News & Notes, July/August 2012

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From The Baptist Testimony – Volume 58 Number 4 July/August 2012


DR. PAUL BEALS, age 88, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. A service of praise and thanksgiving was held on June 1 at Northland Baptist Church in Grand Rapids and was led by Rev. Maynard Belt. Dr. Beals and his wife Vivian met at Wheaton College where he graduated in 1945. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1948 and Dallas Theological Seminary with a ThM in 1952 and a ThD in 1964. Together they served as missionaries in Central African Republic with Baptist Mid-Missions (1952-1964). From 1964 to his retirement in 1997, Dr. Beals was Professor of Missiology and Intercultural Studies at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary of Cornerstone University. Meanwhile he served as Consultant with Baptist Mid-Missions. In addition to ministry in North America, he served in several other countries, including Australia, England, Ghana, Guyana, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Papau New Guinea, Philippines, Romania, and Thailand. Dr. Beals initiated the Continuing Education Program for missionaries at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. The Seminary’s Southeast Asia Extension Program grew out of this program. After his retirement, he became Professor Emeritus at the Seminary and Missionary Emeritus with Baptist Mid-Missions. He served as president of Evangelical Missiological Society and was the author of A People For His Name: A Church-Based Missions Strategy. He felt that his greatest achievement was multiplying his ministry by teaching African pastors and North American missionaries and pastors in training. He was gratified that some “receiving” countries in the beginning are now “sending” countries. He had chosen for his life verse, Proverbs 3:5-6.

Dr. Beals is survived by his wife, Vivian; children, Lois Piercy, Dr. Stephen and Martha Beals, Samuel and Rebecca Beals, and Timothy and Cheryl Beals; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mrs. Beulah Anderson; and nephew, John Archer Beals. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Paul A. Beals Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary of Cornerstone University, 1001 E. Beltline Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49525, or Northland Baptist Church Missions Fund.

DR. GARY HILLIKER, 70, formerly of Wellington, went home to be with his Lord on Thursday, May 24, 2012 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A memorial service was held at First Baptist Church in Wellington, Ohio, on Tuesday, May 29. The service was officiated by Pastor Tom Alexander. Gary earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Shelton College and his Master of Divinity from Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary. Gary also received an Honorary Doctorate from El Colegio Universitario Bautista in Puerto Rico.

Gary was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wellington, Ohio until he moved to Grand Rapids and became a member of the Northland Baptist Chruch. In 1966 Gary and his wife were accepted as missionaries to Venezuela with Baptist Mid Missions where they served for15 years. He was then invited to serve as the General Director of Editorial Bautista Independiente, Baptist Mid-Mission’s Spanish publishing house in Florida for 15 years and then became the Director of International Development for 11 years.

He enjoyed playing his trumpet with the Highlands County Concert Band. As a hobby he performed as a clown known as Bubbles and participated in various parades and parties. He also entertained many groups with his magic skills.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Bernice (nee Angelico); sons, Brian (Janet), of Grand Rapids, MI and Wayne (Erin) of Tuolumne,CA; grandchildren, Brian, Garrett, Austin and Amanda; siblings, Linda (Ted) Hyde and Don (Glenda) Hilliker,and several nieces and nephews. Gary is also survived by his mother, Frieda Hilliker. He was preceded in death by his father, Howard, his paternal grandparents, John and Velma Hilliker and his maternal grandparents, William and Lella Tudor.

Memorial gifts will be received by First Baptist Church of Wellington and distributed to ministries to which Gary had been a part.

REV. DAVID MILLS – Rev. David Mills, 75, former MARBC pastor, went home to be with his Lord on May 5 in Nashville, TN. His family rejoices in the fact that even in his final days he was encouraging those around him to stay focused on bringing others to Christ and maintaining a godly relationship with God and others. David is survived by three children: Scott of Hendersonville, TN, Denise Dize of Charlotte, NC, and Tammi Wagner of Nashville, TN, and their families. He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Lois Anne (Jeremiah). Brother Mills attended Cedarville College and Grand Rapids Baptist Bible College. He pastored for over 30 years and then helped lead a radio ministry in Nashville. He served in several ministries in Michigan, including Grace Baptist Church in Saginaw (associate pastor), First Baptist Church in Newaygo (senior pastor), and Berean Baptist Church in Adrian (senior pastor). He also pastored Shoaf Park Baptist Church in Ft. Wayne, IN, and Ridgewood Baptist Church in Joliet, IL.


BROCK HONORED AT GARBC CONFERENCE – Dr. Eldon Brock, former director at Lake Ann Baptist Camp was recognized for his many years of faithful service for his Lord at the GARBC National Conference held at Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, PA. As he presented Eldon with the Service Award, GARBC National Representative John Greening quipped, “I just know that when Eldon gets to Heaven he’s going to say, ‘I’ve got some ideas . . . ‘”

Dr. Brock pastored three churches before becoming director of Lake Ann Camp. His idea was to impact campers by developing the camp counselors into more effective servant leaders. But he never promised a relaxing summer in the white pines of northern Michigan. “Camp is for the camper,” Brock had insisted. “Not necessarily for the ease, convenience, or enjoyment of the staff.” Eldon also helped to start the National Association of Regular Baptist Camps and served as an officer.

