For Don MacGregor, member at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church in northern Indiana (Kip Cone, lead pastor), 1966 was a year of change. In January he accepted Christ, in March he joined the Marine Corps, in May he turned 19, in June he married his wife, and in September he left for Vietnam. Fifty-five years later, Don shared about his […][...]
As the number of Hispanic Charis churches in the U.S. grows, the question has come up of how to connect and equip the women in those churches. We’re happy to introduce Alicia Morales, who is taking on the role of coordinator for Hispanic women. Alicia was born in Mexico. Her father was assistant director of a Bible institute. She accepted […][...]
A version of this story appeared in the Ink Free News. Read the original story here and see photos from the event here. The annual “WE CARE WARSAW,” featuring more than $32,000 worth of goods and services, was held Saturday, November 13, at the Gordon Health and Wellness Center, in Winona Lake, Ind. The event is provided to help those in the community […][...]
The historic season for Grace College’s cross country teams continued at the NCCAA National Championships, with both the men’s and women’s teams bringing home national titles. The championships are the first for Grace in cross country, and mark the fifth and sixth NCCAA titles for Lancer athletics in the past three years. Overall, the school has claimed eight national titles. […][...]
Jeannette Whited, wife of Charis Pastor Robert (Bob) Whited, died on October 20, 2021. She served alongside her husband at Charis churches in North English, Iowa; Cheyenne, Wyo.; San Jose, Calif.; York, Penn.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Cherry Valley, Calif. A version of her obituary appears below. Jeannette Maxine Whited, 93, went home to Jesus on October 20, 2021, in […][...]
Three members from Community Grace Brethren Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Warsaw, Ind. (Reg Overstreet, lead pastor), helped a local farmer with his harvest when his wife died after a month-long stint in the hospital with COVID-19. A version of this story appeared in the Ink Free News. Read the original story here. A Warsaw farmer is getting some […][...]
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 7, Greg’s wife, Colleen, sent the following update: Please let our dear church family know that we really appreciate their prayers, love, and encouragement. We know that God is in control and He has our best […][...]
Assist Church Expansion was formed in 2017 when Nathan Bryant was encouraged to combine his long-time Charis Fellowship church planting initiatives in Canada with efforts in the U.S. They serve churches within the Fellowship through planting, expanding, and revitalizing. In August of 2021, they received National Ministry status during a vote by Charis Fellowship delegates. “Being recognized as a National Ministry in […][...]
“We are a mission agency — we take the Gospel to those who serve in uniform.” Eagle Commission is a national ministry of the Charis Fellowship who is committed to bringing the Gospel of peace to our nation’s warriors. Eagle Commission supports, encourages, and comes alongside chaplains serving in the Armed Forces both in the U.S. and abroad. In the […][...]
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 4, Greg was intubated and put on a ventilator. He is being transferred to a hospital in Bend, Ore., because his condition has worsened. Be praying for Greg, his wife Colleen, and their family.[...]
The Charis Fellowship has seen many changes in leadership over the past two years. Executive directors of three national ministries stepped into retirement, as well as the coordinator for the Charis Fellowship. In May 2020, Ken Seyfert retired after 23 years at Grace Brethren Investment Foundation, in September 2020 Ed Lewis retired after 47 years at CE National (now Momentum […][...]
Grace College Associate Professor of Communication and Communication Program Director Dr. Pat Loebs and Grace alumna Karly Poyner recently co-authored a chapter in the book, “Studies of Communication in the 2020 Presidential Campaign,” edited by Robert E. Denton Jr. and published by Lexington Books. The chapter, entitled “The Trump Card: The Virtue and Vulnerability of a Narrative-based Presidency,” uses narrative […][...]
Kenneth Koontz served as pastor at Leesburg Grace Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in northern Indiana. His obituary appears below. Pastor Kenneth David Koontz, 84, resident of Warsaw, went to be with His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, peacefully in his sleep, at 9:12 a.m. on Oct 23, 2021. Kenneth was born in Roanoke, VA, in 1937. He graduated from […][...]
Grace College, a national organization of the Charis Fellowship in Winona Lake, Ind., celebrated its 60th annual Conference on Mission last week, October 26–29. The week included chapel sessions with keynote speaker Les Lofquist, an alumni luncheon, evangelism training, a prayer trail, and many opportunities for students to connect with missionaries. “This conference has a rich heritage at Grace,” said […][...]
Larry McCall, a Grace College alumnus and and BMH author, was featured in an article from Ink Free News. A version of this story originally appeared here. Find Larry’s books “Loving Your Wife as Christ Loves the Church” and “Walking Like Jesus Did” on the BMH website here. Christ’s Covenant Church of Winona Lake, Ind., is celebrating Larry and Gladine McCall’s […][...]
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. Dave Nicodemus, pastor of student ministries at Grace Polaris Church in Westerville, Ohio (Mike Yoder, lead pastor), is a […][...]
The following excerpt appeared in an article in the Detroit Free Press titled, “Why some small conservative Christian colleges see growth where other schools see declines.” Read the whole article here. Two faculty members of a small, private Midwestern college are up on stage, one sitting behind an electronic keyboard, the other strumming the opening chords of a song on a […][...]
Ocean City, Md., proved the ideal location for the Charis Fellowship East Focus Retreat where nearly 100 pastors, ministry leaders, and spouses gathered last week for the three-day conference. Attendees stayed and enjoyed meals at the Holiday Inn & Suites that offered an ocean view and boardwalk access, and gatherings were held at a nearby church. Sessions were structured similarly […][...]
Greg Howell, senior pastor at Community Grace Brethren Church in Goldendale, Wash., was admitted to the hospital on October 19 with COVID-19. On Oct 21, he was discharged and is now at home on oxygen and with medication. Continue to pray from him as he recovers and his for his, Colleen, who is also recovering from COVID-19.[...]
Grace College and Theological Seminary President Bill Katip suffered a stroke earlier this week while in Indianapolis. His wife, Debbie, gave permission to share the following update and prayer request: Bill has no paralysis but weakness on left side and will need some physical therapy. His mind, sweet spirit, loving personality, and humor are intact. Plans are to transfer him […][...]
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