With the Lord


With the Lord

As reported in the May/Jun 2018 issue.


Rev. William (Bill) R. Mock

January 8, 1931–November 18, 2016

Bill was born in Turtle Creek, Pa., and received a BS in missiology from the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). On July 27, 1954, he married Marni Duncan.

During more than 39 years of C&MA ministry, Bill was a missionary in Vietnam (1957–1964) and served churches in Batavia (1954) and Riverhead, N.Y. (1955–1957); Silver Spring (1964–1965) and Derwood, Md. (1965–1970); and Lakeland (1970–1975) and Tallahassee, Fla. (1975–1978). He also ministered in Hong Kong at the international church (1979–1980).

In addition, Bill served at World Relief as the Southeast’s director of relief and resettlement for Southeast Asians, was FEBC’s director for the East Coast, and was pastor for seniors and director of missions at Covenant Life Presbyterian Church (Sarasota, Fla.).

Bill is survived by his wife; son Paul; daughter Heather; 3 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.

Rev. William (Bill) D. Erving Sr.

March 11, 1936–October 26, 2017

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Bill studied chemical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, N.Y.) and geology at the University of Houston (Tex.). He enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1955 and married Mary (Mimi) in 1957. After completing his service, Bill began a career with IBM and later became owner of his own company, Fire Safety Supply. 

While attending Christ Church of Fox Chapel in Pittsburgh, Bill became a Christian. He then sold his company and enrolled in Columbia (S.C.) International University to study the Bible and begin prison ministries. He was ordained with the C&MA in 1980. 

During nearly 20 years of C&MA ministry, Bill pastored churches in Des Plaines, Ill. (1978–1980); Saginaw (1985–1987) and Farmington Hills, Mich. (1987–1988); and Portersville, Pa. (1994–1998). During retirement, he taught Sunday school and preached in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Bill’s commitment to prison ministries was vividly demonstrated in 1987 after the Ervings’ oldest son, William Dewey Jr., was murdered. Bill forgave the killer, visited him in prison, and ministered to him.

Bill is survived by his wife; sons Richard and David; daughter Mary; 7 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild. He was predeceased by son W. Dewey Jr.

Rev. Ralph Carl Wetherbee

June 12, 1928–November 15, 2017

Phyllis Fauhn (Stiver) Wetherbee

September 4, 1929–March 9, 2017

Born in Wellsboro, Pa., Ralph received Christ during childhood and was later called to pastoral ministry. He attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College), where he met Phyllis Stiver. They wed on September 4, 1950.

Phyllis was born in Tyrone, Pa., and dedicated her life to Jesus at the age of five. During her teens, she played the piano at revival services throughout Tyrone. 

For more than 37 years, the Wetherbees served C&MA churches in Binghamton, N.Y. (1950–1951); Pine Hill, N.J. (1952–1957); and Orchard Park (1957–1963), Watertown (1963–1965), and Owego, N.Y. (1966–1970). Ralph then joined Scripture Press. After retiring in 1994, he was the Senior Adults pastor at North Richland Hills (Tex.) Baptist Church. Phyllis ministered alongside Ralph as a pastor’s wife and church pianist; she also taught Sunday school and children’s church and had a second career as a secretary/bookkeeper.

Ralph and Phyllis are survived by daughters Fauhn and Faith; 5 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren. 

Olga Cano De La Rosa

April 26, 1945–November 19, 2017

Born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Olga received a pastoral theology certificate from the C&MA and an associate’s degree from San Antonio (Tex.) College of Medical and Dental Assistants. On June 14, 1969, she married Pastor Jose Luis De La Rosa.

Olga served with the C&MA for 38 years. She was an official Christian worker for the Southwestern District and planted churches in Donna (1979–1990), San Manuel (1990–2013), and McAllen, Tex. (2014–2017). She also ministered in the Spanish District.

Olga was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by children Orlando Luis, Juan Jose, Georgina, and Daniel David; and 4 grandchildren.

Mary Leigh Woodring

November 14, 1932–December 6, 2017

Born in Marquette, Neb., Mary Leigh attended St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.). On June 21, 1956, she married Rev. Arnold L. Woodring. During more than 36 years of C&MA ministry, Mary Leigh served alongside Arnold in churches in Madison, Owen, and Menomonie, Wis.; Waconia, Minn.; Fairmont, W.Va.; and Van Buren, Ark. She had the gift of hospitality and hosted church families, pastors, and missionaries from around the world. In addition, Mary Leigh was involved in a variety of church ministries. She played the piano and organ, sang solos, led the choir and Christmas programs, and planned vacation Bible schools. In addition, Mary Leigh launched the Whirlybirds and Jet Cadets kids/youth programs in multiple churches. 

Mary Leigh is survived by her husband; daughters Cheryl and Vicki; son David; and 2 grandchildren.