Following his “retirement” from Lake Ann after 21 years, Eldon and his wife Trudy (now with the Lord) moved to Grand Rapids and became members at North Park Baptist Church in 1992. During a twelve-year period, Eldon had the opportunity to visit Burma (Myanmar) nine different times and share with the leaders and students of Kachin Baptist Convention (Madung) at Hanson Baptist Bible College. His burden for their encouragement and the development of their leadership abilities led him to found Closed Door Ministries (CDM – in the early 2000s. The main goal of the ministry is to assist leaders in countries that are closed to the gospel receive doctorates so that they would be able to effectively lead their colleges and churches. Eldon helped raise thousands of dollars for their training and helped three students gain doctorates. In 2005, Hanson Baptist Bible College awarded Eldon an honorary doctor of divinity degree. After developing the ministry, Eldon turned over the leadership of CDM to Dr. Phil McDonald.

After his transition from CDM, Eldon and Trudy moved to Maranatha Village in Sebring, FL, to enjoy retirement. Trudy went home to be with her Lord in 2005. While studying and sharing about his discoveries at Maranatha Village and Maranatha Baptist Church in Sebring, God led Eldon to meet Ruth Compton, a retired Baptist Mid-Mission missionary who had ministered for many years on a Navajo reservation in Arizona. They were married in December 2006. Their wedding party was comprised of several different internationals with whom they had ministered in past years.

Having gained an interest in internationals in his travels, Eldon began to recognize that many internationals were now immigrating to the United States. This recognition caused him to evaluate the effectiveness of local churches here in the U.S. of reaching internationals in their neighborhoods and effectively integrating them into their ministries. Concerned by the lack of vision and preparedness by the majority of churches, he began to prayerfully consider the formation of a ministry that would increase awareness and offer assistance to these churches. As a result, he was led to start “Ethnic to Ethnic Ministries” (ETEM –, which was incorporated in 2008. He is prayerfully seeking his successor who will be able to more fully develop this vital ministry.

Eldon, now 86 years of age, continues to travel with Ruth to churches. He writes regularly and speaks at seminars and conferences, seeking to challenge churches and their leaders in the area of multi-cultural church ministry.

SHAWS HONORED AT GARBC CONFERENCE – ( About 51 years ago Dick and Shirley Shaw, newly married, moved to Cass City, Mich. Their first Sunday in Cass City they wondered where to go to church, and seeing First Baptist right across the street from their apartment, they decided to try it. They continued attending First Baptist Church for the next five decades, raising their three boys in the church and actively serving.

Dick has been a Sunday School superintendent, taught an adult Sunday School class, and served as deacon and trustee. Whenever the church held a workday or organized a crew for a parade float, Dick would be there joyfully working. Shirley, an excellent teacher, has taught the juniors Sunday School class for decades. She has also been the music director, served on the missions committee, and has been active in the Women’s Missionary Society, serving many terms as president. Together Dick and Shirley faithfully supported each pastor the Lord brought to First Baptist and found ways to encourage him often.

The Shaws have maintained a powerful testimony not only in their church but in their community as well. They are known for their faith in Christ, their integrity in business and friendships, and their willingness to help neighbors who are hurting.

Recently Dick and Shirley moved to Greenville, Mich., and have joined Calvary Baptist Church, where their son, Mark, is pastor. Although the Shaws will be missed at First Baptist, says Pastor David Hill, the congregation is thankful for their service and knows that their new church will be blessed to have them as members.

COLON, Colon Baptist Church (Scott Kroeger, Pastor) – Colon Baptist Church welcomed Scott Kroeger as their new senior pastor in April. The Kroegers come to Colon from Iowa where Scott attended both Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary. Scott and his wife Ruth have 3 young children.

FRUITPORT, Bethel Baptist Church (Paul Lamberson, Pastor) – the Bethel Baptist Church family rejoices in the call of Paul Lamberson to be their new senior pastor. Pastor Lamberson, who began his ministry in June, comes from Kentwood Baptist Church in Kentwood, MI where he served as an Associate Pastor. He is a graduate of Cornerstone University and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. Paul and his wife Jill have two young children.

HOWARD CITY, First Baptist Church (Brian Humphrey, Pastor) – Paul Austin was ordained by First Baptist Church on Sunday, June 3, following the unanimous recommendation of an ordination council that was convened on Friday, June 1. Rev. Bill Jenkin III served as moderator for the council. The Sunday ordination service included challenges by Pastor Jon Jenks, Calvary Baptist Church in Wisconsin Rapids, WI, which is Paul’s home church; Pastor Jack Austin, Paul’s father, also from Calvary Baptist Church in Wisconsin Rapids; and Pastor Chris Howard, First Baptist Church in Cedar Springs, MI. Brian Humphreys, senior pastor at First Baptist of Howard City led the service.

