Grace Brethren Investment Foundation (GBIF) recently successfully completed an annual audit for the fiscal year 2017, setting a new record in net operating income at $1,419,921. Also, the GBIF board of directors approved a total of $760,000 in additional goodwill contributions, bringing the total to over $800,000 for the year, which will be disbursed soon to help a whole variety of ministries in the Charis Fellowship (Fellowsh[...]
Isaiah Bryant, the 15-year-old son of Nathan and Jennifer Bryant, is featured in a story at NBC 4 in New York City after he redrew the New York City subway map as if every stop was a Subway restaurant. A portion of the story is included below. Click here to read the complete article. (Nathan is executive director of Assist Church Expansion, a church planting organization in the Charis Fellowship.) Redditor Refreshes NYC Subway[...]
Registration for Momentum Youth Conference 2018. The conference will be at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind., July 17-22. Momentum features eight main sessions, breakout seminars, missions opportunities each afternoon, time with friends, youth group debriefing, sports tournaments, open play activities, art electives, an intense focus on who Jesus is and His impact in the lives of students and much more! Register at b[...]
The CE Celebration in southern California was terrific! About 65 people gathered at the Grace Brethren Church of Norwalk. The group heard reports and saw videos that shared how God is working in and through the various ministries of CE National to make significant impact. Ed Lewis, CE National president, and TK (Timothy Kurtaneck), led the event that featured a time of worship, led by the Grace Brethren Church of Norwalks’ wor[...]
Tenli (Andersen, Grace College BA 14) Hunter grew up in a small village in Mexico where her parents were missionaries with Wyclife Bible Translators. She picked up Spanish slowly, but the cultural norms of Mexico began to take root and shape her worldview. “In Mexico, your identity and value are in your pack — your community — not as an individual,” Hunter says. Anticipating that college would be a significant and formative ti[...]
Lou Huesmann, long-time pastor of Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif., has resigned effective January 28, 2018. The announcement came from elders Dave Parsons and Bob Rudd and included a note from Lou, who has ministered at the Long Beach church for 27 years. Daniel Long and Beth Balmer have been asked to fill co-leadership roles. Daniel, the college and young adult pastor, will be the Interim Lead Pastor and Beth will c[...]
The Englewood, Ohio, Independent, reports that Mike McKinniss has been named executive director of Grace Brethren Village, a retirement community founded more than 45 years ago by the Grace Brethren churches in the Dayton area. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. McKinniss appointed executive director Grace Brethren Village is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike McKinniss as e[...]
There used to be humorous stories about ministers of different faiths. They started something like this, “A priest, a preacher, and a Rabbi …” and then continued to recount how each one faced some sort of trial or situation. In 1986, I received my commission as a chaplain candidate while I was in my last year at Grace Theological Seminary. In June 1987, I went to my initial training to become a chaplain in the Army Reserve at [...]
The Fellowship Council, the guiding board of the Charis Fellowship, is meeting this week in Seal Beach, Calif. Grace Community Church, Seal Beach (Bob Wriedt, senior pastor), is hosting the group. First on the agenda Thursday morning was hearing reports from national ministry leaders. Making presentations were Jeff Gill, Grace College and Seminary; Mark Penfold, Eagle Commission; Don Shoemaker, Social Concerns Committee; Viki [...]
A new space for families in the community of Goshen, Ind., is underway at Grace Community Church (Jim Brown, senior pastor). An article in the Goshen News tells the story. A portion of that story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Goshen church will provide community a place to play Parents and kids will soon have a new place to escape cabin fever. Grace Community Church in Goshen is building a new indoor [...]
Seated next door to the “Orthopedic Capital of the World,” Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., has developed an undergraduate engineering program to launch in fall, 2018. Grace’s Engineering Department will offer a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Management and a Bachelor of Science in Design Engineering Technology. All three degrees have received approval from the H[...]
The new worship arts director at Grace Brethren Church, Waynesboro, Pa. (Timothy Clothier, pastor), is welcomed this week with an article in the Record Herald. Damien Wagaman is a Waynesboro native and a graduate of Liberty University. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Waynesboro church welcomes worship arts director Grace Brethren Church in Waynesboro welcomed their new worship art[...]
A Grace College graduate has been inducted into the Indiana Thespians Hall of Fame. Dana McAfee, who received degrees in communications and theatre from the school, was recognized Saturday in Indianapolis. A portion of a story from the Warsaw, Ind., Times-Union appears below. Click here to read the complete story. WCHS Drama Teacher Enters Thespians Hall Of Fame For more than a quarter of a century, Dana McAfee has taught thea[...]
Charis Fellowship ministry leaders from throughout the southwestern United States are gathered at Lake Hughes, Calif., for the Southwest Focus Retreat. Beginning Monday evening, January 29, the 48 hours away is allowing the leaders to take a look at “Developing an Apprentice Culture.” The sessions are led by Clancy Cruise, executive director of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches and pastor of Marysville Grace, a Charis [...]
Grace College’s sixth annual Career Connections Fair will be held on Thursday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. The fair is open to all for-profit and non-profit companies who wish to connect with students for internships, applied learning opportunities and jobs. Lunch will be provided for all participants. Grace College Director of Applied Learning[...]
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” was delivered on April 3, 1968. King was assassinated the next day. It has been nearly 50 years since that day, but King’s legacy continues, his words inspiring many and his life serving as an example. At Grace College, Asia Weimer, director of the Council for Diversity and Inclusion, and Kearstin Criswell, director of Student Involvement, wanted to cre[...]
Rev. John W. Zielasko of Winona Lake, Ind., went home to be with his Lord and Savior at 6:57 a.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at his residence at the age of 96. He was born on May 7, 1921, in Minersville, Pa., to John L. Zielasko and Marfell (Warlow) Zielasko. On July 22, 1944, he was married to F. Jean (Beveridge) Zielasko, who died on November 12, 2013. They shared 69 years of marriage together. John served in the U.S. N[...]
What happens when a leader has a desire to show compassion to those far away? Dan O’Deens wanted to create an opportunity for the next generation of missionaries, and that’s exactly what he did. O’Deens founded Breathe Partners, a mission based on developing young leaders and empowering the church, and started a program called Compassion Corp. It began as an opportunity for potential missionaries to try out the mission field i[...]
A former Grace College instructor who received a doctor of theology degree from Grace Theological Seminary, Sang-Bok David Kim, has been included in the Marquis Who’s Who, a biological volume that profiles noteworthy individuals. A portion of the announcement appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Dr. Sang-Bok David Kim Recognized for Dedication to Theology Dr. Sang-Bok David Kim has been included in Marquis W[...]
Tracey and Marie Owen, long-time members of the Winona Lake, Ind., Grace Brethren Church (Bruce Barlow, lead pastor), have spent several years as volunteers with Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service (RVICS), a ministry where retired couples travel throughout the U.S. providing short-term maintenance and service projects at a variety of Christian ministries. More recently, they have relocated to the organization’s [...]
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