With the Lord

As reported in the Jul/Aug 2019 issue.


Rev. William Underwood

November 4, 1922–April 28, 2016

Dorothy E. Underwood

May 9, 1923–February 26, 2019

William was born in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. An ordained C&MA minister, he pastored churches in Wireton, Verona, Oil City, Ellwood City, Altoona, Greensburg, and West Middlesex, Pa; served as a camp speaker; held many revival/special meetings; was an interim pastor at 25 C&MA churches after retirement; and served in various roles in the Western Pennsylvania District, including district treasurer. William was also on the Licensing and Ordination Committee (now the Licensing, Ordination, and Consecration Council). He and his wife, Dorothy, were two of the original founders of the Edinboro (Pa.) Conference Ground.

Dorothy was born in Nadine, Pa., and was a graduate of Emmanuel Bible Training School (now Emmanuel Bible Institute, Durham, N.C.). During more than 44 years of C&MA ministry, she faithfully served the local church alongside William in his pastoral ministries. Dorothy was a gracious, prayerful woman of God and a Christlike example to all. She and William enjoyed 72 years of marriage.

William and Dorothy are survived by sons Richard and David; and 3 grandchildren.

Rev. A. Brad Wycoff

July 28, 1947–December 16, 2018

Born in Phoenix, Ariz., Brad became a Christian during his late teens. A gifted athlete, he was an outstanding pitcher and quarterback. Brad attended Northern Arizona University and met Kathy Grosse during his sophomore year. They married on August 30, 1968.

The couple moved to Colorado and Brad enrolled in Denver Seminary. He was ordained with the C&MA in 1982. In 1987, the Wycoffs planted Christ Fellowship, where Brad was the pastor until 1993. He then served a pastorate in Marianna, Fla. (2003–2007). Brad was a devoted evangelist who shared the gospel with everyone he met.

Brad was predeceased by his wife and son Stephen; he is survived by sons Bert and Tim; daughters Marissa and Katey; and 19 grandchildren.

Rev. Roland D. Classen

June 6, 1944–January 3, 2019

Born in Dallas, Ore., Roland received his BA from Simpson Bible College (now Simpson University, Redding, Calif.) and his MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, Ill.). On June 12, 1964, he married Dottie Fairley.

During 43 years of ministry, Roland served churches in Portland (1967–1970) and Medford, Ore. (1974–1982), and Snohomish, Wash. (1982–2010), where he was lead pastor of Mount View Community Church of the C&MA for 28 years.

Roland is survived by his wife; daughters Cheryl, Julie, and Laurie; and 15 grandchildren.

T. Myrtle (Taylor) Faulkner

May 27, 1931–January 10, 2019

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Myrtle immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 16. She met her husband, Rev. Joseph (Joe) Faulkner, at First Alliance Church (San Diego, Calif.); they married August 7, 1954.

After living in Orlando, Fla., the couple returned to San Diego. They received a call to ministry and enrolled in Simpson Bible College (now Simpson University, Redding, Calif.). The Faulkners served churches in Indialantic, Fla. (1961–1966); Scottsdale, Ariz. (1966–1968); and Pacific Beach, Calif. (1968–1974). They also taught a home Bible study and were involved in senior ministries.

Myrtle is survived by her husband; son Joe Jr.; 4 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren.

Evelyn (Lynn) Holiday

June 30, 1924–January 12, 2019

Born in Sayre, Pa., Lynn received Christ at age 12 after hearing a message by evangelist F. F. Bosworth. She attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College, N.Y.) and received her RN degree from Columbia Hospital (Pittsburgh, Pa.).

Lynn became a C&MA missionary and was assigned to Dalat, Vietnam, where she established and operated a clinic serving mostly area tribespeople. She administered thousands of vaccines, kept the clinic stocked with supplies, delivered more than 800 babies, and was on call 24 hours a day. Lynn was also shot at and nearly captured by the Vietcong before she was evacuated from the country.

Due to physical problems, Lynn was unable to continue missions work. She settled in Wallkill, N.Y., and worked in a hospital caring for premature babies. Later, Lynn became a resident of Chapel Pointe (Carlyle, Pa.), where she led devotions, volunteered in the library, served in the stamp ministry, and interceded for missionaries.

Lynn is survived by 4 cousins and her adopted granddaughter, Brittany.

