Fifteen Years Ago – 1993
– The January Brethren Missionary Herald reported on a November 1992 meeting of missions representatives from 17 districts of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. Called Coalition Task Force II, the meeting was sponsored by Grace Brethren North American Missions and led by Larry Chamberlain, Bill Snell, and Dave Marksbury.
– The appointment of Jeff Carroll as the new publisher and general manager of the Brethren Missionary Herald Company was announced. Jeff will succeeds Charles Turner, who is scheduled to retire on July 1.
Twenty Years Ago – 1988
– Six Northern Atlantic churches participated in a service last fall at the Telford, Pa., Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church: Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren Church, Bethlehem; Philadelphia First Brethren and Third Brethren churches; Tri-County Grace Brethren Church; and Penn Valley. Ed Lewis brought the challenge.
– Pastor Roy Glass resigned at Troy, Ohio, to become associate pastor at the Huber Heights Grace Brethren Church in Dayton, Ohio. Roy Glass III became pastor at Troy, after having served as youth pastor for three years.
Twenty-five Years Ago – 1983
– Robert MacMillan was approved for ordination by the Southern California-Arizona district examining board.
– Kent Good was ordained at the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Grace Brethren Church.
Thirty Years Ago – 1978
– The Brethren Encyclopedia board was established to publish a three-volume encyclopedia of the Brethren Church.
– Mike Volovski became the pastor of the Altoona (Pa.) First Brethren Church.
– The Hagerstown (Md.) Grace Brethren Church ordained to the ministry its youth pastor, Jeff Dunkle.
– Bernie Simmons, pastor of the Sterling (Ohio) Grace Brethren Church was honored by the community with the “Special Person’s Award.”
Thirty-five Years Ago – 1973
– Earl “Buck” Summers was ordained at the Waynesboro (Pa.) Grace Brethren Church. He was the director of youth ministries for the Christian Education Department of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches.
– Three pastors were given trips to the Holy Land or cash for such a trip by their congregations: Charles Ashman, Winona Lake (Ind.) Grace Brethren Church; G. Forrest Jackson, Dayton (Ohio) First Brethren Church; and Warren Tamkin, Elizabethtown (Pa.) Grace Brethren Church.
– The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Grace Brethren Church achieved self-support status. William Tweeddale was the pastor.
– Plans were announced for the construction of the first phase of Grace Village retirement complex in Winona Lake, Ind., to consist of 28 units.
Forty Years Ago – 1968
– Ed Lewis was among six students listed in “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities” at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind. for the 1967-68 school year.
– Ed Jackson was named “Man of the Year” at the Northern Ohio District Father-Son Banquet at which a “tool shower” was given to George Peters, missionary to the Central African Republic.
– The Long Beach (Calif.) Grace Brethren Church moved into its new facilities on January 21.
Forty-five Years Ago – 1963
– Russ Ogden accepted an invitation to be come president of the Akron Bible Institute in Ohio.
– Charles Thornton became the pastor of the First Brethren Church of Buena Vista, Va.
– The Grace Brethren Church of San Diego (Calif.) became self-supporting at the beginning of the year.
– Roger Peugh, Grace College student, was part of a ministry team to Germany that reported about their work to his home church in Harrah, Wash.
– Wendell Kent was installed as pastor of the Washington Heights Brethren Church in Roanoke, Va.
– Jim Custer, Grace Seminary senior, was called to pastor the Dallas Center (Iowa) Grace Brethren Church.
– The Patterson Memorial Grace Brethren Church (Roanoke, Va.) dedicated its new sanctuary on December 2.
– Alva Conner became the pastor at the Galion (Ohio) Grace Brethren Church.
– John Schumacher, a Grace Seminary senior who hoped for a ministry in the military chaplaincy, was ordained to the ministry at the Osceola (Ind.) Grace Brethren Church.
Fifty Years Ago – 1958
– R. Wayne Snider was ordained to the ministry in the Martinsburg (Pa) Grace Brethren Church.
– Ralph Hall became the new pastor at Meyersdale (Pa.) Brethren Church on December 22.
– Mason Cooper accepted the call to pastor the Covington (Va.) Grace Brethren Church.
Sixty Years Ago – 1948
– The Winchester (Va.) First Brethren Church achieved self-supporting status January 1.
– The Fairlawn Brethren Church, Radford, Va., used their new building for the first time on February 1.