With the Lord

As reported in the May/June 2016 issue.


Dr. David Lloyd Rambo

Dr. David Lloyd Rambo

June 8, 1934–March 11, 2016

David was born in Williamsport, Pa. He graduated from St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn.) in 1955 and received his bachelor of science in theology from Nyack (N.Y.) Missionary College (now Nyack College) in 1957. David earned his MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts, his MA from Fuller Theological Seminary in California, and his doctorate from New York (N.Y.) University.

On July 9, 1960, David married Ruth Claudette Retallack in Johnstown (Pa.) Alliance Church. They were blessed with 50 years of marriage until Ruth died on May 19, 2011.

During more than 39 years of C&MA ministry, David served in a variety of roles. Along with his wife, Ruth, he was a missionary to the Philippines (1961–1970). He also was president of Canadian Bible College and Canadian Theological Seminary in Regina, Sask. (now Ambrose University College, Calgary, Alta.) (1972–1978), where he previously served as professor of world missions; vice president of U.S. C&MA Overseas Ministries (1979–1982); and president of Nyack (N.Y) College (1982–1987).

In 1987, David was elected the eighth president of the U.S. Christian and Missionary Alliance at the C&MA’s Centennial Council in St. Paul, Minn. He served three full terms before assuming the role of Alliance Theological Seminary president in 1996, where he served until he retired in 2000. Following retirement, he served as director of the Beeson International Leaders program and adjunct professor of preaching at Asbury Theological Seminary.

David was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by daughters Elizabeth, Jody, and Shelly; and 5 grandchildren.

Rev. David Earl Kiser

Rev. David Earl Kiser

November 24, 1933–August 21, 2015

David was born in Meadville, Pa., and attended Wheaton (Ill.) College and Nyack (N.Y.) Missionary College (now Nyack College). On June 4, 1955, he married Gloria Hope Weaver.

During more than 25 years of C&MA ministry, David served churches in Winterset, Iowa (1956–1962); and St. Louis (1962–1970) and Branson, Mo. (1982–1983). He also held various secular jobs. In addition to being co-owner of a meat packing plant, David worked as a stockbroker, hotel clerk, and grocery store attendant. Until a week before his death, he was employed at the Adam Puchta Winery in Herman, Mo., a job he loved. He especially enjoyed his interactions with his employer, coworkers, and customers.

Gloria died after a long struggle with vascular dementia, during which David faithfully cared for her. The couple had been married for 55 years.

David enjoyed being active in his church, gardening, splitting wood, and caring for his family. He also taught Sunday school for many years.

David was predeceased by his wife and his son Timothy; he is survived by daughters Cindy and Bethany; son Tom; and 6 grandchildren.

Beatrice (Bea) Shrum Cartmel

Beatrice (Bea) Shrum Cartmel

April 4, 1920–April 24, 2015

Bea, a coal miner’s daughter, was born in Robinson, Pa. God called her to India at the age of eight during a tent rally after she heard a missionary speak. Bea served in ministry in Johnstown, Pa.; the Bronx and Brooklyn, N.Y.; and with Dr. A. W. Tozer in Chicago, Ill. She spent most summers in children’s ministries throughout the United States.

Bea graduated from the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College) in 1938. She received her master’s in education at Indiana/Purdue University Fort Wayne.

In 1947, Bea sailed to India, where she studied Marathi and assisted in the Girls’ School in Khamgaon. While in language school, she met Rev. Daryl W. Cartmel; they married October 14, 1949. Daryl joined the C&MA the same year. Their ministries included evangelism in rural areas, literacy and translation work, supervising and training Sunday school leaders, and teaching at Union Biblical Seminary of Yeotmal in Pune.

In 1968 the Cartmels were loaned to Fort Wayne Bible College, where Daryl taught for 16 years. They taught Sunday school and were members of the Fort Wayne Gospel Temple. Bea was a gracious hostess and a vibrant part of the church, college, and neighborhood. She traveled extensively for speaking engagements and was a substitute teacher for Fort Wayne community schools.

In 1984 Bea and Daryl accepted an invitation to teach at the Alliance Theological Seminary in Manila, Philippines, where five months later Daryl was diagnosed with cancer. They returned to the States as missionaries-in-residence at Simpson College (now Simpson University in Redding, Calif.). Daryl died in October 1985 after receiving hospice care. Bea taught his courses the following semester and then returned to the Philippines to teach at Ebenezer Bible College in Zamboanga for two years.

Bea also finished Daryl’s partially completed doctoral dissertation for Fuller Seminary, obtaining his doctorate posthumously in 1991. Bea retired from the C&MA in 1992. She continued to impact many lives, including members of Westview Alliance Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.), neighbors, friends, and strangers she met on the bus or in the grocery store.

Bea was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by daughters Bronwyn and Jennifer; son Warren; and 3 grandchildren.

