that there are so many 
ministries geared to the adults that we forget that 
the youth are our future 
leaders. We have a heavy 
gang involvement just 
south of here where the 
whole town is divided 
nto six or seven gangs 
and kids are actually kill- 
ing each other because 
they have, in essence, 
nothing to do. Gearing a 
part of my ministry to youth is a 
long term investment. It's impor- 
tant that we build the character of 
youth so that when they do grow up 
they can make legitimate, spiritual de- 
cisions as far as their future and their 
lives are concerned." 

Reaching out . . . taking risks . . . investing time . . . 
great qualities in a church planter, which is why not just 
the temperatures are sizzling in McAllen. A growing 
congregation and its pastor are on fire for Christ! 

August 15, 1993 



Around the Nation With our 
Churches and Chaplains . . . 

Ft. Lewis, Washington - Chaplain John Schumacher has returned from an 
overseas joint exercise, Operation Cobra Gold, with the government of Thailand. 
Colonel Schumacher was the first chaplain to serve as a part of the Joint Services 
Command in the annual exercise. 

Tampa, FL - Pastor Jesus Munoz, a recent graduate of Grace Seminary, will 
plant a new Grace Brethren Church among the growing Hispanic population of 
Tampa. Please pray for the family as they move this month from Indiana. 

Focus II Vision Retreat - Grace Brethren Home Missions is joining the other 
national boards for a vision retreat with pastors from the districts of the midwest 
region. Pray that a spirit of unity will prevail and that our future harvest as a fel- 
lowship will be great. 

Philadelphia, PA - Praise the Lord that Jack Brown has accepted the challenge 
to become the new church planter of the Liberty Grace Brethren church in the 
inner-city of Philadelphia. 

McAllen, TX - Praise the Lord that the congregation, pastored by Robert Soto, 
has been able to purchase a worship facility on five acres of land. This will allow 
for the continued growth they have experienced this past year. Over 275 people 
have trusted Christ through the McAllen GBC. 

Greencastle, PA, Conococheague GBC, Pastor Alan Clingan - "On Sunday, 
May 23rd, we had our third anniversary celebration. The attendance for the day 
was an all-time high of 98. Praise the Lord. Following the morning service there 
was an anniversary picnic." 

Niles, MI - Pastor Scott Fetter - "We recently had the privilege of welcoming 
the Wooster, Ohio 'Frontline' Sunday school class. They assisted us with a youth 
outreach where we had about 40 participants and five visitors. They also hosted 
the morning service, where we had 53 in attendance. Praise God!" 

Philadelphia, PA, Crossroads GBC, Pastor Jim Brown - "The warmth of the 
summer is bringing people out. We are meeting more and more community 
friends with many opportunities to share Christ. Over 100 people attended our 
'Community Family Day' in May. Four new friends attended the next Sunday." 



In the beginning there 
was a man . . . 

In the beginning there was a man, a think- 
ing, laughing, loving man. He took walks in his 
garden in the cool of the day with his wife and 
with his God. He relaxed in the beauty of the 
world he found himself in. And it was good. 

Then the man created projects for his image. 
Good projects. Work related projects that re- 
quired overtime at the office. Educational pro- 
jects that required weekends and some evenings. 
Civic projects. . . leisure projects. . . religious 
projects. . . domestic projects. . . projects that 
nursed his ego! His wife and his God began to 
complain that they didn't walk in the garden 

But the thinking man came up with an in- 
genious idea. Invent time-saving devices. 
Weed eaters, garage door openers, word proces- 
sors, personal computers. His department stores 
were filled with such devices. The man worked 
more overtime to pay for these time-saving de- 
vices. But once he purchased, serviced and re- 
paired them, he discovered he was still pressed 
for time. 

Man expended heroic energies on trivia. He 
hurried big for little reasons. Life was lived at a 
breakneck speed. Hardly enough time to eat. 
But not to worry. The man invented the "fast 
food" industry for his life in the fast lane. The 
man congratulated himself for his "productive" 
lifestyle. But still no walks in the garden. No 
listening to the sounds of the wind in the trees or 

the ripple of the creek water. No Prr.z to really 
"be with" those he loved. 

Having achieved financial success, the once 
laughing man felt guilt. His eyes were opened to 
having put his God on the shelf So man clothed 
his life with more church projects. His God must 
be pleased with this. Bible studies, committee 
meetings. Christian Stewardship Seminars, 
breakfast appointments. He would prove to God 
and others that he was "totally committed." He 
would enjoy the modem compliment — "isn't he 
busy about his Father's business!" 

As a part of his modem-ness the man devel- 
oped chest pains, the man burned himself out. 
Paramedics drove him out of his garden to be- 
come part of the ground from which he was 
taken. The man died an untimely death from 
sfress, obesity and heart problems. His legacy? 
A frail of hamburger wrappers, memories of the 
rat race and a house with a personal computer. 

In the end there was the man's God. . . 
The man's lonely wife. . . 

The man's fatherless children. . . 
The man's deprived friends. . . 
And their sigh was too deep for words. 

- N. dePlume 

[Reprinted by permission Interest magazine] 

August 15, 1993 


Can You Believe It? 

by Rev. Dan Eshleman 

Did you ever think you would see the day when 
a person nominated by our President to serve 
in our government would not only declare her- 
self to be a lesbian: but, then, proceed to introduce her 
lover as her first act before the Senate confirmation 
hearing?! That children in our schools would be given 
condoms and/or taken to a clinic for an abortion without 
parental consent or knowledge? That a homosexual 
church would be able to establish itself in one of our 
communities with the sanction of the council of 
churches? That the disabled would say they are more 
interested in their rights than finding a cure for this 
disability? That people would be assisted in committing 
suicide because they were dissatisfied with their station 
in life? That millions of babies each year can be killed 
by the most brutal means and the courts and government 
would condone it? 

This is not the society I grew up in. But, this is the 
society I live in today and if I only look at the way things 
are going, I must say that it will get worse. No wonder, 
when speaking of the sinfulness of the Jewish nation, 
the Apostle Paul said in Romans 9:22, "What if God, 
choosing to show His wrath and make His power 
known, bore with great patience the objects of His wrath 
[the Jews] — prepared [lit. themselves] for 
destruction?" In the first chapter he says 
three times that God gave sinful man up or 
over to even worse sin. 

Should we cry out to God to demon- 
strate His wrath on our nation or at least the 
blatantly wicked people we live with? No, 
I think not. Instead we need the attitude 
Paul demonstrated in Romans 9:3. "For I 
could wish that I myself were cursed and cut 
off fi-om Christ for the sake of my brothers." 
In this same book in 13: 1 1 he said, "And do 
this, understanding the present time. The 
hour has come for you to wake up fi^om your 
slumber, because our salvation is nearer 
now than when we first believed." He goes 
on to say that we need to start living the 
Christian life ourselves. Read Romans 
13:12-14 and apply it to your life. 

In Ephesians 5:13, 14 we read "But 
everything exposed by the light becomes vis- 
ible, for it is light that makes everything 

visible. This is why it is said: 'Wake up, O sleeper, rise 
from the dead, and Christ will shine on you'" And in 1 
Thessalonians 5:5-6 "You are all sons of the light and 
sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the 
darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are 
asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled." 

In Ephesians 5:15-16, Paul goes on to say we 
should "make the most of every opportunity." Brethren, 
we must be willing to call sin, sin in our own life and 
then expose the sins of this age with the light of God's 
word so that people can truly see the awfiilness of their 
ways and the glorious alternative we have by living by 
faith in Christ. Paul said to Timothy, "Do the work of 
an evangelist." This is the job of every Christian. 

In preparing this meditation, I found the following 

"Future historians, when writing on the decline and 
fall of the American Republic, will wonder most at the 
indifference of the people who had the most to lose." 

"This generation knows everything about life ex- 
cept how to live it." 

"Of the 22 civilizations that appeared in history, 19 
of them collapsed when they reached the moral state the 
United States is in now." 

Dear fiiend, you are 
only one but you are one! 
I am one and there are 
many others who will 
read this article. That is 
a pretty good start if we 
will start. We can make 
a difference — if we 

Rev. Dan Eshleman is 
Pastor of Elizabe- 
thtown, PA, GBC 

one nation 

under God, indivisible 
with liberty 
and justice 
for all." 




The World Will Know 
Us By Our Love 

Jim Link 

Why did the Apostle Paul instruct 
the church in Corinth to seek love 
as the greatest gift? Was it not 
love that motivated Christ to die on the cross 
for all mankind? Did not Christ love us 
before we loved Him? Is it not love that 
motivates our personal relationship with Je- 
sus Christ and with one another? "If you 
love me, you will keep my commandments" 
(Col. 3:12-14). Jesus poured himself out in 
love and obedience for you and for me unto 
death. That love exemplifies "^^^^^ 
forgiveness, mercy, compas- 
sion, protection, touching, heal- 
ing and giving. Jesus knew how 
to love during his ministry here 
on earth and He continues to 
love each one of us in and 
through the ministry of the Holy 
Spirit, the Great Comforter. Je- 
sus, who promised His return, is 
coming back at a moment's no- 
tice — in a twinkling of an eye — ^^^^^ 
for His saints (I Thess. 4: 13-18). "^^"^ 
In what state of heart, mind and commit- 
ment will He find His bride, the Church, 
when the trumpet sounds? 

Will He find His people submersed in 
love for Him, for one another and about 
God's business, building his Kingdom. "Be 
humble and gentle, be patient with each 
other, making allowance for each other's 
faults because of your love" Ephesians 4:2 
(LB). Jesus commanded not that we love 
the world, but that we love one another. 
"Love covers a multitude of sins" (I Peter 
4:8 KJV). He commands us to love those 

We are 





who do not love us (Matthew 5:43-48). 

He not only asks for our tithes, but for 
our love and mercy toward one another 
(Matthew 22:23-24). Love always gives of 
time, possessions, resources and (Acts 4:32) 
listening. Love begins by listening to one 
another with the ears of the heart. Jesus' 
love meant laying down His life for a friend. 
Today, we can rejoice that we have been 
justified, saved from the penalty of sin, as a 
result of our salvation; however, there is 
^"■^^^ much more to our Christian life 
then our salvation. God did not 
save us only for us to claim the 
guarantee of Heaven, He saved 
us for a divine purpose — that 
being to glorify Him. We may 
have done our part in receiving 
Christ; however, He requires 
full reign of our lives in order 
that He may do His part in the 
area of sanctification, the proc- 

ess that allows God to work in 

and through us to become more 
and more like Him. We are His workman- 
ship (Eph. 2:10). 

One ability what we have all been given 
is to love and comfort one another. "What 
a wonderful God we have — He is the Father 
of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every 
mercy, and the One who so wonderfully 
comforts and strengthens us in our hardships 
and trials. And why does He do this? So 
that when others are troubled, needing our 
sympathy and encouragement, we can pass 
on to them this same help and comfort God 
has given us. You can be sure that the more 

August 15, 1993 



we undergo sufferings for Christ, the more 
He will shower us with His comfort and 
encouragement" (2 Cor. 1:3.-5 LB). God 
isn't interested in "one's nationality, or race, 
or education or social position . . . such 
things mean nothing. Whether a person has 
Christ is what matters and He is equally 
available to all" (Col. 3:1 1 LB). ,^^_ 

Paul knew that love super- 
sedes all the gifts because it is 
only love that binds the body 
together and it is only love that 
wins others to Christ. 

Edification always leads to 
multiplication. The most effec- 
tive evangelist on earth was 
Christ. Why? Because of His 
love. He instructed His disci- 
ples, "And so I am giving a new 
commandment to you now — 
love each other just as much as I 
love you. YOUR STRONG 
DISCIPLES" {iohnU-M-'iS). 

Does the church need more ^^^^^" 
preaching, teaching evangelism 
or 21st century marketing techniques. God 
hates the selling of the Holy Spirit. What 
He does honor is love, repentance and a holy 
life. Knowledge puffs up, love builds up. 
Christians need to refrain from elevating the 
so-called "biggie" obvious sins over the sins 
hidden in the heart. Sin is sin. No one sin 
is greater than another. Can we, will we, 


strong love 

for each 

other will 

prove to 

the world 

that you 

are my 


bestow upon the saved and unsaved, the 
grace we ourselves received at the foot of 
the cross? Will we, as the church, bestow 
the same kindness which God extends that 
leads a sinner to repentance? His kindness 
leads us to repentance. The world (Satan 
being the god of this world, 2 Cor. 4:4 LB), 
^^^^^^ laughs at the church in conflict. 
Mankind's world is full of con- 
flict. Why come to church to 
experience more? 

Let us, therefore, spur each 
other unto good works, that be- 
ing to care for one another, with 
the Word of God in our heart, 
our Saviour in our life, and a 
purpose to reach others for 
Christ with the grace and love 
that He so freely demonstrated 
on the cross for us. "When I am 
with those whose consciences 
bother them easily, I don't act 
as though I know it all and don't 
say they are foolish; the result 
is that they are willing to let me 
help them. Yes, whatever a 
person is like, I try to find com- 
mon ground with him so that he 
will let me tell him about Christ 
and let Christ save him. I do 
this to get the Gospel to them also for the 
blessing I myself receive when I see them 
come to Christ" (I Cor. 9:22-23). When 
Jesus returns, may He find a generation of 
spiritually healthy, stable, sfrong and faith- 
ful Christians living a life of love (Eph. 5:10. 
Submitting to one another out of reverence 
for him (Eph. 5:21). 




Forty Years Of Jewish 
Evangelism With The Buttons 

by Leanore M. Button 

On January 1, 1950, the doors of the Brethren 
Messianic Testimony at 469 North Kings 
Road were opened for the first time. Lo- 
cated in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, in an area 
which was 95% Jewish, the mission looked like any 
other house on the street. 

First Jewish Synagogue in the territory 

We began to contact Jewish people by doing 
house-to-house calling. Those were the days when 
women were homemakers and very few doors were 
closed to us. 

As my circle of friends grew I decided to estab- 
lish a Bible study for women. I was still naive 
enough to believe that if I told these Jewish women 
about Jesus being their Messiah, they would imme- 
diately believe it. How wrong I was! And of course 
I quickly found out. 

I called each of the women, ten of them, that I 
felt I knew best. I told them what I was planning and 

invited them to attend. It never occurred to me that 
they might not come. I set the time for eight o'clock 
in the evening. This way the husbands were able to 
care for the children. 1 prepared coffee and had Bruce 
buy delicious Danish at Canter's on Fairfax Ave. 
Then 1 sat back and waited for my guests to arrive. 
And arrive they did. Not one was missing. 1 had 
instructed them to bring their Bibles (!). What I 
didn't know was that they didn't have any Bibles! 

The evening didn't tum out exactly as I had 
planned but 1 didn't consider it a failure, either. They 
listened while I told them how the Jewish Messiah, 
Jesus, had shed His blood on the Cross for their sins. 
They couldn't refute what I was saying because they 
had never read the Bible. Their lack of knowledge 
annoyed them but they could use their traditions. We 
did have a nice evening together. Out of it came the 
desire on their parts to prove me wrong; and out of it 
on my part came the desire to become familiar with 
traditions. It sent them to the book store to buy a copy 
of the "Holy ScripUires" (the Old Testament). In 
most cases they set out to study it. 

During the years we spent in Los Angeles, we 
called many times at homes and apartments in a 400 
block area. Our classes in the home incieased. Each 
month some 200 Jewish people attended these 
classes. Refreshments were always served as well as 
a luncheon each month and parties on special holi- 

In 1970 we felt there was an end to our work in 
Los Angeles. From 1970 to 1978 my husband pas- 
tored two churches — Beaumont (Cherry Valley) 
Califomia, and Albany, Oregon. In Oregon I worked 
for the State Department of Geology in Mined Land 
Reclamation. But in 1978 we were approached by 
the American Association for Jewish Evangelism 
(now International Ministries to Israel) to go to Lou- 
isville and take over the mission there. 

It was a difficult decision. If I continued to work 
I would have some years of an excellent income. 
There would be a nice retirement pension and good 

August 15, 1993 



social security benefits. The loss of these things 
would place us in a very precarious position finan- 
cially. Shouldn't we expect young, vital Christians 
to do what God was asking us to do? 

At the end of two months we had done very little 
about accepting the call to Louisville. One night as 
we returned fi'om shopping the phone rang. My 
husband answered it. 

"We have decided against it," 1 heard him say. 
"There are too many things to con- ^^^^^^^^ 
sider that make it impossible to leave 
at this time." 

But as soon as the phone had 
been hung up we knew we had made 
a wrong choice. We called back and 
explained that we did want to come 
and would arrive in three weeks. 

The next day I turned in my no- 
tice at work. There were absolutely 
NO doubts remaining. So, on a 
beautiful spring day in 1978, we left 
our home in Oregon. A new future 
lay ahead where God would point out 
troubled souls and lead us once more 
to His brethren according to the ^^^^^^^^ 
flesh. ■■■'■^^^ 

When we arrived in Louisville I 
had a name and phone number of a Jewish couple, 
given to me by the former missionaries. I called 
Esther (not her name) and explained how 1 had re- 
ceived her name and phone number. 

"How about coming to dinner next week?" she 

Our fiiendship with this couple developed 
slowly. Once every week for four years Esther and 
Mark came to our home for dinner. Mark and Bruce 
had a Bible study but Esther wanted nothing to do 
with it and sat in a comer knitting. 

One night while Bruce was speaking to Mark, 
inviting him to come to Christ, Esther turned to Mark 
and said: "Why don't you do what Bruce says?" 

Why don't 

you accept 

jesus as your 


"Why don't you accept Jesus as your Messiah?" 
Bruce asked her. 

"I don't know how." 

"Would you like to know how?" Bruce wanted 
to know. 

Oh, yes!" she replied. 

With the utmost patience and love, Bruce took 
her carefiilly through the plan of salvation, explain- 
ing each little detail so that she would truly under- 
^^^^^^^^^ stand. Then we prayed together 
and when Esther and Mark left for 
home that night, Esther was a child 
of God. Later, Mark also came to 
know the Lord. 

In the next few months Esther 
told others of her faith. Two 
months later she was called 
"home." How we praised Him for 
her salvation! 

But time had passed. It had 

been five years and was now 1982. 

We decided to really "retire." But 

do Christian workers ever retire? 

In November of 1982 we ar- 

^^^^^^^^^ rived in Tucson, Arizona. We 

found a second-hand mobile home 

and settled in. Foremost, of course, 

was our problem of how to reach Jews for Christ. We 

wanted to implement some new ideas we had for 

reaching Jewish people with the Gospel. 

Tucson has many interesting programs for senior 
citizens and, in looking, we came upon one entitled 
"Senior Exchange." Registration introduced us to an 
exciting, hilarious group of people where one could 
find companionship, make new finends, gain new 
ideas and express old ones, keep alert and active, and 
have just plain good, old-fashioned FUN. 

The group consists mainly of Jewish people. 
The leader selected a video-cassette to present 
weekly. When it has been viewed the subject is open 
for discussion. Emotions run high! Since the leader 




has a penchant for videos that are controversial, we 
found ourselves having many opportunities to speak 
out for the Lord. Bruce was even able to bring a 
sermon to this group when the leader was absent. In 
addition, we had opportunities in the hall at "break" 
time. This is known as witnessing in a group situ- 

The other night we received a call from the 

"We are having a 'Show and Tell next week', he 
said. "How about bringing one of your articles?" 

"I will bring my latest published article and also 
a ferret," I promised. (I have four pet ferrets.) 

I had intended to read one of my articles to the 
group. But then, 1 thought, why not give them some- 
thing to think about? 

On Friday, the first person called on, who had 
written a book, took 45 minutes instead of the 10 
minutes she was supposed to have. The next person, 
a poet, took 40 minutes instead of 1 0. And, finally, 
the Leader could no longer push Bruce and me aside. 

So, instead of reading my article, I told them of 
our conversion so long ago, and how Jesus, the Mes- 
siah, had worked in our lives. I used John 3:16 and 

Senior Exchange group which meets every Friday 
at Pima Community College. 

several other passages. I told them about sin, and 
why Jesus had to die. Those Jewish people were 
absolutely quiet. 1 believe they sensed that what I 
was telling them was true. And at the end, I men- 
tioned the fact that we were ALL going to meet God 
and give an account of our actions in the near future. 

The Leader said: "Well, it works for you, Jerry," 
trying to denigrate what I had said. (He believes in 
reincarnation). No one else had anything to say. Oh 
yes! Dookie, the ferret, was a huge success! ! 

As we look back over the forty-three years we 
had served the Lord, we have many memories — of 
those who found their Messiah and those who did not; 
of the good things and the bad; of the happy things 
and the sad; of the constant war with Satan. 

We are still associated with international Minis- 
tries to Israel and are actively engaged in sharing 
Jesus with our precious Jewish friends. We cannot 
force anyone to believe; that is the work of the Holy 
Spirit. All that is required of us is to share the Gospel. 
Contrary to popular belief, Jews were NOT hungry 
for the Gospel when we went to Los Angeles in 1 950, 
nor are they hungry for it today. I can only say, with 
my husband, that we have been faithfiil. 

Leanore M. Button 

August 15, 1993 



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3. Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy!, by 
Barbara Johnson, Word 

4. Prophet, by Frank Peretti, Crossway 

5. The Bondage Breaker, by Neil Anderson, Harvest House 

6. Splashes of Joy in the Cesspools of Life, by Barbara 
Johnson, Word 

7. This Present Darkness, by Frank Peretti, Crossway 

8. Land of the Brave and the Free, by Michael Phillips, 
Bethany House 

9. Life's Little Instruction Book, by H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 
Rutlege Hill 

10. How to Be Your Daughter's Daddy, by Dan Bolin, Piiion 
Press (NavPress) 

Clothbound Books 

1 . My Utmost for His Highest, Updated Edition, by Oswald 
Chambers and edited by James Reimann, Discovery 
House (Nelson) 

2. Christianity in Crisis, by Hank Hanegraaff, Harvest 

3. The Body, by Charles Colson, Word 

4. Laugh Again, by Charles Swindoll, Word 

5. The Hidden Value of a Man, by Gary Smalley and John 
Trent, Focus on the Family (Word) 

6. Love for a Lifetime, by James Dobson, Multnomah 

7. The Wonderful Spirit-Filled Life, by Charles Stanley, 

8. Quiet Times for Couples, by H. Norman Wright, Harvest 

9. Halley's Bible Handbook, by H.H. Halley, Zondervan 
10. Finding the Love of Your Life, by Neil Clark Warren, 

Focus on the Family (Word) 

Any of the books on this page 
may be ordered from: 

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Book Reviews 

Great Divides, Ronald H. Nash (NavPress, 
$13.50)). Have you ever wished you were a little 
wiser on debates surrounding feminism, divorce and 
remarriage, or the end times? 
The good folks at NavPress 
have the answer. In this help- 
fijl guide to ten of today's hotly 
contended issues, Ronald Nash 
examines the major positions 
held by evangelicals and com- 
pares them with Scripture. 
Though some will be disap- 
pointed at the lack of easy so- 
lutions, Nash's thoughts will, 
at the very least, help us under- 
stand what we believe and why. If the best thing a 
teacher can do is to get his student to think for 
himself this is an important book. 

Lord, I Need a Miracle, Benny Hinn (Thomas 
Nelson, $19.95). Yes, God does heal. But just 
when you thought it was safe 
to phone in sick, along comes 
one who claims the mantle of 
God's Prophet of Miracles, 
Command the healing — and 
you shall be healed! Turn 
from those who reject this 
teaching, says Benny. In this 
sure-to-be-best-seller, Hinn 
claims that healing is not only 
available, but should be expe- 
rienced by every believer. 
Calling upon personal testimony and an occasional 
"voice from God," he twists Scripture and offers the 
gullible Christian more false teaching on a subject 
that has already caused widespread confijsion. 
Benny's authority is his experience and God's audi- 
ble voice telling him to proclaim this teaching. It's 
tough to tell someone he's wrong when God tells 
him he is right. But I recommend that you steer a 
wide path around this one. P.S. For a biblical treat- 
ment of this subject, pick up Elizabeth Elliot's A 
Path Through Suffering (Servant Publications, 

Descending Into Greatness, Bill Hybels and Rob 
Wilkins (Zondervan, $24.50). I can't recommend 
this book — at least not to anyone who is looking for 
a comfortable North American lifestyle. The 
authors give absolutely no help to upwardly-mobile 
Christians seeking to retain so- 
ciety's standards for power and 
prestige. Instead, they claim 
that the Christian life is a para- 
dox when compared to the 
world's views, and actually 
suggest that Christians must 
live counter-culturally and 
adopt the oxymorons found in 
Philippians 2 (the most 
"counter-cultural chapter in 
the Bible."). Imagine that ! 
No, this volume is not for everyone. It is only for 
those who are interested in discovering what it 
means to have their ideas of success turned upside- 
down and thus descend into God's definition of 



M Mm 


Don't Unite 

Bill has done it again. President Clin- 
ton's latest nominee, Jocelyn Eld- 
ers,nominated for Surgeon General, 
has come under fire for her views on 
condoms in schools and teen sex. Elders has 
made such statements as: 

• "We've taught teen-agers what to do in the 
fi"ont seat of a car, now it's time to teach them 
what to do in the back seat." 

• Abortion foes should "get over their love 
affair with the fetus." 

• Abortion foes are part of a "celibate, male- 
dominated church, a male-dominated legis- 
lature and . . . medical profession." 

• To avoid the births of more crack babies, "I 
would hope we would provide (prostitutes 
with) Norplant, so they could still use sex if 
they must to buy their drugs." 

Elders makes no apologies. 

In Arkansas she was responsible for open- 
ing 24 school-based health clinics. Of those, 
four provide contraceptives, and the students 
need parental permission to get them. Upon one 
such distribution of condoms, a high percentage 
was later found to be defective. When notified 
of the problem, Mrs. Elders refused to notify 
those who had received the faulty merchandise. 

What is happening to our nation? Have we 
lost our soul? Why don't we label the people for 
what they are? They are just plain thugs, evil 
workers, dogs . . . radical bureaucrats that are 
attempting to eliminate every trace of God and 
moral decency from our cultures. They are an- 
tichrists. Isaiah said it right, "Woe to those who 
will call evil good and good evil!" 

These radical social engineers will continue 
to preach their lies often and loudly until their 

doctrine is endorsed as truth by the masses. 

But thank God for the church. When dark- 
ness seems to 
have over- 
taken every 
other institu- 
tion, we as the 
body of Christ 
have a tremen- 
dous opportu- 
nity to shine 
brightly. Just 
when we have 
such a great 
opportunity to 
give the world 
hope through 
Jesus Christ, we seem to be having an identity 
crisis. We cannot close ranks, we cannot speak 
clearly, we often find it impossible to love each 
other. Are theological details and variances so 
important to us that we would become distracted 
so as to fight the wrong enemy? The enemy is 
the devil, not our brothers and sisters in Christ. 
Let me say it another way: 

A man was visiting an insane asylum 
one day, and he noticed that all the 
insane people were on the field out- 
side, but there was only one guard. 
He asked the guard, "Aren't you 
afraid?" The guard said, "Abso- 
lutely not." He said, "Don't you be- 
lieve that since you are the only one 
here, these people could over-run 
you and break out of the asylum?" 
He said, "That's impossible." The 
man asked, "Why is that impossi- 
ble?" The guard replied, "Because 
lunatics don't unite." 
I don't think that we're lunatics, are we? 

September 15, 1993 


Brethren Missionary 


Volume 55 No. 9 

September 15, 1993 

2 Books and Reviews 

3 Editorial 

5 National Conference Report 

1 Brethren Evangelistic Ministries 
Director's Potpourri 

8 CE National 

1993 Brethren National 
Youth Conference 

10 Home Missions 

A Summer to Remember 

1 1 Women's Missionary Council 
National WMC President's 

13 Fellowship News 

1 5 Youth Leaders: In Times of 

1 6 Highlights from the Herald 

17 Notes and Quotes 

1 8 Church News Around the World 

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Home Missions 

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Women's Missionary Council 

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"It Is Time 

By Bill Snell, Moderator 
Conference 1993 


From my perspective, Billings was a begin- 
ning — the dawning of a new day for the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren. There was 
evidence of new vision, new energy, new move- 
ment. Many people who spoke to me throughout 
the week of Conference echoed my thoughts. In 
the correspondence I have received since confer- 
ence, the conclusion has been the same — Bill- 
ings was a beginning. 

The scenic wonders of Montana provided a beautiful 
backdrop for our 54th Annual Conference. 

The mood of the 54th Annual Conference 
was very positive and encouraging. Business 
sessions moved smoothly. Challenge hours 
were informative and stirring. Darrell Cum- 
mings. Minister of Music at Big Valley Grace 
Community Church in Modesto, California, led 
a worship team that brought high energy music 
and uplifting praise to our Conference. 

Pastor Doug Sabin's Message, "The Ex- 
pression of His Grace," drew the attention of the 
attenders to the conference theme — Putting 
Amazing Back Into Grace. It was evident that 
Tim Boal's sermon, "The Exhibition of His 
Grace," was designed to build on the foundation 
that Sabin had laid. When Bob Fetterhoff fin- 
ished preaching on "The Extension of His 
Grace," the conference theme had been placed 
on our hearts from three different perspectives. 

My challenge to conference was built 
around three questions. Isn't it time for us to 
dream again, to ask God for a bigger vision? 

Isn't it time for us to take some risks? And 
finally, isn't it time for us to take a look at our 
theology notebooks? My conclusion was that 
we need more of the William Carey spirit among 
our fellowship, "Attempt great things for God; 
expect great things from God." Using Moses 
and Nehemiah as examples, 1 tried to underscore 
the fact that vision motivates and unifies. 

The faithful servant of Luke 19:11-27 was 
commended because he had invested his money 
and made more. He didn't lay the money up in 
a napkin. He took some risks. The question 
comes to us. Are we risk takers, caretakers, or 
undertakers? I recommended that we carefully 
cut the word impossible out of our dictionaries 
and in its place write the scripture reference of 
Ephesians 1:15-23, a passage that emphasizes 
the measure of the Father's power made avail- 
able to believers. 

The third and final question that I posed had 
to do with our theology notebooks. Baptism is 
a "porch" truth, an entrance truth, elementary 
and basic. We need to invite people into all the 

An encounter such as this is not uncommon at Yellow- 
stone Park nearby. 

rooms of the house of truth. I also suggested that 
it is possible that the pages of our theology 
notebooks may be stuck together when it comes 
to the whole matter of demon activity. 

Using the story of missionary Paul Okken 
and the miraculous way God directed him, I 
asked the question, "Is it possible that God is 

September 15, 1993 


coloring outside the lines of our theological col- 
oring book?" 

Before Conference, many people expressed 
their desire to see our fellowship move ahead. 
That spirit was evident at Billings. I strongly 
urged our pastors to make plans to attend the 
Focus II retreats that have been scheduled for the 
next several months. The first of these five 

Brian and Rhonda Weaver are commissioned as 
appointees to Solihul, England. 

regional meetings is scheduled for September 
27-29, at Mohican State Park, southeast of 
Mansfield, Ohio. Eight districts have been in- 
vited. Additional retreats are scheduled for 
January, February, March and April of 1994. 
"Rise Up and Build - Igniting New Vision" is the 

Jay Bell introduces Hibaile Augustin, Director of 
the Bible Institute in Bata, CAR. 

theme of these prayerfully conceived and care- 
fiilly planned gatherings. 

My conclusion was that it is time for us to 
dream big dreams and to take some risks — to 
attempt to go beyond the unthinkable. Do we 
want to live our lives in such a way that we are 
bound to fail unless God comes through? What 
would you and I attempt for God if we knew we 
couldn 'tfail? 

I sense there is a gentle wind of optimism 
beginning to blow in our fellowship. My prayer 
has been that Billings would be a begiiming of a 
new movement and I believe that there is evi- 
dence of this very thing, because, brethren, it is 


^ Xohn was driving home late one night when 
^A''^ he picked up a hitch hiker. As they rode 
Wlong, he began to be suspicious of his passen- 
ger. John checked to see if his wallet was safe 
in the pocket of his coat that was on the seat 
between them, but it wasn't there! So he 
slammed on the brakes, ordered the hitchhiker 
out, and said, "Hand over the wallet immedi- 
ately!" The fi-ightened hitchhiker handed over 
a billfold, and John drove off. When he arrived 
home, he started to tell his wife about the expe- 
rience, but she interrupted him, saying, "Before 
I forget, John, do you know that you left your 
wallet at home this morning?" 

The scribes and Pharisees of Jesus' day were 
quick to judge others while not recognizing 
faults far worse in their own lives. Jesus rebuked 
them for seeing a speck in another man's eye 
while they had a plank blocking their own vision. 

4f^iA pastor was on a guided tour of a mission 
^ 9^ field. The leader of the group asked him 
if he would be willing to greet the believers and 
deliver a brief message when they arrived. He 
consented, but was somewhat reluctant because 
of the language barrier. 

The guide who was familiar with the coun- 
try, tried to put him at ease by explaining, "I'll 
interpret for you. We'll practice a few times 
before the service. I'm sure you'll have no 

"I'll try," replied the pastor, "even though 
I'm not in the habit of practicing what I 

We may smile at what the pastor said, but 
his words express a problem we all face as Chris- 
tians: We don't always practice what we 



Director's Potpourri 

Tony DeRosa: "Today, I find myself at an- 
other open door. I believe God has arranged for me to 
travel to San Jose, Costa Rico to attend a Spanish language 
school. After talking with Pastor Steve Kuns, my home 

Tony DeRosa Ron and ThelmaThompson 

church pastor, and Ron Thompson, Executive Director of 
Brethren Evangelistic Ministries, and with much prayer, I 
have decided to step out in faith to God's call. I will have 
to close my business, sell my transportation and give up 
my rented house in which I have been living for over eight 
years. I will be going under the sponsorship of BEM and 
with the approval of my pastor. I plan to spend the next 
year (August 1993 to August 1994) studying. This will 
expand our ministry opportunities and open the door to 
minister to many millions of people. I need you. Because 
of you the past has had great accomplishments and the 
future holds unlimited possibilities. Will you, as you have 
faithfully gone before, now go once again? Without your 
prayers I will be unable to go. Will you continue to 
faithfully pray for me? This will be a very trying time for 
me. Learning a language at my age will be no small thing. 
Pray that my understanding will be opened and that I have 
patience as I study. I would ask that you drop me a note 
and encourage me by telling me that you will pray for my 
year of study." 
Write to: 

Tony DeRosa 


2350 San Francisco de Dos Rios 

San Jose, Costa Rica 

Central America 

K6lth Altig has recently returned from an exten- 
sive trip of eleven weeks which took him to Mozambique 
where he preached, taught and interpreted to church lead- 
ers. He also traveled to Wellington, South Africa where 
he attended and assisted at a Bible conference at the 
Andrew Murray Center for Prayer, Revival and Missions. 
He is praying about future ministry in Brazil. 

Lee H. Dice was the 1993 recipient of the Robert B. 
Collitt Award for Evangelism, presented at National Con- 
ference in Billings, Montana. Pastor Robert Fetterhoff 
accepted the award for Lee who was unable to attend. Lee 
has pastored churches in Indiana and Pennsylvania and 
currently is Associate Pastor at the Grace Brethren Church 
of Wooster, Ohio. He is also doing post-graduate study 
with Dallas Theological Seminary. He has been a leader 
in evangelism, working in such projects as Christ for 
Eastern Pennsylvania, Ron Susek and Wes Aarum Cru- 
sades, Steve Wingfield Ministries and Evangelism Explo- 
sion Training Ministry. He and his wife, Reva, have two 
adopted children and four grandchildren. 

Kim Robertson, pastor of the Blue Ridge 
Grace Brethren Church of Winchester, Virginia, was 
elected to BEM's Board of Directors by delegates to 
National Conference. Also elected was Stephen Jarrell, 
pastor of the Community Grace Brethren Church of Ev- 
erett, Pennsylvania. Warren Zellner of Winona Lake, 
Indiana, and Fred Sorrick of Allentown, Pennsylvania, 
were re-elected to the board. 

Ron E. Thompson has been doing post- 
graduate study at Wheaton College Graduate School at the 
Billy Graham Center in Wheaton, Illinois. In connection 
with the course he attended the Billy Graham School of 
Evangelism. He plans to enroll for further study leading 
to an M.A. degree in evangelism. 

Fall Schedule 

October 1-3 

First Love Renewal Seminar, Grace 

Brethren Church of West Kittanning, 



First Love Renewal Seminar, Indian 

Heights GBC, Kokomo, Indiana 


Revival Crusade, Garden City GBC, 

Roanoke, Virginia 


Revival Crusade, Summit Mills GBC, 

Meyersdale, Pennsylvania 

3 1 -Nov. 3 

First Love Renewal Seminar, 

Fairlawn GBC, Radford, Virginia 

Nov. 7-10 

First Love Renewal Seminar, Grace 

Brethren Church, Waterloo, Iowa 

September 15, 1993 


Brethren National 
Youth Conference 

Western Carolina University 

July 31 - August 6, 1993 

• 1 783 registered for the week and aim est 2000 in attendance at sessions 

• Hundreds of commitments for Christ! 

• The community BLITZ on Wednesday afternoon resulting in 18 salvation decisions 

• An exciting Twenties/Post-Hi conference and Blueprints program (adult taining) 

Great Speakers 

• Dave Roever (with Vietnam Veterans) 

• Dave Busby (an example of faithfulness as he struggles with the effects of polio and cystic fibrosis) 

• Dave Bogue (Question/Answer and varieties of topics) 

• Becky Tirabassi (shared her personal testimony of how God changed her life of alcoholism, partying, and immorality) 

Great Programming 

• Bob DeMoss (Focus on the Family) and the premier of the youth "In Your Face" media presentation showing how 
magazines, movies, music, etc. are shaping youth values 

• Late Nite with Jay Firebaugh, along with skits, comedy, and special Christian comedian, Steve Geyer 

• Concert of Prayer, meaningful prayer times by youth groups 

• The BLITZ with over 1 000 participating in outreach, hospital and nursing home visitation, river clean-up, free car 
washes, etc. "Because God gave His Son we want to give . . ." 

• Poster Signing by youth groups. "The Call on the Wall" poster is a five-fold call to Grace Brethren youth to be 
faithful in the battle, in relationships, to the church, to the family, and to the call 

• Three-fold Communion Service including testimonies. Operation Barnabas leading in worship, and 
celebration of Christ 

• NAC and Bible Quizzing finals 

• Mini-Series (3 days by speakers including Roger Peugh, Don DeYoung, Ken Brown, Bruce Triplehom, Kevin 
Pinkerton, Jay Firebaugh, Phil Johnson, Brian & Susan Penn, Rich Brown, and Steve Cisney) 

Thank you for your prayers! Keep praying for youth who made decisions for Christ 



Effective Prayer 

Hundreds of adults prayed for BNYC. Comments like these were received 

for the youth . . . 

Rev. Roy and Ruth Snyder, "... we pray that young people will make total 

commitments to Jesus which will be examples to believers. (1 Timothy 4: 12) 

Rev. John and Betty Gregory, ". . . we're praying this will be a conference 

of spiritual challenge and uplift." 

Rev. Tad Hobert, ". . . we love you, pray for you, and we are thankful for 

your faithfulness." 

Rachel Fitzsimmons, "Please work on inner beauty. The body perishes but 

the soul lasts forever." 

A few comments from decision forms that were completed 
by BNYC youth . . . 

I'm going to break up with my non-Christian girlfriend. 

I want to accept Christ as my Savior. 

I'm asking God to give me the courage to take a stand for Him 

with my friends at school. 

I want to give my future plans over to the Lord. 

I want to make things right with my dad and ask his forgiveness. 

I'm going to give up smoking. 

I'm going to let God fill the loneliness I feel inside. 

I'm going to start having regidar times of devotions and prayer. 

I need to make things right with a friend in my youth group. 

I'm going to start tithing in my church. 

No more pre-marital sex. 

I'm going to give up drinking. 

I want to be filled with the Holy Spirit, not going to 'false gods " 

of this world. 
• I'm going to forgive my dad for sexually abusing me as a child. 

National Bible Quizzing Winners 

(quizzed over the Gospel of Luke) 
Second Place team — Southern Ohio 
First Place team — Northwest 

Special Awards 

Youth Sponsor of the Year: Dennis Foreman of Lititz, PA 
Recognition of Faithfulness in Bible Quizzing to National 
Quiz Master, Ray Feather 



Sponsored by 

CE National 

P.O. Box 365 

Winona Lake,IN 46590 



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A Summer to Remember 

by Steve Galegor 
Director of Grace Brethren Navajo Ministries 

During the summer when school is not in session 
numerous groups, ranging from men's groups 
to youth groups, give up precious vacation time 
to come to the Mission. They do not come for the scenic 
beauty, nor to see the Mission and missionaries in ac- 
tion. They come to work and to serve the Mission for a 
short time. They do not serve for money, for many 

sacrifice their own funds for the opportunity to come. 
They serve for the rewards of a fellow-laborer in the 
ministry to the Native American. 

This summer, through the aid of the Yokefellows 
from Grace Brethren Men International and various 
church groups, our chapel facility at the Grace Brethren 
Navajo Mission was remodeled. This had long been a 
dream of the missionary staff as a leaky roof and view- 
obstructing supporting posts detracted from the building 
used for worship at the Mission. Over two hundred 
people responded to our call for help. The remodeled 
chapel building is now a reality. 

The groups that came to help brought a multitude of 
contrasts. Grace Community Church of Seal Beach, Cali- 
fomia came for an extended weekend trip, arriving on a 
Thursday by air and returning on the following Tuesday. 
By contrast, the youth ministries of Skyline Baptist Church 
of Coos Bay, Oregon, stayed nearly fourteen days. 

They came in varying group sizes. Riverside Grace 
Brethren Church of Johnstown sent out two men, while 
Ripon Grace Brethren Church sent forty-one young 
people and adults. They also sent an experienced con- 
tractor who helped greatly. Of course, many individuals 
that came on their own were a great help also. 

Although they all came to serve, many did so for 
various personal reasons. Bemie and Ellen Baughman 
left their family and church in Indianapolis and stayed 
five weeks to provide manpower and experience for the 
project. Buria and Betty Kincaid from Parkersburg, 
West Virginia, had hoped to come to the Navajo Mission 
since they were first married decades ago. But the 
Kincaid's decided they couldn't leave Buria's job he 
held at the time. Now in their retirement years, they saw 
the note in the church bulletin for asking for laborers at 
the Navajo Mission. They looked at each other and 
knew it was meant for them. 

Many came from various backgrounds. From 
young people still searching for a career, to people with 
many years experience in their fields, from postmen to 
PHD's. Dr. Stan Osztzeski from Lanham, Maryland's 


Grace Brethren Church holds a Doctor of Philosophy in 
plant biology and has studied vegetation all over the 
world. Stan, as he prefers to be called, spent his summer 
at the Mission, staying in his own small camper, work- 
ing side by side with men and young people from all 
over the United States. 

Something special happens to our friends who visit at 
the Mission. Most leave, but never forget their experiences 
here. How amazing it is that people come and work as hard 
as they do, leave with such a blessing, and become such a 
blessing to us. But then it is an amazing God we serve. 
One thing is for sure, a summer spent with a visit to the 
Navajo Mission is a summer to remember. 

Praise God and thank you, all who worked this 
summer on our chapel. 



National WMC 
President's Address 

August 1993 — Billings, Montana 
by Geneva Inman 

It was above the clouds, flying over the Sierra Ne- became a run. . 
vada and then the Rocky Mountains, that God 
enriched a portion of His Word and made it pre- 
cious to my heart. I had just said goodbye to my elderly 
mother and had taken her frail body into my arms to 
love her. Although her vocal chords were nearly use- 
less because of strokes, her love for me still shone in 
her eyes. Alone in my seat on the plane, 1 reached for 
a periodical (BMH) in my luggage and read an article 
which referred to Psalm 139:13, 16 (NASB): 

For Thou didst weave me in my mother's 

womb. Thine eyes have seen my unformed 

substance; and in Thy book they were all 

written, the days that were ordained for me 

when as yet there was not one of them. 
This dear frail lady, once young and strong, had 
carried me through a difficult pregnancy and God was 
forming me . . . there on a farm on the plains of Kansas. 
Another verse in the article read. 

For we are His worhnanship, created in 

Christ Jesus for good works, which God 

prepared before hand that we should walk 

in them. Eph. 2:10 (NASB) 
After my birth God continued to give me protec- 
tion and growth: 

My godly parents who lived a Christian 

lifestyle before me, our little country 


The Christian friends who met my needs for 


And were God's hedge to guard me from 

I grew . . . and matured ... as God was preparing me 
for the years ahead ... as a pastor's wife (40 years this 
month), as a mother and grandmother, as a classroom 
teacher, as your president. That brings me to the word 

SPIRITUAL MATURITY is a key word in the 
theme Firmly Planted ... Fit for Battle for our WMC 
devotional studies in this coming year. Let's compare 
spiritual maturity to the more easily measured, physical 
maturity. Physical growth and maturity come quite 
naturally, although not without some bruises. Remem- 
ber how you watched your toddler learn to walk? You 
didn't count the tumbles before the hesitating steps 

and eventually led to the track meets 
at school? Or learning to ride a bike, were there some 
bruised knees before success was achieved? Did you 
have a measure of some sort placed in a convenient spot 
so you could measure growth ... 2 years, 5,12 and taller 
than mom! Physical growth is easily measured. 

Maturity, however, is more difficult to measure and 
not necessarily always growing. We vacillate. Emotions 
overpower us. Like any skill, be it typing or learning to 
play the piano, it requires practice and patience. 

Healthy Christians are spiritually growing Chris- 
tians. Although our physical growth came without 
effort, unfortunately, growing spiritually is not auto- 
matic. Our physical birth happened in a moment. 
When we left our mother's womb and emerged into the 
world, we took our first breath and were ushered into 
our human family. Likewise, our new birth is a recep- 
tion into God's family and for both the physical and 
spiritual babe we need proper nourishment, adequate 
exercise, good hygiene and a positive outlook. 1 Peter 
2:2 states it like this. 

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual 
milk, so that by it you may grow up in your 
salvation, now that you have tasted that the 
Lord is good. 
Growth is not instant and we become life long 
leamers. In Ephesians 5: 1-2 we are admonished to be 
followers or imitators of God and to walk in love. 
Therefore we need teaching, we need to build whole- 
some relationships, we need to worship Him and we 
need to develop leadership skills to help us in sharing. 
Spiritual maturity, or growing up in Jesus, also becomes 
a battle. In warfare there are both victories and defeats. 
Growth and spiritual battles occur simultaneously. We 
do not grow and mature, then pass a test and be declared 
ready for battle. It is a life long growth process. It is a 
life long battle! 

God's hedge gave me protection form major crises in 
my early years. My growth came trough instruction and 
some "minor skirmishes." Some growth was slow, some 
growth came through use in growing from daily experi- 
ences, but some of my most rapid growth came through 
answers from God to my prayers during a time of crisis. 
Let me give you a glimpse of personal growth following 
difficult times. 

September 15, 1993 



One had a "YES" answer from God, one a "WAIT" 
and one a "NO. " 

Many of you prayed for us when our son, Bryce 
was involved in a serious car-train accident during his 
Grace College years. He hovered between life and 
death for several days and was in the hospital for over 
two months. Upon returning home after spending two 
weeks at his bedside I asked God to show me the lessons 
He wanted me to learn from the frauma. (As the mother 
of my 20 year old son I could see more clearly what I 
feh God wanted to teach him!) Still on my knees, God 
gave me 2 Cor. 1 :3-12 (Living Bible): 

V. 3-4 Wliat a wonderful God we have — the 
source of every mercy, the one who so won- 
derfully comforts and strengthen us in our 
hardships and trials. And why does he do 
this? So that when others are troubled, 
needing our sympathy and encouragement, 
we can pass on to them this same help and 
comfort God has given us. 
God answered YES when I begged for my son's 
life and yes, God used me to assist others in a more 
compassionate way . . . and I grew! 

Through the years my family had never experi- 
enced a death. We thanked God for this blessing. Then 
came Mother's prolonged decline. It was heartbreak- 
ing to helplessly watch her. At times I asked God to 
release her from her devastated body, and he answered, 
"WAIT. " I prayed that if any of us had lessons God 
wanted to teach us, that we would be good students and 
learn our lessons quickly and not at Mother's expense. 
Still the answer was "WAIT. " 

In His time God took mother home. "Safe in the 
arms of Jesus" brought peace and comfort at her 
graveside. Yes, the tears flowed but death lost its sting 
and became a victory. Later we placed a memorial at 
church in memory of both Mom and Dad. The verse I 
shared with our congregation applied to both of them. 
Rev. 11:13 "Blessed are the dead who die 
in the Lord . . . that they may rest from their 
labors, and their works do follow them. " 
Through the illness and loss of my precious 
mother, I grew! 

We became aware that our son-in-law was stray- 
ing. Often I prayed and cried to God for restoration but 
my answer was "NO" when he walked from his mar- 
riage. We were devastated! And how have I grown? 
First, by standing beside my daughter. Sometime later 
I heard that he felt we must hate him because of the 
things he had done and I had a burden to let him know 
that although he had created the greatest hurt of my 
lifetime, I could not hate him nor was I bitter. This 
spring, four years since I last saw him, his mother died 
very suddenly. After praying about it I decided to 
attend the funeral. The encounter was for just a mo- 

ment. As he and I embraced I said, "I came to let you 
know I care." He thanked me and the moment was over. 
I praised God for the opportunity to show forgiveness . 
. . and to prove to myself that I had. Through my pain 
of loss and disappointment, I have grown! 

As you and I face trials and disappointments, we 
have a choice: to become bitter or better, to grieve or 
to grow. 

WMC is going through a growth process also! 
WMC is an organization with a missions objective that 
reaches from ministries which begin in our local 
church, then reach out to our mission field of the world. 

While we can't aspire to be "all things and meet all 
needs of all women" in our local churches our goal in 
WMC is to remain relevant in these changing times and 
be sensitive to existing needs. Two years ago Betty 
Ogden, our past-president, appointed a Task Force to 
evaluate WMC, its past, its present, its possibilities. 

We evaluated the change in needs within our 
churches, less loyalty to traditions, the Baby Boomer 

We evaluated our giving goals and patterns to 
mission projects. 

We evaluated Women's Ministries in the Church. 

When WMC began many years ago, it was the only 
ladies' group available and most ladies found their 
fellowship within the church. This is not necessarily 
true today. We are looking toward closer bonding 
between women's groups in many of our churches . . . 
WMC, Mother's Clubs, Senior Ladies, etc. The Task 
Force suggested a couple of structural patterns so 
Women's Ministries in the Church (and that still spells 
WMC) can work under the same umbrella. Your Dis- 
trict Presidents were given a mini-workshop on how to 
coordinate and correlate programs and needs. Now we 
have entered a transition period. 

Remember that ladies' groups need to be under the 
direction and authority of their pastor or elder board. 
It's biblical and it's protection from the misleading of 
Satan and his emissaries. 

Just as we have changed the decor of our homes 
and the styles of our clothes through the years we need 
to be flexible and willing to make some changes. Al- 
though we have no conclusive answers, there are sug- 
gestions for consideration. We trust we will AL WA YS 
remain committed to our historic two-fold purpose: 

1 . To promote missions at home and abroad; and 

2. To enrich our spiritual lives through Bible 
study, prayer and personal witnessing. 

A Day with the Conways which took place on 
Monday for our pastors and wives was our way of 
showing appreciation to our pastors for their spiritual 
leadership in our lives. 

Every five years we look at our Constitution for 
evaluation and revision. Four ladies who served on the 




Every five years we look at our Constitution for 
evaluation and revision. Four ladies who served on the 
Task Force will serve on this committee, keeping in 
mind the areas we evaluated and suggestions that were 
made . . . and work with the Transition Team. 

It was my distinct honor to be the voice for all of 
you at the National Strategy Committee in Seal Beach, 
California in January. 

With Linda Mensinger as our liaison and inter- 
preter, correspondence with the OTN president in the 
Central AfHcan Republic has taken place. The Lord 
willing, we will host an OTN lady at National Confer- 
ence next year. 

Gardening has the same growth principle and I'm 
sure many of us are gardeners. The weeding and prun- 
ing are necessary in the maturing of your vegetables and 
flowers. Our theme verse in Colossians 2:7 (Living 
Bible) says: 

Let your roots grow down into him and 
draw up nourishment fi^om him. See that 
you go on growing in the Lord, and become 

strong and vigorous in the truth you were 
taught. Let your lives overflow with joy 
and thanksgiving for all he has done. 
Are you, am I, willing to let our Heavenly Father 
do the pruning? In our personal lives? In our WMC? 
We all enjoy the sunshine of happy times and iulfilled 
dreams. But are we willing to let the tears of disappoint- 
ment and painful experiences bring us the refreshing 
watering and growth 
in our lives? Spiri- 
tual victories rarely 
come without the 
warfare that pre- 
cedes. Perhaps in 
Heaven our Heav- 
enly Father will take 
us by the hand and 
He'll talk as we walk 
to show us how he 
carried and sheltered 

us , 

as we grew. 

Geneva Inman 
National WMC President 


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luifl) tljE faitljful suppnrf of Ijis iaift, Junf, Ijaa Btriieii ti\t 
^atinnal^pllolusljip af ^rarc PretljrEn fflljurtljES as 
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mort tljan 2Z years, ^nbtr filjarliE's Ifahcrsljip, tEljE 
^tralh Ijas cxpanbch in tl)f fiflb of Cfjristian Jlittratutf 
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tlj£ cities of: JBEinona JIake,|3nfiiana,^iBljErB^nMana, anh 
Publin, ©Ijio. Sljank you, ffll]arlic Sc June for your 
posititac ciaraplp, your integrity, your tireless serlrire, anb 
your lolJC for our^abior, Jesus CljriBt. 


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Cljarlie's retirement 

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July 27, 1993 (S^^ 

Plaque presented to Charles Turner at National Conference 

The Winona Lake 
Grace Brethren Church 
is Celebrating 

The Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church is 
celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 1993, and is 
publishing a commemorative book to mark the 
occasion. The book details the history and min- 
istries of the church, and is filled with interesting 
pictures — both 
past and pre- 
sent. If you'd 
like a copy, 
send $5.95 to: 
Winona Lake 
Grace Brethren 
Church, 1200 
Kings Hwy., 
Winona Lake, 
IN 46590. A 
limited supply 
is being 

printed, so or- 
der your copy 

Winona Lake 
Grace Brethren Ctiurch 


Founded r% f^ijh 


50 Year Commemorative Book 

September 15, 1993 



Roy Confronts 
the Fightin' Phils 

Recently John Knik, whose 356 batting average is 
the third best in the National League, uttered this chal- 
lenge: "Our team is so bad, the chapel coordinator 
doesn't have the guts to come into our clubhouse." This 
diatribe was picked up in the syndicated press and the 
"Kruker's" quote was aired during his first at bat for the 
'93 All Star Game. 

Well, this did not deter Dr. Roy Roberts, Pastor of 
the Grace Brethren Church in New Holland, PA, from 
speaking at the Phillies pre-game chapel on July 4. This 
was an ESPN night game that featured periodic break- 
aways to President Clinton, who also was in Phildelphia, 
presenting awards at Freedom Square. 

A Chapel speaker in professional football only 
addresses one team; while in major league baseball, 
speaks to both teams. The Phillies were hosting the 
Padres. Interestingly enough, among the players attend- 
ing for San Diego were Tim Teufel, Kurt Stillwell, Craig 
Shipley and Pat Gomez, who were featured in the 
Herald for conducting a baseball clinic for nearly 100 
youngsters, Saturday, April 17, the day prior to the 
opening services of Pacific Hills Community Grace 
Brethren Church. 

Dr. Roy's message was "The Heart of a Champion." 
He told the Phillies, who lead the National League's east- 
em division, "I am not here to instruct you in the art of 
winning. You do that quite well, but I want you to know 
how to be a winner in the eyes of the Lord Jesus Christ." 

His valuable collection of slides that cover 42 years have 
given Dr. Bauman an opportunity to witness personally 
the amazing developments in Israel, so many of which 
have fulfilled prophecies in the past or are in process of 
unquestionable fulfillment at the present time. The use 
of Scripture and archaeology make this 115 minute 
video a valuable information and teaching tool. The 
video is available for $12.95 postage paid by writing 
directly to Dr. Paul Bauman, 809 Gordon St., Longview, 
TX 75603. 

Pastor Randy Haulk is now the Senior Pastor at 
the Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church. His address is 
1 12 Beachley Street, Meyersdale, PA. 

The Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church is 

seeking an Associate Pastor. Prefer a semi-retired pas- 
tor with strengths in visitation and teaching. Interested 
individuals should call 814-634-5980. 

Address Changes 

□ Richard Grant 

12309 Arbor Drive 

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 

Q McAIlen Grace Brethren Church 

P.O. Box 3751 
McAllen,TX 78502 

Dr. Paul Bauman 

Dr. Paul Bauman, Vice President Emeritus of Le- 
Toumeau University, has just completed the first of 
what will be a series of videos on Archaeology and/or 
Fulfilled Prophecy in the Bible Lands. This one treats 
the subject: "The Seven Miracles of Israel's Restora- 
tion" — seven things that have happened to Israel, 
mostly in one generation, that have never occurred to 
any other nation or people in all history. Dr. Bauman 
has made nearly fifty visits to the Middle East since 
1949. His first visit to Israel took place just a few 
months after Israel won the war that made it a strictly 
independent nation again for the first time in 2500 years. 

Death Notice: 

Bill Camp, age 66, went home to be with his Lord on 
December 3, 1992. During the more than 40 years he had 
been a member of Grace Brethren Church in Ashland, he 
served in many areas. He was a custodian of the West 
Tenth Street Church, active in Boy's Club, led the young 
people's group, taught Sunday school, was a trustee, and 
served as a care and class deacon. In recent years, he and 
his wife were active in the Wednesday morning prayer 
group, and Bill assisted with various maintenance projects 
in the church. Pastors Dan Allen and Norm Johnson 
officiated at his fianeral. 




Youth Leaders: 
In Times of Crisis 


by Les Christie 

ne seasoned Christian leader has said that you must help your group members concentrate on 

deciding, "What do I do now?" rather than "Who shall 

"some great crunch is almost inevitable in 

every pastor's life. It would have been help- 
ful for me if, early in my ministry, I had known that 
and understood the diversity of emotional, psycho- 
logical, and spiritual catastrophes." ^^b^^^ 

People establish religious convic- 
tions during crisis situations. So, in 
times of crisis, you have an incredible 
opportunity to help young people be- 
come Christians or become stronger in 
their faith. The danger in this situation 
is obvious: to mishandle or incorrectly 
advise a young person in a crisis situation 
can establish an anti-Christian ideology 
that can last a lifetime. 

A crisis is an event that speeds up 

the heartbeat, lowers skin temperature, 
and makes your hands sweat. The one common 
denominator, the one thread that ties people together 
during a crisis is the fact that intense emotions are 
played out. Anger, anxiety, betrayal, confusion, 
guilt, fear, discouragement, and sorrow are all feel- 
ings that envelope and paralyze people during a crisis. 

Crisis: No Respecter of Persons 

You never know when a crisis will strike. On a 
personal level, my family experienced a crisis on 
Wednesday, April 18, 1990. My nine-year-old son 
David was taken at gunpoint on his school play- 
ground. A distraught woman held my son for 35 
minutes as members of a police SWAT team assumed 
their positions. Fortunately, the drama had a happy 
ending as my son talked himself out of danger and 
negotiated his own release. 

Young people in your ministry are in crisis. 
They are rich, poor, educated, uneducated, black, 
white, rural, urban, with no parents, with one parent, 
with two parents or more — in other words, just about 
anybody. The majority tend to hide their own pain 
and despair; they most often go unnoticed. 

The Ingredients of a Crisis 

There are two ingredients to every crisis: the 
event itself and the decision on how to respond to the 
event. Every crisis, regardless of its origin, needs a 
decisive act as its second half When a crisis occurs. 

To be involved 

is to love, to 

risk, to 


To be involved 

is to minister. 

I blame?" This puts the major emphasis on present- 
tense problem solving. 

As Christians face crisis, your group members 
need to know that the Lord is with them. 
Right at the heart of the crisis, where the 
hard choices are being made, they have 
the living presence of Jesus Christ — not 
as One who takes away their choices, but 
as the Lord of freedom who enlarges the 
possibilities of their choices. 

As a leader, one very important tool 
to have at your fingertips during a crisis 
situation is a comprehensive referral 
system. Knowing who to call not only 
enhances the possibility of addressing 
^^^^^^ the crisis, but adds to your peace of 
mind. Make sure you have these names and phone 
numbers listed in an easily accessible place: 

• Drug and alcohol-abuse hotline 

• Rape, incest, and child abuse hotline 

• Marriage, family, and child counselor 

• Psychologist and/or psychiatrist 

• Social worker 

• Police department 

• Hospitals and emergency rooms 

Interestingly, though crises are certainly not 
sought, they, at times, do bring positive results. 
Psalm 1 1 9 : 7 1 says, " It was good for me to be afflicted 
so that I might learn your decrees." 

Crisis will probably always carry a negative 
connotation; however, it is good to remember that 
crisis often precedes a positive, critical breakthrough. 
Crises can reorder our lives, purify our motivations, 
and remind us again of the essence of ministry; to 
live honorably before God and to invite others to do 
the same. To be involved is to love, to risk, to 
struggle. To be involved is to minister. 

Les Christie is a veteran youth worker and 
speaker. He serves as Minister of Youth at Eastside 
Christian Church in Fullerton, California, and has 
written several books and articles on youth ministry. 
Excerpted from When Kids are Touched by Crisis 
(David C. Cook) by Les Christie and Randy Peterson. 

September 15, 1993 



Highlights from the 
Herald Newsline 

• The 1994 National Conference will be held June 
23-28 at Grenelefe Resort near Orlando, Florida. 
Bob Fetterhoff will serve as moderator. 

willing to serve as a clearing house for persons 
wishing to assist Grace Brethren people and 
churches in Iowa that have been affected by the 
flood. If you wish to contribute financially or go 
to Iowa at your own expense to assist, call CE 
National at 219-267-6622. 

National Conference 


• CE National presented their annual awards: 

• Adult Bible Fellowship of the Year was the 

Koinonia Class of the York, PA, GBC. 

• CE Idea of the Year went to the Dream 
Team of Winona Lake GBC. 

• Educator of the Year was Jeff Schmetzer, 

• Good Samaritan Recognition went to 
Greenbriar Mission, GBC of Licking 
County, Pataskala, OH. 

• Senior Medal of Ministry was awarded to 
Carl and Mildred Garling of Ashland, OH, 

• District of the Year was the Southern Cali- 
fornia/Arizona district. 

• 274 churches reported with 34 not reporting of the 
308 in the Fellowship. 

• In addition to Foreign Missions staff and board 
members, some 58 missionaries and their families 
attended National Conference along with ap- 
pointees to England, Russia and Chezos. 

• The Navajo Mission Staff expresses their grati- 
tude to all the many volunteers who helped with 
the chapel rebuilding project. It will be paid in 
full when the project is complete. 

• The registrar's office at Grace Schools placed 
current enrollment figures for the college at 700- 
710 total students. 200 of those will be incoming 

Freshmen. Seminary enrollment for the Fall will 
be approximately 100 students plus 50 Doctoral 
Program students. 

• Congratulations to Rev. and Mrs. Lyn 
Schrock, members of the Bradenton, FL, GBC 
and former missionaries to Argentina who cele- 
brated their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, 
August 15th, at the home of their niece, Mrs. 
Terry Kuntz in Waterloo, Iowa. Their home ad- 
dress is 148 Avenue B, 1200 Aurora, Bradenton, 
FL 34202. 

• David Daugherty, having been home from Af- 
rica for foreign board meetings and National Con- 
ference in Billings, MT has now returned to CAR, 
arriving their August 16, where he will rejoin his 
wife and four children. Pray for his safe return to 
this great work. 

900 Number? 

Due to the high volume and great expense of 
the Herald newsline we are considering using a 
900 number. The cost on this would be 990 per 
minute that the caller would pay. We would also 
give a 50% rebate on the cost of the call to retired 

If you have any comments please let us 
know. Callme, Jeff Carroll, at 1-800-348-2756. 




No IV You 

The average American pet owner spends 
$ 1 ,500 a year on his pet. The average annual 
income in India: $260. 
In the 1980s Latin American evangelical 
church memberships grew from 18.6 to 59.4 

Wars in the 1 980s killed 1 .5 million children, 
disabled 4 million, and left 12 million home- 

The world's population should reach 6.3 bil- 
lion in the year 2000. In 1000 A.D. it was 
275 million. 

Campus Crusade recently distributed 13 mil- 
lion free copies of the Gospel of Luke to 
Russian homes. 

About 40% of North Americans in their 20s 
are children of divorce. 
99 major league baseball players make $3 
million or more annually. 
There are 100 million children living on the 
streets of the world's cities. 
50% of male homosexuals in San Francisco 
are infected with the HIV virus. 
Jesus spoke of hell more often than of 

About 2 1 .5% ( 1 , 1 88,435,000) of the world's 
population is unevangelized. 
5.4 million kilograms of guacamole dip was 
consumed during the Super Bowl. 


