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January 1 995 

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"I do," or "I don't" 

I am reeling after learning 
that several couples near to my 
heart are having severe marital 
difficulties to the point of disin- 
tegration. Why is this happen- 
ing? How can love turn to such 
hatred in a relationship and a 
family? A man and a woman 
stand at the altar and say "I do." 
Ten years later their hearts have 
been altered and they now 
emphatically say "I don't." 

It hurts to see the effects of 
sin upon the children of those 
families. Is there no sense of 
duty or fear of God in our time? 
What can we do to restore 
integrity to our marriages? 

We must take God seriously. 
Somehow we have gotten the 
idea that God is there to minister 
to our every whim and whine. 
We want all of the privileges and 
none of the responsibility. God is 
God. He is the potter and we are 
the clay — not the other way 
around. To think of God in the 
wrong way is idolatry. God has 
established marriage and He has 
established biblical principles 
for our families. When we 
neglect His counsel, we jeopar- 
dize His blessing on our family. 

We must be God-fearing 
people. That description once 
characterized Christians. We 
would be careful of our speech, 
thoughts, and actions. Now 
many of us don't care what God 
thinks. We daringly see how far 
we can go — each time becoming 
braver in our disobedience. At 
the same time we lose our 
humility and our consciences 
become seared. We can sin easily 
and without remorse or shame. 

We are selfish. We easily put 
our desires and needs ahead of 
God, our spouses, and our 
children. We do this until these 
attitudes and actions become 
habits — habits that destroy our 
relationships. At the core of this 
behavior is self-worship, the 
desire to honor ourselves above 
everything else in the world. 

Our vocabulary becomes 
saturated with references to my 
needs, my desires, my money, 
my time. As Peter said in 2 Peter 
1:9, this is myopia at its worst. 

Is there hope? Of course. But 
it comes only from the hard 
work of obedience. Obedience 
that is not the color of rational- 
ized selfishness. Obedience that 
is not the shape of modern 
thought and acceptance. Obedi- 
ence that sweats drops of blood. 
Obedience that says "not my 
will but thine." Obedience in the 
jagged shape of a cross which 
we choose to shoulder each day. 

Jesus Christ's life, death, and 
resurrection paid the price for 
our sin and freed us from its 
grip. His powerful gift of the 
Holy Spirit is within us. We 
have the resources we need to 
walk away from willful disobe- 
dience. Through His strength we 
can live the "I do." Now, which 
will it be? 

Bad marriages are the only 
way to good marriages. If at the 
inevitable point of dissatisfac- 
tion —guaranteed by the close- 
quarters union of two selfish 
sinners— each marriage ended, 
none would struggle through to 
a better relationship. Only by 
insisting on integrity and 
fidelity and commitment 
through the bad can we hope to 
gain a marriage that approaches 
the good that God had in mind. 

January 1995 


Volume 57 No. 1 January 1995 



"I Do or I Don't/' Which is it? 



From Faith to Faith 


Jim Custer, Worthington, OH 



Colonel Burton Hatch 



Missionary: Louise Klawitter 



The Streets of Philadelphia 


Leading By Example 





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By Steven Gotch, Pastor, Seattle GBC 

"Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, thank you for welcoming us all into the 

Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. I bring you greetings from Seattle's forty faithful 

followers of Christ in the blessed name of Jesus." 

I would like to thank 
the pastors of the Washington 
District of the FGBC, especially Jack 
Rants and Ray Feather, for their 
constant fellowship and support. I 
cannot tell you how much their 
fellowship and camaraderie has 
meant to my family and me during 
these last months of hardship and 
trial. Their phone calls, letters and 
cards have been a constant source 
of encouragement. They are "fam- 
ily" for there is more than blood 
knitting us together — the bond of 
the Spirit and the unity of the faith. 
I praise my God for you all. 

me start this story at 
the beginning. It was a big change 
for my wife, Sue, and my two 
children, Adam and Holly, and 
myself when we moved from the 
small conservative congregation in 
Pennsylvania to the larger church in 
Seattle in October of 1992. We were 
excited and enthusiastic and 
completely unaware that we had 
entered one of the most liberal 
districts in that denomination nor 
did we foresee the approach of an 
incredible sequence of events that 
would soon compel us to leave that 
denomination and to found a new 
Grace Brethren Church in Seattle. 

The writing was on the wall, 
even on my first Sunday at the 
church in Seattle, when a man 
accused me of being too "biblical." 
He said that there was far too much 
Bible in my Sunday message. These 
charges were repeated many times 
by him and by others in the months 
that followed. I replied that the 
Sunday Worship Hour is not the 

pastor's opportunity to simply 
sound off or mouth platitudes, nor 
does it belong to Reader's Digest or 
the daily news. The Worship Hour 
belongs to God. Since it is God's 
time, then His Word must have 
priority on Sunday morning. 

This answer made sense to some 
but, some people just don't like the 
Bible. They don't understand it nor 
can they tolerate its teaching. Their 
feelings about the Bible are prob- 
ably not all their fault. The previous 

The writing was on 

the wall when a man 

in my church accused 

me of being 

"too biblical" 

pastor of twenty-five years didn't 
seem to like the Bible much either. 
I've been told that he either ex- 
plained away or reduced every 
biblical miracle he came across. 


The former pastor taught that 
the real miracle of Jesus feeding the 
five-thousand was not Christ's 
miraculous multiplication of the 
little boy's lunch. No, instead he 
explained that all the men in 
attendance were deeply moved by 
seeing the young boy's generosity. 
Having had their emotions aroused, 
they in turn pulled their lunch bags 
from under their tunics and shared 
their daily provisions as well. When 

understood this way, this great 
event becomes a man-centered 
miracle of the human heart, rather 
than a Christ-centered miracle that 
attests to the deity of Jesus. In just 
this way, all of Christ's miracles 
were reinterpreted and explained 
away. Twenty-five years of this kind 
of teaching cannot help but have 
great impact upon the spiritual 
depth of understanding. 

was a year of growing 
discontent. The church secretary 
was let go for repeatedly gossiping 
about confidential church matters 
and for insubordination. Criticism 
over my constant use of the Bible 
continued. The denomination 
which was struggling with the 
homosexuality issue, added to the 
problem by requesting input from 
the congregation. 

In response, my church board 
voted twelve-to-nine to bar homo- 
sexuals from positions of leadership 
within the church. If you exclude 
the two votes that belonged to my 
wife and me, then the decision was 
slimly passed by only one vote. 
This church has six to ten influen- 
tial families that have children who 
have chosen a homosexual life- 
style, which probably accounts for 
the closeness of the vote. This board 
meeting marked a turning point. 


The church became divided over 
three issues: 1) homosexuality in 
the church, 2) the authority and 
reliability of the Bible, and 3) two 
recent denominational events: The 

January 1995 


Re-Imagining Conference and the 
1994 National Conference. 

In June of 1994, Annual Confer- 
ence was held in Wichita, Kansas. 
At least one homosexual activist 
was highlighted as an insight 
session speaker. A Native American 
paper that bashed white people 
(especially white men) of European 
descent and that gave consent to 
the worship of Indian deities was 
given approval. 

Instead of openly dealing with 
the issue of homosexuality as 
promised in last year's conference, 
denominational leaders restricted 
anyone from bringing the matter up 
for the next five years. This was a 
grave disappointment. With all the 
pressure being exerted upon 
conservative churches to accept 
homosexuality, the church desper- 
ately needed Godly leadership, but 
did not receive it. 

Our church's delegates went to 
conference expectantly, but were 
sickened by the liberal agenda that 
was pushed through the assembly. 
Many evangelical, Bible-believing 
pastors were upset. For weeks after 
returning to Seattle, I was deeply 
upset by what I had seen at Confer- 
ence. In July I wrote a flyer called 
"BULLETIN" to sound an alarm 
and to hopefully usher in reform. 

We sent only forty copies of it to 
pastors in order to test the water. 
We trusted the Lord to either bless 
it and multiply it — if He so willed — 
or sink it to the bottom of the sea 
and let it be forgotten. Incredibly, 
within weeks thousands of copies 
were in circulation. Pastors across 
the country were duplicating the 
flyer and including it in their 
church newsletters. 

I attempted to rally national 
support of the pastors concerning 
the foundational beliefs of the 
virgin birth, incarnation, deity, and 
atonement of Christ. Yet I must 
confess that I failed to do so. 
Approximately one-hundred 
pastors out of over two-thousand 
responded positively. Sadly, I must 

report that many pastors are very 
pleased with the liberal direction in 
which that denomination is headed. 
Their only complaint is that it is 

"Our delegates 
were sickened 
by the liberal 
agenda that was 
pushed through 
the assembly " 

moving too slowly. The told me to 
"get with the program." But in 
good conscience, I could not. 


I was summoned 
to my father's bedside in Massilon, 
Ohio. Dad had suffered an attack 
and was now in a coma. He had 
tremendous brain damage. The 
doctors gave him no chance of 
recovery. Only the machines were 
keeping him alive. 

The next few days were some of 
the worst I've ever known. While 
Sue and my sister comforted mom, 
my brother and I stayed with Dad 
until the end. I delivered the eulogy 
at Dad's funeral — the hardest thing 
I have ever done. 

Dad's death occurred at the end 
of my vacation leave, so I had been 
away from the church for nearly 
four weeks. We buried Dad on 
Friday, spent Saturday with the 
family and then caught a flight back 
to Seattle on Sunday. I wanted to 
stay with Mom, but I had to get 
back to the church. 


— another angry Board meeting 
was held in Seattle. Harsh words 
flew. People were upset and a few 
took the opportunity to stir up a 
hornet's nest by spreading a lie — 
that I was taking the church out of 
the denomination. A special general 
assembly of the congregation was 
held that day, while we were on 
board our flight. 

Debarking the plane back in 
Seattle we were met by good 
friends from the church. They had 
just left the meeting. The congrega- 
tion had voted, not to censure the 
denomination for its lack of faith, 
but to censure me and to reduce my 
salary by twenty percent. There had 
been no opportunity to defend 
myself. The opposition had been 
making phone calls, spreading 
dissent and falsehood. 

I could see by my friends' faces 
that they were terribly upset by 
what had happened. With all I had 
just been through, a cut in my 
salary seemed like very small 
potatoes. I said, "It will be okay. 
Somewhere in all of this, there's a 
silver lining because God never 
asks us to take a step down — it's 
always a step up." 

On September 20, the district 
director asked that I resign from my 
pastorate, not because of any ethical 
misconduct, but solely on the basis 
that "conflicts" existed within my 
church. Should I choose not to 
resign, the district would ask my 
congregation to hold a special 
assembly to have a "vote of confi- 
dence." It would require my 
winning a two-thirds majority for 
me to remain. Frankly, with all of 
the gossip and trouble we'd had 
recently, I probably would vote 
against me too. 

The district director told me that 
I was not to reveal that she had 
demanded my resignation. The 
resignation was supposed to seem 
like my idea. When I refused to 
agree to this, she told me that 
should I not adhere to that request, 
I would probably never pastor 
another church in that denomina- 
tion. Still, I had no choice. I was not 
about to lie in order to hide their 
actions from my congregation. I 
agreed to consider resigning, but 
refused to conceal that they had 
demanded it. 

Rather than subject my family, 
friends, and church members to the 

please turn to page 15 



Jim Custer Worthington, Ohio 

Q: You're 56. What's the greatest 
challenge for the next ten years? 

A: God has positioned us there in 
the northern part of Franklin 
county. Hundreds of thousands of 
people are going to be moving into 
that area. We want to plant, and 
encourage, and assist a whole 
multitude of diverse worshipping 
congregations. We would like to 
find a way to network that. We are 
trying to find new ways to be 
flexible and more effective. 

I want to see the church survive 
the drought of the Word of God. We 
are seeing churches given over to 
other than biblical teaching. I want 
to see the Spirit of God move. 

And, I want to see another 
hundred, or two hundred young 
men and women go out, equipped, 
able to minister, able to establish 
vital communities. I like that word 
community rather than church — 
communities that are organized, 
vital, that aren't structured out of 
their health, communities that 
reflect the truth incarnate. 

Q: How many missionaries, home 
and foreign, have been sent out 
from the Worthington Church? 

A: Over the twenty-six years I've 
been here, our prayer goal was to 
have one-hundred and we passed 
that some time ago — maybe as long 
as ten years now. And since then we 
stopped keeping track. We continue 

to make that the number one goal 
of our church. I believe that God's 
rewards are based on what we give 
and not what we get, on what we 
send and not what we take. 

Q: What would you say is your 
greatest frustration? 

A: Without a doubt my greatest 
frustration is in my own growing — 
understanding my terrible failures, 
my sinfulness, my wretchedness, 
the perverseness of my own heart. 
I'm not denigrating myself. I don't 
have a bad self image. I am disap- 
pointed in my failure to understand 
the true grace of God and to 
appropriate it fully for my own life 
and to minister it more freely to 
others. I fail to do that. 

Q: What's the passion of your life? 

A: Internally, I would say the 
passion of my life is the precious 
family that God has given me. And 
externally, it would be to see people 
really come to know Christ. I feel 
many times that awful weight of 
not being able to give an effective 
invitation or not positioning myself 
with people who need the Lord. 

Q: Tell us about your family. 

A: We have three children. Dan is 
26 and just graduated from the 
University of Cincinnati with a 
degree in architecture. Tim, 25, just 
finished his second year at Ohio 

Pastor ]im Custer 

State Medical College. JoHanna 
graduated from Grace and is 
working at the church, involved in 
singles ministry and serves as 
secretary to several staff members. 

Q: Where do you see the future of 
ministry training going? 

A: With all the new technology, our 
studies are going to become open- 
ended and we will have the oppor- 
tunity to develop on-going educa- 
tion within the matrix of the 
ministers themselves. All of which 
will become more practical, more 
pragmatic, and more relational. 

But I also expect a swing back to 
some of the scholastic disciplines 
that we need. We must have leaders 
who know Hebrew, know the 
history and archaeology, and who 
can take that and translate it down 
to our Sunday School classes. 

Q: What do the Grace Brethren 
need to do? 

A: Get out and live out. Get out of 
our cloister, get out of our sense of 
posturing defensively. We believe 
the truth and this God that we 
know in theology and doctrine, is 
alive, He's real, He's personal, and 
He wants to energize and activate 
us out into the world. We are 
potential dynamite. 

January 1995 



Chaplain Hatch, recipient of Senior Parachute Wings, boards a plane in Munich, Germany in 1957. 




By Larry N. Chamberlain 

"The Holy Spirit uses the Word, and lives 
are changed forever. " 

With beautiful simplicity, 
Chaplain Colonel Burton Hatch 
summarizes his years of service in 
the U.S. Army, recalling the way so 
many people under his ministry 
came to know Christ. Reflecting 
back on the personnel he was able 
to reach with the Gospel, Burton 
comments, 'There are hungry 
hearts and spiritual emptiness at 
every level, from Private to General. 
I am convinced that what lasts is 
the teaching and preaching of the 
Word of God." 

He remembers the experience of 
two young men, in particular: 

"Both came with a spiritual void 
in their lives. Both came from a 
background that left God out. Both 
came willing to begin a systematic 
reading and study of the Bible, 
especially the Gospel of John and 
Romans. Both, in time, came to 
faith in the Lord Jesus as Savior and 

"Over the years, both have 
grown in Christ and are serving the 
Lord faithfully. I rejoice to this day 
in the contacts I still have with 
those who came to know Christ — 
from Private to General Officer." 

Burton was born April 26, 1921 
at LaPuenta, CA. During World 
War II, from 1941 to 1945, he served 
as a pilot and flight instructor in the 
Army Air Corps, as well as a flight 
engineer for the B-29 program. 
Following the war, he served with 
the Air Force Reserve and attended 
Biola University and Talbot Semi- 
nary while also serving pastorates 
at the Grace Brethren Churches of 
Long Beach (1948-49) and Seal 
Beach (1949-53). From 1945 to 
1955, Burton and his wife, Roberta, 
made four contributions to the 

"baby-boomer" generation: Alice, 
Elaine, Ruth, and Robert. 

But in 1954, Burton began a tour 
of duty as an Army Chaplain that 
would span the next nineteen years 
and take him to distant lands, 
serving God and Country at great 
risk, proclaiming Christ. 

The life of an army chaplain 
often seems worlds removed from 
the rest of society. During 1954 to 
1958, while America was hypno- 
tized by Willie Mays, hula-hoops 
and 3-D movies, Burton received 
his Senior Parachute Wings for 
service with the 11th Airborne 
Division, his first assignment as a 
chaplain. In 1960, while America 
was entertained by The Honeymoon- 
ers and Father Knows Best, he was 
assigned to Special Forces which 
included "Expeditionary" service to 
Laos in 1961. 

And from 1962 to 1966, while 
the Civil Rights movement grew 
and America quietly began sending 
more and more men to the tiny 
country of South Vietnam, Burton 
Hatch was on the staff and faculty 
of the U.S. Army Chaplaincy 
School, preparing men to minister 
to the needs of the swelling ranks of 
military personnel. 

In opposition to the Vietnam 
War, draft cards were burned and 
induction centers were picketed 
with chants of "Hey, Hey, LBJ - 
How many kids did you kill 
today?" But Burton continued to 
serve faithfully as a division 
chaplain from 1966 to 1967, fol- 
lowed by assignments in Ft. 
Leonard Wood, Missouri and Fifth 
Army Headquarters from 1967 to 
1970. He completed his nineteen 
years of ministry in the Army as a 

Colonel Burton Hatch and his wife 
Roberta now reside in Olympia, WA 

Post Chaplain at Fort Rucker, 
Alabama, from 1970 to 1973, during 
which time he was promoted to the 
rank of Colonel. Among his awards 
for service are two Legions of Merit 
with Oak Leaf Clusters presented in 
1967 and 1973, as well as awards for 
service in Laos and Vietnam. 

Colonel Hatch has been retired 
from active duty since 1973 and 
resides today with his wife, Roberta, 
in Olympia, Washington. But his 
stellar career in the military is an 
inspiration for all of us to remain 
faithful in our proclamation of the 
Word and to pray for our Grace 
Brethren Chaplains who serve 
Christ, often at great risk, in the U.S. 
Armed Forces. 

"We should pray for the Grace 
Brethren Chaplains on active duty 
in several ways," he says. "First, 
that each one will stay in close 
fellowship with the Lord in his heart 
and daily walk. Second, that each 
one will be faithful to the Word of 
God. Third, that each one will be 
faithful to his wife and family. 
Fourth, that God would encourage 
his heart even when life seems to 
tumble in. Fifth, that every Chap- 
Iain will do his job with good 
judgment and common sense, 
heartily as unto the Lord." 

January 1995 


Louise and Paul Klawitter with their 

children Phillip and Elise. Tliey serve 

in Dijon, France 

"One of my biggest 
burdens, that I share in 

the form of a prayer 

request, is for Christian 

friends for my children/' 

Each year several missionary women 
are clwsen to be honored as WMC 
Missionaries of the Year. A visual 
presentation of these women may be 
ordered from Grace Brethren Foreign 
Missions, P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, 
IN 46590. Please give the desired date, 
indicate slide/tape or video, and include 
a contribution to cover expenses. 


Louise Klawitter 
Missionary of Year 

I was born in Pittsburgh, PA, the 
youngest of three children. During 
those early years I learned to love 
the outdoors, to love learning, and 
to think independently. My grand- 
mother lived next door; it was at 
her side that I learned to bake 
(something I still enjoy tremen- 
dously) and that I learned about 
Jesus. I was with her much of the 
time because my mother was 
chronically ill. Mother died when I 
was twelve, and after that much of 
the joy in our family was gone. 

Though I had heard the Gospel I 
was not ready to accept it. My teen 
years were marked by searching — 
searching for meaning, for the 
truth, and for my place in the 
scheme of things. During this time 
my father remarried, my brother 
and sister left home, and I looked 
for intellectual answers to my 
questions. But by the time I was 17, 
I had more questions than answers. 
I reached a point of despair. 

It was at that time that the Lord 
reached out to me. My piano 
teacher was a godly woman who 
started sharing with me. My 
grandmother became ill with cancer 
and I realized that she was dying 
with a dignity that nonbelievers 
seemed to lack. Several of my 
friends from school became Chris- 
tians and I accepted their invita- 
tions to Bible studies and youth 
activities. Rediscovering the Bible, I 
started to find answers to many of 
the questions that had been gnaw- 
ing at me. I accepted the Lord the 
semester before I started college. 

I met my husband Paul, a new 
Christian himself, at a college 
fellowship on the Penn State 
campus. It was in this group that 
we started to grow up in the Lord 
and began to use our gifts. He 
played the guitar and I the piano 
during our worship times. Fifteen 
years later we are doing the same 


thing in Dijon. Our particular 
campus fellowship was a ministry 
of a local church — so we were able 
to learn the importance of the local 
church. (We didn't know that years 
later we would be part of a church 
planting team in a university town 
where we would be seeking to 
establish a similar ministry.) 

It wasn't until we had both been 
out of college for awhile that Paul 
and I started talking about mar- 
riage. We had both committed 
ourselves to going wherever the 
Lord would call us and so when we 
were married in 1982, it was with 
the prayer that God would use us 
as He saw fit. After several years of 
working and gaining experience in 
the local church, we heard about 
EuroMissions Institute at the 
Chateau of St.Albain in France. The 
Grace Brethren Church we had 
been attending outside of Pitts- 
burgh helped to send us to EMI in 
the summer of '84 

We were thrilled to discover a 
ministry that seemed to correspond 
to the gifts and abilities the Lord 
has given us. We returned to France 
in 1987, after Grace Seminary, and 
were assigned to work as career 
missionaries in Dijon with Kent and 
Becky Good. 

After ten months of language 
study in Paris and the birth of our 
first child, Phillip, we moved to 
Dijon. God provided an apartment 
that has proven strategic. We are in 
a neighborhood with many profes- 
sional couples our age who have 
young children. This has given us a 
natural opening for meeting people 
and making friends. We are also 
located within walking distance of 
the University of Dijon so we are 
accessible to the students. 

It took well over a year in our 
neighborhood for people to accept 
us enough to talk with us and then 
we had to overcome a lot of suspi- 
cion. Most people know next to 
nothing about any kind of Chris- 
tianity outside the Catholic church 
so they suspected that we were part 


of a cult. Now there is starting to be 
a healthy curiosity about what we 
believe, and about our church. 

The university students are 
generally much more open to the 
Gospel than other people and it is 
there that we have seen many 
decisions for Christ. The core of the 
Dijon GBC is made up of people 
who have settled in Dijon after 
finishing their studies. Our Sunday 
morning worship service is comple- 
mented by cell groups during the 
week . Paul is the leader of the 
campus fellowship, the F.E.U. 
(Foyer Evangelique Universitaire) 
which now meets in our home as a 
cell group on a weekly basis, as 
well as planning campus events. 

I still love the outdoors, music, 
cooking, and baking, all of which 
come in handy. We entertain often 
in an effort to deepen our friend- 
ships with people; we spend time 
outdoors doing ski camps, picnics, 
and walks with other people; and 
we write songs in French as a 

The challenge is to not let my 
life get too cluttered with things 
that aren't really important. We 
have more ministry opportunities 
than we can handle, but we do try 
to maintain a healthy balance 
between family and ministry. 

One of my biggest burdens, that 
I share in the form of a prayer 
request, is for Christian friends for 
my children. (Phillip is in kinder- 
garten and Elise, in preschool.) As 
far as I can tell, they are the only 
ones in their school receiving 
regular religious instruction besides 
the children from Muslim families. 
We believe that God has placed us 
here to reach some of these families, 
but it is slow going because of the 
negative experiences many of the 
parents have had in the non- 
evangelical church. 

Please pray with us over the 
next year for open doors, for 
wisdom, and for the Father to draw 
others to Himself, especially among 
the families in our neighborhood. 

Each year the faithful members of WMC choose a project that they 

fund for Grace College and Theological Seminary. 

Geneva Inman, President of WMC recently presented a check to 

Dr. Ronald Manahan, President of Grace College and Seminary for 

the purchase of this new grand piano in McClain Hall Auditorium. 

Stephen Nielson, 
Christian concert 

and recording 

artist, played the 

dedication concert. 


January 1995 


Did you know. . , 

. . . that a team of Grace 
College students are minister- 
ing in the Philippines during 
their Winter break? They left 
from Chicago on January 1 
and will return on January 18. 
There purpose is to lay the 
groundwork for two new 
Grace Brethren Churches in 
the Phillipines. 

Pray for these students as 
they work with Clay and Kim 
Hulett, that God will give 
them good health and 
strength and that He will 
bless their ministry with 
many souls who will hear the 
Gospel and believe. 

Those students who are 
participating in the trip are: 

Carrie Bouck 

Darrin Conley 

Scott Feather 

Deborah Jones 

Becky Mclntyre 

David Pacheco 

David Schwab 

Julie Sharrard 

Dawn Tyler 

Rebecca Wagner 

Jason Weimer 

Amy Yerkovich (non- 
Grace student) 

Leaders from Grace 
Brethren Foreign Missions: 
Jay Bell 
Blaine Horst 


The Streets of Philadelphia 

By Dawnna Plummer 

A baby wanders through a 
filthy apartment, picking up bits 
of food off the floor. The father 
Jose, and his wife, are still kids 
themselves. He is a crackhead, 
going from one high to the next 
and she is addicted to alcohol. 
The baby and his brother are 
barely kept alive. If their parents 
aren't having big noisy parties 
keeping them awake all night, 
they are hitting them and 
screaming at them to shut up 
because they have headaches 
and don't want to listen to them. 
There is never enough food — 
Jose swaps the food stamps for 
crack any chance he gets. 

Alma is white, thirty-two 
years old and all she does is cry. 
Her crackhead boyfriend of 
thirteen years left her when she 
was three months pregnant. Her 
three-year-old son is a terror and 
they live in a tiny smelly apart- 
ment with five cats and two 
dogs. Her family won't help her 
financially and her sister con- 
stantly calls the Department of 
Human Services to report her 
for beating the three-year old. 
Abused as a child and blamed as 
a liar when she tried to talk 
about it, Alma gets no support 
from her family and no love. 

It's a cleaner house up the 
street a few blocks — the garbage 
is in the trash cans, not on the 
floor — but that doesn't make life 
much cleaner. This house has 
five children from four different 


fathers, and the mother is 
pregnant again by a fifth man. 
Not a day goes by that little 
Manuel isn't told he is stupid, 
her worst nightmare, the child 
she wished she had never had. 
It's tough to be four years old. 

My name is Dawnna 
Plummer. I grew up in Indiana 
in a mainly white, upper- 
middle-class area. The people in 
this article are real people that I 
deal with everyday in Philadel- 
phia. These aren't unusual 
situations — these are the norm. 
Two out of every three people 
that I meet have some sort of 
sexual, physical, or mental 
abuse in their backgrounds. 
They pass this heritage of abuse 
on to their children. The area is 
drug infested and full of de- 
monic worship. 

I work with the Third Breth- 
ren Church as a missionary 
under Grace Brethren Urban 
Missions — an organization that 
provides an opportunity for 
people to serve as missionaries 
to inner-city churches. The main 
goal is sharing the life-giving 
grace of God with thousands of 
starved people. 

Your prayers and support 
would be gratefully accepted. 

For information contact: 

Pastor Jack Broum, Treasurer 
Grace Brethren Urban Missions 
Liberty GBC 
2314 E. York Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19125 


Athletes Who Lead By Example 

Jay Barker 

In between taking center 
snaps at Legion Field, two goals 
are on Jay Barker's mind: A 
second national championship 
and next spring's NFL draft. 

"I would love to make the 
pros," says University of Ala- 
bama quarterback, whose record 
as a starter read 23-1 going into 
this season. "That's something I 
try not to talk too much about. I 
don't want to be prideful." 

Pride may be a bad work in 
the Birmingham native's dictio- 
nary, but the senior signal caller 
doesn't mind confidence. It is 
one of three character traits that 
boosted him to the top of the 
collegiate ranks after just one 
previous season at the position 
in high school. 

Coach Gene Stallings calls 
Jay's sophomore championship 
performance the biggest one- 
season turnaround of any 
quarterback he has coached. 

Although shoulder and knee 
injuries shortened his junior 
year by four games, Barker is 
attacking his senior year at full 
tilt. It's part of the confidence he 
believes winners possess. 

"If you look at the word 
humble, it means 'being true to 
yourself,' " he says. "If you start 
saying you're better than you 
are, that's prideful." 

Working His Way Up? 

Lining up with Barker 
throughout 1994 has been the 
second key element of his 
makeup — hard work. It's a 
byword for the 6' 3" 210-pound 
athlete. He skipped his spring 
trip home to continue rehabilita- 

tion on his knee; the workouts 
continued during summer. 

That symbolizes Barker's 
vow to work as hard as neces- 
sary to make the next level of 
football. He remains philosophi- 
cal about the NFL, though, 
saying: "If it's not meant to be, it 
won't be." 

Regardless of others' expecta- 
tions, he has firm ambitions. 
"I'm shooting for the best. Why 
settle for second or third when 
first is right there to be taken? 
God wants us to reach our full 
potential. He's given me this 
ability. It's up to me to use it to 
glorify His name." 

Taking a Stand 

That comment reveals the 
final component of Barkers 
personality — faith. In a state 
where passion for football 
makes its stars a source of avid 
female attraction, Jay is an 
outspoken Christian, a campus 
ministry leader, and a virgin. 

The latter is particularly 
critical to frequent speaking 
engagements to youth groups. 
Barker knows that his support of 
abstinence, including his help 
with the growing 'True Love 
Waits" campaign, is a powerful 
incentive for teens to follow a 
path of purity. 

"We can blame it on the 
media, but we are responsible 
for our young people. We have 
to motivate them to stay pure 
before the Lord and teach them 
how to be grounded in Scrip- 
ture," he says. 

—Ken Walker 

Sports Spectrum Nov 1994 


Even if you have 20/ 20 eyesight, 
you may lack vision skills if you 
don't improve at baseball, basketball, 
racquetball or tennis after much 
practice. Ask your optometrist about 
a sports-vision training program that 
will improve your ability to track a 
moving object, judge distance and 
speed and coordinate hand, foot and 
body movements with what you see. 

Swimming with fins can increase 
ankle flexibility and strengthen 
muscles in the thighs, calves, and 

Twenty-four percent of U.S. 
adults are sedentary and fifty-four 
percent are active but don't get 
enough exercise. Only twenty -two 
percent work out at recommended 

Your muscle strength is greatest 
between noon and six p.m., when 
body temperature rises and muscles 
are warm. 

Jumping rope produces a high 
level of betaendorphin — that 
increases your pain tolerance and 
sense of well being. 

If you're watching what you eat 
to stay in shape, don't believe all the 
claims made about food products in 
television advertising. Nearly fifty 
percent of the advertised products 
offer little nutritional value. 

When riding a bicycle for fun or 
transportation or a good workout, 
remember, it may be unwise to ride 
when the sum of the temperature in 
degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity 
totals 160 or more. 

These are the top four items 
Americans buy most at the grocery 
store: Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, Kraft 
processed cheese, and Campbell's 

January 1995 


" Why don't you play golf 
with Bill anymore?" 

"Would you play with a man 
who moves the ball and puts 
down the wrong score while 
you're not looking?" 

"Certainly not!" 

"Well, neither will Bill." 

A football coach was asked 
by a fellow coach how he picked 
a team from a bunch of raw 

"I hate to give away my 
secrets," he replied, "but I'll tell 
you. I take them out into the 
woods. Then at a given signal, I 
start them running. Those that 
run around the trees are chosen 
as guards; those that run into the 
trees are chosen as tackles." 

A five-year-old had gone 
fishing with her grandfather. 
After an hour of so he asked her, 
"Are you having any luck?" 

She replied indignantly, "No, 
I don't think my worm is really 

Golfer: "I'm anxious to make 
this shot. Thaf s my mother-in- 
law up there on the club house 

Friend: "Don't be silly. You 
can't hit her from here. If s over 
three-hundred yards." 

Susan: "You say you want to 
reduce? Why don't you try golf? 

Mary: "I tried that once but 
ifs no good. When I put the ball 
where I can see it, I can't hit it. 
When I put it where I can hit it, I 
can't see it." 

The Treasury of Clean Jokes 
by Tal Bonham 


Chad Bickley 

Chad Bickley, and his father 
and basketball coach, Stan, had 
been looking through the record 
books and came across the 
California record for the most 
points scored in a high school 
basketball game: 72 by Nick 
Tenneriello of Los Angeles 
Colbert in 1968. 

"We both thought, 'There's 
no way I could beat that one/" 
the 6' 1" guard remembers. He 
had no designs on overtaking 
that record. But plan or not, he 
has replaced Tenneriello in the 
record books. 

Surprised by the Record 

Leading the Valley Christian 
Academy Lions past New 
Cuyama Valley in a shattering 
130-48 victory last February, 
Bickley made his way onto the 
national sports scene by scoring 
89 points. He also broke the U.S. 
High School record for 3-point- 
ers by sinking 20 long bombs. 

Bickley says all he wanted to 
do was break the school scoring 
record his older brother set. "I 
was just trying to beat my 
brother's record, which was 50 
points in one game," Chad says. 

Bickley credits his teammates 
for passing him the ball every 
time he was open, and he 
responded by continually 
nailing his shots. He and his 
father didn't know how many 
points he had scored until after 
the game. "We just couldn't 
believe it," he says. 

More than Hoops 

But Bickley does have some- 
one he firmly believes in — Jesus 
Christ. Raised with a strong 


Christian background, he notes 
that his relationship with God 
affects the way he lives as well 
as the way he plays. He says he 
plays basketball for the fun of it, 
and he avoids the trash talk that 
some athletes get into. 

The high school senior 
displays that positive attitude 
off the court as well. Bickley is a 
teaching assistant for his father 
and is involved in the youth 
group at his church in Santa 
Maria, CA. He also plays a part 
in his church's bus ministry. 
Every Sunday morning Bickley 
helps pick up between 50 and 
100 kids from around the city so 
they can attend church. 

On Wednesday afternoons he 
goes out "soul-winning." He 
and a group of others from his 
church go into the community 
and pass out gospel tracts and 
invitations to their services. He's 
thankful for the opportunity to 
talk to people about his faith. 
"It's one of the greatest joys you 
can feel," Bickley says. 

Learning to Lead 

Bickley caught the bug after 
his first witnessing experience 
on a trip to Arizona a few years 
ago, where he did some mis- 
sions work in a Native American 
community. "I was able to lead a 
couple of little kids to the Lord, 
and they were so happy. It made 
me feel good. It's a wonderful 

Speaking of leading, Bickley 
maintains his easygoing pace by 
following the Lord's lead. When 
asked about his college plans, 
the kid with the big stats simply 
replies: "I'll see where the Lord 
takes me." 

— Heather Spencer 
Sports Spectrum, Nov 1994 


continued from page 6 

anguish of such a "trumped-up" 
review of my ministry and ordina- 
tion, I resigned. 

I cannot tell you how often I 
searched my soul and God's Word 
for answers. Still, this one thing I 
know for certain — I have not left 
the faith. I have not failed to 
proclaim Christ crucified. I have not 
failed to stand for His Name and I 
have not failed my calling as a 
minister of the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ. Having just lost Dad, I 
didn't have the heart to fight. My 
last Sunday was October 9, 1994. 

I sent my ordination certificate 
back to the denomination's head- 
quarters along with a personal 
letter surrendering my ordination 
and ending my membership. 


Within days, most of the choir 
members, nearly all of the church 
board, and nearly every Sunday 
School teacher and leader resigned 
as well. Some have joined other 
churches, but about thirty souls 
decided to leave this liberal church 
and to form a new Bible-believing, 
Christ-centered church. 

We talked about it, prayed about 
it, and sought God's leading. The 
Lord had well prepared us all for 
the next step in His plan. These 
people were the lifeblood of the old 
church. They are the ones that 
really love God's Word. They did 
the studying, the sweating, the 
giving, and the crying. They didn't 
need coaxing or prodding. They 
would serve God faithfully wher- 
ever they went, but they wanted to 
serve Him together. Out of their 
desire and deep love for each other 
the Holy Spirit gave birth to a new 

I had studied under godly 
professors at Ashland Theological 
Seminary where I received my 
Master of Divinity degree. But even 
more so at Grace Theological 
Seminary, where I received a 

"God never asks us 
to take a step down — 
it's always a step up" 

Certificate in Biblical Studies. There 
I received nearly all of my theologi- 
cal education from great Grace 
Brethren pastors and scholars. I 
could not recommend any institu- 
tion more highly to my little 
congregation than the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches. 


I called Dr. Dave Plaster, Aca- 
demic Dean at Grace Seminary, a 
friend who grew up just a few 
blocks from my home. Dave said: 
"Steve, there's an open door for you 
in the Grace Brethren Church." I'll 
never forget those words. 

Organizing a new church from 
the ground up is a colossal task. Yet, 
the Lord has placed a spirit of 
cooperation, fellowship, and love 
within each heart. Everyone is 
willing to pray, work, and give. 

Our first few meetings were 
held in one member's apartment. 
The next two were held in my 
basement. Yet, the services were the 
sweetest I've ever known. 

On one Sunday we chartered a 
bus and all went to the Kent GBC to 
share Sunday Worship together. 
With our help, it was standing- 
room-only. We had a wonderful 
time. Each week the Lord has 
added a few more people. We have 
grown from twenty to about forty. 

I desperately wanted our church 
out of the basement and into the 
community. Yet, we couldn't find a 
suitable location. We weren't 
welcome at schools or grange halls. 
We couldn't afford to pay the high 
rents of Seattle that typically run 
from $2,500 to $5,000 monthly. 
Steve Wilson, our treasurer, did find 
one place that was big enough, had 
good access to the freeway and was 

still close enough to most of our 
members but the owner wanted 
nearly $2,600 per month rent. We 
were at an impasse. There was 
simply no place left to look. 

Then, one morning I spoke to 
the Lord in prayer saying: "Lord, if 
you want to keep us in the base- 
ment, then that's where we'll stay 
because we can't find a place for 
our new church. If we're going to 
get out of the basement, then you 
will have to get us out because we 
just can not do it. We can not find 
any solution." 

About two hours later I received 
a call from a rental agent who had 
been referred to me by a Realtor. He 
mentioned the building that we 
wanted to rent but simply could not 
afford. "How much can you af- 
ford?" he asked. "We could pay 
$1,500 to $1,600 at the most," I 
replied. The agent said that the 
owner would never take that much 
less than he was asking. 

Then the Lord reminded me that 
we are a charitable organization. "If 
we paid the $1,600, and the owner 
donated the rest as a charitable 
gift — a tax-deductible charitable 
gift — would that help?" I asked. 

The agent liked that idea. The 
owner liked it too. God answered 
our prayers and provided a beauti- 
ful place for us to meet that is big 
enough for us to grow, close 
enough to keep our members, and 
about half the price that everyone 
else is paying. Now that's a miracle. 

NOVEMBER 6, 1994 

We held our first service in our 
new building on November 6, 1994. 
Praise God. Our midweek Bible 
study is now at twenty. Sure, we've 
had to tackle one problem after 
another, but in all honesty, it's been 
nothing but a giant step up. 

Steven A. Gotch, Pastor 

Seattle Grace Brethren Church 

1103 NE 158th St. 

Seattle, WA 98155 


January 1995 

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Update on the lawsuit against the 
former Grace Village Directors: 
"At the close of the presentation of 
evidence at the trial, including more 
than 1000 exhibits, I was very 
pleased with the status of the 
record," said The Defendant 
Director's Lawyer. "It was and is 
actually better than I reasonably 
could have anticipated prior to the 
trial. The testimony of the Defen- 
dant Directors, along with the many 
exhibits introduced did and do 
provide the basis for the judge to 
properly rule in our favor IF HE 

"If the judge will study and 
understand the statutes, cases, and 
legal arguments as we have pre- 
sented them, the judge will have 
every opportunity to conclude that 
the law is in our favor. It is all 
important that the judge have an 
open mind to the truth and have 
the determination to understand 
and apply the law correctly." Trial 
Judge Morton will review the case 
and his decision is due by the 
middle of January. 

Approximately 35 former members 
of the Olympic View Church of the 
Brethren worshipped with the Kent, 
WA GBC recently. Concerned with 
the ever increasing liberalism and 
actual apostasy within their de- 
nomination, this group of believers 
is now starting a new church. They 
plan to become a Grace Brethren 
Church and have already met with 
Home Missions Western Represen- 
tative Dave Marksbury. Please pray 
for Pastor Steve Gotch, and his 
flock of believers who desire to 
come into our GBC family. (For the 
whole story, read the feature which 
begins on page 5.) 

Dr. Larry Poland, President of 
Master Media, writes that finally a 
major network is discovering the 
Christians of America. "CBS 
discovered something I have been 

telling top executives of all three 
major networks for years — there are 
millions of believers in America 
who are abandoning the TV be- 
cause of the content which offends 
their values. 72.1 million profess to 
be born again Christians and could 
be drawn to television shows that 
are wholesome." 

CBS discovered last season that 
redemptive value, even Christian 
value programming could draw 
millions. The series "Christy" based 
on Catherine Marshall's best selling 
novel, generated good ratings, 
prompted more positive mail than 
any show in CBS history. 

"We at Mastermedia are blessed 
to have had a share in this victory. 
The producers of both shows are in 
discipleship groups we sponsor," 
says Poland. 

Pastor Howard Mayes announces 
that the Temple Hills Grace 
Brethren Church of Temple Hills, 
MD, sold their original building 
and are moving to one of the school 
campuses in January. They are 
consolidating the church and school 
building until they have a new 
worship center. 

The Ozark Grace Brethren Church 
in Moran, Michigan have officially 
voted to withdraw their member- 
ship from the Fellowship. 

Northern Atlantic District has 
written a Handbook for Pastoral 
Ethics including procedures and a 
description of an Ethics Advisory 

If you would like a copy of the 
ASCI text file send ATT mail 
request to Lititz Grace Brethren 
Church. Make sure you know how 
to detach an attached file. Printed 
copies are not available for distribu- 
tion at this time. 

Pastor Brad Kelley of the 
Lynchburg, VA Grace Brethren 
Church announces that it has 
closed (on Sept. 25, 1994). Brad has 


been called to the Homerville, OH 
Grace Brethren Church. 

TRAVEL — Heritage Tour, October 
9-20, 1995. Visit scenic sites of 
Anabaptist, Pietist, and Brethren 
significance in Switzerland, France, 
Germany, and the Netherlands. 
Sponsored by the Brethren Encyclo- 
pedia, Inc. $1950 from New York's 
JFK airport. For a brochure contact 
Don Durnbaugh, P.O. Box 484, 
James Creek, PA 16657 or call at 

Many of you met Nina, the German 
lady who accompanied Dan and 
Denise Ramsey on their home 
ministries last summer. Shortly 
after returning to Germany Nina 
trusted Christ. She expressed a 
desire to have in her life what she 
saw in the lives of the Christians. 

Captain James Schaefer, U.S. Army 
Chaplain, is ministering at 
Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba. 
James' wife Elizabeth and his two 
children remain in Ft. Lewis 
Washington. She recently wrote the 
following encouraging news: 
"James ministers to about 2,600 
Cubans each day. This morning he 
led service in Spanish for 150 out 
under the trees and later went to 
two Bible studies in tents. A num- 
ber of people accepted Christ today 
alone. Who ever thought that James 
would one day be a missionary to 
Cubans? Right on their own 
island." Please pray for Captain 
Schaefer and his family during 
these difficult months of separation 
and for spiritual fruit from his 
witness in Cuba. 

Pat Phillips, BMH Board member 
and patent attorney from our 
Columbus, OH Eastside Church, 
was interviewed on WCVR — 
Cedarville College's radio station — 
about his new manual on equip- 
ping the believer: A Comparative 
Analysis of Evangelical External 
Studies Programs. 

January 1995 


Ralph Colburn is much improved. 
It was touch-and-go during mid- 
November but he continues to 
improve. Please pray that God will 
bring steady healing to his body 
and give him peace and strength in 
spirit as he recovers. 

FOR SALE: Lester Pifer has all the 

issues of the Brethren Missionary 
Herald in bound volumes. For more 
information call him at 813-794- 
2008 or write to him at 6810 23rd 
Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34209. 

Deanna Caudill writes from 
Western Siberia: "Natasha and her 
daughter prayed to receive Christ. 
She had many questions and 
wanted to be sure that Christ was 
always with her." 

Rev. Bill Smith will begin as 
Interim Pastor of the First Grace 
Brethren Church of Fort Wayne, IN 
on Sunday, January 1, 1995. He will 
continue to live in Warsaw and 
commute to Fort Wayne. 

First Brethren Church, Buena 
Vista, VA had revival services 
during the last week of November. 
Rev. Ron Thompson, Director of 
Brethren Evangelistic Ministries 
was the speaker. 

Please pray for Japhet and 
Drocelle, a Rwandan couple 
attending the Grace Brethren 
Seminary at Bata, Central African 
Republic. They recently learned 
that Rwandan rebels massacred 
almost everyone in their home 
village, killing many of their family 

Japhet's words are a testimony to 
his faith. "Since coming to Bata, my 
wife and I have prayed every night 
that our families would know true 
salvation through Jesus Christ. 
Many were not Christians. We only 
hope that before they died, they did 
accept the salvation Jesus offered 
them, so we can see them again one 
day in heaven." 

"Our lives have been spared. Why 
are we still alive? We are no better 
than our families who died. God 
has chosen us to do a special work 
for Him. Please pray for us." 

Bring your own chair. "We haven't 
quite come to that point yet," writes 
Patty Morris from Lyon, France. 
"But church attendance has recently 
topped the one-hundred mark 
(counting children) and we only 
have one-hundred chairs. Continue 
to pray for a solution to our church 
facility needs. With only one fire 
exit we legally can have forty-nine 
in the meeting room. We are 
looking to buy or rent other facili- 
ties and the need is becoming more 

Maricela, a Mexican woman whom 
Brenda Welling and Bess Farrell 

led to Christ over a year ago was 
the first convert to be baptized as 
part of the COCRIMEX church 
plant in Mexico City. Bess and 
Brenda are also rejoicing over the 
salvation of their neighbor, Yolanda, 
and her two children. 


Osceola, IN 

The Osceola GBC, of 
Osceola, Indiana, is accept- 
ing resumes for senior 
pastoral candidates. 
Send resumes to: 
Pulpit Committee 
Osceola GBC 
58343 Apple Road 
Osceola, IN 46561 


Pastor Daniel Barbitta of the 
Montevideo, Uruguay GBC reports 
growth as a result of the completion 
of their church building by a Total 
Mobilization construction team in 
August. Twelve new adults are 
attending Sunday services, six of 
whom are already involved in 
evangelistic Bible studies. Between 
twenty-five and thirty young 
people now attend the youth 
meetings, most of whom are 
contacts from the campaign held in 
conjunction with the week of 

Kurt Miller and Bill Snell recently 
conducted a Regional Church 
Planting Consultation in Lanham, 
MD. Over forty pastors and lay- 
leaders attended. The consultation 
focused on developing a church 
planting vision, designing strate- 
gies, identifying potential harvest 
fields, determining the church- 
planting model, recruiting workers, 
securing the resources for a success- 
ful church planting venture. It is 
designed to provide initial and 
follow-up consultation to guide 
them through the process of 
planting new churches. 

If your district or church is 
interested in having a consultation, 
please contact Kurt at Home 
Missions. Another consultation is 
scheduled in Lexington, OH for 
February, 1995. Details will be 
coming soon to all Ohio churches. 


Gordon Schardt, 62, went to be 
with the Lord on October 31 
after a hard-fought battle with 
cancer. Hewas a member of the 
Meyersdale, PA GBC. Pastor 
Randy Haulk officiated at the 
memorial service. 

James G.Dixon, Pastor Emeritus 
of Temple Hills GBC, Temple 
Hills, MD, died on December 6. 
His death was the result of 
complications from a blood clot. 


Like the woman of Proverbs 31, we bless others with our service and capable strength 

which grow out of obedience. Through the long nights, our lights do not go out. 

We hope the personal experiences and lessons shared by the women of our fellowship 

will encourage you and stretch your boundaries of faith. 

They Didn't Know 

By Jessica Horner 

I discovered something 
today. It hit me right between 
the eyes and taught me a lesson 
about myself. 

The Israelites did not com- 
prehend that they were walking 
in the all-protective and all- 
knowing hand of the Almighty 
God. They did not know. 

I remember reading through 
the Old Testament — the stories 
of their travels through the 
wilds of the middle east, fear- 
fully complaining all the way — 
and I often thought, "How could 
they be so STUPID? God is 
taking care of them. He has it all 
planned out. Where is their 
trust? Why do they keep doubt- 
ing Him?" 

And then it struck me — I am 
experiencing a personal journey 
much like they did all those 
centuries ago. 

My life has changed drasti- 
cally over the last six months. I 
graduated from Grace College in 
May and just three weeks later 
was on my way to a job with 
five-hundred miles separating 
me from my family and friends. 

I moved into my own one- 
room apartment. I knew no one. 
But, after all, everyone told me 
that I would be fine and I would 
make friends easily. 

I was fine — until I started to 
unpack the boxes — by myself. 
After thirty minutes of strenu- 
ous effort I collapsed in a pile of 


"Her lamp does not go out at night" 

tears. I was all alone for the first 
time in my life. I was scared to 

I cried out to God. What was 
He thinking? Why did He bring ' 
me here? Did He realize that I 
was ALONE? 

Now, five months and many 
tears later, I have learned to 
adjust to my new life. Although 
a few of my relationships suf- 
fered from the change, many 
have actually become stronger. 

I have also developed some very 
close friendships here like I 
never would have imagined just 
a few months ago. I really enjoy 
my job and I like my new life. 

A friend told me back in May 
that everything changes — our 
friendships, our homes, our jobs, 
everything — but God never 
does. Through all my changes I 
have found that to be true. 

Just like the Israelites, I can't 
always see the light at the end of 
the tunnel. So many times I 
wanted to say, 'Time out, God! 
What are you thinking? I want 
to go home." 

But I have an advantage over 
the Israelites. I can read their 
story. I can be reminded that 
God never left them. When they 
doubted or cried, He was there. 
When they questioned Him, He 
was patient. 

I'm thankful for that lesson. 
God could handle the Israelites' 
anger, doubt, and questions 
because He had the big picture. 

My life is confusing and 
everything does change. But, my 
God never does. He has me in 
His hand. Now, if I can just 
remember that. 

Jessica Horner is a Graduate Assistant in 
Sports Information at Shippensburg 
University, Shippensburg, PA. She is a 
member of the Indian Heights GBC in 
Kokomo, IN where her father is the pastor. 


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You can be a leader in any 
evangelical church in this country 
and never minister to someone 
outside the church building. How 

Even though we are involved in 
leadership, the longer we serve 
Christ, the more we lose contact 
with the lost. While it's natural to 
be drawn to the family of believers, 
we must not forget our mission — to 
reach sinners for Christ. 

Last year a group of people 
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conference in San Diego, California, 
prayerfully decided that our theme 
of national conference needs to 
emphasize, and take us out of, our 
"comfort zones." As a result of our 
meeting at the beautiful Town and 
Country Hotel, we wanted to leave 
the United States and go to Tijuana, 
Mexico, to visit the area where we 
would take conference one day in 

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(there are hundreds of places that 
cater to Americans) and bought (or 
dickered for) a few souvenirs, but 
we also talked to three men who 
were sitting outside a store on a 

street corner. They understood 
English and we were able to share 
Christ with the group — not only 
verbalizing our testimonies but 
giving the Gospel. Believe me, we 
were out of our comfort zones! One 
of the men had a dyed-blond 
mohawk hairstyle with numerous 
earrings. Their English was broken. 
We spoke no Spanish. It was 
nighttime and the traffic was heavy 
on that Friday in Mexico. 

As our American group walked 
to the van and shared our experi- 
ences of talking to the young men, 
we prayed for them, recognizing 
we were "planting seeds" for God's 

Months later Phil Teran, pastor 
of San Diego, California GBC 
called. That day he heard from one 
of the men we'd talked with six 
months previously. He'd made a 
decision to accept Christ and was 
now walking with God and Phil 
wanted me to know. Talk about 

It was just one more indication 
to us that we needed to leave our 
comfort zones and lovingly share 
the hope our Lord gives. We 
determined that the theme of the 
1995 conference needed to be: 
"Cross the Boundary — Touch Your 
Needy World." 

At the 1995 conference we trust 
God will allow each person to be 
motivated to reach the lost for 
Christ and to go out of his comfort 
zone to reach the "sinners" — the 
internationals, the ethnic groups, 
but more. . .to reach the person next 
door and the one with whom he 

Won't you pray with us that 
God will allow us to see a new 
focus in the FGBC — a visionary 
focus beyond comfort to a commit- 
ment to the unreached. 

Ed Lewis, the autlwr of this guest editorial, is 
the 1994-1995 Moderator for the Fellowship 
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Is All Debt Unbiblical? 

The first of a three-part series from the book: 

Exploding the Doomsday Money Myths by Sherman S. Smith, Ph.D. 

"I need to see you right away," 
a pastor from New Jersey told me 
one evening at the end of a 

Sensing his desperation, 
I drove from Washington, 
D.C., to his church on the 
outskirts of New York City. 

As soon as I walked in and 
sat down, the pastor stated, 
"I'm in trouble." 

'The church building is too 
small. There's no more room, 
few parking spaces, and the 
members are discouraged 
because people tell them the 
cramped situation makes them 

"Why don't you build?" I 
asked. "Can't," was his candid 
reply. "Why not?" I questioned. 
"Because I've been teaching our 
people for seven years that the 
church cannot ever go into debt." 

"Oh," I said, noting several 
books on debt-free living lining the 
library shelf behind him. I immedi- 
ately knew what he was going to 
say next. 

"Don't tell me. In fact let me tell 
you," I proposed, "After you 
started preaching against debt, all 
your businesspeople left." 

He glumly stared at the floor. 
Then he said, 'That's exactly right. I 
told them it is a sin to go into debt, 
not realizing that business owners 
often have to borrow money if they 
want to expand or take advantage 
of opportunities. So they left." 

"You know," I explained, 
"depending upon the type of 
business, most companies cannot 

lines of 
Those costs 
are built into 
their normal 

push the no- 
?bt philosophy 
drive the businessmen 
and women out of the church. In 
fact, most churches frustrate the 
sophisticated public with this 
impractical — and I might add — 
unbiblical doctrine." 

"Unbiblical!" he exclaimed. "I 
assumed the Bible clearly taught 
against any and all debt." 

"No it doesn't," I replied and 
went on to show him from Scrip- 
ture the fallacies of the debt-free 

"What should I do now?" he 
asked, realizing he had been 
misled. "Let's go outside," I sug- 

As we walked out onto the 
beautiful hillside, I looked around 
and said "You've got some property 
down there over the hill that you 
don't need. Sell it, and use the 
money to pay for the expansion on 
your building." 

"I couldn't do that either," he 
replied sheepishly. 

Right away I knew the reason. 
"You taught the people that the 
property was given to you by God, 
and it can't be touched for any 
monetary purpose. Correct?" 

The pastor nodded. 

"I'm sorry, but I don't know 
what else to tell you," I replied, 
wishing I were able to help. 

As I drove away that day, I was 
convinced more than ever that the 
debt-free trap will never work — not 
today, not tomorrow, not in the 
church, not in business, not in the 
family, and not in any economy. 


Nowhere does the Bible teach 
against debt. Instead, I believe the 
Bible teaches principles concerning 
how to handle debt. 

But some Christian financial 
writers say otherwise. They 
enslave tens of thousands of people 
with the debt-free rhetoric, putting 
them into financial and religious 
bondage. Like the Pharisees of 
Jesus' day, "they bind heavy 
burdens. . .and lay them on men's 
shoulders." (Matt. 23:4). Although 
I'm sure that is not their intention, it 
is, unfortunately, often the result of 
their teaching. As a result of buying 
into this philosophy, they equate 
going into debt with being unfaith- 
ful to God — truly putting them 
between a rock and a hard place. 
And needlessly so. 

The debt-free proponents are 
likely to quote Romans 13:8. In fact, 

February 1995 


this verse forms the basis for their 
philosophy. "Owe no man any 
thing, but to love one another; for 
he that loves another has fulfilled 
the law." 

To understand that verse, we 
must read it in context. The previ- 
ous verse reads, "Render therefore 
to all their dues; tribute to whom 
tribute is due, custom to whom 
custom; fear to whom fear; honor to 
whom honor." In that verse, we are 
taught a valuable lesson: to render 
to others what is due. If things are 
due, them we must owe. In fact, it is 
impossible not to owe somebody 
something, sometime. 

Is Paul, through the inspiration 
of the Holy Spirit, talking about the 
money? First, he is writing about 
the debt we owe others spiritually. 
In Romans 13, Paul is talking about 
the debt we owe one another. He's 
saying, "Don't stay in that debt, but 
show your love." He goes on to say 
that we are to "love thy neighbor as 
thyself" (vs. 9), thus teaching us 
how to love without falling into the 
sins of the world. Nowhere in the 
chapter does he mention money. 

Second, we are to pay our 
taxes — "tribute to whom tribute is 
due." How many of us pay taxes in 
advance? I don't and I don't know 
anyone who does (unless you are 
self-employed and pay estimated 
taxes every quarter). That means 
there are times when we "owe" 
taxes, right? 

Third, we are to pay our custom- 
ary debts — "custom to whom 
custom." Every month we run up 
telephone, electric, gas, water, and 
sewage bills. When do you pay 
them? After the companies bill you. 
So, you actually owe money for a 
whole month. Most mortgages are 
paid a month in arrears. 

What about our debt to God? Do 
we pay our tithes as soon as our 
paycheck is deposited in the bank? 
No, we wait until we take our tithe 
to church and put it in the offering 
plate. So, for a short time before we 
go to church, we owe our tithes. 

Living debt-free, then — for all 
practical purposes — is impossible. 
If you feel guilty because you have 
debt and someone has told you it is 
sin, don't! 

In these verses from Romans, I 
do not believe God is talking about 
being in debt financially. He is 
admonishing us not to stay in a 
state of "borrowing" with our 
neighbor, God, or the government. I 
believe He is talking about not 
continuing to be in anyone's debt. 

If you have borrowed a lawn 
mower from your neighbor, take it 
back when you said you would. If 
you have been withholding your 
tithes, start tithing immediately. If 
you've been fudging on your tax 
returns, adjust your statement as 
soon as possible. If your car pay- 
ment is overdue, get it in the mail. 
That's rendering what is due. 

Those who insist that debt-free 
living is the only truly Christian 
way to live saddle believers with an 
unbearable and impractical burden. 


As I drove toward the 100,000- 
watt radio station that booms out 
over the four states of Colorado, 
New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah, I 
wondered how the listening 
audience would respond to my 
approach to economics. 

After my brief interview with 
the talk show host, listeners were 
invited to call in. The most popular 
question that day was, "Is debt-free 
living commanded in the Bible?" 

As always, when my answer 
was no, the phone lines lit up. Some 
callers — and the talk show host 
himself — were relieved to hear an 
opposing opinion to the debt-free 
living philosophy. Others, however, 
found my ideas offensive, and a 
few brothers even became hostile. 

Most American Christians 
however, are confused about the 
pros and cons of borrowing money 
and going into debt. I meet thou- 
sands of people throughout the 

year, and most — when they hear a 
reasonable, scriptural explanation — 
are extremely relieved to know the 
truth. Why? Because debt-free 
living is bondage. What are the 
results of such bondage? 

A businessman trying to keep 
up with competition may eventu- 
ally go under if he refuses to get a 
loan to expand when market 
conditions warrant it. 

A family hoping to better their 
life-style will become frustrated and 
overworked trying to live debt-free. 

A church looking to increase the 
size of their facilities will stagnate 
and die if they believe going into 
debt is unbiblical. 

That's why I reject the idea of 
getting out of debt at any cost. 

One financial writer says: "I 
believe I have done what the Lord asked 
of me: I have warned you. If I am 
wrong and yon do all the things I liave 
suggested, the ivorst that can happen is 
that you will end up out of debt and be 
more involved with our political 
system." (Larry Burkett, Tlie Coming 
Economic Earthquake, page 222.) 
What is the worst that can happen 
if he is wrong and you follow his 
advice and cash in your retirement 
fund to pay off your mortgage? Let 
me tell you some facts: 

•You retirement account will be 
totally gone. 

•You will take a 10 to 20 percent 
penalty plus all the taxes taken 
directly from your pension money. 

•You will lose the only signifi- 
cant tax credit most Americans 
have — the interest on their homes. 

•You will be facing the future 
wondering how you are going to 
pay the taxes, insurance, and 
upkeep on your debt-free home 
with no retirement money left. 

Why would you gamble your 
future on predictions about the 
American economy that may or 
may not be true? 

Let me state this emphatically: I 
do not believe that all debt is 
wrong; I do not believe that the 

please turn to page 15 



H. B. London, Focus on the Family 

Q. How long were you a pastor? 

A. I was a pastor for 31 years in 4 
churches. The first two churches were 
3 and 1/2 years. The third church was 
18 years and the last one was 7 years. 

Q. What's the passion of your life? 

A. The passion of my life is threefold. 
First, my relationships with God, my 
wife, and my family. Second for spiri- 
tual renewal within the church of 
Jesus Christ — that we stop playing 
games, stop beating each other up 
and that every denomination, every 
group of people join arms and hearts 
together. Third, for pastors and their 
families. I think pastors are at risk and 
I am determined that I'm going to 
ring a bell as loud as I can so that lay- 
men will begin to realize how crucial 
and how vital their pastors and their 
families are. 

Q. Why did you write Pastors at Risk 7 . 

A. That book addresses and helps lay- 
men and pastors alike identify the 
risk in ministry and then gives infor- 
mation on how to work through the 
problems and get around the pitfalls. 
The second book we've got coming 
out is The Heart of a Great Pastor. It's 
message is to the pastor: "Stop look- 
ing over God's shoulder to see whafs 

next. Look him in the eye and see 
what He is saying to you right now. 

Q. Just the title of your first book "At 
Risk" seems to be something that pas- 
tors respond to with denial. Would 
you agree? 

A. Sure. We are all in denial because 
it is too hard and too painful to stop 
and look at ourselves. But if s not just 
the pastor — the whole church is in 
denial. Until the church and the pas- 
tor really begin to see each other, 
we're going to have rough times. 

Q. What is the greatest problem for 
the pastor and church today? 

A. First, the apathy of the people who 
sit in the pew. We're not a very pas- 
sionate people anymore, in fact we're 
pretty passionless when it comes to 
the great claims of the gospel. Second 
is that the pastors who are doing their 
job work too many hours and answer 
to too many people — they don't 
spend enough time with their fami- 
lies and they don't take care of them- 
selves physically. All the sudden they 
find themselves shipwrecked in one 
area of their life or another. 

Q. What should a pastor do who 
would like to see revival in his 

H. B. London 

A. Look at his own life and see what 
it takes, what the cost of revival is for 
himself. They have to sell their dream 
and their vision to the people within 
their congregation. If people don't 
follow you, you're not going to have 
revival. You've got to pray, to humble 
yourself, and repent with change. If 
you're willing to do those three, 
God's going to bless you. 

Q. What advice would you give to a 
young pastor. 

A. Find a mentor — someone you can 
trust, look up to, and who is not 
threatened by your enthusiasm. 
Then, study like crazy. Divide your 
time up so that every day includes a 
specific amount of study. Make sure 
your devotional life is accurate as 
well — don't shortchange God's abil- 
ity to bless. 

Q. And what advice to the church? 

A. Love him. Let him dream. Let him 
make mistakes. Keep him singing. 
Remember, once the song and dream 
goes out of the pastor, or is driven 
out, he doesn't have much to give. 

February 1995 


The First Valentine 

From Moments for Each Other by Robert Strand 

The story of Valentine's Day 
begins in the third century with an 
oppressive Roman emperor and a 
humble Christian martyr. The 
emperor was Claudius II, the 
Christian was Valentinus. 

Claudius had ordered all 
Romans to worship twelve gods 
and he had also made it a crime 
punishable by death to associate 
with Christians or worship their 
God. Valentinus was dedicated to 
the ideals of Christ and not even the 
threat of death could keep him from 
practicing his beliefs. He was 
arrested and imprisoned. 

During the last weeks of 
Valentinus' life, a remarkable thing 
happened. The jailer, noting that 
Valentinus was a man of refinement 
and learning, asked if it would be 
possible for him to bring his 
daughter, Julia, for teaching. Julia 
had been blind since birth and was 
a beautiful girl with a quick mind. 

Valentinus read to her stories of 
Rome's history. . .he described the 
world of nature to her. . .he taught 
her mathematics. . .and he told her 
about God. She, for the first time, 
began to see the world through his 
eyes, trusted in his wisdom, and 
found a special comfort in his quiet 

"Valentinus, does God hear 
our prayers?" Julia asked 
one day. 

"Yes, my child, He hears 
each one," he replied. 

"Do you know what I pray 
for every morning and every 
night? I pray that I might be able to 
see. I want so much to see every- 
thing you've told me about!" 

"God does what is best for us if 
we will only believe in Him," 
Valentinus said. 

"Oh Valentinus, I do believe," 
Julia said intensely. "I do!" She 
then knelt and grasped his hand. 

They sat quietly, she kneeling, he 
sitting, each praying. Suddenly 
there was a bright light in the prison 
cell! Radiant, Julia screamed, 
"Valentinus, I can see! I can see!" 

On the eve of his death, 
Valentinus wrote a last note to Julia, 
urging her to continue her learning 
and encouraging her to stay close to 
God. He signed it, "From 
Your Valentine!" 

His death sentence 
was carried out the next 
day, February 14, 270. He 
was buried at what is now the 
Church of Praxedes in Rome. 
Legend tells us that Julia herself 
planted a pink-blossomed almond 
tree near his grave. Today, the 
almond tree remains the symbol of 
abiding love and friendship. On the 
anniversary of his death, February 
14, St. Valentine's Day, messages of 
love and devotion are exchanged. 

Some people know how to make all the folks around them 
feel the love they share, especially the love of Jesus Christ. The 
principles are the same in families as well as in churches or 
anyplace people meet. 

LOVERS smile a lot. Something caring and contagious flows 
through them. It's inviting, warm, gentle, and king. 

LOVERS treat you as someone really special. They like you as 
a wonderful person and do not hesitate to say so. 

LOVERS' faces light up every time they see you. Instinctively 
you know that you have a place in their hearts. 

LOVERS make knowing Jesus and living in Him so attractive. 

LOVERS know God. The overflow of their lives shows that 
the fruit of the spirit is love. 

LOVERS are generous with compliments from the heart — 
quick to see your strengths and tender with your weaknesses. 

LOVERS are made and not born. To become a lover is a matter 
of decision, attitude, and commitment to become and be a lover 
for the rest of life. 

Love is more than a 

characteristic of God; it is 

His character. 

Love is the doorway 

through which the 

human soul passes from 

selfishness to service and 

from solitude to kinship 

with all mankind. 

The heart that loves is 
ahoays young. 

To love abundantly is to 
live abundantly. 

Most men need more love 
than they deserve. 

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. I Cor. 13:13 



Active Faith — in 
and out of uniform 

The hot, midsummer air 
overhead echoed with the sound 
of circling helicopters. The local 
radio station gave frequent 
updates and the front page of 
the paper carried photographs 
and warned: Fugitive Still At 
Large. A murderer was loose in 
the usually quiet Winona Lake, 
Warsaw, Indiana. 

That intense, two-day man- 
hunt came to a violent end 
Friday evening, July 1 at a 
downtown Warsaw intersection. 

Shortly before 7:00 p.m. the 
fugitive was caught in slow 
traffic on a busy mid-city street. 
He fired several shots at the 
police car following immedi- 
ately behind his truck. 

He was being sought in 
connection with three murders: 
his own two young children and 
a Kosciusko County Detective 
Sergeant. He was taken into 
custody by Warsaw police 
following an extensive exchange 
of gunfire between the fugitive 
and Warsaw police officers. He 
was taken to the local hospital 
and then airlifted to Parkview 
Memorial Hospital in Fort 
Wayne, Indiana, where he died. 

It was the first time an officer 
had been murdered in the line of 
duty in Warsaw. A horribly new 
experience for Craig Allebach, 
Chief of Police. 

Throughout the ordeal, the 
media and the citizens praised 
Craig for his leadership and 
faithful service. 

Craig Allebach 
Chief of Police for the City of Warsaw 

of the Winona Lake Grace 
Brethren Church and with tears 
streaming down his face, he 
thanked the people for their 
prayers and words of support 
through the painful crisis. He 
told them that he constantly 
strives to be a godly example 
each day in his job, both with 
the officers he leads, and in the 
community that he serves. 

That week, it had taken a 
new, tough meaning. He had yet 
to face the funeral of the young 
detective who had been shot 
and to help all the officers deal 
with the anger, grief, and frus- 
tration that would accompany it. 

The congregation stood and 
applauded his faithful work. 

On Sunday, a fatigued Craig 
Allebach stood on the platform 

In early October, Craig 
Allebach was again called to the 
platform when, during the 
annual Homecoming events for 
Grace College, he was honored 
as Alumnus of the Year. These 
words were read: 

"The recipient of the 1994 
Grace College Alumnus of the 
Year award has had a great 
impact on thousands of young 
people and adults here in Ko- 
sciusko County where he serves 
with distinction as a high-profile 
community leader. 

'This honored alumnus is a 
graduate of Grace College with 
a Bachelor of Arts degree in 
Behavioral Science. Following 
his graduation in 1977, he began 
work as an officer in the Winona 
Lake Police Department, and 
after a few years became an 
officer in the city of Warsaw. 

"He is the driving force 
behind a very successful Drug 
Abuse Resistance Education, or 
D.A.R.E. Program in Warsaw. 
He also works with the Junior 
High group at his church. 

"He has, for the last seven 
years, served at the Chief of 
Police in the city of Warsaw. He 
fills this post with honor. He has 
been tried in the crucible of 
experience under the watchful 
public eye and he has proven to 
be an exemplary fiscal manager, 
shown wisdom and grace in 
times of community crisis, and 
demonstrates humility and a 
commitment to his team of 
officers when the accolades 
come. His goal is to model 
Christ to his officers and his 

"Whereas some people in 
leadership positions become 
consumed with false pride, 
Craig Allebach has used his 
leadership opportunity with the 
city to display two most impor- 
tant Christian characteristics: a 
servant's spirit, and self control. 

"And unlike so many others 
in politics, Craig has learned 
that God gave man two ears and 
only one mouth (not the other 
way around) for a good reason," 
says Warsaw Mayor Jeff Plank of 
Craig in his position as Chief of 
Police. "He has an active faith." 

Craig and his wife Carol have two children: 
C.J. fourteen, and Cara, twelve. 

February 1995 


Do not neglect to show 
hospitality to strangers, 
for by this some have 
entertained angels without 
knowing it. 

Hebrews 13:2 




"Hospitality is so much 
more than entertaining — so 
much more than menus and 
decorating and putting on a 
show. To me, it means 
organizing my life in such a 
way that there's always room 
for one more, always an extra 
place at the table or an extra 
pillow and blanket, always a 
welcome for those who need 
a listening ear. It means 
setting aside time for 
planned fellowship and 
setting aside lesser priorities 
for impromptu gatherings." 

— The Spirit of Loveliness 
By Emilie Barnes 

What happened to the Sunday Roast? 

By Mary Thompson 

c HEI^lD 

When I was growing up, roast 
beef was a standard for Sunday 
dinner at our house. Mama would 
put it in the oven (maybe with 
potatoes, carrots, and onions) we'd 
go to Sunday school and church, 
and when we got home — Voila! 
There was 

company on 
Sunday was a big 
event. Of course 
the menu had to 
be more elabo- 
rate. It took a lot 
of time on 
Saturday to get 
the house in good 
shape, bake the 
pies, set the table 
with the good dishes, silverware, 
and linen. 

Then after we got home from 
church it was an eternity, or so it 
seemed to the kids, before the 
potatoes were cooked and mashed, 
the gravy made and we could sit 
down at the table. But what a meal. 
Then the ladies usually spent a 
good part of the afternoon talking — 
while they did the dishes. (No 
dishwashers, remember?) A lot of 
work but an occasion to treasure. 

Times have changed. Price of the 
Sunday roast has gone through the 
kitchen ceiling and many people 
have less time to prepare for an 
elaborate dinner. But we do have 
the advantage of more conve- 
niences, and fellowship over a meal 
is just as enjoyable and as impor- 
tant as ever. 

One young couple I know 
invites a family on Sunday for a 
meal of French toast. (Be creative. 
You don't have to serve roast beef.) 

I heard of an older couple who 
have a week of dinners. They plan 
their menu for the week with 



variations but with some items that 
can be prepared once for several 
meals. (And then it's only necessary 
to give the house one cleaning.) 
Our Adult Bible Fellowship 
(mostly retired) has Fellowship 
Groups of about eight people who 
get together once 
a month. Some- 
times we eat at a 
sometimes we 
have a carry-in 
meal at one of our 
homes, some- 
times we all bring 
finger food and 
get together and 
play games. 

Another class 
enjoys progres- 
sive dinners with appetizers served 
at one home, salad at another, the 
main dish at another, and dessert at 

Don't limit your hospitality to 
your special friends, people your 
own age, or other Christians. 
Remember those who are single, 
people who need friends, new folks 
in the church. Think of those who 
would enjoy and be blessed by the 
company of others. 

When all our family was at 
home we had many drop-ins. With 
eight regular eaters, we had to have 
plenty of food prepared and we 
could invite someone for a meal on 
the spur of the moment. It wasn't 
usually fancy, but the fellowship 
was good. Now it takes a little more 
foresight, but I often have a neigh- 
bor, or someone who happens in, 
just for a bowl of soup or a salad, 
some bread and cookies. (It helps to 
have a few tilings on hand that you 
can whip out in a hurry.) 

No need to regret the demise of 
the Sunday roast. The possibilities 
for hospitality are limitless. 


Outreach Rallies 

By Rich Russell 

One of the easiest ways to 
reach unchurched families is to 
provide activities for their 
children. Children often come to 
a "Fun Rally" much quicker 
than they will come to Sunday 

Each year our church holds a 
variety of rallies. One-fourth of 
the children that participate are 
from unchurched families. A 
rally can be a full or half-day 
event. Each rally should include 
a biblical application. An assort- 
ment of creative presentations 
(for example: a video, puppet 
show, dramatic presentation, 
songs, verses with motions) can 
be very helpful. Something that 
a child enjoys will enhance the 
application of the biblical idea. 

Here are a few ideas that we 
have used successfully. 

Wacky Water Day. Summer 
time — of course. Children bring 
their swimming suits and towels 
because they will get wet. This 
day includes water balloon 
games and water slide events. 
It's best to have a Bible story for 
each water game. One example: 
Moses crossing the Red Sea. Put 
a soaking hose in the middle of 
the yard will all the children on 
one side. The kids are told to run 
across the yard, crossing the 
"Red Sea" onto dry land. Have 
one of your helpers turn the 
hose off and on as the children 
cross. If a child gets hit by the 
water, he is out. Check game 
books for other water games. 

Valentine's Day Party. Hold 
a party for the children on 
Valentine's Day allowing the 

parents a special night. We 
provide three and one-half 
hours of childcare, including 
dinner. Our fifth and sixth 
graders do all the cooking and 
serving. Pizza has been a favor- 
ite. After dinner, the children are 
entertained with a video and 
games for the rest of the 
evening. Tiiis rally has been our 
most successful. 

Birthday Party. Instead of 
trying to remember each child's 
birthday, have one big party. We 
actually hold two on the same 
day — first a party for kindergar- 
ten through sixth grades, then 
the preschoolers. (Few rallies are 
effective for preschoolers, but a 
Birthday Party is.) At this event 
we play all the traditional 
birthday games and finish up 
with ice cream and cake. 

Annual Weekend Camp- 
Out. Once a year we take the 
children out for an overnight at 
district camp ground. There are 
games, crafts, movies, and hikes. 
We hold this rally each Septem- 
ber to give the year a strong 

October Fun Fest. This is an 
alternative to Halloween. It's a 
wonderful time to provide an 
activity that is safe and benefi- 
cial. Set up carnival-style games 
that your youth group can run 
and give lots of prizes. Encour- 
age your whole congregation to 
bring unchurched families. 

Rallies require work, but they 
build goodwill in your commu- 
nity. Used as tools for outreach, 
as well as for grounding your 
own children in the Lord, they 
are well worth the effort. 

Rich Russell is Children 's Pastor at the New 
Holland, PA GBC and is a member of CE 
National Children's Cabinet. 

• • • • • 





1. Give club-like titles to 
children's church. 

2. Display children's 
artwork in the hallways and 

3. Train older children 
(6th graders) to escort other 
children to Sunday School 
classrooms and make them 
feel at home. 

4. Develop a "welcome 
packet" for children and 
include a gift certificate for 
ice cream or a hamburger. 

5. Train your greeters 
and ushers to welcome 
children and know the 
locations of classrooms. 

6. Assign someone to 
make sure the nursery is 
clean, attractive, accessible, 
and staffed by caring adults. 

7. Encourage the pastor 
to greet and pray for 
families and children by 

8. Dedicate at least one 
Sunday annually to honor 
and thank children's 
ministry workers. 

9. Screen children's 
workers to ensure a safe 
environment for children. 

10. Use good educational 
and discipleship materials 
from CE National such as 
SMM (girls), One-on-One 
(boys), PALS (kindergarten). 



February 1995 



By Roy Roberts 

Left to right: Pastor Harris, 
Torn Herr,four hard- 
working prisoners, Russ 
Phillips, Area Director, 
Prisoti Fellowship 




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When one of the 
inmates was asked 
why he was doing 
this, he replied, "Hey 
man, I care. I want to 
make a difference 
with my life. I've 
wasted a lot of time/' 

Pastor Harris served as the foreman, 

seeing that the project was kept on the 

straight and narrow 


"Two men killed in a hail 
of gunfire. Hooded assailant 
seen fleeing down the alley." 

This was the news emanating 
from the crime-ridden area of 
Lancaster the night before the 
project was scheduled to begin. 

Volunteers were intimidated, 
some husbands would not 
permit their wives to help at the 
work site, which was a drug 
infested war zone. But most, 
who had committed to the task, 
were undeterred in their resolve 
to successfully complete the 
Lancaster City Project. 

Four inmates from the 
Lancaster County Prison were 
temporarily released in order to 
paint the home of a blind, 
African American widow, who 
lives with her mentally chal- 
lenged son. 

The paint and brushes were 
donated by the Hursh Painting 
Company of Talmage. The 
owner, Morris Hursh, has a 
special concern for those in 
need. The ladders and other 
workers came from the Ebenezer 
Baptist Church, pastored by the 


Reverend Roland Forbes. The 
foreman was Reverend Vernon 
Harris, a 74-year-old Associate 
Pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church in New Holland. 

The project was coordinated 
by Russell Phillips and Path 
Roberts from Prison Fellowship. 
Bob Dungan from the prison, 
supervised and Dr. Roy Roberts, 
Senior Pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church of New Hol- 
land, kicked off the event with 
vigor and inspiration. 

Breakfast and lunch were 
served on site. Enthusiasm 
permeated the atmosphere, as 
people from various ethnic 
backgrounds and walks of life 
worked together — and they had 
a great time. 

Some members of the 
Ebenezer Church cleaned up the 
yard on the next day and the 
prisoners volunteered to do 
more work in the future. Mrs. 
Mary Underwood thanked 
everyone repeatedly for painting 
her row house. 

Tom Herr and his wife Kim, 
serve on Prison Fellowship's 
Eastern Pennsylvania Council. 
Tom was the All-Star Second 
Baseman for the World Cham- 
pion St. Louis Cardinals. Tom 
picked up a paint brush and 
began painting shoulder-to- 
shoulder with the prisoners. He 
told them jokes and baseball 
stories they really enjoyed. 

This multi-cultural event was 
a model of what can be done 
when people from all segments 
of society decide to make com- 
passion a joint venture. 


The Fundamentalist 

By Rob Bentz, Sports Spectrum 

Fundamentals. Passing, 
shooting, rebounding, and 
defense. You know, the basics. 
That's what Dan Panaggio 
teaches as head coach of the 
CBA's Quad City Thunder. In 
just three years at the Thunder's 
helm, Panaggio's coaching 
record stands at an impressive 
112-54. Impressive but not 
surprising. Wherever Dan has 
coached, his success has been 

In six years at the high school 
level, Panaggio compiled a 93- 
20 record while coaching at 
Wayland and McQuaid Jesuit in 
New York State. He then moved 
to the community college ranks 
where he racked up seventy 
wins and only fifteen losses in 
three season at Monroe Commu- 
nity College in Rochester, NY. 
That's nine years as a head 
coach — and a winning percent- 
age of .823. 

But that level of success is not 
uncommon when you have the 
last name Panaggio. You see, 
Dan's father, Mauro, has built a 
pretty solid coaching reputation 

The elder Panaggio has the 
most victories of any coach in 
CBA history (370-206) and is 
one of only two coaches (George 
Karl of the Sonics is the other) to 
be named CBA Coach of the 
Year three times. And that's not 
even touching on his success at 
the high school or college level. 
Mauro Panaggio amassed a 240- 
42 record in 13 years of high 
school coaching before moving 
on to the collegiate level at 

Brockport State. During his ten 
years at Brockport, he led his 
teams to a 160-71 record. 

Dan got his first taste of CBA 
ball with the Thunder as an 
assistant coach to his father. In 
three years under the tutelage of 
Panaggio and Panaggio, the 
Thunder went 102-64, including 
a 1991 trip to the CBA Champi- 
onship series. 

On May 8, 1991, Dan took 
over the head coaching duties. 

"There was a reasonable 
amount of pressure [to succeed]. 
Although I had a considerable 
amount of experience before I 
took the assistant's job, most 
people in CBA circles didn't 
know that. A lot of people felt 
that because my father was the 
coach and I was his assistant, it 
was a little bit of nepotism," 
says Dan. "And I had a one-year 
contract, so it was basically do- 

Three years later, Dan is still 
around. And he's doing just fine. 

Panaggio led the Thunder to 
a 10-2 record in last year's CBA 
playoffs, including an overtime 
victory at Omaha in Game Five 
of last season's CBA Champion- 

The thrilling victory gave the 
franchise their first ever CBA 
title and furthered Dan's reputa- 
tion as one of the top coaches in 
the business. He now stands 
fourth on the CBA's all-time 
winning percentage chart. 

Dan Panaggio isn't just a 
successful coach. He's much 
more than that. He's a husband, 
a father, and a man of integrity. 



The 104th Congress quickly 
lived up to one pre-election 
promise introducing in both 
houses legislation to remove 
baseball's antitrust exemption, 
reported USA Today. 

Sen. Daniel Patrick 
Moynihan, D-NY and Rep. 
Michael Bilrakis, R-FL, each 
introduced bills calling for full 
repeal of the owners' 73-year- 
old privilege, fulfilling a vow 
to renew pressure if the strike 
wasn't settled by the end of 

"It may not solve all of 
baseball's troubles, but it is a 
necessary step and one that is 
decades overdue," Moynihan 
says of the repeal. 

Could there ever be another 
Tonya Harding incident? Not is 
the U.S. Olympic Committee 
has its way. The USOC has 
asked a 12-member committee 
of athletes, lawyers, and 
Olympic officials to rewrite its 
code of conduct to define, by 
standards and behavior, an 
athlete's role as a representa- 
tive of a sport and of the U.S.A. 
It will be a document capable 
of withstanding legal chal- 
lenges, and will be defensible 
in court. It will be clear under 
what circumstances the USOC 
may act and have jurisdiction. 

Mike Schmidt, who played 
baseball in Philadelphia for 
nearly 20 years, will become 
the 31st player elected to the 
Hall of Fame on his first year of 
eligibility. Only seven other 
third basemen have been 
chosen, the fewest of any 

February 1995 



In becoming official 
paging service of the 1 996 
Olympics, Bell-South's 
MobileComm will let people 
with "alphanumeric" 
beepers get text showing 
results during the Games. 

Watch for dimpled, 
regulation-sized basketballs 
and footballs to be marketed 
by Voit next fall. Developed 
by Marvin Palmquist, 80, of 
Rockford, IL, these patented 
dimpled products aren't just 
for hands. 

Voit might also market 
dimpled soccer balls late this 
year. Whether or not dimples 
eventually take over the 
sports scene, Palmquisf s 
basketball will provide a 
breakthrough: just about 
anybody can palm them — 
even kids. 

Former NCAA executive 
director Walter Byers says 
lfs time to pay college 

"In light of the 
hypercommercialization of 
today's college athletics, 
dramatic changes are 
necessary to permit athletes 
to participate in the enor- 
mous proceeds. I believe the 
athletes should have the 
same access to the commer- 
cial marketplace that the 
supervisors and overseers as 
well as other students have." 

More people begin 
exercise programs in January 
than any other month of the 
year — how are you doing on 
your fitness goals? 


Dan made a decision about 
six years ago which ensured that 
his life, not just his coaching 
career, would be a success. "I 
was a high school and junior 
college coach, and I was getting 
into the fame I was receiving. I 
thought I was a pretty big deal," 
explains Panaggio. "I almost lost 
my family because I was just 
living for myself." 

While Dan's home life was in 
turmoil, his younger brother Jim 
helped him get his life on the 
right track. "My brother was 
talking to me right along, and he 
saw me going off the deep end," 
describes Dan. "Eventually, I got 
to the point where I was in 
despair. I just surrendered to 
Jesus Christ and said, 'Lord, I've 
proven over the last thirty-some 
years that I can't control my life. 
I turn it over to You.' " 

Since trusting Jesus Christ as 
his Savior, Dan Panaggio is a 
different man. And his brother 
Jim, a pastor in New York, is the 
first to speak about the change 
in Dan's life. 

"Unbelievable! He's a totally 
different person," explains Jim. 
"The unethical things he did 
before, he refuses to be involved 
in now. He's very serious about 
his faith. When I think about the 

concept of someone being 
reborn, in a radical rebirth, he 
fits that perfectly." 

The radical changes in Dan's 
life have come from — what else 
but — the fundamentals. Praying, 
reading the Bible, being the 
spiritual leader of his home, and 
sharing his faith with others. 
These foundational facets of his 
spiritual life are evident even in 
tense situations. 

Before each Thunder home 
game, Dan takes time for prayer 
with a couple of close friends. 
Jim Shrader, a Quad Cities area 
stockbroker, and one of Dan's 
prayer partners, says Dan's 
desire to pray shows the attitude 
of his heart. 

"I think that's an indication 
of the fundamentals that Dan 
realizes are important in his 
Christian walk." 

Panaggio explains that "as 
basketball coach I try to teach 
the fundamentals, passing, the 
good defense, those kinds of 
things. I want to get down to 
really serving Christ, get down 
to obedience, just down to the 

You know, the basics. What 
else would you expect from a 
highly successful basketball 



Bible teaches it is wrong; I do not 
believe everyone should pay off his 
or her mortgage; I do not believe 
everyone should be 100 percent out 
of debt. Now let me tell you why. 


In 1990, our church — which 
started humbly with a small cinder 
block building in 1987 — had grown 
to the point where we could grow 
no further. The church owned no 
property and had very little money. 

In the city of Napa, California, 
property for building in acceptable 
locations costs $500,000 per acre. To 
purchase the four acres required by 
the city ordinances and to build a 
good-sized church that could 
continue to grow, we needed $2 
million just for starters. The build- 
ing itself would cost an additional 
$2 million. 

Hundreds of thousands of 
dollars more would go for our part 
of the street-widening project and 
the enormous fees our city charges 
churches for building permits. 

What were we to do? Miracu- 
lously, the property next door to 
our building went up for sale. I 
walked over the owner's place and 
asked, "How much do you want for 
the house and the back acreage?" 

The price he quoted left me 
speechless, and I walked away 
heavyhearted. We needed that 
property, and I knew only one way 
to get it. I asked our church to pray. 

In the meantime, we trusted 
God and rented a modular build- 
ing, but it was overcrowded within 
a few months, and again we had 
nowhere to go. 

One Sunday morning after 
church, the man who owned the 
property next to our building 
walked into the office. 

"I want the church to have my 
property. I've reduced the price." 

"Great!" I said, excited by the 
answer to prayer. "I'll get back to 

I knew our church still did not 
have enough money to buy the 
property, even at the lower price, 
but time was of the essence. 

What did we do? We went to the 
bank and borrowed the money — 
interest and all — and bought the 

Later, when four acres opened 
up two miles from our church, we 
sold the original property at a great 
profit, bought the new acreage, and 
moved into a slightly larger build- 
ing with plans to build a new 
church. Today, we have a beautiful 
new facility with more than $4 
million in property and more 
expansion on the way. 

That's how to use debt as 
leverage to accomplish a worth- 
while goal. Throughout the entire 
process, we maintained control of 
the situation and used the bank and 
the initial loan to our advantage. 


Some Christian financial experts 
say that paying interest makes no 
sense in any economy. Let's test that 
idea, using the story I just told you. 

Suppose I go to our congrega- 
tion and say, "We would need four 
million dollars to buy property and 
build a new facility." 

"Okay, let's borrow the money 
and do it!" they agree. 

"Can't. I learned that the Bible 
teaches all debt is wrong. Therefore, 
we will just have to wait on God 
and save the money." 

"How long will it take us to save 
the money ?"someone asks. 

"At the rate we're going now, 
probably twenty years," I respond 

Suppose we decide to go that 
route and put money aside for the 
next twenty years. At status quo 
and normal inflation, which is four 
to five percent, how much would 
we have saved by not borrowing 
the money and paying the interest? 
None. In fact, we would have gone 
further in the hole. 


Why? Because construction 
inflation runs ahead of other 
industries. That means the cost of 
building a similar facility twenty 
years later would probably have 
doubled. Because of inflation, we 
would need to save for another 
twenty years to catch up with the 
increase in construction costs. Talk 
about chasing your tail! 

'There must be a better way," 
you say. Fortunately, there is. 

Our church took special offer- 
ings, saved money, and used debt 
as leverage. Since 1992, when we 
finished the new facility, our 
attendance and our offerings have 
increased substantially. Our short- 
term plans are to pay off the debt as 
quickly as possible so our debt-to- 
interest cost ratio will be nominal. 
As a result, we have a beautiful 
new building and plan to be debt- 
free within seven years. That's a lot 
better than twenty — or forty. 

Now what if we had not bor- 
rowed the money from the bank? 
Our small church would either be 
bursting at the seams and forced to 
turn newcomers away, or people 
would have left because of the 
overcrowded facilities. Either way, 
our church would still be small and 
inefficient, and neither scenario 
furthers the kingdom of God. 

Suppose we do have an eco- 
nomic earthquake? Our church may 
or may not be in debt at that time, 
but we still would be better off if 
we lost the building than if we had 
not built it at all because we would 
have reached people who might not 
have come to Christ otherwise. That 
is worth far more than any interest 
we would have paid. 

Next Month: 

The Cost of Doing Business. "You 
wouldn 't have a job to go to tomorrow if 
your corporation or place of business 
didn't use debt as leverage. Tliat's how 
they finance their business so they can 
employ people like you to work for them. " 
And: When Debt IS Wrong. 

February 1995 

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We interrupt this sermon to inform you that the fourth-grade boys have taken over and are now 
in complete control of their classroom and are holding Miss McPeak hostage. 

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Pastor Dave Mitchell (Waipio, 
Grace Brethren Church, Hawaii) 

along with four other men, re- 
turned in November from a trip to 
communist China. The goal of 
delivering into the hands of various 
underground pastors and workers 
much needed teaching materials 
and Bibles was very successful. The 
trip covered about two-thousand 
miles and five major cities and 
areas in which Westerners are not 
commonly seen. 

Pastor Dave reports: 'There 
were several close calls, but God's 
leading and many prayers allowed 
us to travel cautiously, but freely 
throughout the country. Pray for 
our brothers and sisters in China. 
Most do not realize the persecution 
many are still suffering under the 
rule of this government." This was 
Pastor Dave's second trip. Asked if 
he would be willing to do this 
again, despite the possible conse- 
quences his answer was: "In a 
moments notice." 

TRAVEL: Heritage Tour, Octo- 
ber 9-20, 1995. Visit scenic sites of 
Anabaptist, Pietist, and Brethren 
significance in Switzerland, France, 
Germany, and the Netherlands. 
Sponsored by Brethren Encyclope- 
dia, Inc. $1950 form New York 
(JFK). For a brochure contact Don 
Durnbaugh, P.O. Box 484, James 
Creek, PA. 16657. (814-658-3222) 

Pastor and Mrs. Shimer Darr 

celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversary on Saturday, December 
31, 1994 at the Summit Mills Grace 
Brethren Church near Meyersdale, 
PA. Pastor Darr is the former pastor 
of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Washington, PA where he served as 
pastor from 1963 until his retire- 
ment. He presently serves as the 
caretaker of Camp Albryoca which 
is located near Meyersdale. 

Pastor Bob Russell has resigned 
as Senior Pastor at the Woodville 
Grace Brethren Church. He will be 

going to Martinsburg, PA to serve 
as an Associate Pastor. The 
Woodville Church is accepting 
resumes for Senior Pastor candi- 
dates. (Look for ad on next page.) 

The Grace Brethren Church of 
Greater Columbus, OH presented a 
Christmas musical entitled: "Christ- 
mas Just For You" eleven times to a 
sold out audience of 27,000 people. 

Paul Hoffman resigned as Senior 
Pastor of Auburn Grace Brethren. 
All correspondence can be directed 
to his home at 4125 Riverwood Dr., 
Auburn, CA 95602. (916-888-8094). 
Phil Sparling is the new Senior 
Pastor and matters should be 
directed to his name. 

Pastor Charles H. Winter re- 
signed November 30th as the pastor 
of the Harrah, WA Grace Brethren 
Church. The Winter's mailing 
address will remain P.O. Box 69, 
Harrah, WA 98933. They have no 
immediate plans for ministry. 

Ralph and Joan Justiniano and 

family have just completed one 
year of language study of Japanese 
in 15 weeks at the University of 
Hawaii. They took the midnight 
flight to Tokyo, New Year's morn- 
ing at 12:40 a.m. Pray as they search 
for an apartment. We will see great 
things from this couple. 

The Grace Brethren Church of 
Lititz, PA presented double David 
Clydesdale musicals "From 
Heaven's Throne" and "How Great 
Thou Art" in three services to 2,450 

Over eighty people, many 
unbelievers, attended a year-end 
outreach of the Tokyo Grace 
Brethren Church. "In 1994 we have 
had record attendance in our 
Sunday morning celebration time, 
now averaging thirty," reports Cecil 
O'Dell. "We have had over twenty 
small groups with seventy-eight 

people, nine new Christians, and 
seven baptisms. In addition, two 
Japanese men have made commit- 
ments to help plant Grace Brethren 
Churches in Tokyo." 

January 4 marked the 25th 
anniversary of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Kenai, Alaska. Due to 
the weather uncertainties, the 
anniversary celebration will be held 
on the weekend of June 17-18, 1995. 
Founding Pastor Herm Hein will be 
speaking. All friends and former 
members and attenders are invited 
to this special celebration. 

First Brethren Church, Buena 
Vista, VA presented "Christmas 
Alive" in mid-December. This event 
was a live Christmas portrayal on 
the church yard. Dr. Paul Fink is 
the pastor there. 

Eight people were baptized in the 
Castanhal, Brazil Grace Brethren 
Church in late fall. Eight more are 
preparing for the next baptismal 
service. Forty-five children and ten 
adults regularly attend the 
children's outreach headed up in 
Castanhal by a Bible Institute 

From France — "One of the 
French teens in the Le Creusot, 
France Grace Brethren Church has 
made a commitment to full-time 
missionary service!" 

Update on Ralph Colburn: 

'Thanks for all your prayers! I'm 
home though not yet brimming 
over with vim, vigor, and vitality." 
He is slowly recuperating from the 
heart valve replacement surgery . 

"I don't know how to thank you 
not only for the money, but also for 
the letter which greatly encouraged 
me," writes Marthe Namsene, 
widow of Elie Namsene upon 
whose tragic death many people 
responded with gifts to help Marthe 
raise their ten children 


February 1995 


The following is a complete 
obituary for Rev. James G. Dixon, 
Jr. who died on December 6, 1994. 

