With the Lord
Althea S. Miller, 93, died December 24, two weeks after suffering a stroke. She is survived by her husband Robert E. A. Miller, who was a member of Grace Theological Seminary’s first graduating class, and eight children—Bill, David, Dorotheann, Sharon, Paul, Althea, Ardyth, and Mark, their spouses, 15 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Educated at Philadelphia College of the Bible and Ashland College, she married Robert in 1935, intending to be missionaries in Africa. With the outbreak of World War II, however, they settled in Tracy, CA, pastoring the Brethren church there. She served 30 years as a pastor’s wife and another 30 in Jewish evangelism. For many years she wrote a column for the Brethren Missionary Herald magazine entitled “Under the Parsonage Roof,” and these columns were later compiled into a 96-page paperback book published by Moody Press in 1969. Services were in Yorba Linda, CA.
Steve Kern has resigned as senior pastor of the Woodville, OH, Grace Brethren Church to join the staff of the Wooster, OH, Grace Brethren Church.
Kim Robertson is the new pastor at the Ephrata, PA, Grace Brethren Church, effective the end of January. Prior to his coming, Dr. Rick Fairman was interim pastor. Robertson formerly served as associate pastor of the Canton, OH, Grace Brethren Church and as senior pastor of the Blue Ridge Grace Brethren Church in Winchester, VA.
Former San Diego pastor Phil Teran has assumed the position of Overseer of Publications for Ariel Ministries. Ariel is a messianic ministry located in Tustin, CA, under the leadership of Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum. Teran is involved in the stylistic and contextual editing of a commentary on the book of Genesis. To view a complete description of Ariel, log on to www.ariel.org.
Simi Valley Tailback Receives Honor
Chad Kackert, a 5-foot-8, 177-pound tailback for Grace Brethren High School, Simi Valley, CA, was chosen Small Schools Player of the Year for his outstanding play and for helping the Lancers win their first 11-man CIF Southern Section Div. XII championship with a 34-6 victory over Ontario Christian. Kackert finished his senior year with a state-leading 3,445 yards and 55 scores. His touchdown total gave him a reported 131 TDs for his career, No. 2 on the all-time reported state list compiled by CalHiSports.com. His career rushing total was 6,028 yards. He has no regrets about playing football at Grace Brethren, which has an enrollment of fewer than 190 students. “God has taken me here for a reason,” Kackert said. “I wouldn’t do anything differently.”
BMH Plans Hymnsing, Heritage Tour at Equip05
The Brethren Missionary Herald Company is sponsoring two optional events during next summer’s Equip05 conference in Winona Lake, IN. The first will be a hymnsing, to be held in the chapel of Grace Village Retirement Center, on Tuesday, August 2 following open houses of the national organizations. Dan Thornton will lead a volunteer choir, and Miriam Uphouse Christensen will portray Susannah Wesley as part of the program.
The second event is a “Brethren Heritage Tour and Dinner” to be held Thursday, August 4, beginning at 5 p.m. Dr. David Plaster and others will narrate a coach bus tour of northern Indiana locations significant in Grace Brethren history. Included will be the Rt. 15 Arnold’s Grove site of the 1882 Holsinger meeting (page 64 of Finding Our Focus by David Plaster at www.bmhbooks.com), a tour of the murals and monuments at Camp Alexander Mack, a dinner on the Camp Mack grounds, and a special tour of the Menno Hof Interpretive Center of Anabaptist History near Shipshewana, IN. A limited number of registrations, at $25 per person, are available through the Brethren Missionary Herald Company.
Kessler Gets 500th Win
Grace College men's basketball coach Jim Kessler, shown here being honored by Grace president Dr. Ron Manahan, picked up his 500th career win in January as the Lancers defeated Spring Arbor College 70-67. Kessler has coached 28 years at Grace and holds a 500-407 career record. He was named NAIA National Coach of the Year after leading Grace to the 1991-92 NAIA National Championship and has twice been named NCCAA National Coach of the Year.
Northern Atlantic Fellowship Sets “Day Away”
Grace Brethren Employment Classifieds Debut
Grace College Names James Joiner Chaplain
James Joiner, who has been serving the last several years as the youth pastor at Bellflower (CA) Grace Brethren Church, has been named Grace College’s chaplain, beginning with the spring, 2005 semester. Joiner, who played basketball as a student at Grace and graduated in 1998, attended Grace Theological Seminary and has done graduate work at Biola University. His wife, Rachel, is a Grace graduate and they have one son, Isaiah James, born this past September. Joiner says, “Grace was for me a time and place of significant growth….I’m looking forward to the chance to give back much of what I’ve received.”
Church Websites: Now a Luxury, Soon Necessary
According to a recently-released study, the size of a church -- and even the age of its pastor -- factor into how much that church is using the Internet to enhance its ministry. Ellison Research says its study indicates that 91 percent of 700 Protestant pastors surveyed have access to the Internet and use it for church business. A majority of them say the most important aspect of that usage is for conducting research. Other aspects of note include building or maintaining a church website, and staying in contact with church members and missionaries via e-mail. But barely half of all the pastors surveyed say their church maintains a website. The larger a church's congregation is, the more likely it is to maintain a website. According to Ellison, almost 90 percent of churches that typically have 200 or more people attending worship on Sunday morning have a website. That compares with 60 percent of mid-size churches and 28 percent of small churches. The older the church's pastor is, the less likely it is that church will have a website.