What do clay muscles, group workouts and pre-physical therapy classes have in common? They are all part of Grace College’s exercise science program, under the guidance of Program Director Christina Walters. Walters is taking the program to new heights, fueled by student interest and her passion for the profession. Two years ago, Walters transitioned from Grace’s head athletic trainer to its first full-time exercise science fac[...]
Access2018, the national conference of the Charis Fellowship (Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, Inc.) is headed back to Fremont, Ohio. Just as in 2017, Grace Community Church (Kevin Pinkerton, pastor) will host the conference. Dates for the 2018 event are July 24-26. “Attendance for Access2017 was 30 percent higher than Margins2016,” said Tom Avey, Charis Fellowship coordinator whose office plans the event. [...]
Randall Zerwas, the 13-year-old son of Charis Fellowship pastor, Dustin and Natalie Zerwas, died on December 12 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. His obituary appears below. Dustin is the youth pastor at Gulfview Grace Church in Port Richey, Fla. (Paul Poyner, pastor). Randall David Zerwas, 13, of Hudson, Fla., died December 12, 2017. A lifetime resident of the area, Randall was a member of Gulfview Grace Church and v[...]
Chaplain (1st Lieutenant) Cameron Michael, one of the newest Grace Brethren military chaplains, is writing as he transitions from serving as a Grace Brethren pastor to active duty chaplain. Cameron is a 2011 graduate of Grace College. Following his graduation from Grace Theological Seminary in 2014, he began leading the Pauling, Ohio, campus of Grace Community Church (Kevin Pinkerton, pastor). He currently is stationed at Fort[...]
The Grace Brethren High School Lancers are headed to the CIF Division 2-A state championship Saturday in Sacramento, Calif. For the seniors on the team, it has been a labor of love. A report in the Los Angeles Daily News tells the story, of which a portion appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Grace Brethren High School is a ministry of Grace Brethren Church, Simi Valley, Calif. (Jordan Bakker, pastor). Grace[...]
“If anyone would have known me back then, I was that guy people would say there is no way possible that I would become a Christian. That was me.” Adam Wright, who has attended the Grace Brethren Church in Canton, Ohio (Joe Cosentino, lead pastor), for almost a decade, leads Made For This Ministries, an evangelistic outreach that ministers at major public events. “It started off as a ministry to punk rock and metal kids,” he ex[...]
Ron Henry, who retired from Grace College in 2008 after 50 years as a faculty member and administrator, is being honored this week by Warsaw Community High School in Indiana for his service as a sports public address announcer at the Indiana high school and at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind. A story about the event is in yesterday’s Warsaw Times-Union. A portion of it appears below. Click here to read the complete story[...]
Here are some recent ministry moves in the last few months by pastors in the Charis Fellowship: Roy Halberg has announced his retirement effective the end of the year. He has been pastor at Grace Fellowship, Alta Loma, Calif. Jeff Martin has joined the staff of Grace Church, Delaware, Ohio, as Associate Pastor. At Grace Polaris Church, Westerville, Ohio, David Nicodemus has been named Pastor of Student Ministries, overseeing a[...]
Three members of the Grace College women’s soccer team have been honored as NCCAA All-Americans. Abby Schue concluded her remarkable career as a First Team All-American from the NCCAA and the United Soccer Coaches, and Hannah Tkacz and Allison Vroon both received NCCAA Second Team All-American status. Schue graduates as the best goalkeeper in school history. She recorded seven shutouts and a career-high 112 saves this s[...]
The Grace Brethren High School Lancers to a 24-8 victory over Aquinas High School on Saturday night, giving them the CIF Division 2-A Regional championship. They will face on St. Francis (Mountain View) at Noon, Dec. 16 at Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium. A portion of a report from the Los Angles Daily News appears below. Click here for the complete story. There is also photo report from newsrains.com here. Grace Brethren Hi[...]
Michael “Mick” J Rockafellow, 72, of Charlotte, Mich., went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, December 8, 2017. Mick was born on August 29, 1945, in Battle Creek, Mich., the son of JC and Wilma E. (Henney) Rockafellow. Mick served his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as pastor in Grace Brethren churches for more than 40 years in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, and Michigan. He retired from full-time mi[...]
Dr. Richard Eugene Jeffreys of Warsaw, Ind., died at 5:12 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne, Indiana at the age of 75. He was born on July 2, 1942 in Uniontown, Pa., to Robert Earl Jeffreys and Mary Jane (Cooley) Jeffreys. On August 28, 1965 he was married in Morgantown, W. Va., to Kathy J. (Becilla) Jeffreys, who survives. He had a love of learning and earned his Bachelors degree, his Mast[...]
Phyllis S. Stauffer of Grace Village Retirement Community in Winona Lake, Ind., went home to be with the Lord at 5:55 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at Grace Village Health Care at the age of 83. She was born on May 9, 1934, in Elizabethtown, Pa., to Maris Gainer and Ora (Stauffer) Gainer. She was married on December 28, 1952, to Glenn H. Stauffer. They shared 56 years of marriage together before he passed away on Novemb[...]
This week, 1st Source Bank partnered with the Crossroads League at a pair of Grace College basketball games. 1st Source Bank presented “Crossroads League Night” on Tuesday and Wednesday for the men’s and women’s games between Grace and Huntington University at Grace’s Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center in Winona Lake, Ind. Doug Baumgardner, president of 1st Source Bank, Warsaw, Ind., made a presentation of $2,500 to the Crossr[...]
The football Lancers at Grace Brethren High School in Simi Valley, Calif., are headed to the CIF State Division 2-A regional finals at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Moorpark College. Here’s a report on their win at sectionals last weekend. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. (Grace Brethren High School is a ministry of Grace Brethren Church, Simi Valley, Calif., Jordan Bakker, pastor.) [...]
The Grace Brethren High School football team is headed for the SoCal Regional Division 2A tourney this weekend. The Ventura County Star has a preliminary story on the game today. A portion of it appears below. Click here to read the complete story. Grace Brethren High School is a ministry of Grace Brethren Church, Simi Valley, Calif. (Jordan Bakker, pastor). Oaks Christian, Grace Brethren excited for extended seasons After 14 [...]
In a desire to help people in crisis know that they are not alone in their trauma, Encompass Crisis Response, led by Barb Wooler, is training a corps of 20-30 trauma care workers. For that reason, a three-day trauma care workshop is planned in mid-January. The trainers, Larry and Cami Robbins, have deep personal experience in trauma care and have trained thousands in trauma care in both Africa and North America. Their Bible/Tr[...]
Summer camp: a week filled with competition, games, and campfires. Right? Camp Conquest, a Grace Brethren retreat center in Denver, Pa., is a little different. During the summer, the camp serves 100-120 kids a week, ranging from age seven through high school. During these weeks, campers get to experience all of the classic camp activities that make a week in the woods unforgettable: sleeping in cabins, sitting around campfires[...]
The choir at the Grace Brethren Church, Goldendale, Wash. (Greg Howell, pastor), is among the groups performing in an annual community Christmas concert next week. An announcement in the Goldendale Sentinel gives the details. A portion of it appears below. Click here for the complete article. Annual community Christmas concert coming Get into the holiday season with the annual Community Christmas Concert Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at G[...]
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