With the Lord

As reported in the May/Jun 2017 issue.


Rev. Stephen John Hall

October 27, 1956–March 2, 2016

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Stephen received a BA in biblical studies from Geneva College (Beaver Falls, Pa.) in 1982. On August 22, 1981, he married Kathleen Alice Storms.

Prior to his 17 years of C&MA pastoral ministry, Stephen served with Youth Guidance (1983–1986) and was an executive director for Vanango (Pa.) Youth for Christ (1987–1988) and Connecticut Youth for Christ (1988–1990). He was ordained as an evangelist by the Evangelical Church Alliance (Bradley, Ill.) in 1987 and pastored Skeltontown Bible Church in Cambridge Springs, Pa. (1991–1993). Stephen then served C&MA churches in Reynoldsville, Falls Creek (1995–1997), and Cresson, Pa. (1997–2000); Marion, Ind. (2000–2001); and Franklinville, N.Y. (2001–2013).

Stephen is survived by his wife; sons Joshua, Caleb, Joel, Jonathan, and Benjamin; daughter Laura; and 3 grandchildren.

David (Dave) Paul Chamberlain

October 21, 1952–July 24, 2016

Born in Spokane, Wash., Dave attended the Salvation Army Officer Training College. On June 9, 1974, he was commissioned as an ordained minister and lieutenant. He completed online polity courses while a C&MA pastor. On June 9, 1975, Dave married Eva Bruhn.

Dave began his 40 years of pastoral ministry as a Salvation Army officer/pastor, having served in Spokane, Wash.; San Francisco and Santa Monica, Calif.; Seattle, Wash.; and Long Beach and Chula Vista, Calif. (1972–1975). He also was a camp director and counselor at the Salvation Army Camp in Gifford at Deer Lake, Wash.

In 1980 Dave started a church plant in Chula Vista, Calif., and served as senior pastor until the congregation merged with the C&MA in 1995; he then remained overseer of the ministry. During his 15 years of C&MA service, Dave was senior pastor (1995–2010) and then a volunteer pastor/counselor (2010–2016) at Canyon Community Church in Chula Vista, Calif.

In 1992 Dave led a ministry team to Samara, Russia, to open a church. He also took short-term trips to Ecuador, Brazil, Mexico, and Scandinavia.

Dave is survived by his wife; sons Hans and Ben; and 3 grandchildren.

Rev. Paul Jonathan Tubbs

July 25, 1952–August 15, 2016

Paul was born in Lockport, N.Y., to C&MA missionaries in southeast Asia. He received his BS from Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College, where he met Edie Lugo; they married June 17, 1978.

During more than 27 years of C&MA ministry, Paul served churches in Temple, Tex.; Jacksonville, Callahan, and Indialantic, Fla.; and Oneonta, Ala. He also was a Bible quizzing team coach and quiz master and served on staff at Toccoa Falls College for 13 years. He and Edie often hosted college students in their home. The couple took separate missions trips (Paul to Chile and Edie to Senegal) and promoted missions at the church and district levels. After Paul’s father developed dementia and Alzheimer’s, Paul and Edie cared for him in their home until his death.

Paul’s greatest passion was preaching and mentoring, and he took every opportunity to share Christ. He died in a single-vehicle car accident on August 15, 2016.

Paul is survived by his wife; sons Andy and Tim; daughter Becky; and 1 grandchild.

David Eugene Wong

November 9, 1963–August 18, 2016

Born in Gardena, Calif., David received an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and an MA in cross-cultural studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. On September 25, 1993, he married Colleen.

David pastored a C&MA church in Northridge, Calif. (1993–1996) and served in the North and Central Asia Region (1996–2000). He also was involved in missions mobilization (2000–2004) and pastoral care for overseas workers (2005–2016).

David is survived by his wife and sons Josiah and Timothy.

Edna Ruth Heckendorf

April 4, 1926–November 6, 2016

Born in Volt, Mont., Edna attended Simpson Bible College (now Simpson University, Redding, Calif.) in Seattle, Wash. There she met her husband, Rev. George Paul Heckendorf Jr.; they married in 1948.

During 42 years of C&MA ministry, the Heckendorfs served as missionaries to the rural Thai people in northeast Thailand. The couple established churches, clinics, and schools and restored the Maranatha Bible School and Farm, a ministry to people with leprosy.

Edna was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by sons Darrel and Donald; daughters Delight and Darlene; 6 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren.

