With the Lord
Dr. Robert L. Boze, 79, a well-known retired physician from Berne, Indiana, died Monday afternoon, October 17, at 5:25 p.m. while hunting with a bow and arrow near his home.. Dr. Boze was active in leadership roles at Bethel Brethren Church in Berne, taught Sunday School there for 45 years, and was on the board of trustees of Grace College in Indiana for 14 years. He and his wife spent a year in the Central African Republic as medical missionaries. He received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award from Indiana Gov. Frank O’Bannon, and during World War II, he was a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Survivors include his wife, Phoebe, two sons, Jeffrey Boze of Berne and Michael Boze of Winona Lake, Indiana; a sister, Lucille Hunt of Uniontown, Pennsylvania; and five grandchildren. A son and three sisters are deceased.
Dennis R. Brown, 55, Associate/Administrative Pastor of the Grace Brethren Church of Sebring, Florida, died Nov. 5, 2005, in Sebring of a heart attack. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he had been at the Sebring church since 2003. He previously served several Christian schools, including Grace College, and pastored churches in California and Maryland.
Survivors include his wife, Christine; sons, Jason and Jacob, both of Lake Placid, Florida; Andrew of Los Angeles and Robby, Jesse, Micah and Ryan, all of Sebring; daughters, Crystina and Corissa, both of Warsaw, Ind., Rebecca, Amy, Katie, Emily and Laurie, all of Sebring; mother, Donna of Des Moines, Iowa; father, Cleo of Newton, Iowa; brothers, Randy of Osceola, Iowa and Rusty of Elkhart, Ind.; and two grandchildren. A memorial service was held at the Sebring church, with the Rev. Randall Smith and the Rev. Milton Ryerson, Brown’s father-in-law, officiating.
Edward Douglas Miller, 82, of Modesto, California, died December 9 in Modesto. A native of Cleveland, Eddie and his wife Eileen had lived in Modesto since 2000 after retiring from active service with Grace Brethren International Missions (GBIM). Eddie was a missionary with GBIM for 50 years, and was a member of La Loma Grace Brethren Church in Modesto and also attended Big Valley Community Church. He served with Teen Missions, a boot camp for teens in Brazil that prepares teens to go into the mission field, and worked with the Heifer Project in Brazil.
He is survived by his wife, Eileen G. Miller of Modesto; children, Carol Howard of Modesto, Jeanette Mason of North Carolina, Edward D. Miller II of Tennessee and Stanley C. Miller of Minnesota; sisters, Phyllis Milbrodt and Jean Jackson, both of Ohio, and Suzann Riley of New Mexico; and 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister.
Terrance T. Taylor, 64, passed away Monday morning, December 12 in North Canton, Ohio, following a brief illness. Born in Altoona, Pa. on May 30, 1941 he was a 1959 graduate of Altoona High School, received his B.S. in 1963 from the Philadelphia Biblical University, his Masters of Divinity in 1966 from Grace Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministries in 1987 from Trinity Theological Seminary.
Dr. Taylor served as pastor for 39 years, serving the Grace Brethren Church of Lexington, OH; Grace Brethren Church of Manheim, PA; Grace Brethren Church of Hope, NJ; Grace Brethren Church of Pompano Beach, FL. In 2004 he retired from the Canton (OH) Grace Brethren Church after 25 years of faithful service.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Elaine, three sons and daughters-in-law, Philip and Lisa Taylor of Hartville, OH; Stephen and Abby Taylor of Liberty Twp., OH; Michael and Angela Taylor of Gahanna, OH. Seven grandchildren, Megan, David, Ryan, Daniel, Chase, Sarah, and Allison; his sister Vicki Parks of Frederick, MD. There are several nieces and nephews.
Tim Hodge was ordained by the New Holland, Pennsylvania, Grace Brethren Church on Sunday, November 20, 2005.
Josh Holt has accepted the unanimous call to become the Associate Pastor of Grace Brethren Church in Richmond, Virginia (Dave Kennedy, pastor). Josh and his family will be relocating to Richmond in January 2006.
Chris Hay, pastor of the Leesburg, Indiana, Grace Brethren Church recently announced his resignation from the church to serve more in the role of pastor to pastors. For the immediate future, he will be working in the New Orleans area.
Dale Harris concluded his ministry in late November at the Living Water Community Church in Greencastle, Pennsylvania.
Dan Travis began his ministry as pastor of the Palmyra, Pennsylvania, Grace Brethren Church in early December, 2005.
Lititz School Receives Accreditation
Mike Rohrer, administrator of the Lititz (PA) Christian School, was recently presented with a plaque showing that the school is now officially accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Scott Distler is pastor of the Lititz church.
Fort Wayne Grace Celebrates 50 Years
The Grace Brethren Church of Fort Wayne Indiana, pastored by Bob Arenobine, celebrated its 50th year of ministry to the northeast side of Fort Wayne on Sunday, October 23, 2005. Rev. Tom Julien, first pastor of the church, gave the morning message and activities of the day included a carry-in meal, an afternoon concert with former members Pastor Tim and Jill Placeway and a ventriloquist act by Pastor Davy Troxel. Approximately 200 people attended the day’s activities, with three former pastors and several charter members present.
WCI Website Given Facelift
Women of Charis International is a global prayer network that uses, among other vehicles, a website to mobilize Grace Brethren people to pray, primarily for missionaries and mission efforts.
Early this past month, WCI introduced a “new and improved” website. Every other Wednesday the site is updated with news and prayer requests, a photo page, Thought for the Week, and a blog page that places the viewer within a click of a number of missionary web blogs and websites. Check it out at www.womenofcharis.net.