Jeanne Crafton is the new director of admissions at Grace College. She brings 11 years of higher education admissions experience to the school, having served as an admissions counselor at Taylor University and Grand Canyon University. She also was director of admissions at Southwestern College in Phoenix, Ariz, where during her tenure new student enrollment increased substantially. She moves to Grace from Taylor University’s Ft. Wayne, Ind. campus, where she was director of admissions.
Jim Murray of Columbia, S.C., is a pastoral intern in the area of youth ministries at the Grace Brethren Church, Aiken, S.C. (Steve Taylor, pastor). A student at Columbia Biblical Seminary, Columbia, S.C., he will graduate in May with a Master of Divinity degree in pastoral counseling. He is married to the former Ashley Wojtowicz of Aiken and they are the parents of Margo.
Steve Makofka concluded his pastoral ministry at the Centerville, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church on February 22.
Neil Cole’s new book, Organic Leadership: Leading Naturally Right Where You Are, was released in February. Cole is pastor of Awakening Chapel, a Grace Brethren church in Long Beach, Calif., and executive director of Church Multiplication Associates. He is also one of the founders of today’s organic church movement, which has given rise to thousands of churches around the world. For more information or to obtain the book, see http://www.cmaresources.org.
Former Grace Brethren pastor Wendell Kent has authored his third book, Head for the Hills. It includes short and entertaining essays about 14 people who were drawn to the mountains, plus four others whom Kent calls “The Big Four” – the presidents immortalized on South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore. The 40-page book retails for $7.95 and is available from Wendell at 16644 CR 369, Buena Vista, CO 81211.
The Fine Line, a new book by Kary Oberbrunner was released in early December. Oberbrunner, 31, is a pastor at Grace Church, a Grace Brethren church in Powell, Ohio. He lives in Dublin with his wife, Kelly, and their two children.
Betty Jane (Hart) Farner, 90, wife of the late Grace Brethren pastor Donald W. Farner and mother of Grace Brethren pastors Donald Farner and Tim Farner, died Saturday, January 31, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio. Click here to see a complete obituary.
Former Grace College coach and professor and Grace Brethren pastor Lloyd Woolman died February 9 at his home at Grace Village Retirement Center in Winona Lake, Ind.