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Winter 2007 Rapport: Alumni News & Notes

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Class if 1974

Jim and Kathleen Powers are missionaries working with Latin America ChildCare as coordinators of the V.I.P. Network.

Class of 1975


Barbara Cavaness is a missionary teaching missions in Bible schools throughout the Asia Pacific. She is also an adjunct professor at AGTS.

Class of 1976


David Chen works with Gospel Operation International, a missionary-sending agency in Burlingame, Calif. He is in charge of field support and training.

Dan and Candace Saglimbeni, missionaries to Rwanda, teach at a Bible school and help plant churches.

Robert Turnbull speaks in churches throughout Latin America, France and in the U.S., and resides in Virginia Beach, Va.

Class of 1977

Robert Elliott is a retired Southeastern University professor. He continues to preach, teach adult Sunday school classes and serve as the chaplain for the Royal Rangers program in Lakeland, Fla.

Richard Varnell is executive pastor at Desert MultiChurch, a church plant in Thousand Palms, Calif. He is also president of Palm Desert Tax and Bookkeeping, a service designed for ministers and churches.

Donald Yoshida pastors Bethany AG in Aiea, Hawaii. He also serves as the presbyter for the Central/Leeward Section of the Hawaii District.

Class of 1978

Arthur Henderson ministered with Open Bible Standard Churches for 57 years, including 15 years as a missionary to Jamaica. He is now retired and leads a seniors ministry in Kearney, Neb.

Vernon and Marjorie Metz are retired missionaries active in their church in North Richland Hills, Texas.

Class of 1980

John Johnson pastors Glad Tidings AG in Altus, Okla. He is also adjunct instructor of philosophy at Western Oklahoma State College.

Class of 1981

Donald Carroll has been pastor of Osceola Church of the Brethren in Osceola, Ind., since 1995.


Manuel Cordero retired in August 2006 from the Federal Bureau of Prisons where he served as a chaplain for more than 23 years. He has been appointed the new correctional ministry representative for the AG Chaplaincy Department.

Class of 1982

Donovan and Kathy Barron, missionaries to Europe, are based in Brussels, Belgium. Donovan is a theology and missiology lecturer at Continental Theological Seminary.

John and Gay Davis serve as missionaries with the Institute for Ministry Development in South Dakota where they train Native Americans.

Class of 1983

Clinton Caszatt is an Army chaplain with the 101st Airborne Division and the senior pastor of Community Chapel, in Ft. Campbell, Ky.

Class of 1984

Cherri Mormino is executive director of Indiana Post Adoptions Network.

Class of 1986

Don Bowman passed away on August 1, 2006, after battling cancer. He pastored churches in Litchfield and Granite Falls, Minn., and served as Minnesota District youth and Christian education director. For nine years he was a missionary in Ghana.

Eugene Hunt and his wife, Carolyn, are missionaries to Latin America and the Caribbean based in Costa Rica. In July, they returned to DeSoto, Texas, for a year of itineration.


Glen and Karen Smith are missionaries to the Sahel Region of Africa. Glen is writing curriculum that will include language learning, Islamic studies, missions theory and Christian spirituality.

Class of 1987



Norried and Doris Chaisson have been assigned to serve as missionaries to the Republic of Nauru, an island nation in the South Pacific. .

Class of 1988

William Barefield is the senior Army chaplain for Arlington National Cemetery.

Paul Hansen is family pastor at Columbia Heights AG in Longview, Wash.

Jack Klugh completed a doctor of ministry in pastoral counseling and psychotherapy at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.


Lauren Orchard earned his doctor of ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in May 2006.

Class of 1989

Edward and Faith Ferguson have completed 38 years as missionaries to Ghana, the Netherlands, Japan and the United States. They are now pastors of the AG military church on the Vogelweh Air Force Base in Germany.

Kc Kopaska is developing a ministry to Native Americans to serve reservation churches. He is also the chaplain for the Clever, Mo., Fire District.



Priscilla Mondt retired last year after 31 years of military service. She is a Bronze Start and Legion of Merit recipient. She is currently pursuing grant writing for various home missions endeavors.

Class of 1991

Dr. Johnson, missionary to Thailand and J. Philip Hogan professor of world missions at AGTS, received his Ph.D. from Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (University of Wales).

