With the Lord

As reported in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue.



Diana Marie (James) Fritz

August 9, 1941–May 19, 2016

Diana was born in Corning, N.Y. She graduated from Addison (N.Y.) Central High School in 1959. On August 22, 1959, Diana married Rev. Raymond Arthur Fritz.

During 51 years of C&MA ministry, Diana served as a teacher in Addison, N.Y. (1965–1980), and as a pastor’s wife in Campbell, N.Y. (1980–2004), and Charlotte, N.C. (2008–2016). She passed away after an extended illness.

Diana is survived by her husband; sons Raymond and Stephen; daughters Kimberly and Christina; and 10 grandchildren.


Rev. David Andrew Leppard

October 8, 1950–May 29, 2016

Born in Berkeley, Calif., David attended Wheaton (Ill.) College (1968–1972) and Wheaton Graduate School (1972–1975). He married Nancy Himbert on June 24, 1972.

During more than 47 years of C&MA ministry, David was a missionary to Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa (1987–1993), and served pastorates in California (1975–1981), Washington (1981–1987), and Minnesota (1993–2000). He was an interim pastor in San Jose (2000–2003) and Pacifica (2003–2012), Calif., and served as lead pastor in Redding, Calif. (2012–2016).

David is survived by his wife; son Benjamin; daughters Rebekah and Bethany; and 7 grandchildren.


Marian Davey

September 10, 1937–June 1, 2016

Born near Princeton, N.J., Marian grew up in a Presbyterian church and received an early call to Christian ministry, influenced largely by C&MA missionary Ruth Stull. Marian attended Wheaton (Ill.) College, where she met Jim Davey. They graduated in 1959 and married on August 1 of that year.

During more than 40 years of C&MA ministry, Marian served alongside Jim as he pastored churches in New York (1961), Ohio (1961–1965), Pennsylvania (1965–1968), Virginia (1968–1975), Vermont (1975–1979), Washington (1979–1985), and Florida (1994–2001).

While Jim served as vice president for General Services at the C&MA National Office, Marian worked in the Office of Missionary Deputation. She enjoyed getting to know hundreds of international workers while she served in that role.

Marian is survived by her husband; daughter Lynn; son Steve; and 6 grandchildren.


Rev. Lawrence Keith Correll

June 1, 1934–June 6, 2016

Born in Gatewood, W.Va., Lawrence attended Barrington (R.I.) Bible College and received his radio broadcasting certification from Moody Bible Institute. On September 5, 1955, he married Zella Bubar.

During 44 years of C&MA ministry, Lawrence pastored churches in Trilby, Ashland, Columbus, New Bremen, Springfield, and Logan, Ohio. He also served on special assignment in Christian broadcasting with WEEC in Springfield and WTGEN in Lima; was dean of the Springfield, Ohio, Bible Institute; served as chaplain of a pain clinic in Springfield; and was a support missionary in Winslow, Ariz.

Lawrence is survived by his wife; daughters Faith and Beth; son Mark; 14 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren.


Mildred Louise (West) Voth

July 3, 1926–June 13, 2016

Born in Hicksville, Ohio, Mildred attended St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.), where she met Rev. Vernon Paul Voth. They married August 6, 1949.

During more than 19 years of C&MA ministry, the couple served churches in Fortine, Mont. (1951–1954); Verndale (1955–1961) and Tyler, (1961–1965) Minn.; and Glendive (1966–1969) and Belgrade, (1969–1973) Mont.

The Voths devoted themselves to children’s and youth ministry, missions, and general church ministry. Upon retirement they became members of Grace Bible Church (Bozeman, Mont.) and were involved in many areas of church ministry and outreach. After Vernon’s death, Mildred moved to Billings, Mont., to be near her son and then to Downey, Calif., to live with her daughter.

Mildred loved people, was gifted in hospitality, and had a servant’s heart. She enjoyed singing and playing the organ and piano.

Mildred was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by children Joyce, Donna, and David; 6 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and 1 great–great grandchild.


Dr. Paul Andrew Frisch

April 27, 1954–June 15, 2016

Born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., Paul attended Rutgers University in New Jersey. He earned an MDiv from Columbia (S.C.) International University and a DMin from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary) in Philadelphia, Pa. On October 20, 1984, he married Leith Ross.

