At age 11 he was selling drugs. By age 17 he spent one year in jail. Now he’s visited every continent to share his testimony. Dimas Salaberrios, author of Street God, now a major motion picture, spoke to the Momentum audience about his journey from the streets to God and back to the streets of New York. Salaberrios is the president of a diverse group of pastors, Concerts of Prayer. He is also the co-pastor of Infinity Bible C[...]
“The family feel is what draws people in,” says Tim Sprankle, the pastor of Leesburg Grace Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Leesburg, Ind. “People come to smaller congregations to connect.” Sitting in rural Indiana, the average attendance of Leesburg Grace is around 100 adults and children. Their uniqueness is based upon a culture that embodies the “family” metaphor. A spirit of camaraderie and togethern[...]
John McCollum, founder and executive director of Asia’s Hope, was featured on the radio program, Amazing Americans with Jerry Schemmel recently. The program features interviews with motivating and inspiring individuals from the world of sports and beyond. When John McCollum and his wife decided to adopt a child from Vietnam, they had no idea the experience would completely change their lives. And they certainly never dr[...]
“A posture of boldness is a posture of preparedness,” said Tony Livigni, campus pastor of Grace Church, Medina, Ohio. Livigni became a Christian when he attended a Momentum conference in high school. He was a young adult pastor for seven years before becoming the lead pastor of Grace Church. Livigni explained why Peter wrote about sharing the good news with gentleness and respect. The second part of the theme verse, 1 Peter [...]
E. Scott Feather (Gateway Church, lead pastor, Parkesburg, Pa., and GraceConnect board member) and wife Jodi spoke at a youth worker lab at Momentum on Wednesday, July 17. Married for 22 years and both in full-time ministry, they collaborated with other ministry workers at the conference to discuss the challenges that arise while serving. Scott and Jodi asked the group main struggles they face and why they came to the “L[...]
There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’ve failed someone you love. There’s nothing more confusing than realizing you feel like you’ve failed them because their moral standards don’t line up with yours. What you see as boundaries, they see as betrayal. What you see as God-honoring, they see as judgmental. It’s a lonely spot to find ourselves in. It’s often traumatizing. Even if it’s only one person who turns against us as [...]
“There are two doors: rejection of Jesus or reverence of Jesus,” Keith Minier (Grace Fellowship, Ohio, lead pastor) said at the opening session for Momentum 2019. Keith Minier is passionate about the local church and the youth who belong to it. Since he started at Grace Fellowship ten years earlier, it grew from 70 to over 3,200 people. This year’s Momentum theme is “The Reason.” What is the reason behind believing and then [...]
Momentum 2019 kicks off this evening on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind. If you can’t be there in person, the main sessions will be livestreamed. Click here to access the broadcast. Pray for the speakers and staff and especially the students and youth workers, that God would move in mighty ways this week! Tuesday, Opening Sessions (7:45 p.m.) Speaker: Keith Minier Worship: The Jordan Howerton Ban[...]
The following districts have recommended individuals for ordination to their local churches. (Click on their names to send them a congratulatory email.) Chesapeake District: Jon Keeler, Grace Community Church, Frederick. Md. (Jon is the new executive pastor at Grace Community Church.) Dayne Carraway, Grace Brethren Church, Clinton, Md. (Dayne is also working with Assist to plant a church in Baltimore, Md., this summer.)[...]
A story at upi.com reports on a change in federal policy that would expand protection of individuals who use eagle feathers as part of their Native American practice. The change is driven, in part, by a petition filed by Robert Soto, a Grace Brethren pastor in South Texas. (He is pastor of the McAllen, Tex., Grace Brethren Church.) A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. U.S. may allow mo[...]
Dr. Kris Farwell, mathematics program director at Grace College, was elected the Indiana Chair of Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the world’s largest community of mathematicians, students, and enthusiasts. Farwell will serve as chair for a three-year term. Farwell received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. He has taught math at Grace for eight years and got involved with M[...]
Tim Hodge is being recommended by the Fellowship Council to serve as the assistant director of the Charis Fellowship from 2019-2022. Tim is the lead pastor of Grace Family Church in New Holland, Pa. He is married to Heidi and is father to three boys (14, 12, and 5) and one girl (8). Born and raised “Down Under” in the city of Adelaide, South Australia, Tim worked as a mechanical engineering tradesman for General Motors for six[...]
Grace College’s women’s soccer program has announced David Andersen as its next assistant coach. Andersen returns to Grace as a former soccer student-athlete, where he played for the Lancers from 2008-11. “I’m very pleased that the Andersen family is moving to Winona Lake. David is an accomplished and experienced coach,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “He is very familiar with the NAIA [...]
The Winona Lake Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday, July 27, from 1 – 7 p.m. under a large tent on Tabernacle Lawn, 801 Park Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. Part of the Grace College and Village at Winona Festival of Music, the free, outdoor concert is sponsored by Sweetwater Sound. The lineup includes a fantastic array of groups throughout the day, including Marty Becker and the Dockside Dixieland Band, the Alicia Pyle Quartet[...]
Sharon R. (Witzky) Koser Matthes of Grace Village Retirement Community in Winona Lake, Indiana died at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Lutheran Hospital of Ft. Wayne, Ind., at the age 74. She was born on September 8, 1944 in Mansfield, Ohio to Leila Mae (Seymour) Witzky and Harold Eugene Witzky. On May 15, 1965, she was married to Eugene “Gene” Richard Koser. They were married for 43 years before he died on October 5, 20[...]
Steve Koontz, who serves at CE National as IT developer and is a member of the Winona Lake, Ind., Grace Brethren Church (Bruce Barlow, lead pastor), made a presentation about tower gardens at the Kosciusko County Fair this week. His talk, given with nine-year-old Justus Lommel, was reported by the Times-Union newspaper. A portion of the article appears below. Click here to read the complete story. Fairgoers Get An Up-Close-An[...]
Knute Larson says he’s not a very good runner, but he’s kept at it. When he was struggling through a marathon someone told him to “Lean over, take shorter steps, one at a time.” That advice is the foundation of his book, The Great Human Race, which was just re-released this month by BMH Books. Larson said, “…One step at a time is the only way to live life.” Larson is a pastoral and personal coach who draws on 43 ye[...]
Join the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams and ACRES Land Trust for a memorable woodland expedition at Bock Nature Preserve near Akron, Ind., on Saturday, July 27, from 9-10 a.m. Casey Jones, director of land management at ACRES, will guide visitors through both woodland and prairie ecosystems. Bock Nature Preserve was acquired by ACRES in 2007. Since then, ACRES has opened a 1.3-mile trail and maintained the property. The [...]
“I am in it for the long haul. If God called me to care for these people, I was going to be faithful,” says Eric Durso, who is now the lead pastor of Grace Rancho, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., as he reflects on God’s faithfulness to the revitalized church over the last year. The congregation of Grace Rancho (formally known as Grace Fellowship of Alta Loma) is a product of what churches within t[...]
Gary and Becky Kent Woolman recently paid a visit to Washington, D.C., where they stopped by the church building which formerly housed the First Brethren Church at 12th and E Streets. Her grandfather, Homer Kent Sr., was the pastor there from 1925 to 1940 when he took a faculty position at Grace Theological Seminary and the family moved to Winona Lake, Ind. Becky’s father, Homer Kent Jr., was 14 years old when the family[...]
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