"After twenty-five years n 

this wheelchair, I've outlived the statistics. I was 
supposed to die of kidney failure, respiratory 
failure, all kinds of failures. In 1991 I lost 
weight, became weak, and had to spend weeks 
in bed. I remember thinking: this is it. I flipped 
on the Today Show and Derek Humphry (author 
of Final Exit) and a physician were discussing 
euthanasia. They were talking about me! In 
1967 I begged a friend to bring her mother's 
sleeping pills or her father's razors to my hospi- 
tal bed. I dreamed of the time when I could sit 
up in a motorized wheelchair and power it off a 
high curb. All I wanted was to escape. Today 
escape has become our favorite pastime. We 
desperately want to escape pain, bad finances, or 
bad relationships. When a society buys into a 
culture of comfort, it's just a short hop to the 
local bookstore for a copy of Final Exit. But a 
gas mask full of carbon monoxide is not the 
answer. That's not compassion. That's the last 
act of abandonment. Jesus does not abandon 
people to hopelessness. But He does ask that the 
Church be there as part of the solution. He asks 
that we visit those in de- 
spair. That we hold their 
hands. Christianity with its 
sleeves rolled up is there to 
assure people that life 
worth living can never 
be found in a series of 
circumstance, no mat- 
ter how pleasant or 
painful. Life is found 
in a Person, the One 
who came that we 
might have life. 
.Life worth living 
can only be found 
by holding fast to 
the hand of the 
Lord Jesus." 
— Joni Eareckson Tada 

I'm getting so old that all my friends in heaven will think I didn't make it. 

September 15, 1993 



Billy and Ruth Graham 
Celebrate 50 Years of 

Evangelist Billy Gra- 
ham and his wife, Ruth, cele- 
brated their 50th wedding an- 
niversary on August 13 at 
their home in the Blue Ridge 
Mountains of North Carolina 
where they have lived for 
most of their married lives. 

"We have had our share 
of joy and heartache over 
these past 50 years," Mr. Gra- 
ham said, "but through it all, our love and faith in one 
another and in our Lord has enabled us to face whatever 
challenge has been placed before us." 

Mr. and Mrs. Graham are the parents of five chil- 
dren — three daughters and two sons — and have 19 grand- 
children and four great-grandchildren. Bom in China, the 
daughter of missionary parents, Ruth Graham has sup- 
ported her husband's ministry, raised their children and 
authored several books, the most recent of which is "Prodi- 
gals and Those Wlio Love Them." 

"Without her love for the Lord and for me and her 
dedication to evangelism, I would not have been able to 
fiinction for the Lord as I have," Mr. Graham said. 
"When one partner is away from home as much as I have 
been, it is both a honeymoon and a readjustment period 
every time we get back together. Ruth's knowledge of 
the Bible, sense of humor and her shared commitment 
to my ministry have been an anchor in our marriage." 

When asked about role models for young people 
today, Mr. Graham replied, "Our young people today have 
not been as fortunate as we were in finding strong moral 
role models to follow. Today, television and films have 
become filled with violence, drugs and sex; and we are 
paying a terrible price for such unbridled freedom. I fear 
that we are in danger of suffering from a cultural break- 
down if we do not return to the Judeo-Christian founda- 
tions of our society. Children and young people need a 
moral and spiritual foundation from which to grow, and 
individually and corporately we must share in the respon- 
sibility of providing this foundation." 

Mr. Graham has a somewhat reduced crusade sched- 
ule for the coming year while continuing to give a great 
deal of his time to continued work on his memoirs. His 
next crusade will be held in Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 22-26, 
followed by Mission '94 in Tokyo, Japan, in January and 
a crusade in Cleveland, Ohio in June. In addition, Mr. 
Graham is the honorary chair of the North American 
Conference for Itinerant Evangelists (NACIE) which will 
be held in Louisville, Kentucky, June 28-July 1, 1994. 

//// Briscoe Leads Mission 
To Croatia 

Christian author and speaker Jill Briscoe led a delega- 
tion of women on a fact-finding mission to war-tom Croa- 
tia, July 23-28. Accompanying Jill on this World Relief- 
sponsored mission were 12 women of influence, who 
gathered information on women's ministries, World Relief 
projects and church-related issues in Croatia. Briscoe has 
served on World Reliefs Board of Directors since 1989. 
Briscoe returned from Croatia and Cambodia, where she 
visited World Reliefs health and small loan program, on 
August 8. 

World Relief is the emergency aid, development 
assistance and refugee service arm of the National As- 
sociation of Evangelicals. 

Centenary Celebrations for 
Unique London Guest 

A unique guest house for those working in Chris- 
tian service holds its centenary this year. 

It is situated in a quiet square with no through 
traffic, 20 minutes by public transport from Piccadilly 
Circus, in the heart of London. The Foreign Missions 
Club has, for 100 years, been receiving men and women 
and their families who found themselves looking for a 
place to stay. 

Here they can come and be near to the many sights of 
London's West End. For those wanting to see something 
more of Britain than just its first city, a short journey by 
public transport will bring them direct to three mainline 
stations. From these they are within easy reach of Strat- 
ford, Oxford, the large cathedral cities, not forgetting the 
beautiful scenery to be found in Scotland, Wales and the 
rest of England. 

In 1992 the Club received over 15,000 visitors, of 
whom 6,800 were missionaries while 2,200 Christian 
workers and other guests were also made welcome. 

This complex consists of four large houses where 
guests can stay, happy in the knowledge they will all 
have something in common. Many have been known to 
plan to meet again in London with friends and fellow- 
workers from different countries they haven't seen for 
years. It is the Christian fellowship which draws guests 
and friends together and makes their stay an enriching 

Incidentally the first knovra reference to the Club was 
published in the London telephone directory in 1895, but 
only selected subscribers could ring, namely those living 
around London who had a telephone. This is a far cry from 
the Club's facilities today, with its modem conference 
room, fax and telephone facilities. 



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People Need The Lord 

by Jeff Carroll 

It has been a hectic two years. 
Pam and I ended our minis- 
try in Toledo in the spring of 
1991. We were all set to move 
back to my hometown, Columbus, 
and begin a new church in an ex- 
citing little bedroom community 
called Powell. It was a place of 
great fondness in my memory. I 
used to fish there with my father 
and God was opening the door to 
us to begin a new Grace Brethren 

I was really excited because our family 
would be able to minister to my brother and my 
father. My mother died in 1 973 and her death 
was instrumental in my conversion. Dad remar- 
ried and well, it just seemed like we were set for 
a wonderftil time of fellowship together in the 
coming months. We moved on the 4th of July 
and from that week on my father kept dropping 
by. He helped paint, wallpaper — anything we 
needed done he did, to get us ready for our 
ministry there. He also talked. He talked a lot 
about his marriage problems. He asked how he 
could change. Dad had become a Christian but 
was struggling with how to let God rule in his 
life. One afternoon when he came by he was 
very depressed. He spoke of his death, he said, 
"My life is over. When I die get one of your 

friends to do the service." Then he asked a 
question that really pierced my heart. He said, 
"Where do the Grace Brethren get such fine 
young minis- 
ters? How do 
they do it?" 
My Dad knew 
Jim Custer. 
He knew John 
Willett. He 
knew Randy 
Bowman and 
Ken Brown 
and Chip 

Heim and they 
had made a 
very distinct 
impression on 
him. Where did the men come from? They 
came from Brethren Churches that loved God 
and loved His Word. They came from Grace 
Seminary which nurtured and prepared them to 
be spokesman for God. Sometimes we don't 
really realize how fortunate we are to have a 
pastor who lives and believes the Book from 
cover to cover. 

Several days later I received a call from my 
brother. A policeman had called him and in- 
formed him that Dad had taken his life. "How 
could this happen?" I thought as I cried through 
the night, hoping to wake up from such a terrible 
dream. In the days following this tragedy my 
fellow pastors ministered to our family in such a 
faithftil way that again, I gave thanks to God for 
the Brethren Church. 

As I reflect on the events of that summer of 
1991, the Spirit of God impressed upon me the 
reality of the spiritual battle that wages all 
around us. People are struggling and hurting and 
sometimes we don't even notice. Or we may 
want to fight battles that will waste our time and 
energy and resources, that are really diversion- 
ary, planned by the enemy to distract us from 
people who need the Lord. 

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People Need the Lord 

Grace College Convocation 

A Vision for Ministry 

Women's Missionary Council 
Thank Offering 

8 The Work of Christ Among 
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10 A Word to Pastors 

12 Bible Prophecies 

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Grace College 

Dr. Ronald Manahan 

Grace College and 
Theological Semi- 
nary began its 1993- 
94 academic year with a Convoca- 
tional Chapel held at Rodeheaver 
Auditorium. 38 community repre- 
sentatives including Warsaw 
Mayor Jeff Plank joined members 
of the Board of Trustees, the entire 
faculty, staff, and student-body for 
the chapel. 

Dr. Ronald Manahan, Acting President, 
delivered the convocational address titled: Be- 
ing Whole in a Fragmented World. Dr. Mana- 
han called the students to actively participate 
in the type of education that Grace College and 
Theological Seminary is dedicated to: real 
education that covers the whole of life, not just 
the parts of it. 

"A true education," said Manahan, "in- 
cludes all parts of your experience off campus. 
These friends help shape our community and 
they impact your education." 

Dr. Manahan thanked the local residents 
and leaders for what they mean to Grace say- 
ing: "I am glad that leaders from our region 
could join us — we appreciate all you continue 
doing. Your work in shaping this community 
has been a tremendous blessing to our campus. 
Your sacrifice of time and energy has provided 
us a wonderful area to live in, study in, raise a 
family in." 

The students were urged to work hard, take 
pride in this community and to contribute to it, 
appreciate it, and serve it well. "Be a good 
citizen," Manahan told them, " and make this 
community proud to have you as a part." 

After the convocation chapel, the commu- 
nity and Board members were invited to a lunch 
given in their honor at Rodeheaver Auditorium. 
They enjoyed an informal time of meeting with 
members of the Administration and other cam- 
pus leaders. 

Grace College is beginning it's 46th year of 
educating men and women for effective lives of 
character, competence, and service. Grace 
Theological Seminary is in its 56th year of de- 
veloping Christian ministry leaders able to influ- 
ence culture with an integrated biblical world 
and life view. 

October 15, 1993 


A Vision for Ministry 

Ralph and Joan Justiniano are missionary ap- 
pointees to Japan with Grace Brethren For- 
eign Missions, and it is exciting to see how 
God has brought them together and prepared 
them for service. 

Ralph was bom in Manila, Philippines, and grew up 
on the island of Okinawa and in Los Angeles. Joan was 
bom and raised in Toledo, Ohio. 

Ralph was brought up in a Catholic family, but in 
March of 1 977, he received Christ while riding his motor- 
cycle down Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles. He heard 
the gospel from a pastor who had been a speaker in his 
public high school philosophy class! 

Joan grew up in a family that was Unitarian. She 
received Christ in 1981 through the faithftil witness and 
prayers of a fellow musical theater performer. 

Coming from greatly differing backgrounds and geo- 
graphic locales, God brought Ralph and Joan together at 
the Colorado River during a singles retreat with the Grace 
Brethren Church of Long Beach. Because of unusual 
circumstances, their dating relationship was 2,000 miles 
apart with Ralph in Long Beach and Joan in Toledo. Even 
with the separation, they could sense God leading them to 
serve Him as a couple. They were married in Long Beach 
in September of 1983. 

Before their marriage, God had been working in 
Ralph's life through experiences in an evangelistic camp- 
ing ministry and a summer spent with a mission church. 
Through these ministries Ralph sensed God's call to flill 
time ministry. Together they worked their way through 
Bible college at Grace Bible Institute, Ralph getting his 
B.A. in Bible and Joan getting her P.H.T. (Putting Hubby 
Through) Degree. 

During this time they were also busy leading a weekly 
evangelism ministry at the beach and in the shopping malls. 

God started burdening their hearts for the Japanese 
through a Japanese student program sponsored by GBC 
Long Beach. They got to know Cecil O'Dell, now the Field 
Director in Japan for GBFM, and in 1985 and 1986 they 
hosted three students in their home for a month at a time. 

On sensing God's leading to a Japan ministry, Ralph 
comments, "1 remember thinking about all the strong 
Christian churches we had in the L.A. area: our church, 
John MacArthur's church. Chuck Swindoll's church. 
Chuck Smith's church. Jack Hayford's church. Then I 
thought about how weak the witness was for Christ in 
Japan, with 99.5% of the population lost. I just felt more 
and more that we had to go. 

"Joan and I were also encouraged because through 
our involvement with the Japanese student programs, we 

realized that we got along very well with the Japanese and 
really enjoyed doing things with them." 

In order to be best equipped for missions, Ralph and 
Joan continued on at Grace Theological Seminary in 
Winona Lake where Ralph graduated with his M.A. in 
Missions. Through these Bible college and seminary 
years God has also given Ralph and Joan three beautiftil 
children: Megan 6, Amanda 4, and Ian 2. 

During this time Joan has also had valuable ministry 
opportunities leading a Bible study with women she worked 
with, teaching Sunday school, singing in choirs and special 
music, leadership responsibilities in WMC, and using her 
theater background for ministry in Christian drama. 

In preparation for their coming church planting min- 
istry, Ralph and Joan went to Japan in the spring of 1 990. 
They had a chance to live where they will be living, eat 
the foods they will be eating, and minister to the people 
they will be ministering to. They were also able to make 
some good contacts which they can follow up on when 
they return. They are praying that the remainder of their 
support will come in and allow them to go back by the end 
of the year. (Total need $75,000, raised $35,000) 

Ralph and Joan are excited about how God has been 
preparing the Japanese people. Ralph states, "The Japa- 
nese people, especially the younger generations, are so 
much more open now to influence from the West than 
they've ever been in their history. We heard that Billy 
Graham is planning a crusade for Tokyo in January. One 
of the reasons he's so interested in Japan is because of a 
poll taken that shows 60% of the younger generation 
saying they want to learn about Christianity. That's the 
kind of thing that really excites us!" 

Their vision for ministry is to bring many Japanese to 
Christ and to plant many churches throughout Tokyo. But 
even beyond 
that they desire 
to instill in their 
disciples the 
same mission- 
ary spirit the 
Lord has devel- 
oped in them. 
They hope to 
see Japan be- 
come a major 
sending nation, 
reaching the 
unreached na- 
tions for Christ, loan, Amanda, Ian, Megan and Ralph justiniano 



Marie Helen Hibaile 

Augustin Hibaile presented a plaque to wmc Presi- 
dent Geneva Inman at National Conference in Billings, Montana. The plaque 
read, "Presented to the Natinoal WMC by Professor Hibaile Augustin from 
the Brethren Biblical Seminary in the Central African Republic in expression 
of my thanks for your prayer and financial support. 1993." 

During the presentation. Professor Hibaile also presented a card that said, 
"Your support for my studies in Grace Theological Seminary is a support for 
the whole of Africa. Thanks. 1 Corinthians 15:58." 

October 15, 1993 


The Work Of Christ Among 

His People 

Has anyone in your area tried to copy Wil- 
low Creek? I'm referring to the hugely 
successful church in south Chicago named 
Willow Creek Community Church. It is 
the largest church in the USA (if we use weekend 
attendance as the yardstick), also the most imitated. 
Even up here in desolate, isolated, backward Alaska, we 
have seen attempts to reproduce the Willow Creek 
"seeker oriented" service. Supposedly, it has gone so far 
in some parts that churches have built exact, albeit 
smaller, replicas of the WCC church building. 

It is my sad duty to report that no one has been able 
to use the Willow Creek methods in Alaska with any- 
thing near the same degree of triumph. Suffice it to say 
that Alaskans are different folk than the people of south 

I say that because I am about to tell you of another, 
much less spectacular, success story. The methods we 
use to accomplish that success worked well with the 
Anchorage culUire. We believe that God Himself 
forced us to try some innovative approaches outside of 
our comfort zone. But, what worked up here probably 
would not work elsewhere. There is no point in writing 
a "How To" book. There is also no point in writing this 
article except that Jeff made me do it. So here is an 
article whose purpose is merely to make you smile. 
Should you steal an idea and it does not work, it's not 
my fault. I told you not to. 

It was Larry Smithwick's idea. He saw the potential 
more than two years before Grace Community was planted 
in September, 1989. I rather enjoyed the idea of taking a 
church with a building, people and programs already in 
place. But Larry was my boss, friend, and mentor and, or 
course, he was right. 

Dave Marksbury and the GBHM added their en- 
dorsement as well as the promise of financial support. 
How can you argue with people who promise to spend 
money on you? 

It was a piece of cake really. I did not pioneer a 
church. It pioneered me. Grace Community Church 
began with a core group of 120 people sent fi-om An- 
chorage Grace Brethren Church. Anybody can plant a 
church with a core that big. That's not the seed of a 
church, that's the whole tree with apples on it! 

That surprised us all. No one expected it, least of all 
me. Why would so many people leave the comfortable 
"Mother" with its established and excellent programs and 
facility to launch a "baby" in an empty office building? It 
was partly the frontier spirit found in many Alaskans and 
mostly the Holy Spirit. 

By the end of 1989, the church averaged 210 in 
attendance with a record Sunday in November of 252. 
GBHM, bless their hearts, still sent us money. We sent 
it back every month. 

It was apparent in February of 1990 that our audi- 
torium was out of room. Our attendance now averaged 
250 with a high of 293 late in that month. Easter was 
coming and we were full to overflowing already. Since 
we could not build anything bigger in just one month 
and since we had signed a three year lease there was 
only one option: start another church service. 

In Alaska, anything earlier then 9 am is too early 
(8:59 is too early — one must avoid the number 8) This 

presents a problem for most churches because Adult 
Sunday school meets at 9:45 forcing an early service 
into the dreaded 8's. Not at Grace Community! No, sir, 
God saw to it that we never have had enough space to 



house an Adult Sunday School. Instead we started small 
groups which met in homes from the very beginning of our 
existence. It was not brilliance. We were forced to. 

That allowed us to start an early service at 9: 1 5 which 
made it's debut on March 25, 1 990. Attendance on March 
18th had been 284. On March 25th, it was 384! They must 
have been poised in their cars out in the parking lot waiting 
for a seat to open up. 

The office space we used was actually three unfin- 
ished suites side by side. This meant that we had five 
doors to the outside and an outside wall of windows 
behind the crowd. The unchurched could see inside 
before they came inside (allowing them to determine 
that no one was jumping from chair to chair — all were 
sanely seated) and, by sitting near one of the numerous 
doors, they could quickly escape. It was not long before 
we noticed that many of our visitors were coming to 
church (or back to church) for the first time. 

With that in mind we structured our services to 
avoid causing unnecessary discomfort to these 

unchurched visitors. We never identified any visitor 
publicly during our services. No badges, ribbons or 
buttons were handed them. Eventually we eliminated 
the brief moment when we shook hands (it took us a 
while to learn how much most visitors hated that mo- 
ment). No one ever called or dropped in on any visitor. 
Our Christian visitors were occasionally displeased. 
They considered us unfi-iendly. The unchurched, how- 
ever, were delighted. Soon it was well known. Bring 
your friends to church. We were different. They could 
observe without being hassled. 

By the end of 1990 our attendance averaged 333 
with a high in October of 465. Our two services were 
fiill and we still had two years remaining on our lease. 
Now what? 

The answer was a third service, but where to place it? 
An early Sunday service would fall into the horrible 8's 
and possibly need to start in the hopeless 7's. The Pastor 
was never known to display a functioning mind at such an 
early hour. But a Sunday aftemoon service competed with 
our Sunday evening small group ministries. 

That left Saturday night. Boldly we launched a Sat- 
urday 6 pm service on February 17th, 1991. (Actually, I 

envisioned a dozen people listlessly singing and secretly 
planning to never return.) The same crazy thing hap- 
pened as when we started the 9:15 service. The prior 
week on Febmary 10th, attendance had been 418. On 
February 17th, for the first time ever, we crossed into 
five hundred territory (508). Easter boomed at 796 and 
we averaged 548 for the year. 

hiterestingly few ever responded to the invitations I 
gave. Yet whenever we announce a baptism, converts 
would call and ask to be included. They made decisions 
quietly during a service, or at home and often as the result 
of a finend who attended Grace Community. Clearly, 1 was 
not a compelling evangelist. Fortunately, the Holy Spirit 
was using the Word to pierce the hearts of the people. 

Our music was undergoing a transformation during 
this time. We tailored it to our unchurched audience, 
adding the beat and melody styles that they preferred. 
It was Christian in content but contemporary in sound. 
Our Christian visitors were occasionally displeased, 
with not enough of the old hymns. Too late, this train 
had too much momentum to turn back. 

So, today we have a young congregation. Children's 
ministries are vital. Kid's Sunday School is provided 
during the sermon at each service. 

But it's the area of child care (baby sitting) that really 
demonstrates our priorities. We pay to provide child care 
for any ministry that needs it. This insures a steady supply 
of competent workers whenever and wherever we need 
them. Roughly ten percent of our ministries budget goes 
to provide child care. This makes sense when your con- 
gregation is mostly young families. It frees them to attend 
and to minister when you take care of their kids. 

We will probably average about 1 050 in weekly atten- 
dance in 1 993. We had nearly 1 500 at Easter. Yet there are 
only three Pastors (Senior, Music and Youth) and one half 
time Children's Ministries Director. Home groups (small 
groups meeting in homes) have taken up the slack. Lay 
ministry has fueled our growth from the beginning. 

Were it possible to start over from the beginning and 
do it all again, I would not do anything differently. This is 
because I did not know what I was doing in the first place 
and I still don't. But if I were to preach a three point 
sermon, I would under- 
line these three princi- 
ples: give your lay 
leaders the bulk of the 
pastoral care, target 
the unchurched not the 
churched and use your 
facilities for multiple 
services. The rest is 
the work of Christ 
among His people. 
You can only pray for 
that. Happy & Brian Chronister 

October 15, 1993 


The HERALD asked Bill Smith, Veteran 
Pastor-Evangelist in the National Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches, 'What would 
you say to Pastors? '' 

Here is his reply. 

A WORD TO PASTORS: More and more I am 
meeting pastors who are discouraged with their minis- 
try. The are evaluating their calling and questioning 
whether they should continue as a pastor. They have 
discovered that changing locations has not helped; the 
sparkle in their preaching is just about gone. 

I believe the following suggestions and ideas could 
be of help and encouragement to pastors and congrega- 
tions in these difficult time of reaching people for Jesus 


There is no greater responsibility than to preach and 
teach the eternal Word of God. We become the voice 
for God with the answers from Him as to what life is all 

The average person does not know what the Bible 

In spite of the attack as to the authority of the Word 
of God, preach the Scriptures with sincerity and power. 

Be enthusiastic in your preaching. 

With the great message which we have to give, it is 
wrong to be boring. How can we be complacent and 
dull when we are dealing with such a life changing 
subject. We want our churches to be active and alive; - 
it begins with leadership. 

Be consistent in your life style and 

We should always act the same between Sundays 
as on Sunday, attempting to be an ambassador for the 
Lord in a coffee shop, barber shop, or any situation. 

Be sensitive to people. 

Be sensitive to their needs, background and present 
status. Ask yourself, "How can I as a servant of Jesus 
Christ assist this person to trust Christ as their Savior 
and grow in Him?" 

Accept individuals as they are. If you feel they 
need changing, trust God to do that in His time. 

There is no substitute for personal contact. Fight 
against aloofness and really listen to them as they talk. 
Time spent with people is an investment. 

Learn from others. 

Success breeds success. What are others doing that 
is getting results. Take time to visit other churches 
larger than yours and observe them. How do they 
handle visitors, their music program, their Sunday 
School, small groups, etc.? Visit with the purpose of 
learning, not to criticize. 

Be flexible. 

Have a willingness to change and innovate. Pro- 
grams that are not working should be dropped. Proce- 
dures and forms that are followed without any positive 
advantage soon become musty and stale. Every meet- 
ing in the church should be alive and vital to the con- 
gregation. People will soon realize whether it is worth 
the effort to attend the services, or not. 

Be normal. 

Make your family and congregation proud of you. 
Cut out fake and phony actions. Be yourself, dedicated 
100% to serving Christ. Plan your own schedule and 
activities or someone else will. 

Give prayer and Bible study first 

This is the foundational core of our endeavor. With- 
out this there is little hope of power and effectiveness. 

Work with your leaders. 

Use your leaders; train and teach them. Let them 
express themselves and not just be a carbon copy of you. 
Evaluate their suggestions, ideas, and programs. Real- 
ize that you may be able to learn a great deal from them. 




Meet people's needs. 

Create an atmosphere of care, concern, and love in 
your church. Be aware continually of the multi-talents 
of those to whom you minister and want to minister. 
Develop groups that minister to specific needs of peo- 
ple: singles, divorced, handicapped, etc. Drama is being 
used to great advantage in some churches 1 have visited. 
Music, including a choir and orchestra attracts a large 
segment of individuals. Make your facilities available. 
At one church the Fellowship of Christian Athletes held 
their annual banquet, because the Pastor and people 
made the facilities available. (It was good, free adver- 

Don't be jealous. 

Jealousy will put an aroma in your church which is 
devastating. We must not criticize or belittle other 
pastors or churches who are preaching the Word of God. 
If we make fun or joke about other Bible believing 

churches, it will not only hurt the work of Christ and the 
Holy Spirit, but it will just lower us in the opinion of our 
own congregation. 

Don't ride hobby horses. 

We are called to teach the Word of God. Be careful 
about becoming involved in side issues that begin to 
take your Bible teaching time. We deal with cults, 
politics, current issues as we teach systematically the 
Word of God. 


We are living on the brink of the Rapture and 
Eternity. What would you do if you knew you could not 

What are your dreams and aspirations for your 
church and ministry? 

Don't be discouraged! Have a ministry of joy. Be 
thrilled with what you are doing! 

can be achieved through URBANA." InterVarsity 
Christian Fellowship, an interdenominational campus 
ministry has 750 chapters on both secular and Christian 
college campuses in the United States. 

Mongolia Project Models InterVarsity and 
URBANA 93's commitment to racial 

In an historic effort, InterVarsity Christian Fellow- 
ship sent a student mission team to Mongolia in 
July, 1993 to interact with specially-selected Mon- 
golian students. Twenty InterVarsity team members 
were led by Navajo Tony Begay. The 
participation and leadership of Native 
Americans in the Mongolia Global Project 
was especially significant since there is an 
historical tie between the Mongolian and 
Navajo cultures. During the project three 
Mongolians professed faith in Christ. 
Others were deeply touched by the love 
and Christian examples of their counter- 
parts from the new world. 

Building on URBANA 90, the Chris- 
tian Hope Indian and Eskimo Fellowship 
(CHIEF), a ministry to Native-Americans, 
has committed itself to recruiting 500 Na- 
tive Americans to attend URBANA 93, to 
be held Dec. 27-3 1 , 1 993 at the University 
of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign. Other 
ethnic groups are also trying to get their 
young people to attend the event. Be- 
cause, says Huron Claus, discipleship co- 
ordinator for CHIEF, "If we want to see 
ethnic churches blossom, one stepping 
stone is to encourage global mission. That 

We Support An 
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October 15, 1993 



Bible Prophecies 

continue their relentless march to become history . . . 

by Dr. Nathan M. Meyer 

God wrote in advance what would happen and 
now it is happening. 
The inspired Bible writers foretold 2000- 
2500 years ago that a man would arise who would unite 
all the nations of the whole world into one world 
government. This man would be energized by Satan 
and would demand that every person be identified by a 
mark in the right hand or forehead. 

Since President Bush brought the New World Or- 
der into prominent public view, tremendous forces have 
been unleashed which are sweeping the world rapidly 
and powerfully toward that goal. But who ever thought 
what happened at Waco, Texas was part of the action 
and that their goal is to culminate their plans for one 
world government before the year 2000. 

First of all, Koresh was a cult leader who fulfilled 
Jesus' prophecy about the appearance of false Christs 
in the days just before the Lord's return. But now hear 
this; The news media did not tell us that the United 
Nations military arm (called FINCEN) ordered the 
assault with their black helicopters and a black 58 ton 
tank leaving 87 dead including women and children. 
We are told that this equipment and the troops operating 
it are part of the FINCEN operation. 

Dr. Ray Brubaker of God's News Behind the 
News, reports: "The forces that assaulted the Davidian 
compound were a consolidation of agents from the 
CIA, FBI, ATF, DEA, IRS, and other police and gov- 
ernment agencies. These forces jointly are known as 
the Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force (MJTF). Accord- 
ing to our informer, their ultimate goal is 'to conduct 
house-to house search and seizure, separate and cate- 
gorization of men, women, and children in large num- 
bers, categorization and transfer to detention facilities, 
and the running of detention facilities.' 

Our documentation reveals that MJTF, the force 
that assaulted the Waco compound, works in conjunc- 
tion with, and is subservient to, FINCEN, which is the 
U.N.'s next level of law enforcement. FINCEN is 
made up of foreign military and secret police that 
number about 300,000 in the U.S. at present. At Waco, 
the attempt was made to introduce these black suited 
FINCEN troops to the American public as something 
good. The plan was to make their appearance accept- 
able before coming against other U.S. citizens. 

We're told that the liberal media has established 
what they label as a cult — or 'a dangerous religious 
cult'! Their definition? 'A strong belief in the Bible, 
a belief in the second coming of Jesus Christ, frequent 
attendance in Bible studies, a high level of financial 
giving to the church or a religious group, home school- 
ing of children, accumulation of survival food and 
guns, and an inordinate fear of the government.' 

The bold objective of these forces is to set up U.N. 
Battle Groups inside the United States and Canada. For 
military purposes, the United States has been divided 
into ten regional areas, where already federal detention 
centers have been set up in Florida, Virginia, Georgia, 
New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Ari- 
zona, and California. 

Reading reports of railroad cars equipped for trans- 
porting prisoners are a reminder of what took place in 
Hitler's Germany during the holocaust. 

We're told that the next move to watch for is the 
attempted removal of weapons from all residents where 
these FINCEN troops will be operating. When we send 
troops abroad, whether in Somalia, Yugoslavia, or even 
down in Peru, their first rule of business is to confiscate 
weapons from the citizenry. An entire document used 
to authorize confiscation of these in our country was 
taken word for word from the Nazi Gun Control Law. 
And it states not IF the weapons are taken from our 
citizens, but WHEN they are taken. For this we must 
be prepared. 

The U.N. World Constitution sates, "The age of 
nations must end . . . The governments of the nations 
have decided to order their separate sovereignties into 
one government to which they surrender their arms. 

Dr. Kurk E. Koch, a professor who has lectured at 
100 universities in 65 countries on the New World 
Order under the United Nations, states it will be a 
system in which 'each person will have a registered 
number, without which he will not be allowed to buy 
or sell; and there will be one universal church. Anyone 
who refiises to take part in this universal system will 
have no right to exist.' 

Ralph Nader, when asked, 'Is there a number or 
mark planned for the hand or forehead in a cashless 
society?' replied, 'Yes, and I have seen the machines 
that are now ready to put it into operation.' 




A True Story 

Rev. Hunt will end 44-year 
career in ministry. 


by Frances Borsodi Zajac 
Herald-Standard Staff Writer 

s he 



44-year career 
in the ministry, 
the Rev. True L. 
Hunt of Union- 
town Grace 
Brethren Church 
has captured a 
national award. 

He was re- 
cently named 
1993 Pastor of 
the Year during 
the National 
Conference in 
Billings, Mont. 

"I was 
somewhat elated 
but humbled 
greatly." said 
the 76 year-old 
native of Heme, 
Indiana. "I just 
cannot feel I de- 
serve that, but I 
was willing to accept it." 

The church, obviously felt that Rev Hunt 
qualified, selecting him from among 1 9 1 minis- 
ters in the United States. A country boy who felt 
himself pushed into the ministry. True has de- 
voted himself to serving his churches. 

He finishes his career with 33 years in 
Uniontown, a place he came to because he was 

The youngest in a family of four sons and a 
daughter. True received his unusual first name 
at the request of an older brother who wanted to 
name the new baby after his best friend. (The L. 
stands for Lentz, his patemal grandmother's 
maiden name.) 

True was nine years old when his father, a 

Rev. True L Hunt 
Pastor of the Year 

farmer named Orian Hunt, died. His family, 
including his mother Mina and his siblings, be- 
gan living with his uncle John Parr, pastor of 
Bethel Brethren Church. 

"He greatly influenced my life by his testi- 
mony and dedication," said True. "All he did 
was preach. He read the Bible constantly. He 
was a great student of the Bible." 

While a teenager, he drove a rural milk 
truck and worked at a furniture factory until he 
was called to become a minister and attend 
Bob Jones University, then located in Cleveland, 

True said his calling was a gradual process 
that was highlighted by a men's day at his church 
during which he delivered a stirring sermon. 
After this evening sermon, an evangelist from 

October 15, 1993 



the church told the teen-ager that he should 
consider becoming a minister. 

Within months the church's pastor, William 
H. Shaffer called True out of a youth meeting to 
tell him, "If you're going to college, you'd better 
get your application sent in." Rev. Shaffer pro- 
ceeded to inform the young man that several 
members of his church had put up money for his 
first year tuition. Within six weeks, he was in 

Working his way through college with sum- 
mer employment at International Harvester in 
Fort Wayne, True married his childhood sweet- 
heart, Lucille, in 1944 at the end of his sopho- 
more year. 

"She's been a great encouragement to me in 
the ministry," True said proudly. "She's always 
stood by my side. ...She's been the joy of my 

Lucille worked in a government-subsidized 
nursery to support the couple while True contin- 
ued his summer employment. He graduated 
from Bob Jones in 1 946 with a bachelor' s degree 
in the Bible and entered Grace Theological 
Seminary. He graduated from the seminary in 
1949 with a master's degree in theology. 

He went immediately to his first church in 
Dallas Center, Iowa. 

The Hunts have four children. The eldest is 
Janet George, who lives in Deer Lake with her 
husband, Wesley, and their three sons, Scott, Jeff 
and Bradley. 

A second child, a son named David Lynn, 
died while an infant. 

"I couldn't believe I could become as at- 
tached to a baby as much as I did in those 16 
days," said Rev. Hunt, as tears spilled from his 
eyes. "...But we knew he was with the Lord." 

Their third child, Pamela Chaney, lives in 
North Union Township with her husband Keith 
and son Tyler. 

Nancy Glover, their fourth child lives in 
Negley, Ohio, with her husband, Timothy, and 
their children, Nicolett, Justin and Lauren. 

After five years in Dallas Center, he ac- 
cepted an invitation from the Home Mission 
Council to begin a new church in Davenport, 

After four and a half years they moved to 
Covington, Ohio, and in 1960 to Uniontown. 

Rev. Hunt arrived at the church on a 
Wednesday and was told he had to prepare for a 
weekly radio show that aired Sundays over 
WMBS-Radio at 8:06 a.m. He worked franfic- 
ally that first week to prepare material for "The 
Gospel Truth." a show he continues to do. 

Although he rarely gives his name on the 
air. Rev. Hunt is often recognized for his radio 
performance in which he reads Scriptures, deliv- 
ers a sermon and gives church announcements. 

A highlight of his career has been visits to 
the Uniontown hospital. 

"I had positive results that led quite a few 
people to the Lord," he said, adding, "I have an 
empathy for those who are hurting — those in 
hospitals who hurt physically. I don't think I 
ever made a hospital call that I didn't ask some- 
one if I could pray for him. Old Bob Jones used 
to say 'You can get a lot of theology into a 

True Hunt's favorite part of being a pastor 
is the preaching. 

"I like to study the word of God and get what 
I think the people can use in their lives to make 
them practical Christians. The Book of James is 
strong on practical Christianity," he said. 

He also likes socializing with his congrega- 
tion of 219 and he enjoyed the meetings he 
attended with the Men's Christian Fellowship 

A public figure. Rev. Hunt said he has never 
minded attention. But he noted, "I tried to pre- 
sent myself in a way that would bring the Lord 
glory and I tried never to be ashamed to speak 
up for Him." 

Last May, however, he felt ready for re- 
tirement. His health added to his decision — 
he's had both knees replaced and has suffered 
from arthritis. 

Rev. Hunt will continue to pastor the church 
until the end of October or a replacement is 
found — whichever comes first. But he hopes 
to keep active by being guest preacher or interim 
pastor working revivals if invited. 

The Hunts plan to stay in the Uniontown 



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Highlights from the 
Herald Newsline 

Lititz, PA experienced two very encouraging events 
recently. On Saturday, August 14, the youth ministry of the 
church presented a Party in the Park and served as host to the 
community. Featured was a ministry of Christian music 
along with Christian comedy. Over 600 people were in 
attendance and several decisions for salvation were made. 
August 15-20 the children's ministry of Lititz GBC con- 
verted their church building into a medieval castle and 
community for the VBS with the theme "Jesus is King." 375 
children enjoyed lots of fiin and good Bible study. Several 
children's decisions for salvation were made 

Arpad Kovatch, Director of the Hungarian Literature 
Mission reports that the BMH tract, Life's Most Important 
Question has been printed in the Hungarian language. 

Herald Board member George Allenbaugh and his 

wife Ethelene, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary 
with an open house hosted by their family at the GBC, 
Pittman, Ohio on August 29th. Their son. Colonel Rick 
Allenbaugh, commander of the 504th Military Intelli- 
gence Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas spoke in the morning 
worship service on "Successful Families." 

A power failure at the Winona Lake GBC necessi- 
tated some last minute arrangements to be made for the 
Sunday evening service, August 29th. The Winona Lake 
Presbyterian Church opened its doors to the congregation 
who filled it almost to capacity. An after service get-to- 
gether bid farewell to the Dave Hobert family who re- 
turned to France that week for missionary work. The same 

event welcomed home James and Sibylle Belton, mission- 
aries to Blumberg, Germany. 

There is an urgent need for strategic ministry assis- 
tance for your Grace Brethren Churches in the country of 
Chad. Political, religious, and tribal strife continue to 
take their toll on the war weary and poverty stricken 
country. Several projects are planned as God's people 
give to make it happen. 

1 . Bible Institute Student Scholarship 

2. Bicycles for Evangelism and Discipleship 

3. Books and Training Materials 

4. Church Building Loan Funds 

5. Summer Evangelism Training for Lay People 

6. S.A.M. - Send an African Missionary 
Contact GBFM for more information. 

Nathan Meyer will be conducting a prophetic Bible 
Conference at First Grace Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio 
September 19-23. Sunday evening services will bejoined 
by Basore Road, Calvary, North Riverdale, Brookville 
and Clayton Grace Brethren Churches. Nathan is 76 or 77 
and still leading groups to Israel, planning to go November 
of '93 and May of '94. 

Auburn, California GBC reports a record atten- 
dance in August. They have had 1 99 visitors since they 
moved in April 4th of this year. Ambassadors (the out- 
reach arm of the church) sponsored Welcome Sunday 
August 8th, which was one of our highest attended Sunday 
services so far. 

What Flavor & How Many 
Dips Would You Like? 

Folks around Dallas Center, Iowa, often joke that the town 
should be called "Brethren Center" instead of Dallas Center. That 
joke has even more substance now that yet another Brethren body 
has joined the confusing (to outsiders) mix. 

In Dallas Center, among the seven Protestant churches of the 
town, one could find the Church of the Brethren, the Dunkard 
Brethren, the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, the Brethren 
in Christ, and the Old Order River Brethren (Yorkers). 

Now the Grace Brethren congregation has split, following 
actions at denomination's National Conference last summer. 

In Dallas Center, breakaway pastor Stephen Bums has formed 
Beaver Valley Conservative Grace Brethren Church congregation, 
which held its first service April 4. 



TL ©AULAS ©IKmi^ Jl^ 

October 15, 1993 



Harrah, Washington 

Harrah, Washington Grace 
Brethren Church will cele- 
brate 65 years of ministry in the 
Yakima Valley on November 
7th. This special "Homecom- 
ing" Sunday will bring together 
past and present members of 
the church family that was es- 
tablished in 1928. 

Dr. Richard Mayhue, of 
Master's Seminary, will be the guest speaker for the morning 
worship service. A potluck dinner, special drama and displays 
will highlight the afternoon's activities. 

Pastor Charles H. Winter came to Harrah in 1967. After a 
three year ministry he returned to a missionary radio work in 
southern California. That work was merged with the Far East 
Broadcasting Company and in 1 973 Pastor Winter was again 
called to Harrah. 

The Harrah congregation moved into a new building in 
October 1990. Former pastors ofthe church are: J.C.Beal,C.C. 
Grisso, Fred V. Kinzie, Robert Williams, Robert D. Culver, 
Fred Wm. Walter, Curtis Morrill, Ralph Rambo, Harry A. 
Sturz, Donald W. Famer, Sr., Neil Berry, Carl Miller, Jesse 
Hall, Howard Snively, Herman Baerg, and Mike Ostrander. 

50th Anniversary At Grace Community 
Of Seal Beach 

1 994 marks the 50th anniversary of Grace Community of Seal 
Beach. The congregation will celebrate the occasion on two 
consecutive Sundays, February 6th and 13th. Special events will 
include an evening of past and present musical talent, message and 
sharing from former pastors and a "Family Reunion" banquet on 
February 13th. All former members and friends are invited 
to attend the celebration. For further information please call 
or write David Bayne at Grace Community Church, 138 8th 
Street, Seal Beach, CA 90740, (310) 596-1605. 

Brent Sandy and Danny Wright are co- 
pastors of the Ghent Grace Brethren Church in Roanoke, VA. 
Both are graduates of Grace Seminary. Danny Wright has been 
Associate Pastor since 1987 and Brent Sandy Minister of Music 
and Worship since 1988. The former pastor Nathan Leigh, is 
under appointment with Grace Brethren Foreign Missions. 

Wayne County Encounter '93 Crusade was 

held August 8-15 in Wooster, Ohio, as over 80 churches from 
Wayne County, Ohio, joined together across denominational lines 
with the Steve Wingfield Ministries evangelistic team. This was 
the largest cooperative effort ofthe churches in Wayne County. 
Evangelist Steve Wingfield ministered the word of God as an 
average of 2000 people filled the stadium each evening. Hundreds 
of individimls made rededications and first time decisions to 
follow Christ during the week-long event. 

Christine Mottin 

of Johnstown, PA displayed excellence in po- 
etry and Christian Writing and was awarded the 
$550 scholarship from Brethren Missionary 
Herald at Brethren National Youth Conference. 
She submitted for the category "Original Po- 
etry" the following poem on the theme The 
Power of Prayer. (Also... for the short story 
category she submitted Binding the Strong- 

"The prayer of a righteous man is powerful 
and effective." James 5:16b 

"The theme I am communicating is that the 
power of prayer is so effective it can break the 
chains of Satan. 

"There is a spiritual warfare all around us. 
And what we can't see is the struggle between 
the angels and the demons. But in the name of 
Jesus, we can win this battle through the power 
of prayer." 


Unseen to human eye, unknown to natural man. 
Humbled by the thought, He used me in His 

Broken, I fell down upon my knees and pleaded. 
I felt a mighty presence: through me the Spirit 


A desire burning strong, a desire that draws me 

To touch the heart of God, that He might hear 

my cry. 
So real the battle became, the struggle so intense. 
I could not even lift my head; darkness I could 


Undefined by human terms, yet simple as could 

A spiritual battle raged heavily around me — 
A heart crying out for darkness to be defeated, 
A soul longing for the task at last to be 


Tears flowed down: He deposited them in a 

As angels and demons continued to wrestle. 
A dark cloud over me weakened my physical 

Until Jesus ' name sent the demons fleeing. 

Humbled and broken, yet peace in my soul. 
The dark cloud has lifted: the Spirit has taken 

I stand in the presence of One so Holy, 
Who taught the power of prayer to one so lowly. 

I stand amazed such peace in my heart! 
My soul cries out, "How great Thou art!" 




Pastor Davy TrOXel is the new assistant pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church in Osceola, Indiana. The installation service was held 
on August 29 at the church. 

Wooster Grace Brethren 

Church reports that Bruce Triple- 
horn was ordained on Sunday after- 
noon, August 29. Bruce and his wife 
Lisa have been serving as missionar- 
ies in Brazil. Members of the Wooster 
Grace Brethren Church board, pastors 
of the district and fellow missionaries 
participated in the moving ordination 

Bill Schaffer, retired pastor, entertained Dr. and Mrs. Wayne 
Beaver and Rev. and Mrs. Marvin Goodman in his apartment in Kenai, 
Alaska, while they were on a fishing trip to Alaska. 

The Geistown Grace Brethren Church, located 

just east of Johnstown, PA, is in a well cared for residential area close 
to two large shopping malls. There are several new houses under 
construction in view of the church. 

Included in the church facilities are an attractive auditorium with 
a fine sound system, handicap entrance, ample classroom space, a large 
gymnasium, well equipped kitchen and a pleasant pastor's study. 
Plenty of parking and a core group of members who care and volunteer 
in the upkeep of the property are already in place. 

What's missing? A full time pastor who will dedicate himself to 
the up-building of the church building. Outreach, evangelism, and 
rebuilding of the congregation will be necessary. A man of vision, 
willing to cope with a large debt and perhaps help in the funding of his 
initial months of ministry and to "stick with the stuff is a necessity. 

Interested? Send a resume to the Geistown Grace Brethren 
Church Pastoral Search Committee, 730 Sunberry Street, 
Johnstown, PA 15904. 


at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

• Jordan, Kevin and Rose Ellen Boise, were united in marriage at 
Grace Village, Winona Lake, IN on December 19, 1992. Rev. 
Glenn Byers, uncle of the groom, performed the ceremony. 

• Pacheco, Dan and Mama Lukkes, were united in marriage January 
2, 1993. Dan is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Dan Pacheco, Sr. with Pastor 
John Teevan officiating. 

• Koontz, Steven, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Koontz and Christine 
Sparzak, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Chet Sparzak, were united in 
marriage on June 19, 1993. Performing the ceremony was Rev. 
Stephan Edmonds, Columbus, OH, assisted by the bride's father. 

• Wayne, David & Monica Henry, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Ron Henry, 

were married on June 12, 1993. 
Performing the ceremony was Pas- 
tor John Teevan. 

• Halbaltken, Tim & Dawn Dilling, 
daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Richard 
Dilling were married on June 26, 
1993. Pastor John Teevan per- 
formed the ceremony. 

• Wertz, Jeff & Tracy Byers, daugh- 
ter of Dr. & Mrs. Don Byers, were 
united in marriage on July 10, 1993. 
Tracy's father performed the cere- 
mony, assisted by Ken Taylor. 

• Miller, Dale and Jolie Eckhardt 
were married on July 24, 1993. 
Pastor Bruce Barlow officiated at 
the wedding. 

• Heimbach, Paul & Barbara Stork 
were united in marriage on August 
21, 1993 by Pastor John Teevan, 
assisted by Rev. Roger Peugh. 

DEATHS at Winona 
Lake Grace Brethren 

• Deloe, Olive (85), the mother of 
Rev. Jesse Deloe, went to be with 
the Lord on March 2, 1993. She 
was a faithful member of the Wi- 
nona Lake Grace Brethren Church. 
Pastor John Teevan officiated at the 
memorial service. 

• Hollinger, Ruth M. (72) went to be 
with the Lord July 24, 1993. The 
memorial service was held at the 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren 
Church with Pastor Bruce Barlow 

Address Changes 

□ Mr. and Mrs. Ralph C. Hall (home) 
5708 34th Court West 
Bradenton,FL 34210 

□ Ralph C. Hall, PE, RA (business) 
P.O.Box 10616 
Bradenton, FL 34282 

□ Rev. Daniel P. Moeller 
346 W. Henry Street 
Wooster, OH 44691 

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The Pilgrims 

by Jeff Carroll 

Pilgrims — that's what they were called. 
That described the theology they believed 
and the lifestyle they practiced. Of course, 
we realize that those dedicated believers 
who landed at Plymouth Rock in 1 620 were simply 
following the encouragement of the Apostle Peter to 
behave in this life as strangers and pilgrims. As they 
travelled from country to country just trying to find 
a place where they could worship God according to 
the Book, they realized even more their dependence 
upon the God of Heaven. When they had finally 
completed their journey to America, before they even 
got off the boat, they paused and 4 1 male adults 
signed the Mayflower Compact, the first plan for 
self-determining government ever put in force in 
America. That document begins, "In the name of 
God, Amen." 

The first dreadftil winter killed nearly half of the 
members of the colony, yet new hope grew up in the 
summer of 1621. The com harvest brought great 
rejoicing. Governor William Bradford decreed that 
December 13, 1621 be set aside as a day of feasting 
and prayer to thank God for His faithfulness. That 
was our nations first Thanksgiving Day. 

As time has progressed from those very humble 
beginnings, the Plymouth Colony grew. A new vi- 
brant nation was bom and the people of that nation 
have been blessed beyond what anyone could ever 

Such abundance is often accompanied by a pride 
of self accomplishment. One leader noted: 

We have been the recipients of the choic- 
est bounties of heaven. We have been pre- 
served, the many years, in peace and prosper- 
ity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and 
power, as no other nation has ever grown. 
But we have forgotten God. We have forgot- 
ten the gracious hand which preserved us in 
peace and multiplied and enriched and 
strengthened us; and we have vainly imag- 
ined, in the deceitftilness of our hearts, that 
all these blessings were produced by some 
superior wisdom and virtue of our own. 

Intoxicated with unbroken success, we 
have become too self-sufficient to feel the 
necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, 
too proud to pray to God that made us! It 
behooves us, then to humble ourselves be- 
fore the offended Power, to confess our na- 

tional sins, and to pray for clemency and 


He then proclaimed a National Day of Fasting, 
Humiliation, and Prayer on April 30, 1863. That 
leader was President Abraham Lincoln. 

It's interesting to me that in our public educa- 
tional systems, when we mention the history of our 
Thanksgiving Holiday, we almost have to describe it 
as one little fourth grader did. He began: 
"The pilgrims came here seeking 
freedom of you know what. 
When they landed, they gave 
thanks to you know who. 
Because of them, we can worship 
each Sunday, you hiow where. " 

has now become 
more important 
than Thanksgiv- 

As our nation 
continues to drift 
away form God, 
the pressing ques- 
tion is: who will 
fill the tremendous 
vacuum created by 
such a drift? Many 
are now looking to 
government to fill that role. So, now instead of a 
nation recognizing its dependence upon God, the 
nation seeks to be dependent on its Government. We 
now think it is government's responsibility to take 
care of us, from the womb to the grave. What we 
don't realize is that with this over-reliance upon 
government to supply our every need, we will in the 
course lose more and more of our fi-eedom. It is 
impossible for government to give anything unless it 
first takes. So now, we have a govemment impressed 
and intoxicated by its own power and success, want- 
ing to micro-manage every facet of our lives — 
encroaching even into the sacred relationship we 
have with God. 

Well, we have come ftiU circle. The nation that was 
established to protect our freedom has now become the 
destroyer of those very freedoms we have enjoyed for 
so long. Oh well, it will be Thanksgiving Day soon. 
Let's enjoy who we are and what we have been given 
by God himself After all, we're only Pilgrims! 

November 15, 1993 


Brethren Missionary 


Volume 55 No. 11 

November 15, 1993 

3 Editorial 

The Pilgrims 

5 Faithful Men in the Church 
Ralph Colburn 

6 Grace College 

Grace College Homecoming 

1 Home Missions 

Extending His Touch 

8 Foreign Missions 
A Flame Is Lit . . . 
A Movement Begun 

1 Friend to Friend 

12 Reunion 

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Faithfulness Counts - 
Ralph Colburn 

Webster's Dictionary 
defines faithful as 
"firmly and devot- 
edly supportive, loyal, worthy of trust 
or belief, reliable, consistent with truth 
or fact." This definition could not have 
described Ralph Colburn better. 

Ralph Colburn serves in many capacities, he han- 
dles most hospital calls and bereavement calls in the 
Grace Church of Cypress, Califomia. He works with 
the church's In-Touch ministry that contacts members 
of Grace regularly by phone, is an integral part of the 
mission committee, teaches the Plus 60 Sunday school 
class. He and his wife, Julia, plan and conducts several 
trips a year for seniors to various parts of the United 
States including bus trips, cruises and local excursions. 
Also he serves as secretary to our ministerium and 
writes monthly letters to all the pastors in the Southem 
California/ Arizona district. He serves on the board of 
the Brethren Missionary Herald. 

Ralph, through his calling, visitation, weddings, 
funerals, teaching and trips has touched hundreds of 
lives for Christ. He has led many seniors to the 
Savior and has even played cupid on a few occasions. 

Read further to get the background of this faith- 
ful man of God who has served the church well over 
many years and is still serving in many capacities. 

Ralph Colburn was bom in Wheatland, North 
Dakota on October 22, 1916, the youngest of three 
boys. In the summer of 1923 the family moved to 
Pomona, Califomia where he was saved in a chil- 
dren's after-school Bible class on March 28, 1928. 
The whole family became believers about that time 
and started a new Grace Fundamental Church in 
Pomona in early 1929. Later that summer the family 
moved to Long Beach, Califomia where they at- 
tended the First Brethren Church. Ralph graduated 
from Long Beach Poly High School in June, 1933. 

He taught a boys Sunday school class in the First 
Brethren Church from 1932-1938. He sang second 

bass in a quartet and played the tmmpet in brass 
quartets and ensembles, he sang in the church choir 
and held every office in the youth group. 

In the fall of 1936 Ralph graduated from Long 
Beach City College, then enrolled in Bible Institute 
of Los Angeles. His father died in September, 1938 
necessitating his moving home from Biola, commut- 
ing, taking over his business to support himself and 
his mother. 

In 1 939 Ralph began a branch Sunday school and 
church from First Brethren in Naples. In the time that 
he pastored this Sunday school grew from 22 to 66 in 
one year, and church from about 1 2 to 40 in that year. 
A high school youth group was started in the fall of 
1940 in which attendance reached 50+ and over 40 
received Christ as Savior. 

In 1940 he graduated from Biola with a Th.B. 
degree, a special four year course which included the 
best of Bible Institute practical studies and much 
seminary level work. Further educatios was had at 
Westmont College the first year of its existence, 
September 1 940. He graduated with a B A in the first 
graduating class of four members. 

He served as interim pastor at the Whittier First 
Brethren Church in 1942 and later in that year called 
to serve as pastor of First Brethren Church of Comp- 
ton until December of 1947. During this time the 
attendance grew from 40-50 to 250-300. 

In 1948 Ralph Colbum was called to become the 
first National Youth Director (from January 1948- 
September 1954) travelling extensively over the 
country strengthening local youth groups, youth 
camps and youth ministries. 

On April 1 0, 1 954 he married Julia Rowland at the 
First Brethren Church of Ingelwood, Califomia. TTiey 
travelled through that summer in camp ministries. 

From September-December 1 954 they travelled 
with an evangelistic team in the Northwest which 
included thirteen weeks of meetings with Julia as 
pianist and Ralph as song leader, children's and youth 

In January 1955 Ralph founded the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, seeing it 
grow from five families to 300+ members. Church 
attendance peaked at 350 and Sunday school at 624. 
During that time he helped found two other Grace 
Brethren Churches in the immediate area and three 
others in the state during those years. 

November 15, 1993 


From 1968 to 1978 he was pastor of the Commu- 
nity Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach. Six of 
those years he taught Bible at the Brethren High School 
with both sons graduating from that high school. 

He was invited to join the staff of North Long 
Beach Brethren in May of 1 978 as associate pastor to 
Seniors. When the church merged with Rossmoor 
ten years later he continued in that capacity, along 
with other responsibilities to the present time. 

Other ares of service included: On Brethren 
Missionary Herald Board of Trustees, as Vice Presi- 
dent, President, and Treasurer (from 1 959 to present); 
National Moderator of our Fellowship of Churches 
1 960- 1961, one year as moderator in every district of 
our Fellowship of which he has been a part. Also in 
the 1940's he served as alumni president of both 
Biola and Westmont. 

He became the first and, so far, only executive 
secretary of the National Ministerium, elected in 
1972, and serving through the present time. 

Ralph comments, "When the Lord called me to 
serve Him, I responded: and have never had a desire 
to retire from ser%'ing Him; and hope 1 never will. 
There has been too much enjoyment in ministry all 

along the way, and I trust I can serve Him in some 
capacity as long as He gives me clearness of mind and 
some degree of mobility. I'm proud of my family: 
my lovely wife Julia, my two sons, Mark and Timo- 
thy, my three grandchildren, Kimberly, Jonathan and 
Alexa, and am hoping for more. I'm blessed with two 
beautiful and loving daughters-in-law, Kathy and 
Lisa. And I'm 
thrilled that God 
has given me 
spiritual chil- 
dren, himdreds of 
them, scattered 
all over the 

"In the event 
of Christ's return 
and the rapture of 
the church, all 
this is unneces- 
sary: but it still 
has been impor- 
tant to me to do 

Ralph Colburn 


Home Coming Queen 

Mother, grandmother, widow. 
Chief of Security, college 
senior, Homecoming 

Queen. That exceptional list describes 
one uniquely exceptional woman — 
Marty Hamemik, senior at Grace Col- 
lege. Saturday, October 8, Marty was 
crowned as Homecoming Queen at the 
45th annual Grace College Homecom- 
ing celebration held at Rodeheaver 
Auditorium. Selected to be queen by an 
all campus student vote, Marty is a be- 
loved member of the senior class. 

The unexpected hst of all the pieces 
of Marty's hfe mcludes widow — the 
painfiil reahty that brought her to Grace College and 
ultimately to this past week's coronation ceremony. 
Marty's husband Terry died in 1989 after a gru- 
eling bout with cancer. After his death she chose to 
leave her home in Winona, Minnesota, bring two of 
her children along, and move to Indiana. In 1990 
Marty enrolled in Grace College, to complete a de- 
gree in communications. 

Last year Marty accepted the 
position as Chief of Security for the 
Department of Campus Safety. 
Along with her studies she performs 
in dramatic productions at the col- 
lege in which she always delights 
the audience. 

She can be seen in class, on stage, 
responding to a call on her two-way 
radio and walking along holding the 
hands of her twin granddaughters — 
all in the same day. 

When anyone might have bet 
against her, Marty stuck to it. As a 
woman in her forties, she has distin- 
guished herself at Grace College. 

"I am so proud of these kids here at Grace," says 
Marty. "It shows just what quality of students we 
have here that they would select me for Homecoming 
Queen. I feel very humbled by it all." 

Marty was featured on a Ft. Wayne, Indiana 
news program and will be featured by another chan- 
nel from Ft. Wayne in the coming weeks. 



Extending His Touch 

Philadelphia. The mere mention 
of that famous city evokes a 
variety of images. Some pic- 
ture the colonial town that was the center 
of our young nation. Thousands visit the 
Liberty Bell and Independence Hall each 
year. Others see Philadelphia as a cul- 
tural center. The Avenue of the Arts is 
home to the Academy of Music and the 
Pennsylvania Ballet. The Philadelphia 
Museum of Art was famous even before 
Rocky ran to the top of the stairs. Musi- 
cians look at Philadelphia with their eyes 
closed — absorbing the images of rock, 
rap, and reggae. 

The folks at Crossroads Grace Brethren Church see 
Philadelphia differently — it's just home. Years of histori- 
cal significance matter little. The Art Museum and Ballet 
are for tourists. And popular musicians rise and fall with- 
out notice. When they see Philadelphia, the believers at 
Crossroads see people. Old people, young people, rich 
people, neighbors, fiiends, family — people who need to 
know Christ. 

Crossroads has a vision for Philadelphia. They want 
to see young families in northeast Philadelphia develop 
life-changing relationships with God. They're introduc- 
ing folks to Jesus and helping them grow by demonstrating 
Christ-like character in personal relationships, small 
group meetings and challenging worship experiences. 

Bill and Carol Boardman are helping to make that 
vision a reality. In January 1992, Bill and Carol came to 
Pastor Jim Brown to talk about some serious struggles in 
their marriage. Bill's drug abuse threatened their relation- 
ship. That night Bill prayed to receive Christ as his Savior; 
later Carol professed her faith. The next couple of months 
were rocky. Addictive behaviors are rarely controlled 
overnight. But some real changes were occurring. Regu- 
lar attendance at church, involvement in home Bible stud- 
ies, and personal discipleship became part of their lives. 
Since then, they have become an integral part of the 
ministry at Crossroads. They've brought many of their 
friends and family members to church, some of whom 
have trusted Christ as their Savior. They've hosted min- 
istry team members from across the country, helped reno- 
vate the church facility, and organized church dinners. 
Currently. Bill is team-teaching a home Bible study and 
Carol is Hospitality Coordinator at Crossroads. God is 
touching the lives of real people in Philadelphia. 

Danielle Ryan has been touched by God, too. 
Danielle had been attending the youth group at Crossroads 
for several months when Right Direction arrived. Right 
Direction, a ministry team from Martinsburg, PA, visited 
Philadelphia to help with an outreach event. Danielle and 
some of the teens struck up a friendship. This summer she 
stayed with a family in the Martinsburg area and experi- 
enced a radical change. She came to trust Christ as her 
Savior, and attended camp and Brethren National Youth 
Conference. She has returned to Philly on fire for the Lord 
and growing in her walk with Him. 

Crossroads continues to grow as God draws people to 
Himself Since beginning two years ago, more than 30 
people have placed their faith in Christ and 40 attend 
church each Sunday. 

Crossroads plans to continue developing their minis- 
try. This summer they purchased a permanent facility, 
financed by the Grace Brethren Investment Foundation. 
In the fall a new Youth Director joined the team to reach 
out to teens in the community. Later this year they hope 
to add two small groups to help people grow in Christ. 
Next year. Crossroads hopes to begin a full service day 
care program to reach children and their families. 

People. God wants to touch the lives of people. Your 
continuing support of Grace Brethren Home Missions is 
extending His touch — all the way to Philadelphia. 

November 15, 1993 


A Flame Is Lit . . . 
A Movement Begun 

Article contributed by Larry Chamberlain 

Over 80 Grace Brethren 
pastors from the mid- 
west met at the beauti- 
ftil Mohican State Park in Central 
Ohio for three days in September. 
Their purpose was to seek God's 
face, to pray alone and with one 
another, to explore the Scriptures, 
and to ignite a new flame of vision 
and hope for the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches. 

'This retreat showed me that the commitment to Cod and 

His Word is healthy among us, so I can serve Cod with 

these brothers." — Bernie Simmons, Columbus, OH 

Sponsored by FOCUS, a group bringing to- 
gether Home and Foreign Missions, CE National, 
and Grace Schools, "Rise Up and Build: Igniting 
New Vision" was the central theme for the retreat, 
employing Nehemiah's challenge to the people of 
Israel. Many were calling it an advance. 

The three-day schedule included times of per- 
sonal and group reflection on the Lord and His 

Church. Praying through the book of Ephesians 
gave every pastor a renewed sense of appreciation 
for the unity of the Spirit and the glory of the 
Church. Wounded hearts were healed. Relation- 
ships were restored. 

In the tradition of the early Brethren, the Com- 
munion Service was begun on the first day and 
continued through the following day, concluding 
with the symbols of Christ's loving sacrifice for us 
all, the Bread and the Cup. 

Noted by many as a highlight of the retreat, Tom lulien led 
a discussion on our heritage as Crace Brethren. 

Spending "A Day with God" on the second 
day allowed each pastor to reflect upon his per- 
sonal walk with the Lord and his relationship with 
others. The beautiful surroundings of Mohican 
State Park, its quietness and solitude, provided an 
ideal setting for one's reflection on the goodness 
and greatness of God. 

Informal discussions on issues of significant 
interest facing our churches and our Fellowship 
were extremely informative and productive. 
"Where have we been?", "Where are we now?", 
and "Where does God want us to be?" were ques- 
tions of central concern as Tom Julien and Jim 
Custer led the discussions. 

On the final day, the pastors were asked to 
comment on the impact of the retreat. Here are a 
few of the many enthusiastic responses: 

"I feel that I am part of a real movement. " 
— Todd Scoles, Ashland, Ohio 

"I'm young and new to the 'ministerium. ' 





Signing a scroll of commitment, a pastor joins his peers as 

a "New Vision" is ignited in the Fellowship of 

Crace Brethren Churches. 

This gave me a true sense of joy to be a part of the 
FGBC. I'm proud to be Grace Brethren!" 
— Steve Winey, Macedonia, Ohio 

"Focused attention on Ephesians was pre- 
cious and was a renewing, refreshing 
experience. " 

— Larry DeArmey, Macon, France 

No, they aren't skipping a session for some hoops. 
Recreation was a part of the scheduled agenda. 

"I'm coming away from here really 

— Dan Allan, Ashland, Ohio 

"Gave me a sense of national unity. 
I can promote FGBC with confidence, 
not with apology. " 

— ^Jim Hosteller, Akron, Ohio 

"Home run!" 

— Greg Ryerson, Centerville, Ohio 

"I feel there is a renewed love and 
respect among the pastors and leaders 
of our Fellowship. " 

— Norris Ma- 
son, Armagh, Penn- 

The retreat con- 
cluded with the pas- 
tors signing a scroll 
of commitment, sig- 
nifying the united 
effort that each pas- 
tor will contribute 
toward as we rise up 
and build, together, 
and ignite a new vi- 
sion, a new flame of 
hope for the Fellow- 
ship of Grace Breth- 
ren Churches and 
the glory of our 

Schedule of Regional 
FOCUS Retreats 

September 27-29, 1 993 Midwest 

January 24-26, 1 994 Southwest 

February 21 -23, 1 994 Southeast 

March 1 4-1 6, 1 994 Northwest 

April 11-13,1994 Northeast 

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November 15, 1993 


Friend to Friend 


by Chris Suitt 


How does 
one go about reach- 
ing their community 

with the good news of Jesus 
Christ? As I was thinking of that 
question one day, the Lord brought 
to my mind some great memories. 

