With the Lord

As reported in the Sept/Oct 2016 issue.



Rev. Bradford (Brad) R. Bush

July 16, 1954–December 19, 2015

Brad was born in Fulton, N.Y. He received his BA from State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego and his master of divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary (Nyack, N.Y.). On June 24, 1989, he married Susan Sperry in Lafayette, Ind.

During 33 years of C&MA ministry, Brad served as an evangelist in the Midwest District and as pastor of Maple Ridge Church (West Lafayette, Ind.). He spearheaded an organization called TEAMM (Tippecanoe Evangelical Association of Ministers and Ministries), whose goal was to unify Christian leaders for God’s glory and to foster greater good in the community. He also initiated the C&MA’s “Rekindle the Flame” gatherings, which were developed to reignite the denomination’s passion to see God work through the Holy Spirit.

Brad was deeply committed to spiritual and personal renewal. He walked alongside many people to help them find their identity in Christ.

Brad is survived by his wife and sons Braden and Christopher.


Shirley Marie Waite

February 26, 1927–December 20, 2015

Shirley was born in Tipton, Pa. On December 25, 1946, she married Jack E. Waite at the C&MA Church in Fuoss Mills, Pa. (now Faith Alliance in Tyrone, Pa.). She attended St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn.).

Following graduation, Shirley worked alongside her husband, who served as a pastor in Cumberland, Md. The couple was then appointed to Indonesia as C&MA missionaries and assigned to East Kalimantan. Shirley devoted much of her time to teaching the Scriptures through a Bible correspondence course to believers who were unable to attend formal schooling. The Waites took up residence in the village of Melak, where they traveled by boat along local rivers to minister to the Dayak people. Later the couple moved to the island of Sumbawa. Their ministry consisted of visiting believers by four-wheel drive to help encourage and strengthen them in their faith.

Shirley also was instrumental in the construction of a church for the congregation that had met in the Waites’ home for many years. The couple had taken in a young girl and raised her as their daughter. Her uncle, a contractor, donated land and built a church to thank Shirley for the care she had provided to his niece.

Upon the Waites’ return to the United States, Shirley served as a pastor’s wife in Cresson (1970–1976) and Coalport, Pa. (1976–1988). Following retirement, she accompanied Jack when he did pulpit supply at various C&MA churches. Shirley also was a pianist, deaconess, and church musician at Faith Alliance Church of Fuoss Mills, Pa.

Shirley is survived by her husband; sons David and Daniel; and 3 grandchildren.


Rev. Forrest L. (Woody) Plumb

June 15, 1930–January 2, 2016

Woody was born in Toledo, Ohio. On November 14, 1953, he married Darlene Shively. Woody attended St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn.) and Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bible College (now Taylor University) and received a bachelor of divinity from Luther Rice College and Seminary (Lithonia, Ga.).

During 39 years of C&MA ministry, Woody pastored C&MA churches in Michigan (1952–1955, 1979–1981), West Virginia (1955–1958), Ohio (1958–1979), Texas (1981–1983, 1993–1998), and Florida (1983–1986). He also served as an interim pastor in Kerrville, Texas. In 2006, he and Darlene moved to Georgetown, Tex., and joined the First Baptist Church.

Woody is survived by his wife; daughters Sue and Kelly; sons Ted and Nick; 12 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.


Rev. John W. Tieszen

October 13, 1928–January 3, 2016

Born in Mountain Lake, Minn., John received Christ at age 10 and was called to be a missionary. After graduating from St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn.), he was a youth pastor in Nebraska. John then served with Back to the Bible broadcast. On August 12, 1950, he married Mary Lou.

After serving a pastorate in Montana (1951–1955), John and Mary Lou were C&MA missionaries to Ecuador (1977–1992). Previously, they served under the Berean Mission in Cuba and Ecuador. They also spent two years in Central America, where they were involved in evangelistic ministries. The highlight was in 1962 in Guatemala, when the couple saw 10,000 professions of faith through the Evangelism in Depth ministry.

