With the Lord


With the Lord

As reported in the May/June 2021 issue.


Ruth Woerner Good

February 1, 1929–October 2, 2020

Ruth was born in Hong Kong to Gustave and Pauline Woerner, who served for nearly 20 years as missionaries in several Asian countries. After WWII ended their work, Ruth moved with them to Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College (TFC), where her father was asked to develop a missions program and where Ruth received her education. She married Charles Good on June 5, 1950.

After serving in pastoral ministry in Texas and Indiana, Ruth and Charles were C&MA missionaries to Peru for 10 years. In 1966, they transitioned to Toccoa Falls. Ruth taught Spanish at the Toccoa Falls high school and TFC. Later, she was the college librarian for more than 30 years. During retirement, Ruth volunteered in the library archives and at the City of Toccoa War Museum.

Ruth was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by children Charlene, Cheryl, and Caleb; and 8 grandchildren.

Richard B. Pease

June 28, 1935–October 5, 2020

Born in Wellsville, N.Y., Richard received his BS from Nyack (N.Y.) College and his MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He earned his ThM from Fuller Theological Seminary and his DMiss from Fuller Theological Seminary, School of World Mission. On May 26, 1956, he married Eleanor, who is a former Nyack College professor.

Having been honored along with Eleanor for more than 50 years of C&MA ministry, Richard served churches in Jamestown, N.Y. (1957–1958); Pine Hill, N.J. (1961–1963); Westfield, Mass. (1970–1974); Pasadena, Calif. (1990–1995); Port Chester, N.Y. (2007–2009); and Fort Myers, Fla. (2010–2018). For 24 years, Richard and Eleanor were missionaries to Japan, where he twice held the title of the C&MA field director. In addition, Richard was a professor of missiology and the head of the Missiology and Religion Department at Nyack College and dean of Alliance Theological Seminary. In retirement, he continued preaching, leading youth, and serving as elder in The Village Church at Shell Point Retirement Community (Fort Myers, Fla.), where he was also the pianist for church services.

Richard is survived by his wife; children Rick and Sharon; 5 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

Paul Poe

February 14, 1931–November 13, 2020

Paul was born in Hay, Wash., and accepted Jesus as his Savior while a young boy. He received his BA in theology from Simpson Bible College in Seattle, Wash. (now Simpson University, Redding, Calif.). On June 26, 1954, Paul married B. Joan Boswell.

During more than 35 years of C&MA ministry, Paul pastored churches in Onalaska, Wash. (1956–1960); Grants Pass (1960–1964) and Crawfordsville, Ore. (1965–1973); Sidney, Mont. (1973–1978); and Granite Falls (1980–1986) and Selah, Wash. (1986–1990). He loved to tell others about the hope found in Jesus.

Paul is survived by his wife; children Daniel,
Timothy, and Kathleen; 11 grandchildren; and 25 great grandchildren

Robert (Bob) L. Kauffman Sr.

February 8, 1943–November 17, 2020

Bob was born in Lewistown, Pa., and was a graduate of Williamsport Technical Institute. On September 1, 1963, he married Marj. Together they served the Lord as C&MA missionary associates in West Africa (1981–1992). Bob loved this opportunity and enjoyed sharing his experiences with others. He also served First Alliance Church (Harrisburg, Pa.) and Pine Glen Alliance Church (Lewistown, Pa.) in various positions and was recently honored by Pine Glen Alliance for his service. He retired in 2009 as vice president of AMS of Skelly and Loy, Inc., Harrisburg.

Bob is survived by his wife; sons Robert (Rob) Jr. and Andrew; and 4 grandchildren.

Walter Vernon Caston

August 9, 1939–November 19, 2020

Born in Akron, Ohio, Vernon spent a year playing football at the University of Nebraska before transferring to Nyack (N.Y.) Missionary College, where he received a BA in missiology. Vernon received his MA in New Testament from Wheaton College and his doctorate in philosophy from New York University. While at Nyack, he met his wife, Joyce.

Vernon began his 50-plus years of C&MA ministry at the Alliance Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which he pastored alongside his father. After serving in Glen Burnie, Md., Vernon and Joyce were missionaries to Argentina (1970–1988), where Vernon was field chairman, a college professor and academic dean at the Instituto Biblico Buenos Aires, and a pastor. Later the couple were college professors at Crown College (St. Bonifacius, Minn.), where Vernon also established and directed the graduate program. He was a well-loved and respected professor of Bible and missiology.

Vernon was a great lover of sports and an avid jogger and biker. Much to his daughters’ dismay, he still rode his bike daily at the age of 81. A voracious reader, writer, and lifelong learner, Vernon was known for his inquisitive mind and gentle spirit.