Before our wedding ceremony began, my 
wife Jan and I played several songs around the 
theme of friendship. One of the song's lyrics 
went like this: Keep smilin', keep 

shininVKnowing you can always count on 
me/For sure/That's what friends are for/In good 
times, in bad times/I'll be on your side forever- 
more/That's what friends are for. 

Friends. They have such a huge impact 
upon us. They can make our day in so many 
ways. In fact, I can remember back some 23 
years ago to a special event that took place in my 
life because of my friend Andy. Andy and I did 
everything together. We played war all over the 
block (even in neighbors backyards!), "touch" 
football in the street, and rode skateboards (re- 
member the steel wheels?) down hills, and then 
tried to turn the comer at the bottom without 
wiping out. Yeah, those were the days, my 

As I think back, however, those events were 
not the most significant. The most significant 
event occurred when Andy invited me to go to a 
weekend campout with him. I had never gone to 
church before, but when he told me all the ftin 
"stuff we would do at this camp, I did not care 
if they were going to tell Bible stories. 

Before the weekend was over, I became a 
Christian. This occurred because a friend had 
the courage to ask me to go to camp with him. 

That's what friends are for — having the 
courage to help us when we need them. Adver- 
tisers know this better than most. They know the 
number one form of advertising is still word of 
mouth — friend to friend. Before we try a new 
product, we usually ask a friend or family mem- 
ber to get their opinion of it. If they do not like 
it — most likely we will not buy it. 

So why do companies spend so much 
money on advertising? Advertisers also know 
visibility is important. They show their product 
as an appealing one so when friends talk about 
it, the conversation is positive; thus, making us 
more open to buy their product. 

It is the same with evangelism. A personal 
invitation by a friend is still the most effective 
way of seeing people come to a saving relation- 
ship with Jesus. Yet, visibility is also important. 

Visibility, creating a positive image within 
the community is why we strive to make every 
program, including our Celebration Services, the 
kind of activities our people would be proud to 
invite their friends to come try. We want their 
friends to say, "Oh, yeah. New Hope is the 
church that . . .," which hopefiilly will leave a 
positive image of New Hope in their minds. This 
gives our people a better chance of having their 
friends, acquaintances and contacts accept their 
invitation to come be our guests. 

This is why we provided free child care at 
one of our targeted communities annual Fiesta 


Kids at Friend's Day 




Days. We have only seen one family come to 
the church because of it. Yet, the good will and 
positive image that it created will pay dividends 
down the line as we further invade this commu- 
nity for Jesus. I know for sure the New Hopers 
were excited to see people sign waiting lists to 
have us watch their kids! 

This is why we put on a Picnic in the Park 
(PP) every year. We provide carnival games, 
prizes, clowns, balloons, face painting. Pine- 
wood Derby races, craft booths, and live bands 
to the community absolutely free. This year we 
have a band playing the hits of the 50's through 
the 70's. Why? The two major types of music 
played in our area are country' and oldies. The 
first year we did it, we had o\er 1 50 in attendance 
with 3 families still at New Hope because of it. 
Last year we had over 200 in attendance with 6 
families coming and staying as a result. 

This is why we quarterly hold Friend's Day 
services in a local park. We have such nice 
weather — why not take advantage of it? Our 
theme for these days is, "For the person who said 
they would never again darken the door of the 
church. So, invite them to the park instead!" We 
had over 30 first time "guests" at our August 
Friend's Day Service in the Park. 

Lastly, this is why we host golf tourna- 
ments, a Halloween alternative called "The 
Pumpkin Patch Party," and send out direct mail 
pieces — to give them what they want, so we can 
give what they need — Jesus. 

Chris Suitt getting dunked 

Jesus took the message to the people. So are 
we. We are trying through various community 
wide events to create a positive image of Jesus 
Christ and His church. Therefore, when our 
people get up the courage to invite their contacts, 
they have a greater chance of seeing them come 
to New Hope, which fiirther excites them to do 
it again and again. 

The message is the same; yet the methods 
will vary. What works in my community might 
not work in yours. Yet, this is what makes seeing 
people won to Christ a fun-filled adventure. God 
catches the fish, but we cast the line. 

Let's be adventuresome by casting our lines 
in order to reach our communities, nation and 
world for Jesus. 

Grandparents' Day 

At the Grace Brethren Church in Winches- 
ter, Virginia Grandparents" Day was celebrated 
recently in the morning worship service. The 
children sang a special song, "God Bless Our 
Grandparents" sung to the tune of "Jesus Loves 
Me' written by the pastor's wife, Nancy Bell. 
Pastor Richard Bell shared some reading about 
grandparents and then had the children hand out 
a gift bag to each of the 5 1 grandparents present. 
The gift bags were decorated by the children 
with stickers and contained an apple, cookie. 

cheese crackers, and several pieces of candy. 
They were tied shut with pretty ribbons. A spe- 
cial poem was read and a congregational song 
was sung with words written for grandparents. 
Pastor Bell's sermon was on responsibilities of 
grandparents and grandchildren. One set of 
grandparents was surprised by four of their mar- 
ried children and all of their grandchildren com- 
ing to be with them for the service. It was a nice 
way to get people back in church again after the 
summer holidays and have a special celebration. 

November 15, 1993 



by Ruth Snyder 

ushed to the bottom of 

^ icky crew member, I 

gathered up some of the accumu- 
lated filth of years. When I could get 
up I saw in the moming sky a bril- 
liant rainbow, hi the water a listing 
ship, sinking lifeboats, heads bob- 
bing. To one side the sailors of the 
raider which had shelled the Zam 
Zam were watching the scene. It 
wasAprillT, 1941. 

No one who experienced the horrors of 
that dreadful dawn could then have believed 
that 52 years later 26 survivors of this terrible 
experience would be able to gather to rejoice 
because of the blessings of the Lord from that 
long-ago morning until June 19 and 20, 1993. 
Truly seeing the rainbow in the time of trouble 
was a reminder through the next half century 
that the Lord God rules over all. 

At the time of the sinking of the Zam Zam 
all American and many European Christians, 
as well as thousands of other people, knew 
about the last voyage of that ship. However, 
another generation has come who know noth- 
ing of that episode; so a short review will help 
the younger folks to know how God worked to 
keep many people alive, and why a reunion of 
fellow survivors was a time of great blessing. 

The Zam Zam had been a British troop ship 
during WW L After that war, it got into Egyptian 

hands, becoming the means of transportation for 
devout Moslems who were making their hadj 
(pilgrimage) from Egypt to Mecca. Among the 
sights of that city is a well sacred to Islam. It 
supposedly is the well which an angel showed to 
Hagar (Gen. 21:19), and is now known as the 
Zam Zam; hence the name of the pilgrim ship. 
Along came WW II. Wars are never conducive 
to religious pilgrimages, so the Zam Zam turned 
to carrying freight. Sailing reputedly as a neutral 
ship she arrived in the U.S.A. and tied up at Pier 
F in Jersey City. 

A bustle of activity followed in all parts of 
the U.S.A. as 138 of her citizens (of which 120 
were missionaries with their children) prepared 
to sail on the Zam Zam as she returned to Alex- 
andria. In addition to the missionary families, 
commercial people, ambulance drivers, a re- 
porter and a photographer from Life magazine 
were among the Americans. Refiigees from the 

war zone, mis- 
sionaries, peo- 
ple returning 
home, made a 
group of 64 
citizens from 
other countries. 
A crew of 120 
made the total 
of 322 people 
on board as one 
night the Zam 
Zam left the 
brightly lighted 
harbor. I doubt 
that any mis- 
sionary on board thought of Paul who also took 
a ship from Alexandria. 

The ship put into Baltimore where it loaded 
cargo, then on to Trinidad and Recife. From 
Recife she headed for Cape Town. All this while 
the holds were loaded with so-called fertilizer 
which was believed to be nitrogen. 

April 17, 1941 a German raider shelled the 
Zam Zam. We passengers knew that the Zam Zam 

^BJ V ^B^P ^^^^^ 

Ruth Snyder aboard the Zam Zam, 
March, 1941 




would never sail again. The scramble for life- 
boats began with all the horrors and fears of the 
morning. But overhead the rainbow. 

We did not die in the water that day; the 
Germans, amazed at the presence of so many 
women and children, took us aboard the raider. As 
we climbed the rope ladder (or were hauled up) we 
did not know that we were boarding Germany's 
deadliest raider, the Atlantis, now disguised as the 
Tamesis. April 18 we were transferred to the Dres- 
den where we spent 33 days of fear, this time of 
being sunk by the British as well as fears for our 
fiiture in German hands. 

After zigzagging across the Atlantic for 
those long weeks, the ship landed at St. Jean de 
Luz in occupied France. We were still in Ger- 
man hands but there was a rainbow in the sky 
that late afternoon. Imagine the chagrin of the 
captain and the amusement of the "guests" of the 
ship when she was grounded in the harbor! After 
1 1 days in France all Americans were released 
and sent through Spain to Portugal, then on to 
the U.S.A. As we crossed the border between 
France and Spain we were no longer prisoners 
but refugees. But alas for the citizens of other 
countries; all were sent to prisoner of war camps. 

At the present time there are 70 people in 
touch with the group of survivors. Although all 
but two of the 322 survived to arrive in Europe 
many have died during these 52 years. Some are 
old — too old to make the journey to South Bend, 
Indiana for the reunion, while still others are too 
frail. Yet an amazing group of 26 gathered to 
cry, to laugh, to sing, to pray, to witness to God's 
loving care. About half the group were children 
at the time of the sinking of the Zam Zam. 

As people told of their lives we saw that 
this group had given several hundred years of 
service on different mission fields, and some 
who were then children are still serving in 
foreign fields. Others are pastors, teachers, 
medical workers. Children as well as adults 
all remembered the fears as well as the rain- 
bow which followed wherever we went. The 
reunion was a happy time of praising God and 
remembering the past— like a happy family 
reunion — a little suggestion of what we will 
see in heaven. Yes, we may remember the 
hardships but above all we will sing together 
and praise God. One person expressed the 
sentiments of all when she said, "I feel like I 
have been on a spiritual retreat." 

Unknown to us prisoners living in fear, 
some German Christians appealed to the Nazis 
to release us quickly. Brave Christians. Also, 
we did not know that Captain Rogge of the 
Atlantis was a Christian. On Christmas Day 
1941 after many perils the captain and the re- 
mainder of his crew arrived in Europe. Several 
days later they had their final parade. With the 
captain at the head they marched into a church 
to give thanks to God for their safe retum. There 
they sang "Now thank we all our God". 

The reunion at South Bend was a remark- 
able experience. Two years from now, the Lord 
blessing the plans, there will be another reunion 
of this group of witnesses to God's faithfulness. 
But above all we are looking to that reunion 
when all Christian survivors and the faithftil 
friends who prayed for us will be united — yes, 
our German brethren too — to sing praises to the 
Lord Jesus for all His wonderful ways. 


The Lord is My 

In his beautiftil book, / Shall Not Want, Robert Ketchum tells 
of a Sunday school teacher who asked her group of children 
if any of them could quote the entire 23rd Psalm. A golden- 
haired, four-and-a-half-year-old girl was among those who 
raised their hands. A bit skeptical, the teacher asked if she could 
really quote the entire psalm. The little girl came to the rostrum, 
faced the class, made a perky little bow, and said: "The Lord is my 
shepherd, that's all I want." 

She then bowed again and sat down. She may have overlooked 
a few verses, but that little girl captured David's heart in Psalm 23. 



See GENE5t5 5:27. 

From Biblical Cartoons. Dwighl Allen, Jr., cartoonist; George 
W. Knight, compiler. Baker Book House, 1993. 

November 15, 1993 



Highlights from the 
Herald Newsline 

• Geneva Inman, National WMC President, re- 
ports that recent eye surgery to repair a macular 
hole was successful. The 10-day face-down po- 
sition has been completed and her vision contin- 
ues to improve daily. Her doctor is pleased with 
the progress being made and anticipates that in six 
months her reading vision should be nearly re- 
stored. Mrs. Inman expresses gratitude for prayer 
on her behalf and for the many cards she received. 

• Dr. Rick Fairman, is the new Associate Aca- 
demic Dean and Professor in the Bible Depart- 
ment at Lancaster Bible College. Dr. Fairman 
and his wife Judy and two children, joined him in 
his move to the Lancaster area. 

• The Grace Brethren Church of Greater Wash- 
ington in Temple Hills, MD announces the ap- 
pointment of their two new associates. Pastor Dan 
Grabill is their new Day School Administrator, and 
Pastor Robert Mayes is their Associate Pastor for 
Adult Ministries. 

• In the next decade, Asia's population will com- 
prise 60 percent of the world total. According to 
one estimate, East Asia will add two times as 
much additional output to the world economy as 
either the European Community or North Amer- 
ica. Grace Brethren Foreign Missions is con- 
sidering the potential for expanded ministry in 
Asia. In October, Jay Bell (GBFM Church Rela- 
tions Coordinator), Wayne Hannah (GBFM 
Board Member), Clay Hulett (GBFM Missionary 
to Philippines), Woody Curtis (Mission Commis- 
sion Chairman, Union, Ohio GBC), and Dr. Paul 
and Mary Lou Fink (Pastor of Buena Vista GBC, 
Virginia) will be taking an investigatory trip to 
Cambodia in order to research the potential for 
the involvement of the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches in that country. 

• September begins the new WMC year. The 

theme is "Firmly Planted— Fit for Battle." WMC, 
Women's Missionary Council, is a women's or- 
ganization with the purpose of learning about and 
praying for the Grace Brethren missionaries. If your 
church doesn't have a group and you would like to 
investigate more abut WMC, write Lillian Teetor at 
Grace Brethren Foreign Missions, P.O. Box 588, 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 or call 2 1 9-267-5 1 6 1 and 
ask for a free starter kit. 

Jim and Martha Hines report on the Chadian 
refugees pouring into the CAR as a result of 
unrest in the Chad. Martha Hines keeps busy caring 
for the many malnourished babies who are brought 
to the Boguila Hospital. She has started the 
"Boguila Moms and Tots Club." Along with her 
helper, Abel, Martha is teaching the African moth- 
ers about sanitation, nutrition, and care of the babies. 
A third of the children she deals with are Arab. This 
kind of individual care allows her to share the gospel 
with the Muslim mothers. Medical care and food is 
purchased with Good Samaritan Funds provided 
through Relief Agency Brethren. 

Did you hear who the speakers will be at next 
year's National Conference? R.C. Sproul and 
H.B. London — author of Pastor 'sAt Risk. Also 
Steve Green will be there. And all in Orlando, 
Florida! We'll have more details in the Herald 
on this item. Don't miss it. 

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keep it free. 

The Awana Club of the Grace Brethren Church 
of Marietta was named top club of the state of 
Georgia for this past year. The presentation was 
made at the Annual Leaders Conference on Septem- 
ber 26th. There were approximately 700 leaders 
gathered from more than 120 clubs from the state. 
Mike Sinteff is commander of the club. Dean 
Fetterhoff is pastor of the church. 

Two weekends ago the Indiana District WMC 

groups met together in a former monestary in 
Huntington for the annual overnight fall rally. 
Vicki DeArmey, missionary to France, was the 
speaker on both Friday night and Saturday 
morning. She and her family are making their 
home in Columbus, Ohio during their one year 
of home ministries. 

Chaplain Don Carter passed away to his eternal 
reward late Sunday afternoon, October 3, in Long 
Beach, CA. Chaplain Carter had served in WW 
II and the Korean conflict. He had also served the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches as en- 
dorsing agent for a number of years. 




Uniontown GBC, Uniontown, PA voted to call 
Darrel Taylor as pastor. Darrel began his new 
ministry October 3 1 . 

NCO District WMC retreat Friday and Satur- 
day, October 15-16, Manfield, OH. Joanne Wal- 
lace spoke on the topic, "I'm Always on Display." 

So. Lancaster, GBC is currently in the process 
of looking for an individual to fill the part-time 
position of pastor of Senior Adults. This could 
prove to be an ideal ministry for someone who 
is semi-retired. Resumes may be sent to : Pas- 
tor John F. Smith, 300 Willow Valley Sq., Lan- 
caster, PA 17602. 

Tri County GBC, Royersford, PA celebrated its 
tenth anniversary October 10th with Bill Snell as 

guest speaker. The congregtion was challenged 
as Bill gave his moderator's address from Con- 

Pastor Mark Booth reports that Rev. Roy Polman, 
is doing well following removal of a brain tu- 
mor at Loma Linda University. The doctor who 
performed the surgery reports that the tumor was 
benign in nature and was not attached to the brain. 
He feels confident that the tumor was self-con- 
tained and that during the 6 1/2 hour surgical 
process they were able to remove it all. 

Pastor Booth said that when he and Judy Pol- 
man made a personal visit, they were both able to 
talk briefly with Roy and that he was able to talk 
with them. Continued prayer is requested on his 


Make Your Church 
A Success 

Whether we like to admit it or not, every believer 
contributes something to the success, or the failure, 
of his church. True, dedicated leaders are essential, 
yet even the most capable leader cannot carry the 
burden alone. Nor should he even try. On the con- 
trary, in a healthy, growing congregation, every 
member is doing his part. 1 Peter 4, verse 1 0, puts it 
like this: "As every man hath received the gift, so let 
him minister the same as good stewards of the mani- 
fold grace of God." 

Sometime ago, a highly successful and respected 
businessman retired. Someone asked him what ad- 
vice he would give to younger men coming up. His 
reply was thought-provoking and included the fol- 
lowing points: ( 1 ) "Belong to something bigger than 
yourself, (2) Work with others toward a common 
goal, (3) Do your part, (4) Take pride in doing your 
job well, (5) Work hard to make your ideas a reality, 
and (6) Build something that is of lasting value." 

Good words of advice, aren't they? Needless to 
say, most of the above principles could well be ap- 
plied to any church. To be specific, most of us would 
do well to ask ourselves the following questions: 

(1) Do I really want my church to be big enough to 
welcome all believers regardless of culture, race, or 
social standing? 

(2) Do I work well with others instead of insisting 
on having my ovm way? 

(3) Have I determined what my spiritual gifts are? 
And am I doing my part? 

(4) Am I serving the Lord, and my church to the best 
of my ability? 

(5) Do I keep praying and working until spiritual 
goals are accomplished? 

(6) Am I relying on the enabling of the Holy Spirit 
rather than trying to build with the perishable mate- 
rials of self-effort? 

Good questions, aren't they? And may I urge you 
to consider them honestly. If you will, necessary 
changes will be made and God will bless! — John Burke 

One More Clue 

When I was Assistant Pastor at Fort Wayne Grace 
Brethren Church, one of my duties involved teaching 
junior church. One Sunday I began by reviewing the 
previous week's lesson. Our subject had been Gideon, 
and I asked who remembered last week's hero. Nobody 
knew. I said, "Okay, I'll give you a clue. This man 
fought a battle with lamps, pitchers, and trumpets." Still 
nobody knew. I gave another clue: "He received a sign 
from God using a pile of wool." 

There was still nothing but a dozen little blank 
faces. I began to wonder if God had truly called me 
into the ministry. 

"I'll give you one more clue," I said. "There are 
people today who have the same name as last week's 
hero, and they go around putting Bibles in motels and 

Finally, one excited little boy shot up his hand 
and shouted, "Oh, it was Hilton!" —Davy Troxel 

November 15, 1993 



The Ephrata Area Grace Brethren 

Church celebrated its 13th anniversarv on Sunday, 
September 12. The worship service mcluded music by 
Cyndi Garber and the message by Dr. Gordon Johnston, 
Associate Professor in the Biblical Division at Lancaster 
Bible College. The afternoon schedule included lunch at 
the Grace Brethren Retreat Center and a 5:00 concert by 
CvTidi Garber. 

Fred O'Neal of Yakima, Washington will celebrate 
his 100th birthday on November 20. Friends and family 
will gather at the Harrah Grace Brethren Church to honor 
Mr. O'Neal. He was bom November 30, 1893 in Glen- 
wood, Washington. He is a retired farmer, having farmed 
near Suimyside. Washington, for many years. He was 
active in the Suimyside GBC and moved to Harrah in 
1973. He now makes his home in Yakima Manor in 
Yakima. His son. Glen, has been promoted to Glor>'. He 
serv ed in the pastorate and teaching ministry and as Dean 
of Talbot Theological Seminary. A daughter. Evelyn 
Earle, makes her home in Southern California. A son, 
Don, lives in Selah. Washington. A second daughter, Inna 
Sion. is also home in heaven. Fred's relationship with the 
Lord Jesus is evidenced in a phrase he often uses in 
praying, "Thank you for our Saviour, whom to know 
aright is life eternal." 


• Myers, Rev. McCarrell Leon "Lee", age 73 of 1240 
Melrose Dr., Mansfield, Ohio died unexpectedly early 
October 1 . He pastored for 44 years in West Virginia, 
Ohio, Indiana, Iowa and Virginia. Lee was Pastor of 
the Woodville Grace Brethren Church fi-om 1957 to 
1967. Lee retired from Blue Ridge Grace Brethren 
Church in Winchester, Virginia which he founded and 
was first pastor from 1 984 to 1 987. He graduated from 
Grace Seminarv' in 1946 with a M.Div. and from Bob 
Jones University in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science 
in History. Surviving are his wife, L. Lynette of Mans- 
field, daughter Carrel Nixon of Mt. Vernon and son 
Dennis of Fishers, Indiana and sLx grandchildren and 
a sister Maurita Fogle of Iowa. 

• Thompson. Raymond W. "Bud", age 70. passed 
away on September 26. Bud served in the Army on 
Guam during World War II. In 1947 he married Mary 
Shultz, a friend since childhood. After gradimtion from 
Grace Seminary in 1953, he served four years as pastor 
of McHenry Avenue Grace Brethren Church in Modesto, 
CaUfomia. Following that Bud taught at Brethren High 
School and was pastor of the BeUflower Brethren Church 
for six years. In 1967, the Thompsons retumed to Wi- 
nona Lake where Bud worked in the Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missions ofBce for thirteen years. They then 

served eight years with the Grace Brethren Navajo 
Mission in Counselor, New Mexico. Since 1988 they 
have resided in Winona Lake. In December of 1991, 
Bud developed cancer and, after extensive treatment 
and xmcomplaining optimism, went to be with the Lord 
he loved on Simday morning. September 26. 

The Thompson children are Judy Rae Firebaugh, 
State College, PA; Alice Kinley, Ashland, OH; Susie 
Hobert, Montceau-les-Mines, France; Janice Work- 
man. Winona Lake, IN; Paul, Noblesville, IN; and 
Don. Birmingham, AL. He also leaves fourteen grand- 
children and two sisters. The memorial service was 
held September 28 in the Winona Lake Grace Brethren 
Church with Pastor John Teevan officiating. 

• Austin, Minnie, passed away on October 1 9 at Grace 
Village Health Care Center. Minnie and her husband Ted 
were long time members at the Long Beach Grace Breth- 
ren Chiffch. They have hved at Grace Village for eight 
years. They have three sons; Gordon who is Technical 
Coordinator of Grace Brethren Foreign Missions, Wi- 
nona Lake, EN; Gary, Pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church in Lake Odessa, MI; and Gene of El Segimdo, 
CA. Memorial services were October 23 at Grace Vil- 
lage Chapel with Pastor John Teevan officiating. 

Support of the Grace Brethren 
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building of our Lord's Church. Every Sunday and 
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of Jesus Christ. 

As a part of the process of bringing the program in 
conformity with the standards of various states' securities 
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God Works 

by Jeff Carroll 

ichael Jordan is differ- 
ent. Ronald Reagan 


Thomas Edison was different. So were 
Arnold Palmer, Sam Walton, Jimmy 
Stewart, and Helen Keller. God made 
us all unique — no two of us exactly 
alike. Did you ever thank God for cre- 
ating you in such a wonderful way? 

Christmas is coming and I thought of how dif- 
ferent Mary and Joseph were from the picture we 
might have of what it means to be great. Mary and 
Joseph were: 

• not learned — just a peasant girl and a wood- 

• not professional — just a hardworking car- 
penter earning his living by the sweat of his 

• not clergy — just a righteous man who 
walked with God 

• not political — rather the victims of a raven- 
ous political system 

• not influential — just your rank and file 
regulars in the city of Nazareth 

• not rich — just trusting God each day for 
each meal 

Their engagement was not routine either. She was 
pregnant. Even the pregnancy was different because it 
was caused by the Holy Spirit. Needless to say, the 
couple was not accustomed to being the center of 
attention. They would never seek the spotlight. 

What does God to for people like that? He just 
fills them up. The other night Pam and I packed up 
the kids and went to visit a couple we had ministered 
to before they were married. We were their guests 
for dinner. The couple has since married and now 
have two fine boys who entertained us with their 
music, their love 
for God, and their 
undying devotion 
to each other. We 
had to admit that as 
we looked into the 
tiny bedroom of 
the youngest son, 
which resembled 
one of the closets in 
our home, that this 
family's wealth 
was way beyond 
the value of the 
place where they 
lived. It was truly a delight to experience their fel- 

This is the picture of Mary and Joseph painted 
for us in the Scriptures. As the events of that first 
Christmas night unfolded before that newly married 
couple, well, we can say with confidence that no one 
was more surprised than they were with the events of 
that evening. Reports of angels singing and shep- 
herds running to the stable to see Jesus, all describe 
the unusual way that God stepped into our world that 

The message for us this Christmas is to just step 
back and look at the events of our earthly experience 
over the past year and say, "Thanks, God. Thank you 
for making me different. And thanks for working 
your plan through me in a most unusual way. I will, 
like Joseph, do what you tell me to do and I will like 
Mary, treasure all of these things in my heart." God 
really does work in mysterious ways His wonders to 

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Foreign Missions 

The Gentle Land of Smiling 


Faithful Men 
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Womens Missionary Council 
Meet Elaine Marpel . . . 
Missionary of the Year 

Home Missions 

A Ministry of Warmth at the 

North Pole 

Church Focus 

Winona Lake Grace Brethren 


Pioneer Evangelism 
Ministry Trip to Brazil 

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The Gentle Land 
of Smiling People 

by Jay Bell 
GBFM Church Relations Coordinator 

Cambodia! What does that word mean to 
you? Southeast Asia? The Kilhng Fields? 
The Khmer Rouge? Buddhism? Yes, they 
are all accurate descriptions but Cambodia 
also means an outpouring of God's Spirit, the 10/40 
Window, Pastor Vek Huong Taing and a window of 
opportunity for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches in a country that has historically been called 
The Gentle Land of Smiling People. 

A year ago our Grace Brethren Pastor Vek Huong 
Taing, who is also the National Director of Cambodia 
for Campus Crusade for Christ, and I were participating 
in a missions conference at our Union, Ohio Grace 
Brethren Church. One morning over breakfast Huong 
threw open a door of opportunity by announcing, "Pas- 
tor Jay, the outpouring of God's Spirit is so great in 

so many 
people are 
coming to 
Christ. I 
need help! 
I want to in- 
vite the Fel- 
lowship of 
Grace Breth- 
ren Churches to come to Cambodia and help me plant 
churches and teach the leaders." 

As a result of the invitation extended by the "Third 
Word Evangelist," God opened the door to Cambodia 
through a two-step process, hi April, Pastor Lou Hues- 
mann of the Long Beach Grace Brethren Church and Clay 
Hulett, Grace Brethren Missionary in the Philippines, 
joined Huong for a one-week exploratory trip to Cambo- 
dia. This was followed up by a three-week trip October 
11-29. The team consisted of Woody Curtis, Mission 
Commission Chairman, Union, Ohio, GBC; Wayne Han- 
nah, Senior Pastor, Richmond, Virginia, GBC and Chair- 
man of Biblical Studies, Liberty University; Mary Lou 
Fink, Associate Professor of Education, Liberty Univer- 
sity; Tom Lynn, Senior Pastor, Sacramento, California, 
GBC; Lance Stowe, Associate Pastor, Riveroak Commu- 
nity Church, Oakdale, California; Clay Hulett and Jay Bell. 
The team asked the Lord to graciously accomplish 
four goals. The first was to simply let the Cambodian 

believers know that their plight is known by the outside 
world. Remember that these people lived under the yoke 
of a maniacal form of communism. The Khmer Rouge 
(French: The Red Cambodian) that killed up to 50% of 
the population from 1975-1979. During those years, 
dubbed The Killing Fields, a diabolical evil destroyed the 
infrastmcture of an entire country. The goal of the Khmer 
Rouge was to roll Cambodia back in time to the "year zero" 
and start over by creating a collective agrarian society. As 
a result, anyone connected with the previous Cambodia 
(the educated, government workers, military personnel, 
teachers, those involved in various expressions of Cambo- 
dian culture through music, art, literature or dance, those 
who lived in a city and even those who wore eye glasses) 
were targeted to be eliminated or re-educated. Conse- 
quently, 3,3 14,768 were killed or disappeared, 80% of the 
students and all but two of the faculty members at the 
University of Phnom Penh (the capital city) were killed. 
Out of 485 doctors in the country, only 43 survived, 2 
dentists survived, 90% of Buddhist monks died, 635,522 
houses were destroyed, 1,968 Buddhist Pagodas were 
destroyed and 104 Islamic Mosques were destroyed. In 

1979, the 
swept into 
and ruled the 
country until 
six months 
ago. In May 
a new gov- 
ernment was voted into power under the auspices of the 
United Nations. Today the country is in transition. 
Now is the time to act! 

The second goal was to do survey work. We spent 
many hours talking to the leaders of the handful of evangeU- 
cal organizations currently working in the country. These 
groups were given permission by the Vietnamese to enter 
the country to do humanitarian work in 1 990. In other words, 
the fields are white for harvest and the workers are few. 
Because of the new freedom since the elections in May, 
Pastor Huong, his wife Samoeun and their daughter Linda 
have moved back into Cambodia. They now have a unique 
opportunity to evangelize, train leaders and plant churches. 

December 15, 1993 


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The 10/40 Window 

A third goal was to conduct Bible training. The first 
missionaries entered Cambodia in 1923. After fifty years 
of ministry, until 1973, there were only 700 believers out 
of a population of eight million (.00009%). Cambodians 
are animists and Buddhists and have been a resistive 
people for centuries. But what the Khmer Rouge meant 
for evil, God meant for good, in order to bring about this 
present result (Gen. 50:20). In the last few years, it is 
estimated that 5,000 have made decisions for Christ. To- 
day the conversion rate is running about 30%! We taught 
the Bible for two days in the cities of Phnom Penh, Siem 
Reap and Battambang. In those six days of teaching, we 
were able to touch the lives of the leaders of 40 out of the 
100 churches in Cambodia. For hours they sat in the heat 
of the tropics listening intently and taking notes. Virtually 
every church leader we met has come to Christ and has 
planted his church within the past two years. 

Our last goal was to formalize a relationship between 
the two Grace Brethren Churches in Battambang and the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. I would like to 
introduce you to our two Grace Brethren Pastors: Pa Nee 
and Bayn Ngoon. These men are leading groups of believ- 
ers that are only one to two years old in the Lord. What an 
opportunity for discipleship and training. 

The neediest part of the world in terms of beuig 
unreached is located in a rectangle called the 10/40 Win- 
dow. That rectangle of countries is located 10 degrees 
above the equator to 40 degrees above the equator. It 
stretches from northwest Africa and the Middle East (the 
Muslim world) through central Asia (the Hindu world) to 
Southeast Asia (the Buddhist world). Cambodia lies in the 
heart of the Buddhist world in the 1 0/40 Window, the "rice 
bowl" of Southeast Asia where the people of a gentle land 
lost their smiles as they experienced unspeakable horror at 
the hands of the Khmer Rouge. Now that political stability 
has been ushered in through popular elections in the last 
six months, God has put a new smile on their faces and an 
openness in their hearts to respond to the Word of Life. 

The contrast between the resistive side of the peo- 
ple and their new openness was dramatically brought 
home to us in the provincial city of Battambang. Sev- 
eral of us were walking down the street and we came 

across an English class in session. The Cambodian 
teacher invited us to practice English with his students. 
We wrote the words "Jesus Christ is God" on the black- 
board. Out of 28 students, including 7 Buddhist monks, 
5 indicated that they had at one time heard the words 
Jesus Christ. However, a little over 80% had never 
heard the name of Jesus Christ. As we continued down 
the street, a young Cambodian approached us speaking 
excellent English. He informed us that he was a translator 
for the United Nations. We told him that were Bible 
teachers from America. He responded with, "Oh, I read 
the Bible two or three times a week! " Pastor Tom Lynn 
then asked him why he read the Bible. He answered, "I 
want to know the gods quite well!" He attended church 
the next day and sat through two days of Bible training. 
The night before we departed Battambang he came by 
our hotel to say good-by. He said, "May I ask a ques- 
tion? How do I reach my village? I want to start a group 
(church)." Clay Hulett asked him if he could go to each 

home in his 
village and 
share the 
Four Spiri- 
tual Laws 
with each 
person, he 
"Oh, that's 

easy! What do I do then?" Clay explained that he 
should then gather those who respond to the Lord in his 
home and begin to teach them. He retorted, "Teach 
them what?" That is the dilemma in Cambodia today: 
New Christians who need to be taught that all Scripture 
is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, 
for correction, for training in righteousness; that the 
Cambodians may be adequate, equipped for every good 
work (II Tim. 3:16, 17). 

Pray for wisdom as the Long Beach Church, GBFM 
and other interested churches and individuals plan for 
the future. God has opened the door! Now we need His 
direction as to when and how we walk through the door. 



Pastor Bob Arenobine . . . 
This Is Your Life! 

Fort Wayne Grace Brethren Church happily intro- 
duces you to our own Pastor Bob Arenobine! In 
November, "Pastor Bob" and his family celebrated 
ten years of ministry in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

It all started when Dan and Dottie Arenobine had their 

first child, way back in 19 OOPS, we probably shouldn't 

reveal his age! (We'll just say that the youth group 
"recently" surprised Pastor Bob with a 40th "Over the 
Hill" birthday party.) 

Little Bob accepted Christ during his childhood, primar- 
ily through the witness and testimony of his grandmother. 
He was ten years old when his family moved to Hagerstown, 
Maryland. There he was introduced to the Grace Brethren 
Fellowship, when his family began attending the Gay Street 
(now called Valley) Grace Brethren Church. 

His boyhood was fairly routine, until ("once upon a 
time . . .") the church called Pastor Gerald Teeter and his 
wife, Lillian, who arrived with their daughters, Joy and 
Gay. What did Fair Maiden Joy think of this young man, 
Bob? "Well, he was certainly . . . loud." 

Even then. Bob Arenobine had the gift of gab! He is 
renowned as one who is never at a loss for words. (We're 
hoping this article will leave him speechless!) 

As a teen. Bob used his public speaking abilities to 
win the Mid-Atlantic District Teen Challenge Speaker 
competition. He also enjoyed being on the District Quiz 
Team, and leading as President of his church youth group. 
During a week at the District's Camp Grace, Bob dedi- 
cated his life to fiill-time service. 

His future wife would play an important part in his 
ministry, so Bob began looking for someone who would 
share his life. He found a girl who was serious about her 
relationship with the Lor-i She was the Pastor's lovely 
daughter, Joy. (Who could be better prepared to be a 
Pastor's wife?) 

Bob set out to attract Joy's attention. Eventually, she 
appreciated his outgoing personality, and became his wife 
in June of 1 974. Her quiet nature compliments his energy 

Bob had just graduated from Grace College at the time 
of their marriage. Joy also graduated from Grace in 1975. 
Bob continued his studies at Grace Seminary. During his 
Seminary training (1975-76), he served as Youth Pastor of 
Winona Lake GBC. He earned his M.Div. in 1979. 

Since then, they have been blessed with two daugh- 
ters; Jill, age 13,andJodi,age 10. Fortunately for the girls, 

Dad knows all about those guys who chase their Pastor's 

In 1 980, Pastor Bob accepted the position of Assistant 
Pastor at the Pike GBC, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. His 
ministry there focused on youth and young adults. 

In 1983, the Arenobines accepted the call to the 
pastorate at Fort Wayne Grace Brethren Church. Pastor 
Bob continues to be very involved in youth ministries, 
locally and at the District level. He currently serves as the 
Indiana District Youth Board Treasurer. 

Pastor Bob enjoys the opportunity to be very involved 
in Indiana District activities. He has served the District as 
Moderator and as District Camp Director. He is also very 
active in Indiana's District Ministerium. 

We asked several church members to describe Pastor 
Bob. One trait we all mentioned is his spontaneous humor. 
Our services are never stale! For instance, one Saturday 
night. Pastor learned that the scheduled mission moment was 
not available. The next morning we were treated to an 
original rap-style song, "Where in the World is (the mission 
moment) This Morning?" We enjoy our services! 

In contrast to his humor. Pastor Bob is serious about his 
ministry duties. Our members value his caring, sharing and 
understanding during counseling sessions. We appreciate 
his frequent hospital and nursing home visits. We cherish 
memories of his very personal, evangelistic, funeral messages. 

Most importantly we know that Pastor Bob Areno- 
bine follows the charge of II Timothy 4:2: "Preach the 
Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, 
rebuke and encourage — with great patience and carefiil 
instruction." (NIV) 

Thank you, Lord, for Pastor Bob! 

Contributed by Ann Engleberth 


loy, lodi, Pastor Bob and lill Arenobine 

December 15, 1993 


Meet Elaine Marpel . . . 
WMC Missionary of the Year 

My family roots can 
be found in the 
pioneers of the American frontier 
on my father's side, and in the 
Swedish immigrants homesteading 
the Nebraska prairie in the late 
1 800 's on my mother's side. I have 
a sfrong love for the open plains 
which were my childhood home. 
Even today the sight of prairie 
grassland makes me fell as if I've 
arrived home. 

I spent my childhood years on the same central 
Nebraska farm which was my mother's birthplace 
and the homestead of my great-grandparents. We 
were almost always in church and Sunday School 
while I was growing up. My parents had become 
Christians as a young married couple. They dem- 
onstrated their faithfulness to the Lord and taught 
us children to follow Him. They made sure we had 
a week of summer camp where the Christian teach- 
ing and missionary emphasis had a deep influence 
on my life and Christian commitment. 

My mother was instrumental in my own sal- 
vation experience when I was quite young. I re- 
member kneeling by the kitchen couch with my 
mother at my side one Saturday morning after the 
Radio Kids Bible Club program and there I asked 

Jesus into my heart. Of course, I had a lot of 
growing to do from that point and some of it came 
slowly. Assurance of salvation was lacking dur- 
ing much of my childhood, but faithful teaching at 
home and at church finally put me in a place where 
the Lord could call me into His service. 

In my freshman year of high school, we 
moved to a farm ten miles from Beaver City, 
where Nebraska's only Grace Brethren Church 
was located. We were looking for a Bible-teach- 
ing church and found it in the Brethren Fellowship 
which was new to us. I am most grateful for the 
faithfril ministry of Dayton and Velma Cundiff 
there during my high school years. 

After high school I attended Bob Jones Uni- 
versity, plaiming to major in education. During 
my sophomore year there I drew a Grace Brethren 
roommate, about a 1 in 100 chance at that time. 
She had some insistent questions about why I had 
never been baptized or joined the church. She set 
me thinking. When I was home for Christmas 
vacation that year I requested baptism and mem- 
bership in the church at Beaver City where I still 
hold my membership. 

The Lord has given me some very interesting 
places to serve Him since I graduated from college. 
Even before graduation I taught in two rural schools. 
After graduation, I spent two years at a Christian 
school in Wichita, Kansas before God led me to a 
two-year, short-term assignment at the Alliance 
Academy in Quito, Ecuador. That was one of the 
most valuable experiences I could have had. I had 
the opportunity to see the various cultures in a foreign 
country, make cultural adjustments, and travel to 
mission sites which ranged from jungle outstations 
and mountain villages to large cities. I returned to 
Nebraska and got a teaching job in Lincoln iij an 
inner-city public school. Now that was a challenge! 
All of these places had a part in preparing me for the 
Lord's next assignment teaching here at the Navajo 
Mission for over 25 years. 

Why am I a missionary today? I am here on 
the Navajo mission field in response to the Lord's 



direction, which I must confess came as a surprise 
to me. I never wanted to be a missionary when I 
grew up. I definitely had other plans for my Hfe. 
God clearly led me here in 1967 and has not 
directed me to any other field of work since. He 
has given me a concern for Indian people that is 
not limited simply to the Navajo, although I've 
never had any "romantic" notions about Indians or 
their culture. The burden for their salvation must 
come form him since I did not plan to spend my 
life in the sometimes discouraging and difficult 
position of a missionary to Native American 
school children and their parents. 

I came to the Navajo field as a teacher and have 
been doing that ever since. I've taught fi-om grade 
one to grade twelve. Most of my work in the elemen- 
tary grades was between grades five and eight. Four 
years after we began our high school — at Mr. 
Wedertz's urging and since no one else had applied 
for the task of teaching high school — I took up 
teaching responsibilities there. I must say I've never 
run out of challenges! One other big challenge is 
being he school's administrator. 

A verse that has always been an encourage- 
ment to me is Philippians 2:13: "For it is God who 
works in you both to will and to do for His good 
pleasure." The idea that God would choose to 
work in and through my life is astounding. 

Here in the Navajo field we struggle with a 
wide variety of needs among the people we try to 
evangelize and minister to. Although we are only 
75 miles fi^om the nearest McDonald's and Wal- 
Mart, we are in essence in a foreign country though 
we're still in the U.S. Life moves at a different 
pace here and the things that make a Navajo per- 
son's world go around are not necessarily what we 
expect them to be. The demands for one's time 

can take their toll on our health and strength. My 
own health has been good but weariness is often a 
part of the day. 

All of us need to find more effective ways of 
reaching out to Navajo families and teaching them 
Biblical truths. Satan is very active in using both 
the old traditional Navajo beliefs as well as more 
recently introduced ones from the Peyote cult, 
Mormonism and Satanism to destroy lives. Alco- 
hol and drug misuse are rampant. 

Loving a people who are not overtly demon- 
strative can be a discouraging task, too. Expres- 
sions of gratitude are not what we as Navajo mis- 
sionaries usually hear. Pray that we will continue 
to be faithfiil to the Lord's calling and the Spirit's 
direction in spite of difficult experiences. 

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n December 1903, after many attempts, the Wright brothers were successftil in af 

getting their "flying machine" off the ground. Thrilled, they telegraphed this '^ 

message to their sister Katherine: "We have actually flown 120 feet. Will be home >^ 

for Christmas." W' 

Katherine hurried to the editor of the local newspaper and showed him the message. He -3^ 
glanced at it and said, "How nice. The boys will be home for Christmas." He totally missed K 
the big news — man had flown! Pi- 

Many people today make a similar mistake when they hear the word Christmas. They don't ,^ 
think of Jesus and His miraculous birth. Instead they think of family gatherings, fesfive meals, >r 
decorations, and gifts. To them, Christmas brings nostalgia and memories of childhood. H 

Now, all this celebration isn't wrong. But if that's all that Christmas means to us, we are ^ 
missing its true significance. ^Vr 

December 15, 1993 


A Ministry of Warmth at 
the North Pole GBC 

by Larry N. Chamberlain 

"It wasn't until I said to the Lord that I'd serve 
Him anywhere did He open the door to serve in 
Alaska," recalls Pastor Davis Harbor of the North 
Pole Grace Brethren Church. 

No, not exactly the North Pole, but about as close 
as any of us would care to get. Located just outside of 
Fairbanks, the folks at North Pole endure winter tem- 
peratures that plummet to 40 degrees below zero. Last 
winter, they shoveled nearly 1 1 feet of snowfall. Pastor 
Davis remembers when he and his wife, Cindy, first 
came to the church in November 1989, "When we got 
off the plane in Fairbanks, it was 22 below. The first 
thing we noticed was how 'crunchy' the snow felt." 

Davis and Cindy live very finagally and are not 
blessed with much of this world's goods. Their min- 
istry is difficult in this harsh and unforgiving envi- 
ronment. But the warmth of God's love is spreading 
among the people here. 

One place that love is spreading is at the Fair- 
banks Crisis Pregnancy Center, begun in 1991 by 
charter church member Jan Davies. Focusing on 
compassion and counseling, rather than militancy or 
graphic shock treatment, the Center lovingly encour- 
ages young, unwed mothers-to-be to consider the 
alternative of life. During the last several months, the 
Center has successfully counseled five young women 
not to seek an abortion. "We talked with one young 
lady," Jan recalls, "and were able to get a church 
prayer chain going during the counseling session. 
She was about twelve weeks along and I showed her 
a fetal model of what her baby looked like at this 
point in her pregnancy. Within an hour and a half she 
had decided to carry her child. She asked to use our 
phone so she could call the clinic to cancel the 
scheduled abortion. This baby's life was saved be- 
fore my eyes. And she and her family were in church 
the next Sunday!" Jan adds, "The North Pole Grace 
Brethren Church provides a ministry of care to an 
unwed mother, to reach out, to embrace her, to give 
her whatever she needs to be a mother in the Lord, to 
truly show the love of Christ in her life." 

Pastor Davis has also found other creative ways to 
reach out with the good news of God's grace, serving 
as a Chaplain in the local Civil Air Patrol. The Civil 
Air Patrol serves a unique mission in the Alaskan 
interior. Responsible for search and rescue operations, 



the North Pole squadron of the CAP has logged more 
flight time than any other unit in the United States. 
Since one out of twenty Alaskans has a pilot's li- 
cense, and there are few "safe" places to land, due to 
the mountainous terrain, it's not surprising that 
Alaska has the highest rate of airplane accidents. As 
a chaplain in the CAP since 1990, Pastor Harbor 
provides spiritual counsel and encouragement for the 

courageous pilots 
who risk their lives 
flying at low altitude, 
at near-stall speed, in 
ascending or de- 
scending circles, with 
unpredictable wind 
patterns — to search 
for crash survivors. 

The North Pole 
Grace Brethren Church 
was assisted by Home 
Missions for seven 
years, fi^om 1983 to 
1990, when the church 
went self-supporting 
under the leadership of 
Pastor Davis. 

North Pole is lo- 
cated near major U.S. Army and Air Force bases, so 
there is a continual turnover of military people in the 
congregation. But this factor is viewed as a challenge 
for Pastor Harbor, whose commitment is to remain 
optimistic and "upbeat." And his strategy works, 
"We lost 40 people in our first year, and we still 
grew!" He adds, "We are 'family' to the military 
people who come up here. We're not here to build a 
large church. We're here to be disciplers of people 
who will minister around the world." 

So even fi-om North Pole, Alaska, God's love is 
giving spuitual warmth to people all aroimd the world. 
I visited Davis and Cindy with the hopes to encourage, 
yet I became the encouraged one. In this most northem 
church in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, 
my heart was warmed and my faith rekindled. Your 
gifts to Home Missions make these stories possible, and 
I and the folks at North Pole Grace Brethren Church 
are gratefiil for your support! 

Pastor Davis Harbor is a chaplain in 

the local Civil Air Patrol which flies 

search and rescue operations over the 

treacherous Alaskan wilderness. 




Happy 50th Anniversary 

Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 

by Judy Daniels 

In an era when our contact lenses are disposable, 
our cameras are "throw-aways," and our co-workers 
may be "temporaries," anything that lasts 50 years is 
worth celebrating! And that's exactly what the Wi- 
nona Lake Grace Brethren Church thought as its 50th 
anniversary approached. The church designated 12 
months for the celebration, and centered the activities 
around the theme, "Founded on the Faith, Focused on 
the Future." 

The anniversary began on September 13, 1992, 
with an all-church "Dinner on the Grounds." Other 
special events that day included honoring charter 
members, music, drama, and an historical walk 
through Winona Lake, visiting former church meet- 
ing sites at the Free Methodist Headquarters and 
McClain Hall. 

Throughout the year, the 50th Anniversary commit- 
tees, headed by the Steering Committee of Senior Pastor 
John Teevan, Gladys Deloe and Vicky Scantlen, planned 
activities and special events to commemorate the 
church's history. An Easter breakfast, a July 4th picnic, 
nostalgic looks back at 50 years of children's ministries, 
missionaries — even music, highlighted the year. 

Those who were relatively new to the church 
leamed how things "came to be" at Winona Lake. 
Those familiar with its history got a fresh reminder of 
God's goodness to the church since its first service in 
September of 1943. 

The celebration climaxed September 10-12, 1993, 
with a "50th Anniversary Family Reunion." The week- 
end featured a choir reunion and concert, guest musi- 
cians Sharon and Terry White, and Bill Schaffer, and 
former pastors Richard DeArmey and Charles Ashman. 
Special honors were given to former Minister of Music, 
Don Ogden, and Pastor Ashman. A 50th Anniversary 
commemorative book was published and available. 

Even the final event of the year — another 
"Dinner on the Grounds" — was a demonstration of 
God's conUnuing care to the church. All morning, 
dark clouds, rain and wind had threatened to undo the 
carefully-laid plans for the outdoor dinner. But an 
hour before the meal, the rain stopped and the skies 
began to clear, allowing the WLGBC church family 
to finish their anniversary party just as they had 

A 50th anniversary is always an event worth 
celebrating. At Winona Lake Grace Brethren 
Church, it has been an event worth being thankful for, 
and worth remembering for a long time. 

Note: Copies of the 50th Anniversary Commemo- 
rative Book are still available for $5.95. Call or write: 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 1 200 Kings Hwy., 
Winona Lake, IN 46590,(219)267-6623. 

Charles Ashman Honored 
by Winona Lake GBC 

For nearly 
27 of its 50 years, 
from 1962 to 
1989, the Wi- 
nona Lake Grace 
Brethren Church 
was pastored by 
Charles Ashman. 

So it was 
only natural that 
he would be the 
guest speaker at 
the moming serv- 
ices on September 
12, 1993, as the 
church drew its year-long 50th Anniversary celebra- 
tion to a close. He spoke from Philippians that mom- 
ing, and urged the congregation, "you cannot look 
backward; you must look ahead as a church." 

It was also natural that the Winona Lake church 
would want to honor him at that special service. So, 
at the conclusion of Pastor Ashman's message. Sen- 
ior Pastor John Teevan and Associate Pastor Bruce 
Barlow stepped up with a "surprise" presentation. 
Pastor Ashman was given a plaque with the following 
inscription. Continued on page 1 3 

December 15, 1993 



ioneer Evangelism 

Missions Trip to Brazil 

by Nathan Bryant, Assistant Pastor 
Grace Brethren Church, Waldorf, Maryland 

This past summer four men, from the Grace 
Brethren Church of Waldorf, Maryland, 
had the privilege of going to Brazil on a 
short term missions trip. Ted Adomanis, 
Joe Jameson, Joe Little, and I went to examine a 
church planting program the Southern Baptists have 
designed called Pioneer Evangelism. This program 
was developed by Wade Akins, a good friend of our 
Senior Pastor, Jeff Thomley. It was first presented 
to our church by Mark Hammett, a GBFM mission- 
ary working in Argentina. Mark wanted to try this 
strategy on the churches in which he is working that 

This is how the site looked when we first arrived. 

seem to be having a hard time growing. Mark re- 
searched this strategy and then presented it to our 
church as a possibility. The response of our congre- 
gation to this program was overwhelming. Because 
of the great response, we invited Wade Akins to come 
to our church in mid-summer 1993 to further explain 
his program. We had 35 people pledge that they 
would be willing to go on a Pioneer Evangelism trip 
themselves and an additional 35 people volunteered 
to support and pray for those who would go. 

In the Pioneer Evangelism program a congrega- 
tion cannot receive an American Pioneer Evangelism 
team until they have a certain number of members, 
they have bought their own property, and have laid 
the foundation for their building. Once a church 
plant has met this criteria, they apply for a support 
church in the United States through the mission 
agency. The mission agency finds a church or group 
of churches who are willing to pay for the materials 
to construct a building, which costs about $7,000. 
They then send a team over to help construct it and 
evangelize the community in which it is being built. 

The strategy is that with this nucleus of discipled 
believers any contacts that are made through the 
evangelism can be followed up. They also will re- 
ceive a church building in one week for which it 
might take them years to raise the fiinds. It is likely 
that a new church group would never be able to afford 
a church building on their own. 

While Wade was at our church, we decided that we 
would send a team of men with a Southern Baptist team 
to experience Pioneer Evangelism first hand. On Au- 
gust 26th, the four of us were on a plane headed for 
Brazil with a ten-person team from Calvary Baptist 
Church of Clearwater, Florida. Calvary Baptist Church 
had ab-eady paid for the materials to construct the 
building. We went to help evangelize, construct and 
learn. We traveled to the city of Monte Claros, which 
is seven hours north of Belo Horizonte. 

We started working on the building the day after 
we arrived in the city. We were surprised at how fast it 
was going up. It was also a real pleasure to work with 
the Brazilians, who were either volunteers from the 
church or hired laborers. 

Our second full day there was a Sunday. We had 
the privilege of worshipping with this young pioneer 
body of believers. The church was being built just 
outside the city of Monte Claros in a community of 
about 5,000 people. That afternoon we teamed up 

This is the team from Grace Brethren Church at Waldorf: Joe 

Little, Air Force; Nathan Bryant, Assistant Pastor; Ted Adomanis, 

CPA; and Joe Jameson, construction supervisor 

with the Brazilian Christians and blitzed the whole 
community with tracts, stickers for the children and 
invitations for the big meeting we were hosting that 
evening. Over 2,500 people showed up that night from 
the community. This was a very poor area and many of 
them probably came because they had nothing else to 




do that night. Some probably came because they had 
never seen Americans in their community before, 
especially not knocking on their doors. Whatever 
their reasons for attending, after we showed the last 
reel of the Jesus film and gave the Gospel presenta- 
tion, over 200 adults came forward to receive Christ. 
It was exciting to think that half the community heard 
the gospel and many received it. 

The rest of the week we worked mainly on the 
building. On Wednesday we took teams into the 
local school all day and, through an interpreter, we 
were able to present the gospel to over 1 ,200 students. 
The most exciting part was that the teachers thanked 
us for coming after we had presented the gospel to 
their students. (If only the United States were this 
open in the public schools). By Friday afternoon the 
building and the fiimishings were totally complete. 
That evening we showed the first reel of the Jesus 
film on the back of the church building. About 800 
people showed up and more decisions were made. 
Then on Saturday evening we had the final dedica- 
tion service in the church building itself The church 

The mother church's choir singing in the new building for the 
dedication service. 

was built to seat about 120 people, but we had over 
300 in the building and over 400 outside looking in 
to watch the service. The service was quite long and 
emotional and at the end the Gospel was presented 
again and more people came to Christ. 

The next morning we were on our way out still 
not believing everything we had experienced. In just 
eight days we saw over 300 people make decisions 
for Christ, a building totally completed and fiinc- 
tional and a community totally canvassed with the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ. The best part about it is that 
those people will be followed up on and discipled. 
We were part of advancing the work of that little local 
church by probably 10-20 years. 

Ronnie Mack (Southern Baptist missionary construction 
supervisor) setting up the film for the big meeting. 

If you are interested in what Grace Brethren For- 
eign Missions might be doing with Pioneer Evangelism, 
you may write to Nathan Bryant at 283-1 Zekiah Dr., 
Waldorf, MD 20601. Dave Guiles and three other 
missionaries have just come back from a conference on 
this strategy with Wade Akins and are working on how 
they might implement it into GBFM strategy. 

Charles Ashman Honored (cont'd, from page iv 

"On the occasion of its 50th Anniversary, Wi- 
nona Lake Grace Brethren Church hereby confers 
upon Pastor Charles Ashman the title and status of 
Pastor Emeritus, in grateful recognition for many 
years of faithful and honorable leadership. " 

Charles Ashman's "faithftil and honorable lead- 
ership" at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church be- 
gan in the fall of 1962, when he moved to Wiriona 
Lake with his wife Frances, and three children. Ken, 
Judy, and Karl, to become pastor of the church. His 
previous ministries had been at Phoenix, Arizona 
(1955-1962) and Rittman, Ohio (1950-1955). 

During his years at Winona Lake, Pastor Ash- 
man led the congregation as they grew from a mem- 
bership of 242 to 732. Under his carefiil supervision 
the church moved from the temporary facilities on 
Grace campus to their own building in 1969. The 

church expanded again in 1 983, when they purchased 
the Winona School of Photography property, adja- 
cent to the church. His ministry was always people- 
oriented, and the growth of the church reflected that. 

Pastor Ashman retired as Senior Pastor of 
WLGBC on June 30, 1989. But his retirement could 
hardly be characterized as "restfiil." In addition to 
his continuing responsibilities as Fellowship Coordi- 
nator for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, 
he is busy with speaking engagements and confer- 
ences. And retirement has allowed Frances and him 
some time to visit their children who live in Tennes- 
see, Arkansas and Pennsylvania. 

But when he is in town, Winona Lake's Pastor 
Emeritus is always happy to teach a class, or speak 
in prayer meeting at his home church, where he gave 
so many years of his life in ministry. 

December 15, 1993 



Christmas Sunday School Stories 

Happy Birthday, Jesus 

.Apnl ic?\-ec ihe ■""— ^r-i.-.^ jighis and decoraiioDS. 
'E^'^'ODe is ceiebramg Jesus' biididay." I said She 
looked ai my siK^jping bag filled with jseseiis. 

"Bui wiiCTe's Jesus' birtbday presaii?" she asked 

Whai a special question for a four-year-old 
"AMiai would you like to get Him. April?' 

She diought for a minute, and then said, "How 
about a box of crayons?" 

We bought them and wTapped them togethCT. 
Thai she gave them to her teacher for her Simday 
school class, her Christmas gift to Jesus. 

Christmas Tears 

T^^ o-year-old Curtis had tears streaming down 

"What's wrong?" I asked Only minutes before 
he had beai happily singing "Away in a Manager." 
Tlie words he was singing must have finally regis- 
taed Tlirough his sobs he said "My htde baby Jesus 
doesn't have any place for His head" 

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Service for the con- 
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themselves in the use 
of the newly remod- 
eled church building 
for the spreading of 
the Gospel in their 
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Director of Church Planting and Development for Grace 
Brethren Home Missions was the speaker. Rev. Ron 

Guiles, Chairman of 
the East Central 
Florida District Mis- 
sion Board presented 
a check to the con- 
gregation for help in 
"reaching out" to the 
community. Pastors 
and members from 
East Central Florida 
Churches were in at- 

The church was completely remodeled on the inside to include new pews, 

carpet, lights and window treatments. The outside was painted 

and landscaped. Total amount: $82,000. 

Co-Pastors Ed Lewis, Sr. and John Diaz cut the dedication cake 
made by Denise Laddy, looking on. 

leremy and Wendy were led to the Lord by 
Mr. Ben Lepore and Pastor Ed Lewis. 

The Whittier^ CA, Commu- 
nity Grace Brethren Church 

had these ten prayer goals set by the leadership of their 
church for this year: 

1 . Witness at least 25 baptisms. 

2. Welcome at least 25 people into membership at 

3. Establish our financial support of world evangelism 
in 1994 by Faith Promise commitments in the fall of 

4. To successfully have a First Love Renewal at CGBC 
March 21-24, 1993 involving all of our church fam- 

5. Conduct three community outreach events supported 
by our church people during 1993! 

6. Begin 3 new ministries that reach out to people. 

7. Expand parent and couple training. 

8. Celebrate more than 100 first time decisions for 
Christ through personal and corporate ministries of 
this church. 


Conduct a world evangelism conference in 1994 
that will assist us in keeping our hearts hungry to 
reach the lost for the kingdom of God. 
Ask the Lord to give us a fresh passion and vision to 
reach people who need the Lord (Matt. 9:36-38). 

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Death Notice 

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of Floyd Hartman went to be with the Lord on October 23, 
1993. She was a faithful member of the First Brethren 
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Immanuel . . . 
God Is With Us 

Many years ago, Ahaz, King of Judah, 
looked out from his palace window 
and noticed a terrifying sight. He 
saw the king of Israel coming to do 
battle against his army — the children of Judah. The 
Bible records that this sight was so terrifying that his 
heart and the hearts of his people shook as the trees 
of the forest shake in the wind. 

Through the prophet Isaiah, God sent a word of 
encouragement to Ahaz. Ahaz needed to realize that 
God would protect him. As part of his message, 
Isaiah made this statement: "Behold a virgin will be 
with child and bear a son and she will call His name 
Immanuel." Certainly "Immanuel" or God is with us 
was a promise that the terrified Ahaz needed to know. 

Like Ahaz we are in a battle. The New Testa- 
ment states that we are fighting with an enemy that 
is not made of flesh and blood but the enemies are 
spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places. 
Therefore we are encouraged to put on the whole 
armor of God that we may defeat the enemy. 

When we are fighting the battle of our spiritual 
lives, the message of Isaiah 9:6 gives us some quali- 
ties of Christ that should help us win the battle. These 
qualities are found in the four names of Christ re- 
corded in Isaiah 9:6: "His name will be called Won- 
derful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince 
of Peace." 

Wonderful Counselor: Christ is the one who 
gives plans and advice that are too marvelous for words. 
He does things that are beyond human capabilities. 



Mighty God: In our trials and struggles we need 
the mighty God. The term means to be a strong 
warrior, stronger than others. One person translated 
this term as "God is my hero." 

Everlasting Father: Like all children we have 
a father. Our Heavenly Father is one who lives 
forever. He is eternal. When we keep eternity in our 
focus, it helps to keep our values and our lives in the 
right perspective. 

Prince of Peace: When Christ suffered and died 
He brought us peace with God. When we yield our 
lives to the Holy Spirit we are ruled by the peace of 
Christ. When we learn to commit our cares and 
worries to the Lord in prayer then we are controlled 
by the peace that passes all understanding. 

Here we are in the battle of life, fighting against 
a vcty great and strong foe. Truly Christ our Savior 
is God with us; and through our faith in Him we can 
conquer the enemies; we can be victorious in our 
Christian walk. 

by Pastor Richard Bell, Winchester, VA 

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HELD JULY 24 - JULY 29, 1993 


December 1993 
Published by 


Jeff Carroll, Publisher and General Manager 


Table of Contents 


Allegheny 60 

Arctic 61 

Chesapeake 61 

East Central Florida 62 

Florida Suncoast 62 

Hawaii 63 

Indiana 63 

Iowa-Midlands 64 

Michigan 65 

Mid-Atlantic 66 

Mountain-Plains 66 

Nor-Cal 67 

Northcentral Ohio 67 

Northeastern Ohio 68 

Northern Atlantic 69 

Northwest 71 

South Florida-Caribbean 72 

Southern 72 

Southern California-Arizona 73 

Southern Ohio 74 

Southwest 75 

Virginia 75 

Western Pennsylvania 76 


Churches, Directory of Brethren 78 

Districts, Directory of 58 

Ministers, Roster of 96 

Minutes of 1992 National Fellowship- 
Business Sessions 16 

Moderator's Address 5 

Organization and Committees 3 

Statistical Report 28 


Brethren Evangelistic Ministries 49 

Brethren Missionary Herald Company 43 

Brethren Women's Missionary Council 44 

CE National 53 

Grace Brethren Foreign Missions 32 

Grace Brethren Home Missions Council .... 39 

Grace Brethren Investment Foundation 42 

Grace Brethren Financial Planning Service . 43 

Grace Brethren Men International 48 

Grace Schools 51 

National Fellowship of Brethren Retirement 

Homes, Inc 50 

National Fellowship of Grace Brethren Ministers 54 

SMM 47 

Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 


Moderator — Robert D. Fetterhoff 

First Moderator-Elect — Edward A. Lewis 

Second Moderator-Elect — Stephen Peters 

Secretary — Gregory M. Howell 

Treasurer — Steve Popenfoose 


Charles Ashman 



(Ex Officio) 

Moderator ('93-'94) 
Robert Fetterhoff 

First Moderator-Elect, ('94-'95) 
Edward A. Lewis 

Second Moderator-Elect, ('95-'96) 
Stephen Peters 

Past Moderator ('91 
William Snell 

'92) (Ex Officio) 



Dan Thornton, ('95), Chm. 
Terrance Taylor ('93) 
Richard Todd ('93) 
Robert Moeller ('94) 
Randy Smith ('94) 
Scott Massey ('95) 


Dean Fetterhoff, Chm. 
Steve Galegor 
Robert Griffith 
Forest Jackson 
James Poyner 
Charles Winter 


Galen Wiley, ('94), Chm. 
Mike Wallace ('95) 
Norman Mayer ('96) 

Ray Davis, ('94), Eastern 
Dan Eshleman, ('95) Eastern 
James Snavely, ('96), Eastern 
Wayne Hannah ('97), Eastern 
John Mayes, ('94), Central 
Bud Oiszewsitl, ('95), Central 

, ('96), Central 

Gary Austin ('97), Central 
Mark Curtis ('94), Western 
Ed Trenner ('95), Western 
Chris Ball ('96), Western 
Steve Galegor ('97), Western 



Robert Fetterhoff ('94), Chm. 
Kurt Miller ('95) 
Dan Thornton ('96) 
Ed Trenner (Consultant) 
Ed Lewis (Ex Officio) 
Steve Peters (Ex Officio) 


Donald Shoemaker, Chm. 
Ron Cohen 
Bob Fetterhoff 
Russell Ogden 
John Teevan 


James Johnson, Chm. 
Bill Burby 
James Custer 
Dewey Melton 
Reed DePace 



Chaplain Lee Jenkins 


Greg Howell 

For information regarding the national organizations and cooperating boards of 
the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches please refer to the section of this annual 
entitled "National Organizations" beginning on page 25 


1940— Charles H. Ashman, 
1941— L. S. Bauman* 
1942— Roy Patterson* 
1943— Herman A. Hoyt 
1944— Russell D. Barnard* 
1945— Kenneth Ashman* 
1946— Bernard Schneider* 
1947- W. A. Ogden* 
1948— Paul Bauman 
1949— Miles Taber* 
1950— Conard Sandy* 
1951— Orville Jobson* 
1952— Arnold Kriegbaum 
1953-J. L. Gingrich* 
1954— R. Paul Miller, Sr.* 
1955— Thomas Hammers* 
1956— Bernard Schneider* 
1957— Miles Taber* 
1958— Paul Dick 
1959-Harold Etling* 
1960-Ralph Colbum 
1961— John Aeby 
1962-Mark Malles 
1963— Kenneth Ashman* 
1964-L. L. Grubb* 
1965— Richard Grant 
1966-Glenn O'Neal* 
1967-Homer A. Kent, Sr,' 


1968— Russell D. Barnard* 
1969- Wesley Haller* 
1970— William Tweeddale 
1971— Robert Collitt* 
1972— Wayne Beaver 
1973— Charles Ashman 
1974— Scott Weaver 
1975— Charles Turner 
1976— Robert W. Thompson 
1977— James Custer 
1978— David Hocking 
1979— Jesse Deloe 
1980— Knute Larson 
1981— Luke Kauffman 
1982— Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
1983— Edwin Cashman 
1984— Lester E. Pifer 
1985— John Mayes 
1986— Tom Julien 
1987— Dean Fetterhoff 
1988— John J. Davis 
1989— Roger Peugh 
1990— Jerry Young 
1991— David Plaster 
1992 -William Snell 

Year listed denotes the year in which the 
person was selected as moderator. 
(*Denotes deceased.) 


