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With the Lord

As reported in the Mar/Apr 2015 issue.

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Douglas Mottin

Rev. Douglas (Doug) Wayne Mottin

September 21, 1948–August 21, 2014

Born in Johnstown, Pa., Doug graduated from Nyack (N.Y.) Missionary College in 1971. He married Judith Ann Havener on August 15, 1970.

During 43 years of C&MA ministry, Doug pastored churches in La Jose (1971–1975), Cochranton (1975–1976), Trees Mills (1977–1981), Tyrone (1981–1987), Fayette City (1987–1988), Osceola Mills (1988–1994), and Snow Shoe, Pa. (1994–2014).

Doug enjoyed spending time with his family and was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. He was a Steelers fan and watched every game. Doug was always entrenched in projects that kept him working hard.

Doug is survived by his wife; daughters Lisa and Lynn; sons Douglas, Daniel, David, and Donald; and 11 grandchildren.

Rebecca Damron

Rebecca Walker Damron

March 17, 1918–October 6, 2014

Rebecca was born in Watonga, Okla., to Roy E. and Cora Bainer Walker. On November 22, 1936, she married Rev. Troy Damron.

During more than 44 years of C&MA ministry, Rebecca served as a house parent at Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College and in other capacities alongside her husband, who also worked at the college. In addition, she supported Troy in his pastoral and evangelistic ministries. Rebecca was a member of the First Alliance Church of Toccoa.

Rebecca was predeceased by her husband and her daughter Carol; she is survived by daughters Ruth and Helen; 3 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

Donald Schaeffer

Rev. Donald D. Schaeffer Sr.

May 30, 1930–October 10, 2014

Born in Secaucus, N.J., Donald received Jesus as his Savior at the age of 15; shortly thereafter, he began preparing for full-time ministry. Donald graduated from Concordia Seminary (St. Louis, Mo.) in 1955. On June 18, 1955, he married Elfriede Waetjen in Secaucus, N.J.

Donald pastored Lutheran (Missouri Synod) churches for seven years in Wisconsin and South Carolina. Having heard A. W. Tozer speak at the 1954 Urbana Missions Conference, he joined the C&MA in 1962.

Donald began ministry at Grace C&MA Church (Middleburg Heights, Ohio) in 1962, serving as senior pastor for 38 years and as pastor emeritus for 14 years. In his 50 years of ministry at Grace, Donald’s teaching and example impacted countless lives. During this time, church attendance grew from about 50 people to an average attendance of nearly 4,000.

Donald also served three terms on the C&MA Board of Directors and 39 years on the Central District’s Licensing, Ordination, and Consecration Committee. His first missions trip was to Mali, West Africa, in 1986 with a team from Grace Church. He also spoke at field forums in Japan, the Philippines, Burkina Faso, and Taiwan.

Donald remained active in Bible teaching, prayer ministry, discipleship, and counseling and mentoring new pastors until the end of August 2014, when his health declined with the return of cancer. His passion in life was to exalt Christ in everything. In giving thanks for five decades of C&MA ministry, Donald wrote that he “found in A. B. Simpson a true spiritual father; in the message of the Fourfold Gospel, a bright and guiding light; and in the fellowship of The Alliance, a loving family and a safe home.”

Five of Donald’s nine children have served with the C&MA overseas; seven are presently serving in Alliance ministry in the United States and abroad. Several grandchildren also are in C&MA ministry.

Donald is survived by his wife; daughters Amy, Joy, Kristin, Julieanne, Faith, and Jessica; sons Donald, Andrew, and Jonathan; 39 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his granddaughter Lisa Herman.

Roy LeTourneau

Dr. Roy S. LeTourneau

April 29, 1929–October 15, 2014

Born in Stockton, Calif., Roy was the son of famed industrialist and inventor R. G. LeTourneau. Roy received his degree in business administration from North Texas (Denton) State University (now the University of North Texas) in 1965. He also was honored with a doctor of laws degree from Warner Pacific College (Portland, Ore.). On August 19, 1951, he married Shirley in Oakland, Calif. For eight years the couple lived in Peru, where they built roads, developed jungle land on the headwaters of the Amazon River, and founded the town of Tournavista.

