News & Notes, November/December 2012

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From The Baptist Testimony – Volume 58 Number 6 November/December 2012

COMSTOCK PARK, Alpine Baptist Church (Doug Compton, Pastor) – On Sunday, October 21, 2012, Alpine Baptist Church in Comstock Park, Michigan, celebrated both Pastors’ Appreciation Day and the 20th Anniversary of Pastor Doug Compton’s ministry at Alpine. During the Morning Worship Service, various members of the congregation shared how important the ministry of Pastor and Sue was to their family in their special time of need. All of those present were blessed and challenged by each family as they recalled the impact of Pastor and Sue’s concern and ministry to their family. Pastor and Sue Compton received a gift from the congregation presented by Church Board Chairman, Glen Siegel. The service was followed by a time of fellowship for everyone in attendance.

FLINT, Emmanuel Baptist Church (John Scally, Pastor) – Emmanuel Baptist Church held a special installation service for their new senior pastor, John Scally, on September 3. Brother Scally is a graduate of Maranatha Baptist Bible College and had previously served 18 years in youth ministry. His wife Tammy is a graduate of Bob Jones University with an emphasis in guidance/counseling. The Scallys have three young children.

GRAND RAPIDS, Leonard Heights Baptist Church – Leonard Heights Baptist Church held its final worship service on Sunday, August 26. Current and former members gathered to give thanks to God for His blessings during the church’s 50+ years of ministry on the northwest side of Grand Rapids. During the service there was a special recognition of Iglesias Bautista Biblica, the new ministry that will now use the church facilities. This new church plant is led by Pastor Paul and Barb Joles (Baptist Mid-Missions). A reception was held at the conclusion of the service.

GRAND RAPIDS, Northland Baptist Church (Michael Faris, Pastor) – Northland Baptist Church rejoices in the addition of Pastor Mike and Elizabeth Faris this fall. The Farises come to Northland after serving in a pastorate in Pennsylvania and living briefly in Ontario where they ministered to Mike’s ailing mother prior her entrance into glory last year. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Mike was subsequently raised in Ontario Canada, as was Elizabeth. They are not newcomers to west Michigan, Mike previously served as the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Zeeland for 14 years, as well as youth pastor in two Grand Rapids area churches in the 1970s. The Farises have five grown children.

MANCHESTER, Victory Baptist Church (Gary Page, Pastor) – Victory Baptist Church recently welcomed Gary Page as their new pastor. Pastor Page and his wife Deborah come to Manchester from Grandville, Michigan. They have three adult children. A special installation service and dinner were held on Sunday, November 11. Speakers included Rev. Ken Floyd (MARBC), Dr. Claude Wiggins (Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary), and Rev. Paul Pickell (retired Victory pastor). Former pastor Fred Slagle shared special music and Jim Vandermey shared a testimony about the Pages’ prior involvement at Grace Bible Church in Grandville.
Gary attended Northern Arizona University as a major in music education. He later attended Cornell University and received Bachelors and Masters degrees in Hotel Administration. In the mid-1980s, he sensed the call of God to pastoral ministry and received a Masters in Theological Studies from Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary. He previously served in pastorates in West Branch and Three Rivers, Michigan.

ROCHESTER, First Baptist Church (Mark Cizauskas, Pastor) – Mark and Marsha Cizauskas and their family were officially welcomed to First Baptist Church on September 30 as the church held a pastoral installation service. Participating in the service were Rev. Ken Floyd (MARBC) and Rev. John Greening (GARBC) who shared comments regarding the importance of the search process. Pastor Doug Crawford of West Cannon Baptist Church in Belmont, Mark’s home church and where he previously served as Executive Pastor, gave the charge to the church. Pastor Ted Herron of Watkins Glen, New York, Mark’s father-in-law, gave the charge to the pastor. First Baptist deacons Bob Mangin and Dave Dykema gave special comments and greetings from the church family. A special dinner was held following the service in the Cizauskas’ honor.

SMARBC Regional Association – Between 700-800 were in attendance for a special community rally called “Beat Bob” that was sponsored by several churches in the Southern MARBC region on Thursday, October 11. This outreach involves a man named Bob Holmes, an evangelist and one-man volleyball team who travels nationwide to share the gospel to thousands of families. Approximately 150 responded to the invitation regarding the need for further help or information regarding their spiritual needs.