A Message Presented by William H. Snell 

Moderator of the FGBC 

July 25, 1993 

On June 20, 1803, President Thomas 
Jefferson ordered captains Meriweather Lewis 
and William Clark to explore the Missouri 
iRiver and its tributaries. The land was part 
of the Louisiana purchase acquired from 
France. Between its official start on May 14, 
1804, and its end on September 23, 1806, the 
Lewis and Clark Expedition followed the 
Missouri River to its head, crossed the 
Rockies to the Snake River and followed the 
Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean and 
returned. During their Expedition, L^wis and 
Clark not only charted the destiny of the 
development of the West, but also provided 
a description of the geography, anthropology, 
soils, vegetation, wildlife, geology, 
meteorlogy and trade possibilities in the New 

On the return to St. Louis, Captain Clark's 
party began floating down the Yellowstone 
River in dugout canoes they had built. After 
itwo days of river travel, their party reached 
Pompey's Pillar: a "Remarkable Rock!" two 
hundred feet high and four hundred paces in 
circumference. Climbing to the summit, the 
explorer could see the snow covered Rocky 
Mountains to the Southwest, the Little Wolf 
Mountains to the South, and the Bull 
Mountains to the Northwest. Immense herds 
of buffalo, elk and wolves were visible. Clark 
carved his name and the date in this gigantic 
rock and wrote in his journal, "I marked my 
name and the day of the month and year. ' ' 
This signature panel of Captain William Clark 
is the only surviving physical remains of the 
Lewis and Clark Expedition. 

So here we are in L-ewis and Clark territory 
on July 25, 1993 — exactly 187 years later. 
We will not see some of the things that Clark 
saw when he passed this way: immense herds 
of buffalo, elk and wolves. But we will see 
things he and his party didn't see — the city 
of Billings, for instance. I wonder what the 
famous explorer would say it he were to 
retrace his steps today? 

Welcome to the 54th Annual Conference of 
the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. 
Thank you for investing your time in this 
week. Thank you too for praying for me 

during this past year. Thanks are in order for 
all who have worked long, hard hours to make 
this week a reality. An enormous amount of 
planning goes into National Conference. If I 
were to list those who deserve credit, it would 
be as long as the list on the film "Homeward 
Bound" that I saw on a recent flight from 
the West Coast. I have been personally 
encouraged by many during this year. I have 
found Charles Ashman to be a great co- 
worker as I prepared for this week. 

Last year a record 6.5 million people visited 
Montana, savoring its spectacular landscapes, 
exploring its many ghost towns and drinking 
in its breathtaking beauty. You have come to 
this western state to do some of the above — 
sightseeing — but you have also come to be 
part of a special week which we trust will be 
a very significant week. 

Montana is almost the size of Michigan, 
Illinois and Indiana combined. But Montana 
is very sparsely populated (799,065). In fact, 
the average square mile of Montana holds only 
five people (plus 1.4 elk, 3.3 deer, and 896 
catchable fish). Rhode Island has 960 people 
per square mile. So, we are in wide, open, 
big sky country. 

We are gathered in the state's largest city 
— home of 8 1 , 1 5 1 people. The people of this 
city make up 10% of Montana's population. 
This sparsely populated state has only one 
congressman, which leaves it supposedly 
cloutless in Washington. Still, the old western 
optimism thrives in Montana, where solvers 
far outnumber whiners. This state not only has 
America's third-highest voter turnout in 
national elections, it also has one of the 
nation's highest proportion of registered 
voters (90%). You have registered to be a part 
of the Brethren Conference in Billigs. Thank 
you again for coming. Let me also thank you 
in advance for being prompt at the meetings 
and giving attention to the directives that will 
be given from time to time. We all desire to 
make a positive impact for Christ during our 
stay here, don't we? May our individual 
actions and reactions be such that our 
corporate testimony will be clean and clear. 

You have already noticed, I'm sure, that our 

Conference theme is "Putting Amazing Back 
Into Grace." Doug Sabin will turn our 
attention to "The Exhibition of His 
Grace Through Us." Moderator-Elect Bob 
Fetterhoff, will challenge us with our 
responsibility to be involved in "The 
Extension of His Grace to Others." 

Last year our Moderator, Dave Plaster, 
said, "I sense that many younger leaders are 
discouraged with the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches. "They see us as a group 
focused inward and more concerned with how 
to conduct debates than how to reach out to 
the lost." He went on to observe that the 
momentum, the growth, the enthusiasm, the 
family spirit that he experienced growing up 
in our Fellowship has, in the eyes of many, 

If someone from the outside were asked to 
evaluate our Fellowship, would they say we 
are stalemated, lacking vision, and disunited? 
Would they also, if they were to review our 
entire history, say there was a day when 
we were more energetic, growing, and 
innovative? Well, they just might say that our 
best days were days of yesterday . But I choose 
to believe that our best days are ahead of us. 

There are many who are saying, "It is time 
for us to get up and get going." There is a 
gentle wind of optimism beginning to blow. 
It is my prayer that this Conference will be 
the place where we set our sails to catch that 
wind. Let's ask God to prepare us to go 
"beyond the unthinkable." Let's dream 
again! Let's quit fishing from the bridge. Let's 
go out of the river and into the bay, and then 
out of the bay into the ocean, where we will 
let down our nets for a big catch of fish. If 
this sounds like I'm advocating a proactive 
stance, you are hearing me correctly. 

Yes, there will be tension between those 
whose mindset seems to be protection, with 
those who are the proclaimers. But can't we 
live together in harmony while recognizing 
the tension? 

A moderator is under orders to take the 
temperature of the Fellowship. He is 
instructed to get a pulse beat. So let me try 
to do just that. 

A Look at WMC 
(Women's Ministries in tlie Church) 

A recent study of WMC revealed that over 
the past ten years membership has declined 

by 1300 women. The creation of a task force 
two years ago was for the express purpose of 
evaluating WMC — its past, its present, its 
possibilities. This group, which has been 
given the job of taking a close look at what 
has historically been a strong women's 
organization in our Fellowship, is grappling 
with some interesting pressures. 

In 1991, each member of the Task Force 
was given a specific topic to study and write 
a report. Their conclusions were that WMC 
has had a great history in our Fellowship, but 
now has a responsibility to be relevant to 
mobilize and aggressively strengthen its 
effectiveness to the church around the world 
and to the women of local Grace Brethren 

When WMC was bom in our Fellowship, 
it did not have the kind of competition 
that exists today in women's ministry 
opportunities. So, the move that these women 
in leadership have made to evaluate and adapt, 
is a strategic one. 

A Looli at Home Missions 

When you look at Grace Brethren Home- 
Missions, you must look in several directions. 
You must look to the west to see what is 
happening at the Navajo Mission where a 
dedicated team of missionaries is reaching the 
Navajos with the Gospel. Steve Galegor is 
steering this ministry wisely and carefully 
through some significant changes. A strong 
emphasis on church-planting among the j 
Navajos is evident. j 

Retired Chaplain Lee Jenkins looks after i 
our chaplains like a mother hen looks after I 
her brood of chicks. He is proud, and rightly 
so, of our men who serve in the military. The 
Eagle Commission enjoys the respect and 
support of our Fellowship. 

Thirty-eight years ago, (GBIF) Grace 
Brethren Investment Foundations was founded 
by a group of 300 depositors who invested 
$800,000. Today Investors total 4,381 and the 
inhouse banking service has over 31 million 
dollars in deposits. More than 60% of the 
Fellowship's churches have received loans 
from GBIF. 

One respected authority says that 
currently 80 to 85 percent of American 
churches are either plateaued or dying, with 
no revival in sight. America is indeed a 
mission field when 44 percent of Americans 

are unchurched. The goal of Home Missions, 
to help facilitate the planting of 50 new 
churches by the middle of this decade, is 
reachable. As plans for 1996-2000 are 
formulated, you can expect to see aggressive 
goals being projected by Kurt Miller - newly 
appointed National Director of Church- 
Planting. Hopefully you have read the 
material on the Canadian Initiative and you 
are praying about the move at Home Missions 
into the needy country to our north. 

A Look at Grace Schools 

Enrollment for the fall at Grace College is 
ahead of last year. As of the 14th of July , 200 
freshman are expected. Total enrollment in 
the Seminary is expected to be 111. 

You have read about the reconfigured 
Seminary curriculum. It takes into account 
that students require more preparation in 
actual ministry settings than the classroom 
provides. The emphasis on connecting up 
students with experienced mentors to help give 
them the support and insight they need in the 
transition from school to ministry is lauded 
by most in our Fellowship. Much of the 
material on pastoral ministries that was once 
taught in the classroom will now be learned 
in actual ministry settings. 

The Board members and faculty at Grace 
Schools subscribe to the covenant of faith. The 
commitment to inerrancy, creationism, and 
dispensationalism is firm at our schools. 
Changes in how the curriculum is delivered 
does not mean that the theological foundations 
have changed. Grace is the only school in 
America that teaches from the Bible the 
distinctives of the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches. 

The Board of Directors expects to receive 
a report from the Search and Screen 
Committee in February of 1994. So the 
process of naming a new president is going 

A Look at Grace Village 

In December 1992, Grace Village 
emerged from Chapter 1 1 Banckruptcy. In 
January 1993, payments were made to 
investors. In just a few days on July 31, the 
second round of payments will be made. 

Under the capable leadership of 
administrator Scott Puckett and his staff, the 

Village continues to chop away at what was 
once an extremely large operational deficit. 
If predictions are accurate, the fiscal year of 
1994 will be a year in the black. 

It is good to know that presently at Grace 
Village concentration is on quality issues 
instead of legal issues. The evidence of this 
is obvious to the careful observer. 

At present there is a 95 % occupancy and 
96% is expected this fall. This, of course, is 
a dramatic increase from the 80% occupancy 
of two years ago. The management style has 
undergone some major changes. Now each 
manager is more autonomous but is held 
accountable for budget and the outcome of 
services. Each supervisor and employee has 
input as to how his or her job is performed. 
The resident council not only shares concerns 
with the administration, but also with the 
Board of Directors. 

Good steps have been taken at Grace 
Village. They have turned in the right 
direction and have started on the long journey 
back. Even though the Saving Grace cam- 
paign did not generate what they had hoped 
and projected, there is a spirit of optimism at 
the retirement complex. 

A Look at the Brethren Missionary Herald 

When we think of the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Company, we automatically think of 
Charles Turner. He retired on July 1, 1993, 
after 22 years as general manager. Under his 
leadership revenues from all the Herald's 
operations now exceed $1.2 million. 

In June, a new retail store was opened in 
Dublin, Ohio. Stores in Indianapolis and 
Winona Lake continue to do well. The Herald 
now mails to all 50 states and 22 foreign 
countries, and deals with 26 denominations. 
The last printing of the Grow Tract makes it 
the most published piece of Grace Brethren 
literature, with more than three million copies 
in print. 

According to the Rev. Jeff Carroll, who in 
December of 1992, was named the new 
general manager, the Herald will continue to 
focus on the following: 

1 . To help foster a positive image of the 
National Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches through the Herald magazine 
and various printed publications. 

2. To distribute Christian literature at the 

best possible price, with quality service 
to both retail and wholesale customers. 
3. To expand the distribution chain, as God 
gives opportunity. 

A Look at Foreign Missions 

Seeing its purpose primarily that of 
serving churches in their world-wide mission, 
Grace Brethren Foreign Missions has been 
attempting to shift the responsibility for the 
Great Commission back onto the shoulders of 
local churches. For many years now the role 
of the Mission has been to get churches in 
S.T.E.P. with the Great Commission - with 
focus on Strategy, Teamwork, 
Encouragement, and Prayer. 

In June, the George Swains left for Prague, 
and the Paul Michaels left for Western 
Siberia. Both the Swains and Michaels are 
expecting soon to be joined by other helpers 
in these new fields. 

The challenge of Africa is the changing of 
leadership from older men presently in 
positions of leadership, to younger men of a 
new generation. In Europe the church is 
growing slowly. In Latin America several 
churches show signs of new life. Asia gives 
evidence of being a fruitful harvest field. 

Fewer and fewer people see missionary 
service as a lifetime commitment. Support 
costs have sky-rocketed in many countries of 
the world. Even so, the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches remains committed to 
Foreign Missions. Our Fellowship stands 
among the leaders in per capita giving to 
foreign missions. Thanks to the dedication of 
our missionary team during the past 90 years, 
we are a part of an International Fellowship 
of Churches that encircles the globe. 

A Look at CE National 

Last year attendance at the National Youth 
Conference reached an all time high of 2017. 
Hundreds of our young people stood at their 
schools' flagpoles to pray for the emphasis 
called "See You At The Pole." On 
March 6, 1993, almost 5000 people from our 
Grace Brethren Churches participated in the 
youth outreach event called "See You At The 
Party." Nearly 200 persons prayed to receive 

A new boys' curriculum called One-on- 
One has been developed. Excitement is 

running high on this long awaited program. 
The excellence of the SMM program 
continues to be recognized. Attendance at this 
year's conference sponsored by CE National 
for children's workers was the largest ever. 
Summer means Operation Barnabas and the 
T.I.M.E. programs which involved 100 
people this year. Shouldn't we all thank God 
that over 1000 people have been involved in 
Operation Barnabas over the years, and 1000 
people also in the T.I.M.E. ministries! 

A Look at B.E.M. 
(Brethren Evangelistic Ministries) 

This year marks the 45th year that Brethren 
Evangelistic Ministries has promoted 
evangelism throughout the Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches. B.E.M. 
participated with Foreign Missions, Home . 
Missions, Grace Schools and CE National, 
with the focus on evangelism rallies, as part 
of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches' Masterplan. 

Not only did B.E.M. sponsor six First Love 
Renewal seminars this past year, but also held 
First Love Renewal follow-up services in 
twenty-nine churches. Some of you may 
have listened to DeRosa's testimony on 
"Unshackled," heard on over 900 stations 

This year the ministry of this board 
reached outside our country to Argentina, 
Mexico, Guatemala, Peru and Africa. 

Ron Thompson, executive director, is the 
only full-time staff member. He is assisted by 
one part-time and 16 volunteer pastors and lay 

A Look at Grace Brethren 
Men International 

Early this year 15 yokefellows spent six 
weeks in Africa, doing a variety of work 
projects. Presently, the men are involved in 
three projects here in the States. 

Director Ed Jackson and his wife Polly, 
spent a month in Africa teaching African 
leaders the principles of discipleship. 

Plans for 1994 include a project at Grove 
City, Ohio, where a new church building is 
in the planning stage. Yokefellows will assist 
in building the church. 

Gregg Burgess, Foreign Missions Sower 
appointed to France, is working in the area 


literature translation and publication. The 
al of Grace Brethren Men International is 
underwrite one of his translation projects. 
Attempting to accurately diagnose the state 
health of the Fellowship is an interesting 
allenge. It is well nigh impossible as far as 
n concerned. I'm very much aware of the 
ct that my attempt has left many feeling it 
js so-so. 

But as we move into this next section, I feel 
bit more on target. 

i. Isn't It Time For Us To Dream Again, 
To Asit God For A Bigger Vision? 

The vision of the church will never be larger 
an the vision of her leaders. Pacesetters used 
( God in the past have been ones who have 
armed heaven to find out what God wants 
em to do and then they go out and do it with 
od's help. 

It's the William Carey spirit that we need 
"Attempt great things for God; expect 
eat things from God." What do you want 
ir Fellowship to do, Lord? How do you want 
i to do it? When do you want to accomplish 
is? We tend to overestimate what we can 
3 in a year. We tend to underestimate what 
e can do in ten. 

We chuckle when we hear stories about 
lose who have no vision, don't we? We feel 
)rry for those who seem to have no capacity 
I dream. We tend to poke fun at those whose 
atements give evidence of little or no vision. 

1. Simon Newcomb, an astronomer of 
some note, said this back in 1902, 
"Flight by machines heavier than air is 
impractical and insignificant, if not 
utterly impossible." 

2. Robert Millikan, Nobel prize winner in 
physics in 1920 said, "There is no 
likelihood man can ever tap the power of 
the atom." 

3. Back in 1927, Harry Warner of Warner 
Brothers Pictures said, "Who the H— 
wants to hear actors talk?" 

4. In 1943, Thomas J. Watson, chairman of 
IBM, said, "I think there is a world 
market for about five computers." 

5. Ken Olsen, president of Digital Equip- 
ment Corporation, made this statement 
in 1977. "There is no reason for any 
individual to have a computer in their 

How can people be so short-sighted? Wow! 

These people missed it big - real big. They 
surely didn't have much vision, did they? 

But let's turn the spotlight on ourselves. 
What are we dreaming? What are we 
expecting God to do? 

Ministry without vision is like a ship 
without a compass, a surgeon without a 
scalpel, a writer without a pen. You will 
remember that last year's moderator spoke of 
his early mental image of our Fellowship as 
being a big ship, christened the FGBC. But 
that picture changed over the years. It is far 
more accurate to think of the FGBC as a fleet 
of small boats. Some, you know, consider this 
fleet as headed in the wrong direction on the 
Niagara River, and they believe in a matter 
of time it will crash over the falls and break 
up. So they have announced they are leaving 
to sail in a different direction. 

Do we have an agreed upon set of signals 
for our fleet of ships? Yes, indeed we do! We 
have adopted a strategy document which spells 
out our priorities. We have set down some 
goals. Because we are a decentralized group, 
the document's implementation is wholly 
dependent upon the willingness of every 
district, every affiliated organization, every 
local church, to set in motion what aspects 
they can. 

Moses knew what direction God wanted 
him to go when he appeared before Pharoah 
and demanded the release of God's people 
(Exodus 5-7). Nehemiah knew precisely what 
he wanted to do. After Nehemiah's visit. King 
Artaxerxes knew where this man of God was 
headed. Vision signals where a ministry is 
going. Vision gives potential participants an 
opportunity to decide in advance if personal 
vision matches the organization's direction. 

Not much was happening in Jerusalem in 
Nehemiah's day. The walls were broken down 
and the gates lay charred by fire; no one 
seemed to give a care (Nehemiah 1:3). Then 
Nehemiah arrived with a vision from God. 
When he shared his dream with the people 
they said, "Let's get to it." A good vision 
motivates and unifies. 

When Apple Computer fell on difficult days 
a while back, Apple's young chairman, Steven 
Jobs, traveled from the Silicon Valley to New 
York City. His purpose was to convince 
Pepsico's John Sculley to move west and run 
his struggling company. As the two men 
overlooked the Manhattan skyline from 
Sculley's penthouse office, the Pepsi 

executive started to decline Job's offer. 

"Financially," Sculley said, "You'd have 
to give me a million-dollar salary, a million- 
dollar bonus, and a million-dollar severance." 

Flabbergasted, Jobs gulped and agreed — 
if Sculley would move to California. But 
Sculley would commit only to being a 
consultant from New York. At that. Jobs 
issued a challenge to Sculley: "Do you want 
to spend the rest of your life selling sugared 
water, or do you want to change the world?" 

In his autobiography Odyssey, Sculley 
admits Job's challenge . . . "knocked the wind 
out of me." He said he'd become so caught 
up with his future at Pepsi, his pension, and 
whether his family could adapt to life in 
California that an opportunity to "change the 
world" nearly passed him by. Instead, he put 
his life into perspective and went to Apple. 

Many people don't recognize a chance to 
change the world. Part of the Christian 
message is letting people know what a 
difference the gospel makes. (Greg 
Asimakoupoulos, Concord, CA) 

The Chairman of Apple went to New York 
to share his VISION with Scully and 
Pepsico's leader bought into it. Movers and 
shakers in the business world often have a big 
vision. Many of the outstanding Christian 
leaders of today have a big vision. It is time 
for us to ask God for a bigger vision, so it is. 

2A. Isn't It Time For Us 
To Take Some Risks? 

' 'Behold the turtle; he only makes progress 
when he sticks his neck out. ' ' What would you 
and I attempt for God if we knew we couldn't 
fail? How many times have you heard, 'God 
hasn't called me to be successful; he has called 
me to be faithful'? Remember how Jesus 
defined "faithful" in the parable of the ten 
pounds in Luke 19:11-27? It was the person 
who had done something with the money that 
Jesus called faithful. The one who laid the 
money up in a napkin was not commended. 
No, the one who had invested the money and 
made more was praised. The money each 
servant received was a significant amount. 
Their responsibility was to "put this money 
to work" in business, trading, or by 
investment. Jesus singles out three of the ten 
servants as examples. The first two did 
well - so well they received a special 
commendation for being trustworthy or 

faithful. But the servant who allowed his fear 
to freeze him into inactivity which prevented 
him from putting the money to work, was in 
trouble. To be sure, investing the money 
would be risky, but he was specifically 
charged to take the risk. This parable teaches 
that there are different rewards for different 
degrees of zeal among those who are faithful 

We are either: 

Caretakers, or 

Are we content to maintain the work — to 
just keep the store? Do we fail to take risks 
because we fear failure? Remember! Not 
reaching your goal isn't failure; failure is not 
having a goal. Failure isn't falling down; it 
is the refusal to get up again. Successful 
servants of the Lord fail as much as anyone 
else. But they learn from their failures. They 
get up and go on. Babe Ruth said, "Never 
let the fear of striking out stop you from 
taking a swing." We remember Ruth as the 
home run king who had a lot of runs batted 
in. But he also set some strike out records. 

Do we want to live our lives in such a way 
that we are bound to fail unless God comes 
through? Isn't it time for us to ask God for 
bigger things? Isn't it time that we conclude 
that the impossible situations will not 
intimidate us, rather they will motivate us - 
motivate us to pray more, to work more, to 
give more. 

Hudson Taylor, the famous missionary to 
China, said there are three phases to God's 




God works in the realm of the impossible. 

Let me suggest a dictionary exercise. Get 
out your Webster's Ninth Collegiate 
dictionary and turn to page 605 . In the second 
column of that page about 2 Vi inches from the 
top you will find the word "impossible." 
Next, I want you to put a piece of cardboard 
under this page. Then I want you to take a 
knife and carefully cut out the word 
"impossible," with its definition. Then in the 
margin of your dictionary write Ephesians 
1:15-23 and Ephesians 3:20-21. 

Ephesians 1:15-23 


Paul does not ask God to give the believers 
at Ephesus what they do not have, but rather 
he prays that God will reveal to them what 
they already have. Paul prays: 

1. That they might know God - 1:17 

- To know God personally is salvation 
- John 17:3 

- To know Him increasingly is 
Sanctification - Phil. 3:10 

■ — To know Him perfectly is 
Glorification - 1 Cor. 13:9-12 
Paul put the prayer for wisdom first because 
to him the Gospel was so wonderful that it 
was impossible for men to see the glory of 
it unless they were taught of God, and also 
because he knew that the knowledge of God 
was life itself. 

2. That we might Itnow God's calling 

- 1:18 

According to II Tim 1:9, our calling is a 
holy calling. We have been called out of 
darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 

Because of this calling, we have hope — 
a living hope that should encourage us day 
by day. This living hope should have a 
purifying effect in our lives. What we are and 
have depends on God's initiative. 

3. That we might know God's riches 

- 1:18b 

The idea is His inheritance in us. Isn't it 
amazing that God should look upon us as a 
part of His great wealth?! Just as a man's 
wealth brings glory to his name, so the church 
will bring glory to God because of what He 
has invested in us. As believers we should be 
living in the future tense. Because we are 
God's inheritance, we live to please and 
glorify Him. 

To see yourself as Christ's inheritance, 
God's gift to His well-beloved Son, is mind 
shattering. Few things are more conducive to 
loving commitment and discipline than the 
thought that all Christ has on earth from the 
Father are redeemed individuals. 

4. That we might know God's power 

- 1:19-21 

By making us His inheritance, God has shown 
His love. By promising us a wonderful future. 
He has encouraged our hope. Now Paul 
offers something to challenge our faith: "The 

exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward 
who believe" (vl9). So tremendous is this 
truth that Paul enlisted many different words 
from the Greek vocabulary to get his point 

Dunamis - "power," as in dynamo and 

Energia - "working," as in energy; 

Kratos - "mighty"; 

Ischus - "power". 

Paul is saying that there is divine dynamic, 
eternal energy, available to us! What good is 
it to have wealth if we are too weak to use it? 

In Old Testament days people measured 
God's power by His creation or by the way 
He took His people out of Egypt. But our 
yardstick is different today. We measure His 
power by the miracle of Christ's resurrection. 
Jesus is not only Savior, He is also Sovereign. 
He is now seated in the place of authority . 

"The ascension of Jesus was the supreme 
political event of world history. He ascended 
not so much to a place as to an office. He 
departed from the arena of humiliation and 
suffering to enter into His glory. He, in one 
moment, leapfrogged from the status of 
despised Galilean teacher to the cosmic King 
of the Universe, jumping over the heads of 
Pilate, Herod, and Caesar Augustus. The 
ascension catapulted Jesus to the right hand 
of God where He was enthroned as King of 
kings and Lord of lords." 

The implications of this event for the church 
are staggering. At this very moment the Lord 
God omnipotent reigns with His Son in the 
seat of imperial authority at His right hand. 
He reigns in power, possessing all authority 
in heaven and earth. 

The power of the Holy Spirit through the 
resurrected, ascended Christ, is available to 
all Christians - by faith. It is grace that 
supplies the wealth, but it is faith that lays 
hold of the wealth. We are saved "by grace 
through faith" (Eph. 2:8, 9) and we live "by 
grace through faith" (I Cor. 15:10). Are we 
facing a power shortage in the Church today? 
What is your answer to that question? 

Think of it: The resurrection and ascension 
express the measure of the Father's power 
made available to believers. 

3A. Isn't It Time For Us To Look 
At Our Theology Notebooks? 

It is possible that we have become fixated 


on the baptism element of the Great 
Commission, and need to get on with 
"teaching them to observe all things that he 
has commanded?" Isn"t baptism porch truth 
- initiatory truth, entrance truth, elementary 
and basic? Haven't we spent enough time on 
this subject? We have looked at it from all 
three sides. 

But let's invite people into all the rooms of 
the house of truth. Let's be concerned with 
more than the porch. We want them to learn 
to enjoy the company of others as they sit 
down and relax in the living room. We desire 
that they know their way around in the 
kitchen, so they can learn to get a meal for 
themselves. We show them the den where 
they can sit and not be distracted while reading 
and meditating on His Word. We, of course, 
point out where the shower is, so they can give 
attention to cleanliness. We explain how to 
work the draft in the fireplace in the family 
room. We want them to learn to relax and play 
some table games with the family. We show 
them the backyard so they can talk over the 
fence to the neighbors. We introduce them to 
a prayer closet. 

Is it possible that God wants to expand our 
thinking in more areas than baptism and 
church membership? What do you tell to the 
teen who says he has been involved in Satan 
worship and fears that something has control 
of his Ufe? What do you say to the lady who 
comes to your office and shares her fears 
about demon oppression in her life? Do you 
send her away after having prayer and go on 
your way hoping she won't be back? 

Are the pages of our theological notebooks 
stuck together in the whole matter of demon 
activity? "It can't happen" or "It doesn't 
happen." Is that our approach? 

The Paul Okken Story 

Let me relate to you an incident in the life 
of Baptist Missionary Paul Okken. The story- 
is told in the book Leading and Managing 
Your Church. One day he was driving on a 
mountain road in Africa. His heart was full 
of the love of God for lost people. Looking 
out over a valley full of resettled people from 
the Civil War in the Belgian Congo, he could 
see the smoke ascending from the cooking 
fires. The toadstool shaped smoke clouds gave 
evidence that it was a heavily populated 

He found himself crying out, "Oh, God 
what's to become of all those people?" Hf 
was thinking about how they were lost withou 
the love of God, without the knowledge o; 
Christ, and his heart just went out to them 
Then God picked up the crayon and began tc 
color outside the lines. And from inside th« 
chamber of that Landrover a very clear voice 
spoke impeccable English and said, ' 'Ask me 
for them." Now a Pentecostal would know 
what to do with this. But a Baptist does noi 
have a current theological page for coping 
with that particular sentence, because there 
was no body attached to this voice. Now this 
missionary's been on the field 25 years, bui 
he's in fairly decent mental health. So he 
ignores it and continues his journey. Coming 
to a bend in the road, he once again is 
overlooking this same valley. Again he fmds 
his heart crying out, "Oh, God, what's to 
become of all these dear, lost people?" And 
a second time he hears the voice — 
unmistakable, clear — from the seat beside 
him in the empty Landrover, "Ask me for 

Pulling the Landrover over to the side he 
said, "Phew, that's the kind of thing God 
would say if God were to speak." The only 
occasion that I can think of that God has ever 
behaved that way before was back in the Old 
Testament, and the Old Testament said that 
Samuel heard this voice saying, "Samuel, 
Samuel," in the middle of the night. Now God 
has been known to do this kind of thing, but 
this is not the middle of the night and my name 
is not Samuel, so as a Biblical literalist I can 
disregard this. But this is the kind of thing that 
God would say. And what was He saying? 
"Ask me for them." Well, I can offer a 
prayer. I can obey the voice that far and still 
be within good theology. "Lord," he said, 
"for Jesus' sake, give me the souls of the 
people in this valley." 

Now he said, ' 'If I ever had to describe this 
to another one of my Baptist brethren, what 
would I have to do in order to demonstrate 
my soundness in faith. I would have to discern 
whether this was in fact God or not. And I 
would have to do it by some empirical test, 
because that's the rule in the Baptist tradition. 
Because you don't take anything on a direct 
line from God without checking it out against 
Scripture and against the empirical reahty." 

So he said, "Lord, if this is you and you 
want me to sjjend more time in this valley 


ivangelizing, then I'll go down there right 
low and I'll preach, and if anyone shows 
merest or responds, then I'll return here. 
There,' he said, 'that'll do it.' Because I 
vouldn't have to teU anybody that I heard this 
'oice, if I see a response down there. I 
vouldn't have to tell how I got there. I could 
ust tell them I found somebody, preached, 
ind they were saved." 

He went down and preached. On the first 
ermon, eleven adults received Christ as their 
Javior. "Woo," he said, "this place is 
eady . " And he returned and returned and in 
ive years' time they had planted 60 churches. 
Jixty churches in five years' time! By 1980, 
hree years later, they had planted 20 more 
ihurches. In less than eight years, 80 
ihurches had been planted in that valley. 

"Well, the Baptist missionary never shared 
hat story with his confederates as long as he 
ived. ' ' After he died Carl George shared the 
tory with them, and you know what they 
aid? They said, "Huh! So that's what 
lappened? We wondered about it. That 
vork's still going on over there. I mean 
hey 're still planting more churches from those 
ihurches. Huh! God was involved in all of 

From this story we get a clue that God had 
I bigger vision of what needed to be done than 
nissionary Paul Okken could envision. God 
s constantly calling us to go beyond 
)urselves. We need to give time for God to 
lo that, and then we need to take some risks 
nvolved in doing that. Does our coloring 
look need to be enlarged? Is it possible that 
jod is waiting for us to be willing to let God 
le God? 

God, you know, is bigger than the statement 
if faith of our Fellowship. 


Let's rise up and build! It is true that we 
ire not a big company, but that doesn't mean 
ve can't do a significant work for God. As 

have traveled to many churches in our 
■ellowship over the last three years, I have 
ensed that there are many pastors and lay 
leople who are saying, "Let's get to it." 
'Let's move out!" As I have sat with the 
eaders of districts and with those in 
eadership positions on district mission 
loards. I have sensed a desire to move ahead, 
reach out. The time that I have invested in 

the Strategy Committee had been a strong 
encouragment and challenge to me. My 
exposure to the Focus On Evangelism rallies 
helped me to conclude that our Fellowship 
wants to be significant. I've caught enough 
of the spirit out of which the regional Focus 
II retreats were conceived, to be excited and 

Plans are nearly complete for the five Focus 
n rallies to be held in September 1993 and 
January, February, March and April of 1994. 
I urge all our pastors to rearrange your 
schedules so that you can attend when these 
rallies are held for your districts. Please pray 
that these five regional meetings will be the 
beginning of a new sense of identity and 
mission in this final decade of our century. 

We do need to renew our trust and 
confidence in Christ as He is working through 
our fellow pastors, churches, organizations 
and leadership. We have spent a lot of time 
and energy on controversy. Three times our 
Fellowship has declared and defined itself 
on the subject of baptism and church 
membership. We have affirmed as a 
conference to grant fellowship to churches 
with an of)en membership. Many have 
concluded that tolerating diversity is not 
synonymous with adopting the convictions of 

It is "rise up and build" time for the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. It is 
time for us to share the Vision of our leaders, 
and together attempt great things for God and 
expect great things from God. According to 
Philippians 2:19, 20, Paul trusted Timothy. 
Trust is the emotional glue that binds a group 
together. Trust produces confidence and 
encourages people to take risks, to try new 
things and be creative. On the other hand, 
mistrust creates stagnation and causes 
boredom. It will drain the life out of an 
organization. As a Fellowship of churches we 
have suffered major damage over the past 
several years because of the lack of trust in 
our leaders. I believe it is time to dream again, 
to risk big things for God, to allow Him to 
expand our coloring book. 

"The P-38 Dream" 

At 3:45 a.m., July 15, 1942, six new P-38 
Lightnings and two B-17 Flying Fortresses 
charged down the runway of a secret 
American airfield in Greenland. Racing over 


the "Ice cube" (as Air Force pilots called the 
Polar Cap) they ran head on into an Arctic 
Blizzard. Three hours later, still flying blind, 
the Squadron learned that the air base in 
Raykjvik, Iceland, the final stop on their way 
to Britain and World War 11, was socked in. 
Nothing to do but turn back to the Greenland 
base. But as the planes approached, the pilots 
were told that the field was closed. Now there 
was no place to land and they were running 
out of fuel. 

Desperate, the pilots swung toward the 
Eastern Coast of Greenland where they had 
last seen small breaks in the clouds. Just 
before noon Lt. J. Bradley McManus, a 
24-year-old just out of flight school, realized 
that his P-38 was running on fumes. Spotting 
a hole in the cloud cover, he radioed the rest 
of the Squadron, "I'm going down now." A 
puff of white marked where his wheels 
touched the ice. 

"The crate rolled almost 200 yards," 
another pilot reported, "and flipped like a shot 
rabbit" when the nose hit a crevasse. The 
engines billowed smoke as McManus 
wriggled out of the cockpit. He stood up and 
waved to the others circling overhead. Then 
the five other fighters and two bombers, their 
wheels retracted, made perfect belly landings. 
The crewmen were rescued nine days later, 
but the planes were abandoned to the relentless 
snows and for 50 years remained where they 
had slid to a stop. 

Thirty-eight years later, in August of 1980, 
Richard Taylor and Patrick Epps, two middle- 
aged Atlanta businessmen, were flying over 
the glittering ice fields of Southern Greenland. 
Their spirit for adventure had brought them 
to Greenland just as it had taken them to other 
parts of the world. 

As their Beechcraft Bonanza droned over 
the ice fields of the area, Epps suddenly 
remembered the legendary Lost Squadron of 
1942. "The planes are still there," Epps told 
Taylor, "and they're like new. All we would 
have to do is shovel the snow off the wings, 
fill them with gas, crank them up and fly off 
into the sunset. Nothing to it." What a dream! 

For the next 12 years, Epps and Taylor 
devoted much of their lives and a good deal 
of their money to the search for the Lost 

Their first effort in 1981 to find the planes 
was fruitless. But they returned two months 
later with sophisticated sub-surface radar 

equipment. However, they were rebuffed bj 
horrible weather and were not even able t< 
land. Those two efforts were costly as you cai 
imagine ($35,000). Costly but fruitless. 

In 1988, after another failed attempt, thes( 
two persistent men, with the help of i 
Geophysicist from the University of Iceland 
located eight large objects beneath the ice tha 
seemed to mimic the position of the planes ii 
aerial photos taken in 1942. A steam prob( 
melted a hole in the ice and thumped oi 
something. It turned out to be one of th( 
buried planes. At first Epps was thrilled; thei 
it hit him: no one had invented a machine tha 
could dig hundreds of feet into the ice 
Bringing up a ten ton airplane with a wing 
span of 52 feet from that far below th( 
surface seemed utterly impossible. 

But in the Spring of 1990, these men wen 
at it again. Now they were working with i 
device called a super gopher. This uniqu( 
contraption looks like a giant toy top. Wate 
heated to 1 80 degrees Fahrenheit is pumpe( 
through the coil of this strange looking thing 
enabling it to melt a vertical round shaf 
through any thickness of ice. Going dowi 
through the hole, the two looked around 
There in the ice palace of glittering blui 
crystals lay a huge four-engine, grey-greei 
B-17, limp and mangled. As the two sat sid( 
by side in the bomber's cockpit, they felt th( 
sting of reality. Taylor turned to Epps am 
said, "Pat, we've got to stop this." 

They gave up. After ten years o 
dreaming, after a total expenditure that ha( 
reached $1.5 million, they went back to thei 
neglected businesses and families in Atlanti 
and tried to forget. 

But just one month later these two men wen 
together, and not surprisingly they started t( 
dream again. Epps said to Taylor, "Yot 
know, the B-17 is a thin-skinned plane, it' 
fragile. The P-38 is strong and stout. Mayb( 
we just hit a bad one." 

They had always wanted the P-38'i 
anyway. Out of 9,923 buih, only 28 stil 
existed and only five were flyable. 

They decided to give it one more try. Afte 
all, collectors would pay two million dollar; 
for this twin tail bird that the Germans callec 
the fork-tailed devil. 

Eighteen months later an investor had beei 
secured who would underwrite the entin 
project. So it was back to Greenland lookinj 
for the P-38. At 257 feet the Gopher lande( 


1 P-38. For the next 48 hours, scalding 
;r was pumped into the growing cavity, 
jsing the fighter bit by bit. When Epps 
; down the shaft to the plane, he was 
zed. "The nose looked perfect. The 
:pit had the control lock lying across it, 
the flight checklist was hanging from it." 
rything was preserved - the machine guns 
s ready to fire, the engines ready to start 
For the next month, working day and 
It, teams of mechanics who had been 
;red into the narrow freezing shaft, 
sited the plane piece by piece, hoisting 
ions of it to the surface. Imagine how 
cult it was working in this ice tomb. What 

fter four more holes were sunk side by 
to create an opening large enough to bring 
he wings and the 4,000 pound fuselage, 
salvage operation was well underway, 
copters flew the parts to the Greenland 
St, where they were loaded on a cargo ship 
id for Georgia. 

n July 15, 1992, 50 years to the day after 
1 McManus crashed his P-38 on the 
ier, the Greenland Exposition Society held 
ommemorative service at the site, 
vlanus, now 74, flew up for the event. 
1 tears in his eyes the old pilot told the 
ip, "In the whole world there aren't 
people who would have had the 
everance" to do what Epps and Taylor 

oday, while the P-38 is being renovated 
I Kentucky hangar, Epps and Taylor 
Jin about other adventures. "I would like 
y this airplane when I'm sixty, next year," 
; Epps, who was 47 when the search for 
Ixjst Squadron began. "It would be a good 
iday present." And, of course, there are 

P-38's under the ice. "I'd like to get 
'.e more airplanes next summer," Epps 
;. That, of course, would be the summer 

God looking for believers today who see 
P-38's through the ice? Isn't it time for 
3 ask God to melt through the indifference 
coldness of unbeliever's hearts and touch 
n with the warmth of His transforming 

grace? "Love is patient" and has a way of 
melting away indifference. "Love is kind" 
and it is not intimidated with frigid conditions. 
' 'Love does not brag and is not arrogant" and 
can melt through thick glaciers. "Love does 
not act unbecomingly; does not seek its own" 
and continues to work in freezing conditions. 
Love "bears all things . . . endures all things" 
even in the most arctic situations. "Love 
never fails" even at 40 degrees below zero. 
Not many people would consider the 
glittering ice fields of Southern Greenland to 
have any potential for adventure or 
fulfillment. But Epps and Taylor saw an 
opportunity in the bleak situation. May God 
help us to see the opportunities in the many 
challenges that surround us. 

Isn't it time 

To ask God for a bigger vision? 

Isn't it time 

To take some risks? 

Isn't it time 

To look at our theology notebooks? 


I'm not sure what Lewis and Clark 
envisioned for the territory they explored. I'm 
reasonably sure, in fact, I'm nearly positive, 
that if these men could see what has 
happened in the territory they tramped 
through, they would be blown away. If we 
were to listen in on the conversation of these 
men - imagine what they would say — 
"incredible, unbelievable, unthinkable, 

What do you envision for our Fellowship? 
What do you see happening? What do you see 
developing? Do we as a Fellowship believe 
that God is looking for those who will attempt 
to go "Beyond the Unthinkable?" 

If you believe it is time for us to ask God 
for a bigger vision — say Amen. 

If you are convinced it is time for us to take 
some risks — say Yes. 

If you admit that it is time for us to re- 
examine our theology notebooks — say yes, 


Business Sessions 


Tuesday morning, July 27, 1993 

1. Conference Moderator, Rev. Bill Snell, 
opened the first session of the 54th Annual 
Conference of the FGBC meeting at Billings, 
MT, July 24-29, 1993 by reading Ephesians 
3:20-21 and then led in prayer. 

The moderator preceded to announce the 
appointment of Rev. Galen Wiley as "co- 
pilot" with permission of the Fellowship 
Council to sit at his right hand in order to 
conduct the business session. 

Galen Wiley officially called the meeting 
to order. He reminded attendees to read the 
reports in the packet and that delegates should 
wear their green badge and check w ith their 
church delegate representative for delegate 
envelope containing badge and ballots. 

2. A motion prevailed that the official list 
of member churches be accepted as listed on 
pages 74-92 of the 1993 Grace Brethren 
with exception of those closed; Orange Grove 
Community Church, Redlands, CA: 
Ambassadors GBC, Fair Oaks, CA; 
Community GBC of Prosser, WA and 
withdrawn; GBC Temple City, CA; GBC of 
Telford, TN; Spokane Valley GBC of 
Spokane, WA and GBC New Troy, MI. 

3. Dan Thornton reported for the Member- 
ship Committee 444 registered delegates (179 
ministerial and 265 lay) from 143 churches. 
He also reminded that beginning next year 
completed Statistical reports and full Member- 
ship fees must be turned in for delegates to 
be seated. 

4. A motion prevailed to seat these 

5. Presentation of one New Church was 
made by Secretary John Snow; A motion 
prevailed to accept Counselor NM as a 
member church in the E.G. B.C. 

6. An additional report of Membership 
Committee presented 1 new lay and 1 new 
ministerial delegate, for a total 446 (180 
ministerial and 266 lay) from 144 churches. 

A motion prevailed to seat these additional 

7. Agenda corrections were presented by 
Conference Coordinator. Charles Ashman. A 
motion prevailed to adopt corrections and 
additions as reported. 

Proposed Agenda 

Tuesday, July 27, 1993, 8:00 a.m. 

Business Session I 

1 . Call to Order, Moderator, William 

2. Presentation of Member Churches in 
the F.G.B.C., Conference Secretary, 
John Snow 

3. Initial report of the Membership 
Committee, Dan Thornton, Chm. 

4. Seating of delegates from Member 

5. Presentation of New Churches to be 
received into the F.G.B.C., Conference 
Secretary, John Snow 

6. Additional report of the Membership 
Committee, Dan Thornton, Chm. 

7. Seating of delegates from newly 
received churches 

8. Presentation of the Proposed Agenda, 
Charles Ashman, Fellowship Coordinator 

9. Report of the Nominating Committee, 
James Snavely 

10. Election of Second Moderator-Elect and 
Fellowship Council members 

1 1 . Ratification of Appointees to the 
Fellowship Council 

12. Report of the appointment of other 
Conference Officers, Fellowship Council 

13. Consideration for Ratification of 
Appointed Conference Officers 

14. Recommendation for changes in the 
F.G.B.C. Bylaws, Fellowship Council 
and Parliamentary Committee, Greg 

15. Adjournment 

Wednesday, July 28, 1993, 8:00 a.m. 
Business Session II 

1 . Call to order. Moderator, William Snell 

2. Approval of the minutes of the Business 
Session I 

3 . Additional report from the Membership 
Committee, Dan Thornton, Chm. 

4. Report of the elections of Second 
Moderator-Elect and Fellowship Council 
members. Parliamentary Committee, Ron 
Camevali, Chm. 

5 . Report of nominees for the Conference 
Nominating Committee, Fellowship 
Council, John Snow 

6. Election of the Conference Nominating 
Committee Fellowship Council Secretary, 
John Snow 


7. Report of appointments to Conference 
Committees, Fellowship Council, John 

8. Report of the F.G.B.C. Strategy 
Committee, Robert Fetterhoff, Chm. 

9. Report of the Board of Brethren 
Evangelistic Ministries, Ron Thompson, 
Executive Director 

0. Election of new Board Members for 
Brethren Evangelistic Ministries 

1. Unfinished business 

2. New business 

3. Adjournment 

'hursday, July 29, 1993, 8:00 a.m. 

lusiness Session lU 

1 . Call to order. Moderator, William Snell 

2. Approval of the minutes of Business 
Session 11 

3. Additional report of the Membership 
Committee. Dan Thornton, Chm. 

4. Report of the Elections of Wednesday 
Parliamentary Committee, Ron 
Camevali, Chm. 

5. Report of the Fellowship Council on its 
activities, actions and recommendations 

6. Printed Reports - Questions or comments 
from the delegates 

a. Conference Treasurer, Steve 

b. Conference Statistics, Coordinator, 
Charles Ashman 

c. Conference Auditor, Don Eshelman 

d. Resolutions. Brian Smith 

e. Social Concerns, Donald Shoemaker 

f. Retirement Planning, James Johnson 

7. Report on Next Year's Conference, 
Moderator-Elect, Robert Fetterhoff and 
Fellowship Coordinator, Charles Ashman 

8. Unfinished business 

9. Reading and approval of the minutes of 
Business Session IE 

0. Installation of the 1993-1994 Conference 
Officers Moderator, William Snell 

1. Adjournment (sine die) 

2. Benediction by the newly installed 
Moderator, Robert Fetterhoff 

8. Report of Nominating Committee by 
ames Snavely. Candidates were asked to 
tand. Other nominations from floor were 
intertained - no nominations. A motion 
>revailed to close nominations. The election 
vas then carried out using the ballot 
)rovided. Nominees were: Office of Second- 
i^oderator Elect (moderator in 1996) Kenneth 

Koontz and Stephen Peters; Fellowship 
Council - Western Region: Stephen Galegor, 
Fenton McDonald and Philip Teran; Central 
Region: Gary Austin, John Burke and Robert 
Divine; Eastern Region: Ronald Camevali, 
Ronald Guiles and Wayne Hannah. 

9. A motion prevailed to ratify the 
appointments of these Conference Officers: 
Secretary - Greg Howell; Treasurer - Steve 

10. A motion prevailed to ratify the 
appointment of Mark Curtis and Chris Ball 
to fill the unexpired terms of John Snow (94) 
and John Gillis (96) respectively. 

1 1 . Greg Howell presented the first reading 
of the recommendation for changes in the 
F.G.B.C. Bylaws for the Fellowship 
Council and Parliamentary Committee. 
Questions and observations were entertained 
and answered by Galen Wiley. Greg Howell 
and John Mayes. Galen Wiley then outlined 
the changes in seven categories: 


July 22-23, 1993 at Billings, Montana 

ARTICLE m Membership 
Section Two. Procedure, (p. 6) 
5. Local churches are encouraged to seek 
membership through recognized 
districts, but individual churches not 
associated with an established district 
may be recommended by the Fellowship 
Council, provided that the requirements 
and procedures of this Article have been 
met; these churches may be received by 
rwo Qiiids vot e uf tlit dcl e gdies pieseu t 
and- entitled — to -vote {two-thirds 
majority affirmative vote of the delegates 
present, entitled to vote, and voting} at 
the annual meeting of the corporation. 

Section Three. Voting Rights, (p. 6) 

3. Only persons who are members of the 
Grace Brethren Church they represent 
and are baptized by triune immersion {or 
are prevented from baptism for medical 
reasons} shall be {seated} as delegates to 
any meeting of the corf>oration. 

4. Each member church shall be entitled to 
one vote per delegate on each matter 
submitted to a vote at any meeting of the 
corporation. (Exception: delegates from 
churches which receive members 


without triune immersion may not vote 
on any matter involving the subject of 
water baptism in relation to church 
membership. {This limitation does not 
apply to medical exceptions.}) 

Section Four. Termination of 

Membership, (p. 6) 

4. Upon recommendation of the Fellowship 
Council the offending church shall be 
dismissed from the Fellowship by 
majo r ity vote of the dclogote s-pfesent 
and -entitled -to -vote {majority affirmative 
vote of the delegates present, entitled to 
vote, and voting} at the annual meeting 
of the corporation. 
ARTICLE rv Meeting of Members (p. 8) 

Section Six. Delegates. 

3. d. Delegates whose churches fail to meet 
these requirements shall be seated only 
upon the affirmative v ote- of two th irds- 
of the delegates pfcaent {a two-thirds 
majority affirmative vote of the 
delegates present, entitled to vote, and 
voting} at any meeting based upon 
extenuating circumstances deemed 
worthy of exception. 

[added item] 

Section Eight. Dissent. In the event that 
divisive issues threaten to disrupt business 
sessions and subvert the purposes of the 
Conference, the Moderator shall: 

1) Stop all further debate on the issue for 
that business session. 

2) Call a meeting of the Fellowship Council 
to be held before the next business 
session to formulate a recommendation 
on further procedures concerning this 

3) Present this recommendation as the first 
item of business at the next business 

4) Call for an immediate vote on the recom- 
mendation without further debate. 
Should the recommendation fail to pass, 
debate shall resume. 

ARTICLE V Fellowship Council (Board of 

Section Four. Election, (p. 9) 
[current reading] 

Members of th e Council ohall bo olootod by 
majority vote of the dclcgatcfl pr esent an d 

ballot — pr esented — by — the — Nominati ng 
Committee. Nominations may b e accepte d 

from the floof provided that the nomination 
i s seconded and the nominooo ao womo d 
meet t he qualifications s e t fo r th in Section 
ThiLL uf diis Aitit-li- . 

[recommended change] 

1 . Members of the Council shall be elected 
by majority affirmative vote of the 
delegates present, and entitled to vote, 
and voting at the Conference from a 
ballot presented by the Nominating 

2 . Voting for nominees from each of the 
three regions shall be restricted to 
delegates from the churches in those 

3 . Nominees elected to the Council shall be 
the one from each region receiving the 
majority affirmative vote of the delegates 
representing those regions present, and 
entitled to vote, and voting. 

Section Five. Responsibilities, (p. 10) 
[added items] 

1 3 . Each elected member of the Council 
shall be responsible to communicate 
with one or more districts in his region 
as determined by the Council. 

14. The Council shall be responsible for 
soliciting and receiving the statistical 
reports. It shall report significant 
statistical information at the annual 
meeting of the corporation. 

15. When the moderator stops debate on a 
divisive issue at a business session of 
the conference, the Council shall meet 
to make a recommendation to the next 
business session. It shall include in this 
recommendation: 1) whether or not to 
invoke a moratorium and 2) if a 
moratorium is recommended, it shall 
also recommend procedures for conflict 

ARTICLE VI Officers 
Section Two. Election, (p. 11) 
The second moderator-elect shall be elected 
by majority v ote of-the- delega t es {majority 
affirmative vote of the delegates present, 
entitled to vote, and voting} at the annual 
meeting of the corporation. Nominees may 
be added to the ballot from the floor, 
provided the nomination is seconded and the 
nominees so named meet the qualifications 
set forth in Article V, Section Three of these 


\RTICLE VII Committees 
Section Three. Nominating Committee. 

(p. 15) 

[current reading] 

6. The aee r ttaTioo of the variouo diotr iet 
confcroneca oho U be-seiicit cd annuall y 
by ■ ■■ the — Nomina ttng-— Committee-— for 
s uggested names for the Fellow ship 
Council momboro hi p! these suggcat iens 
ar e to b a mad e by th e diotric t oenletences 
o r oth e r cuch groupo on may bo appointed 

F r om these ouggoationp throe namcc for 

If an inouffioiont number of name s is 

namet o f i tc own choooing from the - 

[recommended change] 

6. Each cooperating district shall annually 
submit to the Nominating Committee the 
name of one member of a church within 
its district as a nominee for the Fellow- 
ship Council. These names shall be 
placed on the ballot. If a district fails to 
submit a name in timely fashion, the 
committee may add a nominee of its own 
choosing from that particular district. 

Section Four. Resolutions Committee. 

(p. 16) 

Delete Article VII, Section Four and 
■enumber of succeeding sections as Sections 
Four (Parliamentary Committee) and Five 
Committee Expenses) respectively. 

\RTICLE IX Cooperating Districts (p. 17) 

[current reading] 

Section Two. Procedure. Geopefatkig 
i istricts of G r ace Brethren Churohoo whi c h 
Tiect-t ho r oquiremonta of Section One oftitts 

lotion of the ce nforcncc upon rcoommcnda - 

[suggested revision] 

Cooperating districts of Grace Brethren 
Churches which meet the requirements of 
Section One of this Article, upon recommen- 
iation of the Fellowship Council, shall be 
•ecognized by rwo-thirds majority affirmative 
/ote of the delegates present, entitled to vote, 
md voting. 

i^RTICLE X Cooperating Organizations 
(pp. 17-18) 
[current reading] 

Section Two. Procedure. Organiaation ^- 

- mooting the r oquiromonto of Section O n«-»f- 

-- t hic Art ic l e may ~b« — ye cogniaed — ^i— the 

Followohip upon rocommcndation -of the 

F e llowohip Coun c il and approval by the 

annua l- meeting of the c orp o r a t i on. 

[suggested revision] 

Organizations meeting the requirements of 
Section One of this Article may be 
recognized by the Fellowship, upon 
recommendation of the Fellowship Council, 
by majority vote of the delegates present, 
entitled to vote, and voting. > 

ARTICLE XII Amendments (p. 19) 
[suggested revisions in {}] 
Section One. Amendments in General. 

These bylaws may be altered and {or} 
repealed at any annual or special meeting of 
the corporation by the af fi fmativ e vote of ti i vo - 
t hirdo of the dologatoo prooont and entitled to 
v«te.{by two-thirds majority affirmative vote 
of the delegates present, entitled to vote, and 
voting} at said meeting, provided that the 
proposed amendment had been presented to 
the delegates at a previous business session 
of the conference and to the Fellowship 
Council for study and recommendation. 
Provided further, that the Statement of Faith 
set forth in Section Two of Article n may be 
amended only by the procedure outlined in 
Section Two of this Article. 

Section Two. Amendment of Statement 
of Faith. 

2 . If the dele gatoo ouotnin tho a mew lmon t 
by two thirds mejeri^vete, {an amend- 
ment is sustained by a two-thirds 
majority affirmative vote of the delegates 
present, entitled to vote, and voting} in 
favor of the proposed amendment to the 
Statement of Faith, the proposal shall 
then be sent by the secretary to all 
churches which arc liotod - {have been 
approved} as member churches in that 
year's conference minutes. 

5. At least two-thirds majo rity of the 
churches responding must favor the 
proposed amendment before a second 
reading of the amemdment is permitted, 
thereby allowing the conference 
delegates to place on the floor a properly 
supported motion calling for the adop- 
tion of the amendment to the Statement 


of Faith. A two-thirds majority vete-«f 
the — oonforcncc dclcgatoa — shelt-be 
sufficicHt {affirmative vote of the 
delegates present, entitled to vote, and 
voting shall be required} to sustain the 
motion, thereby incorporating the 
amendment into the Statement of Faith. 

Delegates were instructed to study and be 
preapred to vote at a future business session. 

The Business Chairman then moved us to 
Wednesday's agenda. 

12. Report of nominees for the Conference 
Nominating Committee by Secretary John 
Snow and asked these nominees to stand. 

A motion prevailed to accept these 
nominees before opening up to floor for 

A motion prevailed to close Nominations. 
Vote was taken using supplied ballot. 

FGBC Ballot for Nominating Committee 

Jack Broyles, Anderson, SC 
Dean Fetterhoff, Atlanta, GA 
Stephen Galegor, Counselor, NM 
Robert Griffith, Berne, IN 
Richard Holmes, Wooster, OH 
Forrest Jackson, Dayton, OH 
Lester, Kennedy, Radford, VA 
Clark Miller, Hagerstown, MD 
David Mitchell, Mililani, HI 
James Poyner, Port Richey, FL 
Michael Rockafellow, Lansing, MI 
Charles Winter, Harrah, WA 

13. The balloting proceeded with instructions 
to vote for six using the ballot provided. 

Secretary John Snow presented a correction 
of the report of member churches: Grace 
Cambodian Church and Iglesia Evangelica de 
los Hermanos should both be listed under 
GBC of Long Beach, CA. 

14. Report of Strategy Committee. They 
requested postponement until tomorrow so the 
brochure would be available to delegates. 

15. A motion prevailed to accept BEM 
nominations as presented by George Traub 
who asked nominees to stand. Nominations 
were entertained from the floor. A motion 
prevailed that nominations cease. A vote was 
taken via ballot provided. 

Brethren Evangelistic Ministries Ballot 


Ed DeZago, North Port, FL 
John Ilko, Pinellas Park, FL 
Steve Jarrel, Everett, PA 
Kim Robertson, Stephens City, VA 


Jasper Secrist, Roanoke, VA 
Fred Sorrick, AUentown, PA 
Robert Yarborough, Belton, SC 
Warren Zellner, Winona Lake, IN 

16. Bob Fetterhoff presented the report of the 
Strategy Committee (as included in the 
delegate packet) and called attention to the fact 
that the Strategy Committee meets with 
district advisors in each of three regions. 
Dates for 1994 meetings to be announced in 
the Conference Focus. He pointed out a 
change in the report: Bob Foote has moved 
from the Iowa district and needs to be 
replaced. The brochure will describe activities 
and list milestones of the Masterplan. More 
time will be given in a future business meeting 
when brochures are available. 


Presented to the Delegates at 

Annual Conference 

Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 

By Robert D. Fetterhoff, Chairman 
July 23-29, 1993 

Six years ago the Moderator of our 
Fellowship recommended "that the 
Fellowship Council present to National 
Conference by 1989 a fully develojjed strategy 
of outreach for the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches, giving us direction for the 
final decade of our century. This strategy 
should include a clear statement of identity, 
our purpose and our goals. It should also pro- 
pose a cooperative program which will 
permit teamwork and involvement on all 
levels of our fellowship." 

Since that time a Masterplan has been 
developed and various goals have been 
accomplished all across our Fellowship of 
churches. However, someone has called the 
Masterplan "the best kept secret in the 
Fellowship." The Masterplan is much like a 
skeleton. It's essential in order for a body to 
function effectively, but if it becomes too 
visible the body becomes gaunt and unattrac- 


ve. With this in mind the National Strategy 
ommittee has woriced diligently to encourage 
e implementation of various national goals 
ithout much fanfare. 


One goal of the Masterplan was to promote 
'angelism and discipleship across our 
;llowship. Many districts across the 
luntry enjoyed the 1991-1992 FOCUS rallies 
hich promoted an emphasis on evangelism 
id discipleship, led by leaders of our national 
ganizations. This effort resulted from the 
icouragement in our Masterplan to promote 
unified effort in these areas. 
During 1993-'94, FOCUS II retreats will 
: held in five regions across the country to 
courage a new vision for what God can do 
ith our Fellowship in the years that are 
ead. This sense of teamwork is a direct 
suit of a commitment by many to work 
gather to accomplish the specific goals of 
i Masterplan and to lead our Fellowship to 
ist God to do great things in us in the future. 
Committee member, Kun Miller, has 
spared a beautiful set of transparencies of 
; National Masterplan which have been 
itributed to district adivsors and may be 
ared at ministerial meetings, district con- 
ences, etc. Many of our districts have also 
nducted prayer retreats. 


The National Strategy Committee consists 
three appointed members from each of the 
ee regions of the country. Additionally, Ed 
enner has been elected to serve an indefinite 
m as our consultant. To provide for co- 
iination and communication, the Moderator 
;ct and current Moderator serve as "ex- 
"icio" members of the committee. Current 
:mbers are: 

Robert Fetterhoff (chairman) Central 
;ion, term ending 1994; Kurt Miller, 
stem region, term ending 1995; Roy 
Ibert, Western region, term ending 1996; 
Trenner (consultant), indefinite term; Ed 
wis. Moderator-elect, 1993-94 Second 

Ivisory Group Meetings 

iach year the National Strategy Com- 
tee meets with its advisors in three regional 
etings across the country. These meetings 
re conducted at the following locations and 
;es: Wooster, OH (Oct. 26-28, '92), Seal 

Beach, CA (Jan. 17-19, "93) and AUanta, GA 
(April 19-20, '93). A list of advisory group 
members representing the various districts of 
the country is listed below. Expectations of 
advisory group members are as follows: 

a. be willing to serve 2 or 3 years 

b. attend 1 regional meeting each year 

c. attend 1 national conference meeting 
each year 

d. be a point of contact in the district for 
the strategy committee 

e. provide reports to the district and 
strategy committee 

f . initiate strategy committee implemen- 
tations on the district level 


Allegheny Michael Lookenott, 1994 

Cheasapeake Jeff Thomley, 1996 

East Central Florida Jeff Dunkle, 1996 

Florida Suncoast David Kennedy, 1996 


Northern Atlantic Michael Brubaker, 1994 

South Florida Bill Tweeddale, 1993 

Southern Dean Fetterhoff, 1996 

Virginia Jess Truax, 1996 

West Penn Ron Camevali, 1994 


Indiana Dick Cron, 1995 

Iowa-Midlands Bob Foote, 1995 

Michigan Mick Rockafellow, 1995 

Northcentral Ohio Bernie Simmons, 1994 

Northeastern Ohio Bud Olszewski, 1994 

Southern Ohio Brian White, 1995 


Arctic Dan Thornton, 1994 

Hawaii Dave Mitchell, 1996 

Mountain-Plains Chris Ball, 1996 

Nor-Cal Robert McMillan, 1996 

Northwest Greg Howell, 1994 

Southern California-Arizona 

David Marksbury, 1994 
Southwest Steve Galegor, 1994 


Our purpose is to stimulate creativity on all 
levels - churches, districts and organizations 
- so that this strategy will grow up from the 
grass roots and not be imposed from above. 
One important addition to our revised 
Masterplan this year is the encouragement for 
every church to develop its own Masterplan. 
Each congregation should have a plan to 
accomplish a Spirit-led strategy according to 
the vision God gives us. Let's join together 


in a unified effort to reach our world for 

Yours because HIS, 
Robert D. Fetterhoff, Chairman 
National Strategy Committee 
A motion prevailed to accept report. 
Galen Wiley challenged us to look at 
business sessions as opportunities to see the 
hand of God and His grace at work. 

Meeting adjourned. 


Wednesday morning, July 28, 1993 

1 . Call to order, Moderator, William Snell, 
read from Psalm 19:1, 14 and led in 

The meeting was turned over to Galen 
Wiley, Business Chairman. 

2. A motion prevailed to approval of 
minutes of Business Session I as printed 
and distributed. 

3. An additional report from the 
Membership Committee Chairman, Dan 
Thornton, who reported 12 additional lay 
and 1 1 additional ministerial for a new 
total of 278 Lay and 191 Ministerial for 
a grand total of 459 delegates from 158 
churches. A motion prevailed to seat 
these additional delegates. 

4. Chairman Wiley pointed out that 
yesterday we did not have a quorum of 
churches but that is remedied with the 
seating of these additional churches and 
delegates. A motion prevailed to 
ratify business of Business Session I. 