Vernon was preceded in death by his first wife of 47 years, Joyce Ann Sykes Caston, and his second wife, Margaret Driskill; he is survived by daughters Karis, Constance, and Cristina; and 9 grandchildren.

Helen L. Sawyer

August 24, 1923—November 28, 2020

Born in Louisville, Ky., Helen was the daughter of the late Mitchell and Venus Crosier Irvin. She attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College, N.Y.) and was married to Malcolm M. Sawyer. Together they served for 49 years in pastoral ministries in New York and Illinois and as C&MA missionaries in Asia.

Helen was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by daughters Janet, Karen, Susan, and Ellen; 8 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

Thomas J. (Jack) Campbell

April 29, 1941–December 3, 2020

Jack was born in Gadsden, Ala. He attended Toccoa Falls (Ga.) Bible College, graduating in 1963 with degrees in theology and missions. On August 19, 1965, he married Gloria Edvenson; they heard God’s call to missions in 1967. Together they served as C&MA missionaries in Hong Kong, where Jack was involved in church planting and began a large prison ministry.

After the Campbells left Hong Kong, Jack pastored Gadsden Alliance Church and Parkway Community Church (Gadsden, Ala.) and later Macedonia Baptist Church (Coates Bend, Ala.). Jack was also a high school football team chaplain and had a thriving ministry until officially retiring in 2018.

Jack is survived by his wife; daughter Angie; sons Tommy and Stephen; and 1 granddaughter.

Robert P. McNeel

May 14, 1931–December 5, 2020

Robert was born in Glen Hope, Pa., and attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College, N.Y.). On June 16, 1952, he married Joyce.

During more than 40 years of C&MA ministry, Robert pastored churches in Central City and Gray, Pa. (1955–1957); and Somerset, Pa. (1978 through retirement). He was a missionary to Vietnam (1957–1975), the Philippines (1975–1977), and Thailand (2002–2003), where he ministered at the guest home in Bangkok. Robert also served for three years with Chalet Retreat Ministries.

Robert was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by children Robert Jr., Kathleen, Keith, and Mark; 10 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.

Harvey Allan Town

October 23, 1933–December 8, 2020

Harvey was born in Portal, N.Dak. He graduated from Ambrose University (Calgary, Alberta), formerly Canadian Bible College (Regina, Saskatchewan), with a bachelor’s in theology and
international ministry. In 1955, Harvey married Joyce Lee Lewis.

During 43 years of C&MA ministry, Harvey was a missionary to Japan and pastored churches in Barrhead and Edmonton, Alberta; and Great Falls, Mont. He was also superintendent of the Western Canadian District (1981–1990) and the U.S. Rocky Mountain District (1990–1999).  Harvey was the author of Jesus, Talk of the Town, served on college and seminary boards for 20 years, and was a Canadian Bible College alumnus of the year in 1987.

Harvey is survived by his wife; children Steve, Terry, Michele, Mike, Francy, Rhonda, and Sandra; 26 grandchildren; and 23 great grandchildren; he was predeceased by five-year-old granddaughter Mary Town.

Lois Jean Williams

December 9, 1924–December 21, 2020.

Born in Minneapolis, Minn., Lois attended Bob Jones University (Greenville, S.C.) and Minneapolis Business School. On May 10, 1946, she married Ralph L. Williams.

Together the couple served C&MA pastorates in Fremont (1948–1952) and Lincoln, Neb. (1955–1963), and Coon Rapids, Minn. (1964–1965). They also ministered through itinerant evangelistic meetings and served as telephone counselors for Billy Graham.

Lois was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by sons Dwight and Brent; and 1 grandson.

Edith Mae David

January 20, 1924–December 27, 2020

Born in Faunce, Pa., Edith graduated from the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College, N.Y.). She did her home service at a camp for inner-city kids in Patterson, N.J.

For 36 years Edith was a C&MA missionary in Thailand, where she ministered primarily through youth work, camps, youth centers, and teaching part-time at the Bangkok Bible college. After she retired and returned to the United States, she married Roy David in 1995 and served with him for three years in the Lake Havasu Arizona C&MA Church, where Roy was the pastor. After his death in 1998, Edith moved to Florida, where she volunteered at Holmes Regional Hospital as a patient care representative.

Edith is survived by stepdaughters Doreen and Darla; 3 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and 1 great–great granddaughter.

James W. O’Hara

January 29, 1937–January 9, 2021

James was born in Meadville, Pa., and decided to follow Jesus at the age of eight. He was a 1964 graduate of St. Paul Bible College, now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.