In 1973, Roy and a missionary friend, Ken Opperman, developed the Encounter with God movement, a unique strategy for church planting and evangelism. It began with a church of 180 people in Lima and grew to more than 1,500 members in one year; the original congregation has multiplied to more than 70 churches with tens of thousands in attendance throughout Peru. The Encounter with God strategy has been duplicated in 10 other Latin American capitals and has launched more than 90 thriving churches.

Upon returning to the United States, Roy and his brother Ben founded the LeTourneau Tractor Company in Orlando, Fla., which grew to be the largest John Deere dealership in the world. In Rockwall, Tex., Roy spent several years as a developer and builder. Roy and Shirley traveled all over the world as Roy, through the Christian Business Men’s Committee, shared his testimony and led many men to Christ. During his 23 years of C&MA ministry, Roy also was a licensed evangelist and served on the Board of Managers.

Roy and Shirley loved traveling by motorhome and visited nearly every state and province in the United States and Canada. They also enjoyed their second home in Sun City, Ariz., and cherished their friendships there.

Roy was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by daughters Brenda and Nancy; sons Donald and Randall; 6 grandchildren; and 2 step grandchildren.

Rachel Davison

Rachel T. Davison

February 9, 1935–October 21, 2014

Rachel was born in Warren, Ohio. In 1958, she graduated from St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.).

Rachel began her 53 years of C&MA ministry as a missionary in the eastern Kentucky mountains on June 14, 1958. She served as pastor of the Essie (Ky.) Alliance Church until she officially retired in 2000. During her retirement, she continued to pastor the church until 2011, when Todd Billingsley became the pastor.

Rachel touched many people with the love of Jesus and her devotion to God’s Word. She died after a battle with cancer.

Rachel is survived by her church family and friends.

William Adams

Rev. William John Adams

February 23, 1923–October 23, 2014

Born in New Castle, Pa., William received a bachelor’s in theology from Nyack (N.Y.) Missionary College (now Nyack College) in 1956. On July 10, 1948, he married Marjorie in New Castle.

During more than 36 years of C&MA ministry, William pastored churches in Arlington, Tex. (1956–1960); Biloxi, Miss. (1960–1967); Port Wentworth, Ga. (1967–1970); and Tampa (1970–1976), Cape Coral (1976–1981), and San Carlos Park, Fla. (1982–1993), where he built the Park Alliance Church, which his son Timothy currently pastors.

William is survived by his wife; daughters Sherry and Marcia; sons William, Timothy, Mark, Craig, and Stephen; 21 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

Carol Conn

Carol Eloise Gudim Conn

December 2, 1917–November 7, 2014

Born in McVille, N.Dak., Carol received Christ at a camp meeting at the age of 12. Several years later, she committed her life to full-time missionary service. Carol attended St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.) and the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College), graduating with a nursing degree. On November 29, 1945, she married Gerald Conn. Soon after, they were appointed as C&MA missionaries to Ecuador.

During their 34 years of ministry, Carol assisted in translating the New Testament into the Quechua language, taught Spanish grammar to Quechuan- and Spanish-speaking children, administered immunizations, and provided veterinary care to pets that local Quechuans would bring to her. Carol and Gerald were friends with the five missionaries who were martyred while participating in Operation Auca, an attempt to evangelize the Huaorani people of Ecuador.

In 1980, the Conns officially retired to Oak Island, N.C., but soon jumped into local missions by serving in their CM&A church in Southport, N.C. Carol was a children’s church teacher for more than 20 years, worked in other church ministries, interpreted Spanish for local police departments, served in a prison ministry, and taught English grammar and Spanish to homeschooled and private-school children. Generations of children from Brunswick County thought of Carol as their “Grandma Conn.” While in her eighties, she volunteered at Ocean Trail Nursing Home in Southport. Most recently, Carol resided at Carillon Assisted Living in Southport, where she enjoyed getting to know the staff.

Carol was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by daughters Terry and Claudia; sons Bill and Phil; 12 grandchildren; and more than 27 great grandchildren.