Rev. James G. Dixon, Jr., a long 
time resident of Camp Springs, 
Maryland and recently of Calvert 
County, Maryland, died Tuesday, 
December 6 from complications 
resulting from a blood clot and 

Rev. Dixon was born February 3, 
1922, in Wichita, and married 
Dorothy B. Hoidale, also of Wichita 
in 1941. They had six children: 
Richard D. Dixon, of Wichita; Paula 
S. Martinez, of Muskegon, Wiscon- 
sin; Paul S. Dixon of Portland, 
Oregon; James G. Dixon, III of 
Grove City, Pennsylvania; Peter B. 
Dixon of Clinton, Maryland; and 
Debbie D. Greene, of Frederick, 

Rev. Dixon graduated from 
Wooster College, (Ohio) and Grace 
Theological Seminary (Indiana) and 
pastored churches in Warsaw, 
Indiana, and Ashland, Ohio before 
moving to Washington, D.C. in 1951 
to pastor the First Brethren Church. 
In 1962 he started the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Greater Washington, 
in Temple Hills, Maryland. As the 
church began to grow, he initiated a 
program of church planting which 
resulted in "one church in five 
locations" throughout the Washing- 
ton D.C. area. In 1965 he and his 
wife Dorothy began a Christian 
school of Greater Washington 
which has since grown to over one- 
thousand students on four different 

After Dorothy's death in 1991, 
Rev. Dixon married Janet Smith of 
Dunkirk, Maryland. Rev. Dixon is 
survived by his wife Janet, his six 
children, twenty-three grandchil- 
dren, one great-grandchild and four 
sisters: Naomi Rice, of Wichita; 
Ruth Blythe, of Wichita; Rebecca 
Winkle, of Denver; and Margaret 
Logan, of Salina. 

The funeral services were held in 
Wichita on Saturday, December 10. 

The Memorial Service was held 
December 23 at the Grace Brethren 
Church of Temple Hills, Maryland. 

The family requests that any 
memorial gifts be sent to the James 
G. Dixon Memorial Fund c/o Rev. 
R. Dallas Greene, 5102 Old National 
Pike, Frederick, Maryland 21701. 
This fund is being established to 
encourage young people consider- 
ing the ministry and to encourage 
church planting. 

Congratulations to the six 
Filipino pastors and their wives 
who graduated from the Grace 
Bible Institute in Manila, Philip- 
pines on November 13. 

On Sunday, November 27, five 
people were baptized in the Lyon, 
France, Grace Brethren Church. All 
five are in their twenties. 

It took only nine days for a Total 
Mobilization work crew to com- 
plete the construction of the 
Berazategui Grace Brethren 
Church building in Buenos Aires, 
Argentina in December. 


Mansfield, OH 

The Woodville GBC, is 
accepting resumes for 
senior pastoral candidates. 

Send resumes to: 

Pastoral Committee 
Woodville GBC 
580Woodville Road 
Mansfield, OH 44907 


"In December we held our 
Christmas cantata here in Dijon," 
reports Paul Klawitter. "For the 
first time ever, we broke the one- 
hundred mark. The Lord blessed 
beyond our expectations. Many in 
the church invited non-Christian 

The conversion of Suzanne, a 
Muslim woman, has opened a new 
door of ministry for Diana Davis in 
the Central African Republic. 
Suzanne came to know Christ 
through listening to tapes in her 
own language. Now several mem- 
bers of her family and tribe sit on 
Diana's porch listening. Please pray 
as there will certainly be opposition 
from the Muslim community. 

The Ramseys report that renova- 
tion of their new meeting rooms in 
Leonberg, Germany, should begin 
in January. Denise is discipling 
Nina, a recent convert. "She is so 
happy about all she is learning in 
the Word. It's like watching a small 
child's eyes light up as he discovers 
the sweetness of candy," writes 

Moms and Dads are being 
reached through the Good News 
Club in the Macon, France, Grace 
Brethren Church. "Several of the 
mothers often stay during the Club, 
hearing the message of salvation 
themselves," writes Mark Sims. 
"Even fathers are being reached. We 
discovered that one six-year-old 
boy insisted that his father read the 
Bible to him instead of his usual 

Armando Vieyra and Juan 
Salazar, Mexican Grace Brethren 
Pastors who ministered in Cuba 
this fall preached 14 times in 
numerous house churches and 
made evangelistic house calls 
almost every day. Ninety people 
trusted Christ as a result of these 
efforts. They are hoping this will 
help in church planting. 



Like the woman of Proverbs 31, we bless others with our service and capable strength 

which grew out of obedience. Through the long nights, our lights do not go out. 

We hope the personal experiences and lessons shared by the zoomen of our fellowship 

will encourage you and stretch your boundaries of faith. 

"\ am not the servant here!" 
My words blasted from the 
kitchen to the living room where 
my daughter sat, "calling in an 
order" for a snack. Fuming at 
her immature selfishness, I went 
back to the book I was reading 
when God stepped in front of 
my thoughts and whispered a 
verse into my heart: "The Son of 
Man came not to be served but 
to serve and to give His life." 

My declaration of indepen- 
dence still echoing off the 
kitchen walls, I sat there 

You know, I am the servant 
here. My job is to be like Christ 
and He served. He is God, yet 
He washed feet, cooked break- 
fast, worked in the carpenter 
shop, cared for His family's 
daily needs and did it with love. 
He didn't stop serving until the 
last drop of blood dried. He 
didn't scream: "Get it yourself — 
I'm not the servant here," or "I 
have more important things to 
do than wait on you hand and 
foot — I have my own life to 
lead." He was never selfish. 

Selfishness is that one ines- 
capable sin that I take with me 
everywhere. There is nothing 
good in it yet it is my most basic 
natural response to everything. 

Don't misunderstand. No one 
should consider someone else 
their personal slave — especially 
a child who must understand 


"Her lamp does not go out at night" 

respect and learn to value his or 
her parents. But this is not an 
issue of how my child and 
others see me — what they judge 
my position to be. It is about 
how I see myself. And, the 
problem is, I'm a long way from 
viewing myself as a servant. 

I'm a long way from grasping 
the fact that the God of the 
Universe got up early in the 
morning, worked hard all day, 
and turned around and did it all 

over again the next morning 
because He loved me. My 
selfishness stands directly in the 
path of understanding the life 
He actually led and how it is to 
be the pattern for my own. 

The world in all its different 
forms, sneers at servanthood. 
Oh, one or two remarkable 
individuals are applauded for 
their unique willingness to live 
unselfishly, but the regular 9-to- 
5 crowd knows that life is short, 
personal fulfillment is the goal, 
and it's every man for himself. 

The grains of truth that we 
are all inestimably valuable and 
each have wonderfully unique 
things to contribute get ground 
into the bread of "therefore you 
deserve to be happy, comfort- 
able, and first in line." That's 
easy to swallow and it feeds our 
selfish inclination. 

In the white-hot fear of being 
taken advantage of, we do what 
we perceive to be within our job 
descriptions, and keep track of 
anything that goes above and 
beyond — tallying what we 
expect the compensation to be. 

Selfishness is ugly. 

I want to be a servant. I hate 
to say that out loud because I 
know how serving is learned 
and exercised. But if I want to be 
like Christ, I must want to be a 
servant — there is no other way. 

Jenifer Wilcoxson 
Managing Editor 


February 1995 

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fVhat's the— 
difference ? 

Several weeks ago I attended a 
church and listened to a guest 
speaker who repeatedly throughout 
his message challenged us to "make 
a difference." As a pastor, I had 
used that same challenge many 
times myself, but on that day as I 
sat in that pew, I began to darkly 
question whether it is even possible 
to make a difference. 

Are you familiar with the carol / 
Heard the Bells on Christmas Day? 
The words of the third verse 
gripped me that day, adding to my 
feeling of helplessness: And in 
despair, I bowed my head; "Tliere is no 
peace on earth," I said, "For hate is 
strong and mocks the song of Peace on 
Earth, Good Will to Men." 

Make a difference. What does 
that mean? Can it be done? Is 
anyone really making a difference? 
My thoughts frustrated me so I 
took the question to my wife. She 
gently reminded me that I am 
someone who needs to see immedi- 
ate results to deem my efforts a 
success. She is right. 

As a little boy, I had trouble with 
gardening. After planting corn and 
watering it and letting 24 hours 
pass, I would rush out and dig 

down to see if it was growing yet. I 
was almost always disappointed. 

So often we equate making a 
difference with ministering to great 
numbers of people or leading great 
movements of the Spirit of God. In 
reality, there just aren't too many 
places where we can make a 
difference like that. So then, what 
does it mean to make a difference? 

I am driven back to the people 
that God has placed in my life. 
Relationships are no accident. They 
are planned by God — each one is 
sacred. I must be ready to encour- 
age my daughter when she comes 
to me with feelings of inadequacy. 
When my children want to go to a 
ball game, I must control my time 
to be able to respond to their 
interests. When I make a promise, I 
must keep it. By my loving care for 
my wife, I must demonstrate her 
value and teach my kids how to 
honor her as well. 

And, when the times come that 
my children ask important ques- 
tions about God and life, I must be 
there, faithfully ready to lead and 
teach. Thank God for the relation- 
ships of home and family that allow 
for such nuturing and growth. 

But what about the unsaved? Do 
you even have an unsaved friend — 
someone with whom you want to 
spend time with no ulterior mo- 
tives — not just someone to mark 
down as a number, but someone 
who you can care for and develop a 
friendship with and see what God 
will do? 

Could it be that this is what it 
really means to make a difference? 
Niagara Falls excites our wonder 
and we stand amazed at the power- 
ful greatness of God there. But one 
Niagara is enough. The world 
requires thousands of small streams 
that water every farm and meadow 
every day and night with their 
gentle, faithful beauty. 

So it is with the acts of our lives. 
It is not by great deeds, but by the 
daily quiet and faithful virtues of 
life that we make a difference. 

One other person 

well-loved and pointed 

toward God is the 

grandest difference that I 

can make with my life. 

If I stretch beyond that 

one, then all I can say is: 

Praise God that we as 

earthly friends and 

family will stand before 

Him and enjoy Heaven 

together with Him 


March 1995 



VOL. 57 NO. 3 

MARCH 1995 





Is All Debt Unbiblical? Part 2 

R.C. Sproul 

Baby Steps 


Althea Miller — a joyful soul 


Preschools Bridging the Gap 


Why Do I Feel So Bad? 


The Biathlon and Guarding the Garden 



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i$ all DEBT atnbiWital? 

The second of a three-part series from the book: 
Exploding the Doomsday Money Myths by Sherman S. Smith, Ph.D. 

The Cost of Doing Business 

What is interest? Interest is 
simply the cost of doing business. 

A dentist from Tennessee called 
me recently and said, "I've read all 
the books on debt-free living, and 
I'm convinced the economy is 
headed for collapse and no one can 
stop it." 

"Well," I said, trying to find out 
why he had called, "how's your 
practice doing?" 

'To tell the truth, I'm losing 
patients and don't know what to 
do," he stated in a worried tone. 

"Would you mind if I asked you 
some questions?" 

"Shoot," he replied. 

"Do you tithe?" 

"Well, when I get completely out 
of debt, then I'm going to start 

His answer didn't surprise me. 
A lot of debt-free-living people 
think that way. Because they believe 
debt is sin, they figure it's better to 
stop sinning before they start 

"Do you need new equipment in 
order to upgrade your practice?" 

"Yes," he answered, sighing 

"Do the dentists you compete 
with have this equipment?" 

"Yes." I could sense the discour- 
agement in his voice. 

"Have you lost customers 
because your equipment is out- 

"Yes, they're all going to the 
new guy across town." 

"Do you want my advice?" I 

"Of course. That's why I called 

"First of all, start tithing and 
quit worrying about getting out of 
debt," I told him bluntly. 

"Second, borrow more money 
and buy the equipment you need, 
advertise that you have it, and get 
your customers back." 

'Third, make your borrowing 
short term only. As your cash flow 
increases, paying back the loan 
should be no problem. That's the 
proper use of debt." 

please turn the page 

March 1995 


"What about the interest I'll have 
to pay?" he quizzed. 

"If inflation is 6 to 7 percent, 
then the cost of making those same 
purchases ten years from now is 
going to be the same, or more than 
the interest you would save by not 
financing the projects now and 
doing it later. So you will lose what 
you would have gained by not 
paying interest on the money 
during that time." 

Those principles apply to any 
business. In fact, you wouldn't have 
a job to go to tomorrow if your 
corporation or place of business 
didn't use debt as leverage. 

Your company leverages 
through the sales of stocks, bonds, 
debentures, and creative bank 
financing. That's how they finance 
their business so they can employ 
people like you to work for them. 
Leverage is essential in a free- 
market economy. 

Walt Disney knew how to use 
debt to his advantage. One after- 
noon Roy Disney — Walt's brother — 
was very discouraged after poring 
over the financial records of the 
Disney Companies. 

Walt walked in and noticed the 
rather depressed look on Roy's face. 
"What's wrong?" Walt asked. 

"We are four and a half million 
dollars in debt with absolutely no 
way to pay it off this time," Roy 
explained. "We have fifteen hun- 
dred people on the payroll, which is 
getting harder to make each pay- 
day. It looks like we've had it." 

Walt started laughing. 

"What's so funny?" Roy asked. 

"I can remember when we 
couldn't borrow a thousand dol- 
lars," Walt replied. 

What's the difference between 
leverage and financing with debt? 
Leverage is debt used only for a 
short amount of time and only for 
the reason of the cost of doing 
business. Leverage is right, but 
financing with debt is wrong. 


If you cannot control debt, you 
should stay out of debt. If you 
borrow money, and the debt 
becomes a millstone around your 


me, the 

wages of 

sin is not 


neck, you need to get out of debt as 
soon as possible. If you're drown- 
ing in interest charges or you're 
struggling to pay off your debts, 
you need to take radical measures. 
There are times when going into 
debt is wrong. 

After one of my seminars, a 
well-dressed gentleman came up to 
me and said, "I have listened to 
your philosophy about debt and I 
agree with it. In fact, I wouldn't be 
worth three million dollars if I 
didn't borrow money." 

He was obviously a rich man, 
but he was also a borrower. How 
can that be, you ask, when Proverbs 
22:7 says: 'The rich rules over the 
poor, and the borrower is servant to 
the lender"? 

For one thing, the word servant 
would be better translated "obli- 
gated" in the sense he owes the 
lender. The borrower is "obligated" 
to the person who lends him 
money. This verse, however, says 
nothing about debt to the lender 
being wrong. Debt is only wrong 
when you borrow, knowing that 
you can't pay the money back. 

We live in a credit-driven 
economy. God, however, has never 
legislated against any kind of 
economy, whether it be a feudal 
fiefdom, a communist dictatorship, 
or a monarchy. God has given us 

practical ways to prosper in any 
government. We have only to study 
the lives of Joseph, Solomon, and 
Daniel in the Old Testament to see 
that success and prosperity don't 
depend upon the economic system 
of the country where you live. 

In capitalistic America in the late 
twentieth century, we finance our 
free-market economy with debt. If 
the Bible teaches debt-free living, 
then God must be discriminating 
against capitalism. 

How many economies have 
there been on the earth since God 
created man? Thousands. Every 
nation develops a different set of 
rules. That's why it is incorrect to 
imply that the Bible is written for 
only one kind of economic struc- 
ture. In fact, biblical financial 
principles — when properly ap- 
plied — will work in any economy, 
whether it be the home, church, 
business, or nation. 

If every Christian in America 
stopped lending and borrowing, we 
wouldn't have to wait for an 
economic earthquake. Why? 
Because America's economic 
system would collapse for sure. 

We live in a free-market 
economy. Our standard of living is 
the highest in the world because 
there is plenty of money available 
to be loaned and borrowed. Believe 
me, the wages of sin is not debt. 


"But I'd have to pay all that 
interest!" a client responded one 
day, as if I had suggested he rob the 
bank instead of borrow from it. 

Let's be practical. First of all, the 
Bible does not teach that interest is 
wrong; it teaches that usury is 
wrong. "If thou lend money to any 
of my people that is poor by thee, 
thou shalt not be to him as an 
usurer, neither shall thou lay upon 
him usury" (Exodus 22:25). 

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Q: How do you think we should 
train our pastors today? 

A: I think that we have tried to 
make an adjustment in theological 
education. I have been a part of that 
process of trying to take seriously 
the multifaceted demands and 
needs that are given to the pastor. 
Pastors are enormously pressured 
today. They are expected to be chief 
executive officers, counselors, and 
psychologists, along with all the 
rest. But I think that we need to get 
back to grounding our pastors in a 
deep knowledge of the Scriptures 
and of doctrine. I think that we are 
in a crisis of doctrine today, where 
people think that personal piety 
and experience are a substitute for 
the truth. And every time that has 
happened in history, the church has 
taken a tailspin. 

Q: What would you tell pastors 
just starting out to do? 

A: To get focused in his ministry. 
Not try to do it all the first six 
months, not try to do it all the first 
year. To not attempt to preach 
tossed salads and smorgasbords 
every Sunday. It is vitally important 
that he understand early on in his 
ministry that He must grow and 

deepen personally in his communi- 
cation and relationship with God. 
The tendency in the pool in our 
lives is to be so busy feeding the 
flock that we never get fed and we 
dry up. 

I had the opportunity to sit next 
to Billy Graham at a dinner a 
couple of years ago and I asked 
him: "Billy, if you had it to do over 
again, what would you do differ- 
ently?" And he said: "I would study 
more and speak less." And I 
understand that. I crave more time 
for feeding my own soul. I want to 
know God — I can't pass on what I 
don't know. 

Q: How is your local church 

A: We are still a new church. The 
distinctive of our church has been 
an emphasis on worship and we are 
really emphasizing the exaltation of 
God in worship — I'd say that's the 
best thing that we are doing right 
now. We are also moving signifi- 
cantly in the area of adult educa- 
tion. But, we are a young church, a 
growing church, and we need to do 
more outreach and continue to 
grow. It has been a wonderful 
experience — we love being in- 
volved with a new church. 

Q: How do you effectively 
disciple your new believers? 

A: By getting them into the 
Scriptures because that's what they 
need more than anything else — to 
be grounded in the Word of God. 
That must be the central point of all 
discipleship. The word disciple 
means learner and what we learn 
must not be just contemporary 
traditions. What we must learn first 
and foremost is the content of the 

Q: If you could choose just one 
thing that you think we should do 
as a fellowship of churches, what 
would it be? 

A: Find out where God is. I 
think the greatest need today in the 
evangelical community is to come 
to a deeper understanding of the 
character of God the Father. That 
means reading the Old Testament 
because it is there, despite the 
elements that are no longer appli- 
cable to us, that the greatest re- 
source of revelation about the 
character of God is contained. We 
have neglected that. And, sadly, 
that neglect is showing up in the 
life of the church. 

March 1995 



By Kevin Pinkerton 

God can take 

any one of us 

from anywhere 

and use us for 


He can take a 

custodian and 

make him a 

senior pastor. 

It's strange how life finds us in 
different places. After graduating 
from the University of Southern 
Colorado, I quit my job in a bank to 
go to a Bible college in Missouri. A 
year later I moved to the panhandle 
of Texas to work in the oil fields to 
pay off school debts. After that, 
God gave me a position as a branch 
manager with World Savings in 
Denver. My dream was to climb 
the corporate ladder and finance 
a Christian camp in the 
Rockies. But I came to realize 
that I wanted to become 
more directly involved in e»<aQ— 
teaching God's Word. I /^SteisJ^ 
didn't want to finance a 
ministry, I wanted to 
be the one there 
seeing God change 

In 1990 1 J$£*£fa 
found myself 

VA after 
seven years of 
s e mi - 


ate work. I 
had a good 
job but I had 
almost no 
for ministry in 
a church. As 
Captain of 
Liberty Emergency 
Services at Liberty 
University, I loved my 
job — being a part of the 
"team," being able to work 
with Dr. Falwell, learning from 
him. But most of all I enjoyed hiring 
and working with other Christians, 
many of whom were in college or 
seminary to train for ministry. 

Of course, the best part about 
Lynchburg was that I found my 
wife Pam. God blessed us with two 
of our children before we left there. 

Still, I felt that it all just wasn't 
enough. I came to Liberty because I 
had a deep desire to teach God's 
Word. I had been blessed with 

good jobs 


/ r ~~~*'^/— s 

before but I 
wanted an 
outlet to 
V__-/ teach and 
preach the 
Bible. I was 
greatly disturbed 
that although my 
schooling was 
complete I had no 
formal experience in 

That's when I was 
contacted by a former secu- 
rity officer and friend, Rob 
Mayes. He had recently moved to 
Fremont, Ohio, where he was 
Associate Pastor. He sensed a 
match and creatively came up with 
a position where I could get some 
experience with youth and work as 
the church custodian to better 
support my family. I had experi- 
ence in many diverse vocations but 
they did not include ministry or 
custodial work. 

My first task was to get the 
hang of the cleaning routine. All 
things considered, with the church 
needs and the needs of our Wee 
Care Preschool and Kindergarten, 
the custodial work was a little 
more involved than I first antici- 
pated. But it all worked out and I 
came away with some interesting 

It was through this challenge 
that God began taking me through 
the baby-steps — each one that He 
knew I needed to prepare me for 
effective ministry. 




In his heart man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9 

Step 1: As full-time custodian 
and part-time youth pastor, I started 
out teaching the College /Career 
Sunday school class of about fifteen 
people. Probably no one knew how 
nervous I was but the young people 
were great and I was soon hooked. 

Step 2: Step two came when I 
was disappointed to learn that in 
order to be the "official" youth 
pastor, I would now (four months 
after moving there) have to be voted 
on. Our church requires 90% for all 
pastors. But God took care of that 
and I became the Official Youth 
Pastor (and custodian. 

I took over the Wednesday night 
youth rally — a mild disaster my first 
night, but God allowed me to 
quickly grow and I again became 
hooked on interacting with teens 
and focusing on God's Word. 

Step 3: My third step came 
when Pastor Klingler stretched me 
by having me in the pulpit on 
Sunday nights about once-a-month. 
I'm sure many of those sermons 
were very rough but the people of 
our church family were a great 
encouragement. I also continued to 
learn from the other three pastors as 
we served together in unity. 

Step 4: When Pastor Klingler 
decided to resign our church after a 
very fruitful ministry, God moved 
me on to step four. The Elder Board 
decided that until we found another 
senior pastor, the three pastors 
remaining on staff would rotate the 
Sunday preaching responsibilities. 

Normally the responsibility of 
properly exegeting and effectively 
communicating Scripture to a large 
audience on Sunday morning 
would have terrified me but 
through God's provision and 
increasing preparation, my initial 
terror was reduced to mere "butter- 
flies" once a month. 

Step 5: After a long pastoral 
search, the Elder Board approved a 
unique co-pastor plan. In February 
1993, Rob Mayes and I received the 
90% congregational approval 
needed to lead the church. We 
divided preaching and leadership 
responsibilities equally. Now, 
instead of preaching one morning 
service per month, it was two. I 
thought this was a fantastic rela- 
tionship until God moved me yet 
another step. 

Step 6: Rob and I were enjoy- 
ing the ministry together when he 
was offered an opportunity to 
return to Temple Hills, MD, where 
his father, Howard Mayes, was 
Senior Pastor. I was disappointed to 
see him leave but this was his 
chance to fill a lifelong dream of 
ministering alongside his father. 

Under the agreed plan, the 
elders were back to square one in 
filling the senior position. A short 
while and one more congregational 
vote later, I found myself the senior 
pastor in a dynamic, caring, pro- 
gressive church. 

Only then was I prepared 
adequately to preach and teach 
every Sunday. These are the crucial 
baby-steps God provided for me to 
go through in less than three years. 

We all realize that God can take 
any one of us from anywhere and 
use us for anything. He can take a 
custodian and make him a senior 
pastor. But many times we forget 
that God also gives us the prepara- 
tion, training, experience, and time 
we need. I desperately needed 
every one of those baby steps. 

What a good and amazing God 
that gives us everything we need to 
serve Him. Proverbs 20:24 says: 

A man's steps are directed by the 
Lord. How can anyone understand his 
ozon way?" 

More about Fremont GBC 

The Fremont GBC is a 
dynamic growing church with 
a rich heritage. Kevin 
Pinkerton, Senior Pastor is 
supported by Paul Kuieck, 
Minister of Music; Rob 
Mitchell, Youth Pastor; and 
Ward Tressler, Associate 
Pastor. They now also employ 
a full time custodian! 

The church is extremely 
unified and aggressively 
looking for opportunities to 
make an impact in their 
community. One such 
program that reaches outside 
their walls with a strong 
gospel message is S.TA.N.D. 
(Students Taking A New 
Direction) Groups started by 
their youth ministry three 
years ago and now active on 
three public school campuses 
either before or after school. 

They also operate Wee Care 
Preschool and Kindergarten in 
which about 50% of those who 
enroll are from families not 
plugged in to any church. 

During the week they offer 
Biblical Parenting classes, 
Evangelism classes, Home 
Bible Studies (Flocks) and a 
full children's program and 
Life Support Youth Rally. All 
of which is based on their 
commitment to boldly 
proclaim the Word of God. 

"As God continues to allow 
us to grow, we want to find 
innovative ways of sharing 
His love with those seeking 
truth," says Kevin. 

March 1995 


* The Nine Children 

Robert E. A. Miller, Jr. home with 
the Lord, 1957. 

William W. Miller, Bakersfield, CA 

David S. Miller, Westerville, OH 

Dorotheann Barker, Hemet, CA 

Sharon M. Lash, Yorba Linda, CA 

Paul K. Miller, Yorba Linda, CA 

Althea L. Miller, Kentfield, CA 

Ardyth L. Hallock, Alexandria, CA 

Dr. Mark F. Miller, Bakersfield, CA 

Althea's 84th birthday is 
April 7. How about 

sending her a note? Her 
address is: 5772 Karen 

Avenue, Cypress, CA 90630 

Althea Miller — 

A Soul Filled with God's Glory 

by Mary Thompson 

I remember her 
singing with great 
gusto in a mixed 
quartet — Heaven 
Came Down and Glory 
Filled My Soul. And 
that's her story. 

Althea Schwartz 
was born April 7, 
1911 in Philadelphia, 
PA. Her parents were 
members of the First Brethren 
Church and Althea accepted the 
Lord and was baptized there in 
1921 by Dr. Alva J. McClain. Then, 
two years later an event occurred 
that would shape Althea's future: 
Rev. R. Paul Miller arrived as the 
new pastor in Philadelphia, and 
with him his wife and children. 

Althea has always been an 
enthusiastic participant in the 
Lord's work. As a teen she taught 
Sunday School and headed the 
missions committee of the county 
Christian Endeavor. Her goal was 
to be a missionary in Africa and she 
enrolled in Bible school, now 
Philadelphia College of the Bible, 
graduating in 1932. 

Sisterhood of Mary and Martha 
(SMM) had it's beginning in 
Philadelphia and Althea was 
elected national president. She was 
awarded the first SMM Scholarship 
to attend Ashland College in 1933 
to prepare for the mission field. 

Althea and Robert E. A. Miller 
were married on September 3, 1935. 
( You guessed it — he was the oldest 
son of her pastor). Robert was a 
member of the first class to gradu- 
ate from Grace Seminary in 1938 
and he and Althea were accepted 
by the Foreign Missionary Society 

of the Brethren Church as candi- 
dates for French Equatorial Africa 
(now Central African Republic). 

World War II thwarted the 
lifelong dream, but the Lord 
opened opportunities for the 
Millers to pastor Brethren churches 
in California, Pennsylvania, and 
Virginia. During these busy years 
Althea served as National Women's 
Missionary Council Editor for the 
Brethren Missionary Herald. She 
was also asked to write a column 
for the Herald called "Under the 
Parsonage Roof" depicting family 
life in a pastor's home with nine 
children.* (A list of their children 
appears at left) Moody Press 
published selected columns in a 
book with the same title. 

During the 1960s Althea was 
president of the Southern Califor- 
nia-Arizona District WMC and later 
served several years on the Na- 
tional WMC program committee. 

The Miller's missionary dream 
was at last realized in 1966 when 
the Lord called them into full-time 
service with the Chosen People 
Ministries (formerly American 
Board of Missions to the Jews.) For 
twenty-eight years they have been 
carrying the gospel "to the Jew 
first," serving in Washington, D.C. 
and now in Orange County, Califor- 
nia, home to more than one- 
hundred thousand Jewish people. 

At age 83, Althea continues 
teaching three weekly Bible classes 
which average a total of more than 
one-hundred women. She rejoices 
in the lifelong ministry God has 
been pleased to give her both in 
Grace Brethren churches and Jewish 



Preschools: Reaching Families and 
Boosting Finances 

By Colleen Teran 

Dinara's parents were commu- 
nists from the Soviet Union here on 
a visa studying at a nearby univer- 
sity. Mohammed and Jahid's 
parents were practicing Moslems 
from Syria working in international 
trade. Lana's mother wore the 
traditional Moslem dress and 
attended the Mosque on weekends. 
Amanda's family was in a crisis 
requiring the mother to work ten to 
twelve hours a day. Jordan's father 
was an atheist and had never set 
foot inside a church. 

What do these children have 
in common? Their parents paid 
over $300 a month for care and 
instruction by believers in a 
Grace Brethren Church. Imag- 
ine that! People paying money 
to hear the gospel and come 
under the influence and minis- 
try of the local church. How can 
that happen? Through the ministry 
of a daycare/ preschool program. 

A preschool/ daycare is a 
tremendous outreach ministry for 
the church. By providing a service 
that families need, children and 
parents are exposed to the prin- 
ciples of God's Word on a daily 
basis by a caring and committed 
staff. People who would never 
otherwise step foot inside a church 
will come on a Sunday morning to 
watch their child participate in a 
program. Families in crisis can find 
help through the pastoral staff. 
Food and clothing can be provided 
by the deacons in case of emer- 
gency. Touching people's lives in 
this way makes them more open to 
the Gospel. 

Secondly, in contrast to a 
Christian elementary school, a 
preschool /daycare provides a 

source of income and improve 
ments for the church. In the secular**" 
world, there are a large number.of 
schools in operation because if-js a 
profitable business. A church- 
related school can also realize a 
tremendous profit margin to be 
used for other ministries in the 

During the five years that the 
King's Kids Preschool has been in 
operation, over $45,000 has been 
tunneled back into the church 
for improvements and other 
cash contributions. 

But most importantly, lives 
have been changed. For the rest 
of the story. . . 

Dinara's family returned to 
the Soviet Union when commu- 
nism fell, but not before they 
had heard the gospel. Jahid and 
Mohammed spent a full year 
learning stories about Adonai 
rather than about Allah. Lana 
continues to hear the Bible taught 
as she receives care for 45 hours per 
week. Amanda and her mother 
were saved, the home restored, and 
the whole family is active in the 
church. Jordan and his mother 
attend church faithfully and the 
father has visited several times. 

These are just a few of the 
trophies of God's grace reaching 
through a preschool program. To 
God be the glory. 

Colleen Teran is a pastor 's wife and the 
director of King's Kids Preschool and 
After-School Care with the San Diego 
Grace Brethren Church. She is a mem- 
ber of CE National's Children's Cabi- 
net and is available for consultation if 
you are considering this ministry. 





1. Plan a preschool Sunday 
where the children put on part 
of the program for their 
parents during the morning 
worship hour. 

2. Christmas and gradua- 
tion programs provide oppor- 
tunities to meet church staff 
and share the gospel through 
song and stories. 

3. In-home visits with each 
family to provide an evalua- 
tion of the student's progress 
gives an opportunity to share 
the gospel as questions arise. 

4. Counseling, food, and 
clothing can be made available 
to families in crisis situations. 



March 1995 



If Things Are So Good, Why Do I Feel So Bad? 

By George Barna 

"I came out of seminary anxious to 
save the world. Idealism isn't a bad 
thing; it can be powerful motivation 
that helps you persevere in the face of 
calamity and trials. But, man, have I 
had my eyes opened in just twenty 
years. " 

David McAllister, age forty-eight, 
hopes to return to a church as 
minister one day. But for now he 
needs a break. 

"I pastored a church, a small 
church, starting as in interim 
pastor, them becoming the perma- 
nent pastor when they asked me to 
stay and help heal the hurts that were 
there. I was there for five years," 
McAllister explains. "By the end, I felt 
like I was swimming in molasses. 
People struggle with so much stuff, 
such deep stuff! I can't help them. 

"I was honest with them about it. I 
told them that I wasn't their solution, 
only God held the answers to their 
dilemmas, but that I'd do whatever I 
could to help them through it. But it 
was never enough, it was always a 
minute too late, it was. . . it was just 
overwhelming. It was hand-to-hand, 
heart-to-heart, combat, twenty-four 
hours a day. 

"I finally had to leave the pastorate. 
It took me about four years to recover 
from what I'd been through in minis- 
try. I still feel called to minister, but I 
have to find a realistic way to do it. 
People are really hurting. " 

The pain of his congregation and his 
own disappointments are due to many 
negatives now ruling the American 

Some of these negatives are: 
• Attitudes • 

We are very skeptical and 
suspicious people. We no longer 
trust other human beings. People 
are now deemed guilty until proven 
innocent, a perverse twist of the 
justice system upon which this 
nation was built. 

• Relationships • 
We live in a nation of more than 
260 million people, 

ilfflf&' tne tnj ' rc ^ most 
" populated 

country in the 
world. Yet we 
are desper- 
ately lonely. 
We cover up 
that despair 
by keeping 
busy — 
schedules, a 
whirlwind of activity. The result is 
that our personal relationships 
become more superficial than ever. 

• Character • 
America has become a nation of 

ill-tempered tyrants. We want it all 
and we want it now. 

• Health • 

At a time when more than nine 
of every ten people claim that 
having excellent health is a high 
priority in their lives, we find that 
we are not willing to pay the price 
for such health. 

• Compassion • 
While we preach brotherhood 

and tolerance, racial misunder- 
standing and intolerance are 
reaching epidemic proportions. 
Generational schisms have rarely 
been more overt and better defined. 

• Wisdom • 

We live in a world in which 
information creates influence and 
power. Although we have the 
machines and the means to grind 
out reams of information, we have 
little grasp of how to humanely 
interpret that data or to wisely 
apply the accumulated knowledge. 

• Technology • 
People feel anxiety over being 

owned by technology and the fact 

that the machines have greater 
capacity than they take advantage 
of has done little to endear them to 
the new-age technology. 
• Spirituality • 

While we have broader expo- 
sure to a variety of faiths, we 
appear to know less and less about 
what we believe and why we 
believe it. We have forfeited our 
historic ethics and morals to the 
gods of achievement and comfort. 
We have replaced the presence of 
God with well-intentioned but 
superficial religious activity. 
•Values • 

Studies show that Americans 
are confused about what is person- 
ally important, culturally signifi- 
cant, and morally non-negotiable. 
They struggle with decision making 
because, for the most part, they lack 
a sound system of values that could 
serve as the foundation. 

Backed with extensive research, George 

Barna reveals Americans' attitudes 

regarding family, relationships, career, 

leisure, and the media. And he exposes the 

dichotomy of our internal attitudes and our 

external advantages. 

Published by Moody Press 





By Bev Flynn, Sports Spectrum 

At this time last year everyone 
was talking gold, silver, and bronze 
for the Winter Olympics. And Sam 
Cordell walked the streets of 
Lillehammer dreaming of one day 
challenging those Europeans. 

Sam Cordell? Perhaps you have 
yet to meet him. And perhaps in the 
future he can introduce you to his 
sport of choice — the biathlon. 

Sent by the US Biathlon Associa- 
tion to experience the 1994 Olym- 
pics as a nonparticipant, the 19- 
year-old biathlete from Bend, 
Oregon> found his hopes for the 
future rising. "It was really exciting 
and encouraging. It got me in- 
spired. I thought the Olympics 
would be so much different from 
other races and that it would be so 
hard to compete. But it was just two 
more races. It wasn't so much 
different; I feel pretty optimistic 
about racing there." 

There was, however, something 
very different about the biathlon at 
Lillehammer and later at the World 
Cup in Slovakia. 

Sam Cordell had never seen a 
huge crowd. 'The biathlon is pretty 
small in the US," he explains. 
"When we were in Slovakia, the 
people were coming from all the 
different towns around. There were 
thousands of people there watch- 
ing. The whole trail was solid with 
people who cheered the competi- 
tors on the whole way." 

Breaking open the door of 
Europe's powerhouse is the chal- 
lenge facing the US national 
biathlon team. And that demands 
new tactics — tactics that directly 
affect Sam Cordell, the 1994 free- 
style champion. 

'They [the national team] used 
to just take whoever could make 
the team. As a result, they were not 
really getting athletes who could 

compete in Europe," says Cordell. 
"Now they've dropped the whole 
national team and are starting over 
with the juniors. They're taking the 
top kids who look like they could 
be competitive internationally, and 
they are going to support them and 
bring them up through the ranks." 

As he trains with the national 
team in New York under the 
leadership of Algis Shalna, a 
Lithuanian biathlete who won a 
gold medal in 1984 for the Soviet 
Union, Cordell also anticipates 
another challenge as far as the 
Europeans are concerned. He wants 
to share his faith in Jesus Christ 
with them. 

"I have looked forward to that," 
Sam explains, "but I haven't had a 
chance yet because I've had mini- 
mal time in Europe. I'll be spending 
a lot more time in Europe, and I'll 
be around the people a lot more." 

But that hasn't stopped him 
from talking to skiers back home. 
"I have shared my faith with some 
of my teammates and with some of 
my friends I train with." 

Cordell also faces physical 
challenges. In the spring of 1993, he 
was diagnosed with external 
compartment syndrome, which 
meant that the sheaths of tissue 
encasing his lower leg muscles were 
too small, causing intense pain 
every time he skied. Doctors 
suggested an operation — "I hoped 
and prayed it would work," Cordell 
says. It did 

"Last winter (1993-94) was the 
first winter I went skiing since 
having had it fixed. It's definitely a 
blessing to have it repaired." 

Without pain and looking 
toward a future bright with chal- 
lenges in the biathlon and in his 
spiritual life, Sam Cordell sets his 
sights on 1998 and Japan. 

What is the Biathlon 

The biathlon 

combines two events: 

cross-country skiing 

and rifle shooting. 

Each competitor 

cross-country skis 

either 10 or 15 

kilometers as a junior 

or 10K or 20K for 


They each 
periodically stop and 
shoot, either standing 

or prone at a set of 

five targets placed 50 

meters away. 

The biathletes are 
given one round of 
ammunition per 
target for their single- 
shot rifles and are 
penalized for each 


March 1995 



Healths-pan is the newest 
buzzword in medicine. It 
refers to the years in which 
you are healthy enough to 
conduct a full range of daily 
activities independently. You'll 
see the term used in law, 
insurance, and medical arenas. 

Strength training may be 
one of the best workouts for 
eliminating fat. Because lifting 
weights raises metabolism 
more effectively than some 
other types of exercise, it 
burns off more fat over a 
longer period of time. 

Cardiovascular disease 
costs Americans $43 billion a 
year; depression, $44 billion. 

Besides burning up to 1,600 
calories an hour, competitive 
rowing is a low-impact 
activity that tones arms, back, 
legs, and shoulders. Sculling 
clubs are forming nationwide. 
For more info call: 


Potted plants can purify 
the air by metabolizing the 
pollutants their leaves draw 
in. Good choices: Boston fern, 
dragon tree, dumb cane, pot 
mum, date palm. 

Soon to be available: a 
chemically sensitized steering 
wheel that can detect blood- 
alcohol levels and disable a 
vehicle if the driver is drunk. 

Americans spend 
$13,698,630 on health club 
fees, and $21,917,808 on snack 
food during an average day. 


Hubert Davis, 

By: Sports Spectrum 

The often unfriendly crowd at 
Madison Square Garden doesn't 
seem to be able to bring itself to boo 
the man T)ie New York Times called 
"the choir boy with the killer shot." 
Hubert Davis, the New York 
Knicks' shooting guard has cap- 
tured the hearts of the fans. Davis 
revels in the intense scrutiny that 
comes with playing in New York. 

'The people at the Garden 
generate so much excitement," he 
explains. 'There's action wherever 
you look." 

Davis stands out from the crowd 
of young players who, for the most 
part, promote a flashy, materialistic 
life-style and garner attention 
through immense contract de- 
mands. In fact, at the start of his 
rookie year in 1992, when he had 
not yet signed a contract, Davis 
took out his own insurance policy 
so he could take part in training 

His hard work paid off — he's an 
integral part of the Knicks and their 
recent success as championship 
contenders. Coach Pat Riley, well- 
known for his exacting practices 
and high expectations, points to 
Hubert as a model for his team- 
mates. His "good-guy" teddy-bear 
demeanor belies the heart of a fierce 
competitor whose strength and 
faith developed at a young age. 

Davis grew up in Burke, Vir- 
ginia, and saw his first NBA game 
when his All-Star uncle Walter 
Davis, who had a fifteen-year NBA 
career with the Suns and the 
Nuggets, played against the Wash- 
ington Bullets. 

Hubert began to hone his game 
playing against his father Hubert, 
Sr., who played college ball at 
Johnson C. Smith University in 

Hubert, Jr. accepted a scholar- 
ship to the University of North 


d at the Garden 

Carolina at Chapel Hill. By his 
senior year he developed into a 
team leader and led his team to the 
Final Four. 

But those years were not 
smooth. His mother died of cancer 
when he was sixteen and his 
anguish turned to anger at God for 
"taking her away." Gradually he 
turned to his father and friends 
who gave him support and comfort 
through Bible passages. He began 
to attend church, took part in Bible 
studies, and accepted Jesus Christ 
as his Savior. 

Now, as a member of the Knicks, 
Davis embraces the "role model" 
life-style that so many athletes 
avoid. He is active both on and off 
the court. He travels with the 
Alamo Summer Caravan, a pro- 
gram that offers basketball clinics 
while teaching the ever-important 
anti-drug, pro-education message 
to urban youth. He works with the 
Junior Knicks League, which seeks 
to show kids that sports and 
academic success need not be 
mutually exclusive. He is also 
chairman of the NYNEX/ Yellow 
Pages Community Service Scholar- 
ship Program, which awards 
scholarships to high school seniors 
who meet high community service 
as well as academic standards. 

An example of his own message, 
Davis completed his degree pro- 
gram in criminal justice before he 
began his pro career. He plans to go 
on to law school. 

Davis is active in Fellowship of 
Christian Athletes, and he often 
publicly voices his thanks to Jesus 
Christ for his blessings. 

After last year's grueling season 
ended in disappointment, it would 
seem difficult for him to gear up for 
another title try. But instead of 
being down, Hubert Davis says: 
"I've been blessed." 


DEBT cont. 

The dictionary definition of 
usury states: "Unconscionable or 
exorbitant rate or amount of 
interest charged; interest charged in 
excess of the legal rate charged to a 
borrower for the use of money." 

When exorbitant and unfair 
interest is charged of 
borrowed money, that is 
considered usury. Loan 
sharks are guilty of 
usury, and states have 
laws protecting the 
consumer against 
usurious interest. 

In most of the United 
States, it is illegal to 
charge more than 4 percent over the 
legal rate of interest set by a state 
unless there is a legal contract 
between the borrower and the 
lender. That's why banks can 
legally extract usury from the 
consumer for credit card debt. 
When you sign a contract on your 
Visa or Mastercard letting them 
charge you 18 to 22 percent, in my 
opinion, you are agreeing to 
usurious interest. 

The Bible condemns usury in no 
uncertain terms. Let me give you an 
example. Nehemiah 5:1-13 de- 
scribes the hard times experienced 
by the captive Israelites. A drought 
in the land had depleted the grain 
stores, and famine threatened the 
people. Taxes were high, and the 
Israelites were behind on their 
payments to the king. 

In order to purchase grain and 
pay their taxes, they had to mort- 
gage their homes and farms. 
Because money was scarce, it had to 
be borrowed. The nobles and 
officials were more than happy to 
lend the poor folks money but they: 

1. Charged 12 percent interest 

2. Forced them to secure the 
loans with their lands. 

3. Took children for bond 
servants to be sold as collateral. 

The people complained bitterly 
to Nehemiah, and he angrily 
denounced the loan sharks, saying 

in effect, "How could you exact 
usury from your own countrymen 
and sell them as slaves?" (vs. 6-8). 

Although Nehemiah had his 
hands full building the temple wall, 
he persuaded the evil men to stop 
the usury, give up the mortgages, 

If ifs wrong to pay interest, 

then it must also be wrong 

to collect interest. 

and give them time to pay the 
principal. Ashamed of themselves, 
the noblemen promised to do as 
Nehemiah commanded and agreed 
not to demand anything more from 
the people. 

This passage teaches two things: 

1. It's okay to lend money to 
people who need it. Nehemiah and 
his men were also lending money 
and grain to the people (vs. 10). 

2. Usurious interest is wrong. 
Those who continued to treat the 
people unjustly would reap God's 
judgement on themselves and their 
families (vs. 13). 

To extract high interest from a 
person who has little ability to 
repay his loan because he has fallen 
on hard times is against the Word of 

What is a reasonable interest 
rate? Around 10 percent. In fact, 
that has been the accepted, univer- 
sal standard by which people have 
loaned other people money for 


If it is unbiblical to pay interest, 
as some suggest, then it must be 
wrong to borrow. If it is wrong to 
borrow, then the lender is just as 
guilty as the debtor, right? 

You may say, but I'm not 
lending anyone money. Let me ask 
this question: Where do you put 
your money? In the bank? What do 
banks do with the money you 
deposit? Lend it to other people. 
That makes you a lender. 

If it's wrong to pay 
interest, them it must 
also be wrong to 
collect interest. Do 
you put your money 
in the bank and let it 
gather interest? If 
interest is unbiblical, 
why are you collect- 
ing it? 
If interest and borrowing are 
wrong, then you should keep your 
money out of the banks because 
they pay interest to you while 
charging other people interest to 
borrow your money. 

The Bible, however, does not 
teach that interest is wrong. If large 
sums of money are borrowed to 
start a business or purchase goods 
for trading, it's only fair that the 
lender share in the profits made by 
the borrower. After all, the lender 
provided the means for the bor- 
rower to increase his wealth. 

So is collecting interest 
unbiblical? Absolutely not. In Jesus' 
parable of the talents, the master 
told the "wicked and slothful" 
servant who buried his money that 
he should at least have put it in the 
bank where it could have collected 
interest. Jesus must have thought 
this was the wise thing to do since 
the parable condemns those who 
are afraid to invest (Matt 25:26). 
So what are you going to do 
with all the money you save once 
you get out of debt? Put it in coffee 
cans and bury it in the backyard? 

Next Month, the final look at this topic: 

When Borrowing Makes Sense: 
It is wrong to go into debt just to sup- 
port our life-style but borrowing is not 
wrong if it serves a godly purpose. 


March 1995 

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National Conference looks very 
exciting again this year. Dates are 
Friday, July 21, through Thursday, 
July 27, 1995. Special speakers 
include Kay Arthur, George Barna, 
John Mac Arthur, Ray and Anne 
Ortlund, Sammy Tippit, Dave 
Roever, David Seifert, and Bob 
Logan. Plus, on Tuesday, you can 
cross the boundary to Tiujuana, 
Mexico and build a home for a 
homeless family. Call the hotel 
reservation office at 1-800-772-8527 
of Charles Ashman at 219-269-1269 
for further information. 

The pastors of North 
Kokomo, Indiana area — 
Dick Cron, Dave Rossner, 
and Rich Horner are 

moving ahead with their 
attempt to plant a church in 
the Lafayette, Indiana area. 
(Pictured at right is Rich 
Horner at the District 
Invitational meeting 
displaying a map of 
Indiana and detailing their 
plans.) They are conducting 
a Bible class on the campus 
of Purdue University in 
Lafayette and Gordon 
Belles, who works for 
Purdue (formerly a mem- 
ber of the Yakima, WA 
GBC) is giving them a hand. 
They have secured an 800 
number that can be called from 
anywhere in Indiana hoping that as 
they get the word out about plant- 
ing this church, they might be given 
leads on people who might be 
interested. For more information 
call Dick Cron at 1-219-699-7110. 

Call Outland Travel 1-800-468- 
8526 to receive information on 
terrific prices for flights to Phoenix, 
Arizona from anywhere in the 
United States. To receive this 
incredible rate, you must have at 
least ten people traveling. Check 
with others in your district about 
traveling to BNYC together to 
qualify for these discounts. 

Outland Travel works specifi- 
cally with churches and missions 
organizations. Please relay to the 
travel agent that you are with the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches traveling to BNYC, 
sponsored by CE National. 

If you have any questions 
regarding this travel agency or 
Brethren National Youth Confer- 
ence, please contact CE National 
219-267-6622 and ask for Angie 

Rich Horner, Indian Heights GBC, Kokomo, IN 

Pastor Daniel Barbitta of the 

Montevideo, Uruguay GBC reports 
growth as a result of the completion 
of their church building by a Total 
Mobilization construction team in 
August. Twelve new adults are 
attending Sunday services, six of 
whom are already involved in 
evangelistic Bible studies. Between 
twenty-five and thirty young 
people now attend the youth 
meetings, most of whom are 
contacts from the campaign held in 
conjunction with the week of 
construction. Every day, between 

fifteen and twenty young people 
from the community gather at the 
new building to play ping-pong, 
talk, and hear the gospel. Another 
Total Mobilization team constructed 
a building for the Berazategui GBC 
in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 
December, 1994. 

The 1995 FOCUS III retreat for 
Northwest will be held March 13- 
15 and for Northeast, May 1-3. 

Dave Mitchell, pastor of the 
Waipio GBC in Hawaii, recently 
traveled to China. Along with four 
other men, Dave hand delivered 
Christian materials and Bibles to 
Chinese pastors. "God's leading 
allowed us to travel freely in five 
major cities and into areas where 
Westerners are rarely seen," reports 

James G. Dixon Memorial Fund 
(c/o Rev. R. Dallas Greene, 5102 
Old National Pike, Frederick, MD 
21701). This fund is being set up to 
encourage young people consider- 
ing the ministry and to encourage 
church planting. 

Scott Fetter has resigned as 
pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church in Niles, Michigan. His 
resignation was effective at the end 
of December. His future plans are 

The Bay de Noc Grace Brethren 
Church in Escanaba, MI has voted 
to discontinue services and dis- 
solve. They had been without a 
pastor for several months. 

Seattle, Washington is the site of 
the newest Grace Brethren Church 
and Home Missions point. Pastor 
Steve Gotch and a group of twenty 
or so believers left another church 
and are in the process of affiliating 
with the FGBC. Home Missions is 
providing some financial assistance 
for a limited period of time. You can 
read an in-depth report of this new 


March 1995 


beginning in the January issue of 
the Herald. 

Anchorage Grace Brethren 

Church is receiving resumes and 
applications for two pastoral staff 
positions that currently are open. 

The Minister of Worship and 
Music, a full-time position minister- 
ing to two morning worship 
services that involve both an adult 
choir, an orchestra, and a children's 
choir is open to the person who has 
both musical, audiovisual, and 
interpersonal relational skills. 

The Minister of Children's 
Ministries, is a full-time position 
ministering to over three-hundred 
elementary children. 

There is already a five-hundred 
member student body enrolled in 
their church sponsored Grace 
Brethren School. This position is 
available to the man or woman who 
enjoys working on a shared campus 
with a staff of sixty employees in 
the church and school. 

All resumes and inquiries should 
be sent to the attention of: 

Dr. Luke Kauffman, Senior 
Pastor, Anchorage Grace Brethren 
Church, 12407 Pintail Street, 
Anchorage, AK 99516. 

District leaders (pictured above) 
met in Rancho Capistrano during 
the last week of January with board 
leaders for the District Invitational. 
This meeting was sandwiched 
between the FOCUS retreat and the 
meeting of the Fellowship Council. 
Goals related to our Fellowship and 
the desire to grow to 2000 churches 
were discussed and prayed about. 


Grace Allshouse, was called to 
glory Tuesday, January 3, 1995. She 
was on her way to mail her prayer 
letters . The man who struck her did 
not see her and was not cited by the 
police. She was killed instantly. 

Funeral services were on January 
6. Ron Story, her pastor from 
Parkside Chapel, conducted the 
service. Grace was the first secretary 
of the Brethren Missionary Herald. 

Memorial services were held 
recently for two long-time members 
of Grace Community Church of Seal 
Beach, CA. On December 22, 1994 
services were held for Larry 
Williams, 74, who passed away on 
December 19. 

Services were held on December 
30 for John Lamb, 55, who passed 
away on December 26. 

TRAVEL: Heritage Tour, October 
9-20, 1995. Visit scenic sites of 
Anabaptist, Pietist, and Brethren 
significance in Switzerland, France, 
Germany, and the Netherlands. 
Sponsored by Brethren Encyclope- 
dia, Inc. $1950 from New York's JFK 
Airport. For a brochure contact Don 
Durnbaugh, P.O. Box 484, James 
Creek, PA 16657. 814-658-3222. 


Rev. Edmund Leech (formerly 
Cerritos, CA): 265 Santa Monica 
Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93107 

The former Temple Hills, 
Maryland, Church (GBC of 
Greater Washington): 6501 
Surratts Road, Clinton, MD 20735. 
Phone: 301-868-1600. 

Chaplain (CPT) Phillip 
Spence: 92-787 Makakilo Dr. 27 
672-0012, Kapolei, Hawaii 96707. 

The fax number for the Grace 
Brethren Church at Willow 
Valley, Lancaster PA, is incorrect 
in the Annual. It is: 717-464-1582. 

Rev. and Mrs. Charles H. 
Winter: Apt. 711, 60 Lester 
Avenue, Nashville, TN 37210 




Like the woman of Proverbs 31, we bless others with our service and capable strength 

which grow out of obedience. Through the long nights, our lights do not go out. 

We hope the personal experiences and lessons shared by the women of our fellowship 

will encourage you and stretch your boundaries of faith. 

Doors and doorknobs 

By Rachel McDonald 

Someone asked me last week 
to describe my relationship with 
God using the idea or symbol of 
a door. An interesting picture 
came to my mind. 

I still feel like a timid little 
girl many times, so I pictured a 
door with a doorknob three 
times larger than my little 
hands. I'm struggling to open 
the door so that I can enjoy the 
beautiful light streaming out of 
the cracks of the door. But, do 
you know what? I am scared. 

I'm scared that the beautiful 
light on the other side of the 
door might shut off as soon as it 
sees me. I am unsure of myself. 
What really lies on the other side 
of the door? I wonder if many of 
us don't feel this same way — 
scared, uncertain, overwhelmed 
with inadequacy as we face 

But, God tells me in His 
Word that I am a child of His 
and that I have nothing to fear. 
Can I really be twenty-two years 
old and only just now realizing 
this truth? God loves me no 
matter what my failings, no 
matter what I've done. When I 
am disgusted with myself for all 
the many sins I've committed, 
God is still there. 

I've been trying to memorize 
Romans 8 during my morning 
rituals of makeup, rollers, 


"Her lamp does not go out at night" 

toothbrush, etc. In the first two 
verses of that chapter God says: 
"For there is no condemnation 
for those who are in Christ Jesus 
because through Christ Jesus, 
the law of the Spirit of Life set 
me free from the law of sin and 
death." That is truth and that is 
exciting. Because of Jesus, God 
loves me no matter what I've 
done — and He will continue to 
do so. 

But it's usually just about 
here, in my thoughts, that I 
come to the same question: 
"God, how can you use me? I 
am an ugly sinner!" And he 
gently shows me as each day 
and opportunity unfolds. 

I just finished my semester of 
student teaching in December. 
That timid little girl inside of me 
approached that first day scared 
to death. But, as the weeks 
passed, I was humbled and awe 
struck to see how God would 
use me in a public school to 
impact lives for Christ. God saw 
to it that a little boy from a 
violent home received many 
hours of my special attention so 
that he could learn to read. God 
also planned for me to share 
Christ with another boy who 
needed to know what it meant 
to be loved no matter what you 
did. You should have seen his 
eyes when he realized that Jesus 
loved him more than Santa 

As I try so hard to please God 
on my own, I inevitably fail. 
Every time I fail, God is there on 
the other side of the door en- 
couraging me to open up to Him 
so that I can share His kind of 
love with others. He even helps 
with that giant doorknob. 

Rachel McDonald is a member of 
the Mabton, Washington GBC 


March 1995 

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Jesus Wept 

By Jeff Carroll 

Last Monday morning I got to 
my office and the first call of the day 
was from a dear friend in a distant 
city where I had served as pastor. 
He was calling to inform me of the 
death of his wife's mother and 
asking me to conduct the funeral. I 
was honored as I always am when 
someone asks me to have a part in 
one of the most intimate times in the 
life of a family. I was also shocked as 
I always am when someone I knew 
and cared about dies. 

In his book The Mystery of 
Marriage, Mike Mason said, 
"[Death] builds by slow degrees of 
awareness like the unfolding of a 
murder mystery in which we 
ourselves turn out to be the victim." 

Yes, death is a mystery. A veiled, 
relentless threat. It is the essence of 
separation and sadness. This makes 
death a repulsive word to many 
people. For them, to speak of death 
is to discuss life's most unfathom- 
able reality. The word paralyzes 
them. They see death as a dark, 

foreboding, abysmal, incomprehen- 
sible gulf. 

When Jesus met Mary and 
Martha at their brother's grave site, 
the scripture records that Jesus 
wept. I like that verse. It was the 
first one that I was able to memo- 
rize. As I have thought about the 
meaning of the verse over the years, 
I've concluded that Jesus cried 
because he experienced as a man the 
ultimate result of sin i.e. death. 
Because of man's sin, his destiny is 
death. Jesus saw the pain of death in 
the lives of fathers and mothers and 
brothers and sisters. 

Those tears would lead Jesus to 
the upper room in Gethsemane and 
ultimately to Golgotha where he too 
would die. The disciples would also 
weep. But their sorrow would not 
take months and years to overcome. 
When Jesus walked out of the tomb 
on that first resurrection Sunday, 
their view of death, and ours, would 
forever be changed. Death had 
become a passageway to paradise. 
So excited were they, that the death, 
burial, and resurrection of Jesus was 
must-sharing-news for everyone 
they met. 

In A.D.125, a man named 
Aristides took note of this phenom- 
enon. He sent a letter to a friend to 
give this explanation for the rapid 
spread of Christianity. 

"If any righteous man among the 
Christians passes from this world, 
they rejoice and offer thanks to God, 
and they escort his body with songs 
and thanksgiving as if he were 
setting out from one place to another 

Yes, believers in the Lord Jesus 
can face death differently from those 
who don't know Him because they 
have a hope beyond the grave. 
There's an old saying that goes: 
"Life begins at 40." For God's 
children, however, life — new and 
glorious living — begins at death 
when the soul leaves the body and 
enters into the presence of the Lord. 
And that's something to celebrate. 

A Note of Thanks o* 

From time to time the 
Brethren Missionary Herald 
receives a bequest from the 
estate of a dear friend of our 
ministry. When that hap- 
pens, we feel sad. Why? 
Because we did not get the 
opportunity to thank the 
person and express our 
deep appreciation for their 

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like to take this opportunity 
to thank each of you who 
have remembered the 
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say: "Thank you!" 

April 1995 



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Is All Debt Unbiblical? Part 3 

Bill Bright, Campus Crusade 


Sue Peters: Missionary of the Year 


Crucifixion: The Exhumed Evidence 


Your Invitation to Cross the Boundary 


Do We Have MIAs in the FGBC? 


Paul Westphal: Head Coach Phoenix Suns 


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CE National: Ed Lewis 

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Home Missions: Larry Chamberlain 

Women's Missionary Council: Mary Thompson 

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i$ all DEBT fltabiblital? 

The last of a three-part series from the book: 
Exploding the Doomsday Money Myths by Sherman S. Smith, Ph.D. 


When Borrowing Makes Sense 

Most people don't borrow 
money for two valid reasons. 

1. They don't want to pay 
interest. This can be a personal or 
practical issue, but it is certainly not 
a biblical mandate. 

2. They have no means to pay 
back the loan. You need to pay back 
what you borrow; otherwise, you 
are borrowing under false pre- 

I cannot find one verse in the 
Bible to indicate that borrowing or 
lending is wrong or that charging 
reasonable interest is against God's 
law. Scripture does teach, however, 
that we are to be careful how we 
borrow or lend money. 

Exodus 22:14—15 teaches one of 
the principles of borrowing: 

"And if a man borrow aught of 
his neighbor, and it be hurt, or die, 
the owner thereof being not with it, 
he shall surely make it good. But if 
the owner thereof be with it, he shall 
not make it good: if it be an hired 
thing, it came for his hire." 

Simply put, we should not abuse 
anything loaned to us. If a man 
loans a horse to a neighbor and the 
neighbor receives a profit from the 
loaned horse, he has a right to 
payment for the use of the horse. If 
anything had harmed the horse and 
the owner had received profit, he 
must stand good for the horse. If the 
owner loans the horse free to the 
neighbor and the horse gets hurt 

and dies, the borrower must make it 
good. Nothing in those verses says it 
is wrong to borrow — whether it's a 
horse or money. 

One of my favorite scriptures in 
the Bible concerning borrowing is 
found in Matthew 5:42. Jesus said, 
"Give to him that asks thee, and 
from him that would borrow of thee 
turn not thou away." 

Two principles are taught in that 
verse: (1) We should always be 
ready to give if we have the ability 
to give; (2) if we do not have the 
ability to give, we possibly have the 
ability to lend. 

I believe that in some cases 
lending money is as great an act of 
charity as giving it. The borrower, of 

please turn the page 

April 1995 


course, is then responsible to repay 
the debt, according to the Scripture 
In that way, lending can help the 
borrower develop a greater 
sense of responsibility. A 
person who gets everything 
free or as a handout, without 
being expected to repay, 
becomes dependent. 

If the Bible condemns 
borrowing and "to owe no 
man anything," as some 
people suggest, why did Jesus 
recommend that we lend? 

Debt-free promoters, in an effort 
to discredit borrowing, are likely to 
quote Psalm 37:21: "The wicked 
borrows, and pays not again: but the 
righteous shows mercy, and gives." 
This verse does not say it is wicked 
to borrow. But it is wicked not to 
repay what you have borrowed. 

Debt-free living is not good for 
every American, and the Bible does 
not teach against debt. But no one 
should take on debt just because it is 

Making Debt Work For You 

In The Coming Economic 
Earthquake, the author says: "To 
take a stand against [government] 
waste means that God's people must 
also refuse to take FHA or VA loans. 
Christian farmers need to say, 
'Thanks but no thanks.' " 

In other words, you should help 
reduce the government debt by 
refusing government money. I must 
disagree. If the government is going 
to spend money, then I believe it 
should be for the benefit of those 
who finance the bureaucracy by 
paying their taxes. 

Millions of Christian Americans 
have benefited — as they should — 

from VA (Veterans Administration) 
and FHA (Federal Housing Author- 
ity) loans. Radical debt-free teachers 

If the Bible condemns borrowing 
and "to owe no man anything/' as 
some people suggest, why did 
Jesus recommend that we lend? 

likewise advise that churches should 
take care of these people. That's a 
nice thought but is it scriptural? 

In Acts 4, the people brought 
their goods — which included lands, 
houses, and other possessions — to 
the apostles. Did the first church at 
Jerusalem use this money to finance 
new homes for their members? This 
passage only mentions that "neither 
was there any among them that 
lacked" (vs. 34). Although Christians 
are required to help the poor, 
nowhere in the New Testament did 
Christ leave instructions for the 
church to become a bureaucracy or a 
social welfare agency. 

Suppose you do take a govern- 
ment loan to build or buy a new 
house. Did you know that you 
would actually be stimulating the 
economy instead of being a drag on 
it, as some say? It's a fact that 
whenever Americans build new 
homes and move up financially, that 
in turn helps the economy expand. 

You have to live somewhere, and 
you'll either pay rent or pay a 
mortgage. In most parts of the 
country, it is cheaper to buy a house 
and get the tax break than to rent 
and make the landlord rich. Reason- 
able mortgage payments should be 
considered a necessary part of 
monthly household expenses. 

Can You Handle It? 

No American should be in debt 
unless the debt is advanta- 
geous to better living and 
doesn't threaten the long- 
term economic condition of 
his or her home or business. 

When I counsel people 
about their finances, I know 
when someone is falling 
through the cracks. If I see 
that happening, I always advise: 
"Get out of debt. And if you can't 
handle credit, don't use it." But I 
never advise people to get out of all 
debt at all cost. 

Most folks don't need to be 
taught debt is wrong; they need to 
be taught how to handle credit. And 
if they can't handle it, they have no 
business getting credit. To risk 
someone else's money when you're 
not sure you can repay it would be 
totally irresponsible and unfair to 
your creditors. 

Delaying paying your debts 
when you have the money to pay 
them is also unjust. Proverbs 3:27-28 
states: "Withhold not good from 
them to whom it is due, when it is in 
the power of thine hand to do it. Say 
not unto thy neighbor, Go, and come 
again, and tomorrow I will give; 
when thou has it by thee." Those 
verses are not teaching that it is 
wrong to owe your neighbor; they 
are saying it is wrong to delay 
paying your debts simply for the 
sake of holding on to the money. 

When All Else Fails 

In 2 Kings 4: 1-7, we read about 
the widow of a prophet (today we 
would consider her a preacher's 
widow) whose husband had died, 

please turn to page 15 

Most folks don't need to be taught debt is wrong; 
they need to be taught how to handle credit. 



Bill Bright — Campus Crusade 

Q: What were the circumstances 
that led you to Christ? 

A: I received Christ fifty years 
ago. I was a pagan — I was very 
materialistic, self-centered, had my 
own business interests. And then, 
the Spirit of God, in answer to my 
mother's prayers, began to lead me 
to people who introduced me to the 
First Presbyterian Church of Holly- 
wood. There, through a series of 
experiences, I received Christ. 

On my own, actually, nobody 
ever talked to me about Christ. 
Somehow I got lost in the cracks — I 
always sat in the back row. I was a 
business man and I had many 
secular friends and wasn't particu- 
larly interested in getting to know 
anyone. I was just there to learn and 
in the providence of God, in the 
quiet of my own home one night 
after prayer meeting, I got on my 
knees and received Christ. 

Q: How did Campus Crusade 
come into existence? 

A: My wife and I had been very 
self-centered and materialistic. 
When I proposed to her I promised 
her the world: travel, a home in 
BelAir, all kinds of things. She 
believed me and we were married. 
But we came to realize that seeking 

first the kingdom of God and laying 
up treasures in Heaven were what 
really mattered. So in the Spring of 
1951, we signed a contract with 
Jesus and chose to become His 
slaves, to preach the good news. It 
was two or three days later that God 
gave me this vision one midnight 
hour as I was up studying to go and 
fulfill the Great Commission. I've 
tried to be faithful to that vision for 
forty-three years. 

Q: How many countries is 
Campus Crusade in? 

A: We are in all the major coun- 
tries — probably 180 or so. There are 
a few small countries that we're not 
in but we represent about 98% of the 
world's population. We have a staff 
of 13,000 full time and 101,000 
trained volunteers and associates. 
We have helped to train many, many 
millions of Christians. 

Q: How do you explain its 
explosive growth? 

A: The Holy Spirit — it's the 
sovereignty of God. I can't claim any 
of the credit myself. I've just been 
hanging on and watching God 
work. My priority is to love God 
with all my heart, soul, and 
strength — He does everything else. 

Q: What's the biggest problem in 
the church today? 

A: Lethargy. A coldness of heart 
and loss of the first love of Christ. I 
grieve when I see the indifference 
around me, the casualness about our 
walk with God. He is holy and He is 
righteous, and He is loving and He 
saved us out of the darkness and 
gloom of Satan's kingdom. We're 
joint-heirs with Christ and we 
should take seriously who we are 
and what He's done for us. 

Q: What is your life passion? 

A: The driving passion of my life 
is my desire to please Christ and 
obey His commands and to help 
fulfill the Great Commission. 
Because of my love for Him, I try to 
evaluate everything I do in light of 
these goals. 

Q: How do you want to be 

A: My goal as a slave of Jesus 
Christ is just to be obedient and I 
don't seek honor or praise or 
applause. I'm very happy. As I've 
said to my wife, I would prefer 
when I die to be buried in an 
unmarked grave because that's the 
way that I have tried to live. 

April 1995 


Sue Peters: 
Missionary of the Year 

By: Mary Thompson 

Tom and Sue Peters 
Mike and Jean-Paul 

I I 

Four missionary women have been 
chosen to be honored as WMC 
Missionaries of the Year. (Sue Guiles, 
Kim Hulett, and Louise Klazvitter have 
been featured in previous Herald 
issues.) In order to promote the offering 
for these missionaries' support you may 
order a visual presentation of these 
women from Grace Brethren Foreign 
Missions, P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, 
IN 46590. Please give the desired date, 
indicate zvhether slide/tape or video is 
preferred, and include a contribution 
to cover the cost of shipping. 



A near-fatal 
auto accident in 
March 1993, 
brought Sue 
Peters and her 
family home 
from the Central 
African Repub- 
lic. But in 
response to 
many prayers, 
God spared her 
life and allowed 
the Peters to 
return to their 
ministry in 
January 1994. 

herself, Sue says: 
"I am the oldest 
of five children 
and we were all 
born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. I 
lived there until I was fourteen years 
old, then lived in New Jersey for five 
years before moving to California. I 
graduated from Los Angeles Baptist 
College (now The Master's College) 
then taught in a Christian school for 
several years. 

"My family attended Baptist 
churches until our move to Califor- 
nia where we were introduced to the 
Grace Brethren Church in Simi 
Valley. I knew the plan of salvation 
and , because we attended church 
regularly, I knew the proper talk, 
actions, and expected life-style, but I 
didn't develop a personal relation- 
ship with Christ as the Lord of my 
life until I was twenty-one years old. 
"The summer between my junior 
and senior year of high school I 
worked at a Bible conference where 
the Lord impressed missions on my 

heart. In July 1980, 1 left for a one- 
year term in the Central African 
Republic to teach in the Missionary 
Children's School. It was there that I 
met my husband Tom, who was also 
in the C.A.R. for a year as the field 

We were married June 25, 1982 in 
my home church and Michael joined 
our family May 23, 1985. Jean-Paul 
(J.P.) arrived May 5, 1987. We left for 
language study in Lyon, France, in 
September 1987, beginning our 
ministry in Central African Republic 
in July 1988. 

"We live in the town of 
Bossangoa where Tom teaches at the 
Bossangoa Bible Institute. He also 
oversees a district of 106 churches, 
advising and encouraging the 
African pastors and lay workers. I 
work with the student wives at the 
Bible Institute, teaching them health 
care and sanitation. I also am trying 
to introduce soybeans to the stu- 
dents: how to grow them and use 
them with the hope of improving 
the nutrition of their families. 

"To unwind I enjoy reading 
Jeanette Oke books and other light 
material. I am teaching quilting to 
the ladies at the Bible Institute, and 
the boys and I enjoy trying to grow a 

"I ask you to pray that I will love 
my husband and children and be a 
godly example to them and to those 
I work and live with. We need a 
prayer cover to keep us protected 
from the Evil One who would seek 
to destroy us and hinder our work 
in the Central African Republic. Also 
please pray for Thomas and Marie 
Youfei, our Timothy Partners in the 
work at Bossangoa." 






Israel My Glory Feb-Mar, 1995 

The young Jewish victim cringed 
in agony as the soldier roughly 
pushed his right heel over his left 
against the sturdy wooden post. 
Violent blows from the mallet on the 
iron nail tore angrily through his 
flesh. There he hung. Wretched. 
Crucified on a cross. 

Ancient literary sources tell of 
the frequent practice of crucifixion 
in ancient Israel. Yet no 
physical evidence had ever 
been found, archaeologically, to ' 
substantiate this record — that is 
not until 1968. 

The Jewish historian Josephus, 
who lived in the first century A.D. 
and was an eyewitness to many 
gruesome crucifixions, characterized 
this form of execution as "the most 
wretched of deaths." Its origin 
cannot be determined with certainty, 
but ancient records tell that a 
primitive form of impaling was 
practiced by the Assyrians, 
Phoenicians, and Persians around 
1000 B.C. By the first century B.C., 
the Roman Empire adopted this 
method as their own and refined it 
to a diabolical art. 

Rome applied crucifixion exten- 
sively. Starting with the suppression 
of the Spartacus revolt in 71 B.C., 
Rome lined the famous Appian 
Road stretching from Capua to 
Rome with 6,000 crucified rebels. In 
7 A.D., a minor revolt in Judea was 
brutally squelched, resulting in the 
crucifixion of 2,000 Jews in Jerusa- 
lem. During the siege of Jerusalem 
by Titus in 70 A.D., 500 Jews were 
crucified each day for several 
months. In times of war, crosses 
were haphazardly constructed, and 
the victims were nailed to them in 
every imaginable position. 

In peace time, in occupied cities 
such as Jerusalem, crucifixion was 

carried out with sadistic formality. 
The whole process was supervised 
by an official known as the Carnifix 
Serarum. Once the victim was 
condemned to be crucified, he was 
led from the Praetorium to an 
outside court where he was 
stripped, bound to a column, and 
savagely scourged with aflagellum, a 
short whip consisting of several 

single or 
The ends 
sharp bits 
bone that 
the flesh, 
ping was 
tered by 
n a i r e 

Four le- 
and a centu- 
p a r a d 

thongs of 
of these 
of sheep 
tore into 
The whip- 
two legion- 
called lictors. 
rion then 
this grim 
through the 
narrow streets of the city. At the 
head of the procession a soldier 
carred a wooden sign call the titulus, 
which stated the offender's name 
and offense. At a stone quarry 
outside the city the offender's wrists 
were nailed to the crossbeam. Then 
he was hoisted up to the top of a 
stake called the stipe, where his feet 
were nailed against the upright 
beam. There he would hang for a 
few hours or even days until death 
came. Jewish sensitivities in Judea 
required that the body not be 
allowed to remain on the cross 

overnight; therefore, the offender's 
legs were often broken to hasten 
death, permitting burial to take 
place before nightfall. 

In late 1968, some tombs were 
uncovered northeast of Jerusalem in 
an area called Giv'at ha'Mivtar. It 
was determined that the tombs were 
part of a huge Jewish cemetery 
dating from the second century B.C. 
to 70 A.D. Of the many 
skeletal remains, one, a 
young Jewish man between the 
ages of 24 and 28, showed 
evidence of crucifixion. His two 
heel bones, coated by a thick 
calcareous crust, had an iron nail 
imbedded through them. The nail 
was about seven and one half inches 
long, and its tip was bent due to 
having hit a strong knot in the wood 
on the stake. Apparently, as sur- 
mised, when it came time to remove 
the victim from the cross, the nail 
could not be pulled out. Therefore, 
the executioners had to amputate 
the feet. When he was placed in the 
tomb, his heel bones, the nail, and 
fragments from his cross were 
buried together with the body. There 
he rested for nearly 2,000 years. 
Doctors of anatomy and osteology 
performed extensive studies on the 
bones and concurred that the young 
man had suffered horribly. Later, 
with honor and respect, he was 
reburied in a modern cemetery. 

The only known fact about this 
man was his name, "Yehohanan, the 
son of Hagakol." 

This discovery confirms the 
gospel account of Jesus' sufferings 
on His cross. He willingly endured 
"the most wretched of deaths" so 
that all who receive Him by faith 
can possess the most blessed and 
only means of eternal life. 

April 1995 

touch your needy world! 


VV ELC-OiVlE. . .You are cordially invited to the 1995 conference of t f 

Country Hotel. Featured people include. . . 

Ed Lewis, FGBC Modera- 
tor 1994-95, is the Executive 
Director of CE National, Winona 
Lake, IN. 

Dave Roever is a 

Vietnam veteran who was 
severely injured during a grenade 
explosion. These injuries 
changed the direction of his life. 
He will be a speaker for an 

outreach rally on Thursday night 

as he shares his moving 


Kay Arthur is one of 
America's finest teachers of 
inductive Bible study and is well 
known through Precept Ministries. 
She has authored 20 books. She 
will lead a pre-conference 
seminar on Friday, July 2 1 . 

D.arrell Cummings is the 

Minister of Music at the Big 
Valley Grace Community Church 
(Modesto, CA). He and his 
wife, Sherry, (Skiles) and their 
worship team will lead us 
during the week of conference. 

Larnelle Harris is a well 
known Christian concert and 
recording artist. 

Sammy Tippit is an 
international evangelist who 
has challenged unreached people 
groups around the world. He has 
authored ten books, has a radio 
ministry called "Love in 
Action," and has an intense 
desire to serve God through 
world evangelization. 

Barnabas is a group of 
68 high school students 
ministering this summer 
Q^A*- in GBCs on the west 
c£ ^ coast and in Tijuana, 

Mexico. Operation Barnabas is a ministry 
of CE National. 

George Barna is 
president of Barna Research 
Co. and has authored 17 
books relating to church 
trends in America. 

Bob Logan, author 

and church planter, is vice 

president for New Church 

Development with Creative 

Research Ministries, Inc. 

John MacArthur, 
Jr. is pastor of the Grace 
Community Church, author 
of over 30 books, teacher on 
"Grace to You" radio 
program, and president of 
Master's College/Semi- 

Ray & Anne 
Ortlund are authors and 


Ray pastored Lake 
Avenue Congregational 
Church and Mariners 
Church and is a speaker for 
"Haven of Rest" radio broadcast. 
Ray and Anne lead conferences for pastors and 
pastors' wifes stimulating spiritual renewal. 


/ship of Grace Brethren churches, July 22-27, to be held in beautiful San Diego, CA, at the Town and 

Colleen Teran will direct 

the children's conference known 
as "Kids' Krossing." She is the 
Director of Kings' Kids 

Preschool in San Diego GBC, 


Mark Schrock is an 
'M.K." from Argentina who is on 
staff with Missionary Athletes 
International and will lead the 
Seahorse Soccer Camp and 
soccer outreach in Tijuana. 

David Seifert is pastor 
»f the growing Big Valley Grace 
Community Church in Modesto, 
CA. He was trained at Grace 
College and Seminary and now 

pastors a church of more than 

2000 people. 

Steve Peters, senior pastor 
rf West Milton, OH, Community 
GBC, is moderator elect of the 
FGBC. He will share his goals 
for the future as he will lead us as 
a National Fellowship in 1995- 
96, culminating in an interna- 
tional conference in Toronto, 

King's Brass is 
m Zimmerman, chairman of the 
it Grace College. Members of 
Sessional musicians from across 

Ray Castro is an international consultant (with an 
emphasis in Latin America) for Evangelism Explosion. He 
has served in local church outreach/discipleship ministries for 
over 15 years. He and Phil Teran will teach a pre-conference 
seminar introducing attenders in ways to share Christ (facts, 
illustration, Scripture) using Evangelism Explosion's excellent 

Some Featured Events Include . . . 

Mexico Activities — A Tuesday evening 
evangelistic service will be held in Tijuana, Mexico; on 
Wednesday "Touching Tijuana" offers dynamic 
opportunities for groups to build shelters for the 
homeless; and throughout the week we will receive 
reports on the Total Mobilization project held in San 
Luis, Mexico. 

Kids' Krossing and the Seahorse Soccer Camp 

Child care will be provided for children ages 0-3 years of age; a dynamic children's 
conference known as Kids' Krossing will challenge children ages 4-11. 

Seahorse Soccer Camp sponsored by Missionary Athletes International will be 
provided for grade school-aged children (at additional cost). 

Touching San Diego 

Wednesday afternoon will provide outreach opportunities in San Diego including 
the local military bases. Families can join together for such things as visitation, 
completing surveys and tract distribution opportunities. 

Thursday night will conclude in an outreach session featuring Vietnam 
veteran, Dave Roever. 

CE National Seminars 

On Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, a full slate of training seminars will be 
offered. Included will be numerous topics to challenge men and women, pastors 
and lay attenders. Pre-conference seminars held Friday, July 21, will include Kay 
Arthur (Precept Ministries) and Ray Castro (EE Training). In addition, Ray and 
Anne Ortlund will present their Renewal Ministry seminar on Monday, July 24. 

Post Conference Hawaii Tour A tour to Hawaii can be included in 

your conference plans. This tour will be held the week following conference. 

Departure is on Friday, July 28. For further information, contact: 

Charles Ashman, Conference Coordinator 

P.O. Box 386, Winona Lake, IN 46590 Phone: (219) 269-1269 

For Program Details, contact: 

CE National 

P.O. Box 365, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Phone: (219)267-6622 

Fax: (219)269-7185 

touch your needy world! 

Do We Have MIAs in the FGBC? 

By Chery Otermat, Director of Girls Ministry at CE National 

"If we do not 

teach these 

principles and 

biblical truths to 

our children and 

our youth, we 

can expect 

our next 

generation to 

lack commitment 

and loyalty not 

only to our 

Fellowship but 

potentially to the 

Word of God." 

As the CE National Children's 
Cabinet met recently in Chicago, we 
found ourselves endeavoring to find 
the Bible's MIAs — truths and 
principles that are "Missing in 
Action"in our teaching . 

We consulted a professor from 
Moody Bible Institute who helped 
us see how to critically evaluate our 
curriculum. She encouraged us to 
seek out what is missing from a 
specific curriculum. 

We began listing many of these 
Missing in Action biblical principles 
or ordinances: the Grace Brethren 
Statement of Faith, Grace Brethren 
ordinances such as baptism and 
communion, biblical truths our 
Fellowship holds to such as the 
inerrancy of Scripture, anointing 
with oil, separation of the believer, 
creationism, eternal security, proph- 
ecy, stewardship of time and money, 
church discipline, and the Bible's 
teaching on spiritual gifts. Also 
included were social issues such as 
abortion and homosexuality and 
training related to developing a 
ministry mindset. 

We then moved to a publishing 
representative. "Why are these areas 
omitted from the teaching of a 
curriculum?"we asked. The answer 
to our question was very sobering! 
None of these issues can be directly 
addressed from a particular view- 
point because it limits the sales 
market of a curriculum. To include 
them would mean excluding 
portions of the sales market. 

Understanding that our churches 
are blessed with a volume of quality 
resources for teaching children, 
youth, and adults, we realize that 
addressing what is taught is only 
half the issue. We need to look at 
how we supplement these materials 
to assure that we are also including 
in our teaching those critical areas 
the curriculum is missing. 

The Cabinet began looking at 
how we retrieve our MIAs back into 
our local churches. If we do not 
teach these principles and biblical 
truths to our children and our 
youth, we can expect our next 
generation to lack commitment and 
loyalty not only to our Fellowship 
but potentially to the Word of God. 
We must bring them back into our 
local churches. 

As we reviewed various re- 
sources that could retrieve these 
MIAs, we began at home — looking 
at the resources currently offered by 
CE National. CE National is commit- 
ted to serving our local churches 
and because of this, we provide 
supplemental materials that contain 
many of the issues related to the 
Grace Brethren ordinances, State- 
ment of Faith, as well as many of the 
MIAs related to Scriptural principles 
and truths. 

Supplemental resources include 
club programs such as the SMM 
girls' program, the One-on-One boys' 
program, the PALS kindergarten 
program, and Biblical Beliefs a 
training series for youth and adults 
on our Statement of Faith. 

Children's resources also include 
Wordbooks on Salvation, Baptism, 
Communion, Church Membership, and 
Giving. In the near future, we will 
have a Sunday School series devel- 
oped that is based on the Grace 
Brethren Statement of Faith. 

We pass the challenge on to each 
of those in our local churches who 
are responsible for curriculum 
selection. We must purpose to do 
whatever is needed to return the 
Bible's MIAs to our churches. 

Let's commit to being as fervent 
in retrieving our Bible's MIAs as we 
are our country's MIAs. They both 
involve the only eternal investments 
this world offers — God's Word and 




Turning Points in My Life 

By Paul Westphal 

One of the key turning points in 
my life came when I was in college 
at the University of Southern 
California. I was an 

player and I 
figured I had 
a nice pro 
career ahead 
of me. But dur 
my senior year, I went 
down with a really serious 
knee injury. 

It looked as if I might never 
be able to play again, certainly 
at the next level. I was very 
disappointed that I might not be 
able to pursue my dream. 

I just said to God that if 
that's His will for me not to play any 
more, I wasn't going to be mad. I 
thought He might be sending me in 
another direction. I think accepting 
that I might not become a pro 
basketball player was what probably 
enabled me to recover from that 
injury and go ahead and play. That 
was a crossroad in my life — a test of 
whether basketball was more 
important to me than my relation- 
ship with the Lord. 

That relationship began for me 
when I was very young. 

I was born into a family that 
believed the Bible and believed that 
Jesus was the Son of God. I'm 
thankful that I was raised in a 
Christian home and that we at- 
tended a Bible-believing church 
when I was a little boy growing up 
in the Torrance-Redondo Beach area 
near Los Angeles. 

I remember actually making a 
conscious decision to trust Jesus 
Christ as my Savior when I was six 
or seven years old. My little neigh- 
bor friends and I were out in the 

yard, playing cowboys and Indians. 
I was either waiting to ambush 
somebody or waiting to get am- 
bushed. You know it gets 
quiet out 
there in 
the West 
and that 
gave me 
some time 
to think. 
Even as I 
played that 
childhoodgame, things 
that I'd learned went 
through my head. I remem- 
bered clearly being told that if 
you asked Jesus Christ into 
your heart, He would come in. 
I didn't have a whole lot of 
terrible sins piled up at that 
point, of course, but I did under- 
stand that I was sinful by nature and 
separated from God. I knew I 
needed a Savior, and so I made that 
decision to trust Him while out 
there in the "Wild West." 

Later, when I was in high school, 
I made a decision to get baptized as 
a testimony and as an affirmation of 
the decision I made to trust Jesus 
when I was a little boy. 

Those decisions were so helpful 
to me during that crisis time a few 
years later — when my basketball 
career was threatened by injury. I 
knew I could trust God to do what 
was best. 

Obviously, things worked out so 
that I could pursue my dream. I 
went to the NBA as a first-round 
draft choice of the Boston Celtics. 
For the next twelve years, I was 
privileged to play for the Celtics, 
Suns, Supersonics, and Knicks. One 
of the highlights was 1974 when my 
team, the Boston Celtics, won the 
NBA championship. 

Sports Pages 

Count your blessings, 

Instead of your crosses, 
Count your gains, 

Instead of your losses. 
Count your yeses, 

Instead of your nos, 
Count your friends, 

Instead of your foes. 
Count the full years, 

Instead of the lean, 
Count your deeds, 

Instead of your means, 
Count your health, 

Instead of your wealth, 
Count on God, 

Instead of yourself. 

Shoot For Tlte Star: 

A Story of Beating the Odds to 

Fulfill a Lifelong Dream 

—By Bill Bates 

I have recommitted my 
life to building His Kingdom, 
and every way I can. Just as I 
was once known around 
major league ballparks as "a 
gamer," now, I want to be 
known as a "Gamer for God." 

And it's not too difficult 
for this Kid to imagine that 
someday when I get to 
Heaven my Heavenly Father 
is going to turn to me and 
say, "Hey Gary, wanna have a 

I'll catch you there! 

The Gamer 

— By Gary Carter with Ken Abraham 

We reap what we sow. What- 
ever we do in private, or don't 
do, will come to light in public. 
Talent will get you somewhere, 
but to be a champion you need 
a firm foundation. 
The Principles of Championship Living 
— By AC. Green 


April 1995 


Did you know that. . . 

Health care for smoking-related illnesses 
cost at least $50 billion in 1993 

Studies have found that smiling actually 
makes you feel better 

Americans rate pharmacists as the most 

ethical, honest professionals — clergy 

comes in second 

Americans gained 155 million pounds 
last year 

24% of U.S. adults are sedentary and 

54% are active but don't get enough 


Forty-three cents of every dollar toe 
spend on food is spent in restaurants 

Drinking water through the day, even if 
you're not thirsty, will keep nutrients 
flowing through your body and brain 

And now, after coaching at the 
college level for three years and 
assisting Cotton Fitzsimmons with 
the Suns four seasons, I have the 
privilege of coaching the team I 
spent six of my playing years with. 

Through the years, I've never 
doubted my salvation. 

What I tend to wonder about is 
the fact that I have been saved by 
God although I don't deserve it any 
more than anybody else does. I 
would love to ascribe salvation to 

I want everybody to be saved so 
much that I tend to make excuses for 
them, apart from what the Scrip- 
tures say. And I think that probably 
has been my biggest personal fight 
as a believer. 

Being a Christian is not an ego 
thing. A lot of people accuse Chris- 
tians of claiming salvation makes 
them better than somebody else. You 
know, it's actually just the opposite. 
We simply know that we have a sin 
problem, and we know the One who 
can fix it. 

One thing that really strengthens 
my faith is the study of biblical 
prophecy. It is so fascinating because 
it's history written in advance. 
When you understand the enormity 
of the truth of prophecy throughout 
history, and how God is still work- 
ing in the world today, I think it 
humbles you to come under submis- 
sion to God. He's in control of 
history — and the future. Why 
wouldn't He be in control of what- 
ever situation I'm involved in? 

Paul Westphal is the Head Coach of the NBA Phoenix Suns. This 
article first appeared in the February, 1995 issue of Sports Spectrum. 

Some minds are like concrete — 
all mixed up and permanently set. 

If we learn to laugh at ourselves 
we will always have something to 
make us happy. 

A foot is a device for finding 
furniture in the dark. 

Diplomacy is the art of telling 
others they have open minds 
instead of holes in their heads. 

Every time history repeats itself, 
the price of the lesson goes up. 

Wrinkles are hereditary — 
parents get them from their 

Don't pray for rain if you intend 
to complain about the mud. 


"It's been moved that we adjourn. Is there a second? . . . No? The 
motion dies for lack of a second. Let's continue with my report" 


DEBT cont. 


leaving her poor and in debt. 
Although he had revered the Lord 
and had not lived riotously and 
luxuriously, he died owing more 
money than he was worth. Now his 
creditors were harassing his wife. 

Many people today, who live 
under the constant pressure of 
collection agencies, can identify with 
this woman's distress. Her situation 
was much worse, however, because 
the man to whom she owed money 
was coming to take her sons as 
bondsmen for seven years to work 
off the debt. In desperation, she 
went to Elisha for help. 

He asked, "Do you have any- 
thing in your house you could sell to 
make money?" 

"Just a little oil," she replied. 

"Okay," he said, "go to your 
neighbors and ask for as many jars 
as they will loan you. Then fill each 
of the jars with oil." 

Then the miracle began. 

As soon as all the jars were full, 
the oil stopped flowing. 

When she told Elisha, he said, 
"Sell the oil and pay your debts. 
Then you and your children can live 
on the profit that is left over." 

There are five lessons I have 
learned from this passage over the 

1. Sometimes we get into trouble 
and we can't help it. Circumstances 
prevail beyond our control. (And we 
certainly don't need to go on a guilt 
trip over circumstances.) 

2. It is wrong to go into debt just 
to support our life-style. 

3. Borrowing is not wrong if it 
serves a godly purpose. 

4. If our neighbor wants to 
borrow something from us in time 
of need, we should be more than 
willing to let him or her use it for a 

5. Sometimes, we need a finan- 
cial miracle. 

If debt is destroying your mar- 
riage, your family, your peace of 
mind, or your health, get help as 
soon as possible. 

God Owns It All 

I believe God controls every- 
thing. He owns everything, and His 
sovereignty prevails over this world. 
That's why I live a normal life free 
from paralyzing fear. I drive on the 
highway without worrying about 
being killed, and I fly on airplanes 
knowing I could be the next statistic. 

I look at the economy the same 
way that I look at life. Although I 
understand the dangerous turns the 
economy could take, I still trust God 
and all His principles. That is not to 
say that I skip blithely down the 
primrose path of life. Instead, I walk 
confidently, knowing we are living 
in the day of grace and God is not 
going to use cataclysmic destruction 
to discipline His children. 

I do believe, however, that God 
will one day pour out His judgment 
on the world in the form of tribula- 

On the other hand, If Jesus Christ 
does not return to this earth soon, I 
will keep attuned to the changes in 
the world economically and prepare 
the best I can. 

How did Americans survive 
World Wars I and II? How did we 
survive the Great Depression and all 
the recessions since 1929? 

We survived because we ad- 
justed to change, looked to God for 
His help, and trusted in His Word. 

What reason do we have to 
doubt that God won't see us 
through again? 

About the Author: 

Sherman S. Smith, Ph.D. is Senior 
Pastor of Napa Valley Baptist 
Church in Napa, CA. and a finan- 
cial advisor with a securities firm. 
In addition to a Master of Divin- 
ity degree, Dr. Smith holds an 
M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in Business 






1. You don't know how much debt 
you have — and are afraid to add it up. 

2. You pay monthly bills with money 
targeted for other obligations. 

3. You pay the minimum payment 
on your credit cards each month. 

4. You increase your limits on your 
credit cards. 

5. You increase the number of your 
credit cards. 

6. You pay off credit card payments 
with other credit cards. 

7. You write postdated checks on a 
regular basis. 

8. You spend money in advance of 
payday and must hurry to the bank 
on payday to cover the checks you 
have written. 

9. You often have a negative balance 
in your checkbook. 

10. You receive regular overdraft 
notices from the bank. 

11. You pay only interest on loans. 

12. You increase your borrowing 
limits at the bank. 

13. You don't have a savings plan. 

14. You cannot live three to six 
months without regular weekly or 
monthly income. 

15. You decrease your 401K or 
pension contributions at work. 

16. Your mortgage payment or rent 
exceeds 45% of your take-home pay. 

17. You are one or more months 
behind in paying one or more bills. 

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Update on the suit against the 
thirteen former Grace Village 
Directors and one Administrator — 

all Grace Brethren people. The trial 
was completed in November. On 
February 11, the judge issued a brief, 
but unexplained statement of his 
ruling. He decided in favor of the 
plaintiffs and against the thirteen 
directors and one administrator. 
These dear people are now liable for 
what will be many thousands of 
dollars in equity, interest and legal 
fees — to be paid to the plaintiffs and 
their lawyers. Further explanation of 
why and how he ruled and how the 
judgements will be individually 
determined is yet to come. We will 
keep you updated. 

Please continue to pray! The 
Director-Defendants met with their 
lawyer on February 20th to pray and 
plan for whatever steps, including 
an appeal of the decision should be 
taken now. Substantial additional 
legal fees are anticipated. Tax- 
exempt gifts for this need may be 
sent to Grace Village, marked, 
"Director-Defendant's Defense 

Marty Abegg, Professor of 
Hebrew and Greek at Grace Theo- 
logical Seminary has taken the 
position of Assistant Professor in 
graduate religious studies and 
Associate Director of Dead Sea 
Scrolls instruction at Trinity Western 
University in Langley, British 
Columbia. He and his family will be 
moving there upon completion of 
his duties at Grace. 

Carl Beridon,Vice President for 
Advancement and Enrollment; Tom 
Abbitt, Development and Planned 
Giving; Kathryn Scanland, Director 
of Marketing; and Steve Fleagle, 
Controller have also resigned their 
positions at Grace Schools. 

National Conference will begin 
July 22 in San Diego, CA. Don't miss 
this year's conference. 

Clyde Landrum, former editor of 
the Brethren Missionary Herald, 
underwent surgery February 15th in 
Fort Wayne, IN. Clyde has been 
suffering for some time with a brain 
tumor. The surgical procedure was 
intended to relieve the pressure and 
decrease the pain associated with 
the tumor's growth. His wife Ruby 
and family are grateful for your 
prayers on their behalf. 

Brad Skiles, Chairman of the 
Board of Grace Village, announces 
the appointment of Carl Herr as 
Grace Village's new Chief Execu- 
tive Officer. Carl comes to Grace 
Village after serving as President of 
the Brethren Home in New Oxford, 
PA. During his administration, the 
retirement community grew from 
450 to over 850 residents. He led this 
ministry in strategic planning, 
implementation of a Quality Assur- 
ance Program, and successfully 
negotiated Medicaid revisions 
which saved that facility over $1 
million. Carl's experience will also 
help with regulatory compliance. 
His leadership brought the Brethren 
Home national accreditation by the 
Continuing Care Accreditation 
Commission of American Associa- 
tion of Homes and Services for the 
Aging. Carl now serves on AAHSA 
accreditation teams that evaluate 
and approve other facilities. Carl 
and his wife Alma will move to 
Indiana and he will begin his duties 
on March 15. 

Martin and Kristy Guerena have 
a new baby born February 11. His 
name is Daniel Martin. Martin and 
Kristy are missionaries to Mexico 

Lexington, OH Grace Brethren 
Church commissioned sixty people 
February 12 to begin a new church 
in Mt. Vernon, OH with Pastor Bob 
Nicholson. Kurt Miller and Bill 
Snell recently attended the commis- 
sioning service. Pastor Dave Adkins 
(Lexington) stated that they have 

been working with Home Missions 
for some months to begin the new 
church. They are using the seeker- 
targeted church planting method. 