After concluding ministry in Ecuador in 1991, John and Mary Lou took a pastorate in Texas (1992–1996), working with Mexican Americans. They retired in 1995 and moved to Florida.

John is survived by his wife; sons Randy and David; and 2 grandchildren.


Rev. James (Jim) E. Sellers

July 29, 1923–January 14, 2016

Born in Porterville, Calif., Jim graduated from Simpson Bible Institute (now Simpson University in Redding, Calif.) in 1945. On September 14, 1945, he married Mary Jane Mayo.

Together the couple served churches in Arizona, Washington, and Indiana and were lay leaders in music/youth ministry in California and Washington. In 1967 Jim felt called to full-time music ministry. He spent 25 years as an evangelist/gospel singer in C&MA churches and at camps across the United States and Canada. Jim also was a featured soloist on the Alliance Hour, a national C&MA radio broadcast. He later served as executive director of Alliance Redwoods Conference Center in Occidental, Calif. (1979–1988).

After Mary Jane died in December 2003, Jim married Mildred Van Patter-Irwin. They lived in California, where Mildred preceeded Jim in death in May 2014.

Jim is survived by his children Janis, James, Judy, Jonathan, and Jennifer; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.


Patricia (Pat) May Herendeen

March 26, 1930–January 15, 2016

Born in Omaha, Neb., Pat attended Biola University in La Mirada, Calif. Her first husband, Dennis Hoyle Davis, died in a mid-air collision in 1956 while serving in the Marine Corps.

On September 19, 1964, Pat married Dr. Dale Herendeen, whom she met while he was on home assignment as a C&MA international worker in South Vietnam. She returned with him to Vietnam, where they served for four years.

During their remaining ministry years, Pat served alongside Dale while he taught at Canadian Bible College and Seminary in Regina, Sask. (1969–1981; 1985–1992); in Canberra, Australia, where Dale was a teacher at the C&MA college (1981–1985); and in Seoul, South Korea (1992–1994). They retired in 1996 and moved to California in 1997.

Primarily a stay-at-home mom, Pat worked occasionally at the Canadian Bible College. In late 2015, she was diagnosed with cancer. Bedridden until her death, Pat never complained.

Pat is survived by her husband; son Michael; daughters Kathleen, Cheri, and Christine; and 6 grandchildren.


Marien Kindberg Hall

July 10, 1922–January 16, 2016

Born in Jamestown, N.Y., Marian, an accomplished soloist, had a weekly radio program as a young girl. She attended Nyack Missionary College (now Nyack [N.Y.] College), where she was valedictorian.

After graduation, Marien married Rev. George O. Hall, her pastor in Jamestown, N.Y. While they served together there, Marien also pastored a church in Kennedy. They then ministered in Passaic, N.J.

Later, the couple moved to Texas, where George was the Southwestern District superintendent. Marien was the district’s Christian education director and a speaker/singer at youth conferences, women’s retreats, and evangelistic crusades. Her seminar material was published in the book How to Build Good Youth Fellowship Programs.

Marian initiated a youth tract distribution program that was picked up by the C&MA National Youth Office. It was used in churches throughout the United States, Canada, and overseas.

In 1962, the Halls moved to Ontario, where George pastored a C&MA church. They then felt called to build up small, struggling churches in Fulton, Kenmore, and Penfield, N.Y.

Marien was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by son Timothy.


Rev. Jerry W. Pyle

April 29, 1942–January 16, 2016

Born in Cowansville, Pa., Jerry was a 1966 graduate of Toccoa Falls (Ga.) Bible College. He married Sandra Ann Byers on June 24, 1966.