Secretary John Snow reported an addition 
to the list of closed churches to include Lake 
County GBC, Willoughby, OH. 

5. A report of the elections of Second 
Moderator-Elect and Fellowship Council 
Members was announced by Ron 

Second Moderator-Elect: Stephen Peters 
Western Region: Stephen Galegor 
Central Region: Gary Austin 
Eastern Region: Wayne Hannah 

A report of the election of the Conference 
Nominating Committee was announced by 
Ron Carnevalli: Dean Fetterhoff, Stephen 
Galegor, Robert Griffith, Forrest Jackson, 
James Poyner and Charles Winter. 

He also reported on BEM election — 
Ministers: Steve Jarrel, Kim Robertson. 
Laymen: Fred Sorrick, Warren Zellner. A 
motion prevailed to accept the report of these 

6. A report of the appointments to 
Conference Committees was presented 
by FGBC Secretary John Snow: 

Conf Membership Committee: (three 

year terms): Richard Todd, Terry 

Parliamentary Committee: (three year 

term): Norman Mayer 
Strategy Committee: (three year term): 

Dan Thornton 
Social Concerns Committee: Donald 

Shoemaker, Chm., Russell Ogden, 

John Teevan, Ron Cohen, Bob 

Retirement Planning Committee: 

James Johnson, Chm., Bill Burby, 

James Custer, Dewey Melton, Reed 

Chaplain Endorsing Agent: C. Lee 

Pastorless Churches/Available Men 

Coordinator: Greg Howell 

7. Report of the Strategy Committee: Bob 
Fetterhoff referred to the new Masterplan- 
ning brochure that describes goals and 
milestones of the Strategy committee as 
reflected in the Masterplan. 




Revised by Strategy Committee 1-12-93 

In the light of the needs of our world, the 
concerns within our churches, and the man- 
dates of our Lord, the Strategy Committee 
recommends the following purpose statement, 
six objectives and goals for the 1990's. We 
believe the following dreams reflect the kind 
of Fellowship we desire in the year 2000 A.D. 
... a Fellowship both alive with faith and 
pleasing to our Lord. 

This document is meant to stimulate 
focused planning on the part of national 
organizations, districts and local churches. 






1 ) To encourage personal fellowship with 
Jesus characterized by love and 
obedience to His Word. John 15:5-11; 
Hebrews 10:23-25; I John 2:4-5 

2) To encourage personal evangelism and 
discipleship. Matt. 28:18-20; n Pet.3:18 

3) To disciple leaders for present and future 
ministries throughout the Fellowship. 
Mark 3:14; II Tim. 2:2 

4) To plant Grace Brethren Churches 
worldwide. Matt. 16:18; Acts 14:23; 
Col. 4:3 

5) To develop clear communication 
throughout the Fellowship. Eph. 4:15; 
Col. 4:6 

6) To strategize and implement vision 
throughout the Fellowship. Prov. 29:18; 
Jn. 4:35 


1) To encourage personal fellowship with 
Jesus characterized by love and 
obedience to His Word. 

A. Stimulate a renewed and creative 
emphasis on the systematic practice 
of prayer by: 

a. Evaluate what each district has 
done to conduct a Prayer Retreat 
during 1989-1992. 

b. Plan opportunities for focused 
prayer during regular Conference 
Sessions in 1993. 

B. Encourage each pastor to make 
himself accountable on a monthly 
basis to another pastor for his per- 
sonal holiness, prayer and example 
to the flock. 

a. Provide examples of pastoral 
accountability for personal holi- 


b. Each District Ministerium develop 
ways for pastors to have closer 
personal relationships. 

C. Encourage spiritual revival in our 
churches by: 

a. Each District Ministerium identify 
what opportunities their churches 
are providing that demand 
courageous faith and sacrifice. 

b. Develop a National Prayer Team 
focused on revival in our 

2) To encourage personal evangelism and 

A. Collect and publish what Gface 
Brethren Churches are doing to 
promote evangelism and discipleship 

B. Each national organization identify 
their resources that will encourage 
evangelism and discipleship in the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren 

C. Design an integrated strategy involv- 
ing local churches, district and 
national organizations that will in- 
crease the effectiveness of evan- 
gelism and discipleship internation- 

D. National ministerium collect from 
every member his personal goals for 
evangelism and discipleship yearly 
for the next three years. 

E. Establish a network of Grace 
Brethren Churches conducting 
similar social concern ministries. 

3) To disciple leaders for present and 
future ministries throughout the 

A. Design an integrated training process 
that develops and mobilizes leaders 
among our men, women, children 
and youth. (A path to full time 

B. Encourage each district ministerium 
to identify the needs of its pastors 
and provide training in maximizing 
their leadership. 

C. Each Grace Brethren Church identify 
the top five potential pastoral or 
missionary leaders in the church and 
begin challenging and training them. 


4) To plant Grace Brethren Churches 

A. The 1994 National Conference 
prayerfully assist the planting of a 
new Grace Brethren Church within 
the proximity of that year's con- 
ference site, and that every three 
years thereafter National Conference 
convene in a major city for the same 

B. Each existing Grace Brethren Church 
worldwide participate in initiating a 
daughter church by the year 2000. 

5) To develop clear communication 
throughout the Fellowship 

A. Create a central information gather- 
ing and distribution center for the 

B. Encourage greater communication, 
relationship and accountability 
between pastors, churches and 
districts on the basis of natural 
geographic clusters. 

a. Each District establish an emer- 
gency care team for local churches 
and/or pastors to assist in times of 

C. Track our progress in fulfilling the 
goals of our masterplan by develop- 
ing a reporting system for churches, 
districts and organizations to share 
significant achievements and 

D. Publish a quarterly bulletin insert 
celebrating progress on goals and 
ideas for implementing the FGBC 

6) To strategize and implement vision 
throughout the Fellowship 

A. The strategy committee continue its 
work of coordinating a Fellowship 

a. The Strategy Advisory Group 
meet yearly with the leaders of 
national organizations for the 
purpose of implementation and 

b. A yearly budget with suggestions 
for ftinding to be submitted by the 

c . Provide for lay participation in all 
decision-making bodies of thei!| 

B. Implement plans to establish an 
International Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches. 

a. Identify the leadership of the 
International Fellowship. 

b. Establish a communication system 
to track church planting 

c. Organize an international con- 
ference by 1995 with representa- 
tion from each country. 

C . Each local church and district have 
a written strategy for achieving its 
goals through the year 2000 A.D. 

D. Record the history of the FGBC 
Masterplan by identifying and main- 
taining a list of all the milestones for 
publication and celebration. 

8. Report of BEM was given by Ron J 
Thompson and Keith Altig. George Traub 
presented the treasurer's report. A motion 
prevailed to accept entire BEM report. 


Report to the 1993 Conference 

Dear Brethren, 

The conference marks 45 years Brethren 
Evangelistic Ministries has promoted 
evangelism throughout the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches, "...bearing witness 
to the World of His grace..." (Acts 14:3, 


• Five FOCUS '92 Seminars in co- 
operation with Home Missions, Foreign 
Missions, Grace Schools and CE National 
as part of the FGBC Masterplan 

• Six First Love Renewal seminars and 
children's ministries at churches in 
Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and 

• FLR Follow-up services at 29 churches', 
in nine states 

• Two revival crusades at Summit Mills andi 
Wrightsville, Pennsylvania 


> Prison evangelistic outreach, teen meet- 
ings and AWANA programs 

' Tony DeRosa's testimony on "Un- 
shaclded " heard over 900 radio stations 


Two First Love Renewal seminars for 
adults and children in Argentina with 17 
churches involved, including brethren 
from Uruguay 

First Love Renewal seminar and 
evangelistic services in Mexico 

Encouragement ministry in Guatemala 
and Peru 

J. Keith Altig's discipleship ministry 


among refugees in Africa 


• Monthly articles on evangelism in Herald 
magazine and news on Herald Hotline 

• Quarterly BEM Newsletter to over 2, 100 
homes of alumni, pastors, missionaries 
and chaplains 

• Annual reports to over 2,100 delegates 
in 21 district conferences 

• Monthly prayer letter. Intercessor, to per- 
sonal supporters and prayer partners 

• Team strategy meetings and planning 

• Staff of 1 full-time, 1 part-time and 16 
volunteer pastors and lay instructors 

Thanks for investing in evangelism through 
pur prayers and gifts for Brethren 
;vangelistic Ministries! 

Respectfully Submitted, 

Ron E. Thompson 
Executive Director 


Statement of Revenue Collected, 

Expenses Paid 
and Fund Balance (Unaudited) 

January 1, 1992 to December 31, 1992 


Balance on hand 1-1-92 

Received to 12-31-92 


$ 2,408.57 


Disbursed to 12-31-92 
Balance on hand 12-31-92 

Balance on hand 1-1-92 

Withdrawal to checking 
Balance on hand 12-31-92 

TOTAL Cash on hand 12-31-92 


Books, tapes, etc. 
Focus '92 

Balance on hand 1-1-92 
Checking 2,408.57 

Savings 12-31-92 10.24 

Total cash on hand 
Total Income 69,987.97 

Total Expenses 7 1 . 899 . 53 












Director's Salary 


Benefits Retirement 






Ass't Director. DeRosa 


Board Meetings 


Office Salaries 


Phone Service 




Office Supplies 


Office Equipment 






Collitt Memorial 












Balance on hand 





9. Old Business: Bylaw changes as presented 
in previous session were brought to the floor. 
Greg Howell noted two corrections — two 


thirds should not be in Article III Section 
Four, 4 or Article VI Section Two. Chairman 
Wiley enumerated changes according to 

1 . A motion prevailed to make changes 
to include the voting wording as it 
appears in 7 places. 

2. A motion prevailed to make the 
change to include medical exceptions 
with regard to voting. Article III 
Section Three #3 and #4. 

3. A motion prevailed to make the 
changes with regard to the policy on 
dissent. A motion prevailed to 
amend proposed Article IV section 8, 
#1 and #4 and Article V, Section Five 
#15 to change "discussion" to 

4. A motion prevailed to make the 
changes with regard to election of 
Fellowship Council members, 
Article V, Section Four and Article 
VII Section Three. 

5. A motion prevailed to make the 
changes with regard to Fellowship 
Council responsibilities. Article V, 
Section Five #13 and #14. 

6. A motion prevailed to make the 
changes with regard to deletion of 
the Resolutions Committee, Article 
VII, Section Four. 

7. A motion prevailed to make the 
changes with regard to Cooperating 
Districts and Organizations Articles 
IX and X. 

A motion prevailed that a new edition of 
the bylaws be printed as amended and be 
provided at cost to our member churches. 

A motion prevailed to extend the time 
until 9:30 to cover the items of Thursday's 

10. A report was reviewed by Moderator Bill 
Snell on Fellowship Council business. 

1. The question was raised about in- 
complete statistical reports. It was 
agreed that we would accept these 
reports this year. However, next year 
churches with incomplete reports will 
not be able to be seated at the first 
business session without special action 
of the conference. 

2 . The Council audiorized the initiatior 
of a survey of the ministerium and 
churches investigating the interest in a 
group health insurance program for 
pastors and other church employees. Il 
is hoped that a plan can be developed 
that would have good coverage foi 
reasonable and competitive rates. 

3. David Plaster was appointed by the 
Council to continue as their represen- 
tative in the litigation arising out of the 
Grace Village situation which involves 
the FGBC. It was reported that a 
motion is being processed by the courl 
which would dismiss the FGBC from 
the suit. The final outcome will not be 
known for several weeks. Meanwhile, 
we have incurred $13,000 in legal 

4. The midyear meeting of the 
Fellowship Council will be held 
January 7-11 at Columbus, Ohio. The 
chairman of each district ministerium 
and the moderator of each district will 
be invited to meet with the Council and 
the national cooperating boards for 
input and exchange of information. 

5. In response to a letter from the 
Board of Trustees of Grace Schools, 
the Council indicated that it believes 
it is possible for an organization to be 
sponsored and controlled by Grace 
Brethren people and have a minority ol 
non-Brethren members on the 
governing board. 

6. The Fellowship Council approvec 
the following resolution which will be 
communicated to all member churches 
Seeing that the conference of the FGBC 
has affirmed its position on the matte' 
of baptism and church membership, w( 
encourage all member churches choos 
ing to remain in the Fellowship t( 
conduct themselves in harmony witl 
that decision and not to be disruptivi 
nor divisive. We encourage coopera 
tion and integrity with other Graci 
Brethren Churches on this issue. 

The Fellowship Council approved th' 
following recommendations to the ConferenC' 
for your consideration: 

1 . We recommend that the following 
churches be dropped from the member- 


ship list of the FGBC due to failure to 
comply (over a period of four suc- 
cessive years) with fees and reports as 
required by the bylaws: Trinity GBC, 
Columbus, OH; GBC of Somerset, 
Pennsylvania; First Brethren Church, 
Cheyenne, Wyoming. 

2. We received a report on the state of 
the Fellowship treasury. Facing con- 
tinued legal expenses, the rising costs 
of conference, and other expenses, it 
was determined that for the first time in 
ten years we need to raise the portion 
of the membership fee which goes to 
the unrestricted budget. Therefore, 
We recommend that the membership 
fee be increased $1.00 to a total of 
$3.50 with $1.00 towards the retire- 
ment programs and $2.50 toward the 
unrestricted budget. 

A motion prevailed to drop the three listed 

hurches (Trinity GBC, Columbus, Ohio; 

iBC of Somerset, Pennsylvania; First 

brethren Church, Cheyenne, Wyoming). 

i A motion prevailed to raise membership 

es as recommended 

A motion prevailed that future Fellowship 
Council reports be printed and made available 
to delegates in advance of presentation. 
Fellowship Council Secretary, Dave Plaster 
reminded delegates that this report like the 
mid-year report will be distributed to all 
churches through district Fellowship 
Council Representatives. 

Conference Business Chairman called 

attention to printed reports and opened floor 

for comments by authors and/or delegates: 

Don Shoemaker directed attention to 

two items of the Social Concerns 


1. Having a strong Social Concerns 
Committee in each Grace Brethren 
Church is the single, most important 
strategy we can have. 

2. The Social concerns Committee 
wants to help each church proceed to 
make a difference, not just make a 

The following reports were received as 


The Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 

Statement of Cash Receipts and Expenditures 

For Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 1993 

:ASH balances, APRIL l, 1992 
Checking — Lake City Bank 
Savings — GBIF 
Prior Period Adjustments 


Membership Fees 
Conference Exp. Offering 
Child Care Fees 
Other (interest, etc.) 
Conference Offerings 
Restricted Transfers 

Total Cash Receipts 






$ 5,000.00 






$ 416.81 










Conference Expenses 

Facilities/Equip. Rental 

Child Care 

Printing and Promotion 

Conference Programming 

Personal Honoraria 
Committees and Officers 
Grace Brethren Annual 
Insurance & Legal 

Pension Investment Plan 
Designated Offerings 
AT&T Easylink 

Total Cash Expenditures 

Surplus (Deficit) 


March 31, 1993 

Checking - Lake City Bank 

Savings - BIF 

Cash Balances 

The financial records of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches were reviewed by I 
Certified Public Accounting firm of Ramsey, Wilson & Wiggins and were found to be 
conformity with generally accepted accounting principles. 


Statistics Reported by Member Churches for 1992 

(Includes reports received through June 21, 1993) 

Total Number of Churches in the Fellowship 308 

Total Number of Churches reporting 274 

Total Number of Churches not reporting 34 

NOTE: Only those churches which have closed or officially notified the Fellows 
Coordinator's office of their withdrawal from the FGBC have been removed from the lisl 
member churches. 




































- 1992 

Figures — 


Totals — 







Morning Worship 








Sunday School 








Professions of 




















Triune Immersed 









Five churches had no separate record of triune immersed members available and are 

iputed as zero in these figures. 

ixteen churches showed no record of professions of faith. 

lie five congregations of the Grace Brethren Church of Greater Washington, Temple Hills, 

, are reported and counted as one church. 


he Social Concerns Committee has been 
blished by our Fellowship to evaluate 
lie moral trends in our society in light of 
Word of God and to advise and engage 
churches in a plan of response, 
he Committee believes that having a 
ng Social Concerns Committee in each 
•ce Brethren Church is the single, most 
ortant strategy we can have. To this end, 

committee has produced a "Social 
icems Manual" which can assist each 
rch in developing its own Social Concerns 
istry. This, along with many other useful 
;es of information, had been distributed to 
)f our churches. Each year we enlarge and 
se this manual and make it available to our 

1 the year since last conference and in 
ition to the above literature distribution, 
committee has notified the churches on 
ding national legislation and has advised 
natters of local and state concern brought 
lur attention. We also have been called 
n to advise local churches in their own 

/e are currently exploring other ways by 
ch we can encourage our churches and 
ricts in social concerns matters, 
or all too long. Christian churches have 
n content to preach (to themselves) on the 
it moral and social issues of our day. This 
Tiportant, but it is the starting point, not 

whole task. The Social Concerns 
nmittee wants to help each church proceed 
its whole task. We want to make a 
srence, not just make a statement! 
lommunication of our values and doing 
istian social concerns are not one and the 
le thing. While social concerns must 
jlve learning through communication, it 
not stop there. We must be "doers of the 
rd and not just hearers only" when it 
les to this matter. 

It is for reasons like this that we encourage 
every church to establish a strong program 
and we stand ready to help. A strong local 
program would include: 

— a resource library of useful information 

— a functioning Social Concerns Committee 

— a resolve to keep issues and opportunities 
before the people 

— a spirit which releases the church people 
to minister in the community in many 
volunteer ways 

— an understanding of how the political 
process works at the local, state and 
national levels and an understanding of 
how to make the process work for us 

— a network within the church and throughout 
the churches to initiate and respond to 
issues of social concern 

— a commitment, in the spirit of Micah 6:8, 
to "do justice, to love mercy and to walk 
humbly with our God" in this present 

We are your primary resource tor 
Christian social concern. Please utilize our 
literattire and contact our committee members 
throughout the year for any help we can give 

Respectfully submitted, 

Donald P. Shoemaker, Chairman 


Assets in our Retirement Plan have in- 
creased from $763,537. on July 1, 1992 to 
$910,660. on June 1 , 1993. We currently have 
258 participants in the plan. This represents 
an increase of 5147,123. Consideration has 
been given to replace the current carrier of 
this plan but as of this date, we have been 
unable to locate a better program. That 
process continues, and we welcome any 
visible suggestions. 


We continue to send checks monthly to our 
Promise of Honor Retirees and receive such 
gracious notes of thanks from them. Although 
these amounts are not large, they certainly are 
greatly appreciated by the 38 dear friends that 
receive them. Unfortunately, we have 
experienced a decline in giving to the Promise 
of Honor Fund, receiving less than half of the 
amount given the previous year. Funding for 
this program remains a continuing concern for 
our Fellowship. 


Beginning Cash & Savings, July 1, 1992: 
Checking Account $ 1,082.95 

Savings Account (GBIF) 132,285.38 

Total Assets $133,368.33 

Ending Cash & Savings, June 30, 1993; 
Checking Acount $ 264.74 

Savings Account (GBIF) 103,263,48 




Net Change in Assets 


Cash Receipts: 7/1/92-6/30/93 

Credential Fees 

S 10,000.00 

Gifts Received 


Voided Checks 


Interest Income 


Total Receipts 

S 26.372.54 

Expendimres: 7/l/92-6'30/93 

Payments to Retirees 

$ 41,683.93 

Office Expense & Supplies 




Transfer to Fellowship GBC 


Total Expenditures 

$ 56,212.65 


Fund Balance 


RespectfiiUy Submitted: 

Mr. James W. Johnson, Chairman 

Dr. James L. Custer 

Mr. Reed DePace 

Mr. Dewey Melton 

Mr. William Burby 

A motion prevailed to adjourn until 
tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. 


Thursday morning, July 29, 1993 

1. Moderator William Snell opened the 
meeting by reading Titus 2: 1 1-14 and leading 
in prayer. 

The meeting was called to order by Galen , 
Wiley, Business Chairman. 

2. Secretary John Snow made the following 
corrections to the minutes 

1 . Business Session C — delete the next 
to last motion "A motion prevailed to accept 
these printed reports..." and substitute "The 
following reports were received as printed" 
and include all listed except "c. resolutions" 

2. Business Session I minutes list oi 
withdrawn churches should include Basingei 
Christian Brethren Church (instead of GB 
Community Fellowship of Basinger as listed) 
Fellowship Council to verify correct name. 

A motion prevailed to accept these minutes 
as corrected. 

Dean Fetterhoff announced that the Decalh 
Community GBC has closed and asked prayei 
for the pastor and people. 

3. Membership Committee Chairman Dar 
Thornton reported 1 additional ministerial 
delegate for a total of 278 lay and 192 
ministerial for a grand total of 470 delegates 
from 158 churches. 

A motion prevailed to seat these additiona. 

4. A report of the resolutions committee was 
presented by Tim Coyle pointing out the 
resolution as printed. A motion prevailed tc 
adopt this resolution. 


WE AFFIRM, as the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches that: 

A. The Bible was given to reveal God tc 
us, to lead us to salvation, and to instruc 
us in truth concerning how we are to liv( 
our lives. 

B. Jesus Christ is Lord of all areas of life 
and that His Word speaks to all area; 
of life. 

C. We, the Church of Jesus Christ, are tc 
be the bearers of that light, and tha 
through its exercise and proclamatioi 
we will also have a preserving effec 
upon our world as the salt of the earth 



Brian C. Smith, Chairman 
Ron Manahan 
J. Timothy Coyle 

A motion was made that point "B" of the 
1993 resolutions committee be made a 
continuing resolution. The vote was declared 
indecisive. A substitute motion prevailed 
that the matter be referred to the Fellowship 
Council for consideration. 

5. A report of the 1994 FGBC Conference 
to be held at Grenelefe Resort, Florida, July 
23-28, was made by moderator-elect Bob 
Fetterhoff, pointing out that promotional 
videos are available. He encouraged early 

" 6. Charles Ashman announced that the 1995 
" Conference will be in San Diego, and is 

being planned as a combined adult and youth 
• ■conference, July 30-August 3. The 1996 

FGBC Conference will be in the North East. 

7 . Bud Olszewski reported that the FGBC 


treasury is in danger of running out of funds 
next Spring with about a $20,000 shonfall 
anticipated. The Fellowship Council has 
made several measures to remedy, but is 
responsible for the following areas of expense: 

1. National Conference 

2. Legal fees 

3. Staff 

4. Annual Printing 

5. Meetings 

The following recommendations were given 
to the Fellowship Council by the Fellowship 
Council finance committee. 

1 . Pray especially about the August 10 
Grace Village summary judgment. 

2. Promote the "attendees fee" so that 
someday Conference will stand on 
its own. 

3. Strongly recommend the employ- 
ment of a full-time Conference 

4. Increase delegate fees (as already 

5. Unrestrict restricted portion of 
restricted funds 

6. Authorize treasurer to borrow fiinds 
for operations (already authorized) 

7. Consider whether we wish to con- 
tinue paying the PIP administrative 

8 . A motion prevailed to recommend that 
the Fellowship Council consider changing the 
FGBC Bylaws with regard to a quorum to 
read: "to consist of the delegates present." 

9. A motion prevailed to extend the time 
in order to finish business. 

10. A motion prevailed to accept the minutes 
of Business Session III as read. 

1 1 . Moderator WUliam Snell installed the new 
officers for 1993-94. 

12. Charles Ashman, Conference Coordinator 
presented a plaque to Moderator William 
Snell. honoring his work as moderator. 

13. Newly installed Moderator, Bob 
Fetterhoff offered the benediction. 

14. A motion prevailed to adjourn. 

Respectfully submitted, 

R. John Snow 
FGBC Secretary 


National Organizations 


1401 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, IN 46590 
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590 


Executive Director 

Rev. Tom Julien 
Director of Administration 

Mr. Greg Weimer 
Financial Officer 

Mr. Steve Popenfoose 
Church Relations Coordinator 

Rev. Jay Bell 
Technical Coordinator 

Rev. Gordon Austin 
Candidate Coordinator 

Mr. Blaine Horst 
Assistant to the Executive Director 

Mrs. Robin Penfold 
Communications Coordinator (part-time) 

Mr. Kip Cone 
Distribution Coordinator 

Rev. Larry Hubartt 
Accounts Payable Manager 

Mrs. Lee Ann Horst 
Receipts Manager 

Miss Karen Spicer 
Church Relations Secretary 

Miss Patty Norris 
Secretar\. Administration 

Mrs. Kathy Herman 

Mrs. Lillian Teeter 
Secretary/Typist (part-time) 

Miss Lisa Hostetler 
Creative Consultant (volunteer) 

Mr. Terry Julien 

Board of Trustees 

(Term ending 1994) 

Rev. Edwin Cashman 

Rev. Steve Taylor 

Dr. Terry Hofecker 

Dr. Peter Peponis 

(Term ending 1995) 

Rev. Dean Fetterhoff 

Rev. John Teevan 

Dr. David Plaster 

Mr. Larry Totzke 

(Term ending 1996) 

Dr. S. Wayne Beaver 

Rev. Wayne Hannah 

Dr. Sherwood Lingenfelter 

Rev. Ed Trenner 

OfTicers of the Board 

President— Rev. Dean Fetterhoff 

Vice President— Rev. John Teevan 

Secretary — Rev. Wayne Hannah 

Treasurer— Dr. David Plaster 


(Phone numbers folioK addresses) 
*Home Ministries - Send mail lo home office 


Bailev. Rev. Steve and Wilma 
Guamini M98. 1875 Wilde 
Buenos Aires. ARGENTINA 
(011-54) 1-206-0288 

Guiles. Rev. David and Susan 
Ramos Mejia 16. 1876 Don Bosco 
Buenos Aires. ARGENTINA 
(011-54) 1-251-2711 
*Home Ministries: Dec. "QS-Mar. "94 

Hanimen, Pastor Marcos (Raquel) 

Las Barrancas 1 10 

5196 Santa Rosa de Calamuchita 

Pcia de Cordoba 


(011-54) 546-2551 

McCaman. Rev. Gary and Linda 
S.M. Castel Verde 2421 
1879 Quilmes Oeste 
Buenos Aires. ARGENTINA 
(011-54) 1-250-0973 

Peacock. Miss Alice 

Bolivar 6170, lOA 

1875 Wilde 

Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA 

(011-54) 1-207-9673 
*Home Ministries: Jul ■94-Jan. 




Burk. Rev. Bill and Imogene 

Cx 101. 68.447 Vila dos Cabanos. PA 


(011-55) 91-754-1636 

Green, Rev. Daniel and Nancy 

Av. Joao XXIIL No. 520 

38.400 Uberlandia, M.G. 


(011-55) 34-236-6426 

Hodgdon. Rev. Earle and Dorothy 

Caixa Postal 861 

66.017-970 Belem. Para 


(011-55) 91-721-3539 

Triplehom. Dr. Bruce and Lisa 

Ave. Humaita. 1975 

Conjunto Dom Fernando. #34 

Bairro do Marco 

66.093-110 Belem. Para 


(011-55) 91-226-6641 


Address for all C.A.R. missionaries is: 
B.P. 240. Bangui 

Phone number (011-236) 61-6823 
Daugherty. Dr. Dave and Karen 
Davis. Miss Diana 
Foster. Miss Karen 
Hiller. Reinhold and Jutta 
Hines. Dr. Jim and Martha 

*Home Ministries: Jul. ■94-Jul. "96 
Hocking. Rev. Jim and Faye 

*Home Ministries: Jun. '94-Jun. "95 
Kaufman, Miss Cheryl 

*Leave of Absence 
Mensinger. Miss Carol 

*Medica! Leave 
Mensinger. Rev. Eddie and Linda 
Moeller. Rev. Dan and Mary Lou 

*Home Ministries: Jun. "93-Jun. "94 
Peters. Rev. Tom and Sue 
Taylor. Rev. Mike and Myra 
Uphouse, Mrs. Miriam 
Vamer. Miss Janet 

*Home Ministries: Dec. ■93-Dec. '94 
Volovski, Dr. Mike and Amy 
Wilson. Miss Lois 

*Home Ministries: June-Aug. 
Wooler. Miss Barb 

*Home Ministries: Dec. ■93-Dec. "95 


Address for all Chad missionaries is: 
B.P. 183 

Phone number (011-235) 69-14-07 

Puhl. Rev. Frank and Karin 
Stallter. Rev. Tom and Sharon 


Suain. Rev. George and Cindy 
Slavinskeho 5, Barrandov 
15200 Prague 5 , 




Angle, Rev. Roy 
131 1 A Wooster Rd. 
Winona Lake. IN 46590 
(219) 268-0696 
*Leave of Absence 

Kiddoo. Rev. Bill and Beckie 
28 Rainsbrook Dr.. Monkspath. Solihull 
West Midlands. B90 4TH. ENGLAND 
(01 1 -W) 21-744-7277 

Schwan. Rev. Dave and Becky 
101 Burman Rd.. Shirley. Solihull 
West Midlands. B90 2BQ. ENGLAND 
(OII^W) 21-733-6066) 
♦Home Ministries: May-Aug. 


Barlow. Rev. Tom and Mary Ann 
28. rue Fructidor 
71100 Chalon-Sur-Saone 

(011-33) 85-93-69-07 
*Home Ministries: Oct. -Dec. "94 

Burgess. Mr. Greg 
6. rue Paul Chenavard 
69001 Lyon 
(011-33) 78-28-68-47 

DeArmey. Rev. Larry and Vicki 
*Home Ministries: Jul. '93-Aug. 
Home Ministries Address: 
7050 Rock Woods PI. 
Worthington. OH 43085 
(614) 885-7050 

see page 34 for France address 



Le CE.P. 

85, cours de la Republique 

69100 Villeurbanne 


(011-33) 78-85-89-50 

Good. Rev. Kent and Becky 

34B, blvd. de la Marne 

21000 Dijon, F RANCE 

(01 1-33) 80-74-09-30 

*Home Ministries: June-Sep. 
Griffith, Rev. Dave and Susan 
I3A, rue de Strasbourg 
71200 Le Creusot, FRANCE 
(011-33) 85-80-10-07 

*Home Ministries: July-Sep. 
Hickey, Rev. Tom and Laura 
13, Place de la Ferrandiere 
69003 Lyon. F RANCE 
(011-33) 72-36-35-52 
Hobert, Rev. Dave and Susie 
5, rue Georges Clemenceau 
71230 St. Vallier. F RANCE 
(011-33) 85-58-32-50 
Klawitter, Rev. Paul and Louise 
3c, rue Ernest Lory 
21000 Dijon, F RANCE 
(011-33) 80-66-54-63 
Martin, Mr. Dennis and Jeannie 
2, rue Marechal de Tassigny 
71100 Chalon-Sur-Saone 

(011-33) 85-43-31-41 
Morris. Miss Patty 
P.O. Box 588 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 
(219) 269-1657 

Sims, Rev. Mark and Joy 

8, rue du Doyenne 

71000 Macon 


(011-33) 85-38-02-55 

*Home Ministires: Apr. -Aug. 
Weaver, Mr. Marlin and Sue 
Chateau de St. Albain 
71260 St. Albain, FRANCE 
(011-33) 85-33-14-28 
Chateau (011-33) 85-33-12-95 

*Home Ministries: Jul-Sep 

Belton, Rev. James and Sibylle 
Am Herrengarten 12 
78176 Blumberg 
(011-49) 7702-3562 or 3693 

Haak. Miss Edna 
Hegelstr. 123 

73431 Aalen 

(01 M9) 7361-35282 

Jackson. Rev. Daniel and Rachel 

Lederstr. 17 

75365 Calw 


(011-49) 7051-70711 

Kern. Rev. Steve and Celeste 
Schwimmbagstr. 17 
78176 Blumberg 
(01 M9) 7702-5620 
*Home Ministries: May-Aug. 

Manduka, Rev. David and Kathy 
Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 167 
73529 Schwabisch Gmund 
(011-49) 7171-83068 

Pappas, Rev. John and Becky 
Liebigstr. 7/1 

73432 Aalen 

(01 M9) 7361-87896 

Ramsey, Rev. Dan and Denise 
Egerlanderstr. 3 
71229 Leonberg 
(01 M9) 7152-45609 
*Home Ministries: June-Aug. 

Stover, Mr. Roger and Regine 
Beim Schloessle 13 
73550 Waldstetten 
(011-49) 7171-49227 


Kirnbauer. Rev. Ted and Kristen 
Canyon Mansion Hibarigaoka #108 
3-3-16 Kurihara, Niiza Shi 
Saitama-Ken, T352 

(011-81) 424-23-1480 
*Home Ministries: Mar. '94-Jan. '95 

O'Dell, Rev. Cecil and Debbie 
Maruyama Haitsu 102 
3-12-19 Ishigami 
Niiza-Shi. Saitama-Ken 352 



Churchill, Rev. Jack and Rosa 
2758 Caulfield Dr. 
San Diego, CA 92154 

Farrell. Miss Bess 
Xola 125-103 
Col Alamos 03400 
Mexico D.F., MEXICO 
(011-52) 5-579-9550 

Guerena, Rev. Martin and Kristy 

Apdo Postal 21-472 


04021 Mexico D.F. MEXICO 

(011-52) 5-689-61-98 

Welling, Miss Brenda 
.Xola 125-103 
Col Alamos 03400 
Mexico D.F., MEXICO 
(011-52) 5-579-9550 


Beaver, Mr. Daniel and Tori 

c o Faith Academy 

P.O. Box 2016 

Makati Central Post Office 

0706 Makati Metro Manila 


(011-63) 2-665-6955 

Hulett, Rev. Clay and Kim 
P.O. Box A.C. 527 
Quezon City, 1 109 
(011-63) 2-645-7031 
*Home Ministries: July '93-July '94 

Ruiz, Rev. Ted and Vivien 
P.O. Box A.C. 527 
Quezon City, 1109 
*Home Ministries: June '94-June '95 


Hawkins, Rev. Tim and Julie 
Rua Luis de Camoes 
80, 2-Dto., Moreira 
4470 Maia, P ORTUGAL 
(011-351) 2-948-2784 

Hull, Miss Margaret 
Tra. da Vitoria 
70, AQ Gemunde 
4470 Maia, PORTUGAL 
(011-351) 2-981-3613 
*Home Ministries: Oct. '93-Jan. '94 

Schwartz, Rev. Ralph and Martha 
Av. Antonio Santos Leite 157- ID 
4470 Maia, PORTUGAL 
(011-351) 2-948-2230 


Michaels, Rev. Paul and Cindy 
P.O. Box 588 
Winona Lake. IN 46590 
(011-7) 3832-261464 


Poupart, Rev. Walter and Ruth 
3260 Norwood St. 
Columbus, OH 43224 
(614) 268-7965 
* Leave of Absence 

Satterthwaite, Rev. Rick and Twinky 

Almudaina, 21 Esc. 7, 2. pta. 

46007 Valencia 


(011-34) 6-341-4187 


Hulse, Miss Barbara 
3715 E. 24th Street 
Tucson, AZ 85713-2438 
(602) 327-2238 

Czech Republic 

Berndt, Mr. Mark and Jo Anna 
424 Freeland St., Apt. 4 
Long Beach, CA 90807 
(310) 422-9454 


Weaver, Brian and Rhonda 
7423 Skerrydoon Ln.. Apt. 302 
Blacklick, OH 43004 
(614) 861-4571 


Justiniano, Rev. Ralph and Joan 
P.O. Box 588 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 
(219) 269-3903 


Pieters, Mr. John 
1117'/2 Hope Street 
South Pasadena, CA 91030 
(818) 799-4535 

Schemmer, Mr. Ron and Susan 
102 W. Cole Rd. 
Fremont, OH 43420 
(419) 334-8671 



Leigh. Rev. Nathan and DD 
c/o Ghent Grace Brethren Church 
1511 Maiden Ln, S.W. 
Roanoke. VA 24015 
(703) 345-2788 


Caudill. Deanna 
3685 Sundart Dr. 
Lexington, KY 40517 
(606) 273-2406 


Ahig. Dr. Keith 
13755 E. Walnut 
Whittier. CA 90602 
(310) 693-8182 

Balzer, Mr. Albert and Eulah 
408 Aloha Circle, Villa P 
Long Beach. CA 90805 
(310) 423-4748 

Cochran. Miss Rosella 
Grace Village Apt. 181-F 
P.O. Box 337 
Winona Lake. IN 46590 
(219) 372-6181 

Cone, Mrs. Ruth Ann 
P.O. Box 588 
Winona Lake. IN 46590 
(219) 269-4657 

Cripe, Miss Mary 
1520 Teresa St. 
Modesto. CA 95350 
(209) 527-7709 

Dowdy, Mrs. Dortha 
5864 Teal Lane 
El Paso. T,X 79924 
(915) 751-5889 

Garber, Rev. Martin and Beverley 
101 E. Twelfth St. 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 
(219) 269-7124 

Goodman, Rev. Marvin and Dorothy 
600 Chestnut Ave. 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 
(219) 269-5068 

Haag, Rev. Walter and Alys 
207 Van Rowe Ave. 
Duncanville, TX 75116-3319 
(214) 298-6149 

Habegger, Miss Mary Ann 
605 Stucky Street, Apt. B-2 
Berne, IN 46711 
(219) 589-8266 

Hoyt, Rev. Solon and Kathryn 
1413 Wooster Rd. 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 
(219) 269-7215 

Johnson, Rev. George and Evelyn 
513 Woodland Ave. 
Wooster, OH 44691 
(216) 263-1177 

Jones, Miss Gail 
R.D. 4. P.O. Box 59B 
Johnstown, PA 15905 
(814) 479-2311 

Kent, Miss Ruth 
P.O. Box 588 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 
(219) 269-4657 

Maconaghy, Rev. Hill and Dorothy 

Grace Village Apt. 172 

P.O. Box 337 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 

(219) 372-6172 

Mason, Dr. Harold and Margaret 
2075 Chapman Lake Dr. 
Warsaw, IN 46580 
(219) 269-7187 

Miller, Rev. Eddie and Eileen 

Caixa Postal 368 

66.017-970 Belem, Para 


(011-55) 91-235-2192 

Miller, Mrs. Lois 
24600 Mountain Ave., Sp. 40 
Hemet, CA 92544-1966 
(714) 927-7298 

Mishler, Miss Anna Marie 
62 Coach Lane 
Akron, OH 44312 
(216) 794-8728 

Sickel, Mrs. Loree 

Hacienda Grand Retirement Village 

1740 Grande Ave. #225 

Long Beach. CA 90804-201 1 

(310) 597-5590 

Snyder, Rev. Roy and Ruth 

901 Robson Rd. 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 

(219) 267-3234 


nyder, Miss Ruth 

.0, Box 588 

,'inona Lake, IN 46590 

l]^) 269-4657 

hurston, Miss Marian 

ox 23 

e Grand, lA 50142 

.15) 479-2192 

resise. Rev. Foster and Marguerite 

i-303 Waioni St. 

lililani, HI 96789 

;08) 623-2298 

Williams, Rev. Robert and Lenora 
150 W. Warren St.. Box 41 
Peru. IN 46970 
(317) 472-4016 

Zielasko, Rev. Jack and Jean 
114 I5th St. 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 
(219) 267-1808 


MARCH 31, 1993 
General Restricted Annuity Endowment Trust 
Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Eliminations 


urreni Assets: 







1 1 ,094 

$ 83,421 $ 



$ 152,993 







Nicies receivable 



Plenums receivables 




ALXTued interest 







Deposits and advances 







Tiital current assets 





ilerlund receivable/payable 








roperty and Equipment-net 






Total Assets 



$1,482,571 $ 





'urrent Liabilities: 

.Aeeimnts payable and 

aeerued expenses 





$ $ 


$ 16,530 

Delerred income 



Missionary funds payable 



Current portion- 

annuities payable 




)tlier Liabilities: 

Amounts due other 
Annuities payable-net 
Revocable trust liability 

Total liabilities 

tlet Assets: 

Board designated 

Net investment in property 
and equipment 

Total net assets 














170,396 216,646 315,459 1,482.571 361,863 









rotal Liabilities 
and Net Assets 

$ 204,888 $ 216,646 $ 481,315 $ 1,482,571 $ 520,394 $ 




General Restricted 
Fund Fund 

$4,163,376$ 214,807 
10,062 20,756 












Support and Revenue: 

Investment income 
Other income 
Nonexpendable additions 

i 853,345 $ 

$ 5,231,5: 

Total support and 


Program Expenses: 
Missionary and Field 
Other expenses 
Project expenses 
Endowment expenses 



















4, 393, It 

Supporting expenses: 
General and 
Promotional expenses 





Total expenses 








Excess of Support and 
Revenue Over Expenses 





Net Assets. Beginning of 

As previously stated 
Prior period adjustment 











$ 216,646 


$ 2.546,9 

Net Assets, End of Period 

$ 170,396 

$ 315,459 

$ 1,482,571 $ 




1401 Kings Highway, Winona Lal^e, Indiana 46590 

■Mailing Address: P.O. Box 587 

PHONE 219-267-5161 FAX 219-269-4066 

Officers and Staff 

Pres. — Dr. Luke E. Kauffman. 12920 

Wellsford Circle, Anchorage, AK 99516 
V. Pres.— Rev. Robert Fetterhoff, 912 

Douglas Dr., Wooster, OH 44691 
Secy, and Exec. Dir.— Mr. Larry N. 

Chamberlain, 108 Apple Court, 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 
Treas.— Mr. Jerry Michael, Route 4, 105 

Meadow Dr., Martinsburg, WV 25401 
Director of Administration— Rev. Jesse B. 

Deloe, 102 Third Street, Winona Lake, 

IN 46590 
Directors of Church -Planting 

and Development 
National— Rev. Kurt A. Miller, 1835 W 

200S, Warsaw, IN 46580 
East— Rev. William H. Snell, 1210 Rozella 

Road, Warsaw, IN 46580 
West — Rev. David E. Marksbury, P.O. Box 

222, Cypress, CA 90630 
Director of Ministry Support — Mr. Kirk 

Heng, 718 N. Lake St., Warsaw, IN 

Accountant — Miss Brenda Kent, 1401 Park 

Avenue, Winona Lake, IN 46590 
Videographer and Media Specialist— Paul 

Secretary to Executive Director- 
Mrs. Judi Rose 
Executive Secretary— Miss Kathy Allison 
Assistant to Accountant— Mrs. Linda 

Accounting Assistant (part time)— 

Mrs. Joyce dinger 
Receptionists (part time)— Mrs. Lola 

Mattfeld and Mrs. Ruth Gregory 

Board of Directors 

(Term Ending 1994) 
Mr. Robert Bryant, 2920 Bosham Lane, 

Midlothian, VA 23113 
Rev. Robert Combs, 647 Parkway Blvd., 

Norton, OH 44203 
Mr. Mark Curtis, 3646 California Ave., 

Long Beach, CA 90807 

Dr. Luke E. Kauffman, 12920 Wellsford 
Circle, Anchorage, AK 99516 

(Term Ending 1995) 
Mr. Morgan Burgess, 163 N. Franklin 

St., Delaware, OH 43015 
Rev. Robert Fetterhoff, 912 Douglas Dr., 

Wooster, OH 44691 
Rev. John Mcintosh, 2735 N. Beth PI., 

Simi Valley, CA 93065 
Mr. Jerry Michael, Route 4, 105 Meadow 

Dr., Martinsburg, WV 25401 
Mr. Clair Floyd, 11251 Lipscomb St., 

Anchorage, AK 99516 

(Term Ending 1996) 
Rev. Timonty Boal, 703 Thomberry Dr., 

Harleysville, PA 19438 
Mr. Jack Broyles, 1607 Whitehall Rd., 

Anderson, SC 29621 
Dr. James L. Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, 

Powell, OH 43065 
Dr. John W. Mayes, Route 9, Box 559B, 

Longview, TX 75601 
Mr. Jim Shipley, 803 Arbor Lane, Winona 

Lake, IN 46590 

Home Mission Directory 

Corning, NY, Corning Grace Brethren 

Church. Pastor, Peter Miller. 
Dryhill, KY— Victory Mountain Grace 

Brethren Chapel. Pastor, Samuel Baer. 
Gainesville, FL— Grace Brethren Church 

Pastor, Scoty Kerr. 
Greencastle, PA— Conococheague Grace 

Brethren Church. Pastor, Alan Clingan. 
Ivywood, PA— The Bible Church of Ivywood. 

Pastor, Chet Sparzak. 
McAUen, TX— McAllen Grace Brethren 

Church. Pastor, Robert Soto. 
Menifee Valley, CA— New Hope Community 

Church. Pastor, Chris Suitt. 
Moorpark, CA— Moorpark Grace Brethren 

Church. Pastor, Tim Marlier. 
Murrysville, PA— Grace Brethren Church 

Pastor, David Nitz. 


Niles, MI— Niles Grace Brethren Church. 

Pastor, Scott Fetter. 
North Port, FL— Grace Brethren Church. 

Pastor, Edmund DeZago. 
Oceanside, CA— Grace Brethren Church. 

Pastors, Doug Bukowski and Gary Kinser. 
Philadelphia, PA— Liberty Grace Brethren 

Church. Pastor, Jack Brown. 
Philadelphia, PA— Crossroads Grace Brethren 

Church. Pastor, James Brown. 
Philadelphia, PA— Montgomeryville Grace 

Brethren Church. Pastor, David AUem. 
Phoenix, AZ— East Valley Grace Brethren 

Church. Pastor, Michael Wallace. 
Richmond, VA (Short Pump)— Fellowship 

Grace Brethren Church. Pastor, David 

State College, PA— Happy Valley Community 

Grace Brethren Church. 
Tampa, FL— Grace Brethren Church. 

Pastor, John Ilko. 
Tampa, FL (Hispanic)— Grace Brethren 

Church. Pastor, Jestis Munbz. 
Williamsport, PA— Grace Brethren 

Community Church. Pastor, David Miller. 


- P.O. Box 587, Winona Lake, IN 46590 - 

(Telephone: 219/267-5161) 
Endorsing Agent— Rev. C. Lee Jenkins, 
CDR, CHC, USN;, P.O. Box 587, Winona 
Lake, IN 46590. 

Chaplains: (MAJ) Charles Card, USA; (CPT) 
Ben Collins, USA; (LCOL) WiUiam Cochran, 
USA; (CDR, CHC) John L. Diaz, USN; 
(COL) James Elwell, USAF; (LCDR, CHC) 
Jack Galle, USN; (LCDR, CHC) Dayne Nix, 
USN; (LTC)John Patrick, USA; (COL) John 
Schumacher, USA; (CPT) James Schaefer, 
USA; (CPT) Phil Spence, USA. (For current 
address contact endorsing agent). 


— Counselor, NM 87018 — 
(Telephone: 505/568^M54) 

OfTicers and Staff 

Pres.— Dr. Luke E. Kauffman, 12920 
Wellsford Circle, Anchorage, AK 99516 

V. Pres.— Rev. Robert Fetterhoff, 912 
Douglas Dr., Wooster, OH 44691 


Secretary and Exec. Dir.— Mr. Larry N' 

Chamberlain, 108 Apple Court, Winoni 

Lake, IN 46590 
Treas.— Mr. Jerry Michael, Route 4, lOt 

Meadow Dr., Martinsburg, WV 25401 
Steve and Chris Galegor, superintendent 

promotion and bookkeeper 
Wayne and Terrie Aites, Girls' Dorm 

Supervisors, Maintenance 
Karen Broach, Science/PE Teacher 
Tully and Mary Butler, Pastor 
Mark and Judy Carpenter, Boys' Dorm 

Sheilah Champion, 3rd and 4th Grade Teacher 
Johnson and Nancy Chiquito, Pastor 
Bob and Betty Clifton, Maintenance, Kitcher 

Supervisor (VIA) 
Angle Garber, Visitation (VIA) 
Helen Garrett, 1st and 2nd Grade Teacher 
James and Megan Gibson, 5th and 6th Grade 

Mark and Jane Hussong, Church Planting 
Bob and Norma Lathrop, Maintenance, 

Elaine Marpel, Principal, High School 

Betty Masimer, Visitation (VIA) 
Andy Moyer, High School Teacher 
Kristen Richards, High School Teacher 
Jennifer Ritchey, Office 
Diana Sandoval, Kindergarten Teacher 
John and Nora Trujillo, Pastor 
Brian Stichter, Maintenance (VIA) 

Churches sponsored by the Navajo Mission: 

Cedar Hill Navajo Grace Brethren Church 

(Tully and Mary Butler) 
Day Mesa Navajo Grace Brethren Church 

(Johnson and Nancy Chiquito) 
Red Lake (AZ) Community Grace Brethren i 

Church (John and Nora Trujillo) 

Navajo Committee 

Mr. Jack Broyles, Mr. Larry Chamberlain.i 
Rev. Jesse Deloe, Mr. Clair Floyd, Dr. 
Luke Kauffman, Dr. John Mayes, Mr. Jerry 

Board of Directors 

Rev. Timothy Boal, Mr. Jack Broyles, 
Mr. Robert Bryant, Mr. Morgan 
Burgess, Rev. Robert Combs, Mr. Mark 


rurtis, Dr. James Custer, Rev. Robert 
retterhoff, Mr. Clair Floyd, Dr. Luke 
iauffman, Dr. John Mayes, Rev. John 
Mcintosh, Mr. Jerry Michael, Mr. Jim 

Following are the combined Financial 
Statements of The Grace Brethren Home 
Missions Council, Inc. and Grace Brethren 
Navajo Ministries, Inc. 



Year Ending December 31, 1992 


Offerings $1,098,791 

Estates and annuities 626,992 

Rent 44,700 

Interest 54,098 

Other 14,351 


Operating Expenses: 

Direct assistance 1,070,762 

Administration 409,581 

Promotion 162,444 

Payments to annuitants 76,875 


Excess (deficit) of revenues 

over operating expenses 119,270 

Other Income (Expense): 

Income from church dissolutions.. 346,411 

Interest (13,038) 


Excess (deficit) of revenues 
over expenses) 452,643 

Net Assets, beginning of year 1,435,785 

Net Assets, end of year $1,888,428 

The above financial statements have been audited 
by the firm of Ashman, Targgart, & Manion, P. C. , 
Certified Public Accountants , Fort Wayne, Indiana. 
A copy of their fiill report is available upon request. 

Offerings and other receipts 

in transit 135,102 

Total cash and cash 

equivalents 333,842 

Investments 861 ,753 

Current portion of notes 

receivable 200, 122 

Other Current assets 11 ,800 

Accounts receivable 32,143 

Total Current Assets $ 1 ,439,660 

Property and equipment: 

Land 36.000 

Buildings 386,842 

Mission real estate >496,753 

Autos and trucks 194,189 

Photographic equipment 87,786 

Other equipment 327,936 


Less accumulated depr (613,238) 


Other Assets: 

Notes receivable 4,477 

Contributed property 8.080 

Leasehold interest, net 17,010 


Total Assets $2,385,495 


Current Assets: 
Cash $ 198,740 

Current Liabilities: 

Notes payable $ 1 

Current portion of 

long-term debt 58,620 

Accounts payable 17,670 

Accrued annuity installments 15,012 

Other accrued expenses 9,346 

Total current liabilities $ 100,649 

Long-term debt, net of 

current portion 172,180 

Annuities Payable 224,238 

Total liabilities $ 497,067 

Net Assets 


Designated 209,434 

Undesignated 1,633,308 

Total Unrestricted 1,842,742 

Restricted 45,686 

Total net assets 1,888,428 

Total net assets and 

liabilities $ 2,385,495 



P.O. Box 587, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

The Grace Brethren Investment Foundation 
has the same officiary as The Grace Brethren 
Home Missions Council, Inc., Winona Lake, 

Officers and Staff 

Pres.— Dr. Luke E. Kauffman, 12920 

Wellsford Circle, Anchorage, AK 99516 
V. Pres.— Rev. Robert Fetterhoff, 912 

Douglas Dr., Wooster, OH 44691 
Secy, and Exec. Dir.— Mr. Larry N. 

Chamberlain, 108 Apple Court, Winona 

Lake, IN 46590 
Treas.— Mr. Jerry Michaels, Route 4, 105 

Meadow Dr., Martinsburg, WV 25401 
Dir. of GBIF— Mr. James W. Johnson, 2704 

William Dr., Winona Lake, IN 46590 
Secy.— Mrs. Susanne Kessler 
Bookkeeper— Mrs. Wanita Ogden 
Teller/Data Processing — Miss Michelle 

Accountant— Miss Brenda Kent 

Board of Directors 

Rev. Timothy Boal 

Mr. Jack Broyles 

Mr. Robert Bryant 

Mr. Morgan Burgess 

Rev. Robert Combs 

Mr. Mark Curtis 

Dr. James Custer 
Rev. Robert Fetterhoff 

Mr, Clair Floyd 
Dr. Luke Kauffman 

Dr. John Mayes 
Rev. John Mcintosh 

Mr. Jerry Michael 

Mr. Jim Shipley 

Copies of the audited statements, also containing 
the Auditor's opinion, are available at our offices 
at 1401 Kings Highway, Box 587, Winona Lake, 
IN 46590. 

May 31, 1993 


Cash and Cash Equivalent . . $ 175,372 

Investments 15,888,743 

Accrued Interest Receivable. 147,421 

Loans Receivable 17,363,048 

Vehicles and Equipment (Net) 25 , 8 1 7 

Other Current Assets 1,514 

Total Assets $33,601,915 


Investment Deposits $31,115,769 

Accrued Interest Payable . . . 284,967 

Other Liabilities 15,259 

Total Liabilities 31,415,995 

Fund Balance 2,185,920 

Total Liabilities and Fund 
Balance $33,601,915 

For Year Ended May 31, 1993 


Interest on Loans $ 1,636,556 

Interest on Investments 736,707 

Total Operating Income .... 2,373,263 


Interest on Savings Accounts $ 1,739,764 

Salaries and Services 147,940 

Contributions 23,343 

Data Processing 5,367 

Other Administrative Expenses 2 10, 128 

Total Operating Expenses. . . 2,126,552 

Other Income and (Expenses) (181,038) 

NET INCOME $ 65,673 

*Copies of audited statements, also 
containing the auditor's opinion, are 
available at our office at 1401 Kings 
Highway, Box 587, Winona Lake, Indiana 



P.O. Box 587, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Phone: 219/267-5161 

<A minisln sponsored b\ 
The Grace Brethren Home Missions Council. Inc.) 

Director — Mr. Russel Dunlap. P.O. Box 587, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Field Representative — Mr. Ronald Dorner. 8115 Green Valley Rd.. Mohave Valley, AZ 86440 

Secretary — Mrs. Phyllis Dunlap, 1782 Country Club Road, Warsaw, IN 46580 

Executive Committee: 

Larry N. Chamberlain, chairman 

Brenda S. Kent, recording secretary f 

Jesse Deloe, James Johnson 

P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Board of Trustees 

(Term ending 1996) 

E. William Male 

Russell Ogden 

Roy R. Roberts 

(Term ending 1995) 

James Bustraan 

Ralph Colburn 

Gerald Kelley 

Paul Woodruff 

(Tenn ending 1994) 

George Allenbaugh 

Larry Gegner 

Gerald Polman 

H. Don Rough 

Officers of the Board 

Pres. — James Bustraan 

V. Pres. — Maynard Tittle 

Secy. — H. Don Rough 

Asst. Secy. — Gerald Polman 

Treas. — Ralph Colburn 

Member-at-Large — E. William Male 

Consultant to the Board 

Charles W. Turner 


Publisher & General Manager — 

Jeffry A. Carroll 

\sst. to Gen. Mgr., Finances and Retail 

Sales — Jo Disbro 

Finance Office — Mike Baker 

Herald Subscriptions and 

Sunday School Sales — Tom Miller 

Maintenance — Larry Unruh and Max Fluke 

Mailing Dept. — John Leonard 

Herald Bookstore, Winona Lake — 

Amy Hurley, LaNita French 
Earl Futch 

Herald Bookstore, Indianapolis — 

Staff Coordinators — Sharon Edgington 
and Jerry Kelley 

Herald Bookstore, Columbus — 

Store Coordinator — Chris Cavanaugh 

Herald Magazine 

Publisher - Jeffry R. Carroll 
Managing Editor — Dolores Gunn 

Daily Devotions and Published Materials — 

Dolores Gunn 

January 1. 1992 to December 31, 1992 


Current Assets 
Cash and Certificates Deposit . $ 82,739.31 

Accounts Receivable 46,587.47 

Marketable Securities 28,318.19 

Inventory-Merchandise 802,360.85 

Mortgage Receivable-Current.. 2.552.31 

Contract Receivables 938.84 

Prepaid Expenses 10,567.86 


Total Current Assets $ 974,064.83 

Investments 582,923.44 

Non-Current Assets 

Land $ 4,000.00 

Buildings 253,937.47 

Furniture and Fi.xtures 55,358.55 

Office Equipment 78,674.73 

Vehicles 33,912.93 

Total $425,883.68 

Less — accumulated depr 276,164.45 

Net Properly — Equipment . . . 149,719.23 

Other Assets 

Contract Receivables 28,320.24 

Less Current Portion 2,552,31 

Total NC Contract 

Receivables 25,767,93 

Lease Deposits 4,183.33 

Total Other Assets 29,951 .26 

TOTAL ASSETS $1,736,658.76 


Current liabilities 

Accounts payable $ 27.333.09 

Notes Payable 82,500.00 

Accrued Interest 464.06 

Sales Tax Payable 3, 152.08 

Total Current Liabilities $ 1 13,449.23 

Other Liabilities 

Gift Annuities $10,000.00 

Total Liabilities $ 123,449.23 

Fund Balance 1,613,209.5 

Total Liabilities and 

Fund Balance $1 ,736, 658. 7( 


Merchandise Sales $ 989, 243, 6( 

Cooperating Boards 42,344,2! 

Rentals 3,765.0(i 

Interest and miscellaneous .... 52,430. 1( 
Sale Fixed Assets & 

Securities 39,993.23 

Bequest 60,000.0( 

Total Business Income $1,187,776,2'/ 


Purchases $ 684.256.59 

Salaries 210,832,74 

Operating expenses 341.358,72 

Free Literature 5,488,07 

Rental Expenses 7,191.28 

Administrative Expense 15.746,16 

Total Business Costs $1,264,873.55 

Total Business Gain (Loss) . (77,097.28) 

Publication Offering 22,461 .74i 

Expenses 20,798.68 

Offering Net Income $ 1,663,06 

Total Net Income (Loss) . . . (75,434.22) 

Note — The books of the Brethren Missionarj 
Herald Company are open for inspection bj 
any member of the corporation. 


National WMC Officers 1993-1994 

President— Mrs. Geneva Inman 

2244 Fernwood Dr., Colorado Springs, 

CO 80910. (Tel. 719-597-2620) 
1st Vice Pres,- Mrs, Alice Hartman 

13532 Cherry Tree Circle, Hagerstown. 

MD 21742-2824, (Tel. 301-797-7346). 
2nd Vice Pres,- Mrs. Janet Minnix, 3314 

Kenwick Trail S.W., Roanoke, VA 

24018. (Tel. 703-774-4078) 
Secretary- Mrs. Kathy Bowers, 722 Thomas 

St., Roaring Spring, PA 16673-1144 

(Tel. 814-224-4059) 
Asst. Sec- Mrs, Linda Micheal, Route 4, 

105 Meadow Dr,. Martinsburg, WV 

25401. (Tel, 304-229-2477) 

Financial Sec.-Treas,- Miss Joyce Ashman 

602 Chestnut St., Winona Lake. I^ 

46590. (Tel, 219-267-7588) 
Asst, Fin. Sec.-Treas.- Mrs. Chris Galegorj 

Grace Brethren Navajo Ministries, 

General Delivery, Counselor, NM 87018. 

(Tel. 505-568-4454) 
Prayer Chairman - Mrs. Nancy Peugh, 401 

Wood Street. Winona Lake. IN 

46590-1217. (Tel. 219-269-1957) 
Literature Sec- Mrs. Lillian Teeter, 2706 

Sharon St.. Winona Lake. IN 46590, (Tel, 

Editor- Miss Nora Macon. 208 'A Chestnut 

St,, Winona Lake, IN 46590, (Tel, 



District Presidents 1993-1994 

Allegheny— Mrs. Wm. (Ruth Ella) Johnson. 

R.D. #7, Box 207, Paul Heights, Mt 

Pleasant, PA 15666. 
Tel. 412-547-3187. 
Chesapeake— Mrs. Lou Ann Myers - Contact, 

250 Philadelphia Ave., Waynesboro, PA 

17268. Tel. 717-762-3610. 
East Central Florida— Nancy Heldt - Contact 

Person, 333 Banyan, Maitland, PL 32751. 

Tel. 407-834-8923. 
Florida, So. Caribbean— Ruth Latham, 151 1 1 

N.W. 34th Terrace, Okeechobee, FL 

34972. Tel. 813-763-1721. 
Florida, Suncoast— Mrs. Al (Lois) McDevitt 

6236 Bay side Dr., New Port Richey, FL 

34652. Tel. 813-845-3100 
Hawaii— Mrs. A. David (Betty Lou) Mitchell, 

95-035 Waimakua Dr., Mililani, HI 

96789. Tel. 808-623-0418. 
Indiana— Miss Isobel Fraser, 2217-lC Point 

West Dr., Fort Wayne, IN 46808. Tel. 

Iowa-Midlands— Miss Susan Schellenberg, 

6421 Cimarron Dr., N.E., Cedar Rapids, 

lA 52402. Tel. 319-378-9253. 
Michigan— Mrs. Arnold (Linda) Erb, 3749 

Brown Rd. , Lake Odessa, MI 48849. Tel. 

Mid-Atlantic— Mrs. Roger (Lou Ann) Myers, 

250 Philadelphia Ave., Waynesboro, PA 

17268. Tel. 717-762-3610. 
Mountain-Plains— Mrs. Nita Phillips, R.R. 1. 

Box 30, Beaver City, NE 68926. Tel. 

North Central Ohio— Mrs. Howard (June) 

Immel, 510 N. Main St., London, OH 

43140. Tel. 614-852-1311. 
Northeastern Ohio— Mrs. Jim (Doris) 

Beichler, 10662 Irvin Rd., Creston, OH 

44217. Tel. 216-435-6754. 
Northern Atlantic— Mrs. Randy (Susan) 
Meyers, 72 Hertzog Dr.. Leola, PA 
17540. Tel. 717-656-7459. 
Northwest— Dee Schilperoort, 7781 
Progressive Rd, Wapato, WA 98951. 

Tel. 509-848-2277. 
Southern California-Arizona— Mrs. Helen 
Miller, 13138 Michelle Circle, Whittier, 
CA 90605. Tel. 310-941-5937 
Southern Ohio— Mrs. Philip (Ariene) Smith, 
13669 Eaton Pike, New Lebanon, OH 

45345. Tel. 513-687-1763. 
Southern— Sandra L. Jacobs - Contact Person, 
113 Jacobs Rd., Anderson, SC 29621. 

Tel. 803-287-4174. 
Southwest— Mrs. Steve (Chris) Galegor, 
Grace Brethren Navajo Mission, 
Counselor, NM 87018. Tel. 505-568^1454 
Virginia— Mrs. Evelyn McDonald, 2343 
Cantle Lane. SW, Roanoke, VA 24018. 
Tel. 703-989-0820. 
West Penn— Mrs. Ruth Blake, R.D. 5, Box 
185, Johnstown, PA 15909. Tel. 


1. Read and study the Bible regulariy. 

2. Be a faithful prayer warrior.* 

3. Active in Evangelism.* 

4. Encourage increased interest in SMM or 
aid in the establishment of SMM in your 
local church. 

5. Give regularly to WMC — time, talent, 
and money as the Lord leads and 

6. Support regular family devotions.* 
Use of Daily Devotions is suggested. 
♦Refer to WMC Handbook. 


1 . Observe a special time of prayer on the 
15th day of each month.* 

2. Emphasize prayer for local youth and 
those who made decisions for full-time 
Christian service. 

3. Support district rallies and projects. 

4. Contribute to Major Offerings: 
Please send all money to the National 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer using the 
proper offering slip from the treasurer's 
sheet in the Program Packet. Make checks 
payable to: Grace Brethren National 

A. September, October, November: 
HOME MISSIONS - Retreat for 
Home Mission pastors and wives 
GOAL: $8,000 

Send before December 10th. 
THANK OFFERING — Sponsor an 
OTN lady from the C.A.R. to 
attend National Conference in 1994 
GOAL: $5,000 
Send before December 10th. 
We suggest a minimum of $1.50 a 
year per member. 

B. December, January, February: 


Alpha Dorm Upgrade 
GOAL: $8,000 

Send before March 10th. 


Sponsorship of Director of Girls' 

Ministries (SMM is the heart of 


GOAL: $7,000 

Send before March 10. 

C. March, April, May: 
Toward the purchase of land for a 
church in the Philippines 
GOAL: $8,000 

Send before June 10th. 
Toward the support of WMC 
Missionaries of the Year honoring 
their service. 

• Carolyn Nord - France 

• Elaine Marpel - Navajo 

• Amy Volovski - C.A.R. 

• Kristen Kirnbauer - Japan 
GOAL: $5,000 

We suggest a minimum of $1.50 per 


Send before June 10th. 

D. June, July, August: 


Goal $8,000. 

Send before September 10th. 