Wayne Hannah will begin as the 
new field representative for Foreign 
Missions for Europe and Africa on 
May 1. 

Jay Bell of Grace Brethren Foreign 
Missions led eleven students from 
Grace College to the Philippines 
January 11-18. The team helped 
jump-start three house churches. For 
the team members it was a life 
changing experience. 

Pastor Abner Solano has recently 
started planting his second Hispanic 
Grace Brethren Church in the 
Yakima Valley of the state of Wash- 
ington. After one month, in January 
they averaged twenty-six in atten- 
dance. In addition, five people 
received the Lord as Savior in 
January. Abner states: "It is exciting 
to start a new church and to see 
people changing and growing. I 
think they enjoy the service and the 
Bible classes. They are inviting 
others to come. One of our families 
finally were able to purchase their 
first home. They asked us to have a 
meeting to dedicate their new home 
to the Lord. It was a time of prayer, 
singing, and blessing for all." 

"When guilt is taken away, there 
is room for joy!" responded 
Filomena when Margaret Hull 
expressed amazement at the dra- 
matic change in her life. Emotion- 
ally, financially, and spiritually 
bankrupt, Filomena had sought out 
Margaret for help just a few months 
earlier. After only four Bible studies 
in the book of John, Filomena gave 
her heart and life to Christ in Porto, 

Nathan Leigh has started two 
more home Bible studies in the 
Malanday community of Manila, 
Philippines. Chris, who trusted 


April 1995 


Christ in December, asked Nathan to 
start a Bible study in his home. Dori, 
a leader in the squatter area by the 
river, also opened up her home for a 
Bible study. 

"We have followed up on the 
numerous contacts made this 
summer and have seen about six 
more conversions and a core of 
thirty-five adults and fifteen chil- 
dren form Grace Church," reports 
Paul Michaels from Novosibirsk, 
Russia. "While we have actively 
worked to plant a church this year, 
we have also built loving relation- 
ships with the few evangelical 
leaders here, and they have invited 
us to train their present and future 
pastors m church-planting. In the 
last two years several other missions 
have targeted this area, but I have 
estimated that there are still only 
about one-hundred fifty evangelical 
churches in a region one-third the 
size of the United States with a 
population of fifteen to eighteen 
million people." Training Russian 
pastors how to plant reproductive 
churches is one way to reach this 
vast region more effectively. Eighty 
men from four regions of Western 
Siberia signed up for the first 
training course in January. 

"Socorro continues to be my joy," 
writes Imogene Burk from the 
island of Conde, in the mouth of the 
Amazon. "Not yet a declared 
believer, she nevertheless acknowl- 
edges that many things are changing 
in her life as she continues to study 
the Bible. She is talkative and knows 
everyone in our neighborhood. 
Recently she appeared at the door 
with a young woman. She herself 
couldn't stay for the prayer meeting, 
but she wanted to know if the 
woman would be welcome to 
attend. Roberta, the new lady, 
stayed for church and was happy to 
take home a New Testament. New 
men recently hired by the aluminum 
factory are beginning to arrive. 
Socorro informed me this week that 

we have three new families on our 
short street. Likely she will know all 
about them and be introducing them 
to me before long. Getting to know 
these new families that are moving 
in all over town is the challenge for 
the Brethren this new year." 

"It has taken nine years of prayer 
but finally Jurgen Grundke has 
accepted the Lord as his Savior!" 
reports the Ramseys from Leonberg, 
Germany. "Our family is so excited 
and extremely thankful. Sara and 
Krishna have prayed every night for 
him. Sara said: T am so glad. I was 
getting tired of praying for him all 
the time.' God might seem slow, but 
He is punctual." 

The Charis meeting in France was 
a great encouragement to the 
churches in Chad as they learned 
they belonged to a worldwide 
fellowship. Many churches around 
the world have become involved in 
the work in Chad. The churches in 
Germany have sent the Puhls to the 
work there and one of the German 
churches is involved in a project to 
help the Bible school teachers spend 
less time in their gardens and more 
time on lesson preparations and 
teaching. The children in Argentina 
sent over $200 to buy milk for the 
Bible school students' children. The 
churches in France are raising funds 
to build a medical dispensary in the 
southeast corner of the field. Rev. 
Charlie Tan in Singapore gave a 
significant gift toward finishing the 
construction of the Bible School 
building. A pastor in the Philippines 
mentioned a desire to purchase a 
bicycle for the pastors in Chad. In 
1994, U.S. churches sent over $14,000 
in ministry project gifts to further 
the work in Chad. 

On Christmas Day, George and 
Cindy Swain invited Jun and 
Asako, Japanese classmates, to their 
home in Prague, Czech Republic. 
The Swains gave their Japanese 

friends testimonies written by 
Japanese Christians in the Tokyo 
Grace Brethren Church. "Jun and 
Asako were clearly moved," re- 
ported George, "but they did not 
make decisions." 

"Our major goal this year has 
been to implement the cell group 
strategy in our churches in Belem 
and Uberlandia," reports Dan 
Green from Brazil. "Three churches 
in Belem have started cell groups. 
Two cell groups in Mansour, a 
suburb of Uberlandia, are enthusias- 
tic about starting Sunday meetings. 
The other ministry that has grown is 
the Grace Training Center in 
Belem. The emphasis of the GTC is 
to train all people in the local church 
in evangelism and discipleship." 

"Please understand that your gifts 
of prayer and financial support are 
not unnoticed or unappreciated 
here," write the Griffiths from Le 
Creusot, France. "Last week in 
prayer meeting Bernard said, "I 
think we should thank the Lord for 
the churches in the United States 
that have sent the Griffiths to us. I 
wouldn't have accepted the Lord if 
they hadn't come!" 

Two families whom Tim and Julie 
Hawkins met through involvement 

in their daughter's Christmas play 
at school in Porto, Portugal, have 
been meeting every week with Tim 
for Bible study. "Our times together 
have gone on until 1:00 or 2:00 in the 
morning," reports Tim. "We have 
even moved the studies into their 
homes as we rotate the host home 
around the group. I am especially 
excited about this group as God 
could be forming this into our first 
cell group." 

Prayer breaks down barriers. Tim 
and Julie's attempts at conversation 
with their neighbors in Porto, 
Portugal, had consistently met with 
coldness. Then they concentrated 
prayer on a specific young couple. 




"One day after the New Year, we 
saw them at the door, and I simply 
asked how their holiday had gone," 
says Tim. "Six hours later they were 
leaving our house with a Bible in 

In his year-end report, George 
Swain gave a sketch of the social 
and spiritual condition of the people 
in Prague. Often both husband and 
wife work ten to twelve hours per 
day, are gone out of town on week- 
ends, and take long vacations. They 
are very suspicious and cautious 
people. Eighty percent claim to be 
atheists or agnostics. When we talk 
to people they do not seem to be 
opposed to the gospel, but know 
little about it. In general, people 
from the ages of 30-70 are not 
believers and have little interest in 
the gospel." 

"It was a great sorrow for us to 
learn that over five-thousand were 
killed and twenty-four thousand 
injured," wrote members of the 
Hoya Grace Brethren Church in 
Tokyo, Japan in a letter to American 
Brethren describing the earthquake 
in the Osaka-Kobe area. "We hope 
that not only we, but Christians all 
over the world will pray for these 
people. Please pray for them that 
they will not only receive relief 
goods but also hear the gospel and 
receive Jesus. Through this experi- 
ence, we believe God will do great 

Yukimasa Kin jo has finished his 
first year of training at the Colum- 
bus, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church. 

Yukimasa trusted Christ in 1988 
after studying the Bible with Ted 
Kirnbauer who was attending 
language school in Karuizawa, 
Japan. He would like to help the 
Kirnbauers start a second Grace 
Brethren Church in Tokyo. He will 
finish his training in the U.S. at the 
end of this year. Then it's back to 
Okinawa to spend time with his 
family and decide whether to go to 

Bible school or join the Kirnbauers 
in Tokyo. 

Sunday, February 5, marked the 
first meeting of a new house church 
in the neighborhood of Karangalan 
Village in Manila, Philippines. Clay 
Hulett is targeting this barangay for 
a new Grace Brethren Church. The 
house church was jump started 
through contacts made by a GO 
TEAM of Grace College students in 

The brother of Pastor H. Don 
Rough of Riverside Grace Brethren 
Church in Johnstown, PA has died. 
Grant Rough was 75 years old and a 
resident of Utah. 

Shoreline Grace Brethren 
Church is hosting a summer day 
camp May 29-July 21, 1995. This is 
an eight week program and six paid 
workers are needed. Room and 
board are provided and a salary 
based on experience. Applicants 
must be 18 years or older. If inter- 
ested, please call Danielle Sterner at 
813-592-5433. Shoreline GBC is in 
Naples, Florida. 

Writes Pastor Tim Boal: "Rick 
Daam has accepted the position of 
Associate Pastor of Youth and Music 
at the Perm Valley Grace Brethren 
Church, Telford, PA. Pastor Daam 
previously served the Kittanning 
GBC for nine years. He started his 
ministry in March. 

Make plans NOW to attend 
BNYC '95. Teens and adult sponsors 
will be "Going to Xtremes" July 29- 
August 4, in Flagstaff, AZ at North- 
ern Arizona University. 

Special guests will include 
Sammy Tippit, Dave Bogue, Jeff 
Bogue, Alex Montoya, Scott Disler, 
Abraham Lincoln Washington, Al 
Holley, 4 for Harmony, Rhythm & 
News, and a special outreach 
concert by Audio Adrenaline. 


Attention all churches who are 
making travel arrangements for 

BNYC '95. It is recommended that 
you make your ground transporta- 
tion bussing arrangements directly 
with Nava-Hopi Tours — NOT 
Registration forms for this transpor- 
tation will be sent to each church in 
their registration packets. Nava- 
Hopi Tours is making special price 
arrangements to get you the most 
for your money. The phone number 
for Nava-Hopi Tours is 1-800-892- 
8687. If you have any questions 
regarding BNYC transportation 
please contact Angie Fagner at 219- 

In a recent decision, the Basinger 
Grace Brethren Community Fel- 
lowship voted to disband and join 
the Okeechobee Grace Brethren 
Church under the leadership of 
Pastor Lee Friesen. Pastor Larry 
Zimmerman, of Grace Brethren 
Community Fellowship has been 
called to the pastoral staff of 
Okeechobee GBC as Minister of 
Christian Education. 


Richard E. Berkley, 59, was 
suddenly called to be with the 
Lord on February 2, 1995. He was 
a member of the Grace Brethren 
Church at Meyersdale, PA . He 
and his wife Joanne had been 
married for twenty-seven years, 
and she has served as the Secre- 
tary at MGBC for eighteen years. 


Please change the phone 
number in your annual for Pastor 
Russ Ogden. It should read: 


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Help, I'm not 

t control of my life!" 

MAY, 1995 

From Georgia 
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Caring for your children in your corner of the world is the most 
challenging, frustrating, and rewarding WORK you will ever do. 

Your adolescent daughter may acquire a distaste for you when she turns 

twelve or thirteen. She will, however, regain her sanity and realize what a 

loonier ful woman you are about three weeks before she leaves home for college. 

Although the culture devalues mothers, God and your children don't. 

Your home, whether large or small, is a university where your children are 
taking graduate courses in sharing, love , fair play , life. 

As your son learns to communicate openly with you, he practices for 
future conversations with his wife. 

Making a house into a home inevitably involves some drudgery and lots of personal discipline, but the results are 
worth it. Anyone can feel the difference between a way station and a home. 

Current media images of mothering are greatly distorted. Any mother who puts her family first will have 
to deflect much that she see, hears, and reads. 

We are happiest— gloriously, deeply happy — when we are giving love to others. 

No matter how clever you think you are, your kids will outwit you 

To imply that mother care is the same as other care is to say there is nothing unique about the 
mother-child relationship. Wlw really believes that? 

You are not only rearing your own children, you are influencing future generations. Your influence will be 
felt in your larger family long after your name has been forgotten. 

Love the Lord you 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, and when you lie down, and when you get up. 

Deuteronomy 6: 5-7 

What Every Mother Needs to Know 
By Brenda Hunter, PH.D. 
Multnomah Books, 1993. 



Jeff Carroll 



"That this nation might have a new 
birth of freedom, that slavery should be 
removed forever from American soil, 
John Brown and his twenty-one men 
gave their lives. To commemorate their 
heroism, this tablet is placed on this 
building, which has since been known as 
John Brown's fort by the alumni of 
Storer College, 1918." 

That inscription is on the re- 
stored building at Harper's Ferry, 
West Virginia — the site of John 
Brown's raid. 

In reality, John Brown was a nut. 
On the night of October 16, 1859, 
with an armed band of sixteen white 
and five black men, Brown seized 
the government arsenal at Harper's 
Ferry and rounded up some sixty 
leading men of the area as hostages. 
Two days later, when the Marines 
moved in, Brown was overpowered, 
and wounded. Ten of his followers 
(including two of his own sons) 
were killed. He was tried for mur- 
der, slave insurrection, and treason 
against the State, was convicted, and 
he was hanged. 

President Abraham Lincoln 
noted the following about John 
Brown's actions at Harper's Ferry: 

"That affair, in its philosophy, 
corresponds with the many attempts, 
related in history, at the assassination of 
kings and emperors. An enthusiast 
broods over the oppression of a people 
till he fancies himself commissioned by 
Heaven to liberate them. He ventures 
the attempt, which ends in little else 
than his own execution." 

But even though Brown failed in 
his attempt to start a general slave 
rebellion, the high moral tone of his 
defense helped to immortalize him 
and to hasten the war that would 
bring emancipation. 

As a modern-day John Brown, 
John Salvi closed out 1994 by 
shooting at three abortion clinics, 
killing two people, and wounding 
five others. The reverberations from 
his two-day rampage could be felt 
from coast to coast. 

Yet, the killings outside have 
drawn new attention to the killings 
that occur inside the clinics each and 
every day. As a result the abortion 
war has escalated. 

I do not suggest that the end 
justifies the means in either of these 
regrettable cases. But, I do sense the 
deep call to action that some will 
hear when an unforgivable atrocity 
is occurring in their society — the 
abuse of those who have no protec- 
tion or recourse. 

Is abortion murder? We who read 
and believe the Book say that it is. 
Even during this month, as we 
honor the Mothers of our land, let us 
not forget that in 1994, there were 
over 1.5 million assaults on mothers 
by the medical profession. All of 
which occurred as the government 
looked on and nodded in approval. 

Let us never compromise on this. 
I am not condoning foolish reactions 
which move us one step forward 
and two steps back. Still, we must be 
firmly committed to ending the 
practice that has resulted in the loss 
of over 30 million precious little 
ones since 1973. 


woman s 




• Fight isolation with friend- 
ship. Call an abortion-alternative 
group and volunteer to help a 
pregnant woman feel less alone 
and better supported. 

• Encourage natural bonds. 
Aid in the process of rebuilding 
a woman's relationship with the 
baby's father or with her family 

• Promote adoption. Single 
parenting often means poverty, 
frustration, or the death of a 
dream. Remind her that many 
couples long to adopt a baby. 

• Build employment plans 
that allow a woman to mother 
her child. Develop leads with lo- 
cal businesses that allow home 
offices, job sharing, or com- 
pressed work weeks. 

• Prepare for a phasing-out of 
welfare for single mothers. How 
can you or your church help meet 
the spiritual and material needs 
of these women? 

• Take courage. Public opin- 
ion is affirming that two-parent 
families are better for children, 
and many women are refusing to 
put their careers ahead of their 
families. Abstinence also is mak- 
ing a comeback. 

Excerpted from Real Choices, by 
Frederica Mathewes-Green. Multnomah 
Books/Questar Publishers,© 1994. 

MAY 1995 



VOL. 57 NO. 5 

MAY 1995 



From Georgia to Kansas 

Ed Lewis, Moderator FGBC 


Becky Pappas, Super Mom 


The Masculine Journey no man should take 

Also: A Tentative Schedule 


Released Time: An Open Door 


Straight Talk by Jon Kregel 


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"Free To Serve" in Atlanta 

In the closing months of 1993 the 
congregation at Grace Brethren 
Church of Greater Atlanta in 
Marietta, Georgia accepted the 
challenge presented by Pastor Dean 
Fetterhoff to raise an additional 
$80,000 over and above the offerings 
for the operating budget and the 
mission goals of 1994. At the outset 
this seemed like an impossibility but 
as the people began to pray and a 
committee was appointed, the 
church adopted the "Free To Serve" 
slogan — a result of reaching the goal 
would be freeing up the $28,000 
currently spent in interest and 
principal for other ministries. 

Gifts began to pour in and many 
gave testimony of how God met 
their needs in spite of sacrificial 
giving. The goal was reached two 
weeks before the target date and on 
October 30, Mr. Jim Johnson of Grace 
Brethren Investment Foundation 
shared in the joy as the final pay- 
ment to GBIF was made. God saw fit 
to honor this faith not only by 
reaching this goal but enabling the 
congregation to exceeded expenses 
by $7,000. 

The financial blessings of the past 
year have been more than matched 
by the numerical and spiritual 
blessings which have been given by 
God's grace. The fruition of the 
dedicated work of the Long Term 
Planning Committee, appointed two 
years ago, resulted in the securing of 
a church consultant who as a cata- 
lyst, helped the church leadership 
and congregation set plans for the 
expansion of facilities and the vision 
of planting a branch church, which 
are moving toward reality. 

The congregation now meets in 
two Sunday morning worship 
services with attendance averaging 
nearly 250, already exceeding the 
three year projection of the consult- 
ant. Attendance in the Adult Bible 
Fellowship and Sunday School 
classes regularly runs 80% of the 

morning worship numbers. 
The Awana Club, which was 
named top Awana Club in 
Georgia last year, continues 
to grow so that all facilities of 
the church building have 
been turned over to the 
program on Wednesday 
evenings. The midweek Bible 
study and prayer service 
now meets in the pastor's 
home and the teen program 
which has been meeting in 
Associate Pastor Steve 
Makofka's basement is now 
seeking rental facilities in one 
of the local grammar schools. 
Following the advice of our 
consultant, the church has now 
secured a part-time administrator: 
Mr. Bob Carroll . 

Such growth and blessing have 
obviously not come without new 
challenges and problems to be faced. 
Should we, and if so how can we, 
get our congregation back together 
in one Sunday morning worship 
service? What additional facilities 
must be provided to meet the 
growing needs of our Sunday School 
and Awana program? What type of 
building should be constructed, at 
what cost? It is significant that at 
this time God has brought into our 
congregation an architect. While 
working on a master plan for the use 
of our property, he is concentrating 
on a multipurpose building as the 
next step. It is hoped that within six 
months plans will be in place for 
this facility. 

Just as the "Free To Serve" 
celebration took place in October 
1994, so plans are taking shape for a 
great celebration in October 1995. 
The weekend of October 15 will be 
the 25th anniversary celebration of 
the first building of this church — a 
vision of Pastor Bill Byers, who with 
his wife Betty, moved to Atlanta in 
1967. With no established core group 
to help, Bill set to work to reach the 

Jim Johnson of Grace Brethren 

Investment Foundation presents papers 

to Pastor Dean Fetterhoff certifying 

completion of mortgage payments. 

lost and to gather those who were 
hungry for the preaching and teach- 
ing of the Word of God. Within three 
years not only was a congregation 
organized, but a new building was 
erected. Three years later Dean 
Fetterhoff was called as the first full- 
time pastor and he serves to this 
present time. God has used the 
church in helping other men who 
have gone on to other ministries and 
approximately a dozen young people 
have gone on to full-time Christian 
service during the history of the 

Goals for 1995 include not only 
those already mentioned, but also 
sending a summer work team to 
Grace Brethren Navajo Ministries; 
two young people to share in Opera- 
tion Barnabas; developing a leader- 
ship training program for men; a 
ministry to senior citizens; Good 
News Bible Studies for evangelistic 
outreach; becoming a "Focus 2000" 
church; preparation for involvement 
in evangelism during the 1996 
summer Olympics in Atlanta. 

MAY 1995 


The Joy of Sharing Life — Kansas Style 

Pastor Bob and Brenda Juday 

When Brenda and I candidated 
for the Pastorate of the Grace 
Brethren Church in Portis, Kansas, 
in the spring of 1993, we were sure 
that we had arrived in the middle of 

Our first reaction was, "How 
could God be calling us to a town of 
175 people after serving for more 
than five years in Manila, a thriving 
metropolis of at least 15 million 
people. We soon learned that Portis 
Grace Brethren isn't the stereotyped 
"country church" that we've all 
heard about. 

Our community is a farm com- 
munity. Wheat, milo, and corn are 
our crops and almost everyone 
raises cattle. We have the best beef in 
the world. Our church has a heart to 

Portis Grace Brethren Church 

reach beyond our sleepy little town 
and impact the communities around 
us. And it does go beyond Kansas to 
many parts of the world through 
our missions giving. We are truly a 
missions minded church and we, as 
members, want to develop into 
"world class" Christians. 

In bygone years, the missionaries 
traveling from East to West would 
stop over in Portis. Now, with the jet 
age, they usually fly right over us. 
.but that is changing. We are glad 
that our missionaries and national 
leaders are once again looking at 
Portis and other country churches 

which have significantly impacted 
our fellowship over the years. 

We are seeking to extend the 
range of our influence through 
"Friendship Days," Carry-Ins 
(meals), and special celebrations on 
national holidays. We celebrated 
Veteran's Day by decorating our 
church with patriotic memorabilia 
and a church "carry-in." We invited 
all the veterans from the surround- 
ing areas, presented them with 
Bibles from the Gideons, and 
watched the film "Scars that Heal" 
the story of Dave Roever, a Vietnam 
vet who was seriously injured. It 
was a moving day! 

God is working among us! 
During 1994, several people came to 
know Christ as Savior. Many others 
were baptized and on one Sunday 
alone, thirty-five recommitments 
were made to the Lord. God's not 
through with us yet and we are 
praying that we can have an even 
greater impact on our world. 

"The first time I tried to find Portis 
on the map, I couldn't. Portis is not 
on my computer spell check, nor does 
it appear on CNN's weather 
summary. When someone from Portis 
called me and gave me an address 
that read "4th Street" she hurried to 
remark, "Don't be impressed, I am 
surrounded by seventy acres here." 

None of this, however, stopped me — 
The Grace Brethren Church at Portis 
wanted a speaker and I wanted to go. 
Talking to my new friends from Portis 
gave me the first hint that I was going 
to meet some extraordinary people. 
They know the joy in sharing life and 
the life in sharing joy. 

I came to realize that they represent 
the greatest asset of places like Portis 
and perhaps embody the last bastion 
of some of the best that there is in this 
country in terms of God-fearing, 
hard-working, family-loving, and 
community-caring Americans." 

—Ivanildo Trindade 



Ed Lewis, Moderator 

Q: What direction is our fellow- 
ship heading? 

A: I believe our fellowship is 
really heading in the most positive 
direction right now that I think it 
has ever in our history. I believe we 
are beginning to have an even 
stronger commitment to the Word. 
And, at the same time we are 
concentrating on multiplication. 
Everything we are doing now, 
whether it is Home Missions, 
Foreign Missions, CE National, or 
National Conference programs, 
everything is growth. I believe that 
God is going to give us 2000 
churches by the year 2000. 

Q: What do your consider to be 
our greatest need? 

A: Right now, based on all the 
things lined up that we want to 
accomplish, our greatest need is 
people who will pray. I mean 
fervently pray that God will do 
something great with our fellow- 
ship. If people will pray and think in 
that direction, then God will do it. 

Another thing we need is team- 
work to work together with one 
another. We must not be Lone 
Rangers, but work together and see 
the value of having a fellowship of 

I also believe that, starting at the 
top, from the leadership on down, 
we need to be in contact with the 
lost. We need a much stronger 
emphasis — a clear focus — on the 
people in our world who are lost. 
That is why our theme for confer- 
ence is "Cross the Boundary, Touch 
Your Needy World." We have got to 
get out of our comfort zones and 
reach people for Christ. 

Q: What advice have you got for 
individual churches? 

A: Number one, I am hoping to 
see a continued interest and commit- 
ment to the goal of one-hundred 
churches becoming part of the Focus 
2000 goals. Beyond that, I think it is 
critical that each church move ahead 
in a positive way through the 
pastor's delegation of responsibili- 
ties so that they can concentrate 
more time on prayer, study of the 
Word, and ministry. 

Q: What really excites you about 
National Conference this year? 

A: Conference will be the closest 
place we can be to a third world 
country and still be connected with 
our Grace Brethren Churches. By 
holding conference in San Diego, we 
have an opportunity as an entire 

group, to go outside the U.S. borders 
and visit another country. We will go 
to Tijuana, Mexico, where we will 
have a service and dedicate a church 
building that is being put together 
under the program of Total Mobili- 
zation with Jeff Thornley of the 
Waldorf, Maryland church. 

Q: Can you tell us more about 
that project? 

A: A team of fifteen people put a 
church up in five days — the local 
group has to have the slab down 
and certain amounts of the work 
done first. At the same time that the 
construction is going on, there will 
be evangelism taking place. In this 
case, there will also be Operation 
Barnabas teams in Mexico and there 
will be approximately eighty people 
going into the Tijuana area doing 
puppets and clowning and drama 
and handing out leaflets and fliers. 

We hope that when we all go into 
Tijuana for the dedication service, 
we are able to be a real spark. We 
also hope there will be many such 
groups who go out and do a Total 
Mobilization program and put up a 
church in a third world country. 

All of this will help sharpen our 
focus on the real needs of the lost 
and the real opportunities that we 
have as Grace Brethern. 

MAY 1995 


Becky Poppas 

Plie Poppas family 

left to right 

Zachary, John, Becky Monica, 

Daniel, Tliomas, Erika, Prey a, 

Stefanie and in front of Becky is 


'uper-Mom — 
Becky Pappas 

By Mary Thompson 

Does the hassle of being a 
mother seem overwhelming at 
times? Meet Becky Pappas! 

I first met John and Becky 
Pappas in 1977 when they were 
about to leave for missionary service 
in Germany with their little daugh- 
ter Monica. John was twenty-seven 
and Becky was twenty-five. Becky 
had graduated from Grace College; 
John had finished his education at 
Grace and had completed his course 
at Grace Seminary. Both John and 
Becky are 
from the 
Ohio, Grace 
while visiting 
my children, 
the Hoberts 
in France, I 
talked with 
Becky again 
at the Grace 
Field Confer- 
ence in the 
French Alps. 
Fifty Grace 
missionaries were there and forty- 
five missionary kids — EIGHT of 
them Pappases. 

In the evenings, everyone got 
together — for games, skits, music. 
Out of the great amount of talent 
there, the Pappas family was well 
represented, with the five older 
children presenting a mini-concert. 
Back home in Aalen, Germany, the 
children have a chamber music 
group under the auspices of the City 
Music School. 

Becky says John comes from a 
musical family and this branch of 
the clan has surely carried on the 
tradition. All of the older children 
play the piano and recorder. In 
addition, Monica plays the cello; 
Freya, the violin; Thomas, the oboe; 
and Daniel, the viola. 

The Pappas family is somewhat 
of an oddity in Germany. Many 
couples choose to have no children, 
but one or two are acceptable. In 
response to my question about what 
their neighbors think of their large 
family Becky says, "People consider 
us kind of weird anyway, but they 
seem to be rooting for us and sort of 
admire our family." 

"It's important for people to see 
the example of a Christian family 
where husband and wife love each 
other, children respect their parents, 
and they all appreciate each other." 

The Pappas family lives in one- 
half of a duplex. All of the children 
share a room with another sibling 
and Becky considers their home 
adequate and comfortable. As the 
children grow up they all have 
regular jobs around the house and 
the older kids are able to help the 
younger ones. 

They attend public school and 
the five older children have all 
qualified for the highest level which 
entitles them to thirteen years of 
public education. 

Last year Monica was a member 
of a Barnabas team, sponsored by 
CE National. This summer the 
Pappases expect to be in the US for 
home ministries and when they 
return to Germany, Monica will stay 
in Indiana as a member of the 
freshman class at Grace College. 

Asked what problems she faces, 
Becky says, "Sometimes I feel 
overwhelmed by the range of ages 
and the varied activities and inter- 
ests^ — and to balance that with the 
needs of the people we work with." 
Although Becky says she's "not been 
able to do too much" outside her 
home, the Pappases very often have 
guests. Nevertheless, Becky assured 
me that having a family of eight 
children is well worth the hassle! 




The Masculine Journey By Dr. Robert Hicks 
Reviewed by: Paul E. Woodruff, Pastor 

Eagle Creek GBC Indianapolis, IN 

Dr. Robert Hicks claims to have 
discovered a Biblical answer to the 
secular world's quest for under- 
standing masculinity. Bearing the 
seal and endorsement of the Promise 
Keepers movement (this book was 
distributed free to over 50,000 men 
at the initial 1993 rally in Colorado,) 
The Masculine Journey is touted as 
"an eye-opening key to understand- 
ing the Bible's teaching on what it 
means to be a man." 

It is certainly "eye-opening" 
when one discovers the author's 
view of the Savior, of sin, and of 
secular psychology. 

In his discussions of Jesus, Dr. 
Hicks states that Jesus was "phallic 
with all the inherent phallic passions 
we experience as men" meaning that 
Christ was tempted in every (italics 
author's) way as we are. That would 
mean not only heterosexual tempta- 
tion but also homosexual tempta- 
tion. Jesus indeed had natural 
desires to which Satan could appeal. 
But homosexuality is not a natural 
part of human nature. It is an 
unnatural aspect when it occurs. To 
equate the "struggling with their 
sexuality" of gay men to the tempta- 
tions of Jesus is not Biblical. 

Concerning "sexual relations 
with a woman..." the author says 
"Jesus may have thought about it." 
To link our Lord with lustful fanta- 
sizing is blasphemous. While 
affirming that "Jesus did not give in 
to temptation," he still says that 
Jesus "thought about it" which is sin 
of the heart. This language is very 
misleading and dishonoring to the 
Lord in its attempt to be compas- 
sionate towards the sinner. These 
views on Jesus alone are enough to 
eliminate it from any reading list. 

Another "eye-opening" view 
presented is the author's view of sin. 
Struggling to fit pagan tribal initia- 
tion rites of passage into the Chris- 
tian male context, Dr. Hicks states 

that the experience of sin affords a 
great opportunity to celebrate a rite 
of passage. While not wanting to put 
a "benediction on sin," he still 
suggests that when our teenagers 
have their first experience with sex, 
drugs, etc., the elders ought to 
confess their own sins and "con- 
gratulate the next generation for 
being human." Certainly we ought 
to be compassionate but does that 
mean congratulatory?! Our world 
feels little enough shame for sin 
without this watering down of sin's 
grievous nature. 

"Wounds" are confused with sins 
when he says "we need to recognize 
a man's divorce, or job firing, or 
major health problem, or culpability 
in some legal or sexual indiscretion, 
as a wound to which we show 
deference as part of the male jour- 
ney." He confuses wickedness with 
wounds in this sensitive, non- 
judgmental approach to sin cur- 
rently in vogue. 

His final "eye-opener" is his 
position on secular psychology. He 
credits Daniel Levison's book, Tlie 
Seasons of a Man's Life (based on the 
intellectual tradition formed by 
Freud, Jung, Erikson, Adler) as the 
critical work that influenced him. 
Dr. Hicks poses the question: "Do 
the Scriptures have anything to 
contribute in this regard?" 

He locates Scripture's "contribu- 
tion" by describing the masculine 
journey through six Hebrew words. 
Elated, he now had a "biblical 
framework" describing the male 
experience which was "true to the 
current literature." 

Instead of the Scriptures being 
the foundation, they are a "contribu- 
tion" made to describe our "experi- 
ences" instead of define them. 
Scripture is seen as "true to the 
current literature" instead of the 
Truth by which current literature is 
to be evaluated. 

Published by NavPress, 1993 

"The sufficiency of 

Scripture is 

undermined, the 

character of the Savior 

is impugned, and the 

seriousness of sin is so 

diluted in the spirit of 

compassion, that it 
produces more comfort 
than deep conviction/' 

The Masculine Journey appeals to 
many men because it speaks in great 
generalities about common experi- 
ences. It contains material that is 
true and worthwhile. Yet countless 
assertions are made that have no 
Biblical support or basis but rather 
are derived from and dominated by 
a secular psychological perspective. 

This is not a journey that any 
man should make. 

MAY 1995 



See facing page for a Tentative Schedule 

1. CE National will be offering nearly forty seminars at the 1995 National Conference. Numerous and divers 
seminars range from topics such as "A New Meaning for WMC" to "Building Relationships for Evangelism." 

2. A way to encourage relationship building at National Conference will be a booklet called "Family Ties." 
Attenders will have opportunities to get signatures throughout the week of people who are connected in various 
walks of ministry in the FGBC. People completing the booklet are eligible for a very encouraging prize from the 
Conference Planning Committee. 

3. Total Mobilization is the church-planting effort that will take place in Mexico the week prior to National 
Conference. This program culminates in the construction of a church building in San Luis, Colorado, Mexico. 
Workers will begin construction of the building on the week prior to National Conference and complete it with a 
dedication service in Mexico on the Sunday of Conference. The Waldorf, MD, GBC (Pastor Jeff Thornley) is over- 
seeing this project. 

4. Jack Churchill, a veteran missionary working on the Mexico border, is detailing plans for the Mexico outreach 
that will take place at adult conference on Tuesday, July 25. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to 
travel by bus (or personal transportation) to visit Grace Brethren Churches, experience another culture, distribute 
Christian literature, and participate in a bilingual service at 7:00 P.M. that evening. 

5. The pre-conference program on Friday, July 21, will feature two distinct seminars. One seminar, led by Ray 
Castro, will allow participants to learn the Evangelism Explosion method of presenting the gospel. It will include 
training in how to present the gospel without a tract, using Scripture, illustrations, and key questions. Phil Teran 
from the Grace Brethren Church of San Diego will assist Ray with this seminar. (Fee of $15) 

Kay Arthur from Precept Ministries will lead a seminar on "How to do an Inductive Bible Study" so that 
persons attending this one day seminar would be able to lead similar Bible studies and small groups of their own. 
(Fee of $15) 

Also on that Friday will be an opportunity for men connected with Promise Keepers to have an intercessory 
prayer time for the National Conference. 

6. Please register by May 15 if you are planning to attend the 1995 National Conference. Day Passes will be 
offered to people desiring to attend conference for the day. Cost for a one-day pass is $9.00 (or $5 a session if only 
desiring to attend an AM or PM session). 

7. Be sure to register your hotel reservations with the Town and Country Hotel. Their telephone number is 619- 
291-7131. Identify yourself as attending the Grace Brethren National Conference to obtain conference rates for 

8. Opportunities are still available on Wednesday of conference week for groups of people to build a 12 x 12 
shelter for homeless in Tijuana. For $500 a group of unskilled laborers can go to Mexico to build a shelter for one of 
the thousands of homeless families in Tijuana. An opportunity will be given to pray with the family you are 
helping, take pictures, etc. The cost of $500 covers the needed building materials. All building tools are supplied. 

9. For a schedule of the week, please see the enclosed tentative plans. 

10. The free Kids Krossing (Children's Conference) will feature exciting opportunities for children ages 4-11. 
Included in Kid's Krossing are Treasure Chest Ministries, tours of the area, and Operation Barnabas programming. 
Child care will be provided for children ages 0-3 years. For a $55 registration fee per child, grade-school aged 
children can participate in the Seahorse Soccer Camp sponsored by Missionary Athletes International. The registra- 
tion fee includes a camp T-shirt, soccer ball, sports bottle, training by college and semipro soccer players, disciple- 
ship /Bible study time daily, written evaluation, and an awards ceremony at the end of camp. 




1. Pray for contacts with non- 
churched or unsaved children. 

2. Contact unsaved children in your 
neighborhood through friends of 
your children, family, and 

3. Use existing ministries for 
outreach — VBS, Neighborhood 
Bible Clubs, SMM, and Boys' Club. 

4. Structure your children's church 
program to include a focus on the 
unsaved child. 

5. Be sensitive to the non-churched 
in your regular children's 

6. Regularly present the plan of 
salvation and give an invitation to 
personal commitment. 

7. Often a preschool child can 
understand how to accept Christ so 
offer the opportunity at young ages. 

• Become a volunteer in a pediatrics 
unit of a hospital. 

• Coach a little league sports team. 

• Become a scout leader. 

• Do volunteer work in a public 
school classroom, library, or 

• Allow your home to be the 
neighborhood "gathering place" 
to play. 

• Welcome new families to the 

• Organize a city-wide canvas, 
leaving a church brochure at 
each home. 

• Build relationships with parents. 

• Host a children's after-school 
Bible club. 

• Host a children's neighborhood 
kids club in the summer. 

• Ask the YMCA in your city if you 
can start a Bible club in their 
facility after school. 

• Consider a busing ministry. 

From the book Building Blocks (CE National) 

Released Time: An Open Door 

To Public School Children 


Each week, thousands of stu- 
dents quietly leave their public 
school classrooms to study the Bible 
and pray. Isn't that illegal? 

No! These public school students 
are using their court-protected right 
to "released time" instruction. The 
constitutionality of the classes was 
established in a Supreme Court 
decision in 1952 and there is evi- 
dence that the Supreme Court still 
considers this decision to be valid. 

Released time allows students, 
with parental permission, to leave 
the school campus during the school 
day to attend classes of a religious 
nature. Called "Bible Release Time 
Education" or "Weekday Religious 
Education" the classes are offered to 
students from Kindergarten through 
high school. Some classes are offered 
daily to high school students for 

About 250,000 students in thirty 
states participated in the program in 
1993. Sixty percent of those students 
were unchurched. Sponsored by 
local churches, parents and commu- 
nity groups, the classes are held any 
place from church buildings to 

In northern Wayne County, Ohio, 
the program reaches over one- 
thousand students in two school 
districts. About eight percent of the 
student enrollment attends the 
classes. The results have been 
exciting. Last fall, for example, ten 
students prayed to receive Christ 
during a one-on-one sharing time. 

Children in the Wayne County 
program are taught a five-year 
'Through the Bible" study and end 
with a topical study in sixth grade. 
They memorize over fifty Bible 
verses through the program. Music, 
prayer time, memory verse drills, 
review, birthday recognition, games, 
and Bible lessons are all important 
parts of the class. 


The program exemplifies local 
missions at work, since it is the only 
exposure many of the children ever 
have to the Gospel. Over twenty- 
five churches contribute through 
prayer, financial giving, and provid- 
ing adult volunteers. The teacher is 
hired at an annual meeting by 
representatives from supporting 

Has your church considered 
reaching the children in your 
community through Bible released 
time? According to the Christian 
Legal Society in their booklet 
Released Time Religious Education: An 
Overlooked Open Door, 

"It is an opportunity overlooked 
by most parents, clergymen, and 
educators. Religious released 
time is the most effective open 
door by which students may 
receive religious instruction 
during their school day. Released 
time is the only means by which 
religious instruction which is 
intended to convert students or 
instruct them in a particular set of 
religious beliefs is allowed during 
the school day." 

For more information contact: 

The National Association of 
Released Time Christian Education 
(NARTCE) at 400 S. Main Street, 
Ellijay, GA 30540. 

You may also wish to contact 
Linda Kline (10050 W. Easton Road, 
West Salem, OH 44287) who has 
been teaching released time for 
seventeen years. 




This article was first printed in the April, 1995 issue of Sports Spectrum 

As I sprinted down the soccer 
field, my teammate Pete passed me 
the ball. Keeping my stride, I sent it 
back to him, then cut to the center to 
get in better position. He handled it 
effortlessly, maneuvered around his 
defender, and set me up with a 
perfectly placed pass. 

I had a clear shot. Instinctively, I 
booted the ball. It skipped neatly 
past the lunging goalie and into the 
net. The crowd erupted. 

It was the mid-1970s and I had 
just scored my first goal as a profes- 
sional soccer player. My dream had 
come true, and I felt invincible. 

In the next few years, however, I 
would discover that I was anything 
but invincible. That dream would 
turn into a horrible nightmare. 

My journey through life began in 
Germany, where I spent my first 
four years in an orphanage — until a 
missionary couple from the United 
States adopted me. My new parents 
took me with them to Spain. 

I was never much of a student, 
but I did find something that earned 
the respect of my Spanish buddies 
and made me feel important: Soccer. 
Any success I had in school was tied 
to my talent for that popular game. 

After marrying my college 
sweetheart and graduating, we left 
for New York, where I became a 
member of the Cosmos, the most 
famous team in the North American 
Soccer League. While with the 
Cosmos, I roomed with Pele. 

My success in soccer during my 
five years with the Cosmos should 
have opened many doors of oppor- 
tunity for me. Instead, it introduced 
me to the two temptations that often 
threaten men in professional sports: 
parties and women. 

My wife knew what was going 
on. At the end of my fifth year with 
New York, she told me to choose 
between soccer and her. At first I 
made an effort to keep things 

together. We left the city, and I tried 
another line of work. But it was too 
late. The damage caused by my 
immorality had already been done. 
Within two years, my college 
sweetheart and I were divorced. 

Thinking I needed a fresh start, I 
headed south to Houston — I found 
enough alcohol, women, and good 
money to numb my pain. I started 
working as a doorman at a popular 
nightclub, and before long I had a 
management job. 

The schedule was great. Get to 
the club in the early evening, work 
until the early morning, close up, 
and go to someone's house to party 
till dawn. 

The routine stayed pretty much 
the same for me until an early 
morning bash when I came face-to- 
face with something I had only 
heard about before: Cocaine. 

Bowing to the pressure from 
people I was afraid wouldn't like me 
if I abstained, I snorted the cocaine. 

I was rocked by the most power- 
ful feeling I had ever experienced. I 
felt cool, tough, invincible. 

That feeling didn't last long. An 
hour later I was hunting for some- 
one to sell me more. Within a few 
weeks I was so addicted that my 
salary could not support my habit. 

There had to be a better way to 
supply my cocaine, I thought. 

There was. Selling the stuff. 

I'm still amazed at how quickly 
my coke business grew. Before long, 
I was smuggling large quantities of 
drugs into the U.S. and delivering 
them to high-rolling clients. 

Eventually, I moved to Dallas, 
where the drug connections were 
even better. While working as a DJ 
at a popular club, I continued to try 
to fill my deep emptiness by taking 
more cocaine and partying . 

On January 13, 1983, 1 was 
feeling pretty good. I had $10,000 in 
my pocket and I was making even 

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Rick began to show a hint of apathy 

toward his golf game. 


MAY 1995 


more sales. After a couple of girls 
made a purchase, I stepped out of 
my DJ booth for a minute. 

I got the shock of my life. 

Six men were pointing their guns 
at me. "Police!" one of them 
shouted. "Hit the ground face down. 
You are under arrest for possession 
and delivery of cocaine." 

The girls who had made that last 
purchase were undercover agents. 

"You're nothing but the scum of 
the earth," snarled the officer who 
snapped on the handcuffs. 

From Pele's roommate to scum of 
the earth. I had slid from the top of 
the world to the bottom. I was no 
longer invincible. I was scared. 
Embarrassed. Humiliated. 

As my friends watched, I was 
dragged out of the club, shoved into 
an unmarked car, and hustled off to 
the county jail. 

I was stripped, searched, finger- 
printed, photographed. They found 
two grams of cocaine and the 
$10,000. An officer told me, "You are 
under arrest for four counts of 
felony cocaine sales and two counts 
of felony possession of cocaine. Each 
count carries five to ninety-nine 
years in the Texas Department of 

Corrections. Buddy, you are looking 
at a bunch of time." 

As they rushed me off to my cell, 
a horrid sinking feeling came over 
me. The steel door slammed shut 
behind me and I wondered how 
long a cell would be my home. 

Soon I found out that it would be 
six months before my case would 
even go to trial. Was there anything 
in me worth holding on to? 

In my lonely despair, I began to 
reflect on my parents' godly ex- 
ample. I wondered if I hadn't missed 
something along the way. 

The jail chaplain got a Bible for 
me, and I began reading in the book 
of John. Immediately I found a verse 
I had heard a thousand times before: 
"For God so loved the world. . ." 

Something inside me clicked. 

Kneeling next to my jail house 
cot, I prayed for the first time in 
many years. "Jesus, please forgive 
me for running from you for so long. 
I am sorry for all the sins I've 
committed against You. Please 
forgive me. And please come in and 
fill that lonely place inside me." 

As I knelt on that cold jail floor, I 
felt a sense of freedom — true free- 
dom — for the first time in my life. 

The tears flowed — tears of happi- 
ness and joy. I let Christ take control 
of my life. I took the first step into a 
whole new way of life. 

When my case finally went to 
trial, I was sentenced to twenty-five 
years in prison. After serving three 
and one-half years, by the grace of 
God, I received a sentence reduction 
and was released. 

I stepped out of prison on March 
18, 1987, with little more than the 
clothes on my back and $200 in my 
pocket. Since that day I've had the 
privilege of speaking about my 
experiences to thousands and 
thousands of young people in 
hundreds of high schools, colleges, 
prisons, and churches. 

God brought me back from the 
brink of an eternity in Hell. If He 
hadn't touched me that day in my 
jail cell, I'm not sure I would be alive 
today. And if I were alive without 
God, I would most likely still be 
rotting away in some federal peni- 
tentiary. God gave me a second 
chance. He'll do the same for you. 

Jon Kregel can be reached at 
Jem Kregel Ministries, Box 131480, 
Tyler, Texas 75713. 



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Paul Michaels senses a true 
spiritual renewal is occurring in 
Novosibirsk and is excited about 
the possibility of planting eight 
more churches in Russia by the fall 
of 1996. Having just completed 
pastoral training classes attended by 
ninety men from four regions in 
Western Siberia, Paul writes, "I 
became better acquainted with ten 
to fifteen men whom I believe could 
presently plant new churches and 
about twenty-five men who have 
church-planting potential. I believe 
the Lord is leading us to plant at 
least two new churches in each 
region by the fall of 1996." 

"We are two churches closer to 
the 2000," writes Tom Stallter, 
referring to the goal of the National 
Fellowship to have 2000 GBCs 
worldwide by the year 2000. These 
new churches were started in March 
as a result of missionary efforts of 
the Association of Chadian GBCs. 

The dramatic rise worldwide in 
illiteracy has caused the United 
Nations to call the 1980s the "Lost 
Decade." Some of the GBCs in the 
Central African Republic are trying 
to reverse this trend and lower the 
seventy percent illiteracy rate 
plaguing their people. A milestone 
event for literacy occurred recently 
when over 250 students and thirty 
literacy teachers representing fifteen 
literacy classes met together in 
Bangui, CAR for a literacy day 
celebration. A plan for getting this 
literacy/ Bible fluency program 
going in remote areas of the country 
will be put into action in the fall. 

After five months of school in the 
hub camp of Mouale, six pygmy 
evangelists are hitting the trails in an 
effort to reach deep forest pygmies 
with the Gospel. These evangelists 
know the language and culture and 
have the trust of their own people. 
Ten deep forest camps will be 
visited with a follow-up grand tour 
of all the camps in December, 1995. 

Several days before Lazaro died 
of leukemia in Mexico City, he made 
a tape for his sister in which he 
shared his testimony of how he 
accepted the Lord. In the tape he 
mentions how Martin Guerena led 
him to Christ through a series of 
evangelistic Bible studies. Elizabeth, 
Lazaro's sister, called Martin and 
asked to be taught the same Bible 
studies that her brother had re- 
ceived. Elizabeth, along with her 
husband and three children, are 
studying the Bible with Martin and 
showing definite interest in trusting 
Christ. By faith Lazaro still speaks, 
even though he is dead. 

In just one day, Billy Graham was 
able to preach the Gospel to more 
people than he had in all of his 
forty-five years of Gospel crusades. 
Thanks to modern technology, for 
three days in March, Billy Graham 
was able to preach to an audience of 
one billion people. That represents 
more than 20% of the world's 
population. Early reports cite 400 
conversions in France alone. One of 
those who trusted Christ was a 
friend of missionary Mary Ann 
Barlow in Chalon, France. Ralph 
Schwartz, GBIM missionary and 
coordinator of the Porto, Portugal 
campaign, reported 22 decisions for 
Christ among the 1200 people who 
attended the Porto broadcasts. 

Is it worth the effort to preach a 
sermon in Czech rather than just use 
a translator? George Swain would 
answer with a resounding yes. Two 
lessons he taught last month in 
Czech found their mark in the hearts 

of the Czech people. Evidence of the 
40-50 hours of preparation time 
being worthwhile were the discus- 
sions on evangelistic outreach 
possibilities which the lessons 
sparked. There is just something 
about speaking the heart language 
of the people. 

There was no lack of fun, snow, or 
snowball fights for this year's ski 
camp in the French Alps according 
to GBFM missionary Paul Klawitter. 
Informal discussions on the slopes 
and more formal ones each evening 
centering around abundant life 
helped clarify for several the terms 
of the Gospel. All the ski campers 
were invited to the Billy Graham 
crusades the following week. 

Tom Avey reports from the Lititz 
GBC: A few years ago our church 
compiled a very nice cookbook 
using recipes from members of our 
church. We reprinted the cookbook 
with a "welcome to our family" 
emphasis and have begun to deliver 
them to visitors within the week 
following their first visit. We have 
packets including the cookbook, a 
map of the church, and a church 
postcard. The visit is strictly door- 
step. We do not stay long or go 
inside the home. If the person is not 
at home when we call, the packet is 
left with a handwritten note on the 
postcard. The result is a very warm, 
nonthreatening first visit. Our E.E. 
team visits later and reports that the 
"Door-Step" visits helped make 
people more open to the Gospel. 

Pastor Les Nutter of the 
Susquehanna GBC of Wrightsville, 
PA recently underwent surgery for a 
herniated disc. Please continue to 
pray for Les and his swift and total 

Pastor Don Eschelman of 
Roanoke, VA reports that Child 
Evangelism magazine March/ April 
issue includes an article by Angie 




Garber entitled "Bridges to Nava- 

The Peru GBC of Peru, Indiana, 
has recently celebrated their 50th 
anniversary and has also voted to 
withdraw from the National Fellow- 
ship but will continue their member- 
ship in the Indiana District. 

National Conference begins in 
San Diego, California on Friday July 
21, and continues through Thursday, 
July 27. Speakers include Ray 
Castro, Kay Arthur, John 
MacArthur, Jr., Bob Logan, David 
Seifert, Sammy Tippit, Ray and 
Anne Ortlund, and George Barna. 
The theme of this year's conference 
is Cross the Boundary. Moderator is 
Ed Lewis. 

The Lancaster News Era newspa- 
per recently ran a series of articles 
on the churches of Lancaster 
County, PA. Pastor Robert Kern was 
asked to submit an article on our 
Grace Brethren Churches. Writes 
Pastor Kern, 'The (Grace Brethren 
Church) vision remains the same: to 
provide a safe haven for people 
buffeted by the world; to encourage 
people in developing a personal 
relationship with the Lord; to teach 
and train them from the scriptures 
how to develop effective principles 
for living; and to challenge them to 
reach out to the needy in their 

Dr. Roy Roberts, Pastor of New 
Holland GBC, New Holland, PA, 
was named to a statewide criminal 
justice reform task force for Justice 
Fellowship, the public policy arm of 
Chuck Colson's Prison Ministries. 
'The statewide task force was 
assembled to create a comprehen- 
sive criminal justice reform plan," 
Dan Tonkovich, Director of Justice 
Fellowship in Pennsylvania said. "It 
is the instrumental unit in our drive 
to make a significant impact on 
corrections." Justice Fellowship is a 
nationwide organization that 

promotes biblically based reforms in 
the criminal justice system. The 
organization advocates policies that 
incorporate principles of restorative 
justice which equate toughness on 
crime with holding offenders 
accountable for making their victims 
whole again. 

Dr. Randall Smith announced his 
resignation as Pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church in Ft. Lauderdale, 
Florida to return to his Jerusalem 
based ministry. He has lived previ- 
ously in Jerusalem and will be 
taking his wife Dot and their 
children back to live there again in 
July, 1995. "We cannot go as mis- 
sionaries as this is not legal in 
Israel," he explains. "We are, how- 
ever, working with congregation 
planting efforts while tentmaking as 
a Bible and Archaeology professor 
for International Biblical Confer- 
ences and Study Programs." 

Wayne Hannah, Senior Pastor of 
the Grace Brethren Church of 
Richmond, Virginia has accepted the 
position of Assistant to the Director 
of Grace Brethren Foreign Missions 
and began his new ministry in April. 
He and his family will continue to 
reside in Richmond. Please pray for 
the Hannah family in this new 
venture and for the Richmond 
church as they seek a new pastor. 

A dedication service for the new 
building of the Community Grace 
Brethren Church of Goldendale, 
Washington was held on Sunday, 
April 2. Greg Howell is the Senior 

The Waldorf, Maryland GBC 

dedicated their new sanctuary on 
Sunday, April 9. They celebrated 
with a dinner and concert that 

Ivanildo Trindade, Director of 
Internationals USA, reported on his 
ministry to representatives of 
several national FGBC organizations 

in Winona Lake on March, 21. 
Headquartered in Wooster, Ohio, 
and serving on the staff of the GBC 
there, Ivanildo is seeking to "stir the 
local church to the need of this work 
whose ultimate purpose is to 
befriend and win internationals for 
Christ." A native of Brazil, Ivan 
came to the United States to study, 
graduating from Grace Seminary 
several years ago. After various 
ministries in his homeland, he has 
returned to the U.S. to head up a 
program directed at reaching 
internationals who are studying in 
American schools or who have 
become permanent residents here. 
Three northern Ohio GBCs have 
ministries specifically designed to 
reach internationals: Wooster, 
Ashland, and Columbus. Pastor 
Trindade would welcome occasions 
to share the great opportunities for 
such ministries with other FGBC 
churches. He can be reached c/o 
GBC, Wooster, Ohio. 

Indiana District Moderator, Ken 
Bickel, will make the following 
motion at the District Conference on 
May 6, 1995 

"I recommend that we initiate a 
process within the Indiana District 
designed to provide information 
and rationale, and ultimately to 
bring a recommendation to District 
Conference on May 6, that the 
Indiana district divide into two 
districts along ideological lines. 
Basically, that division into two 
districts will yield one district which 
will allow individual churches to 
make their own decisions regarding 
the re-baptism-for-membership 
issue, and the other district will 
(probably) remain a 'closed' dis- 

The Executive Committee passed 
that recommendation by a majority 
vote after much discussion and 
despite an emotional reluctance. 

Dave Mitchell, Pastor of the 
Waipio Grace Brethren Church in 
Hawaii has announced the comple- 


MAY 1995 


tion of their Missions/ Parsonage 
House. An invitation is given to all 
GBC missionaries, currently serving, 
to come to Hawaii and stay free of 
charge (except for a $25 registration 
fee) for up to a month. The two 
bedroom, living room, and kitchen- 
ette missions complex is eager to be 
used, so call 1-808-623-0418 or 
write for details. If anyone would 
like to be a part of this missionary 
ministry, send your gifts to the 
Waipio GBC, 95-035 Waimakua 
Drive, Mililarti, Hawaii 96789. 

Keith Merriman has resigned as 
pastor at Orrville, Ohio. He will be 
moving to Indianapolis, Indiana. 
Plans are indefinite. 

A service to honor Dr. Raymond 
Gingrich and in memory of Edith 
Gingrich (who went to be with the 
Lord on January 22) was held at the 
Ellet Grace Brethren Church, Akron, 
Ohio March 4. Pastor R. John Snow 
officiated. Dr. Sam Gingrich of 
Kamuela, Hawaii, son of the 
Gingrichs played a piano solo and 
tributes were presented by Mildred 
Carroll, George Johnson, Jackie, 
Turner, and Curtis Thomas. The 
Gingrichs pastored at Ellet from 
1935-48 and Dr. Gingrich was 
influential in the starting of the 
Akron Bible Institute. Grace Semi- 
nary also had its beginnings at Ellet 
during that time. 

Dr. Gingrich, a resident of Grace 
Village at Winona Lake, Indiana was 
called home to glory on Thursday, 
March 30. 

"Our major goal this year has 
been to implement the cell group 
strategy in our churches in Belem 
and Uberlandia," reports Dan 
Green from Brazil. 'Three churches 
in Belem have started cell groups. 
Two cell groups in Mansour, a 
suburb of Uberlandia, are enthusias- 
tic about starting Sunday meetings. 
The other ministry that has grown 
has been the Grace Training Center 
in Belem. The emphasis of the GTC 


is to train all people in the local 
church in evangelism/ discipleship." 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
Company completed Spring Board 
meetings in Lajolla, California in 
mid-March. For two of the board 
members, Pastor Jeff Thornley of 
Waldorf, Maryland and Pat Phillips, 
an attorney from Columbus, Ohio, it 
was their first meeting with the 
BMH board. BMH will supply 
20,000 Grow tracts to Mexico for 
Total Mobilization in July. 

The next FOCUS III Retreat will 
take place at Sandy Cove, Maryland 
on May 1st through the 3rd. 

Larry Chamberlain, Executive 
Director of GBHM, has announced 
several recent personnel changes on 
the Board of Directors and within 
the staff of Grace Brethren Home 

He reports that Brenda Kent has 
been promoted to the position of 
Director of Finance and Ministry 
Information Systems. Brenda has 
served as the accountant for Home 
Missions, the Navajo Mission, and 
the Grace Brethren Investment 
Foundation for four years. Formerly, 
she was administrative assistant for 
Grace Brethren Financial Planning 
Service. She expects to complete her 
work for a master's degree in 
management this fall. 

Chamberlain also announced 
with regret the departure of Kirk 
Heng as Director of Ministry 
Support. Kirk served in this capacity 
for two years and initiated a number 
of improvements in the promotional 
ministry of the mission. Because of 
budget constraints, the position will 
not be immediately filled. 

The resignation of Dr. John 
Mayes from the Board of Directors 
was acknowledged with expressions 
of appreciation for his long service. 
Pastor of the Longview, Texas GBC, 
Dr. Mayes has served on the Board 
or as a Home Missions pastor for all 
but one year since 1952. Feeling it 


was time to allow a younger man to 
serve, John stepped down at the 
conclusion of the March meeting of 
the Directors. 

Pastor Ron Boehm has been 
appointed by the Board of Directors 
to fill the unexpired term of Dr. 
Mayes. Ron was the founding pastor 
of the Western Reserve Grace 
Brethren Church in Macedonia, 
Ohio, where he continues to serve, 
having brought the church to self- 
supporting status and through its 
initial building program. 


Marion (Mrs. Elmer) Tampkin died 
March 5, 1995. 

Pauline Sumrny, former missionary to 
Africa, died March 4, 1995. 

Eh. Raymond Gingrich, former pastor 

of the Ellet GBC (Akron Ohio), 

died March 30, 1995. 


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"Help! I'm not in 
control of my life!" 


l | I "Her lamp does not go out at night" 

I am not in control of my life. 

This short statement — this simple 
fact — is the source from which brew 
most of the ugliest frustrations of 
my life. 

I am a control person. I want to 
plan my day, attack my schedule, 
get organized, and meet deadlines. I 
want things to fall into the slot that I 
have allotted to them and not vary 
by more than four or five minutes 
one way or the other. 

The "experts" say to achieve this 
apparently good goal, all that I 
needed was better organization. Get 
up earlier, set priorities, make lists, 
hang a calendar/ planner by my 
desk, relentlessly stick to it. 

But you know, my life refused to 
be controlled and no amount of 
effort on my part did anything to 
effect that maddening truth. 

But why did the fail-safe meth- 
ods fail, leaving me frustrated, 
guilty, and struggling to work even 
harder? Because my goal was 
entirely wrong. 

Life is not about being in control. 

My goal must be to be like Christ 
and to live within my circumstances 
in the same way He would. And 
those circumstances are beyond my 
control: people, machines, accidents, 
laws of nature, my own physical 
body — Christ has not given me the 
power over any of these. 

I have no control over the people 
close to me. I might be able to 
suggest, cajole, or bully them into 
doing what I want but beyond that I 
cannot control their words, actions, 

or intents and I can't cram them into 
my schedule no matter how I try. 

I have no control over the 
acquaintances and strangers who 
make up the rest of my world. If 
they wait too long after the light has 
turned green, if they rob my house, 
if they get the promotion I wanted, I 
am powerless to change it. 

I have no control over the 
machines and technology that fill 
my world. When the water heater 
stops with a house full of company, 
when the car breaks down halfway 
to my destination, when the com- 
puter at the bank forgets my name, 
when my oven elects to cook at a 
temperature twice what I selected — I 
do not have the upper hand. 

I have no control over accidents. 
The broken arms, scraped knees, 
smashed crystal, spilled milk of life 
that must be cleaned up and paid 
for day or night. 

I have no control over the laws of 
nature. Every hour only has sixty 
minutes and each week only seven 
days. Rain comes when picnics are 
planned and snow days come when 
the work at the office is the heaviest. 
The dust returns, the paint chips, 
and the weeds re-invade. 

I have no control over my 
physical body. Sickness takes 
precious time allotted for other 
projects. I resent needing nine hours 
of sleep. I am at the mercy of some 
old injuries and the passing of time. 
My body, though I feed it well and 
exercise it frequently, is moving 
towards its demise. 


God has the control. 

He has set the times, seasons, 
events, and even accidents, in His 
plan. He rules the laws of nature, 
and of my life and death. He alone 
has the power to orchestrate it all 
including the annoying dog that 
barks all night, the interrupting 
phone call at dinner, or a frightening 
diagnosis from the doctor. 

When I choose to ignore this, I 
arrive at the worst possible condi- 
tion: while frantically fighting to 
control my world, a world over 
which I will never be sovereign, I 
relinquish the only real control I will 
ever have: control, through Christ, 
over myself. 

Through His power, I can control 
my attitudes, actions, and responses 
to all the circumstances He allows. 
Only this path leads toward the goal 
of being like Christ — of living my 
life as if Christ Himself had moved 
into my family and was me. 

Certainly there is not cause for 
throwing in the organizational 
towel. The goal to be like Christ is 
not accomplished by blindly tossing 
on the waves of the unexpected. I 
have learned that, if given the 
chance, all manner of worthless 
things will crowd out my days. 

Nevertheless, it is time that I stop 
trying to get control of people and 
situations over which I never will 
have command. It is time to make 
my destination Christ-likeness and 
to allow Him to plot the daily "out- 
of-control" detours that He knows 
will best accomplish that goal. 

MAY 1995 

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A Time 
to Speak 

As Billy concluded his message, 
I wondered if this could possibly 
be the spark that would ignite a 
revival in our land. God had 
certainly given him an important 
time to speak. 

After the message, I returned to 
my chores outside in the yard. 
Suddenly a police car sped past our 
home, stopped, and began to back 
up. Then, I saw the EMS truck 
arrive and the drivers proceeded to 
enter the house directly across the 
street from mine. 

This was not a 

job for 
Billy Graham 

Last Sunday afternoon I came in 
from working in the yard and 
turned on the television to C-Span. 
There, to my surprise, was the Rev. 
Billy Graham stepping up to the 
podium. He was to deliver the 
main message at the memorial 
service for the victims of the 
Oklahoma City bombing. 

I listened in awe to this state- 
wide, state-sponsored memorial 
prayer service. So much for the 
separation of church and state. 

The crowd of several thousands 
assembled in several locations 
listened intently as Billy talked 
about Job, about suffering, about 
Jesus' pain on the cross, and yes, 
about Heaven and how to get there 
from Oklahoma City. 

He also drove home the point 
that these kinds of decadent 
behavior are normal activities for 
those who distance themselves 
from God. 

When I entered my neighbor's 
home, I saw him lying on the floor 
in a very helpless state. Evidently 
he was experiencing chest pains 
with the possibility of a heart 
attack. His wife wasn't home so the 
police officer asked me to stay with 
the baby, as they rushed the man 
off to the hospital. 

While I stayed there with that 
baby, God impressed upon me the 
fact that I had not shared the gospel 
with my own neighbor. Had I spent 
the time building bridges? Yes. But 
had the time come to speak? Yes. 

God also impressed me with 
something else. This was not a job 
for Billy Graham. In fact, God 
doesn't want another Billy Graham. 
He already has one. 

This was a job for me. God 
wants me to simply share the good 
news with someone who needs 
Jesus — someone like my own 
neighbor, just across the street. Will 
I do it? You bet I will and I'll do it 

. . .there comes a 

time when you 

must cross the 

bridge you have 

so carefully and 

patiently built — 

before the one on 

the other side is 

taken away by the 

tides of life 

and death 

JUNE 1995 



VOL. 57 NO. 6 


A Time to Speak 


To Save Our Soldiers 


Profile of a Titus 2 Woman 


Cliff Barrows and Tim Burke 


Eastside GBC, At the Risk of Being Faithful 




Jan Ripple — Triathlete 


Some "good clean fun' 


Pastors talk about the Great Commission 

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To Save Our Soldiers 

One young man urns brought to me who professed to be a Satanist, 
having been raised tliat way by his parents. He claimed that Satan 
would rule the world one day. I explained that he was right, but that was 
only part of the story. I opened the scriptures and showed him that Satan 
would also be defeated and that Christ would establish His kingdo??i 
upon the world. That young man accepted Christ as his Savior. Later he 
shared his story with more than a thousand recruits at Sunday worship. 
That day, more than a hundred Marine recruits came forward to make 
decisions for Christ. 

Chaplain (LCDR) Dayne Nix, USN 

The Eagle Commission was formed to assist our Grace 
Brethren chaplains serving in this vital and difficult ministry. 
The Eagle Commission is a corps of Grace Brethren men and 
women who have committed themselves to pray for our 
chaplains and financially support this ministry. Under the 
sponsorship of Grace Brethren Home Missions, the Eagle 
Commission provides special support and encouragement for 
our chaplains as they fight the spiritual battles for the souls of 
our soldiers around the world. 

On the USS Shreveport, I was the only chaplain and there 
were about 900 Navy Marine Corps personnel. I soon discov- 
ered that many of them had a real interest in spiritual things. 
You could see in their eyes their hunger for the Word of God. 
For Bible study, we really had to "pack them in", and after- 
wards one of the Marines said to me, "This is my fifth float (i.e. 
he was on his fifth deployment that lasted six months) and this 
is the first time I ever heard a Chaplain preach the Gospel." 

Chaplain (LCDR) Jack Galle, USN 

As a member of the Eagle Commission, you can have a part in 
the ministry of our chaplains. Your gift of $15 a month provides 
regidar communication with military personnel, prayer letters to 
members, continuing Chaplains' education at Grace Brethren 
workshops, office and travel expenses of the Chaplains' endorsing 
agent, and Chaplains' expenses at the annual Grace Brethren 
National Conference. Eagle Commission members will receive 
monthly information of the ministries, activities and families of our 
military Chaplains, as well as their stations of duty at home and 
around the world. And you will have the joy of knowing that your 
contributions are being multiplied in the lives of thousands of 
soldiers who are under the ministry of our chaplains each year. 

We are the envy of other chaplains in other denominations and 
fellowships. The support we receive from the Grace Brethren 
Fellowship is phenomenal. 

We're so thankful for the Eagle Commission .... 

Chaplain (CDR) John Diaz, USN 

JUNE 1995 


It's a wide-open mission field. It's an amazing opportunity to share the gospel with thousands of people every 
year. And, at a time when Christians are struggling to protect many of our religious freedoms, it's a ministry that's 
fully supported by the United States Government. 

For over fifty years, Grace Brethren men have been serving the United States Armed Forces as chaplains. Ten 

full-time active-duty Grace Brethren chaplains now minister at 
American military bases world-wide, in addition to our Reserve 
Chaplains, Veterans Affairs Chaplains and Retired Chaplains. 
All of these chaplains have found that, in peace time as well as 
times of war, they have many unique opportunities to meet the 
needs of the men and women whom they serve. 

We were on a combat mission outside of Saigon in an area 
called the Iron Triangle. It had been probably one of the most 
tempestuous areas in Vietnam at that time. Early one evening, a 
young soldier named Larry Dawson stopped me and said, "I'm 
not right with God." And so standing out there in the middle of 
enemy territory, Larry made a recommitment of his life to the 
Lord. Larry's name is on the Vietnam monument. Within 30 
days of his coming home, he was caught in an ambush. I went 
to the Vietnam memorial and looked up his name. That was, for 
me, a very emotional moment. Very emotional. 

Chaplain (COL) John Schumacher, USA 

Often, our chaplains have placed themselves in great physical danger, ministering 
to the soldiers of their unit. They are men of courage and conviction. They are men 
-who are committed to our Lord Jesus Christ and the mission He has given them. 
And they are men ivho deserve our support. 

I arrived at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in the middle of a sea of 35,000 angry 
Cubans. During my first iveeks there ivas nothing but turmoil. Daily escapes, 
violence, and hunger strikes all led to the mass riots of September when nearly 9,000 
Cubans flowed over the concertina wire and took to the streets and hills of 
Guantanamo. But God was zuorking. Many Cuban refugees, who had never before 
heard the gospel, were saved and a Cuban church began to form. Our first Bible 
study (involving six people) began to grow and multiply and soon attendance was at 
300 per Bible study! 

Chaplain (CPT) James Schaefer, USA 

For more information on 
becoming a member of the 
Eagle Commission, write to: 

Larry Chamberlain 
Grace Brethren Home 
Missions, P.O. Box 587, 
Winona Lake, IN, 46590. 

Cuba — Discipleship Care Class 
James Schaefer deployed 1994-95 



Titus 2: 3-5 challenges the older women to be reverent in the way they 
live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is 
good. Then they can train the younger women. . ." 

Investing in the life of a younger woman involves a step of faith. Do we 
ever feel adequate or completely prepared for the job? Do we have all the 
answers? No, we don't. In accepting the challenge to become a Titus 2 
woman, a woman involves her life in the only two eternal things this world 
offers — God's Word and people. 

How is it then that a life becomes worthy of being emulated and worthy of the 
privilege of training a younger woman? Looking at the profile of a Titus 2 
woman, one can find the following characteristics: 

She is faithful in the basics. Her life includes. . . 

•Daily time in the Word — her teaching centers on the Word of God and 
she serves from a "fresh platter" because she invests daily time in the Word 
and seeks practical application of it. 

• Prayer — she prays specifically and recognizes specific answers to 
prayer. She is transparent in sharing her own prayer needs. 

•Fellowship — she is a woman who moves out of her "comfort zone" 
and serves to be a source of encouragement. Her relationships are not 
exclusive, but there is room allowed for outsiders. 

•Witnessing — A Titus 2 woman demonstrates God's love and kindness 
and shows God's love in practical ways in order to share the love of Christ 
with those with whom she comes in contact. Sharing her faith is a way of 
life rather than a program. 

She lives outside her "comfort zone." 

•She asks herself the question: "What gets me closer to people in order 
to share Christ?" 

•She demonstrates a willingness to cross cultural lines, social barriers, 
and generation gaps. 

She communicates a heart for the lost. 

•Those things that break Jesus' heart break her heart. 

•Her heart for the lost causes her to look for ways to create side-door 
entry points, safe entry points for nonbelievers to enter the church arena — 
such things as Mom's clubs and Mothers in Touch. 

She communicates a relevant Christianity and a relevant God. 

•"We've always done it that way" is not included in her vocabulary. She 
does not seek to keep tradition intact at the expense of alienating people. 

•She recognizes that meeting people's basic needs may enable a nonbe- 
liever to listen about her God. Providing such things as food and clothing — 
personally caring for nonbelievers makes her God personal to them. 

She communicates "gray" areas as personal convictions and not law. 

•She teaches Scriptural truth without compromise, but teaches personal 
convictions as both "personal" and a "conviction." 

She has her "rights" in perspective. 

•Her time, possessions, and life goals belong to God and focus on 
Philippians 2: 3^ "considering others as more important than herself." 

Such a woman surely will draw other women to herself. She will be able 
to mentor other women and teach them. She will be able to experience the 
joy and the rewards of investing in another life 

Profile of a 
Titus 2 Woman 

By Chery Otermat 

Since Chery holds the title of Director 
of Girls' Ministries, you can recognize that 
her concern in this article is not just for 
ministry to grown-up women. She also has 
a special concern for growing-up young 

SMM is a terrific program for girls 
and young women. If you'd like to know 
more about this opportunity for ministry in 
your church, write to Chery Otermat at 

CE National, P.O. Box 365 

Winona Lake, IN 46590. 

If you are still left 

Wondering. . . whether you. 
can feel prepared and adequate for 
your role as a Titus 2 woman, and 
if you can knoiv ahead of time 
that you will be successful in this 
investment, the answer is no. 

Did Sarah have all the 
answers ivhen she and Abraham 
were asked to take a step of 
obedience in taking Isaac to Mt. 
Moriah? No, in scripture their 
obedience is called a "work of 

If there are those areas of the 
profile that for you would have to 
be a "work of faith" to overcome 
or to attain, consider taking them 
to Mt. Moriah. Wliat stands 
between you and obedience to the 
command in Titus 2? Take it to 
Mt. Moriah, you too will see 
God's faithfulness. 

JUNE 1995 


My Job as a Father 

By Edgar Guest 

I have known a number of 
wealthy men who were not 
successful fathers. They made 
money rapidly; their factories 
were marvels of organization; 
their money investments were 
sound and made with excellent 
judgment, and their 
contributions to public service 
were useful and willingly made. 
All this took time and thought. 
At the finish there was a fortune 
on the one hand, and a 
worthless and dissolute son on 
the other. WHY? Too much time 
spent in making money — too 
little time spent with the boy. 

When these children were 
youngsters romping on the 
floor, if someone had come to 
any one of those fathers and 
offered him a million dollars for 
his lad he would have spurned 
the offer and kicked the 
proposer out of doors. Had 
someone offered him ten million 
dollars in cash for the privilege 
of making a drunkard out of his 
son, the answer would have 
been the same. Had someone 
offered to buy from him for a 
fortune the privilege of playing 
with the boy, of going on picnics 
and fishing trips and outings, 
and being with him a part of 
every day, he would have 
refused the proposition without 
giving it a second thought. 

Yet that is exactly the 
bargain those men made, and 
which many men are still 
making. They are coining their 
lives into fortunes and 
automobile factories and great 
industries, but their boys are 
growing up as they may. These 
men probably will succeed in 
business; but they will be 
failures as fathers. 

Not so much of me in the 
bank, and more of my best in 
the lad, is what I should like to 
have at the end of my career. 

'A Conversation With My Dad" 

By Cliff Barrows Decision Magazine, June 1994 


My Dad is gone. 

But before he passed away I had 
a conversation with him that I will 
never forget. Dad couldn't see, and 
he could hardly hear; nor did he 
recognize my voice. 

I was the only one in the room 
with him that day, and I decided: 
"I'm going to ask Dad some ques- 
tions about 'Cliff.' " That was a 
dangerous thing to do! But I wanted 
to do it. 

I said, "Mr. Barrows, what kind 
of a boy was Cliff?" 

He said, "He was a good boy." 

"Was he obedient?" 

"Yes. If he weren't, I would have 
spanked him." 

Dad just came out and said that. 
That was my dad. 

Then I asked him, "What did you 
and Mrs. Barrows want Cliff to 
become? What were your ambitions 
for him?" 

Without hesitation he raised both 
hands and, with a smile, he remi- 
nisced, "We wanted him to become 
a surgeon. We thought that he had 
good hands and that he would make 
a good doctor." 

I knew that this was true be- 
cause, during my latter grade school 
years and my first years in high 
school, that notion was ingrained in 
me. I wrote term papers about 
doctors and about medicine. I didn't 
know much about those things, but I 
really wanted to become a doctor. 

My aunt had told me, "I'll send 
you to the University of California at 
Berkeley, and I'll pay your way, if 
you will study medicine." 

I was set for that direction, I 
thought — until God spoke to my 
heart and called me into Christian 


As I sat with my father, who still 
did not recognize my voice, I asked, 
"Did Cliff become a surgeon?" 

He shook his head. "No." 

I asked, "What did he become?" 

My father replied, "He became a 
song leader for Billy Graham and he 
preaches once in a while." 

I said, "You wanted him to 
become a surgeon and he became a 
song leader? The only similarity is 
that they both begin with 'S.' " 

Then I asked Dad: "Mr. Barrows, 
were you disappointed? Your 
aspiration was for Cliff to become a 
surgeon, and he became a song 
leader, and a minister." 

Dad waited quite a few seconds 
and then turned in my direction. 
With a little smile on his face, he 
said, "No. He had to do the will of 

I put my arms around him. 
"Dad," I said, "this is Cliff speaking 
to you." 

He laughed. "You rascal! You 
tricked me." 

As I hugged him, I said, "Dad, 
thank you for putting God's will 
above your own personal desires; 
you wanted God's will most. I will 
always be proud to tell people about 
my father. You've set an example for 
me that I am passing on." 

My dad was a great and wonder- 
ful man. He was a hard working 
farmer and a helper. He spent 
several of his retirement years on the 
mission field helping people. 

I hope and pray that if someone, 
someday, comes to my children and 
asks them, "Will you tell us about 
your dad?" they will answer, "He 
loved God, and he sought to put 
him first in his relationships with 
our mother and with us. We thank 
and praise God for that." 


Major League Dad 

By Tim & Christine Burke 

An excerpt from the moving story of an All-Star 
Pitcher who gave up Baseball for his family 

January 1 was usually a trigger 
for me. Once the college football 
bowl games were over, I began to 
get the itch for baseball. But 1993 
was different. After we packed for 
spring training and began the long 
drive to Florida, I still couldn't 
muster up any of the usual anticipa- 
tion and excitement about reporting 
to camp with all the other pitchers 
and catchers. The feel of warm 
sunshine on tired muscles, the smell 
of fresh-cut grass, the boisterous 
sounds of clubhouse camaraderie — 
none of the traditional spring 
sensations aroused those familiar 
feelings. Even in the first few days 
of camp, when I was throwing better 
than I had in years, I just couldn't 
get excited about the prospects of 
another baseball season. 

Out on the field doing calisthen- 
ics or throwing on the mound, I 
would think, What am I doing out 
here? I'd rather be with Christine and 
the kids. 

February 27, 1993. The locker 
room at the Cincinnati Reds training 
camp seemed quieter than usual 
that Saturday morning. Or maybe I 
just shut out all the usual commo- 
tion in order to complete the task at 

I fought the urge to slide my 
hand into my glove and feel its 
familiar leather shape. No sense 
prolonging tins ordeal. I tossed my 
glove into the bag. 

The Reds' public relations 
director was waiting for me. "We 
didn't have time to set up a formal 
press conference," he said. "But 
some reporters want to talk to you." 

"Okay," I replied. "When I'm 
finished here." 

As I collected the last of my 
personal things, a couple of my 
new teammates strolled over to 
my locker. "We just heard," they 
said. "Is it true? You're retiring?" 

I nodded — and wondered how, 
in a few short words, I could even 
begin to answer their implied 
question: Why? 

They knew, as everyone on the 
team knew, that Christine and I 
had adopted three special-needs 
children from overseas. We were 
expecting our fourth, a little 
Vietnamese boy with a club foot, in 
a matter of weeks. So I simply 
said, "I've decided my wife and 
family need me a lot worse than 
baseball does right now." 

That was it in a nutshell. But 
what I didn't try to explain was 
the agony I had been through the 
last few days as I wrestled with 
this decision; the traumatic family 
events over the past few years that 
led up to this point; and the 
confusing mix of emotions churn- 
ing inside of me. 

Six or eight reporters sur- 
rounded me the instant I left the 
locker room. They were newspa- 
per guys mostly, along with some 
radio reporters; no television crews 
would be around that early on a 
Saturday morning. I leaned back 
against the nearest wall and began 
answering their questions. 

"Why are you retiring?" 
"Baseball is going to do just 
fine without me," I said. "It's not 
going to miss a beat. But I'm the 
only father my children have. I'm 
the only husband my wife has. 
And they need me a lot more than 
baseball does." 

A Little Bit of God's 
Wisdom & Wit for Men 

Compiled By Clift Richards & 
Lloyd Hildebrand 

Even if you are on the right 
track, you'll get run over if you 
just sit there. Will Rogers 

Keep thy eyes wide open 
before marriage, and half shut 
afterwards. Benjamin Franklin 

Most people are about as 
happy as they make their 
minds up to be. 

Let the wife make the 
husband glad to come home, 
and let him make her sorry to 
see him leave. Martin Luther 

A diamond is a chunk of 
coal that stayed on the job 
under pressure. 

A man should be like tea, his 
real strength showing when he 
gets in hot water. 

Many a man expects his wife 

to be perfect and 
to understand why he isn't. 

Show courtesy to others — 

not because they are 
necessarily gentlemen, but 
simply because you are. 

The man who removes a 
mountain begins by carrying 
away small stones. 

Two things a man should 
never be angry at: what he can 
help, and what he cannot help. 

Thomas Fuller 

Never, never, never, 
never give up. 

JUNE 1995 


At the Risk of Being Faithful 

By Pastor Chip Heim, East Side GBC, Columbus, OH 




This is an historic moment for 
our church. Whatever decision we 
make tonight will not change that 
fact. What is being proposed is as 
ambitious as anything we have ever 
done. What do we face? What is 
before us? We have a building 
proposal before us that has been 
four years in the making. The project 
is estimated to cost $2.2 million. We 
have raised through cash-in-hand 
and commitments about $935,000. 
This means we must do something 
about the difference. 

The risks were considerable and 

brought great disruption to their 

lives, not to mention 

fear and anxiety. 



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Looking out my office window, I 
reflect on people in the Bible who 
took risks for the Lord and his 
kingdom work. What can I learn 
from men like Abraham, Moses, 
Joshua, and Jeremiah? Abraham was 
asked by God to sacrifice his son. 
That risk dwarfs any risk I have ever 
taken for God. Moses was asked to 
do battle with the most imposing 
and intimidating person in the 
world at that time. Joshua was asked 
to lead two million people in a 
military conquest and settlement 
with no prior top-level experience. 
And Jeremiah was put in a position 
by God where his life was wrapped 
up in and dependent upon the 
decisions made by others. 

Different people with different 
situations who shared a common 

bond — God had led all of them into 
their risk. I learn a lot about risk 
when I consider their situations. 

First, these men accepted risk for 
they knew God was with them. 
When God challenged Abraham the 
Bible states that "early the next 
morning Abraham got up and set 
out for the place God had told him 
about." After his initial misgivings, 
Moses "went to Pharaoh and said: 
The God of Israel says Let my 
people go.' " Joshua was selected by 
God to be Moses' successor even 
though he had no experience. God 
told him "Be strong and coura- 
geous." So Joshua ordered the 
people to get ready and go. God told 
Jeremiah "Get yourself ready Stand 
up and say what I command you." 
As these men walked into the risk 
that God gave them, they knew that 
God was with them. 

Second, their risk meant that 
they did not know the future. In 
fact, that is the nature of risk. 
Neither Abraham, Moses, Joshua, or 
Jeremiah knew what the future held 
for them yet it did not matter 
because God was walking with 
them. Psalm 34:7 affirms this by 
saying, "The angel of the Lord 
encamps around those who fear him 
and he delivers them." 

Third, their God is our God. 
Abraham learned that God is a God 
who provides. He led Abraham into 
a risk and provided a way out of it. 
Moses learned that God is great and 
powerful, whose will cannot be 
resisted. Joshua learned that God 
did not lead him into a risk only to 
cut the branch off behind him. And 
Jeremiah learned that God can be 
trusted no matter how bleak a 
situation may appear. We can 
believe that God will always be the 




same for his people. God did not 
abandon His people then and he 
will not abandon us now. 

Fourth, although their fears were 
real, these men were propelled by 
God's kingdom work. Abraham, 
who probably knew the least about 
God and His ways, knew that God's 
kingdom work meant obedience. 
Moses was able to challenge Pha- 
raoh for he had learned that it was 
God's work and God's people for 
whom he battled. Joshua had a 
vision of leading God's people into 
the long-promised land. Jeremiah 
was propelled to preach because 
God's work was being jeopardized 
by God's own people. 

Their motive in every instance 
was God and His work. The risks 
were considerable and brought great 
disruption to their lives, not to 
mention fear and anxiety. But all of 
that was set aside for mission. 

And what of us and our church? 
What has God been doing among 
us? Many faces flash through my 
memory of people who have seen 
God do a work in their lives at our 
church. Young couples in premarital 
counseling; the man who met Jesus 
as Lord and Savior this past 
Wednesday; all the elementary 
children who attend school here 
everyday; high school students who 
will go to Mexico on short-term 
missions this summer; the families 
hosting backyard Bible clubs; 
Sunday school teachers. 

We are not a perfect church. Since 
I am a member we, by definition, are 
not perfect. The point though, is not 
to magnify our faults but to magnify 
our God who is able to take people 
like us and build a church. If God 
wanted to build a church efficiently, 
easily, and quickly he could fill it 
with angels who always do His 
bidding. Instead, He uses people 
like us so that His grace and power 
are unmistakable. 

Do we believe our church has 
been important over the past 
twenty-four years? If our church 
suddenly vanished would the 

church at large be hurt? Do we 
believe we can simply sit back and 
rest on our past? Do we believe that 
God has people in the world — here 
in Columbus and abroad — for us to 
reach? Do we believe that by God's 
sovereignty we have been brought 
together? Do we believe God can 
help us now? 

Those questions have a direct 
bearing on our perspective of the 
decision before us. Obviously, it is 
not the building that makes a 
ministry. Nevertheless, the building 
does play a key role. We were 
reminded of that last Sunday when 
about twenty people were turned 
away at our middle service. There 


Behind every number is a 
person whose greatest 
need is to know God. 

was no space for them. Maybe we 
should consider a different risk — 
what is the risk of not building? 
Who will reach the new families 
moving into our area? Will we be 
able to improve or expand our 
ministries if we constantly face 
space pressures? Do we want to 
maintain the fort or go on the 
offensive and knock down the gates 
of hell. 

I believe my conscience is clear 
before the Lord regarding the 
motives behind our proposal. If you 
have wondered if this is about 
stroking a pastor's ego, nothing 
could be further from the truth. In 
fact, the more we grow, the further 
out of my comfort zone I am 
pushed. The building is not about 
bigger numbers. It is about people. 

I have never forgotten something 
that Pastor Randy Bowman taught 
me. He said, "Chip, always remem- 
ber that behind every number is a 
person whose greatest need is to 
know God." 

JT^r\.J. X X X 


The congregation of the 

Eastside Grace Brethren 

Church of Columbus, 

Ohio approved a $1 

million expansion of their 

building on Sunday, 

April 23, 1995. 

The Grace Brethren 

Investment Foundation 

has approved the 
financing of this project. 


JUNE 1995 

VISUALIZING RESULTS: Using "Evanvisuals" to communicate Christ 
By Viki Rife, based on an interview with Ron Jurke 

Under the black light, the illustration shows up clearly. It depicts a bus stop, 
with people waiting for the bus. These people are waiting for a one-way, sin-seeking 
tour. The bus driver is the Devil himself. 

As the story unfolds, other illustrations appear. The rich man is waiting at the 
stop — he doesn't realize that he can't take his riches with him. The drunkard, once 
his mother's joy and father's crown, watches with bleary eyes for the bus. A teen, 
full of vim, vigor, and soda pop, prepares to board on this fun-seeking trip. WJiat 
none of them realizes is that at the end of the line, where there is no hope of return, 
people are frantically trying to stay afloat in the lake of fire. The air brakes squeal; 
the Devil says "Welcome aboard. " At the end of the story, a silhouette and a 
question mark leave a mental image and the question: "WJiat about me?" 

This is an example of an "evanvisual," the use of visuals to communicate 
gospel truths. For forty years Ron Jurke of Kittaning, PA, has been using 
such methods to make invisible spiritual realities "visible" to the heart. 

Ron explains that the value of the evanvisual is that it leave a person 
with a mental snapshot. God can someday "explode" that mental snapshot 
in that person's consciousness to draw that individual to Himself. 

Evanvisuals include such varied methods as gospel magic, puppetry, 
clowning, juggling, balloon sculpture, ventriloquism, chalk art, scripto- 
squares, semantic sermonettes, flannelgraph, gospel-grams, blacklighted 
materials, filmstrips, and videos. The addition of these methods to a presen- 
tation of the gospel helps to clarify the message and generate enthusiasm 
and excitement. After all, children rarely look puzzled when shown pic- 
tures, and even adults are less likely to be confused when they are shown a 
diagram. Realizing that "a picture paints a thousand words," the motto of 
the evanvisualist is "From the Bible, through the eye, into the heart." 

Most of us are willing to acknowledge the value of evanvisuals, but 
aren't sure where to begin. Ron offers some suggestions: 

1. Any gospel presentation should be interesting, dramatic, and exciting. 

2. Other activities such as story-telling, role-playing discussions, crafts, 
and games are still valuable and should be included in the program. 

3. Visual presentations should stimulate earnest thought and never do 
the thinking or deciding for the children. 

4. Remember that the most effective visual is still the teacher's example. 

5. Be sure to have good scriptural application or the person will be more 
interested in the visual than in the message. 

6. While most visuals may seem costly, remember that you get out of 
something exactly what you put into it. Being an evanvisualist calls for 
tithing not only of your time, but also of your income. 

7. Learn from others. Seek out individuals who use visuals such as chalk 
art and ask them to show you what to do. Evanvisualists are usually eager 
to share what they have learned. 

8. Collect helpful information and resources. One good source of infor- 
mation is the Fellowship of Christian Magicians International. In addition to 
their magazine, Tfie Christian Conjurer, they offer regional workshops as well 
as an annual conference. For more information write to them at: Fellowship 
of Christian Magicians, Inc. RO. Box 232, Sterling, CO 80751. 

Anyone interested in more information on evanvisiuils can contact 
Ron Jurke, Rt. 5, Kittaning, PA 16201. Phone 412-543-2208. 

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Jan Ripple — On the Brink 

By Allen Palmeri, Sports Spectrum, May 1995 

At the Louisiana State University 
pool, she assists the Bengal Tiger 
Aquatics Club. Her job is to help a 
group of elite teenage swimmers 
prepare mentally. It's really quite 
simple for this world-class triathlete. 
Jan Ripple gets to be herself. 

"I get into it with the kids and 
we lay it on the line," Ripple says. "I 
just confront them on the issues. It's 
been good because I've had a lot of 
positive feedback from the parents." 

Ripple's own athletic career 
includes eight years of high-level 
competition in the triathlon. She's a 
three-time member of the US 
national team and finished as high 
as second in the world. In 1989 she 
earned Triathlete of the Year honors. 

Now semi-retired at age thirty- 
nine, she's approaching the point in 
life where she wants to give back 
more of herself to her hometown of 
Baton Rouge. So she enjoys working 
with the young swimmers, one of 
whom is her fourteen-year-old 
daughter, Shelly. 

Inside Jan was a well of athletic 
strength. She tapped the well early 
as a swimmer, earning a scholarship 
to LSU and laying a foundation for 
her future triathlon success. But first 
she married Steve Ripple, former 
linebacker at LSU, and they started 
their family. Later, with Steve doing 
his dental school residency in 1984 
at the University of Kentucky, she 
entered her first triathlon and won. 
Steve not only challenged Jan to 
pursue the sport full-time, but he 
also became her coach. 

Jan was a natural. Soon she was 
competing with the best, placing 
fifth in the 1987 world champion- 
ships in Australia. She quickly 
entered her sport's ultimate test, the 
Hawaii Ironman, thinking she could 
win. 'That can get you in trouble," 
she would later admit. 

She surged into the lead during 
the cycling, but started to dehydrate. 

She began the last leg of the event, 
the marathon, in the lead pack, but 
started to get dizzy about ten miles 
from the finish. Staggering all over 
the course, smashing into water 
tables, and falling down, she tried to 
keep her mind on Jesus as she 
finished in a sickening crawl. Faith 
and the power of the mind helped 
her across the line — collapsing as 
she did. She finished fourteenth. 

"I wouldn't let my kids see (a 
tape of that event) until they got 
older," Ripple says. "A lot of it now 
is what I see in Shelly — the fight and 
the drive. I think maybe, in a way, it 
inspired her." 

With Shelly, along with brother 
Kyle, twelve, and sister Kate, eleven, 
getting more involved in sports, 
Jan's motherhood role has damp- 
ened her burning desire to train for 
triathlons. Her Christian faith is 
helping her cope with the transition. 

Last June, Jan missed a spot in 
the Goodwill Games triathlon. Her 
defeat troubled her. Enter a fellow 
Christian triathlete, Bill Braun. 

"God is trying to tell you that He 
has other plans for you," Braun told 
her. "I feel as if you've been carrying 
the baton for a long time, and now 
you can pass the baton over to me." 

"When he told me that," Jan 
recalls, "there was sort of a peace, 
like, 'I hope you are right, Bill' It 
wasn't the way I wanted to get out 
of the sport, but it was like God's 
way of letting me get out." 

Sure enough, less than a month 
later, she separated her right shoul- 
der on a training-ride spill. She was 
out for the rest of the season, pushed 
to the brink of retirement. On the 
brink is as close as she'll get for now. 

'There's a part of me that says: 
'Maybe when you're forty, you will 
go back to Hawaii,' " she says. Until 
then, she persists with her small 
world of teen swimmers, and her 
brand of mental preparation. 


While most triathletes 

live a solitary life, 

dedicated solely to 

training, Jan Ripple 

has spent her entire 

triathlon life as a 

mother of three. 

Over the years, 

she's received 

encouragement from 

other moms who write 

to tell her she's a hero 

to them. 

"Wlien I get this mail," 

she says, "I think it's 

God's way of saying, 

'I still need you 

in this sport' " 



JUNE 1995 



The ladder of life is full of splinters — most of which you don't see until 
you start sliding down. 

If at first you don't succeed — you'll get plenty of advice. 

It's too bad all of life's problems can't hit us when we're 18 — the stage 
of life when we know everything. 

The problem with being a grouch is that you have to make a new 
set of friends every few weeks. 

The person who doesn't know where he's going usually 
gets there in record time 

Be nice to your friends. 
If it weren't for them, you would be a total stranger. 

An expert is an ordinary person a hundred miles from home. 

All it takes to grow healthy grass is a crack in the driveway. 




We asked several pastors this one question: 

"Wlwt is one thing you are going to 
do differently in your church this year 
to obey the Great Commission?" 

Jack Rants— Kent, WA 

Really involve the people more 
as a church family as opposed to just 
elders doing the work. We have 
reorganized our leadership structure 
so that the Deacons now will have 
their biblical domain of service. 

Greg Howell — Goldendale, WA 
We have encouraged our people 
to identify five people in their circle 
of friends that don't know the Lord, 
pray for opportunities to be able to 
bring them to church — bring them 
to the Lord. We have periodic 
interviews asking for updates on the 
five being prayed for. 

Ken Koontz — Deltona, FL 
We are trusting the Lord to 
enable us to build a new Christian 
Education annex in order to increase 
our Sunday School potential as well 
as Awana outreach — a key right 
now, for reaching unsaved homes. 

Dan Thornton — Soldotna, AK 
We believe strongly in the gifts of 
the Spirit. We are working hard to 
free everybody to work in areas of 
their giftedness. We are giving 
people wings and the help to stretch 
into service and outreach ministries. 

Tom Hughes — Lo)ig Beach, CA 
I plan to transfer all my adminis- 
trative responsibilities to capable 
men so that I can be doing what I 
believe is my strength — evangelism. 

Chris Ball—Arvada, CO 
Discipling my elders towards 
reaching the lost. As an example in 
my own life, and giving them thirty 
to forty different ways to build 
bridges to reach people for Christ. 

Terry Daniels — South Pasadena, CA 
I intend to take our existing 
outreach ministry, which seems to 
be working well on the local level, 
and help them have a greater 
international focus. We want to see 
beyond our borders and push the 
edges of the harvest out — increasing 
the vision and the challenge and 
trust they will rise to the opportu- 
nity. We've got a real heart for it. 

Rick Clark — Manheim, PA 
We are going to develop small 
groups to meet the needs within our 
community and invite those from 
around us into these small group 
settings where they can hear the 
gospel, hear other peoples' experi- 
ences, and feel the love of Christ. 


Steve Galegor — Navajo Missions 
I am going to spend more time 
developing leaders. I've spread 
myself too thin and need to develop 
good men under me who can be put 
to the work of the Great Commis- 

Ron Carnevali — Altanta, GA 
We are going to equip the people 
in our church who are burdened 
about evangelism so that they will 
have the skills and the confidence in 
sharing their faith. 

