Glimpses of the past from the pages of The Brethren Missionary Herald magazine.
Twenty Years Ago – 1987
Tom Julien was moderator of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches conference in Winona Lake. Speakers and workshop leaders included Elmer Towns, Bill and Lynne Hybels, Bob Thompson, Margie Devan, Roy Roberts, and other fellowship leaders.
David Manges, new pastor of the Chambersburg, Pa., Grace Brethren Church, was ordained to the ministry.
Tom Avey joined the staff of the Lititz, Pa., Grace Brethren Church as administrator.
Speakers at the Hawaii District Conference were U.S. Navy Chaplain Dayne Nix and Grace Brethren Home Missions western director Dave Marksbury.
Twenty-five Years Ago – 1982
Sixteen missionaries left for service with Grace Brethren Foreign Missionary Society: Gary and Jean Austin, Paul and Berta Kuns, Dr. Bill and Donna Walker, Central African Republic (CAR); Dan and Nancy Green, Brazil; Dave and Cindy Kowalke and Phil and Elinor Steele, Great Britain; Dan and Denise Ramsey, Germany; Tom and Susan Sharp, Mexico.
Among the graduates of Grace Theological Seminary were Margaret Hull, M.A.; Gary Austin, Jeff Gill, Dan Ramsey, Mark Saunders, Ron Smals, M.Div.; Ben Collins, Th.M; Ron Manahan, Th.D.
Grace College graduates included Dave Guiles, B.A.; Tom Abbitt, Rob Barlow, Brenda (Kent) Byers, Barb Wooler, Nathan Zakahi, B.S.
Jeff Gill was licensed to the ministry at the Warsaw, Ind. Community Grace Brethren Church and named pastor of the Delaware, Ohio Grace Brethren Church.
Ron Smals became pastor at the Virginia Beach, Va., Grace Brethren Church.
Thirty Years Ago – 1977
Larry Chamberlain joined the staff of Grace Brethren Home Missions, Winona Lake, Ind.
Phil Teran was ordained to the ministry at the West Covina, Calif., Grace Brethren Church.
Grace College named Ed Lewis the “Alumnus of the Year.”
John and Becky Pappas and Diana Davis began their ministries in Germany and the CAR, respectively, serving with the Grace Brethren Foreign Missionary Society.
Kenn Cosgrove became the pastor of the York, Pa., Grace Brethren Church after having served at the North Riverdale Grace Brethren Church in Dayton, Ohio.
Thirty-Five Years Ago – 1972
Grace College and Grace Seminary named Jim Custer and Wayne Beaver, respectively, “Alumnus of the Year.”
James Marshall resigned as pastor at Dallas Center, Iowa, to become pastor at the Peru, Ind., Grace Brethren Church.
Galen Lingenfelter began his ministry as pastor of the Fort Wayne, Ind., First Brethren Church.
Dr. Don DeYoung was appointed to the Grace College faculty as assistant professor of physics.
Forty Years Ago – 1967
Two new churches have been organized: Tustin, Calif. (now in Orange), Dr. L.L. Grubb, pastor; Atlanta, Ga. (now in Marietta), Bill Byers, pastor.
The Brethren Board of Evangelism appointed Jim Custer staff evangelist.
Jesse Deloe was installed as pastor at the North Riverdale Grace Brethren Church in Dayton, Ohio.
Forty-Five Years Ago – 1962
Herman Hoyt was inaugurated as the second president of Grace College and Seminary in a service at the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches National Conference.
Don Rough was ordained to the ministry at the Kittanning, Pa., Grace Brethren Church.
Fifty Years Ago – 1957
Warren Tamkin became pastor of the Hagerstown, Md. Grace Brethren Church.
Robert Clouse, a recent Grace Seminary graduate, assumed the pastorate of the Grace Brethren Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Tom Julien was ordained to the ministry at the Fort Wayne, Ind., Grace Brethren Church.
Sixty Years Ago – 1947
Lester Pifer was ordained to the Grace Brethren ministry at Rittman, Ohio.
The new church facility in Kittanning, Pa., was dedicated.
A Grace Brethren Church was organized in Leesburg, Ind., with 34 charter members. Clyde Landrum was the pastor.
Roy and Ruth (Crocker) Snyder, Grace Seminary students, were married in Philadelphia.