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Maranatha Alumni serve and lead all around the world. It is important for us to stay connected, pray and share the blessings of God with each other.

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Alumni Events

Alumni Weekend

August 25-26, 2023

Alumni Weekend is a great time to meet up with old friends and classmates. Plan to join us for fun and fellowship with your fellow alumni!

What’s new with your Classmates?

Births/Adoptions

Click here to view photos that alumni have submitted of their newborns. We enjoy hearing what is going on with alumni. You can submit an update at the bottom of the page anytime.

1/11/23Daniel and Destiny (Benson '15) Wallen, a daughter: Aria Jayde
10/3/22Ethan ('17) and Katelyn Larson (Wine '17), a daughter: Orianna Christine
10/2/22Justin and Ruth (Steinbart '10) Swanson, a daughter: Helen Mary
9/7/22Caleb and Rebekah (England) Wagner, a son
9/3/22Roy and Laura (Stevens '14, '19) Jano, a son: Kainoa
9/2/22Micah ('17) and Rylie (Fisher) Burdett, a daughter: Presley Jayne
8/25/22Ian and Christina (Schuler) Fennell, a son: Emmett Liam
Deaths

February 23, 2022 – James “Jim” Edward Moody, 58, of Spring Hill, Florida passed away on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. Born in Ohio, Jim graduated from Maranatha Baptist Academy and received his BA from Maranatha Baptist Bible College.

In April of 2002, Jim married the love of his life, Tina-Marie Moody whom he loved to infinity.Jim proudly served on the Tampa Police Department for over 32 years. During his tenure, Master Patrol Officer James Moody worked Patrol, Traffic Unit, DUI Unit and spent 10 years with the Motor Unit. While with TPD, he obtained several commendations to include a Top Ranking in the Law Enforcement Olympics for the State of Florida where he placed in the Top 5. Jim was proud member of the NRA and EAA for many years.

Jim was an avid duck hunter, deer hunter and fisherman (bass fishing was his favorite). He enjoyed boating, scalloping and just being on the water. Jim was a pilot and had a passion for flying planes, helicopters and Ultralights. He even surprised Tina-Marie with a plane ride on their first date to a beautiful restaurant in Lakeland. Jim is survived by his wife, Tina-Marie; parents, John and Vicki Moody; children, Sarisa Guerra (Gabe), Alexis Norman, James Warren Moody, Carisa Allen (Kurt), Leah Moody, Emily McCoy (Nick); siblings, Krisan Elkins (Jim), Daniel Moody (Cynthia); grandchildren, Victoria, Gabriel, Savannah, Bentley, Royce, Kylan; bonus daughters, Tereza Martin, Sally Crisp, many nieces and nephews and wonderful friends.

A gathering of family and friends for Jim will be held Monday, February 28, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Blount & Curry FH-Carrollwood, 3207 W Bearss Ave, Tampa, FL 33618. A celebration of life service will occur Tuesday, March 1, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Hillsdale Baptist Church, 6201 Ehrlich Road, Tampa, FL 33625. For those of you that are unable to attend in person, Hillsdale Baptist Church will broadcast the service live on their webpage for you to join in to watch Jim’s Celebration of Life Service.

February 15, 2022 – Pastor Ronald John “Mathias” Tobin, aged 70, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 15, 2022. He was born on February 21, 1951, at Michael Reese Hospital, growing up on the South side of Chicago. He met his future bride, Patricia Joy Dalton in UW-Whitewater, where together they attended an illusion show evangelic presentation on campus. On that day, October 27, 1970, they got saved, and later joined Calvary Baptist Church in Jefferson, WI, where they grew in their faith, and where Ron was called to preach.

Ron began his Biblical training at Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown. He continued his higher education obtaining his Masters of Theology from Bethany University of Dothan, AL and PhD of Ministry from Louisiana Baptist University in 2005. Pastor Tobin began his ministry in an inner-city mission work in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. They were there for three years. He became a fulltime pastor at Berean Baptist Church in Tomahawk, WI in the Summer of 1981, building the church work for seven years until God called him on June 12, 1988 to Tomah Baptist Church where he pastored for the last 34 years. As the church grew, Pastor Tobin helped relocate the church from Council Street to Hollister Ave., breaking ground in 1991. Throughout the years, he labored tirelessly, and poured his heart and soul into his congregation.

Pastor Tobin had a passion for fishing for fish as well as for souls, and he placed a great emphasis on discipleship. His book, Everyone A Ministry, speaks his mission that all the members of the church should discover how to use their own gifts and talents to develop their ministry for the Lord and share the Gospel. To support his vision, he founded Tomah Baptist Academy (PreK-12th grade) and the Masters Institute, where college level Bible courses were taught.

