With the Lord

As reported in the May/June 2015 issue.


Sarah Jacobson

Sarah Winifred Jacobson

January 6, 1920–November 4, 2014

Born in Tongsi, China, to Gerhard and Alma Jacobson, C&MA missionaries to central China, Winifred accepted Jesus at a young age. While in China, she looked out her window and heard a gravedigger praying to the earth god. The Holy Spirit used that incident to call Winifred to missions work.

Winifred attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College) as well as Simpson University (Redding, Calif.) and Houghton (N.Y.) College. Prior to departing for Wuchang, China, she was involved in evangelistic ministries in the Kentucky mountains and literacy work in Chicago, Ill.

After China fell to the Communists, Winifred chose to work in the Philippines, where she ministered among the Tagabilis tribespeople and taught at the Ebenezer Bible Institute. She was also active in children’s camps and started a short-term Bible institute to train local church leaders to be more effective.

Sarah is survived by her friends at Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers, Fla.

Kelvin McKnight

Kelvin Jon McKnight

July 10, 1966–December 9, 2014

Kelvin was born in Auburn, N.Y. On August 8, 1992, he married Penny at the Sidney Center (N.Y.) United Methodist Church.

During more than 11 years of C&MA ministry, Kelvin was an assistant pastor at Circle Center Alliance Church in Sidney, N.Y. (2003–2012), a pastor and church planter in Oneonta, N.Y. (2005–2006), and the senior pastor at Riverside Alliance Church (2012–2014) in Walton, N.Y.

Kelvin is survived by his wife.

Elaine Turner

Elaine Amstutz Turner

December 16, 1919–December 11, 2014

Elaine was born in Kidron, Ohio, and received a BA from Asbury University (Wilmore, Ky.). On June 17, 1942, she married Rev. Robert (Bob) P. Turner in Orville, Ohio.

During 56 years of C&MA ministry, Elaine served alongside Bob in Orville (1942–1943) and Dayton, Ohio (1943–1945); Logansport, Ind. (1945–1951); Winston-Salem, N.C. (1951–1955); Ravenna (1955–1959) and Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (1959–1968); San Jose, Calif. (1968–1970); Lima, Ohio (1970–1977; 1989–1998); and Erie, Pa. (1977–1989). In 1998, the Turners retired to Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers, Fla.

Elaine was predeceased by her husband and son Robert Jr.; she is survived by son Ronald; daughters Joanne and Janet; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.

Gary Higbee

Dr. Gary M. Higbee

September 7, 1933–December 16, 2014

Born in Crescent City, Calif., Gary spent many of his formative years living in San Diego. He graduated with a BA in biblical literature from Seattle (Wash.) Pacific University, earned an MDiv. from Western Evangelical Seminary (now George Fox Evangelical Seminary, Portland, Ore.), and an MA in theology from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary (now Western Seminary, Portland). He was a member of the first class to receive a DMin. from Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, Calif.). On June 14, 1957, Gary married Nola in Silverton, Ore.

During more than 50 years of C&MA ministry, Gary pastored churches in Hood River, Ore. (1959–1963); Santa Ana (1963–1967) and Richmond, Calif. (1967–1979); Central Point, Ore. (1979–1983); and Woodinville, Wash. (1983–1989). He also served as an interim pastor in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska and was the South Pacific District’s interim superintendent for one year. Gary was on the C&MA Board of Managers and Simpson College’s Board of Trustees.

Gary and Nola shared a passion for global missions and were invited to speak at C&MA field forums in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand. They were pioneer members of the denomination’s pastoral care program and traveled to Thailand, Taiwan, and the Philippines to host international worker retreats.

Gary enjoyed teaching, preaching, and mentoring young pastors. His hobbies included photography, gardening, hiking, and mountain climbing.

Gary is survived by his wife; son Mike; daughter Jan; and 3 grandchildren.

Eloise Kose

Eloise Harper Kose

May 13, 1922–December 18, 2014

Born in Wheeling, W.Va., Eloise spent most of her early years in Flushing, Ohio. Her parents often entertained missionaries in their home, so early in life she felt called to serve God overseas.

Eloise attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). On January 1, 1944, she married Karl Kose, her high school sweetheart, who was also preparing for missionary service. The couple served pastorates in West Virginia before sailing for Gujarat, India, in 1949.

During their 38 years of ministry, Eloise and Karl were involved in district evangelism, literature production and distribution, radio programs in the Gujarati language, and field administration. For three years the couple served at Union Biblical Seminary, where Karl was business manager/treasurer and Eloise was matron to about 20 young women annually. She taught Sunday school and also began Bible classes for female Christian nurses in Ahmedabad City. Eloise was a gracious hostess to many individuals, groups, and mission and church committees. The Koses retired in 1987.

Eloise is survived by her husband; sons Rajan and Kevin; daughter Rebecca; 7 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

Eleanor Wells

Eleanor Ruth Wells

December 12, 1927–December 25, 2014

Eleanor was born in Terrytown, N.Y. On August 30, 1952, she married Rev. William (Bill) C. Wells in Colonie, N.Y. During more than 40 years of C&MA ministry, Eleanor served alongside Bill in churches in Arcade (1955–1960), Waverly (1961–1996), and Horseheads, N.Y. (1996–2014).

Eleanor was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed teaching Sunday school, was active in church missionary work, and served with Bill in his visitation ministry.

Eleanor is survived by her husband; sons Gerald, Jim, and Jon; 7 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.

John Gaertner

Rev. John P. Gaertner

March 15, 1936–January 2, 2015

John received his BS in missions from Nyack (N.Y.) Missionary College (now Nyack College) in 1958. He married Louise on August 23, 1958. In 1960, the Gaertners were appointed as C&MA missionaries to Peru, where they served for three years. Louise died on the mission field.

During his nearly 40 years of ministry, John served C&MA churches in Peckville, Pa. (1967–1973); Deposit (1973–1976) and Ilion, N.Y. (1976–1970); Attleboro, Mass. (1981–1991); and Knoxville, Md. (1992–1997). He dearly loved The Alliance all his life.

John is survived by his wife Marilyn; daughters Katherine and Wendy; son Philip; and 6 grandchildren.

Gayle Tyas

Gayle Ilene (Callanan) Tyas

June 13, 1937–January 6, 2015

Born in Shelton, Wash., Gayle received her BA in education from the University of Puget Sound (Wash.) and her MA in Christian education from Bob Jones University (Greenville, S.C.). On June 20, 1981, she married Rev. Dennis Tyas at Chico Alliance Church in Bremerton, Wash.

For 53 years Gayle was a school teacher and held many elementary positions in the Olympia (Wash.) School District. She had a special talent for teaching students with learning disabilities. Gayle served with the C&MA for 32 years in Olympia (1970–1974) and Shelton, Wash. (1975–1982) as a Christian education director and at Dalat International School in Penang, Malaysia, as a teacher and librarian (1996–2014). She also volunteered in various capacities after she retired from teaching.

Together Gayle and Dennis developed curriculum and led the children’s division at Canby (Ore.) Grove Family Camp for three summers. They also planted the Pioneer Community Church (1983–1991).

Gayle is survived by her husband.

1 response to With the Lord

  1. l’expérience de ces combattants célestes m’a impressionné et elle me pousse à servir les autres et de prendre les détails de la vie au sérieux

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