Leon Young

Rev. Leon W. Young

January 30, 1929–November 10, 2014

Born in White Deer, Pa., Leon was a graduate of Bob Jones University (Greenville, S.C.) and the American Bible School (Chicago, Ill.). He began his ministry in the Bannersville (Pa.) Union Chapel, which is now a C&MA church. On August 23, 1952, he married Helen. The Youngs then served with the Evangelical United Brethren Church in the Mifflinburg and Bloomsburg, Pa., area.

In 1960, Leon was ordained by the C&MA. In Malvern, Pa., he was assigned to pastor a struggling church, which grew under his ministry. During his 32 years of C&MA ministry, Leon also served churches in Wilmington, Del. (1967–1973); Charlotte, N.C. (1973–1975); and Harrisburg, Pa. (1979–1987). While in Charlotte, he was treasurer of the Southeastern District and was asked to be assistant superintendent of the Eastern Pennsylvania District after the Youngs returned to that state. In 1987, Leon was elected Eastern Pennsylvania District superintendent.

In 1995, Leon was employed as a part-time chaplain at Chapel Pointe (Carlisle, Pa.) and then as interim pastor until 2005. He continued to serve as a chaplain until 2010.

In October 2014, Leon was hospitalized after suffering a broken hip in a fall. He had complications following surgery but seemed to be progressing until the morning of November 10. With Helen by his side, he entered the Lord’s presence.

Leon is survived by his wife and their many spiritual children.

Donald Trouten

Dr. Donald James Trouten

September 19, 1926–December 2, 2014

Born in Hamilton, Ont., Donald was a graduate of the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College), where he earned a bachelor of theology, and of New York (N.Y.) University, where he earned his MA and PhD. He also studied at the University of Minnesota and Liberty University (Lynchburg, Va.).

During more than 43 years of C&MA ministry, Donald was a professor and the director of counseling at Nyack College (1951–1957) and taught at Ambrose University (Calgary, Alta.; formerly Canadian Bible College, Regina, Sask.), where he also served as treasurer, business manager, and men’s dean (1957–1960), and at St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.), where he served as chairman of Christian education, academic dean, vice president, and interim president (1960–1977). While employed at St. Paul Bible College, Donald also taught for a sabbatical year at Ebenezer Bible College (Zamboanga City, Philippines) under the auspices of the C&MA (1975–1976).

In 1977 Donald became dean of Columbia (S.C.) International University (formerly Columbia Bible College), where he also taught from 1977 until his retirement in 1995. He served as assistant dean for three years in the Columbia Biblical Seminary division. Following his retirement, he returned part time until 2002. He was named dean emeritus of the Bible College of Columbia International University in 2001.

Donald was a member of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Bible Colleges and the C&MA Board of Managers; he also served on various C&MA denominational committees and on evaluation teams of the American Association of Bible Colleges and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He was a contributor to Alliance Life, Compass Magazine, Church Educational Agencies, and other publications. He also served various churches as interim pastor. For more than 20 years Donald was a board member of Fairhaven Ministries of Roan Mountain, Tenn. During his retirement, he was involved in premarital counseling with Northeast Presbyterian Church (Columbia, S.C.), where he also taught adult Sunday school.

Donald was predeceased by his wives Grace (Standard), Elaine (Terwilleger), and Margaret (Murray Walpole) and by his grandson Paul; he is survived by daughters Darlene and Donna; sons Douglas and Daniel; stepsons Murray, Phillip, Reed, and Michael; 25 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.

Phillis O’Farrell

Phillis G. O’Farrell

September 18, 1948–December 5, 2014

Phillis was born in Macon, Ga., and attended Columbia (S.C.) International University (formerly Columbia Bible College), where she met Mark. They married on June 29, 1969, in Macon, Ga.

During more than 44 years of C&MA service, the couple ministered in churches in Macon, Ga. (1969–1971); and Belle Grande (1971–1981) and Port Charlotte, Fla. (1981–1986). Phillis also served alongside Mark in his roles as assistant to the superintendent/church-planting director for the Southeastern District (1986–1993); Southeastern District superintendent (1994–2005); and president of Trinity College of Florida (2005–present). Her passion for women’s ministry spurred her involvement on local and state committees, conferences, retreats, and other meetings to serve this constituency. Phillis was a valued ministry partner to her husband and deeply committed to her children and grandchildren.

Phillis is survived by her husband; daughter Gwendolyn; son Kevin; and 2 grandchildren.

