Winter 2005 Rapport: Alumni News & Notes
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Class of 1976
Dexter Higgins is a marriage and family therapist in Whitby,
Eaton Ward pastors New Covenant Church, Edmonton, Alberta,
Class of 1977
Everett and Evelyn
McKinney are missionaries based in
Puthiyava Rajamoni is the general superintendent of the South
India A/G and superintendent of the Tamil District Council.
In the last few years, the district has planted 1,200 churches
and trained 2,500 church planters.
Class of 1978
Roger Cotton is a professor of Old Testament at AGTS.
He wrote a chapter, “God Reveals Himself to His People,” on
the laws of Exodus and Leviticus in They Spoke From God (Logion
Bill and Peggy Lasley are missionaries serving Global University.
Bill is a faculty member, writer and editor for the University
Material Development Department. Peggy teaches and coordinates
the French translation of undergraduate materials.
Class of 1979
Eldon Tracy, with wife Twyla, is a missionary evangelist
and founder/president of Abundant Life Association and Feeding
Children Worldwide. They are leading an effort to build a school
for 3,000 children in Angola.
Class of 1980
Shelley (Armstrong) and James Ashdown have been serving
with Wycliffe Bible Translators since 1990 in Thailand, Malaysia
and Kenya. Shelley earned her D.Miss. from Biola University
in 2001 and is now associate professor of ethnology at the
Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics in Dallas, Texas.
Mark and Patricia Kinney minister via children’s crusades
Richard Maffeo is on active duty with the Navy Nurse Corps.
He moved to the Naval Hospital in Bremerton, Wash., in October
2004. He is also a freelance writer.
Class of 1982
John and Yvonne Wagner are the founders and directors
of Open Bible Ministries, Inc., a Pentecostal ministry to the
military in Virginia Beach, Va. John is studying for his D.Min.
at Regent University and teaching at Tidewater Bible College.
Class of 1983
Willard Mihuc has retired as chaplain and director of
pastoral care at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson,
Fla., after eight years of service.
Alver and Linda Rance are missionaries in Honduras. He is
a missionary field moderator, and they both teach at the Bible
Institute in San Pedro Sula.
Norma and Alton Smith retired from missionary service in August
2002 and moved to Lakeland, Fla. They serve their district,
section and local church (Lakeland New Life A/G) in the area
of senior adult ministries. They are also directing the development
of a Christian education program for the country of Kosovo
through the Michigan District Council of the A/G.
Class of 1984
Scott McChrystal (right) with AGTS chaplaincy candidates
at West Point and a brigadier general (left).
Scott McChrystal is
lead chaplain at the United States Military Academy
at West Point.
Class of 1985
David Balasingh is involved in peace studies in Sri Lanka.
George Carson is the chair of the Division of Arts and Sciences
at Central Bible College, Springfield, Mo. He also serves as
a Springfield police chaplain.
Joanne Oftedahl, missionary, teaches at Bible colleges across
Class of 1986
Galen Pearcy is vice president of the Full Gospel Evangelistic
Association. His portfolio includes overseeing missions agencies
in seven countries. Galen also pastors Radiant Life Church,
Glen and Karen Smith are missionaries to Senegal, West Africa.
Class of 1987
|Dave and Debbie Johnson are intinerating missionaries planning to return to the
Philippines in May 2005.
||Craig Keener’s commentary,
The Gospel of John, won second place in the 2004 Christianity
Today biblical studies book awards.
Scott Miller has been appointed as a candidate missionary
to Eurasia to pioneer university ministries. Previously, he
spent eight years at Boston University where he had pioneered
a Chi Alpha ministry.
Randy Rich is vice president of Convoy of Hope, Springfield,
Roy and Vicki Smeya have been A/G missionaries to Latin America
since 1974. Roy coordinates the Spanish Christian Education
Service for Latin America, which covers undergraduate and graduate
level education and publications. Vicki is a counseling student
Class of 1988
|Edith and Robert (class
of 1987) Lafon, former missionaries to El Salvador,
are working to help A/G missionaries reach the world
James Meadows is an evangelist holding revivals and leadership
seminars throughout the Midwest. He is also a chaplain with
the Civil Air Patrol, a quality analyst with AT&T and a
freelance corporate writer.
Wittstock has published
a book entitled Hear Him! The One Hundred Twenty-Five Commands
of Jesus (Xulon Press: 2004).
Class of 1989
Nancy and Bob Schaefer are translation consultants with
Wycliffe Bible Translators in Ghana. They are currently involved
in translating the Bible into Farefare, Buli and Birifor.
Class of 1991
Lane Stockeland is an army chaplain recruiter for 15
western states and the Pacific Rim. He is stationed in Las
Class of 1992
Sam and Shellie Bowdoin are A/G missionaries to Thailand
conducting medical clinics.
Linda Ligate is associate professor of music at Evangel University.
This summer, she was awarded the Adena Seguine Holsinger Chair
Class of 1994
Trudy Ruehmann is a missionary to Micronesia.