5 . Encourage the reading of the following 
books which may be purchased from the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Company, 
Box 544, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 

• In Search of the Source by Neil 
Anderson with Hyatt Moore 

• Finding the God-Dependent Life 
by Joanie Yoder 

• Lena by Margaret Jensen 

6. Use Brethren talent when available and 
support Brethren works. Support 

7. Aid in expenses, if possible, of local 
president or representative to attend each 
district meeting and national WMC 

8 . Elect officers in April or May to assume 
their duties in September. The local 
Annual Reports compiled by the retiring 
local president must be in the hands of the 

district president by May 3 1 . Seating of 
the delegates at National Conference is 
permissible only if annual report is 
returned. Reports will not be accepted ati 
National Conference. 

9. Keep membership cards current.* 
When a member transfers to another; 
council, the membership chairman shall;! 
give the member her card to take with 
her. The membership chairman shall also.^ 
see that a new member receives and signs i| 
a membership card when she joins the 
local council. (These cards are available , 
from the National Literature Secretary.),, 

10. Refer often to the WMC Handbook. (i 
This can be obtained from the National 
Literature Secretary, Box 711, Winona 
Lake, IN 46590. (See order blank' 
enclosed in program packet.) We 
recommend one per council be purchased. 

* Refer to WMC Handbook. 


1 . Honor those reading the entire Bible or i 
listening to tapes of the entire Bible within i 
a year. 

2 . Recognize the SMM at a District WMC : 

3 . Use Brethren talent when available and 
support Brethren works. 

4 . Send District newspaper to National i 
President, National Editor, and District s 

5 . Sponsor at least one project, which should 
be cleared through the National First Vice ( 
President to avoid duplication. The i 
project may be kept within the district, 
but the National First Vice President 
should be advised for completion of her 
report. Send before March 10. 

6. Send all district offerings for national 
Brethren works to the National Financial 
Secretary-Treasurer . 

7 . Contribute an annual freewill offering, to 
be used as the committee in charge sees 
the need, toward furnishing and repair of 
the Brethren Foreign Missionary 
Residence in Winona Lake, Indiana. Send 
to the National Financial Secretary- 

8. Pay the District President's expenses to 
National Conference. 

9. Give financial assistance, so that the ( 
District SMM leader may attend SMM I 


10. Contribute annualy to the National 
Operating Expenses. Send to the National 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer by 
September 10. 


Balance on Hand— July 1, 1992 

Operation Account 

Home Missions 

Grace Schools 

Foreign Missions 

Thank Offering 

Missionary of the Year 

Missionary Residence 

Home Missions Specials 

Foreign Missions Specials 

SMM— CE National 

CE National Specials 

Grace Schools Specials 

Prepaid Income and Expense . . . . 
Day With The Conways 






Operation Account $22,184.80 

Home Missions 7,627.16 

race Schools 6,475.68 

Foreign Missions 

Thank Offering 

Missionary of the Year 

Missionary Residence 

Home Missions Specials .... 
Foreign Missions Specials . . . 

SMM-CE National 

CE National Specials 

Grace Schools Specials 

Prepaid Income and Expense 

Day With The Conways 

Task Force 


Balance on Hand— June 30, 1993 

Balance on Hand — June 30, 1993 

Operation Account $( 

Missionary of the Year Account. 
Missionary Residence Account . . 
Prepaid Income & Expense 

Account 1,906.70 

Day With The Conways 

Account 923.49 














$ 6,164.71 







Total Investment & Interest in the 
GBIF not included in the above: 




Motto— "Serving My Master" 

Purpose: To train girls to live Godly 
lives in an ungodly world and to reach 
their world for Christ. 

Sponsored by: CE National, Inc. 

, P.O. Box 365 

j Winona Lake, IN 46590 

District Coordinators 

Allegheny: Carol Evans, Rd. #1, Box 33, 
Meyersdale, PA 15552. Tel. 

:East Central FL: Marianne Romanowski, 508 
W. Grandview Way, Casselberry, FL 
32707. Tel. 407-83M795 

5808 Council Ring 
IN 46902. Tel. 

ilndiana; Bettie Horner, 
Blvd., Kokomo, 

Iowa-Midlands: Rose Earnest, 2657 Cedar 
Terrace, Waterloo, lA 50702. Tel. 

Michigan: Marjorie Bjork, 7929 Clarksville, 
Clarksville, MI 48815. Tel. 616-693-2568 

Mid-Atlantic: Shelby Oliver, P.O. Box 421, 
State Line, PA 17263. Tel. 717-597-2223 

Mountain Plains: Sue Dishaw, 1741 
Chautauqua Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 
80915. Tel. 719-380-8534 

North Atlantic: Jane Kurtz, 791 Hopeland, 
Lititz, PA 17543. Tel.717-738-1521 

Northcentral Ohio: TO BE ANNOUNCED 

North East Ohio: Mary Beth Jensen, 1043 W. 
Hopocan Ave., Barberton, OH 44203. 
Tel. 216-825-8344 

Northwest; Sally Stamm, 507 S. Juniper St., 
Toppenish, WA 98948. 
Tel. 509-865-3877 

Southern California- Arizona: Helen Miller, 
13138 Michelle, Whittier, CA 90605 
Tel. 213-941-5937 


Amy Abbitt, 5735 N. 32nd Dr., Phoenix, 
AZ 85017. Tel. 602-973-8482. 

Southern Ohio: Marilyn Kirkpatrick, 100 
Studebaker Ct., Brookville, OH 45309. 
Tel. 513- 833^741. 

Southern: Sandy Jacobs, 113 Jacobs Rd., 
Anderson, SC 29625. Tel. 803-287-4174 

Virginia: Patty Willhite, 3058 Pebble Drive 
SE, Roanoke, VA 24014. Tel 

West Penn: Nora Beltz, RR #1 Box 485-A, 
HoUidaysburg, PA 16648. 
Tel. 814-695-3543 


(Make checks payable to: 
CE National, Inc.) 

Foreign Missions: (Due November 10, 1993) j 
Goal: $800 
CAR - Library: $200 
Germany - Children's Videos: $300 
Spain - Evangelistic Supplies: $300 

Operation SMM (Due January 10, 1994) 
Goal: $800 

Home Interest (Due March 10, 1994) 
Goal: $600 

Corning, New York - Phone Answering 

Machine: $150 
Greencastle, Pennsylvania - Overhead 

Projectors: $300 
Murrysville, Pennsylvania - 6' and 8' 

tables: $150 

CE National (Due May 10, 1994) 
Goal: $1500 

Desk Top Publishing Monitor: $1000 
Computer Upgrade Networking: $250 
Computer Color Monitor: $250 


Please direct all correspondence for: 
Grace Brethren Men International 
Yolte Fellow Ministries or 
Grace Brethren Boys to: 

6675 Worthington-Galena Road 
Worthington, OH 43085 
Tel. 614-888-7733 

Pastoral Advisor 

James L. Custer, Grace Brethren Church 
6675 Worthington-Galena Road, 
Worthington, OH 43085 

Board of Directors 

Marlin Rose (93), 384 E. CR 300 N., 

Warsaw, IN 46580. Tel. 219-267-7320 
Morgan Burgess (94), 163 N. Franklin St., 

Delaware, OH 43015. Tel. 614-369-2455 
Randy Meyers (94), 72 Hertzog Dr., Leola, 

PA 17540. Tel. 717-656-7459. 
John Hetrick (95), 575 Portside Drive, North 

Port, FL 34287. 
Clark Miller (95), 13138 Michelle Circle, 

Whittier, CA 90605. 
Ray Sturgill, H.C.R. 79, Box 219, Clayhole, 

KY 41317. Tel. 606-666-7767. 

District Representatives 
to the Board of Directors 

Robert Grew, R. 1, Meyersdale, PA 15552. 
Tel. 814-634-8945 


Clair Floyd, 11251 Lipscomb St., Anchorage, 

AK 99516. Tel. 907-346-3580 
East Central Florida— 
W. Ted Bland, 1876 Spruce Creek Blvd., 

E., Daytona Beach, FL 32124. Tel. 

Florida Suncoast— 
John Hetrick, 575 Portside Dr., North Port, 

FL 34287. Tel. 813-426-4549 
Indiana — 
Tom McKinley, Indian Heights Grace 

Brethren Church, 725 E. Center Rd., 

Kokomo, IN 46902. Tel. 317-453-2048 
Jimmy MillhoUin, 327 S.E. Porter, Des 

Moines, L\ 50315. Tel. 515-285-1186 
Tom Johnson, 531 Grant St., Niles, MI 

49120. Tel. 616-683-5479. 


Mid-Atlantic — 

I Jerry Michaels, R. 4, 104 Meadows Dr., 
Martinsburg, WV 25401. 
Tel. 304-229-2477 

Mountain Plains- 
Michael Paulus, 1755 Camel Dr., Colorado 

Springs, CO 80910. Tel. 719-574-0799 
Northcentral Ohio- 
Ed Jackson, 3612 Dublin-Granville Rd., 

Westerville, OH 43081. 

Tel 614-523-3388. 
Northeastern Ohio- 
Elmer Gable, 11849 Keener Rd., Orrville, 

OH 44667. Tel. 216-682-1922 
Northern Atlantic — 
Sam Leisey, 101 E. Main St. Box 17, 

Adamstown, PA 19501. 
Northwest — 
Lyle Taylor, R. 3, Box 3184, Wapato, WA 

98951. Tel. 509-848-2268 
Ron Batroff, 2820 Hidden Forest Ct., 

Marietta, GA 30006. Tel. 404-426-1682 
Southern California-Arizona— 
Clark Miller, 13138 Michelle Circle, 

Whittier, CA 90605. 
South Florida — 
James Bustraan, Grace Brethren Church, 

1800 N.W. 9th Ave., Fort Uuderdale, FL 

33311. Tel. 305-763-6766 
Southern Ohio — 
Ray Sturgill, H.C.R. 79, Box 219, Clayhole, 

KY 41317. Tel. 606-666-7767 
Western Pennsylvania- 
Rodney Lingenfelter, 104 Nason Dr., 

Roaring Springs, PA 16673. 

Director of Grace Brethren Boys 

Roger Mills 

Tel. 614-861-5810 

Director of Yokefellow Ministries 

Ed Jackson 
Tel. 614-848-9994 

District Representatives 
Dick Battis, 10 Waynesburg Rd., 

Washington, PA 15301. 
Harold Stayer, 304 E. Main St., Flora, IN 

Gilbert Hawkins, Pleasant Grove Grace 

Brethren Church, R. 1, Box 33, North 

English, lA 52316. 
Northern Atlantic- 
Pete Caldwell, R. 1, Windsor, PA 17366. 
Lyle Taylor, R. 3, Box 3184, Wapato, WA 

North Central Ohio- 
Roger Mills, 118 Salem Ct., Reynoldsburg, 

OH 43068. 
North East Ohio- 
Harry Speicher, 13283 Doylestown Rd., 

Rittman, OH 44270. 
Southern California-Arizona— 
Clark Miller, 13138 Michelle Cir., Whittier, 

CA 90605. 
Virginia — 
Fred Devan, 5922 Brethren Rd.. Roanoke, 

VA 24014. 


Executive Director 

Ron E. Thompson, 3580 Robin Hood Circle, 

Roanoke, VA 24019 

Off.: 703-992-6595 

Home: 703-992-M45 

Assistant to Director 

Tony DeRosa ('94), APARTADO 100, 

2350 San Francisco de Dos Rios, San 

Jose, Costa Rica, Central America 

School: 011-506-86-0881 

Home: 011-506-27-7366 

Send all gifts to: 

P.O. Box 333, Winona Lake, IN 46590 


Lee H. Dice ('95) 

1909 Neal Dr., Wooster, OH 44691 

Office: 216-264-9459 

Home: 216-345-7826 

Earl Dohner ('94) 

584 Westbrook Rd., Brookville, OH 45309 

Office: 513-833^214 

Home: 513-833^288 


Phil Guerena ('94) 

9550 Oak St. Apt. 102 

Bellflower, CA 90706-5229 

Office: 213-634-5587 

Home: 310-920-7956 

Stephen Jarrell ('96) 

24 S. Juniata St., Everett, PA 15537 

Office: 814-652-2811 

Home: 814-652-2995 

Bill Kellerman ('95) 

2978 Hidden Forest Court 

Marietta, GA 30066 

Office: 404^22-8210 

Home: 404^27-7859 

Kim Robertson ('96) 

263 Woodside Dr., Stephens City, VA 22655 

Office: 703-667-9399 

Home: 703-869-7262 

Sheldon Shetter ('95) 

1244 Elm Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603 

Home: 717-291-8982 

Fred Sorrick ('96) 

4569 N. Hedgerow Drive 

Allentown, PA 18103 

Office: 215^34^201 

Home: 215-398-7259 

Lyle Sweeney ('94) 

251 Northigh Drive 

Worthington, OH 43085-2312 

Office: 614-88M242 

Home: 614-888-6466 

Warren Zellner ('96) 

103 East 12th Street 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Home: 219-267-8948 





P.O. Box 337 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Telephone: 219/372-6200 



Brad Skiles, Chairman (1994) 

1309 E. Center Street, Warsaw, IN 46580 

(219) 269-6592 

Dr. Mark Jensen, MD 

Vice Chairman (1995) 

P.O. Box 1036, Warsaw, IN 46580 

(219) 267-7667; Office: (219) 267-8940 

Beverly Worth, Treasurer (1993) 

P.O. Box 725, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Office: (219) 267^687 

Elaine Brenneman, Secretary (1995) 

P.O. Box 804, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

(219) 269-2281 

Roger Hansen (1993) 


P.O. Box 988, Warsaw, IN 46580 

Office: (219) 372-7415 

Dr. W. Remington, MD (1995) 

850 Lydia Drive, Warsaw, IN 46580 

(219) 267-4083; Office: (219) 267-3204 

Nancy Zellner (1994) 

103 E. 12th St., Winona Lake, IN 4659( 

(219) 267-8948 

Raeann Hart (1994) 

P.O. Box 773, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

(219) 269-1288 

Ame Stahl (1995) 

8592 Freeport Ave., Freeport, MI 49325 

(616) 868-7266 

Steve Mason CPA (1994) 
1928 E. Center St., Warsaw, IN 46580 
(219) 269-3768; Office: (219) 267^121 

Sandra Frush (1994) 

P.O. Box 432, Pierceton, IN 46562 

(219) 594-2539; Office: (219) 269-2102 

Ron Henry (1995) 

407 Kings Highway 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 

(219) 267-7936; Office: (219) 372-5100 

Barb Dagnall (1993) 

800 N. Park Ave., Warsaw, IN 46580 

(219) 267-2012 


200 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, IN 46590-1294 

General Administration 

lonald E. Manahan, Acting President 
)avid R. Plaster, Vice President for 

Academic Affairs 
Villiam Darr, Director of Library Services 
im Shipley, Registrar 
Cathryn Scanland, Director of Marketing 

Enrollment Services 

rarl Beridon, Vice President for 
Enrollment/Advancement Services 

Ion Henry, College Dean of Enrollment 
vlark Penfold, Director of Seminary 

Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student 

^olli Durham, Assistant Director of College 


Student Services 

ioger Peugh, Acting Dean of Students/ 

Philip Dick, Director of Athletics 
tennifer Christenberry, Director of SAAC 
Darwin Parman, Housing Director 
loanne Taylor, School Nurse 

Business and Financial Matters 

Ronald E. Clinger, Vice President for 

Business Affairs 
Paul DeRenzo, Director of Food Service 
Audrey Tobias, Director of Data Processing 
Steven Fleagle, Controller 

Advancement Department 

Carl J. Beridon, Vice President for 

Enrollment/ Advancement Services 
Frank Owen, Director of Annual/Current 

Steve Wishart, Director of Alumni Affairs 
Tom Abbitt, Director of Planned Giving 
Chris Becker, Director of Seminary 

Officers of the Corporation 
President — Dr. Ronald E. Manahan 
Secretary/Treasurer — 

Mr. Ronald E. Clinger 
Assistant Secretary — Mr. Larry Downs 

Board of Trustees 

(Term ending 1994) 
Mr. John Armstrong, 544 West Pleasant 

Home Road, Wooster, OH 44691-9626 
+ Rev. Thomas Avey, vice chairman, 1419 

Jerry Lane, Manheim, PA 17545-9351 
Rev. Richard Battis, 19302 County Road T, 

Cortez, CO 81321 
Rev. Raymond Davis, 13519 Cherry Tree 

Circle, Hagerstown, MD 21742-2867 
Rev. Ronald A. Guiles, 895 S. Wymore 

#907-A, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 
Dr. Donald Hedrick, 15033 Lodosa Drive, 

Whittier, CA 90605-1231 
-l-Mr. Thomas Horney, 281 1 Prospect N.E., 

Box 59, Middlebranch, OH 44652-0059 
Mr. Gordon Stover, 9210 Branch Rd., 

Harrah, WA 98933 
Mr. Michael Workman, 2763 N. Millborne 

Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 

(Term Ending 1995) 
Rev. John Burke, 1434 Lyon, Waterloo, lA 

Mr. John Haller, 5447 Wine Tavern, Dublin, 

OH 43017 
Mr. Terrell Holsinger, 1290 Princess Lane, 

Hurst, TX 76053 
Rev. Kenneth Koontz, 855 Trumball, 

Deltona, FL 32725 
Mr. Alan Pietzsch, 6856 Richer Street, 

Worthington, OH 43085-2427 
-l-Mr. William Snoddy Secretary, 1530 

Center Lane Drive, Ashland, OH 44805 
Mr. H. Dwight Stair, 510 Oak Street, 

Wadsworth, OH 44281 

(Term Ending 1996) 
-l-Mr. Larry Downs, 4 Stone Camp Trail, 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 
Dr. Nickolas Kurtaneck, 6153 Pershing Way, 

Buena Park, CA 90260-1416 
Mr. William Hoffmann, 115 Vernon Ave., 

Ashland, OH 44805-4042 
Dr. William Munsey, 8260 Greentree Dr., 

Westerville, OH 43081 
Rev. Les Nutter, 509 Cherry Street, 

Wrightsville, PA 17368 
Mrs. Miriam Pacheco, 413 Kings Highway, 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 
CH(COL) John Schumacher, 7018 44th 

Avenue N.E., Olympia, WA 98516 


+ Rev. Charles G. Thornton, chairman, 56 
North Crawford, Millersburg, OH 44654 

Rev. Galen Wiley, 22713 Ellsworth Avenue, 
Minerva, OH 44657 

Trustee Emeritus 
Rev. Paul E. Dick, 1912 E. Walnut Street, 
Warsaw, IN 46580 

+ Members and officers of the Executive 

Faculty Members and 
Administrative Officers 

C = College, S= Seminary 
CS=Both College and Seminary 

Abegg, Martin G. (Dr.) (S), Associate Pro- 
fessor Old Testament 
Avallone, Anthony J. (C) Assistant Professor 

of Business 
Benyousky, Frank (C), Associate Professor 

of Communications 
Beridon, Carl (CS), Vice President of 

Advancement/Enrollment Services 
Bickel, Kenneth (S), Assistant Professor for 

Pastoral Ministries & Homiletics 
Bowling, James (Dr.) (C), Professor of 

dinger, Ronald E. (CS), Vice President for 

Business Affairs 
Curry, Shara B. (Mrs.) (C), Associate Pro- 
fessor of Education 
Darr, William E. (CS), Director of Library 

Davis, Arthur W. (C), Associate Professor 

of Art 
Davis, John J. (Dr.) (CS), Professor of Old 

Decker, Allyn (C), Assistant Professor of 

DeYoung, Donald B. (Dr.) (C), Professor of 

Physics and Math 
Dick, E. Philip (C), Director of Athletics; 

Associate Professor of Health and Physical 

Dilling, Richard A. (Dr.) (C), Professor of 

Mathematics and Science Education 
Edgington, Thomas J. (Dr.) (C), Associate 

Professor of Psychology 
Faber, Ardis (Miss) (C), Assistant Professor 

of Music 
Felts, Vema M. (Mrs.) (C), Associate Pro- 
fessor of Music (Piano) 

Forbes, W. Merwin (Dr.) (C), Professor of 

Biblical Studies 
Foreman, Janet (Mrs.) (C), Associate Pro- 
fessor of Business 
Fortosis, Robert (C), Associate Professor of 

Physical Education & Head Soccer Coach 
Gaerte, Dennis (C), Associate Professor of 

Teacher Education 
Gano, Peter (Dr.) (C), Adjunct Professor of 

Fine Arts 
Gordon, William P. (C), Associate Professor 

of Economics and Business 
Gorrell, David (C), Assistant Professor of 

Gray, Anita (Miss) (CS), Associate Director 

of Libraries 
Grill, E. Michael (Dr.) (C), Professor of 

Henry, Ron (C), Dean of Enrollment 
Hildebrandt, Theodore (Dr.) (C), Professor 

of Biblical Studies 
Jeffreys, Richard E. (Dr.) (C), Professor of 

Biochemistry/Health Professions 
Johnson, Darrell L. (Dr.) (C), Professor of 

Physical Education 
Kessler, James C. (C), Associate Professor 

of Health and Physical Education & Men's 

Basketball Coach 
Lee, Marcia (Dr.) (C), Associate Professor 

Biological Science 
Lovelady, Edgar J. (Dr.) (C), Professor of 

Manahan, Ronald E. (Dr.) (C), Acting 

President, Professor of Biblical Studies 
Mignon, Beth (C), Women's Basketball 

Coach, Women's Director of Athletics, 

Part-time Instructor in Health and Physical 

Education, Assistant Track Coach 
Peugh, Roger (CS), Chaplain, Acting Dean 

of Students, Director of Graduate School 

of Missions, Associate Professor of 

Plaster, David R. (S), Vice President for 

Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of 

Sauders, Paulette (Dr.) (C), Professor of 

English & Journalism 
Schram, Jacqueline (C), Assistant Professor 

of Foreign Languages 
Shipley, Jim A. (CS), Registrar 
Slaughter, George F. (Dr.) (C), Professor of 

Snider, R. Wayne (C), Professor of History 
Zimmerman, Timothy M. (C), Chair for 

Music Department and Artist-in-Residence 



Emeritus Faculty 

Beaver, S. Wayne (Dr.), Professor Emeritus 
Boyer, James L. (Dr.), Professor Emeritus 
Coverstone, Jean (Mrs.), Professor Emeritus 
Felts, W. Roland, Professor Emeritus 
Hamilton, Mabel (Mrs.), Librarian Emeritus 
Hoyt, Herman A. (Dr.), President Emeritus 
Humberd, Jesse (Dr.), Professor Emeritus 
Kent, Homer A., Jr., President/Professor 

Kriegbaum, Arnold R., Dean of Students 

Lowrie, Roy W., Jr., Professor Emeritus 
Male, E. William, Professor Emeritus 
Uphouse, Miriam M. (Mrs.), Associate Dean 

of Students Emeritus 

Condensed Audited Financial Report 

Statement of Revenues, 

Expenditures, and Transfers 

For the Year Ended May 31, 1993 

Educational & General: 
Tuition & fees 

S5, 240, 148 

Gifts 1,077,779 

Endowment income 19.666 

Other 161.976 

Total educational and 

general $ 6.499,569 

Total auxiliary 

enterprises $2,055,442 

Other sources $ 82,530 

TOTAL REVENUES $8,637,541 


Educational & general: 

Instructional $2. 190.082 

Academic support 377,957 

Student services 936,562 

Institutional support 2,261,668 

Operation of plant 853.754 

Student aid 1.082,296 

Transfers (558.499) 

Total educational and 

general $ 7.143.820 

Total auxiliary 

enterprises $2,002,242 

TOTAL EXPENDITURES . . $9,146,062 

SURPLUS/(DEFICIT) (508,521) 


P.O. Box 365 (1003 Presidential Drive), Winona Lake, IN 46590 
(Tel. 219-267-6622) (Fax 219-269-7185) 

Purpose Statement 

CE National exists to be an equipper of the 
FGBC by serving local churches in their 
growth and development of leadership 
resulting in ministry inside and outside the 
body of Christ. 

CE National Staff 

Ed Lewis — Exec. Director 

Chery Otermat — Director of Girls 

Ministries and Ministry Teams 


Jesse DeBoest — Director of Finance 

and Personnel 
Dan McMaster — Director of Church 


Angle Fagner — BNYC Coordinator 

Mike Sessler — Media Coordinator 

MaryBeth Kaylor — Executive Assistant 

Administrative Assistants — 

Julia Miller, Sherilyn Rank 

Jenni Saurer — Receptionist & Resource 

Network Coordinator 

Peggy Owens — Materials Coordinator 

Walter and Pearl Olszewski — Volunteers 

Board Members 

Steve Peters, President ("96) 

Community Grace Brethren Church 
2261 South Miami 
West Milton, OH 45383 
Dan Allan. Vice President ("95) 
Grace Brethren Church 
1144 W. Main 
Ashland, OH 44805 
Richard Todd, Secretary ('94) 

Community Grace Brethren Church 
1 1000 E. Washington Blvd. 
Whittier, CA 90606 


Denny Brown, At Large f'95) 

Brethren Jr.-Sr. High School 

5172 Orange Ave. 

Cypress, CA 90630 
Bernie Simmons, At Large ('94) 

Grace Brethren Church 

6675 Worthington-Galena Rd. 

Worthington, OH 43085 
Mike Brubaker ('96) 

First Grace Brethren Church 

648 Knorr St. (at Oxford Ave.) 

Philadelphia, PA 19111 
Greg Howell ('94) 

Community Grace Brethren Church 

1180 S. Roosevelt St. 

Goldendale, WA 98620 
Paul Mutchler ('95) 

Grace Brethren Church 

501 W. Lincoln Ave. 

Lititz, PA 17543 
Bud Olszewski 

Grace Brethren Church 

44 S. First St. 

Rittman, OH 44370 
Bob Peercy ('94) 

5611 Rockledge Dr. 

Buena Park, CA 90621 
Jeff Gill (Pastoral Consultant) 

Grace Brethren Church 

375 Hills-Miller Rd. 

Delaware, OH 43015 

Financial reports are available 
from CE National 


Many people serve on committees to plan and 
implement programs, seminars, materials or 
training to assist churches in various arenas. 
The following groups meet regularly. 

Youth Cabinet 

Children's Cabinet 

SMM Cabinet 

Boys' Curriculum Task Force 
Resource Materials Cabinet 

Consultants are persons willing to assist 
GBC people in various areas. In addition to 
the Resource Network available through CE 
National, these are names of persons CE 
National uses in various areas: 

Adult Bible Fellowship: John Teevan 
Addiction/Finances: EJ Underwood 
Camping: Rick Strappello 
Candidating: Terry Taylor 
Children: Nancy Neer 
Christian Schools: Paul Mutchler 
Christians in Politics: Ron Cohen 
Club Ministries/Short Term Missions: 

Chery Otermat 
College Career & Singles: Todd Scoles 
Counseling: Buzz Inboden 
Evangelism Training/Singles Again: Lee Dice 
Foster Parenting & Adoption: 

Greg & Colleen Howell 
Marriage & Family Ministries: 

Randy & Betty Poyner ; 

One-on-One: Rick Strappello 
Pre-School/Nursery: Connie Hoblet 
Puppets: Harry Phillips 
Sermon Ideas: Thomas Goossens 
Women's Ministries: Ruth Dunkle 
Worship Music/Services: Darrell Cummings 
Youth Curriculum/Resource Materials: 

Jay Firebaugh 
Youth Philosophy: Dan Michaels 
General Church Growth: Jeff Gill 
General CE/Computer: Richard Todd 
General CE/Senior Citizen Ministries: 

Roy Halberg 

Coordinators for "Various Ministries 

Bible Quizzing: Ray Feather 
Nurturing Abilities for Christ: Dave Rank 
Sonlife Philosophy & Training: 
Mike Richards 


Pres. — Chaplain John Schumacher 

V. Pres. — John Teevan 

Recording Secretary — Bud Olszewski 

Asst. Recording Secretary — 

Greg Ryerson 

Executive Secretary — Ralph Colburn 
Asst. Executive Secretary — Lee Dice 

MINISTERIUM, TUES., July 27, 1993 


The meeting began with music provided by 
Ron Thompson on the piano, and Steve Peters 
leading us in singing. 

President Wayne Hannah welcomed the 
imen. and called on Ralph Colburn to lead in 

Ralph Colburn presented a printed 
memorial reviewing the life and service of 
retired missionary J. Paul Dowdy, who died 
at the age of 90; and made some appropriate 
comments on his pattern of faithfulness. Then 
he led in prayer for his family, with thanks- 
giving for his example. 

Scott Puckett, Director of Grace Village at 
W mona Lake, presented an encouraging 
, update of their progress (out of Chapter 1 1 
bankruptcy, and toward total solvency and 
eventual repayment of all obligations.) Legal 
fees, against the Village, as well as against 
individuals board of directors, have been and 
are a financial burden; but there is light at the 
end of the tunnel! He invited questions, and 
' appreciation was expressed for his leadership 
: at this difficult time in the history of Grace 
Village. A printed hand-out about the legal 
problems of board members had also been 
made available to the men. 

Wayne Hannah invited the introduction of 
new men to our Ministerium, and men in new 
_ capacities. 

Ralph Colburn presented the Membership 
report, and the Finanacial report, which had 
been distributed. A question was raised about 
an apparent error in the financial report, in 
Chase Manhattan Bank funds, and Ralph 
corrected this on Wednesday. He had 
inadvertently copied the wrong balance figure 
from 1992, and the correct figure was 
$10,879.98 instead of $17, 733.71. The final 
balance was correct, the total funds available 
are correct. 

After considerable discussion, and a 
r doubling of the original proposed figure, the 
following motion prevailed: "We establish a 
Project Help Fund to assist with the legal fees 
of the Directors of Grace Village (many of 
whom are members of our ministerium) and 
that we contribute $10,000 toward its 
establishment." Ralph Colburn will serve as 
trustee for this fund, and additional gifts from 
individuals and churches will be sought and 

Wayne presented a preliminary report on 
a proposed action, recommending a 
declaration of allegiance based on their 

convictions. This will be more fully presented 
and discussed at Wednesday's meeting. 

The business seesion was adjourned, and 
president-elect John Schumacher introduced 
Wayne Hannah for his "State of the 
Ministerium" address. 

Wayne delivered a very courageous 
message, from his heart and with conviction. 
Attention was very keen, and his presentation 
was greatly appreciated. 

The meeting concluded with his sharing 
highlights of Wednesday's agenda, and a time 
of prayer. 

MINISTERIUAM, WED., July 28, 1993 

The men were greeted by the piano music 
of Ron Thompson, then led in singing by 
Steve Peters. 

Bud Olszewski led in prayer, then humbly 
explained that the previous day's minutes 
were trapped in a computer, delaying their 
inclusion in a daily "Epistle." 

A memorial presentation was introduced by 
Ralph Colburn. sharing the life and testimony 
of Chaplain Orville "Joe" Lorenz. Chaplain 
John Schumacher added comments, 
highlighting the faithfulness and courage of 
this man of God. 

John also mentioned the death of his 
younger brother. Paul Schumacher, who had 
sung in so many of our churches and at 
National Conferences, who died of cancer last 

Wayne Hannah then prayed for the families 
involved, and for the continuing testimony of 
the lives of these men. 

Jay Bell informed our men of Urbana '93, 
the largest missionary conference in the U.S., 
if not the world, to be held Dec. 27-31. He 
encouraged us to have many of our college 
and single young people there, and to inform 
him of their coming, for Grace Brethren will 
be there, and have a special meeting room. 
A booth at the Trade Center has more 

After some discussion, a motion prevailed 
that "After further reflection and 
investigation, we recommend that we 
withdraw the tenative offer of a proportionate 
division of our reserve funds with the 
Conservative Grace Brethren Churches Inter- 
national." (The tenative offer appeared in the 
"Epistle" last fall, but, of course, was sub- 
ject to the vote of this body.) 


President Hannah presented a motion, 
introduced several •■whereases", regarding 
a stated declaration of allegiance to our 
fellowship of ministers. Considerable 
discussion ensued, with some ver>' practical 
amendments suggested. Finally the entire 
proposal was referred back to the executive 
committee, which will meet tonight with other 
interested pastors, to ••fine-tune" the 
document for presentation at tomorrow's 
business session. 

Wayne Hannah explained a difficulty in the 
fellowship with pastors who may be in 
harmony with our national fellowship, but are 
not listed on any District's list. A motion was 
presented for a constitutional change to be 
approved next year, as follows: 

That Article IV. Membership. (2) of the 
constimtion of the NFGBM be changed to 
read . . . 

• 'Any regularly ordained or licensed elder 
in a Grace Brethren Church, whose church 
is a member in good standing with the FGBC. 
and who is not under ministerial discipline, 
is eligible for membership." 

The business session was adjourned, and 
Wayne presented Chaplain John Schumacher 
for a special address. John taught ethics at the 
War College for two years, and out of his 
experiences there, and current needs in the 
evangelical community, including our 
fellowship, he issued a challenging call to 
moral and ethical integrity. A special 
discussion format that was precluded by the 
clock will be a part of Thursday's program. 

The meeting was closed with prayer (and 
some soul-searching.) 


Missionaries Dave Hobert led us in 
singing, accompanied by Chris Nord on the 

Vice-President-elect John Teevan led us in 

Ralph Colburn presented the printed 
memorial of Dr. Bob Thompson, so well 
known and loved among us; and Luke 
Kauffman shared some special memories of 
this man of God with us. 

Chuck Thornton represented the Grace 
Schools Board, regarding the printed survey 
results gathered in their search of a new 
President. He asked for continued input and 
prayer for their decision, possibly the most 

important one made since the school's 
founding in 1937. 

Wayne Hannah shared about the Focus n 
retreats to be held across the country in 
1993-94, and greatly encouraged the men to 
participate and urged the participation of 

Some discussion of the flooding problems 
in Iowa was held, and we were reminded that 
CE National is serving as a clearing house for 
gifts for those affected. 

Ralph Colburn presented the Pastor of the 
Year award to True L. Hunt, who is retiring ' 
this year after 44 years of ministry, 33 of them 
to the Uniontown, PA Grace Brethren 
Church. His wife. Lucille, joined him on the 
platform for this honor, as a plaque was 
presented, plus a check for $500 from 
Ministerium. A standing ovation was given 
to the Hunts. 

Chaplain John Schumacher's address 
yesterday precipitated discussion by small 
groups on the question: ••What do you think 
should be the elements of an enduring 
spiritual, moral and ethical consensus for us 
as leaders of the NFGBC?" Answers from the 
small groups were compiled and collected and 
returned to Chaplain John for further work 
for ne.xt year's conference. 

Discussion followed that raised these 

Is it possible to be licensed by the local 
church yet recognized by National? (No. not 
at this time.) 

Is it possible to be licensed/ordained by 
another organization but recognized by 
National? (No, not at this time.) 

Are we a National Ministerium or a 
compilation of District lists? (Yes. currently.) 

The FGBC has a mechanism of independent 
membership, not through a district. Should 
we create a similar system? (Yes. that's the 
intent of this motion.) 

A motion prevailed to strike the word 
"National" from the first paragraph. 

A motion prevailed to refer the whole 
matter back to the executive committee for 
presentation next year. 

A motion prevailed that we approve the 
minutes as printed in the '•Epistles" and 

Wayne Hannah introduced and installed the 
new officers for 1993-94: 

President. Chaplain John Schumacher 

Vice-President, Pastor John Teevan 


Executive Secretan'. Ralph Colbum 
Assistant Exec. Sec">.. Lee Dice 
Recording Secretary. Bud Olszewski 
Assistatm Rec. Sec'y., Greg Ryerson 
Appreciation was expressed for Wayne's 
iexcellent leadership for this year. 
j The motion introduced at yesterday's 
isession and referred back to the executive 
|comminee (and others) for revisions was 
I replaced (after a two hour meeting) with the 
■following affirmation: which was presented 
:as a climax to the meeting, and signed by 129 
[men. virtually the entire attendance present 
[that morning: 


Other ministers will have opportunity to 
sign this declaration of Focus Rallies, possibly 
District Ministeriums and at next year's 
National Conference. 

The meeting was closed in prayer by John 
Tee van. 


Balance, Fanners and 

1 Merchants Bank, 7/24/92 S 3,391.17 


National dues S29.720.(X) 

Directory pmts 1,294.80 

Alamo Rebates 31.85 

Sycamore travel 77.00 


TOTAL S34.514.82 


Exec. Secy. Salary S 2.400.00 

Telephone & postage 126. 14 

Epistle costs 422.98 

Ministerium exp 1.591.48 

Exec. Comm. meeting 2,433.30 

Photo Directory 1.743.04 

Natl dues refund 150.00 

Dist. dues refund 20.00 

Annual space 607.23 

Death benefit 2.500.00 

Chase Manhattan Bank 4.500.00 

BIF 10.000.00 


Balance. F & M Bank. 7/12/93 . . S 8.020.55 
(Unreconciled shortage of S3. 00. 

so bank balance is actually) S 8.017.55 

Balance. B.I.F.. 7/22/92 93.799.19 

Interest for the year 5.837.89 

Deposits for the year 10.000.00 

S15. 837.80 

TOTAL 109.637.08 

Balance. Chase Manhattan 

Bank. 7/22/92 10.879.98 

Interest for the year 214.87 

Deposits for the year 4,500.00 


TOTAL S 4.714.87 


4 Death gramities @ 2.500 10.000.00 

Balance. Chase Manahttan. 

7/12/93 5.594.85 


7/12/93 123.249.48 

Increase from last year S15.I79.14 

Death gratuities paid this year: 
Janice Grubb. 10 92 
Vivian Altig. 12/92 
Paul Dowdy. 12/92 
Orville Lorenz. 4/93 
Robert Thompson. 5 93 

Respectfully submitted. 

Ralph J. Colbum. Executive Secretary 


Western Region 

Includes Arctic District 
Hawaii District 






1 — Allegheny 


— Arctic — (Alaska) 


2 — Chesapeake 


3 — East Central Florida 


4 — Florida Suncoast 


— Hawaii 


5 — Indiana 


6 — Iowa-Midlands 


7 — Michigan 


8 — Mid-Atlantic 


9 — Mountain-Plains 


Nor-Cal '\ 

Northcentral Ohio 

Northeastern Ohiq^ 

Northern Atlantic 



Southern California-Arizona 

Southern Ohio 

South Florida 



Western Pennsylvania 


Central Region 

Eastern Region 











District Conference Organizations 


Allegheny Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: Summit Mills 
Grace Brethren Church 
April 29, 1994 


Mod.— Larry Weigle 

V. Mod.— Joe Nass 

Secy.— Norma Jean McCracken, RD 1, Box 

196, Wind Ridge, PA 15380 

(Tel. 412-128-5393) 
Treas. -Robert Riffle, RD. 2. Box 106 

Washington, PA 15301 
Stat.— John Lancaster. Kyle Hill, 

P.O. Box 297, Barton, MD 21521 
Members-at-Large— Paul Mohler, Ron Thorn 


Shimer Darr, Joyce Weigle, David Lund 


Ronzil Jarvis, Jim Kelley, Peggy Blough 


Becky Jarvis, Peggy McCoy, John Lancaster 


Al Valentine, Anna Bertha Yoder, 
Mary Kay Nicholson 


Paul Mohler, Shimer Darr, Mike Lookenott 


Chm.— Raymond McCoy 
V. Chm.— Albert Valentine 
Secy. /Treas. — Mike Lookenott 


Chm.— Shimer Darr 
V. Chm.— John Lancaster 
Secy.— Richard Placeway 
Asst. Secy. /Treas.— True Hunt 


Chm.— Larry Weigle 

V. Chm. — Ronzil Jarvis 

Secy. /Treas. —Joe Nass 

Asst. Secy. /Treas. —Shimer Darr 


Pres.— Robert Grew 
V. Pres —Robert Riffle 
Secy.— Ted Evans, R.D. 1, Meyersdale, PA 


Pres.— Ruth Johnson 

1st V. Pres.— Elda Phillippi 

2nd V. Pres.— Joyce Weigle 

Secy.— Mary Kay Nicholson, 419 Beachley St., 

Meyersdale, PA 15552 
Treas.— Joyce Weigle, RD 3, Box 35A 

Stoystown, PA 15563 
Prayer Chm.— Norma Jean McCracken 
SMM District Coordinator— Carol Evans 
Dist. Editor— Joyce Weigle 


Secy —Rachel Yoder, RD 1, Meyersdale, PA 

Treas.— Mary Ann Evans, RD 1, Box 33, 

Meyersdale, PA 15552 
Patroness— Carol Evans 
Asst. Patroness— Joyce Weigle 
Amigas— Jessica Ryan 
Little Sisters' Rep.— Nicky Barkus 


Manager/Caretaker— Shimer Darr 

Director — Larry Weigle "* 

Name of Camp — Albryoca 

Name of Campground— Camp Albryoca 

Location of Camp— Between Salisbury 

and Pocahontis, R. 3, Box 92, Meyersdale, 

PA 1552. Phone: 814-634-0023 


President— Joe Nass 
Business Mgr.— Ronzil Jarvis 
Asst. Business Mgr. — Larry Weigle 


Accident, MD— Grace Brethren 

Aleppo, PA— Aleppo Brethren 

Coolville, OH— Grace Brethren 

Cumberland, MD— Cumberland Grace Brethren 

Grafton, WV— First Grace Brethren 

Jenners, PA — Jenners Grace Brethren 

Laurel Mountain, PA— Laurel Mountain Grace 

Listie, PA— Listie Grace Brethren 


Meyersdale, PA— Meyersdale Grace Brethren 
Mill Run. MD— Mill Run Grace Brethren 
Parkersburg. WV— Grace Brethren 
Reading, PA— Reading Grace Brethren 

Summit Mills, PA-Summit Mills Grace 

Uniontown, PA— Grace Brethren 
Vienna, WV— Community Grace Brethren 
Washington, PA— Grace Brethren 


Arctic Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 


Mod —John Gillis 

V. Mod— Luke Kauffman 

Secy.— Brian Chronister, 2511 Sentry Dr., 

Anchorage, AK 99507 (Tel. 907-344-7780) 
Treas. -Chris Hay, 406 McCullom Dr., 

Kenai, AK 99611 


Chm.— John Gillis 
V. Chm —Luke Kauffman 
Secy-Treas— Brian Chronister 
Asst. Secy-Treas —Chris Hay 


Chm.— John Gillis 

V. Chm— Luke Kauffman 

Secy.— Brian Chronister 

Treas.— Chris Hay ' 


Anchorage, AK— Anchorage Grace Brethren 
Anchorage, AK— Grace Community 
Anchorage, AK— Greatland Grace Brethren 
Eagle River, AK— Eagle River Grace Brethren 
Kenai, AK— Kenai Grace Brethren 
North Pole, AK— North Pole Grace Brethren 
Soldotna, AK— Peninsula Grace Brethren 


Chesapeake Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next Conference: To be determined 


Mod.— Robert Wagner 

V. Mod.— David Kowalke 

Secy-Jeff Thornley, 283-1 Zekiah Dr., 

Waldorf, MD 20601 (Tel. 301-645-0407) 
Treas.— Stephen Howell, P.O. Box 458, 

Owings, MD 20736 
Stat.— Barry Goodson, 283-1 Zekiah Dr., 

Waldorf, MD 20601 


Chm —Robert Wagner 
V. Chm— Dave Kowalke 
Secy.— Jeff Thornley 
Treas.— Steve Howell 


Chm.— Robert Wagner 
Secy.— Jeff Thornley 

Add. Members— James Dixon, Russ Ogden 
Wayne Hannah, R. Dallas Greene 


Chm.— R. Dallas Greene 
V. Chm.— Wayne Hannah 
Secy.— Jeff Thornley 
Treas —Steve Howell 
Add. Members— All Ministers 


Pres.— David Knight 
V. Pres.-Steve Howell, P.O. Box 458, 
Owings, MD 20736 


Temple Hills. MD— Grace Brethren Church of 

Greater Washington 
Alexandria, VA— Grace Brethren 
Frederick, MD— Frederick Grace Brethren 
Owings, MD— Calvert County Grace Brethren 
Waldorf, MD— Waldorf Grace Brethren 
Lanham. MD— Lanham Grace Brethren Church 
Richmond, VA— Fellowship Grace Brethren 
Richmond, VA— Richmond Grace Brethren 



East Central Florida District of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: Maitland Grace 
Brethren Church; May 7, 1994 


Mod.— Bill Tweeddale 

V. Mod.— Charles Davis 

Secy.— Mrs. Wendy Herzig, 1219 Pin Oak Dr. 

Apopka, FL 32703 (Tel. 407-880-2349) 
Treas.— Mrs. Gerda Rench, 20 Carriage Hill 

Circle. Casselberry, FL 32707 
Stat.— Mrs. Glen Emsberger, Melbourne, FL 


David Herzig, Arnold Kriegbaum, 
Mike Champion 


Ken Koontz, Dick Maxson, Russ Shinrock 


Ron Guiles 


Charles Davis (Vice) 

Ted Boger, James Peacock 


Chm.-Jeff Dunkle 

V. Chm.— Ken Koontz 
Secy. /Treas.— Charles Davis 


Chm —Charles Davis 
Secy.— Ken Koontz 

Add. Members— Charles Davis, Jeff Dunkle, 
Ron Guiles, Ken Koontz 


Chm.— Ron Guiles 
V. Chm.— Ken Koontz 
Secy. /Treas. —Jeff Dunkle 


Pres.— Nancy Heldt 
Treas.— Gerda Rench 



-Dick Hudson, Maitland GBC 


Pres.— Mark L. Berkland 


Deltona, FL— Calvary Grace Brethren 
Maitland, FL— Maitland Grace Brethren 
Melbourne, FL— Community Grace Brethren i 

Ocala, FL— Ocala Grace Brethren 
Orlando, FL— Fellowship of Our Savior 


Florida Suncoast District of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: Port Richey 
Grace Brethren Church 
April 17, 1994 


Mod— Bob Byers 

V. Mod— Dave Kennedy 

Secy. -Cheryl Byers, 3400 Gulf to Bay Blvd., 

Clearwater, FL 34619 (Tel. 813-796-1747) 
Treas.— Bob Richards, 14969 Newport Rd., 

Clearwater, FL 34624 
Stat.— Evelyn Shane, 6639 Hammock Rd., 

Port Richey, FL 34668 


Jay Cline, Ralph Hall 


Betty Hall, Lois Schrock, Cyndi Meinck 


Chm.— Dave Kennedy 
V. Chm.— Randy Weekley 
Secy.— Ed DeZago 
Treas.— Jim Poyner 


Chm.— Bill Stevens 
Add. Members— All other ordained pastors of 
the District 


Chm.— Randy Weekley 
V. Chm. -John Ilko 
Secy.— Bill Stevens 
Treas.— Jim Poyner 



Pres.— Lois McDevitt 

V. Pres.— Lorrie Gerber 

Secy— Shirley Stevens, 6176 Sumter Dr., 

Brookville, FL 34602 
Prayer Chm.— Cheryl Lilly 
District Editor— Betty Hall 
Asst. Editor— Sally like 


Pres.— Bill Stevens 

V. Pres.-NAC-Kaaren Keers 

Treas.— John Ilko, Jr. 


Bradenton, FL-Bradenton Grace Brethren 
Brooksville, FL-Brooksville Grace Brethren 
Lakeland, FL-Lakeland Grace Brethren 
North Port. FL-North Port Grace Brethren 
Palm Harbor, FL-Palm Harbor Grace Brethren 
Pmellas, Park, FL-Pinellas Park Grace 

Port Richey, FL— Pen Richey Grace Brethren 
Tampa, FL— New District Mission Point 


Hawaii District Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: To be announced 
March 19, 20, 1994 


Mod. — Nathan Zakahi 

V. Mod.— Dave Mitchell 

Secy.— Letitia Coffman, 91-779 Ft. Weaver 

Rd., Ewa Beach, HI 96706. 

(Tel. 808-689-5035) 
Stat. -Garth Lindelef, 92-939 Welo, #77, 

Ewa Beach, HI 96707 
Members-at-Large— Kip Coffman, John 

Alejado, Gabriel Marquez, Earl Young, 

Ernest Wright 



-Nathan Zakahi 


Chm —David Mitchell 

V. Chm —Nathan Zakahi 

Secy.— Kip Coffman 

Add. Members— Foster Tresise, Garth Lindelef 


Victor Wyman, Chm., Gabriel Marquez 

Mike Sawyer 



-David Mitchell 


President— Mrs. Betty Lou Mitchell 
Prayer Chm.— Mrs. Letitia Coffman 


Aiea, HI— Waimalu Grace Brethren 
Ewa Beach, HI— Rainbow Grace Brethren 

Church of Ewa Beach 
Mililani, HI — Waipio Grace Brethren 


Indiana District Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: Fort Wayne First 
Grace Brethren Church 
May 6-7, 1994 


Mod.— Ron Smals 

V. Mod. -Ken Bickel 

Secy.— Davy Troxel, c/o Osceola GBC 

Asst. Secy.— Dick Cron 

Treas —Gerald Kelley, 318 Maple Ct., 

Kokomo, IN 46902 
Stat.-Rick Homer, 5808 Concil Ring Blvd., 

Kokomo, IN 46902 
Members-at-Large— Larry Richeson 

Jeff Hoffard 


Jeff Hoffard-Chm., Larry Richeson, Carl Miller 


Dave Rosner-Chairman, Rick Homer 
Ron Welsh 


A! Disbro 


Chm— Charles Ashman 
Roger Krynock, Dick Cron 


Chm.— Larry Richeson 
V. Chm. -Carl Miller 
Secy. /Treas. —Davy Troxel 



Chm.— Charles Ashman 
V. Chm.-Al Edgington 
Secy. /Treas.— Carl Miller 
Add. Members— All ordained men of the 
District Ministerium 


Chm.— Keith Shearer 

V. Chm —Rick Homer 

Secy. -Bob Griffith 

Treas.- George Lord 

No. Coordinator— Ron Welsh 

Cen. Coordinator— Larry Richeson 

So. Coordinator— Ron Smals 

At Large— All Indiana Pastors 


Chm.— Chuck Cheek 
V.Pres.— (Members) Mike Cree 
V.Pres.— (Boy's Work) Duane Overhalser 
Secy. -Treas.— George Lord, 601 Marston Ct., 
Fort Wayne. IN 46825 


Pres.— Miss Isobel Fraser 

V. Pres— Mrs. Kim Wilson 

Secy.— Mrs. Cashel Taylor, 2145 S. Country 

Club Rd., Warsaw, IN 46580 
Corresponding Secy.— Mrs. Judi Rose, 384 E. 

300 N., Warsaw, IN 46580 
Treas —Donna Welbom, P.O. Box 623 

Warsaw, IN 46581-0623 
Prayer Chm.— Mary Stayer 
Patroness— Linda Cline 
District Editor— Vicki McNeal 


Coordinator— Bettie Homer 
Promotions— Clenetta Ellis, Pat Mikel 
Secy. /Treas.— Karen Loher, 1570 Loher Ln. 
Warsaw, IN 46580 

WMC Rep.— Linda Cline 

Lumiere/Charis Coordinator— Rose McComas 

Resources— Vickie Rife 


Director— Dave Jodry 
Camp- Bear Lake Campground, RR 4 
Albion, IN 46701 (Tel. 219-799-5988) 


Chm.— Phil Johnson 

Secy —Dan O'Deens, 57070 Lake St., Osceola.l 

IN 46561 
Treas.— Robert Arenobine 
N.A.C — Jim Umpleby 
Communications— Dave Rank 
Quizzing— Loren Felabom 
Rallies— Rod Finster 
Member-At-Large— Mike Gatliff 


Berne, IN— Bethel Brethren 
Columbia City, IN— Grace Brethren 
Elkhart, IN— Grace Brethren 
Fishers, IN— Northeast Grace Brethren 
Flora, IN— Grace Brethren 
Ft. Wayne, IN— First Grace Brethren 
Ft. Wayne, IN— Grace Brethren 
Goshen, IN— Grace Brethren 
Indianapolis, IN— Eagle Creek Grace Brethren 
Kokomo, IN— Indian Heights Grace Brethren 
Kokomo, IN— North Kokomo Grace Brethren 
Leesburg, IN— Leesburg Grace Brethren 
Mishawaka— Mishawaka Grace Brethren 
New Albany, IN— New Albany Grace Brethren 
Osceola, IN— Osceola Grace Brethren 
Peru, IN— Peru Grace Brethren 
Sidney, IN— Sidney Grace Brethren 
South Bend, IN— Ireland Road Grace Brethren 
Warsaw, IN— Community Grace Brethren 
Winona Lake, IN— Winona Lake Grace 


Iowa-Midlands Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: To be determined 
To be determined 

Treas.— Harlan Perry, c/o Grace Brethren 

Church, 3919 N. Elsie Ave. 

Davenport, lA 52806 
Stat.-Gary Kochheiser, 2406 18th St. S.W. 

Cedar Rapids, lA 52404 


Mod.— Ron Weimer 
V. Mod.— John Burke 

Secy.— JoAnn Coleman, 341 Crestridge Dr., 
Waterloo, LA 50701. (Tel. 319-296-3127) 


Chm.— Scott Massey 

V. Chm —Gilbert Hawkins 

Secy. /Treas. —Ron Weimer 



Chm. — Scott Massey 
V. Chm. -Gilbert Hawkins 
Secy.— Ron Weimer 

Additional Members— All ordained men of 
the District 


Chm.— John Mayes 

V. Chm.— Gilbert Hawkins 

Secy. /Treas.— Jack Lesh 


Pres.— Sue Schellenburg 

1st V. Pres.— Phyllis Wessely 

Secy.— Cari Kochheiser, 2406 I8th St. S.W., 

Cedar Rapids, lA 52404 
Treas.— Rosella Hawkins, P.O. Box 33 

North English, lA 52316 
Prayer Chm.— Shirley Burke 
SMM Patroness— Rose Earnest 


Director— To be appointed 


Cedar Rapids, lA— Grace Brethren 

Dallas Center, lA— Grace Brethren 

Davenport, lA— Grace Brethren 

Des Moines, lA— First Grace Brethren 

Garwin, lA— Cariton Brethren 

Hurst, TX-Grace Brethren 

Leon, lA— Leon Brethren 

Longview, TX-Grace Brethren 

McAllen, TX-Grace Brethren 

Morrill, KS— Morrill Brethren 

North English, lA— Pleasant Grove Grace 

Udell, lA-Udell Brethren 
Waterloo, lA— Grace Brethren 


Michigan District Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: Lansing, Ml 
April 8-9, 1994 


Mod.— Gary Austin 

V. Mod.— Gary Hable 

Secy.— Alan Myers, RD 1, Box 212, 

Moran, MI 49760. (Tel. 906-569-3212) 
Treas.— Leo Peters, 14070 E. Fulton Ave., 

Lowell, MI 49331 
Stat.— John Wedding, 2916 Colchester, 

Lansing, Ml 48906 
Members-at-Large— Tom Johnson, Bob Gahris 


Scott Fetter, Rus Sarver, Arnold Erb 
George Kimple 


Chm.— Eldon Grubb 
V. Chm.— Alan Myers 
Secy. /Treas.— Scott Fetter 


Chm.— Gary Hable 

V. Chm.— Art McCrum 

Secy.— Gary Austin 


Pres.— Tom Johnson 
V. Pres —Leo Peters 
Secy.— Darrel Hawbaker, 705 E. State St., 

Hastings, Ml 49058 
Treas.— Arnold Erb 


Pres.— Linda Erb 

1st V. Pres.— Doris Feasal 

2nd V. Pres.— Jean Austin 

Secy — Doloris Wedding, 2916 Colchester, 

Lansing, Ml 48906 
Treas.— Katherine Geiger. 9327 Keim Rd., 

Clarksville, MI 48815 
Prayer Chm — Leona Thompson 
SMM Co-Patroness— Marge Bjork and 

Katherine Geiger 
District Editor— Roselynne Peters 


Pres — Kari Yoder 

V. Pres.— Dawn Peters 

Secy. -Tina Miller, 10318 Keim Rd., 

Clarksville, Ml 48815 
Patroness— Marg Bjork, 7929 Clarksville Rd. 

Clarksville, Ml 48815 
Co-Patroness— Katherine Geiger 


Chm.— Gary Austin 
V. Chm.— Gary Austin 
Secy.— Eldon Grubb 
Treas.— Arnold Erb 


Director— Art McCrum 

Jr. Camp Director— Gary Austin 

Sr. Camp Director— Michael Rockafellow 



Pres— Michael Rockafellow 
V. Pres— Eldon Grubb 
Secy. /Treas— Gary Austin, 9390 Thompson 
Rd., Lake Odessa, MI 48849 

Alto, MI— Calvary Grace Brethren 

Escanaba, MI— Bay De Noc Grace Brethren 
Hastings, MI— Hastings Grace Brethren 
Lake Odessa, MI— Lake Odessa Grace Brethren 
Lansing, MI— Lansing Grace Brethren 
Niles, MI— Niles Grace Brethren Church 
New Troy, MI— New Troy Grace Brethren 
Ozark, MI— Ozark Grace Brethren 


Mid-Atlantic Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: To be determined 
April 23, 1994 


V. Mod.— Kim Robertson 

Secy— Connie House, 38 Redwood Dr. 

Hagerstown, MD 21742 

(Tel. 301-797-5345) 
Asst. Secy —Barbara Hoover 
Treas— Ken Heefner, Ml. Vernon Terr.. 

Apt. #8, Waynesboro, PA 17268 
Stat.— John Fitz. 16 S. Grant St., Waynesboro, 

PA 17268 

Jerry Michael, Roger Myers, Jay Fretz 

Kim Robertson, Don Kendall 


Bob Dell, Richard Smith, Roy Glass 
Dave Manges, Carl Baker 


Don Gregory, Paul Hartman 


Ray Davis, Steve Oliver 


Chm.— Jay Fretz 


Chm.— Roger Myers 


Chm— Roger Myers 


Pres.— Lou Ann Myers 

1st V. Pres —Alice Hartman 

2nd V. Pres.— Carol Glass 

Secy —Connie House. 38 Redwood Dr. 

Hagerstown, MD 21742 
Treas.— Pat Stroop, Rt. 4 Box 136, 

Martinsburg, WV 25401 
Prayer Chm —Sally Miller 
SMM Patroness— Shelby Oliver 


Director— Carl Baker 
Name of Camp— Camp Albryoca 
Name of Campground— Camp Albryoca 
Location of Campground— Meyersdale, PA 


Pres —Ron Shank 


Chambersburg, PA— Chambersburg Grace 

Greencastle, PA— Conococheague Grace 

Hagerstown, MD— Calvary Grace Brethren 
Hagerstown, MD— Grace Brethren 
Hagerstown, MD— Maranatha Grace Brethren 
Hagerstown, MD— Valley Grace Brethren 
Martinsburg, WV— Rosemont Grace Brethren 
Waynesboro, PA— Grace Brethren 
Winchester, VA— Blue Ridge Grace Brethren 
Winchester, VA— Grace Brethren 


Mountain-Plains District Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: Colorado Springs, 
CO; June 10-12, 1994 


Mod-Bob Schaffer, P.O. Box 180, Beaver 

City, CO 68926 
V. Mod.— Chris Ball 
Secy— Paul Stigall, 6436 Lee St., Arvada, CO 

80004. (Tel. 303^31-9652) 


Treas.— Mack McDonald, 2375 Jet Wing Dr. 

Colorado Springs, CO 80916 
Slat.— Junior Caldwell 


Chm.— Bob Juday 
Secy. /Treas.— Aldo Hoyt 


Chm.— Tom Inman 

Treas.— Naomi Huffman, 4825 Astrozon, #99, 

Colorado Springs. CO 80916 
Prayer Chm.— Vera Schleicher 
SMM District Coordinator— Sue Dishaw 
District Editor— Linda Edgar 



-Sue Dishaw 


Pres — Nita Phillips 
1st V. Pres.— Cathy Schaffer 
2nd V. Pres.— Ranell Stigall/Marsha Ball 
Secy.— Genava Inmen, 2244 Fernwood Dr. 
Colorado Springs. CO 80910 


Arvada, CO— Arvada Grace Fellowship 
Beaver City, NE— Grace Brethren 
Colorado Springs, CO— Grace Brethren 
Denver, CO— Denver Grace Brethren ' 
Portis, KS— Grace Brethren 


Nor-Cal Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: To be determinetd 


Mod.— Robert MacMillan 

V. Mod.— Stan Martin 

Secy. /Treas. —Joel Richards. 1315 La Loma 
Ave., Modesto, CA 95354 
(Tel. 209-523-3738 or 209-523-1537) 


Chm.— Glen Shirk 

Secy. /Treas.— Joel Richards 


Chm —Paul Hoffman 


Auburn, CA— Auburn Grace Brethren 
Chico, CA— Chico Grace Brethren 
Modesto. CA— LaLoma Grace Brethren 
Ripon, CA— Ripon Grace Brethren 
Sacramento. CA— River City Grace Community 
San Jose, CA— San Jose Grace Brethren Church 
Tracy, CA— Tracy Grace Brethren 


Northcentral Ohio Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: Grace Brethren 
Church, W. Main St., Ashland, OH 
March 19, 1994 


Mod.— Terry Hofecker 
V. Mod.— Dean Risser 
Secy —Doug Forsythe. 55 W. Henderson Rd. 

Columbus, OH 43214. (Tel. 614-268-0030) 
Treas.— Howard Immel, 510 N. Main St. 

London, OH 43140 
Stat —Pat Phillips 


Will Marling, Tony Webb, Todd Scoles 


Stephan Edmunds, Brad Lambright, 
Norman Johnson 


Jim Kanzeg, Bill Burke, Randall Nottingham 


Jack Seitzinger, Al Hockley, Steve Miller 


Howard Immel, Dan Allan, Darrell Anderson 


Chm.— Todd Scoles 
V. Chm. -Will Mariing 
Secy./Treas — Tony Webb 


Chm.— J. Hudson Thayer 



Chm.-Jeff Gill 
V. Chm.— Terry Hofecker 
Secy.— Dean Risser 
Treas.— Randall Nottingham 
Add. Members— Will Morling, Coordinator; 
Tony Webb, Promoter 


Pres.— Ed Jackson 


Pres.— Mrs. June Immel 

1st V. Pres.— Mary Anna Atkins 

2nd V. Pres —Mrs. ZoeAnn Hockley 

Secy.— Mrs. Debbie Poole, 1452 Barbara Lane, 

Mansfield, OH 44905 
Treas. -Mrs. Ellen King, 725 C.R. 43, 

Fremont, OH 43420 
Prayer Chm.— Pat Gross 
SMM Patroness — Miss Vicky Page 
Asst. — Mrs. Judy Ostrander 
District Editor— Mrs. Sheryl Hawk 


District Coordinator— Miss Vicky Page 



-Chuck Lawson 



-Chuck Lawson 


Ashland, OH— Grace Brethren 
Ashland, OH— Southview Grace Brethren 
Bellville, OH— Ankenytown Grace Brethren 
Bowling Green, OH— Grace Brethren 
Columbus (WesteiTille), OH— Grace Brethren 

Church of Columbus 
Columbus, OH— East Side Grace Brethren 
Columbus, OH— Southwest Grace Brethren 
Columbus, OH— Trinity Grace Brethren 
Danville, OH— Grace Brethren 
Delaware, OH— Grace Brethren 
Dublin, OH— Northwest Chapel Grace Brethren 
Findlay, OH— Findlay Grace Brethren 
Fremont, OH— Grace Brethren Chapel 
Fremont, OH— Grace Brethren 
Galion, OH— Grace Brethren 
Lexington, OH — Grace Brethren 
Lima, OH— Grace Brethren Church of Lima 
London, OH— London Grace Brethren 
Mansfield, OH— Cornerstone Grace Brethren 
Mansfield, OH— Grace Brethren 
Mansfield, OH— Woodville Grace Brethren 
Marion, OH— Grace Brethren 
Mifflin, OH— Mifflin Grace Brethren 
New Albany, OH— Rocky Mountain Ridge 

Grace Brethren 
Northwood, OH— Trinity Grace Brethren 
Pataskala, OH— Grace Brethren Church of 

Licking County 
Powell, OH— Sunrise Grace Brethren 
Toledo, OH— Maumee Valley Grace Brethren 
Toledo, OH— Toledo Grace Brethren 


Northeastern Ohio District Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: Grace Brethren 
Church, Canton, OH 
April 23, 1994 


Mod.— Terrance Taylor 

V. Mod.— Douglas Jensen 

Secy. /Treas.— Mrs. Donna Stair, 510 Oak St., 

Wadsworth, OH 44281 

(Tel. 216-336-6544) 
Asst. Secy —Mrs. Gloria Armstrong 
Stat.— Dwight Stair, 510 Oak St., 

Wadsworth, OH 44281 


Chm.— Richard Holmes 

V. Chm —Galen Wiley 

Robert Combs 


Douglas Jensen, Chm., Jayne Cole 
Jim Sollenberger 


Dave Workman, Dale Widmer, Joann Sirlouis 


Robert Divine, Bob Holmes, Galen Wiley 


Chm.— Bob Divine 
V. Chm.— Stan Nairn 
Secy. /Treas. —Doug Jensen 


Chm— Galen Wiley 

V. Chm —Bud Olszewski 


Lee Dice 



Chm.— Ronald Boehm 
V. Chm.— Terrance Taylor 
Secy.— Stanley Nairn, 431 S. Prospect St.. 
Medina, OH 44256 


Rep. to National Grace Brethren Boys- 
Elmer Gable 


Bob Divine 


Pres — Mrs. Doris Beichler 

1st V. Pres.— Mrs. Jacquie Jensen 

2nd V. Pres.— Mrs. Harlene Steiner 

Secy— Mrs. Joan Gable, 11849 Keener Dr., 

Orrville, OH 44667 
Treas — Mrs. Merle Romaine, 466 Boyd St., 

Akron, OH 44305 
Prayer Chm —Mrs. Joanne Vandergrift 
SMM District Coordinator— Mrs. Mary 

B. Jensen 
Asst. Leader— Mrs. Carole Knop 
District Editor— Mrs. Jacquie Jensen 


District Coordinator: Mrs. Mary Beth Jensen 
Asst. Leader— Mrs. Carole Knop 


Director Jr. Camp— Bob Combs 
Director Sr. Camp— Stephen Cisney 
Name of Camp— Camp Buckeye 

Name of Campground— Camp McPhearson 
Location— Loudonville, OH 
Phone Number— 614-599-7110 


Pres.— Brent Gress 

V. Pres.— Mike Sessler 

Secy. /Treas. —Doug Courier, 625 Weber N.E. 