Arvis Brunko

Arvis Arlene Brunko

May 2, 1922–December 6, 2014

Born in Minneapolis, Minn., Arvis attended St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.), where she met James Brunko, who served as weekend pastor there during the summer. They married on May 15, 1943, in St. Paul. Minn.

During more than 43 years of C&MA ministry, Arvis served alongside James in churches in Green Grove, Wis. (1943–1952); Brinsmade, N.Dak (1952–1962); Richey, Mont. (1966–1971); Albany, Ore. (1980–1984); Crystal, Minn. (1986–1987); and Port Angeles, Wash. (1990–1992). She also supported James in his role as an evangelist in the Alliance Northwest District (1979–1980).

Arvis was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by sons James, Larry, Bryan, Richard, and Steven; daughters Barbara, Kathleen, Ruth, and Deborah; 33 grandchildren; 68 great grandchildren; and 5 great great–grandchildren.

Lois Baxter

Lois Miriam Baynes Baxter

June 1, 1915–December 8, 2014

The daughter of Dan and Mabel Vogler, Lois was a graduate of Shaw High School (Cleveland, Ohio) and attended business college. She worked at a dime store, where her pastor introduced her to Mark Baynes of Wilmington, Del. They married in 1935.

Mark was a graduate of the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). He and Lois served C&MA churches in Melvindale, Mich.; Fairmont, W.Va.; and Swanton, Ohio. When Mark became ill, the family moved to Beulah Beach, Ohio, to be near Lois’s parents. In 1947, Mark passed away.

In subsequent years, Lois was a dental assistant and bookkeeper. She also worked with children at Luella Cummings School in Toledo and Andrews School for Girls in Cleveland.

In 1971, Lois married Kenneth (Ken) Baxter. The two enjoyed hosting dinners and were especially supportive of their pastors. Ken had a daughter, Maureen, and a son, Roddy, who preceded him in death.

Lois was a woman of prayer and a joyful worshiper. She enjoyed singing and during her senior years often sang choruses in the halls of Mill Manor Care Center in Vermilion, Ohio.

Lois was predeceased by her husbands, Mark and Ken; she is survived by daughter Beverly; sons David and Paul; 7 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren.

Mary Crowgey

Mary Varner Crowgey

March 14, 1950–January 7, 2015

Born in Fort Worth, Tex., Mary grew up in New Orleans, La., and received Christ at the age of 17. She graduated from Louisiana (Baton Rouge) State University in 1974 with a degree in nursing.

Through the ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Urbana in 1970 and an overseas training camp in Guatemala, Mary felt called to overseas Christian service. She received a bachelor’s in social science from Nyack (N.Y.) College in 1976 and continued her theological training at the Alliance Theological Seminary (1976–1977). She completed her home service in New Orleans, working in a local hospital while reaching out to inner-city neighbors.

In 1978 Mary was appointed to Upper Volta, now Burkina Faso. During French language study in Albertville, France, she worked in a Christian children’s camp, teaching Bible lessons and serving as a counselor. After arriving in West Africa, Mary assisted with the girls’ school in Djibasso.

During 37 years of C&MA ministry, Mary was involved in Christian and higher education, literacy work, Jula Bible translation, publication ministries, and field bookkeeping. She served as language supervisor, Christian schools’ advocate, and team secretary and also helped to finance a library/computer lab for Lycée Maranatha, a Christian secondary school in Bobo-Dioulasso. Mary provided scholarships to dozens of the school’s students, as well as free lunches for orphans. She was known for her hospitality and for her tender, generous heart.

Mary is survived by her sister, Lucy.

3 responses to With the Lord

  1. thank you for posting Rachel Davidson,I have rode her jeep the puddle jumper to Sunday School many of a time .I will never forget her and Mildred Raun.

  2. Women could serve as pastors in The Alliance until the year 2000. Several women served in this capacity in the Kentucky mountains and Appalachia for many years.

  3. Thank you for another outstanding edition of Alliance Life. It is a joy to read. In the notification of those who have gone to be with the Lord, I noticed that Rachel T. Davison is named as the pastor of Essie Alliance Church in Ky. I didn’t think women, with the C&MA in the U.S., could be senior pastors.

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