With The Lord

As reported in the May/Jun 2019 issue.


Rev. James (Jim) W. Lynn

December 5, 1941–September 28, 2018

Born in Sharon, Pa., Jim served in the U.S. Air Force. On April 27, 1965, he married Vikki Mae Kohlhof. Jim received his BA from Spurgeon Baptist Bible College and his master’s from Temple Baptist Seminary. He pursued additional studies at Kent State University, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Delaware Technical College in Dover, and Pittsburgh (Pa.) Institute of Mortuary Science.

After his employment in various secular occupations, Jim served as a pastor for 43 years in churches throughout the country. His previous ordination was sustained by the C&MA in 2006. During his time with the C&MA, Jim was the interim pastor at Grandview Alliance Church in Erie, Pa. (2004–2012). He retired in 2012 but continued to supply pulpits in Alliance churches until his death.

Jim is survived by his wife; daughter Brenda; son Brian; 2 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.

Rev. Lawrence Dennis Smith

April 21, 1941–October 26, 2018

Born in Los Angeles, Calif., Dennis received Christ as a teen while listening to a Christian radio broadcast. He attended Prairie Bible Institute (now Prairie College, Three Hills, AB) and earned two BAs from Biola University (La Mirada, Calif.). Dennis also received a master’s from Wheaton (Ill.) Graduate School and his PhD from California Graduate School of Theology. On December 16, 1969, he married Virginia Willmer, whom he had met at Wheaton College.

During 43 years of C&MA ministry, Dennis pastored churches in Youngwood and New Stanton, Pa. (1969–1974); Everett, Wash. (1975–1976); Oregon City, Ore. (1976–1980); Tara Hills (1980–1986) and Redlands, Calif. (1986–2007); and North Richland Hills, Tex. (2010–2016). He had a passion for knowing and expounding God’s Word.

Dennis is survived by his wife; children Martyn, Angela, and Joanna; and 5 grandchildren.

Rev. R. Allen McVicker

November 11, 1937–November 13, 2018

Born in Philipsburg, Pa., Allen attended Nyack (N.Y.) Missionary College (now Nyack College). On September 4, 1965, he married Linda Frost. During 43 years of C&MA ministry, Allen pastored churches in Manchester, Pa. (1959–1964); Newark, Del. (1964–1966); Carlisle, Pa. (1966–1970); Bridgton, Maine (1973–1974); and Lancaster (1974–1978) and Camp Hill, Pa. (1978–1986). He sold Christian books and Bibles after he retired.

Allen is survived by his wife; daughters Lisa, Kimberly, and Julie; 8 grandchildren; and 1 great granddaughter.

Mable E. Heffer

September 4, 1919–November 15, 2018

Born in Erie, Pa., Mable was a 1943 graduate of the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College), where she met Robert (Bob) Heffer; they married June 9, 1944. Mable and Bob spent 64 years together until Bob’s passing on August 23, 2008 (pictured here with Mable).

The Heffers pastored C&MA churches in Kent and Kinsman, Ohio; and North East, South Fork, Corry, New Stanton, Mahaffey, and Burnside, Pa. They also served as dorm parents at Dalat School for Missionary Children (now Dalat International School) in Malaysia (1970–1973). The couple retired in Greenville, Pa., after 43 years of ministry. In their retirement they served interim pastorates at Sandy Lake, Cambridge Springs, and New Wilmington, Pa.

Mable and Bob were two of the original founders of Edinboro (Pa.) Conference Grounds. Mable was active in Child Evangelism Fellowship and Great Commission Women. She was known for her servanthood, hospitality, and Christlike life.

Mable was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by daughters Judith, Jan, and Jeanne; 6 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.

Ruth (Oller) Spring

January 5, 1933–November 21, 2018

Ruth was born in Waynesboro, Pa., with a left hip deformity. After enduring major surgeries, braces, and crutches, she received Christ at age 13 while in the hospital. The next day, Ruth nearly died on the operating table. God miraculously saved her in answer to her mother’s prayers. Ruth remained paralyzed and unable to see, hear, or speak for four weeks until God healed her instantaneously, after which she dedicated her life to ministry.

Along with her husband, Herbert (Herb), Ruth was a C&MA missionary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and served churches in Manchester and Moosic, Pa. For 30 years she was a pastoral care volunteer in Ohio’s Developmental Centers, where Herb was a chaplain for people with cognitive and physical challenges. Ruth trained ministry volunteers, befriended residents and employees, and directed Christmas pageants.   

Ruth is survived by her husband; son John; and 2 grandchildren.

Rev. Levoy H. Taylor

March 7, 1924–November 21, 2018

Born in Fort Myers, Fla., Levoy graduated from the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College) in 1951. On July 29, 1944, he married Nina Wilson. During more than 33 years of pastoral ministry, Levoy served C&MA churches in Shelby (1952–1953), Newark (1953–1955), Wooster (1955–1960), and Fremont, Ohio (1963–1968); and Jacksonville (1969–1979) and Hollywood, Fla. (1980–1984).

Levoy was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by children Terry, Greg, and Eric; 6 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.

Rev. Dennis M. Johnson, DMin

May 8, 1940–November 26, 2018

Born in Minneapolis, Minn., Dennis attended the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) and received his BA from St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.). He earned an MA from Wheaton (Ill.) Graduate School and his DMin from Luther Seminary (St. Paul, Minn.).

Dennis enjoyed a varied career in graduate education, church ministry, vocational development, music ministry, and more. His life’s mission was releasing hundreds of men and women into discovering and embracing who God created them to be. During more than 52 years of C&MA ministry, he loved helping people see their significance in Christ.

Dennis is survived by his wife; sons Nathan and Jonathan; and 2 grandchildren.

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