Brenda Gerber Vincent will be the keynote speaker at Grace College’s Career Week Chapel at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 31, in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. Career Week Chapel is free and open to the public. “We are excited to bring Brenda Gerber Vincent to Grace College to share her compelling career story and life journey with our students. Her leadership and passion for the community[...]
Grace College welcomes Ted McKinney, undersecretary of agriculture for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, to be the keynote speaker at its second annual Ag Night. The event will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 5 p.m. in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. Ag Night is hosted by Grace’s agribusiness program. “We are excited to have Undersecretary McKinney back to our campus,” said T[...]
This week, Charis Fellowship chaplains endorsing agent, Mark Penfold (Chaplain [Colonel] U.S. Army, retired), sent his monthly prayer letter. In it contained a reminder to pray for our Charis Fellowship chaplains, some of them who are currently in harm’s way. We felt it bore repeating here. Click here for more information on the Eagle Commission, which supports the ministry of Charis Fellowship military chaplains. I rece[...]
Jack Brown, director of Grow New England, a Charis Fellowship church-planting endeavor in the Northeast, has sent his January prayer letter. Here are a few tidbits from the letter. Dana and Kate Moore concluded 19+ years of ministry at North Shore Bible Church! They will be greatly missed. Pray for them as they wait on the Lord to see for what He has next on their journey. Pray for Phil and Emily Shearer and their family as Ph[...]
Thrive, the quarterly newsletter for wives of pastors in the Charis Fellowship, has been released. This issue includes a note from Pastor Mark Lingenfelter, the current president of Inspire, Charis Pastors Network, and a feature on long-time pastor’s wife, Lois Shirk, Ripon, Calif. Click here to read the complete newsletter. Thrive is a network of the Charis Fellowship wives of pastors. It is designed for women whose hus[...]
Grace College’s CPA pass rate was recently ranked in the top seven percent in the country by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). The report evaluated 2018 pass rates of 242 “first-time, small program” institutions. Grace placed 17th, making it the highest-ranked Hoosier institution in the category. “I was thrilled to see how well Grace students performed on the exam. It truly is a testament to ou[...]
Grace Church in Wooster, Ohio (Nick Cleveland, senior pastor) partnered with Habitat with Humanity, along with other churches and organizations in their community, to provide a home for Delphine Tarpley and her family just in time for Christmas! This story appeared in GraceConnect eNews. To subscribe to the weekly e-newsletter that includes news and information from congregations in the Charis Fellowship, click here.[...]
Word has been received of the December 19, 2019, death of Lenard Moen, a former member of the board of directors of Encompass World Partners (formerlyBrethren Foreign Missions). His obituary appears below. Lenard Evert Moen was born on November 22, 1923, in Long Beach, Calif., to Wilbur and Harriet Moen. He had one older sister, Mildred. In 1925, they moved to Whittier and bought a four-acre farm of walnuts and citrus trees wh[...]
Three Strands, a cooperating ministry in the Charis Fellowship, has announced that Richard Klopp has been named CEO, according to their website. Rich is widely experienced in international relief and development work, and comes to Three Strands with more than 20 years of experience, including working with another Charis Fellowship cooperating ministry, Water for Good. As a result, Three Strands founders Mike and Myra Taylor wi[...]
Grace College is gearing up for its annual “Latino Visit Day” on Friday, Jan. 24. Latino students and their families are invited to see Grace’s beautiful campus and learn about its variety of academic opportunities. The visit day will be completely in Spanish. The day will begin at 9 a.m. in Mount Memorial Hall, 808 Kings Highway, Winona Lake. At Latino Visit Day, prospective students and their parents will enjoy an admissions[...]
Main Stage Speakers for Momentum 2020 have been announced. The annual conference for students will be held on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Ind., July 14-19. The theme for the week is Hope Has a Name, and theme verse is Matthew 12:21. Speakers include Charis Fellowship leaders Keith Minier, lead pastor at Grace Fellowship in Pickerington, Ohio; Tony Livigni, campus pastor of the Medina East campus of Grace[...]
The Gahanna Gift Shop “Our primary goal is always to help people find and follow God”, says McKenzie Davis, the local impact director at Three Creeks Church, a Charis Fellowship Congregation in Gahanna, Ohio (Joel Trainer, lead pastor). “The goal of the shop is to serve the people of Gahanna by providing a little extra at Christmas time.” McKenzie is speaking about the Gahanna Gift Shop, which offers a Christmas shopping exper[...]
The life of God’s family in the Charis Fellowship is evident in the most accessed stories on graceconnect.us in 2019. Prayer requests, news updates, and other activities the Charis Fellowship (formerly known as the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches) dominated the top stories this year on the only site devoted completely to news and information in the network of congregations in North America. In 2019, these were the top st[...]
On Sunday, December 29, our sister and partner in the gospel, Karina Corrales, went to be with the Lord after battling cancer for several months. Pray for her family and friends in Argentina, as well as former coworkers and students in Chad and Cameroon. While a school teacher in Argentina, Karina became interested in ministry in Chad when hearing Chadians share in her local church. She persevered through several years of trai[...]
Rev. Lester E. Pifer, Columbus, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord on Christmas Day, 2019. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants.” (Psalms 116:15) NIV Lester was born on April 2, 1920, at Wadsworth, Ohio, to Elden H. Pifer and Rose I. (Blacklock) Pifer. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 57 years; Genevene E. (Walter) Pifer, sisters and brothers; Helen Lance, Evelyn Jeriga[...]
Tony Webb, executive director of Vision USA, a cooperating ministry in the Charis Fellowship, recently sent his December prayer letter. Among his report, is encouraging news of church planting not just in the Charis Fellowship, but with other faith groups where he works. A portion of his letter appears below. Click here to read the complete report. In 2019 God gave us more than He has given us in any other year: 162 new church[...]
Several players from Grace Brethren High School’s football team received all-county honors recently, according to a story in the VC Star. Grace Brethren running back/linebacker Josh Henderson shared honors as co-MVP offensive player while Jay Toia was the lineman of the year. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article and learn of other honors for the team. Grace Brethren High School is[...]
The Christmas Eve edition of the online news site, InkFreeNews, carries a story about Gerald Cox, “Kosciusko County’s real Santa Claus.” Cox is involved in Winona Lake, Ind., Grace Brethren Church (Bruce Barlow, lead pastor). A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Gerald Cox: ‘Kosciusko County’s Real Santa Claus’ Most people dread their hair turning white as they grow o[...]
Lester Pifer, who led church-planting efforts in the Charis Fellowship (Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches) for more than 30 years, died around Noon on Christmas Day in Central Ohio. From 1953 until his retirement in 1985 from Grace Brethren Home Missions, he traveled throughout the country, often piloting the Home Missions plane (in the early days) in order to reach more remote areas easily. He once told a reporter, his “g[...]
“Our mission at Grace is to connect people to God, connect people to People, connect to our Community,” says Cari Serafino of Grace Church in Osceloa, Ind. (Greg Serafino, lead pastor). “The goal of the Christmas DeLights project is to accomplish all three of our connects.” Christmas DeLights is a drive through Christmas lights display. The lights are programmed to an audio track of the biblical story of Christmas. “There is n[...]
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