Rev. Richard (Dick) L. Dugan

Rev. Richard (Dick) L. Dugan

February 3, 1936–September 4, 2015

Born in Owatonna, Minn., Dick received his BA from Bethany College of Missions in Bloomington, Minn., where he met Priscilla Ann Newton. They married June 21, 1957.

During their 58 years of evangelistic and pastoral ministry, the couple served C&MA churches in Huron, S.Dak. (1967–1975); and Monticello (1976–1979), Shakopee (1984–1985), and Remer, Minn. (1995–2008).

Dick was an active member of the Minnesota Blue Grass and Old-Time Music Association. He repaired, restored, and sold acoustic instruments through Richard Dugan Violins. Dick also taught beginner stringed instruments to countless students, both youth and adults. He died after a battle with acute leukemia.

Dick is survived by his wife; sons Shane and Shawn; daughters Sheila and Sheri; 10 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter Sharon.

Rev. Daniel Webster Evans

Rev. Daniel Webster Evans

April 2, 1932–September 11, 2015

Born in New York, N.Y., Daniel graduated from Nyack (N.Y.) Missionary College (now Nyack College) in 1956. On June 4, 1955, he married Loretta K. Kozy.

During 40 years of C&MA ministry, Daniel served churches in Houlton, Maine (1961–1976); Allentown, Pa. (1976–1993); and Buzzards Bay, Mass. (1993–1996). He also pastored a church in Oregon and served at Schantz Road Community Church in Wescosville, Pa.
Daniel retired in 1996. He was a member of Wellspring Community Church (C&MA) in Allentown, Pa., where he had served as pastor. He loved and cherished his family.

Daniel is survived by his wife; sons Eric, Dwight, Craig, and Brent; daughter Annette; 13 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.

Jené A. (Knowles) Jeske

Jené A. (Knowles) Jeske

March 25, 1937–September 24, 2015

Jené was born in Wenatchee, Wash. She attended Seattle (Wash.) Pacific College (now University), Wenatchee (Wash.) Valley College, and Simpson Bible College (now Simpson University in Redding, Calif.). On August 22, 1958, Jené married Rev. Wesley (Wes) Jeske.

During 47 years of C&MA ministry, Jené served alongside Wes as he pastored C&MA churches in Wenatchee (1961–1962), Richland (1963–1970), Seattle (1980–1993), and Everett, Wash. (1997–2009); and Fremont, Calif. (1970–1980).

An accomplished pianist, Jené was involved in music and women’s ministries and taught piano lessons. In 2008 she retired as a sales representative from Neptune Cremation Society.

Jené was known for her quiet, gentle spirit and deep love for her family. She died after enduring years of declining health.
Jené is survived by her husband; sons Michael and Douglas; and 4 grandchildren.

Mable (Mae) Joan Ranard

Mable (Mae) Joan Ranard

May 11, 1938–September 29, 2015

Born in Erie, Pa., Mae received her BA in Christian education from Nyack (N.Y.) Missionary College (now Nyack College), where she met Duane in chapel. They married July 26, 1963.

While Mae finished her last semester, Duane entered Naval Flight OCS in November 1964. He was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1965 and went on to receive flight training. He attended Naval Officers’ Intelligence School (Alameda, Calif.), and Mae flew there to be with him. Upon graduation, Duane was sent to a Combat Search and Rescue Squadron for a seven-month deployment in Vietnam. Mae cared for their home while Duane was deployed. Later, while Duane taught and coached at Burlington High School and the University of Vermont, Mae supported his extended field trips and coaching through her logistical and cooking skills.

Mae supported Duane’s assignment as Naval Reserve commanding officer and served alongside him in a C&MA church as a junior-high youth sponsor. In 1976, the Ranards moved to Quito, Ecuador, where they were dorm parents and teachers at the Alliance Academy (now Alliance Academy International). Later, they served the assistant pastorate at Hope Church (C&MA) in Carmel, Ind. In 1982, Duane became senior pastor at Church of the Open Door (Milwaukee, Wis.). Mae also cared for their daughter Jill, who had nephrotic syndrome.

In 1989, the Ranards moved to Minnetonka, Minn., where Duane served as vice president for Enrollment Services at St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn.). Mae frequently entertained students and faculty. She supported Duane in various other roles, including Christian school principal and superintendent and public school teacher and administrator. For 45 years, Mae blessed numerous speakers and missionaries with her hospitality.

Mae is survived by her husband; daughter Susan; and 3 grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter Jill.

Oan Yos

Oan Yos

April 24, 1940–October 4, 2015

Oan was born in Battambang Province, Cambodia. His parents sent him to study at a Buddhist temple, where he was taught by monks. After the country plunged into civil war in the late 1940s, his family moved. Oan attended various private schools, including one affiliated with a Catholic church.

After Oan was unable to continue his education, he worked in a variety of fields, including construction and Christian publication. He enjoyed radio repair and often listened to broadcasts about Jesus. After studying at a Bible school in Ta Khmao, Oan became a teacher at a church in Monivong.

