News to Know
Arnold Betoney was examined and approved for a ministerial license in 1996 by the Red Lake, Ariz., Grace Brethren Church, but his ordination was overlooked for years. In September, several members of the Grace Brethren Investment Foundation board examined him for ordination and the following Sunday, September 19, the Native New Life Church agreed with the group’s recommendation and ordained him to the Christian ministry. “I introduced the occasion,” reports Dr. Larry N. Chamberlain, CEO of the GBIF. “Howard Mayes gave the charge, one of the church members prayed in Navajo, and Robert MacMillan prayed in English. It was a great moment.”
Mark Combs was ordained during a special service on October 3 at Calvary Grace Brethren Church, Kettering, Ohio.
John Shirley and Jonathan Wiley were examined for ordination on September 15 in the North Central Ohio District and were recommended for ordination.
On the Move
After nearly nine years of involvement and music/worship leading at the Grace Brethren church in Mississauga, Ontario, Bart Blair has announced that God is leading Bart, his wife Elizabeth, and their three children to move across Canada and join with the new church-planting team in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
Tom Eames is the pastor of the Southern Hills Community Church, a Grace Brethren church in Strongsville, Ohio.
Marion, Ind., native Kelsey (Warren) Mitchener has joined the staff of the Brethren Missionary Herald Company, Winona Lake, Ind., as editorial assistant. In her new role she will help with the editorial needs of BMH Books and FGBC World, serve as the office receptionist, and take orders for BMH Books, among other responsibilities.
Catherine Sue Abbitt, 49, Winona Lake, Ind., wife of Pastor Tom Abbitt, August 31, 2010.
Richard Eugene Bell, 62, Winchester, Va., Grace Brethren pastor, September 19, 2010.
Mallori Lin Kastner, 18, of rural Wabash, Ind. and a student at Grace College, September 17, 2010, at Winona Lake, Ind.
Patricia A. Jentes, 63, Rittman, Ohio, mother of Pastor Mike Jentes, August 25, 2010.
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