Bob Fetterhoff—Wooster, OH 
We plan to implement a Chris- 
tian Life Institute for people who are 
interested in the further develop- 
ment of their own spiritual life. The 
institute will have five phases, the 
final one of which is several weeks 
of training in methods of evange- 

Dan Eshleman, Elizabethtown, PA 
I am establishing a discipleship 
program with four of my young 
men and bringing them through so 
that they can be spiritual leaders in 
the church as well as elected leaders 
in the church. 

Bob Juday—Portis, KS 

I am going to spend a lot more 
quality time with my men in dis- 

John Mcintosh, Simi Valle\j, CA 
The burden of my heart is 
evangelism that targets city admin- 
istrators, the mayor, city council 
members, school board members. 
They are people who are often 

Bob MacMillan, Tracy, CA 
We are ready to implement the 
change that I will no longer do 
management. It has been turned 
over completely to the deacons and 
deaconnesses. My job will be 
spiritual leadership. 

JUNE 1995 


The First Grace Brethren Church 
of Fort Wayne, Indiana has called 
Bill Smith as Senior Pastor. Bill has 
been the Interim Pastor for the past 
four months. 

The congregation of the Eastside 
Grace Brethren Church of Colum- 
bus, Ohio, approved a $1 million 
expansion of their building on April 
23. The Grace Brethren Investment 
Foundation has approved the 
financing of this project. 

This note from Salem, Virginia is 
just to let you know that by order of 
the congregation, the name of our 
church has changed from Wildwood 
Grace Brethren Church to Light- 
house Christian Ministries. While 
the name has changed, our doctrine 
remains the same, and we have no 
plans to ever leave the Grace 
Brethren Fellowship. 

The Herald Bookstore in Winona 
Lake, Indiana is currently undergo- 
ing a major remodeling effort 
including new carpet and shelving 
fixtures. Come by and see us! 

Steve Poppenfoose recently 
accepted the position of Controller 
at Grace Schools. He held a similar 
position at Grace Brethren Foreign 

March's tragic earthquake claim- 
ing five-thousand Japanese lives did 
not directly affect the Tokyo area, 
but did offer our GBC there an 
opportunity to reach out to the 
needy. Not only were they able to 
send an offering for relief and 
evangelism to the quake area, but 
also one of our GBC men went there 
to help. The earthquake shook both 
the foundations of the city and, 
more importantly, the foundations 
of false belief systems. According to 
missionary Cecil O'Dell, many have 
come to Christ during this crisis. 

Who among the Rittman Soccer 
Team ever imagined that they 

would be received as US Ambassa- 
dors when they went to Portugal? 
On April 10 they were honored in 
the mayor's palace by the Vice- 
Mayor of Porto. This was just one of 
the highlights among many of a trip 
which Pastor Bub Olszewski 
described as "Perfect, or better." The 
purpose of this missions trip — to 
make a positive impression on the 
Portuguese for the gospel and to 
expose young people to missions — 
was definitely accomplished. GBIM 
missionary Tim Hawkins was able 
to meet many of the city's key 
people as a result of the team's visit. 

The missionary spirit and vision 
which started GBIM and gave birth 
to our International Grace Brethren 

family is catching on. Germans are 
serving in Africa, Mexicans have 
gone to Cuba, Chadian missionaries 
have crossed ethnic borders to 
unreached Muslim territories, and 
now a Brazilian couple is consider- 
ing missionary service in Uruguay 
as well. 

For a party or a soccer match, 
Pingo was the guy to have around. 
He still is a fun guy, but ever since 
he started studying about Jesus with 
Bruce Triplehorn, a lot about him 
has changed — and for the better. 
Pingo has delved into life with an 
even greater zest than ever. All who 
know him have noticed and are 
asking questions. 

In order to create a better forum 
for answering these questions about 
this new hope that is in him, he has 
started a youth group. His next 
dream is to start a church in his 
district in Belem, Brazil. 

Imagine one-hundred fifty High 
School students who would rather 
go to a 6:30 a.m. Bible study than 
sleep. Or eighty young people who 
are more hungry for the Word than 
for lunch. That is the kind of re- 
sponse the Leighs are having to 
their ministry in the Philippines! 

Already many have expressed a 
desire to follow Christ. 

French young people may act 
more subdued about their spiritual 
hunger, but it is there. Fifty-five 
young people attended the young 
teens ski camp in France last month. 
Besides plenty of fun, snow, and 
food, there were great opportunities 
for dialogue. 

The church in the Philippines has 
grown fifty-eight percent in the last 
decade according to Mission Today. 
But there is still a lot of work to do 
in this the only Asian country to 
have a Catholic majority. On Good 
Friday some devoted Catholics 
hoped to gain favor with God by 
having themselves nailed to crosses. 
But this kind of darkness is being 
penetrated by the light of the gospel 
and a great harvest is being taken in. 
We now have eight churches in the 
Manila area — all of which are under 
Filipino pastors. 

If you were to take a marker and 
draw a box on a globe running 
along the tenth and fortieth latitude, 
starting from the west coast of 
Africa to East Asia, that box would 
coincide perfectly with what is being 
called the most unreached area of 
the world. How ironic that this area 
where once grew the Garden of 
Eden, should today be the heart of 
tbree major false religions: Islam, 
Hinduism, and Buddhism. It also 
contains eight of ten of the world's 
poorest nations. Even more ironic is 
the fact that only six percent of the 
evangelical missionary force serves 
there. October has been targeted for 
focused prayer for the harvest of 
this area called the "10/40 Window." 
For more information call Bev 
Pegues at 719-522-1040. 

If only 1000 people lived on 
planet Earth, 329 would call them- 
selves Christians, 178 would be 
Muslims, 167 would be classified as 




nonreligious, there would be 132 
Hindus, 60 Budddhists, 45 atheists, 
and 3 Jews. The other 86 would be 
divided among other religions. 

A window dedication service was 
held in late April at the First Breth- 
ren Church in Buena Vista. The 

stained glass windows, built by 
Raynal Art Glass of Lexington, were 
recently completed and installed. 

Several hundred people attended 
Grace Community Church of Seal 
Beach, California, in early April to 
hear astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross. 
Dr. Ross gave his testimony on his 
search of world religions as a 
teenager and how he came to Christ 
after being convinced of the truth of 
the Genesis creation account. He 
also spoke on the latest scientific 
findings which support belief in the 
God of the Bible. Donald Shoe- 
maker is the Pastor at Seal Beach. 

A musical was presented by the 
youth of the Eastside Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Columbus, Ohio. 

The play was presented to over 450 
people. The group traveled to the 
Ashland Grace Brethren Church and 
the church in Akron to do repeat 
performances. Offerings received 
will help send thirty senior high 
students to Tijuana, Mexico on a 
missions trip and twenty-seven 
junior highers to an inner city 
missions trip in Pittsburgh, PA. 

Congratulations to Robert 
Clouse, Pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Clay City, Indiana, who 

has just completed thirty-one years 
of ministry there as well as being 
Professor of History at Indiana State 
University for thirty-two years. 

Rev. Charles Ashman, Fellow- 
ship Coordinator and Pastor 
Emeritus of the Winona Lake Grace 
Brethren Church, entered the 
hospital on April 18 for a hip 
replacement surgery. He is doing 
well. Cards of encouragement can 

be addressed to him at 1531 S. 
Cherry Creek Lane, Warsaw, IN 

Please take Note: The correct 
telephone number for Russ and 
Betty Ogden is 804-472-3769. 

Did you have a Children's 
Sunday sponsored by CE National 

using the bulletin inserts or materi- 
als that were sent to each of the 
churches? If so, contact CE National 
with a brief report of what you did. 
Perhaps these positive reports will 
encourage other churches to have a 
Children's Sunday and/or take 
ideas that you have used. 

CORRECTION: In the article for 
CE National page 12 in the May 
issue of the Herald, a typographical 
error mistakenly stated that "eight 
(8) percent of the student enrollment 
(in northern Wayne County, Ohio) 
attends the weekly Released Time 
Bible classes." The figure should 
have been eighty (80) percent. That 
is quite a difference and dramati- 
cally shows how effective these 
programs really are. Our appologies 
to Linda Kline, and the staff of CE. 

Plan now to attend National 
Conference in San Diego, CA. Dates 
are: Friday July 21 through Thurs- 
day July 27. Reservations at the 
Town & Country Hotel can be made 
by calling 619-291-7131. 

Pastor Robert Kulp has 

resigned the pastorate at the 
Island Pond, Vermont Grace 
Brethren Church. He and 
his family are currently 
seeking a Senior or Associate 
Pastor position in a Grace 
Brethren Church. 

Contact Pastor Kulp at: 

P.O. Box 432 

Island Pond, VT 05846. 

(802) 723^785 


Barbara Hulse 
Av. Joao XXIII, No. 520 
38.400-114 Uberlandia, M.G. 
BRAZIL, South America 

Ralph and Joan Justiniano 

Haitsu Hibari #103 

Kurihara 4-10-5 

Niiza Shi, Saitama-Ken 352 


Phone: (011-81) 424-22-2834 

Ted and Kristen Kirnbauer 

1-27-1 Kevakidai #103 

Tokorozawa Shi, 

Saitama Ken 359 


Phone: (011-81) 429-25-7204 

Ralph and Martha Schwartz 

R. da Constituicao 2087-9HI 

4200 Porto 


Phone (011-351) 2830-3452 


Nathan and DD Leigh 
(011-63) 2-655-9615 

Dave and Becky Schwan 
(011^4) 121-733-6066 

Brian and Rhonda Weaver 
(011-44) 121-704-0215 

Russ and Betty Ogden 


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I I i "Her lamp does not go out at night" 

Father's Day brings a fresh batch 
of tears to my heart. I, like so many 
of you, have had the painful privi- 
lege of sitting beside my father's bed 
watching the relentless advance of 
disease take him bit by bit. I was 
there the day God reached His hand 
and took my father out of that 
suffering and into His presence. 

One of the sharpest memories 
from those weeks is of one evening 
when the tumor in combination 
with the strong pain medication 
made it impossible for Dad to 
recognize me. He looked right at me 
and spoke to me as if I were a 
stranger — asking me to help him 
find something he seemed to need 

My heart broke to realize that 
during what might have been our 
last conversation this side of 
Heaven, he didn't know me as his 
youngest daughter. I left the room as 
quickly as I could and crumbled into 
the grief that finally understood the 
separation that was taking place. I 
am thankful that God cleared his 
mind and graciously gave me one 
more chance to hear my father call 
my name and tell me he loved me. 

As I later considered that hurtful 
event — when several months had 
passed — I couldn't help remember- 
ing another time nearly thirty years 

My father worked for the tele- 
phone company of the small Illinois 
town I grew up in. One of his 
responsibilities was climbing the 

poles to attach or repair the wires 
that crisscrossed the city. 

Dad was good at it — although I 
doubt he really enjoyed dangling 
between power lines and a long fall 
in all types of wind and weather 
conditions. He did it because it was 
his job and he meant to do it well to 
care for his family. 

The company issued specific 
equipment that allowed him to 
make the climb, be supported while 
he worked, and descend safely. He 
routinely scaled those skinny poles 
keeping us all on-line. But one hot 
summer day in 1963 the support belt 
broke. My father plunged to the 
concrete below. 

I was just three — blissfully 
oblivious to the details that involved 
hideous pain, broken bones, and 
days filled with uncertainty that he 
would even live. I and my sister and 
brother stayed with family mem- 
bers. Even now my memory is just a 
blurred-out gray snapshot of 
Grandma' house on Chicago Av- 
enue. I knew only one simple fact: 
my dad was sick and the doctors 
were making him better. 

I am told it was a miracle that he 
ever recovered. When he finally 
came home, anxious to be reunited 
with his children, I looked at him as 
a stranger and held back — clinging 
to my mother's legs. He had been so 
near death and suffered so much, 
my little confused heart did not 
recognize him. 

Through what must have been 
the broken heart of a father who 


held his arms out and was not 
acknowledged, gently he spoke my 
name. Then I ran to him, nearly 
breaking my nose on the full body 
cast that encased his chest. 

"I didn't know you daddy, until 
you called my name," I said amid 
the hugs and tears. 

It all makes me wonder about 
not recognizing a face of love. 

The world looks at Christ and 
they do not see a loving father. They 
see a man of little political or social 
influence, of much suffering and of a 
messy, rather regrettable death. 
They skeptically examine Him and 
hang back, unconvinced. 

But what of me? How often do I 
break the heart of my Heavenly 
Father with my dull, confused 
stare — looking right into His face 
and not recognizing Him? 

He hand-paints flowers and sun 
sets that I busily ignore. He sculpts 
events and difficulties for my best 
yet I cringe and complain that I am 
miserable and wish for a loving 
father who would give me my way. 

He sends people for me to care 
for and enjoy and serve. He tells me 
that whenever I meet their needs it 
is as if I am doing it for him. Yet I see 
only interruptions and problems 
when I look into their eyes, not the 
face of my Father. 

Surely this inexcusable willful 
ignorance breaks a Father's heart. 

As I heard the precious voice of 
my dad calling my name, let me 
hear God speak as a Father in every 
event and relationship I experience. 

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Ed Lewis 

The Legend of a High 
School Football Coach 

(A Humorous look at the FGBC) 

Once upon a time Coach Lou 
decided it was time to start looking 
for recruits for his new football 
team. It was his first year of coach- 
ing and he was glad to accept the 
challenge, fully aware that the 
school board and administrative 
leaders were supportive of the need 
for a winning football team. The 
team had experienced a number of 
losing seasons and both the school 
and community were sorely in need 
of a good, winning season in foot- 
ball to build morale and momentum 
for those who had lost interest in 
football. People often reminisced 
about the years when they had a 
better team, but unfortunately, many 
key players had now graduated. 

Coach Lou was quite encouraged 
with the school's potential for a 
winning team. He had a great 
coaching staff! In fact, the coaches 
often huddled together and passed 
the ball among themselves just to 
keep in practice. They spent lots of 
time in small huddles just thinking 
and dreaming about how good it 
would be to have a winning team. 
They dreamed of seeing teams 
develop in junior high and elemen- 
tary schools. Their vision even 
reached to include other schools! 

While there were a number of 
good returning players, they needed 
more help to become a winning team. 
Coach Lou knew the key to their 

success was recruitment. How could 
he have a winning team without 
good players? Coach Lou was aware 
that there would be a lot of hard work 
and time involved for the coaches to 
get the team into condition so they 
could be good players and function 
as a team. He was excited! One 
reason he was encouraged was 
because there were so many good 
football players in the school who 
were not yet committed to the team. 
Many of them passed the football like 
pros and could make some good 
catches. Coach Lou felt he'd do well 
at recruiting, since he knew the 
students well and liked them. They 
seemed to like him too. And they all 
had a passion for football! 

Coach Lou decided to work with his 
coaching staff in using various forms of 
recruitment. Of primary importance 
would be personal contact with 
students. In addition, the coaches 
offered football clinics and small-scale 
open scrimmages. It seemed like an 
ideal way to get new recruits! 

Much to the surprise of the 
coaching staff, the students who were 
great players didn't really want to 
play on the school team. They only 
wanted to play with their friends in 
their own neighborhoods. It simply 
wasn't their priority to play on the 
team! Some students didn't even 
attend the coaching clinics. 

Other students loved football, but 
didn't want to play unless all the 
coaches were qualified. Some even 
questioned who else would be on the 
team because they didn't want to 
play with guys who didn't block hard 
enough. A few wanted to boycott the 
game until they felt the team would 
follow the seventh revision of the 
National High School Athletic 
Association's Rules for Class 5A 
Football. Still others wanted to skip 
the workouts and coach's boring talks 
and just show up to play in the 
starting lineup. Some questioned 
why we needed such a big program. 
Would it be better just to offer 
intramural football or offer football to 
interested students in physical 
education classes? 

Much to the dismay of the coach, 
he discovered that some of the 
potential players not only didn't 
want to play, but had actually joined 

a "city league" that was weak at 
best, in order not to join the school 
team. (They still claimed to be loyal 
to the school even while playing for 
another team!) Others were very 
critical of the coaching staff and said 
they were only coaching because 
they were power-hungry, and after 
all, who gave them authority to 
coach anyway? 

The coaches were discouraged. 
Is football really worth the effort? Is 
the problem the rules? Is it the 
existing team? Is it the practice 
schedule? Is it the school? 

Huddling together, the coaches 
looked at the huge number of 
schools in other areas who wanted a 
football team. Students all over the 
country wanted to learn to play 
football. In fact, the school adminis- 
tration wanted football. 

Although there were less than 
ideal practice circumstances (some 
wanting practices shortened and 
changed to an air-conditioned indoor 
arena), it was decided to be worth the 
effort to experience the hard work, 
sweat, and time commitment to 
condition the team so they could be 
equipped to become a winning team. 

Admittedly, it was hard for the 
coaches to realize that some didn't want 
to be on their school's team. There's 
little value to a team however, if 
everyone loves football yet few want to 
make the necessary sacrifices to "work 
out" in order to make it a winning team. 
The coaches soon realized that football 
was very important for the entire school 
and community and that they only 
needed a committed core of people who 
would desire to be part of the team. If 
they could find those willing to make 
the sacrifice to be a part of the school's 
team, it could become a model to 
others, and even this year they could 
experience a winning season. 

"Though I am free and belong 
to no man, I make myself a slave 
to everyone to win as many as 

1 Corinthians 9:19 

NOTE: Tlie Felloioship of Grace 
Brethren Churches is prayerfully 
seeking 1 00 churches who will become a 
"core" committed to becoming a Focus 
2000 church. 




VOL. 57 NO. 6 


'The Legend" 


Total Mobilization 


Bob Gilliam on church effectiveness 


Georgia Patrick, Wife of Chaplain 


A More Noble Battle Plan 


Improving Your Children's 

Church Image 


Hank Parker on fishing 


David Schwartz in DC. 


What's happening around the world 


The High Places by Michelle Marner 

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Total Mobilization is a strategy for 
church planting in the Third World. 
It involved leadership training, 
evangelism, discipleship, small 
groups and constructing church 
buildings. We, at the sending 
churches, are using the Total Mobili- 
zation strategy to accelerate the 
ministry of the local body in the 
Third World. We are assisting with 
U.S. resources, by paying for a 
building and sending a team down 
to build and evangelize their 
community. We work directly with a 
Grace Brethren missionary in 
assisting this church. 

The Total Mobilization strategy is 
a "win-win" situation for all in- 
volved. It enables the local church to 
receive assistance with building a 
church, establishing the church in 
their community, and keeping 
momentum in their evangelism and 
discipleship. The Total Mobilization 
strategy also allows missionaries to 
concentrate on evangelism and 
leadership development, instead of 
fund raising and building construc- 
tion. It also gives missionaries broad 
exposure to the people that pray for 
and support them. For the sending 
church, it allows a breadth of the 
congregation to participate in a life- 
changing missions experience. It 
gives them first-hand exposure to 
missionaries they are supporting, 
enables them to have significant 
impact in the local body and gives 
them a broader view and greater 
motivation for the mission. For 
Grace Brethren Foreign Missions, 
the Total Mobilization strategy 
increases involvement from local 
churches to local church. It increases 
awareness of foreign missions and 
secures sponsorship to encourage 
and stimulate church planting and 
church growth. All this adds up to 
more churches planted, more people 
discipled and more people moti- 
vated to reach the world for Jesus 

November 30th through Decem- 
ber 12th of 1994 was the time frame 

Dedication service with Pastor Carlos 
(R), wife Gladys (L), son (C) and Dave 
as translator ( UC) 

for the recent Total Mobilization 
project. Twelve folks from GBC 
Waldorf and three men from other 
states joined efforts in Berazategui, 
Buenos Aires, Argentina. Those 
attending were Ted and Elise 
Adomanis; Vic Andreine; Tom 
Belote; Charlie and Karen Brown; 
Jowl Brubaker; Verlin Groah from 
First Brethren Church in Buena 

"God doesn't care about our 
abilities, He cares about our 
availability. If God has touched 
your heart concerning this 
ministry, He will provide the 
means for you to go." 

-Vic Andreine 

Vista, VA; Tom Helgerson, mission- 
ary from Thailand; Ray Hottle from 
GBC in Waterloo, I A; Joe Jameson; Jim 
Licurgo; Tom Stoner from Norton 
GBC near Wadsworth, OH; Kathi 
Witmer; and Nathan Bryant. Oversee- 
ing the construction, was Gordon 
Grover and his wife Barbara, from La 
Loma GBC in Modesto, CA. 

It was exciting to see the 
miracles begin in lives before we 
even left, as funds were provided 
in extraordinary ways. It only 


In 1919, Rev. Louis S. 
Bauman visited the field of 
Rio Citarto, Argentina and 
brought a Ford Model T 
truck, purchased with 
funds given by the Breth- 
ren in the United States. It 
zvas transformed into the 
Bible Coach, or Auto 
Evangelico. Transportation 
advancements greatly as- 
sisted the spread of the gos- 
pel. Missionaries and ria- 
tional workers traveled to 
neighboring towns, and 
regularly visited outlying 
congregations or groups of 
believers living at some dis- 
tance from Rio Cuarto. 
Bible Coach workers often 
stayed several weeks in a 
town, living in the coach, 
teaching house to house, 
and preaching in the streets 
until the area was thor- 
oughly evangelized. 



increased our faith to see what 
else God would do. On arrival 
December 1st, we met with Dave 
Guiles, went to the campsite and 
met the McCamans, another 
missionary family. We also met 
other believers who came from the 
Uruguay project. There was an air 
of excitement and energy as we 
looked forward to getting started. 
Even though most of the folks 
came with very few construction 
skills. God worked mightily in 
each person. The next day, we 
went to the work site early in the 
morning. With the excellent 
leadership of Gordon Grover, and 
despite rainy weather, we were 
able to accomplish much. Rain 
showers and sunshine alternated 
through Friday and Saturday, but 
most of the block work and wood 
staining was done on schedule. 
Sunday was a day of rest and 
worship celebration with others at 
the mother church. We also had an 
afternoon of fun, food and fellow- 
ship as the five growing southern 
Buenos Aires churches joined 
together for a picnic. 

Over 30, mostly new, believers 
gather together to grow in 
Christ and reach out to their 
community. This will be the 
first Total Mobilization project 
in Mexico, and we are excited 
to see what the Lord will 

The construction work for the 
week was difficult, and there were 
many long hours, but the joy at 
completion is what we remember. 
Several received Christ during the 
work week as curious passers-by 
would inquire of the work going 
on during rain, shine and heat of 
day. During the week we also had 
community outreach to the chil- 
dren through a Bible Club with 
clowns, singing and fun. Some 
evenings were spent in small 

group fellowship with 
the local members. It was 
such a pleasure to work 
with Pastor Carlos, 
Gladys and their family. 
We were motivated by 
seeing their tremendous 
commitment to Christ as 
they are reaching out to 
their community with 
the Gospel. 

We showed the Jesus 
film Friday night, with 
more professions for 
Christ made. Saturday we spent 
some time touring Buenos Aires 
and shopping. The dedication 
service was Saturday evening. It 
was such a blessing to hand the 
keys of the church over to Pastor 
Carlos. Sunday was a day of 
worship and celebration with the 
church family in their new build- 
ing. It was also a special time of 
reflecting on our week and saying 
good byes to those we had grown 
to love so much. 

We are now working on a 
Mexico project in San Luis Rio 
Colorado. Tentative trip dates are 
for the second week of July. We 
have come alongside Martin 
Guerena, a Mexican missionary 
doing church planting in Mexico 
City. Jack Churchill and Ron 
Shimer are missionaries on the 
border, who we will be working 
with closely as things progress. 
Pastor Reuben has been working 
on this church planting project for 
about two years, and the situation 
appears to be ideal. Over 30, 
mostly new, believers gather 
together to grow in Christ and 
reach out to their community. This 
will be the first Total Mobilization 
project in Mexico, and we are 
excited to see what the Lord will 
accomplish. There are also other 
prospective projects in Argentina 
and Brazil. We are open to looking 
at other countries in need. Our 
potential is limited only by the 
amount of U.S. churches that will 
plug in to support these churches. 

Total Mobilization team in 
Berazatequi, Argentina 

One person's 

effort can make 

a difference! 

A young man walking along 
the beach at dawn noticed an old 
tnan picking up starfish and 
tossing them into the sea. It was 
obvious he was rescuing the 
starfish before they were baked by 
the hot summer sun. 

"Old man, this is a big beach 
with hundreds of these starfish," 
the young man said sarcastically. 
"How can your efforts make any 

The old man looked at the 
starfish in his liand and then 
threw it to safety in the waves. 
"It makes a big difference to this 
one, " he replied. 




Bob Gilliam 

on church effectiveness consulting 

Q: Bob, there is much talk about 
paradigm shifts in American Life, 
what do you feel is the major 
challenges for Bible Churches 
seeking to make an impact in 

A: There are many paradigm 
shifts going on today, and I believe 
that there are major challenges for 
churches that are committed to 
God's Word. I see those churches as 
being like a bridge between the 
never changing purposes of God 
and the ever-changing needs of man 
in the world. 

As we talk of that, a challenge 
for Bible-believing churches is to 
remain faithful to God during 
these paradigm shifts. For ex- 
ample, one of the paradigm shifts 
that I see in many churches across 
the United States today is the 
tendency to pull back from 
preaching God's Word and instead 
preach one of surface consciously- 
oriented passages. And I think one 
challenge of Bible-believing 
churches is to continue to preach 
solidly the Word of God. 

Q: Are there dangers associated 
with church growth movement 
which concern you when dealing 
with church effectiveness? 

A: I'd like to say that I am 
personally very thankful for the 
church growth movement and its 
founders and I don't really think 
that the problem has come from the 
originators of the movement. I 
personally know many of the 
founders of the church growth 
movement and I know their heart, 
and I know that they knit the church 
growth movement for conversion 
growth — to see people won to Christ 
and brought into Bible-teaching 

However, there are dangers to 
this approach when what the 
founders intended becomes counter- 
feited. For instance, some churches 
do not care about winning people to 
Christ, all they care about is getting 
larger. Perhaps these churches are 
held, completely turned away from 
the gospel. But they still use these 
church-growth principles. And, if 
they are used solely to get people 
into the church, rather than to win 
them to Christ, there is a problem. 

Q: Why do you feel you're being 
pulled in the direction of developing 
a proper infrastructure in the local 

A: God has called us to make 
disciples as a body, as a team, as a 

church, not just as a group of 
individuals. A body is not going to 
be effective if there is improper 

Q: What areas of consulting do 
you find particularly germane for 
concerned pastors and key church 

A: I am committed to the belief 
that the most important focus — the 
real purpose of the church is to 
make disciples. So, the first way I 
would have to do that, I believe that 
church consulting needs to give 
churches a solid understanding as 
how to make disciples intention- 
ally — not just by accident. 

Another one for instance is the 
area of master planning. Many 
churches just tend to leave from 
week to week or Sunday to Sun- 
day not really knowing what to do 
next or why. A church that has a 
master plan is going to be signifi- 
cantly more effective than one that 

Another issue that I work with a 
lot is the issue of leadership analy- 
sis. I spend a lot of time training 
leaders how to understand them- 
selves and retrofitting them to the 
ministry that they believe that God 
has called them to. 



Q: Well, Bob, Lyle Schaller 
has written about the need to 
move toward an innovative model 
in planning in the local church and 
in their denominational circles — 
that is opposed to a defensive 
model of planning which centers 
basically on the shortages, weak- 
ness or limitations of resources 
and in the church. Would you care 
to comment on that. 

A: Well, obviously a church 
that simply focuses on problems is 
just going around in a circle. A 
friend of mine, Guy Saff el is the 
Academic Dean of Trinity Western 
Seminary in Canada has put it well. 
He says that before strategic plan- 
ning must always come strategic 

Otherwise, all of our plans 
end up simply as a very long to do 
list. I believe that instead of 
simply focusing on the problems 
we need to plan based on God's 
resources, not on our lack of 
resources. To do anything less 
than that would not be faith. 

Q: Why should churches want an 
outside consultant? And why is there a 
growing need for consultants today? 

A: The truth of the matter is that 
throughout the Bible, we see God 
using outside change agents to help 
his people stay on track. I think that 
you would agree with me that as we 
realize even that most of the Bible 
was written by these outside change 
agents. That, when God's people — 
again whether His nation or His 
church — listens to those outside 
change agents they prospered and 
were blessed spiritually. When they 
ignored them, they suffered signifi- 
cant problems. So, I would say that 
using outside change agents, regard- 
less of their name, has always been 
God's plan. Lee, I would also agree 
that there is a growing need for 
consultants today. And, I would point 
out that the time when an outside 
change agent, or a consultant, was 
used by God was when God's people 
seemed to be straying away from 
God's Word and His Will. Today, if s 
pretty clear to me that His church has 

strayed far from His command to 
make disciples, His command to win 
people to Christ, His command to be 
true to His Word and to be a pillar in 
support of the truth. Because of that, I 
believe there is and will be a growing 
need for consultants if our church in 
the United States is ever to recover. 

Q: Bob, I understand that you 
have developed a placement service 
for Pastors, particularly among the 
Evangelical Free Churches. What do 
you do and what is the value for 
Pastors and churches seeking Pastors? 

A: First, we help churches to 
understand themselves and the 
candidates that they are looking at 
more completely. Secondly, we help 
the candidates understand themselves 
and the church that they are looking 
at more completely. Our intent in that 
is to keep placement from being 
simply a blind date approach in 
which both the candidate and the 
church tends to defraud each other by 
keeping from each other the secrets of 
what they are really like. 

CHRIST is NOT pleased with- 
— Nets that are not full 

— Fig trees that do not bear fruit 

— Lost coins not yet found 

— Empty banquet tables 

— Sheep that are lost 

CHRIST IS pleased with- 
— Talents that are fully invested 
—Spiritual health in this earthly body 
—Disciples reproducing 30, 60 or 100 fold 
— Churches that sow and reap abundandy 
in their Jerusalem 


Church Effectiveness Consultant 

Lee H. Dice - Phone (216) 345-7826 
1909 Neal Dr. - Wooster, OH 44691 

Working from the office of 
Bob Gilliam, Director of Church 
Effectiveness for the Evangelical 
Free Churches of America 

A ministry, not a business, 
dedicated to setting churches 
free for ministry for the 
Lord Jesus Christ. 



By Georgia Patrick - Wife of Chaplain (LTC) John B. Patrick 


Germany! Our first over- 
seas assignment and I would 
be making it without John's 
assistance since we had to 
stay behind until he could get 
housing. I made the trip with 
four little girls aged 2-7 years, 
ten suitcases and five carry 
ons. We had to change planes 
twice and had a foreign pas- 
senger interact with us in such 
a way he was put off the plane 
in Seattle. I had my baby and 
one twin sleeping on my lap 
during the night and awoke to 
find my other twin daughter 
lying across my feet so she 
could be near me. 

Frequent moves and 
separations, loneliness, being a 
strong leader in dad's absence 
but falling back into a support 
role when he returns home, 
separation from lifetime friends 
and family and financial dis- 
tress are some of the other 
things military wives must 
learn to "deal with" as my new 
son-in-law would say. 

It is difficult to see one's 
child uprooted for the third 
time in as many years - espe- 
cially when she is in high 
school as our oldest daughter 
was; to know she'll have no 
one from those years to re- 
member with fondness be- 
cause of shared experiences. 
And yet, God helped 
Katherine through each of 
those moves. She maintained 
her 4.0 grade average, won at 
speech tournaments, was 

awarded a 
trip to Na- 
tional 4-H 
Club Con- 
gress, took 
first in a 
contest and 
many schol- 
arships to 


traveling in our own country 
and to places like Germany, 
Austria, Italy and the Nether- 
lands while we have served in 
the military broadened her 
and her three sisters' perspec- 
tives and understanding of 
people. Our girls think it is 
normal to move every three 
years and have enjoyed the 
many opportunities to see 
new places and meet new 

Their dad's job as an Army 
Chaplain has allowed us to host 
a wide spectrum of people in 
our home - young privates 
away from home for the first 
time in their lives, army officers 
who now serve as Generals, 
missionaries from our Fellow- 
ship and servants of God like 
Richard Wurmbrand who John 
invited to come speak to his 

Military wives know that 
they can be separated from 
their husbands at any time 

The Patrick Family: Carolyn (L), 
Katherine, Rebekah, Connie and 
John (Upper left) 

Georgia Patrick 



and it usually occurs when 
they are also separated from 
family and friends. So the 
wives tend to band together in 
support groups and officers 
left behind help take care of 
their needs whether it is a car 
that won't start, a paycheck 
the bank says it didn't receive 
or advice about how to help 
children that are angry and 
confused by dad's sudden 

Available military housing 
does not begin to meet the 
demand so we like many others 
have been forced to buy and 
sell homes when we didn't 
really have the money to do so 
and certainly couldn't recoup 
what was spent in less than 
three years of ownership. We 
were, however, able to buy 
adequate housing which many 
of our lower ranking service- 
men cannot do. When you see 
the conditions some are forced 
to live in, it is no wonder an 
already fragile marriage breaks 
and the young wife decides to 
go back home to mom and dad. 

Wives in my Bible Study 
groups have discussed many 
problems concerning their 
husbands' deployment over the 
years. How does one stay a 
submissive wife when she has 
been forced to be both mom 
and dad for weeks and some- 
times a year or two at a time? 
How can they help their chil- 
dren see their dad as the spiri- 
tual leader of the home when 
he isn't even around? How do 

you keep children from resent- 
ing dad because of the changes 
he makes when he does return? 

It has been so rewarding to 
see women come to know and 
grow in Christ. It is great to 
hear from women like Harriet 
whose husband got out of the 
service, is attending seminary 
and now is preparing for the 
mission field. Or Diane whose 
husband went from a luke- 
warm Christian to an elder in 
his present church or Billie who 
excitedly wrote that her hus- 
band had received Christ Easter 

God has given me oppor- 
tunities to serve Him in a 
variety of places and with a 
wide cross section of people. It 
has been an exciting life. Often 
frustrating but NEVER boring. 

How can the Fellowship 
pray for us? John will have 
served 20 years in August and 
we feel God may be telling us 
it is time to get out. We have 
long desired to serve in the 
pastorate but we want His 
leading in this as all our 
decisions. Two of our daugh- 
ters were married in April and 
we would appreciate prayer 
that their marriages will be 
strong witnesses to their 
neighbors and co-workers. 

We do want to thank all of 
you who have faithfully prayed 
for us and for the opportunity 
to serve the Fellowship as 
missionaries to this "tribe of 
green suiters" as John calls 

God has 

given me 


nitites to 

serve Him 

in a variety 

of places 

and with a 

wide cross 

section of 

people. It 

has been 

an exciting 

life. Often 









Group of 18 cadets from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point 
NY, 2 volunteers and 16 inmates from the Prison Fellowship in 
Lancaster, PA gathered in front ofAbrafuim Daniels home. 

Group of volunteers 

The United States Military 
Academy in West Point, NY, is the 
oldest and arguably the best of 
America's service academies. Theirs 
is a long and enviable tradition of 
training officers to lead our nation's 
armed forces. 

On April 1, 1995 one of the more 
noble battle plans began. Twenty 
cadets invade north east Pennsylva- 
nia with a unique strategy for victory, 
18 cadets and 2 volunteers joined 
forces with 6 inmates from Lancaster 
County Prison for a Community 
Service Project. The mission was 

organized by First Class Cadet 
members of the Officers' Christian 
Fellowship in cooperation with 
Prison Fellowship headquartered in 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

The OCF contingency arrived 
at 8:00 a.m. at the home of 
Abraham Daniels, a stroke victim 
and WWII veteran, who is a 
deacon at Ebenezer Baptist 
Church. They began scraping, 
sanding and painting. At the same 
time, 4 other cadets under the 
aegis of Habitat for Humanity, 
traveled to the home of Mr. and 

Mrs. Steve Morris, in order to 
paint their basement. 

"We could have worked on 
anything. It was just a vehicle. The 
whole point was to involve Chris- 
tian cadets with prisoners," said 
Major Joel Anderson, Professor of 
Russian studies, sponsor of the 
OCF Ministry Team and Officer in 
charge of the trip. 

"It was amazing," said Major 
Anderson." All of a sudden you saw 
2 or 3 cadets with one prisoner 
working on a window and another 
group painting a trim with another 

Cadet Paula Kranz remarked, 
"I have seen OCF spreading so 
much selflessness. They taught me 
that you can't judge people solely by 
their actions. By the end of the day 
we were hugging each other. We 
actually became friends." 

Wilson Rivera, 25, of 
Lancaster, who is serving 3 years 
in prison, stood with paint chipper 
in hand and queried, "Who would 
have thought these West Point 
guys would be like this?" 

On Monday morning one of the 
prisoners called the Prison Fellow- 
ship office and told Parti Roberts, 
"I've got to turn my life around." 
Local news organizations including 
"The New Era," WD AC radio and 
WGAL-TV flooded the project sites to 
cover a "good-news-for-a-change" 
story. Inmates and cadets were 
interviewed and quoted correctly. 

The path to the Daniels' and the 
Morris' homes began some 25 years 
ago with Major Joel Anderson as a 
high School youth. He attended 
Alpine Conference Center, a Christian 
camp near Lake Arrowhead in the 
southern California mountains. Dr. 
Roy Roberts, now Senior Pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church in New 
Holland, was the speaker when Joel 
dedicated his life to serve Jesus 




Christ. In the providence of God, at the same time, 
Roy's wife Parti, was being discipled by Joel's mother, 
and they had yet to meet. Parti Roberts is Administra- 
tive Aide for Prison Fellowship of eastern PA. Roy 
and Path coordinated the West Point Cadets and 
prisoner's joint-venture. 

Rev. Roland Forbes, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist 
Church, helped plan the event with Russell Phillips, 
PF's local director. Ebenezer Church provided 
lunch. Horst Construction's (Clyde and Barbie 
Horst) donated the paint and equipment. 

Lancaster Bible College allowed the cadets to 
shower in the gymnasium locker rooms before they 
enjoyed a Pennsylvania Dutch dinner at Good N' 
Plenty (Chris and Dolly Lapp's) restaurant in 
Smoketown. They concluded the evening by view- 
ing 'The Splendor of the Easter" at Sight and Sound 
(Christian Theater) in Strasburg. 

Other meals, lodging and hospitality were given 
by the members of the Grace Brethren Church of New 
Holland. The cadets participated in both morning 
services on Sunday, April 2. Some shared testimonies 
and the whole group sang "Faithful Men," a song 
recorded by contemporary Christian artist Twila 
Paris. Major Anderson explained the meaning of the 
song and the whole congregation joined in. These 
young officers are still making a difference in the 
New Holland church. Some are corresponding with 
families, others have been invited to graduation. 

Interestingly enough, the dynamic and gifted 
Grace Brass, under the direction of Tim Zimmerman 
was the featured program of the day. The synergism 
between the collegians and cadets was electric. They 
combined for a powerful and unforgettable Lord's 
Day. Being Christians who minister is so much fun! 
And, just think-this is only a foretaste of Heaven. 

Project crew busy scraping, sanding and painting 

Project crew in front of the Daniel's residence 




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By Rich Russel 

Director of Children's Ministries 
New Holland, PA, Grace Brethren 

Does your children's church 
room communicate "B-O-R-I-N-G" 
or does it say, "This is a fun 
place"? What picture will the 
children and parents see in your 
children's church room? Is it a 
room full of chairs and a piano? Is 
it a room usually occupied by 
adults? A children's worship area 
does not need to be bleak and 
boring. Yet, you may be saying to 
yourself, "But the room is used for 
children's church and is also used 
by adults and fellowship times — 
just to mention a few groups that 
use this area." Here are some 
interesting ways, that once set up, 
can change a plain fellowship hall 
into an exciting children's worship 
area in only 15 minutes. 

In the first year our church had 
some great decorations left over 
from VBS. The teachers had made 
large palm trees which fit from the 
floor to the ceiling of our fellow- 
ship hall. They also had some 
large bunting that when Christmas 
twinkle lights were added made a 
stunning banner across the front. 
These decorations lasted a full 
year until the cardboard palm 
trees began to "wilt." At our fall 
kick-off time, a new set of decora- 
tions was added. 

Since cost was a factor and we 
needed portability, our search 
began at a fabric store. Because 
the fabric store was clearing out 
all the summer material, we were 
able to find a pile of "kids' prints" 
fabrics and some green satin that 
all went together. We would 
replace the palm trees with a two- 
foot wide banner reaching from 
the floor to the ceiling. The same 
palm tree supports were used to 
display these new long-lasting 
banners. The banners are com- 
pletely portable and on special 
children's days can be moved into 
the sanctuary to add a special 
"kids" touch. Our attention then 
turned to "dressing up" the walls 

The decorations give a warm 
feeling to what could be a cold 
room; a room that tells both 
children and adults you care 
about the children in your 

which were a light green color, but 
not terribly exciting. The flags 
most people hang outside their 
homes are great to decorate a 
room inside, too — and there are 
hundreds from which to choose. 
Our church went with hot-air 
balloon flags. Three different flags 
were selected, two of each, one for 
each side of the room. A dowel 
rod and ribbon were used to hang 
the flags. A drop ceiling is a 
wonderful thing to have in a 
children's church room! Plant 
hangers that clip to the dropped 
ceiling supports were used to 
hang the banners so they can go 
up and down quickly. (During the 
Christmas season the flags are 
changed to reflect the holiday.) In 
the center of these decorations is a 
puppet stage (which was pur- 
chased as a unit) and was used 
many years before any of the other 
decorations were added. This is 
also the space where all the 


decorations can be stored when 
the fellowship hall is needed for 
other programs. 

With all the new decorations 
completed, our attention was next 
focused on lighting. The end of 
the summer is a great time to buy 
the lights since most stores reduce 
the cost. The lights are hung using 
the same plant hooks used for the 
flags. To control the lights, use the 
plug n' power controls from Radio 
Shack (or other similar control 
devices). These controls plug into 
regular outlets and can be turned 
on and off by several different 
types of switch controls ranging 
from hand-held cordless versions 
to a plugged-in version. These 

controllers also allow 
the lights to be 
dimmed and do not 
require any special 
wiring. To add a 
stage-like appearance, 
use several halogen 
flood lights to light 
the front area and one 
to light the puppet 

After the initial 
set up, the decora- 
tions can be put up and taken 
down in about 15 minutes. The 
added decorations give the 
children a special place to wor- 
ship. The decorations give a 
warm feeling to what could be a 
cold room; a room that tells both 
children and adults you care 
about the children in your 
church. Take time to look 
around. There are many ideas 
out there to add color to any 
room. Find them and use them 
to improve your image. One 
word of caution though — do 
not rely on the decorations to 
make your worship service 
special. Your actions and the 
message of God's love speak 
more than any decoration you 
might add. Also keep in mind 
that the message of "warmth," 
"love," and "you are special" can 
best be communicated, not by 
decorations, but by your 
children's workers. 



Hank Parker — Living In The Reel World 

By Lee & Sharon DeBevoise, Sports Spectrum, June 1995 

Hank Parker. Pro Bass Fishing. 
You name one and you've named 
the other. The two have become 
almost synonymous. 

Although Parker didn't begin his 
pro career until 1976 when he was 
23, he had been dreaming about 
turning pro since he was 17. 

After his first professional start in 
a National Bass Association (NBA) 
tournament at age 20, Parker was 
convinced that he was born to fish 
for a living. He felt so strongly about 
it that shortly after getting married 
he took out a loan that enabled him 
to hit the tournament trail. 

In 1978, he was named NBA 
Angler of the Year. In the years 
since, Parker has fished in more than 
100 Bass Anglers Sportsman Society 
(BASS) tournaments, finishing in the 
money an amazing 76 percent of the 

Also to his credit are two BASS 
Master Classic Championships in 
1979 and 1989. In 1983, Parker 
earned the coveted BASS Angler of 
the Year Award. And after winning 
the 1985 Super BASS IV tournament 
at St. Johns River, Florida, he 
became the first BASS pro to win the 
BASS Grand Slam. 

Additionally, he has never 
missed qualifying for a BASS Master 
Classic in his years on the pro 
circuit. Parker currently ranks 13th 
on the list of BASS all-time winners. 

In 1985, Parker began sharing his 
skill and techniques on television in 
Hank Parker's Outdoor Magazine. His 
weekly show remains highly rated 
and is syndicated nationally. 

Life, however, was not always so 
smooth for Parker. Raised in a home 
where alcohol and prescription drug 
abuse were prevalent, he developed 
a violent temper and a taste for 
booze and dope. 

The bad family influence 
changed in 1970 when Hank's dad 
told him that he had been "saved." 
His father's sudden life-style change 
affected the younger Parker, but he 
was not yet ready for a similar 
change in his own life. 

In 1975, his dad was killed in a 
car accident. During the memorial 
service, Parker says, "I got so 
convicted about the sinful state of 
my life that I felt like I would 

When the pastor closed the 
memorial service, he said, "If 
anyone would like to accept Jesus as 
Savior, would you acknowledge 

'The next minute-and a half of 
silence seemed like three-and a half 
hours," Parker recalls. "I distinctly 
felt that God was trying to get 
through to me. I had no excuse. I 
knew that this may well have been 
my last chance, because I had 
shunned God so many times before. 
Right then I asked God to save me." 

"I distinctly felt that God 
was trying to get through 
to me. I had no excuse. I 
knew that this may well 
have been my last chance." 

Almost immediately, Parker felt 
peace in his heart, and his life began 
to take on meaning and direction. 
"I'm thankful every day for what 
I've accomplished through Jesus 
Christ," he says. 

Parker acknowledges that he did 
not become perfect — just forgiven 
by God. 

Today Parker lives in North 
Carolina with his family. He and his 
wife, Angie, whom he met on a 

blind date when she was 16, have 
five children. 

Parker continues to compete in 
BASS tournaments, fishing in the 
BASS Super Stars and in various 
celebrity events. He calls home 
every night when he is away. And, 
whenever possible, he flies home on 
the weekend to take his family to 

Besides competing in tourna- 
ments and hosting his weekly TV 
show, Parker writes articles for 
fishing magazines and participates 
in fishing clinics. Also, he helped 
establish the Fellowship of Christian 
Anglers Society. 

In 1988, Parker became one of the 
first members of the board of 
directors of Terry Chupp Ministries, 
Inc., an outreach for fishermen. He 
recently became the first director 
emeritus of the board of this minis- 
try, which is headquartered in 

Parker feels a special need to be a 
good role model. He makes sure that 
every boy and girl who stands in 
line to meet him has the chance to 
chat with him and get his auto- 
graph. Simply put, Parker is never 
too busy to talk with anyone. 

Parker feels that first as a repre- 
sentative of Jesus Christ and second 
as a representative of pro bass 
fishing, he must be a genuine person 
who earns the respect of others. He 
does not take this responsibility 
lightly. "My job is to tell others 
about Jesus and tell them He is very 
real to me," he says. 

It is his demeanor and presence 
on TV that seems to influence 
people the most. Through his words 
and actions, Hank Parker shows 
others that only through Jesus Christ 
can anyone — pro athlete or not — 
find peace in the real world. 




Warsaw Grad Makes Waves in D.C. by pwi smith 

David Schwartz became interested 
in politics at a relatively young age. As a 
result, he has been more involved in the 
political arena at the age of 22 than most 
Americans twice his age. 

The 1991 Warsaw community 
High School graduate and Winona 
Lake Grace Brethren Church mem- 
ber parlayed an aptitude for govern- 
ment into a stellar college career at 
Liberty University in Lynchburg, 
VA., as well as a successful start in 
the political arena. 

At Liberty, Schwartz, who 
graduated May 6, graced the 
National Dean's List. Only one half 
of 1 percent of the nation's college 
students make the list annually. 

"During my junior year (in 
college)," said Schwartz, "I decided to 
switch my major from math educa- 
tion to government in the hopes of 
eventually going to law school." 

Dividing his interests and 
aspirations up with the precision of 
a pie graph, Schwartz, a devout 
Christian, took a recent missionary 
trip to Russia and Czechoslovakia. 

Today, he works as an intern at 
the Senate Republican Policy 
Committee, where he conducts 
research for analysts on staff. 

During the most recent elections, 
Schwartz found himself involved in 
the campaigns of Virginia guberna- 
torial and U.S. senate candidates, as 
well as serving as a delegate to the 
Virginia Republican Convention. 

Schwartz also attended a $1,000- 
per-plate dinner to honor the GOP 
following November's elections and 
was present at the celebrations to 
honor the success of the Contract 
With America. 

The Warsaw native has rubbed 
elbows with the likes of Newt 
Gingrich, Bob Dole, Sonny Bono, 
Steve Largent (former Seattle 
Seahawk, now an Oklahoma con- 
gressman) and Strom Thurmond. 

House Speaker Newt Gingrich with David Schwartz 

"My goal right now is to get 
through law school," said Schwartz, 
who is considering the University of 
Dayton (Ohio). 'This summer, I'll be 
working for the Rutherford Institute. 
They work to promote free speech 
and religious rights." Schwartz 
worked for the institute during his 
senior year. 

There was a bit of irony in the 
selection of speakers by Liberty 
University at the May 6 com- 
mencement. Sen. Phil Graham 
(Texas), a presidential candidate 
who has called himself "the 
conservative Republican candi- 
date," took the podium. The 
speaker choice was just fine by 

"I consider myself a pretty 
conservative Republican," Schwartz 
said, answering barbs from Ameri- 
cans who have recently taken shots 
at those on the far right. "But I 
wouldn't consider myself a radical. 
I'm for smaller government, that's 
for sure. 

'Thomas Jefferson was for 
smaller government and I'm on his 
side. I don't consider him a terrorist 
or extremist." 

Whether or not Schwartz is 
politically extreme, his savvy for 
academia certainly is. His accom- 
plishments in the classroom read 
like a laundry list: 

• Who's Who Among American 
Colleges and Universities, 1993-94 
and 1994-95. 

• Made the Alpha Lambda Delta, 
Kappa Mu Epsilon and Kappa Delta 
Pi honor societies. 

• Opinion writer for school 
newspaper 'The Champion." 

• Tutor in the math department 
freshman, sophomore and junior 

• Justice on the student court. 

• Member of the debate team. 
David Schwartz has been a 

member of the Grace Brethren 
Church since he was a young 
child. He was actively involved in 
youth groups and youth confer- 
ences every year at the Winona 
Lake Grace Brethren Church in 
Winona Lake, IN. 

David Schwartz is the son of Ann 
Schwartz and Joe Schwartz. 

(Article used by permission of the 
Warsaw, IN Times Union Newspaper.) 




George Peters, Pastor of Seniors 
Ministry at Wooster, OH GBC 
underwent double bypass surgery 
at Lutheran Hospital, Canton, OH. 
The report is that he is doing well at 
this stage. 

Tom Peters, along with his wife 
Sue, missionaries to Africa, may 
arrive home to give added encour- 
agement. They are scheduled to be 
stateside for a year of home service. 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
will be going to Hawaii February 22 
to March 2, 19% with Ralph Colburn 
and Jeff Carroll. The cost is $1,549 and 
includes airfare from Los Angeles. 
Call us for a brochure. 

Jesus Munoz is seeing good 
success in planting a Cell Church in 
Tampa, Florida. This ministry to 
Hispanics has now developed into 
three cells totalling over 30 people. 
Jesus is encouraged as he spends the 
priority of his attention on leader- 
ship development. 

Ed Waken, another cell church 
planter in Pheonix, AZ, recently 
reported about three new converts 
to Christ who are practicing the 
admonition "that you should go and 
bear fruit" (John 15:16). 

Especially exciting was the story 
of Barbara Jones who began wit- 
nessing to her friend Patti. As the 
relationship grew Patti was able to 
lead her friend to the Lord in May of 
this year. Patti was subsequently 
baptized on May 20 (just after 
Barbara was baptized)! By the way, 
the second story has to do with Patti 
who is now telling her story to other 
friends. . . 

From Pastor John Teevan — In 

view of the action at district 
conference this past May 6, 
WLGBC took congregational 
action last Sunday evening, June 
11. This action is in harmony with 
earlier action by our church (in 
November, 1992), "re-affirm(ing) 

our commitment to and coopera- 
tion with the FGBC. . .and its 
cooperating organizations. . ." 

At the June 11 congregational 
meeting, we decided that we will 
affiliate with a district that cooper- 
ates fully with the FGBC. Our 
preference, is as it has been, to 
remain in the Indiana District. If 
there is a major and abrupt change 
from the present direction and 
attitude in the Indiana District with 
respect to the FGBC, WLGBC will 
remain in the district. If not, we may 
join the GLAD district (subject to 
their approval) or be part of a new 
district. We will remain in the 
Indiana District until (and if) we 
change districts. 

The vote was 106-10 plus one 
abstention. There were written 
communication and forums on the 
topic both in 1992 and this year. We 
are not changing our closed mem- 
bership requirements nor do we 
even plan to consider that kind of 
action. We are making a strong 
move toward the FGBC and regret 
that such a move is even necessary. 
Any church with a similar interest is 
welcome to contact us. 

Members and friends of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Winches- 
ter, Virginia joined Pastor Richard 
Bell and his wife, Nancy in celebrat- 
ing of their 25th wedding anniver- 
sary at a reception in the church 
social hall on June 11, 1995. Out of 
town guests were Nancy's parents, 
Ralph and Betty Hall from 
Bradenton, Florida. 

The Bells were married on June 
12, 1970 at the Grace Brethren 
Church in Winona Lake, Indiana. 
They have two children, David (18) 
and Debbie (14). They have resided 
in Winchester since November 1986 
when they accepted the pastorate of 
the Grace Brethren Church on 
Berry ville Avenue. 

Robert Kulp has accepted the call to 
pastor the Findlay, OH GBC and 
will begin his ministry there in July. 

Update on Rick Fairman: Rick had 
open-heart surgery in Lancaster, PA 
and was slowly improving after a 
difficult postoperative time. Please 
continue to remember both him and 
his family in prayer, as he faces a 
long recovery. The Fairman's 
address is: 205 Joyce Drive, Lititz, 
PA 17543. 

Pastor Charles Ashman has re- 
signed as chairman of the Indiana 
District Task Force, a post he has 
held for the past two years. 

National Conference — Plan to take 
your family on a spiritually refresh- 
ing vacation July 22-27, 1995 at the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Church's National Conference in 
San Diego, California. You will hear 
nationally known speakers who will 
challenge you from the Word of 
God, dynamic musicians who will 
lift your spirits to worship God, and 
warm fellowship with the people of 
God. By the way, there's a special 
Children's Conference. To register 
call Conference Coordinator Charles 
Ashman at 219-269-1269. 

The Home Missions Board of 
Directors recently approved the 
adoption of three new church plants 
and church planters. Jacksonville, FL 
(Lynn Yates) will begin in June; Palm 
Bay, FL (Bill Tweeddale) will begin 
in June; and the final church is an 
eastern suburb of Philadelphia 
called West Chester, PA (Dan 
O'Deens) which is scheduled to 
begin in September. 

66 teen members involved in 
Operation Barnabas began orien- 
tation on June 19. Their summer 
tour began June 30. Pray for Ed 
Lewis and the staff at CE National. 
Ed and the staff will have a busy 




There are several new church 
plants in the preliminary stages of 
development for the 1995-1996 
church-planting years. We would 
ask that you pray for them too. 

The Coalition Task Force, a 
consortium of district missions 
personnel, will be meeting in 
Lancaster, PA at Willow Valley 
Family Resort Center, November 6- 
8, 1995. Dr. Robert Logan will be the 
main speaker addressing regional 
church planting systems and 
strategies. Home Missions will 
supply some meals and lodging for 
the conference. All district missions 
chairmen are invited. They are also 
encouraged to bring one or two 
other district personnel with them. 

Grace Village Satellite Service — 
In 1993 WLGBC started a year- 
round Sunday Satellite service of a 
very different nature at the Grace 
Village chapel. That service has 
grown to about 70 under the leader- 
ship of Chaplain Lee Jenkins. In 
addition to Sunday services he has 
started several Bible studies. 

Great Receptivity — Chadian 
missionary Dillah Family is already 
branching out into outlying villages 
after moving to his mission point 
just four months ago. The village, 
Doba, Chad, has shown great 
receptivity to the gospel. After just 
two weeks there are already 41 
attending meetings and eight 
conversions! Says Tom Stallter, 
GBIM missionary to Chad, "We 
have another church in the making 
here. . . . They have already been 
offered a piece of land to purchase." 
Two weeks, one new GBC and eight 
new believers! 

If you are interested in cutting- 
edge church planting strategy and 
are planning on going to Southern 
California for National Conference 
in July, there is a unique opportunity 
available that will challenge your 

thinking and provide valuable re- the Fuller School of World Missions 
sources for a minute cost! at (818) 584-5260. 

Dr. Robert Logan, author, 
strategist and international consult- 
ant on church planting (also a 
featured speaker at National Confer- 
ence) is teaching a D. Min. course 
called "Dynamics of Church Multi- 
plication Movements" (MC595), July 
17-21, at Fuller School of World 
Mission in Pasadena. Enjoy five full 
days of the latest strategies that are 
working around the world in the 
field of church planting movements. 
On Wednesday the 19th, Logan, 
along with Neil Cole (Alta Loma 
GBC), will be presenting the "Lead- 
ership Farm Systems" strategy 
(formerly called Pastor Factory) 
which is successfully raising up 
leaders and church planters from lay 
people in the local church. 

This class has been sovereignly 
scheduled the week prior to confer- 
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But the best news of all. . .the 
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just $25 you could sit in on the most 
comprehensive and up-to-date 
theory of church planting today 
by one of the world's foremost 

Pastor Terry Daniels (South 
Pasadena GBC) has graciously 
offered to coordinate housing for 
any who are interested. There are a 
variety of accommodations close by 
with a wide range of prices. If 
needed, the church will host a 
limited number in member's homes. 
If you would like housing informa- 
tion call Terry at (818) 799-6081. For 
more information please contact 
Kurt Miller at Home Missions or call 

Pastor Chris Hay writes from 
Kenai, Alaska — 1995 is a banner 
year for Kenai GBC. On January 4, 
1970, Kenai GBC held its first church 
service. We have been holding forth 
the Word of Truth in the Kenai area 
for 25 years now. 

Mr. Contrary Give In — "My 
name is Enor Alfredo Contreras, 
and I live up to my name." That was 
how the man sitting with arms 
crossed in the last row of the univer- 
sity conference room introduced 
himself to Martin and Kristi 
Guerena. And true to his name, he 
was contrary all through the after- 
noon session. But at the session's 
close he was among the 12 of 17 
university professors who said they 
would attend a five week Bible 
study about Jesus. At the opening of 
one of the studies, Senor Contreras 
stood up beaming and said, "I can't 
stand it any longer! I have to tell you 
that I accepted Christ as my Savior 
this week!" Praise God for another 
Mexican member in our Interna- 
tional GBC family. 

The Navajo Ministries TIME 
team, sponsored by CE National, 
began their ministry on June 5. They 
are involved in children's work, 
outreach, VBS, camps and church 
ministries. On June 26, the Mexico 
Border TIME team began to train 
nationals, hold children's rallies, and 
touch Mexicans with the gospel. 
Please pray for both of these teams 
as they cross cultural boundaries to 
share the love of Christ. 

Friendship Grace Brethren Church of 
Covington, OH is accepting resumes 
for pastoral candidates. Send re- 
sumes to: 

Mr. Robert Holfacker 
4782 Fletcher Road 
Covington, OH 45318 




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The High 

By Michelle Marner 

"He makes my feet as hind's feet, 
and sets me on my high places. " 
II Samuel 22:34 

Last year, in early September, I 
joined an adventurous group of 
friends for vacation in Maine. Our 
"relaxing" vacation began with a hike 
to the highest point in the state, 
Mount Khatadin in Baxter State Park. 
Our enthusiastic bed and breakfast 
hosts informed us that we must be at 
the park gate when it opened to be 
assured entrance. At 6:30 a.m. our 
vehicle was in line and part of the 
only traffic jam in northern Maine. 

From the road we could see Mount 
Khatadin rising majestically from the 
wooded landscape. The beauty of this 
park draws visitors from all over the 
country and by the time we reached the 
entrance gate only two hiking trails 
remained open. We chose the less 
strenuous, more scenic (meaning 
longer) trail. After driving several more 
miles on teeth-clattering washboard 
roads, we reached the head of the 
Khatadin Stream Trail. 

"What are we getting into?" I 
thought. "We aren't experienced 
climbers... we'll be killed... and so 
early in the vacation! Am I the only 
one who realizes this?" 

Undaunted, my fellow hikers 
marched into certain death and I 
reluctantly followed. However, my 
doubts were quieted by the trail's 
unassuming beginning. The gentle 
path meandered through a sunlit 
forest and beside picturesque water- 
falls. The day was beautiful and we 
had a spectacular hike ahead. 

We crossed a quiet stream and 
permanently left behind the flat section 
of the trail. The boulder-strewn track 
we were now on required complete 
concentration and attention. Branches 
and large tree roots jutting across the 




"Her lamp does not go out at night" 

trail forced our eyes down and pre- 
vented all but brief admiration of the 
beautiful forest. 

Eventually, brush and under- 
growth thinned and we found 
ourselves level with the tree tops. As 
if an unseen boundary were drawn, 
tree growth stopped and we stepped 
into full sunlight. 

We had reached a significant point 
in our journey. Behind us the forest 
spread for miles; ahead loomed a 
large rock cliff. At the base of the cliff 
we found iron climbing bars and a 
well-marked trail to the top. Panting, 
we reached the summit and found 
several other hikers relaxing and 
enjoying the view. To the left we saw a 
trail that ended beyond our vision. 
What had appeared to be a final 
destination was actually a rest stop. 

From this point the climb became 
narrower and steeper. Hands and 
feet were both needed to maneuver 
around the rocky face of the trail. I 
felt as if we were climbing the edge 
of a great pyramid endlessly reach- 
ing into the sky. 

Each peak we scaled seemed to 
be the end. We reached the summit 
only to find a new obstacle, higher 
than before. Scanning the horizon 
we found the clearing we had left 
several hours before. The spot was 
marked by a single red maple 
flaming from the forest of green. 

We enjoyed a reprieve from 
climbing on a beautiful and fragile 
plateau. Here we were able to 
catch our breath and prepare for 
the final ascent up one more 
pointed, rocky, peak. 


Our knees and hips ached, lungs 
burned, and hands stung from 
scrapes along the way However, 
this final effort was rewarded with a 
full view of the beautiful park. 

The panoramic landscape was 
breathtaking. Our bruised knees and 
scrapes were forgotten as we 
stretched out on the rocks to absorb 
the wonder of this place. 

Ironically, I knew I was there 
largely because of my ignorance. If I 
had known the physical demands of 
the climb, I would have thought it 

How much like a spiritual journey 
was this climb to Baxter Peak! I've 
often wondered what challenges and 
surprises my life will hold and yet, in 
truth, am glad I don't know them. 
When we choose to accept Christ and 
begin the great journey God has 
planned, who knows what will be 
asked of us? Would any have the 
courage to continue if they knew 
what was ahead? However, God is 
with us and never asks more than we 
are able to bear. If we refuse to go to 
the high places we miss the incredible 
experiences belonging to lives that 
take risks and in turn, the spiritual 
and mental conditioning required to 
carry them out. 

No one who undertakes the 
Christian journey will be untouched. 
The trail will leave a permanent mark 
on our lives. But the journey transforms 
us into the very image of Christ and this 
destination is worthy of sacrifice. 

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Cross the 

Many of us crossed the 
boundary on Tuesday, 
July 25th at National 
Conference. We went to Tijuana, 
Mexico to canvas the area and to 
assist Sammy Tippett and Opera- 
tion Barnabas in holding an Evan- 
gelistic Crusade. For many of us, 
it was the first time outside the 
border of the USA. For all of us, it 
was an opportunity to see first 
hand a very needy world. 

Each speaker at this years 
conference challenged us to 
evaluate every aspect of our 
ministry and then to step out 
and cross the boundary. At the 
Brethren Missionary Herald our 
board was challenged to evalu- 
ate what we are doing. In the 
last few years, we stepped out of 
our comfort zone to launch 2 
new Herald Bookstores in major 
metropolitan areas — Indianapo- 
lis, Indiana and Dublin, Ohio. 
We plan to launch more stores. 

We have recognized that we 
are in a communications minis- 
try. We have prayed, planned 
and dreamed. We have asked 
ourselves the question, "How 
can we better communicate the 
great things God is doing in our 
churches with one another?" We 
need to share our victories and 
our defeats. We also want to 
track our progress toward our 

In response to the changing 
needs within our Fellowship, we 
have decided to publish the 
Brethren Missionary Herald 
bimonthly; i.e. every other 
month. This step appears to be a 
trend now in magazine publica- 
tions. Moody monthly just took 
this step. With increases in 
postage and paper costs, this 
move makes good stewardship 

We also plan to launch a 
leadership letter to help inspire 
and report progress toward our 
Focus 2000 goals. We'll give you 
more information on this project 
as we get closer to its publication. 

As always, we are so grateful 
for your prayers and faithfulness 
to the Brethren Missionary 
Herald. When you have news of 
what God is doing in your 
church or ministry, please share 
it with us so we can print it. Fax 
or E-mail your news to the Grace 
Brethren. In any event, let's 
communicate. • 


Words of 

Character is what a man 
is in the dark. 

D. L. Moody 

People don't care how much 

you know until they know 

how much you care. 

John Maxivell 

If we live truly, we 
shall truly live. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson 

The best way to cheer yourself 

up is to cheer everybody 

else up. 

Mark Twain 

You only live once, but if you 
work it right, once is enough. 
Joe E. Lewis 

The time is always right to 
do what is right. 
Martin Luther King, Jr. 

We trust, sir, that God is on our 

side. It is more important to 
know that we are on God's side. 
Abraham Lincoln 

It is not enough to be busy; so 

are the ants. The question is: 

What are we busy about? 

Henry David Thorean 

More men fail through lack of 
purpose than lack of talent. 
Billy Sunday 

Practical prayer is harder on 

the soles of your shoes than on 

the knees of your trousers. 

Osten O'Malley 


CTOBER 1995 



VOL. 57 NO. 8 




Cross the Boundary 


Living by the Sword 


Rick Warren on "Hitting a Home Run" 


Geneva Inman, Presidential Address 


Ministering to Children Outside 

the Church Walls 


National Conference Fellowship of GBC 


Hugo Perez on Soccer, 

"Touching You from Around the World' 


Profile of Today's Pastor 

"Doing the White" by Judy Daniels 

Front Page Photo: Matthew 
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Deck (R) were on the 
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JETeature <1[ 

L IVING BY THE SWORD: A Biblical Directive Concerning 
The Militia Movement by Pastor Davy Troxel 

In time of war, the first casualty is 
always truth. So it has been 
lately as many justice-seekers 
are longing to grab a scapegoat for 
the rise in militantism, and the 
resulting bombing in Oklahoma City. 

As is the case with every catas- 
trophe since the ancient burning of 
Rome, liberal leaders of all kinds are 
trying to blame fundamental 
Christians for this dilemma, par- 
tially because some of the militia 
extremists are prone to quote a 
scripture occasionally. I have also 
seen a militia member who claims to 
be a fundamentalist pastor, and 
others in his church who embrace 
his views. 

But, consistent with our 
motto of the 
Bible, the whole 
Bible, and 
nothing but the 
Bible, may I 
present to you 
what I perceive 
as Jesus' 
position on this 

"explosive" issue. It is not a matter 
of gun control (I own some weapons 
myself, and many of the great Bible 
saints are good hunters). Neither do 
I favor government intervention, or 
control of, private citizenry But, in 
all things, our souls are to be guided 
by God's Book, and our minds 
transformed into that of Christ 
(Romans 12:1-2). If obeyed, this will 
result in our having the proper 
attitude toward Christ, the proper 
attitude toward government, and a 
proper spirit of testimony. 

The proper attitude toward 
Christ automatically eliminates the 
fear of governmental control that 
fosters armed rebellion. Daniel, 

among many others in the Bible, 
reflects this proper attitude for us. In 
Daniel 2:21, our hero explains to 
Nebuchadnezzar, "It is (God) who 
changes the times and the epochs; 
He removes kings and establishes 
kings. . ." God, in His great wisdom 
and almighty power, sets up what 
governmental authorities are 
necessary to fulfill His divine will. 
Romans 13:1-7 explains this further, 
and describes what our reaction 
should be. Even the worst of gov- 
ernments carries the authority of 
Christ, and is to be obeyed as Christ 
(John 19:10-11). The only exception 
allowing disobedience is when 
governmental laws directly contra- 
dict God's laws (Acts 4:18-20). 

ber, too, that 

Daniel came 
to king Neb- 
all of Israel 

God, in His great wisdom and 
almighty power, sets up what 
governmental authorities are 
necessary to fulfill His divine 

was impris- 
oned by the 
king's evil, 
pagan government. It was God's 
will that His chosen people be slaves 
to the wicked ruler as a punishment 
for disobedience. Likewise, could 
any Christian be surprised if gov- 
ernmental tyranny came upon 
America as a divine judgement, after 
witnessing the moral degradation of 
the last thirty-five years? If God 
pronounced such judgement on His 
chosen nation, why would America 
be spared a tyrannical takeover? 
Our freedom, that so many militia 
groups seem so quick to take up 
arms to threaten other Americans, is 
nowhere guaranteed in the Bible. 
Our Preamble to the Constitution is 
not divinely-inspired, and although 

our Founding Fathers may claim 
that we are "endowed by our creator 
with certain inalienable rights," our 
heavenly Father has said no such 
thing. God does not guarantee 
political freedoms when He grants 
salvation. A person may have the 
providential blessing to live in 
America at a time of freedom, but 
such situations are forever changing 
by the Father's decree. We have no 
biblical mandate to shoot our 
neighbor just because he passes a 
law we don't like, makes us register 
our guns, or charges too many taxes. 
Such things are in fact God's method 
of extracting from us what our Lord 
wants us to endure in our personal 

Even in subjugation to 
Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel still had 
the chance to fulfill God's plan in a 
way that was foreordained, and thus 
impossible to be perfected without 
the existence of the Assyrian's 
oppression of Israel. Recognizing 
that Christ is in control, fighting 
governmental authority is in fact 
fighting Christ, and disallowing 
specific performance of His will 
through us. 

A second matter of restraint is 
necessary in exhibiting a proper 
attitude not only towards Christ, but 
also toward government. Govern- 
ment operates in a degree of good 
and bad; it could always be worse, 
and it could always be better. As 
Christians, we should look beyond 
such institutions of relative worth to 
the perfect kingdom that will exist 
someday. No government will be 
perfect until Christ is the absolute 
authority of it. Until that day, the 
onset of the Millennial Kingdom, we 

(Continued on page 6) 





must not become surprised at the 
sinful corruption of its operation. 

The government in charge in 
Jesus' day was as corrupt as any 
before or since, yet our Lord elected 
to reign in His option of destroying it 
and instead preach submission to it. 
"Render unto Caesar the things that 
are Caesar's," echo His famous 
words. "Render" in the original text is 
Apooidomi, meaning "to give back," 
or to give in fulfillment of an obliga- 
tion already incurred. This is a 
theologically neutral idea; honor for 
the person or institution that is donated 
to is not inherent in the action of 
repaying. By paying taxes, for example, 
we are not proclaiming approval of 
what that tax money is used for. We are 
only obeying Jesus' command to give 
up to Caesar what is Caesar's. 

Rendering to Caesar, by the way, 
includes rendering our votes in 
November. Our vote belongs to Him, 
and in rendering it back we not only 
obey Jesus, but at the same time we 
exercise a premillenial opinion 
concerning righteousness. To not 
vote, then to complain about or rebel 
against government, is to disobey 
Christ and to commit hypocrisy. 

Besides having a proper attitude 
towards Christ, and a proper attitude 
towards government, lastly we need 
a proper spirit of testimony. As Jesus 
went towards Jerusalem (Luke 9:51- 
56), He and the Apostles went 
through a village of the Samaritans. 
But the Samaritans did not receive 
Him. James and John (the Jerusalem 
militia) wanted to wipe the Samari- 
tans off the map with fire from 
heaven, but Jesus would not have it. 
The Lord even rebuked the disciples 
saying, "You do not know what kind 
of spirit you are of." According to 
Jesus explosive force is not the proper 
answer to blasphemy. 

In Luke 22:51 Jesus condemns the 
use of military might again. This time 
Peter is the victim of Christ's rebuke, 
even though it is the Lord Himself 
that Peter is trying to protect. 

John's Gospel tells of the Lord 
standing before Pilate (John 18:33- 
36). Jesus here proclaims, "My 
kingdom is not of this world. If my 
kingdom were of this world, then 
my servants would be fighting. . ." 
When Christ's kingdom encom- 
passes this world (after the Tribula- 
tion), then we will be with Him at 

the Battle of Armageddon, and we 
will fight sin with him throughout 
the world afterwards. That will be 
done with glorified bodies and 
perfect wisdom for dispensing 
marshaled justice. Without those 
changes, our mortal bodies and 
limited understanding of truth have 
no power or divine rights of de- 
struction against bad government. 
So, Jesus forbids it. 

There is no doubt that tremen- 
dous destructive power is available 
to whoever wants it. Neither is there 
much doubt in our country that bad 
government and crooked govern- 
ment officials exist. 

But with great certainty we can 
say that Jesus wants no part in any 
military subversion to physically 
combat this government. Even 
should the American government 
fall, we are to hold our efforts for the 
best; the winning of souls to Christ. 

Jesus could destroy this nation 
with a word from His mouth 
(Matthew 26:52-53). But since He is 
holding back his unlimited power, 
what right does any mere man have 
to run ahead of Him with a fixed 
bayonet? • 


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Interview ^\ 

ONE on ONE with 

Jhe People 
We Meet 

Rick Warren 

'Hitting A Home Run " 


What's your passion in life? 

A: My passion in life is seeing 
changed lives. That's the bottom 
line, not buildings, budgets, or 

Q: How many churches have 
started from Saddleback Church and 
how are they growing? 

A: We have a goal of start- 
ing at least one church a year. 
When the church was one year 
old, we started our first church. 
When we were two, we started 
our second. The church is now 
fifteen years old and we have 
started twenty-five churches. 
We've started twelve Hispanic 
churches, two Korean churches, 
one Vietnamese, and all the rest 
were Anglican churches. 

Q: You mentioned Christian 
Missionary Alliance (CMA) coming 
to a seminar, tell me about that. 

A: The original Saddleback 
church member was a CMA 
pastor's son, Don Dale. In fact 
his brother, Darl Dale was the CE 

director of CMA for a few years. 
I met him as a realtor and he had 
just moved to the area. I said, 
"Do you go to church any- 
where?" He said, "No." I said, 
"Oh, you're my first member." 
So, Don helped me out. I've 
spoken up at the Alliance Red- 
woods and a number of other 

Q: CMA came to a seminar and 
sent out your letter, tell me about 

A: Oh, yes, a few years ago 
the CMA took the very first 
letter that I used to start 
Saddleback and used it to start 
103 churches on Easter Sunday. 
The largest of them I think was 
in Oregon and the smallest in 
Wyoming, but they started them 
all over America. 

Q: What bothers you about the 
church today? 

A: Well, I think what both- 
ers me is that we've gotten the 
emphasis on the wrong thing. 
Pastors are discouraged because 

members only tend to look 
inward. There is the constant 
tension between service and 
serve us, and it takes unselfish 
people to grow a church. 

Q: What's a purpose driven 

A: Every church is driven by 
something. Some are driven by 
personality. Some are driven by their 
building. (Some have to spend all 
their time paying off the building.) 
Some are driven by finance or 
tradition, some churches are driven 
by programs or events. A purpose 
driven church is where you take the 
five purposes of the church and 
intentionally balance them in order 
to provide help. I believe the key to 
church growth is church health. 
When it is healthy it grows auto- 
matically and I feel the key to 
church health is to balance those five 
purposes. So we take these five 
purposes of worship, evangelism, 
fellowship, ministry and disciple- 
ship and give equal attention to all 
of them. 

(Continued on page 15) 




National Wmc President's Address 

by Geneva Inman — National WMC President 

Living at the foot of Pikes Peak 
gives us the joy of a majestic 
view and breathtaking sea- 
sonal changes from our front room 
window. Being at this elevation, does 
that give me the advantage of 
meeting Jesus in the air in the rapture 
a moment sooner than those living at 
sea level? According to Ephesians 
2:9-10, 1 guess maybe not. "For by 
GRACE are ye saved through faith. . . 
not of works (or elevation) lest any 
man should boast"! Colorado Springs 
or San Diego, we'll meet in the air 
together. . .saved by GRACE! 

Jerry Bridges, author of the 
book, The Discipline of GRACE, which 
is our WMC devotional study for the 
coming years says, "Regardless of our 
performance we are always depen- 
dent on God's GRACE, which is His 
undeserved favor to those who 
deserve His wrath. We do not earn or 
forfeit God's blessings in our daily 
lives based on our performance." 
Webster defines GRACE as: 
"Divine mercy or forgiveness. State 
of being pleasing to God because 
of responsiveness to GRACE, state 
of the elect." 

We, as GRACE Brethren, sing 
GRACE Greater Than Our Sins and 
Amazing GRACE with real convic- 
tion, because we've experienced it! 

Amazing GRACE! how sweet the sound, 
Tlmt saved a wretch like met 
I once was lost, but now am found, 
Was blind, but now I see. 

GRACE is the gift God extends 
to us and the Holy Spirit becomes 
the teacher as He brings spiritual 
transformation into our lives. So 
often we try to take it into our own 
hands and change ourselves, ending 
up frustrated and defeated, rather 

than resting in Him and allowing 
Him to make us more and more like 

There i -— 

is a respon- 
that is ours! 
Mr. Bridges 
calls it the 
pursuit of 
holiness. It 
and perse- 
verance. It 
our highest 
priority if 
we wish to 
holy, like 
Christ is 
holy. A 
recent ad, 
delivered in 

our mailbox had the heading, NO 
rather spiritual I thought. As I 
pondered on how it applied to our 
theme, I thought we might say, NO 
need the discipline of forming 
Biblical convictions as we begin to 
APPLY God's word to real life 
situations, not merely by storing up 
Bible knowledge. Convictions are 
formed by making one choice at a 
time as we choose how to act in 
every situation we encounter during 
the day. This includes choosing how 
to act when the cake burns in the 
oven, when your toddler spills a 
glass of milk, when your teen comes 
home with a failing grade, and even 
when someone hits your car. 

Geneva Inman — National WMC 

Let's compare the pursuit of 
holiness to quilt-making. I'm sure 
some of you may 
be quilt-makers 
and perhaps we 
all have some 
treasured heir- 
loom quilts either 
on a bed or on 
display. I invite 
you to my home 
so I can share the 
quilts that are my 
priceless treasures. 
There is one quilt 
made for Tom by 
ladies in his home 
church while he 
was preparing for 
ministry, another 
one made by the 
WMC ladies in 
Denver when we 
left the pastorate 
there to begin a 
new Home 
Mission work in 
Colorado Springs, one made bv mv 
students' mothers when I retired 
from teaching, and the quilt top 
made by my mother (now in 
Heaven) tucked away in my cedar 
chest waiting to be quilted. Each 
quilt is valuable and has a design 
sewn into each square to make the 
final pattern. Those individual 
squares, although lovely do not 
make a quilt. They become a quilt 
only when they are stitched to- 
gether. The squares that form our 
lives; discipline, conviction, obedi- 
ence, prayer, commitment, and 
faithfulness come together bv our 
choice, one "stitch" at a time. 

National WMC is looking at 
ways to expand our vision as 
GRACE Brethren women, and to 


W MC <J[ 

develop the ability of adapting our 
methods to world, life and need 
changes. Review the process with 

Betty Ogden led the TASK 
FORCE in research, inspection of 
where WMC was, and a vision of 
where it could and should go. In 
our past, most ladies found their 
fellowship within the church in 
WMC, but this is not necessarily 
true today. In addition to WMC, 
various helpful women's minis- 
tries are meeting needs of women 
locally, each independent of other 
GBC groups. We began to feel the 
need for a link, not for uniting, but 
for a bonding between WMC and 
women's ministries in our 

In the past two years Ruth 
Blake has led the Transition Team. 
The Transition Team has given us 
the vision for the year 2000, the 
foundation for change, and the 
key phrase, "MISSION AND 

The stated goal of the 
Transition Team is, "to provide 
the vehicle to connect the 
diverse groups within the Fel- 
lowship of GRACE Brethren 
Churches that minister to women 
with the missions/ministry 
concepts based on Acts 1:7-8 and 
Matthew 28:16-20 so that women 
in our churches will be equipped 
to accomplish more together 
ERATION than would be pos- 
sible if each group acted inde- 

Now, the question before us 
is, "Are you willing to take the 
next step with us as we look for 
cooperation and commitment? 
Will you make a love decision to be 
involved?" The seminars offered 
at conference shared opportunities 

we have available in the next 
desire is to be united in MIS- 
SIONS/MINISTRY in our Interna- 
tional GBC family and to extend 
GRACE, care and love to each 
woman God sends into our lives 
and our churches. 

Each church is unique with its 
own mixture of personalities, needs 
and opportunities, and therefore 
should respond in its own way, 
always making decisions and 
choices under the leadership and 
authority of the pastor. 

Acts 1:8, mentioned in the 
Transition goal, gives Jesus' 
commission to evangelize the 
world. ". . .ye shall be witnesses 
unto me both in Jerusalem, and in 
all Judea, and in Samaria, and 
unto the uttermost part of the 

In our WMC's and women's 
ministries, as well as our personal 
lives and ministry, are the Jerusa- 
lem, Judea, Samaria and uttermost 
opportunities for missions/ 
ministries. WMC, as an organiza- 
tion, encourages the participation 
in and support of these areas: 

tion. Our interests, abilities and 
spiritual gifts vary and involvement 
requires compassion, love and 
energy. Here are a few suggestions 
on the checklist: 

Jerusalem-has local ministries 
such as SMM, teaching in Sunday 
school, DVBS, etc. 

Judea-has community outreach op- 
portunities like Right-to-Life, 
Child Evangelism, etc. 

Samaria-provides opportunities 
for Home Missions, inter-national 
ministries in our cities, supporting 
a student at Grace Christian Indian 
School at Navajo Ministries, etc. 

"Uttermost"-has our 14 overseas 
Grace Brethren International Mis- 
sion fields. 

Can you volunteer to baby sit for 
a single Mom so she can attend 
the Mother's club? 

Could you give up dinner out, 
cooking instead, to help send 
your pastor's wife to the Pastor's 
Wives retreat next April? 

Could you consider praying five 
minutes daily for your pastor? 

Have you personally joined oth- 
ers as they pray near an abortion 

Are you living near one of our 
new Home Mission points so you 
could hem communion towels, 
help prepare teaching materials, 
or give help to the pastor's wife? 

Did you become involved in the 
shower for ministries in Mexico 
at conference? 

Have you shared in prayer and 
giving to a GO TEAM with Inter- 
national Missions? (Miriam 
Pacheco had the unique privilege 
of joining Barb Wooler in literacy 
work with the pygmies in Africa 
earlier this year.) 

Would you consider becoming 
a partner/mentor to a new 
Christian or a new lady in your 
church to help her develop a 
heart for ministry? 

These are possibilities for group 
involvement, but let's take a quick 
inventory of our personal participa- 

As WMC women and women's 
ministries join hands to promote our 
vision and participation in global 
missions/ministry we are asking 
God to give us greater unity, love 
and compassion for each other and 
for women around the world. • 



District Roundtables 
help keep the big picture 

When working in children's 
ministries, it's easy to lose 
the big picture as we 
focus on the needs of our 
own local ministry. Sometimes 
we settle into one way of doing 
things, and we lose sight of the 
resources available to us in the 
bigger Fellowship to which we 
belong. We need to encourage 
one another and exchange ideas 
so we can be more effective as a 
Grace Brethren Fellowship in 
reaching children for Christ. 
The Children's Cabinet, 
sponsored by CE National, is 
working to encourage this 
interaction and sharing of ideas. 
One way is by encouraging each 
district to have a "District 
Roundtable." Children's workers 
and leaders in the district are 
invited to meet in a central 
location in the district. Partici- 
pants share ideas that are work- 
ing for their ministries and 
suggestions for implementing 
those ideas in local churches. The 
shared input might help a 
smaller church get an idea for 
resources, for example, while a 
larger church is reminded and 
encouraged to maintain the 
personal touch and small-group 
mindset in children's ministries. 
Everyone can benefit from 
coming to the roundtable with 
answers to the question, "What 
can we share with the other 

(Continued on page 11) 

Ministering to Children 
outside the church walls 

Ten Practical Suggestions for Reaching 
Children Throughout the Week 

by Brant Leidy, CE National Children's Cabinet Member 

Do you work with children in 
your church? Maybe you 
serve in Sunday School, 
Junior Church, SMM, One-on-One 
or another children's ministry. 
Whatever your ministry may be, 
you will find it to be more effec- 
tive if you make contact with the 
children outside the structured 
programs of your church. Your 
personal involvement with them 
will have a great impact on 
children's lives. 

Below is a list of 
suggestions for your 
contacting ministry. 
Very little previ 
ous prepara- 
tion is neces- 
sary; the 
main require- 
ment is your 
time. Today, 
more than ever, 
children need adults 
to give them time. 
Whoever made the 
statement, "It's not 
the quantity of time that 
you spend that matters; it's the 
quality," was somewhat mis- 
taken. We must spend both 
quality and quantity time to 
reach children. 

TEN Practical Suggestions: 

1. Attend the children's sporting 
events at school. You will be 
surprised by how much it will 
mean to the children to see that 

you care about them. They will 
be more open to sharing and de 
veloping a friendly relationship 
with you. Just be prepared, because 
the children will soon want you to 
attend all their games. You will 
need to limit vourself ! 

2. Remember those who are not 
involved in sports. Attend their 
school dramas, chorus & band 
concerts, and art shows. This will 

also greatly impact your 
i children. Keep in mind, 

too, that this is 
a great way to 

friends and 
classmates of 
the children 
who attend your 
church. Be warm and 
friendly, staying sensitive to 
opportunities to reach out to 
the unchurched children you 
meet. Remember to stay 
around after the event to greet 
the children involved in the 
program. Thev will reallv 
appreciate vour personal 

3. Commit to being a camp 
counselor or even a helper at 
district camp. As you "let your 
hair down," you will develop 
deeper relationships with the 
children that can have a lasting 
impact on their lives. They will 
see you as a real person whose 
example they can imitate. 




4. Invite the children to join you 
for an activity such as bowling, 
skating, go-carting, going to the 
mall, spending the day at the 
park, swimming, ice-skating or 
sledding. Create social events 
for them outside of the church 

5. Commit 

8. When you see a child from your 
ministry in a grocery store or 
mall, be sure to say, "Hi!", and 
say the child's name. You want 
to make sure you aren't charged 
with being unfriendly. 

9. Send a card to encourage each 
child. Be specific: for example, 

"We missed 

Tliere is nothing like seeing a child's 
piano recital, watching a child score 
five baskets in a basketball game, or 
encouraging a child after he struck out 
tzvice in a baseball game. 

ing time 

with a 





and developing a small group 

Bible study. Pray with the 

children during this time, 

making sure that you take their 

requests. (Children love to share 

prayer requests!) 

6. Invite the children to your home 
for a game time or sharing time. 
If you can't accommodate the 
whole group, divide the group 
into manageable numbers, 
making sure that eventually you 
have every child from your 
church ministry visit your 

7. Be sure to spend time with the 
children before and after your 
regular meeting 

time. Get to 

know your 

students better 

during this 

time; remember [ (O 

that it is critical 

that you spend 

time with the 

children beyond the 

"lesson time." Make sure 

that you attend the children's 

programs at your church as 

well; the children will really 

appreciate the demonstration of 

your special interest in them. 

you in 
SMM the 
past two 
"Thanks for 
saying all 
verses last month," or "I read in 
the newspaper that you were on 
the honor roll this marking 
period." Using the telephone is 
also an excellent way to encour- 
age children or let them know 
you've missed them. 

10. Take the children on a minis- 
try outing, possibly to a 
nursing home in your com- 
munity or to visit some of the 
shut-ins of your church. This 
will get the children involved 
in ministry activities and the 
children will be encouraged 
as they serve God. 


(Maybe you have another great idea 
but you are not doing it. 
Write it down and 
plan to start 
working on it 

you don't have time 
to do all of these ac- 
tivities. That's OK. But 
challenge yourself to incorporate 
one of these "outside-the- 
church" ministries into your 
schedule. (Remember not to 
overdo it; the child and parents 

Q\~ {Continued from page 11) 

churches in our Fellowship in 
order to strengthen children's 
ministries?" Each church can 
gain a new and exciting perspec- 
tive on children's work from 
seeing how it's being done in 
other Grace Brethren churches. 

For example, one GBC 
District Roundtable discussion 
centered on how to maintain 
discipline in children's ministries. 
The ideas were very practical and 
helpful, and each participant went 
home with ideas that could be 
used on Sunday or Wednesday of 
that same week. 

districts have not yet sponsored 
a Roundtable. Are you an 
individual who has a burden for 
working together to build up our 
Fellowship and churches in the 
area of children's ministries? If 
so, would you be willing to 
participate in a children's 
Roundtable? Better yet, maybe 
you would be willing to create 
more interest in Roundtables in 
your region. If so, feel free to 
contact one of the Children's 
Cabinet members to learn more 
about children's ministry 
Roundtables. Let's remember the 
big picture and work together to 
impact the lives of children 
throughout our Fellowship! • 


may have other activities 
planned. Just be sensitive to the 
situation.) There is nothing like 
seeing a child's piano recital, 
watching a child score five 
baskets in a basketball game, or 
encouraging a child after he 
struck out twice in a baseball 
game. Yes, it's hard, because it 
takes time. But, it also has 
lasting results that will make 
your ministry to children 
successful. • 







Six new 


Valley Life Grace Brethren Church, 
Glendale, AZ 
Pastor Ed Waken 

Brethren Bible Church, 
Hemet, CA 

Pastor William Kitchell 

Land O' Lakes Grace Brethren Church, 
Land O' Lakes, FL 
Pastor Mike Govey 

Grace Brethren Church, 
Seattle, WA 
Pastor Steven Gotch 

Friendship Grace Brethren Church, 
Vancouver, WA 
Pastor Duane Jones 

Iglesia Evangelica de los 
Hermanos on Yakima, 
Yakima, WA 
Pastor Abner Solano 

The 1995 
Grace Brethren 
had a special 
Service for 
those seen 
here, led in 
prayer by 
Pastor Teevan 
of Winona 
Lake GBC. 

The Operation 
Barnabas team 
was a part of a 
trip to Tijuana, 
Mexico. They 
were involved 
in handing out 
fliers telling of 
an evangelical 
meeting in a 
local Tijuana 
and gospel 

1995-1996 National WMC Officers 

President Geneva Inman 

First Vice President Darlene Edwards 

Second Vice President, President-elect . Janet Minnix 

Secretary Chris Galegor 

Assistant Secretary Dee Schilperoot 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer Doris Beichler 

Literature Secretary Lilian Teeter 

Editor Mary Thompson 

Prayer Chairman Arlene Smith 

Many commitments were made at National Conference. 



Conference ^t 

Martin Guerena translates for Sammy Tippitt at the 
Evangelistic Outreach in Tijuana, Mexico. 

Elected /Appointed Members 

H. Don Rough, Second Moderator Elect, 

Moderator in 1998 

Wayne Hannah, First-Moderator Elect, 

Moderator in 1997 

Fellowship Council Members-4 year terms 

Howard Mayes-Eastern Region 

Galen W. Wiley-Central Region 

Glen W. Shirk- Western Region 

Dean Fetterhoff-Eastern Region to fill 

unexpired term of Wayne Hannah 
Steve Popenfoose-Treasurer 
Greg Howell-Secretary 
Nominating Committee for 1996 

Forrest Jackson, Chm., Robert Arenobine, 

Gary Austin, Tad Hobert, Richard Placeway, 

Glen Shirk 
Membership Committee 

Charlotte Horney ('98), Nancy Weimer ('98) 
Parliamentary Committee 

Galen Wiley ('98) 
Social Concerns Committee 

Don Shoemaker, Chm., Doug Jensen, 

Dan Grabill, Ron Cohen 
Retirement Planning Committee 

James Johnson, Chm., Bill Burbee, James Custer, 

Dewey Melton, Read DePace 
FGBC Pastoral Connections Coordinator 

Greg Howell 
Committee Chairmen Named 

Membership Committee-Terrance Taylor 

Parliamentary Com. -Norman Mayer 

1995 CE National 
Award Winners 

A.B.F. of the Year-Pastor's Welcome Class, 
New Holland, PA GBC 

Senior Medal of Ministry-Charles Dayton 
Cundiff, Washington Heights GBC, 
Roanoke, VA 

Educator of the Year- Tom & Becky Olesh, 
Litiz, PA GBC 

Good Samaritan Recognition-Women 
Encouraging Women, Long Beach, CA GBC 

CE Idea of the Year- "Tell Me the Secrets", 
Community GBC, Warsaw, IN 

Youth Sponsor of the Year-Londa Fassler, 
Donna Fitch, Pam Ogden, Dale Mastin, 

Leaders of the "God's Mighty Hands" Puppet 
Team, Sebring, FL GBC 

BMH Award for Excellence-Total Mobilization, 
Waldorf GBC of Waldorf, Maryland 

Dr. John MacAurthur asks Ed Lewis, Moderator of 
Conference, if he has read his latest book. 

Cross the Boundary 

Theme from this years Conference 







Hug# Perez 


by Bev Flynn, Sports Spectrum, July 1995 


/ /~\ A "Tell, Hugo Perez, what 
do you think was the 
best thing that ever 
happened to you? Was it being 
named US Soccer Male Athlete of 
the Year in 1991?" 


"Well, how about playing for the 
US Olympic Soccer team in 1984? 

"Not that either, huh? 

"Certainly, it was being a 
midfielder on the US World Cup 
team last summer, an event 
watched by millions of people 
worldwide. You even started 
against the eventual Cup winner 

"Why are you shaking your 
head, Hugo? What could be better 
than that!?" 

Don't misunderstand. Hugo 
Perez is willing to admit that the 
World Cup was the most memorable 
event in his career because, as he 
puts it, "you're playing against the 
best players in the world, against the 
best teams. You're being watched by 
millions of people, so I don't think 
any other sport can top that." 
Soccer's worldwide popularity can't 
be beat by football's Super Bowl or 
auto racing's Indy 500. 

Yet for Perez, soccer's World 
Cup is not the most exciting or 
best thing to be found on planet 
earth. "Before being a Christian," 
Perez allows, "I would have told 
you the [the World Cup] was 
probably the best thing that could 
ever happen to somebody in 
sports. But I cannot share that 
anymore, because the best thing 
ever happening to any human 
being is knowing Christ." 

An impressive statement for a 
man whose family has been 
getting a kick out of life for 
generations. On the soccer field, 
that is. All totaled, the Perez 
family is a little more than one- 
third of the way to having their 
own professional soccer team. In 
addition to Hugo, the Perez family 
players include his grandfather, 
his father, and his cousin. 

Hugo's experience in the "family 
profession" began at age 5, and he 
had a ball in his native El Salvador 

"The best thing ever 
happening to any human 
being is knowing Christ." 

the age 
of 11 

grated north to the US. "My family 
wanted a better life for us," Perez 

Although his location had 
changed, Hugo's athletic pursuit did 
not. He continued to increase his 
skills on the soccer field. Later, 
because the opportunity was not 
available to return and play in El 
Salvador, Perez became a US citizen. 
"Six or seven months [later]," he 
recalls, "the US Youth National 
Team called me." 

Since he's started kicking for the 
US, Perez has played in the 1984 
Olympics, the 1986 and 1990 World 
Cup qualifying games, and the 1990 
and 1994 World Cup team. Even 
with the unexpectedly good show- 
ing of the US team in 1994 (they 
made it to the second round) and 
the assumption that hosting the 
World Cup would spur the growth 

of soccer in the US, Hugo concludes, 
"Well, I don't think it has affected 
anything, because nothing's happen- 
ing after the World Cup. Unfortu- 
nately, there's no professional league 
yet. I don't know if there ever will 

In light of that fact, most US 
players head for other countries. 
Hugo Perez led the way be being 
one of the first to play professionally 
in Europe. And that's where, 
according to Hugo, the level of play 
is at its highest. Perez' soccer resume 
is as varied as Dennis 
Rodman's hair. After 
playing in the US, France, 
Sweden, and Saudi 
Arabia, Perez has returned 
to his native El Salvador 
where he keeps his feet on 
the ball playing for the FAS, the 
Association of Footballers from 
Santa Ana. 

