Sharmion Bowell says her new role as operations coordinator for the Charis Fellowship (Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches) has been a lesson in waiting for the Lord and “not forcing His hand.” More than five years ago, she remembers watching Sandy Barrett, long-time operations manager for the Fellowship, during national conference. “I thought, ‘I would love to have that job,’” says Sharmion, who has spent the last 18 years [...]
Yesterday’s Wooster, Ohio, Daily Record includes a story about Grace Brethren pastor, Bob Fetterhoff, and the trips he leads to the Holy Land. The former senior pastor at Grace Church in Wooster (Nick Cleveland, senior pastor), he is preparing to lead his 27th and 28th trips to the region. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. (Incidentally, the article is written by Daily Record [...]
Grace College and Right to Life of North Central Indiana will co-sponsor a Leadership Luncheon on Monday, Sept. 17, at Westminster Hall, 105 9th St., Winona Lake, Ind. The event will feature a keynote presentation from retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, executive vice president of the Family Research Council and former commander of the Army Green Berets. Boykin will speak on leadership and teamwork, drawing from his experience as [...]
Army Chaplain (Major) Billy Graham has been selected for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel, according to the promotion list recently released by the U.S. Army. Billy, with his wife, Robin, has served the Charis Fellowship as a military chaplain for nearly 15 years, according to Mark Penfold, DMin., Endorser, Chaplaincy Ministries, Chaplain (Colonel), U.S. Army Ret. He’s had multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and currently wo[...]
After an accident that should have taken her life, Sherry Martin (in photo at right) had to answer one question for herself: how was God going to use it for His glory? She and her husband, Jeff Martin, associate pastor at Delaware Grace, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Delaware, Ohio (Dave Pacheco, lead pastor), were hit by a distracted driver on March 14, 2014. The accident seriously injured Sherry’s brain. Sherry says, “[...]
Grace’s women’s soccer team, built on a foundation of returners, is poised for a bounce-back year in 2018. The Lady Lancers narrowly missed out on qualifying for a national tournament last fall, snapping a streak of six straight national appearances. That experience has left the squad hungry for a return trip to nationals in 2018, according to Grace head coach Michael Voss. Voss, the winningest coach in program his[...]
Grace’s volleyball team enters the 2018 season with excitement, led by an experienced core. The Lady Lancers won 23 matches a year ago under head coach Katie Van Hofwegen, advancing to the NCCAA National Championships. Grace is eager to repeat last year’s success despite graduating a six-player class. Van Hofwegen maintained, despite losing multiple All-Crossroads League players, that Grace still has the talent in [...]
Operation Barnabas teams will start at two exciting locations next summer. The East Coast OB team will begin June 15, with orientation at Urban Hope Philadelphia. Tour for this team will conclude on July 8, 2019. The West Coast OB team starts at the new Urban Hope Training Los Angeles on June 22 and their tour will conclude on July 15, 2019. OB 2019 will be unique in that students will know ahead what team they are on and can [...]
Yesterday, the South Bend, Ind., Tribune, carried an announcement of a bass tournament sponsored by Grace Community Church, Goshen, Ind. (Jim Brown, senior pastor), to be held on September 1. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Open bass tourney Grace Community Church in Goshen and the Tackle Shack in Middlebury will host the “Grace in Action Bass Classic” Sept. 1 at Syracuse Lake. En[...]
Pastor Glenn Byers of Warsaw, Ind., passed away quickly and peacefully at the age of 83 in the midst of family on Saturday, August 11, 2018, while attending a family reunion in New Castle, Pa. He was born on January 4, 1935, in Johnstown, Pa., to Emma (Carlson) Byers and Howard F. Byers. On May 26, 1956, he was married in Kittanning, Pennsylvania to Dolores M. (Jordan) Byers, who survives. He graduated from Jefferson High Scho[...]
Michael Faulkner, the new vice president of CE National, will be on the Anderson Cooper 360 show tonight (Friday) at 8. He’ll be talking about the NFL kneeling protest. He shared with Ed Lewis, president of CE National, that he hopes to tell them that one of the best ways to change the direction of the country is not just to protest against something but to serve others and live ON MISSION.[...]
Coached by Dan Davis, the Grace College women’s basketball team visited Urban Hope Philadelphia, July 27-August 3. Grace College is an evangelical Christian community of higher education located in Winona Lake, Ind. Brooke Sugg is a member of the basketball team and here are her thoughts on the trip. “This experience, for me, with Urban Hope was life-changing. Prior to this trip, I had so much fear and worry inside me that it [...]
Marlin E. Rose, Jr., 76, of The Dalles, Ore., went to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ, while at home on August 4, 2018. Marlin was born on May 9, 1942, in Johnstown, Pa., to Marlin E. Rose, Sr. and Mildred L. (Kleve) Rose, both of Johnstown. He began dating the love of his life, Judi (Yoder) Rose in high school. He graduated from Conemaugh Township High School in 1960 and then moved to Winona Lake, Ind., to attend Grace Colle[...]
John Dale Brock, 90, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Elkhart, Ind., at 10:30 a.m. at the Center for Hospice Care. Dale was born April 27, 1928, to Ira and Helen (Kane) Brock of Elkhart, Ind. He married Marian (Eminger) Brock on August 11, 1951. He is survived by his wife, Marian, and their three children, Beth Norman, Elgin, Ill., Linda Brock, Goshen, Ind., and David (Sandra) Brock, Nashville, Tenn.; thr[...]
Robert Soto, a Lipan Apache, wants to reach his community for Christ. He recognizes that traditional methods might not be the best way to reach a culture that is steeped in tradition and often marginalized. His congregation asked him to consider a ministry for Native Americans when their friends wouldn’t accept invitations to attend the Grace Brethren Church he led in McAllen, Tex., because it was “a white man’s church.” Wanti[...]
The summer set design at Grace Church, Bath Campus, Akron, Ohio (Jeff Bogue, senior pastor), is featured on the website, Church Stage Design Ideas. A portion of the post appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Transforming Pieces John Weiker from Grace Church Bath Campus in Akron, Ohio brings us this awesome segmented design. From John: Our summer set had to meet a couple requirements, cover the full stage, pro[...]
Dave and Audrey Harding, members of the Penn Valley Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Telford, Pa. (Andrew Saunders, interim pastor), were featured recently on ABC-6, WPVI-TV, Philadelphia, for their work in helping monarch butterflies. A portion of the story, along with a video clip of the broadcast, is included below. Click here to read the complete story. (The couple was featured in the March-April, 2008, issue of[...]
Robert Nugent, staff arranger and songwriter at Grace Polaris Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Westerville, Ohio (Mike Yoder, lead pastor), just arrived home from a short-term mission trip to São Paulo, where the hearts of many Brazilians were opened to the truth of the gospel. Nugent’s first mission trip was to Poland in 1989. He and a friend worked with a youth choir that regularly performed Christian concerts thr[...]
The Miriam Fire which could threaten Grace Brethren Camp Clear Lake in Washington State is slowly being contained. A team of firefighters arrived at the camp yesterday to begin work that would protect buildings, should the fire come closer. (See feature photo.) The camp regularly updates their Facebook page with information, including daily video reports from Fire Operations. This information is also being shared at the GraceC[...]
Two Charis Fellowship military chaplains have recently deployed with their units, according to Mark Penfold, endorser, chaplaincy ministries, for the Fellowship. Below is his report. U.S. Army Chaplain Chuck Pridgen is deploying with his unit based in Ft Stewart, Ga. The unit will support engineer operations as needed across the Middle East. Here’s how you can support him as he ministers: Pray for the unit’s safety and protect[...]
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