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9-26-2014 Aaron (’07) and Elizabeth (Gross ’10) Love Aaron is the new pastor at Brown Street Baptist Church in Alton, Illinois. “I am excited about serving the Lord as the pastor of Brown Street Baptist Church,” Love says. “My desire is to encourage, edify, and assist others in becoming more like Christ to the glory of God.”

9-24-2014 Jason (’11) and Michelle McDonnell “We will be having our 3rd child, Lord willing, the first week of November. In August, I became the Youth Pastor for Tri-City Baptist Church in Chandler, AZ.”

9-17-2014 Amanda (Martelli ’05) and Justin (’05) LaCount “On September 22, Justin, Amanda, Jaydon, Benjamin, and Nathan will be moving to Nashville,Tennessee. We look forward to new adventures and endeavors while being surrounded by beautiful sights.”

9-15-2014 Leward (’87) Fluty “Proclamation Brass (co-founded by 1987 alumnus Leward Fluty), a brass ensemble focused on ministering to local churches and the southwest Michigan community, will be celebrating 10 years of ministry with a very special concert at 6:00 pm, Sunday, November 16, 2014, at Berean Baptist Church (7813 S 12th St, Portage, MI). The repertoire will consist mostly of sacred favorites with a few Christmas and possibly patriotic numbers as well. All are welcome. There is no admission charge, but a freewill offering will be taken.” http://proclamationbrass.org

7-3-2014 Andrea (Jochum, ’12) and Mark (’11) Zockoll “Mark will be entering his second year as the administrator of Faith Baptist School in Salisbury, MD. God has blessed and the school has regained stamina from a 80 Prek – 12th students to 100 during the 2013-2014 school year. Prayer is needed to see the goal of 120 reached for the 2014-2015 school year. We are excited to be bringing on Matthew George and Jennifer George (MBU alumni) as teachers for the 2014-2015 school year! Mark also finished his Master of Arts in English from Salisbury, University in the Spring of 2014.

Andrea began her Masters of Science in Nursing in 2013. As of July 1st she has completed 18 of the 48 required credits and has secured her first clinical site for the fall. Andrea has worked as a Registered Nurse at Peninsula Regional Medical Center since the summer of 2012. She will be starting Critical Care training to make herself even more invaluable in her position as a full time ‘float nurse’ as she already has accumulated many hours on various floors and is up to date on her telemetry training.”

6-5-2014 Katie (’10) Potter In the fall of 2014, Katie is heading to Cameroon, West Africa to spend her second school year teaching missionary kids. She will also be doing Bible studies with national women as well as ministering to national children.

4-2-2014 Eric (’92) Paine Eric was awarded his Masters Degree (US History) from American Public University in February.

3-19-2014 Rob (’02) Bogle Rob and his wife Kasee have accepted the call to pastor New Hope Baptist Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Rob has served at New Hope Baptist Church for 7 years as youth and worship pastor.

1-16-2014 Leward (’87) Fluty is playing the role of Teddy Brewster in a production of Arsenic and Old Lace at the Kalamazoo (Michigan) Civic Theatre, one of the largest community theatres in the United States. The production runs through Saturday, January 25, 2014. Further information is available at http://www.kazoocivic.com/arsenic-and-old-lace.

12-3-2013 From Pedrick Funeral Home: “Doris L. Secor, 86, of Keosauqua died at 11:01 A.M. Saturday Nov. 30, 2013 in the emergency room of Van Buren County Hospital, Keosauqua.  She was born Dec. 16, 1926 in Keosauqua to Arthur J. and Julia Warden Secor.  Doris graduated from Keosauqua High School and Iowa State University and took additional training at Biblical Theological Seminary, Hatfield, PA and Faith Baptist Bible College, Ankeny.  She taught at Maranatha Baptist Bible College, Watertown, WI and Van Buren Community Schools.  She also served as a Christian missionary in Brazil and many years in the Philippine Islands.
Upon returning to Keosauqua she became an active member of Zion Bible Church, Douds where she served as pianist and organist.  She was also active in Bentonsport Improvement Assn. which she served as long-time secretary and Van Buren County Historical Society through which she conducted tours of Pearson House, a Keosauqua landmark.  She was a member of Town and Country Garden Club and Van Buren County Retired School Personnel and volunteered at Good Samaritan Center, Keosauqua and Van Buren High School Music Department, played in Southeast Iowa Symphony as well as for many civic events and gave private violin and piano lessons.  Surviving are several cousins including Alan Secor of Santa Ana, CA, Esther Secor Wilson of Cedar Rapids and Nancy Warden Moore of Janesville, WI, other relatives and many close friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Kenneth Secor and two infant siblings.
Doris had donated her tissues to Iowa Donor Network and her body has been cremated.  Visitation will open at 3 P.M.  Thursday Dec. 5, 2013 at Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua with family present from 5-7 P.M. followed by a brief memorial service with Pastor Michael Mosier officiating.  The general memorial service will be at 10 A.M. Friday Dec. 6, 2013 at Zion Bible Church, Highway 16, Douds with Pastor Mosier in charge.  Burial of cremains will be in Purdom Cemetery, Keosauqua.  Memorials to Zion Bible Church, Purdom Cemetery or Bentonsport Improvement Assn. may be left at the funeral home or church or mailed to P.O. Box 264, Keosauqua, IA 52565.”