"So, Hugo Perez, you've got a 
great soccer career going here. But 
you say that the best thing that ever 
happened to you is knowing Christ. 
How has that changed your perfor- 
mance on the field?" 

"When I go to the field, I ask 
God to help me play as best as I 
can because I'm playing for Him 
now, not for myself like I used to 
play." Perez continues, "I do play 
for God, and I know it is my job in 
that I have to do the best I can to 
please Him." 

What else would we expect from 
someone who has played in the 
biggest sports tournament ever, yet 
values a spiritual decision as the 
best thing that's ever happened to 
him? • 



Jnterview ^J 

{Continued from page 7) 

Q: What is the church slogan? 

A: The slogan of our church is 
a Great Commitment to the Great 
Commandment and the Great 
Commission Will Grow a Great 
Church. We believe that the five 
purposes of the church can be 
pulled out of these two passages; 
love the Lord your God with all 
your heart is worship. Love your 
neighbor as yourself is ministry. Go 
and make disciples is evangelism. 
Baptize them in the name of the 
Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit is a 
symbol of fellowship. And teach 
them to do all things I have com- 
manded you is discipleship. 

Q: I like your famous "baseball 
diamond" illustration. You have just 
moved to a new community; a new 
situation. How would you imple- 
ment that strategy? 

A: If I were starting over today 
I would find four or five people who 

So, it's your job ^^r - 
to order f\ ~V\ 

Sunday School 

would volunteer to help me. I 
would ask each one to be a different 
base coach. I'd get five laymen. If I 
had a church of 30 people I would 
get one guy and ask, "Would you be 
my first base coach? Your goal is to 
help move people to first base." That 
means come to Christ and then join 
the church. Then I'd get another 
person. I would say, "Would you be 
a second base coach? Your job is to 
move people into maturity and 
grow and develop." The third base 
coach would be to help move people 
into ministry and find their minis- 
try; help them discover their God- 
given shape. Then, home plate 
would be to help us move people 
into mission. People would learn to 
verbalize their faith and go out to 
share it with others. Finally, I would 
get one more coach on the pitcher's 
mound which I would call my 
worship coach. I would say, "Would 
you help us develop worship 
services which would really mag- 
nify the Lord?" I would just start 
with five volunteers and if the 

church grew, 
move into part 
time three 
quarters staff 
and eventually 
hire them. 


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you have to 
have a build- 
ing to grow? 

A: No, 
you don't have 
to have a 
building to 
grow. Some- 
body asked, 
how big can 
you get 
without a 
Someone said, 
it's over 
10,000. We are 

now running over 10,000 on a 
weekend. We have used 53 different 
buildings in the first 13 years of the 
church. When we joke, we say if you 
can figure where we are this week, 
you get to come. And the shoe must 
never tell the foot how big it can get. 
Anytime we outgrow a building we 
move somewhere else. The reason 
we didn't have a building is it is so 
expensive in southern California. 
When we bought land we ended up 
paying $9 million just for the land. 

Q: What is your greatest 

A: I think what every pastors' 
greatest disappointment is — when 
you have often trained someone, 
won them to Christ and then see 
them leave the church for different 
reasons, it's heartbreaking. Many 
times people come to know Christ, 
grow up in the church, and then 
because they start listening to 
something on the radio they want 
to change the direction of the 
church and every bone in your 
body wants to say, "If you'll stay 
here we'll change the direction." 
But you can't do that. You can 
never get out of a harbor if you 
wait for everybody to get on board 
ship and sometimes you must be 
willing to let people leave the 
church in order for it to grow. 

Q: What do you want to be 
remembered for? 

A: I've said, I want four 
words written on my tombstone. 
"At least he tried." We've set some 
great goals and we may never 
reach them, but I'm going to die 
trying. We are just not afraid of 
failure. At Saddleback we've done 
more things that didn't work than 
did. But, by experimenting, we 
every once in a while come up 
with something that works and we 
say, "Oh, that'll go." • 






Grace Brethren News Update 

Touching You from Around the World 

Congratulations to the follow- 
ing men upon their re-election 
to the Herald Board: Ralph 
Colburn, Gerald Kelley, and Jim 
Bustraan. Also, congratulations to 
Gary Austin, newly elected member 
of the Brethren Missionary Herald 

Home Missions announced that 
for the very first time, missionaries 
overseas and within the United 
States, were able to communicate 
immediate prayer requests and 
praises to thousands of Christians 
attending the combined North 
American Christian Convention 
and National Missionary Conven- 
tion that was held in Indianapolis, 
Indiana, July 16-20, 1995. As soon as 
requests and /or praises were 
received, they were transmitted via 
the electronic message board within 
the RCA Dome where thousands 
were able to read them and began 
praying immediately. This service 
was being extended to missionaries 
only in the United States and around 
the world. 

Bill Tweeddale conducted their 
first baptismal service in the Atlantic 
Ocean in their new church in Palm 
Bay, FL . They are seeing visitors 
attending their services on a weekly 
basis. They are now averaging 
nearly 20 people after only two 
months of operation. They are 
currently meeting in homes. 

Pastor Luke Kauffman has 

resigned as Pastor of the Anchorage, 
Alaska GBC effective June 28, 1995. 

The Community GBC of War- 
saw, Indiana voted to form a new 
district in harmony with the FGBC. 
That makes two churches: Winona 

Lake GBC and Warsaw GBC who 
will join together to form a new 
Indiana district. 

Grace College and Theological 
Seminary had a wonderful response 
to their appeal for funds this Spring. 
The total amount raised was close to 

John Mcintosh, under doctor's 
orders, will not be able to moderate 
the 1997 National Conference and 
has had to resign from that position. 

None of our national organiza- 
tions lost any money in the New Era 
Ponzi scheme scandal. 

Jim Brown, urban church 
planting missionary in Philadelphia, 
reported that the Crossroads GBC 
had just completed a successful 
Home Bible Fellowship season — 
praising God! Jim said, "We are 
already gearing- 
up for the Fall. 
Also, we recently 
held a Team 
Ministry Semi- 
nar. Twenty-one 
people attended 
and received 
help in discover- 
ing and employ- 
ing spiritual gifts 
in our local 
church." Jim also 
reported that six 
kids planned to 
attend district 
camp this 

begun regular attendance at the 
mission church in Greencastle, PA. 
He asks that Brethren people would 
please pray for a new meeting 
facility as they have outgrown their 
current location. 

Ed Waken (Phoenix, AZ) 
reported that one of their adult 
cells had just multiplied to form 
another cell with a new cell leader. 
He reported that two more people 
received Christ as Savior in June 
and were baptized. Many older 
Christians are learning the joy of 
sharing Christ for the first time! 
Ed asks that you pray for Tom, 
who is a very deep thinker in 
theology, who is beginning to 
share his faith for the first time in 
years. Pray that God leads him to 
ready-to-pick fruit. 

John Ilko, in Tampa, Fl, said 
that the morale of the church is 

Alan Clingan 

reported that 
seven new 
families had 


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very high this summer as the 
members of the church are 
assuming the role of ministers. 
The result is a growing atten- 
dance and effective outreach to 
the unchurched in their commu- 
nity. John asks prayer for two 
men to be added to their core 

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Crossing the Boundary was 

the theme of this year's confer- 
ence. The conference began with a 
pre-conference on evangelism led 
by Ray Castro and Phil Teran. 

Saturday July 22, activities 
included a joint corporation brunch. 
Then, in the evening, Larnelle 
Harris ministered to the delegates 
with a special concert. He was 
preceded by Tim Zimmerman and 
the King's Brass. 

Sunday morning, July 23, Ed 
Lewis, moderator of this year's 
conference, spoke on Crossing the 
Bounday. He was joined by the 
Operation Barnabas team and the 
music was led by Darrel and Sheri 
Cummings from the Big Valley 
Church in Modesto, California. 
The service concluded with a 
commissioning service of this 
year's missionaries. Among those 
commissioned Sunday were Paul 
and Cyndi Michaels to Russia 
and Mike and Letitia Yoder to 

Sunday afternoon, George 
Barna spoke on the state and trends 
of the American church. He noted, 
that if all the non-Christians in the 
U.S. were grouped together and 
considered a country, it would be 
the fifth largest country in the 
world. The U. S. is a mission field! 

Tuesday, July 25th, Pastor Bob 
Logan challenged our Fellowship to 
multiply through church planting. 

At 2:30 p.m. seven bus loads of 
Conference attenders were sent off 
to Tijuana, Mexico to hand out fliers 
and Gospel tracts furnished by the 
Brethren Missionary Herald. The 
fliers announced an evangelical 
meeting held in a residential neigh- 
borhood in a Tijuana gymnasium. 
Operation Barnabas was there 
ministering with Jack Churchill and 
his wife Rosa. Sammy Tippet spoke 
in English and Martin Guerena 
translated into Spanish. In the end 
eight people made public decisions. 
The bus loads returned back to the 
conference area at 10 p.m. 

National Conference ended 
Thursday evening. The week 
included many challenging speak- 
ers, as well as the Operation 
Barnabas team. Total attendance at 
this year's conference was 800 
including children. 

Ernie Bearinger passed away 
July 27, 1995. His memorial service 
was Monday, July 31. He was the 
former National Youth Director for 
the Brethren Church in the late 50's 
and early 60's, then went to serve as 
a missionary to Brazil. 

Ralph Colburn of Cypress, Cal- 
ifornia was selected Pastor of the Year. 

Jeff Dunkle, Pastor of our 
Melbourne, Florida GBC reports 
that the church property has 
sustained no damage. 85-100 mph 
winds pounded the area for over 6 
hours — part of Hurricane Erin. 

Pastor John Mcintosh, Simi 
Valley, CA, has resigned from the 
board of directors because of health 
reasons. His replacement will be 
announced shortly. An open posi- 
tion on the board will be filled by an 
election which is being conducted 
by mail ballot this month. 



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Profile of Today's Pastor: 


by John C. LaRue, Jr. 



Like everybody, pastors experience 
the ups and downs of life. Wltat are 
the high and low points specific 
to ministry? Wliat factors do pastors feel 
enhance their ministry? Drag it down? 

Ministry Enhancers 

□ Marriage has the greatest posi- 
tive impact on the typical pastor's 
career. Nearly eight out of ten 
pastors say marriage is the top 
ministry enhancer out of 21 various 
circumstances and life events listed 
in the survey. (Only 3% of pastors in 
this study have never married.) 

□ The next four top areas mentioned 
by a majority of respondents relate 
more directly to the trade of ministry: 
preaching (67%), sense of call to 
ministry (60%), sermon preparation 
(60%), and pastoral care (54%). 

□ The next five relate to child 
rearing stages (two-thirds of the 
pastors surveyed have children living 
at home) and are still considered by 
the majority to be enhancements. 

Ministry Stressors 

D The three greatest stress areas 
pastors face in their ministry are: 
church politics, financial shortfall, 
and difficult staff/board relationship. 
Between three and four out of ten 
pastors say these have had a major 
negative effect on their ministry. 

□ Pastoral care (23%) and sermon 
preparation (20%) cause major stress 
for one out of five pastors. However, 
these also received high positive 
marks — high enough, in fact, for 
most pastors to call them enhance- 
ments rather than detriments. 

D Other experiences or phases of 
life a large majority of pastors found 

stressful to their ministry included: 
personal or family illness, doubts or 
crisis of personal faith, aging 
parents, death in the family, prepar- 
ing for retirement. 

High Points in Ministry 

The survey also asked pastors what 
were the high points in their minis- 
try career, and what made them 

□ For the largest group of pastors 
(27%), their first ministry position is 
considered a high point in their 
career. Slightly fewer (24%) think 
their current position is a high point. 

Highest Points in Ministi~y 

First position/church 27% 

Present position/church 24 

Second position /church 20 

Third position/church 13 

Missionary work/trip 12 

Starting a new church 12 

□ What was it that made these high 
points possible? Good relation- 
ships — personal and congregational 
support — contribute greatly to high 
points. But relationships gone 
awry — church politics and difficult 
staff /board relationships — account 
for two of the three greatest stressors 
to ministry. 

Factors Leading to High Points 

Congregational support 27% 

Wonderful relationships/ 

people 27 

Using spiritual gift 25 

Life call realized /sense of 

calling 23 

Church growth 20 

Helping others 14 

Low Points in Ministry 

The survey asked pastors what were 
the low points in their ministry 
career and what contributed to 

□ Again, relationships were 
critical. Internal church problems 
and poor relationships with the 
board contribute the most to the 
lowest points in pastoral ministry. 

□ A problem not mentioned 
earlier as a stressor that surfaces 
here as a low point is having to 
leave one church and move to 
another, which sometimes means 
being out of the ministry between 
the pastorates. 

Lowest Points in Ministry 

Internal church problems 22% 

Poor relationship with board 16 

Between pastorates/moving 16 

Second church 16 

First church 13 

□ Not surprisingly, the follow- 
ing people-related problems 
contributed to ministry low 
points: conflict with the church 
board or elders, personality 
confllict, church split or troubles. 

□ The next two factors that 
contributed to ministry low points 
are: financial difficulty, and stress. 

Factors Leading to Low Points 

Conflicts with board/elders 32% 

Personality conflict in church 27 

Church split/troubled 22 

Financial difficulty 15 

Stress 14 

(Used by permission of Your Church 



Doing the 

" White 


by Judy Daniels 

Back in the early 1980s, when 
Ronald Reagan was just 
finding his way around the 
White House, a great majority of the 
women in America decided that doing 
some form of crafts was necessary to 
their maturing process. Needlepoint, 
mgs, baskets, refurbished Downy 
bottles flourished, as women raced to 
the local Ben Franklin for supplies. 

In an effort to ride the wave of 
craftiness, I tried several of the 
options that were available. Some 
people would say, "How nice!" These 
people didn't know me at all. I was 
the person who couldn't put a set of 
keys on a ring and have them all end 
up looking the same direction. I am 
the person who threads a needle and 
watches as knots form automatically 
in the thread. 

Finally, though, I did find some- 
thing I could do reasonably well. At 
least, when I finished the one tiling I 
really finished, people said, "That's 
nice," instead of "Now what's that 
supposed to be?" I could cross-stitch. 
I could count little holes, put the 
needle through, and get the colors 
right. It was amazing! 

My youngest daughter was nuts 
about pandas at the time. I bought 
everything I needed to make a nice 
little panda picture. We had visions of 
it hanging in her room, and I could hear 
her saying, "My Mommy made that!" 

One night, I especially out-did 
myself. The next morning at break- 
fast, I showed her how much I had 
accomplished the evening before. 
Now we all know that pandas are 
two colors, black and white. This 
particular panda had a little pink 
bow, but basically the colors in the 
design were just black and white. 


'I l 

Lamp Light 

l "Her lamp does not go out at night" 

Lesley took a quick look at my 
hard work, and commented, "Oh, 
you just did the white." She was 
happy to see that more of it was done, 
but to her it looked blah and uninter- 
esting. She wanted colors, and all 
Mom managed to do was the w r hite. 

But without the white, it wouldn't 
have been a panda. It might have 
looked like a black bear, or an over- 
sized puppy. The white had to be 
there, but it was so. . .white. 

Sometimes we feel as if we're just 
doing the "white" parts of life, 
especially in the Christian commu- 
nity. What we can do doesn't seem 
like much, or at least no one notices. 
Some abilities are just naturally 
public. If Sunday morning's soloist 
decided to sing in the boiler room, not 
many people would benefit from her 
gift. But what about her friend in the 
nursery who took care of the soloist's 
baby that morning, so she could sing 
in the service? She probably got no 
compliments for changing diapers 
and rocking babies, and yet she was 
needed. Her faithfulness and patience 
with children was a gift, just as surely 
as her friend's musical ability. It just 
wasn't as noticed. It was more "white." 

God gives a lot of us those 
"white" abilities; ones that are 
essential, but don't make the front 
page. Someone who sends a note, or a 
check just at the right time to a young 
couple who desperately needs help is 
an encouragement. A group of 
retirees who pray faithfully each 
week for the needs of people in their 
church is important. An electrician 





who rewires the church free of charge 
is a great asset. 

The Bible is hill of people God 
wanted us to remember. Some were 
kings, queens and prophets. But a 
great number were ordinary people 
doing the "white parts" of life. A little 
boy gave his lunch to Jesus. Dorcas 
sewed clothes for poor people. And 
what about Mary, the mother of 
Jesus? Was she a gifted teacher, or an 
organizational wizard? Did she run a 
business? Did she lead the choir? Her 
resume apparently wasn't all that 
important to God, or He would have 
left us some more details. 

Instead of listing Mary's activities 
in the gospels, there were words that 
described her heart. She was a 
humble servant. She was a good 
mother to a little boy. She believed 
God, even when what He said 
seemed impossible. 

It's hard for most of us to do the 
"white". We would like to get a little 
credit for our efforts. We would like 
to be the red, or the turquoise, or at 
least a pastel in the mural of life. We 
know the white is important, but it's 
so. . .unnoticed. 

I am convinced that when we get to 
heaven, and the "crowns" are handed 
out, we will be sitting there with our 
mouths wide open. People we've never 
heard of will be up front at the awards 
ceremony with baskets of honors. Not 
because we noticed them here on earth, 
but because God did. Those people 
faithfully did the "white" parts of life, 
but they were absolutely essential in 
God's palette of colors. • 



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Sometimes it was hard to be a 
pastor. You experience such 
a roller-coaster of emotions. 
The husband of a committed 
believer finally comes to Christ 
after decades of prayer, then 
someone else criticizes you for 
getting that new van (little did 
they know that it was a gift from 
your wife's parents), or that you 
had to mortgage their grandkids 
just to pay for the insurance with 
a $10,000 deductible! 

Sometimes it was hard to do 
the funerals of good friends. 
Even more difficult were the 
times when a death occurred and 
the family blamed God. As His 
representative, they attacked 
you. But somehow the Spirit of 
God gave the words to speak and 
by and by the stone-cold hearts of 
those folks were softened and for 

just a short time they contem- 
plated their own appointment 
with their Creator. 

Sometimes it was hard to 
make exciting family plans and 
just as you were heading out the 
door, the phone rang. On the 
other end was a deacon's way- 
ward son who was beginning to 
ask the right questions at age 25. 
He asks if you can come over 
and you look at your wife, hold 
your hand over the receiver and 
explain to your life partner the 
dilemma. She smiles and says, 
"Go! This is why we are here!" 
By the time you get back, it's too 
late for dinner, but you celebrate 
your anniversary none the less 
resting in the assurance that God 
used you to lead a young couple 
to the Saviour. 

Sometimes it was hard to 
lose faith in God's power to 
provide, only to be encouraged 
by a dear layman who used your 
own words to remind you that 
you serve a God of unlimited 
resources. He went on to express 
his heartfelt thanks for being his 
shepherd. He said, "The people I 
work with, they don't love me, 
they're just interested in what 
they can get from me, but you 
are concerned about my soul. No 
one else cares for me like that." 

Sometimes we need to 
pause and take time to give 
thanks to God for the man of 
God who attempts to lay down 
his life for the flock. He watches 
over our souls. Christmas is 
coming. Why not do something, 
individually, to appreciate your 
pastor and his family. Then, as 
1996 begins, make it your minis- 
try to pray for, encourage and 
protect your pastor and his 
family. We need our pastors and 
our pastors need us. • 

Words of a 

The Lord is my Shepherd, I 
shall lack nothing. 

Psalm 23:1 

As a shepherd looks after his 

scattered flock when he is 

with them, so will I look after 

my sheep. 

Ezekiel 34:12 

The man who enters by the 

gate is the shepherd of his 

sheep. The watchman opens 

the gate for him, and the sheep 

listen to his voice. He calls his 

own sheep by name and leads 

them out. 

John 10:2-5 

I am the good shepherd. The 

good shepherd lays down his 

life for the sheep. 

John 10:11 

I am the good shepherd; I know 

my sheep and my sheep know 

me — just as the Father knows 

me and I know the Father . . . 

John 10:14, 15 

. . . our Lord Jesus, that great 
Shepherd of the sheep . . . 

Hebrews 13:20 

For you were like sheep going 

astray, but now you have 

returned to the Shepherd and 

Overseer of your souls. 

I Peter 2:25 

For the Lamb at the center of 

the throne will be their 
shepherd; he will lead them to 

springs of living water. And 

God will wipe away every tear 

from their eyes. 

Revelations 7:17 

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TIME by Debbie Hofecker 


/ / r ~ 1 he closest thing to Hell 
that you can know," that 
is how Dr. Gordon 
Johnston of Lancaster Bible College 
describes the archaeological excava- 
tion at Tel Malhata, Israel. So why 
would a Grace Brethren pastor 
spend a large part of his summer in 
a place like this? 

"Ever since I studied under Dr, 
John Davis at Grace Seminary, I 
have always had a desire to try 
my hand at archaeology," says 
Dr. Terry Hofecker, Senior Pastor 
at Northwest Chapel Grace 
Brethren Church in Dublin, 
Ohio. After postponing his 
sabbatical for several years, the 
Elder Board at Northwest 
threatened to tie him to his seat 
in the airplane. So, on June 4, 
1995, Terry preached a sermon, 
drove to the airport, climbed on 
an airplane and left for the 
Negev desert in Israel. 

After twenty hours on 
airplanes and in airports, Terry 
arrived in Tel Aviv and caught 
the Egged bus south to 
Beersheva. "Even if I had known 
these buses were prime targets 
for terrorists I wouldn't have 
cared," jokes Terry, "it would 
have put me out of my misery." 
Three buses and five hours later 
he found himself at the desk of 
the Nof Arad Hotel in the small 
desert town of Arad, Israel. Terry 
found out the next day what real 
misery was. 

Tel Malhata is a four-acre tel 
about 20 miles east of Beersheva, 
Israel. "Tel" is a Hebrew word 
meaning a "mound of ruins." This 
site represents the biblical city of 
Moladah mentioned in Joshua 15:26 

and Nehemiah 11:26. The excavation 
there is a joint expedition of Tel Aviv 
University and Baylor University. 
Dr. Itzhak Beit Arieh of Tel Aviv 
University directs the dig in con- 
junction with Dr. Bruce Cresson of 
Baylor. Terry joined them and 18 
others for the 1995 digging season. 
The workday at Tel Malhata 
begins at 4:00 a.m. when the team 

Terry Hofecker at the Tel Malhata archeological site 
in Israel. 

gets out of bed in order to beat the 
sunrise and the desert heat. After a 
light breakfast and a half hour bus 
drive, the team arrives at the gate of 
the Israeli military compound in 
which the tel is located. Security pro- 
cedures and scrutiny vary from day 
to day, but if all goes well, the team is 
cleared for another two miles of dirt 
camel track undeserving of the word 

"road." By 5:30 a.m. everyday the 21 
staff and volunteers have hiked up 
from the road over the tel and are 
ready to begin digging. 

"I underestimated how physi- 
cally difficult the environment and 
work would be," reflects Terry. The 
high temperatures at noon ranged 
between a low of 99 degrees Fahren- 
heit and a high of 112 degrees 
Fahrenheit. The soil of the 
Negev Desert is not sand but 
windblown "loess," a fine dust 
which penetrates everything. 

By 1:00 p.m. the crew 
cleans up the excavation for the 
day and returns to their head- 
quarters in Arad for lunch, 
pottery washing and record- 
keeping. The pottery of the 
previous day is washed by the 
team and then "read" by the 
staff archaeologists. Pottery 
reading is done under the trees 
in a classroom-like setting. Each 
tray of pottery from every 
square or locus is "read" or 
identified while the volunteers 
take notes. 

Terry remembers, "I was 
skeptical about the subjectivity 
of the process of reading pottery 
until I saw it firsthand." One of 
the legends of the team is an 
area supervisor who doubted 
the apparent omniscience of the 
staff archaeologists. On a trip to the 
Southwest he secured some Native 
American pottery fragments and 
slipped them into a tray. "I don't 
know vhat dese are, but dey are not 
vrom Israel," said Dr. Beit-Arieh 
after a brief examination and tossed 
them over his shoulder. No more 

(Continued on page 18) 

November/December ms 


ONE on ONE with 

The People 
We Meet 


The American Mission Field 


: George, tell me about 
yourself and your spiritual 

A: I was raised as a Roman 
Catholic and when I was in graduate 
school I had some experiences that 
caused me to question what I had 
known and what I was experiencing. 
At that point, my wife and I went on 
a search for God and ultimately 
found Christ. It's been an unusual 15 
years journey since then and it's been 
very humbling too. He's been able to 
use people like myself who don't 
have all that much background. I 
wasn't raised in a Christian family 
per se, but nevertheless can be used 
by Him for His purpose. 

Q: What part of the country are 
you from? 

A: The northeast. I was born in 
New York City and raised in 
Princeton, New Jersey and made it 
out to California as soon as I could. 

Q: What is your assessment of 
the church today? Will it survive? 

A: Only God knows whether or 
not it will survive. I think we've got 

many good things going for us, but I 
think it's a time of huge challenge 
with the nature of the changes taking 
place and the rapidity of which they 
are taking place. I would at least 
characterize a lack of a strategic focus 
in most local churches. I think we 
have our work cut out for us in the 
things ahead. 

Q: You said something about 
America being a mission field. 
Could you elaborate on that? 

A: From what we can tell, based 
on our research, there are about 185 
million non-Christians in America 
today. If we were to take them and 
make them into a country of their 
own they would represent the largest 
country in the world; and that's all 
just non-Christians. So this is a huge 
mission field. If we could see it for 
that, I think maybe we would have a 
different focus in ministry. 

Q: Why don't our churches 
reach non-Christians? 

A: There are a lot of reasons 
for that too, but I think part of it 
is that we don't focus on evange- 
lism. We learned through re- 

search that most churches do not 
even rank evangelism among 
their top three priorities. We 
found that most churches do not 
train Christians to be sharing 
their faith. Most churches do not 
actually support those Christians 
who do share their faith. So 
there are a lot of challenges to a 
local church as well. 

Q: Why don't Christians share 
their faith? 

A: Part of it has to do with the 
fear of failure. Part of it has to do 
with the fear of being challenged 
and not being able to defend the 
things that they allegedly believe. 
Part of it has to do with the fact that 
they don't have anybody to share 
their faith with. They don't know 
many non-Christians and if they do 
they are more concerned about their 
friendship with those people than 
about the eternal condition of these 
people's souls. 

Q: You made a distinction 
between decisions and conversions. Do 
you want to elaborate on this for me? 

{Continued on page 18) 



The Church that #^jJL> *«, 

GOO. Bllllt by Steven A. Gotch 

I'd like to tell you about a 
miracle. Yes, a real twentieth 
century miracle that happened 
here in Seattle Washington. It wasn't 
the kind of miracle like those that 
Christ performed. Nobody turned 
water into wine or healed a group of 
lepers or raised a man from the 
dead. No, it wasn't that kind of 
miracle, yet a miracle occurred. 

Jesus often said things that 
shocked His followers and that are 
just as hard for us to hear today. 
Christ said that those who followed 
Him would do "greater works than 
these ..." But, have you ever seen 
anyone heal a leper with a single 
word or call a dead man out of a 
tomb or transform water into wine? 
Neither have I. Jesus left us a 
mystery in John 14:12. Yet, what if 
Jesus had a different kind of miracle 
in mind? What if He was thinking of 

something much more demanding 
and more complicated than the 
simple transposing of matter or the 
healing of disease? 

Nearly all pastors dream of 
starting a church from scratch, but 
never do because they recognize 
that building a church from the 
ground up is a titanic undertaking 
requiring thousands of hours in 
planning and preparation. Even 
then, its a risky business because 
most new church starts don't 
survive for long. But, during the 
past eight months I've seen a full 
fledged, Bible-believing, Christ- 
centered, God-praising, hand 
raising, life-changing church sud- 
denly appear in Seattle as if it 
simply dropped out of heaven itself. 

While most church plants have 
thousands of hours of planning 
before ever holding their first 

service, ours had none. Christ 
simply supplied us with spirit-led 
leaders, an organ and an organist, a 
song leader, Sunday school teachers 
and many willing hearts and hands. 
Flowers appear weekly on the altar, 
over 90% of the congregation 
attends Wednesday night Bible 
study and our building fund has 
grown to over $150,000.00. 

In just eight months, the Lord has 
allowed me to be a firsthand witness 
to "greater works than these . . .," for 
I've seen Jesus Christ transform a 
group of bewildered, but faithful 
followers into a ministering body of 
believers, and raise a church out of 
dry ground. Perhaps more churches 
would be built, if more pastors 
comprehended the unfathomable 
richness of Christ in building His 
Church. Truly, Seattle GBC is "The 
Church that God Built." • 

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It's A 

Wonderful LIFE 

Author Phillip Van Doren 
Stern, got the idea one 
winter morning in 1938, 
while he was shaving. The entire 
story came to him, beginning to end, 
right there in front of a bathroom 
mirror. But Phillip would not write 
this story down until a year later, 
and he would not try to sell the 
story until four more years passed. 
And even then nobody would buy 
it. I mean he tried to interest maga- 
zines in publishing it, but was 
turned down by everything from the 
Saturday Evening Post to the local 
Farm Journals. 

Finally, a movie studio bought 
the story which the author had 
entitled, "The Greatest Gift." RKO 
Radio Pictures purchased the prop- 
erty at the suggestion of Cary Grant 
who thought the hero might be a 
suitable role for himself someday. 

Yet, try as they might, RKO 
screen writers simply could not 
adapt the story to a movie-worthy 
script, so more years went by. 

RKO sold "The Greatest Gift" 
to another movie maker who had 
just organized a new company 
called Liberty Films. That Producer/ 
Director's name was Frank Cappra. 
Under his loving guidance, Philip 
Stern's little Christmas story grew 
into one of the most moving, and 
most heart warming tales ever told. 
Each Christmas time, televiewers 
thrill to the retelling of an ail- 
American yarn which Frank Cappra 
retitled "It's A Wonderful Life." 

It has gone on to become a 
classic, consistently listed by critics 
among the 10 greatest movies ever 
made. Yet, it did not become an 
American cultural phenomenon 

until the mid 1970s. There's a reason 
for that, aside from it's intrinsic 
greatness. For you see, when "It's A 
Wonderful Life" first appeared in 
theaters in December 1946, it 
received mixed reviews, barely 
breaking even at the box office and 
receiving not one academy award. It 
was so generally ignored over the 
following three decades, that in 
1974, when it's copyright came up 
for renewal, somebody in the studio 
office forgot or refused to go to the 
trouble. That's how one of ten 
greatest motion pictures of all times 
slipped unobtrusively into the 
public domain, and that meant that 
from then on anybody could play 
that movie without paying a royalty. 

And that's how America's 
undisputed favorite holiday movie 
became just that. Television stations, 
airing it for free, aired it often, 
introducing it to millions who 
otherwise wouldn't have seen it. 

Experts guesstimate that had 
the owners held onto the copyright, 
"It's A Wonderful Life" would be 
earning for them conservatively $26 
million every year which adds up to 
almost $367 million since the movie 
fell into the public domain. 

In addition to the more than 
1200 television stations airing it at 
least twice a year, there are currently 
15 video companies selling the 
classic on cassette. Yet, we all get 
rich each Christmas time in lots of 
ways because somebody, nobody 
knows who, maybe some bumbling 
guardian angel, but somebody failed 
to renew the copyright for "It's A 
Wonderful Life," which would have 
cost his employers a renewal fee of 
$4.00. • 

Time . . . 

Dr. Floyd Faust, a well-known 
pastor in Central Ohio, received 
the following letter shortly after 
Christmas one year. 

Dear Dr. Faust: 

I'm writing to you 
tonight in this plush motel, 
where I am sitting because I 
have plenty of time. I used to 
sit in your church and smirk, 
as I listened to your pleas for 
marital fidelity and for home 
stability and for love. 

I knew I had a much 
better way than that. 

I wanted to see my 
gorgeous girl come to me fresh 
out of the perfume bottles, 
smelling like roses, not out of 
a laundry room smelling like 
diapers. I said to myself, 
"Wlio can experience high 
love thrill with the woman 
you live with?" 

Well I've had it my way 
now for five years and right 
now, tonight, while I'm 
sitting here alone in this 
motel, my former wife and my 
children are in a distant city, 
gathered around a Christmas 
tree singing Christmas carols 
and I am sitting here alone in 
this motel, knowing that 
there is not a single person in 
the whole world who cares 
whether I live or die. 

I really know that I 
would trade every cheap thrill 
and the fast experiences that I 
have had, for just one post 
card from that little group 
around the tree, if it only said, 
"Merry Christmas, Daddy." • 



I M 1 

For God and Country 

Retiring Chaplains Honored at National Conference 

Receiving the well-deserved 
applause of Grace Brethren 
folks from across the na- 
tion, U.S. Army Chaplains John 
Schumacher and John Patrick 
were honored at the FGBC 
National Confer- 
ence in San Diego, 

Colonel John 
Schumacher retired in 
April, following 30 
years of ministry as 
an Army Chaplain. A 
graduate of Grace 
Seminary, John en- 
tered the chaplaincy 
in July of 1965 and 
was soon assigned to 
Viet Nam, where he 
served two combat 
tours, 1965-1966 and 
1969-1970. He served 
as a Division Staff Chaplain for the 
seventh Infantry Division at Fort 
Ord, California; as a member of the 
faculty at the U.S. Army Chaplaincy 
School; as a Command Chaplain for 
the U.S. Army in Alaska; as the Di- 
rector of Ethical Development Pro- 
grams at the U.S. Army War College 
in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and as I 
Corps and Fort Lewis Chaplain in 
the state of Washington. 

Residing in Olympia, Wash- 
ington, John and his wife, 
Martha, have four grown chil- 
dren: Laurie, Julie, John, and 
Eric. As a family, they have 
moved over 20 times during 
John's ministry as a Chaplain. 
He has been awarded two 
Bronze Stars, six Meritorious 
Service Medals, two Army 

John and Martha Schumacher 
receiving honors. 

Commendation Medals, the 
Army Achievement Medal, 20 
Defense Medals, several Viet 
Nam Service awards, including 
the Cross of Gallantry, and upon 
his retirement, the prestigious 
Legion of Merit. 

The "civilian" 
John Schumacher 
now serves as a 
member of the 
board of directors 
of Grace Brethren 
Home Missions and 
as the Chaplains' 
Endorsing Agent 
for the Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren 

Lieutenant Colo- 
nel John Patrick 
retires this fall fol- 
lowing 30 years in the U.S. Army, 
20 of those years as a Grace Breth- 
ren Chaplain. Early on, he demon- 
strated great potential, selected at 
the NCO Academy as the "leader- 
ship" graduate of his class. He was 
commissioned as a Chaplain in 
July, 1975, and has ministered to 
soldiers at Ft. Meade (MD), Darm- 
stadt (Germany), on the faculty at 
Ft. Monmouth 
Chaplain School 
(NJ), Ft. Sill (OK), 
Ft. Gordon, Ft. 
Jackson, Ft. Wain- 
wright (AK) as a 

Larry and 
Sherlene Chamber- 
lain with John and 
Georgia Patrick. 

Division Chaplain, and Ft. 
Huachuca (AZ). 

Consistently "maxing out" 
the physical fitness test, John 
Patrick has been recognized by 
the U.S. Army with Meritorious 
Service Medals, Commendation 
Medals, the Army Achievement 
Medal, the National Defense 
Medal with Service Star, the 
Armed Forces Reserve Medal, 
the Non-Commissioned Officers 
Professional Ribbon, and the 
Overseas Service Ribbon with 
Service Star. 

John and Georgia are the 
very proud parents of four grown 
daughters: Katherine, twins 
Connie and Carolyn, and Rebekah. 
The Patricks look forward to a 
pastoral ministry in the Fellow- 
ship of Grace Brethren Churches. 

Chaplains Schumacher and 
Patrick were each awarded 
bronze eagles at National Con- 
ference, presented by Larry 
Chamberlain in behalf of the 
Eagle Commission, a mini- 
stry for chaplains sponsored 
by Grace Brethren Home 
Missions. • 

November/December ms 

A Hoosier Grandma in the African 

Rain Forest by Miriam Pacheco 

It all started when I was a little girl 
growing up in a parsonage. My fa- 
ther and mother had many friends 
who were missionaries and they were 
often in our home. I remember stories 
and pictures of Central Africa from 
those happy years. 

During my young adult years I 
was always challenged with the need 
for missionaries and drawn to the 
work that God was doing through 
them. Central Africa was the focus of 
that challenge many times and I kept 
my heart open and willing for 
whatever the Lord would lead me to 
do. But He never impressed upon me 
that going to another country was His 
initial call for my life. 

Our God is full of surprises! 
After He had blessed me with a 
husband, children and grandchildren, 
and after giving me fulfilling work 
children and 
students, He 
opened the 
doors. His 
timing is 
always perfect. 
So there 
I was in the 
forest of the 
enjoying the 
little people 
and their 
simple way of 
life. They are 
friendly, fun- 

generous and helpful. They are 
eager to learn. And they need to 
know about God's love for them 

Mama Marie and Miriam getting 
acquainted. Tlieir names both mean Mary 
(hers is French and Miriam's is Hebrew). 

God has used missionary Barbara 

Wooler to establish a testimony 

among them and to 

begin the training of 

Pygmy evangelists who 

can effectively reach 

their own people. Barb 

was willing to take a 

novice camper along for 

several weeks and I was 

blest to be a part of 

God's work there. 

One of the most 

fun parts of each day 

was teaching school. My 

specialty was helping 

beginning students 

(some who had never 

seen a printed page) 

learn to hear, recognize 

and write vowels. There 

were three other levels of classes 

going on at the same 
time in the little 
church building, so it 
was definitely a 
challenge. Learning 
to read is essential 
for their understand- 
ing of the Scriptures, 
so literacy is com- 
bined with an 
emphasis on becom- 
ing fluent in Bible 
knowledge as well. 
Helping them 
learn about good 
hygiene and medical 
care was also a big 
part of our time there. 
As medical mission- 
ary Mike Taylor 
examined them and 
diagnosed their 
illnesses, I dispensed 

the medicine. Miriam Pacheco — 

Forest Pharmacist. Has a nice ring to 

it, huh? 

Miriam Pacheco holding a 
Pygmy baby. 

One of my favorite things to do 
was sit around the fire in the 

evening with the 
women and 
children and share 
ideas with each 
other about life in 
our two different 
worlds. It was a 
wonderful, I-feel- 
experience. I got 
to know them as 
individuals with 
unique personali- 
ties, and after a 
couple of days I 
didn't even think 
of them as being 
shorter than I am. 
They were just 
people like any other people. 

God's forest creation is abso- 
lutely beautiful. Butterflies by the 
thousands in colors extra bright and 
vibrant kept us company all day. The 
variety of plants and trees with their 
distinguishing leaves is amazing. A 
full moon shining in the forest is 
beyond description. And there's 
nothing like an early evening, 
outdoor, cool water shower after a 
hot afternoon. 

What an education to see how 
resourceful the people are in using what 
is in the forest for their essential needs 
like food, housing and hunting equip- 
ment. I've had the prholege of being a 
part of the hunting party to capture the 
day's food supply. If they don't hunt, 
they don't eat. Porcupines, monkeys 
and forest antelopes make quite 
delicious stews. Their "water faucet" is 
a 35 minute walk into the forest and it's 
not a handy gadget like we have. It's a 
pool and a stream with varying 
amounts of water available, depending 
on the season of the year. 




There were some uncomfortable 
things about living in the forest. Hot, 
humid days (around 100 degrees). 
Chilly, damp nights (49 degrees 
wasn't unusual). Lots of flying critters 
(some of them loved to sting). Even 
more chiggers (they loved to burrow 
into our feet). But in the eternal 

perspective of life, what are a few 
stings, lumps and sweatbeads 
compared to precious souls being 
rescued from Satan's grasp? 

Will I spend the rest of my life as a 
missionary in another country? Prob- 
ably not. Will I ever go back to Central 
Africa (or perhaps another mission 

field) for a short-term ministry? If God 
opens the doors again, I'll certainly 
walk through them! His plans are so 
exiting and satisfying. How could I 
follow any other way? 

Who knows? Maybe God is 
opening doors for you — some time, 
somewhere. • 

Missionary to the Philippines by Tori Beaver 

I spent most of my growing-up 
years in Orange County, Califor- 
nia. When I was very young my 
parents became Christians and as a 
result, my father, an oral surgeon, 
soon became interested in medical 
missions. My parents were also in- 
strumental in opening Campus Cru- 
sade for Christ Latin American 
headquarters in Chula Vista, 
Mexico. All of this exposed me to 
missions throughout childhood, es- 
pecially the numerous trips into 
MexiT. Ministry trips during my 
high school years with the Navajos 
in Counselor, New Mexico, were 
also valuable experiences in prepar- 
ing my heart and mind for serving 
on the foreign mission field. 

At the age of eight, my older 
sister gently posed the question, 
"Tori, have you ever asked Jesus into 
your heart?" Everyone else in my 
family had made that decision and I 
realized that this was a decision I, too, 
needed to make. During childhood 
and teen years, parents, teachers, church 
and camps played a significant role in 
shaping my spiritual values. 

I attended Brethren Christian 
High School in Paramount, Califor- 
nia, where I met my husband Dan. 
We were married in 1976. 1 gradu- 
ated from the University of Califor- 
nia with a major in Fine Arts and 
have taught art on the elementary, 
secondary and college levels. 

We have three children: Ashley, 
17; Landon, 13; and Nika, 4. Ashley 
and Landon attend Faith Academy 
in Manila, the largest school in the 
world for missionaries' children. 

We went to the Philippines in 
1989 and Dan and I both teach at 
Faith Academy. It is estimated that 
fifty percent of all missionaries with 
children would have to return to 

77/e Dan Beaver Family . 

their own countries if Faith Acad- 
emy had to close its doors. The 
education of missionaries' children 
is a very significant factor in keeping 
missionaries on the foreign field. 

We live very close to Faith 
Academy, set on a hillside just outside 
Metro Manila. Day or night, we have a 
breathtaking view of the city of Manila. 
Dan coaches, and teaches Bible, 
computers, math and physical educa- 
tion. I teach art and yearbook. 

Although teaching at Faith is 
our biggest ministry, we also work 
with our Grace Brethren Churches 
in Manila. We help train church 
workers and have put together 
Bible studies and outreach pro- 
grams through sports evangelism. 
Basketball is a very effective tool 
in reaching thousands of Filipinos 
for Christ. We rely on your 

In the past few months the 
Beavers have received threats 
against Dan's life and threats of 
abduction of their children. After 
investigation, they feel that these 
threats are more than just a frivolous 
prank, since kidnapping of foreign- 
ers is prevalent these days in the 

After much prayer and consul- 
tation they felt it best for Tori to 
return to the States with the children 
for a short period of time. They 
covet your added prayers during 
this time of separation. 




Each year several missionary 
women are chosen to be honored as 
WMC Missionaries of the year. Tori is 
one of four selected for this year. 

You may obtain either a slide/tape 
or a video to introduce these women 
to your WMC. Order from Grace 
Brethren International Missions, 
Larry Hubart, Distribution Coordina- 
tor, P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 
46590. Please give the desired date, 
indicate your media choice (video or 
slide/tape) and include a love gift to 
cover expenses. • 

November/December ms 



CE National Tells of New Events, 
Plans and Programs for Your Church 

Children's Cabinet 
Plans Children's Events 

Members of the Children's 
Cabinet have completed 
their first Children's Forum 
for district /regional children's workers. 
The meeting was graciously hosted by 
the New Holland, PA, church. In 
addition to motivational challenges and 
"hands-on" children's ministries, the 
group discussed the seven essentials of 
children's ministry, learned policies and 
liabilities related to children's ministries, 
evaluated S.S. curriculum and 
children's church, and had an outreach 
to children in inner-city Lancaster. 
During the Sunday afternoon outreach, 
forum attenders saw ten children/ 
adults make decisions for Christ! 
Coming Seminars: 

• All-Ohio Conference on Chil- 
dren, Ashland, OH, held on October 
21, 1995 (Nancy Neer, Coordinator) 

• Pennsylvania Conference on 
Children in New Holland, PA, held 
on February 24, 1995 (Richard 
Russell, Coordinator) 

For you . . . 

• District "round-table" discussions 
on children's ministries are being 
planned by forum participants. 

• Forum participants are encour- 
aged to "adopt" another church to 
help in children's ministries. 

• SMM/One-on-One club pro- 
grams are growing since they're 
cutting-edge and also teach the 
"whole counsel of God" — not just 

• A plan to develop a children's 
version of Biblical Beliefs . 

Youthnet Commission 
Plans Youth Events 

Youth pastors involved in the 
Youthnet Commission met in 
Columbus, OH to . . . 

• Report on plans and goals for this 
year's Year of Youth Outreach. Please 
pray that God helps us see 1996 youth 
come to Christ in 1996. A new book 
911 — Emergency Response for a Hurt- 
ing World was emphasized as a part 
of the yearlong plan. 

• "See You at the Pole" events were 
held in Grace Brethren churches all 
across America. Millions of youth 
stood outside their schools to pray on 
September 20. 

• Many new opportunities are avail- 
able for teens to commit to sexual pu- 
rity. One such opportunity is the True 
Love Waits campaign called "Thru 
the Roof." Please pray that God uses 
this emphasis to send a clear message 
to nonbelievers also as to how God al- 
lows youth to remain strong in a non- 
Christian world. 

• Emphasis is strong and hard on Atlanta 
'96 (Feb. 9-12). Grace Brethren youth 
workers from across America are invited 
to Atlanta for training, enrichment, cel- 
ebration and information. The Grace 
Brethren will join over 1 0,000 youth work- 
ers from various evangelical groups. 
These groups will meet in Atlanta as mo- 
mentum builds for seeing youth reach 
their friends for Christ. This promises to 
be the largest gathering of youth workers 
in history! Promise Keepers Clergy 
Conference will also be held in Atlanta 
on February 13-15 where 75,000 are ex- 
pected to attend and call for spiritual 

DNYC Program Planning 
Committee Plans Conference 

The PPC has announced that 
the date of BNYC continues to be 
the first week of August (Aug. 3-9, 
1996). The location is Eastern 
Kentucky University Buster Soaries, 
Bob Holmes and other challenging 
speakers have been secured. 

Our 1996 theme will stress the 
need for youth to build personal 
convictions and be willing to stand 
alone for Christ. The theme is "Tried 
and Convicted." This year's BNYC 
will also celebrate the victory of 
those led to Christ during the Year 
of Youth Outreach. 

Church Curriculum 
Concerns Expressed in 
Various CE Ministries 

We praise God for the many 
evangelical publishers of S.S. and 
church materials, but as publishers 
market materials to various groups of 
believers, Grace Brethren need to be 

very careful that we teach "the whole 
counsel of God." Publishers often go 
light on such topics as eternal secu- 
rity, prophetic events, creation, and 
anything controversial (roles of 
women, spiritual gifts, speaking in 
tongues, baptism, communion). We 
must supplement curriculum! One 
supplemental resource offered by CE 

National is "Vital Issues." It's an 
adult curriculum that includes a \ideo 
addressing the topic of the Holy Spirit 
(gifts, tongues, filling). Another supple- 
mental resource to consider is Biblical 
Beliefs — discipleship material for adults 
or youth. We challenge churches to 
check not just what is taught, but what 
is never taught. • 



Glory be to God, who by His 
mighty power at work 
within us is able to do far 
more than we would ever dare to 
ask or even dream of (Ephesians 

I had just completed a series 
of marathon meetings with Barb 
Wooler (missionary) when the 
letter came. 

She and I have been dream- 
ing about ways to network Grace 
Brethren women around the 
world. Our dreams had even 
taken on some structure; we 
would call ourselves Women of 
Grace. Barb will be visiting our 
sister churches in Cambodia, the 
Philippines, France and the C. A. R., 

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challenging the women in those 
countries to join the women in 
the U.S. in a great network of 

What prayer goals will unite 
us? The Focus 2000 Worldwide 
Goals recently adopted by our 
fellowship of churches. 

I called Barb to see if we 
could meet once more before she 
left Winona Lake. "Barb," I said, 
"I have another prayer need that 
should unite Christian women 
around the world." Then, I told 
her about the contents of James 
Dobson's August, 1995 letter in 
which he outlined the plans for 
the United Nation's Fourth 
World Conference on Women in 
Beijing, China. 
The details are 
horrifying; the 
are frightening! 

A confer- 
ence on 

women, held in 
China, was an 
irony. No other 
country has 
abused and 
more women, 
forced more 
the organs of 
young executed 
prisoners to 
sell on the 
Western black 

market and is 


now offering human fetuses on 
restaurant menus as a delicacy 
and health tonic. 

The agenda is anti-family, 
anti-gender, anti-marriage, anti- 
men, anti-religion, proposing a 
new human sexuality and elimi- 
nating of such terms as husband, 
wife, son, daughter, sister, 
brother, male and female. 

The objective promotes a 
safe-sex ideology, condom usage 
and "reproductive rights" in 
every nation of the world; 
establishing five genders from 
which each human will select 
(male, female, homosexual, 
lesbian, or transgendered); 
procreation by artificial insemi- 
nation only! 

The leaders are Bella 
Abzug, Gloria Steinem, Jane 
Fonda, Betty Friedan and the 
president's wife, Hillary Clinton. 

It's too late to pray that the 
August 30 conference won't 
happen, but Women of Grace can 
pray that there will never be 
another such conference! At least 
not one with such an atheistic 
and anti-family agenda. We can 
praise the Lord that there were 
pro-life and pro-family advo- 
cates at the conference, seeking 
to influence the delegates. We 
can pray that world leaders and 
those who will be planning other 
conferences on women will have 
changed hearts and minds. 

Women of Grace, around 
the world, united in prayer, 
making a difference. Will you 
join us? • 

November/December 1995 

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Darin Jordan Never Quit 
Hoping-or working out. 
And it paid off! 

Sports Spectrum by Rob Bentz 

day NFL junkies live for. The 
day players and coaches have 
spent the past 6 months preparing 
for. The rest of the world could cease 
to exist on the last Sunday in 
January, and seemingly half of 
western civilization wouldn't care 
because "The Game is on!" 

Super Bowl Sunday is the 
culmination of hours upon hours of 
bruises, scrapes, sprains, twists, 
blocks, tackles, fumbles, touch- 
downs, and a myriad of other 
gridiron things. It's simply what the 
whole season comes down to. 

But Super Bowl Sunday is also 
a beginning — if you're Darin Jordan. 

For the Northeastern Univer- 
sity graduate, Super Bowl XXIX last 
January was the beginning of his 
fifth (sort of) season in the NFL. 

Yes, the beginning. The game that 
traditionally marks the last hurrah. The 
NFL's final game of the year. And Darin 
Jordan was on the field for the first time 
in more than a year, proudly wearing 
the fire-engine red and shiny gold of the 
San Francisco 49ers. 

"How unbelievable," says 
Darin. "They [Niners management] 

called me and asked me if I wanted 
to play in the Super Bowl!" 

Don't be mistaken. The 49ers 
hadn't dialed the wrong number. 
Darin Jordan wasn't just some 
ordinary football fanatic who was 
sitting in his La-Z-Boy munching 
Doritos when the Niners happened 
to call and ask if he wanted to play 
in the biggest game of the year. 

The Niners knew Jordan and 
he knew the Niners. 

Jordan had been on and off their 
roster since April 1, 1991. He had seen 
action in the 1992 NFC Championship 
game, and he nearly played a full 
season by the Bay in 1993 before being 
sidelined with a torn anterior cruciate 
ligament in the 49ers' final regular 
season game against the Eagles. 

To repair his knee, Jordan had 
reconstructive surgery in February 1994. 
The doctors' prognosis: The former 
fifth-round draft choice would be out 
anywhere from 9 months to a year. 

Prophetic words — although 
not because of injury. 

Jordan's rehabilitation went 
quickly. So fast, in fact, that he 
returned to the Niners' training 
camp in August. But shortly follow- 

ing his arrival in camp came his 
departure. The 49ers released him. 

Darin Jordan was suddenly a 
linebacker and special teams special- 
ist without a line to back or a team 
to be special for. 

The '94 season got underway, 
and Darin was on the outside looking 
in. He continued to rehab the injured 
knee. He continued to lift weights. He 
continued to stay in shape. 

But the phone rang. 

"I sat out the whole year. The 
postseason comes into play, and I'm 
thinking, 'That's it, postseason is 
here. I'm not going to play,'" ex- 
plains Jordan. "Maybe next year." 

But the Niners' brass had other 

"They called me before the Dallas 
[NFC Championship] game and asked 
if I was iii shape," Jordan recalls. 

"Of course I'm in shape," he 
told them. 

"Would you want to play for 
us?" they asked. 

"I thought, 'What? Are you 
crazy?' I almost dropped the phone. 
I was in shock! 

"So I worked out for them, and 
everything went fine. I thought I was 





going to play in the Dallas game, but 
they didn't sign me. I was on this 
unbelievable high thinking that I'm 
gonna play, and they didn't sign me," 
Jordan says remembering his disap- 
pointment. "I went to the champion- 
ship game, and I got a pass to be on 
the sideline. I was feeling the emotion 
the team was feeling, but I wasn't with 
the team. It was just eating me up!" 

But Jordan didn't have to wait 
long for the pain to go away. Just 
two days after the 49ers beat up on 
the Cowboys in the NFC Champion- 
ship, they called Darin again. 

"They called me back and 
asked if I wanted to play in the 
Super Bowl!" Jordan recalls in 
amazement. "I couldn't believe it! 

"They signed me on Tuesday, 
and I started practicing on Wednes- 
day We didn't put pads on but one 
day, and that was very light," ex- 
plains Jordan. "I had not hit anybody 
yet. The first day I had any kind of 
contact was Super Bowl Sunday!" 

Darin's preseason was the 

Darin's exhibition game was 
The Game. 

The doctors' prognosis for Darin 
to resume his NFL career between nine 
months and a year after reconstructive 
surgery turned out to be accurate, but 
not because Darin wasn't ready before 
that. He simply had to wait for the 
Niners to be ready for him. 

"It was just a true blessing," 
Jordan states emphatically about his 
one-game season. 

The Niners' Super Bowl 
addition was ecstatic to be on the 
field at Joe Robbie Stadium for more 
reasons than one. 

The 49ers had been beaten by the 
Dallas Cowboys each of the last two 
seasons for the right to go to the Super 
Bowl, so it was good to get past that 
obstacle. Plus, San Francisco had not ap- 
peared on Super Sunday in five years. 

And, of course, Jordan was 
back playing the game he loves. 

But Darin Jordan had other more 
important interests to take care of. 

"Nothing came out of my 
mouth that wasn't praising the 
Lord," says Jordan of the Super 
Bowl experience. "I just praised Him 
like you wouldn't believe!" 

Praise for an opportunity. 
Praise for an answer to prayer. 

"My wife prayed every day that 
I would play football that season. 
Every day. She was praying up until 
the day they called me," says Darin. 

And she wasn't the only one. 
Niners' chapel leader Pat Richie said 
many of Darin's teammates also 
wanted the infectious Jordan on the 
team and prayed for him regularly. 

"We were all praying for him," 
says Richie. 

Although Jordan would have 
preferred to be flying downfield as part 


1 learned that I need to 

accept what God gives me 
and to just have faith that 
He's always doing good/' 

of the 49ers special teams throughout 
the 1994 season, he now realizes that his 
season away from the NFL provided 
some great opportunities. 

It gave Darin the chance to 
deepen his relationship with his wife, 
Andrea. It gave him an opportunity 
to nurture relationships with his 
neighborhood and start a weekly 
Bible study. But the biggest asset of 
watching the 1994 NFL season 
instead of being a part of it was that 
Darin could be with his wife during 
the entire pregnancy of their first child. 

"I went throughout the whole 
pregnancy with Andrea — stage one, 
stage two, and the end. It was great. I 
was home all of the time, helping her do 
things," describes the happy father of 
baby Janelle. "So the Lord wanted us to 
have a stronger relationship. 

"I learned that I need to accept 
what God gives me and to just have 
faith that He's always doing good." 

God doing good is something that 
Darin Jordan could have questioned not 

only during the 1994 season, but also 
throughout his NFL journey. The 121st 
pick of the 1988 NFL draft has seen his 
name in the transaction section of the 
sports page almost as many times as 
he's seen it in the lineup. The 6' 2", 245 
pound linebacker with on again-off 
again NFL career has been released five 
times and either signed or re-signed 
seven times. 

He had a solid rookie season 
with Pittsburgh in 1988, including 
four fumble recoveries and a 28 yard 
interception return for a touchdown. 
But he was released the following 
preseason. The Los Angeles Raiders 
picked him up two weeks later, only 
to release him two days after that. 

He sat out the entire 1989 season. 
The Raiders called again in February of 
1990, signed Darin, and then 
released him again a few 
weeks into training camp. 

Jordan sat out the 1990 
regular season, but in a 
move that would be a hint of 
things to come, got a call 
from the Raiders just prior to 
the playoffs. He gladly accepted and 
played in LA's 20-10 victory over 
Cincinnati and their 50-3 loss to 

Once the raiders were knocked 
out of the playoffs, Jordan was a free 
agent. A sought-after free agent. 

"I hadn't really played football 
in two years and I've got four teams 
in a bidding war for me," Jordan 
reflects with a quick laugh. 

He signed with the 49ers. He's 
been in the City by the Bay ever since — 
on and off the roster, and in and out of 
the lineup for most of the past four 

As the 1995 NFL season starts, 
he's again in a battle for a roster spot. 
Whether the statuesque Jordan plays 
in the familiar red and gold of the 
49ers remains to be seen. But if he 
doesn't, don't fret. He has faith that 
God is in control of his life and career. 

And remember, come Super 
Bowl time, Darin Jordan is just a 
phone call away. • 


November/December ms 




Grace Brethren News Update 

Touching You from Aground the World 

Three new church planters 
attended Orientation sessions 
at the Home Missions offices 
in Winona Lake on Monday and 
Tuesday, August 7 and 8. Bob 
Nicholson is already pastoring a new 
church in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, which 
has been launched by the mother 
church in Lexington (Pastor Dave 
Atkins). Lynn Yates and his family 
have recently moved to Jacksonville, 
Florida, horn the Calvert County, 
Maryland, GBC, to start a new work. 
Dan O'Deens, recently on staff at the 
Osceola, Indiana, GBC, will be 
moving with his family to Exton, 
Pennsylvania, to start a new church in 
that Philadelphia suburb. 

Dr. Robert Lazer, an optometrist 
in Bedford, Pennsylvania, was 
recently elected to a three year term 
on the Board of Directors of Grace 
Brethren Home Missions. He is a 
member of the Community Grace 
Brethren Church in Everett, PA, and 
the founder and director of Grace 
Brethren Medical Missions which he 
organized to assist in meeting the eye 
care needs of certain mission projects. 

Pastor Jim Custer of Columbus, 
Ohio, was elected at the recent 
directors meeting to serve as presi- 
dent of the Grace Brethren Home 
Missions corporations for the 1995-96 
corporate year. Assisting him are 
Pastor Bob Fetterhoff, Wooster, Ohio, 
vice president, and Jerry Michael, 
Martinsburg, WV, treasurer. Larry 
Chamberlain, executive director, also 
serves as secretary of the corporation. 

Mike Lee (Cary, NC) reports that 
another family is moving from 
California to join their growing work 
in North Carolina. In addition, a 
family from one of our churches in 

Maryland, after visiting the Cary 
work, is moving to Cary to open a 
Christian Book Store and will be 
actively involved in the church. 
Thirdly, a Bible study is being started 
in the neighboring community of 
Fuquay-Varina. There are four to five 
families who live in that area (approx. 
12 miles from Cary). The Bible study 
is being led by Jim Morton. The 
possibility of a brand new daughter 
church is exciting! The Cary, NC 
work is only 18 months old and has 
over 125 people attending the church. 
Praise the Lord! 

Three new home missionaries 

were in Winona Lake the week of 
August 7 for orientation. Bob 
Nicholson (Mt. Vernon, OH), Dan 
O'Deens (Exton, PA), and Lynn Yates 
(Jacksonville, FL) enjoyed the time 
meeting with all department heads at 
Home Missions, Foreign Missions, CE 
National and Grace Schools. Lynn 
Yates arrived in Jacksonville two 
weeks ago and will be using a cell- 
church model of church planting. 
Dan O'Deens is anticipating going to 
Exton (Philadelphia area) in Septem- 
ber. Dan asks that our Fellowship 
pray for the sale of his house in 
Osceola, Indiana. Bob Nicholson has 
already been working in Mt. Vernon 
for four months. The Mt. Vernon 
work is a daughter of the Lexington, 
OH GBC and is already seeing over 
75 people attending their Sunday 
night service, which meets in the area 
high school auditorium. They are 
using a seeker-targeted model of 
church planting. 

Ron Thompson will continue to 
minister on his own for the next few 
months. It will hinge on financial 
support from churches and individu- 
als, and invitations from churches to 

minister in the future. He still has 
some openings this Fall and for 1996 
as well. Please contact him if you are 

Pastor Dan Eshleman reports 
that Warren Tamkin, former pastor 
of Hope Grace Brethren Church, 
Dillsburg, PA and now retired, 
underwent prostate surgery at Holy 
Spirit Hospital, Thursday, August 
17, 8:30 a.m. in Camp Hill, PA. A 
four week recovery was anticipated. 


Hundreds of teens made 
decisions for sexual abstinence before 
marriage through the "True Love 
Waits — Thru the Roof" emphasis. 

Over 700 decisions were made 
during and after main sessions in a 
call for teens to recommit their lives 
to the work of Jesus Christ. 

Over 150 first time decisions 
were made in the Flagstaff, Arizona 
community as a direct result of 
outreach by teens. 

During an outreach concert, with 
an emphasis on reaching the Native 
Americans in the Hagstaff area, BNYC 
had an outside attendance of over 500 
with 20 first time decisions! 

For the first time, BNYC had a 
Bible Quiz Team made up of those 
from the Navajo tribe. 

The Northwest District won 
the national Bible Quiz, with the 
North East Ohio District finishing in 
second place. What a great year for 

Over 1100 teens participated 
in an outreach BLITZ of the Flagstaff 

BNYC had an attendance of 
1,694 on-campus teens and adults. 

Both the Concert of Prayer 
and Concert of Praise worked to 






unify the conference in praise and 
worship to God. 

Many national programs were 
emphasized at BNYC '95 including: 
See You at the Pole, Thru the Roof, 
and the Right from Wrong cam- 

Year of Youth Outreach was 
kicked off for all Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches. 

Over 150 teens made first time 
Christian Career Commitments. 

Hundreds of youth sent 
stamped postcards from BNYC to 
their non-Christian friends to set 
appointments for sharing their faith. 


Two teams of 33 senior 
highers with 7 leaders on each team 
ministered in Southern California, 
Oregon, and Washington in over 20 
churches as well as camps, parks, 
and inner-cities. 

Six shelters were built for 
homeless in Tijuana, Mexico. 

Over 300 decisions for Christ 
were made in California and 

Lives of team members 
changed for a deeper love of God 
and of the lost. 

OB ministered in outreach 
programming with FGBC adults at 
Adult Conference. 

OB assisted in promoting 
the Tijuana outreach at Adult 

Teams were represented from 
Grace Brethren Churches across the 
continental U.S. as well as Alaska 
and Hawaii. 

Offerings were received 
toward the purchase of new OB 
buses with a goal of $35,000 being 
received in 1996. 

OB's ministry continued at 
BNYC held at Northern Arizona 

During orientation training in 
Whittier, CA, teams led many to the 
Lord during outreach in the projects 
of south central Los Angeles. 

Teams ministered for four 
weeks each on the Mexico border 
and at the Grace Brethren Navajo 

Believing that nationals were 
trained on the Mexico border in 
areas of children's ministries and 

Border missionaries were 
challenged to increase vision for 
local church ministries 

Navajo ministries included 
VBS, outreach to native Americans, 
and assistance to the Grace Brethren 
Navajo Ministries. 

By now you have heard that 
the current director of Grace Village, 
Carl Herr, has resigned. His resigna- 
tion is not due to any moral failure 
or financial crisis at Grace Village. 

Ralph Colburn retired from 
his position as treasurer for the 
National Ministerium. He continues 
to serve on the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Board and will lead the 
Herald tour to Hawaii on February 
22, 1996. If you'd like to go on that 
trip, call Jeff Carroll at the Herald 
and sign up. 

Pastor Terry Hofecker reports 
from Dublin, Ohio that four congre- 
gations: Hartford, CT, New Albany 
(OH), London (OH), and Dublin will 
be mailing 100,000 mailers to over a 
quarter of a million people inviting 
them to special message series at their 
respective churches. Terry is asking 
for prayer for this great outreach 

Ed Lewis, Sr., father of Ed 
Lewis at CE National, had undergone 
heart surgery in Orlando, Florida on 
Friday, September 8. Please continue 
to pray for Reverend Lewis. 

Lynchburg, VA, August, 31 a 

U.S. District court judge decided to 
wait until the next morning to rule on 

a temporary restraining order for 
Liberty University. The Rutherford 
Institute, on behalf of the University, 
filed suit against the NCAA, in the 
morning, arguing that the NCAA's 
new regulations prohibiting on-field 
prayer violated the right to the 
freedom Of religious expression. The 
suit asked for a temporary restraining 
order to allow the players to continue 
their on-field religious expression 
while the case was being decided. 

Mickey Mantle accepted Jesus 
Christ shortly before he died, for- 
mer New York Yankees teammate 
Bobby Richardson said. The hospi- 
talized Mantle told Richardson, a lay 
preacher, about his decision a few 
days before his death at age 63 last 
month, news reports said. 
Richardson, who conducted the 
funeral service in Dallas, told 
mourners his longtime friend had 
found spiritual peace and was now 
in "God's Hall of Fame." 

From Lillian Teetor, GBFM, 
Mrs. Loree Sickel, retired missionary 
to Argentina, died Thursday evening, 
September 7, 1995. Her memorial 
service was held on Sunday, Septem- 
ber 10 on the anniversary of her 98th 
birthday in the Long Beach, CA Grace 
Brethren Church. 

Pastor Paul Mohler will be 
resigning from a small Grace 
Brethren Church in Accident, 
Maryland as of November 16 
(tentatively). They are looking 
to fill that position with a new 
pastor. If interested, please 
send a resume to: 

Grace Brethren Church 
Accident, Maryland 
21520 (301) 746-5582 

David Seifert, pastor of Big 
Valley Grace Community Church is 
president of the Modesto, California 
Ministerium. For ten years he has 
prayed and planned with the pastors 
and God has seen fit to send a revival. 



November/December ms 



(Interview continued from page 6) 

A: In studying evangelism 
in American churches, we've 
found that most churches are 
vying for decisions for Christ 
which would be somebody 
saying, "Yeah, I think Jesus is 
pretty neat, I'd like to follow 
Him." They may say a prayer or 
whatever the church asks him to 
do. That, to me, is very different 
from a conversion to Christ, 
which is when a person literally 
turns his life over to Jesus Christ 
and becomes a devoted follower 
of Him as their Lord and 

What we are finding is that 
because most churches are so 
conditioned and so focused upon 
having decisions many people 
who are interested in Jesus 
ultimately get lost. This is 
because we never make that 
transition from saying yes. I 
want to make a decision to 
actually helping them to become 
converted. Granted, part of that 
is the Holy Spirit's role and part 

of that is our role, too, to be 
discipling them as people, to be 
supporting them, to be praying 
for them, to be doing a lot of 
things that will bring them into 
the kingdom. 

Q: What should a pastor or 
church leader do who wants to 
get his church on the right 

A: I think a lot of it has to 
do with helping people under- 
stand their responsibilities as a 
minister. It's not just the people 
who we pay, who are on church 
staff, that are called to evange- 
lize and disciple. It is everyone 
who is a believer that is called to 
do that; and so first of all getting 
people to accept that responsibil- 
ity. Secondly, it is getting them 
to understand what it is they 
believe and how can they com- 
municate that with those who 
believe differently. And then 
thirdly, to develop a system 
within the church that will help 
to support all of those activities 

which promote evangelistic 

Q: Is there a favorite church 
pastor or model in the United 
States that you have? 

A: It's not that I can't think 
of one. We don't list them be- 
cause what we found is that 
people engage in ministry by 
mimicry which never works. 

Q: Is the church ready for 

A: No, I think the church is 
ready for and may even be going 
through renewal at this stage where 
believers will be prepared for what 
could become a time of revival. It's a 
tremendous opportunity for revival. 
But, until the church is ready for it, I 
don't think God would necessarily 
unleash the power of the Holy Spirit 
for that period of a total great 
awakening. The church needs to 
be awakened before we are ready 
to deal with the culture being 
awakened. • 

(Sifting . . . continued from page 5) 

doubt! The age and styles of pottery 
are more detailed and more certain 
for Israel than almost any place on 
earth. At 7:45 p.m. after dinner the 
crew is "free" for the day. 

Was it worth it? When asked, 
Terry responds with a resounding, 
"Yes!" "Archaeology illustrates the 
Bible; it fills in details of life, custom 
and culture we could never get from 
reading the text alone," he explains. 
When pressed for an example he 
hands you a round baseball-sized 
stone. "This is a sling stone," he 
says. "Until I saw one of these, I had 
no idea why David only picked up 
five stones for his duel with Goliath; 
I pictured small pebbles and not fist- 
sized ballista. Five of them would 
make a full sack for anyone." 

Terry's special finds this year 
included an iron arrowhead from 
Nebuchadnezzar's siege of the city 
in 606 BC and a Roman coin still in 
place on the floor of a small 
Roman building he unearthed. 
Like the widow of Luke 15, he was 
sweeping the floor in preparation 
for photographs when the coin 

"The whole experience made 
me very grateful for my education 
at Grace Seminary," says Terry. 
"Most of our participants were not 
from evangelical schools or 
backgrounds but I was quickly 
accepted as a peer in scholarship 
and preparation." He credits the 
solid Old Testament curriculum at 
Grace Seminary, which he calls 

"one of the most important assets 
of our Fellowship." 

Terry has been invited and 
plans to return to Tel Malhata next 
year. "Unlike a tour, I made friends 
with people in Israel; Jews and 
Arabs alike. I have done some 
touring, but this was different. I 
visited one of the Messianic 
churches springing up in Israel and 
got a vision for how our Fellowship 
could evangelize and plant churches 
in Israel." Terry hopes other Grace 
Brethren churches and Elder Boards 
will have the vision to invest in their 
pastors and staff and provide them 
with opportunities for continuing 
education and growth; even if they 
have to tie them up to get them on 
the plane! • 




She Meant 

by Jenifer Wilcoxson 

We sat in the church pews, 
shifting uncomfortably. We 
hoped the service would 
begin quickly so that it might end 
quickly and we could leave. Low 
voices whispered to each other and 
bent heads studied the small pro- 
grams handed out by young men in 
dark suits. It was a funeral. 

You might be tempted to say 
"Oh we call them memorial services 
these days." But this was a funeral. 
The woman was dead and for most of 
the people sitting there, the memories 
they had were best buried with her. 
The minister walked sedately 
to the pulpit and began to speak. 
His words seemed to hide behind 
each other as he haltingly read the 
scripture he had selected. Looking 
up from his Bible, the stress on his 
face intensified as he peered off into 

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some unseen horizon searching for 
words. These pews were filled with 
her family. He had to say something. 

After acknowledging her 
generations of children and grand- 
children and great grandchildren, 
and several accounts of her hard 
work through the years, he ended 
abruptly with this: "Even if she 
didn't always manage to show it, 
I'm sure you all know that she loved 
God and loved you." 

An entire life of more than 
eight decades came to that one sad 

We each had our own private 
pieces to supply to that puzzle. We 
each had tasted 
her bitterness and 
heard her dark 
words. "God 
bless you honey," 
she would 
commonly tag on 
the end of a 
saturated with 

She had a 
worn Bible which 
she read every- 
day — I can still 
see it laying open 
on her dining 
room table. She 
attended a Bible 
church. She was 
surrounded with 
Christian friends 
and family. How 

is it that after her whole life was 
spent, and death came, that her 
legacy was stinging words and 
misunderstood actions? 

Life is tough. It is messy and 
painful and frightening. I am sure 
that I do not begin to understand the 
hurts she carried or the limitations 
she endured. But, somewhere in 
between the cradle and the casket 
God calls us to stop making excuses, 
to take hold of His hand and to walk 
beside Him. He calls us to look right 
into His eyes and to change. 

Having opportunity to know 
her and watch her life for many 
years should have shown a journey. 
Not necessarily the straight line to 
perfection, but as the days wound 
through roses and thorns, rivers and 
deserts we should have been able to 
see change and growth. Unfortu- 
nately, we never could. 

Would it have broken her heart to 
hear the minister sum her life up with 
those words? Would she wish for the 
chance to do better — to grow in God's 
love and to clearly share that with those 
whose steps came to her door? 

More importantly, am I doing 
the same thing? Will someone be 
forced to mumble, "I'm sure she 
meant well" at my funeral? 

I must look forward to the day 
when my life ends, when words will be 
used to describe me by those who knew 
me all too well. It must not be like that. I 
must strive for more — not for my own 
popularity, but to demonstrate one 
thing clearly — God can change a life. • 


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Table of Contents 


Churches, Directory of Brethren 21 

Districts. Directory of 75 

Ministers, Roster of 40 

Minutes of 1992 National Fellowship- 
Business Sessions 12 

Moderator's Address 5 

Organization and Committees 3 

Statistical Report 18 

E-Mail Directory 70 


Brethren Missionary Herald Company 106 

Brethren Women's Missionary Council 108 

CE National 116 

Grace Brethren International Missions 93 

Grace Brethren Home Missions Council 101 

Grace Brethren Investment Foundation 105 

Grace Brethren Financial Planning Service 106 

Grace Brethren Men International 112 

Grace College and Seminary 113 

National Fellowship ot Brethren Retirement 

Homes, Inc 113 

National Fellowship ot Grace Brethren Ministers . .117 
SMM 111 


Allegheny 76 

Arctic 77 

Chesapeake 77 

East Central Florida 78 

Florida Suncoast 78 

Great Lakes 79 

Hawaii 79 

Indiana 80 

Indiana (New) 81 

Iowa-Midlands 81 

Mid-Atlantic 81 

Mountain-Plains 82 

Nor-Cal 83 

Northcentral Ohio 83 

Northeastern Ohio 84 

Northern Atlantic 85 

Northwest 86 

South Florida-Caribbean 87 

Southern 88 

Southern California-Arizona 88 

Southern Ohio 89 

Virginia 90 

Western Pennsylvania 91 

For information regarding trie national organizations and 
cooperating boards of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches, please refer to the section ot this annual entitled 
"National Organizations" beginning on page 93. 

Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 


Moderator - Stephen Peters 

First Moderator-Elect - Wayne Hannah 

Second Moderator-Elect - H. Don Rough 

Secretary - Gregory M. Howell 

Treasurer - Steve Popenfoose 


Charles Ashman 



(Ex Officio) 

Moderator ('95-96) 
Stephen Peters 

First Moderator-Elect, (96-97) 
Wayne Hannah 

Second Moderator-Elect, ('97-' 
H. Don Rough 

Past Moderator (94-95) 
Edward A. Lewis 

David Kennedy ('96), Eastern 
Dean Fetterhoft ('97), Eastern 
Kenneth Koontz, ('98), Eastern 
Howard Mayes, ('99), Eastern 
Robert Divine ('96), Central 
Robert Foote ('97), Central 
Scott Miles ('98), Central 
Galen Wiley ('99), Central 
Chris Ball ('96), Western 
Steve Galegor ('97), Western 
Philip Teran ('98), Western 
Glen W. Shirk ('99), Western 



Terrance Taylor (96), Chm. 
Richard Todd ('96) 
Jeff Dunkle ('97) 
Randy Weekley ('97) 
Charlotte Horney ('98) 
Nancy Weimer ('98) 


Forrest Jackson, Chm. 
Robert Arenobine 
Gary Austin 
Tad Hobert 
Richard Placeway 
Glen Shirk 


Norman Mayer ('96), Chm. 
Tom Avey (97) 
Galen Wiley ('98) 



Dan Thornton (96), Chm 
Steve Peters (Ex Officio) 
Wayne Hannah (Ex Officio) 
H. Don Rough (Ex Officio) 
Ed Lewis (Ex Officio) 
Ed Trenner (Consultant) 


Donald Shoemaker, Chm. 
Doug Jensen 
Dan Grabill 
Ron Cohen 


James Johnson, Chm. 
Bill Burby 
James Custer 
Dewey Melton 
Reed DePace 



Chaplain John Schumacher 


Greg Howell 


1940-Charles H. Ashman, Sr.* 
1941-L S. Bauman* 
1942-Roy Patterson" 
1943-Herman A. Hoyt 
1944-Russell D. Barnard* 
1 945-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 Colburn 
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 Kautfman 
1982-Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
1983-Edwm Cashman 
1984-Lester E. Piter 
1985-John Mayes 
1986-Tom Julien 
1987-Dean Fetterhotf 
1988-John Davis 
1989-Roger Peugh 
1990-Jerry Young 
1991 -David Plaster 
1992-William Snell 
1993-Robert Fetterhotf 
1 994-Ed Lewis 

Year listed denotes the year in which the 
person was selected as moderator. 

(' Denotes deceased.) 


worn IMPACT 

I Grace Brethren 
International Conference 

Toronto, Canada 

July 27 - August 1, 1996 

International Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 






Czech Republic 











United States 


World Wide 




A Message Presented by Edward A. Lewis 

Moderator of the FGBC 

July 23, 1995 

jmeone shared this with me. Id like to share 
with you. 

I was walking along the Golden Gate Bridge 
and I saw this guy on the bridge about to 
jump. I said, "Don't jump!", and he turned. 

He said, "Nobody loves me." he cried. 

I said. "God loves you." 

He said, "Well. I believe in God." 

I said, "Are you a Christian or a Jew?" 

He said, A Christian. 

I said, "Me too. Protestant or Catholic''" 

He said, "Protestant." 

I said, Me too. What franchise?" 

He said, "Baptist." 

I said, "Me too Northern Baptist or 
Southern Baptist?" 

He said, "Northern Baptist." 

I said, "Me too. Northern Conservative 
Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?" 

He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist." 

I said, "Me too. Northern Conservative 
Fundamentalist Baptist or Northern 
Conservative Reformed Baptist?" 

He said. "Northern Conservative 
Fundamentalist Baptist." 

I said, "Me too. Northern Conservative 
Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes Region 
or Northern Conservative Fundamentalist 
Baptist Eastern Region?" 

He said, "Northern Conservative 
Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes 

I said, "Me too. Northern Conservative 
Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes Region 
Council of 1879 or Northern Conservative 
Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes Region 
Council of 1912?" 

He said, "Northern Conservative 
Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes Region 
ot 1912." 

I said. "Die. heretic!" and I pushed him in. 

lEquustentialism from the 1985 Epic Album 
E = M02) 

I hope we don't have to relive those days 
again— the days of fighting and struggles. I think 
most of those days are over, at least I pray so. 

I thank the Lord for the Grace Brethren 
Fellowship. I'm thankful for my heritage in the 
Grace Brethren Fellowship. It's made an impact 
in my life and that's one of the reasons I'm 
encouraged with it. I grew up in a pastor's 
home. I was a participant in Brethren National 
Youth Conference including NAC and Bible 
Quizzing. I participated in short-term missions 
experiences. I went to Grace College and 
Grace Theological Seminary. I live in Winona 
Lake, well, not right in the lake, but... I really 
thank the Lord for the Grace Brethren Fellowship 
and the heritage that we have. I am actually old 
enough to know some names that have been in 
the Grace Brethren Fellowship through the 
years: Bauman, Mayes, W.A. Ogden, the 
Klievers, Estella Myers, Dr. Gribble, Charles 
Ashman, Sr., R. Paul Miller, and many, many 
others. I really thank the Lord for my own 
parents. I enjoy the heritage of a Christian 
home My dad's 85 and my mom is 82. In two 
weeks, Lord willing, they will have been married 
for 64 years. I thank the Lord for not only the 
rich heritage, but also for the great potential that 
I see within our Grace Brethren Fellowship. 

Last fall. I had the opportunity to participate in 
the Charis program that took place in France. I 

was thrilled to feel like "I'm a part ot a Fellowship 
that is exciting." I was thrilled to feel like "I'm a 
part of a group of people who are committed to 
the Word." I'm glad that next year Steve Peters 
is going to have some of these internationals [at 
conference] and you will have an opportunity to 
get better acquainted with them personally. I 
thank the Lord for what is going on all around 
the world. I'm so thankful, too, for the goals that 
we have, the new churches that we want to build 
and for what we want to do in reaching the lost 
for Christ. I'm thankful that a number of people 
within our Grace Brethren Fellowship had the 
opportunity to participate in the A.D. 2000 and 
Beyond movement in Korea. This movement 
provided an opportunity to see that as 
evangelical believers we can remain absolutely, 
totally distinctive to our own Fellowship, but at 
the same time, work together with other 
evangelicals to see the gospel made available 
for every person and a church available for 
every people-group. What a great goal! What 
a great thing to be able to do together! 

Maybe I'm a little bit too radical and maybe a 
product of the 60s, but on the side of my desk 
I have this statement, "God, help me never to be 
a common Christian ." Another statement comes 
to mind, "We have time in our lives to pick only 
one real passion, so pick your passion well." I 
hope that our passion overall as a Grace 
Brethren Fellowship is a passion for Jesus 

As I look at the Word and some of the things in 
the early church, I want so much for us and for 
our churches to really have a passion like in 
Acts 4. In verse 13 it says, "When they saw the 
courage of Peter and John and realized that they 
were unschooled, ordinary men, they were 
astonished and took note that these men had 
been with Jesus." And verse 18 of Acts 4 says, 
"Then they called them in again and 
commanded them not to speak or teach at all in 
the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, 
Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's 
sight to obey you rather than God, But we 
cannot help speaking about what we have seen 
and heard" And then down in verse 29 it says, 
"Now, Lord, consider these threats and enable 
your servants to speak your word with great 
boldness." I want that for my life, and I would 
love to see that for our churches. I want us to 
be radical in the cause of Christ. 

Due to time this morning, I'm not going to go into 
a lot of detail, but I'm really thrilled with some ol 
the potential that our Fellowship has. 

You saw young people this morning that were 
here with an Operation Barnabas team. I hac 
the privilege to be with the teams in Whittier 
CA, for their orientation. They came togethei 
from your churches all across the United States, 
not knowing one another. We gave the kids jusl 
enough training in evangelism and just enough 
homework. Within the second day of the kid: 
being together, without warning, not doing e 
great deal of explanation, we said, "Thi: 
afternoon, we want you to put on your team T 
shirts and were going down into south-centra 
L.A.— down in the project areas. We're going tc 
go in groups of threes and go out in the street: 
and pick up trash. We taught you children": 
illustrations of how to share Christ. We wan 
you to go out and share Christ. We gave yoi 
instructions of how you can do surveys and wi 
want you to go out and do some surveys." (Ii 
south-central L.A., there is a church pastored b 
E.V. Hill. We recognized that this church is onl 
ten blocks away from where the Rodney Kin 
incident took place.) 

I wish you could have seen what took plact 
Those kids were absolutely petrified! I woul 
have been, too. Within two hours, we had ther 
all together in the busses. We arrived in th 
projects and a sign was posted: "N 
Trespassing etc. I thought to myself that 
probably just related to drugs. 

Do you know what happened 7 We got thoj 
kids off the busses and within an hour and 
half, we received two invitations to return. Twj 
people who were heading up the projects sal 
"You're welcome to bring these young peop, 
back here any time at all. Can you come baj 
tomorrow? Could you come back the next day: 
Do you know what happened within two hour.' 
The leaders had the roughest time because tli 
kids didn't want to get back in the busses. (V 
were threatening the kids with late minutes,; 
anybody knows anything about those.) Witt, 
two hours eleven people prayed to recei' 
Christ. Were not talking about pre-sch< 
kids— we're talking about children and you 
people. Within two hours, kids lives we 
changed and team members lives wt 

nanged Our OB kids went out and began to 
lay soccer with the kids on the street to make 
Dntact. Do you know why? Because they 
!ft their comfort zone where they felt really 
scure, and they went into an area where they 
ilt uncomfortable. 

remember going into that same area a couple 
f years ago and a policeman coming up to me 
nd saying, "Don t you understand this is a very 
angerous area 9 " 

said, "I understand that. We're not sending 
lese young people out at night. We're also not 
anding them out alone, but you know what 9 
ren t there people who live in the south- 
sntral L.A. area that are not doing drugs, that 
re not doing all the wrong things 9 Aren't there 
aople in here that we could work with?" 

e said, "Well, certainly there are." 

said, "What do you think is the answer for 
langing this area 7 " 

e said, "Move out of the area." 

said, "You know what? We have missionaries 
iday who are serving the Lord around the 
orld. If they had been afraid of the cannibals 
nd if they had been afraid of the wild animals, 
e'd never have any missions. What I want to 
ae us do is: I want our kids to get a heart for 
le lost." 

ollow along with me in Luke 9 as I point out 
ame things. It's very interesting to see what 
asus did as He was getting His leadership 
roup together. Let's look at verse 57. "As they 
'ere walking along the road, a man said to him, 
will follow you wherever you go."' Look down 
t verse 62, "Jesus replied, No one who puts 
is hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the 
mgdom of heaven. '" 

hen look what takes place as He sends out the 
9venty. Look what Jesus did as He sent out 
te disciples. Luke 10, beginning at verse 1, 
\fterthis the Lord appointed seventy others and 
ent them two by two ahead of Him to every 
>wn and place where He was about to go. He 
)ld them. The harvest is plentiful, but the 
'orkers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, 
lerefore, to send out workers into His harvest 

Gol I am sending you like lambs among 
wolves '" 

Whaf Jesus did this to His disciples. "I am 
sending you like lambs among wolves." There 
are wolves out there. That's exactly right. Look 
what began to happen as they were sent out, 
verse 16, "He who listens to you listens to me; 
he who rejects you rejects me; but he who 
rejects me rejects Him who sent me." and verse 
17, "The seventy returned with joy and said, 

Lord, even the demons submit to your name." 
They returned with joy and they returned with 
power. And you know what took place as a 
result of this'' Jesus himself was full of joy 
when He heard their report. Look at verse 21, 

At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy 
Spirit, said, I praise you, Father. Lord of heaven 
and earth, because you have hidden these 
things from the wise and learned, and revealed 
them to little children." 

I believe many of us today as believers are in 
boxes— little boxes. There is nothing wrong with 
boxes. Boxes are good. They re comfortable. 
They re secure. They're what we know. They're 
our culture. They re okay. However. . . the box 
itself that we live in can lead to feelings of 
security. In Hebrews 1 1 ;6, it says, "Without faith 
it is impossible to please God." As believers, we 
feel so comfortable in our society, and in our 
churches and the way we do church that it 
scares us to do anything different. Perhaps we 
have learned not only to be contenders for the 
faith, but also as believers we've learned to be 
"contenters. " We ourselves will say what won t 
work. People will fight for methodology. We'll 
end up doing more fighting over the way it won't 
work then we will just doing something 

People say, "Confrontational evangelism will 
never work." Tell Evangelism Explosion. 

People say, "Revivals and crusades are the 
thing of the past; they're never going to work any 
more in our culture." Tell that to Billy Graham. 

"Invitations are for the past." Tell that to Billy 

"Door-to-door visitation is totally out." Tell that to 
the Mormons. 

"Traditional churches are never really going to 
work anymore " Tell that to John Mac Arthur, 
Charles Stanley, Southern Baptists, Jack Hyles, 

"Cell churches are never going to work. That 
idea is just never going to take place." Tell that 
to Paul Cho in Korea with 600,000, Tell that to 
Ralph Neejhor, Tell that to Dale Galloway in 
Portland, OR. 

"Seeker services - those ideas are never going 
to work; you would just do something for 
nonbelievers." Tell Willow Creek Community 
Church. They're the largest group in North 

"You can't mix ethnic groups in one 
congregation." Tell that to Tony Evans or Circle 
Urban Ministries in Chicago. 

"Sunday night services are things ot the past" 
Tell that to Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa; they 
have 3,000 there every Sunday. 

"Literature distribution is a thing of the past. You 
can't give out tracts." Tell that to Jews for Jesus 
or Operation Mobilization or the Moonies 

"Contemporary music is never going to be 
effective." Tell that to Campus Crusade for 
Christ as they put groups around the world. 

"You can't do bus ministries anymore with 
children ." Tell that to Jack Hyles, 

"You can't have Sunday Schools anymore; 
they're a thing of the past." Tell that to Elmer 
Towns. Tell that to Southern Baptists, Tell that 
to Evangelical Free churches. 

"You can't have church without a building," Tell 
that to Rick Warren up at Saddleback Valley. 
When they finally got 10,000 people that were 
attending in school buildings; they moved to a 

"You can't build a church based on classical 
music." Tell that to the Mormons and the 
Mormon Tabernacle Choir 

"You can't commit to heavy Bible study and 
accountability any more." Tell that to 

"Men's ministry today is just never going to fly. 
Tell that to Promise Keepers. 

You know what? We can end up being caugh 
up in all the methods and feel like the method 
are the answer. We could really touch this word 
if we could just capture the right method, thi 
right way to do it. I believe, as I look at ol 
Fellowship, there are three main areas where w< 
especially need to cross the boundary, where W' 
need to get out of the box, where we hav> 
become complacent, where we re comfortable 

One of the things that I believe we need t 
cross the boundary in is this-person; 
evangelism. Now don't get me wrong I didn 
say church growth. I didn't say church plantjnc 
I said personal evangelism. You can d 
evangelism programs in your church withoi 
personal evangelism. You can have churc 
growth without personal evangelism. You ca 
do church -planting without personal evangelisn 

Actually what it comes down to is what we heai 
in the passage that was read at the ve 
beginning in II Corinthians 5. We try i 
persuade men. We implore people. We're ft 
ones that desire to be able to reach the lost f' 
Christ Bill Hull in his book Can We Save jjj 
Evangelical Church? says it takes 100 adul 
and one year to introduce 1.7 people to Chris 
He also says, "Most churches would do a bett 
job of reaching the lost if they shut down tfj 
church and hired a man 10 hours a week to c 
door-to-door. Because we're not reaching tl 
lost. " 

I was so encouraged when I got to California, 
saw Linda Kline and said, "Linda, it's so good 
see you coming back from the TIME ministri 
in Mexico." 

She said, "Hey, I'm excited' I just led my maid 
the Lord here in the hotel " 

I said, "Praise the Lord." 

My friend Glen Sharp got off the plane yesterd. 
and said, "Ed, guess what? I was sitting nexli 
a lady on the plane and I asked her. If you wJ 
to die today and stand before God and He wi 
to ask you why He should let you into heavi, 
what would you say?' She said. Isn't t 
interesting? You're the second person that ash . 

le that question today?' He said, "Well, do you 
low?" She responded, "No, I don't." He had 
le privilege of leading her to the Lord. Isn't that 

ersonal evangelism is absolutely going to be 
le answer. I don't care what the method is. I 
as in a church one time and they were 
>/aluating what is wrong with the tracts of today, 
thought. "What is going on? They never hand 
ut a tract." I'm not saying that's the best 
lethod, but why do we evaluate what someone 
: doing in evangelism when we ourselves are 
Dt doing anything at all. I like the fact that 
nmebody's handing out a tract, it's a whole lot 
after than doing nothing at all. 

think we need, as a Fellowship and as 
idividuals. to have a burden and a heart for 
le lost. 

ilen Sharp from Osceola, IN, has had a real 
ositive influence in my life. He challenged me 
i pray, "God, I want to have a love for lost 
eople." Glen has that love for lost people. He 
>ok me down to Pendleton Penitentiary three 
Ties. One of the guys Glen meets with down 
lere is Ron. He's in for 50 years because he 
'as with another man who killed a pastor for $5 
t a rest stop. Unbelievable story! He is in very 
ifficult circumstances, but you know what? As 
result of being in prison, he became gloriously 
aved. Ron says, "Sometimes I'm just jealous of 

said, "Yeah, I know, it's gotta be tough here in 
lis penitentiary." 

Dh, don't worry about that. God puts me in a 
ark place because He wants light here. I'm just 
ialous of you because you've been a Christian 
a much longer than I have. I've only known the 
ord for four years. You know what 9 I've got a 
ang of guys in here in the prison that are after 
is, but I win either way. Even if I get killed I go 
> heaven." He cries and says, "I can't wait to 
etto heaven and say directly to that pastor how 
orry I am and how foolish I was." He says, 
Before we leave, let's just pray together," and 
e grabs our hands around the table. "God, I 
ray that you're going to be with Ed and Glen 
nd help them to really love lost people and 
lare the gospel with them." 

I thought, "What in the world? Here's a brand 
new Christian." People, do we have a love for 
lost people? You can feel so comfortable being 
in a wonderful setting like this. I love San 
Diego. I love this hotel. I love the pools. I love 
the music. I love all of this, but people, if we are 
comfortable and we wont get out of our box and 
we won't cross the boundary, we're never going 
to make an impact for Christ. We've got to be 
involved in sharing our faith. I'll tell you one of 
the greatest things that you can do with your 
people, pastors, is to get them involved in 
moving out of their comfort zone. 

I'm absolutely excited about Total Mobilization 
that is taking place in Mexico right now. Do you 
want to know why Total Mobilization changes 
people's lives? Because they moved out of their 
comfort zone. They went down into an area 
where they don't even know the language and 
they're building buildings. 

You want to know why people end up going 
overseas and coming back with a real heart for 
the lost? Because they left their comfort zone. 

You want to know why the Barnabas kids come 
back with changed lives within the first two 
days? Because they left their comfort zone. 
Sure, it's scary! You send them like lambs 
before wolves, but the Lord's protecting. 

One of the greatest things you can do with your 
leaders is to get them out of their comfort zones. 
Take them to the inner-cities. Take them into the 
prisons. (Take them to the areas where they 
can be friends of the sinner.) Jesus was called 
a friend of the sinner. He spent time with the 
divorcees. He spent time with drinkers and 
swindlers. Where are we doing that in our 
churches? Where are our pastors doing that? 

Besides personal evangelism, I believe we need 
to cross the boundary in our preaching and 

Why do I talk about this? Because obviously we 
believe the Word of God is inerrant. We believe 
the Bible, the whole Bible, nothing but the Bible. 
Hebrews 4:12 says the Word of God is living 
and it's active. It's powerful. It's sharper than 
any two-edged sword, it penetrates. It judges 
the thoughts and the attitudes of the heart. I'm 
concerned today that because we try to relate to 

the culture, we don't go far enough in our 
teaching and preaching and were not giving 
people the Word of God. 

Recently a friend gave me a book to read. The 
book contained a discussion between two 
leaders of another denomination. One of the 
men said, "I'll give you ten pastors who counsel 
for one preaching pastor. The other said, "No 
way! If I get somebody who can preach the 
Word, I wont let him go." 

I believe the church has more reason to be 
revived than the world has reason to be 
converted. Leonard Ravenhill said this. "Charter 
members in the early church had heat and no 
degrees. Today many of us have degrees and 
no heat. I believe what we need as a Grace 
Brethren Fellowship of Churches in our teaching 
and preaching— yes, be relevant and make it 
apply to our day and age; but preach the Word 
and don't mince the Word of God. Call 
homosexuality what it is in the Word— sin! 
Adultery is sin. Being unequally yoked together 
is sin. And lets not mince that, people, because 
the world isn t waiting for a new definition of the 
gospel, it's waiting for a new demonstration of 
the power of the gospel. My greatest fear is that 
when we lose the power of the Word, we end up 
teaching about the Word instead of getting 
people to understand the Word. Many people 
today in our churches are hungry; hungry for the 
Word. Shame on us if we have the Word and 
we're not teaching it because we want to be 
relevant. Yes, be relevant, but preach the Word. 
Get people in the Word. II Timothy 4;2 says, 
"Preach the Word; be prepared in season and 
out of season; correct, rebuke, and 


I believe there's another area in which we need 
to cross the boundary besides personal 
evangelism and preaching and teaching. I 
believe we need, as a Fellowship, to be 
crossing the boundary in patient teamwork 
with other people. 