North Canton. OH 44720 
Asst. Secy./Treas — Dave Krizon 
Other Members— Mary B. Jensen, Carole 

Knop, Steve Cizney, Doug Jensen 

Mike Richards 


Akron, OH— Ellet Grace Brethren 
Akron, OH— Fairlwan Grace Brethren 
Canton, OH— Grace Brethren 
Cuyahoga Falls, OH— Grace Brethren 
Elyria, OH— Spring Valley Community 

Grace Brethren 
Homerville, OH— Grace Brethren 
Macedonia, OH — Western Reserve Grace 

Medina, OH— Grace Brethren 
Middlebranch, OH— Grace Brethren 
Millersburg, OH— Grace Brethren Church 

of Millersburg 
Minerva, OH— Grace Brethren 
Norton, OH— Grace Brethren 
Orrville, OH— Grace Brethren 
Rittman, OH— Grace Brethren 
Sterling, OH— Grace Brethren 
Wooster, OH— Grace Brethren 


Northern Atlantic District Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference. Pinebrook Bible 
Conference; May 20-22, 1994 


Mod.— Les Nutter 

V. Mod.-Rick Clark 

Secy.-Treas.-Harold Jones, 204 W. Broad St. 

Souderton, PA 18964 (Tel. 215-723-8759) 
Asst. Secy.-Treas— Steve Doutrich 
Stat.— Dale Jenks, 2 Lindsay Hill Rd., 

Gansevoort, NY 12831 
Asst. Stat.— Dave AUem 
Business Mgr.— Mark Saunders 
Asst. Business Mgr.— Dan White 


Dave AUem, Larry Gegner, Dan White 


Chm.— Paul Mutchler 

V. Chm.— Mike Brubaker 

Secy.— Tim Boal, 703 Thomberry Dr. 

Harleysville, PA 19438 
Asst. Secy./Treas —Jim Brown 


Tim Boal, Vernon Harris, Randall Meyers 

Rick Clark, Ken Cosgrove 


Eric Barger, Harold Hollinger 


Tim George, Warren Tamkin 



Chm— Ken Cosgrove 
V. Chm.— Mark Saunders 


Jim Bower, Mike Lutz, Luke Martin, 

Les Nutter 


Chm— Tim Boal 
V. Chm.— Dan Eshleman 
Secy.— Ken Cosgrove 
Treas.— Warren Tamkin 


Pres.— Leon Martin 

1st V. Pres.— Stanley Mumma, Sr. 

2nd V. Pres. -Rick Wells 

Secy.— Jeff Reifsnyder, 127 N. Reamstwon Rd. 

Box 99, Reamstown, PA 17567 
Asst. Secy.— Herman Snyder 
Treas— Ray Dersline 
Asst. Treas.— Ron Bair 
Pastoral Advisor— William Willard 


Pres.— Sue Myers 
1st V. Pres.— Mary Ellen Leckrone 
2nd V. Pres.— Susan Haldeman 
Secy.— Lois Kaylor, 532 N. Eighth St., 

Lebanon, PA 17042 
Treas.— Arlene Ober. 4755 Bossier Rd., 

Elizabethtown, PA 17022 
Prayer Chm. — Peggy Nissley 
SMM District Coordinator — Margy Allebach 
District Editor— Lisa Yordy 
Pastoral Advisor— Roy Roberts 



V. Chm.— Lloyd Haldeman 

Treas.— Jerry Goodpastor 

Secy.— Robert Riddle, 210 S. Oak St.. 

Richland, PA 17087 
Other Members— Dave Humberd, Martin 

Snavely, Harvey Stoneback 


Director— Robert Lutz 
Location— R. 2, Forrest Road, 

Denver, PA 17517 
Phone-2 15-267-254 1 


Chm —Mark Saunders 

V. Chm.— Tim Placeway 

Secy.— Dennis Foreman, Twelve S. Broad St., 

Lititz, PA 17543 
Treas.— Abner Zimmerman 


Camp Conquest 

located at Grace Brethren Retreat Center 


Chm.— Jim Charles 

V. Chm.— Dan Eaby 

Secy — Bryon Crouse, RD. 1 Box 302 

Myerstown, PA 17067 
Treas.— Carl Kaylor 
Pastoral Advisor— Roy Roberts 


Donald Hinks, Jeremiah Kauffman, James 
Knepper, Warren Tamkin, Jerry Young 


Bethlehem, PA— Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren 
Blain, PA— Sherman's Valley Grace Brethren 
Dillsburg, PA— Hope Grace Brethren 
Elizabethtown, PA— Elizabethtown Grace 

Ephrata, PA— Ephrata Area Grace Brethren 
Hartford, CT— Colonial Chapel Grace Brethren 
Hatboro, PA— Suburban Grace Brethren 
Hope, NJ— Hope Grace Brethren 
Irasburg, VT— Irasburg Grace Brethren 
Island Pond, VT— Island Pond Grace Brethren 
Lancaster, PA— Greater Lancaster Grace 

Lancaster, PA— Southern Lancaster Grace 

Lititz, PA— Lititz Grace Brethren 
Manheim, PA — Manheim Grace Brethren 
Montgomeryville, PA — New Life Community 

Grace Brethren 
Myerstown, PA— Myerstown Grace Brethren 
New Holland, PA— New Holland Grace 

Newark, DE— Newark Grace Brethren 
Palmyra, PA— Palmyra Grace Brethren 
Philadelphia, PA— Crossroads Grace Brethren 
Philadelphia, PA— First Grace Brethren 
Philadelphia, PA— Liberty Grace Brethren 
Philadelphia, PA— Third Brethren 
Royersford, PA— Tri-County Grace Brethren 
Saratoga Springs, NY— Saratoga Springs Grace 

Telford, PA— Penn Valley Grace Brethren 
Tremont, PA— Echo Valley Grace Brethren 
Wrightsville, PA— Susquehanna Grace Brethrej 
York, PA— York Grace Brethren 



Northwest Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: Sunnyside, 
Washington Grace Brethren 
Church; Feb. 17-19, 1994 


Mod. — Greg Howell 

V. Mod.— Greg Stamm 

Secy.— Dwight Cover, 1111 W. Third Street, 

Grandview, WA 98930 (Tel. 509-882-5083) 
Asst. Secy.— Mrs. Carol Johnson 
Treas.— Mrs. Jean Henriksen, P.O. Box 835, 

Zillah, WA 98953 
Stat.— Ora Gifford, 708 Hillcrest, Grandview, 

WA 98930 
Members-at-Large— Gordon Stover 
Dale Hosteller 


Chm.— Chuck Winter 
Bob Gentzel 


Jack Rants, Greg Stamm 


Don Cowles, Dale Hostetler, Kathy McGhan 


Dwight Cover, Duane Jones, Dale Hostetler 


Jack Peters, Fenton McDonald 


Ken Ruppen, Dale Weaver, Don Cowles, 
Don Williams, Ray Feather, Merrel Darr, 
Greg Stamm 


Chm.— Dale Hostetler 

Fenton McDonald, Greg Stamm 


Chuck Winter 


Chuck Winter 


Chm— Jack Rants 
Secy —Greg Howell 
Treas —Dale Hostetler 
Additional Members— All Pastors and one 
layman from each church 


Chm.— Greg Howell 

Additional Members— Dwight Cover, Bob 
Gentzel, Greg Stamm, Ray Feather, Duane 
Jones, Fenton McDonald, Jack Pe(ers 


Pres.— Dee Schilperort 
1st V. Pres.— Edye Olsen 
2nd V. Pres.— Carol Bos 
2nd Co-V. Pres —Ann Glover 
Secy.— Connie Pifford, 708 Hollcrest, 

Grandview, WA 98930 
Treas.— Valerie Cowles, 360 Pecan Rd., 

Grandview, WA 98930 
Asst. Treas —Eva Paul 
Co-Prayer Chm— Nelda Dekker 
District Editor— Carol Johnson 


Lyle Taylor 


Secy —Carol Johnson 

Manager— Del and Casey Culver 

Name of Camp— Clear Lake Grace Brethren 

Location of Campground— 1 1660 Tieton Road, 

Naches, WA 98937 
Phone Number-509-848-2746 


Chm.— Mel Curfman 
Secy.— Lyle Taylor 
Treas —Chuck Winter 
Merrell Darr, Don Williams, Doug Deyo, 
Ray Feather, Don Cowles, Greg Stamm 


Chm —Jack Peters 
V. Chm —Dwight Cover 
Secy.— Elaine Pickett, 7410 W. Wapato Rd., 
Wapato, WA 98951 (Tel. 509-848-2720) 
Treas.— Kathy McGhan 


Chm.— Greg Stamm 

V. Chm.— Fenton McDonald 

Secy. /Treas. —Greg Howell 


Albany, OR— Grace Brethren 

Beaverton, OR— Grace Brethren 

Goldendale, WA— Community Grace Brethren 


Grandview, W A— Grace Brethren 

Harrah, WA— Grace Brethren 

Kent, WA— Grace Brethren Church of Kent 

Mabton, WA— Grace Brethren 

Maple Valley, WA— Grace Bible Fellowship 

Sunnyside, W A— Grace Brethren 
Toppenish, WA— Grace Brethren 
Troutdale, OR— Grace Brethren 
Vancouver, WA— Friendship Grace Brethren 
Yakima, WA— Grace Brethren 


South Florida Caribbean District of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: Quarterly Council 
Meetings Every month with 5 


Mod— Rev. Rich Schnieders 

Secy.— David Rodgers (Acting), 1501 SE 7th 

St., Okeechobee, FL 34974 

(Tel. 813-763-1858) 
Treas.— Ed Dearborn, 1509 SE 7th St., 

Okeechobee, FL 34974 
Stat. -Ed Dearborn, 1509 S.E. 7th St., 

Okeechobee, FL 34974 
Members-at-large— Larry Zimmerman, Dan 

Ward. Dan Thompson, Steve Ott, Randy 

Smith, Durwood Brooks, Don Fitch, 

Elias Joseph 


Chm.— Steve Shipley 
V. Chm.— Randy Smith 
Secy. /Treas. —Rich Schnieders 


Chm.— Randy Smith 

Additional Members— All ordained men in 

ministerium Social Action District Council 



District Council Members 


Chm.— Rich Schnieders 
Treas.— Marvin Good 
Additional Members— One Rep. from each 
district church 


Pres.— Ruth Latham 

1st V. Pres.— K. Zimmerman 

Secy-Sandra Schoven, 840 NE 47th St., 

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334 
Treas —Karen Griffith, 3639 SW 18th St., 

Okeechobee, FL 34974 
Prayer Chairman— Margaret Vernon 

Director— Dan Ward 

Pres —Durwood Brooks 
V. Pres —Steve Shipley 
Secy —Steve Shipley, 2141 Crystal Dr., 

Ft. Myers, FL 33907 
Treas.— Steve Shipley 


Bassenger, FL— Grace Brethren Community 

Ft. Myers, FL— Grace Brethren Church of 

Ft. Myers 
Ft. Lauderdale, FL— Grace Brethren Church 

of Ft. Lauderdale 
Ft. Lauderdale, FL— Eglise Evangelique De La 

Grace (Haitian) 
Naples, FL— Shoreline Grace Church i 

Okeechobee, FL— Grace Brethren Church of I 

San Juan, PR— Iglesia Hermanos Por Gracia 
Sebring, FL— Grace Brethren Church of j 

Sebring ] 


Southern District Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: Grace Brethren 
Church of Greater Atlanta 
April 30, 1994 


Mod.— Tom Wassel 

Secy.— June Courier, 2673 Crosscreek Rd. 

Hepzibah, GA 30815 
Treas —Bob Carroll, 4492 Dunmovin Dr., 

Kennesaw, G A 30144 


Stat— Tony Merritt, 980 Pineview Dr., 
New Ellenton, SC 29809 


Chm.— Dean Fetterhoff 
Secy. /Treas.— Don Soule 


Chm.— Steve Taylor 
Secy.— Dan Soule 

Additional members— Dean Fetterhoff 
Bill Byers 


Chm. -Bill Kellerman 

Secy. /Treas. —Dean Fetterhoff 


Pres.-Bill Hicks 

Secy./Treas.-Don Soule, 1965 Huntsman Dr 
Aiken, SC 29803 


Aiken, SC— Aiken Grace Brethren 
Anderson, SC— Anderson Grace Brethren 
Atlanta, GA— Marietta Grace Brethren 


Southern Callfornla-Arlzona District 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: Community Grace 
Brethren Church, Whittier, CA 
May 15, 1994 


' Executive Committee 

Mod.— Terry Daniels (94), 920 Fremont Ave., 

So., Pasadena, CA 91030 
V. Mod— Robert Kliewer (94), P.O. Box 655 

Beaumont, CA 92223 
Secy-Roger Mayes (94), 6300 Ruth Dr., 

Yucca Valley, CA 92284 
Treas.— Dallas Martin (94), 5464 E. Canton 

St., Long Beach, CA 90815 
Stat.-Norm Schrock (94), 1750 W. Lambert 

Rd., #120, LaHabra, CA 90631 
Members at Large— Ed Cashman (95), Neil 

Cole (94), Dave Marksbury (95), John 

Mcintosh (94), Phil Teran (94), Ed 

Trenner (95), Kevin Zuber (94) 


Ted Malaimare (94), Roy Polman (94) 
Norman Schrock, Chm. (94) 



V. Pres.— Dave Marksbury (94) 

Secy. /Treas. —Ralph Colburn (94) 


Chm.— Ed Cashman (94) 

V. Chm —Robert Kliewer (96) 

Secy.— Tom Hughes (95) 

Additional Members— Ralph Colburn (94), 
Harold Dunning (94), John Mcintosh (96), 
Dave Marksbury (95), Robert Miller (96), 
Phil Teran (95) 


Pres.— Helen Miller, 13138 Michelle Circle, 

Whittier, CA 90605 
Isl V.Pres— Marjorie Cobum 
2nd V.Pres-Helen Remple 
Rec. Secy.— Joanna Selmanson 
Corresponding Secy.— Beverly Adams, 1541 

Flatbush Ave., Norwalk. CA 96050 
Treas.— Jayne Reuter 
Prayer Chm — Berta Kuns 
Asst. Prayer Chm.— Margaret Berkemer 
Editor— Marian McBride 
Luncheon Chm.— Lucille Hernandez 
Retreat Chm —Jayne Reuter 

Chm.— Neil Cole (94) 
Phil Heifer (94). Dave Marksbury (94), 

Chris Suitt (96) 


Alta Loma, C A— Grace Brethren Alta Loma 
Beaumont, CA— Cherry Valley Brethren 
Bellflower, CA— Bellflower Brethren 
Cypress, CA— Grace Brethren 
Cypress, CA— New Life Grace Brethren 
Cypress, CA— Grace Church 
LaMirada, CA— Creek Park Community 
LaVerne, CA— Grace Brethren 
Lakewood, CA— Iglesia Cristiana de la 

Long Beach, CA— Community Grace Brethren 
Long Beach, CA— Grace Brethren 
Long Beach, CA— Grace Cambodian 
Long Beach, CA— Iglesia Evangelica de los 

Long Beach, CA— Los Altos Brethren 
Los Angeles, CA— Community Brethren 
Menifee Valley, CA— New Hope Community 
Moorpark, CA— Grace Brethren 
Norwalk, CA— Grace Brethren 
Orange, CA— Grace Church 
Paramount, CA— Iglesia de los Hermanos 


Phoenix, AZ— Grace Brethren 
Rialto, CA— Grace Community 
Riverside, CA— Grace Brethren 
San Bernardino. CA— Grace Brethren 
San Diego, CA— Grace Brethren 
Santa Ana. CA— Maranatha Brethren 
Santa Maria, CA— Grace Brethren 
Santa Paula, CA— Grace Brethren 

Seal Beach, C A— Grace Community 
Simi Valley. CA— Grace Brethren 
South Pasadena, CA— Grace Brethren 
Tucson. AZ— Silverbell Grace Brethren 
Westminster. CA— Grace Brethren 
Whittier. CA— Community Grace Brethren 
Whittier. CA— Grace Brethren 
Yucca Valley, CA— Grace Community 


Southern Ohio District Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: Cincinnati Grace 
Brethren; April 20, 1994 


Mod.— Tad Hoban 

V. Mod.— Dan Grabill 

Secy —Mrs. Linda Penn. 5001 Fishburg Rd., 

Huber Heights. OH 45424 

(Tel. 513-233-4324) 
Asst. Secy.— Mrs. Esther Trissel 
Treas — Roy Trissel. 2624 Stonequarry Rd., 

Dayton, OH 45414 
Stat — G. Forrest Jackson, 2624 Stonequarry 

Rd., Dayton, OH 45414 
Members at Large— Scott Distler. Skip White 


Chm.— Russ Ward 

Ray Johnson. Don Coppock 


Dan Grabill (Chm.) 

Dave Brickel, Tom Shroyer 


Paul Knierim, Tim Nixon 


Chm.. Chuck Lawson, Bob Poirier, 
Steve Peters 


Chuck Lawson, Dan Grabill, Forrest Jackson 


Chm.. Henry Mallon, Ned Delinger 


Skip White, Sam Baer 


Chm.— Skip White 

V. Chm.— Scott Distler 

Secy. /Treas.— Tad Hobert 


Chm.— Chuck Lawson 
Secy.— Chuck Lawson 
Additional Members— All district pastors 


Grace Brethren Village 


Chm— Greg Ryerson 
V. Chm.— Ned Denlinger 
Secy.— Forrest Jackson 
Treas.— Roy Trissel 

Additional Members— Paul Scheechfield, and all 
district pastors 


Pres.— Arlene Smith 

1st V. Pres —Nancy Grice 

2nd V. Pres —Faith Shock 

Secy.— Marilyn Kirkpatrick 

Asst. Secy.— Elnora Schopp 

Treas.— Sandy Hill 

Asst. Treas.— Julie Zimmerman 

Prayer Chm.— Pam Web 

Asst. Prayer Chm— Gerry Koch 

District Editor— Janice Landis, 

Asst. District Editor— Ann Faukley 


Director Sr. Camp— Sean Patrick, Brian Penn 
Director Jr. Camp— Rich Brown, Greg Ryerson 
Name of Camp— District Brethren Camp 
Name of Campground— Camp Shawano 
Location of Campground — 4359 Kiser Lake Rd. 
St. Paris, OH 43072 



Pres— Brian Penn 
Secy.— Rob Besora 
Treas— Bill Brown 


Brian Penn, Rich Brown. Bill Brown. Ed Stutz. 
Carl Trimble, Tim Nixon, Tyronne Curtis, 
Rob Besora, Greg Zastrow 


Brookville, OH— Brookville Grace Brethren 
Camden, OH— Camden Grace Brethren 
Centerville, OH— Centerville Grace Brethren 
Cmcinnati, OH— Grace Brethren Church of 

Greater Cincinnati 
Clayhole, KY— Clayhole Grace Brethren 

Clayton. OH— Clayton Grace Brethren 
Covington, OH— Friendship Grace Brethren 
Dayton. OH— Basore Road Grace Brethren 
Dayton, OH— Calvary Grace Brethren 
Dayton, OH— First Grace Brethren 
Dayton, OH— North Riverdale Grace Brethren 
Dryhill, KY— Victory Mountain Grace Brethren 
Englewood, OH— Englewood Grace Brethren 
Huber Heights, OH— Grace Community 
Kettering, OH— Calvary Brethren 
Lexington, KY— Grace Brethren 
Trotwood, OH— Grace Brethren 
Troy, OH— Grace Brethren 
Union, OH— Community Grace Brethren 
Vandalia, OH — Vandalia Grace Brethren 
West Alexandria, OH— Grace Brethren 


Southwest District Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: Counselor, NM 
Counselor GBC; June 10-11, 1994 


Mod —Mark Hussong 

V. Mod— John Broadwater 

Secy.— Chris Galegor, Grace Brethren Navajo 

Ministries, Counselor, NM 87018 

(Tel. 505-568^M34 or 1-800-395-1638) 
Treas.— Betty Clifton, Grace Brethren Navajo 

Ministries, Counselor, NM 87018 
Stat.— Bill Clauson, P.O. Drawer 1068, 

Taos, NM 87571 


Chm.— Steve Galegor 
Secy. /Treas. —Bob Salazar 


Chm —Bob Salazar 


Chm. — Roger Moore 
Secy. — Celina Salazar 
Additional Member— Bob Lathrop 


Pres —Chris Galegor 

1st V. Pres — Lana Clausen 

2nd V. Pres — Marjorie Neddo 

Secy —Jane Hussong, Grace Brethren Navajo 

Mission, Counselor, NM 87018 
Treas —Marilyn Salazar, Drawer 1068, 

Taos, NM 87571 
Prayer Chm— Betty Masimer 


Counselor, NM— Cedar Hill Grace Brethren 
Counselor, NM— Day Mesa Grace Brethren 
Counselor, NM— Grace Brethren Navajo 

Taos, NM— First Brethren Church of Toas 
Tonalea, AZ— Red Lake Grace Brethren 


Virginia Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: Patterson 
Memorial Grace Brethren Church, 
Roanoke, VA; April 15-16, 1994 


Mod.— Don Eshelman 

V. Mod./Mod. Elect— Dan Gillette 

Secy.— Danny Wright (92), 1511 Maiden Lane, 

SW, Roanoke, VA 24015 

(Tel. 703-345-2788) 
Treas.— Les Cotsamire, 7005 Autumn Wood 

Ln., Roanoke, VA 24019 
Stat —Jerry Cox, 5693 Valley View Dr., 

Dublin, VA 24084 
Members-at-Urge-Carl Ratcliffe (94), Calvin 

Spradlin (96), Buddy Smals (95) 



Lester Kennedy, Dan Gillette, Jeiry Cox 


Danny Wright, Carl Ratcliffe 


Les Cotsamire, Calvin Spradlin 


Calvin Spradlin, Carl Ratcliffe, Buddy Smals 


Dan Gillette, Buddy Smals, Calvin Spradlin 


Chm— Doug Witt 
V. Chm.— Danny Wright 
Secy.— Fred Devan 
Treas.— Don Eshelman 


Chm.— Fred Devan 

V. Chm.— Lester Kennedy 

Secy.— Doug Witt 

Members-at-Large— Don Eshelman. All 

ordained elders actively serving 

pastorates in the district 


C.L. Young (Chm.) (95), Don Field (Secy.), 
(94), Lester Kennedy (Treas.) (96), Bill 
Crotts (96), Raymond Huffman (96), Tom 
Guilliams (94), James Smals (94), Billy 
Hite (95), Larry Simmons (95) 


Chm.— Jess Truex 

V. Chm. /Secy. —Lester Kennedy 

Treas— Don Eshelman 

Additional Members— All ordained or licensed 

elders and any one layperson from each 

member church 


Pres.— Evelyn MacDonald 

1st V. Pres.— Sharon Fitzgerald 

2nd V. Pres.— Carolyn Trail 

Secy.— Patty Willhite, 3058 Pebble Dr., 

Roanoke, VA 24014 
Asst. Secy.— Charlotte Cox 
Treas.— Gary Gilmer 2330 Wycliffe Ave. SW., 

Roanoke, VA 24014 
Asst. Treas.— Estelle Coffey 
Prayer Chm.— Margie Witt 
District Editor— Martha Franklin 


Chm. -C.L. Young (Tel. 703-562-2232) 
Manager— Mr. & Mrs. Webb 
Name of Camp— Camp Tuk-A-Way 
Name of Campground— Boiling Conference 

Location of Campground— 2262 Craigs Creek 

Rd., Catawba, VA 24070 
Phone Number-703-552-9571 


Pres.— Jess Truax (94) 

Secy— Patty Willhite (94), 3058 Pebble Dr., 

Roanoke, VA 24014 
Treas.— Pete Hite (96) 
Additional Members— Fred Devan (95), Edith 

Staton (95), Danny Wright (96) 


Boones Mill, VA— Boones Mill Grace Brethren 
Buena Vista, VA— First Brethren 
Covington, VA— Grace Brethren 
Johnson City, TN— Grace Brethren 
Lynchburg, VA— Grace Brethren 
Radford, VA— Fairlawn Grace Brethren 
Richmond, VA— Fellowship Grace Brethren 
Richmond, VA— Grace Brethren 
Riner, VA— Grace Brethren 
Roanoke, VA— Clearbrook Grace Brethren 
Roanoke, VA— Garden City Grace Brethren 
Roanoke, VA— Ghent Grace Brethren 
Roanoke, VA— Patterson Memorial Grace 

Roanoke, VA— Washington Heights Grace 

Salem, VA— Wildwood Grace Brethren 
Troutville, VA— Grace Bible Brethren 


Western Pennsylvania District Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: Johnstown First 
Grace Brethren Church 
April 23, 1994 


Mod.— James Laird 

V. Mod.— Larry Sowers 

Secy.— John Gregory, 14 Donnertown Lane, 

Duncansville, PA 16635 

(Tel. 814-695-3739) 


Asst. Secy— Delores Van Orman 

Treas.— Rodney Lingenfelter, 104 Nason Dr., 

Roaring Springs, PA 16673 
Stat— Miss Rose Snyder, 211 Second St., 

Conemaugh, PA 15909 
Members-al-Large— Rick Strappello, Doug 



Chm.— Mark Wright 

Jay Wyler, Randy Shaw 


Chm —Ron Carnevali 

Don Rough, Chet Sparzak 


John Townsend Chm.), Tim Waggoner, Larry 
Sowers, Craig Manges, Jim Laird 


Lee Seese (Chm.), Jack Neil, Steve Friddle 


Chm.— Larry Sowers 
V. Chm.— Ron Carnevali 
Secy.— Steve Blake 
Treas.— Norris Mason 


Exec. Secy.— Doug Sabin 
Asst. Exec. Secy —Steve Blake 
Additional Members — All ordained elders in 
the district 


, Mrs. Sue Mason, P.O. Box 145, 
I Vintondale, PA 15961 


Chm.— James Suavely 
V. Chm —Tim Waggoner 
Publicity Chm.— Doug Sabin 
Additional Members— Other elders and laymen 
from the churches 



Pres — Rod Lingenfelter 

Secy — Charies Miller, 1165 Route 36S, 

Duncansville, PA 16635 
Treas —Harold Brumbaugh. P.O. Box 52, East 

Freedom, PA 16637 


Pres —Ruth Blake 

1st V. Pres —Cindy Acker 

2nd V. Pres —Mrs. Dorothy Rose 

Secy.— Mrs. Kathy Bowers, 722 Thomas 

St., Roaring Spring, PA 16673-1144 
Treas.— Mrs. Joanne Beach, 309 E. Bell Ave., 

Altoona, PA 16602 
Prayer Chm— Mrs. Nada Russell 
SMM Patroness— Nora Beltz 
District Editor— Mrs. Claretta Leidy 


Dir — Rick Strappello 
Name of Camp— Camp Mamowagan 
Location— Box 95, Saxton, PA 16678 
Phone Number— 814-658-3815 


Pres— Rick Daam 

V. Pres.— Lee Seese 

Secy.— Mrs. Mary Lingenfelter, 104 Nason 

Dr., Roaring Spring, PA 16673 
Treas.— Rick Stiffler 


Altoona, PA— First Grace Brethren 
Altoona, PA— Juniata Grace Brethren 
Armagh, PA— Valley Grace Brethren 
Avis, PA— Tiadaghton Valley Grace Brethren 
Conemaugh, PA— Conemaugh Grace Brethren 
Duncansville, PA— Leamersville Grace Brethren 
Everett, PA— Community Grace Brethren 
Everett, PA— Everett Grace Brethren 
Export, PA— Murrysville Grace Brethren 
Hollidaysburg, PA— Vicksburg Grace Brethren 
Hopewell, PA— Hopewell Grace Brethren 
Johnstown, PA — Geistown Grace Brethren 
Johnstown, PA— Johnstown Grace Brethren 
Johnstown, PA— Pike Grace Brethren 
Johnstown, PA— Riverside Grace Brethren 
Johnstown, PA— Singer Hill Grace Brethren 
Kittanning, PA— Grace Brethren Church of 

West Kittanning 
Kittanning, PA— North Buffalo Grace Brethren 
Martinsburg, PA— Martinsburg Grace Brethren 
Milroy, PA— Milroy Grace Brethren 
Saxonburg, PA— The Bible Church of Ivywood 
South Williamsport, PA— Grace Brethren 

Community Church 
State College, PA— Happy Valley Community 

Grace Brethren 


Directory of Grace Brethren Churches 

Listing 308 ctiurches in 30 states 

Listed by States; giving city, pastor's name, churcli name, membersliip as of 
January 1 , 1993, address, and telephone number; and name, address and teleptione number 
of recording secretary or cierl(. 



ANCHORAGE (Luke E. Kauffman) 

Anchorage Grace Brethren Church (309) 
Huffman and Pintail, 12407 Pintail St., 

(Tel. 907/345-3741) (Fax: 907/345-1241) 
Mrs. Fran Dunham, 11221 Forest Dr.. 
99516 (Tel. 907/344-6731) 

ANCHORAGE (Brian L. Chronister) 
Grace Community Church (238) 
2511 Sentry Drive, Anchorage. AK 99507 

(Tel. 907/344-7780) (Fax: 907/349-7187) 
Cindy Leonard, 8431 Stacey Cir., 99507 

(Tel. 907/522-3969) 

ANCHORAGE (E. John Gillis) 

Greatland Grace Brethren Church (53) 
Meeting temporarily at 1709 S. Bragaw 

(Mailing address: 17645 Toakoana, 

Eagle River. 99577) 

(Tel. 907/694-5331) 
Mary Hemdon. 16240 Baugh Cir.. 99516 

(Tel. 907/345-0462) 

EAGLE RiVER (Mark Roberts) 
Grace Brethren Church (88) 
P.O. Box 770430. 99577 (Mile 1.8 - S. 

Birchwood Loop) 

(Tel. 907/688^010) (Fax: 907/688-0834) 
Mrs. Jill Lester. 19936 First St. 

(Tel. 907/694-8198) 

KENAi (Chris Hay) 

Kenai Grace Brethren Church (70) 
406 McCoUum Dr.. 99611 

(Tel. 907/283^379) 
Mrs. Rhea Stables, church address 

NORTH POLE (Davis Harbour) 

North Pole Grace Brethren Church (23) 
(Mailing address: P.O. Box 56982. Silver 

Leaf and Newby 99705) 

(Tel. 907/488-1789) 
Cindy Harbour, church address and 


SOLDOTNA (Daniel E. Thornton) 

Peninsula Grace Brethren Church (139) 
34640 Kalifomsky Beach Rd.. 99669 

(Tel. 907/262-6442) 
Carmen Franchino (Tel. 907/262-8535) 

PHOENIX (Kevin Zuber) 

Grace Brethren Church (78) 

2940 W. Bethany Home Rd. (just west of 

Interstate 17). 85017 

(Tel. 602/242-1885) 
Mrs. Sandra Hun, 4220 W. Keim Dr.. 


(Tel. 602/841^676) 

TONALEA (John Trujillo) 

Red Lake Community Grace Brethren 

Box 108. 86044 

TUCSON (Kenneth A. Curtis) 

Silverbell Grace Brethren Church (25) 
1477 N. Silverbell Rd.. 85745 

(Tel. 602/792-1114) 
Michelle Curtis. 1901 Campana de Plata 

(Tel. 602/792-1114) 


ALTA LOMA (Neil Cole) 

Grace Brethren Church of Alta Loma (50) 
5719 Beryl St.. 91701 
(Tel. 909/980-0727) 

AUBURN (Paul Hoffman) 

Auburn Grace Brethren Church (136) 
3126 Olympic Way. P.O. Box 6446. 


(Tel. 916/823-8330) 
Mrs. Diane Benedict. 10650 Atwood Rd. 

(Tel. 916/885-8788) 

BEAUMONT (Robert Kliewer) 

Cherry Valley Grace Brethren Church (85) 
10257 Beaumont. (Mailing address: P.O. 

Box 655. 92223) 

(Tel. 714/845-1821) 
Mrs. Robert Wines. 11076 Sandra Dr.. 

Cherry Valley. 92223 

BELLFLOWER (Tom Hocking) 
Bellflower Brethren Church (317) 
9405 E. Flower St.. 90706 

(Tel. 310/925-6561) 
Phyllis Seger, 6133 Carson St., Lakewood. 

C A 90713 (Tel. 310/420-6253) 


CHICO (Louie Ricci) 

Grace Brethren Church of Chico (46) 
1505 Arbutus Ave.. 95926 

(Tel. 916/342-8642) 
Dorothy Yeater, 819 Nancy Ln 

(Tel. 916/342-6749) 

CYPRESS (Mick Ukleja) 
Grace Church (9(X)) 
5I(X) Cerritos Ave., Cypress 90630 
(Tel. 714/761-5100 or 310/493-5613) 
(Fax: 714/761-0200) 
Jean Summers, 3619 Arbor Rd., Lakewood, 

CYPRESS (Charles Covington) 

Grace Brethren Church of Cypress (42) 
9512 Juanita, 90630 

(Tel. 714/826-6750) 
Mrs. Gloria Zuelch, 2309 Sternlee Ave., 

Long Beach, C A 90815 

(Tel. 310/597-7437) 

GARDEN GROVE (David Marksbury) 
New Life Grace Brethren Church 
12792 Valley View St. #213 

Garden Grove, 92645 

(Tel. 714/895-6393) 
Jim Terpening, 13060 Rutgers Ave., 

Downey, 90242 

(Tel. 310/803-9595) 

LA MIRADA (Jim Behrens) 

Creek Park Community Church ( 1 89) 
12200 Oxford Dr., 90638 

(Tel. 301/947-5672) 
Brenda Bashor (Tel. 301/947-0064) 

LA VERNE (Randy Peugh) 
Grace Brethren Church (141) 
2600 White Ave., 91750 
(Tel. 909/593-1204) 
Myca Lynn Poulos 

LAKEWOOD (Juan L. Arregin) 

Iglesia Cristiana de la Communidad (27) 
11859 E. 209th St.. 90715 
(Tel. 319/865-9522) 

LONG BEACH (Thomas Hughes) 

Community Grace Brethren Church (136) 
5885 Downey Ave., 90805 

(Tel. 310/634-1056) 
Jan LaFleur, 3313 Arbor Rd.. Lakewood, 

90712 (Tel. 310/421-5935) 

LONG BEACH (Louis Huesmann) 
Grace Brethren Church (1,440) 
3590 Elm Ave, 90807 

(Tel. 310/595-6881) 
Lissa Cannon, church address 



3590 Elm St., Long Beach, CA 
90807 (Tel. 310/423-6312) 

HERMANOS (Alfonso Ramirez) (37) 
2590 Elm Ave.. Long Beach, CA 90807 

LONG BEACH (Phil Heifer) 

Los Altos Grace Brethren Church (196) 
6565 Steams St., 90815 

(Tel. 310/596-3358) 
Kathryn McNeely 

(Tel. 714/828-8847) 

LOS ANGELES (Frank J Cobum) 
Community Brethren Church (40) 
5839 Whittier Blvd., 90022 

(Tel. 213/721-5972) 
Mrs. Doris Hollister. 18722 Christina Ave 

Cerritos, 90701 / 

(Tel. 310/860-9247) 

New Hope Community Church 
P.O. Box 2066, Sun City. 92586 
(Tel. 909/656-2729) 

MODESTO (Joel Richards) 

La Loma Grace Brethren Church (142) 
1315 La Loma Ave., 95354 

(Tel. 209/523-3738) 
Judy Williams, 1244 Grinnell St., 95350 

(Tel. 209/524-1613) 

MOORPARK (Tim Marlier) 

Grace Brethren Church 

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 720, 93020) 
For shipping: 11572 Coralberry Cl., 

(Meeting Place - 53200 Monroe St.) 

NORWALK (Don Bowlin) 

Grace Brethren Church (133) 
11005 Foster Rd., 90650 

(Tel. 213/863-7322) 
Mrs. Bonnie Miller. 12330 Dune St 

Norwalk. CA 90650 

(Tel. 310/868-7823) 

ORANGE (Ed Trenner) 

Grace Church of Orange (94) 
2201 E. Fairhaven Ave.. 92669 
(Tel. 714/633-8867) 

RIALTO (Roy L. Polman) 

Grace Community Church (46) 
690 W. Etiwanda Ave.. 92376 

(Tel. 909/875-0730) 
Lynn Bennen, 236 E. Merrill Ave., Rialto, 

CA. 92376 (Tel. 909/877-8627) 

RIPON (Glen W. Shirk) 

Ripon Grace Brethren Church (221) 
734 West Main St.. 95366 

(Tel. 209/599-3042) 
Dorothy Schaffer. P.O. Box 506 

(Tel. 209/599-6344) 


RIVERSIDE (Brian Smith) 

Grace Community Church (100) 
4247 Van Buren. 92503 

(Tel. 209/352-8685) 
Gregg Starbuck, 10714 Haymarket, 

Riverside, 92503 (Tel. 909/689-9819) 

SACRAMENTO (Thomas Lynn) 

River City Grace Community Church (62) 
4261 Whitney Ave. (corner of Whitney and 

Eastern Aves.) 95821 

(Tel. 916/972-1106) 

Grace Brethren Church (61) 
2050 Pacific Ave., 92404 

(Tel. 909/889-8695) 
Sonja Bates, church address 

SAN DIEGO (Philip Teran) 
Grace Brethren Church (97) 
3455 Atlas St., 92111 

(Tel. 619/277-5364) 
Colleen Teran, church address 

SAN JOSE (Stan Martin) 
Grace Brethren Church (27) 
4610 Camden Ave., 95124 

(Tel. 408/269-1289) 
Arun Gaikwad, 1883 Cody, Way, No. 4 


SANTA ANA (Francisco Javier Peraza) 
Maranatha Grace Brethren Church 

(Spanish-speaking) (42) 
Meeting at 1704 W. First St., 92703 

(Tel. 714/541-9312) 
Alva Gonzales, 3817 S. Sycamore St. 

SANTA MARIA (John Graton) 
Grace Brethren Church (58) 
223 E. Fesler, 93454 

(Tel. 805/922-4991) 
Robert Sturley, Elder, 420 E. Cabo, San 

Lucas Cir. 

(Tel. 805/922-1617) 

SANTA PAULA (Monty Martin) 
Grace Brethren Church (27) 
107 S. 8th St., Santa Paula 93060 
(Tel. 805/525-5080) 

SOUTH PASADENA (Terry Daniels) 
Grace Brethren Church of South 

Pasadena (61) 
920 Fremont Ave., 91030 

(Tel. 818/799-6081) 
Betty Mitchell, P.O. Box 944, 91031 

(Tel. 818/799-6461) 

TRACY (Robert MacMillan) 
Grace Brethren Church (44) 
1480 Parker Ave., 95376 
(Tel. 209/835-0732) 

WESTMINSTER (Norman Schrock) 
Westminster Grace Brethren Church 

14614 Magnolia Ave., 92683 

(Tel. 714/893-5500) 
Carolyn Hastings, 3283 Arizona Ln., 

Costa Mesa, 92626 

WHITTIER (Richard Todd) 

Community Grace Brethren Church of 

Whittier (347) 
1 1000 E. Washington Blvd. (2 blocks east of 

605 Freeway), 90606 

(Tel. 310/692-0588) (Fax: 310/695-8635) 
Mrs. Virginia Menke, 1 1026 Abbotsford 

Rd. (Tel. 310/695-7525) 

WHITTIER (Stephen Kuns) 
Grace Brethren Church (81) 
6704 Milton Ave. (Mailing address: P.O. 

Box 174, 90608) (Tel. 310/698-0914) 
Aracely Villalovos, 6326 Whittier Ave., 

90601 (Tel. 310/695-8824) 

yirCCA VALLEY (Roger Mayes) 
Grace Community Church (21) 
6300 Ruth Dr., 92284 

(Tel. 619/228-1785) 
Mrs. Brandy Rooney, P.O. Box 92, 


(Tel. 619/364^121) 


ARVADA (Chris Ball) 

Arvada Grace Fellowship (89) 
6980 Pierce St., 80003 

(Tel. 303/424-3116; pastor's home: 


SEAL BEACH (Donald P. Shoemaker) 
Grace Community Church of Seal Beach 

138 Eighth St., 90740 

(Tel. 310/596-1605) 
Linda Strong, church address and telephone 

SIMI VALLEY (John Mcintosh) 

Grace Brethren Church of Simi Valley 
2762 Avenida Simi, 93065 

(Tel. 805/527-0195) 
Mrs. Diane Clark, 3390 Wichita Falls 

Ave., 93063 (Tel. 805/522-1279) 

Grace Brethren Church (70) 
2975 Jet Wing, 80916 

(Tel. 719/390-8096) 
Mary Adams, 2814 Airport Rd., #129, 

80910 (Tel. 719/471-8728) 

DENVER (Aldo Hoyt) 

Denver Grace Brethren Church (24) 
700 S. Federal Blvd. 80219 

(Tel. 303/934-7876) 
Mrs. Alice Hoyt, 725 S. Eliot St., 

(Tel. 303/934-7876) 



HARTFORD (Kenneth Carozza) 

Colonial Chapel Grace Brethren Church (19) 
(Mailing address: P.O. Box 310459, 
Newington, 06131) 
I (Tel. 203/667-1245) 

Michael Sanville, 16 Pheasant Hill Rd., 
Salem, 06415 


NEWARK (J. Timothy Coyle) 
Grace Brethren Church (36) 
Meeting at the Newark Day Nursery, 921 

Barksdale Rd. (All mail to pastor's 


(Tel. 302/834-1722) 
Ron Bove. 6 Westfield Dr., 1971 1 

(Tel. 302/737-0932) 


LAKELAND (David Kennedy) 
Grace Brethren Church (46) 
6410 Lunn Rd.. 33811-2195, 

(Tel. 813/647-5770) 
Tim Howe, 4804 Creek Meadow Tr. 

(Tel. 813/859^745) 


MELBOURNE (Jeff Dunkle) 

Grace Brethren Church — Suntree (36) 
1001 N. Pinehurst Ave. N., 32940 

(Exit 73 off 1-95 to Wickham. left on 

(Tel. 407/254-8993) 
Glenn Emsberger, 705 Endicott Rd., 
(Tel. 407/259-6608) 


NORTH PORT (Edmund DeZago) 
Grace Brethren Church (26) 
Meeting at NP Scout Bldg. (Mailing 
address: 1281 Nimbus Dr., 34287) 
(Pastor's Tel. 813/426-7198) 

BRADENTON (Roben Byers) 
Grace Brethren Church (47) 
5535 33rd St. E., 34203 

(Tel. 813/758-1556) 
Mrs. Elaine Bearinger, 12(X) Aurora Blvd., 

#150B, 34202 

NAPLES (Dan Thompson) 

Shoreline Grace Brethren Church 
740 Clarendon Ct. , 33942 (Meeting in the 
Naples Family YMCA, Pine Ridge Rd.) 
(Tel. 813/592-LIFE) 

BROOKSVILLE (Bill Stevens) 
Grace Brethren Church (27) 
6259 Faber Dr., Rolling Acres, 34602 

(Tel. 904/796-7172) 
Mrs. Romayne Wentz, 27313 Frampton 

Ave. (Tel. 904/799-0472) 

DELTONA (Kenneth Koontz) 

Calvary Grace Brethren Church (44) 
3165 Howland Blvd., 32725 

(Tel. 904/789-1289) 
Mrs. Charles Dudley (Tel. 904/775-6825) 

Eglise Evangelique De La Grace 
2025 NW 24th Ave., Fori Lauderdale, FL 
33311 (Tel. 305/566-3618) 

Grace Community Church (160) 
2850 W. Prospect Rd., 33309 

(Tel. 305/739-5468) (Fax: 305/777-0155) 
Mrs. Julie Hery, 640 N.W. 28th Street, 

Wilton Manors, FL 33311 

(Tel. 305/561-9409) 

FORT MYERS (Steven Shipley) 
Grace Brethren Church (50) 
2141 Crystal Dr. (in the Villas, one block 

off Rt. 41, five miles south of city), 


(Tel. 813/936-3251) 
Mrs. Marcia Webb, 6317 Hofstra Ct. 

(Tel. 813/481-6609) 

OCALA (Charles Davis) 

Ocala Grace Brethren Church (41) 
6474 N.E. 7th St., 34470 

(Tel. 904/236-2211) 
Millie Davis, church address 

OKEECHOBEE (Leiand J. Friesen) 
Grace Brethren Church (130) 
701 S. Parrott Ave. 34974 

(Tel. 813/763-3218) 
L.C. Former, 401 SW 12th St., 34974 

(Tel. 813/763-3082) 

OKEECHOBEE (Larry E. Zimmerman) 

Grace Brethren Community Fellowship (25) 
17651 N.W. 38th Ave.. Okeechobee, FL 
349-72 (Tel. 813/467-1685) 

ORLANDO (Ron Guiles) 

Grace Brethren Church of Maitland (63) 
1185 N Wymore Rd., Maitland, FL 32751 

(Tel. 407/628-8816) 
Sally Boger, church address 

ORLANDO (John Diaz) 

Fellowship of Our Saviour (22) 
5425 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., 32819 

(Tel. 407/876-3178) 
Bonnie Hagans 

(Tel. 407/352-3467) 


ORMOND BEACH (Michael Ocealis) 
Grace Community Church (35) 
1060 W. Granada Blvd., 32174 

(Tel. 904/673-0145) 
Earl Howell, 52 Brookwood Dr. 

(Tel. 904/677-3767) 


Palm Harbor Grace Brethren Church (109) 
2255 Nebraska Ave., 34683 
(Tel. 813/789-2124) 

PORT RICHEY (Jim Poyner) 

Gulfview Grace Brethren Church (110) 
6639 Hammock Rd., 34668 (Hammock is 1 

mile south of State Rd. 52, off Highway 

19) (Tel. 813/862-7777) 
Mrs. Evelyn Shane, church address 

SEBRING (Glenn Rininger, Jr.) 

Sebring Grace Brethren Church (106) 
3626 Thunderbird Rd., 33872 

(Tel. 813/385-3111) 
Elsie Miller, 1010 Wightman Ave. 

(Tel. 813/385-5774) 

ST. PETERSBURG (Randy Weekley) 
Grace Brethren Church of St. Petersburg 

6300 62nd Ave., N., Pinellas Park, 34665 

(Tel. 813/546-2850) 
Marian Foulks, 6547 66th Ave. N., Pinellas 

Park, 34665 (Tel. 813/544-2972) 


ATLANTA (Dean Fetterhoff) 

Grace Brethren Church of Greater Atlanta 

3079 Hidden Forest Ct , Marietta, 30066 

(Tel. 404/422-3844) 
Mrs. Nancy Mercier, 285 Harvey Fields 

Dr., Canton, GA 30114 


AIEA (Nathan Zakahi) 

Waimalu Grace Brethren Church (127) 
98-323 Pono St., 96701 

(Tel. 808/488-6006) 
Jan Lee, 98-1403 Kaahumana St., 

Aiea, HI 96701 

(Tel. 808/487-6162) 

EWA BEACH (C. L. "Kip" Coffman) 
Rainbow Grace Brethren Church (37) 
91-779 Fort Weaver Rd., 96706 

(Tel. 808/689-5035) (Fax: 808/689-6666) 
Mrs. Arleen Alejado, 91-824 Oama St. 

(Tel. 808/689-6398) 

MILILANI (A. David Mitchell) 

Waipio Grace Brethren Church (100) 
95-035 Waimakua Dr., Mililani, HI 96789 

(Tel. 808/623-5313) 
Miss Ellen Nagao, 95-108 Waimakua Dr. 

(Tel. 808/623-2116) 


BERNE (Robert Griffith) 

Bethel Brethren Church (133) 

718 E. Main St., 46711 (Mailing address: 

P.O. Box 46) (Tel. 219/589-3381) 
Mrs. Larry Leistner, 1265 Haupstrasse St. 
(Tel. 219/589-2237) 

CLAY CITY (Robert G. Clouse) 
First Brethren Church (35) 
Tenth and Cook Sts.. (Mailing address: 

Rt. 1, Box 15, Clay City, 47841) 
c/o Miss LaVaughn Backfisch, R. 1 
(Tel. 812/235-5483) 

COLUMBIA CITY (Robert Ashman) 

Columbia City Grace Brethren Church (35) 
2390 E. 100 S.(Two miles east of Columbia 

City on Route U.S. 30), 46725 
Marion Bolinger, R. 1 (Tel. 219/723-4259) 

ELKHART (Ron Welsh) 

Grace Brethren Church (110) 
24775 CR 20 E., 46517 

(Tel. 219/875-5271) 
Theresa Barrick, 107 N. Indiana Ave., 

Goshen, IN 46526 

(Tel. 219/533-0983) 

FLORA (David Rosner) 

Grace Brethren Church (55) 
103 S. Willow St., 46929 

(Tel. 219/967-3020) 
Ramona Ogle, 309 W. Columbia St., 

Flora 46929 (Tel. 219/967-3204) 

FORT WAYNE (Larry Richeson) 
First Grace Brethren Church (141) 
8631 U.S. Hwy 27 S., 46816 

(Tel. 219/447-4214) 
Ruth Hammer, 8001 Harrisburg Ln., 46835 

FORT WAYNE (Robert Arenobine) 
Grace Brethren Church (73) 
4619 Stellhom Rd., 46815 

(Tel. 219/485-3021) 
Mrs. Kathleen Hohl, 7222 Valley Dr., Leo, 

46765 (Tel. 219/627-3105) 

GOSHEN (W. Carl Miller) 
Grace Brethren Church (82) 
1801 W. Clinton St., 46526 

(Tel. 219/533-7546) 
Mrs. Dorothy Brumbaugh, 22864 S.R. 119 

(Tel. 219/533-3715) 


INDIANAPOLIS (Paul E. Woodruff) 

Eagle Creek Grace Brethren Church (162) 
7001 W. 46th St., 46254 

(Tel. 317/293-3372) 
Jan Wilson, 4965 W. 12th St., 46224 

(Tel. 317/241^M84) 

INDIANAPOLIS (Al Edgington and Ron Smals) 
Northeast Grace Brethren Church (25) 
P.O. Box 269, Fishers, 46038 
(Tel. 317/578-0535) 

KOKOMO (Richard Homer) 

Indian Heights Grace Brethren Church (62) 
725 E. Center Rd., (300 South) 46902 

(Tel. 317/453-0933) 
Pat McKinley, 2900 Mill St., Kokomo 26902 

(Tel. 317/453-2048) 

KOKOMO (Dick Cron) 

North Kokomo Grace Brethren Church (90) 
37 W. 550N, 46901 

(Tel. 317/457-8886) 
Tish Carter (Tel. 317/457^884) 

LEESBURG (Jeffrey Hoffard) 

Leesburg Grace Brethren Church (83) 
Church and Pearl Sts.. (Mailing address: 

Box 370, 46538) 

(Tel. 219/453-3401) 

MISHAWAKA (Scott L. Weaver) 

Mishawaka Grace Brethren Church (90) 
15250 Day Rd. (Mailing address: P.O. Box 

5143, 46546) 

(Tel. 219/256-5940) 
Mrs. Barbara Kelley, 30822 Oakcrest Dr., 

Granger, 46530 (Tel. 219/674-5069) 

NEW ALBANY (Ray SturgiU) 

New Albany Grace Brethren Church (21) 
3725 St. Joseph Rd., 47150 

(Tel. 812/948-PRAY) 
Patircia Byrd, 620 Payne Rd., New Albany, 

47150 (Tel. 812/944-8378) 

OSCEOLA (Keith A. Shearer) 
Grace Brethren Church (225) 
58343 Apple Rd., 46561 

(Tel. 219/674-5918) 
Georgia Bateson, 30825 Red Bud PI., 

Elkhart, IN 46517 

(Tel. 219/679^853) 

PERU (Ron Bowland) 

Peru Grace Brethren Church (146) 

436 S. Broadway (Mailing address: P.O. 

Box 552, 46970) 

(Tel. 317/473-3881) 
Susie Landgrave, R.R. 2, Box 269E, 

(Tel. 317/473-9601) 
Marti Phillips, 484 N. Third 

(Tel. 317/472-3130) 

SIDNEY (Ronald Sheranko) 

Sidney Grace Brethren Church (26) 

202 W. Arthur St., 46566 

(Tel. 219/839-0400) 
Mrs. Linda Penrod, 5909 E. Old Rd. 30 

Pierceton, IN 46562-9710 

(Tel. 219-594-5393) 

SOUTH BEND (Roger Krynock) 

Ireland Road Grace Brethren Church (121) 
1701 E. Ireland Rd., 46614 

(Tel. 219/291-3550) 
Mrs. Jackie Britton, 1005 E. 3rd St., 
Mishawaka, IN 46544 
(Tel. 219/256-9365) 

WARSAW (Scott Miles) 

Community Grace Brethren Church (263) 
909 S. Buffalo St.. 46580 

(Tel. 219/269-2443) 
Bonnie Bowman, 301 Esplanade, Winona 
Lake, 46590 (Tel. 219/267-7304) 

WINONA LAKE (John Teevan) 

Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church (754) 
1200 Kings Highway, 46590 

(Tel. 219/267-6623) 
Alice Koontz, 1309 Wooster Rd., Winona 

Lake, 46590 (Tel. 219/267-6013) 


CEDAR RAPIDS (Gary Kochheiser) 
Grace Brethren Church (66) 
2905 D Ave., N.E., 52402 

(Tel. 319/363^983) 
Sue Schellenburg, 6421 Cimarron Dr., NE, 

Cedar Rapids, 52402 

(Tel. 319/378-9253) 

Grace Brethren Church (62) 
305 Hatton St., (Mailing address: P.O. Box 

477, 50063) 
(Tel. 515/992-3235) 
Myma J. Minger, 2265 230th, Dallas 
Center, lA 50063 
(Tel. 515/992-2985) 


Grace Brethren Church (74) 
3919 N. Elsie Ave., 52806 

(Tel. 319/391-5356) 
Barry Delp, 2616 Sheffield Dr., 52806 

(Tel. 319/391-9171) 


First Grace Brethren Church (33) 

921 Lyon St. (Mailing address: 1425 York 

St., 50316) (Tel. 515/262-5290) 
Dean Travis, 1425 York St., 50316 

(Tel. 515/265-1077) 


GARWIN (Scon Massey) 

Carlton Brethren Church (67) 

1094 270th St. (6'/2 miles southwest of 

Garwin), 50632 

(Tel. 515/499-2358) 
Mrs. Carl Kouba, 1707 260th St., Toledo, 

52342 (Tel. 515/499-2052) 

NORTH ENGLISH (Gilbert Hawkins) 

Pleasant Grove Grace Brethren Church (27) 
R. 1, Box 33, 52316 (2 Miles east of 

Millersburg, 6 miles northwest of North 


(Tel. 319/664-3568) 
Gretchen White, 323 E. Oak St. 

(Tel. 319/664-3108) 


Udell Grace Brethren Church (5) 
(All mail to: Lawrence Powell, R. 1, 52593) 
(Tel. 515/452-6620) 

WATERLOO (John P. Burke) 
Grace Brethren Church (407) 
1760 Williston Ave., 50702 

(Tel. 319/235-9586) 
Mrs. Ray DeSerano, 953 Lynda Rd.. 50701 

(Tel. 319/232-6380) 


MORRILL (David Lockard) 

Morrill Grace Brethren Church (2 1 ) 
(Mail to: P.O. Box 102, Morrill, KS 66515) 
(Tel. 402/883-2659) 

PORTIS (Robert H. Juday) 

Grace Brethren Church of Portis (99) 
Box 6, 67474 (on Highway 281) 

(Tel. 913/346-2085) 
Darrel Wolters (Tel. 913/346-2097) 

WICHITA (Larry Hoffman, Interim Pastor) 
Grace Brethren Church of Wichita (5) 
2058 S. Water, 67213 

(Tel. 316/788-7498 - Pastor) 
(Tel. 316/683-3235 - Treasurer) 


CLAYHOLE (Lorie Keck) 

Clayhole Grace Brethren Church (55) 
4335 Hwy. 476, 41317 (four miles east of 

Lost Creek) 

(Tel. 606/666-8339) 
Mrs. Dixie Lee Noble, 2205 Hwy. 476, Lost 

Creek, 41346 (Tel. 606/666-2094) 

DRYHILL (Samuel Baer) 

Victory Mountain Grace Brethren Chapel 

H.C. 62, Box 640, Dryhill, 41749 (9 miles 

north of Hyden on Route 257) 

(Tel. 606/672-2520) 
Lois Jean Valentine, Confluence, 41730 

(Tel. 606/672-2455) 

LEXINGTON (Scott Taylor) 

Grace Bible Church of Lexington 
(Mailing address: P.O. Box 23272, 

Lexington, 40523 

(Tel. 606/273-2868) 
Mrs. Nancy Brumagen, 3685 Sundart Dr. 

Lexington, 40517 

(Tel. 606/273-2406) 


ACCIDENT (Paul Mohler, Interim) 
Grace Brethren Church (38) 
Bumble Bee Rd. (Mailing address: c/o Bill 

Spear, Rt. 1, Box 21, Accident, 21520) 
Mrs. Shirley Bums, Marsh Hill Rd., 

McHenry, 21541 

(Tel. 301/387-6805) 

CUMBERLAND (Raymond McCoy) 

Cumberland Grace Brethren Church (86) 
R. 2, Box 497, 21502 (From Rt. 68 take 

Willow Brook Rd. to end, turn right on 

Williams Rd.) 

(Tel. 301/777-8362) 
Mrs. Marie McElwee, Rt. 1, Box 256 

HAGERSTOWN (J. Norman Mayer) 
Calvary Grace Brethren Church (61) 
115 Bryan PI., 21740 

(Tel. 301/733-6375) 
Mrs. Yvonne Trumpower, 16452 Spielman 

Rd., Williamsport, 21795 

(Tel. 301/223-8920) 

HAGERSTOWN (Raymond H. Davis) 
Grace Brethren Church (501) 
First and Spruce Sts. (Mailing address: 837 

Spruce St.), 21740 

(Tel. 301/739-1726) 
Mrs. Linda Buchanan, 13856 Sunrise Dr 

Tel. 301/797-6917) 

HAGERSTOWN (Jay Fretz and Ron Shank) 
Maranatha Brethren Church (191) 
19835 Scott Hill Dr., 21742 

(Tel. 301/733-1717) 
Mrs. Robin Himes, 19833 Scott Hill Dr. 

(Tel. 301/791-1152) 

HAGERSTOWN (Daniel J. Pritchett) 
Valley Grace Brethren Church (1 14) 
17310 Gay St. (Halfway Area), 21740 

(Tel. 301/582-0155) 
Pam Pritchett, 10922 Allen Ave. 

(Tel. 301/582-3248) 

LANHAM (Ronald P. Carnevali) 
Grace Brethren Church (207) 
8400 Good Luck Rd., 20706-2802 

(Tel. 301/552-1414) 
Lloyd Sampson, 9501 Van Buren St., 

Seabrook, 20706 

(Tel 301/577-6836) 



Grace Brethren Church of Greater 


Temple Hills Grace Brethren Church 

(Howard Mayes) (394) 
5000 St. Barnabas Rd. , 20748^698 

(Tel. 301/894-2722) 

(Fax: 301/894-1770) 
Mrs. Marlene Batchelor, 8412 Cinema 

Ct., Clinton, 20735 

(Tel. 301/868-1050) 


ALEXANDRIA (VA) (Robert Trefry) 
Grace Brethren Church (43) 
1301 Commonwealth Ave., 22301 

(Tel. 703/548-1808) 

(Fax: 301/865-0923) 
Mrs. lone Hile, 16 W. Del Ray Ave. 

(Tel. 703/836-7893) 

LAKE ODESSA (Gary Austin) 

Grace Brethren Church (86) 

Vedder Rd. (Mailing address: 9390 W. 
Thompson Rd.. 48849-9713) 
(Tel. church: 616/374-7796; parsonaee- 
616/693-3002) ^ ' 

Mrs. Orley Hulliberger, Tasker Rd 
R. 3 (Tel. 616/374-7818) 

LANSING (Mickael Rockafellow) 
Grace Brethren Church (34) 
3904 W. Willow St., 48917 

(Tel. 517/323-2424) 
Mrs. Barb Shannon, 217 E. South St 

Morrice. 48857 (Tel. 517/625-7586) 

NILES (Scott Fetter) 

Niles Grace Brethren Church (25) 
1928 E. Bertrand Rd., Niles, 49120 

(Tel. 616/683-7755) 
Church office: 2428 Westfield, Niles 

MI 49120 (Tel. 616/683-9934) 

CALVERT CO. (Robert W. Wagner) 
Grace Brethren Church (275) 
9870 Old Solomon Island Rd., Owings, 
20736 (Mailing address: P.O. Box 458) 

(Tel. 301/855-2955) 

(Fax: 301/855-2273) 
Mrs. Kathryn Sugg, 3606 28th St., 

Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732 

FREDERICK CR.' Dallas Greene) 
Grace Brethren Church of Frederick 

5102 Old National Pike, 21702 

(Tel. 301/473^337) 
Mrs. Verlyn Mahaffey, 1808 Rustic Hill 

Ct. (Tel. 301/694-7063) 

WALDORF (Jeff M. Thomley) 
Grace Brethren Church (467) 
Hwy. 5 (5 miles S.E. from Waldorf), 

283-1 Zekiah Dr. 20601 

(Tel. 301/645-0407) 

(Fax: 301/645^233) 
Darlene Thomas, 17-6 Deborah Dr., 

HughesviUe 20627 

(Tel. 301/934-2547) 



ESCANABA (Gary Hable) 

Bay De Noc Grace Brethren Church (16) 
4391 "K" Rd,, Bark River, 49807 
(Tel. 906/789-9066) 

HASTINGS (Eldon Grubb) 

Hastings Grace Brethren Church (23) 
600 Powell Rd. 49058 (Mailing address: 

2222 E. State Rd., 49058) 
(Tel. 616/948-2330) 
Darrel Hawbaker, 705 E. State Rd., 
(Tel. 616/945-9219) 

BEAVER CITY (Robert P. Schaffer) 
Grace Brethren Church (36) 
Corner of 12th and "0" Sts. (Mailing 

address: P.O. Box 180, 68926) 

(Tel. 308/268-5821) 
Sandra Weaver (Tel. 308/268-3145) 


HOPE (Larry K. Gegner) 

Grace Brethren Church of Hope (23) 
One-half mile south of Hope on Rt. 519 

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 490, 07844) 

(Tel. 908/459-4876) 
Stanley M. Dick, P.O. Box 167 


CHURCH (20) (Tully Butler) 
c/o Grace Brethren Navajo Ministries, 
Counselor, 87018 
(Tel. 505/568^54) 

COUNSELOR Steve Galegor 

Counselor Grace Brethren Church (27) 
c/o Grace Brethren Navajo Ministries, 
Counselor, 87018 

CHURCH (11) (Johnson Chiquito) 
c/o Grace Brethren Navajo Ministries 
Counselor, 87018 
(Tel. 505/568-4454) 


TAOS (Robert Salazar) 

First Brethren Church of Taos (180) 
Comer of Pandos and Win Rds. ( 1 mile east 

on Raton Rd.) (Mailing address: P.O. 

Drawer 1068, 87571) 

(Tel. 505/758-3388) 
Lindy Valerio. P.O. Box 672, Ranchos de 

Taos, 87557 (Tel. 505/758-3238) 



Grace Brethren Church of Saratoea Springs 

Meeting in the Tupperware Bldg., Rt. 50. '/: 
mile North of Ballaston Spa) (Mailing 
address: 168 Gailor Rd.. Gansevoort, 
12831) (Tel. 518/587-3654) 
Len Kelloag, P.O. Box 547. Stillwater. 
12170" (Tel. 518/664-8894) 


AKRON (Stephen R. Cisney & R. John Snow) 
EUet Grace Brethren Church (198) 
530 Stetler Ave., 44312 

(Tel. 216/733-2520) 
Bill Ankeny, 593 Herbert Rd.. 44312 

(Tel. 216/733^325) 

AKRON (Jim Hostetler) 

Fairlawn Grace Brethren Church (122) 
754 Ghent Rd., 44333-2632 

(Tel. 216/666-8341) 
Debbie Kear. 2633 Sourek Rd. 

