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6-11-2016 Bethany ( Staller, ’13) Miley Bethany is a 6th grade teacher at Mentor Christian School in Mentor, Ohio. She was recognized by the VFW as Ohio’s Middle School Teacher of the Year.

5-14-2016 Daniel (’09) Backhaus Daniel Lawrence Backhaus completed a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on May 14th.

3-11-2016 Mrs. Dorothy Burckart One of the founding faculty members of Maranatha, Mrs. Dorothy Burckart will be celebrating her 90th birthday on March 29th.  Her godly example and encouragement have been a blessing to many through the years. We were able to surprise her with a shower of cards, as we expressed our appreciation for her and to her.

12-26-2015 Timothy (’91) Blank Tim recently retired from the USAF after 20 years of service. He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree.

11-2-2015 Rich (’15) Wilson Rich Wilson was called in September 2015 as Pastor of Victory Baptist Church in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Victory Baptist Church will celebrate 30 years of ministering in Oshkosh in December of this year.

7-9-2015 Judith (Laughlin, ’81) Gibson “My husband (since 1981) Gregory Gibson has a new music position at Legacy Bible Church, a newly established church in Fishers, IN. From its inception in March 2015 to the present, the attendance has averaged about 150. Already an orchestra has been established which averages about 30 members each week and in the fall a choir will be established. We praise God for His faithfulness for new members and visitors each week. I am still teaching part time at Anderson University in its School of Education.”

6-10-2015 Matthew (’11) Olmstead Matt became the pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Marysville, Ohio in June, 2015.

6-8-2015 Pam (Hinton, ’83) Horneck “I am finishing my 2nd year as principal of NorthStar Academy, an online international Christian school. Many of our customers are missionaries, some in remote areas of the world. We work with homeschoolers and Christian schools. I taught at the school for 6 years before becoming principal. My husband, Noel, is in charge of the school’s I.T. department.”

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.”

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