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Wanda Marie Wagoner

March 18, 1922–February 21, 2016

Wanda was born in Danville, Ill., to Thomas and Josephine (Lipscomb) Wakeland. On November 29, 1941, she married Rev. Jack Wagoner. They would have been married 75 years this November.

During more than 58 years of C&MA ministry, Wanda served alongside Jack as he pastored churches in Wisconsin (1953–1958), Minnesota (1958–1961), Illinois (1961–1980), and Colorado (1981–1984). She taught Sunday school for several years and was a committed prayer warrior. Wanda also was an excellent cook and loved to bake.

Wanda is survived by her husband; daughters Wanetta and Dawn; sons Tom and Mark; 9 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.

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Rev. Robert (Bob) Baer

June 11, 1933–March 3, 2016

Born in Clearfield, Pa., Bob graduated from Nyack (N.Y.) Missionary College with a BS in Christian education. On July 14, 1956, he married Janice M. Brock.

During 41 years of C&MA ministry, Bob served churches in Duryea (1958–1961), Chambersburg (1961–1965), Reynoldsville (1965–1970), South Fork (1970–1979), Acmetonia (1979–1982), Fayette City (1982–1987), Donegal (1987–1994), and Coalport, Pa. (1994–1999). Bob also built the Park View C&MA Church in South Fork (1975–1976).

After retirement, Bob preached in 45 churches, three of which he served as an interim pastor. Also, he directed several youth camps, including Summit Grove (New Freedom, Pa.), Edinboro (Pa.) Conference Grounds, and Mahaffey (Pa.) Camp. He traveled to Thailand in 2000 to remodel the C&MA guest home. In 2006, he directed 12 preschools in Udera, Thailand.

Bob is survived by his wife; daughters Darlene, Nadine, Marlene, Charlene, and Arlene; 26 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and 1 great–great grandchild.

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Rev. Arthur H. Tucker

April 3, 1931–March 27, 2016

Born in Moosic, Pa., Arthur worked for Corning Glass Works and Akens Moving and Storage Company before retiring as a driver for Jack Williams Tire and Auto Center. On June 30, 1951, he married Margaret R. Stalbird. He completed some theological education through the C&MA.

Arthur’s most rewarding ministries were serving as pastor of Glendale (Pa.) Gospel Chapel (1981–1988) and C&MA Church (now City Light Church) in Wilkes Barre, Pa. (1988–1993). He also was interim pastor at Country C&MA Church and Community Missionary Alliance Church in Broadheadsville, Pa.

Until his death, Arthur was a devoted member of Moosic (Pa.) Alliance Community Church. He touched countless lives along his ministerial journey.

Arthur is survived by his wife; sons Stephen, Richard, and Arthur Jr.; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great–great grandchildren. He was predeceased by sons David and Duane.

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Rev. Wai Keung (Jack) To

October 11, 1960–March 30, 2016

Born in China, Jack escaped with his family to Hong Kong. He accepted Jesus in 1978 at a gospel meeting and rejected his once rebellious life. This transformation brought his immediate family to faith in Christ. In 1979, Jack dedicated his life to full-time ministry.

Jack and his family immigrated to Canada, where he received his bachelor’s degree from Prairie College (Three Hills, Alta.). He then attended Canadian Bible College (Regina, Sask.), now Ambrose University (Calgary, Alta.), where he met Rose. They married in 1987.

During nearly 29 years of ministry, the couple served with the Mennonite Brethren, independent churches, and the C&MA. From 2007–2016 Jack was senior pastor of Agape Chinese Alliance Church in San Diego, Calif. The Tos also served in Richmond, B.C., as church planters and in Orange County, Calgary, Alta., where Jack was an English pastor. Despite being diagnosed with myelofibrosis in 2014 and then leukemia a year later, Jack never wavered in his faith.

Jack is survived by his wife; son Josiah; and daughter Rachel.

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Margaret Louise Shigley Crowe

May 5, 1915–April 6, 2016

Margaret was born in Mentone, Ala., to Henry Frank and Rebecca Melissa Keith Shigley. On August 17, 1934, she married Rev. Charles W. Crowe.

Margaret attended Western Carolina Teacher’s College (Cullowhee, N.C.) and Berry College (Rome, Ga.). During more than 32 years of C&MA ministry, she served alongside her husband in churches in Georgia (1958–1973) and Florida (1974–1977). Margaret also taught in the Chattooga County (Ga.) School system.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband; daughter Wanda; and a granddaughter. She is survived by son David; daughters Evangeline, Charlotte, and Marie; 10 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and 1 great–great grandchild.

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Rev. David Henry Moore

September 15, 1928–April 6, 2016

Born in Chicago, Ill., David attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College [N.Y.] College), where he was a tenor soloist and the basketball team captain. On June 8, 1953, he married Anne Stebbins, a fellow student. In 1961, David received his MDiv from Dallas (Tex.) Theological Seminary.

During 59 years of C&MA ministry, David pastored churches in Iowa (1954–1956) and Texas (1956–1961) and served as a missionary to Indonesia, where he was a professor at Jaffray School of Theology (1963–1974). David then taught at Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS) in Nyack, N.Y. (1975–1982). For nine years he served as vice president of Overseas Ministries (now International Ministries). In this role, David traveled to numerous countries to minister to C&MA missionaries. Later, he resumed teaching at ATS (1991–1994).