During nearly half a century, Jerry served as a C&MA pastor in Eldred (1966–1970), Linesville (1970–1975), Alliquippa (1975–1986), Arbuckle (1986–2012), and Chicora, Pa. (2013–2015). He retired in September 2015. Jerry enjoyed model cars, board games, puzzles, baking, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Jerry is survived by his wife; daughters Christine and Marie; and 4 grandchildren.


Helen Faith Frey

December 17, 1923–January 24, 2016

Born in Eau Claire, Wis., Helen worked as a riveter during the war years. On September 2, 1944, she married Charles W. Frey, a Navy sailor.

Together the couple served C&MA churches in Fremont and Tiffin, Ohio, and Helen was a Child Evangelism Club teacher. The Freys also fostered 27 children in the welfare system.

In 1978, the couple was appointed to Ecuador. They served as Alliance guesthouse managers in Quito, where Helen’s gift for hospitality made everyone feel welcome. The Freys also served in Otavlo, Ecuador (1990–2000). After 22 years, they returned to retire in Florida.

Helen continued to serve the Lord through her work at Audio Bibles for the Blind of Aurora Ministries and in the Bradenton (Fla.) Alliance Church. She was a fervent prayer warrior.

Helen was predeceased by her husband and daughter Mary Jane; she is survived by daughter Carolyn; 4 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.


Norma J. Tucker

May 16, 1936–January 26, 2016

Born in Hutchins, Pa., to the late Russell N. and Ruth (Peters) Tucker, Norma received a BS from Nyack (N.Y.) Missionary College (now Nyack College). She was a member of the C&MA church in Arcade (N.Y.) and served as a missionary in Irian Jaya, Indonesia. She also ministered in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Norma is survived by brothers Wesley, David, Kevin Tucker, and Wesley Arnold; and several nieces and nephews; she was predeceased by brothers Richard, Russell, and Daniel Tucker; Robert Blake; and sisters Rosalie, Asher, and Gail Ann Tucker.


Mary Addelle (Broughal) McGarvey

March 21, 1922–January 27, 2016

Born in Wilmington, Del., Mary attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). On June 25, 1942, she married Rev. Samuel (Sam) W. McGarvey.

During more than 44 years of C&MA ministry, the couple served churches in Salamanca, Newark, Schenectady, Mount Vernon, and Wellsville, N.Y.; and Lancaster, Pa. Mary also supported her husband in his role as Northeastern District superintendent (1977–1985). In 1994 the McGarveys moved to Chapel Pointe Retirement Community (Carlisle, Pa.), where Sam died in 1995. Mary was known for her quiet, consistent example of a godly life.

Mary was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by daughters Jean, Marge, Esther, and Carol; and sons Sam, John, and Joel.


Faith Marie (Arnold) Brokopp

September 23, 1944–January 31, 2016

Faith was born to Rev. Walter and Florence (Steinland) Arnold, who were C&MA missionaries for more than 30 years. She spent most of her childhood in Côte d’Ivoire.

Faith graduated in 1967 from Saint Paul Bible College (now Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn.) with a degree in missions. She married Rev. John W. Brokopp on August 5, 1966.

For 20 years, Faith and John were C&MA international workers in Gabon, where Faith was involved in children’s and women’s ministries. Later she served as a pastor’s wife in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Faith was a gifted teacher. She played the piano and accordion and was known for her servant’s heart.

Faith is survived by her husband; sons Peter, Andrew, and Timothy; daughter Joy; and 6 grandchildren.


Rev. Ivan Estes Lay

November 1, 1920–February 2, 2016

Born in Jasper, Tenn., Ivan attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College) and received his bachelor of theology from Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, Ala. On June 11, 1949, he married Bernadine (Bernie) Helen Beck.

For 38 years the Lays served as C&MA missionaries to Indonesia, where Ivan was field chairman for one term (1963–1967). A highlight of their ministry career was their time as dorm parents at Bandung (Indonesia) Alliance School (1968–1982) and Dalat School in Penang, Malaysia (1978–1979). They are still lovingly remembered as “Uncle Ivan” and “Aunt Bernie” by the many third-culture kids who attended these boarding schools. The Lays also helped to develop the curriculum for a new Bible school in Semarang, Indonesia (1983–1987), and Ivan pastored the international church in Bandung (1987–1989).