Paul serves as Associate Pastor of Youth Ministries at First Baptist. He previously served in youth and camp ministries at Shelby Road Baptist Church in Shelby, MI. He and his wife, Katie, recently welcomed their first child, a son whom they named Chase. Pastor Austin is a graduate of Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, PA.

INDIAN RIVER, Indian River Baptist Church (Jeff Gwilt, Pastor) – Jeff Gwilt began his ministry as senior pastor of Indian River Baptist Church in April. Jeff comes to Indian River from Butler, PA where he served as a youth pastor for nine years. He is a graduate of Northland Baptist Bible College and earned a masters degree in Biblical studies from Northland in 2001. He and his wife Michelle have two daughters. Both of them are natives of northern Michigan and are thrilled to return to the region.

LUDINGTON, Calvary Baptist Church (Tim Yankee, Pastor) – Calvary Baptist Church welcomed Greg East to the pastoral staff as Associate Pastor in Youth and Christian Education in March. Greg and his wife Hannah moved from Ankeny, Iowa, where Greg worked on staff at Faith Baptist Bible College. Both he and Hannah are graduates of the college and Greg also graduated from the seminary. On May 27 the church presented Pastor Greg with his license for the gospel ministry. After the morning service there was a luncheon held in the East’s honor. Pastor Greg’s family from Illinois was able to be in attendance for this special day. The church family rejoices to have the Easts as a part of their ministry.

NORTH BRANCH, First Baptist Church (Jim MacQuarrie, Pastor) – Pastor Jim MacQuarrie was officially installed as the new Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church on Sunday, June 3. The MacQuarries come to North Branch from Montague, Massachusetts, where Jim served as a missionary pastor. Pastor MacQuarrie is a graduate of Word of Life Bible Institute and Piedmont Bible College.

Pastor Reid and Beverly Kitchen, who recently retired as pastor at First Baptist, were recognized during the worship service for their faithfulness in ministry by the dedication of a new missions display board in their honor. Pastor Kitchen shared during the Sunday School hour and gave the charge to the church in the installation service.

Rev. Ken Floyd, MARBC, was the special speaker for the morning worship service and also gave the charge to the pastor in a special afternoon installation service.

MARBC Events to Place on Your 2012 Calendar

September 30, 2012

MARBC 6th Annual Day of “One Accord” Prayer

“They raised their voice to God in one accord” Acts 4:24

A day for MARBC churches to devote their attention to prayer for our churches, pastors, state fellowship, camps, ministries, missionaries, and special needs.

October 29-30, 2012

70th Annual MARBC Conference

“To All Generations”

“Bringing glory to Christ in His church to all generations”

“To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:21

Speakers include: Ken Floyd, Maynard Belt, and MARBC pastors

Appreciating Our Heritage and Embracing Our Future

South Baptist Church, Flint, Michigan

Full details will be included in the next issue of the Baptist Testimony


BOOKS AVAILABLE – Over 120 volumes from an individual’s library are available for free to anyone interested. Volumes include Bibles, commentaries, and devotionals. Authors include Wiersbe, Dobson, MacArthur, Hull, Lucado, Stanley, Strauss, Swindoll, and Yancey. A complete listing of volumes is available upon request. Contact Myrna Price, North Park Baptist Church, Grand Rapids (Email), if interested.

IMPORTANT TAX REMINDER FOR CHURCHES AND PASTORS – Now is a good time to review the 2012 housing or parsonage allowances designated for all ministers on staff. If an allowance designated for 2012 is clearly below actual housing expenses, then the church board should consider declaring a larger portion of the minister’s remaining compensation as a housing or parsonage allowance. A church is free to designate any portion of a minister’s compensation as a housing allowance, but remember that clergy who own their homes may never claim a housing allowance exclusion greater than the fair rental value of the home (furnished, including utilities). Therefore, the allowance ordinarily should not be significantly more than this amount. To learn more, see Richard Hammar’s 2012 Church and Clergy Tax Guide.

FALL PASTORS RETREAT – There are retreats and conferences all over the country for pastors…often they feature people from larger churches with multiple staff members. Are you on your own in ministry or in a smaller church with limited resources? You have a set of temptations and struggles that are unique. You are invited to a Pastor’s Retreat at Lincoln Lake Baptist Youth Camp that will address ministry function regardless of church size. This retreat is scheduled for September 17, 18. Pastor T.W. Teall (First Baptist Church of Alto) will be speaking on the subject “A Refresher Course on Prayer and the Ministry of the Word.” The cost is $45 (scholarships available); this includes four meals, overnight accommodations and snacks. For more information please contact Mark Shaw at 616-754-3811 or Jim Lockwood at 616-984-2125. Please register ahead of time with the camp.

EMAIL ADDRESS – Do we have your accurate e-mail address? Many people and organizations change their email addresses from time to time. Does the MARBC have your current address? Why not be sure by sending us an email and including your updated contact information? Send your information to either Sharon or Ken.

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