I know our society is pushing us further and 
further away from personal relationships. We 
work alone at computers. We watch our 
television as families alone. I believe one of the 
reasons why small groups are so important in 
our day and age is because very few people |ust 

stop by to visit someone else. You usually ca 
first. We're craving relationships. However, thi: 
"alone situation and "isolation, I believe ha: 
affected our churches. 

Somehow in the Grace Brethren Fellowship o 
Churches we've misunderstood the concept o 
what it means to be an autonomous church. W< 
somehow mistakenly think that the Fellowship o 
Grace Brethren Churches is made up o 
independent churches. We aren't! If we wen 
independent churches, we wouldn t be part of : 
Fellowship. We re autonomous churches. We'rt 
self-governing, but we give up our independence 
in order to work together for the good of the 
whole. The Grace Brethren Fellowship c 
Churches is a core of people committed ti 
moving ahead; there is no hierarchy. 

I believe one of the things that will be ver 
important for us is teamwork. Teamwork 
however, says that we must give up ouj 
independence and work with the team. When I 
person is married (which I know nothing about), 
he gives up his independence. One recognize 
when he is married that his interests are dividec. 
He not only wants to please the Lord, but 9 
wants to please his spouse, his teammate. 

More of our churches need to be willing to wor? 
together, recognizing we are autonomou 
churches, but working together for the whole 
Romans 15:1-2 says, "We who are strong ougf 
to bear with the failings of the weak and not | 
please ourselves. Each of us should please hi 
neighbor for his own good, to build him up, 
Romans 14 says, "We should accept him whos 
faith is weak without passing judgment o 
disputable matters." 

As we heard John F. Kennedy say many year 
ago, Ask not what your country can do for yoi 
but what you can do for your country." I believ 
we need to ask not what the Fellowship of Grac 
Brethren Churches can do for you, but what yo 
can do for the Fellowship of Grace Brethre 
Churches... and ask yourself what you can do 1 
help another Grace Brethren Church down th 
road that is small... and what you can do to hel 
start another church... and what you can do 
help another youth ministry., and what you 
do to help another children's ministry. 

believe we need those three areas especially 

be able to cross the boundary, but maybe 
ve're in the box and don't know where to go. 

When I was young, I learned to play the piano, 
don't play like some of these people around 
lere. But my mom played the piano, my sisters 
olayed the piano, and I ended up playing the 
liano, too. I started playing the piano when I 
was in second grade, took lessons up through 
sighth grade, and then I quit and decided it 
wasn't the cool thing to do. Then my junior year 
nf high school, I took piano lessons again. I did 
Dretty well. In fact, I won first place in our NAC 
urogram one year. Then I went to Grace 
Oollege and when I got to Grace I decided, 
'Hey, I want to take some piano lessons. I think 
t would be good and helpful." When I started , 
nowever, I felt like I just couldn't move ahead. 
Verna May Felts was my teacher. She said, "I'll 
help you." 

1 said, "What's that? - 

"I'll teach you lessons. Now here's your 
assignment for next week." She took me back 
to John Thompson, Book One. "Now we start 
with lesson one, making music is such fun." 

I said, Tm gonna quit." 

She said, "Don't quit. You've learned to play the 
piano wrong for all those years. Your timing's 
wrong. You hold your hands wrong You've got 
all kinds of problems and you're going to have to 
start all over. But trust me. Stick with me and 
you'll make unbelievable progress." And I did. 
I thank God for Mrs. Felts because she taught 
me that what I had to do was go back to the 

Maybe we, as the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches, feel like we're in a box. "I wish I had 
a greater heart for the lost. I wish I had more 
power in my teaching and my preaching. I wish 
that I could develop greater personal 
relationships with other people. I know I need to 
do it, but I don't know what to do." 

I think we need to go back to Book One-the 
Word. We need to answer a question that the 
Lord Himself would ask us. Okay, you're 
scared. You don't want to move out of your 
comfort zone. You don't know what to do. 
Here's what you need to do. You need to 
answer the question which sums up all the Old 
Testament law and the prophets and says 
something to us. We need to be asked the 
same question that Jesus asked Simon Peter 
even after he had blown it, "Do you love me'" 


Remember that in John 21? Simon Peter said, 
"Lord, you know all things. You know I love 
you . " 

Then cross the boundary. Do you love me'" 

"Lord, you know all things. I mean, I'd die for 

Then feed my sheep." Do you really love me? 
Then cross the boundary. 

Maybe some of us need to go back to Book 
One. Risks are a part of life, but do we trust 
God? Do we really trust Him? 

Business Sessions 

Business Session 

Saturday, July 22, 1995, 1:30 p.m. 

1, The meeting was called to order by the 
Moderator, Ed Lewis. Moderator Ed Lewis then 
led the Conference in singing "Amazing Grace" 
and prayed concerning the ensuing business. 
Ed described the organization of the Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches and the importance 
of this single business session. He then 
introduced the Fellowship Council members and 
described the communication process. He also 
explained the International flavor of our 
Fellowship with churches around the world. Ed 
explained the function of and introduced the 
business chairman, David Plaster. 

The Chairman gave instructions concerning 
the functioning of business. 

2. The FGBC Conference Secretary, Greg 
Howell, presented the list of Member Churches 
and noted two corrections. 

A motion prevailed that the printed list in 
the Conference packet be the official list of the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches with the 
following two changes: Liberty Grace Brethren 
Church, Philadelphia, PA - closed, and 
Wildwood Grace Brethren Church, Salem, VA 
which has changed its name to Lighthouse 
Grace Brethren Church. The corrected list is 
attached to the original minutes. 

3, An initial report of the Membership 
Committee was made by Dan Thornton who 
reported that 100 churches have presented 
properly credentialed delegates. 

4. A motion prevailed that all of the 
delegates that have been properly credentialed 
through the membership committee process be 
seated . 

5. The Secretary presented the following new 
churches to be received as member churches. 

'Land O'Lakes Grace Brethren Church - 

Land O'Lakes, Fl, Pastor Mike Govey 
'Grace Brethren Church - Seattle, WA, 

Pastor Steve Gotch 
"Iglesia de Los Hermanos en Yakima - 

Yakima, WA, Pastor Abner Solano 
'Friendship Grace Brethren Church - 

Vancouver, WA, Pastor Duane Jones 
"Valley Life Grace Brethren Church • 

Glendale, AZ, Pastor Ed Waken 
"Brethren Bible Church - Hemet, CA, 

Pastor William Kitchell 

6, A motion prevailed to receive into the 
conference membership the Land O Lakes 
Grace Brethren Church. 

A motion prevailed to receive into the 
conference membership the Seattle Grace 
Brethren Church, 

A motion prevailed to receive into the 
conference membership the Iglesia de Los 
Hermanos en Yakima. 

A motion prevailed to receive into the 
conference membership the Friendship Grace 
Brethren Church. 

A motion prevailed to receive into the 
conference membership the Valley Life Grace 
Brethren Church pending the receipt of their 
membership fees. 

A motion prevailed to receive into the 
conference membership the Brethren Bible 
Church pending the receipt of their membership 

Members of these new churches who were 
present were asked to stand. 

7. A motion prevailed to seat the properly 
credentialed delegates from these newly ! 
received churches. 

8. The Secretary read a motion from the 
Fellowship Council recommending the formation 
of a New District in Indiana: 

A motion was made to recognize the new 
Indiana district consisting of the Winona Lake 
Grace Brethren Church, the Community Grace 
Brethren church of Warsaw, and the Grace 
Brethren Church of Goshen, pending the 
submission of their proposed organizationai 
structure to the Fellowship Council 

The Secretary read a letter dated 7/22/9E 
stating the organizationai plans for the new 

After discussion the motion prevailed tc 
recognize this new district 
9 A motion prevailed to approve the printec 

Proposed Agenda 

1. Call to order, Moderator. Ed Lewis 

a. Introduce business chair 

b. Introduce Fellowship Council members 

c. Prayer 

2. Presentation of member churches in the 
F.G.B.C.; Conference Secretary, Greg 

3. Initial report of the Membership Committei 

4. Seating of delegates from member 

5. Presentation of new churches to be 
received into the F.G.B.C.. Fellowship 
Council. Ed Lewis 


6. Additional report of the Membership 

7. Seating of delegates from newly received 

8. Presentation of the Proposed Agenda, Ed 

9. Report of the 1994 Nominating Committee, 
Dan Pacheco, Chm. 

10. Election of Second Moderator-Elect and 
Fellowship Council Members 

11. Report of nominees for 1995 Conference 
Nominating Committee, Fellowship 
Council, Dan Eshleman 

12. Election of the 1995 Conference Nominating 

13. Consideration for ratification of appoint- 
ments by the Fellowship Council, Ed 

14. Report of the appointment of other Con- 
ference officers, Fellowship Council, Ed 

15. Report of appointments to Conference 
committees. Fellowship Council, Steve 

16. Recommendation for changes in the 
F.G.B.C. Bylaws, Fellowship Council, and 
Parliamentary Committee, Bob Divine 

17. Report of the F.G.B.C. Strategy Com- 
mittee, Dan Thornton, Chm. 

18. Printed Reports - Questions or comments 
from the delegates 

a. Conference Treas., Steve Popenfoose 

b. Conference Statistics. Charles Ashman 

c. Social Concerns. Donald Shoemaker 

d. Retirement Planning, James Johnson 

e. Pastoral Connections, Greg Howell 

19. Report of the Fellowship Council on its 
activities, actions, and recommendations, 
Ed Lewis 

20. Report on next year's conference. 
Moderator-Elect. Steve Peters 

21. Report on the Board of Brethren Evan- 
gelistic Ministries, Ron Thompson/Lee 

22. Report on Grace Village 

23. Report on the elections of Business 
Session, Parliamentary Committee, Mike 
Wallace, Chm. 

24. Minutes Review Committee 

25. Unfinished business 

26. New business 

27. Adjournment 

10. A motion prevailed to appoint a 1995 
Conference Minutes Review Committee 
consisting of David Plaster, Charles Ashman, 
and Jesse Deloe to finalize and approve the 
minutes of the business meeting before 

1 1 . Nominating Committee member Tad Hobert 
presented the ballot for the election of 
conference officers and asked the nominees to 
stand. The chair opened the floor for additional 

A motion prevailed that nominations cease 
and the following ballot be approved: 
Second Moderator-Elect: 

Robert Combs, H. Don Rough 
Fellowship Council Representatives: 
Eastern - Carl Baker, Howard Mayes, 

Dan Thompson 
Central - Todd Scoles, Charles Thornton, 

Galen Wiley 
Western - Dave Mitchell, Fenton 

McDonald, Glen Shirk 

12. The Chairman gave instructions to vote for 
Second Moderator-Elect and to vote for only one 
candidate in the region in which the delegates' 
church is located. 

13. Don Eshleman presented the following 
nominees for the Nominating Committee and 
announced that Dean Fetterhoff asked to have 
his name removed: Robert Arenobine, Gary 
Austin, Terry Daniels, Tad Hobert, Forrest 
Jackson. Howard Johnson, Richard Placeway, 
Jack Rants. Steven Shipley. Glen Shirk, and 
Douglas Witt. 

14. Business meeting Chairman asked if 
additional names were offered to be added 
Hearing no additional nominations from the floor, 
he declared that nominations were closed 

15. The Secretary reported that, in light of the 
resignation of John Mcintosh as the Second 
Moderator-Elect, the Fellowship Council 
recommends that Wayne Hannah be appointed 
to serve in his place 

A motion prevailed to ratify the appointment 
of Wayne Hannah as Second Moderator-Elect. 

The Secretary also reported that, in light of the 
resulting vacancy on the Fellowship Council, the 
Council recommends the appointment of Dean 

A motion prevailed to ratify the appointment 
of Dean Fetterhoff to fill the unexpired term. 
16 A motion prevailed to ratify the 
appointments for one year of Steve Popenfoose 
as Treasurer and Greg Howell as Secretary. 
17. Dan Eshleman reported the Fellowship 
Council's appointments to Conference 

A motion prevailed to ratify the following 
appointments to the Conference committees 

Membership Committee 
Nancy Weimer (1998), 
Charlotte Horney (1998) 

Parliamentary Committee 

Galen Wiley (1998) 
Social Concerns Committee (1996) 

Chm. - Don Shoemaker 

Doug Jensen 

Dan Grabill 

Ron Cohen 
Retirement Planning Committee (1996) 

Chm. - James Johnson 

Bill Burby 

James Custer 

Dewey Melton 

Reed DePace 
He also announced the following committee 

Terry Taylor - Membership Committee 
Norman Mayer - Parliamentary Comm. 
The Chairman, David Plaster, announced a 
30-second stretch break before resuming 

18. Bob Divine, Chairman of the Bylaws 
Revision Task Force, explained the synopsis 
sheet on the Bylaws revisions and announced 
that a table was set up In the foyer where the 
committee will be stationed to receive input. He 
also encouraged Districts to send 
representatives to the January District 
Invitational. He suggested that the first reading 
could be as early as next year's Conference with 
ratification possibly at the 1997 Conference. 

19. Strategy Committee Chairman Dan 
Thornton shared a summary of the past year's 
activities, and announced that concentration this 
Conference year would be on the single goal of 
mobilizing 20,000 prayer warriors and that the 
committee will be appointing a national prayer 

20. The following printed reports were called to 
the attention of the delegates and time was 
provided for questions. None were asked. 

a. Conference Treasurer, Steve Popenfoose 

b. Conference Statistics, Charles Ashman 

c. Social Concerns, Donald Shoemaker 

d. Retirement Planning, James Johnson 

e. Pastoral Connections, Greg Howell 

21. Ed Lewis reported on the Fellowship 
Council and its activities, actions, and 

* Reaffirmed FOCUS 2000 world-wide goals 
and the FOCUS 2000 church goals, asking God 
to answer our prayers for these goals by 
December 31, 2000. 

* Began a task force to revise the Bylaws. 

* Encouraged involvement in CHARIS (GBC 
International Consultation in France in October. 
1994). Ed encouraged the delegates to note the 

HIGHLIGHTS sheet from the mid-year meeting 
in January included in Conference packets. 

Approved the meeting of district 
representatives and Strategy Advisors with the 
Fellowship Council in January 1995. It is 
planned to be continued in 1996 

Heard a report from Morgan Burgess 
concerning group health insurance and 
recommended that our churches andJ 
organizations seriously consider participation in 
the Burgess Company's group health insurance 
proposed plan for their pastors and employees 
and suggests that the National Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Ministers consider 
recommending the plan to its members. 

Recommended taking an offering during 
Conference for Director-Defendants of Grace 
Village to help with their attorney fees and 

" Suggested the tentative dates and location of 
the 1997 Conference be: 

July 25-31, 1997 

Radisson Grand Resort, Fort Mills, SC 

Decided that the suggested schedule of 

regions in which to hold future conferences be 

as follows: 

1998 Northwest 

1999 Southeast 

2000 Southwest 

2001 Northeast 

2002 Central 

Agreed with the Strategy Committee 
recommendation that we as a Fellowship focus 
energy on only one goal during next year- 
mobilizing 20,000 prayer warriors-anc 
encourage the Strategy Committee to secure £ 
national prayer coordinator. 

Encouraged the Executive Committee tc 
proceed with interviews for the $8,000 per yeai 
part-time position to help in Fellowship 
administration. Report is due at the January' 
1996 Fellowship Council meetings. 
' Decided to help stimulate the development o 
continuing resolutions by encouraging the 
National Ministenum to consider and initiate £ 
process that would allow resolutions to be 
reviewed prior to ratification by Conference, i 
• Decided to recommend to Conference that ; 
Bylaw change be made so that the FGBC fisca 
year begins in January to make it easier for OU' 
IRS blanket tax exempt status to be coordinate 
with the churches that will be covered. 
22. The Moderator Ed Lewis offered thi 
following statement concerning Grace Village: 
"While the FGBC has no legal ties to thi 1 
financial problems of Grace Village Retiremer 


Community in their bankruptcy and subsequent 
lawsuits, we feel deep moral and spiritual 
concerns for them. The former board of 
directors of Grace Village followed biblical 
guidelines in attempting to resolve the problems 
of over 300 note holders who lost thousands of 
dollars in the financial collapse They've 
established a repayment plan for note holders. 
In the lawsuit against the volunteer board of 
directors who had to pay $163,000 in attorney's 
fees, they were found liable for the problem (not 
guilty, but liable). This week at conference, 
materials will be available to explain the 
problems and a letter is prepared to ask you and 
your churches to assist the director-defendants 
in this very devestating and demoralizing 
problem " 

23. Moderator-Elect. Steve Peters, reported on 
the first International Conference of the FGBC at 
the Regal Constellation Hotel in Toronto, 

THEME: Personal Responsibility Equals 

World Impact 
Hotel rooms are guaranteed at $55/room. 
The conference registration fees will be 

$25/single and $50/couple 
CHARIS II will convene |ust prior to 


24. Ron Thompson reported for the Board of 
Brethren Evangelistic Ministries. He shared the 
purpose and mission of BEM and announced 
that there would be a special edition of the 
quarterly newsletter available on the table in the 
lobby and copies will be sent to the mailing list 
after Conference. Ron asked those to stand 
who had been saved, rededicated their lives, or 
were called to the ministry through BEM or who 
had served as an evangelist or member of the 
Board. A number stood and were applauded 
Ron announced that on May 15, 1 995, the Board 
of Directors of BEM voted for the dissolution of 
the BEM as a result of continuing financial 
difficulties and insufficient funds to underwrite 
the ministry. He further stated that as of 
September 1, 1995, he and Tony DeRosa would 
no longer be employed by BEM. The financial 
books will remain open until all bills have been 
paid. He hoped that someday the Lord may say, 
as He did to the woman with the alabaster box 
of ointment: "she hath done what she could." 
Ron then introduced BEM Board chairman Lee 
Dice who announced the recommended 
dissolution of BEM after 47 years of ministry. 
He rejoiced at the men used, thousands 
touched, but that God's timing indicates that it is 
time to close the door on this ministry in light of 

financial limitations. The Board intends to make 
proper severance with its Director, Ron. Lee 
also lamented that a survey of Senior Pastors in 
our Fellowship recently indicates that healthy, 
evangelistic churches are lacking in the FGBC. 
It is his prayer that this action will bring a shock 
wave to the FGBC realizing that we have lost 
something valuable. He asked us to pray for 
revival to wake up our Fellowship and our world. 
He then explained an overhead titled "cycles of 
religious groups" which indicated that all 
movements and ministries follow a life pattern of 
birth, growth, death and that there is a point 
where ministries will die if new life/pu rpose is not 
realized and followed. He then asked Moderator 
Ed Lewis and Moderator-Elect Steve Peters to 
lead in prayer. 

25. Moderator Ed Lewis asked the secretary to 
read a recommendation by the Fellowship 
Council concerning Brethren Evangelistic 

A motion prevailed to accept the report of the 
BEM, with deep appreciation for the impetus of 
evangelistic promotion throughout the Fellowship 
during their 47 years of work, and to challenge 
our churches to rise to the great need that their 
absence will create and encourage appropriate 
financial appeal to help with their indebtedness, 
and recommend that the Revision Task Force 
amend the Bylaws to reflect their dissolution. 

Further discussion indicated that BEM initiated 
many of the themes that are now being carried 
out by Conference and other boards. It was 
reported that their deficit is anticipated to be 
approximately $3000. 

The Moderator and the Moderator-Elect both 
led in prayer for BEM and evangelism in the 

A motion prevailed to extend the time to be 
able to conclude business. 

26. Mike Wallace, Chairman of the 
Parliamentary Committee, reported on the 
election results: 

Second Moderator-Elect: Don Rough 
A run-off election was needed in each of the 
regions. Delegates from the Eastern Region 
were instructed to use generic ballot #1 to vote 
between Carl Baker and Howard Mayes, 
Delegates in the Central were to use #2 between 
Charles Thornton and Galen Wiley, and ballot #3 
for the Western Region between Glen Shirk and 
Fenton McDonald, Delegates were instructed to 
leave ballots with tellers on their way out. 

He announced the 1996 Nominating 
Committee: Chm. Forrest Jackson, Robert 
Arenobine, Gary Austin, Tad Hobert, Richard 

Placeway, and Glen Shirk. 

27. There was no unfinished business. 

28. The Chairman called for new business. 
The Conference Secretary presented the 
following first reading of a proposed Bylaws 

The Fellowship Council recommends that we 
change the FGBC fiscal year to begin January 1 . 
to make it easier for our IRS blanket tax 
exemption status to be coordinated with 
churches that will be covered. There was no 

29. A motion prevailed to adjourn (sine die). 
Respectfully Submitted. 

Gregory M. Howell 

The Conference Minutes Review Committee: 
David Plaster 
Charles Ashman 
Jesse Deloe 



Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

This conference marks the 47th birthday of the 

only organization in the Fellowship of Grace 

Brethren Churches that exists solely for the 

purpose of promoting evangelism. It has been 

our privilege to Cross the Boundary and touch 

a needy world in a number of significant ways in 

1994-95 BEM: 

Conducted or participated in four revival 

crusades, encouraging Christians to move out 

of their comfort zones and into a needy world. 

Participated in three FOCUS III Seminars 
designed to ignite pastors toward new vision 
and accomplishment of mission. 

Challenged six churches toward a total 
mobilization strategy using the First Love 
Renewal seminar format. 

Reinforced total mobilization principles in 
four churches where First Love Renewal 
seminars have been conducted. 

Ministered with music and the Word in 
twelve churches, plus conferences and prayer 
retreats . 

Honored Linda Kline with the Robert B. 
Collitt Award for Evangelism at last year's 

Thanks to the faithfulness of churches and 
concerned individuals, the Executive Director 
has raised about 50% of his personal support for 
1995. However, throughout the year BEM has 
had to operate under a financial deficit due to 
the diminished giving by churches We have 
made this a matter of earnest prayer and trust 
that God will show us His will and direction for 
the future. Thanks for the opportunity to serve 
our fellowship. 

Respectively Submitted, 

Ron E. Thompson. Executive Director 

Balance On Hand 
Received to 

Disbursed to 
Balance On Hand 

Statement of Revenue Collected 
Expenses Paid and Fund Balance 

January 1, 1994 to December 31, 1994 


01/01/94 585.31 

12/31/94 60,103.54 
$ 60,688 85 
12/31/94 60,714.53 
12/31/94 (25.68) 

Balance On Hand 


Balance On Hand 







(Vouchers unpaid) 

Directors - Salary & Benefits 

; 36,516.73 

Director Expense 


(Designated Support) 




Office Salaries & Taxes 







Telephone Service 



Postage & Mail 




Piano Tape, 



Music Royalties 





Focus II 


FLR Seminars & Crusades 991.93 

District Fellowship 


National Conference 


Pulpit Supply 


Honoraria & Focus 


First Love Renewal Cru 

sades 5,689.11 

Travel & Automotive 




Rhythm Band Instruments 265.51 





ash Balances, April 1, 1994 

Checking ■ Lake City Bank 

Savings ■ GBIF 


Unrestricted Restricted 

$ 6,334.60 

$ 8,535.28 

ash Receipts: 

Membership Fees 
Conference Ticket Sales 
Other (Interest, etc.) 
Conference Registration Fees 
Total Cash Receipts 

$ 78,335.93 





$ 31,347.57 






ash Expenditures: 

Conference Expenses 
Facilities/Equipment Rental 
Child Care 

Printing and Promotion 
Conference Programming 
Personal Honoraria 
Committees and Officers 
Grace Brethren Annual 
Insurance and Legal 
Restricted Disbursements 
Pension Investment Plan 
Total Cash Expenditures 
Surplus (Deficit) 

:ash Balances, March 31, 1995 

Checking - Lake City Bank 
Savings - BIF 

Cash Balances 




























$ 2,887.87 






$ 22,282.79 

$ 3,753.35 




Statistics Reported By Member Churches For 1994 
(Includes reports received through June 30, 1995) 

Total Number of Churches in the Fellowship: 

Total Number of Churches Reporting: 

Total Number of Churches with 1995 membership fees paid: 


NOTE: Only those churches which have closed or officially notified the Fellowship 
Coordinators office of their withdrawal from the FGBC have been removed from the list of member 

Sunday Worship Attendance 



— 1994 








1993 199< 

41.641 41,016 

Sunday School Attendance 







Recorded Conversions 












Total Members 







Triune Immersed Members 








Twenty-one churches reported having no Sunday School or record of Sunday School 
attendance and are not computed into the average. 

Thirty churches had no record of professions of faith and are computed as zero into the 

If we project the membership average for the total number of churches, we have about 
34,125 total members in the Fellowship. 

Seven churches had no separate record of triune immersed members available and are 
computed as zero in the average. 167 churches reported 100% of their members as triune 
immersed Less than 10% of the total membership is reported as not triune immersed 

The five congregations of the Grace Brethren Church of Greater Washington, Clinton. MD. 
are reported and counted as one church 


The Prophet Micah admonished Israel to 
Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly" 
before God. Other prophets in Israel called the 
people to involvement in issues we consider 
"social concerns." Based on these and many 
other teachings in the Word of God. the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches has 
established the Social Concerns Committee 

The Social Concerns Committee has 
assisted our churches in several ways during 

This year for the first time we have 
targeted a district in order to stimulate 
interest in social concerns and supply 
helpful information. The Chairmar 
visited the Ohio districts in April-Ma^ 
and spoke to all three ministenums 
and in several churches of the' 
Northeast Ohio district. Severa 
appointments were held witr 
individual pastors 

2. Mailings were sent to our churches 
on several social concerns issues. 

3. Committee members were resource 
persons to the churches. 

4. Letters were written carefully 
expressing opinions (as individuals) 
on social concerns matters 

5. An exhibit, workshops and many 
resources are available at this 

We plan to continue these efforts in 1995- 
96. Our team is composed of volunteers with 
many other duties and with just one opportunity 
to meet together at Conference each year. But 
we are dedicated to this mission and we invite 
our churches to utilize our resouces to the 
fullest extent desired. 

In light of the teachings of Scripture and 
the moral climate of our society, the committee 
urges each church to 

Engage in social concerns with a 
diligent and loving spirit. 

Encourage laypeople to be involved 
individually in community affairs. 

Understand the political process at all 

levels-local, state and federal-and 
learn how to affect the process 
through active participation and 

Study the issues and responses 
carefully and avoid misinformation and 
responses which are legally or 
biblically questionable 

Convey to its membership the burden 
it carries for social concerns through 
regular communication and an annual 
Social Concerns Sunday. 

Work with other churches and with the 
district to disseminate information and 
call for action on moral issues. 

Respectfully Submitted, 

Social Concerns Committee 
Donald P. Shoemaker. Chm. 
Ron Cohen 
Robert Fetterhoff 
Russ Ogden 
John Teevan 


Our retirement program with American 
United Life Insurance Company is growing at a 
very steady pace. As of the date of this report, 
we have 194 active participants and a total 
balance of $1 ,204,338.24. The plan is working 
quite well for our participants with a few 
exceptions. We have found American United 
very helpful and responsive, although not 
always as prompt as desired. However, we feel 
that all problems relating to the transfer from the 
previous carrier are now cared for and quarterly 
statements are being received in a timely 

The Promise of Honor program continues 
to be in need of gifts, although our deficit for the 
year amounted to just $4,251. As has been 

noted in the past, we must care for these 
retirees and widows with the honor and dignity 
they so richly deserve. We currently have 34 
participants with total monthly payments of 

Our checking account balance is $501.49 
and the balance in savings is $69,771 .62. 

Respectfully Submitted, 

Mr. James W. Johnson, Chm. 
Mr. William Burby 
Dr. James L. Custer 
Mr. Reed DePace 
Mr. Dewey Melton 

Retirement Annuity Fund 

Beginning Cash & Savings, August 1, 1994 
Checking Account 
Savings Account (GBIF) 

Ending Cash & Savings, July 1, 1995 
Checking Account 
Savings Account (GBIF) 

Net Change in Assets 


i 70,273.11 

Income: 8/1/94 - 7/1/95 
Credential Fees 
Gifts Received 

Total Income 

$ 28,809.33 

Expenses: 8/1/94 -7/1/95 
Payments to Retirees 
Office Expense & Supplies 

Total Expenses 


$ 41,008.02 

$ 42.203.00 

($ 4,251.05)! 


We have changed the name to be more 
descriptive of the service offered. When you 
are looking for a new pastor or pastorate, 
please remember that this office was created 
to serve you. The system works best when all 
who are looking also list their name. There 
are two lists - one for pastors looking for 
churches and one for churches looking for 
pastors. Anyone may ask for either or both 
lists, though we try to maintain a degree of 

As Coordinator of Pastoral Connections, 
I do not actually match pastors with churches. 
I simply act as a clearing house, collecting 
and distributing resumes. Churches have also 
begun registering a profile of their ministry and 
community with me for prospective pastors to 
view prior to contacting the church. 

You may contact me at 509/773-3388 or 
AT&T E-Mail: IGMHOWELL or by FAX: 
509/773-6264 or write me at 1 180 S. 
Roosevelt, Goldendale, WA 98620. 

Some Statistics of Interest: 1995 1994 

Churches Requests for 

Pastors List 35 24 

Churches Currently Seeking 

a Pastor 20 1 1 

Listed Churches that 

found Pastors 10 7 

Pastor requests for 

Church List 73 50 

Men Currently Seeking 

Pastorates 44 32 

Listed Men who found 

other ministries 2 6 

Inquiries handled by phone 68 42 

Requests answered by 

FAX/E-Mail 12 5 

Copies of letters, applications, 

& resumes 1114 295 

Pastor Gregory M. Howell 
Pastoral Connections, Coordinator 

Directory of The Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Listing 281 congregations in 29 states 

.isted by States; giving city, church name, membership as of January 1, 1995, address and 
elephone number; pastor's name, telephone number and e-mail address; and name and 
elephone number of recording secretary or clerk. 



Anchorage Grace Brethren Church (310) 
Huffman and Pintail, 12407 Pintail St., 
Anchorage, AK 99516 

907/345-3741 FAX: 907/345-4241 
Pastor: Luke Kauffman, 907/345-6473 

E-mail: Ikauffman 
Secy.: Gary Cain, 907/344-4675 

Grace Community Church (238) 
2511 Sentry Dr., Anchorage, AK 99507 

907/344-7780 FAX: 907/344-71 87 
Pastor: Brian Chronister 
Secy.: Cindy Leonard, 907/344-7780 


Greatland Grace Brethren Church (58) 
3512 Robin St., Anchorage, AK 99504 

Pastor: E. John Gillis, 907/694-5331 
Secy.: Tony Follett, 907/243-5814 

;agle river 

Grace Brethren Church (88) 

P.O. Box 770430. Eagle River, AK 99577 

(Mile 1.8 - S. Birchwood Loop) 

907/688-4010 FAX: 907/688-0834 
Pastor: Mark Roberts 

CompuServe: 70401.1464 
Secy.: Carl Edwards, 907/688-4010 


Kenai Grace Brethren Church (63) 
406 McCollum Dr., Kenai, AK 99611 
907/283-4379 FAX: 907/283-4327 
Pastor: Chris Hay, 907/283-5789 
Secy.: Mrs. Rhea Stables, church phone 


North Pole Grace Brethren Church (23) 
Mailing address: P.O. Box 56982, 

Silver Leaf and Newby, North Pole, 

AK 99705 (Meeting place: North Pole 

Grange Hall, Grange Rd.) 

Pastor: Davis Harbour, 907/488-1789 
Secy.: Cindy Harbour, church phone 


Peninsula Grace Brethren Church (122) 
34640 Kalifornsky Beach Rd., Soldotna, 

AK 99669 

907/262-6442 FAX: 907/262-6442 
Pastor: Daniel Thornton, 907/262-1008 

E-mail: Idanthomton 
Secy.: Carmen Franchino, 907/262-8535 



East Valley Grace Brethren Church (4) 
P.O. Box 1266, Gilbert, AZ 85299 
Meeting at Chandler-Gilbert Community 

College, 2626 E. Pecos Rd., Chandler, 

AZ 85226 

Pastor: Michael Wallace, 520/497-5845 
Secy.: Larry Johnson, 520/545-9857 


ValleyLife Grace Brethren Church 
P.O. Box 11192, Glendale, AZ 85318 
(Meeting at: 7420 W. Cactus Rd. B-1 

Peoria, AZ 85345) 

602/979-3544 E-mail: vlcell @ 
Pastor: Ed Waken, 602/412-9552 
Secy.: Joe Ritenour, 602/942-8374 


Grace Brethren Church (77) 

2940 W. Bethany Home Rd. (just west of 

Interstate 17), Phoenix, AZ 85017 

Pastor: Kevin Zuber, 520/433-9520 
Secy.: Mrs. Sandra Hurt, 520/841-4676 


Red Lake Community Grace Brethren 

Box 74, Tonalea, AZ 86044 

Pastor: John Trujillo 


Silverbell Grace Brethren Church (25) 
1477 N. Silverbell Rd., Tucson, AZ 85745 

Pastor: Kenneth A. Curtis, 602/792-1114 
Secy.: Natalie Curtis 602/792-1114 



Grace Fellowship of Alta Loma (50) 
5719 Beryl St, Alta Loma. CA 91701 

909/980-0727 FAX: 909/980-1078 
Pastor: Neil Cole, 909/941-6998 

E-mail: ncole 


Auburn Grace Brethren Church (175) 
3126 Olympic Way, P.O. Box 6446. 
Auburn, CA 95603 

Pastor: Phil Sparling, 916/823-1223 


Cherry Valley Grace Brethren Church (95) 
10257 Beaumont, (Mailing address: 

P.O. Box 655) Beaumont, CA 92223 

Pastor: Robert Kliewer, 909/845-2551 
Secy.: Mrs. Robert Wines 


Bellflower Brethren Church (317) 

9405 E. Flower St., Bellflower, CA 90706 

310/925-6561 FAX: 310/925-6564 
Pastor: Tom Hocking, 310/634-3747 
Secy.: Connie Cashman, 310/860-4576 


Grace Brethren Church of Chico (46) 
1505 Arbutus Ave., Chico. CA 95926 

Pastor: Louie Ricci 
Secy : Dorothy Yeater. 916/342-6749 


Grace Brethren Church of Cypress (19) 
9512 Juanita, Cypress, CA 90630 

Pastor: Charles Covington 
Secy.: Eva Covington, 310/945-1805 


Grace Church (994) 

5100 Cerritos Ave.. Cypress. CA 90630 

714/761-5100 or 310/493-5613 

FAX: 714/761-0200 
Pastor: Mick Ukleja 
Secy.: Tim Flaming, 714/995-8182 


New Life Grace Brethren Church (25) 

12792 Valley View St., #218 
Garden Grove, CA 92545 
714/895-6393 FAX: 714/895-2244 

Pastor: David Marksbury. 714/379-0799 
E-mail: gbhmdm 

Secy.: Jim Terpenmg, 310/803-9595 


Brethren Bible Church (24) 

P.O. Box 5057. Hemet. CA 92544 

(Meeting at: 41995 E Florida Ave., 

Suite E & F) 

Pastor: William H. Kitchell, 909/925-7054 
Secy. - Brent Cain, 909/925-5624 


Creek Park Community Church (189) 
12200 Oxford Dr.. La Mirada. CA 90638 

Pastor Jim Behrens 
Secy.: Lynda Gunderson. 714/523-0398 


Grace Brethren Church (141) 

2600 White Ave., La Verne, CA 91750 

909/593-1204 FAX: 909/593-6832 
Pastor: Randy Peugh 
Secy.: Myca Lynn Poulos 


Iglesia Cnstiana de la Communidad (27) 
11859 E. 209th St., Lakewood, CA 90715 

Pastor: Juan L. Arregin 


Community Grace Brethren Church (121) 
5885 Downey Ave.. Long Beach. CA 90805 

Pastor: Tom Hughes. 310/630-7853 
Secy.: Debbie J. Hess. 310/426-8036 


Grace Brethren Church (1,193) 

3590 Elm Ave.. Long Beach. CA 90807 

Meeting at 36th and Linden 

310/595-6881 FAX: 310/988-9391 
Pastor: Lou Huesmann, 310/988-0453 
Secy.: David Sundstrom. 714/827-5909 

Grace Cambodian Church (138) 
3590 Elm St.. Long Beach. CA 90807 

Pastor. Vannraith Khiev 

Iglesia Evangelica de los Hermanos (37) 
2590 Elm Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807 
Pastor: Alfonso Ramirez 


Los Altos Grace Brethren Church (196) 
6565 E. Stearns St., Long Beach, 

CA 90815 

Pastor: Phil Heifer. 310/866-4385 
Secy.: Kathryn McNeely, 714/828-8847 


New Hope Community Church (27) 
24610 Railroad Canyon Dr., Suite 10. 
Canyon Lake. CA 92587 
909/244-2177 FAX: 909/244-5038 
Pastor: Chris Suitt, 909/656-2729 


La Loma Grace Brethren Church (143) 
1315 La Loma Ave.. Modesto, CA 95354 

Pastor: Joel Richards. 209/538-4495 

E-mail: joelnchards 
Secy.: Debra Sacuski. 209/575-0835 


Grace Brethren Church (60) 

P.O. Box 720, Moorpark, CA 93020 

Pastor: Tim Marlier, 805/529-9785 


Grace Brethren Church (90) 

11005 Foster Rd., Norwalk, CA 90650 

Pastor: Don Bowlin, 310/863-3213 
Secy.: Mrs. Helen Adams. 310/868-6628 


Grace Church of Orange (94) 
2201 E. Fairhaven Ave., Orange, 

CA 92669 

Pastor: Ed Trenner, 714/538-2686 or 



Grace Community Church (50) 

690 W. Etiwanda Ave., Rialto, CA 92376 

909/875-0730 FAX: 909/875-0743 
Pastor: Roy L. Polman, 909/874-3526 
Secy.: Marlene Fowler, 909/875-4271 


Ripon Grace Brethren Church (210) 
734 West Main St., Ripon, CA 95366 

209/599-3042 FAX: 209/599-6418 
Pastor: Glen W. Shirk, 209/599-4685 

E-mail: gshirk 
Secy.: Robert Driver, 209/523-2811 


River City Grace Community Church (70) 
4261 Whitney Ave. (corner of Whitney and 

Eastern Aves), Sacramento, CA 95821 

Pastor: Thomas Lynn, 916/725-9709 


Mountainside Community Church (61) 
2050 Pacific Ave,, San Bern., CA 92404 

909/889-8695 FAX: 909/888-3899 
Pastor: J. Mark Booth, 909/862-4175 

E-mail: jmbooth 
Secy,: Ten E, Booth. 909/862-4175 


Grace Brethren Church 

3455 Atlas St., San Diego. CA 921 1 1 

Pastor: Philip Teran, 619/278-3715 
Secy.: Virginia Riddle, 619/748-8562 


South Bay Grace Brethren Church (17) 
4610 Camden Ave,, San Jose, CA 95124 

Pastor: Stan Martin, 408/448-7304 


Maranatha Grace Brethren Church 

(Spanish-speaking) (42) 
1704 W, First St., Santa Ana, CA 92703 

Pastor: Francisco Javier Peraza, 

Secy.: Alva Gonzales, 714/546-7935 


Grace Brethren Church (56) 

223 E. Fesler, Santa Maria, CA 93454 

Pastor: John Graton, 805/922-9840 
Secy.: Sue Graton, 805/922-9840 


Grace Brethren Church (27) 

c/o Monty Martin, 21643 Grovepark Dr., 

Saugus, CA 91350 
Pastor: Monty Martin, 805/297-7254 


Grace Community Church (112) 
4247 Van Buren, Riverside, CA 92503 

909/352-8685 FAX: 909/352-8714 
Pastor: Brian Smith, 909/352-8714 

On-Line: "gracommune" 
Secy.: Gregg Starbuck, 909/689-9819 


Grace Community Church of Seal Beach 

138 Eighth St., Seal Beach, CA 90740 

310/596-1605 FAX: 310/430-8770 
Pastor: Donald Shoemaker, 310/598-5298 
Secy.: Linda Strong 


Grace Brethren Church of Simi Valley 

2762 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley, CA 93065 

805/527-0195 FAX: 805/527-8139 
Pastor: John Mcintosh, 805/584-6488 
Secy.: Mrs. Diane Clark, 805/522-1279 


Grace Brethren Church of S. Pasadena 

920 Fremont Ave., S. Pasadena, CA 91030 

Pastor: Terry Daniels, 818/799-0086 
Secy.: Betty Mitchell. 818/799-6461 


Grace Brethren Church (46) 

1480 Parker Ave., Tracy, CA 95376 

209/835-0732 FAX: 209/832-7580 
Pastor: Robert MacMillan, 209/836-4848 

E-mail: pulpitguy @ 
Secy.: Jim Warner, 209/835-0843 


Community Grace Brethren Church of 
Whittier (347) 

11000 E. Washington Blvd. (2 blocks east 
of 605 Freeway), Whittier, CA 90606 
310/692-0588 FAX: 310/695-8635 

Pastor: Richard Todd, 310/945-6891 

Secy.: Marian McBnde, 310/693-1530 


Grace Brethren Church (81 ) 

6704 Milton Ave. (Mailing address: 

P.O. Box 174), Whittier, CA 90608 

Pastor: Stephen Kuns 
Secy.: Aracely Tamayo, 310/695-8824 


Grace Community Church (21) 

6300 Ruth Dr., Yucca Valley, CA 92284 

619/228-1785 FAX: 619/369-7387 
Pastor: Roger Mayes, 619/365-1514 
Secy.: Brandy Rooney, 619/364-4121 



Arvada Grace Fellowship (96) 
6980 Pierce St., Arvada CO 80003 

970/424-3116 FAX: 970/424-21 10 
Pastor: Chris Ball, 970/467-281 1 
Secy.: Tim Tentinger, 970/424-3116 


Grace Brethren Church (77) 

2975 Jet Wing, Colorado Sprgs.CO 80916 

Pastor: Gary Austin, 719/391-2737 

E-mail: garyaustjn 
Secy.: Mary Burnght, 719/591-9339 



Colonial Chapel Grace Brethren Church 

Mailing address: P.O. Box 310459. 

Newmgton, CT 06131 

Pastor: Kenneth Carozza, 203/667-1245 
Secy.: Michael Sanville, 203/859-2479 



Grace Brethren Church (32) 
Meeting at the Newark Day Nursery, 
921Barksdale Rd. (All mail to 700 
Clifton Dr., Bear, DE 19701) 
Pastor: J. Timothy Coyle, 302/834-1722 
Secy.: Ron Bove. 302/737-0932 



Grace Brethren Church (49) 

5535 33rd St. E . Bradenton, FL 34203 

Pastor: Robert Byers, 813/751-2916 
Secy.: Carol Patterson, 813/758-9443 


Grace Brethren Church (43) 

6259 Faber Dr., Rolling Acres, FL 34602 

Pastor: Bill Stevens, 904/799-3736 
Secy.: Romayne Wentz, 904/799-0472 


Calvary Grace Brethren Church (46) 
3165 Howland Blvd., Deltona, FL 32725 

Pastor: Kenneth Koontz, 904/789-6512 
Secy.: Dawn Arnett, 904/775-3869 


Eglise Evangehque De La Grace 
2850 W. Prospect Rd., Ft. Lauderdale, 

FL 33309 

Pastor: Elysee Joseph 


Grace Community Church (100) 
2850 W. Prospect Rd, Ft. Lauderdale, 

FL 33309 

305/739-5468 FAX: 305/777-0155 
Interim Pastor: Ralph Wiley, 305/485-8499 
Secy.: Larry Downs, 305/749-7636 


Grace Brethren Church (50) 

2141 Crystal Dr. (in the Villas, one block 

east of Rt. 41. five miles south of city), 

Fort Myers, FL 33907 

Pastor: Steven Shipley, 941/278-5847 
Secy.: Linda Schneiders, 941/267-7568 


Grace Bible Fellowship (12) 

2027 SW 78th Terrace, Gainesville, 

FL 32607 (Meeting at: 8009 SW 14th 

Ave. off Tower Rd.) 

Pastor: George "Scoty" Kerr, 

(H)904/372-3986, (0)904/378-4792 
Secy.: Dr. Charles Davis, 904/373-7235 


Grace Brethren Church (46) 

6410 Lunn Rd., Lakeland, FL 33811 

Pastor: David Kennedy. 941/648-1841 
Secy.: Tim Howe. 941/858-1792 


Land O Lakes Grace Brethren Church 
P.O. Box 2391, Land O'Lakes, FL 34639 
Pastor: Mike Govey 


Grace Brethren Church - Suntree (32) 
1001 N. Pinehurst Ave.. Melbourne, 

FL 32940 

(Exit 73 off I-95 to Wickham, left on 


Pastor: Jeff Dunkle 
Secy.: Glenn Ernsberger, 407/259-6608 


Shoreline Grace Brethren Church 
740 Clarendon Ct„ Naples, FL 33942 

(Meeting in the Naples Family YMCA. 

Pine Ridge Rd.) 

Pastor: Dan Thompson, 941/597-2275 
Secy.: Bob Dallmann, 941/455-6626 


Grace Brethren Church (28) 

Meeting at NP Scout Bid., Greenwood Ave. 

(Mailing address: John Hetrick, 575 

Portside) North Port, FL 34287 

Interim Pastor: Lester E. Pifer, 

Secy.: John Hetrick, 941/426-4549 


Ocala Grace Brethren Church (36) 
6474 N.E. 7th St., Ocala, FL 34470 

Pastor: Ronald A. Smals 
Secy.: Laura Knegbaum, 904/625-1991 


Grace Brethren Church (130) 
701 S. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, 

FL 34974 

Pastor: Leland Friesen, 941/357-1855 
Secy.: L.C. Fortner, 941/763-3082 


Fellowship of Our Savior Grace Brethren 

Church (19) 
5425 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd.. Orlando, 

FL 32819 407/876-3178 
Interim Pastor: Chuck Davis, 

Secy.: Veronica Mansel, 407/352-8654 


Grace Brethren Church of Maitland (72) 
1185 N. Wymore Rd.. Maitland, FL 32751 

Pastor: Ron Guiles, 407/869-4831 

E-mail: rguiles @ 
Secy.: Wendy Herzig. 407/880-2349 


Grace Community Church (40) 

1060 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach. 

FL 32174 

Pastor: Michael Ocealis, 904/676-7674 
Secy.: Earl Howell, 904/677-3767 


Palm Harbor Grace Brethren Church (73) 
2255 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor, 

FL 34683 

Secy.: LaVerne Pilcher, 941/447-5300 


Gulfview Grace Brethren Church (86) 
6639 Hammock R<±, Port Richey, 

FL 34668 (1 m. S. of State Rd. 52, 

off Hwy. 19) 

941/862-7777 FAX: 941/868-4836 
Pastor: Jim Poyner, 941/862-2821 
Secy.: Evelyn Shane 


Sebring Grace Brethren Church (118) 
3626 Thunderbird Rd., Sebring, FL 33872 

Pastor: Glenn Rininger. Jr., 941/471-3881 
Secy.: Elsie Miller, 941/385-6982 


Grace Brethren Church of St. Petersburg 

6300 62nd Ave. N., Pinellas Park, 

St. Petersburg, FL 34665 

Pastor: Randy Weekley, 941/544-5544 
Secy.: Marian Foulks, 941/544-2972 


Grace Brethren Church of Town & Country 

12622 Memorial Hwy. #122, Tampa, 

FL 33635 (Mtg. at 8000 Sheldon Rd.) 
Pastor: John llko, 941/891-9509 
Secy.: Sarah llko, 941/891-9509 



Grace Brethren Church of Greater 

Atlanta (135) 
3079 Hidden Forest Ct. Marietta, GA 30066 

770/422-3844 FAX: 770/422-3285 
Pastor: Dean Fetterhoff, 770/428-8738 

E-mail: 102414,2147 (CompuServe) 
Secy.: Nancy Shelley, 770/296-1343 



Waimalu Grace Brethren Church (127) 
98-323 Pono St., Aiea, HI 96701 

Pastor: Nathan Zakahl, 808/487-8188 
Secy.: Gwendolyn NaKamoto, 


Rainbow Grace Brethren Church (20) 
P.O. Box 2488, Ewa Beach, HI 96706 
(Meeting address: 91-824 Oama St.) 
808/689-8229 FAX: 808-689-6398 
Secy.: Arleen Alejado 808/689-6398 


Waipio Grace Brethren Church (100) 
95-035 Waimakua Dr., Mililani. HI 96789 

Pastor: A. David Mitchell, 808/623-0418 
Secy.: Miss Ellen Nagao, 808/623-2116 



Bethel Brethren Church (138) 
718 E. Main St., Berne, IN 46711 
Mailing address: P.O. Box 46) 

Pastor: Robert Griffith 219/589-8108 
Secy.: Mrs. Larry Leistner,21 9/589-2237 


First Brethren Church (35) 

Tenth and Cook Sts. 

Mailing address: Rt 1, Box 15, Clay 

City, IN 47841 

c/o LaVaughn Backfisch, 812/939-2620 
Pastor: Robert G. Clouse, 812/235-5433 


Columbia City Grace Brethren Church 

2390 E. 100 S., Columbia City, IN 46725 

Pastor: Daniel Gregory 
Secy.: Marion Bollinger, 219/723-4259 


Grace Brethren Church (59) 

103 S. Willow St., Flora, IN 46929 

Pastor: David Rosner, 219/967-4987 

E-mail: Ifloragbc 
Secy.: Roseanna Fife, 219/967-3201 


First Grace Brethren Church (141) 

8631 U.S. Hwy 27 S., Ft. Wayne, IN 46816 

Pastor: Bill Smith, 219/269-7362 
Secy.: Judy Shaw, 219/637-5709 


Grace Brethren Church (55) 

4619 Stellhorn Rd.. Fort Wayne, IN 46815 

Pastor: Robert Arenobine, 219/493-2841 
Secy.: Colleen Troxel, 219/749-8332 


Grace Brethren Church (72) 

1801 W. Clinton St., Goshen, IN 46526 

Pastor: W. Carl Miller, 219/534-0393 
Secy.: Dorothy Brumbaugh, 219/533-7515 


Eagle Creek Grace Brethren Church (162) 
7001 W 46th St., Indianapolis, IN 46254 

Pastor: Paul E. Woodruff, 317/293-1103 
Secy.: Jan Wilson, 317/241-4484 


Northeast Grace Brethren Church (25) 
11521 Fishers Dr., Fishers, IN 46038 

Pastor: Al Edgington, 317/578-8007 
Secy.: Dave Voltz 


Indian Heights Grace Brethren Church 

725 E. Center Rd., (300 S), Kokomo, 

IN 46902 

Pastor: Richard Horner, 317/453-1671 
Secy.: Pat McKinley, 317/453-2048 


North Kokomo Grace Brethren Church 

37 W. 550 N., Kokomo, IN 46901 

Pastor: Dick Cron, 219/699-7110 
Secy.: Dick Kniesley. 317/452-1380 


Leesburg Grace Brethren Church (71) 
Church and Pearl Sts. (Mailing address: 
P.O. Box 370), Leesburg, IN 46538 
Pastor: Jeffrey Hoffard, 219/453-3960 
Secy.: Mrs. Lon Judson, 219/268-1488 


Mishawaka Grace Brethren Church (100) 
15250 Day Rd. (Mailing address: P.O. 

Box 5143, Mishawaka, IN 46546) 

Pastor: Scott Weaver, 219/256-5940 
Secy.: Barbara Kelley, 219/674-5069 


New Albany Grace Brethren Church (24) 
3725 St. Joseph Rd., New Albany, 

IN 47172 

Pastor: Mark Howard, 502/897-4269 
Secy.: Patricia Byrd, 812/944-8378 


Grace Brethren Church (220) 
58343 Apple Rd.. Osceola, IN 46561 
219/674-5918 FAX: 219/674-5573 
, Pastor: Scott Distler 

Secy.: Georgia Bateson, 219/679-4853 


Sidney Grace Brethren Church (16) 
202 W. Arthur St., Sidney, IN 46566 

Pastor: Ronald Sheranko, 219/839-5504 
Secy.: Amy Sheranko, 219/839-5504 


Ireland Road Grace Brethren Church (118) 
1701 Ireland Rd.. South Bend, IN 46614 

Pastor: Roger Krynock, 219/299-0236 
Secy.: Jackie Bntton, 219/256-9365 


Community Grace Brethren Church (271) 
909 S. Buffalo St., Warsaw, IN 46580 

Pastor: Scott Miles, 219/269-6297 
Secy.: Bonnie Bowman, 219/267-7304 


Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 

1200 Kings Hwy., Winona Lake, IN 46590 

219/267-6623 FAX: 21 9/267-8456 

E-mail: wlgbc 
Pastor: John Teevan. 219/269-2258 
Secy.: Dan Pacheco, Sr., 219/267-7603 



Grace Brethren Church (65) 

2905 D Ave., NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 

Pastor: Gary Kochheiser, 319/365-5551 

E-mail: gkochheiser 
Secy.: Sue Sletten, 319/396-8497 


Grace Brethren Church (50) 

305 Hatton St., (Mailing address: P.O. 

Box 477, Dallas Center, IA 50063) 

Pastor: Greg Sharp, 515/992-3480 
Secy.: Rhonda Mulder, 515/992-3963 


Grace Brethren Church (35) 

3919 N. Elsie Ave., Davenport, IA 52806 

Pastor: Howard Johnson 
Secy.: Barry Delp, 319/391-9171 


First Grace Brethren Church (33) 
921 Lyon St. (Mailing address: 1425 

York St., Des Moines. IA 50316) 

Secy.: Dean Travis, 515/265-1077 


Carlton Brethren Church (66) 
1096 270th St., Garwin, I A 50632 

(6 V, miles southwest of Garwin) 

Secy.: Mrs. Carl Kouba. 515/499-2052 


Pleasant Grove Grace Brethren Church 

1897 294th St., R.1, Box 33, North 

English, IA 52316 (2 miles east of 

Millersburg, 6 miles northwest of North 


Pastor: Gilbert Hawkins, 319/664-3568 
Secy.: Gretchen White, 319/664-3108 


Udell Grace Brethren Church (5) 
(All Mail To: Lawrence Powell, R. 1, 

Udell, IA 52593) 

Secy.: Dorothy Powell, 515/452-6620 


Grace Brethren Church (398) 

1760 Williston Ave., Waterloo, IA 50702 

Pastor: John P. Burke, 319/235-9056 
Secy.: Mrs. Ray DeSerano, 



Grace Brethren Church of Portis (99) 
P.O. Box 6, Portis, KS 67474(on Hwy.281) 

Pastor: Robert H. Juday, 913/346-2085 
Secy.: Darrel Wolters, 913/346-2097 


Grace Brethren Church of Wichita (5) 
2058 S. Water, Wichita, KS 67213 
Pastor: Larry Hoffman, 316/788-7498 



Clayhole Grace Brethren Church (55) 
4335 Hwy. 476. Clayhole, KY 41317 

(4 miles east of Lost Creek) 

Pastor: Lone Keck 
Secy.: Dixie Lee Noble, 606/666-2094 


Victory Mountain Grace Brethren Chapel 

H.C. 62, Box 640, Dryhill, KY 41749 

(9 miles north of Hyden on Route 257) 

Pastor: Samuel Baer. 606/672-2520 
Secy.: Lois Jean Valentine, 606/672-2455 


Grace Bible Church of Lexington 
Meeting at: 332 Fox Harbor, 40517 
Mailing address: 222 S Limestone, 

Lexington. KY 40523 

Pastor: Scott Taylor 
Secy.: Nancy Brumagen, 606/273-2406 



Grace Brethren Church (38) 
Bumble Bee Rd., (Mailing address: 

c/o Bill Spear. R.1 Box 21, Accident, 

Pastor: Paul Mohler, Acting 304/265-4624 
Secy Alice Deal. 301/746-8335 


Cumberland Grace Brethren Church (86) 
R.R. 2, Box 497, Cumberland. MD 21502 
(From Rt. 68, take Willow Brook Rd. to 
end, turn right on Williams Rd.) 
Pastor: Raymond McCoy, 301/724-7223 
Secy.: Marie McElwee. Rt. 1. Box 256 


Calvary Grace Brethren Church (61) 
115 Bryan PI., Hagerstown, MD 21740 

Pastor: J. Norman Mayer, 301/733-6375 
Secy.: Dorothy Dorner, 301/739-2619 


Grace Brethren Church (503) 

First and Spruce Sts (Mailing address: 

837 Spruce St.). Hagerstown, MD 21740 

301/739-1726 FAX: 301/739-9481 
Pastor: Raymond Davis, 301/790-2927 
Secy.: William King, Jr., 301/791-5012 


Maranatha Brethren Church (211) 
19835 Scott Hill Dr., Hagerstown. 

MD 21742 

Pastors: Jay Fretz, 301/733-6073 

Ron Shank 301/733-7322 
Secy.: Mrs. Robin Himes, 301/791-1152 


Valley Grace Brethren Church (99) 
17310 Gay St. (Halfway Area), 

Hagerstown, MD 21740 

301/582-0155 FAX: 301/582-0155 
Pastor: Daniel J. Prltchett, 301/582-3248 

E-mail: djpritchet @ 


Grace Brethren Church (168) 
8400 Good Luck Road, Lanham, 

MD 20706 

301/552-1414 FAX: 301/552-2021 

E-mail: ! lanhamgbc 
Pastor: Ronald Carnevali, 301/577-2327 
Secy.: Deborah Harten, 301/464-0316 


jirace Brethren Church of Greater 
Washington-One Church in Five 


Clinton Grace Brethren Church (388) 
6501 Surratts Road, Clinton, MD 20735 

301/868-1600 FAX: 301/868-9475 
Pastor: Howard Mayes, 301/292-1438 
Secy.: Marlene Batchelor, 301/868-1050 


Grace Brethren Church (43) 

1301 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, 

VA 22301 

703/548-1808 FAX: 301/865-0923 
Pastor: Robert Trefry, 301/868-0923 
Secy.: Mrs. lone Hile, 703/836-7893 


Grace Brethren Church (312) 

9870 Old Solomon Island Rd. (Mailing 

address: P.O. Box 458). Owings, 

MD 20736 

301/855-2955 FAX: 301/855-2273 
| Pastor: Robert Wagner, 301/855-7895 
Secy.: Mrs. Kathryn Sugg, 410/257-7193 


Grace Brethren Church of Frederick (142) 
5102 Old National Pike, Frederick, 

MD 21702 

301/473-4337 FAX: 301/473-4379 

! Pastor: "R." Dallas Greene, 301/371-7390 

Secy.: Donne Kenney, 301/371-6267 


Grace Brethren Church (566) 
Hwy. 5 (5 miles S.E. from Waldorf), 
13000 Zekiah Dr., Waldorf. MD 20601 
301/645-0407 FAX: 301/645-4233 
Pastor: Jeff M. Thornley, 301/645-4216 
Secy.: Donna Coleman, 301/843-7602 



Grace Brethren Church (72) 

9390 W. Thompson Rd., Lake Odessa, 

Ml 48849 (Meeting at Vedder Rd.) 

Pastor: Brad Lambnght, 616/693-2936 
Secy.: Betty Hulliberger, 616/374-7818 


Grace Brethren Church (36) 

3904 W. Willow St., Lansing, Ml 48917 

Pastor: Michael Rockafellow, 51 7/886-0525 
Secy.: Barb Shannon, 517/625-7586 



Grace Brethren Church (40) 
Corner of 12th and "0" Sts. (Mailing 

address: P.O. Box 180, Beaver City, 

NE 68926) 

Pastor: Robert P. Schaffer 
Secy.: Sandra Weaver, 308/268-3145 



Grace Brethren Church of Hope (23) 
7, mile south of Hope on Rt. 519 
(Mailing address: P.O. Box 490, Hope, 

NJ 07844) 

Pastor: Larry K. Gegner, 908/475-2361 
Secy.: Stanley M. Dick, 908/459-4168 



Cedar Hill Navajo Grace Brethren Church 

Grace Brethren Navajo Ministries 
Counselor, NM 87018 

Phone/FAX: 505/568-4454 
Pastor: Tully Butler 


Counselor Grace Brethren Church (27) 
Grace Brethren Navajo Ministries 
Counselor, NM 87018 

Pastor: Steve Galegor 
Secy.: Mrs. Terri Aites, 505/568-4454 


Day Mesa Grace Brethren Church (11) 
Grace Brethren Navajo Ministries 
Counselor, NM 87018 

Pastor Johnson Chiquito 


First Brethren Church of Taos (180) 
Corner of Pandos and Witt Rds. (1 m. east 

on Raton Rd.) (Mailing address: P.O. 

Drawer 1068, Taos, NM 87571) 

Pastor: Robert Salazar, 505/758-3388 
Secy.: Lana Clawson, 505/751-4663 



Hope Community Church 

P O. Box 858, Cary, NC 27512 (Meeting 

at East Cary Middle School, 1111 NE 


Pastor: Mike Lee, 919/460-4633 



Ellet Grace Brethren Church (144) 
530 Stetler Ave., Akron, OH 44312 

Pastors: R. John Snow, 216/784-0330 

Stephen R. Cisney, 216/784-7007 
Secy.: Bill Ankeny, 216/733-4325 


Grace Brethren Church (81) 
754 Ghent Rd., Akron, OH 44333 

Pastor: Jim Hostetler, 216/666-4492 
Secy.: Debbie Kear, 216/867-9478 


Grace Brethren Church (595) 
1144 W. Main, Ashland, OH 44805 

419/289-8334 FAX: 419/281-1425 
Pastor: Daniel Allan, 419/289-8878 
Secy.: Mary Lou Wertman, 419/289-2949 


Southview Grace Brethren Church (100) 
810 Katherine Ave., Ashland, OH 44805 

Pastor: Larry Edwards, 419/281-9149 
Secy.: Dean Glenn, 419/895-1162 


Grace Brethren Church (27) 

121 S. Enterprise St, Bowling Green, 

OH 43402 

Pastor: Oscar Stroede 

E-mail: GBC Oscar @ 
Secy.: Terry Lawrence, 

Off.41 9/372-771 3 FAX: 419/372-8569 


Brookville Grace Brethren Church (257) 
12152 Westbrook Rd. (Mailing address: 
P.O. Box 9, Brookville, OH 45309) 
513/833-5562 FAX: 513/833-2961 
Pastor: Henry Mallon, 513/833-2554 
Secy.: Ken Claggett, 513/833-3676 


Grace Brethren Church (22) 

96 W. Central Ave., Camden, OH 45311 

Pastor: Elgin Green 
Secy.: Penny Brewster, 513/847-8480 


Grace Brethren Church (200) 

6283 Market Ave. N.. Canton. OH 44721 

Pastor: Terrance Taylor, 216/497-0924 
Secy.: Mrs. Jan Elliott, 216/877-3785 


Centerville Grace Brethren Church (103) 
410 E. Social Row Rd., Centerville, 

OH 45458 

Pastor: Greg Ryerson, 513/439-4742 
Secy.: Bill Starrett, 513/372-5446 


Loveland Grace Brethren Church (51) 
11020 Lebanon Rd., Loveland, OH 45140 
Pastor: Ed DeZago, 513/489-0685 
Secy.: Leonard W. Smith, 513/752-2758 


Clayton Grace Brethren Church (63) 
P.O. Box 9, Clayton. OH 45315 (Salem 

and Kimmel Rd.) 

Pastor: Darryl Ditmer 


East Side Grace Brethren Church (338) 
7510 E. Broad St., Blacklick, OH 43004 

(3 m. east of I -270) 

614/861-5810 FAX: 614/861-5868 
Pastors: Chip Helm, Jay Firebaugh, 

Dan Travis 
Secy.: Millie Hedges, 614/866-3337 


Grace Brethren Church of Columbus 

8225 Worthington-Galena Rd., Westerville, 

OH 43081 (Mailing address: 6675 

Worthington-Galena Rd., Worthington, 

OH 43085) 

614/888-7733 FAX: 614/888-1258 
Pastor: James Custer, 614/881-5779 
Secy.: Mike Anthony 


Rocky Ridge Grace Brethren Church 
P.O. Box 218, New Albany, OH 43054 

614/855-3558 FAX: 614/855-3558 
Pastor: Will Marling, 614/855-0139 


Southwest Grace Brethren Church (79) 
3989 Neff Rd., Grove City, OH 43123 

Pastor: Tony Webb, (614/351-1049) 
Secy.: Bonnie Smith 


Grace Brethren Church (40) 

Seminary and Rock Sts. (off Rts. 50 and 7 
between Athens and Belpre) (Mailing 
address: Box 235, Coolville, OH 45723) 

Pastor: George Horner, (614/667-6243) 

Secy.: Shirley Bowman, (614/989-2489) 


Friendship Grace Brethren Church (43) 
5850 St. Rt. 41 W„ Covington, OH 45318 

Pastor: Larry Richeson 
Secy.: Virginia Peters, 513/473-2667 


Grace Brethren Church of Cuyahoga Falls 

1736 E. Bailey Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, 

OH 44221 

Pastor: Walter Malick, 21 6/784-6677 
Secy.: Barbara Heinbaugh, 216/928-5885 


Grace Brethren Church (16) 

302 E. Ross St. (Mailing address: P.O. 
Box 509, Danville, OH 43014) 
614/599-6467 or 614/599-6350 

Pastor: Albert Hockley, 614/599-6350 


Basore Road Grace Brethren Church(259) 
5900 Basore Rd., Dayton, OH 45415 

Pastor: Brian White, 513/836-4730 
Secy.: Sylvia Koeller, 513/833-4232 


Calvary Grace Brethren Church of Dayton 

3243 N. Main St., (Mailing address: 

3912 Bradwood Dr., Dayton, OH 45405) 

Pastor: Robert Poirier, 513/274-8220 
Secy.: Ellen Poirier, 513/274-8220 


First Grace Brethren Church (282) 

2624 Stonequarry Rd., Dayton, OH 45414 

Pastor: G. Forrest Jackson, 513/275-4211 
Secy.: Mrs. Roy Trissel 


Grace Community Church of Huber 

Heights (197) 
5001 Fishburg Rd., Dayton, OH 45424 

Pastor: Bob Foote, 513/667-5608 
Secy.: Linda Penn, 513/233-4324 


North Riverdale Grace Brethren Church 

4101 N. Main St., Dayton, OH 45405 

Pastor: Tad Hobert, 513/898-1689 
Secy.: Barbara Setser, 513/274-2833 


Grace Brethren Church (184) 

375 Hills-Miller Rd., Delaware, OH 43015 

614/363-3613 FAX: 614/363-3613 
Pastor: Jeffrey Gill, 614/363-3613 
Secy.: Mrs. Jennie Ecker, 614/363-3613 


Northwest Chapel Grace Brethren Church 

6700 Rings Rd., (Mailing address: P.O. 
Box 1234, Dublin, OH 43017) 
614/761-0363 FAX: 614/761-7922 

Pastor: Terry Hofecker, 614/771-9748 

Secy.: Susan Fearon 


Grace Brethren Church (360) 

900 Smith Rd., Fremont, OH 43420 

Pastor: Kevin Pinkerton, 419/332-5185 
Secy.: Judy Loudenslager,41 9/547-7290 


Grace Brethren Church (169) 

8156 Firestone Rd., Homerville, OH 44235 

Pastor: Bradley A. Kelley 
Secy.: Nancy Lilly, 419/853-4084 


Calvary Grace Brethren Church (21) 
2850 E. Dorothy Ln., Kettering, OH 45420 

Pastor: Phillip Poe, 513/259-1460 
Secy,: Henry T Barnhart, 513/298-2212 


Grace Brethren Church (233) 
215 W. Main St. (Mailing address: P.O. 
Box 3009, Lexington, OH 44904) 
419/884-2687 FAX: 419/884-2687 
Pastor: Dave Atkins. 419/884-3259 
Secy.: Mrs, Joan Huber, 419/886-2615 


Grace Brethren Church (25) 

715 St. R. 42W (Mailing address: P.O. 

Box 446, London, OH 43140) 

Pastor Timothy J. Ruesch 
Secy.: Mary Allison, 513/568-9118 


Western Reserve Grace Brethren Church 

1066 E. Aurora Rd., Macedonia, OH 44056 

216/342-0755 FAX: 216/963-6678 
Pastor: Ronald Boehm, 216/467-6123 
Secy,: Kaye Kessler, 216/524-7162 


Cornerstone Grace Brethren Church (50) 
1905 Lexington/Springmill Rd. N., 

Mansfield, OH 44906 

Pastor: Gene Witzky, 419/884-0692 
Secy.: Darlene Arnold, 419/589-8436 


Woodville Grace Brethren Church (134) 
580 Woodville Rd., Mansfield, OH 44907 

Pastor: Mike Lookenott, 419/526-0551 
Secy.: Evelyn Miller, 419/947-2516 


Grace Brethren Church (62) 

2813 Gooding Rd., Marion. OH 43302 

Pastor: John Jones, 614/383-4679 
Secy.: Bob Gliem. 614/382-6549 


Grace Brethren Church (144) 

2911 William St., N.E. (Mailing address: 

P.O. Box 43, Middlebranch, OH 44652) 

Pastor: Robert Divine, 216/497-2839 

E-mail: mgbcdivine 
Secy.: Nancey Campbell, 216/499-2832 


Grace Brethren Church (51) 

Meeting at 4960 TR305 (7 3 m. south of 

Millersburg Fire Station) (Mailing 

address: P.O. Box 202, Millersburg, 

OH 44654) 

Pastor: Charles Thornton. 216/674-1228 ] 

E-mail: I cgthornton 
Secy.: Dorothy Peppier, 216/674-0290 


Minerva Grace Brethren Church (82) 
22797 Ellsworth Ave., Minerva, OH 44657 

Pastor: Galen Wiley, 216/868-3296 

E-mail: gwiley 
Secy.: Karen Amelung, 216/894-2753 


Grace Brethren Church of Norton (305) 
3970 Cleveland-Massillon Rd.. Norton. 

OH 44203 

216/825-6291 FAX: 216/825-6291 
Pastor: Robert Combs, 216/825-8966 
Secy Fred Brannan. 216/867-8134 


Orrville Grace Brethren Church (168) 
2200 Paradise Rd„ Orrville, OH 44667 

Pastor: Keith Merriman 
Secy.: Kathy Sowards, 216/684-2163 


Grace Brethren Church of Licking County 

3517 Headley's Mill Rd. S.W., Pataskala, 

OH 43062 

Pastor: Gene Klingler, 614/575-1233 
Secy.: Peggy Giffin, 614/927/4318 


Grace Brethren Church (222) 

44 S. First St., Rittman, OH 44270 

Pastor: Bud Olszewski, 216/925-5356 

E-mail: bolszewski 
Secy.: Jeanne Artrip, 216/939-4272 


Grace Brethren Church (56) 

14960 Seville Rd., Sterling, OH 44276 

Pastor: Robert Moeller, 216/669-3768 
Secy.: Laura Young 


Maumee Valley Grace Brethren Church 

8715 Garden Rd., Maumee, OH 43537 

Pastor: Stephen Miller, 419/878-6504 
Secy.: Melody Varney 


Toledo Grace Brethren Church (20) 
I 3002 Dorr St.. Toledo. OH 43615 
Pastor: W. Ray Miller, 419/537-0175 
Secy.: Betty Miller. 419/537-0175 


Grace Brethren Church (130) 

12 Strader Dr., Trotwood, OH 45426 

(across from Trotwood-Madison H.S.) 

; Pastor: Charles Lawson, 513/854-2066 
Secy.: Sandy Hill, 513/836-5436 


i Grace Brethren Church (52) 
I 527 N. Market St.. Troy, OH 45373 

Pastor: Louis Urban 

Secy.: Cheryl Owens, 513/339-9216 

Grace Brethren Community Church (447) 
3110 U.S. 35E (Mailing address:P.O. 

Box 95, W. Alexandria, OH 45381) 

51 3/687-2987 
Pastor: Harold Combs, 513/746-0998 
Secy.: Dorothy McMurray, 513/456-5688 


: Community Grace Brethren Church (492) 
I 2261 S. Miami St., W. Milton, OH 45383 

. Pastor: Stephen Peters, 513/698-3664 
Secy.: Richelme Prim, 513/836-8290 


Grace Brethren Church (864) 
5599 Burbank Rd (Mailing address: 
1924 Burbank Rd., Wooster, OH 44691) 
216/264-9459 FAX: 216/264-7016 
E-mail: ! woostergbc 
Pastor: Robert Fetterhoff, 216/264-9459 
Secy.: Harlene Sterner, 216/669-2142 



Walker Road Grace Brethren Church (60) 
980 N.W. 180th, Beaverton, OR 97006 

Pastor: Thomas H. Rowe, 503/649-2953 
Secy.: Barbara Gilgan, 503/640-4187 


Grace Brethren Church (25) 

27938 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale, OR 97066 

503/666-61 46 
Pastor: Jim Holder, 503/661-7632 
Secy.: Debie French, 503/669-3668 



Aleppo Grace Brethren Church (53) 
P.O. Box 66, Aleppo, PA 15310 

Pastor: David Lund, 412/428-5360 
Secy.: Millie Lund, 412/428-5360 


First Grace Brethren Church (54) 
2934 Maple Ave., Altoona, PA 16601 

Pastor: Barry Rowe, 814/942-0907 
Secy.: Joanne Beach, 814/942-9584 


Altoona Grace Brethren Church (87) 
109 W 14th Ave., Juniata (Meeting at: 

Broadway & 15th Ave. (Juniata), Altoona, 

PA 16601) 

Pastor: Timothy Waggoner, 814/943-1277 
Secy.: Shirle Harten, 814/942-0413 


Valley Grace Brethren Church (57) 
Junction of Rts. 56 and 22 (Mailing 

address: Box 178, Armagh, PA 15920) 

Pastor: Norris Mason, 814/749-7031 
Secy.: Susan Mason, 814/749-7031 


Tiadaghton Valley Grace Brethren Church 

P.O. Box 299. Avis, PA 17721 

Pastor: Lana Muthler, 717/753-5247 


Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren Church (54) 
580 Bridle Path Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18017 

Pastor: Larry Humberd, 610/882-0738 
Secy.: Mrs. Joan Ross, 610/820-0844 


Grace Brethren Church of Sherman s 

Valley (8) 
Meets at South Main St., (Mailing 

address: P.O. Box 147, Blain, 

PA 17006) 

Pastor: James D. Link, 717/627-1371 
Secy.: Janet M. Smith, 717/536-3363 


Laurel Mtn. Grace Brethren Church (43) 
R.R. 2, Box 121 -A, Boswell, PA 15531 
(1 m. north of Jennerstown on Rt. 985) 

Pastor: Alan W. Hess, 814/629-5545 
Secy.: Nancy Markley, 814/629-6138 


Grace Brethren Church (64) 

315 S. Edwards Ave., Chambersburg, 

PA 17201 

Pastor: David Manges, 717/352-3241 
Secy.: Mrs. Barbara Poe 


Conemaugh Grace Brethren Church (45) 
Corner of Second and Oak Sts. (Mailing 

address: 115 Oak St., Conemaugh, 

PA 15909) 
Pastor: Thomas Goossens, 814/539-5333 
Secy.: Mrs. Gillespie, 814/322-4558 


Grace Community Church (12) 

26 E. Pittsburg St., Delmont, PA 15626 

Pastor: David Nitz, 412/4688-3077 


Bread of Life Fellowship Grace Brethren 
Church (73) 

13 Cardinal Dr., Stevens, PA 17578 
Meeting at: 598 Stevens Rd., Ephrata, P, 

717/336-2073 FAX: 717/336-2541 
Pastor: Robert Kern, 717/336-2073 
Secy.: Robert A. Lutz, 717/336-2541 


Hope Grace Brethren Church (141) 
P.O. Box 275, Dillsburg, PA 17019 (1 m. 

east on Old York Rd.) 

Pastor: George M. Traub, 717/432-4060 


Leamersville Grace Brethren Church (13S 

14 Donnertown Ln . Duncansville. 
PA 16635 

(4m. south of D'ville on old U.S. Rt. 221 

Pastor: John Gregory, 814/695-3739 
Secy.: Mrs. Kathie Smith, 814/695-5966 


Grace Brethren Church (219) 

305 Anchor Rd., Elizabethtown. PA 170Z 

717/367-1281 FAX: 717/367-0109 
Pastor: Daniel Eshleman, 717/367-7771 j 

E-mail: I deshleman 
Secy.: Carol Barger, 717/367-3755 


Ephrata Area Grace Brethren Church (62 
62 Hahnstown Rd., (Mailing address: 

P.O. Box 144. Ephrata, PA 17522) 

Pastor: Mark Saunders. 717/733-6018 i 
Secy.: Janet Leisey, 717/626-9241 


Community Grace Brethren Church (116) 
P.O. Box 63, Rt. 26 N., Everett, PA 1553" 

Pastor: Stephen Jarrell, 814/652-2995 
Secy.: Bob Lazer, 814/623-2375 


Everett Grace Brethren Church (103) 
14 W. Mam. Everett, PA 15537 

Pastor: John Townsend, 814/652-9325 
Secy.: Lynn Chamberlain, 814/784-5909 


Conococheague Grace Brethren (23) 
Meeting at 112 E. Baltimore St., (Mailing 

address: P.O. Box 604. Greencastle. 

PA 17225) 

Pastor: Alan Clingan, 717/597-1035 


Suburban Grace Brethren Church (22) 
749 W.County Line Rd., Hatboro, 

PA 19040 

Pastor, Interim: William Kolb 
Secy.: Dolores M. Jones, 215/672-1883 


Vicksburg Grace Brethren Church (115) 
R. 1, Box 555, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648 
(4m. south of H'burg, oft Rt. 36 at Brooks 


Pastor: Larry Sowers, 814/695-4240 
Secy.: Mrs. Paul Magill, 814/695-2191 


Grace Brethren Church of Hopewell (71) 
j Rt. 26, between. Hopewell & Yellow Creek 

(Mailing address: 350 Rt. 36, South, 

Duncansville, PA 16635) 

Meeting at R.R. 1, Hopewell 
Pastor: Charles D. Whipple 


Geistown Grace Brethren Church (40) 
730 Sunberry St., Johnstown, PA 15904 

Pastor: W.R. "Rocky" Hanft 
Secy.: Morgan Najjar, 814/479-2326 


I Johnstown Grace Brethren Church (108) 
, 535 Napoleon St., Johnstown, PA 15901 
Pastor: Rodney Lingenfelter 
Secy.: Fran Gomulka, 814/536-2444 


i Pike Grace Brethren Church (272) 
i 541 Pike Rd., Johnstown, PA 15909 

814/749-8721 FAX: 814/749-0486 
' Pastor: Stephen Blake, 814/749-8620 

E-mail: I pikegbc 
Secy.: Nancy Wozniak, 814/322-4983 


Riverside Grace Brethren Church (247) 
R.R. 4, Box 61A, Johnstown, PA 15905 

Pastor: H. Don Rough, 814/288-1163 
Secy.: Shirley Cable, 814/479-7568 


Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church (140) 
Rt. 8, Box 121, Johnstown, PA 15909 (on 

Rt. 271, 2 m. south of Rt. 22 and 

Mundy's Corner) 

Pastor: K. Howard Immel, 814/322-4875 

E-mail: howardimmel 
Secy.: Opal Stouffer. 814/539-3281 


Grace Brethren Church of W. Kittanning 

215 Arthur St., Kittanning, PA 16201 

Pastor: James O. Taylor, 412/543-4019 
Secy.: Nancy Coldren, 412/545-7819 


Grace Brethren Church of Greater 

Lancaster (81) 
911 Rohrerstown Rd., Lancaster, 

PA 17601 

Pastor: Jonathan Tompkins, Jr., 

Secy.: Susan Haldeman, 717/665-2054 


Grace Brethren Church at Willow Valley 

300 Willow Valley Square. Lancaster, 

PA 17602 
717/464-2782 FAX: 717/464-1582 
Pastor: John Smith, 717/786-1591 

E-mail: !jsmith9 
Secy.: Nancy Eisele, 717/464-1621 


Grace Brethren Church of Lititz (535) 
501 W. Lincoln Ave., Lititz, PA 17543 
717/626-2155 FAX: 717/626-5683 
Pastor: Jerry Young, 717/665-2322 
Secy.: John Keganse, 717/665-7607 


Manheim Grace Brethren Church (125) 
333 E. High St.. Manheim, PA 17545 

Pastor: Rick Clark, 717/664-2986 

E-mail: rclark 
Secy.: Barbara High, 717/653-5856 


Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church (438) 
300 S. Mulberry St., Martinsburg, 

PA 16662 

814/793-2513 FAX: 814/793-9485 
Pastor: James Laird, Sr., 814/793-3685 
Secy.: Cheryl Snyder, 814/224-4102 


Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church (303) 
112 Beach ley St., Meyersdale, PA 15552 

Pastor: Randy Haulk, 814/634-0355 
Secy.: Marcia Thomas, 814/634-5331 


Summit Mills Grace Brethren Church (148) 
R.R. 1, Meyersdale, PA 15552 (W. ot 

Myersdale, 3 miles) 

Pastor: Albert Valentine, 814/634-8200 
Secy.: Gladys Hemmings 


Kish Valley Grace Brethren Church (103) 
99 Taylor Dr., Reedsville, PA 17084 

Pastor: Doug Sabin, 717/667-3885 
Secy.: Lois Miller, 717/667-2468 


New Life Community Grace Brethren (8) 
P.O. Box 571, Mongomeryville, PA 18936 

Pastors: David Allem, 215/721-1930 

Jonathan Carey, 215/721-8768 


Myerstown Grace Brethren Church (600) 
Meets at 430 E. Lincoln Ave., (Mailing 

address: P.O. Box 287, Myerstown, 

PA 17067) 

717/866-5704 FAX: 717/866-5707 
Pastor: Keith Shearer, 717/866-2897 
Secy.: Sherne Stohler, 717/866-4010 


Grace Brethren Church (252) 
415 S. Kinzer Ave.. New Holland, 

PA 17557-9360 

717/354-9229 FAX: 717/354-9536 
Secy.: Dotty Smith, 717/354-8205 


Grace Brethren Church (65) 

799 Airport Rd., Palmyra, PA 17078 

Pastor: Joseph Cosentino, 717/867-1022 
Secy.: Tnsha Kaylor. 717/273-2762 


Crossroads Grace Brethren Church (18) 
4706 Comly St., Philadelphia, PA 19135 

Pastor: Jim Brown, 215/332-0189 
Secy.: Robert J. Pearson. 215/537-9715 


First Grace Brethren Church (129) 
648 Knorr St. (at Oxford Ave), 
Philadelphia, PA 19111 
Pastor: Michael Brubaker, 215/745-6021 
Secy.: Lynn Spencer, 215/722-5043 


Third Brethren Church (27) 

204 E. Tioga St., Philadelphia, PA 19134 • 

Pastor: Ralph Robinson, 215/291-2950 
Secy.: Helen Bothwell, 215/424-2215 


Tri-County Grace Brethren Church (20) 
(Mailing address: P.O. Box 328, 

Royersford, PA 19468) 

Pastor: Kenn Cosgrove, 610/326-5684 


Bible Church of Ivywood (17) 

174 Ivywood Rd., Saxonburg, PA 16056 

Pastor: Chet Sparzak, 412/352-1598 

E-mail: 73014,2051 @ compuserve.corr 


New Hope Grace Brethren Church (9) 
R. 1700 Riverside Dr.. S. Williamsport, J 

PA 17781 717/321-9192 
Pastor: David Miller, 717/321-8001 
Secy.: Dick Crownover, 717/323-4432 


Reading Grace Brethren Church (38) 
R.D. #3 Box 35-A, Stoystown. PA 15563 

(Rt. 281. 9 m. north of Somerset) 
Pastor: Larry Weigle, 814/893-5422 
Secy.: Patricia Berkebile, 814/893-5796 


Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church (271 
320 N. Third St., Telford. PA 18969 
215/723-5890 FAX: 215/723-0571 
Pastor: Timothy Boal, 215/256-0399 
Secy.: David Harding, 215/723-2573 



Echo Valley Grace Brethren Church (86) 
17 Birch St., Tremont, PA 17981 

Pastor: Jim Jackson, 717/343-0106 
Secy.: Faye Mutscher, 717/345-8106 


Grace Brethren Church (124) 

1 Grace Ln., Uniontown, PA 15401 (oft 

Derrick Ave.) 

Pastor: Darrel Taylor, 412/437-9110 
Secy.: Mrs. Gilbert Feree, 412/437-6121 


Grace Brethren Church (147) 

250 Philadelphia Ave., Waynesboro, 

PA 17268 

Pastor: Roger Myers, 717/762-3610 

E-mail: rkmyers 
Secy.: Cinda Gehr, 717/762-1753 


Susquehanna Grace Brethren Church (93) 
6694 Sunrise Ln., Wnghtsville, PA 17368 

I Pastor: Leslie Nutter, 717/252-3554 


Grace Brethren Church (111) 

661 N. Newberry St., York, PA 17404 

Pastor: Daniel White, 717/764-4839 

E-mail: Idanwhite 
Secy.: Thomas Leckrone, 717/845-2396 



Grace Brethren Church (221) 

142 Talatha Church Rd., Aiken, SC 29803 

803/649-3967 FAX: 803/649-3967 
Pastor: Steve W. Taylor, 803/648-7078 
Secy.: Barbara Anderson, 803/649-6653 



Grace Brethren Church (24) 

715 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, TN 37604 

Secy.: Johna Stephens, 615/929-2643 



Grace Brethren Church (88) 

800 Doyle St., Longview, TX 75601 

903/753-4912 or 903/753-8133 
Pastor: John W. Mayes, 903/753-3143 
Secy.: Joyce Roden, 903/643-3759 


McAllen Grace Brethren Church (24) 
1721 Northgate Lane (Mailing address: 
P.O. Box 3751, McAllen, TX 78502) 

Pastor: Robert Soto. 210/686-6696 
Secy.: Bernice Intermill, 210/783-7016 



Grace Brethren Church (58) 

Rt. 14, S. of Coventry near Junction of 

Rt. 5 and 14 (Mailing address: P.O. 

Box 41, Coventry, VT 05825) 

Pastor: Scott M. Libby, 802/334-8203 
Secy.: Roberta Rivard, 802/334-6150 


Grace Brethren Church (44) 

Rt. 105 (west of town) (Mailing address: 

P.O. Box 432, Island Pond. VT 05846 

Secy.: Becky Recker, 802/895-4127 



(Note: See listing for Grace Brethren 
Church of Greater Washington, MD) 


Grace Brethren Church (40) 

1603 Whitehall Rd.. Anderson, SC 29625 

(Anderson 178, exit off 1-85) 

Pastor: Bill Jordan, 803/225-0419 
Secy.: Jack Broyles, 803/225-6083 


Grace Brethren Church (20) 

State Rt. 739 (Mailing address: 5353 

Starkey Rd. SW., Roanoke, VA 24014) 

Pastor: Ralph Miller. 540/774-9293 
Secy.: Vivian Young, 540/334-5679 


First Brethren Church (216) 

100 E. 29th St., Buena Vista. VA 24416 

540/261-6425 FAX: 804/384-2513 
Pastor: Paul Fink, 804/384-2513 

E-mail: Iprfink 
Assoc. Pastor: Jess Truex, 540/261-3946 
Secy.: Donna Cole, 540/261-3505 


Grace Brethren Church (102) 
2507 S. Carpenter Dr., Covington, 

VA 24426 

Pastor: Dan Gillette, 540/962-9541 
Secy,: Gary Malcom, 540/962-4360 


Fairlawn Grace Brethren Church (65) 
6893 Mills Ave., Radford, VA 24141 

Pastor: Lester W. Kennedy, 540/639-6885 
Secy.: Arleta Boyd. 540/639-0975 


Fellowship Grace Brethren Church (30) 
P.O. Box 29753, Richmond, VA 23242 


Grace Brethren Church (134) 

2000 Cranbeck Rd., Richmond, VA 23235 

804/272-9000 FAX: 272-6906 
Assoc. Pastor: David M. Kowalke. 

Secy.: Robert Bryant 


Rmer Grace Brethren Church (73) 

5780 Rmer Road (Mailing address: P.O. 

Box 87, Riner, VA 24149) 

Pastor: Carl D. Ratcliffe, 540/382-4654 
Secy.: Linda Snavely, 540/382-8394 


Clearbrook Grace Brethren Church (76) 
5922 Brethren Rd. (4 m. S. of Rt. 419), 

Roanoke, VA 24014 

Pastor: Fred Devan, 540/774-5697 
Secy.: Margaret Devan, 540/774-5697 


Garden City Grace Brethren Church (92) 
3504 Bandy Rd. S.E., Roanoke, VA 24014 

Pastor: G. Douglas Witt, 540/427-0576 
Secy.: Margie Witt, 540/427-0576 


Ghent Grace Brethren Church (181) 
1511 Maiden Ln. SW. Roanoke, VA 2401 
(Wasena Ave. and Maiden Ln. SW) 

Pastors: Brent Sandy, 540/375-2141 
Secy.: Linda Smith 


Patterson Memorial Grace Brethren (139) 
5512 Hollins Rd. (Mailing address: P.O. 

Box 7649), Roanoke, VA 24019 

Pastor: Don Eshelman, 540/362-8902 
Secy.: Mrs. Patty Hite, 540/362-5575 


Washington Heights Grace Brethren (100) 
3833 Michigan Ave. NW, Roanoke. 

VA 24017 

Pastor: Ralph Molyneux, 540/366-1662 
Secy.: Jackie Pace, 540/562-0115 


Lighthouse Christian Ministries (93) 
2222 Wildwood Rd., Salem, VA 24153 
(Take exit 137 off 1-81, Left at stop sign) 

540/387-3723 FAX: 540/362-8415 
Pastor: Brian K. Robinson, 540/362-8415 

E-mail: Idudicles @ 
Secy.: Ann Barwett, 540/389-6478 


Grace Brethren Church (20) 
1744 Stoney Battery Rd. (Mailing 

address: P.O. Box 367, Troutville, 

VA 24175) 

Pastor: Charles L. Young, 540/562-2232 
Secy.: Betty Dobbins, 540/992-3780 


Blue Ridge Grace Brethren Church (124) I 
1025 Cedar Creek Grade, Winchester, 

VA 22602 

Pastor: Kim Robertson, 540/869-7762 
Secy.: Will Baker, Jr., 540/869-3694 


Grace Brethren Church (115) 

645 Berryville Ave., Winchester. VA 2260 

Pastor: Richard Bell, 540/662-6189 
Secy.: Bruce Whitacre, 540/662-8861 


Community Grace Brethren Church (61) 
1180 S. Roosevelt St., Goldendale, 

WA 98620 

509/773-3388 FAX: 509/773-6243 
Pastor: Gregory M, Howell, 509/773-3996 

E-mail: Igmhowell 
Secy,: Miriam Short, 509/773-4146 


Grace Brethren Church (92) 

1111 W. Third St., Grandview. WA 98930 

509/882-3439 FAX: 509/882-1479 
Pastor: Dwight Cover, 509/882-5083 
Secy.: Bruce Turner, 509/882-5501 


Harrah Grace Brethren Church (70) 
3701 N. Harrah Rd. (Mailing address: 

P.O. Box 69, Harrah, WA 98933) 
509/848-2609 FAX: 509/848-2725 

Pastor: Don Brotherton (interim), 

Secy,: Donna Patterson, 509/877-3508 


Grace Brethren Church of Kent (194) 
11135 SE 232nd, Kent, WA 98031 

Pastors: Richard Brown. 206/631-3852 


Grace Brethren Church (85) 

428 B Street (Mailing address: Box 216, 

Mabton, WA 98935) 

509/894-4477 FAX: 509/894-4477 
Pastor: Fenton McDonald, 509/894-4477 

E-mail: tmcdonaldl 


Iglesia De Los Hermanos (33) 
P.O. Box 216, Mabton. WA 98935 

Pastor: Ismael Menoza, (509/894-4478) 
Secy.: Lydia Fnas 


Grace Bible Fellowship Grace Brethren 

Church (24) 
23220 Maple Valley-Black Diamond Hwy.. 

Suite #14 (Mailing address: P.O. Box 

916, Maple Valley, WA 98038) 

Secy.: Judy Miller, 206/432-3677 


Grace Brethren Church (30) 

1103 NE 158th St., Seattle, WA 98155 

(Mailing address: 6603 - 220th St. SW. 

Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043 

360/364-6733 FAX: 360/364-6733 

E-mail: MCI 733-0470 
Pastor: Steven A. Gotch, 360/364-6733 
Secy.: Randy Carter, 360/362-5926 


Grace Brethren Church (205) 

(703 Franklin) Mailing address: P.O. Box 
87, Sunnyside, WA 98944 
509/837-6096 FAX: 509/837-4620 

Pastor: Ray I. Feather, 509/839-6508 

Secy.: Cindy Allen. 509/837-6152 


Grace Brethren Church (57) 

507 S. Juniper St., Toppenish, WA 98948 

Pastor: Greg Stamm, 509/865-3877 
Secy.: Sandy Peterson, 509/865-4483 


Friendship Grace Brethren Church (20) 
2216 NW 103rd St., Vancouver, 

WA 98685 

Pastor: A. Duane Jones, 360/574-2128 
Secy.: Kathy Jones, 360/574-2128 


Grace Brethren Church (29) 

904 S. 26th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902 

Pastor: Jack Peters, Jr., 509/839-3346 
Secy.: Mrs. Earl Dekker. 509/248-0558 


Iglesia de Los Hermanos en Yakima 
904 S 26th St., Yakima, WA 98902 
Pastor: Abner Solano 



First Grace Brethren Church (107) 
45 W. Saint Charles St., Grafton, 

WV 26354 

Pastor: Joseph E. Nass, 304/265-0043 
Secy.: Bonita Thorn, 304/265-2131 


Rosemont Grace Brethren Church (135) 
117 S. Illinois Ave., Martinsburg, 

WV 25401 

Pastor: Carl A. Baker, 304/263-2272 
Secy.: Clarence Nissley, 304/267-7238 


Grace Brethren Church (62) 

1610 Blizzard Dr., Rt. 14 S., Parkersburg, 

WV 26101 

Pastor: Richard Placeway, 304/422-6143 
Secy.: Avis Lemley 


Community Grace Brethren Church (10) 
(Mailing address: P.O Box 5284, Vienna. 

WV 26105) 
Secy.: Jennie Geibig, 304/422-7687 

Directory of the National Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Ministers 

List of ministers that have been approved and submitted by the National Fellowship of Gra 
Brethren Ministers as members of FGBC churches, giving name, wife's first name, address, telepho 
number, and church membership. Men listed are ordained unless an "L" follows name, indicati 

This list is for information purposes only and does not constitute official status. It's accuracy 
dependent on information supplied to the Brethren Missionary Herald Co. 