During 38 years of C&MA ministry, James served churches in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, New York, Virginia, Alabama, and Florida. He also served with the United Methodists for 13 years. James and his wife, Mary Margaret (Eddy), enjoyed 64 years of marriage.

James is survived by his wife; children Colleen Jean, James Russell, Timothy Charles, Jonathan Wesley, and David Willard; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.

Roy G. Solvig

December 18, 1932–January 23, 2021

Roy was born in Chicago, Ill., and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. While in training at Camp Gordon, Ga., he met Jesus and became a Christian.

Roy received a BS in missions from St. Paul Bible College, now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn. On September 2, 1955, he married Kathleen (Kathy) Arnold; they celebrated 65 years of marriage in 2020.

During their 39 years of C&MA ministry, Roy and Kathy attended language school in Switzerland (1960) and were missionaries to Guinea (1961–1966) and Côte d’Ivoire (1967–1998). In 1998, they were reassigned to Guinea, where they served until 1999. Roy was passionate about evangelism, church planting, and caring for those in need.

Roy is survived by his wife; son Arnold; and 3 granddaughters.

Brook L. Gamber

August 14, 1960–January 27, 2021

Born in Harrisburg, Pa., Brook received a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministries with a minor in Christian counseling from Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College. He served in the U.S. Army (1981–1987), during which time he worked in the White House Communications Agency. On October 10, 1981, Brook married Karen Falger.

Brook’s greatest passion was sharing his faith. He pastored Clappertown C&MA Church (Williamsburg, Pa.) and also worked for Joe Krentzman & Son Inc. (Hollidaysburg, Pa.). He loved reading, expanding his knowledge about various subjects, studying the Bible, and spending time with family. Brook died following a courageous battle with COVID-19.

Brook is survived by his wife; daughter Cricket; son Kirsten; and 1 grandson.

Mary Kaye Pease

February 21, 1929–February 16, 2021

Born in Zanesville, Ohio, Mary Kaye accepted Christ as her Savior when she was three years old. She was a gifted musician from a young age, playing in churches and for a radio ministry. After attending Bob Jones University, Mary Kaye pursued her passion for missions by enrolling in the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College, N.Y.). There she taught voice, piano, theory, and marimba and met her husband, Bob; they married on June 23, 1951. Mary Kaye also received a music scholarship to the Juilliard School.

During 55 years of C&MA ministry, Mary Kaye served with Bob at the Little Church of Sherman Oaks (Woodland Hills Neighborhood Church, Calif.); at the C&MA Church in Bakersfield, Calif., and as a missionary to West Africa. Mary Kaye was also a music
professor at Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College, where she taught voice and theory; one of her students was Christian recording artist Aaron Shust. She also taught private piano lessons to more than 60 students from the community and served as pianist and music director in Alliance, Baptist, Lutheran, and Methodist churches.

As a missionary for 34 years, Mary Kaye spoke three foreign languages fluently and was a teacher, linguist, and translator. She instructed government music teachers; co-edited a national music hymnal; translated the Gospels of Mark and John, the Book of Hebrews, and portions of the Psalms and Exodus; ran a back-door dispensary; and taught literacy to women and children. Bob and Mary Kaye also served stateside with the C&MA National Office, where she was an editorial assistant for Alliance Life magazine.

In 1981, Mary Kaye survived an auto accident on the mission field and as a result became involved in disabilities ministries. In the village where the accident occurred, a door was opened to the gospel.

Mary Kaye was predeceased by her husband and 2 grandchildren; she is survived by children Kathy, Debby, Colleen, and Rob; 12 grandchildren; and 14
great grandchildren.

Merle Everett Caldwell

September 16, 1919– February 24, 2021

The son of a minister, Merle was born in Portland, Iowa, and moved with his family to the West Coast at the age of 12. He surrendered his life to Christ while in his teens. On September 12, 1942, in Aberdeen, Wash., Merle married Dorothy Marie Allen, with whom he enjoyed 62 years of marriage.

After attending business college, Merle worked as an accountant before he was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. He sensed God’s call to ministry while in the service and later attended Simpson Bible Institute, now Simpson University, Redding, Calif. (1946–1949).

Merle began his ministry by helping his father, W. H. Caldwell, plant a church in Idaho. Over the years Merle served C&MA churches in California, Washington, and Montana as well as independent churches in Arizona, Alaska, and Oregon. He retired
in 1985.

Merle authored a book, What I Learned about God in My First 99 Years. He died at the age of 101. According to his family, he retained his passion for Jesus, sense of humor, and keen mind until his death.

Merle was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by children Marie, Margee, Becky, and Dan; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren.

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