Dr. Larry Chamberlain, president and chief executive officer of the Grace Brethren Investment Foundation, Inc., Winona Lake, Ind., presented two workshops, one on servant leadership as it relates to MBA student development, and the other on measuring spiritual formation among working adult professionals in Christian colleges and universities at the annual conference of the Christian Business Faculty Association in November in Indianapolis, Ind.
Captain John Arnoldbik was ordained to the Christian ministry on September 28 at Grace Community Church, a Grace Brethren church in Seal Beach, Calif. John is currently attending the U.S. Army chaplain school.
Dave Pacheco has joined the staff of the Grace Brethren Church, Delaware, Ohio, as youth pastor.
Tiberius Rata, Ph.D. (pictured), has been named chair of the Department of Biblical Studies at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind. (See related story,
Kenneth G. Townsend, M.Div., Ed.D., is the new director of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Northwest, serving Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Dr. Townsend assumes this position with more than 29 years of experience in Christian schooling and 30 years as a Grace Brethren chaplain in the United States Air Force Reserve (from which he retired as colonel last summer). He served the last four years as the Associate Director of the Northwest Region.
Jim Eagle is commanding a new unit of Grace Brethren Boys (GBB) at the Woodville Grace Brethren Church, Mansfield, Ohio (Ron Smals, pastor). Unit 18 is comprised of two men and six boys. “Jim, his right hand men, Pete Toth, and Pastor Ron Smals are all pumped at the opportunities the Lord has given their church,” reports GBB Director Rob Gable. “They are located in a neighborhood community rich with young men and boys. They look forward to growth. GBB will enable their church’s vision to encourage father/son relationships with the men and boys in their church and community.”
Ten individuals have been inducted into the inaugural class of the Grace College Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame. They included Ron Clase (men’s tennis, 1967-71); Paul Henning (men’s soccer, 1975-79); Heather Everhart Johnson (softball, 1992-94), Glen “Chet” Kammerer (men’s basketball, 1960-64), James “Jim” Kessler (men’s basketball, 1977-current); Dick and Ginny Leaf (support fans); Richard “Dick” Messner (AD/basketball/baseball 1955-75); Dr. Yvonne Messner (women’s basketball, 1960-82); Doug Noll (men’s basketball, 1975-78); and Melissa Rants Simfukwe (volleyball, 1994-98). The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the prestige of Grace College both on and off the field of competition. It has been formed to recognize former Lancer athletes, coaches, and contributors (meritorious service) to the institution.
Eliza Mae Clark, who would be best known for her volunteer work with Grace Brethren Navajo Ministries, as well as the Indiana District Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, died Thursday morning, November 13, 2008. Click here to see a complete obituary.
Dr. P. Fredrick Fogle, 83, died June 27, 2008, after battling cancer. A veteran of World War II, he taught missions and Bible courses at Grace College and Seminary from 1968-1973. He served as pastor of three Grace Brethren churches, of which he pioneered two. The Fogles served with Grace Brethren International Missions as missionaries to France from 1951-1965, starting the first Brethren group in 1955. In later years, Fogle was an adjunct professor, pastor, and a mentor of pastors. He is survived by wife Denise, of Tallahassee Fla. He was preceded in death by two sons, Neal and Victor, and is survived by three children: Beckie Johnson (Nick), Mark, and Celeste, 13 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. Click here to see a complete obituary.
Shoemaker Receives Social Concerns Award
Dr. Donald Shoemaker, senior pastor of the Grace Brethren church in Seal Beach, Calif., is the recipient of the “Social Concerns Award” by the South Coast Interfaith Council in southern California.
The award was presented at a benefit concert held at Temple Beth El in San Pedro, Calif., on Sunday, November 2. Shoemaker’s church was also recognized for its many social concerns activities and for encouraging its pastor’s social activism.
The award recognized Shoemaker’s leadership “in initiatives to ensure the protection of religious freedom for all.” Pastor Shoemaker authored a Religious Freedom Proclamation this year which encourages cities to uphold the principles of religious liberty and he sought the endorsement of many religious groups for his project.
Shoemaker serves as chairman of the Social Concerns Committee in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches and has pastored Grace Community Church in Seal Beach since 1984. His columns regularly appear in the local Long Beach newspaper.
OCC Design Lauded
The 2008 American School and University Architectural Portfolio jury has awarded Grace College’s Orthopaedic Capital Center its Citation for Outstanding Designs selected for the publication, one of the architectural profession’s showcase publications recognizing educational design. The OCC is one of 252 designs to be profiled in the 2008 publication. The OCC will be profiled in the November 2008 issue of American School and University. The building also will be featured in the “Explore the Gallery” section of http://www.schooldesigns.com/.