Beau Stanley, Jonathan Wiley, and Gary Webb have been ordained into the ministry at the Grace Brethren Church, Columbus, Ohio.
In the North Central Ohio District of Grace Brethren Churches, Rick Dale and Mark Abel were both unanimously recommended back to their churches for the next steps in their credentialing process. Rick was examined for licensure and Mark for ordination. Dale is an associate at the Lexington, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church (Jason Carmean, pastor) and Abel is pastor at Southview Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio.
CE National has announced their annual awards:
- Youth Leaders of the Year Award: Jim and Laura Umpleby, Grace Brethren Church in Osceola, Ind.
- Church of the Year: Grace Church of Greater Akron, Bath Campus, Pastor Jeff Bogue
- Wall of Honor: Mike and Margie Brubaker, Grace Community Church, Frederick, Md.
- Children’s Ministry Award: Grace Community Church, Goshen, Ind., Pastor Jon Rauch
- Mercy Ministry: Dan and Gay O’Deens, Gateway Grace Community Church, Parkesburg, Pa.
- Men’s Ministry: Grace Community Church, Goshen, Ind., Pastor Jim Brown
- Servanthood Award: Sharon Feather, Mukilteo, Wash.; David and Del Rae Rice, Lititz, Pa.
- Senior Medal of Ministry: Harry and Jane Gearheart, Community Grace Brethren Church, Everett, Pa.
- Teamwork Award: The Knepper Family, York, Pa.
- Turn Around Church of the Year: Grace Community Church, Auburn, Calif., Pastor Phil Sparling
- Faithfulness Award: Barry Deetscreek, Pike Grace Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa.; Charles Ashman, Grace Brethren Church, Winona Lake, Ind.; Vickie Darrough, Grace Church, Powell, Ohio; Larry Leonhardt, First Christian Church, Kendallville, Ind.; Marian Robison, Grace Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio; Paul Horst, New Beginnings Grace Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa.; John Waite, Grace Brethren Church, Martinsburg, Pa.; Bob and Peggy Richards, Grace Brethren Church, Pinellas Park, Fl.; Al and Janelle Swalley, Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, Worthington, Ohio; Dave and Carol Johnson, Grace Brethren Church, Toppenish, Wash.
- 2010 Operation Barnabas Faithfulness Award: Samantha Fisher, Community Grace, Warsaw, Ind.; Rebekah Kurtaneck, Community Grace, Warsaw, Ind.; Leah Lazer, Community Grace, Everett, Pa.; Brittany Lees, Grace Church, Ebensburg, Pa.; Crystal Lopez, Mt. Prospect Bible Church, Mt. Prospect, Ill.; Emily Miller, Ephrata Grace Brethren, Ephrata, Pa.; Zachary Pappas, Biblische Missionsgemeinde, Aalen, Germany.
Grace Church of Greater Akron (Ohio), a Grace Brethren congregation on the northwest side of the city, has been named to Outreach Magazine’s top 100 largest and fastest growing churches in North America list. Jeff Bogue is the senior pastor, with Dan Gregory leading the Norton, Ohio, campus.
Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., has again been named one of the “Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest” according to U.S. News and World Report. Grace ranked 39th out of the schools listed.
On the Move
At Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., the following individuals have joined the faculty: Kris Farwell, Ph.D., assistant professor of Mathematics; Jeff Fawcett, D.B.A., dean, School of Business; professor of Marketing; Alan Grossnickle, M.B.A., director, William P. Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development and assistant professor of Business; Rachael Hoffert, M.Ed., assistant professor of Education; Chris Hull, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC, assistant professor of Graduate Counseling and Interpersonal Relations, School of Behavioral Science; and Rebekah Watson, Ph.D., assistant professor of Communication.
Kelvin Cooke has joined the staff of the Marysville, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church.
Larry Edwards is the new pastor of the West Kittanning (Pa.) Grace Brethren Church.
Chris Hay, director of Zarephath Ministries and former Grace Brethren pastor, has been named director of church relations at Eternity Bible College in Simi Valley, Calif. He also will continue to lead Zarephath Ministries.
Rick Horner, who has served the past fi ve years on the staff of the Martinsburg, Pa., Grace Brethren Church, is the new pastor of the Conemaugh, Pa., Grace Brethren Church.
Danny Horton has been named director of Children’s Ministries at the Martinsburg, Pa., Grace Brethren Church.
Mickey Kaufman has joined Grace Brethren International Ministries as director of stewardship ministries.
Bailey Weathers has been named director of athletics at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind.
Ronald Allen Guiles, 75, Warsaw, Ind., died September 17, 2011. He pastored Grace Brethren congregations in Bethlehem, Pa., Fort Worth, Tex., and Maitland, Fla.
Tony Teodoro Luna, 81, of Taos, N.M., died July 25, 2011. He was a licensed Grace Brethren minister and a member of
the Grace Brethren Church in Taos.