Class of 1995
Denis Cox, a navy chaplain, is deployed to Iraq for seven
months. He spent eight months in Iraq last year. His wife Karen
(class of 1990) is leading a Bible study for the battalion
wives and preparing for the birth of their second child, due
Garry Menke will become the president of Evangel Theological
Seminary, Ukraine, in May 2005.
Class of 1997
Brown is an army chaplain currently deployed to Iraq.
Connie Webb is a licensed professional counselor volunteering
at the Springfield Pregnancy Center. She also counsels at Lutheran
Family Services (an organization that gives assistance to pregnant
women and their families) on a part-time basis.
Class of 1998
Appiah, with wife
Angela, is planting a church in Mitchelville, Md. Albert
is pursuing a D.Min. at AGTS.
||Paul Ebisch is
an independent investment manager with his own company,
Blaicol Management. Lisa is the promotions
manager for A/G U.S. Missions. They live in Mt. Vernon,
Steve Eutsler is pursuing his D.Min. at AGTS and teaching
part time at Central Bible College, Springfield, Mo. He received
his certification as a Dale Carnegie instructor and has co-authored
a book on Romans with Dr. Richard Dresselhaus to be published
soon through Global University.
David L. Nelson, with wife Carolyn, has specialized service
appointment with A/G World Missions and is currently the president
of Evangel Theological Seminary, Ukraine.
Class of 1999
Tom Ragsdell, missionary to Ukraine, assists Kiev Bible
Institute by teaching, assisting students with church planting
projects and aiding the administration. He and wife Jeni are
developing a Master’s Commission program and are leading
Kiev International Christian Center church.
Travis and Benita
Wagner welcomed Lukas Benjamin Dale in June 2004. He joins
his two-year-old sister, Danielle.
Class of 2000
Angela Reid received a doctor of psychology from Forest
Institute of Professional Psychology in August 2004. She is
an adjunct faculty member in the counseling program at AGTS
and works in private practice at Dr. Bradford and Associates,
Class of 2001
Michael and Pamela
Berkowitz, newly appointed Chi Alpha
missionaries, plan to pioneer a campus ministry in Madison,
John Jacobsen accepted a position as assistant professor of history at Williams Baptist College, Walnut Ridge, Ark., August 2004.
Randy, with wife Heidi, Jumper is the young adults pastor
at First Assembly of God, North Little Rock, Ark.
Class of 2002
Eusebia Rios, an air force chaplain, ministers to military
teams in New Horizons, Guyana, who are building a school, medical
clinic and rehabilitation clinic and providing medical treatment
and veterinary services.
Erik and Bethany Scottberg welcomed
their first child, Parker Elton, March 2004. Erik is the youth
pastor at First A/G, Joliet, Ill.
Renae and Colt Utley own
Master’s Touch General Contracting in Spokane, Wash.
Class of 2003
Chai married Dennis
Thong in April 2004. Moon teaches at Asia Theological Centre
for Evangelism and Missions in Singapore.
Cindy Irwin is working to be licensed as
a marriage and family therapist. She was recently named administrator
of the Springfield, Mo., branch of the Relationship Center
of the Ozarks. She is also traveling with the live talk show,
Chick Chat, a cutting-edge ladies ministry.
Ron Gavin earned a doctorate at AGTS and
started Christ Chapel Ministries Institute in Woodbridge, Va.,
Rosemarie Kowalski is director of alumni
services at Northwest University, Kirkland, Wash.
Gabriel Lett is working
with Life Transformation Center in Carthage, Mo., and ROCMND
Youth Services in Miami, Okla.
Patrice Robichaux is an associate
pastor at Parkway Christian Center A/G in Grants Pass,
Ore. She has started a singles ministry there and has written
a reference manual for pastoral counseling at the church.
Sobey is program director for the Ozarks Literacy
Class of 2004
Shannon Buckner is a missionary to Europe, serving
at Continental Theological Seminary in Brussels, Belgium.
She is currently on furlough.
David (class of 1980) and Kay
Gross pastor Radiant
Life Church (formerly Northwest A/G) in Dublin, Ohio.
David is an A/G general presbyter. Kay serves as the
women’s ministries director for the Ohio District
Council of the A/G. She received a D.Min. from AGTS
in 2004 and is on the AGTS Board of Directors.
Kruize is the world missions director for the Wisconsin/Northern
Michigan District Council of the A/G as well as a
retreat leader for Cleansing Stream Ministries.
McGough is a resident director at Evangel University
ministering to 195 college men.
Mark and Robin Opperman welcomed Zoe Catherine into the world in April
2004. Mark is currently on faculty at Global University,
Springfield, Mo. Robin is working in the Christian
Higher Education department at the General Council
of the A/G.
Tenneson (left, class of 1991), associate professor of biology;
and Steve Badger (right, class of 1995), professor
of science, teach at Evangel University, Springfield,
Mo. Along with Eric Steinkamp (class of 1998),
professor of life sciences, Northwest College,
Kirkland, Wash., they spoke at the A/G Commission
on Christian Higher Education Symposium, July 2004.
Each holds a Ph.D. in natural sciences.
Tuesday, January 18, 2005 9:34 AM