R. 1, Box 84, Boones Mill. VA 24065 

Pulpit Supply 
Boones Mill Grace Brethren 

AEBY, JOHN M., Joan 

600 Park Ln., Apt. 113, Waterloo, IA 50702 

Waterloo Grace Brethren Church 


1751 W. Citracado Pkwy. No. 235, 
Escondido, CA 92029 

Evangelism and Teaching 
Simi Valley Grace Brethren 


1186 Twp. Rd. 1426, Ashland, OH 44805 

Senior Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 


47 Adams Ave., Souderton, PA 18964 
Pastor, New Life Community Grace 
Brethren, Montgomeryville 


13755 E. Walnut, Whittier, CA 90602 

Retired Missionary, Brazil 
Pastor Emeritus, Grace Brethren Church 

of Whittier 


11535 Banff St., Eagle River, AK 99577 

Assoc. Pastor, Greatland Grace Brethren 
Church, Anchorage 

349 Pennsylvania Ave., Delaware, 
OH 43015 
Assoc. Pastor, Delaware Grace Brethren 


7619 Regina Dr., Ft. Wayne. IN 46815 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

1531 S. Cherry Creek Ln., Warsaw, 

IN 46580 

Fellowship Coordinator - FGBC 

Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 
Pastor Emeritus, Winona Lake GBC 


602 Chestnut, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 


97 Kimberwick Rd., Lexington, OH 44904 

Senior Pastor, Lexington Grace Brethren 


2554 Prescott Cr. W.. Colorado Springs. 

CO 80916-3139 


E-mail: garyaustin 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

AUSTIN, GORDON, Charlotte 

200 Sixth St., Winona Lake. IN 46590 

219/269-2507 0:219/267-5161 
Technical Coordinator, Grace Brethren 

International Missions 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren 

AVEY, TOM, Sandra 

1419 Jerry Ln., Manheim, PA 17545 

Church Administrator, Grace Brethren 
Church, Lititz 

BAUM, F. ARCHER, Eileen 

7105 Arillo St., San Diego, CA 92111 

Pastor Emeritus, San Diego Grace 
Brethren Church 


BAER, SAMUEL S., Betty Ann 

H.C. 62, Box 640, Dryhill, KY 41749 

Pastor, Victory Mountain Grace Brethren 



Guamini 6498, 1875 Wilde, Buenos Aires 
(011-54) 1-259-1438 
Missionary, Argentina 
Warsaw, IN Grace Brethren Church 

BAKER, CARL A., Donna 

836 New York Ave., Martinsburg, 

WV 25401 

Pastor, Rosemont Grace Brethren 


10773 W. 69th PL, Arvada, CO 80004 
303/467-28 1 1 FAX: 303/424-2 1 1 
Senior Pastor, Arvada Grace Brethren 


104 5th St., Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Assoc. Pastor, Winona Lake Grace 
Brethren Church 

BARLOW, ROB (L), Cristy 

728 Buena Vista, Ashland, OH 44805 

63 Wallace Dr., Box 374, Lucas, 

OH 44843-0374 

Senior Pastor, Grace Bible Church 
Member, Woodville Grace Brethren Church 

BATTIS, RICHARD H., Sr, Carolyn 

19302 County Rd. T, Cortex, CO 81321 

Director ot Christian Discipleship Center 

BAUMAN, PAUL R., D.D., Irene 

809 Gordon St., Longview, TX 75603 

Conference Speaker and Pulpit Supply 
Longview Grace Church 

BEAVER, S. WAYNE, D.D, Dorothy 
P.O. Box 1531, McCall, ID 83638, 

(Oct. -Apr.) 9350 Bolsa Ave., #39, 

Westminster, CA 92683 

Professor Emeritus, Grace Schools 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren 

301 14th St., Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Pastor, Crooked Creek Church 
Warsaw Grace Brethren Church 


1109 S. Main St., W. Milton, OH 45383 

West Milton Grace Brethren Church 


110 Peachtree Ln ., Winona Lake 46590 

Recruiting and Training Coordinator, Grace 

Brethren International Missions 
New Horizon Community Church, Warsaw 


148 Silver Lake Ln., Winchester, 

VA 22603 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

BELL, WILLIAM (L). Marilyn 

1449 Bellview Dr., Mansfield, OH 44905 

Pulpit Supply 
Ashland Grace Brethren Church 


239 Rosslyn Ave., Columbus, OH 43214 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church of 


10331 Woodstead Ave.. Whittier, 

CA 90603 

La Mirada Grace Brethren Church 


312 6th St., Winona Lake, IN 46590 


E-mail: kebickel @ (internet) 
Assoc. Prof, of Pastoral Ministries, Grace 

Theological Seminary 
Leesburg Grace Brethren Church 


752 Summit Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740 

Missions Pastor, Calvary Grace Brethren 


553 Pike Rd., Johnstown, PA 15909 

814/749-8620 FAX: 814/749-0486 
Pastor, Pike Grace Brethren Church 

BOAL, JOHN (L), Lyn 

562 Old Stone PL, Simi Valley, CA 93065 

Asst. Pastor, Simi Valley Grace Brethren 


703 Thornberry Dr., Harleysville, PA 19438 

Pastor, Penn Valley Grace Brethren 

Church, Telford, PA 


1410 Meadowlawn Dr., Macedonia, 

OH 44056 


E-mail: reboehm @ 
Senior Pastor, Western Reserve Grace 

Brethren Church, Macedonia 

BOLTON, BOB (L), Julia 

945 Cole Rd., Galloway, OH 43119 

Northwest Chapel, Dublin, OH 

R. 2, Peru, IN 46970 

Pastor, Peru Brethren Church 


Grace Village, P.O. Box 337. Winona 

Lake, IN 46590 

Community Grace Brethren, Warsaw 


14319 Brookville-Pyrmont Rd.. Brookville, 

OH 45309 

Brookville Grace Brethren Church 


910 S. 27th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902 

Yakima Grace Brethren Church 

BROWN, DENNIS (L), Christine 

6125 Chip St., Cypress, CA 90630 

310/402-6528 FAX: 714/761-4400 
Brethren Christian Schools 
Long Beach Grace Brethren Church 

BROWN, JACK, Christine 

7919 Charles St., Philadelphia, 

PA 19136 

Grace Brethren Church 


4216 Levick St., Philadelphia, PA 19135 

Pastor, Crossroads Grace Brethren 


1415 Crest St.. Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 
614/860-9183 FAX: 614/860-9161 
E-mail: ken|brown @ 

Pastor. Grace Brethren of Pickenngton 


8222 Somerdale Ln., La Palma, CA 90623 

Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach 


201 Killian Rd.. Akron, OH 44319 

Retired Pastor, Norton Grace Brethren 


11207 Benfield Ave., Norwalk, CA 90650 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 


7164 Glenmeadow Ct,. Frederick, MD 2170 

Assistant Pastor, First Grace Brethren 

5699 Saucony, Hilliard. OH 43026 

Assoc. Pastor, Northwest Chapel Grace 

Brethren Church 

iUKOWSKI, DOUG (L), Sharie 
26807 Mandehea Dr., Murneta, CA 92562 

Church Planting 

1URK, BILL A., Imogene 
Cx 101, 68.447 Vila dos Cabanos, PA 


(011-55) 91-754-1636 
Los Angeles Grace Brethren Church 


3321 Janice. Long Beach. CA 90805 

Bellflower Grace Brethren Church 

JURKE, JOHN P., Shirley 
1434 Lyon, Waterloo, I A 50702 

Senior Pastor, Waterloo Grace Brethren 

5URNS, RALPH S., Ruth 
1105 Sunday Lane, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Pulpit Supply 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 

3URRIS, LEE, Lois 
P.O. Box 991. 50151 Aloma Dr., Cabazon, 
CA 92230 

Pastor. Cabazon Community Church 
Auburn Grace Brethren Church 

c/o Grace Brethren Navajo Ministries, 

Counselor, NM 87018 
Pastor, Cedar Hill Navajo Grace Brethren 

3UTTON, BRUCE I., Leonore 
3333 N. Flowing Wells Rd„ No. 121, 

Tucson, AZ 85705 

Representative. Intl Ministries to Israel 
New Albany, IN Grace Brethren Church 

3YERS, J. DONALD, Jr., D. Min., Cynthia 
114 Briarwood Dr., Ruthertordton. 

NC 28139 

Missionary-United World Mission (on loan 

to Alliance for Saturation Church 

Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 


2916 Case Ave., Bradenton, FL 34207 

Pastor, Bradenton Grace Brethren 


3039 Hidden Forest Ct., Marietta. 

GA 30066 

C.E.O., Church Communication Ministries 
Grace Brethren Church, Marietta 

CAES, EVERETT N.. Dorothy 

414 Elm Grove Dr., Dayton, OH 45415 
Interim Pastor, Vandaha Grace Brethren 


Chapel #1 , CMR 405, Box 1228, 

APO AE 09034 

Work:9 19/432-7730 
Chaplain, U.S. Army 
Waipio, HI Grace Brethren Church 


436 Poppy St., Long Beach, CA 90805 

Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach 

6608 Louise St., Lanham, MD 20706 

Senior Pastor, Lanham Grace Brethren 


15 Dalewood Rd., Newington, CT 06111 

Pastor, Colonial Chapel Grace Brethren 


2505 Orchard Dr.. Winona Lake, 

IN 46590 

Editor/Publisher, Brethren Missionary 

Northwest Chapel, Dublin, OH 


12346 Charlwood, Cerritos, CA 90703 
310/860-4576 FAX: 310/925-6564 
E-mail: lecashman (attmail) 
Minister of Pastoral Care. Bellflower 
Brethren Church 


288 Sundale Dr , Akron, OH 44313 

Akron Christian Schools 
Fairlawn Grace Brethren Church 


4805 Manytell, Anchorage, AK 99516 
Pastor, Grace Community Church 


2758 Caulfield Dr., San Diego, CA 92154 

Missionary. Mexico 
Cypress Grace Brethren Church 

CLAPHAM, MICHAEL C. , Elizabeth 

10927 Bloomfield Ct, Loveland, OH 45140 

Grace Brethren Church, Cincinnati 

CLARK, RICK, Cynthia 

64 Crescent Dr., Manheim, PA 17545-1904 
E-mail: rclark 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

CLINGAN, ALAN N., Frances 

179 E. Walter Ave., Greencastle, PA 17225 

Pastor. Conococheague Grace Brethren 

CLOUSE, ROBERT, Bonnidell 

2122 S. 21st, Terre Haute, IN 47802 


E-mail: hiclous @ ruby 
Pastor, First Brethren Church, Clay City 

COBURN, FRANK J., Marjone 

13025 Bluefield Ave., La Mirada, CA 90638 

Community Grace Brethren Church of 



13025 Bluefield Ave., La Mirada. CA 90638 

Creek Park Community Church, La Mirada 


4420 Kirkwood Dr., Lincoln, NE 68516 

Chief of Chaplain Service, VAMC, 

Lincoln. NE 
Grace Brethren of Greater Washington. DC 

COHEN, RONALD N. (L), Bobbi 

491 Fieldcrest Dr., Willow Street, PA 17584 

Southern Lancaster Grace Brethren Church 


13759 Gardenland Ave , Bellflower, 

CA 90706-2728 

Family Marriage, Child Counseling 
Bellflower Brethren Church 


3490 La Jara St., Long Beach, CA 90805 

Associate Pastor, Pastoral Care, Seniors 
Cypress. CA Grace church 


6882 Mesada St., Alta Loma. CA 91701 
909/941-6998 FAX: 909/980-1078 
E-mail: ncole 
Pastor, Grace Fellowship of Alta Loma 


501 1 Pepper Mill Hollow, Killeen, TX 76543 

U.S. Army Chaplain 
Simi Valley, CA Grace Brethren 


9236 Kipton Dr., Franklin. OH 45005 

Pastor, West Alexandria Grace Brethren 

COMBS, ROBERT P., Julianne 

647 Parkway Blvd., Norton, OH 44203 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 


2807 Arbor Rd,, Lakewood, CA 90712 
Lakewood Grace Brethren 


204 N. Delaware Ave., Martinsburg, 

WV 25401 

Pastor, Calvary Bible Church, Martinsburg 


6121 Walnut Ave., Long Beach. CA 90805 

Long Beach Grace Brethren Church 


Rd. #4, Box 2200, Lebanon, PA 17042 

Pastor, Palmyra Grace Brethren Church 


1706 Walnut Ridge. Pottstown, PA 19464 

Pastor. Tn-County Grace Brethren Church, 


8943 Petersen Ave. N.E., North Canton. 

OH 44721-1450 

216/877-6125 FAX: 216/499-0320 
Youth and Music Pastor. Grace Brethren 



623 E. Second St.. Grandview, WA 98930 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 


9551 Guilford Ave., Whlttier, CA 90605 
Pastor. Grace Brethren Church of Cypress 


700 Clifton Dr., Bear, DE 19701 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church, Newark 


19856-1 W. Sandpiper PL, Newhall. 

CA 91321 

805/251-3917 FAX: 818/909-5725 
Associate Professor 
Peru Grace Brethren Church 

CRIPE, CARL E. Ph.D. (L), Marjone 

3400 Royalton Ave., Modesto, CA 95350 

Faculty, Modesto Junior College 
Modesto Grace Brethren Church 


531 Raleigh, Galveston, IN 46932 

Pastor. North Kokomo Grace Brethren 


2200 Shellin Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 

Assoc. Pastor of Family Ministries, Grace 

Brethren Church 


3813 Long Meadow Ave., Roanoke, 

VA 24017 

Sunday School Teacher, Washington 

Heights Grace Brethren Church 

CUSTER, JAMES L., M.Div., M. Th., D.D., 


2515 Carriage Ln.. Powell. OH 43065 

Senior Pastor, Grace Brethren of 


DAAM, RICK (L), Penny 

317 W. Reliance Rd., Telford, PA 18969 

Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church 


712 Meridian Ave.. South Pasadena, 

CA 91030 

Pastor. Grace Brethren of South Pasadena 


R. 3. Box 92. Meyersdale, PA 15552 

Caretaker and Overseer, Allegheny 

Brethren District Youth Camp (Albryoca) 
Asst. Pastor, Summit Mills Grace Brethren 



Missionary, Africa 
Grace Brethren Church of Columbus. OH 

DAVIS, CHARLES R., D Min., Millie 

6228 NW 37th Terr., Gainesville, FL 32653 

Career Missionary, Grace Brethren Home 

Pastor, Fellowship of Our Savior. Orlando 

DAVIS, JOHN J., Th.D., D.D., Carolyn 
P.O. Box 557, Winona Lake, IN 46590 
219/267-6033 FAX: 219/267-8875 
Grace Schools 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 


6512 Alpine Ln., Bradenton, FL 34208 

Bradenton Grace Brethren Church 


13519 Cherry Tree Circle, Hagerstown. 

MD 21742 

Senior Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 


100 A Cours Lafayette, 69003-Lyon, 

Missionary, France 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 

DELL, ROBERT L., Marjone 

17305 Clover Leaf Rd, Hagerstown, MD 


Minister of Adults and Visitation 
Grace Brethren Church 

DELOE, JESSE B., Gladys 

102 Third St., Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Director of Administration, Grace Brethren 

Home Missions 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 


110 E. North St., Mason, OH 45040 

Loveland Grace Brethren Church 

DEVAN, FRED W., Jr., Margaret 

5922 Brethren Rd., Roanoke, VA 24014 

Senior Pastor, Clearbrook Grace Brethren 


11414 Village Brooke Ct., Cincinnati, 

OH 45249 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

DIAZ, JOHN L. CDR, Brenda 

Commanding General, Att: BMWR/MREC - 

3/60TT, PSC 20004, Camp Lejeune, 

NC 28542-0004 
8th Regiment Chaplain-2nd Marine Division 
Fellowship of Our Savior Grace Brethren 

Church - Orlando, FL 

DILLING, JOHN R.. Patricia 

2207 Edmar St., Louisville, OH 44641 

Pulpit Supply, Chaplain, Deer Meadow 

Campground, Cook Forest, PA 

Canton Grace Brethren 


803 E. 11th Street, Mishawaka, IN 46544 
Senior Pastor, Osceola Grace Brethren 

DIVINE, ROBERT, D Min., Loretta 

9777 Cleveland Ave. NW, P.O. Box 245, 

Greentown, OH 44630 


E-mail; mgbcdivine 
Pastor, Middlebranch Grace Brethren 


419 Twin Elm Rd., Strasburg, PA 17579 

Assoc. Pastor of Christian Education, 
Grace Brethren Church at Willow Valley 

8020 Smith Calhoun Rd., Plain City, 
OH 43064 
Columbus, OH Grace Brethren Church 


919 Delta Way, Melbourne, FL 32940 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

DUNNING, HAROLD L., D.Litt., Marguerite 
4363 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, 

CA 90712 

Assoc. Pastor, Teacher, Grace Brethren 

Church of Long Beach 

DICE, LEE H., Reva 

1909 Neal Dr., Wooster, OH 44691 

216/345-7826 FAX: 216/345-7826 
Church Effectiveness Consultant 
Grace Brethren Church of Wooster 

DICK, PAUL E., Esther 

1912 E. Walnut St., Warsaw, IN 46580 

Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 

EADY, KEVIN (L), Jill 

307 Gill Ave., Galion, OH 44833-1716 

Assoc. Pastor/Youth & Music, Galion 

Grace Brethren Church 


7617 Madden Dr., Fishers, IN 46038 

Pastor, Northeast Grace Brethren Church 


252 East Stafford Ave ., Worthington, 

OH 43085 

Pastor, Grace Brethren of Columbus, OH 

FETTER, SCOTT (L). Jennifer 
2428 Westfield, Niles, Ml 49120 

Youth Pastor, Bethel UMC 
Wooster Grace Brethren Church 


1566 CR 995, Ashland, OH 44805 

Senior Pastor, Southview Grace Brethren 

ELWELL, JAMES T., Cynthia 
101 Accomac Turning, Yorktown, 

VA 23693 
Chaplain, U.S.A. F. 
Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, OH 

ENDERLE, TIM (L), Alene 

4531 Blythe Road, Columbus. OH 43224 

Columbus Grace Brethren Church 


512 Wentworth Ave,, Roanoke, VA 24012 

Pastor, Patterson Memorial Grace Brethren 


3395 Bossier Rd., Elizabethtown, 

PA 17022 

Pastor, Elizabethtown Grace Brethren 


205 Joyce Dr., Lititz, PA 17543 

Chairman and Professor of Bible, 

Lancaster Bible College 
Lititz Grace Brethren Church 


635 Chase Rd., Columbus, OH 43214 

Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, OH 

FEATHER, RAY I., Sharon 

703 Franklin, (Mailing address: P.O. Box 
87) Sunnyside, WA 98944) 
509/839-6508 FAX 509/837-4620 
Pastor, Sunnyside Grace Brethren Church 

FELABOM, Jr., LOREN, Janine 
417 W, Water, Berne, IN 46711 

Assoc. Pastor, Bethel Brethren Church 


406 Truth Ave., Marietta, GA 30066 
770/428-8738 FAX: 770/422-3285 
E-mail: atlantagbc 
Senior Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

912 Douglas Dr., Wooster, OH 44691 
216/262-1191 FAX: 216/264-7016 
E-mail: Iwoostergbc 
Senior Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

FINK, PAUL R., Th.D.. Mary Lou 

R. 1. Box 259, Madison Heights, VA 24572 

804/384-2513 FAX: 804/384-2513 

E-mail: Iprfmk 
Prof,, Liberty University. School of Religion 
Pastor, First Brethren Church, Buena Vista 

FINSTER, ROD (L), Patty 

1213 Dennis Drive. South Bend, IN 46614 

Youth Pastor, Ireland Rd. Grace Brethren 

FIRST, DAVID (L), Cindy 

49 Aspen Way, Schwenksville, PA 19473 

Penn Valley Grace Brethren, Telford 

FLORY, WAYNE S., Ph.D., Jaquilyn 
4257 Nelsonbark Ave., Lakewood, 
CA 90712 

310/421-7269 FAX: 310/903-4759 
E-mail: wayne-flory @ 
Professor, Biola University 
Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach 

680 Rose Blvd., Camden, OH 45311 

Retired Minister 
Clearbrook Grace Brethren, Roanoke, VA 

FOLDEN, DONALD (L), Willamae 

13423 Bechard Ave., Norwalk, CA 90650 

Community Grace Brethren, Whittier 


8861 Clearwater Ct., Huber Heights, 
OH 45424 
Pastor, Huber Heights Grace Brethren 

706 Lynnfield Dr.. Westerville, OH 43081 

Pastoral Staff 
Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, OH 


34640 K Beach Rd, Soldotna. AK 99669 

Assistant Pastor, Peninsula Grace Brethren 

FRETZ, JAY M., Beth 

11405 Greenberry Rd., Hagerstown, 
MD 21740 
Senior Pastor, Maranatha Brethren Church 


302 Bassler St., Martinsburg, PA 16662 

Youth Pastor, Martinsburg Grace Brethren 


1911 S.W. Sixth Ave., Okeechobee, 

FL 34974 

Senior Pastor, Okeechobee Grace 

Brethren Church 

R. 2, Box 257. Unicoi, TN 37692 

615/743-8136 FAX: 615/926-1171-2353 
Staff Chaplain, Veteran's Affairs Medical 

Grace Brethren Church of Johnson City 


900 Robson Rd., Winona Lake, IN 46590 

E-mail: 102553,2361 (CompuServe) 
Herald Bookstore 
Community Grace Brethren Church 

GALE, THOMAS (L), Christy 

9845 Fox Knoll Dr., Orrville, OH 44667 

216/682-4924 FAX: 216/264-7016 
Associate Pastor of Worship Ministries 
Wooster Grace Brethren Church 


Navajo Ministries, Inc., Counselor, 

NM 87018 

Director of Grace Brethren Navajo 

Goshen, IN church 


12 Patrick St. (MCAS), Jacksonville. 

NC 28540 

Marine Aircraft Group 29, Chaplain, Navy 
Bethlehem, PA church 

GARBER, MARTIN M., Beverley 

101 E. Twelfth St., Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Missionary, Africa, Retired 
Modesto, CA Grace Brethren Church 

GATLIFF, MIKE (L), Janice 

5131 E 21st St., Indianapolis, IN 46218 
Indianapolis Grace Brethren Church 


Star Rt. 91, HC81, Box 216. Eckerman, 

Ml 49728 

Grace Brethren Church of Hope 


324 Ebenezer Rd., Lebanon, PA 17046 

President, Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy 

Montgomeryville New Life Community 


GIBSON, J. BRAD (L), Ginger 

2314 River Run Trace, Columbus, 
OH 43215 
Elder, Northwest Chapel Grace Brethren 


6918 Goldcrest Ave., Long Beach, 

CA 90815 

Associate Pastor 
Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach 

GILL, JEFFREY A., Kathenne 

131 Curly Smart Circle, Delaware, 

OH 43015 

614/363-1438 FAX: 614/363-3613 
Senior Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 


115 E. Phillip St., Covington, VA 24426 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 


17645 Toakoana Way, Eagle River, 

AK 99577 

Pastor, Greatland Grace Brethren Church 


12 Main St., Felton, PA 17322 

York Grace Brethren Church 

GLASS, ROY E., Arlene 

259 N. Second St.. Tipp City, OH 45371 

Administrative Pastor, Northwest Chapel 

Grace Brethren Church, Dublin 


12760 Luther Rd., Auburn, CA 95603 

Assoc. Pastor, Adult Ministries, Auburn 

Grace Brethren Church 

GOOD, KENT, Becky 

34 Blvd. de la Mame, 21000 Dijon, 


(011-33) 80-74-09-30 
Missionary, France 
Ft. Lauderdale Church 


886 Elm St., Winnetka, IL 60093 
Pastor, Winnetka Bible Church 
Cypress, CA Grace Church 


600 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Retired Missionary, Africa 
Pastoral Staff, Winona Lake Grace Brethren 


1024 W. Walnut Dr., Santa Maria, 

CA 93454 

Pastor, Santa Maria Grace Brethren 

GREEN, DANIEL B. (L), Nancy 
Av. Joao XXIII, No. 520, 38.400 

Uberlandia, M.G. BRAZIL 

(011-55) 34-236-6426 
Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, OH 

GREEN, "R." DALLAS, Debbie 
7098 Limestone Ln., Middletown, 

MD 21769 

301/371-7390 FAX: 301/473-4379 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church of Greater 

Washington at Frederick 


14 Donnertown Ln., Duncansville, 
PA 16635 
Pastor, Leamersville Grace Brethren 


13A rue de Strasbourg, 71200 Le Creusot. 

FRANCE (011-33)85-80-10-07 
Missionary, France 
Telford, PA Grace Brethren Church 


840 Chalet Dr., Apt. 102, Berne, IN 46711 

Senior Pastor, Bethel Brethren Church 


2685 Yowaiski Mill Rd., Mechanicsville, 

MD 20659 

Associate Pastor, Waldorf Grace Brethren 

115 Oak St., Conemaugh, PA 15909 

Pastor, Conemaugh Grace Brethren 


11401 Maryville Rd., Upper Marlboro, 

MD 20772 

Assoc. Pastor, Grace Brethren Church, 

Temple Hills, MD 

GRUBB, ELDON (L), Denise 

729 E Madison St., Hastings, Ml 49058 
Lansing Grace Brethren Church 


Ave. Pacifico 286 Dep 401A 
CP 04330 Col. El Rosedal 
(044-52) 5-689-61 -98 

Missionary, Mexico 

Dublin, OH Grace Brethren 


9550 E. Oak St. #102, Bellflower, 

CA 90706 

Pastor at Large, Bellflower Brethren 


12309 Arbor Dr., Ponte Vedra Beach. 

FL 32082 

Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 


Ramos Mejia 16, 1876 Don Bosco, 
Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA 
(011-54)259-3384 Tel. /FAX 

Missionary, Argentina 

Warsaw, IN Grace Brethren Church 


895 S. Wymore Rd., No. 907A. Altamonte 

Springs, FL 32714 


E-mail: rguiles @ 
Pastor. Grace Brethren Church of Maitland 



P.O. Box 5944. Chula Vista, CA 91912 
Retired Missionary. Mexico 
Grace Brethren Church. Hurst, TX 


2435 Magnolia Ave., LaVerne, CA 91750 

909/596-0028 FAX: 818/308-1333 

E-mail: rhalberg 
Inter-City Volunteer 
Long Beach Grace Brethren Church 

HALL, RALPH C. Elizabeth 

5708 34th Court West. Bradenton 

FL 34210 

941/751-5261 FAX: 941/751-5261 
Church Architect and Engineer 
Bradenton Grace Brethren Church 

HALTER, PAUL (L), Janet 

5077 Singleton Dr., Hilliard, OH 43026 

Counselor, Grace Brethren, Worthington 


2519 Lochness Rd., Richmond, VA 23235 


Office Telephone & FAX: 804/272-7226 

E-mail: 102251.3115 (CompuServe) 
Executive Associate for Europe and Africa, 

Grace Brethren International Missions 
Richmond Grace Brethren Church 


1134 Charlotte Rd., (Mailing address: 

P.O. Box 56982), North Pole, AK 99705 

Pastor, North Pole Grace Brethren Church 


Pwani Bible Institute, P.O. Box 95909 

Mombasa, Kenya AFRICA 
Missionary, Africa Inland Mission, Kenya 
Whittier, CA Community Grace Brethren 

HARRIS, VERNON J„ Glyndowyn 

104 Dianne Cir.. Willow Street, PA 17584 

Assoc. Pastor, New Holland Grace 
Brethren Church 


101 Rainbow Dr. #3679, Livingston. 

TX 77351 
Retired Pastor 
Mishawaka Grace Brethren Church 


8205-E Martin Way NE #127, Olympia, 

WA 98516 
Retired Chaplain (Col). U.S. Army 
Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach 


112 Beachley St., Meyersdale. PA 15552 

Senior Pastor. Meyersdale Grace Brethren 


4800 Larwm Ave., Cypress, CA 90630 

Cadence International, Director of Public 

Los Altos Grace Church 


1897 294th St, R. 1, Box 33, North 
English, IA 52316 
Pastor, Pleasant Grove Grace Brethren 


Rua Calouste Gulbenkian, 17. 2-H3, 

4000 Porto, PORTUGAL 

(011-351) 2-600-6313 
Rittman, OH Grace Brethren 


1509 Randee Way, Kenai, AK 99611 

907/283-5789 FAX: 907/283-4327 

Pastor, Kenai Grace Brethren Church 


471 1 Pabalof. Anchorage, AK 99507 

Anchorage Grace Brethren 

HEIM, JEFFREY D. "Chip", Karen 
871 Chelsea Ave., Bexley, OH 43209 

Co-Pastor, East Side Grace Brethren 

P.O. Box 13-395, Taipei, Taiwan 100 

Director of TEAM Radio - China 
Goshen, IN church 

13 Place de la Ferrandiere. 69003 Lyon, 

(01 1 -33) 72-36-35-52 
Missionary, France 
Deltona, FL church 


12 Wade Ave., Gettysburg, PA 17325 

Summer Campground Ministry & Pulpit 

Hope Grace Brethren, Dillsburg, PA 


j 5, rue Georges Clemenceau, 71230 

St-Vallier, FRANCE 

(011-33) 85-58-32-50 
i Winona Lake, IN Grace Brethren 

^OBERT, TAD K., Vivienne 
I 4230 Crownwood Ave., Dayton, OH 45415 
Pastor, North Riverdale Grace Brethren 

HOFECKER, TERRY, D.Min., Debbie 
6827 Rings Rd. (Mailing address: P.O. 
Box 68), Amlin, OH 43002 
Senior Pastor, Northwest Chapel Grace 


105 E. Prairie St., Leesburg, IN 46538 

Pastor, Leesburg Grace Brethren Church 


4125 River Woods Dr., Auburn. CA 95602 

Pastor, River City Grace Community 



9644 N. Elyria Rd., West Salem, OH 44287 

Assoc. Pastor, Homerville Grace Brethren 


4915 Arrowhead, Kokomo, IN 46902 

Pastor, Indian Heights Grace Brethren 

B.P. 6924 Yaounde, Republic of 

Cameroon, AFRICA 
Missionary, Gospel Fellowship Association 
Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach 


B.P. 240, Bangui, CENTRAL AFRICAN 

Missionary, Africa 
Winona Lake, IN Grace Brethren Church 


5745 Oliva Ave., Lakewood, CA 90712 

Pastor, Bellflower Brethren Church 

HOSTETLER, DALE C. (L), Dorothy 

504 Englewood Place, Yakima, WA 98909 

Chaplain/Care Facility, Yakima church 

HOWARD, A. L., Dorothy 

1731 Brookfield, La Habra, CA 90631 

LaMirada church 


443 Orchard Heights Rd., Goldendale, 
WA 98620 

509/773-3996 FAX: 509/773-6243 
E-mail: Igmhowell 
Pastor, Community Grace Brethren Church 


19840 Danville-Jelloway Rd., Danville, 

OH 43014 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church of Danville 

13175 Overton Rd., West Salem, 

OH 44287 
Missionary, Brazil 
Wooster, OH Grace Brethren Church 


121 Walnut Creek Rd., Huntington. 

MD 20639 

Assoc. Pastor, Grace Brethren Church, 

Calvert County 


901 Riverbend Dr, Dayton, TN 37321 

Educator and Missionary 
Canton, OH Grace Brethren Church 

HOYT, LOWELL, Rebecca 
Box 1, Dayton, TN 37321 

Everett, PA Grace church 


746 Northhampton Ct, Delaware, 

OH 43015 


E-Mail: texhill @ 
Discipling Pastor/Churches Alive. 

Delaware, OH church 


3510 Walnut Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807 

Sr. Pastor, Grace Brethren of Long Beach 


2724 Yearling St., Lakewood, CA 90712 
E-mail: tomdhughes 
Pastor, Community Grace Brethren, Long 


P.O. Box AC. 527, Quezon City. 1109, 


(011-63) 2-645-7031 
Missionary, Philippines 
Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach 


1702 11th St., Bethlehem, PA 18017-3110 

Pastor, Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren 

ILKO, JOHN (L), Sarah 

12622 Memorial Hwy #122, Tampa, 
FL 33635 
Pastor, Town & Country Grace Brethren 


2967 Wm. Penn Ave., Johnstown. 
PA 15909 
E-mail: howardimmel 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

INBODEN, BUZZ, D. Min., Deb 

182 Longshore Rd., Sunbury. OH 43074 

Pastoral Staff 
Grace Brethren Church of Columbus 

26 C Rd. 6263 NBU 16, Kirtland, 

NM 87417-9769 
San Jose, CA Grace Brethren Church 


2244 Fernwood Dr., Colorado Springs, 
CO 80910 
Pastor Emeritus. Colorado Springs church 


Lederstr. 17, D 7260 Calw, GERMANY 

Missionary. Germany 
Osceola, IN Grace Brethren Church 

6661 Worthington-Galena Rd.. 

Worthington, OH 43085 

Director. Yokefellow Men in Missions, 

Grace Brethren Men International 
Pastoral Staff 
Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, OH 


172 Burgess Ave., Dayton. OH 45415 

Pastor, First Grace Brethren Church 

JACKSON, JAMES E. (L), Sheryl 

RD. #4, Box 418-A. Pine Grove, PA 17963 

Pastor. Echo Valley. Grace Brethren 

Church, Tremont, PA 

7543 S. Ogden Way, Littleton, CO 80122 

Campus Crusade For Christ. City Venture. 

Colorado Uplift. 308/293-9303 
Cypress, CA Grace Brethren Church 


24 S. Juniata St., Everett, PA 15537-1129 

Senior Pastor, Community Grace Brethren 


P.O. Box 273, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

FGBC Chaplain Endorsing Agent 
Grace Village Staff 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 

IENKS, DALE, Dorothy 
168-B Gailer Rd., Gansevoort, NY 12831 

Assoc. Pastor, Grace Brethren Church of 
Saratoga Springs 

2932 Harris Ave., Norton, OH 44203 

Assoc. Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 


2580 Prospect Rd., Ft. Lauderdale, 

FL 33309 
Eghse Evangelique de Freres de la 

Paix (Haitian) 

P.O. Box 6, Portis, KS 67474 

Pastor, Portis Grace Brethren Church 

3737 Citronella St., Simi Valley, CA 93063 

Simi Valley Grace Brethren Church 


1472 Maple Dr., Peru, IN 46970 

Assoc. Pastor. Peru Grace Brethren 

513 Woodland Ave., Wooster, OH 44691 

Retired Missionary 
Wooster, OH Grace Brethren Church 


3919 Western Av., Davenport, IA 52806 

Pastor, Grace Brethen of Davenport 


810 Sandusky, Ashland, OH 44805 

Asst. Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 


505 W. Kessler-Cowlesville Rd,, Tipp City. 
OH 45371 
Pulpit Supply 
Dayton, Basore Road Grace Brethren 

JONES, A. DUANE, Katherine 

2216 NW 103rd St., Vancouver, WA 98685 


204 W. Broad St.. Souderton, PA 18964 

Minister of Visitation 
Telford, PA Grace Brethren Church 

JONES, JOHN (L). Shan 

1398 Somerlot-Hoffman Rd., W., Marion, 
OH 43302 
Pastor, Marion Grace Brethren 


545 S. Circle Dr. E., Warsaw, IN 46580 

Executive Director, Grace Brethren 

International Missions 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 


Green Acres, RD. 5, Box 41, Kittanning, 

PA 16201 

Grace Brethren Chruch of West Kittanning 


KAUFFMAN, LUKE E., D. Min., Sandy 
12920 Wellsford Cir., Anchorage. 
AK 99516 
E-mail: Ikauffman 
Anchorage Grace Brethren Church 


P.O. Box 33, Homerville, OH 44235 

Senior Pastor, Grace Brethren of 


318 Maple Court, Kokomo, IN 46902 

Assoc. Pastor, Seniors Ministries 
Peru Grace Brethren Church 


3234 S. Bonnybrook Dr., Lakeland, 

FL 33811-1642 

Pastor. Grace Brethren Church 

KENNEDY, JAMES M., Virginia 

1925 Harden Blvd. #133, Lakeland. 

FL 33803 

Lakeland Grace Brethren Church 


6693 Dudley Ferry, Radford, VA 24141 

Pastor, Fairlawn Grace Brethren Church 

KENT, HOMER A., Th.D., Beverly 

305 Sixth St., Winona Lake, IN 46590 

President Emeritus, Grace Schools 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 


90 EMS, B-33 Ln., Warsaw, IN 46580 

Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 

KERN, ROBERT D., Dorothy 

13 Cardinal Dr., Stevens, PA 17578 

717/336-2073 FAX: 717/336-2541 
Pastor, Bread of Life Fellowship, Denver 

KERN, STEVE, Celeste 

Augusta-Supper-Str. 13, 75365 Calw- 

Alzenberg GERMANY 
Missionary, Germany 
Mansfield, OH, Woodville Church 

KERR, SCOTY (L), Susan 

5325 SW 78th Terr., Gainesville, FL 32608 
Gainesville Grace Brethren Church 

KEY, CARL (L), Patricia 

1672 Spring Run Dr., Ashland, OH 44805 

Missionary Consultant 
Ashland Grace Brethren 

KIRNBAUER, TED (L), Kristen 

1-27-1 Kevakidai #103, Tokorozawa Shi. 

Saitama Ken 359, JAPAN 

(011-81) 429-25-7204 
Missionary, Japan 
Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach 


3c, rue Ernest Lory, 21000 Dijon, FRANCE 

(011-33) 80-66-54-63 
Missionary, France 
Telford. PA Grace Brethren Church 

40911 Oregon Tr., Cherry Valley, 
CA 92223 
Pastor, Cherry Valley Grace Brethren 


1313 Park Plaza Dr., Columbus. OH 43213 

Senior Pastor, Pataskala, OH 
Grace Brethren Church of Licking County 


2406 18th St., S.W.. Cedar Rapids, 
IA 52404 
E-mail: gkochheiser 
Pastor, Grace Brethren of Cedar Rapids 


855 Trumbull St., Deltona, FL 32725 

Senior Pastor. Calvary Grace Brethren 


40 Thornton Rd., Shirley, Solihull, West 

Midlands, ENGLAND B 90 4 TP 

(011-44) 121-744-7277 

E-mail: 'gbfmeng 
Missionary, England 
Lanham, MD Grace Brethren Church 

4117 Avenida Sevilla, Cypress, CA 90630 

Pastor, Church Administrator, Cypress 

Grace Church 


2850 Georgia Dr.. Tracy. CA 95376 
Long Beach Grace Brethren Church 

KOONTZ, STEVE (L), Christine 

3797D Logan's Ferry Rd.. Pittsburgh, 

PA 15239 

Youth Pastor, Delmont Grace Community 


2612 Tracewood Cir., Richmond. VA 23233 

Assoc. Pastor, Richmond Grace Brethren 

2320 N.E. 146th Ave., No. 7, Silver 

Springs, FL 34488 

Ocala Grace Brethren Church 

6240 Exeter Ct„ South Bend, IN 46614 

Senior Pastor, Ireland Road Grace 
Brethren Church 

6153 Pershing Way, Buena Park, 
CA 90620 
Norwalk Grace Brethren 


P.O. Box 365, Winona Lake, IN 46590 
219/267-3928 FAX: 219/269-71 85 
E-mail: cenational 
Executive Director, CE National 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren 

LIBBY, SCOTT M., Monica 

R. 2, Box 455. Newport. VT 05855 

Pastor, Grace Brethren, Irasburg 

Epworth Towers #115. 2800 Agusta Lane, 

Hays, KS 67601 

Portis Grace Brethren Church 

AIRD, JAMES S., Sr., Wanda 
306 S. Mulberry St., Martinsburg, 

PA 16662 

Senior Pastor. Martinsburg Grace Brethren 

9390 W Thompson, Lake Odessa, Ml 48849 

Lake Odessa Gface Brethren Church 

1108 Chestnut, Winona Lake. IN 46590 

Warsaw Grace Brethren Church 

317 Whispering Dr., Trotwood, OH 45426 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

.EECH, EDMUND M., Virginia L 
264 Santa Monica Way, Santa Barbara, 

CA 93109 

Retired Missionary and Pastor 
Bellflower Brethren Church 


313 'A, 7th St., Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Grace Seminary Student 
Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church 

1510-4 Watergate Dr., Kissimmee, 

FL 34746 

Pastor Emeritus, Ft. Lauderdale Grace 

Community Church 


8233 Krim, N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87109 

Reserve Chaplain, U.S. Army 
Cypress. CA Grace Church 

P.O. Box 684, Dolan Springs, AZ 86441 

(Summer: RD 1, Box 276, East Freedom. 

PA 16637) 

Duncansville. PA church 

R. 3, Box 190, Everett, PA 15537-9032 

Everett Grace Brethren Church 


104 Nason Dr., Roaring Spring, PA 16673 
Pastor, Johnstown Grace Brethren Church 

LUNA, TONY T. (L). Etren 

90 Maestos Rd., Ranchos de Taos, 

NM 87557 

First Brethren Church. Taos 


4266 Hartlepool Way, Antelope, CA 95843 

Pastor. River City Grace Community 

Church of Sacramento 



2931 Georgia Court, Tracy. CA 95376 
209/836-4848 FAX: 209/832-7580 
E-mail: pulpitguy @ 
Pastor, Tracy Grace Brethren Church 


Grace Village, P.O. Box 337, Apt. 177E 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Retired Missionary, Argentina 
First Brethren Church, Philadelphia, PA 

803 Ohio St., Ashland, OH 44805 

Campus Minister, Ashland University 
Ashland Grace Brethren Church 

3026 Hidden Forest Ct, Marietta, 
GA 30066 
Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries 
Grace Brethren Church, Atlanta 

1550 Rory Ln., Sp. 125, Simi Valley, 

CA 93063 

Simi Valley Grace Brethren Church 

UALE, E. WILLIAM, Ph.D., Ella 

1615 S. Cherry Creek Ln., Warsaw, 

IN 46580 

Professor and Dean Emeritus, Grace 

Community Grace Brethren, Warsaw 


1281 Sparhawk Ave., Akron, OH 44305 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church of 
Cuyahoga Falls 

VIALLES, MARK E., Phyllis 

4024 W. Rancho Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85019 

Retired, In Care Center 
Phoeniz Grace Brethren Church 


11 Vienna Ct., Brookville, OH 45309 
513/833-2554 FAX: 513/833-2961 
Senior Pastor, Brookville Grace Brethren 


Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 167, 7070 

Schwabish Gmund, GERMANY 

(011-49) 7171-83068 
Missionary, Germany 
Grace Brethren Church of Columbus 


R.D. 3, Box 30, Everett, PA 15537 

Pulpit Supply 
Community Grace Brethren, Everett 


2090 Hillview Dr., Fayetteville, PA 17222 

Pastor, Grace Brethren of Chambersburg 


380 2nd St., P.O. Box 36, Ferguson, 

IA 50078 
Modesto, CA church 

149 E. Jones, Apt. 1, Millersburg, 

OH 44654 

Millersburg church 

MARKLEY, ROBERT Wm., Sr. Idabelle 
22 Wood St, Coolville, OH 45723 

Coolville Grace Brethren Church 
Preaching at Eden U.B.C. 

5242 Christal Ave., Garden Grove, 

CA 92645 

714/379-0799 FAX: 714/895-2244 

E-mail: gbhmdm 
Western Dir., ChurchPlanting/Development 

Grace Brethren Home Missions Council 
Pastor, New Life Grace Brethren, Cypress 


9301 Los Angeles Ave., Moorpark, 

CA 93021 

805/529-9785 FAX: 805/529-4568 
Senior Pastor, Moorpark Grace Brethren 


7973 Central College, New Albany, 

OH 43054 

Pastor, Rocky Ridge Grace Brethren 

Box 173, Milford, IN 46542-0173 

Supply Ministry 
Leesburg, IN Grace Brethren Church 

MARTIN, STAN W. (L), Julie 

820 Kozera, San Jose, CA 95136 

Pastor, South Bay Grace Brethren Church 

P.O. Box 145, Vintondale, PA 15961-0145 

Pastor, Valley Grace Brethren, Armagh 


1801 Cambridge Dr., St. Charles. 
IL 60174 
Carlton Brethren Church, Longview. TX 

HAYER, J. NORMAN, Dorothy 
791 Hamilton Blvd.. Hagerstown, 

MD 21742 

Senior Pastor, Calvary Grace Brethren 


14503 Foust St., Accokeek, MD 20607 

Senior Pastor, Grace Brethren, Clinton, MD 

HAYES, JOHN W., D. Min., Marjone F 
R. 9, Box 559B, Longview, TX 75601 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church, Longview 


10701 Heatherleigh Dr., Cheltenham, 
MD 20623 
Administrative Associate Pastor, Grace 
Brethren Church of Greater Washington 


7363 Palomar Ave., Yucca Valley, 

CA 92284 

Pastor, Grace Community Church 


23553 Arlen Dr., Santa Clanta, 

CA 91321 

V. Pres. & Dean of The Master's Seminary 
Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach 

McCAIHAN, GARY (L), Linda 

S.M. Castel Verde 2421, 1879 Quilmes 

Oeste, Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA 
Missionary, Argentina 
Warsaw, IN church 


R. 2, Box 467, Cumberland, MD 21502 

Pastor, Cumberland Grace Brethren 


P.O. Box 71, Mabton, WA 98935-0071 

509/894-5015 FAX: 509/894-4477 

E-mail: fmcdonaldl 
Pastor, Mabton Grace Brethren Church 

MclNTOSH, JOHN R., Carolyn 

2735 N. Beth PI.. Simi Valley, CA 93065 

805/584-6488 FAX: 805/527-81 39 
Senior Pastor, Simi Valley Grace Brethren 

McKINLEY, JAY (L), Bari-tennette 

4770 Leyhourne Dr., Hilliard, OH 43026 

Pastor of Congregational Life and Worship, 
Northwest Chapel 


B.P. 240, Bangui, CENTRAL AFRICAN 

Missionary, Africa 
Arvada, CO church 

Russia 630049 Novasibirsk 49 
Krassni Prospect, D 218 KB 26 
Missionary, Russia 
Fremont, OH Grace Brethren Church 

MILES, SCOTT (L), Mindy 

1105 Fisher Ave., Warsaw, IN 46580 

Pastor, Community Grace Brethren Church 

MILLER, DAVID (L), Sandra 

2138 Roosevelt Ave., Williamsport, 
PA 17701 
Pastor, South Williamsport Grace Brethren 


Caixa Postal 368, 66.017-970 Belem, Para, 


(011-55) 91-235-2192 
Missionary, Brazil 
Modesto, CA church 

MILLER, GARY, Marilyn 

4325 Catalpa Dr.. Dayton, OH 45405 

Assoc. Pastor. First Grace Brethren Church 


3375 Alpine View Ct., Carson City, 

NV 89705 

Ripon, CA Grace Brethren Church 

MILLER, KURT A., Anecia 

1835 W. 200 S., Warsaw, IN 46580 

Natl. Director of Church Planting, Grace 

Brethren Home Missions Council 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 


4025 Fnngewood Dr., Concord, NC 28025 
Tiadaghton Valley Grace Brethren 

MILLER, R. PAUL, Esther 

6000 Laura Ave., Altamonte Springs, 

FL 32714 

Retired, Pulpit Supply 
Ocala. FL Grace Brethren Church 


5353 Starkey Rd., S.W., Roanoke, 

VA 24014 

Pastor, Boones Mill. VA Grace Brethren 

MILLER, RAY(L), Betty 

4860 Catalma Dr.. Toledo, OH 43615 

Pastor, Toledo Grace Brethren Church 


5772 Karen Ave,, Cypress, CA 90630 

Chosen People Ministries 
Cypress, CA Grace Brethren Church 


1215 Applegate St., Waterville, OH 43566 

Pastor, Maumee Valley Grace Brethren 


1407 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Herald Bookstore 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 


1735 Oatfield Ln., Goshen, IN 46526 

Pastor, Goshen Grace Brethren Church 

MILLER, WARD A., Lucille 

2345 N.E. 146 Ave. #57. Silver Springs, 

FL 34488 

Ocala Grace Brethren Church 


95-035 Waimakua Dr., Mililani, HI 96789 


E-mail: dmitchell 
Pastor, Waipio Grace Brethren Church 

MITCHELL, CURTIS C, Th.D.. Patricia 
3109 San Juan Dr., Fullerton, CA 92635 

Professor Emeritus, Biblical Studies, 

Biola University 
La Mirada church 



Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 


12145 Lisa St.. Hartville, OH 44632 

Intern Pastor, Middlebranch Grace 
Brethren Church 


707 Saint John St., Grafton, WV 26354 

Pulpit Supply, Retired 
Grafton. WV Grace Brethren Church 


131 Orlando Ave., N.E., Roanoke, 


Pastor, Washington Heights church 

MORTON, JAMES W. (L), Janet 

103B Butterwood Ct., Cary, NC 27511 
Assoc. Pastor, New Hope Community 
Church, Cary, NC 


4919 Bay Crest Dr., Tampa, FL 33615 
813/249-8448 FAX: 813/249-8448 
Home Missions, Tampa. Florida 
Marietta, GA Grace Brethren 


1015 Pine Hill Rd., Lititz, PA 17543 

Assoc. Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 


250 Philadelphia Ave., Waynesboro, 

PA 17268 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 


431 S. Prospect St., Medina. OH 44256 

Pulpit Supply 
Rittman, OH Grace Brethren Church 

MASS, JOSEPH E. (L), Mary 

45 W. St. Charles St., Grafton, WV 26354 

Pastor, First Grace Brethren Church 

310 E. Pliler Precise Rd., Longview, 

TX 75605 

Principal, Grace Christian School (K-8) 
Longview Grace Brethren Church 

MITZ, DAVID (L), Lynn 
26 E. Pittsburgh St., Delmont, PA 15626 

MIX, DAYNE, Linda 
3441 Jubilee Dr., Pace, FL 32571 

U.S. Navy Chaplain 
Arvada, CO church 

O'DELL, CECIL, Debbie 

Dai-ichi Kooshin Mansion, No. 102, 

Kurihara 5-6-12, Niiza-shi, Saitama-Ken 

T352, JAPAN 

(011-81) 424-22-7452) 
Missionary, Japan 
Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach 

OELZE, JOHN (L), Linda 

920 E. Main St., Warsaw. IN 46580 

219/268-1111 FAX: 219/267-5896 
Director of Youth & Family Ministries at 

First Presbyterian Church 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 


209 Ibis Ave., Sebrmg, FL 33872-3758 
Sebring Grace Brethren Church 


9535 Franklin Ave., Lanham, MD 20706 

Pastor Emeritus, Lanham Grace Brethren 


50 Rittman Rd., Rittman, OH 44270 


E-mail: bolszewski 
Senior Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 


14335 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650 

Bellflower Brethren Church 


252 Rancho Villa, Walla Walla, WA 99362 

H.C.M.A Chaplain (Retired) 
Cypress, CA Grace church 


509 Cherry St., Wnghtsville, PA 17368 

Pastor, Susquehanna Grace Brethren 

MUZUM, RICK (L). Tammy 

7276 Terry Jill Ln„ Westerville, OH 43082 

Pastoral Staff 
Grace Brethren Church of Columbus 


Gateway Grace Community Church, P.O. 

Box 431, Exton, PA 19341 
Pastor, Gateway Grace Community Church 
Osceola Grace Brethren Church 

650 Castille Dr, Hemet. CA 92543 

Beaumont church 


Liebigstr 7/1, 7080 Aalen, GERMANY 

Missionary, Germany 
Grace Brethren Church of Columbus 

PATRICK, JOHN B. Lt. Col., Georgia 
1969 Devonshire Dr., Sierra Vista, 

AZ 85613 602/458-6202 

Office: 602/533-5559 or 602/533-5827 
Chaplain, U.S. Army 
LaMirada. CA church 

PATRICK, SEAN (L), Danette 

615 Beery Blvd., Union, OH 45322 

513/832-2154 FAX: 513/698-4783 
Pastor of Youth, West Milton Grace 

Brethren Church 

PEEK, GEORGE O., D.D., Phyllis 

6917 Andrew Way, Cypress, CA 90630 

Cypress, CA Grace church 

PEELER, JEFF (L), Shern 

Rt. 1, Box 28, Portis, KS 67474 

Associate Pastor, Portis Grace Brethren 


HHC 2/22 Infantry, 10th Mountain Division 
(LI), Fort Drum, NY 13602-5116 
315/629-8016 Oft, 315/772-6505 
E-mail: 73124,1347 CompuServe 

Chaplain, U.S Army 

Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 


2414 W. 6th St., Santa Anna, CA 92703 

Pastor, Maranatha Grace Brethren Church, 
Santa Anna 

PERKINS, SCOTT (L), Caroll Ann 

13922 Summer Ave., Norwalk, CA 90650 

Norwalk Grace Brethren Church 


7430 Crescent Ave., Apt, No, 101. Buena 

Park, CA 90620 

Chaplain, Kaiser Hospital (Anaheim), 
Pastor. Church of Reflections, Knotts 

Berry Farm 
Beaumont church 


411 W Highland Ave., Wooster, OH 44691 

Pastor of Seniors, Wooster Grace Brethren 

PETERS, JACK K., Jr. (L), Deborah 

2415 Summitview Ave., Yakima, 
WA 98902 

Pastor. Grace Brethren Church 

PETERS, JACK K., Sr., Maxine 

127 Cedar Dr., West Milton, OH 45383 

Pulpit Supply 
Community Grace Brethren Church 


401 Wood St., Winona Lake. IN 46590 
219/269-1957 FAX: 219/372-5265 
E-mail: 76353,1614 CompuServe 

Chaplain and Professor of Missions, Grac 

New Horizon Community Church. Warsaw 

PIFER, LESTER E., D.D., Genevene 

6810 23rd Ave, W., Bradenton, FL 34209 

Senior Consultant, Church 

Communications Ministries 
North Port church 


132 St. Paul Dr., Fremont. OH 43420 

Senior Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

2201 Highland Rd., Parkersburg. 


Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

PLACEWAY, TIM (L). Joellen 

127 Foxbury. Elizabethtown, PA 17022 

Assoc. Pastor, Youth and Music 
Grace Brethren Church 

PLASTER, DAVID R. Th.D., Virginia 

800 Arbor Lane, Winona Lake, IN 46590 
219/269-9625 FAX: 219/372-5265 
E-mail: drplaster @ 
V. Pres.- Academic Affairs, Grace Schools 
Warsaw Community Grace Brethren 


3912 Bradwood Dr., Dayton. OH 45405 

Pastor, Calvary Grace Brethren Church 


P.O. Box 385, Winona Lake. IN 46590 

Retired, Pulpit Supply 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 


600 S. Main St., West Milton, OH 45383 

Pastor, Community Grace Brethren Church 


620 Arlington Dr., Apt. B, Wooster, 

OH 44691 

Missionary, Africa 
Wooster, OH Grace Brethren Church 


759 S. Glenwood Ave., Rialto, CA 92376 

E-mail: pxfr95a @ 
Pastor, Grace Community Church of Rialtc 


c/lbi, I, pta. 5, Terramelar (Paterna) 

46007 Valencia, SPAIN 

(011-34) 6-137-2490 
St. Petersburg, FL church 

1122 Hickory Sand Springs, OK 74063 
Waterloo, IA church 

>OYNER, JAMES L., Charlotte 
10934 Peppertree Ln.. Port Richey, 

FL 34668 

Pastor, Gulfview Grace Brethren Church 

>OYNER, RANDY, D.Min., Betty 
50 Bud Hollow Dr., Palm Coast, FL 32137 

Marriage & Family Therapist, Pastoral 

Director, Covenant Ministries 
Waterloo, IA church 

304 Orchard, Kent, OH 44240 

Western Reserve Grace Brethren Church, 

Macedonia, OH 


10922 Allen Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740 


E-mail: djpritchet @ 
Pastor, Valley Grace Brethren Church 

RAGER, DON K. (L), Hannah 

667 Highland Ave., Johnstown, PA 15902 

Retired, Pulpit Supply 
Conemaugh Grace Brethren Church 

RAMSEY, DAN, Denise 

Egerlanderstr. 3, 7250 Leonberg, 


(011-49) 7152-45609 
Missionary, Germany 
Canton, OH church 

RANTS, JACK V. (L), Pamela 

26312 Woodland Way S., Kent, WA 98031 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 


P.O. Box 2634, Christiansburg, VA 24068 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church, Riner 


1120 Northwood Rd., Apt. 186-F, Seal 

Beach, CA 90740 

Retired, Visitation 
Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach 


2501 Glasgow Dr., Ceres, CA 95307 

Pastor, La Loma Grace Brethren Church 


2109 Cleveland Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 

Youth Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 


5850 St. Rt. 41 W., Covington, OH 45318 

Pastor. Friendship Grace Brethren Church 


4121 Harder Ave., Sebnng, FL 33872 

Sebring Grace Brethren Church 

RISSER, C. DEAN, Ella Lee 

821 Ohio St., Ashland, OH 44805 

Assoc. Pastor, Southview Grace Brethren 

ROBBINS, D. RICHARD (L), Betty Jean 
3954 Sweet Potato Ridge Rd., Englewood, 
OH 45322 
Pastor of Senior Ministries 
West Milton church 


16837 Eleonora, Eagle River, AK 99577 
907/696-4598 FAX: 907/688-0834 
E-mail: 70401,1464 (CompuServe) 

Pastor. Eagle River Grace Church 

ROBERTS, ROY R., D.R.E., Ph.D., Patti 

215 Cindalyn Dr., New Holland, PA 17557 

New Holland Grace Brethren Church 


103 Woodside Circle, Stephens City, 

VA 22655 

Pastor, Blue Ridge Grace Brethren Church 


208 E. Tioga, Philadelphia, PA 19134 

Pastor, Third Grace Brethren Church, 

5027 Geraldine Dr., Lansing, Ml 48917 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 


2954 SR 681, Albany, OH 45710 

International Students at Ohio 

University, Athens 
Delaware Grace Brethren Church 


P.O. Box 546, Dolan Springs, AZ 86441 

Pastor, Mt. Tipton Community Church 
Yucca Valley, CA church 


39 Peach Grove Ave., Centerville, 

OH 45458 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 


19 Willow Valley Dr., Lancaster, PA 17602 
717/464-0950 FAX: 717/464-1582 
E-mail: llancmrgb 
Assoc. Pastor of Senior Adult Ministries 
Southern Lancaster Grace Brethren Churc 

ROOT, GERALD H., Elizabeth 

407 N. Garland Ave,, Dayton, OH 45403 

Huber Heights church 


608 E. Jackson St., Flora, IN 46929 


E-mail: Ifloragbc 
Pastor, Flora Grace Brethren Church 

ROUGH, H. DON. Dorothy 

R. 3, Box 135, Holsopple, PA 15935 

Senior Pastor, Riverside Grace Brethren 


R. 2, Box 118, Milroy, PA 17063 

Pastor, Kish Valley Grace Brethren Church 

P.O. Box 1068, Taos, NM 87571 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church of Taos 

SALSGIVER, Jr., ROBERT L. (L), Janice 
806 Charles Dr., Winona Lake. IN 46590 

Grace Seminary Student 
Lititz, PA Grace Brethren Church 


2934 Maple Ave., Altoona, PA 16601 

Pastor, First Grace Brethren Church 

RUESCH, TIM (L), Jams 

P.O. Box 446, London, OH 43140 

London Grace Brethren Church 

RUIZ, TED, Vivien 

P.O. Box A.C. 527, Quezon City, 1109, 

Missionary, Philippines 
LaVerne, CA church 

RUSH, DAVE (L), Chris 

9719 Newhaven Loop, Anchorage, 
AK 99507 

907/522-4786 FAX: 907/522-4786 
E-mail: 75123,3243 (CompuServe) 

Grace Community Church, Anchorage 


205 E. Spring St., Martmsburg, PA 16662 

Assoc, Pastor, Martmsburg Grace Brethren 


8400 Good Luck Rd., Lanham, MD 20706 

301/552-2957 FAX: 301/552-2021 

E-mail: llanhamgbc 
Associate Pastor, Lanham Grace Brethren 

SANDY, D. BRENT, Ph.D., Cheryl 

1878 Woodmere Court, Salem, VA 24153 

Pastor, Ghent Grace Brethren Church 

Calle Jose Luis Borau, 23, 3F 
50015 - Zaragoza, SPAIN 
Indianapolis. Eagle Creek church 


234 W. Main St., Ephrata, PA 17522 
E-mail: marksaunders 
Pastor, Ephrata Area Grace Brethren 


418 Calle Pinon, Gallup, NM 87301 

Youth Pastor, Navajo Gospel Mission 
Director, Christ for Native Youth 
Norton. OH church 

3HAEFER, JAMES E.. Elizabeth 
11222 109th St. SW, Tacoma, 

WA 98498 

Chaplain, Captain, U.S. Army 
Temple Hills, MD church 

P.O. Box 180, Beaver City, NE 68926-0180 
Pastor, Beaver City Grace Brethren Church 


381 Senior Ct. #308, Kenai, AK 99611 

Chaplain LT COL, USAF AUX 
Pastor Emeritus. Kenai Grace Brethren 

18529 Phlox Dr., Ft. Myers, FL 33912 

Assoc. Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

148 Avenue B, 1200 Aurora Blvd., 

Bradenton, FL 34202 

Video Tape Ministry 
Grace Brethren Church of Bradenton 

1750 W. Lambert Rd., No. 120, LaHabra, 

CA 90631 

Senior Pastor, Westminster Grace Brethren 
High School Spanish Teacher 

600 Park Ln. Apt. 108, Waterloo, IA 50702 

Waterloo Grace Brethren Church 

CH (COL), U.S. Army 
7018 44th Ave. NE, Olympia, WA 98516 
360/923-1595 FAX: 360/923-0645 
E-mail: Schuma436 ® 
Retired, NFBC Endorsing Agent 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 

iSCHWAN, DAVID (L), Becky 

101 Burman Road, Shirley, Solihull 

West Midlands, B90 2BQ, ENGLAND 

(011-44) 121-733-6066 
Missionary, England 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 

R. da Constituicao 2087-9H1 
4200 Porto, PORTUGAL 
(011-351) 2830-3452 
Missionary, Portugal 
Santa Maria, CA church 


415 Sharp St., Ashland, OH 44805 

Assistant Pastor, Grace Brethren, Ashland 


Ja-Ve Home Park. Lot 5, Bedford, 

PA 15522 

Pastor of Youth & Parents, Community 

Grace Brethren Church, Everett 

SENIOR, RANDY (L), Billie 

9925 Lmdale, Bellflower, CA 90706 

Cypress Grace Brethren Church 


828 Stanwood St., Philadelphia, PA 19111 

Minister, Senior Adults 
First Grace Brethren Church 


P.O. Box 65, Maugansville, MD 21767 

Assoc./Youth Pastor, Maranatha Brethren 
Church, Hagerstown 


612 Plymouth Dr., Myerstown, PA 17067 

717/866-2897 FAX: 717/866-5707 
Senior Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

SHEDD, DAN (L), Dons 

5254 Grasswood Ct.. Concord, CA 94521 

Admin., Ygnacio Valley Christian School 
LaMirada church 

SHIPLEY, GREG (L), Sheryl 

Willow Cottage, Banbury Road. Bishops 

Tachbrook, Warwickshire CV33 9QL 


(011-44) 26-651576 
First Grace Brethren Church, Philadelphia 


2366 Chandler Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33907 

Senior Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 


1007 Manor Dr., Ripon, CA 95366 


E-mail: gshirk 
Senior Pastor, Ripon Grace Brethren 


Th.M., Mary 
2251 Knoxville Ave., Long Beach, 

CA 90815 

Senior Pastor, Grace Community Church of 

Seal Beach 

SIEBERT, AL (L), Johanna 

2021 Dawson St., Long Beach, CA 90806 

Executive Director, Greater Long Beach 

Youth for Christ 
Bellflower Brethren Church 


6726 Worthington-Galena Rd.. 

Worthington, OH 43085 

614/433-0272 FAX: 614/888-1258 
Pastoral Staff, Grace Brethren, Columbus 


740 Boyd Blvd., Galion, OH 44833 

Pastor, Gallon Grace Brethren Church 

SIMS, MARK (L), Joy 

8, rue Bigonnet, 71000 Macon, FRANCE 

(011-33) 85-38-02-55 
Grace Brethren Church of Columbus 


R. 2, Box 163B, Fairfield, VA 24435 

Pulpit Supply 
First Brethren Church, Buena Vista 


15 Almond Trail, Ocala, FL 34472 

Pastor, Ocala Grace Brethren Church 

SMITH, JOHN F., Sharon 

109 Main St., P.O. Box 72, Refton, 

PA 17568 


E-mail: !jsmith9 
Sr. Pastor, Grace Brethren, Willow Valley 

SMITH, MIKAL, Barbara 

12311 Deerhurst Dr., Midlothian VA 23113 

SMITH, RANDALL D., Ph.D., Dorothy 
3321 Quail Close, Pompano Beach. 

FL 33064 

305/785-7839 FAX: 305/785-9136 
International Director. Grace Educational 

Ft. Lauderdale Grace Community Church 


547 Elder St., Chambersburg, PA 17201 

Pulpit Supply 
Chambersburg church 


300 S. Gilliam Dr., Warsaw, IN 46580 

Senior Pastor, First Grace Brethren, 
Fort Wayne 


R.D. #2, Box 268B, Palmyra, PA 17078 

Pulpit Supply 
Palmyra Grace Brethren Church 


R. 4, Box 180-A, Jersey Shore, PA 17740 

Pastor, Tiadaghton Valley Grace Brethren 


1210 Rozella Rd., Warsaw, IN 46580 

Eastern Director of Church Planting and 

Development, Grace Brethren Home 

Missions Council 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 

SMITH, BRIAN, Kathleen 

10641 Zodiac, Riverside, CA 92503 
909/687-5427 FAX: 909/352-8714 
E-mail: gracommune (on-line) 

Pastor, Grace Community Church 

SMITH, ERIC D., Debbie 

P.O. Box 450, Davao City, Mindanao, 

Missionary, Overseas Crusades 
Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach 

SNIDER, R. WAYNE, Th.M., M.A., Hyla 
Box 691. Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Professor of History, Grace Schools 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 

SNOW, R. JOHN, Lucy 

2466 Krumroy Rd., Akron, OH 44312 
E-mail: Irjsnow 
Senior Pastor, Ellet Grace Brethren 

200 13th St., Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 

■JYDER, ROY B., Ruth 
901 Robson Rd„ Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Retired Missionary, Africa 
Fort Lauderdale church 

3TO, ROBERT, Iris 
1913 Camellia, McAllen, TX 78501 

Pastor, McAllen Grace Brethren Church 

3ULE, DONALD J., Cindy 
1965 Huntsman Dr., Aiken, SC 29803 

CE and Youth, Grace Brethren Church 

DWERS, LARRY B. (L), Ruth 
R. 1, Box 555, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648 

Pastor, Vicksburg Grace Brethren Church 

3120 Wilson Dr., Auburn. CA 95603 

916/823-1223 ' 
Pastor, Auburn Grace Brethren Church . 

PARZAK, CHET, Barbara 
P.O. Box 601, Saxonburg, PA 16056 

E-mail: 73014.2051 @ 
Pastor, The Bible Church of Ivywood 


( 92-787 Makakilo Dr.,27 672-0012, Kapolei, 

HI 96707 

! Chaplain, U.S. Army 
j Waipio Grace Brethren Church 

TALEY, DON (L), Sandy 
! 139 N. Wall St., Covington, OH 45318 
Retired, Pulpit Supply, Evangelism, 

Christian Growth Seminars 
Friendship Grace Brethren Church 

TALLTER, THOMAS, Th.M., D. Miss. (L), 


B.P. 183 Moundou, REPUBLIC OF CHAD 

Missionary, Africa 
Osceola, IN church 


771 1 Cullen St., San Diego, CA 921 1 1 

Institute for Creation Research 
Assoc. Pastor, San Diego church 


507 S. Juniper St.. Toppenish, WA 98948 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

STERN, MIKE (L), Janie 

1594 Penworth, Columbus, OH 43229 

Youth Pastor. Columbus Grace Brethren 


6176 Sumter Dr., Brooksville, FL 34602 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

STOEVER, GREG (L), Laurie 

2236 Cutler St., Simi Valley, CA 93065 

Assoc. Pastor, Youth, Simi Valley church 


2568 Tonto Trail, Verona, Wl 53593 

Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 

STRAITS, GREG (L), Sandra 

1403 Park AVe., Winona Lake. IN 46590 

Waterloo Grace Brethren 


459 S. Grove St., Bowling Green, 

OH 43402 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 


3606 28th St., Chesapeake Beach, 
MD 20732 
Associate Pastor, Calvert Grace Brethren 


13181 Running Deer Rd., Moreno Valley, 

CA 92553 

Pastor, New Hope Community Church of 

the Valley 

SUMMERS, EARL L., "Buck". Barb 
850 Alandale Dr., Chambersburg, 

PA 17201 

Counselor, Consultant, Speaker 
Chambersburg Grace Brethren 

P.O. Box 167, Prague/ 11121, 


(011-42) 2-591-421 
Ashland, OH Grace Brethren Church 


8192 Redford Ln., La Palma, CA 90623 

Family, Marriage, Child Counseling 
Bellflower Brethren Church 


397 Shelby Ave. W., Powell, OH 43065 

Pastoral Staff, Grace Brethren of Columbus 


8506 Nuthatch Way, Worthington, 

OH 43235 

Student Ministries 
Grace Brethren Church of Columbus 

TAING, VEK HUONG (L), Samoeun 
5715 California Ave., Long Beach, 

CA 90805 

Pastor, Grace Cambodian Church 

11122 "I" St., PortRichey, FL 34668 

Retired, Pulpit Supply 
Hope Grace Brethren Church 

TAYLOR, DARREL G., Carolyne 
Grace Ln., Uniontown, PA 15401 

Pastor, Uniontown Brethren Church 


3915 Millpond Ct. Apt. 147, Palm Harbor, 

FL 34684 

Evangelist, Grace Brethren Church 



Missionary to CAR. 
Aiken, SC Grace Brethren Church 

TAYLOR, STEVE W. D.Min., Patricia 
132 Summerall Ct., Aiken, SC 29801 

Senior Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

TAYLOR, TERRANCE T., D.Min., Elaine 
143 Wise Ave. SE, North Canton, 

OH 44720 

Senior Pastor, Canton Grace Brethren 


102 Apple Ct., Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Senior Pastor, Winona Lake Grace 

Brethren Church 

TERAN, PHILIP M., Colleen 

3490 Atlas St., San Diego, CA 92111 

619/278-3715 FAX: 619/292-5560 

Senior Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

THOMPSON, DAN, Jacquelynne 

740 Clarendon Ct., Naples, FL 33942 

Pastor, Shoreline Grace Brethren Churcf 


3580 Robin Hood Circle, Roanoke, 

VA 2401 9-7424 

Washington Heights church, Roanoke 


2667 Sun Valley Dr., Waldorf, MD 20603 

Senior Pastor, Waldorf Branch of Grace 
Brethren Church of Greater Washingto 


56 N. Crawford, Millersburg, OH 44654 I 


E-mail: Icgthornton 
Pastor. Grace Brethren Church 


34640 Kahfornsky Beach Rd., Soldotna, | 

AK 99669 

907/262-1008 FAX: 907/262-6442 

E-mail: idthornton 
Senior Pastor, Peninsula Grace Brethren 

TITTLE, MAYNARD G., Kathleen M. 
P.O. Box 339, Kreamer, PA 17833 

Retired, Pulpit Supply 
Kish Valley Grace Brethren Church 

TODD, RICHARD E. (L), Claudia 

6242 Washington Ave., Whittier, CA 906&1 

Senior Pastor, Community Grace Brethre' 

123 Whittier Ln., Lancaster, PA 

Pastor, Grace Brethren, Greater Lancaster 

OWNSEND, JOHN C. Jr.. Yvonne 
1408 Snow Crescent, Virginia Beach, 

VA 24153 

Pulpit Supply 
Grace Brethren Church, Roanoke 

24 Exeter, Irvine, CA 92715 

Chaplain (Maj.) USAFR. March AFB, CA 
Whittier Community Grace Brethren 

RAUB, GEORGE, Charlotte 
20 Impela Dr., Dillsburg, PA 17019 

Pastor, Hope Grace Brethren, Dillsburg 

RAVIS, DAN, Joanne 
7291 Saddletree Ct . Reynoldsburg, 
OH 43068 
CE Pastor, Columbus Eastside Grace 
Brethren Church 

5104 Salina St., Clinton, MD 20735 

Pastor, Alexandria, VA church 

RENNER, ED, Carla 
1413 Lael Dr., Orange, CA 92666 
714/538-2686 or 714/633-2454 
Pastor, Grace Church of Orange 

RESISE, FOSTER, Marguerite 
95-303 Waioni St., Mililani, HI 96789 

Bible Teacher 
Waipio church 

1005 Birdseye Blvd., Fremont, OH 43420 

Pastoral Ministries, Fremont Grace 
Brethren Church 

1924 Burbank Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 

216/669-9037 FAX: 216/264-7016 
Director, Internationals USA 
Wooster Grace Brethren Church 

c/o Dr. and Mrs. Edgar Gassin, 

4015 Patricia Dr., Columbus, OH 43220 

Missionary, Brazil 
Wooster, OH church 


58349 Apple Rd., Osceola. IN 46561 

Associate Pastor, Osceola Grace Brethren 


P.O. Box 74, Tonalea, AZ 86044 

Pastor, Red Lake Grace Brethren Church 


P.O. Box 336, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

219/269-2719 Off.: 219/268-0539 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 


773 Brevity Ave. NE. Palm Bay. FL 32905 

Church Planter 
Palm Bay Bible Fellowship 



580 E. 91st., Brooklyn, NY 11236 

Atlanta Grace Brethren Church 


R. 1, Meyersdale, PA 15552 

Pastor, Summit Mills Grace Brethren 

VAN ORMAN, MELVIN D. (L), Dolores 
350 Route 36 South, Duncansville, 

PA 16635 

Pastor, Hopewell Grace Brethren Church 


B.P. 240, Bangui, CENTRAL AFRICAN 

Missionary, Africa 
Duncansville, PA church 


1507 Southwood Dr., Ashland, OH 44805 

Assist. Pastor. Grace Brethren Church 



105 W. 15th Ave., Juniata, Altoona, 

PA 16601 

Pastor, Altoona Grace Brethren Church 


9155 Nana Russell Rd. (P.O. Box 458). 

Owings, MD 20736 

301/855-7895 FAX: 301/855-2273 
Senior Pastor, Calvert County Branch 

Grace Brethren Church of Greater 


WAKEN, ED (L), Debbie 

13011 N. 75th Ln., Peoria, AZ 85381 

602/412-9552 FAX: 602/412-9553 

E-mail: vlcell.adl 
Pastor, Valley Life Grace Brethren Church, 



617 N Cobblestone St., Gilbert. AZ 85234 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church, Gilbert 


9811 Caltor Ln., Ft. Washington, 

MD 20744 

Retired, Substitute teaching/preaching 
Grace Brethren Church of Greater 



335 Clemens Rd.. Harleysville, PA 19438 

Director, Hebrew Christian Fellowship 
First Grace Brethren Church, Philadelphia 


4007 Loop Dr., Englewood, OH 45322 

Pastor Emeritus, Basore Road Grace 

Brethren Church, Dayton 

WEAVER, BRIAN (L), Rhonda 

6 Cornyx Ln., Elmden Heath, Solihull. 
West Midlands, ENGLAND B91 2SJ 
Ashland Grace Brethren Church 

WEBB, TONY, Cathy 

3804 Devton Dr., Columbus, OH 43228 

Pastor. Southwest Grace Brethren Churcl 

WEDERTZ, LARRY (L), Jonnie Lou 

1633 Cherry PL, Escondido, CA 92027 

San Diego church 


5945 63rd Ave. N. Pinellas Park, 

FL 33565 

Pastor, Pinellas Park Grace Brethren 


RD. 3, Box 35-A, Stoystown, PA 15563 

Senior Pastor, Reading Grace Brethren 

WEIMER, RON, Vivian 

3134 Violet Dr.. Waterloo. IA 50701 

Assoc. Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

WHITE, BRIAN L., Janice 

6857 Park Vista Rd., Englewood, 
OH 45322 
Sr. Pastor, Basore Road Grace Brethren 


3645 Susquehanna Trail North, York, 

PA 17404 


E-mail: idanwhite 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church, York 

WHITED, ROBERT D.. Jeannette 

1021 S. Greenfield Rd. #1037. Mesa, 
AZ 85206 
Pulpit Supply. S.S. Teacher, calling 
Beaumont, CA church 

WILEY, GALEN W., D.Min., Elsie 

22713 Ellsworth Ave., Minerva, OH 44657 
E-mail: gwiley 
Pastor. Minerva Grace Brethren Church 

WEAVER, SCOTT L., Betty Lou 

1717 Lowell Wood East, Mishawaka. 

IN 46545 

Pastor, Mishawaka Grace Brethren Church 

WILEY, RALPH, Dorotha 

3706 NW 53rd St., Ft. Lauderdale. 

FL 33309 

Interim Pastor, Fort Lauderdale church 


213 Weaver Dr., Lititz, PA 17543 

Assoc. Pastor, Grace Brethren of Lititz 

WYMAN, VICTOR (L), Cheryl 

98-342 Ponohana PI., Aiea. HI 96701 

Youth, ABF, Waimalu Grace Brethren 


3159 Berlin, Station Rd., Delaware, 

OH 43015 
Delaware, OH church 


150 W. Warren St., Box 41, Peru, 

IN 46970 

Retired Missionary 
Peru Grace Brethren Church 


15154 Goodhue St., Whittier, CA 90604 

Whittier Community church 


6854 Driscoll, Long Beach, CA 90815 

Asst. Pastor, Seal Beach Grace Brethren 

WINTER, CHARLES H. (L). Marilyn 
P.O. Box 69, Argos, IN 46501 
E-mail: Ichuckwinter 
Pulpit Supply 
Harrah Grace Brethren Church 

YATES, LYNN (L), Sally 

208 Blairmore Blvd., Orange Park, 

FL 32073 
Calvert Grace Brethren Church 

YODER, PHIL (L), Donya 

836 Longshore Ave., Philadelphia, 
PA 19111 
Assoc. Pastor, Philadelphia Grace Brethren 


5538 Twilight Rd., Roanoke, VA 24019 

Pastor, Grace Bible Brethren, Troutville 

YOUNG, JERRY R., Loreen 

414 S. Cope Hill Dr., Manheim, PA 17545 

E-mail: jryoung06 @ 
Senior Pastor, Grace Brethren Church, Lititz 


1429 W. Central, Madera, CA 93637 

Elkhart, IN Grace Brethren Church 


3528 Garden City Blvd., Roanoke, 

VA 24014 

Pastor, Garden City Grace Brethren 

WITZKY, GENE E., Margaret 

381 Fox Rd., R. 14, Lexington, OH 44904 

Pastor, Cornerstone Grace Brethren 

WOLFE, AARON (L), Kathy 

219 Miller Rd.. Apt. K, Akron, PA 17501 

Frederick, MD Grace Brethren Church 


4319 N. Vinewood, Indianapolis, IN 46254 

Pastor, Eagle Creek Grace Brethren 


1123 9th St. SE, Roanoke, VA 24013 

Ghent Grace Brethren Church 


91-1036 F Kalehana St., Kapolei, HI 96707 


E-mail: waimgbc 
Pastor, Waimalu Grace Brethren Church 


6945 W. Coronado Rd., Phoenix, 

AZ 85035 

Trotwood, OH church 


2935 West Rose Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85017 

Pastor, Phoenix church 

2309 Steamlee Av., Long Beach, 

CA 90815 

Preaching Teaching 
Grace Brethren Church of Cypress 



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Southwestern Pennsylvania, 
Western Maryland, West Virginia 
16 Churches 



7 Churches 

Northern California 
7 Churches 


North Central Ohio 
22 Churches 


Southern Maryland, 
Northeastern Virginia 
8 Churches 


East Central Florida 
6 Churches 


West Central Florida 
10 Churches 


3 Churches 


3 Churches 


17 Churches 


3 Churches 


Iowa, Texas 
11 Churches 


Maryland, South Central 
Pennsylvania, Northern Virginia, 
Eastern West Virginia 
10 Churches 


Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, 
New Mexico 
6 Churches 


North Eastern Ohio 

12 Churches 


Connecticut, Delaware, 

New Jersey, New York, Eastern 

Pennsylvania, Vermont 

29 Churches 


Oregon, Washington 
14 Churches 


South Florida 
6 Churches 


North Carolina, South Carolina, 


4 Churches 


Arizona, Southern California 
35 Churches 


Southern Ohio 
19 Churches 


Western Virginia 

13 Churches 


Western Pennsylvania 
21 Churches 

:'\- Please see the following pages for a listing of the churches in each district 
and for information on the various district organizations and conferences. 

Cooperating District Conference Organizations 


Allegheny Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: Uniontown Grace Brethren 
To Be Announced 


Mod. - Joe Nass 

V. Mod. - Ron Jarvis 

Secy. - Millie Lund, Wind Ridge, PA 15380 

Asst. Secy. - Peggy Blough 
Treas. - Robert Riffle, RD 2, Box 106 

Washington, PA 15301 
Stat. - Larry Weigle 
Members-at-Large - Randy Haulk, Ron Thorn 


Shimer Darr, Elda Philippi, Bob Grew 


Joyce Weigle, Don Lankey, Shirley Hostetler 


Dan Markey, Beth Yoders, Norma Jean 


John Lancaster, Randy Haulk, Nancy Miller 


Richard Cornwell, Robert Skeen, Harold 


Chairman • Mike Lookenot 
V. Chairman • John Lancaster 
Secy. /Treas. - Joe Nass 


Chairman - Shimer Darr 
V. Chairman - John Lancaster 
Secy. - Richad Placeway 
Asst. Secy/Treas. - Ray McCoy 


Chairman • Larry Weigle 

V. Chairman - Ronzil Jarvis 

Secy/Treas. - Joe Nass 

Asst. Secy/Treas. - Shimer Darr 

Additional Members - Dan Opel, Jim Kelley 


Pres. - Robert Grew 

V Pres • Robert Riffle 
Secy. - Robert Riffle 


Pres. - Ruth Johnson 

1st V. Pres. - Elda Phillippi 

2nd V. Pres. - Kathy Opel 

Secy. - Mary Kay Nicholson, 419 Beachley St., 

Meyersdale, PA 15552 
Treas. - Joyce Weigle, RD. 3, Box 35A, 

Stoystown, PA 15563 
Prayer Chairman - Norma Jean McCracken 
Asst. Prayer Chairman - Millie Lund 
Dist. Editor • Becky Jarvis 


Manager - Shimer Darr 

Director - Larry Weigle 

Name of Camp - Albryoca 

Name of Campground - Camp Albryoca 

Location of Camp - R. 3, Box 92, Meyersdale, 

PA 15552. 



President - Randy Haulk 

V President - Ron Thorn 
Business Mgr. - Ronzil Jarvis 
Asst. Business Mgr. • Larry Weigle 
Camp Coordinator • John Lancaster 
Member-at-Large • Darrel Taylor 


Accident, MD - First Grace Brethren 
Aleppo, PA - Aleppo Brethren 
Boswell, PA ■ Laurel Mountain Grace Brethren 
Coolville, OH - Coolville Grace Brethren 
Cumberland. MD - Cumberland Grace 

Grafton, WV - First Grace Brethren 
"Jenners, PA - Jenners Grace Brethren 
'Listie, PA - Listie Grace Brethren 
Meyersdale. PA - Meyersdale Grace Brethren 
Meyersdale, PA - Summit Mills Grace Brethren 
Parkersburg, WV - Grace Brethren 
Stoystown. PA - Reading Grace Brethren 
Uniontown, PA - Uniontown Grace Brethren 
Vienna, WV - Community Grace Brethren 
'Washington, PA - Grace Brethren 
'Westernport, MD - Mill Run Grace Brethren 
*Not FGBC 


Arctic Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 


^od. - John Gillis 

/. Mod. - Dan Thornton 

Secy. - Luke Kauffman, 12920 Wellsford Cir.. 

Anchorage, AK 99516 
Treas. - Chris Hay, 1509 Randee Way, 

Kenai, AK 9961 1 


Ohm. - John Gillis 
/. Chm. - Dan Thornton 
Secy. - Luke Kauffman 
Treas. - Chris Hay 


Chm. - John Gillis 

J. Chm. - Dan Thornton 

Secy. - Luke Kauffman 

Additional Members - All ordained ministers 


Chm. - John Gillis 
V. Chm. - Dan Thornton 
Secy. - Luke Kauffman 
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: Monthly meetings, no annual 


Mod. • Ron Carnevali 

V. Mod. - Robert Trefry 

Secy. - Barry Goodson, 13000 Zekiah Dr., 
Waldorf, MD 20601 (301/645-0407) 

Treas. - Steve Howell, P.O. Box 458, 
Owings, MD 20736 

Members-at-Large - Robert Wagner, Jeff 
Thornley, Howard Mayes, Dan Grabill. R 
Greene, Bill Kiddoo, Dave Kowalke, Mikal 
Smith, Wayne Hannah, Robert Mayes, Russ 
Ogden, Lloyd Sampson, James Schaefer, 
Shelton Sugg, Dean Walter, Aaron Wolfe, 
Lynn Yates 


Chm. - Ron Carnevali 
V. Chm. - Robert Trefry 
Secy. - Barry Goodson 
Treas. - Steve Howell 


Chm. ■ Ron Carnevali 
V. Chm. - Robert Trefry 
Secy. - Barry Goodson 

Add. Members - Jeff Thornley, Howard Mayes, 
R. Greene, Steve Howell, Wayne Hannah. 
David Kowalke, Russ Ogden, Lloyd 
Sampson. Mikal Smith, Shelton Sugg, 
Robert Wagner, Dean Walter 


Chm. - Jeff Thornley 


Pres. - Dave Knight 

V. Pres - Philip Bryant 

Secy. - Nadine Leas, P.O. Box 458, Owings, 

MD 20736 
Treas. - Steve Howell 
N.A.C. Coordinator - Linda Brown 
N.A.C. Quizzing - June Yoder 


Alexandria, VA ■ Grace Brethren 
Clinton. MD - Grace Brethren Church of 

Greater Washington 
Frederick, MD - Frederick Grace Brethren 
Lanham, MD - Lanham Grace Brethren 
Owings. MD - Calvert County Grace 

Richmond, VA - Fellowship Grace Brethren 
Richmond, VA - Richmond Grace Brethren 
Waldorf. MD - Waldorf Grace Brethren 


East Central Florida District of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next Conference: Grace Brethren Church of 
Maitland, May 4, 1996 


Mod. - Ron Guiles 

V. Mod- Ron Smals 

Secy. - Wendy Herzig, 637 Key Deer Ct., 

Apopka, FL 32703, 407/880-2349 
Treas. - Gerda Rench, 20 Carriage Hill Circle, 

Casselberry, FL 32707 
Stat. - Glen Ernsberger, 705 Endicott Rd,, 

Melbourne, FL 32940 


Mike Champion, Bill Dragomir, Ward Miller 


Rex McManaway, Mark Berkland, Ken Koontz 

Ron Guiles 



Chm. - Ron Guiles 
V. Chm. - Scoty Kerr 
Secy. - Ron Smals 


Chm. - Ken Koontz 
V. Chm. - Ron Smals 
Secy. - Jeff Dunkle 


Chm. - Ron Guiles 
V. Chm. - Ken Koontz 
Secy./Treas. - Jeff Dunkle 


Pres. - Nancy Heldt 

Treas. - Gerda Rench. 20 Carriage Hill Cir., 
Casselberry, FL 32707 


Pres. - Gerry Myers 


Pres. - Mark L. Berkland 


Deltona, FL - Calvary Grace Brethren 
Gainesville, FL - Gainesville Grace Bible 

Fellowship Church 
Maitland, FL - Maitland Grace Brethren 
Melbourne, FL - Community Grace Brethren, 

Ocala, FL - Ocala Grace Brethren 
Orlando, FL - Fellowship of Our Savior 


Florida Suncoast District of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next Conference: To Be Announced 


Mod. - James Poyner 
V. Mod. - Bill Stevens 
Secy. - Bob Byers, 2916 Case Ave., 

Bradenton, FL 34207 
Treas. - David Kenendy, 6410 Lunn Rd., 

Lakeland, FL 3381 1 
Stat. - Evelyn Shane, 6639 Hammock Rd., 

Port Richey, FL 34668 


Chm. - Randy Weekley 
Add. Members - All other ordained pastors 
of the District 


Chm. - Randy Weekley 
V. Chm. - George Traub 
Secy. - Bob Byers 
Treas. - Jim Poyner 


Pres, - Lois McDevitt 
1st V. Pres. - Vivian Morgart 
2nd V. Pres. - Mary Reed 
Secy /Treas. - Cheryl Byers, 3400 Gulf to Bay 
Blvd., Clearwater, FL 34619 813/796-174: 
Prayer Chm. - Cheryl Lilly 
Editor - Betty Hall 
Asst. Editor - Sally llko 


Pres. - Dan Siegrist 

NAC Coordinator - Lynette llko 

Quizzing Coordinator - Mark Messenger 

Treas. • Ellen Siegrist 


Bradenton. FL • Bradenton Grace Brethren 
Brooksville, FL - Brooksville Grace Brethren 
Lakeland, FL - Lakeland Grace Brethren 
Land O Lakes, FL - Home Missions Point 

North Port, FL • North Port Grace Brethren 
Palm Harbor, FL - Palm Harbor Grace 

Pinellas Park. FL - Pinellas Park Grace 

Port Richey, FL - Gulfview Grace Brethren 
Tampa, FL - Town & Country Grace Brethren 
Tampa, FL - Home Mission Point - Hispanic 


Great Lakes Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next Conference: April 1996 


Chm. - Mick Rockafellow 
V. Chm, ■ Brad Lambnght 
Secy, • Linda Erb, 3749 Brown Rd., Lake 

Odessa, Ml 48849, 616/374-7423 
Treas. - Larry Henney, 6526 W. Stoll Rd., 

Lansing, Ml 48906, 517/626-6276 
Members-at-Large - Del Wagner, Bill Walters 


Chm. - Mick Rockafellow 
Secy./Treas. - Linda Erb 
Additional Members - Larry Henney, Bill 


Chm, - Del Wagner 
V. Chm. - Wayne Henney 
Secy./Treas. - Audrey Myers, 8325 W. Willow 
Hwy., Grand Ledge, Ml 48837 


Chm - Arnold Erb 
V. Chm, - Eldon Grubb 
Brad Lamb right 


Chm. - Bonnie Rockafellow, 
V. Chm. - Pearl Shade 
Secy. - Bonnie Walters 


Lake Odessa. Ml - Lake Odessa Grace 

Brethren Church 
Lansing, Ml - Lansing Grace Brethren Church 
Niles, Ml - Niles Grace Brethren Church 


Hawaii District Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next Conference: Malaekahana State Park, 
August, 18-21, 1996 


Mod. - Victor Wyman 

V. Mod. - Gabe Marquez 

Secy. - Betty Lou Mitchell, 95-035 Waimakua 

Dr., Mililani, HI 96789, 808/623-5313 
Treas. - Earl Young, 98-139 Olepa Loop, Viau, 

HI 96701 
Stat. - John Alejado, 91-824 Dame St., Ewa 

Beach, HI 96706 


Chm - David Mitchell 


Chm. - David Mitchell 

Additional Member - Nathan Zakahi 


Chm. - Victor Wyman 
Additional Members - Gabe Marquez, 
Mike Sawyer 


Ewa Beach, HI - Rainbow Grace Brethren 

Church of Ewa Beach 
Mililani, HI - Waipio Grace Brethren 
Waimalu, HI - Waimalu Grace Brethren 


Indiana District Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next Conference: North Kokomo GBC, 
May 3-4, 1996 


Mod. - Dick Cron 

V- Mod. - Roger Krynock 

Secy. - David Rosner, 103 S. Willow St.. 

Flora, IN 46929. 219/967-3020 
Asst. Secy. - Jim Umpleby 
Treas. - Gerald Kelley, 318 Maple Ct., 

Kokomo, IN 46902 
Stat. - Rick Horner, 5808 Council Ring 

Blvd., Kokomo, IN 46902 
Members-at-Large - Bill Smith, Chuck Cheek 


Bob Arenobine, Jeff Hoffard, Ken Miller 


Jeff Hoffard, Rick Horner, Dave Rosner 


Pres. - Vicki McNeal 

1st V. Pres. - Judy Rose 

2nd V. Pres. - Barb Castator 

Secy. - Cashel Taylor, 2145 S. Country 

Club Rd., Warsaw, IN 46580 
Corresponding Secy. - Dorothy Brumbaugh 
Treas. - Gwen Lord 
Asst. Treas. - Donna Welborn 
Prayer Chm. - Mary Stayer 
District Editor - Tish Carter 


President - Bettie Horner 

Secy./Treas. - Karen Loher, 1570 Loher Ln., 

Warsaw, IN 46580 
Rallies: Teresa Smith 

Lumiere/Charis Coordinator - Rose McComas 
Resources - Ramona Ogle 
Promotions - Bev Umpleby, Donna Falsing 


Director - Dave Jodry 
Camp - Bear Lake Campground, RR 4, 
Albion, IN 46701 219/799-5988 

Jesse DeBoest 


Charles Ashman, Bill Smith 


Chm. - Jeff Hoffard 
V. Chm. - Scott Miles 
Secy./Treas. - Rick Horner 


Pres. - Rod Finster (acting) 

Secy. - Dave Rosner, 103 S. Willow St., Fk 

IN 46929 
Treas. - Bob Arenobine 
Other - Loren Felabom, Mike Gatliff. Kevin 

Kempton, Dave Rank, Jim Umpleby, 

Georgia Bateson, Dave Jodry, Rose 



Chm. - Charles Ashman 
V. Chm. - Al Edgington 
Secy./Treas. - Carl Miller 
Add. Members - All ordained elders of the 


Chm. - Rick Horner 
Secy. - Bob Griffith 
Treas. - George Lord 
Add. Members - Scott Miles, Bill Smith, 
Jeff Carroll 


Chm - Bill Hammer 
Past Pres, - Chuck Cheek 
Secy./Treas. - Vernie Miller, 219/692-6634 
Members-at-Large - Tom McKinley, Chuck 
Phillips, Gene Falsing, Duane Overholser 


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 

Indianapolis, IN - Eagle Creek Grace Brethren 

Kokomo, IN - Indian Heights Grace Brethren 

Kokomo, IN - North Kokomo Grace Brethren 

Leesburg. IN - Leesburg Grace Brethren 

Mishawaka - Miskawaka 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 Brethrer 

* Not FGBC 


Carl Miller, Bruce Barlow 


Dave Rank. Dave Rosner 


Dave Plaster, Jesse Deloe, Charles Ashman 


Ken Bickel, Charles Ashman 


Jeff Hoffard, Bill Smith, and Scott Miles 


John Teevan 


Fort Wayne, IN - First Grace Brethren Church 
Goshen, IN - Grace Brethren Church 
Warsaw, IN - Community Grace Brethren 
Winona Lake, IN - Winona Lake Grace 
Brethren Church 


Iowa-Midlands Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next Conference: North English, June 8. 1996 


Mod. - Robert Soto 

V. Mod. - Gilbert Hawkins 

Secy. - Shirley Burke, 1434 Lyon, Waterloo, 

IA 50702, 319/233-9056 
Treas. - Howard Johnson, 3919 Western Ave., 

Davenport. IA 52806 
Stat. - Gary Kochheiser, 2406 18th St. S.W. 

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 


Chm. - Gary Kochheiser 
V. Shm. - Gilbert Hawkins 
Secy/ Treas. - Ron Weimer 


Chm. - Gary Kochheiser 
V. Chm. - Gilbert Hawkins 
Secy. - Ron Weimer 

Additional Members - All ordained men of 
the District 


Chm. - Howard Johnson 
V. Chm. - Gilbert Hawkins 
Secy./Treas. - Jack Lesh 


Pres. - Phyllis Wessley 

1st V. Pres. - Carol Kouba 

Secy. - Carol Kochheiser, 2406 18th St., SW, 

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 
Treas. - Rosella Hawkins, P.O. Box 33, 

North English, IA 52316 
Prayer Chm. - Shirley Burke 
SMM Patroness - Rose Earnest 


Director - Ministerium 


President - Ministerium 
Treas. - Howard Johnson 


Cedar Rapids, IA - Grace Brethren 

Dallas Center, IA - Grace Brethren 

Davenport, IA - Grace Brethren 

Des Moines, IA - First Grace Brethren 

Garwin, IA - Carlton Brethren 

Hurst, TX - Grace Brethren 

Longview, TX - Grace Brethren 

McAllen, TX - Grace Brethren 

North English, IA - Pleasant Grove Grace 

Udell, IA - Udell Brethren 
Waterloo, IA - Grace Brethren 


Mid-Atlantic Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next Conference: Maranatha Brethren, 
April 20, 1996 


Mod. - Ray Davis 
V. Mod. - Jay Fretz 

Secy. - Connie House, 38 Redwood Dr., 
Hagerstown, MD 21746, 301/797-5345 

Asst- Secy. - Barbara Hoover 

Treas. - Ken Heefner, Mt Vernon Terr.. 

Apt. #8, Waynesboro, PA 17268 
Stat. - John FitZ, 16 S. Grant St., 

Waynesboro, PA 17268 


Carl Baker, Jay Fretz, Alan Clingan, Jerry 
Michael, George Myers 


Carl Baker, Richard Bell, Dave Manges, Dan 
Pritchett, Kim Robertson 


William Barnhart, Stanley Hancrote, Al Stroop 


Pres. - Linda Michael 

1st V. Pres. - Alice Hartman 

Secy. - Connie House, 38 Redwood Dr.. 

