Rick Cartagena did not always have his eyes set on winning souls for the Kingdom. But God had a plan in place from the beginning of time for him to have an eternal impact. Rick was honored last month by CE National with an award for “Reaching the Overlooked.” Rick has been involved in ministry since 1995. For the last seven years, he has been director of evangelism for Conquering Life Prison and Recovery Ministries for about s[...]
Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., has announced Dan Davis as the next head coach for the Lady Lancers’ women’s basketball program. Davis is fresh off a successful 10-year stint at Auburn University-Montgomery. As the head women’s basketball coach at AUM, he led the Warhawks to a pair of appearances at the NAIA Division I National Tournament. He was also named the Coach of the Year in the Southern States Athle[...]
The recent edition of Alumni Today, the newsletter for alumni and friends of Worthington Christian School, Worthington, Ohio, includes features about four faculty and staff members who retired this year. All have been involved in Charis Fellowship congregations in the Columbus, Ohio, area. The school is a ministry of Grace Polaris Church on the north side of Columbus (Mike Yoder, lead pastor). The issue also announces Sy Beloh[...]
Cecil O’Dell, served with Encompass World Partners in the area of Japanese ministries, has reported on Monday’s earthquake the Osaka, Japan area experienced on Monday. It was a 6.1 (out of 7) magnitude. He requests prayer for Encompass staff and other missionaries living and ministering in the Osaka area. “All of our staff are okay and we have heard from many of our Japanese friends that they are safe,”[...]
Mark Penfold, Chaplain (Colonel) U.S. Army, retired, the Endorsing Agent, Charis Fellowship/Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, has sent his June report to friends of the Eagle Commission. Updates from the report appear below. For more information on the Eagle Commission, the organization which encourages and supports Charis Fellowship military chaplains, click here. Chaplain (MAJ) Billy Graham received his Doctor of Minist[...]
The 21st annual Lancer Golf Classic is set for Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, at Stonehenge Golf Club in Warsaw, Ind. The event, which is an integral fundraiser for Grace College Athletics, is an excellent chance for you to partner with the Lancers to help fund equipment, scholarships, and facility upgrades for more than 250 student-athletes on the 16 varsity athletic teams at Grace. The scramble will include a silent auction, prizes a[...]
Three Grace College baseball players have been recognized as Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Derrick Grass, Cameron Maxwell and Logan Swartzentruber were given Scholar-Athlete distinction for Grace. To receive Scholar-Athlete status, a student-athlete must be an upperclassman and record a GPA of 3.5 or better. To see the complete NAIA list, click here. — from gclancers.com[...]
A week after spring classes ended, nine Grace College students, along with Professor of Pastoral Studies Dr. Rock LaGioia, and his wife, Kathy, departed for Italy. The six-day trip highlighted the living history of Italy and the connections between modern Christianity’s heritage and the history of Western society, according to student Ethan Horst. “Ancient history came alive in a pretty magical way,” Horst said. “It was overwh[...]
A few months before getting married, Katie and her fiancé Cory attended a promotional event for her college at a local church. What started out as a casual evening turned into a life-changing moment for them both. During an onstage interview at the event, Katie talked about her longtime dream of becoming a teacher in an Asian country. She expressed her missional heart and how the Agora College equipped her well to pursue that [...]
Grace Christian School, a ministry of Grace Brethren Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in West Kittanning, Pa. (Larry Edwards, pastor), recently held its graduation ceremony. A portion of a report from the Kittaning Paper appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Grace Christian Announces 2018 Graduates Grace Christian announces the graduation of the class of 2018. On Sunday, May 20, 2018, Grace Christian [...]
The Symphony of the Lakes returns with the second summer concert of the Grace College and Village of Winona Lake Festival of Music. “Rockin’ with the Symphony” will take place on Saturday, June 30, at 8 p.m. in the park at Winona Lake, Ind., below the outdoor amphitheater. The free outdoor concert will feature hits from the 1950’s to today as well as patriotic classics. The annual Independence Day fireworks will follow the per[...]
From “Camp Whatever” to “SPLASH,” Becky Wilson has led the children’s ministry at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Indiana (Bruce Barlow, lead pastor), through many exciting programs for the last 12 years. She is stepping down from her position as children’s ministries director this month. Wilson may have led the program for the last 12 years, but she has been serving for more than 30 year[...]
It wasn’t until I was fifty years old that I discovered a shocking truth. I wasn’t my grandfather’s favorite grandchild. Up until that moment, I had assumed our special times together were unique. Surely no one else spent hours sitting with him on the riverbank watching leaves float by, or on a park bench writing poetry to share with each other. Surely I was the only one who took walks with him through the nearby cemetery and [...]
The softball team at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., has been recognized nationally for its athletic and academic achievements. Four players were named to the NCCAA All-Region Team in Sam Heim, Britney Young, Chandler Elliott and Hannah Herbster. Heim was also named NAIA/NFCA First Team All-Region after batting .391 with team-leading 63 hits, 39 runs, and 28 stolen bases. Additionally, Grace boasted five players who achieved[...]
Three members of Grace College’s golf teams were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Cameron Bates and Chad Spencer were honored for Grace’s men’s team, and Lauren Keiser became the first Scholar-Athlete in the women’s program history. The two men’s Scholar-Athletes for Grace were the second-most in the Crossroads League. To become a Scholar-Athlete, a student-athlete must be an upperclassman [...]
Chandler Elliott added one more award to her outstanding softball career for Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind. She was named Google Cloud Academic All-America® Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). CoSIDA honors deserving student-athletes for both athletic and academic achievement, as voted in during the district and national levels. Elliott, a 3.68 GPA graduate who studied Sp[...]
Overcoming Challenges, Creating New Molecules There is something innate in the human story in which challenge leads to discovery. Sometimes, that challenge is based on need. Other times, it is simply the push to achieve more. No matter the reason, we as a people enjoy the thought of succeeding when others assume success is out of reach. In fact, when one person decides to ask, ‘Why not me?’ and ‘Why not now?’, they achieve som[...]
The Ventura County Star notes outstanding softball players from Grace Brethren High School, Simi Valley, Calif., have been honored. A portion of the story appears below. Click here for the complete article. Grace Brethren High School is a ministry of Grace Church, Simi Valley, Calif. (Jordan Bakker, pastor). Jessie Fontes, Sidney Wimpee earn top softball honors for the Frontier League Jessie Fontes of Grace Brethren High is th[...]
A feature in Lancaster Farming details a busy year for the 2018 Pennsylvania Dairy Princess, Yvonne Longenecker, who also happens to be involved in the Synergy Youth Program at the Martinsburg, Pa., Grace Brethren Church (Brian McCall, executive pastor). A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Yvonne Longenecker’s Very Busy Dairy Year Yvonne Longenecker, the 2018 Pennsylvania dairy princ[...]
Blue Ridge Grace Brethren Church (Winchester, Va.) voted on May 20, 2018, to extend a call to Davey Ermold to be their pastor. Having served as a lay leader at Grace Brethren Church of Calvert County, Owings, Md. (Dario Agnolutto, pastor) for the past nine years, Davey and his wife, Laura, are excited to transition to ministry on the other side of the nation’s capital. Laura has been an elementary school teacher at Grace[...]
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