Doris Jean Lindsey

March 10, 1935–November 13, 2016

Born in Lyleville, Pa., Doris married Rev. Keith V. Lindsey on June 18, 1955. During more than 30 years of C&MA ministry, she served alongside her husband in churches in Defiance, Ohio (1964–1967); and Beaverdale (1967–1973), Nanty Glo (1973–1992), and Holiday, Pa. (1992–1994). Doris was a Sunday school teacher, a children’s church director, a VBS leader, and an Alliance Women (now Great Commission Women) president and served in the dish room at Mahaffey (Pa.) Camp for many years. After the Lindseys retired, Doris started Primetimers’ groups at the Coalport (Pa.) C&MA Church and First Church of the Nazarene (Burlington, N.C.).

Doris is survived by her husband; daughters Linda and Deloris; son Larry; 8 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

Rev. Douglas W. Inghram

September 28, 1940–November 27, 2016

Born in Ft. Riley, Kans., Douglas received a BA in education from Bethel College (North Newton, Kans.) and attended Trinity Evangelical Seminary and Wheaton (Ill.) Graduate School. On June 13, 1965, he married Carol Sue Deckert.

During the 1990s Douglas was an interim pastor and visiting preacher. He also pastored C&MA churches in Peru, Ind. (2000); and Fennimore, Wis. (2002–2013). In 2014, Douglas was forced to resign from pastoral ministry because of advancing Parkinson’s disease.

Douglas is survived by his wife; sons Dale and Joel; daughters Cheryl and Janette; and 6 grandchildren.

Donald (Don) Wright Glew

September 27, 1923–December 18, 2016

Born in Delhi, Iowa, Don was a farmer and an insurance agent before entering full-time ministry. He and his wife, Mera, worked in various Christian organizations, including Boys’ Brigade, Gideons International, and the Glew Factory. They also served as C&MA missionaries to the Philippines (1977–1987) and ministered at the Southwest Indian School (now the Southwest Indian Ministries Center in Peoria, Ariz.). In his later years, Don shared his faith and ministered through music at Lake Minnetonka Shores Care Center, a senior living community in Spring Park, Minn.

Don is survived by his wife; children Ray, Duane, and Lona; 8 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

Rev. Joseph T. Beckley

November 27, 1951–December 30, 2016

Born in Ft. Wayne, Ind., Joseph attended Kent (Ohio) State University, Taylor University Seminary, and Ashland (Ohio) Theological Seminary. On June 16, 1979, he married Debora Hazlett.

During more than 32 years of C&MA ministry, Joseph served churches in Troy, Mich. (1980–1982); Mays Landing, N.J. (1983–1987); Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (1988–1989); West Haven, Conn. (1989–1996); Frankfort, Ky. (1996–2000); and Port Allegany, Pa. (2003–2015). He had a deep love for people and desired for them to know Christ more intimately.

Joseph is survived by his wife; son Aaron; daughter Rachel; and 1 grandchild.

Rev. Jack Clyde Chapman

March 30, 1935–January 4, 2017

Born in Painesville, Ohio, Jack received Christ at an early age and was later called to pastoral ministry. He attended Moody Bible Institute and Toccoa Falls (Ga.) Bible College (now Toccoa Falls College). On June 9, 1956, Jack married Marlene McGurer.

During 42 years of pastoral ministry, the couple served C&MA churches in Windham (1958–1963) and Newark, Ohio (1963–1971); Middle River, Md. (1971–1982); and Lewistown, Pa. (1982–1995). After battling an eye disease, Jack retired in 2000. He was known for his love for those in his care and his bold preaching.

Jack is survived by his wife; daughters Charlotte, Lynette, and Rochelle; son Jack Jr.; 8 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren.

Rev. Philip (Phil) Lee Skellie

February 19, 1949–February 22, 2017

Phil was born in Zamboanga City, the Philippines, to C&MA missionaries Lloyd and Nelrose Skellie. He attended Simpson College (now Simpson University in Redding, Calif.) and earned his master’s at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (South Hamilton, Mass.). On August 14, 1971, Phil married Rebecca (Becky) Ann Staub.

During more than 42 years of C&MA ministry, Phil served as personnel director at the C&MA National Office in Nyack, N.Y. (1979–1984); was involved in church planting in New Zealand (1984–1990); was a regional director for Compassion and Mercy Associates (CAMA), The Alliance’s relief and development arm (1990–1994); led the first C&MA CoMission team in Russia (1994–1997); and served as president of CAMA (1998–2013). During the last year of Phil’s life, he and Becky provided member care for Alliance marketplace ministries’ (mm) workers throughout Asia.

Phil is survived by his wife; children Chris, Heather, and Amy; and 3 grandchildren.

Read more about Phil and watch his memorial service at cmalliance.org/skellie.

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