Andrew Serafini, the moderator of the Maranatha Grace Brethren Church of Hagerstown, Md. (Jay Fretz, pastor), has been chosen from 19 candidates to fill a vacant house seat in Maryland. A businessman in Hagerstown, he is an advocate of traditional marriage and conservative politics, is filling the Maryland House of Delegates seat vacated by Robert A. McKee.
“By God’s grace, and with the support of both my family and the local constituency, I will serve the community to the best of my ability and use my life experiences as a husband, father, businessman and member of our community to provide servant leadership to District 2A,” Serafini told the Herald-Mail. (Herald-Mail photo by Kevin Gilbert)
Susanne Kessler, business manager for the Grace Brethren Investment Foundation, has been honored for 15 years of service to the Foundation. “We applaud Susanne for her faithful service in behalf of our investors and borrowing churches,” says Larry Chamberlain, president of the Foundation. “Susanne contributes much to the success of the Foundation and we are very pleased with her passion for excellence and her commitment to this strategic ministry of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches and the work of the Great Commission.”
Peggy Owens, (pictured on left) an employee of CE National and a member of the Winona Lake (Ind.) Grace Brethren church (Bruce Barlow, lead pastor) was honored in March as one of the recipients of a 2008 Heart of Gold Award, presented by the Kosciusko County (Ind.) Community Foundation. Recipients were selected based on their service to others, identifying a need and fulfilling it, working to create positive change and inspiring others to volunteer. Peggy has volunteered at the Kosciusko County Jail for the past nine years bringing her joy of music with her keyboard on Sunday mornings and Monday evenings. She also teaches a Bible study to female inmates.
Mark D. Weinstein is the new Dean of Enrollment and Marketing at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind. A 1982 Grace College graduate, he also holds an M.S. degree in organizational leadership from Geneva College. In his new position, Mark will lead undergraduate and graduate enrollment and marketing.