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Summer 2007 Rapport: Alumni News & Notes

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Class of 1974

Stanley Wayne is an attorney practicing in Walden, N.Y.

Class of 1976

Russ Turney is the AG World Missions (AGWM) regional director for Asia Pacific.

Class of 1977

Donald Smeeton is the director of libraries at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va.

Class of 1978

Carol Taylor is the new provost at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Class of 1980

Walter Craft pastors Living Waters Worship Center in Selma, Ala.

Greg and Emily Johns, AGWM area directors for South Africa, will return to the field in July 2007 to focus on HIV/AIDS ministry.

Class of 1982

Emory Dively is the president of the AG National Deaf Culture Fellowship.

Raymond Pfister is principal of Birmingham Christian College, United Kingdom.

Class of 1984

Gregg Detwiler is the intercultural ministries director at Emmanuel Gospel Center in Boston, Mass.

Class of 1985

Ruth Collins is a staff chaplain at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie, Texas.

Gary Piercy and his wife, Sharla, founded New Life Church in Kingwood, Texas. Gary earned a Ph.D. in applied management and decision sciences from Walden University in February 2007.

Class of 1986

Yatwan and Angelina Eu are pastors at New Life City Church in Perth, Western Australia.

Paul Hughes has authored Christ in Us: The Exalted Christ and the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit and Divine Parodies and Holy Histories with Select Poems: Illustrations of Gospel Truth.

Class of 1987

Paul Robinson is an AG missionary to Colombia.

Class of 1988

Rodney White founded a missions organization, Investing in Futures, which coaches national church leaders on how to make their organizations more effective missions-sending agencies and sends used computers, school desks and text books to missionaries, pastors and churches. His wife, Gerry, graduated with a D.Min. from AGTS in 2007.

Class of 1989

Don and Nancy (class of 1990) Williams serve on staff at First AG Christian Center in Fort Wayne, Ind. Don is the pastor of adult discipleship and leadership development. Nancy is a licensed mental health counselor, the director of Renew Counseling Center and the director of Women’s Ministries. In May 2007 Don earned a D.Min. in spiritual formation from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky.

Class of 1990

Gary Hensley was promoted to lieutenant colonel in October 2006. He is the Division Chaplain, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.

Class of 1994

Rick Painter serves as dean of academic affairs and library services at City College, a Bible college in Milwaukee, Wis.

Class of 1995

Jeff Alexander is a nationally appointed home missionary with Ohio State Chi Alpha.

Paul Alexander is the director of the D.Min. Program and professor of theology and ethics at Haggard School of Theology, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, Calif.


Richard Dupont is founder of Foothills Information Research, a firm that researches business and technical information for corporate decision makers.

Don Englund completed an M.A. in linguistics at Kansas University in December 2006.

Class of 1998

Douglas Bursch is the senior pastor of Evergreen Foursquare Church in Auburn, Wash. He writes a weekly column for the local newspaper and is working on his D.Min. at The Kings Seminary in Van Nuys, Calif. Doug also is a guest speaker with Evergreen Life Ministries.

Paul Ebisch authored Net Worth Principle: Build Wealth Without Budgeting, which focuses on financial decision making through the lens of net worth.


Paul Zinter authored A Time to Heal: The Biblical Ministry of Divine Healing, released in May 2007.

Class of 1999

Ben and Lorraine Manion welcomed their third child, Lily Grace, in December 2006. Ben owns Faith Integrated Logistics in Charlotte, N.C.


Cosmo and Rivkah Panzetta are AG missionaries to the Jewish people in the United States.


Riku and Anne Tuppurainen welcomed their first child, Alex Richard, in February 2007.

Class of 2000

Sherri (Wilson) and Stephen Bent welcomed their first child, Kainan Miller, in March 2007.

Class of 2001

Stephanie (Thomas) and Masaki Liu welcomed their first child, Thomas Akira, in February 2007.

Class of 2002

Lindsey Ellis is the student minister at The Bridge Church in Nixa, Mo., and works at Chrysalis Character Center, an organization featuring parenting and teacher workshops.

Dwight Miranda is an AG missionary planting Vida Community Church in Tampa Bay, Fla.


Rick and Cathy Oliver welcomed their first child, Andrew Richard, in April 2007. Rick is the assistant director of library services at AGTS.

Class of 2003

Judi Ballweber is moving to Kiev, Ukraine, as a missionary in July 2007. She will work with national churches to develop responses to the HIV/AIDS crisis in the CIS/Baltic States, which have the fastest growing HIV/AIDS rates in the world.

Nobunari Funatsu started Bible studies on five campuses near his church in Japan during the last year.

Ron Gavin is the academic dean of leadership studies and director of institutional effectiveness and research at Beacon University in Columbus, Ga.

Ruth Hasselgren is heading a committee to establish the first Pentecostal Bible School in Austria. Husband Carl coordinates the national youth ministry in Austria.

Cindy Irwin launched the Life By Design counseling center in Springfield, Mo. Cindy also is a lead intensive therapist at the National Institute of Marriage and one of the few certified Christian sex therapists in the nation.

Frank and Sandy Luke are working as associate pastors at Harvey AG in Harvey, Iowa.

Class of 2004

Larry Cooper was honored in March 2007 by the Missouri Victim Assistance Network for chaplaincy ministry and volunteer work with local crisis teams.

Aleeza Green married Patrick Maciariello in April 2007.

Matt and Tracy Herman are directors of Chi Alpha at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

Class of 2005

Tony Adu-Sarkodie planted El Shaddai AG in Bronx, N.Y., in December 2006.

David D. Dalton is pastoring Forrest Park AG in Pine Bluff, Ark. He recently was elected to be a sectional presbyter.

Jason Moore planted Branchpoint Church AG in Branchburg, N.J.


Dallas Payton is working for Ozark Center Turnaround Ranch as a residential care therapist.

Peter Reynolds is working on his Ph.D. in biblical studies at Baylor University.


Alfred and Terry Sanchez are founders of Compassion in Action Global Servants, a non-profit volunteer organization. They are candidate church-planting missionaries with the AG.

John Paul Smith is pursuing his Ph.D. at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va.

Sarah Tarpley is serving as a reserve chaplain on active duty at the 4 Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C. She is the contemporary service chaplain and mission support group chaplain.

Jarrid Younkin is the new academic dean at Christian Life College in Stockton, Calif.

Class of 2006

Lee and Sandy Allison are AG missionaries to the CIS/Baltic States.

Susan Carroll traveled to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro as part of a HealthCare Ministries team in February 2007.


Updated: Tuesday, August 14, 2007 2:04 PM


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