(Tel. 216/867-9478) 


Ankenytown Grace Brethren Church (158) 
20601 Old Mansfield Rd., Bellville, 44813 

(4'-^ miles N.E. of Fredericktown on 

State Route 95) 

(Tel. 614/694-6936) 
Mrs. Darlene Smith. 8491 Yankee St., 

Fredericktown, 43019 

ASHLAND (Daniel Allan) 

Grace Brethren Church (613) 
1144 W. Main, 44805 

(Tel. 419/289-8334) 
Mrs. Leona Miller, 952 St. Rt. 511 North. 
R. 3 (Tel 419/289-7657) 

ASHLAND (Larry Edwards) 

Southview Grace Brethren Church (129) 
810 Katherine Ave., 44805 

(Tel. 419/289-1763) 
Susan Howman, 1629 SR 603, R. 1 

(Tel. 419/289-0749) 

BOWLING GREEN (Oscar Stroede) 
Grace Brethren Church (50) 
121 S. Enterprise St.. 43402 

(Tel. 419/352-6635) 
Terry Lawrence, 1722 Spruce Dr. #140 

(Tel. 419/372-7713 Work; 

419/372-8569 Fax) 

BROOKVILLE (Henry C. Mallon) 

Brookville Grace Brethren Church (246) 
12152 Westbrook Rd. (Mailing address: 

P.O. Box 9. 45309-0009) 

(Tel. 513/833-5562) 
Janet Knife, church address 

CAMDEN (Elgin L. Green) 
Grace Brethren Church (24) 
96 W. Central Ave.. 45311 

(Tel. 513/452-1290) 
Mrs. Frank (Penny) Brewster. 925 Cran- 

brook Ct.. Miamisburg, 45342 

(Tel. 513/847-8480) 

CANTON (Terrance Taylor) 
Grace Brethren Church (227) 
6283 Market Ave. N., 44721 

(Tel. 216/499-3818) 
Mrs. Jan Elliott, 1001 Oneida Trail, 

Hartville. 44632 (Tel. 216/877-3785) 

CENTERVILLE (Greg Ryerson) 

Centerville Grace Brethren Church (101) 
410 E. Social Row Rd.. 45458 

(Tel. 513/885-2029) 
BQl Starren, 1678 Sioux Dr., Xenia, 45385 

(Tel. 513/372-5446) 

CINCINNATI (Michael Clapham) 
Grace Brethren Church 
P.O. Box 388, Loveland, 45140 

(Tel. 513/683-6246) 
Jeff Seebohm, 9016 Reading Rd., 

Cincinnati, OH 45215 

(Tel. 513/554-1018) 

CLAYTON (Darryl Ditmer) 

Clayton Grace Brethren Church (63) 
Box 9, 45315 (Salem and Kimmel Rd.) 
(Tel. 513/836-1689) 

COLUMBUS (Kenneth Brown) 

East Side Grace Brethren Church (352) 
7510 E. Broad St.. Blacklick 43004 (3 miles 

east of 1-270) 

(Tel. 614/861-5810) 
MUlie Hedges, 2100 Birchwood Dr., 43068 

(Tel. 614/866-3337) 

COLUMBUS (James L. Custer) 

Grace Brethren Church of Columbus (2,696) 
8225 Worthington-Galena Rd., Westerville, 

43081 (Mailing address: 6675 

Worthington-Galena Rd., Worthington, 


(Tel. 614/888-7733) 

(Fax: 614/888-1258) 
Mike Anthony, 1016 Vincent Ct., 

Westerville, 43081 


COLUMBUS, N.E. (Will Marling) 
Rocky Ridge Grace Brethren Church 
P.O. Box 218, New Albany, OH 43054 
(Tel. 614/855-3558) 

COLUMBUS (Tony Webb) 

Southwest Grace Brethren Church (65) 
3150 Demorest Rd. (SDA church next to 

Beulah Park, west of Grove City) 
(Mailing address: Tony Webb, 

3804 De\'ton Dr.. 43228) 

(Tel. 614/871-5167) 

COOLVILLE (George Homer) 
Grace Brethren Church (30) 
Seminary and Rock Sts. (off Routes 50 and 7 

between Athens and Belpre) (Mailing 

address: Box 235. 45723) 

(Tel. 614/667-3710) 
Shirley Bowman. R. 1. Box 27A 

COVINGTON (Don Staley) 

Fnendship Grace Brethren Church (63) 
5850 St. Rt. 41 West. 45318 

ael. 513/473-2128) 
Virginia Peters, 4666 St. Rt. 41 West 

(Tel. 513/473-2667) 

CUYAHOGA FALLS (Walter Malick) 

Grace Brethren Church of Cuyahoga Falls 

1736 E. Bailey Rd., 44221 

(Tel. 216/923-8203) 
Barbara Heinbaugh, 196 Hunter Ave., 

Monroe Falls, 44262 

(Tel. 216/928-5885) 

DANVILLE (Albert E. Hockley) 
Grace Brethren Church (16) 
302 E. Ross St. (Mailing address: P.O. Box 

509, 43014) 

(Tel. 614/599-6467 or 614/599-6350) 

DAYTON (Brian L. White) 

Basore Road Grace Brethren Church (255) 
5900 Basore Rd., 45415 

ael. 513/837-3747) 
Mrs. Chris Dixon. 826 Sunset Dr., 

Englewood, 45322 

DAYTON (Robert Poirier) 

Calvary Grace Brethren Church of Dayton 

2000 Catalpa. (Mailing address: 3912 

Bradwood Dr.. 45405) 

(Tel. 513/277-5900) 
Ann Felkley, 1010 Taywood Rd.. No. 402, 

Englewood, 45322 (Tel. 513/832-2223) 

DAYTON (G. Forrest Jackson) 

First Grace Brethren Church (316) 
2624 Stonequarry Rd.. 45414 

(Tel. 513/890-6786) 
Mrs. Roy Trissel, church address 

DAYTON (Bob Foote) 

Grace Community Church of Huber Heights 

(197) ^ 

5001 Fishburg Rd., 45424 

(Tel. 513/233^324) 
Linda K. Penn, 7456 Elm Dr 45415 

(Tel. 513/832-3778) 

DAYTON (Tad K. Hobert) 

North Riverdale Grace Brethren Church 

4101 N. Main St.. 45405 

(Tel. 513/274-2187) 
Mrs. Sally Blades, 203 W. Main St.. 

Medway, 45341 (Tel. 513/849-6249) 

DELAWARE (Jeffrey A. Gill) 
Grace Brethren Church (171) 
375 Hills-Miller Rd.. 43015 

(Tel. 614/363-3613) 
Mrs. Jennie Ecker. 9090 Ashley Rd., 

Ashley. 43003 

DUBLIN aerry Hofecker) 

Northwest Chapel Grace Brethren Church 

6700 Rings Rd.. (Mailing address: P.O. 

Box 1234. 43017) 

(Tel. 614/761-0363) 

(Fax: 614/761-7922) 
Susan Fearon. church address and telephone 

FINDLAY (William Crabbs) 

Findlay Grace Brethren Church (102) 
209 Lexington Ave.. 45840 

(Tel. 419/422-8148) 
Carol Corawell. 419 Elm St., Findlay 

(Tel. 419/423-3401) 

FREMONT (Kevin Pinkerton) 
Grace Brethren Church (312) 
900 Smith Rd., 43420 

(Tel. 419/332-2623) 
Judy Loudenslager. 15 Crockett Dr.. Clyde. 


(Tel. 419/547-7290) 

GALION (Russ Simpson) 

Grace Brethren Church (95) 
1055 Winchester Rd., 44833 

ael. 419/468-6848) 
Kathy Ruhl. 7389 City Road 40, Mt. Gilead, 

43338 ael. 419/946-6748) 

HOMERVILLE (James SoUenberger) 
Grace Brethren Church (158) 
8156 Firestone Rd.. 44235 

ael. 216/625-3304) 
Nancy LQly, 10259 Spencer Rd. West 

Salem. 44287 


Calvary Grace Brethren Church (70) 
2850 E. Dorothy Ln., 45420 
ael. 513/293-5822) 


LEXINGTON (Dave Atkins) 
Grace Brethren Church (170) 
215 W. Main St., (Mailing sddress: 

Box 3009, 44904) 

(Tel. 419/884-2687) 
Mrs. Edna Wirick, R. 9 

(Tel. 419/884-2140) 


MIFFLIN (Mike Ostrander) 

Mifflin Grace Brethren Church (54) 
1149 CR 30A, 44805 

(Tel. 419/368-3580) 
Rich Foote, 763 CR 30A, R. 6, Ashland 
44805 (Tel. 419/368-8442) 

LONDON (K. Howard Immel) 
Grace Brethren Church (34) 
715 St. R. 42W (Mailing address: P.O. Box 

446, 43140) 

(Tel. 614/852^761) 
Mary Allison, 2090 Callahan Rd., South 

Vienna (Tel. 513/568-9118) 

MACEDONIA/Cleveland (Ronald Boehm) 
Western Reserve Grace Brethren Church (83) 
1066 E. Aurora Rd., 44056 

(Tel. 216/342-0755 or 216/467-7436) 
Kay Kessler, 11815 Schreiber Rd., Valley 

View, OH 44125 

(Tel. 216/524-7162) 

MANSFIELD (Gene Witzky) 

Cornerstone Grace Brethren Church (49) 
500 Logan Rd., (Meeting at the Mansfield 

Christian School) (Mailing address: 381 

Fox Rd., Lexington, 44904) 

(Tel. 419/884-0692) 
Donald Terry, 130 LaSalle St., 44906 

(Tel. 419/529-8531) 

MANSFIELD (Robert Russell) 

Woodville Grace Brethren Church (163) 
580 Woodville Rd., 44907 

(Tel. 419/524-8552) 
Mrs. Sabrina Gatton, 4209 Andrews Rd. 

Bellville, OH 44813 

MARION (John Jones) 

Grace Brethren Church (62) 
2813 Gooding Rd., 43302 

(Tel. 614/382-6270) 
Bob Gliem, 257 Superior St. 

(Tel. 614/382-6549) 

MEDINA (Stanley Nairn) 

Grace Brethren Church (52) 

3076 Remson Road, Medina, 44256 

(Tel. 216/725-9163) 
Gwynetta High, 7121 Stone Rd., 44256 

(Tel. 216/723^290) 

MIDDLEBRANCH (Robert E. Divine) 
Grace Brethren Church (152) 
2911 William St., N.E. (Mailing address: 

P.O. Box 43, 44652) 

(Tel. 216/499-6691) 
Mrs. Mona Collins, 3363 Kinsley Dr., N E 

Hartville, 44632 

(Tel. 216/877-2037) 

MILLERSBURG (Charles G. Thornton) 
Grace Brethren Church (41) 
Meeting in a church about 4 miles east on 
S.R. 39 (Mailing address: P.O. Box 

202, 44654) (Tel. 216/674-1228) 
Mrs. Dorothy Peppier, 9301 CR 292 
(Tel. 216/674-0290) 

MINERVA (Galen W. Wiley) 

Minerva Grace Brethren Church (75) 
22797 Ellsworth Ave., 44657 

(Tel. 216/868-6700) 
Mrs. Marilyn Christen, 16395 Marvindale 

Dr., S.E., 44657 

(Tel. 216/868-6726) 

NORTON (Robert P. Combs) 

Grace Brethren Church of Norton (290) 
3970 Cleveland - Massillon Rd., 44203 

(Tel. 216/825-6291) 
Winifred McCune, 1111 Kenmore Blvd., 

Akron, 44314 (Tel. 216/745-2937) 

ORRVILLE (Keith Merriman) 

Orrville Grace Brethren Church (168) 
2200 Paradise Rd., 44667 

(Tel. 216/683-3526) 
Mrs. Kathy Sowards, 5634 N. Crown Hill 
Rd. (Tel. 216/684-2163) 


Grace Brethren Church of Licking 

County (99) 
3517 Headley's Mill Rd., 43062 

(Tel. 614/927-6543) 
Peggy Giffin, 309 Poplar St. 

(Tel. 614/927-4318) 

POWELL (Lyle Sweeney) 
Grace Chapel 
P.O. Box 1269, Powell, OH 43065 

(Tel. 614/881-4242) 

RITTMAN (Bud Olszewski) 
Grace Brethren Church (191) 
44 S. First St., 44270 

(Tel. 216/925-3626) 
Joan Anderson, 153 Douglas Dr. 

(Tel. 216/927-2496) 

STERLING (Robert Moeller) 
Grace Brethren Church (56) 
14960 Seville Rd., 44276 

(Tel. 216/769-3078) 
Laura Young, 9116 Geyer Chapel Rd. 

Creston, 44217 


TOLEDO (Stephen Miller) 

Maumee Valley Grace Brethren Church (31) 
8715 Garden Rd., Maumee, 43537 

(Tel. 419/867-9339) 
Melody Vamey, 8715 Garden Rd., Maumee 

TOLEDO fW. Ray Miller) 

Toledo Grace Brethren Church (12) 
3002 Dorr St., 43615 

(Tel. 419/536-3284) 
Betty J. Miller, 4860 Catalina Dr., 43615 

(Tel. 419/537-0175) 

TROTWOOD (Charles E. Lawson) 
Grace Brethren Church (119) 
12 Strader Dr., 45426 (across from 

Trotwood-Madison High School) 

(Tel. 513/854-2521) 
Mrs. Ruth Garber, 1590 Raymond Dr., Tipp 

City, 45371 (Tel. 513/667-1975) 

rROY (Clair Brickel) 

Grace Brethren Church (52) 
527 N. Market St., 45373 

(Tel. 513/335-1852) 
Kathy Booker, 990 Lee Ave. 

(Tel. 513/339-3263) 

(VEST ALEXANDRIA (Percy Miller) 
Grace Brethren Community Church (42) 
3110 U.S. 35E (All mail to pastor: 213 

Marilee Dr., New Lebanon, OH 45345) 

(Tel. 513/687-2987) 
Mrs. Dorothy McMurray, 2948 Rt. 35 E., 

West Alexandria, OH 45381 

(Tel. 513/456-5688) 

VEST MILTON (Stephen Peters) 

Community Grace Brethren Church (447) 
2261 S. Miami St., 45383 

(Tel. 513/698^048) 
Richeline Prim, 950 S. Johnson Rd., Ludlow 

Falls, 45339 

(Tel. 513/676-8733) 

/OOSTER (Robert D. Fetterhoff) 
Grace Brethren Church (817) 
Church address: 4599 Burbank Rd. 
Mailing address: 1924 Burbank Rd., 44691 

(Tel. 216/264-3470) 
Mrs. Glenn Moore, church address 

(Tel. 216/345-7470) 

(Fax: 216/264-7016) 


ILBANY (Delane Miller) 
Grace Brethren Church (17) 
801 S.E. Ermine, 97321 

(Tel. 503/926-1836) 
JoAnn Aldrich, 464 SE 30th Ave. 

(Tel. 503/926-6690) 

BEAVERTON (Thorn Rowe) 
Grace Brethren Church (62) 
3595 SW 170th Ave., Aloha, OR 97006 

Barbara Gilgan, 450 N.E. Edison, Hillsboro 
97124 (Tel. 503/640-4187) 

TROUTDALE (Jim Holder) 
Grace Brethren Church (25) 
27938 S.E. Stark St. 97066 

(Tel. 503/666-6146) 
Mrs. Debie French, 2036 SE Dore Ct 

Troutdale, OR 97060 

(Tel. 503/669-3668) 


ALEPPO (David Lund) 

Aleppo Brethren Church (53) 
P.O. Box 66, 15310 

(Tel. 412/428-5190) or 412/428-5360) 
Vickie Lang, R.D. 1 Box 122, Wind Ridge, 
PA 15380 (Tel. 412/428-5214) 

ALTOONA (Barry L. Rowe) 

First Grace Brethren Church (72) 
2934 Maple Ave., 16601 

(Tel. 814/942-7642) 
Joanne Beach (Secy.), 309 E. Bell 

Ave., 16602 (Tel. 814/942-9584) 

ALTOONA (Timothy Waggoner) 
Grace Brethren Church (98) 
Broadway and 15th Ave. (Juniata), 16601 

(Tel. 814/942-8861) 
Mrs. Sharon Fortier, 5921-A Evergreen Ct. 

(Tel. 814/941-7112) 

ARMAGH (Norris B. Mason) 

Valley Grace Brethren Church (94) 
Junction of Routes 56 and 22 (Mailing 

address: Box 178, 15920) 

(Tel. 814/446-6685) 
Sherry Fritz, R. 1, Box 85, Homer City, 

15748 (Tel. 814/446-6680) 

AVIS (James Snavely) 

Tiadaghton Valley Grace Brethren Church 

P.O. Box 299, 17721 

(Tel. 717/753-3275) 
Mrs. Kathie Mitchell, P.O. Box 345, 

(Tel. 717/753-3239) 

BETHLEHEM (Larry Humberd) 

Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren Church (66) 
580 Bridle Path Rd., 18017 

(Tel. 215/868-0004) 
Mrs. Joan Ross. 630 N. Sherman St., 

Allentown, 18103 

(Tel. 215/820-0844) 


BLAIN (Dennis Huratiak) 

Sherman's Valley Grace Brethren Church 

South Main St., (Mailing address: P.O. Box 

147, 17(K)6) 
(Tel. 717/536-3676) 
Tammy Sue Strube, 18 Pine Tree Ln., 
Shermansdale, 17090 
(Tel. 717/582-7031) 

BOSWELL (Mike Lookenott) 

Laurel Mtn. Grace Brethren Church (52) 
R. 2, Box 121-A, 15531 (One mile north of 

Jennerstown on Rt. 985) 

(Tel. 814/629-5545) 
Dale Moon, R. 1 (Tel. 814/629-7268) 

CHAMBERSBURG (David Manges) 
Grace Brethren Church (64) 
315 S. Edwards Ave., 17201 

(Tel. 717/264-3767) 
Mrs. Barbara Poe. church address 

CONEMAUGH (Thomas E. Goossens) 
Conemaugh Grace Brethren Church (51) 
Comer of Second and Oak Sts. (All mail to 
115 Oak St., 15909) 
(Parsonage Tel. 814/539-5333) 
Mrs. William Gillespie, 278 Ross Ln. 
15909-1989 (Tel. 814/322^558) 

DELMONT (David Nitz) 

Grace Community Church (12) 
26 E. Pittsburg St., Delmont, PA 15626 
(Tel. 412/468-3077) 

DILLSBURG (Warren E. Tamkin) 
Hope Grace Brethren Church (130) 
P.O. Box 275, 17019 (One mile east on Old 

York Rd.) (Tel. 717/432-5332) 
Michael Doutrich, 423 Main St., York 

Springs, PA 17372 

(Tel. 717/528-7518) 

DUNCANSVILLE (John E. Gregory) 
Leamersville Grace Brethren Church 

14 Donnertown Ln., 16635 (Four miles 

south of Duncansville on old U.S. Rt. 

220) (Tel. 814/695-3739) 
Mrs. Betty Gregory, 14 Donnertown Ln., 

Duncansville, 16635 

(Tel. 814/695-3739) 

ELIZABETHTOWN (Daniel Eshleman) 
Grace Brethren Church (258) 
305 Anchor Rd., 17022 

(Tel. 717/367-1281) 
Mrs. Carol Barger, 917 Hillside Ave. 

(Tel. 717/367-3755) 

EPHRATA (Mark E. Saunders) 

Ephrata Area Grace Brethren Church (128) 
62 Hahnstown Rd. (All mail to: P.O. Box 

144, 17522-0144) 
(Tel. 717/738-1109) 
Mrs. Glenn Burkholder, 513 N. Farmersville 
Rd. (Tel. 717/859-2240) 

EVERETT (Stephen Jarrell) 

Community Grace Brethren Church (92) 
P.O. Box 63, Rt. 26 N., Everett, 
(Tel. 814/652-5405) 
Lillianne Mountain, HCR 6, Box 46 

EVERETT (John Townsend) 

Everett Grace Brethren Church (129) 
14 W. Main, 15537 

(Tel. 814/652-2811) 
Henry Russell, R.D. 4 Box 251, Everett, Pi 
15537 (Tel. 814/652-9216) 

GREENCASTLE (Alan Clingan) 

Conococheague Grace Brethren (20) 
Meeting at 112 E. Baltimore St., (Mailing 
address: P.O. Box 604, 17225) 
(Tel. 717/597-1663) 

HATBORO (William Kolb-Interim) 

Suburban Grace Brethren Church (28) 
749 W. County Line Rd. 19040 

(Tel. 215/675-5818) 
Paul Anthony, (Tel. 215/659-4130) 


Vicksburg Grace Brethren Church (118) 
R. 1, Box 555, 16648 (Four miles south of 

Hollidaysburg, off Rt. 36 at Brooks Mill 

(Tel. 814/695^240) 
Mrs. Paul Magill, R. 1, Box 533 

(Tel. 814/695-2191) 

HOPEWELL (Melvin Van Orman) 

Grace Brethren Church of Hopewell (65) 
Rt. 26 (two miles south of Hopewell) 

(Mailing address: 350 Route 36 South, 

Duncansville, 16635) 

(Tel. 814/695-3855) 
Mrs. Dolores Van Orman, 350 Route 36 

South, Duncansville, 16635 

JENNERS (Max DeArmey) 

Jenners Grace Brethren Church (100) 
15546 (Rt. 601 south of Rt. 30) 

(Tel. 814/629-9105) 
Mrs. Delores Flanigan, Box 88 

(Tel. 814/629-9471) 

JOHNSTOWN (Craig Manges) 

Geistown Grace Brethren Church (85) 
730 Sunberry St., 15904 
(Tel. 814/266-9170) 
James Vogel, P.O. Box 84, Windber, PA 
15963 (Tel. 814/467-9191) 

JOHNSTOWN (Rodney Lingenfelter) 

Johnstown Grace Brethren Church (147) j 
535 Napoleon St., 15901 I 

(Tel. 814/539-7815) " 

Thomas McCreary, 529 Robb Avenue, 

15901 (Tel. 814/539-0072) 


JOHNSTOWN (Stephen Blake) 

Pike Grace Brethren Church (273) 
R. 6, Box 185, 15909 (old Rt. 22 at 

Mundy's Corner) 

(Tel, 814/749-8721) 
Nancy Wozniak, R. 1. Box 233, Mineral 

Point, 15942 (Tel. 814/322^983) 

JOHNSTOWN (H. Don Rough) 

Riverside Grace Brethren Church (237) 
R. 4, Box 61A, 15905 

(Tel. 814/479-2525) 
Mrs. Nancy Krumbine, R.D. *3, Box 160, 

Holsopple, PA 15935 

(Tel. 814/288^369) 


Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church (138) 
R. 8, Box 121, 15909 (on Rt. 271, 2 miles 

south of Rt. 22 and Mundy's Comer) 

(Tel. 814/322^376) 
Opal Stouffer, 202 Ash St., Parkhill, 15945 

(Tel. 814/539-3281) 

KITTANNING (James O. Taylor) 

Grace Brethren Church of West Kittanning 

215 Arthur St., 16201 

(Tel. 412/543-1019) 
Susan Tarr, R. 7, Box 24 

(Tel. 412/548-1410) 

LANCASTER (Jonathan Tompkins, Jr.) 
Grace Brethren Church of Greater 

Lancaster (86) 
911 Rohrerstown Rd., 17601 

(Tel. 717/397-9991) 
Mrs. Ruth Ebersole, IIC Center Dr., 

Lancaster, PA 17601 

(Tel. 717/560^374) 

LANCASTER (John F. Smith) 

Southern Lancaster Grace Brethren Church 

300 Willow Valley Square, 17602 

(Tel. 717/464-2782) 
Nancy Nelson, P.O. Box 293, Willow St., 

17584 (Tel. 717/394-6637) 

LISTIE (Ronzil Jarvis) 

Listie Grace Brethren Church (120) 
P.O. Box 111, 15549 (3 miles north of 

Somerset on Rt. 281, 1 mile east off Rt. 

281) (Tel. 814/443-2365) 
Mrs. Sallie Graham, R. 1, Friedens, 15541 

LITITZ (Jerry R. Young) 

Grace Brethren Church of LitiU (583) 
501 W. Lincoln Ave., 17543 

(Tel. 717/626-2155) 
Joan Dombach, 230 Reifsnyder Rd. 

(Tel. 717/626-6537) 

MANHEIM (Rick Clark) 

Manheim Grace Brethren Church (125) 
333 E. High St., 17545 

(Tel. 717/665-2334) 
Cynthia Clark, 64 Crescent Dr. 

(Tel. 717/664-2986) 

MARTINSBURG (James S. Laird, Sr.) 

Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church (436) 
300 S. Mulberry St., 16662 

(Tel. 814/793-2513) 
Mrs. Gail Bridenbaugh, R. 1, Box 718, 

(Tel. 814/793-3911) 


Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church (275) 
112 Beachley St., 15552 (on U.S. 219) 

(Tel. 814/634-5980) 
Mrs. Joanne Berkley, 240 High St. 

(Tel. 814/634-5083) 

MEYERSDALE (Albert Valentine) 

Summit Mills Grace Brethren Church (138) 
R.R. 1, 15552 (West of Meyersdale, 3 

miles) (Tel. 814/634-8200) 
Gladys Hemmings 

MILROY (Doug Sabin) 

Milroy Grace Brethren Church (78) 
Taylor Dr., Taylor Park, Reedsville, 

(Mailing address: 99 Taylor Dr., 

Reedsville, 17084) 

(Tel. 717/667-6031) 
Mrs. Vivian Hosterman, 136 Center St., 

17063 (Tel. 717/667-2652) 

New Life Community Grace Brethren 

P.O. Box 571, 18936 
(Tel. 215/723-8990) 


Myerstown Grace Brethren Church (789) 
430 E. Lincoln Ave., (Mailing address: 

P.O. Box 409, 17067) 

(Tel. 717/866-5704, Fax 717/866-5707) 
Sherrie Stohler, 18 S. Fairlane Ave. 

(Tel. 717/866-iOlO) 

NEW HOLLAND (Roy Roberts) 
Grace Brethren Church (245) 
415 S. Kinzer Ave., 17557 

(Tel. 717/354-9229) 
Mrs. Dotty Smith, 225 W. Spruce St. 

(Tel. 717/354-8205) 


Grace Brethren Church (65) 

799 Airport Rd., 17078 

(Tel. 717/838-5447) 
Mrs. Trisha Kaylor, 23 Maple St., Lebanon, 

PA 17046 (Tel. 717/273-2762) 

Crossroads Grace Brethren 
4706 Comly St., Philadelphia, PA 19135 
(Tel. 215/533-3396) 

PHILADELPHIA (Michael Brubaker) 
First Grace Brethren Church (148) 
648 Knorr St. (at Oxford Ave.), 1911-4414 

(Tel. 215/745-2799) 
Mrs. April Johnson, 1059 Tyson Ave. 

(Tel. 215/742-9076) 


Liberty Grace Brethren (15) 
2314 E. York St., 19125 
(Tel. 215/426-2242) 


Third Brethren Church (27) 

Ella and Tioga Sts. (All mail to 204 E. 

Tioga St. 19134) 

(Tel. 215/423-8047) 
Helen Bothwell, 617 W. Elkins Ave., 19120 

(Tel. 215/424-2215) 

ROYERSFORD (Kenn Cosgrove) 

Tri-County Grace Brethren Church (27) 
(Mailing address: P.O. Box 328, 
19468-0328) (Tel. 215/326-5684) 
Monica Tyson, 1117 W. Bridge St., Spring 
City, 19475 (Tel. 215/948-8927) 

SAXONBURG (Chet Sparzak) 
Bible Church of Ivy wood (12) 
174 Ivywood Rd., 16056 
(Tel. 412/352^094) 

SOMERSET (Bob Parker) 

Grace Brethren Church of Somerset (80) 
R. 3, Felgar Rd., South Williamsport, 15501 
(Tel. 814/445-8645) 

New Hope Grace Brethren Church (9) 
R. 1700 Riverside Drive, South 

Williamsport, PA 17781 

(Tel. 717/321-9192) 


Happy Valley Community Grace Brethren 

Church (11) 
P.O. Box 498, 16804 

(Tel. 814/237-9724 home of Jim Morton) 
David Troutman, RD #2, Box 123, 

Petersburg, PA 16669 

STOYSTOWN (Larry R. Weigle) 

Reading Grace Brethren Church (45) 
R. 3, 15563 (Rt. 281, 9 miles north of 


(Tel. 814/893-5422 - Pastor's Number) 
Mrs. Virginia Barron, R. 2 

TELFORD (Tim Boal) 

Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church (278) 
320 N. Third St., 18969 

(Tel. 215/723-5890) 
Alma Bergey, 590 Pioneer Circle, 

Harleysville, PA 19438 

(Tel. 215/256-1937) 

TREMONT (Jim Jackson) 

Echo Valley Grace Brethren Church (86) 
17 Birch St., 17981 

(Tel. 717/695-2136) 
Faye Mutscher, Rd tfl. Box 557, 

Pine Grove, PA 17963 

(Tel. 717/345-8106) 

UNIONTOWN (Darrel Taylor) 
Grace Brethren Church (205) 
Grace Ln., 15401 (off Derrick Ave.) 

(Tel. 412/437-3401) 
Mrs. Gilbert Ferree, 713 Morgantown Rd. 

(Tel. 412/437-6121) 

WASHINGTON (Robert A. Skeen) 
Grace Brethren Church (92) 
4 Waynesburg Rd., 15301 

(Tel. 412/225-8203) 
Mrs. Helen Day, RD #4, Box 129 

(Tel. 412/225-6761) 

WAYNESBORO (Roger K. Myers) 
Grace Brethren Church (159) 
250 Philadelphia Ave., 17268 

(Tel. 717/762-5826) 
Mrs. Joyce Fitz, 16 S. Grant 
(Tel. 717/762-6907) 

WRIGHTSVILLE (Leslie D. Nutter) 

Susquehanna Grace Brethren Church (92) 
6694 Sunrise Ln., 17368 
(Tel. 717/252-1233) 

YORK (Daniel White) 

Grace Brethren Church (113) 
661 N. Newberry St., 17404 

(Tel. 717/843-7284) 
Jacquelyn Aby, 1005 N. George St. 

(Tel. 717/854^005) 


AIKEN (Steve W. Taylor) 

Grace Brethren Church (221) 
142 Talatha Church Rd.. 29803 

(Tel. 803/649-3967) 

(Fax: 803/649-3967) 
Ann Faugl, 1928 Huntsman Dr. 

(Tel. 803/642-9881) 


Grace Brethren Church (40) 
1603 Whitehall Rd., 29625 

(Anderson 178, exit off 1-85) 

(Tel. 803/224-7330) 
Jack Broyles, 1607 Whitehall Rd. 

(Tel. 803/225-6083) 


JOHNSON CITY (Sherwood Durkee) 
Grace Brethren Church (24) 
803 Sunset Dr., 37604 

(Tel. 615/282-5513) 
Johne Stephens, 910 E. Hillcrest Dnve 

Johnson City, TN 37604 

(Tel. 615/929-2693) 



=ORT WORTH (Dan Younger) 
Grace Brethren Church (15) 
Meeting at 1244 Karla Dr., Hurst (Mailing 
address: 1209 Princess Ln., Hurst, 
76053) (Tel. 817/282-6593) 

.ONGVIEW (John W. Mayes) 
Grace Brethren Church (88) 
800 Doyle St., 75601 

(Tel. 903/753-4912 or 903/753-8133) 
Joyce Roden, 135 Lincoln Way, 75603 

(Tel. 903/643-3759) 

4cALLEN (Robert Soto) 

McAllen Grace Brethren Church (11) 
1721 Northgate Lane (Mailing address: 
P.O. Box 3751, 78502) 
(Tel. 210/686-5757) 
Mrs. Bemice Intermill (acting secy.), R.l, 
I Box 51, Lot 925, Alamo, 78516 

(Tel. 210/783-7016) 


RASBURG (Scott M. Libby) 
Grace Brethren Church (59) 
Rt. 14, S. of Coventry near Jet. R. 5 and 14 
(Mailing address: P.O. Box 41, 

Coventry, 05825 
(Tel. 802/754-2363) 
Monica Libby, church address 

SLAND POND (Robert Kulp) 
Grace Brethren Church (53) 
Rt. 105 (west of town) (Mailing address: 

P.O. Box 432, 05846) 

(Tel. 802/723-6143) 
Claude Marcoux (Tel. 802/723-5942) 



(Note: See listing Temple Hills, 


lOONES MILL (Ralph Miller) 
Grace Brethren Church (30) 
State Rte. 739 (Mailing address: 5353 

I Starkey Rd. SW, Roanoke, 24014) 

f (Tel. 703/774-9293) 

Mrs. Vivian Young (Tel. 703/334-5679) 

lUENA VISTA (Paul Fink) 
First Brethren Church 
100 E. 29th St., 24416 
(Tel. 703/261-6425) 

FORT VALLEY (Hugo Ronk) 
Trmity Brethren Church (13) 
Mrs. Ruth Corman, 112 North River Dr 

Woodstock, VA 22664 

(Tel. 703/459-5115) 

LYNCHBURG (Bradley Kelley) 
Grace Brethren Church (17) 
Meeting at 100 Timberoak Ct.. B-1 
(Mailing address: P.O. Box 11272, 
24506) (Tel. 804/237-5643) 
Dorene Young, 101 Sailview Dr., Forest, 
24551 (Tel. 804/525-5458) 

RADFORD (Lester W. Kennedy) ; 

Fairlawn Grace Brethren Church (83) 
6893 Mills Ave., 24141 

(Tel. 703/639-1245) 
Arleta Boyd, 7487 Brandon Rd. 

(Tel. 703/639-0975) 

RICHMOND (David Kowalke) 

Fellowship Grace Brethren Church (30) 
P.O. Box 29753, 23242-0753 
(Tel. 804/360-GROW) 

RICHMOND (Wayne L. Hannah) 
Grace Brethren Church (122) 
Robious and Cranbeck Rds., 23235 

(Tel. 804/272-9000) 
Robert Bryant, 2920 Bosham Ln., 

Midlothian, 23113 

RINER (Carl D. Ratcliffe) 

Riner Grace Brethren Church (72) 

5780 Riner Rd. (Mailing address: P.O. Box 

87, 24149) 
(Tel. 703/382-7571) 
Linda Snavely, 3794 Five Points Rd. 
(Tel. 703/382-8394) 

ROANOKE (Fred Devan) 

Clearbrook Grace Brethren Church (82) 
5922 Brethren Rd. (4 miles south of Rt. 

419), 24014 (Tel. 703/774-1265) 
Mrs. Ginny Meacham, 6454 Crowell Gap 

Rd. (Tel. 703/909-3516) 

ROANOKE (G. Douglas Witt) 

Garden City Grace Brethren Church (88) 
3504 Bandy Rd., 24014 

(Tel. 703/427-0103) 
Margie Witt, 3528 Garden City Blvd., 24014 

(Tel. 703/427-0576) 

:OVINGTON (Dan Gillette) 
Grace Brethren Church (113) 
2507 S. Carpenter Dr., 24426 

(Tel. 703/962-9541) 
Gary Malcom, 214 E. Trout St. 

(Tel. 703/962-4360) 

ROANOKE (Brent Sandy and Danny Wright) 
Ghent Grace Brethren Church (181) 
1511 Maiden Ln., S.W., 24015 (Wasena 
Ave. and Maiden Ln., S.W.) 
(Tel. 703/345-2788) 
Linda Smith, church address 


ROANOKE (Don Eshelman) 

Patterson Memorial Grace Brethren Church 

5512 Hollins Rd. (Mailing address: P.O. 
Box 7649, 24019) 

(Tel. 703/362-0336) 
Mrs. Patty Hite, 728 Commander Dr., 

ROANOKE (Relph Molyneux) 

Washington Heights Grace Brethren Church 

3833 Michigan Ave., N.W., 24017 

(Tel. 703/366-7040) 
Jackie Pace, 2919 Neil Dr., N.W. 24019 

(Tel. 703/562-0115) 

SALEM (Brian K. Robinson) 

Wildwood Grace Brethren Church (//) 
2222 Wildwood Rd., 24153 (Take exit 40 

off 1-81, turn left at stop sign) 

(Tel. 703/387-3723) 
Mrs Joan Lilly, 4533 Thirlane Rd. #19, 

Salem, VA 24153 

(Tel. 703/362-0974) 

TROUTVILLE (Charles L. Young) 
Grace Bible Brethren Church (31) 
1744 Stoney Battery Rd. (Mailing address: 

P.O. Box 367, 24175) 
Mrs Betty Dobbins, Little Catawba Rd. , 

Box 353B (Tel. 703/992-3780) 

WINCHESTER (Kim G. Robertson) 

Blue Ridge Grace Brethren Church (137) 
1025 Cedar Creek Grade, 22602 

(Tel. 703/667-9399) 
Dale Stickey, 353 Eagle Drive, 22601 

(Tel. 703/662-2075) 

WINCHESTER (Richard Bell) 
Grace Brethren Church (127) 
645 Berryville Ave., 22601 

(Tel. 703/662-6360) 
Nancy Bell, 148 Silver Lake Ln., 22603 

(Tel. 703/662-6189) 


GOLDENDALE (Gregory M. Howell) 
Community Grace Brethren Church (48) 
1180 S. Roosevelt St., 98620 

(Tel. 509/773-3388) 

(Fax: 509/773-5554) 
Mrs. Miriam Short, 2769 Hwy. 142 

(Tel. 509/773^146) 

GRANDVIEW (Dwight Cover) 
Grace Brethren Church (109) 
nil W. Third St., 98930 

(Tel. 509/882-3439) 

(Fax: 509/882-1479) 
Rita Harper, 303 Avenue "D" 

(Tel. 509/882-1479) 

HARRAH (Charles H. Winter) 

Harrah Grace Brethren Church (72) 

3701 N. Harrah Rd. (Mailing address: P.O. 

Box 69, 98933) 
(Tel. 509/848-2609) 
(Fax: 509/848-2725) 
Mrs. Carol Johnson, 9290 Branch Rd. 
(Tel. 509/848-2661) 

KENT (Jack Rants) 

Grace Brethren Church of Kent (171) 
11135 S.E. 232nd, 98031 

(Tel. 206/854-4248) 
Larraine Nystrand, 23224 100th Ave., S.E. 

(Tel. 206/852-7475) 

MABTON (Fenton McDonald) 
Grace Brethren Church (85) 
428 B Street (Mailing address: Box 

216, 98935) 

(Tel. 509/894^1477) 

MAPLE VALLEY (Bob Gentzel) 

Grace Bible Fellowship Grace Brethren 

Church (26) 
23220 Maple Valley-Black Diamond Hwy., 

Suite #14 (Mailing address: 

P.O. Box 916, 98038 

(Tel. 206/432-1818) 
Judy Miller. 25505 217th Ave. S.E. 

(Tel. 206/432-3677) 

SUNNYSIDE (Ray 1. Feather) 
Grace Brethren Church (205) 
703 Franklin (Mailing address: P.O. Box 

87, 98944) (Tel. 509/837-6096) 
Lola Miller, 2350 Sheller Rd. 
(Tel. 509/837-3534) 

TOPPENISH (Greg Stamm) 
Grace Brethren Church (57) 
507 S. Juniper St., 98948 

(Tel. 509/865-4007) 
Jean Henricksen (Tel. 509/829-5364) 

YAKIMA (Jack K. Peters, Jr.) 
Grace Brethren Church (29) 
904 S. 26th Ave., 98902 

(Tel. 509/453-3720) 
Mrs. Earl Dekker, 3505 Emma Lane, 90803 

(Tel. 509/248-0558) 


GRAFTON (Joseph E. Nass) 

First Grace Brethren Church (108) 
45 W. Saint Charles St., 26354 

(Tel. 304/265-0043 or 265-0048) 
Bonita Thorn, R. 1, Box 91, Lot 14 

(Tel. 301/265-2131) 

MARTINSBURG (Carl A. Baker) 

Rosemont Grace Brethren Church (128) 
117 S. Illinois Ave., 25401 

(Tel. 304/267-6330) 
Mrs. Mary Blair, 577'/^ Rock Cliff Dr. 

(Tel. 304/267-8062) 



ARKERSBURG (Richard Placeway) 
Grace Brethren Church (60) 
1610 Blizzard Dr., Rt. 14 S., 26101 

(Tel. 304/422-5390) 
Avis Lemley, church address CHEYENNE 

lENNA First Brethren Church (12) 

Community Grace Brethren Church (10) Meeting in homes (10 a.m.) Information- call 

(Mailing address: P.O. Box 5284, 26105) 307/632-0613 (Mailing address: P.O. 

Jennie Geibig, 25 Meadowcrest, Parkersburg Box 5838, 82003) 


(Tel. 304/422-7687) 


Directory of the National Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Ministers 

List of ministers tliat have been approved by District Conferences of tlie Fellowship of Grace Brethrei 
Churches and submitted by the National Fellowship of Grace Brethren Ministers, giving name, address 
telephone number, and church membership. Men listed are ordained, unless an "L" follows name, indicatini 
licensed. Name in parentheses following minister is wife's first name. 

An asterick (*) following the name indicates paid up membership status in the National Fellowship o 
Grace Brethren Ministers. 

The list is for information purposes only and does not constitute official status. Its accuracy is depender 
on information supplied to the Brethren Missionary Herald Co. 

ABSHIRE*, J. DONALD (Colleen) 

R. 1, Box 84, Boones Mill, VA 24065 

(Tel. 703/334-5798) 

AEBY*, JOHN M. (Joan) 

3404 Kennedy Ln., Lot No. 233, 

Waterloo, lA 50701 

(Tel. 319/296-3331) 
Denver, CO, church 

AHERN*, JERRY (Dottie) 

1751 W. Citracado Pkwy. No. 235, 

Escondido, CA 92029 
Evangelism and Pulpit Supply 
Simi Valley church 


1186 Twp. Rd. 1426, Ashland, 

(Tel. 419/289-8878) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

OH 44805 

R 3, Box 370, Palmyra, PA 17078 
(Tel. 717/838-5447) 


47 Adams Ave., Souderton, PA 18964-1803 
Pastor, New Life Community Grace Brethren 
Church, Montgomeryville 


13755 E. Walnut, Whittier, CA 
90602 (Tel. 213/693-8182) 

Retired Missionary, Brazil 

Pastor Emeritus, Grace Brethren Church of 

AMUNDSON*, LOUIS (Madeline) 

1 1535 Banff St., Eagle River, AK 99577 

(Tel. 907/696^654) 
Assoc. Pastor, Greatland Grace Brethren 

Church, Anchorage 


7901 Mabry Mill Ct., Worthington, OH 


(Tel. 614/846-9677) 
Delaware Grace Brethren Church 


7619 Regina Dr., Fon Wayne, IN 46815 

(Tel. 219/493-2841) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

ASHMAN*, CHARLES H. (Frances) 

1531 S. Cherry Creek Ln., Warsaw, IN 


(Tel. 219/267-5566) " 

Fellowship Coordinator - FGBC | 

Tel. 219/269-1269) 
Winona Lake church 

Pastor Emeritus, Winona Lake, IN GBC 

ASHMAN*, ROBERT A. (Bemice) ' 

602 Chestnut, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

(Tel. 219/267-7588) 
Pastor, Columbia City, IN, Grace Brethren 

ATKINS*, DAVID (L) (Joyce) 

97 Kimberwick Rd., Lexington, OH 44904 

(Tel. 419/884-3259) 
Pastor, Lexington Grace Brethren Church 


9390 W. Thompson Rd., Lake Odessa, MI 


(Tel. 616/693-3002) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

AUSTIN*, GORDON L. (Charlotte) 
200 Sixth St., Winona Lake, IN 46590 

(Tel. 219/269-2507; 

office, 219/267-5161) 
Technical Coordinator, Grace Brethren 

Foreign Missions 
Winona Lake church 

AVEY*, TOM (Sandra) 

1419 Jerry Ln., Manheim, PA 17545-9351 

(Tel. 717/664-2218) 
Church Administrator, Grace Brethren 
Church, Lititz 



3AER*, SAMUEL S. (L) (Betty Ann) 
H. C. 62, Box 640, Dryhill, KY 41749 

(Tel. 606/672-2520) 
Pastor, Victory Mountain Grace 

Brethren Chapel 

BAILEY*, STEVE (L) (Wilma) 

Guamini 6498, 1875 Wilde. Buenos Aires, 

(Tel. (011-54) 1.259.1438) 
Missionary, Argentina 
Warsaw, IN, church 

3AKER*, CARL A. (Donna) 

836 New York Ave., Martinsburg, WV 

25401 (Tel. 304/263-2272) 
Pastor, Rosemont Grace Brethren 



10773 W. 69th Place, Arvada, CO 80004 

(Tel. 303/467-2811) 
Pastor, Arvada church 

BARLOW, BRUCE (L) (Christi) 

104 5th St., Winona Lake, IN 46590 

(Tel. 219/267-7286) 
Assoc. Pastor, Winona Lake Grace Brethren 



63 Wallace Dr., Box 374, Lucas, OH 44843 

(Tel. 419/892-3978) 
Bradenton, FL, church 


825 N. Miami Ave., Sidney, OH 45365 

(Tel. 513/498-7572) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

BATTIS*, RICHARD H., Sr. (Carolyn) 
19302 County Road T, Cortez, CO 81321 

(Tel. 303/565-3290) 
Director of Christian Discipleship Center 

BEARINGER*, E. H. (L) (Elaine) 

1200 Aurora Blvd., No. 150-B, Bradenton, 

FL 34202 

(Tel. 813/747-2324) 
F\ilpit Supply 
Bellflower, CA, church 

BEAVER*, S. WAYNE, D.D. (Dorothy) 
P.O. Box 1531, McCall, ID 83638, 

(Tel. 208/634-7403) 
Professor Emeritus, Grace Schools 
Winona Lake, IN, church 

301 14th St., Winona Lake, IN 46590 
(Tel. 219/269^M57) , 

Annual Fund Director, Grace Schools 
Warsaw church 

BEESON*, JOSEPH (L) (Becky) 

1 109 S. Main St., West Milton, OH 45383 

(Tel. 513/698-3458) 
West Milton church 


12200 Oxford Drive, La Mirada, CA 90638 
Pastor, Creek Park Community Church 


23831 Via de Gema Linda, Murrieta, CA 
(Tel. 714/677-2656) 

BELL*, JAY (Jan) 

1 10 Peachtree Lane, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

(Tel. 219/268-0445) 
Church Relations Coordinator 
Grace Brethren Foreign Missions 
Winona Lake church 

BELL*, RICHARD E. (Nancy) 

148 Silver Lake Ln., Winchester, VA 22603 

(Tel. 703/662-6189) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

BELL, WILLIAM (Marilyn) 

1449 Bellview Dr., Mansfield, OH 44905 

(Tel. 419/589-7288) 
Mifflin church 

BAUM*, F. ARCHER (Eileen) 

7105 Arillo St., San Diego, CA 92111 

(Tel. 619/277-4992) 
San Diego church 

BAUMAN*. PAUL R., D.D. (Irene) 
809 Gordon St., Longview, TX 75603 

(Tel. 903/758-8875) 
Conference Speaker 
Longview church 


239 Rosslyn Ave., Columbus, OH 43214 

(Tel. 614/848-8456) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church of 

Columbus, OH 

BELTON*, JAMES O. Jr. (Sibylle) 
Tevesstr 39 
78176 Blumberg, GERMANY 

(Tel. (01 M9) 7702-3562) 
Missionary to Germany 
Winona Lake, IN, church 


BENZIE*, MARK J. (L) (Trudy) 

7330 Wendigo Rd., Grand Rapids, MN 


(Tel. 218/327-0332) 
Woodville, OH, church 

BRICKEL*, CLAIR E. (Martha) 

14319 Brookville-Pyrmont Rd., Brookville 

OH 45309 

(Tel. 513/833-3630) 
Pastor, Troy Grace Brethren Church 

BERKEMER*, CHARLES F. (L) (Margaret) 
10331 Woodstead Ave., Whittier, CA 


(Tel. 301/947-1479) 
La Mirada church 


3729 N. 27th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016 


312 6th St., Winona Lake, IN 46590 

(Tel. 219/267-7253) 
Asst. Prof, of Pastoral Ministries, Grace 

Theological Seminary 
Leesburg church 

BITNER*, ROBERT O. (L) (Nona) 
752 Summit Ave., Hagerstown, MD 


(Tel. 301/733-5084) 
Missions Pastor, Hagerstown, 

Calvary church 


R. 6, Box 185, Johnstown, PA 15909 

(Tel. 814/749-8620) 
Pastor, Pike Grace Brethren Church 


2762 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley, CA 93065 
Simi Valley church 


703 Thomberry Dr., Harleysville. PA 19438 

(Tel. 215/256-0399) 
Pastor, Penn Valley Grace Brethren 

Church, Telford, PA 

BOEHM*, RONALD E. (Chery) 

1410 Meadowlawn Dr., Macedonia, OH 

(Tel. 216/467-6123) 
Pastor, Western Reserve Grace Brethren 
Church, Macedonia 

R. 2, Peru, IN 46970 

(Tel. 317/472-2368) 
Pastor, Peru Brethren Church 


14551 Chere Dr., Whittier, CA 90604 

(Tel. 310/944-8282) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 


Grace Village, P.O. Box 337, Winona 

Lake, IN 46590 

(Tel. 219/372-6237) 
Warsaw church 


910 S. 27th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902 

(Tel. 509/453-6695) 
Yakima Grace Brethren Church 

BROWN*, JAMES (L) (Lisa) 

4216 Levick St., Philadelphia, PA 19135 
Pastor, Crossroads Grace Brethren Church , 

BROWN*, KENNETH J. (Margie) 

1415 Crest St., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 

(Tel. 614/860-9183) 
Pastor, East Side Grace Brethren Church 


8222 Somerdale Ln. , La Palma, CA 90623 

(Tel. 714/828-7726) 
Joni and Friends 
Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach 

201 Killian Rd., Akron, OH 44319 

(Tel. 216/644-6137) 
Norton church 1 

BRUBAKER*, MICHAEL P. (Margery) ■ 
822 Knorr St., Philadelphia, PA 1911M82e 

(Tel. 215/745-6021) 
Pastor, First Grace Brethren Church 


5699 Saucony, Hilliard, OH 43026 

(Tel. 614/771-6138) 
Assoc. Pastor, Northwest Chapel Grace 

Brethren Church 


5028 Dublin Rd., Escondido, CA 92026 
Co-Pastor, Oceanside GBC 

BURK*, BILL A. (Imogene) 

Cx 101, 68.447 Vila dos Cabanos, PA 

(Tel. (011-55) 91-754-1636) 
Missionary to Brazil 
Los Angeles, CA, church 

BURK*, Kenneth (L) (Kim) 

3321 Janice, Long Beach, CA 90805 

(Tel. 310/790-3303) 
Bellflower church 

BURKE*, JOHN P. (Shirley) 
1434 Lyon, Waterloo, lA 50702 

(Tel. 319/233-9056) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 


BURNS', JOHN J. (Inez) 

1101 Kings Hwy., Winona Lalce, IN 46590 

(Tel. 219/269-7616) 
Winona Lake church 

BURNS*, RALPH S. (Ruth) 

P.O. Box 284, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

(Tel. 219/269-3223) 
Pulpit Supply 
Winona Lake church 

CARNEVALI*, RONALD (L) (Georgann) 
8400 Good Luck Rd., Lanham, 

MD 20706-2800 (Tel. 301/552-9660) 
Pastor, Lanham Grace Brethren Church 


15 Dalewood Road, Newington, CT 06111 

(Tel. 203/667^326) 
Pastor, Colonial Chapel Grace Brethren 



c/o Pastor Robert Burris, 2538 W. Kenwood 

Lancaster, CA 93536 
Chaplain, LTC, U.S. Army, Retired 

Los Angeles Community Brethren 


c/o Grace Brethren Navajo Ministries, 

Counselor, NM 87018 
Pastor, Cedar Hill Navajo Grace Brethren 


BUTTON*, BRUCE L. (Leonore) 

3333 N. Flowing Wells Rd., No. 121 

Tucson, AZ 85705 

(Tel. 602/293-6744) 
Representative, International Ministries to 

New Albany, IN, church 

BYERS*, GLENN C. (Dolores) 

2691 E. Robby Dr., Warsaw, IN 46580 

(Tel. 219/269-1255) 
Sidney church 

BYERS*, J. DONALD, Jr., D. MIn. (Cynthia) 
114 Briarwood Dr., Rutherfordton, 
NC 28139 (Tel. 704/287-0071) 


2916 Case Ave., Bradenton, FL 34207 

(Tel. 813/751-2916) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church of Bradenton 


3039 Hidden Forest Ct., Marietta, GA 


(Tel. 404/422-6087) 
Atlanta church 


2505 Orchard Dr., Winona Lake, IN 46590 

(Tel. 219/268-0177) 
Missionary Elder, Northwest Chapel Grace 

Brethren Church, Dublin, OH 

CASHMAN*, EDWIN E. (Connie) 

12346 Charlwood, Cerritos, CA 90701 

(Tel. 310/860-4576) 
Minister of Pastoral Care, Bellflower 
Brethren Church, Bellflower 


288 Sundale Dr., Akron, OH 44313 

(Tel. 216/867-6744) 
Fairlawn Grace Brethren Church, Akron 


4805 Manytell, Anchorage, AK 99516 
Pastor, Grace Community Church 


2758 Caulfield Dr., San Diego, CA 92154 

(Tel. 619/423-7903) 
Missionary, Mexico 
Cypress, CA Grace church 

CLAPHAM', MICHAEL C. (Elizabeth) 

10927 Bloomfield Ct., Loveland, OH 45140 

(Tel. 513/677-3664) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church, Cincinnati 

CLARK*, RICK (Cynthia) 

64 Crescent Dr., Manheim, PA 17545-1904 

(Tel. 717/664-2986) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

CLINGAN*, ALAN N. (Frances) 

179 E. Walter Ave., Greencastle, PA 17225 

(Tel. 717/597-1035) 
Pastor, Conococheague Grace Brethren 


6813^ Willowbrook Dr., FayetteviUe, NC 


(Tel. Work: 919/432-7730) 
Chaplain, U.S. Army 
Waipio, HI, church 


436 Poppy St., Long Beach, CA 90805 

(Tel. 310/428-^299) 
Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach 

COBURN*, FRANK J. (Marjorie) 

13025 Bluefield Ave., La Mirada, CA 90638 

(Tel. 310/943-0553) 
Pastor, Community Brethren Church, 

Los Angeles 


6052 Haviland Ave., Whittier, CA 90601 

(Tel. 310/696-6648) 
Community Brethren Church, Los Angeles 



1222 Timper Pt. N., Prescott, AZ 86303 

(Tel. 602/776-1376) 
Veteran's Affairs Chaplain 
Temple Hills, MD, church 


91-779 Fort Weaver Rd., Ewa Beach, HI 

(Tel. 808/689-5035) 
Pastor, Rainbow Grace Brethren Church 


2200 Schellin Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 

(Tel. 216/345-6563) 
Assoc. Pastor of Family Ministries, Grace 

Brethren Church 

COSENTINO*, JOE (Melinda) 

Rd. #4, Box 2200, Lebanon, PA 17042 

(Tel. 717/867-1022) 
Pastor, Palmyra Grace Brethren Church, 

Palmyra, PA 

COHEN*, RONALD N. (L) (Bobbi) 

491 Fieldcrest Dr., Willow Street, PA 17584 

(Tel. 717/464-4817) 
Southern Lancaster Grace Brethren Church 

COHEN, STEVE (L) (Sheri) 

13759 Gardenland Ave.. Bellflower, CA 

90706-2728 (Tel. 310/804-2927) 
Family Marriage, Child Counseling 
Bellflower Brethren Church 


3490 La Jara St. , Long Beach, CA 90805 

(Tel. 310/630-2122) 
Associate Pastor, Pastoral Care 
Cypress, CA Grace church 

COLE*, NEIL (Dana) 

7408 Butterfield, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 


(Tel. 909/941-6998) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church of Alta Loma 

COLLINS*, BENJAMIN F. Ill (Philinda) 
317 Hughes Dr., Redstone Arsenal, AL 


(Tel. 205/721-1364) 
U.S. Army Chaplain 
Simi Valley, CA church 

COMBS*, ROBERT P. (Julianne) 

647 Parkway Blvd., Norton, OH 44203 

(Tel. 216/825-8966) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 


2807 Arbor Rd., Lakewood, CA 90712 
Lakewood church 


1706 Walnut Ridge, Pottstown, PA 19464 

(Tel. 215/326-5684) 
Pastor, Tri-County Grace Brethren Church, 


8943 Petersen Ave. N.W., North Canton, 

OH 44721 (Tel. 216/877-6125) 
Youth and Music Pastor, Grace Brethren 


COVER*, DWIGHT (Sherrill) 

623 E. Second St., Grandview, WA 


(Tel. 509/882-5083) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 


258 Fairlawn St., Smithville, OH 44677 

(Tel. 216/669-3734) 
Grace Brethren Church, Sterling, OH 

9551 Guilford Ave., Whittier, CA 90605 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church of Cypress 

700 Clifton Dr., Bear, DE 19701 

(Tel. 302/834-1722) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church, Newark 


710 Plymouth St., Bucyrus, OH 44820 

(Tel. 419/562-2447) 
Pastor, Findlay Grace Brethren Church 

Hauptstr. 55, 7842 
Kandem 1, Germany 

Assoc. Pastor - European Ministries 
Peru, IN, church 


204 N. Delaware Ave., Martinsburg, W. VA 


(Tel. 304/267-2039) 
Pastor, Calvary Bible Church, 

Martinsburg, WV 

COPELAND, PAUL (L) (Regina) 

6121 Walnut Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805 
(Tel. 310/422-4624) 
Long Beach Grace Brethren Church 

CRIPE*, CARL E. Ph.D. (L) (Maijorie) 
3400 Royalton Ave., Modesto, CA 95350 

(Tel. 209/526-5001) 
Faculty, Modesto Junior College 
Modesto church 


531 Raleigh, Galveston, IN 46932 

(Tel. 219/699-7110) 
Pastor, North Kokomo Grace Brethren 




3813 Long Meadow Ave., Roanoke, VA 

Roanoke, Washington Heights Grace 

Brethren Church 

CURTIS, KENNETH A. (Gretchen) 

1901 Calle Campana de Plata, Tucson, AZ 


(Tel. 602/792-1114) 
Tuscon Grace Brethren Church 

CUSTER", JAMES L.. M. DIv.. M. Th., 
D.D. (Triceine) 
2515 Carriage Ln., Powell, OH 43065 

(Tel. 614/881-5779) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 
of Columbus, OH 

DeARMEY*, LARRY (Vicki) 

7050 Rock Woods PI., Worthington, 

OH 43085 (Tel. 614/885-7050) 
Missionary, France 
Winona Lake, IN, church 


1963 Noble Run Way, Columbus, OH 43229 

(Tel. 614/891-9063) 
Minister of Counseling 
Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, OH 

DELL*, ROBERT L. (Marjorie) 

17305 Clover Leaf Rd., Hagerstown, MD 

(Tel. 301/582-3246) -, 

Minister of Adults and Visitation 
Grace Brethren Church 


712 Meridian Ave., South Pasadena, CA 


(Tel. 818/799-0086) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church of South 


DARR*, SHIMER (Helen) 

R. 3, Box 92, Meyersdale, Pa 15552 

(Tel. 814/634-0023) 
Caretaker and Overseer, Allegheny 

Brethren District Youth Camp (Albryoca) 
Asst. Pastor, Summit Mills Grace Brethren 

Church, Meyersdale 

B.P. 240 Bangui 


Missionary, Africa 

Grace Brethren Church of Columbus. OH 

DAVIS*, CHARLES R., D. MIn. (Millie) 
3807 N.E. 19th Street Circle, Ocala, FL 

» 34470 

(Tel. 904/629-5056) 
Pastor, Ocala Grace Brethren Church 

DELOE*, JESSE B. (Gladys) 

102 Third St., Winona Lake, IN 46590 

(Tel. 219/269-7925) 
Director of Administration, Grace Brethren 

Home Missions 
Winona Lake church 

DENLINGER*, NED (L) (Kathy) 

1 10 E. North St., Mason, OH 45040 

(Tel. 513/398-4176) 
Administrator, Cincinnati Grace Brethren 

DEVAN*, FRED W., Jr., (Margaret) 
5922 Brethren Rd., Roanoke, VA 24014 

(Tel. 703/774-5697) 
Pastor, Clearbrook Grace Brethren Church 

1281 Nimbus Dr., North Port, FL 


(Tel. 813/426-7198) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church of North Port 

DIAZ, JOHN L. CDR (Brenda) 

12218 Medan St., Orlando, FL 32837-9563 
Chaplain, U.S. Navy 
Orlando, FL, church 

DAVIS*, JOHN J., Th.D., D.D. (Carolyn) 
P.O. Box 635, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

(Tel. 219/267-6033) 
Grace Schools 
Winona Lake church 

DAVIS*, KENNETH (L) (Carole) 

6512 Alpine Ln.. Bradenton. FL 34208 

(Tel. 813/747-5093) 
Bradenton church 

DICE*, LEE H. (Reva) 

1909 Neal Dr., Wooster, OH 44691 

(Tel. 216/345-7826) 
Assoc. Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

DICK*, PAUL E. (Esther) 

1912 E. Walnut St.. Warsaw, IN 46580 

(Tel. 219/269-6360) 
Winona Lake church 


13519 Cherry Tree Circle, Hagerstown, MD 


(Tel. 301/790-2927) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

USN, RET (June) 
2044 Bamett St., Oxnard, CA 93033 

(Tel. Home: 805/488-6396) 
Mansfield, OH, Grace church 


DILLING*, JOHN R. (Patricia) 

2207 Edmar St., Louisville, OH 44641 

(Tel. 216/875-9468) 
Pulpit Supply, Chaplain, Deer Meadow 

Campground, Cook Forest, PA 

(Tel. 814/927-8549) 
Canton church 


28 W. Cross St., Potsdam, OH 45361 

(Tel. 513/947-1434) 
Associate Pastor, Community Grace Brethren 

Church, Union 

DIVINE*, ROBERT, D. MIn. (Loretta) 

8351 E. Wadora Circle NW, North Canton 

OH 44720 

(Tel. 216/497-2839) 
Pastor, Middlebranch Grace Brethren 

DIXON*, JAMES G. (Janet) 

4007 Lakeview Turn, Dunkirk, MD 20754 

(Tel. 410/257-1695) 
Pastor Emerims, Grace Brethren Church of 

Greater Washington, Temple Hills 

423 Mam St., York Springs, PA 17372 

(Tel. 717/528-7518) 
Asst. Pastor, Hope Grace Brethren Church 


419 Twin Elm Rd., Strasburg, PA 17579 

(Tel. 717/687-6792) 
Assoc, pastor of Christian Education, 

Southern Lancaster Grace Brethren 


7617 Madden Dr., Fishers, IN 46038 

(Tel. 317/578-8007) 
Pastor, Northeast Grace Brethren Church 


252 East Stafford Ave., Worthington, OH 


(Tel. 614/844-5136) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church of 

Columbus, OH 

EDWARDS*, LARRY (Darlene) 

810 Katherine Ave., Ashland, OH 44805 

(Tel. 419/289-1763) 
Pastor, Southview Grace Brethren Church 

Ashland, OH 

ELWELL*, JAMES T. (Cynthia) 

2134 Crestline Dr., Abilene, TX 79702-6228 

(Tel. 804/766-1374) 
Chaplain, U.S.A.F. 
Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, OH 


3395 Bossier Rd., Elizabethtown, PA 17022 

(Tel. 717/367-7771) 
Pastor, Elizabethtown Grace Brethren Church 


512 Wentworth Ave., Roanoke, VA 24012 

(Tel. 703/362-8902) 
Pastor, Patterson Memorial Grace Brethren i 


919 Delta Way, Melbourne, FL 32940 

(Tel. 407/255-9009) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 


4363 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 


(Tel. 310/421-5727) 
Assoc. Pastor, Grace Brethren Church of 

Long Beach 


R. 2, Box 225, Butler, TN 

(Tel. 615/768-2284) 

EADY*, KEVIN (L) (Jill) 

307 Gill Ave., Gallon, OH 44833-1716 

(Tel. 419/468-1708) 
Assoc. Pastor/Youth & Music, Grace 

Brethren Church 


205 Joyce Drive, Lititz, PA 17543 

(Tel. 717/626-9495) 
Winona Lake church 

FARNER*, DON (Joyce) 

20657 Old Mansfeild Rd., Bellville. OH 


(Tel. 614/694-8175) 
Pastor, Ankenytown Grace Brethren Church 


635 Chase Rd., Columbus, OH 43214 

(Tel. 614/431-9355) 
Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, OH 

FEATHER", RAY I. (Sharon) 

804 Taylor, Sunnyside, WA (Mailing 

address: P.O. Box 87, 98944) 

(Tel. 509/839-6508) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

FELABOM*, Jr., LOREN (Janine) 
417 W. Water, Berne, IN 46711 

(Tel. 219/589-8964) 
Assoc. Pastor, Bethel Brethren Church 



2428 Westfield, Niles, MI 49120 

(Tel. 616/683-9934) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

FRIESEN*, LELAND J. (Janelle) 

701 S. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34974 

(Tel. 813/763-3218) 
Pastor, Okeechobee Grace Brethren Church 


406 Truth Ave., Marietta, GA 30066 

(Tel. 404/428-8738) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church, Atlanta 

912 Douglas Dr., Wooster, OH 44691 

(Tel. 216/262-1191) 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

FINK*, PAUL R., Th. D. (Mary Lou) 

R. 1, Box 259, Madison Heights, VA 24572 

(Tel. 804/384-2513) 
Prof., Liberty University, School of Religion 

Pastor First Bret