Dr. Francis W. Grubbs

October 9, 1932–December 12, 2017

Francis was born to Dallis B. and Vera Belle (Heinz) Grubbs on the family farm. He received his MA in education from the University of South Dakota (Vermillion) and a doctorate of administration from the University of Sarasota (Fla.). On July 27, 1952, he married Peggy Kauffman.

During more than 31 years of C&MA ministry, Francis served as a minister and consultant to numerous churches, a high-school principal, and president of Crown College (St. Bonifacius, Minn.) and Simpson University (Redding, Calif.).

Francis is survived by his wife; daughters Shari and Tamara; sons Kent and Eric; 6 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by grandsons Dallis and Kevin.

Marjorie W. L. (MacKay) Schmidt

October 28, 1928–December 13, 2017  

Marjorie was born in Pembroke, Ont. In 1948, she married Rev. J. David Schmidt Sr., a C&MA pastor. Their more than 48 years of C&MA ministry was based in Western Pennsylvania, where they served in Gipsy, Williamsburg, Morrell, Coalport, Butler, and Punxsutawney. The couple later moved to Wheaton, Ill., and concluded their work together as resident staff at Hultgren Funeral Home. Marjorie was deeply committed to her family and loved music and stories.  

Marjorie was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by children Mary Esther, J. David Jr., and Miriam.

Grace Chadderdon Boese

February 9, 1921–January 8, 2018

Born in Le Center, Minn., Grace received Christ at age 12 and soon committed her life to missions. She attended Mankato (Minn.) State Teacher’s College, St. Paul Bible Institute (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.), and the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). On June 15, 1944, Grace married Harvey Boese.

The couple pioneered churches in Los Angeles, Calif.; and Hiawatha, Utah (1944–1946), before being appointed as C&MA missionaries to Siam (now Thailand), where they served for 28 years. They were involved in church planting and growth, literature distribution, and working with leprous people. Grace was committed to teaching the Bible at every opportunity. While Harvey was field director, Grace hosted their many guests, including American servicemen during the Vietnam War.

Later, Harvey and Grace were the pastoral couple at Baldwin Park (Calif.) Alliance Church. They ministered among Lao refugees for 11 years before retiring in Chino Hills, Calif. In 2002, Grace endured a leg amputation. Though confined to a wheelchair, she continued her baking and hospitality ministry.

Grace was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by children Joy, Faith, Timothy (now Eliyahu Karmeli), Caroline, and Melody; 14 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and many spiritual children.

Rev. Donald (Don) Clyde Gibbons

October 29, 1926–January 14, 2018

Born in Lavoye, Wyo., Don attended Northwest College (Powell, Wyo.) and Simpson Bible Institute (now Simpson University, Redding, Calif.). On June 30, 1951, he married Alice Verdelle Rhoads, whom he had met while ministering on Whidbey Island, Wash. They celebrated 66 years of marriage in June 2017.

After planting a Village Missions Church in Paulina, Ore., Don and Alice were appointed as C&MA missionaries to Netherlands, New Guinea (now Papua, Indonesia). During their 42 years of ministry in that country, Don would hike for days under dangerous conditions with fellow missionary Gordon Larson to reach the Ilaga and Beoga Valleys and was involved in Christ. Don also built airstrips that allowed missionary planes to land, ran medical clinics, taught Bible school, designed curricula, and was a pastor. His love for people helped him make friends around the world and inspired many to support international missions. After returning to the United States, Don was active in churches in Paradise and Ripon, Calif.

Don was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by daughters Kathy, Joyce, Lori, Helen, and Darlene; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.

Dr. Thomas (Tom) Hartman Stebbins

May 19, 1933–February 15, 2018

Born in Vietnam to C&MA missionaries, Tom attended Nyack (N.Y.) Missionary College (now Nyack College) and received an honorary doctor of divinity from Trinity College in Florida. On August 31, 1954, he married Donna Stadsklev, an MK from Côte d’Ivoire.

In 1956, the couple was appointed to Vietnam, where they served for nearly 20 years. After the Communist takeover, they fled the country from the roof of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. Tom then served in Guam (1975–1976); Hong Kong (1976–1979); and Omaha, Neb. (1980–1995), where he was outreach pastor at Christ Community Church and launched Evangelism Explosion (EE); people accepted Jesus nightly through this ministry. When EE’s founder, Dr. D. James Kennedy, heard of the church’s many outreaches, he invited Tom to serve as the organization’s executive vice president. After retiring from that role, Tom became EE’s Global Ambassador.

For more than 60 years, Tom was passionate about seeing people trust in Jesus and become mature, reproducing disciples. Many thousands received Christ because of Tom’s commitment to evangelism. After leaving Vietnam, he shared the gospel with countless Vietnamese in countries around the world. Since Tom’s parents arrived in Vietnam in 1918, the Stebbins family has ministered to Vietnamese people for a century.

Tom is survived by his wife; daughters Jennifer and Janice; sons Jeffrey and John; and 11 grandchildren.

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