10-16-2013 Joel (’00) and Dawn (Shaffer, ’01) Gearhart Joel has accepted the position as Pastor of Student Ministries at Hampton Park Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. Joel, along with Dawn and their 3 sons, will be moving south sometime in November. Praise the Lord for His leading in their lives and this exciting new ministry! Please pray for them as they make the transition.

9-19-2013 Paul Scharf (’92) Paul writes, “Over the past year I helped prepare the new Life Design adult Bible study leader’s guide entitled, ‘Working Together in the Body of Christ: 1 Corinthians,’ for Regular Baptist Press. Previous studies that I co-authored are also available on Nehemiah, Daniel and 1 John. They are all listed in RBP’s new 2013–14 Church Ministry Resources Catalog.”
http://www.regularbaptistpress.org/?p=3724&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

8-21-2013 Brian Teets (’07) Brian writes, “In July of this year, God blessed me with a new job near Denver, Colorado. The newly created role that I stepped into about 5 weeks ago is that of Technical Analyst for the Customer Experience team at tw telecom based in Littleton. Praise the Lord for this opportunity! Please pray that I’ll get up to speed quickly and begin making valuable contributions to this organization.”

6-3-13 Pastor Tom Lemmons (’91) and his wife, Dawn, started Lighthouse Baptist Church in Missoula, Montana in April 1998. Lighthouse Baptist Church just celebrated their 15 year anniversary. Please pray that they would continue serving the Lord and going strong for the cause of Christ!

5-24-13 Joshua Steinbart (’08) Joshua received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine on May 18, 2013. May God bless him for his hard work and this great accomplishment!

5-23-13 Rebekah (Sahlstrom ’07) Longsine Rebekah writes, “On April 28, 2013, my husband, Jared Longsine, was installed as the Assistant Pastor at First Baptist
Church of Oak Creek, WI. We are excited to see how God will use our family to minister in this area.” Please pray for the Longsine family as they serve the Lord!

5-23-13 Phil Erk (’75) Phil Erk and his wife Nan, of Waukesha, WI, have written a series of historical novels called THE CHAIN OF WITNESSES under the pen name, The Old Heretic & His Wife. THE OVERCOMERS and THE INQUISITOR are now in the Maranatha library. When THE GREEK PRINTING PRESS is finished, the series will have followed a family of believers through the turbulent time from 1400 to 1500. They are available through Amazon and Xulon Press. In response to reading the books, Lois Oetken says, “I would definitely recommend it as an excellent way to understand the persecutions born-again Christians experienced in Europe.” May God bless Phil and Nan as they serve the Lord through this ministry!

12-15-12 Jennifer Basham (’95) Jennifer writes, “My husband Daniel Basham has just accepted the call to be senior pastor of  McAdam Independent Baptist Church in McAdam, New Brunswick, Canada. We have been serving in Stockbridge Georgia for 7 years where Dan has been the assistant pastor for youth and music. We are excited about God   leading us to this new ministry in rural New Brunswick.”

Please keep the Bashams in your prayers as they serve Christ in this new ministry.

8-31-12 Shari Lapinsky (’90)  Shari has just begun her fourth year of teaching 4th grade Language Arts and Social Studies at Dixie Elemetary School in New Lebanon, Ohio. She also recently completed her master’s degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy from Walden University. Keep Shari in your prayers as she begins her 23rd year of teaching.

8-28-12 Jonathan Cashner (’96) Jon was recently hired as the Senior Pastor of Lyons Baptist Church in Lyons, Michigan. His first official Sunday was August 26. Keep Jon in your prayers as he begins this new ministry.

7-23-2012 Leonard Saunders (’72) After 31 years as Sr. Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Flushing , MI, Dr. Leonard Saunders has retired. He is looking forward to preaching in churches for mission conferences, evangelistic meetings, interim pastoring, pulpit supply and whatever the Lord has for him to do. Please pray for him and his wife, Norma, as they begin their new adventure.

7-23-12 David Oestreich (’98) David Oestreich recently wrote a poem that appeared in the newest issue of Verse Wisconsin. The poems in it were drawn from the 2013 Wisconsin Poets Calendar. David Oestreich lives in Northwest Ohio with his wife and three children. His poems have appeared in both print and online venues including Ruminate, religiousaffections.org, Rock and Sling, and remonstrans.net. View David’s most recent poem here.