Oan received Christ in 1964. During the late 1960s, he taught children and youth at the Monivong church and worked with missionary groups to teach the Cambodian language. He also taught at the Bible school, where he met Sinn Koul. They married May 1, 1971.

In 1975, due to Cambodia’s growing unrest, Oan and his family relocated to Thailand, where he found work at a radio store. He continued preaching and sharing Bible stories with Cambodian refugees.

After being dismissed from his job and in need of housing, Oan moved his family to a refugee camp. There he met a Caucasian missionary who spoke fluent Cambodian. Upon learning Oan’s name, the missionary rejoiced. He told Oan that his good friend in the United States, Dara Pen, had asked him to find Oan so Dara could sponsor his family to immigrate to America. They settled in Syracuse, N.Y.

Oan trained at BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) and secured a position with the Syracuse City School District as an electronic technician for all district schools (1978–2006). He worked for the district from 1978 until his retirement at age 65.

In the late 1970s to early 1980s, Oan sought and found relatives in the States who had escaped the war in Cambodia. The Yoses hosted about eight families or relatives. Several other refugee families arrived in Syracuse as well.

Later, Oan started the Syracuse Cambodian Alliance Church from his home on Ostrander Avenue in the city’s south side. The church grew quickly and moved to a space at the Syracuse C&MA Church. He continued to pastor the congregation and also started Bible studies in Utica and Rochester. Oan had an extensive visitation and prayer ministry.

Oan embraced retirement and the ability to be available to those who needed him. He traveled often to Cambodia, working with Christian organizations to spread the gospel. Oan welcomed new technology and enjoyed social media.

Oan is survived by his wife; children Sinnaro, Sinnary, Darasmy, and Andrew; and 8 grandchildren.

Nancy Pierce

Nancy Pierce

June 8, 1933–October 11, 2015

Nancy was born in Buffalo, N.Y., to Leroy and Audrey Kennedy, C&MA pioneer missionaries to West Africa, where Nancy learned three languages during her childhood. This served her well when later in life she was instrumental in reducing an unwritten language to writing.

Nancy attended Houghton (N.Y.) College, where she majored in secondary education and French, and the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College) for a year of missions studies. There she met Rev. Milton Pierce. They married June 4, 1955, and enjoyed 60 years of marriage.

The Pierces served in Burkina Faso, West Africa, in evangelism and church planting in remote villages among the Bobo Madare people. Nancy was involved in teaching, translation work, and training pastors at Maranatha Bible Institute. She also developed content for a distance education program in French and an African language and traveled frequently to several African countries to present seminars on this method of training church leaders.

In 1990, African national church leaders selected Nancy to be a member of the Côte d’Ivoire West Africa Alliance Seminary’s founding board. She served as its secretary for seven years. A women’s ministry building at the seminary was named for her.

In 2003, the Alliance Theological Seminary awarded Nancy and Milton honorary doctor of divinity degrees. Burkina Faso’s government honored the Pierces in 2005 with The Order of Merit for their 40 years of ministry.

After retiring in 2000 to Toccoa Falls, Ga., Nancy was a substitute teacher in the local high school and at Toccoa Falls College. She was involved in prison ministry and active in her church’s Awana program.

Nancy is survived by her husband; daughters Cheryl, Deborah, and Elin; sons John and Mark; 14 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

Melinda Smith Lane

In Memorium

Melinda Smith Lane

January 30, 1960–February 24, 2016

On February 24, Alliance Life and the C&MA National Office bid farewell to beloved friend and coworker Melinda Lane after her courageous, two-year battle with cancer.

Melinda served as managing editor of Alliance Life from 2008 until her passing. Her rich and unique gifts and unwavering dedication to declaring God at work through The Alliance have contributed immeasurably to this magazine’s reach and impact.

Melinda will be remembered as a faithful Christ follower, devoted wife and mother, trusted friend, brilliant and witty communicator, and valiant crusader for lost and suffering people throughout the world.



In the March/April 2016 issue, the location of Geneva College in Rev. James (Jim) Leroy Evans’ obituary was incorrect. The school is in Pennsylvania. We apologize for the error.

1 response to With the Lord

  1. About 40 years ago I met Dr. Rambo for the first time when he was challenging a room full of pastors to enlarge our style of worship beyond the first 100 pages of the hymn book. He was challenging us to go farther in worship taking our people with us.
    Dr. David Rambo, as president of the C&MA, invited 10 of us pastors with the fastest growing churches in the C&MA to Colorado Springs. He wanted to understand what we were doing that made the churches grow. He seemed always curious, learning and humble enough to learn from anyone.
    The third time I was with Dr. Rambo was when I pastored Hope Church in Indianapolis, invited him, the President of the C&MA, for a weekend. He was most gracious, said ‘yes’ right away. He came and mingled with, loved on the people and preached challenging messages that weekend. We loved having him and he enlarged our hearts for God and for the world. While there he took special interest and time with me not just as a minister under his leadership but interest like we’re friends. His care for the world, our congregation and for me personally was rare, rich blessing, never to be forgotten. David Bryan

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