Ivan was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by daughters Carol, Rebekah, and Joyce; son Paul; 11 grandchildren; and 22 great grandchildren.


Rev. Marshall H. Averbeck

December 27, 1922–February 7, 2016

Marshall was born in Fond du lac, Wis., to William and Anna (Seibel) Averbeck. He attended St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn.) and Bethel College in Arden Hills, Minn.

On June 10, 1944, Marshall married Ruth Brueckner. During nearly 42 years of ministry, they pastored C&MA churches in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Arkansas. Ruth and Marshall were known for their hospitality and for their faithfulness to God. Preaching and living the gospel was their life’s focus.

Marshall was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by son Gary and daughter Darla; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.


Rev. David E. Walborn

November 3, 1923–February 15, 2016

Born in Butler, Pa., David attended Community Alliance Church, where he accepted Christ and received a call to missionary service. Upon high school graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Boggs in the South Pacific during World War II. At the close of the war, he enrolled at the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College), where he met Ruth Galbraith. They married on December 22, 1947. After graduating from the training institute, David received a degree in biblical literature from Houghton (N.Y.) College.

During more than 38 years of C&MA ministry, David served in pastoral ministry in Reedsville, Pa. (1949–1951), and as a missionary to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in West Africa (1951–1965). While there, he directed the Congo Bible Institute, conducted itinerate ministries, instituted and oversaw the C&MA’s first ordination program, and supervised primary-school ministries. Upon returning to the States in 1965, David pastored churches in the Western and Eastern Pennsylvania Districts. He retired from full-time ministry in 1988 but continued to serve as an interim pastor.

David was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by daughter Linda; sons David and Jim; 5 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.


Edna Dorothy (Bonnie) Northcott Carlsen

August 22, 1921–February 21, 2016

Born in Toronto, Canada, Bonnie was 13 when God called her to China. She attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College) and completed a missionary medical course in New York City. She began her 39 years of C&MA ministry in China, where she met William Donald Carlsen. They married on January 11, 1949, in China.

When China was taken over by the Communists, the Carlsens were evacuated to Thailand, where they served for 38 years. While in Bangkok, the couple managed the C&MA guesthouse, served in the Evangelical Church of Bangkok and at AIT Christian Fellowship, and taught English. Bonnie also was a founding member of the Bangkok Christian Women’s Club.

After the Carlsens retired in 1986, Bonnie served as director of conferences at Nyack College (1989–1993) and filled in for the guesthouse manager in Bangkok for six months in 1993. She was known for her adventurous, warrior spirit.

Bonnie was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by son John; daughters Marilyn, Judith, and Carol; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.


Rev. Donald (Don) G. Miles

June 20, 1931–February 27, 2016

Born in Clearfield, Pa., Don graduated from the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College) with a degree in pastoral studies. On June 24, 1950, he married Betty Smith; they enjoyed 65 years of marriage.

During 42 years of C&MA ministry, Don pastored churches in Blawnox, Butler/Crosswinds, Coalport, Oil City, North East, Indiana, Cambridge Springs, and Tionesta, Pa. He also served as visitation pastor at the Village Church in Shell Point Retirement Community (Fort Myers, Fla.). For 13 years following retirement, Don was involved in pulpit supply and preached in 44 churches. He faithfully served at Edinboro and Mahaffey Camps in Pennsylvania and on Western Pennsylvania District committees. Don’s ministry was consistently characterized by a genuine love for members of the churches he served.

Don is survived by his wife; son Larry; daughters Celia and Donna; 5 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

2 responses to With the Lord

  1. Thank you for the information on Bonnie Carlsen. Can you tell me if Bill is alive and do you have information on him?

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