7-17-12 Ted Knapp (’78) Ted Knapp of Peachtree, GA recently authored a book entitled, “The Great Adventures of Sparky the Angel.” His book is written for middle school age students and teaches lessons of trust, love, courage, obedience, faith, and hope. The book is quickly becoming a best seller!

7-17-12 Leward Fluty (’87) Leward Fluty of Bloomingdale, MI was recently cast as Daddy Warbucks in the Paw Paw Village Player’s production of “Annie.” Information about tickets for the July 27-29 and August 3-4 performances can be found at http://www.ppvp.org.

3-27-12 Benjamin (’05) and Stephanie (Morris, ’05) Terpstra Ben and Stephanie now have three boys: Keegan (5), Bennett (3), and Cooper (almost 1). Ben has served as the assistant/youth pastor at Faith Baptist Church in La Crosse, WI, since 2005. He and Stephanie are starting their seventh year at Faith and are thankful for challenges, teaching, and growth God has taken them through and look forward to serving the Lord for many more years. Ben was ordained in 2009 and is now in seminary working on his MAT. Please pray for God’s provision for their needs during this time and for wisdom for Ben during his studies.

3-26-12 Randy Clark (’79) Randy has served part-time as pastor of Union Ridge Bible Baptist Church, Rogers, Ohio, for several years. He was installed as full-time pastor on March 4, 2012.

3-19-12 Dennis and Ellen (Roehl, ’84) Hierl Dennis and Ellen adopted seven year old Brooklyn Jiani from China on March 6, 2012. Read more of their story at www.dennis-ellen.blogspot.com.

2-29-12 Jonathan (’08) and Joanna (Ray, ’09) Potter Jonathan recently became an assistant pastor at Hampton Street Baptist Church in Auburn, Massachusetts. Hampton Street Baptist Church is a growing church plant and is looking to construct a building in the near future.

2-2-12 Shorty (’98) and Jennifer (Mortimer, ’99) Shank After 11 years of service on pastoral staff at Keystone Baptist Church God has directed our family into the ministry of evangelism. This has been a desire God had placed in our hearts while in college and a decision we have been praying over for the past few years. We are scheduling meetings and would be honored to serve in your church. We are available to serve in churches, schools, camps, and various other ministry opportunities are also welcomed. If you would know of any ministry where we could help we would greatly appreciate you passing our information on to them. If you would like to follow what God is doing in our lives visit our website (www.shankfamilyministries.com). There you will find information about our ministry as well as ways to connect with us via Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

2-2-12 Rose Fisher (’05) Rose is currently working as a teacher and serving in China at a Chinese private school. She is excited to see what the Father has planned for her next as He continues to open doors to minister in China.

1-31-12 James Leslie (’93) 

Dear Friends,

The Lord was so good to me during this past deployment.  God protected my Soldiers in so many ways that it would take too long to write in this short email.  I want to thank so many of you for your faithful prayers, notes and care packages.  Our battalion did not have a single Soldier killed in Afghanistan which is a wonderful blessing.

I did leave last month just a few weeks before I was scheduled to leave due to my older brother Stephen being in serious condition and not expected to live.  My Commander was incredible and helped me leave Afghanistan quickly.  I left on a Monday and on Tuesday I was at my brother’s bedside just a few hours before he passed.  He was heavily medicated, but I’m hoping he could sense my presence there.  Just after the doctor pronounced him dead, my brother Dave, his daughter Lisa and I sang a hymn that is very precious to the Leslies – How Great Thou Art. As we finished singing the hymn I saw a tear running down the side of Stephen’s face.  I hadn’t seen any tears before that.  It was an incredible feeling and the blessing is that I will see Stephen again in heaven one day.

During my tour in Afghanistan my FOB (Forward Operating Base) did have a truck suicide bomber try to get in with over 1,000 lbs of explosives.  Only by God’s grace we didn’t have any US Soldiers killed in that blast.  Most of us were thrown to the ground or thrown out of our beds from the blast.  Two Afghan guards died protecting us.

Having returned to Ft. Knox I have found out that I will be needing ACL replacement surgery next month on the 22nd of February.  I would greatly appreciate your prayers for that.  The family is doing well and we are enjoying time together again.  Please pray for our Soldiers as they reunite with family.  Pray that I will have even more opportunities to share Christ and help our military families.

In His Service,
Jim Leslie
Ft. Knox, KY

1-17-2012 Salina (Howe, ’09) Turnbull– Salina and her husband Zachary were married in September of 2010. They have moved from Colorado to Pennsylvania, and Salina is currently teaching kindergarten at a Christian school in Pennsylvania.