TAYLOR, Evangel Baptist Church (Ken Pierpont, Jr., Pastor) – Evangel Baptist Church had the special joy of ordaining two men to the Gospel ministry this fall.

Michael Breznau, Associate Pastor of Student Ministries, was ordained by Evangel Baptist Church in a special service held on Sunday evening, September 30. The church held an ordination council the previous Friday, where Michael was unanimously recommended for ordination and commended for his knowledge and articulation of the scriptures.
During the service, Michael’s father shared a personal testimony and Evangel’s Senior Pastor Ken Pierpont shared a charge to the candidate. Ken Floyd of the MARBC moderated the ordination council on Friday and also gave a charge to the church at the ordination service. A reception was held in his honor following the service.

Tim Walker was ordained on Sunday, October 28. Tim grew up at Evangel and graduated from Baptist Bible College this past spring. He is currently involved in a church plant in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. An ordination council was held on the Friday prior to the service. Dr. Jim Lytle, Provost of Baptist Bible College moderated the ordination council and also gave the charge to the candidate during the ordination service. A reception was held following the service.

“We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8

Clyde Afman. Pastor Clyde Afman (89) went home to be with his Heavenly Father peacefully, at home with family members at his side, on Monday evening, August 20. Born in Bradley, Michigan on February 6, 1923, he was a man who made a difference in the lives of many. He served his country in World War II. Following the war, he met the love of his life, Pauline Wielhouwer. They were married for over 66 years.

Obeying God’s call on his life, Clyde received Bible training at Grand Rapids Baptist College and Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music. He served in the following pastorates: Oak Street Baptist Church in Durand, MI; Sandusky Baptist Church in Sandusky, MI; Countryside Bible Church in Jonesville, MI; Rudyard Bible Church in Rudyard, MI; Rexton Mennonite Church, Rexton, MI; and in retirement he served as Pastor of Visitation at First Baptist Church in Fremont, MI.

Clyde was passionate about sharing Christ with everyone he met. His legacy lives on with the many he led to Christ throughout the years, and through the ministries of his children and grandchildren. In addition to his wife Pauline, Clyde is survived by six children, Carol (Gene) Kent of Lakeland, FL, Jennie (Graydon) Dimkoff of Fremont, MI, Paula Afman of Lakeland, FL, Bonnie (Ron) Emmorey of Fremont, MI, Ben Afman of Baltimore, MD, and Joy (Kelly) Carlson of Yampa, CO; 17 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was co-officiated by his son-in-law Rev. Kelly Carlson and Rev. Steve Summerfield of First Baptist Church in Fremont. Memorial contributions may be made to Mel Trotter Ministries, 225 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. This is the ministry where Clyde first preached many years ago.

Jay Dyksterhouse. Rev. Jay Dyksterhouse (85) went home to be with His Lord on August 4. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945-47 and was invited to a Bible Study where he learned about God’s love, forgiveness, and assurance of eternal salvation available through faith in Jesus Christ.

Jay attended Grand Rapids Junior College where he met his wife, the former Norma Bertrand. They were married in 1947 at Wealthy Street Baptist Church. Jay and Norma served as ABWE missionaries in Chile, teaching pastors at a Bible institute until 1970. Jay then returned to Grand Rapids and served as pastor of Lake Drive Baptist Church until 1989. He and Norma then moved to Sebring, Florida, where Jay continued to teach adult Bible studies and provide correspondence Bible studies for Spanish speaking prisoners.

Following Norma’s passing in 2000, Jay continued to minister to adults through Bible studies in Scottsdale, Arizona, and spend time with his grandchildren. He reconnected with family friend Shirley Knol in 2004, and they were married and shared their time between Scottsdale and Grand Rapids. Jay is survived by his wife Shirley, daughters Judy Graham and Joyce DenBleyker, son Paul Dyksterhouse, and grandchildren.