Ron Tobin was a prolific writer of poetry, stories, several published ministry-related books and booklets. His romantic spirit shone through his passionate love for his beloved wife, Pat of fifty years, and he remained a fiercely devoted family man, keeping his family a priority no matter how busy his work became. He raised his children to serve the Lord with all their heart. He was a doting grandfather who entertained his grandchildren with exciting missionary stories, which he made up on the spot.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his children: Heather (Colden) Hershey, and Jennifer (Les) Hill; daughter-in-law; brother-in-law; sister-in-law; grandchildren; nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his son, Jaeson.

Funeral services will be held this Saturday, February 19, 2022, 10:30 a.m. at Tomah Baptist Church, 1701 Hollister Avenue, Tomah. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery following the service. Viewing will be 4 -8:00 p.m. on Friday and from 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

January 24, 2022 – Monty and Frances Louise (Sincock) Budahl, 82 & 86, of Watertown, passed away on Monday, January 24, 2022 at the Watertown Regional Medical Center.

Monty was born on October 29, 1939 in Erskine, MN, the son of Ernest and Verdie (Tice) Budahl. He was a 1957 graduate of Erskine High School. He attended the University of North Dakota, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and the University of Minnesota where he earned his Master’s Degree in Music Education, later he received an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Bob Jones University. He then worked as a music teacher in Minnesota at Pillager High School for 2 years and St. Paul Park for 5 years before working at Maranatha Baptist University in Wisconsin for 46 years until retirement. He was a long time active member of Calvary Baptist Church. In his free time he enjoyed gardening and listening to music.

Louise was born on May 16, 1935 in Lafayette County, WI, daughter of Samuel Sincock and Agnes A. (Jewell) Sincock. She graduated from Shullsburg High School in WI in 1952. She was a legal secretary, bank teller, and bookkeeper in Shullsburg, WI and Platteville, WI. She attended Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, Owatonna, MN, receiving a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Missions. In 1968, at the founding of Maranatha Baptist Bible College, Watertown, WI, she became Dr. Cedarholm’s and Mrs. Cedarholm’s secretary and then Library secretary until her retirement in 2008. She became a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown, WI in 1968. She served as Church Clerk and sang in the choir and participated in special music.

Monty and Louise Budahl were married in 1970 at Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown, WI. They were blessed with the birth of Seth Samuel and Hope Louise.Monty and Louise are survived by their son, Seth Budahl, daughter, Hope (Jonathan) Robertson, and seven grandchildren, Mary Louise, Samuel Lee, Rachel Hope, Joel Jacob, Paul Jonathan, Sarah Anne, and Benjamin Seth Robertson. They are also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.Monty and Louise were preceded in death by their parents, and Louise’s sister Mary Sincock, and brothers, Stuart Sincock and Edward Sincock.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00pm on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Robert J. Loggans presiding. Visitation will be held at Calvary Baptist Church on Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 5:00-7:00pm and also from 4:00pm until the time of service on Saturday. Burial will take place at a later date. Services will be livestreamed at www.cbcs.org.

Marriages

Click here to view photos alumni have submitted of their wedding. We enjoy hearing what is going on with alumni. You can submit an update at the bottom of the page anytime.

1/13/23Emaley Fuller married Micah Gillespie ('19)
1/7/23Sarah Rogers ('23) married Alexander Rodriguez
12/31/22Abigail Banks ('22) married Jaren Fair
12/21/22Kara Wilson married Nathaniel Croswell ('21)
9/30/22Lyndsay Van Dixhoorn married Malachi Minks ('22)
8/20/22 Emily Kindstedt ('21) married Micah Herbster ('22)
8/20/22Rebekah Shetter married Jeremy Zobel ('20)
8/13/22Hannah Evans ('22) married Noah Kilps ('22)
8/5/22Clara Bruck married Peter Huizinga ('19)
News/Prayer Requests

We enjoy hearing what is going on with alumni. You can submit an update at the bottom of the page anytime.

 

Births & Adoptions 2022

Weddings 2022

What’s new with YOU?

Your college friends and your Maranatha Alumni Association want to keep up-to-date with the events of your life! Please fill out the Alumni Update Form below to share news of births and adoptions, deaths, weddings, moves to new ministries and careers, professional and ministry accomplishments, and awards. You can also share requests to allow the entire Maranatha family to uphold you in prayer.

To contact the Alumni Office you can email them or call 920-206-2371.

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