Jason Brown, lead pastor of Oceanview Fellowship in Melbourne, Fla. (a church planted recently with the help of Assist CX), remembers when he first felt called to full-time ministry at Momentum Youth Conference. Now, 27 years later, he is leading a brand-new congregation in worship each Sunday evening on the coast of the Atlantic. Oceanview Fellowship (OVF) is Suntree Grace Church’s first official Charis Fellowship church plan[...]
Zach Doppelt has been named pastor at the Basore Road Grace Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio. He and his wife, Shannon, have been ministering in Roanoke, Va., for the last ten years. They have four children: Hannah, 20, Reaghan, 16, Jude, 10, and Noah, 8. She is a preschool teacher by trade and is homeschooling Jude and Noah. Zach has a B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University with additional graduate work at Grace Theol[...]
The local news station, WDVM, recently reported on an event sponsored by the Grace Brethren Church, Waynesboro, Pa. (Timothy Clothier, pastor). The church hosted an opportunity for single mothers to get their oil changed at no charge. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article (or click on the video below). Church in Waynesboro helps single mothers with free oil changes A church in Waynesboro[...]
Dr. Jared Burkholder, the Grace College history professor who recently led the Sixth Brethren World Assembly at Winona Lake, Ind., recently ruminated on the changing names in the Brethren movement on his blog, The Hermeneutic Circle. (He chaired a panel discussion at the Assembly on the names of the various Brethren groups.) A portion of his blog entry appears below. Click here to read the complete entry. What’s in a Name? Bra[...]
The efforts of students at Grace Brethren School to launch their own satellite into space was detailed yesterday in the Ventura County Star. The school, located in Simi Valley, Calif., is a ministry of Grace Church there (Jordan Bakker, pastor). A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Grace Brethren students to send small satellite into space Students of Grace Brethren School will work th[...]
“Why does Christ call us to contentment in all things? How can struggling for contentment lead us closer to God in the end? Is contentment something we can achieve in the middle of life’s hurdles? Discover the answers to these questions and many more in the 2018-2019 issue of Women’s Spectrum, the magazine of Women of Grace USA. Writers in this issue look at how learning to be content has transformed their li[...]
Youth workers are invited to retreat at the beach on March 18-21, 2019, and enjoy relational time with peers while gaining valuable training for your ministry. CE National is hosting this event at El Caribe Resort in Daytona Beach, Fla. Jordan Howerton will return to lead worship and hang out with youth workers. Bruce Barlow, lead pastor at Winona Lake, Ind., Grace Brethren Church, will be back as the main speaker to challenge[...]
The Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams, Kosciusko County Velo (KCV), the Village at Winona, Grace College, Paddlers for Conservation (P4C) and the Winona Lake Trails are hosting their first-ever community cleanup on Saturday, September 15, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The free event begins at the Winona Lake Trailhead, 410 Boys City Drive, Winona Lake, Ind. Registration is required. “This project will have a tangible, immediate impac[...]
The Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., is a vision become reality. We are so thankful for the many who helped ensure we were moved in and ready for fall classes. Why We’re Installing a Green Roof If you’ve wandered through the upper level of the new science complex, you’ve probably noticed the flat, dingy roof of the circle classroom. It looks like an unfinished project, something forgotten[...]
Ken Seyfert, president and CEO of Grace Brethren Investment Foundation (GBIF) in Winona Lake, Ind., has been selected to participate at the 30th annual CCDA (Christian Community Development Association) national conference to be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., November 1-3. Seyfert will join other national business and religious leaders, including those from the Cleveland, Kresge, Prudential, Christian Community, and[...]
“When I heard about prison ministry, I thought, ‘why not?’ Those people are no different than me; I should have been in prison for all the things I that I have done.” You might expect those words to be spoken by a big, burly, tattooed man who had been saved by grace, but that’s actually the testimony of Lois Spees. Spees is a petite octogenarian who attends Villas Grace, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Fort Myers, Fla. (Ma[...]
This fall, Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., welcomed 1,625 undergraduate students and more than 400 graduate and seminary students, including Deploy – Grace’s new, contemporary seminary program launched in January. Many undergraduate students are pursuing newly created bachelor degrees including mechanical engineering, agribusiness, and digital marketing. Dozens are enrolled in Grace’s new BSN program in partnership with Beth[...]
From the September 2018 newsletter for the Equipping Network in the Charis Fellowship: We are very thankful for the large number of churches that are actively applying the principles of Ephesians 4:9-16, infusing equipping into the culture of their churches. Sometimes people ask what is the most difficult aspect of equipping to implement. We think that it is without doubt perseverance. Most pastors and churches find a great [...]
Today’s Highlands News-Sun in Sebring, Fla., carries a story about the Great Commission Bible Institute. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. GCBI trains church leaders at Lake Denton Camp The Great Commission Bible Institute, a Sebring Bible college, trains local church leaders and people from around the country. With an extremely low student-faculty ratio and a 10-day trip to I[...]
Chuck Winter, former pastor at Harrah, Wash., who now resides in Sunnyside, Wash., sent this photo an update on the fire that threatened Grace Brethren Camp Clear Lake near White’s Pass, Wash. He and his son, Brian, who has served as Yakima County Sheriff, took a drive to the area around the camp recently. Below is his report. “Sunday afternoon Brian drove me up around Rimrock and Clear Lake. The manned checkpoints[...]
1st Source Bank recently presented a $10,000 check to Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., for ongoing support of a stock ticker and data display in the School of Business. The ticker and display, which are installed in the lower level of the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center (MOCC) where the Business School resides, allow business students to keep the pulse on financial markets and global business news in real time. “1st Source[...]
Don Lansing of the Grace Brethren Church of Norwalk, Calif., has been recognized with the Roger Ward Memorial Award, which is presented annually by Operation Barnabas, a ministry of CE National. This honor is presented to an individual or couple who most exemplifies the characteristic of ministry in service towards an Operation Barnabas team. It is presented in honor of the sacrificial contributions of Roger Ward who, in 1979,[...]
Steve Kozak has been named vice president of youth ministries at CE National. This correlates with CE National’s desire to expand and enrich their ministries to the young. Steve is no new-comer to youth ministries having served in Christian schools and various youth ministries. He has also written three books and, most recently, served as the director of the youth division of Awana International. Steve comes to CE National wit[...]
This summer, Jacob Scheele’s past and present came together to guide his future. Scheele, a senior at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., recently completed an internship with Weigand Construction. Scheele grew up in Fort Wayne, where Weigand is headquartered and a local staple. Weigand is also a familiar name at Grace College, which has contracted with the company on several projects including the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Ce[...]
As soon as Jordon and Rhi married on June 3, 2017, they began praying that God would bless them with a baby. Three months later, they discovered they were expecting. Little did they know, God’s perfect plan would look much different than their own. Jordon and Rhi Appleby, members of Southview Grace Brethren Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Ashland, Ohio (Mark Abel, senior pastor), welcomed their beautiful baby girl,[...]
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