“I am excited to use my financial acumen to serve alongside pastors and churches who have vision to do new things,” said Adam Lenon, who recently started a new role at Grace Brethren Investment Foundation (GBIF). GBIF is a national ministry of the Charis Fellowship and assists churches and ministries with financing and loans to enable them to continue and […][...]
Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Ind., was recently awarded a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help the seminary prioritize and respond to its most pressing challenges as it works to prepare pastoral leaders for Christian congregations both now and into the future. “We couldn’t be more excited about this grant,” said Dr. Freddy Cardoza, dean of […][...]
The Urban Center in Philadelphia is part of Momentum Ministry Partners, a national organization of the Charis Fellowship. The center trains groups for effective evangelism through tailor-made teaching and hands-on ministry experiences. Andy Michael is the Urban Center Philadelphia Director. Recently he wrote about an encounter he had with a local man. A version of Andy’s story appears below. See the […][...]
Jennifer Hill died unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. She and her husband, Phil, were founding members of Movement Church, a Charis Fellowship church in Hilliard, Ohio (Mark Artrip, lead pastor), when the church was planted in 2012. You can read about their involvement here. A version of Jennifer’s obituary appears below. Jennifer Lynn Hill, of Galloway, Ohio, passed away […][...]
Nearly 20 Grace College education students volunteered their time to help the Baker Youth Club (BYC) facilitate an eLearning day for around 100 K-6 students on Monday, December 6. The Grace students helped with eLearning in the morning and facilitated an afternoon of stations that promote STEM, art, and physical education. When Warsaw Community Schools implemented regular eLearning days as […][...]
Momentum Ministry Partners, a national ministry of the Charis Fellowship, awareded Grace Community Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Goshen, Ind. (Jim Brown, lead pastor), their Church of the Year Award. Momentum partners with local churches, like Grace Community, to equip today’s young Christian leaders for tomorrow’s opportunities. Find more information about Momentum on their website here. “We’re thankful for [&he[...]
Men from the Charis Fellowship have been serving the United Stated Armed Forces as chaplains since World War II. The Eagle Commission formed in 1986 as a way to support and encourage the men and their families who are serving members of our military and veterans. The Eagle Commission has fallen under various ministries within the Charis Fellowship, such as […][...]
For many in the Charis Fellowship, Momentum Ministry Partners (formerly CE National) played a big part in their faith journey. Through youth conference, urban centers, travel teams, and training resources, Momentum has been serving the Fellowship for more than eighty years. Mart Artrip, lead pastor at Movement Church in Hilliard, Ohio, reflects on the significance of investing in the next […][...]
Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind., added a degree in professional communication to its course offerings this year. The major is designed to prepare students to communicate effectively in the demanding and complex world of business. The unique, interdisciplinary degree combines principles and practices of three distinct programs: communication, behavioral science, and marketing in order to equip graduates for roles […][...]
The Charis Fellowship has seen significant transition over the past two years. Two national ministries welcomed new leaders, one ministry underwent a merger, and the Fellowship gained a new coordinator. In early 2020, Ryan Bowell stepped into the CEO position for Grace Brethren Investment Foundation as Ken Seyfert was retiring. During the fall of 2020, Tim Hodge began the transition […][...]
Greg Howell, senior pastor at Community Grace Brethren Church in Goldendale, Wash., died on November 21, 2021. Greg served as secretary for the Charis Fellowship Council for more than 30 years and was involved in various committees for Grace College and Theological Seminary. A version of his obituary appears below. Greg was born to LeRoy and Juanita (Denbeigh) Howell on […][...]
Bobbie Ridenour, member of Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church in northern Indiana (Kip Cone, lead pastor), died on November 26, 2021. During her career she worked for the Brethren Missionary Herald Company (now BMH Books and GraceConnect) and CE National (now Momentum Ministry Partners). A version of her obituary appears below. Bobbette “Bobbie” Juanne Ridenour, a resident of Grace Village […][...]
The Eagle Commission is a national ministry of the Charis Fellowship. On November 11, the board of directors met. Below is a recap from their meeting, provided by Endorser Mark Penfold. The Eagle Commission’s board of directors had its annual board meeting on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11, via Zoom. Our board president, Jim Augspurger (Grace Polaris Church in Westerville, Ohio) […][...]
One of my favorite memories from my 23 years on active duty was celebrating Thanksgiving with my soldiers. It happens like this: Normally, the dining facility (or mess hall) closes early on Wednesday after serving lunch. The cooks have been preparing for weeks. During the next 20 hours or so, there will be no end to the preparations. The dining […][...]
Encompass World Partners, a national ministry of the Charis Fellowship, employs workers to the least reached in 30 countries. To enable Charis churches to better engage with these efforts, Encompass has created a weekly email update. PrayNow is sent out on Monday mornings with one prayer request for each day of the week. See a full explanation and how to […][...]
“Our mission statement is ‘worship God, serve others.’ This is part of how we serve others.” Brian McCall, executive pastor at Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church (MGBC), a Charis Fellowship congregation in southern Pennsylvania, explains how they pursue this mission. “We have three community outreach focused ministries that we invest in through volunteers and financial support: Wheels of Joy, Family Counseling […][...]
Pastor Greg Howell died on November 21, 2021. Greg was admitted to the hospital on October 19 with COVID-19 and spent the last month fighting complications from the illness. In addition to being senior pastor at Community Grace Brethren Church in Goldendale, Wash., Greg served as the recording secretary for the Fellowship Council for decades. He was also on the board […][...]
DaZhane Jones, a Grace College sophomore from Indianapolis, was recently one of 30 Hoosier students to receive the “Realizing the Dream” scholarship from Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI). Each of the honorees is a sophomore student who has “realized the dream” to be the first in his or her family to attend college. The event is made possible by the […][...]
Water for Good is a cooperating ministry of the Charis Fellowship. A version of this story appeared on Grace College’s blog. See the original post here. Jim Hocking Spoke Sango Before He Spoke English. He grew up in the Central African Republic as the son of a minister, and it fostered in him a deep love for the country and its […][...]
Greg Howell, senior pastor at Community Grace Brethren Church in Goldendale, Wash., was admitted to the hospital on October 19 with COVID-19. On November 16, Greg’s family sent the following update: Greg was able to tolerate dialysis yesterday and they plan to do dialysis today. His oxygen levels are doing good. He is stable, but still in critical condition. Please […][...]
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