Jay’s life was devoted to his family, and to ministering to the spiritual needs of people, wherever he was living. Jay’s Bible lessons and sermons can be downloaded from at no cost. A memorial service was held on August 8th at Wealthy Park Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, MI. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, gifts be made in his name to Wealthy Park Baptist Church, 2233 Michigan NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Ollie Goad. Dr. Ollie Goad (84) went home to be with his Lord on Thursday, September 27, 2012. Ollie was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, the son of Ollie and Myrtle Goad, Sr. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and received his Doctorate in Theology at Trinity Baptist College in Georgia. He served as pastor at Wealthy Street Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, MI, as well as several pastorates in Virginia, Georgia and Maryland. In retirement he served as an interim pastor with Interpas Ministries. His wife, Phyllis, went to be with the Lord in April. Ollie is survived by his children, David (Rosemary) Goad, Mark (Karen) Goad, Jonathan (Ginger) Goad, Michael (Claudia) Goad; 8 grandchildren and12 great-grandchildren. A Service of Praise and Thanksgiving was held at West Cannon Baptist Church in Belmont, with Pastor Doug Crawford and Pastor Will Davis officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Moody Bible Institute, 820 N. LaSalle Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612.

Phyllis Smith. Phyllis Jean Smith (78) was called to her heavenly home by her Lord on December 1. She was reared in Chicago and was a 1955 graduate of Bob Jones University. Phyllis served the Lord as a pastor’s wife alongside her husband, Pastor Earl Wesley Smith, for 41 years. The Smiths served in MARBC pastorates in Portage, Middleville, and Newaygo, and also in Chico, California. They also ministered in associate pastorates in Detroit, Lansing, and Bailey, Michigan. Phyllis was a teacher and currently a member of First Baptist Church in Newaygo. She loved to sing and played the organ, piano, and flute. Survivors include her husband, Wes; their two sons, Gordon and Brian; and seven grandchildren.

Eldon Stevens. Dr. Eldon W. Stevens (68) went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 6. Eldon was a native of the sand hills of central Nebraska growing up on a livestock farm. He was introduced to Jesus Christ and was born again at the age of 19. He was married to his loving wife, Rose Mary (Snakenberg) for 48 years. During his life he served as a pastor and an evangelist. In 1995 he became the president of COME International Baptist Ministries and continued in that role until the time of his death. He is survived by his loving wife Rose Mary, his three sons; Timothy Eldon of South Bend, Indiana, Andrew William of Galloway, Ohio and David Scot of Browns Summit, North Carolina and ten grandchildren. A memorial service was held at Harvest Baptist Church in Hudsonville, MI, with Pastor Ryan Kooienga officiating. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial gifts be given to Harvest Baptist Church or COME International Baptist Ministries. (Rose Mary Stevens, 6495 McCords Ave., Alto, MI 49302-9108; Email)

Lee Winter. Rev. Lee Winter (81) entered the presence of His Savior on March 5. Lee and his wife Betty were married for over 58 years. The Lord blessed them with four children, twelve grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. Lee served in pastoral ministry for 46 years. Most recently Lee served as the pastor at St. Joe Baptist Church in Homer, Michigan. He also worked for 28 years at Hayes Albion Corporation and enjoyed teaching woodworking as a 4-H leader. A memorial service was held in Albion.


IRS ANNOUNCES 2013 MILEAGE RATES. The Internal Revenue Service announced in November the new standard mileage rates for 2013. Effective January 1, 2013, the standard mileage rates will be 56.5 cents per mile for business miles driven. The reimbursement rate is an increase of 1 cent over 2012. (From

FAX MACHINE AVAILABLE. A Brother Fax machine (model #2820) in good condition and about 3 years old is available for free to any church or ministry that can use it. It includes a new toner cartridge and user’s manual. Since this is a large piece of equipment, pick up is preferable to shipping. Contact Bea Moore, Financial Secretary at Evangel Baptist Church in Taylor, MI, phone – 734.946.5680; Email.

HAMMOND ORGAN AVAILABLE. A Hammond Electronic Organ is available free to any church or Christian ministry. The instrument has various church, orchestra, and band presets. A newer model recently replaced this organ. It is in good working condition and can still be played. Please contact Pastor Jim MacQuarrie, First Baptist Church of North Branch, MI, phone – 810.688.3141; Email.

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 Email Sharon or Email Ken.

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