Class of 1994

Lon Calloway, a former pastor, presbyter and missionary to Nigeria, began his ministry at age 20. At age 84, he is now semi-retired in Springfield, Mo.

Class of 1995

Paul Alexander is director of the D.Min. program and professor of theology and ethics at Haggard School of Theology, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, Calif. He is also executive director of the Pentecostal Charismatic Peace Fellowship.

Lawrence Reed is the pastor of family life and staff counselor at First AG in Sioux Falls, S.D

Class of 1996

Joanna (Grenz) and Mark Barten are directors of Hope Center, a community outreach ministry of Bethel Church AG in Medford, Ore.

Class of 1997

Tonya Waechter is a licensed marital and family therapist in California. She assesses credential candidates for the Northern California/Nevada District of the AG and is the vice president of Listening Ears, Healing Hearts Ministries. She also teaches in the counseling department at Capital Bible College.

Class of 1999

Edison Bynoe is the adult ministries pastor at Abundant Life Assembly in Barbados. He has published two books: Meditations, Spiritual Truths for the Family and The Church on the Edge of Destiny.

Floyd and Pam (2004) Frey are AG World Missions area directors for Mexico.


Tim Johnson is an assistant pastor at Mars-Hill, a church plant in Fairfield, Calif.

Tracey Lane is the reference librarian at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colo.

Class of 2001

Kevin and Annie Folk are missionaries to Spain.

David Johns, a retired Marine lt. colonel, is a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania. He is certified in counseling individuals with sexual addictions.

Class of 2002

David Cook is the president of International Bible Center, a Bible school in San Antonio, Texas.



Jonathan DiStaulo is the pastor of worship and fine arts and a pastoral counselor at West Congregational Church in Haverhill, Mass.

Kevin and Robin McGee, missionaries, started a church plant in Nairobi, Kenya, in July of 2006.

Class of 2003

Leroy Adams is a substance abuse clinician in Roxbury Crossing, Mass., and is involved in preaching ministry at Glad Tidings AG.

Bob Caldwell presented a paper, “On James Barr,” at the April 2006 meeting of the Central States Region of the Society of Biblical Literature, St. Louis, Mo.

Daniel and Rhonda Davis are associate pastors at Echoes from Calvary Church in Salinas, Calif.


David Nicholson, missionary, is planting a church in Utah.

Katherine Sobey is pastor of First AG in Orangeburg, S.C.

Class of 2004

Darrell and Dianne Wood are missionary educators in Europe.

Class of 2005

Kevin Chelf is a chaplain at Maxwell AFB, Ala. He pastors the contemporary worship service and is the chaplain to the Medical Group, Airmen Leadership School and base singles. Kevin was promoted to captain in June 2006.


Monty and Cara Galloway are the assimilation and small groups pastors at Relevant Life Church, Spokane, Wash.




Lillian Sparks has written four books for women: A Quiet Escape, Don’t Cry for Me, Tough Cookie and Parents Cry Too.

Jim and Meg Thacker are missionaries to Burundi.

Faye Tidwell passed away on October 21, 2006, after battling cancer. She and husband Cary have been missionaries in Africa, Europe and the United States since 1970. She taught at Central Bible College and AGTS.

Richard Tow is a partner with the conflict management firm, Hollingsworth, Sanders & Tow, LLC.

Leslie Woodworth-Fudge spent the summer of 2006 in China teaching English as a second language with a group arranged by

Class of 2006

David Boyd is director of the AG’s national Children’s Ministries. His wife, Mary, is the national coordinator of the Boys and Girls Missionary Crusade.

Maria Bundrick is the client services and volunteer director at the Pregnancy Care Center in Springfield, Mo.


Kurt and Stephanie Plagenhoef are missionaries to Albania.

Jeff and Michelle Stender are newly appointed missionaries to Madagascar.

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Correction from Summer 2006 issue:

Grace Salazar (1987) is pastor of Luz Para Las Naciones (not Centro Cristiano Casablanca) in Little Havana, Miami, Fla.

Eddie and Maria Rivero are senior pastors of Centro Cristiano Casablanca.

Updated: Thursday, August 19, 2010 2:18 PM


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