Word has been received of the death of Dr. Pierre Yougouda, who served as president of the union of Grace Brethren churches in the Central African Republic until his recent retirement from that position. He died on July 27, 2017. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 5, 2017, at the Castors church. He will be buried near Janet Varner at the James Gribble Center. Below is a portion of a tribute from Dr. David Guiles[...]
“Blame my dad.” That was my answer when a friend, somewhat annoyed, said, “Do you have to spiritualize everything?” To my dad, everything was an illustration of a spiritual reality. He took his cue from Jesus, turning anything in life into a teachable moment. Even when I was too young to fully understand it, he would point out a butterfly and tell me about how its time in a cocoon transformed it. Packing our barrels for the mi[...]
John Schumacher was overseeing a group of wild teenagers at summer camp in the San Bernardino Mountains outside of Los Angeles, Calif. when he first felt led to become an Army chaplain. At the time, he was assistant principal at a Christian school in Whittier, Calif., as well as youth pastor and music pastor at the Community Grace Brethren Church (Richard Todd, current pastor). “As I looked down the road to think, ‘Where am I [...]
Retired Grace Brethren Army chaplain (Col.) John Schumacher was honored last week during the national conference of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches (FGBC) for his years of service as the chaplain endorsing agent for the FGBC. At the reception that followed the evening session on Wednesday, this video interview was shown. The initial part of the video was from a slide-tape presentation done in the 1980s which introduc[...]
Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass will perform at the fifth of seven concerts in the Grace College and Village at Winona Festival of Music. The family-friendly concert will take place on Tuesday, August 8, at 8 p.m., in the Winona Heritage Room, 901 Park Ave, Winona Lake, Ind. Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, will be available at the door. “The King’s Brass is a truly unique, spirited team of performer[...]
For the first time in Grace College history, every Lancer team received recognition from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for academic success. Every varsity team on campus was named to the prestigious NAIA Scholar-Teams’ list. Grace had the 12th-most Scholar-Teams for the 2016-17 academic year, breaking the school’s record set a year ago. To be included on the list, an athletic program must record[...]
The Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio (Dan Allan, pastor) is helping with a ministry to area foster and adoptive families this weekend. Magician Mike Cantanzarito, a staff pastor at Ashland Grace, is among those assisting. Below is a portion of a report from the Ashland Times-Gazette. Click here to read the complete article. Foster families invited to getaway festival Sunday It can be tough raising foster and adoptive kids,[...]
Access2017, the national conference for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, is in the history books. More than 500 people attended the three-day event, which was held at Grace Community Church, Fremont, Ohio (Kevin Pinkerton, pastor). The conference featured cohorts where individuals could explore, ask questions, and be inspired by others working in a similar area, such as children’s ministries, leadership develop[...]
The First Grace Brethren Church, Grafton, W.Va. (Mike Willis, pastor) is mentioned in an article this week in the Grafton Mountain-Stateman. The story details how several churches in the city are working together to provide food for the needy. A portion of the story appears below. Click here for the complete article. “Working together to do what we could not on our own” GRAFTON—One local church’s food bank has grown leaps and [...]
Each year CE National honors faithful servants for the cause of Christ. Josh and Margaret Harig have been presented a CE National Faithfulness Award. Josh and Margaret have been involved in the church’s AWANA program as directors of the Cubbies group. Josh heads up the sound team and is involved in the building and maintenance crew. Margaret is also involved with the children’s church ministry as well as the choir. They also s[...]
The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) announced an agreement Thursday with Grace College to host the Track and Field National Championships in 2018 and 2019. The championships will be held on Grace College’s campus at the sparkling new Bernard and Linnie Key Track and Field Complex. Grace is experienced hosting NCCAA National Championships, having served as host for the Division I women’s basketball tourn[...]
CE National has presented its Youth Pastor of the Year award to Todd Shoemaker, the pastor of student ministries at Grace Church Bath Campus in Akron, Ohio (Jeff Bogue, senior pastor). During this past year under Todd’s leadership, there was an increase in small group attendance of more than 25 percent. Todd has assembled a great team of volunteers who invest weekly into hundreds of students. Over this past year, more than 50[...]
I can honestly say, “I love our church.” I don’t mean the building. (It kinda’ smells because it’s old and it is a preschool during the week.) I’m also not referring to the service on Sundays. I love the worship, testimonies, and ordinances we partake in there, but the church is not a place or an event. It is us. Now I’m not wearing rose-colored glasses. Other Christians have hurt me deeply, but other times they have held me u[...]
“Our identity is tied to the King of the Universe, who took our sin and forgave us, and gave us the righteousness of Christ,” Scott Feather reminded the audience at Access2017, the national conference of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches (FGBC) on Thursday evening. Feather is the senior pastor at Gateway Grace Church in Parkersburg, Pa. Speaking transparently about identity during the last session of the co[...]
Grace College is identified as the fourth most-affordable online Master’s in Counseling degree program nationwide in Grad School Hub’s recent ranking. Grad School Hub considered accreditation, tuition, other rankings and recognitions to formulate its list. Grace College’s program stood out from the other 50 institutions considered due to its quality and affordability. “We’re honored by Grad School Hub’s acknowledgement,” said [...]
The Access2017 audience was encouraged by several the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Church speakers last evening as a full day drew to an end. Keith Minier, lead pastor of Grace Fellowship in Columbus, Ohio, welcomed representatives from new churches recommended for addition to the fellowship. Among them were representatives from Main Street Church Chelsea, Mich.; Layland Church, Layland Ohio; Lexington Fox Hollow in Greenwich,[...]
The small town of Mabton, Wash., has the highest percentage of poverty in Yakima county – at 19 percent. When Amber Powell, stay-at-home mom and member of Mabton Grace Brethren Church (Adam Copenhaver, pastor), and her husband decided to get involved in ministry, they originally envisioned a small farm where they shared their produce with the community. But God had different plans. “We’re, I guess you could say, kind of [...]
The Association of Grace Brethren Ministers honored three of its own on Wednesday morning as their annual “Pastors and Wives” breakfast kicked off Day Two at Access2017, the national conference of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. The conference is being held through Thursday at Grace Community Church, Fremont, Ohio (Kevin Pinkerton, pastor). Randy Smith, Bible teacher, tour leader, and pastor of the Grace[...]
The importance of the relationships found in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches (FGBC) has been repeated over and over this week at Access 2017, the national conference of the FGBC which is being held at Grace Community Church, Fremont, Ohio (Kevin Pinkerton, pastor). The conference began Tuesday morning with the GraceConnect breakfast and corporation meeting and continues through Thursday, July 15. More than 500 people[...]
This fall, Grace College and Seminary will commence an Associate of Science degree in Ministry Leadership in coordination with Christian University GlobalNet (CUGN) from Our Daily Bread Ministries. This brand-new, one-of-a-kind program will blend relevant CUGN certificate courses with applied learning through Grace College. All course content is available online and requires no traditional text books or classroom time. Student[...]
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