Hagerstown. MD 21740 
Treas. • Pat Stroop, Rt. 1, Box 1-A, 

Gerardstown. WV 25420 
Prayer Chm. - Sally Miller 
SMM Patroness - Shelby Oliver 
District Editor - Nancy Bell 


Director - Carl Baker 

Name of Camp - Camp Grace 

Name of Campground • Camp Albryoca 

Location of Campground - Meyersdale, PA 

Telephone ■ 814/634-0023 


Carl Baker, Richard Bell, Roger Myers 


Chm. ■ Alan Clingan 
V. Chm - Richard Bell 
Secy. - Dan Pritchett 
Treas. - Kim Robertson 


Chm. - Jay Fretz 

Additional Members - All ordained elders 


Chm. - Roger Myers 
V. Chm. - Paul Hartman 
Secy. - Dan Pritchett 
Treas. - Jerry Michael 

Additional Members - Senior Pastor of each 
church plus a layman from each church 


Pres. - Ron Shank 

V Pres. - Don Viebranz 

Secy/Treas. - Joyce Fitz, 16 S. Grant, 

Waynesboro. PA 17268-1516 
Quizzing - John Fitz 
Retreat Coordinator - Mark Selmark 


Chambersburg, PA - Grace Brethren 
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 

Stat - Junior Caldwell. Rt. 1, Box 38. Portis, 
KS 67474 

Next conference: Arvada Grace Fellowship, 
June 7-9, 1996 


Mod. - Gary Austin 

V Mod - Robert Schaffer 

Secy. - Jean Austin, 2554 Prescott Cir. W. 

Colorado Springs, CO 80916, 719/391-2737 
Treas. - Robert McDonald, 2375 Jet Wing Dr.. 

Colorado Springs, CO 80916 


Chm - Chris Ball 


Chm. - Chris Ball 


Chm. - Robert Juday 
Treas. - Tom Inman 


Pres. - Rhonda Massie 

1st V. Pres. - Cathy Schaffer 

2nd V. Pres. • Jean Austin 

Secy. - Geneva Inman, 2244 Fernwood Dr 

Colorado Springs, CO 80910 
Treas. - Linda Doane, 115 S. 140th Ave., 

Portis, KS 67474-9223 
Prayer Chm. - Vera Schlecher 

District Editor - Linda Edgar 


Arvada, CO - Arvada Grace Fellowship 
Beaver City. NE - Grace Brethren 
Colorado Springs, CO - Grace Brethren 
Counselor, NM - Grace Brethren 
Portis, KS - Grace Brethren 
Wichita, KS - Grace Brethren of Wichita 


Nor-Cal Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next Conference: To Be Announced 
July, 1996 


Mod. - Robert MacMillan 
V. Mod. - Stan Martin 

Secy./Treas. - Joel Richards, 1315 La Loma 
Ave., Modesto, CA 95354 (209/523-3738) 
Stat. - Glen W. Shirk 

Chm. - Glen Shirk 
Secy./Treas. - Joel Richards 


Chm. - Robert MacMillan 
Additional Members - Tom Lynn, Stan Martin, 
Joel Richards, Phil Sparling 


Auburn, CA - Auburn Grace Brethren 
Chico, CA - Chico Grace Brethren 
Modesto, CA - La Loma Grace Brethren 
Ripon, CA - Ripon Grace Brethren 
Sacramento, CA - River City Grace 

San Jose, CA - San Jose Grace Brethren 
Tracy, CA - Tracy Grace Brethren 


North Central Ohio Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next Conference: Fremont, Ohio GBC, 
March 16, 1996 


Mod. - Steve Miller 

V. Mod. - Todd Scoles 

Secy. - Kevin Pinkerton, 132 St. Paul Dr., 

Fremont, OH 43420, 419/332-5185 
Asst. Secy - John Jones 
Treas. - Oscar Stroede, 459 S. Grove St., 

Bowling Green, OH 43402 
Stat. - Pat Phillips, 2645 Bexley Park, Bexley, 

OH 43209 


Todd Scoles, Don Buckingham, Larry Edwards 


Lyle Sweeney, Tim Reusch, Al Hockley 


Bill Burke, Randall Nottingham, John Rowe 


Darrell Anderson, Bill Hoffman, Gene Witzky 
Member-at-Large - Dan Allan 


Bob Belohlavek, Chip Heim, Norm Johnson 


Chm. - Dan Travis 
Secy./Treas. - Larry Edwards 


Chm. - Tony Webb 


Chm. - Jeff Gill 
V. Chm. - Terry Hofecker 
Secy. - Larry Edwards 
Treas. - Randall Nottingham 
Coordinator - Will Marling 


District Representative - Ed Jackson 
District Boys' Representative - Roger Mills 


Pres. • Ella Lee Risser 

1st V. Pres. - Mary Anna Atkins 

2nd V. Pres. - ZoeAnn Hockley 

Secy. - Lynette Myers, 1240 Melrose Dr., 

Mansfield, OH 44905 
Treas. - Ruth Berry, 2296 Kentwood Dr., 

Mansfield, OH 44903 
Prayer Chm. - Betty Curtner 
SMM Coordinator • Oleda Hirsch 
Retreat Chm - Mary Lou Wertman 


Director - Bob Doerr 

Name of Camp - NCO District Camp 

Name of Campground - Pleasant Valley Ranch 

Location - Perrysville, OH 


Chm. - Bob Nicholson 

Secy. - Rob Barlow, 728 Buena Vista. 

Ashland, OH 44805 
Treas. - Bob Doerr 


Ashland, OH - Grace Brethren 

Ashland. OH - Southview Grace Brethren 

Bowling Green, OH - Grace Brethren 

Columbus, OH • Grace Brethren 

Columbus, OH - East Side Grace Brethren 

Columbus, OH - Southwest Grace Brethren 

Danville, OH - Grace Brethren 

Delaware, OH - Grace Brethren 

Dublin, OH - Northwest Chapel 

Fremont, OH - Grace Brethren 

'Galion, OH - Grace Brethren 

Lexington, OH - Grace Brethren 

London. OH - London Grace Brethren 

Mansfield, OH - Cornerstone Grace Brethren 

Mansfield, OH - Woodville Grace Brethren 

Marion, OH - Grace Brethren 

"Mount Vernon - Grace Community 

New Albany, OH - Rocky Ridge 

Grace Brethren 
Pataskala. OH - Grace Brethren Church of 

Licking County 
"Pickerington - Grace Brethren 
Toledo, OH - Maumee Valley Grace Brethren 
Toledo, OH - Grace Brethren 

•Not FGBC 


Northeastern Ohio District Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: Millersburg, Ohio, 
April 26, 1996 


Mod. - Charles Thornton 
V. Mod, - Bud Olszewski 
Secy./Treas. - Joan Gable, 11849 Keener Rd., 

Orrville, OH 44667, 216/682-1922 
Asst. Secy - Doris Beichler 
Stat. - Dwight Stair, 510 Oak St., Wadsworth, 

OH 44281 


Chm. - Galen Wiley 

Robert Combs, Bud Olszewski 


Jayne Cole, Bud Olszewski, Bob Divine 


Chm. - Doug Jensen 
V. Chm. - Bradley Kelley 
Secy/Treas. - John Snow 


Chm. - Bud Olszewski 
V. Chm. - Robert Combs 


Doug Jensen 


Chm. - Bob Fetterhoff 
V. Chm • Robert Combs 
Secy./Treas. - Dwight Stair 
Asst. Secy./Treas. - John Snow 


Rep. to National Grace Brethren Boys - 
Elmer Gable 


Dave Workman, Dale Widmer, Joann Sir Louis 


Chm. - John Snow 

Galen Wiley, Walt Malick 


Pres. - Jacquie Jensen 
1st V. Pres. - Barb Ayers 
2nd V. Pres. - Helen Henry 
Secy. - Lucy Snow, 2466 Krumroy, Akron, 
OH 44312, 216/784-0330 

Freas. - Donna Stair, 510 Oak St., Wadsworth, 

OH 44281 
3 rayer Chm. - Joan Gable 
SMM Patroness - Chery Boehm 
^sst. Patroness - Kim Douglas 
District Editor - Heidi McClure 


3 atroness - Chery Boehm 
<Vsst. Patroness - Kim Douglas 


Jr. Camp Directors-Bob Combs/Bud Olszewski 

Name of Camp - Camp Buckeye 

Name of Campground • Camp McPhearson 

.ocation - Danville, OH 

Phone Number - 614/599-7110 


Chm. - Jeff Bogue 

V. Chm. - Mike Richards 
Secy./Treas. - Steve Winey 
Other Members - Paid Youth Staff, SMM 
Leader, Church Representatives 


Akron, OH - Ellet Grace Brethren 
Akron, OH - Fairlawn Grace Brethren 
Canton, OH - Grace Brethren 
Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Grace Brethren 
Homerville, OH - Grace Brethren 
Macedonia, OH - Western Reserve Grace 

Middlebranch, OH - Grace Brethren 
Millersburg, OH - Grace Brethren 
Minerva, OH - Grace Brethren 
Norton, OH - Grace Brethren 
Rittman, OH - Grace Brethren 
Wooster, OH - Grace Brethren 


Northern Atlantic District Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: Pinebrook Bible Conference 
May 17-19, 1996 


Mod. - Kenneth Cosgrove 
V. Mod. - Larry Humberd 
Secy./Treas. - Harold Jones, 204 W. Broad St., 

Souderton, PA 18964, 215/723-5890 
Asst. Secy./Treas. - Jonathan Tompkins, 204 

Broad St., Souderton, PA 18964 
Stat. - Daniel Eshleman 
Business Mgr. - Mark Saunders 


James Knepper, Timothy Placeway, 
Daniel White 


Chm. - Roy Roberts 
V. Chm. - Keith Shearer 
Secy. - Bob Kern 
Treas. - Larry Humberd 


Dan Eshleman, Vernon Harris, Randy Myers 


Chm. - Larry Humberd 
Ralph Robinson 


Joe Cosentino, Harold Hollinger 


Jerry Young, Dan Eshleman 


Chm. - Ken Cosgrove 
V. Chm. - John Smith 


Jim Bower, Mike Lutz, Luke Martin 


Chm. - Tom Avey 

Tim Coyle, John Smith 


Chm. - Tim Boal 
V. Chm. - Dan Eshleman 
Secy. - Kenn Cosgrove 
Treas. - Dan White 

Add. Members - All ordained and licensed 
elders with District credentials 


Pres. - Rick Wells 
1st V. Pres. - Ron Blair 
2nd V. Pres. - Sam Leisey 
Secy. - Richard Snavely 
Asst. Secy. - James Knepper 
Treas. - Ray Derstine 
Asst. Treas. - Marvin High 
Pastoral Advisor - Joe Cosentino 


Pres. - Sue Myers 

1st V. Pres. - Mary Ellen Leckrone 

2nd V. Pres. - Susan Haldeman 

Secy. - Minnie Vance, 1224 Taxville Rd., York, 

PA 17404, 717/792-7896 
Asst. Secy. ■ Bobbie Saunders 
Treas. - Arlene Ober, 4755 Bossier Rd., 

Elizabethtown, PA 17022 
Prayer Chm - Peggy Nissley 
SMM District Coordinator - Jane Kurtz 
District Editor • Lisa Yordy 
Pastoral Advisor - Roy Roberts 


Chm. - Robert Kern 

V. Chm. - Jim Bower 

Treas. - Jerry Goodpastor 

Secy. - Robert Riffle, 210 S. Oak St., 

Richland, PA 17087 
Director - Robert Lutz 
Board of Directors - Steve Doutrich, Lloyd 

Haldeman, David Humberd, Ken Keener, 

Randy Meyers, Martin Snavely, Harvey 



Name of Camp • Camp Conquest 
Name of Campgrounds - Grace Brethren 

Retreat Center 
Location - 480 Forrest Road, Denver, 

PA 17517 
Phone - 717/336-2541 or 717/336-2006 


Chm. - Mark Saunders 
V. Chm. - Dennis Foreman 

Secy. - Becky Olesh. 1625 Furnace Hill Rd., 

Denver, PA 17517 
Treas. - Abner Zimmerman 


Bethlehem, PA - Lehigh Valley Grace Brethn 
Blain. PA - Shermans Valley Grace Brethren 
Denver, PA - Bread of Life Community Grace 

Brethren Church 
Dillsburg, PA - Hope Grace Brethren 
Elizabethtown, PA - Grace Brethren 
Ephrata, PA - Ephrata Area Grace Brethren 
Hartford, CT - Colonial Chapel Grace Brethre 
Hatboro, PA - Suburban Grace Brethren 
Hope, NJ - Hope Grace Brethren 
Irasburg, VT - Irasburg Grace Brethren 
Island Pond, VT - Island Pond Grace Brethre 
Lancaster. PA - Greater Lancaster Grace 

Lancaster, PA - Grace Brethren at Willow 

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 Brethre 
Philadelphia, PA - First Grace Brethren 
Philadelphia, PA - Third Brethren 
Royersford, PA - Tri-County Grace Brethren 
"Saratoga Springs. NY - Saratoga Springs 

Grace Brethren 
Telford, PA - Penn Valley Grace Brethren 
Tremont, PA - Echo Valley Grace Brethren 
Wrightsville, PA - Susquehanna Grace 

York, PA - York Grace Brethren 

•Not FGBC 


Northwest Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: Goldendale, WA, 
February 15-17, 1996 


Mod. - Thorn Rowe 

V. Mod. - Fenton McDonald 

Secy. - Dwight Cover. 1111 W. Third St., 

Grandview, WA 98930, 509/882-5083 
Asst. Secy. - Greg Stamm 

Treas. - Mrs. Jean Hennksen, P.O. Box 835 

Zillah, WA 98953 
Stat. - Ora Gifford, 708 Hillcrest, Grandview 

WA 98930 


Greg Stamm, Bruce Turner, Greg Howell 

Fenton McDonald, Jack Rants, Jack Peters 


Don Cowles, Dale Hostetler, Kathy McGhan 


Greg Howell, Dale Hostetler, Dwight Cover 


To be appointed 


Don Cowles, Dal Weaver, Ken Ruppert, Doug 
Deyo, Greg Stamm, Don Williams, Dale 


Dale Hostetler, Greg Howell, Ray Feather 


Chm. - Jack Rants 
Secy./Treas. - Dwight Cover 


Chm. - Greg Howell 

Secy, - Dwight Cover 

Additional Members ■ Greg Stamm, Ray 

Feather, Duane Jones, Fenton McDonald 


Chm. - Jack Rants 
Secy. - Ray Feather 
Treas. - Dale Hostetler 


Pres. - Dee Schilperort 

1st V. Pres. - Doris Roderick 

2nd Co-V. Pres - Carol Bos 

2nd Co-V. Pres. - Ann Glover 

Secy. • Zelda McClure, 2205 S. 18th St. #71, 

Yakima, WA 98903 
Treas. - Katie Wattenbarger, 11851 Galde Rd., 

Mabton, WA 98935 
Asst, Treas. - Eva Paul 
Prayer Chm. - Nelda Dekker 


Managers - Dave and Amy Caldwell 

Secy. - Linda Walker 

Name ot Camp • Clear Lake Grace Brethren 

Location ot Campground - 11660 Tieton 

Road, Naches, WA 98937 
Phone - 509/848-2746 


Chm. - Doug Deyo 

Kirk Ruppert, Don Cowles, Lyle Taylor, Don 
Williams, Bruce Turner, Mel Curfman, Greg 


Chm. - Fenton McDonald 

Secy. - Linda Craig, 1374 Upland Dr., 

Sunnyside, WA 98944 
Treas. - Kathy McGhan 
Quizmaster - Ray Feather 
Youth Council Members - Gerry Craig, 

Dan Labbee 
NAC Director - Dorothy Hostetler 


Beaverton, OR - Grace Brethren 

Goldendale, WA - Community Grace Brethren 

Grandview, WA - Grace Brethren 

Harrah. WA - Grace Brethren 

Kent, WA - Grace Brethren 

Mabton, WA - Grace Brethren 

Mabton, WA - Iglesia Evangelica de Los 

Maple Valley, WA - Grace Bible Fellowship 
Seattle, WA - Grace Brethren 
Sunnyside, WA - Grace Brethren 
Toppenish, WA - Grace Brethren 
Vancouver, WA - Friendship Grace Brethren 
Yakima, WA - Grace Brethren 
Yakima, WA - Iglesia Evangelica de Los 



South Florida - Caribbean District of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: Quarterly Council Meetings 
every month with 5 Saturdays 

Treas./Stat. - Ed Dearborn, 1509 SE 7th St., 

Okeechobee, FL 34974 
Members-at-Large - Larry Zimmerman, Dan 

Thompson, Glenn Reinneger, Ellas Joseph. 

Marvin Good, Joe Taylor, Chuck 

Hammeling, Paul Manley, Durwood Brooks 


Mod. - Rich Schnieders 
V. Mod. - Steve Shipley 
Secy. - Dan Thompson 


Chm. - Steve Shipley 
V. Chm. - Randy Smith 
Secy/Treas. - Rich Schnieders 


Chm. - Dan Thompson 
Additional Members - All ordained men in 


District Council Members 


Chm. - Rich Schnieders 
Treas. - Marvin Good 

Additional Members - One representative from 
each district church 


Pres. - Durwood Brooks 
V. Pres - Steve Shipley 
Secy. - Anita Byng 
Treas. - Roger Smith 


Ft. Myers. FL - Grace Brethren of Ft. Myers 

Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Grace Brethren 

Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Eglise Evangelique De 

La Grace (Haitian) 
Naples, FL - Shoreline Grace Church 
Okeechobee, FL - Grace Brethren 
Sebring, FL ■ Grace Brethren 


Southern District Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: To Be Announced, April 1996 


Mod. - Steve Makofka 

V. Mod. - Jim Myers 

Secy. - Steve Taylor, 132 Summerall Ct., 

Aiken, SC 29801, (803649-3967) 
Treas. - Bob Carroll, 3079 Hidden Forest Ct., 

Marietta, GA 30066 
Stat. - Walt Joiner 


Chm. - Steve Makofka 

Secy./Treas. - Don Soule 


Chm. - Steve Taylor 

V. Chm. - Dean Fetterhoff 

Secy. - Don Soule 


Chm - Bill Kellerman 


Aiken, SC - Grace Brethren 
Anderson, SC - Grace Brethren 
Cary, NC - Grace Brethren 
Marietta, GA - Grace Brethren Church 


Southern California - Arizona District 
Fellowship ot Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: Bellflower Brethren Church, 
May 19, 1996 


Mod. - Roy Polman 

V. Mod. - Robert Kliewer 

Treas. • Dallas Martin 

Stat. - Norm Schrock 

Members-at-Large - Jim Behrens, Ed 

Cashman, Neil Cole, Phil Teran, Terry 

Daniels, Tom Hughes 


Chm. • Robert Miller 

Doug Bukowski, Mike Wallace 


Pres. - Tom Hughes 

V. Pres. - Ed Cashman 

Secy.ATreas. - Ralph Colburn/ Richard Zuelch 


Chm. - Robert Kliewer 

V. Chm. - Robert Milter 

Secy. - Phil Terran 

Additional Members • Ralph Colburn, 
Harold Dunning, John Mcintosh, 
Dave Marksbury, Ed Cashman, Tom 


Pres. - Helen Miller, 13138 Michelle Circle, 

Whittier, CA 90605 
1st V. Pres. • Marjorie Coburn 

2nd V. Pres. - Helen Rempel 
Rec. Secy. • Margaret Hubbhng 
Corresponding Secy. • Beverly Adams, 1541 

Flatbush Ave., Norwalk, CA 96050 
Treas. - Jayne Reuter 
Prayer Chm. - Dorothy Levering 
Editor - Marian McBride 
Luncheon Chm. - Lucille Hernandez 
Retreat Chm. - Jayne Reuter 


IChm. - Neil Cole 

Phil Heifer, Dave Marksbury, Chris Suitt 


Alta Loma. CA - Grace Brethren 

Beaumont, CA • Cherry Valley Brethren 

Bellflower. CA - Bellflower Brethren 

Cypress, CA - Grace Brethren 

Cypress, CA ■ Grace Church 

Garden Grove, CA • New Life Grace Brethren 

Gilbert, AZ - East Valley Grace Brethren 

Glendale, AZ - ValleyLife 

Hemet, CA • Brethren Bible 

LaMirada, CA - Creek Park Community 

LaVerne. CA - Grace Brethren 

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 
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, CA - Grace Community 
Simi Valley, CA - Grace Brethren 
South Pasadena, CA - Grace Brethren 
Tucson, AZ - Silverbell Grace Brethren 
Whittier, CA - Community Grace Brethren 
Yucca Valley, CA - Grace Community 

•Not FGBC 


Southern Ohio District Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: May 3-4, 1996, 

North Riverdale Grace Brethren Church 


Mod. ■ Ray Johnson 

V. Mod. - Scott Distler 

Secy. - Mrs. Linda Penn, 5001 Fishburg Rd., 

Huber Heights, OH 45424 

Asst. Secy. - Mrs. Esther Trissel 
Treas. - Roy Trissel, 2624 Stonequarry Rd.. 

Dayton, OH 45414 
Stat. - Forrest Jackson, 2624 Stonequarry 

Rd., Dayton, OH 45414 
Member-at-Large - Henry Mallon, Brian White 


Ray Johnson, Ned Denlinger, Dave Brickel 


Dick Edwards, Ralph Penn 


Russ Ward, Joe Beeson. Elnora Schopp 


Sam Gnce, Ralph Penn, Charles Lawson 


Don Coppock, Kent Zimmerman 


Darryl Ditmer, Gerald Root 


Chm. - Bob Foote 
V. Chm. - Gary Miller 
Secy.ATreas. - Tad Hobert 


Chm. - Chuck Lawson 


Grace Brethren Village 


Chm. - Ned Denlinger 
V. Chm. - Forrest Jackson 
Treas. - Roy Trissel 


Pres. - Arlene Smith 


Sean Patrick 

Pres. - Sean Patrick 


Brookville, OH - Grace Brethren 
Camden, OH - Grace Brethren 
Centerville, OH - Grace Brethren 
Cincinnati, OH • Grace Brethren Church of 

Greater Cincinnati 
Clayhole, KY - Grace Brethren 

Clayton, OH - 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 Brethrer 

Dryhill, KY - Victory Mountain Grace Brethre 

Huber Heights, OH - Grace Community 

Kettering, OH - Calvary Brethren 

Lexington, KY - Grace Brethren 

Trotwood, OH - Grace Brethren 

Troy, OH - Grace Brethren 

West Alexandria, OH • Grace Brethren 

West Milton, OH - Community Grace Brethrer 


Virginia Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

Next conference: Washington Heights Grace 
Brethren, Mountain Lake Conference 
Center, April 26-27, 1996 


Mod, - Brent Sandy 
V. Mod, - Paul Fink 
Secy, - Lester Kennedy, 6693 Dudley Ferry, 

Radford, VA 24141, 540/639-1245 
Treas. - Les Cotsamire, 7005 Autumn Wood 

Ln., Roanoke, VA 24019 
Stat. - Keith Boyd 


Dan Gillette, Paul Fink, Keith Boyd 


Calvin Spradlin, Bill Clingenpeel, Bill Crotts 


Paul Fink, Bill Crotts, Calvin Spradlin 


Chm. - Don Eshelman 
V. Chm. - Carl Rattcliffe 
Secy. - Ralph Molyneux 
Treas. - C.L. Young 


Chm. - Fred Devan 
V. Chm. - Lester Kennedy 
Secy. - Doug Witt 

Members-at-Large - All ordained elders 
actively serving pastorates in the district 


Chm. - C.L Young 

Lester Kennedy, Bill Crotts, Raymond 
Huffman, Bill Crotts, Don Field, Tom 
Guilliams, James Smals, Don Eshelman, 
Jim Robinson 


Chm. - Brian Robinson 
V. Chm. /Secy. - Lester Kennedy 
Treas. - Don Eshelman 
Additional Members - All ordained or 
licensed elders in the district 


Pres. - Margaret Devan 

1st V. Pres. - Lois Gillette 

2nd V. Pres. - Sharon Fitzgerald 

Secy. - Martha Franklin, 4751 Peach Tree Dr. 

NW, Roanoke, VA 24017 
Asst. Secy. - Charlotte Cox 
Treas. - Cary Gilmer, 2330 Wycliffe Ave. SW 

Roanoke, VA 24014 
Asst. Treas. - Sherrie Clingenpeel 
Prayer Chm. - Margie Witt 
District Editor - Linda Smith 


Chm. - C.L. Young, 703/562-2232 
Managers - Mr. and 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 


''res. - Jess Truax 

Jecy. • Frances Arthur, P.O. Box 146, 

Clove rdale. VA 24077 
freas. - Pete Hite 
Other - Harvey Fitzgerald, Ken Lightner 

Brian Robinson 


3oones Mill, VA - Grace Brethren 
Juena Vista, VA - First Brethren 
Dovington, VA - Grace Brethren 

Johnson City, TN ■ Grace Brethren 
Radford, VA - Fairlawn 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 - Lighthouse Grace Brethren 
Troutville, VA - Grace Bible Brethren 


Western Pennsylvania District Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 

\|ext conference: Camp Mantowagon. 
Saxton, PA, April 20, 1996 


\tod. - Steve Blake 

J. Mod. - Steve Jarrell 

Secy. - John Gregory, 14 Donnertown Ln., 

Duncansville, PA 16635, 814/695-3739 
<\sst. Secy. - Delores Van Orman 
freas. - Rodney Lingenfelter, 104 Nason Dr., 

Roaring Spring,' PA 16673 
Stat. - Barry Rowe. 2934 Maple Ave., Altoona 

PA 16601 
Vlembers-at-Large - Rick Strappello, Orville 



Chm. - Randy Shaw, Jay Wyles, 
Henry Russell 


Chm. - Tom Goossens, Craig Manges, 
Chet Sparzak 


Chm. - Larry Sowers, Tim Waggoner, 
Steve Jarrell, James Laird, Don Rough 


Chm. - Lee Seese, Steve Friddle, 
Norris Mason 


Chm. - Doug Sabin 
V. Chm. - Steve Blake 


Chm. - James Snavely 
V. Chm. - Tim Waggoner 
Secy. - Howard Immel 
Treas. - George Swartz 
Publicity Chm. - Doug Sabin 


Pres. - Rod Lingenfelter 

Secy. - Charles Miller, 1165 Route 36 S, 

Duncansville. PA 16635 
Treas. - Harold Brumbaugh 
Pastoral Advisor - Larry Sowers 
Boys' Advisor • Rick Strappello 


Pres. ■ Ruth Blake 

1st V. Pres. - Cindy Acker 

2nd V. Pres. (Acting) - Ruth Blake 

Secy. - Betty Gregory, 14 Donnertown Ln., 

Duncansville, PA 16635 
Treas. - Joanne Beach, 309 E. Bell Ave., 

Altoona, PA 16602 
Prayer Chm. ■ June Immel 
SMM Dist. Coordinator - Nora Beltz 
Asst. SMM Dist. Coordinators - Gail 

Bridenbaugh, Mary Lingenfelter. Melissa 

and Jody Longenecker 
District Editor - Gayle Ragley 


Chm. - Steve Jarrell 
V. Chm. - Don Rough 
Secy. - Steve Blake 
Treas. - Norris Mason 


Dir. - Rick Strapello 
Name of Camp - Camp Mantowagon 
Location - Box 95, Saxton, PA 16678 
Phone Number ■ 814/658-3815 


Pres. - Lee Seese 

V. Pres. - Steve Fnddle 

Secy. - Mary Lingenfelter. 104 Nason Dr., 

Roaring Spring, PA 16673 
Asst. Secy. - Gail Castiglione 
Treas. - Rick Stiffler 
NAC - Melodye Olsavsky 
Quizzing - 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 

Delmont, PA - Grace Community 

Duncansville, PA - Leamersville Grace 

Everett, PA ■ Community Grace Brethren 
Everett, PA - Everett Grace Brethren 
Hollidaysburg, PA - Vicksburg Grace Brethrs 
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 
Martinsburg, PA - Grace Brethren 
Milroy. PA - Kish Valley Grace Brethren 
Saxonburg, PA - The Bible Church of Ivywoi 
South Williamsport, PA - New Hope Grace 

Brethren Community Church 

Cooperating National Organizations 


1401 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590 


Executive Director 

Rev. Tom Julien 
Executive Associate 

Rev. Wayne Hannah 
Missionary /Donor Relations 

Mr. Greg Weimer 
Recruitment Coordinator 

Rev. Jay Bell 
Candidate Coordinator 

Mr. Blaine Horst 
Technical Coordinator 

Rev. Gordon Austin 
Senior Accountant 

Miss Karen Spicer 
Communications Coordinator 

Mrs. Jenifer Wilcoxson 
Distribution Coordinator 

Rev. Larry Hubartt 
Assistant to the Executive Director 

Mrs. Jennifer Hansen 
Receipts Manager 

Miss Serena Nelson 
Accounts Payable 

Mr. Alan McCrum 
Personnel Administrative Assistant 

Mrs. Kimberly Morgan 
Secretary. Donor Relations (part-time) 

Mrs. Kathy Herman 
Secretary/Receptionist (part-time) 

Mrs. Lillian Teeter 
Mail Room Assistant (part-time) 

Mr. Jim Shaffer 
Creative Consultant (volunteer) 

Mr. Terry Julien 

Board of Trustees 

(Term ending 1996) 

Dr. S. Wayne Beaver 

Dr. Sherwood Lingenfelter 

Rev. Keith Shearer 

Rev. Ed Trenner 

(Term ending 1997) 

Rev. Edwin Cashman 

Dr. Terry Hofecker 

Dr. Harold Landis 

Dr. Steve Taylor 

(Term ending 1998) 

Rev. Dean Fetterhoff 

Dr. David Plaster 

Rev. John Teevan 

Mr. Larry Totzke 

Officers of the Board 

President - Rev. John Teevan 

Vice President - Dr. Steve Taylor 

Secretary - Dr. Sherwood Lingenfelter 

Treasurer - Dr. David Plaster 


(Phone numbers follow addresses) 
*Home Ministries - Send mail to home office 


Bailey, Rev. Steve and Wilma 
Guamini 6498, 1875 Wilde 
Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA 
(011-54) 1-206-0288 
"Home Ministries: Dec. '95-March '96 

Guiles, Rev. David and Susan 
Ramos Mejia 16, 1876 Don Bosco 
Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA 
(011-54) 1-259-3384 

Hammett, Pastor Marcos (Raquel) 

Las Barrancas 110 

5196 Santa Rosa de Calamuchita 

Pcia de Cordoba, ARGENTINA 

(011-54) 546-20-551 

"Home Ministries: Dec. '95-March '96 

McCaman, Rev. Gary and Linda 

S.M. Castel Verde 2421 

1879 Quilmes Oeste 

Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA 

(011-54) 1-250-0973 

'Home Ministries: Dec. '95-March '96 

Peacock, Miss Alice 

Palabra de Vida 

C.C. 61 

7220 Monte, Buenos Aires 



Burk, Rev. Bill and Imogene 

Cx 101, 68.447 Vila dos Cabanos, PA 


(011-55) 91-754-1636 

Volovski, Dr. Mike and Amy 
Wilson, Miss Lois 
Wooler, Miss Barb 


Address for all Chad missionaries is: 
B.P. 183 

Phone number (011-235) 69-14-07 

Green, Rev. Daniel and Nancy 

Av. Joao XXIII, No. 520 

38.400 Uberlandia, M.G. 


(011-55) 34-236-6426 

'Home Ministries: Feb. -Aug. '96 

Hulse, Miss Barbara 
Av. Joao XXIII, No. 520 
38.400-114 Uberlandia, M.G. 

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 

'Home Ministries: Apr. '96-Jun. '97 
Hines, Dr. Jim and Martha 

'Home Ministries: Jul. '94-Jul. '96 
Hocking, Rev. Jim and Faye 
Mensinger, Rev. Eddie and Linda 

'Home Ministries: Aug. '95- Aug. '96 
Merriett, Mr. Carl (Tony) and Cindy 

Moeller, Rev. Dan and Mary Lou 
Taylor, Rev. Mike and Myra 

'Home Ministries: Apr. '96-Apr. '97 
Vamer, Miss Janet 

Puhl, Rev. Frank and Karin 
Stallter. Rev. Tom and Sharon 


Bemdt, Rev. Mark and Jo Anna 
Lamacova 907, byt 24 
Barrandov Prague 5 15200 
(011-42) 2-581-3128 

Swain, Rev. George and Cindy 
P.O. Box 167 
Prague 1 11121 
(011-42) 2-591-421 


Kiddoo, Rev. Billl and Beckie 
40 Thornton Rd., Monkspath, Solihull 
West Midlands, B90 4TP, ENGLAND 
(011-44) 121-744-7277 

Schwan, Rev. Dave and Becky 
101 Burman Rd., Shirley, Solihull 
West Midlands, B90 2BQ, ENGLAND 
(011-44) 121-733-6066 

Weaver, Brian and Rhonda 

6 Comyx Lane 

Elmdon Heath, Solihull 

West Midlands. B91 2SJ, ENGLAND 

(011-44) 121-704-0215 


Barlow, Rev. Tom and Mary Ann 

10, rue de le Roserie 



(01 1 -33) 85-93-69-07 

Jurgess, Mr. Greg 
i, rue Paul Chenavard 
>9001 Lyon, FRANCE 
011-33) 78-28-68-47 

DeArmey, Rev. Larry and Vicki 
00A cours Lafayette 
59003 Lyon, FRANCE 
011-33) 78-62-02-23 

3ood, Rev. Kent and Becky 
)4B, blvd. de la Mame 
>1000 Dijon, FRANCE 
011-33) 80-74-09-30 

3riffith , Rev. Dave and Susan 
I3A, rue de Strasbourg 
M200 Le Creusot, FRANCE 
011-33) 85-80-10-07 

Hobert, Rev. Dave and Susie 

5, rue Georges Clemenceau 
71230 St. Vallier, FRANCE 
P11-33) 85-58-32-50 

<lawitter, Rev. Paul and Louise 
3c, rue Ernest Lory 
21000 Dijon, FRANCE 
(011-33) 80-66-54-63 

Landis, Miss Lisa 

B, ave. Charles de Gaulle 

Les Boulets, Apt. 1 

71200 Le Creusot, FRANCE 

(011-33) 85-55-11-55 

Martin, Mr. Dennis and Jeannie 
2, rue Marechal de Tassigny 
71100 Chalon-Sur-Saone, FRANCE 
(011-33) 85-43-31-41 

Morris, Miss Patty 
62, ave Marc Sangnier 
69100 Villeurbanne, FRANCE 
(011-33) 78-03-19-57 

Pritchett, Miss Chontelle 
8, ave. Charles de Gaulle 
Les Boulets, Apt. 1 
71200 Le Creusot, FRANCE 
(011-33) 85-55-11-55 

Singleton, Mr. Mike 

6, rue Paul Chenavard 
69001 Lyon, FRANCE 
(011-33) 78-28-68-47 

Sims, Rev. Mark and Joy 
7, rue Bigonnet 
71000 Macon, FRANCE 
(011-33) 85-38-02-55 

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 


Haak, Miss Edna 
Hegelstr. 123 

73431 Aalen 
(011-49) 7361-35282 

Kem, Rev. Steve and Celeste 
Auguste-Supper-Str. 13 
75365 Calw-Alzenberg 
(01 1 -49) 

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 
(011-49) 7361-87896 

Ramsey, Rev. Dan and Denise 
Egerlanderstr. 3 
71229 Leonberg 
(011-49) 7152-45609 

Stover, Mr. Roger and Regine 
Beim Schloessle 13 
73550 Waldstetten 
(011-49) 7171-49227 


Justiniano, Rev. Ralph and Joan 

Haitsu Hibari #103 

Kurihara 4-10-5 

Niiza Shi, Saitama-Ken 352 JAPAN 

(011-81) 424-22-2834 

Kimbauer, Rev. Ted and Kristen 

1-27-1 Kevakidai #103 

Tokorozawa Shi, Saitama-Ken, 359 


(011-81) 429-25-7204 

O'Dell, Rev. Cecil and Debbie 
Maruyama Haitsu 102 
3-12-19 Ishigami, Niiza'Shi 
Saitama-Ken 352, JAPAN 
(011-81) 424-76-5319 


Churchill, Rev. Jack and Rosa 
2758 Caulfield Dr. 
San Diego, CA 92154 
(619) 423-7903 

Farrell, Miss Bess 
Xola 125-103 
Col Alamos 03400 
Mexico D.F., MEXICO 
(011-52) 5-579-9550 
'Home Ministries: Sep. '95-Feb. '96 

Guerena, Rev. Martin and Kristy 
Apdo Postal 21-472 

04021 Mexico D.F., MEXICO 
(011-52) 5-689-6198 
"Home Ministries: May-Sep. '95 

Pieters, Mr. John and Tracey 
APDO 60-126 

Mexico 06600, D.F., MEXICO 
(011-52) 5-604-3855 


Beaver, Mr. Daniel and Tori 

c/o Faith Academy 

P.O. Box 2016 


0706 Makati Metro Manila 


(011-63) 2-665-6955 

Hulett, Rev. Clay and Kim 
P.O. Box A.C. 527 
Quezon City, 1109 
(011-63) 2-645-9416 

Leigh, Rev. Nathan and DD 
Grace Christian High School 
P.O. Box 2712 
(011-63) 2-658-4780 

Nissley, Miss Bonnie 

c/o Faith Academy 

P.O. Box 2016 


0706 Makati Metro Manila 


(011-63) 2-655-1870 

Ruiz, Rev. Ted and Vivien 
P.O. Box A.C. 527 
Quezon City, 1109 


Hawkins, Rev. Tim and Julie 
Rua Calouste Gulbenkian 
17, 2 - H3 

4050 Porto, PORTUGAL 
(011-351) 2-600-6313 

Schemmer, Mr. Ron and Susan 

P.O. Box 703 

Chula Vista, CA 91912 

Welling, Miss Brenda 
Xola 125-103 
Col Alamos 03400 
Mexico D.F., MEXICO 
(011-52) 5-579-9550 
"Home Ministries: Sep. '95-Feb. '96 

Hull, Miss Margaret 
Av. da Boavista 991 
6 Esq/Tras. 

4100 Porto, PORTUGAL 
(011-351) 2-981-3613 

Schwartz, Rev. Ralph and Martha 
R. Da Constituicao 2087 - 9H1 
4200 Porto, PORTUGAL 
(011-351) 2830-3452 
'Home Ministries: Dec. '95-Feb. '9 


Saudill, Miss Deanna 

:/o Rev. Paul Michaels 

D.218 KV.26 

Krassni Prospect 

Movosibirsk 49, RUSSIA 630049 

(011-7) 3832-225364 

DeHart, Miss Darlene 

zlo Rev. Paul Michaels 

3.218 KV.26 

Krassni Prospect 

Novosibirsk 49, RUSSIA 630049 

'011-7) 3832-261464 


Michaels, Rev. Paul and Cindy 

3.218 KV.26 

<rassni Prospect 

Movosibirsk 49, RUSSIA 630049 

'011-7) 3832-261464 


D oupart, Rev. Walter and Ruth 
3/lbi, I, pta. 5 
ferramelar (Paterna) 
46007 Valencia, SPAIN 
(011-34) 6-137-2490 

Satterthwaite, Rev. Rick and Twinky 
s/Jose Luis Borau 23, 3F 
50015 Zaraqoza, SPAIN 
(011-34) 7-673-5720 
'Home Ministries: May '96-Sep. '96 


Central African Republic 

Mamer, Miss Michelle 
318 N. Lake Street 
Warsaw, IN 46580 
(219) 267-7541 

Siegrist, Mr. Dan and Ellen 
7945 42nd Way N 
Pinellas Park, FL 34665 
(813) 546-1954 


Cone, Kip and Mary 
504 % Chestnut Ave. 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 
(219) 267-4789 

Sandy, Mr. Jason 
237 Alexander Hall 
P.O. Box 4058 NCSU 
Raleigh, NC 27607 
(919) 512-2649 

Yoder, Mr. Michael and Letitia 
706 Chestnut Avenue 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 
(219) 268-1609 

Total Mobilization 

Graver, Gordon and Barbara 
3606 N. Dakota Ave. 
Modesto, CA 95358 
(209) 545-3569 


Altig, Dr. Keith 
13755 E. Walnut 
Whittier, CA 90602 
(310) 693-8182 

Balzer, Mr. Ablert and Eulah 
2441 Calla Sonora, Apt. 144 
Laguna Hills, CA 92653 
(714) 597-0751 

Cochran, Miss Rosella 
Grace Village Apt. 181-F 
P.O. Box 337 
Winona Lake, In 46590 
(219) 372-6181 

Cripe, Miss Mary 
1 520 Teresa St. 
Modesto, CA 95350 
(209) 527-7709 

Dowdy, Mrs. Dortha 
5864 Teal Lane 
El Paso, TX 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 St., Apt. B-2 
Berne, IN 46711 
(219) 589-8266 

Hodgon, Rev. Earle and Dorothy 
13175 Overton Rd. 
West Salem, OH 44287 
(216) 624-0682 

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 
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 

Snyder, Rev. Roy and Ruth 
901 Robson Rd. 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 
(219) 267-3234 

Snyder, Miss Ruth 
P.O. Box 588 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 
(219) 269-4657 

Theobald, Mrs. Ruth Ann (Cone) 
4566 Shenandoah 
St. Louis, MO 63110 
(314) 776-2996 

Thurston, Miss Marian 

Box 23 

Le Grand, IA 50142 

(515) 479-2192 

Tresise, Rev. Foster and Marguerite 
95-303 Waioni St. 
Mililani, HI 96789 
(808) 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 15th St. 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 
(219) 267-4808 


Hines, Dr. Jim and Martha 
3677 White Trillium West 
Saginaw, Ml 48603 

(516) 793-2068 

Jackson, Rev. Dan and Rachel 
c/o Mrs. Agnes Bracker 
58281 Apple Rd. 
Osceola, IN 46561 
(219) 674-0172 

Peters, Rev. Tom and Sue 
620 Arlington Dr., Apt. B 
Wooster, OH 44691 
(216) 262-8140 

MARCH 31, 1995 



ed Fund 





urrent Assets: 

Accounts receivable 
Notes receivable 
Accrued interest 
Deposits and advances 

S 9.127 


















1 1 .325 

S 9.127 

Total current assets 


receivable/p ayable 
Property and Equipment 







Total Assets 

$ 298,138 



$ 509,719 




urrent Liabilities: 

Accounts payable and 

accrued expenses 
Deterred support 
Missionary tunds 

Present value ot 

annuities payable 

S 65.301 


S 5.516 

S 2,410 





S 73.227 




9 522 



ither Liabilities: 
Amounts due other 

Annuities payable-net 
Revocable trust liability 





Total liabilities 






let Assets: 

Board designated 
Equity in property and 



1 1 1 ,545 









Total net assets 




otal Liabilities and 
Net Assets 





$ 509,719 


Statement of Activity - By Fund 
March 31, 1995 









>upport and Revenue: 
Investment income 
Other income 














otal Support and 





Program services 

Missionary and held 


















General Restricted Annuity 

Supporting activities: 
General and administ- 

Total Expenses: 











Excess (Deficit) of 
Support &Revenue 
Over Expenses 






Net assets, Beginning of 











Net Assets, End ot Year 1,074,940 $ 288,616 $ 111,545 3,283,880 $ 371,659 $ 


1401 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 587 

PHONE 219-267-5161 FAX 219-269-4066 

Officers and Staff 

Pres. - Dr. James Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, 

Powell. OH 43065 
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 200 S, 

Warsaw, IN 46580 
East - Rev. William H. Snell, 1210 Rozella Road, 

Warsaw, IN 46580 
West - Rev. David E. Marksbury, 5242 Chnstal 

Ave., Garden Grove, CA 92645 
Accountant ■ Brenda Kent, 255 E. Pink 

Magnolia, Warsaw, IN 46580 
Videographer and Media Specialist - Paul Vance 
Secretary to Executive Director - Judi Rose 
Writer - Kathy Allison 

Assistant to Accountant - Mrs. Linda Leonard 
Accounting Assistant (part-time) - Mrs. Joyce 

Graphic Artist (part-time) - Deborah Willis 
Receptionists (part-time) - Mrs. Lola Mattfeld 

and Mrs. Ruth Gregory 

Board of Directors 

(Term ending 1996) 
Rev. Timothy Boal, 703 Thornberry Dr., 

Harleysville. PA 19438 
Mr. Jack Broyles, 1607 Whitehall Rd„ 

Anderson, SC 29621 
Dr. James 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 

(Term ending 1997) 
Mr. Harry Barger, 1 1 539 Englewood Road, 

Hagerstown, MD 21740 
Mr. Mark Curtis, 3646 California Ave., Long 

Beach, CA 90807 
Dr. Luke E. Kauffman, 12920 Wellsford Circle. 

Anchorage, AK 99516 
Rev. John Schumacher, 2018 44th Ave NE, 

Olympia, WA 98516 

(Term ending 1998) 
Rev. Louis Huesmann II. 3510 Walnut Ave., 

Long Beach. CA 90807 
Dr. Robert Lazer, 120 W. Penn St., Bedford, 

PA 15522 
Mr. Lloyd Wenger, 2080 Northcrest Ave., 

Minburn, IA 50169-8055 
Rev. Robert E. Boehm, 1410 Meadowlawn Dr., 

Macedonia, OH 44056 
Rev. Robert Fetterhoff, 912 Douglas Dr., 

Wooster, OH 44691 
Mr. Jerry Michael, Route 4, 105 Meadow Dr., 

Martinsburg, WV 25401 
Mr. Clair Floyd, 1 1251 Lipscomb St., Anchorage, 

AK 99516 

Home Mission Directory 

Delmont, PA - Grace Community Church. 

Pastor - Dave Nitz 
Dryhill, KY - Victory Mountain Grace 

Brethren Chapel. Pastor - Sam Baer 
Exton, PA - Gateway Grace Community Church. 

Pastor - Dan O'Deens 
Gainesville, FL - Grace Brethren Church. 
Jacksonville, FL - Grace Brethren Church. 

Pastor - Lynn Yates 
Land O' Lakes, FL - Land O Lakes Grace 

Brethren Church. Pastor - Mike Govey 
Mount Vernon. OH - Grace Community Church 

of Mt. Vernon. Pastor - Bob Nicholson 


North Port, FL - Grace Brethren Church. 

Interim Pastor - Lester Pifer 
Orlando, FL - Fellowship of Our Savior Grace 

Brethren Church. Interim Pastor - Chuck 

Palm Bay, FL - Grace Brethren Church. Pastor - 

Bill Tweeddale 
Philadelphia, PA - Crossroads Grace Brethren 

Church. Pastor • Jim Brown 
Phoenix NW, AZ - ValleyLife Grace Brethren 

Church. Pastor • Ed Waken 
Tampa, FL - Town & Country Grace Brethren 

Church. Pastor - John llko. 
Tampa, FL - Iglesia Comunal Cristiana. Pastor - 

Jesus Munoz 
Williamsport, PA - Grace Brethren Community 

Church. Pastor - David Miller 
Yakima, WA - Iglesia de los Hermanos. Pastor • 

Abner Solano 


P.O. Box 587, Winona Lake, IN 46590 
Telephone: 219/267-5161 

Endorsing Agent • Chaplain John Schumacher, 
COL (Ret.), USA, 7018 44th Avenue NE, 
Olympia, WA 98506. 

Chaplains: (MAJ) Charles Card, USA; (MA J) Ben 
Collins, USA; (CDR.CHC) John I. Diaz, USN; 
(COL) James Elwell, USAF; (LCDR, CHC) 
Jack Galle, USN; (LCDR, CHC) Dayne Nix, 
USN; (CPT) Mark Penfold, USA; (CPT) James 
Schaefer, USA; (CPT) Phil Spence, USA. (For 
current address contact endorsing agent). 


Counselor, NM 87018 
Telephone: 505/568-4454 

Officers and Staff 

Pres. - Dr. James Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, 

Powell, OH 43065 
V. Pres. - Rev. Robert Fetterhoff, 912 Douglas 

Dr., Wooster, OH 44691 
Secretary 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 
Steve & Chris Galegor, Director/Administrative 

Wayne STerne Aites, Church Development/ 

Office Staff 

Dick & Carolyn Battis, Christian Discipleship 

Arnold & Bessie Betoney, Associate Pastor, 

Red Lake, AZ 
Daron & Melissa Butler, Church Developmen 
Tully & Mary Butler, Pastor, Cedar Hill 
Mark & Judy Carpenter, 5th and 6th Grade 

Bessie Castillo, Cook 
Mary Chiquito, Cook 

Johnson & Nancy Chiquito, Pastor, Day Mess 
Bob & Betty Clifton, Church Development/ 

Maintenance (VIA) 
Angie Garber, Visitation (VIA) 
Helen Garrett, 1st and 2nd Grade Teacher 
Jerry & Katie Hall, Maintenance/Office 

Staff (VIA) 
Colette Henson, Kindergarten Teacher 
Mark & Jane Hussong, Church Development 
Roger & Lucy Largo, Maintenance/Kitchen 

Bob & Norma Lathrop, Maintenance/ 

School Secretary 
Elaine Marpel, Principal, 7th and 8th Grade 

Betty Masimer, Visitation (VIA) 
Andy Moyer, Church Development 
John and Nora Trujillo, Pastor, Red Lake 
Derek Tong, Teacher 

Churches sponsored by the Navajo Missio 

Cedar Hill Navajo Grace Brethren Churc 

(Tully and Mary Butler) 
Day Mesa Navajo Grace Brethren Churc 

(Johnson and Nancy Chiquito) 
Red Lake (AZ) Community Grace Brethre 

Church (John and Nora Trujillo) 

Navajo Committee 

Mr. Jack Broyles, Mr. Larry Chamberlai 
Rev. Jesse Deloe, Dr. Luke Kauffman, Mi: 
Brenda Kent, Mr. Jerry Michael, Rev. Jot 

Board of Directors 

Mr. Harry Barger, Rev. Timothy Boal, Re 
Ronald E. Boehm, Mr. Jack Broyles, Mr. Ma 
Curtis, Dr. James Custer, Rev. Robert Fetterho 
Rev. Louis Huesmann II, Dr. Luke Kauffman, C 
Robert Lazer, Mr. Jerry Michael, Mr. Ji 
Shipley, Rev. John Schumacher, Mr. Uo; 



Estates and annuities 
Total Revenues: 

Operating Expenses 

Direct Assistance 



Payments to annuitants 

Excess (deficit) or revenues over 
operating expenses: 

Other Income (Expense) 

Income from church dissolutions 


Gain on Sale of Assets 

Excess (deficit) of revenues over 

Net Assets, beginning of year 
Net Assets, end of year 

Combined Statement of Revenues, 
Operating Expenses and Equity 

Year Ending December 31, 1994 and 1993 


$ 1,083,502 

$ 1,102,469 


































$ 1,472,399 

$ 1,716,670 

The above financial statements have been audited by the firm of Ashman, Targgart, & Man/on, 
°.C, Certified Public Accountants, Fort Wayne, Indiana. A copy of their full report is available 
upon request. 

Combined Balance Sheet 

As of December 31, 1994 and 1993 


Cash and cash equivalents 
Offerings in transit 
Total cash and cash equivalents: 


Current portion of notes receivable 
Other current assets 
Accounts receivable 
Total current assets: 



$ 74,072 

$ 149,435 
















Mission Real Estate 

Autos and Trucks 

Other Equipment 



Less accumulated depreciation 
Total property and equipment: 

Restricted assets 
Dissolution property 
Contributed property 
Leasehold interest, net 

Total Assets: 






$ 1,980,529 


Notes Payable 

Current Portion of Long-term Debt 
Accounts Payable 
Accrued Annuity Installments 
Other Accrued Expenses 
Total current liabilities: 

Long-term Debt, Net of Current Portion 
Annuities Payable 
Total Liabilities: 






Net Assets 

Total unrestricted: 


Total Net Assets: 
Total Net Assets and Liabilities: 

$ 1,980,529 



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 


Dr. James Custer, 2515 Carriage Ln., 

Powell, OH 43065 
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 
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 • 
Accountant - Miss Brenda Kent 

Board of Directors 

Mr. Harry Barger 
Rev. Timothy Boal 

Rev. Ronald E. Boehm 
Mr. Jack Broyles 
Mr. Mark Curtis 
Dr. James Custer 

Rev. Robert Fetterhoff 

Rev. Louis Huesmann II 
Dr. Luke Kauffman 
Dr. Robert Lazer 
Mr. Jerry Michael 

Rev. John Schumacher 
Mr. Jim Shipley 
Mr. Lloyd Wenger 


May 31, 1995 


Cash and Cash Equivalent $ 77,843 

Investments 20,551,220 

Accrued Interest Receivable 309,053 

Loans Receivable 19,170,874 

Vehicles and Equipment (Net) 11,594 

Other Current Assets 41)38 

Total Assets 

$ 40,124,622 



Investment Deposits 


Accrued Interest Payable 


Other Liabilities 


Total Liabilities 


Fund Balance 


Total Liabilities and Fund 


$ 40,124,622 


For Year Ended May 31 , 1995 


Interest on Loans 

$ 1,713,940 

Interest on Investments 


Other Misc. Inc. Net 


Total Operating Income 



Interest on Savings Accounts 

$ 2,123,248 

Salaries and Services 




Data Processing 


Other Expenses 


Total Operating Expenses 


Other Income and (Expenses) 



$ 127,562 

"Copies of audited statements, also 

containing the auditor's opinion, are available 

at our offices at 1401 Kings Highway, Box 

587, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590-0587. 


P.O. Box 587, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Phone: 219/267-5161 

(A ministry sponsored by 
The Grace Brethren Home Missions Council, Inc.) 

Field Representatives - Mr. Ronald Dorner, 8115 Green Valley Rd., Mohave Valley. AZ 86440 
Mr. Harry Barger, 11539 Englewood Rd., Hagerstown, MD 21740 

Executive Committee: 

Larry Chamberlain, chairman 

Jesse Deloe 

James Johnson 

Brenda S. Kent 

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

(219/267-7158) (FAX: 219/267-4745) Herald Newsline: 219/267-7826 

Board of Trustees 

(Term ending 1998) 

James Bustraan 

Ralph Colburn 

Gerald Kelley 

Gary Austin 

(Term ending 1997) 

Larry Gegner 

H. Don Rough 

Jeff Thornley 

Pat Phillips 

(Term ending 1996) 
E. William Male 
Russell Ogden 
Roy R. Roberts 

Officers of the Board 

Pres. - James Bustraan 
V. Pres. - E. William Male 

Secy. - H. Don Rough 

Asst. Secy. - Gerald Kelley 

Treas. - Ralph Colburn 

Member-at-Large - Pat Phillips 

Consultant to the Board 

Charles W. Turner 


Publisher & General Manager - 

Jeffry A. Carroll 

Asst. to Gen. Mgr., Finances and Retail 

Sales - Jo Disbro 

Finance Office - Mike Baker 

Sunday School Sales - Tom Miller 

Maintenance - Steve Leslie and Max Fluke 

Mailing Dept. - John Leonard 

Herald Subscriptions and 

Materials - Dolores Gunn 

Herald Bookstore, Winona Lake - 

P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, IN 46590 
Store Coordinator - Earl Futch 
LaNita French, Susan Miller 

Herald Bookstore, Indianapolis - 

7858 E. 96th St., Fishers. IN 46038 


Store Coordinator - Sharon Edgington 

Herald Bookstore, Columbus - 

6347 Sawmill Road, Dublin, OH 43017 

Store Coordinator - Chris Cavanaugh 

Herald Magazine 

Publisher - Jeffry A. Carroll 
Managing Editor - James Serra 


January 1. 1994 to December 31, 1994 

Current Assets 

Cash & Certificates Deposit $ 113,141.22 

Accounts Receivable 76,479.06 

Marketable Securities 8,498.81 

Inventory-Merchandise 912,389.63 

Mortgage Receivable-Current 0.00 

NFS Check Receivable 2,707.64 

Prepaid Expenses 6,665.09 

Total Current Assets $ 1,119,881.45 

Investments 547,234.89 

Non-Current Assets 

Land $ 4,000.00 

Buildings 256,420.76 

Furniture & Fixtures 104,663.11 

Office Equipment 83,701.52 

Vehicles 15,702.00 

Total 464,487.39 

Less Accumulated Depreciation. . . 323,435.55 
Net Property-Equipment 141.051.84 

Other Liabilities 

Gift Annuities 1,000.00 

Total Liabilities 248,565.29 

Fund Balance 1,568,961.22 


FUND BALANCE .... 1.818,526.51 



Merchandise Sales $1,328,404.23 

Cooperating Boards 28,098,66 

Rentals 3,675.00 

Interest & Miscellaneous 50,560.69 

Sale Fixed Assets/Securities. . . 222,219.45 

Bequest 48.288.54 

Misc 0.00 

Total Business Income $1,681,246.57 


Other Assets 

Contract Receivables 

Less Current Portion 

Total NC Contract Receivables. . 0.00 

Lease Deposits 10,358.33 

Total Other Assets 10,358.33 

TOTAL ASSETS 1,818,526.51 

Current Liabilities 

Accounts Payable 78,878.61 

Employee Payroll-Deduction 0.00 

Notes Payable 150,000.00 

Current Portion-Long Term Debt . . . 2,574.77 

Accrued Interest 1,156.25 

Sales Tax Payable 8,092.87 

Total Current Liabilities 240,702 50 


Purchases 920,306.65 

Salaries 277,209.38 

Operating Expenses 495,049.38 

Free Literature 6,357.87 

Rental Expense 7.202.46 

Administrative Expense 20,338.64 

Total Business Costs 1,726,464.38 

Total Business Gam (Loss). (45,217,81) 

Publication Offering 12.990.87 

Expenses 19,562.90 

Offering Net Income (Loss). . . (6.572.03) 

TOTAL NET INCOME (LOSS) (51,789.84) 

Long Term Liabilities 

Notes Payable 10,437.56 

Less Current 2,574.77 

Total Long Term Liabilities 7,862.79 

Note-The books of the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Company are open for inspection by 
any member of the corporation. 


National WMC Officers 1995-1996 

President - Mrs. Geneva Inman 

2244 Fernwood Dr., Colorado Springs, 

CO 80910 719/597-2620 
President-Elect - Mrs. Janet Mlnnix 

3314 Kenwick Trail S.W., Roanoke, VA 

24018 540/774-4078 
1st Vice Pres. - Mrs. Darlene Edwards 

1566 CR 995, Ashland, OH 

44805 419/281-9149 
2nd Vice Pres. - Mrs. Janet Minnix 

3314 Kenwick Trail S.W., Roanoke, VA 

24018 540/774-4078 
Secretary - Mrs. Chris Galegor 

Grace Brethren Navajo Ministries, 

Counselor, NM 87018 505/568-4454 
Asst. Secy. - Mrs. Dee Schilperoort 

7281 Progressive Rd., Wapato, WA 98951 

Financial Secy. - Treas. - Miss Joyce Ashman 

602 Chestnut St., Winona Lake, IN 

46590. 219/267-7588 
Asst. Fin. Sec. - Treas. - Mrs. Dons Beichler 

10662 Irvin Rd., Creston, OH 44217 

Prayer Chairman - Mrs. Arlene Smith 

13669 Eaton Pike, New Lebanon, 
OH 45345 513/687-1763 
Literature Secy. - Mrs. Lillian Teeter 

2706 Sharon St., Winona Lake, IN 

46590. 219/267-5513 
Editor - Mrs. Mary Thompson 

405 Administration, Winona Lake, IN 

46590 219/269-7316 
2nd Vice Pres. -Appointee - Mrs. Linda Michael 

Rt. 4 105 Meadow Dr., Martinsburg, WV 

25401 304/229-2477 

District Presidents 1995-1996 

Allegheny - Elda Phillippi 

334 Stoystown Rd., Somerset, PA 15501 

Chesapeaka (Lanham, MD) - Georgeann 

Carnevali, 6608 Louise Street, Lanham, 

MD 20701-2175 301/577-2327 

Chesapeake (Alexandria, VA) - lone Hile 

16 W. Del Ray Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301 

East Central Florida - Nancy Heldt - Contact 

333 Banyan, Maitland, FL 32751 

Florida Suncoast - Lois McDevitt 

6236 Bayside Dr.., New Port Richey, FL 

34652. 813/845-3100 
Hawaii - Betty Lou Mitchell - Contact 

95-035 Waimakua Dr., Mililani, HI 96789 


Indiana - Vickie McNeal 

10211 Areola Road, Ft. Wayne, IN 46818 

Iowa-Midlands - Phyllis Wessely 

1135 Amherst Ave,. Waterloo, IA 50702 

Mid-Atlantic - Linda Michael 

Rt. 4 105 Meadow Dr., Martinsburg, 

WV 25401 304/229-2477 
Mountain-Plains - Rhonda Massie 

715 N. 25th St., Colorado Springs, CO 

80904 719/577-9745 
North Central Ohio - Ella Lee Risser 

821 Ohio St., Ashland, OH 44805 

Northeastern Ohio - Jacquie Jensen 

292 Harris Ave., Norton, OH 44203 

Northern Atlantic - Susan Meyers 

72 Hertzog Dr., Leola, PA 17540 

Northwest - Dee Schilperoort 

7281 Progressive Rd., Wapato, WA 


South Florida (Okeechobee) - Pam Elders 

c/o Grace Brethren Church 

701 S. Parrot Ave., Okeechobee, 

FL 34974 813/763-3218 

Southern (Anderson, SC) - Marijo Lamb 

P.O. Box 87, Townville, SC 29689 

Southern (Atlanta, GA) - Celia Reed 

6135 Pritchett Dr., Powder Springs, 

GA 30073 404/427-6187 
Southern California-Arizona - Helen Miller 

13138 Michelle Circle, Whittier, CA 


Southern Ohio - Sue Mathes 

5327 Wilmington Pike, Dayton, OH 45440 

Virginia - Margaret Devan 

5922 Brethren Rd., Roanoke, VA 24014 

West Penn - Ruth Blake 

553 Pike Rd., Johnstown. PA 15909 



1 Read and study the Bible regularly. 

2. Be a faithful prayer warrior.* 

3. Active in Evangelism. 

4. Encourage increased interest in SMM o 
aid in the establishment of SMM in your 
local church. 

5. Give regularly to WMC - time, talent, and 
money as the Lord leads and prospers * 

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 WMC. 

A September, October, November: 

HOME MISSIONS - Pastor's Wives 


GOAL: $6,000 

Send before December 10. 



GOAL: $4,000 

Send before December 10. 

We suggest a minimum of $1 .50 a year 

per member. 

B December, January, February: 
GRACE Seminary - Visitors' Center 
Remodeling and Computer Upgrades 
GOAL: $6,000 

Send before March 10. 


Sponsorship of Director of Girls' 

Ministries (SMM is the heart of 


GOAL: $6,000 

Send before March 10. 

C March, April, May: 

Saturday Evangelization - Argentina 
GOAL: $6,000 

Send before June 10. 


Toward the support of WMC Missionaries 
of the Year honoring their service 

"Barb Wooler - CAR 

"Ton Beaver - Philippines 

'Becky Schwan - England 
'Joy Sims - France 
GOAL: $5,000 

We suggest a minimum of $1.50 per 


Send before June 10. 

D June, July, August: 

GOAL: $7,000 

Send before September 10. 

5. Encourage the reading of the following 
books which may be purchased from the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Company, 
Box 544, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 

* The Bluebird and The Sparrow 

by Janette Oke 

*Christ's Witch Doctor 

by Homer Dowdy 

* Proverbs 3 1 Lady 

by Marsha Drake 

6. Use Brethren talent when available and 
support Brethren works. Support SMM.* 

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 31. Seating 
of the delegates at National Conference is 
permissible only if annual report is 
returned. Reports will not be accepted at 
National Conference. 

9 Keep membership cards current, if your 
council chooses to use them.* (These 
cards are available from the National 
Literature Secretary) 

10. Refer often to the WMC Handbook. 
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 
listening to tapes of the entire Bible within 
a year. 

2. Recognize the SMM at a District WMC 

3. Use Brethren talent when available 
and support Brethren works. 

Send District newsletters to National 

President and National Editor, 

Sponsor at least one project, which 

should be cleared through the National 

First Vice President to avoid duplication. The 

project may be kept within the 

district, but the First Vice President should 

be advised for completion of her report. 

Send before March 10. 

Send all district offerings for national 

Brethren works to the National Financial 


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-Treasurer. 

8. Assist with or pay the District Presidents 
expenses to National Conference. 

9. Give financial assistance to the District 
SMM Coordinator so she may attend the 
District Coordinators Workshop. 

10. Contribute annually to the National 

Operating Expenses. Send to the National 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer by September 

1994-1995 FINANCIAL 



Operation Account $21,342.57 

Home Missions 5,867.44 

Grace Schools 5,619.48 

International Missions 6,030 51 

Thank Offering 3,51 1.37 

Missionary of the Year 4,793.76 

Missionary Residence 4,347.21 

Home Mission Specials 3,955.26 

International Mission Specials 7,716.08 

SMM - CE National 4,347.93 

CE National Specials 1,542.50 

Grace Schools Specials 521.00 

Prepaid Income and Expense 5,858 49 



Operation Account $25,750.96 

Home Missions 5,867.44 

Grace Schools 5,619.48 

International Missions 6,030.51 

Thank Offering 3,51 1 .37 

Missionary of the Year 4,846.80 

Missionary Residence 1,829.35 

Home Missions Specials 3,955.26 

Int'l Missions Specials 7,716.08 

SMM - CE National 4,347.93 

CE National Specials 1,542.50 

Grace Schools Specials 521 .00 

Prepaid Income and Expense 6,279.93 

TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS .... $77,818.61 

Balance on Hand (6/30/95) 4,542.73 


Operation Account (5,969.81) 

Missionary of the Year Acct 4,79379 

Missionary Residence Acct 5,534.46 

Prepaid Income & Expense 184.32 

TOTAL $4,542.73 

Total Investment & Interest in BIF not included 
in above $12,138.83 


Motto- "Serving My Master " 

Purpose: To train girls to live Godly lives in an 
ungodly world and to reach their world for 

Northwest: Sally Stamm, 507 S. Juniper St., 
Toppenish, WA 98948. 

Sponsored by: CE National, Inc. 
P.O. Box 365 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Southern California-Arizona: Helen Miller, 
13138 Michelle Cir., Whittier, CA 90605. 

District Coordinators 

Allegheny: Kathy Opel, 23 Patncia In., 
Uniontown, PA 15401. 

East Central FL: Yvonne Maxson, 14655 NE 
24th PI. #52, Silver Springs, FL 34488. 

Indiana: Bettie Horner, 4915 Arrowhead Blvd., 
Kokomo, IN 46902. 

Iowa-Midlands: Rose Earnest, 2657 Cedar 
Terrace Dr., Waterloo, IA 50702. 

Michigan: Marjorie Bjork, 7929 Clarksville Rd., 
Clarksville, Ml 48815. 

Mid-Atlantic: Sheryl Deike, 17818 Virginia 
Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740. 

Mountain Plains: 

North Atlantic: Jane Kurtz, 79 1B Hopeland Rd., 
Lititz, PA 17543. 

North Central Ohio: Oleda Hirsch, 3041 E. 
Mound St., Columbus, OH 43209. 

North East Ohio: Chery Boehm, 1410 
Meadowlawn Dr., Macedonia, OH 44056. 

Denise Wallace, 617 N. Cobblestone St., 

Gilbert, AZ 85234 


Virginia: Edith Staton, Rt. 2, Box 136 A, 
Fairfield, VA 24435 

West Penn.: Nora Beltz, Rd.1 Box 485A, 
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648. 


(Make checks payable to 
CE National, Inc.! 

Foreign Missions: Goal is $800 
(Due November 10, 1995) 
* Mexico - Bibles for new believers $450 
+ Russia - Bibles, tracts, books, 

and discipleship materials $350 

Operation SMM: Goal is $800 
(Due January 10, 1996) 
@ To support the operating expenses 
of SMM 

Home Interest: Goal is $600 
(Due March 10, 1996) 
Delmont, PA - Puppets $300 

u Gainesville, FL - Overhead projector $300 

CE National: Goal is $1000 
(Due May 10, 1996) 

«- CE National Resource Library $500 

■r VCR/TV Monitor $500 


Please direct all correspondence for: 
Grace Brethren Men International 
Yoke Fellow Ministries or 
Grace Brethren Boys to: 

Morgan Burgess, President 
163 N. Franklin St. 
Delaware, OH 43015 

Board of Directors 

Pres, - Morgan Burgess, 163 N. Franklin St., 

Delaware, OH 43015. 614/548-4543 
V. Pres. - Roger Mills. 118 Salem Ct., 
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068. 800/GRACE-12 
or 614/927-0451 
V Pres. - Marlin Rose, 384 E CR 300 N., 
Warsaw. IN 46580. 219/267-7320 
Treas. - Jerry Michael, Rt. 4, 105 Meadow Dr.. 
Martinsburg, WV 25401, 304/229-2477 


Ray Sturgill (96), P.O. Box 29, Lost Creek, 
KY 41348 606/666-9511 

District Representatives 

Ron Batroff, 2820 Hidden Forest Ct., Marietta, 

GA 30066 404/426-1682 Southern 
James Bustraan, Grace Brethren Church. 1800 

NW 9th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 3331 1 

305/763-6766 South Florida 
Clair Floyd, 11251 Lipscomb St., Anchorage. 

AK 99516. 907/346-3580 Arctic 
Elmer Gabel, 11849 Keener Rd., Orrville. OH 

44667 216/682-1922 Northeastern Ohio 
Robert Grew, R, 1, Meyersdale. PA 15552. 

814/634-8945 Allegheny 
John Hetnck, 575 Portside Dr.. North Port, FL 

34287. 813/426-4549 Florida Suncoast 
Ed Jackson. 6661 Worthington -Galena Rd.. 

Worthington, OH 43085 614/848-9994 

Northcentral Ohio 
Sam Leisey, 101 E. Main St . Box 17, 

Adamstown, PA 19501, Northern Atlantic 
Rodney Lingenfelter, 104 Nason Dr.. Roaring 

Springs, PA 16673. Western Pennsylvania 

Tom McKinley, Indian Heights Grace Brethren 

Church. 725 E. Center Rd., Kokomo, IN 

46902. 317/453-2048 Indiana 
Jerry Michael, Rt. 4, 105 Meadow Dr., 

Martinsburg, WV 25401 . 304/229-2477 

Clark Miller, 13138 Michelle Cir„ Whittier. CA 

90605. Southern California-Arizona 
Jimmy Millhollin, 327 S.E. Porter. Des Moines, 

IA 50315. 515/285-1186 Iowa-Midlands 
Michael Paulus, 1755 Camel Dr., Colorado 

Springs. CO 80910. 719/574-0799 

Ray Sturgill. P.O. Box 29. Lost Creek. KY 

41348. 606/666-9511 Southern Ohio 
Lyle Taylor. R 3. Box 3184. Wapato. WA 

98951 509/848-2268 Northwest 

Director of Grace Brethren Boys 

Roger Mills 
800/GRACE-12 or 614/927-0451 

Boys Committee 

Pete Caldwell. R. 1, Windsor, PA 17366. 

Northern Atlantic 
Roger Mills, 118 Salem Ct., Reynoldsburg, OH 

43068 800/GRACE-12 or 614/927-0451 

Northcentral Ohio 
Dick Mowrer, 2221 Wood St.. Lancaster. PA 

17603 717/394-0251. Allegheny 
Gordon Shuler. 1114 Alder Ave.. Kenai, AK 

99611 907/283-9491. Arctic 
Harry Speicher, 13283 Doylestown Rd., 

Rittman. OH 44270. Northeast Ohio 
Harold Stayer. 304 E. Main St., Flora, IN 

46929. Indiana 

Director of Yokefellow Ministries 

Ed Jackson 

Pastoral Advisor 

James L. Custer, Grace Brethren Church 

6675 Worthington-Galena Rd. 

Worthington. OH 43085 


P.O. Box 337 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 




Brad Skiles, Chairman (1997) 

1309 E. Center Street, Warsaw, IN 46580 

Steve Mason, Vice-Chair (1997) 
1928 E. Center St., Warsaw, IN 46580 

Beverly Worth, Treasurer (1995) 

P.O. Box 725, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Gary Hamman, Secretary (1996) 

2508 Country Club Rd., Warsaw, IN 46580 

Roger Hansen (1995) 

3410 N. Pressler Dr., Warsaw, IN 46580 

Ron Henry (1995) 

407 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Joyce Kreger (1997) 

P.O. Box 29, Pierceton, IN 46562 

Dr. W. Remington, MD (1995) 
850 Lydia Drive. Warsaw, IN 46580 

Jeff Secaur (1997) 

3725 E. Stanton Rd., Leesburg, IN 46538 

Arne Stahl (1995) 

8592 Freeport Ave., Freeport, Ml 49325 

Nancy Zellner (1997) 

103 E. 12th St., Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Sandra Frush (1997) 

P.O. Box 432, Pierceton. IN 46562 

Rev. Charles Ashman (Member Emeritus) 
P.O. Box 386, Winona Lake. IN 46590 


200 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, IN 46590-1294 

219/372-5100 FAX: 219/372-5265 

General Administration 

Ronald E. Manahan, President 
David R. Plaster, Vice President of 
Academic Affairs 

Enrollment Services 

Ron Henry, Dean of Enrollment 
Holli Durham, Director of College and 

Seminary Enrollment 
Jim Shipley, Registrar and Director of College 

Adult Education 

Student Services 

James Swanson, Dean of Student Life 
Mark Soto, Associate Dean of Men 
Yvonne Farley, Associate Dean of Women 
Julie Ryssemus, Housing Coordinator 
Joanne Taylor, School Nurse 
William Darr, Director of Library Services 
Jennifer Christenberry, Director of Student 

Academic and Career Counseling 
Roger Haun, Director of Athletics 

Business and Financial Matters 

G. Stephen Popenfoose, Director of Finance 

and Operations 
Paul DeRenzo, Director of Auxiliary Service 
Donald Fluke, Director of Computer/Telecom 


Advancement Department 

Steve Wishart, Alumni Coordinator 
E.J. Underwood, Annual Fund Director 
Joan Lesh, Director of Constituent Services 

Officers of the Corporation 
President-Dr. Ronald E. Manahan 
Secretary/Treasurer-Mr. G. Stephen 

Assistant Secretary-Mr. Larry Downs 

Board of Trustees 

Term ending 1996 
Mr. Larry Downs, P.O. Box 314, Winona 
Lake, IN 46590 

Mr. William Hoffmann, 1 15 Vernon Ave., 

Ashland, OH 44805-4042 
Dr. Nickolas Kurtaneck, 6153 Pershing Way, 

Buena Park, CA 90260-1416 
+ Dr. William Munsey, 8260 Greentree Dr., 

Lewis Center, OH 43081 
Rev. Les Nutter, 509 Cherry Street, 

Wrightsville, PA 17368 
Mrs. Miriam Pacheco, 413 Kings Highway, 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 
+ Rev. Charles G. Thornton, chairman, 56 

North Crawford, Millersburg, OH 44564 
Mr. Henry Weber, 31 1 E. Woods Dr., Lititz, 

PA 17543 
+ Rev. Galen Wiley, 22713 Ellsworth 

Avenue, Minerva, OH 44657 

Term ending 1997 
+Rev. Thomas Avey, chairman-elect, 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 
Mr. Ralph Fitz. 10360 Amsterdam Rd., 

Waynesboro, PA 17268 
Rev. John Gregory, 14 Donnertown Ln , 

Duncansville, PA 16635 
Dr. Donald Hedrick, 15033 Lodosa Drive, 

Whittier, CA 90605-1231 
Mr. Thomas Horney, 2811 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 1998 
Mr. David Durham, 7527 Olde Sturbndge Trail, 

Clarkston, Ml 48348 
Mr. John Haller, 5447 Wine Tavern, Dublin, 

OH 43017 
Mr. Terrell Holsinger, 1209 Princess Ln., Hurst, 

TX 92686 
Rev. Kenneth Koontz, 855 Trumbull, Deltona, 

FL 32725 
Mr. Raymond Monteith, 940 Eagle Dr., 

Warsaw, IN 46580 
Mr. Alan Pietzsch, 6856 Rieber St.. 

Worthington, OH 43085-2427 
Rev. Greg Ryerson, 39 Peach Grove Ave . 

Centerville, OH 45458 
Mr. Melvm Taylor, 417 E. Allyn St., 

Goldendale, WA 98620 
Mrs. Cynthia Thornley, 2667 Sun Valley Dr., 

Waldorf, MD 20603 

Trustee Emeritus 
Rev. Paul E. Dick, 1912 E. Walnut Street, 
Warsaw, IN 46580 

fMembers and officers of the Executive 

Faculty Members and 
Administrative Officers 

Avallone, Anthony J., Associate Professor 

of Business 
Bateman, Herbert (Dr.), Associate Professor ol 

New Testament Studies 
Benyousky, Frank, Associate Professor of 

Bickel, Kenneth, Assistant Professor for 

Pastoral Ministries 
Bowling, James (Dr.), Professor of Education 
Curry, Shara B. (Mrs.), Associate Professor 

of Education 
Darr, William E., Director of Library 

Davis, Arthur W., Professor of Art 
Davis, John J. (Dr.), Professor of Old 

Testame nt 
Decker, Allyn. Assistant Professor of 

DeYoung, Donald B. (Dr.), Professor of 

Physics and Math 
Dilling, Linda (Mrs.), Assistant Professor 

of Foreign Languages 
Dilling. Richard A. (Dr.), Professor of 

Edgington, Thomas J. (Dr.), Associate 

Professor of Psychology 
Faber, Ardis (Miss), Assistant Professor 

of Music 
Felts, Verna M. (Mrs.), Associate Professor 

of Music (Piano) 
Ferguson, Jonathan, Director of Career 

Forbes, W. Merwin (Dr.), Professor of 

Biblical Studies 
Gaerte, Dennis, Associate Professor of 

Teacher Education 
Gano, Peter (Dr.), Adjunct Professor of 

Fine Arts 
Gordon, William P., Associate Professor 

of Economics and Business 
Gray, Anita (Miss), Associate Director of 

Grill, E. Michael (Dr.), Professor of 

Haun, Roger E., Athletic Director, Associate 

Professor of Physical Education 
Henry, Ron, Dean of Enrollment, Associate 

Professor of History 
Hildebrandt, Theodore (Dr.), Professor 

of Biblical Studies 
Hochstedler, Jeff, Assistant Professor 

of Art 
Jeffreys, Richard E. (Dr.), Professor of 

Johnson, Darrell L. (Dr.), Professor of 

Physical Education 
Kessler, James O, Associate Professor of 

Health and Physical Education & Men's 

Basketball Coach 

Lee, Marcia (Dr.), Associate Professor of 

Biological Science 
Lovelady, Edgar J. (Dr.), Professor of English 

and Greek 
Manahan, Ronald E. (Dr.), President, 

Professor of Biblical Studies 
Miller, Anecia (Mrs.), Assistant Registrar 
Moats, Candace (Miss), Associate Professor of 

Physical Education and Women's Volleyball/ 

Softball Coach 
Peugh, Roger D., Chaplain, Professor of 

Plaster, David R., Vice President of 

Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of 

Sauders, Paulette (Dr.), Professor of 

Schultz, Tammy (Miss), Assistant Professor of 

Schram, Jacqueline, Assistant Professor 

of Foreign Languages 
Shipley, Jim A., Registrar and Director 

of College Adult Education 

Slaughter, George F. (Dr.), Professor of 

Snider, R. Wayne, Professor of History 
Stichter, Roger L., Associate Professor of 

Swanson, James, Dean of Students 
Weiss, Robert (Dr.), Professor of Mathematics 
Zimmerman, Timothy, 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 

Male, E. William, Professor Emeritus 
Uphouse, Miriam M. (Mrs), Associate Dean 

of Students Emeritus 

Condensed Financial Report 

Statement of Revenues, 

Expenditures, and Transfers 

For the Year Ended May 31, 1994 and 1995 


Educational & General: 
Tuition & Fees 

Endowment income 
Total educational and general 

Auxiliary Enterprises: 
Food Service 
Total auxiliary enterprises 

Other sources 





















































Transfers from Plant and 
Quasi -Endowment Funds 

increase/ Increase, 

Pre-Audit Audited (Decrease) (Decrease) 

1995 1994 $ % 


Educational & General 






Academic Support 





Student Services 





Institutional Support 





Operation of Plant 





Student Aid 




6.6% i 






Total Educational & General 




0.7% I 

Auxiliary Enterprises: 






Food Service 










Total Auxiliary Enterprises 





9,212,047 9,101,792 




(130,312) (588,038) 457,726 -77.8% 

(131,614) 601,298 (732,912) 


P.O. Box 365 (1003 Presidential Drive), Winona Lake, IN 46590 

(219/267-6622) (FAX 219/269-7185) (E-mail: cenational) 

Purpose Statement 

The purpose of CE National is to impact the 
church by serving as a catalyst for biblically 
accurate and culturally relevant ministries to 
children, youth, and adults. 

CE National Staff 

Ed Lewis - Executive Director 

Chery Otermat - Director of Operations and 

Specialized Ministry Training 

Jesse DeBoest - Director of Finance 

and Personnel 

Timothy Kurtaneck - Director of Church 

Relations and Operation Barnabas 

Denise Hutchison - BNYC Coordinator 

Mike Sessler - Media Coordinator 

MaryBeth Kaylor - Executive Assistant 

Julia Miller, Sherilyn Rank, Jan Salsgiver - 

Administrative Assistants 

Lori Beltran - Receptionist & Resource 

Network Coordinator 

Peggy Owens - Materials Coordinator 

Viki Rife - Staff Writer/Editor 

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 

Greg Howell. Secretary (97) 

Community Grace Brethren Church 
1 1 80 S. Roosevelt St. 
Goldendale, WA 98620 

Denny Brown, At Large ('95) 

Brethren Jr.-Sr. High School 
5172 Orange Ave. 
Cypress, CA 90630 

Mike Brubaker ('96) 

Grace Brethren Church 
5102 Old National Pike 
Frederick, MD 21702 

Paul Mutchler ('95) 

Grace Brethren Church 
501 W. Lincoln Ave. 
Utitz, PA 17543 

Bud Olszewski ('97) 
Grace Brethren Church 
44 S. First St. 
Rittman, OH 44370 

Bob Peercy ('97) 
5611 Rockledge Dr. 
Buena Park, CA 90621 

Richard Todd, (96) 

Community Grace Brethren Church 
11000 E. Washington Blvd. 
Whittier. CA 90606 

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 areas. 
The following groups meet regularly. 

BNYC Program Planning Committee 

Children's Cabinet 

Children's Club Ministries Cabinet 

Christian Education Round Table 

Single Adult Ministries Cabinet 

Youthnet Commission 

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: 

Administration of Children's Ministries/ 
Preschool/Nursery: Nancy Neer 

Adoption/Foster Parenting/Home Schooling: 
Greg and Colleen Howell 

Adult Bible Fellowship: John Teevan 
Bible Study Curriculum/Discipleship: 

Dan Travis 
Bible Quizzing: E. Scott Feather 
Camping/One-on-One (Boys' Club Ministries): 

Rick Strappello 
Candidating: Terry Taylor 
Career & Singles/College: Steve Edmonds 
Children's Church/Children's Resources: 

Rich Russell 
Christian Schools; John Mayes 
Christians in Politics: Ron Cohen 
Church Growth/Meta-Church Philosophy: 

Jeff Thornley 
Church Policies: Tom Avey 
Counseling: Buzz Inboden 
Evangelism Training: Lee Dice 
General CE/Daycare Ministries: Paul Mutchler 
Internationals Ministries: Ivanildo Trindade 
Leadership Development: Jeff Gill 
Local Church Media: Mike Sessler 
Marriage & Family Ministries: John and Jane 

Masterplanning/Computer/E-Mail: Ed Trenner 
NAC (Nurturing Abilities for Christ): Dave Rank 
Neighborhood Bible Clubs (NBC):Fran Anthony 
Pastors' Wives: Margie Brubaker 
Personal and Church Finances: J. Edward 

Puppets: Harry Phillips 
Revival/Renewal: Dave Bogue 
Senior Citizens: Bob Dell 
SMM (Girls' Club Ministries)/Ministry Teams: 

Chery Otermat 
Sonlife Training in Youth Ministries: Mike 

Spiritual Gifts and Ministry Implications: Doug 

Women's Ministries: Ruth Dunkle 
Worship Music/Services: Darrell Cummings 
Youth Curriculum/Resource Materials: 

Jay Firebaugh 


Pres. - John Teevan 

Pres. -Elect - Raymond Davis 

Recording Secretary - Greg Ryerson 

Asst. Recording Secretary • Tim Coyle 

Executive Secretary - Lee Dice 

MINISTERIUM, July 22, 1995, 8:30 a.m. 

President John Teevan called the meeting to 
order with prayer. He introduced Exec, 

Secretary Lee Dice who lead a panel discussion 
and then took responses from the floor on the 
subject of "The Place and Possibilities of Men's 
Ministries in our GB churches." Panel members 
were Dan Eshelman of Elizabethtown, PA; Tom 
Hughes of Long Beach, CA; and Jerry Young ol 
Lititz, PA. 

Dan emphasized the importance ol 
employing men as prayer warriors, leadership foi 
special projects, discipling new people anc 

leading in outreach, such as sports ministries. 
Tom spoke of discipling men to memorize 
Scripture, grow in their faith, and in turn disciple 
others. He sees value in well-run men's 
breakfasts and retreats. Establishing a mindset 
of the II Timothy 2:2 principle is important. Tom 
found that Promise Keepers helped establish 
vision and reinforce his men in spiritual priorities. 
Jerry feels that traditional men's activities in 
chuch generally don't cut it anymore. Social 
gatherings need to be replaced with "need" 
oriented ministries. His goal is to qualify as 
many men as possible as elders for both a ruling 
board of elders and a "college of elders" who are 
recognized spiritual leaders in their homes and 
in church activities. 

The panel members interacted on each 
others' comments, then questions and 
observations were heard from the floor. Promise 
Keepers' Movement has brought both blessings 
and raised potential dangers. It was an 
interesting and profitable 90 minutes enjoyed by 
the 75-90 men in attendance. 

BUSINESS SESSION, July 24, 1995, 4:00 p.m. 

David Howard led singing accompanied by 
Ron Thompson. John Teevan led in prayer and 
extended an official welcome. 

Ralph Colburn presented the printed 
membership listing 574 potential members in 23 
districts. A large number were yet unpaid (139 
as of 7/6/95). He encouraged corrections in 
written form. He also presented the financial 
report. With all bills paid, it totaled $120,551. 
Additional dues of about $7,000-$8,000 are 
expected. Eight death gratuities were paid 
during the past conference year. A motion 
prevailed to receive these reports 

Ralph had difficulty getting material for 
printed memorials, but briefly reviewed the life 
and ministry of the four men who were called 
home this past year. Printed memorials were 
subsequently distributed on Jim Dixon, J.C. "Bill" 
McKillen, Dr. Raymond Gingrich, and Clair 

Membership cards were made available to 
districts for distribution. New copies of the 
revised constitution, a folder on membership with 
its privileges and advantages, and an up-dated 
explanation of the death gratuity program were 
distributed and will also be mailed out after 

President John Teevan announced that an 
insurance policy is now in force which will 
protect the Executive Committee from lawsuits. 

The Fellowship Council will b<i 
recommending a group health policy insurant 
plan for our churches and their staffs, look for 
since it is being designed especially for ou 

A motion prevailed to elect Lee Dice a 
Executive Secretary for 3 years. 

Fellowship Council had recommended tha 
resolutions and continuing resolutions arise fror 
the Ministerium. A motion prevailed to leave thi 
matter in the hands of the Executive Committei 
of the Ministerium (which subsequently felt 
best to leave this responsibility with thi 
Fellowship Council). 

Our President made a brief presentation c 
various committees that will enhance ministr 
within our body. 

The meeting was adjourned at 5:05 p.m. 

The Monday Seminar to be held for Pastor 
with Ray Ortlund as speaker was cancelec 
because of his recent hospitalization. Insteac 
Pastors were encouraged to attend specie 
brainstorming sessions directed by Tim Coyle 
Three groups met on the following subjects 
Looking at our Identity as FGBC, Where do W( 
go from here in Evangelism in the FGBC, am 
Improving Lay Leadership in our Loca 
Churches. Input and discussions wer* 

Introduction of new pastors and thei 
families took place at a special Monday evenin; 
fellowship following music by the Darrel 
Cummings group. Our newest members ir 
attendance are Jeff Peeler (Associate at Portis 
KS), Steve Gotch (Pastormg at Seattle. WA) 
and Scott Perkins (Associate at Norwalk, CA). 

MINISTERIUM, July 25, 1995, 8:30 a.m. 

David Howard led the singing, accompaniei 
by Ron Thompson. Small groups were formei 
for prayer. 

Ivanildo Tnnidade, a well-trained product c 
our missions in Brazil and now the Director c 
Internationals USA based in Wooster, Ohic 
gave a brief challenge on reaching international 
who are living and studying in the neighborhooi 
of our churches. He offered assistance througl 
Internationals USA for our churches. 

Bob Logan, Vice President of New Churcl 
Development, Alta Loma, CA, was introduced a 
special speaker. When serving as a pastor, hi 
saw his church grow from 2 to 1200 in a fev 

years, and at the same time planted other 
mission churches. He shared how the II 
Timothy 2:2 principle can be applied more aptly 
to reproducing churches rather than only to 
individual discipleship. Ten churches of 100 
each will reach more people for Christ than one 
church of 1,000. He is now helping churches 
catch the vision of proving their health by 
planting other churches. 

Ed Cashman was then introduced to present 
"The Pastor of the Year" award. He described 
a 56 year ministry of a member who planted a 
church in Naples, CA. which later became the 
Seal Beach Church; pastored at Compton. CA 
for 6 years; became our first National Youth 
Director for 7 years; married a California girl; 
planted a church in Ft. Lauderdale and saw a 
district develop (now expanded into 3 districts), 
then pastored the Long Beach Community 
Grace Brethren Church for 10 years; joined the 
staff of North Long Beach Brethren as pastor to 
seniors (a position he still holds since NLB 
merged with Rossmoor to form what is now 
Grace Church in Cypress); and in addition has 
served as Executive Secretary of the National 
Ministenum for 21 years. Ralph Colburn and his 
wife, Julia, were called to the platform to receive 
this distinguished award. 

BUSINESS SESSION, July 27, 8:30 a.m. 

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., the meeting was 
called to order with prayer by President John 
Teevan following group singing led by David 
Howard and accompanied by Ron Thompson. 

It was announced that the new medical 
health plan developed by Morgan Burgess and 
Co., as appointed by the Fellowship Council, will 
be mailed as soon as it is available. 

Ralph Colburn announced Ernie Bearinger s 
homegoing. He had been fighting leukemia and 
most recently pneumonia. Ralph led in prayer 
for Elaine and family. 

A new directory, drafted from the FGBC 
Information sheets circulated last year, was 
published by John Teevans office and 
distributed on a limited basis. Local church 
"commissioned" men will appear on this list, men 
who are not licensed or ordained, at its next 

Financial records are being audited prior to 
handing them over to new Exec. Secretary Lee 
Dice. Executive Officers are not recommending 
changing their dues at this time. A long range 
goal is to maintain a balance of nearly $250,000 
in light of our practice of extending death 
gratuities for our paid-up membership. 

Committees to be appointed will be: 

1) BENEVOLENCE - to study and supervise 
issues relating to benevolence, including the 
death gratuities. 

2) CONTINUING SUPPORT - to study and 
implement ways to serve by lifting the standard 
higher for supporting and continuing education 
through surveys, studies, and seminars. 

3) MEMBER SHIP REVIEW -to aid when issues 
arise over membership concerns, giving 
attention to integrity and accountability of our 
members, and will function through 
communication, information giving, and counsel 
as needed. 

to seek to set adequate standards of education 
for apprenticeship/internship preparation and 
study and recommend ways to standardize 
licensure/ordination process. 

Brad Skiles, Chm. of the Grace Village Board 
and Carl Herr, new Executive Director of Grace 
Village, were introduced and spoke extensively 
on that situation, now that it has cleared the 
courts. An extensive written report was made 

The Board has sought to follow the high road 
of moral responsibility An apology has been 
written to noteholders. Financial concerns have 
been addressed without succumbing to 
liquidation of assets and distribution of proceeds 
to all. And the needs of those in the Village 
have been a major concern. 

Noteholders have made great sacrifices to 
keep the Village going. A plan for paying off the 
noteholders by the year 2004 is underway. It 
will eventually require refinancing, and the debt 
will be carried for the next 10-15 years. The 
FGBC was eliminated from the suit, recognizing 
us as a fellowship, not a denomination. In 
January 1995, judgment in favor of the plaintiffs 
made defendants personally liable on a "status 
liability" on basis of actions for the Corporation 
They are to restore economic value to plaintiffs 
($500,000 plus interest and their legal fees). 
Fourteen of our GBC persons were found liable, 
but not guilty of wrongdoing. Individual board 
members assets can be seized. 

After spending a total of $160,000 in legal 
fees, the director/defendants now face this 
tremendous responsibility in the judgment of 
about $750,000 or more. An appeal, which will 
cost over $30,000, is underway and may take a 
year or more. 

One point of tension is to maintain the facility 
so it can be refinanced in 2004, and wanting to 
make significant payments to noteholders. 

Money contributed to G.V. will go to investors, if 
not clearly marked tor Directors' Defense Fund. 
The need for support of G.V. is greater now than 
ever before. There are 260 residents and 125 
employees. A better budget along with 
streamlined operations is now in place. 

Now that freedom to discuss all details is 
possible, questions with responses followed. It 
was stated that both noteholders and board 
members have paid a great price and need our 
friendship, love, and prayers. 

The Ministerium moved that out of love and 
concern that a love gift of $5,000 be given to the 
Directors' Defense Fund. It was seconded and 
passed. (A love gift of $10,000 was previously 
given by the Ministerium, and about $600 has 
come from a church and a district). 

Ed Lewis was introduced and spoke briefly 
on present trends among among Christian 
publishers. Since the dollar is driving the 
market, he warned that careful evaluation of 
material is necessary, not on how it looks, but 
on what is NOT being printed. CE is seeking to 
compliment areas where controversial subjects 
are left out. A new video series on the Holy 
Spirit and other material on distinctives are 
available through them. 

This final session was closed in prayer. 

Respectfully Submitted. 

Lee H. Dice 
Executive Secretary 


Balance, Farmers and 

Merchants Bank, 7/14/94 . 

Balance. F & M Bank, 7/15/95 

$ 9,432.50 

$ 14,145.01 


National dues $ 28,865.50 

District Dues 215.00 

Alamo Rebates 3.41 

Grace Village 545.00 

Total Receipts $29,628.91 

TOTAL $43,773.42 


Exec. Secy. Salary $ 2,600.00 

Epistles 698.70 

Telephone & postage 445.31 

Ministerium expenses 860.86 

Conference expenses 3,238.60 

Dues refund (GBFM) 200.00 

District Dues Refund 215.00 

Annual Space 637.95 

Grace Village 445.00 

BIF deposits 25,000.00 

Total Disbursements $34,341 .42 

Balance, BIF. 7/14/94 $ 101,013,78 

Deposits for the year 25,000.00 

Interest for the year 6,104.86 

Total $ 31,104.86 


Withdrawals: Gift to Grace 

CE National Scholarships .... 1,000.001 

8 Death gratuities @ $2500. . 20,000.00 

Total 21.000.00 

TOTAL IN B.I.F., 7/15/95 $ 111,513.78 


7/15/95 $120,551.14 

Increase over last year $5,000+ 

Dues payable exceed $8,000 

Respectfully submitted. 

Ralph Colburn. Executive Secretary 





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1996 District Conferences 

Allegheny - Uniontown Grace Brethren, To Be Announced 

Arctic - To Be Announced 

Chesapeake - Meetings monthly, no annual conference 

East Central Florida - Grace Brethren Church of Maitland, May 4 

Florida Suncoast - To Be Announced 

Great Lakes - To Be Announced, April 

Hawaii - Malaekahana State Park, August 18-21 

Indiana - North Kokomo Grace Brethren, May 3-4 

Indiana (New) - To Be Announced 

Iowa-Midlands - North English, IA, June 8 

Mid-Atlantic - Maranatha Brethren, April 20 

Mountain-Plains - Arvada Grace Fellowship, June 7-9 

Mor-Cal - To Be Announced, July 

Morthcentral Ohio - Fremont, OH Grace Brethren Church. March 16 

Northeastern Ohio - Millersburg, OH, April 26 

Northern Atlantic - Pinebrook Bible Conference, May 17-19 

Northwest - Goldendale, WA, February 15-17 

South Florida-Caribbean - Quarterly Council Meetings Every Month 

with five Saturdays 
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1996 - July 27-August 1, Regal Constellation Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

1997 - July 26-31, Radisson Grand Resort, Fort Mills, South Carolina 

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