After retirement, David was an associate pastor at the Alliance Chapel in DeLand, Fla. (2005–2013). During his final days, he spent many hours praying for C&MA workers and ministries worldwide.

David is survived by his wife; son Daniel; and 2 grandchildren.

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Rev. William (Bill) Frank Kissell

January 31, 1926–April 12, 2016

Bill was born in Belle Vernon, Pa. A World War II veteran, he served with the Army Airways Communication System in Okinawa and Manila. Bill graduated from the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College), where he met Clarabelle Jane Focht. They married July 1, 1950.

For 26 years, Bill and Clarabelle were C&MA missionaries in Indonesia (1953–1979), where Bill was involved in evangelism and discipleship among the Dyak tribes in West Kalimantan; served as a houseparent at the Java school for missionary children; and was mission advisor to Kalam Hidup (Word of Life) publishers, in which capacity he organized a bookmobile ministry to assist with literature distribution.

Bill pastored C&MA churches in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (1950–1953); and Cleona (1981–1984) and Butler, Pa. (1984–1990). After retiring in 1990, he served as interim pastor and preached at C&MA churches in Western Pennsylvania.

Bill is survived by his wife; son William Jr.; 2 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

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Rev. Georgio Morell

September 26, 1916–April 20, 2016
Born in Sanci Spiritus, Cuba, Georgio attended Seminario Los Pinos Nuevos (equivalent to the Ministerial Study Program) in Santa Clara, Cuba. On July 2, 1949, he married Antonia Luis in Cuba.

During more than 17 years of C&MA ministry, Georgio planted and pastored churches in Washington Heights, N.Y.; and West New York and Union City, N.J. He also was a missionary to the Dominican Republic with the West Indies Missions (now World Team) and had a deep love for the Dominican people. In addition, Georgio served with the Free Methodist Church in New York City, where he planted a church, and with the American Baptist Denomination.

Georgio was a man of integrity and character. His passion was planting churches and discipling believers who in turn would disciple others.

Georgio is survived by his wife; children Hermas, Hermes, Helga, Hazael, and Zoila; 7 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and 1 great–great grandchild.

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Mary Lois Chandler

February 17, 1921–April 28, 2016

Born in Elkhart, Ind., Lois accepted Christ while in high school and enrolled in Taylor University (Upland, Ind.), where she received her BA. After studying nursing at Indiana (Bloomington) University, she attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College).

During her 37 years of C&MA ministry, Lois was a nurse and matron at the Dalat School for Missionary Children in Vietnam, which was evacuated to Bangkok, Thailand, after the U.S. Embassy in Saigon was bombed. The school later settled in Penang, Malaysia.

In 1985, Lois returned to the United States and retired. She moved to Chapel Pointe (Carlisle, Pa.), where she ministered in various roles, including assistant treasurer and then treasurer of the Women’s Missionary Prayer Fellowship (now Great Commission Women) Committee. She also was a member of the Henry Chapel choir and visited shut-ins.

Lois is survived by her church family and friends.

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Joy (Efird) Hubbell

June 9, 1969–April 30, 2016

Joy was born in Concord, N.C., to Pastor Charles and Kathleen (Brown) Efird. She graduated from Wingate (N.C.) University in 1990 with a BS in mathematics. On December 18, 1999, Joy married Rev. Erron L. Hubbell. Together the Hubbells ministered in C&MA churches in Whiteville, N.C. (2002–2009); and Rutland, Vt. (2009).

Joy’s passion was to see people embrace Jesus, and she especially enjoyed teaching young children to follow Him. Her favorite place to serve was at Ambassador Camp in Lake Waccamaw, N.C. Joy won her battle with cancer by trusting in Christ until He called her home at age 46.

Joy is survived by her husband; sons Charles and Noah; and daughter Emily.

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Rev. Richard L. Gantz, DMin

December 7, 1932–May 12, 2016

Born in Fredericktown, Ohio, Richard attended Northwestern College (Minneapolis, Minn.), St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn.), and Luther Rice College and Seminary (Jacksonville, Fla.). On August 1, 1953, he married Lois E. Fosness.

During 40 years of C&MA ministry, Richard pastored churches in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, and Florida. After he retired in 1998, he served in interim pastoral ministries in Florida. A life-long student of the Word, Richard faithfully taught the whole counsel of God, shepherded believers, and evangelized the lost.

Richard is survived by his wife; daughters Janet, Sharon, Carol, and Linda; son Steven; 12 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

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Rev. James (Jim) Autry Galloway

November 22, 1940–May 17, 2016

Born in Cedartown, Ga., Jim grew up on a farm where he chopped wood and worked in the cotton fields. He attended Jacksonville (Ala.) State University and received his MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary. On August 11, 1968, Jim married Barbara Hunter.

During 32 years of C&MA ministry, Jim pastored churches in three separate districts, having served in Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi. He also pastored a Presbyterian and a Methodist church.

Despite his battle with cancer, Jim continued to preach until four weeks before his death. He was happiest when sharing the gospel.

Jim is survived by his wife and three siblings.

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