During 30 years of C&MA ministry, Paul pastored churches in Mays Landing (1982–1983) and Pomona, (1985–1987) N.J., and Brattleboro, Vt. (1988–1985). Serious back and nerve issues prevented him from continuing in church/pastoral ministries.

As a licensed marriage and family therapist, Paul started a private counseling practice that served countless individuals, couples, and families. Local pastors confidently referred their congregants to Paul for sound, biblical care. His combination of pastoral experience and clinical skills enabled him to help many find healing in Christ.

Paul modeled grace, compassion, and integrity to all who knew him. One of his deepest joys was sharing Christ with others. He died at home after a battle with cancer.

Paul is survived by his wife; son Joshua; and daughter Rachael.


Rev. Thomas (Tom) P. Bailey Sr.

October 26, 1917– June 18, 2016

Born in Wilmington, Del., Tom attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College) and Taylor University in Indiana. He completed graduate studies at Columbia University and did his post-graduate work at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Taylor awarded Tom the doctor of laws degree. In 1944, he married Joyce Wentz.

As a WWII Army chaplain, Tom served in Patton’s Third Army, 65th Division, in the western Allied invasion of Germany; in occupied Germany with the 63rd Tank Battalion (1951–1953); and during the Korean War. He was awarded five medals, including two battle stars. During peacetime, Tom was an instructor in the U.S. Army Reserves. He retired from the Army with the rank of full-bird colonel.

Tom joined the faculty at the Missionary Training Institute in 1947 and served as academic dean for nearly 20 years. In this role, he directed the school’s transition into the liberal arts. In 1975, Tom was named president of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary.

Upon Tom’s retirement, the college designated him professor emeritus. He remained involved in education well into his 80s.

Tom was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by sons Thomas and Michael; daughters Ruth and Deborah; 8 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.


John William McCarthy

October 10, 1928–June 23, 2016

Born in Weston, Ont., John was called to full-time ministry as a youth. He received a bachelor of theology from Holmes Bible College and a BA in liberal arts from Taylor University in Indiana. He earned his master’s in education at Stetson University and his EdD from the University of Georgia. On July 15, 1950, he married Alma Annette Driscoll.

During 60 years of C&MA ministry, John pastored churches in Talledega, Ala. (1950–1953), and Marietta, Ga. (1969–1970). He served as a dorm parent and teacher at Toccoa Falls (Ga.) Institute (now Toccoa Falls College) (1953–1956); as principal of Alliance Academy in Quito, Ecuador, (1956–1966); as a professor at Toccoa Falls Bible College (1966–1969); as headmaster of Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (1972–1979); and as vice president of Academic Affairs at Toccoa Falls College (1979–2001). After retiring, John served as prayer chaplain at the college and also was involved in radio ministry (2002–2010).

John was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by daughters Doris and Mary Anne; son David; 11 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.


Beatrice (Town) Rakestraw

September 15, 1923–June 24, 2016

Born in Kennedy, N.Y., Beatrice received Jesus during her teens. She attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College) and married Rev. Nathan J. Rakestraw on October 4, 1947.

Together the couple served C&MA churches in Kennedy, Springville, Owego, Greene, and Whitesville, N.Y. (1947–1988). Beatrice enjoyed entertaining in the parsonages; ministering to children, youth, and women; singing in church choirs; and serving as treasurer for many organizations, including the Northeastern District’s Alliance Women (now Great Commission Women).

Beatrice was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by daughters Esther, Elizabeth, and Rebekah; son Nathan Jr.; 8 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

2 responses to With the Lord

  1. Marian Davey was my Sunday School teacher when I was 10 or 11 years old in White Plains, NY. where my dad pastored. Jim and Marian Davey were at seminary in Nyack but were ministering at our church as well. I so enjoyed Marian’s class and the way she made us girls feel–loved and valued. She had us all over for sleepovers at her home and read stories to us. We all loved her. She was and continued to be a wonderful role model for me of a gracious, elegant, and beautiful woman of God. God bless her family as they grieve her loss, and yet, with the hope of reunion in heaven one day!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Past Alliance Life Issues


Get Involved...


We cannot “Live the Call Together” unless prayer is central to all we do.
Pray with us »


Is God calling you to service? We’re here to help you connect your passion with God’s purpose.
Serve with The Alliance »


Help build Christ’s Church by supporting the ministry and workers of The Alliance.
Give today »