Gerald (Jerry) Eugene McGarvey

January 15, 1931–January 15, 2019

Born in Altoona, Pa., Jerry graduated from the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College) and married Nora Arnold on June 6, 1953. After language study in Switzerland, the McGarveys served as C&MA missionaries in Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) and Mali, West Africa. They taught at two Bible schools, and hundreds of pastors received their training from Jerry. In 1963 while on the mission field, the McGarveys lost their only son, Joey, to liver cancer. Their trust in God sustained them in their sorrow.

After 39 years of service, Jerry retired, and the McGarveys became residents of the C&MA retirement center in DeLand, Fla. (now The Alliance Community for Retirement Living). Jerry worked part time for nine years on the community’s pastoral team. Three of the McGarveys’ daughters have served in full-time ministries in the United States and abroad.

Jerry is survived by his wife; daughters Kathleen, Anna, Violette, and Geraldyn (Jeddie); 15 grandchildren; and 32 great grandchildren.

Rev. Gordon Strong

June 24, 1935–January 16, 2019

Born in Appleton, N.Y., Gordon attended Houghton (N.Y.) College and was a teacher in Portville, N.Y., where he met his wife, Jean. He pastored a small country church and was ordained by the Wesleyan Church.

In 1965, the Strongs departed for the Philippines, where they served with the C&MA as house parents for missionary children in Zamboanga City. Gordon also taught at Ebenezer Bible College and traveled extensively presenting missions conferences in Filipino churches. In 1981, Gordon and Jean moved to Penang, Malaysia, to serve as dorm parents at Dalat Inernational School, where they continued caring for missionary kids until their retirement.

Gordon is survived by his wife; children Stephen, Ruth, David, and Jonathan; and 12 grandchildren.

Sandra (Sandy) Lewis Klinsing

July 2, 1946–January 29, 2019

Born in Huntingdon, Pa., Sandy attended Geisinger Medical Center School of Nursing (Danville, Pa.) and

received a BA in missions from Nyack Missionary College (now Nyack College, N.Y.). On June 11, 1971, she married Rev. Douglas J. Klinsing.

During more than 36 years of C&MA ministry, Sandy was a pastor’s wife at churches in Charlotte (1975–1976) and Raleigh, N.C. (1976–1977); Orlando, Fla. (1977–1979; 2004–2015); and Winston-Salem, N.C. (1993–2004). She and Douglas were also C&MA missionaries to Spain (1979–1993). For 12 years Sandy was heavily involved in a local pregnancy help center.

Sandy is survived by her husband; daughters Janelle, Kristen, and Erin; and 5 grandchildren.

Lois J. Snyder Culver

July 6,1936–February 1, 2019

Lois was born in Dunmore, Pa. On September 21, 1957, she married Rev. James Culver in Scranton, Pa. For more than 39 years, James and Lois were the pastoral couple of the C&MA Church in Peckville, Pa. (1973–2014), now Cornerstone Alliance Church. As a pastor’s wife, Lois faithfully served alongside her husband throughout their 62 years of marriage, supporting and encouraging him in his ministry.

Lois is survived by her husband and son James Jr.

Evelyn Pearl Bollback

July 18, 1921–February 12, 2019

Born in Oneida, N.Y., Evelyn attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). After graduation, she served as a pastor at the Greenpoint C&MA church (Brooklyn, N.Y.). On August 14, 1943, Evelyn married Anthony Bollback, her husband of 75 years.

During more than 50 years of C&MA ministry, Evelyn served as a missionary in China, Japan, and Hong Kong; a pastor’s wife in Coudersport, Pa.; Chatham, N.J.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Silver Spring, Md.; a district superintendent’s wife (Western District); and in interim pastoral roles in Largo, Fla.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Tempe, Ariz.; and Orlando, Keystone Heights, Daytona, and Winter Park, Fla., bringing positive change to the churches. Evelyn excelled in educational roles, ministry to refugees, and playing trombone and piano.

Evelyn was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by children James, Joy, Judith, and Jonathan; 14 grandchildren; and 21 great grandchildren.

Rev. Gunther Kamphausen

December 15, 1933–March 4, 2019

Gunther was born in Rheydt, Germany, to missionaries in China; the family immigrated to the United States in 1947 after World War II. During high school, Gunther was involved with Chicagoland Youth for Christ. On August 31,1957, he married Carmen Jagst, also a recent German immigrant.

After graduating from the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College, N.Y.), Gunther and Carmen were appointed as career C&MA missionaries to Indonesia. They served there for 32 years, including 22 as the field director couple. Later, they led the mission’s newly opened Russia field (1994–1998). Following retirement, Gunther served as the property administrator of Blanchard Alliance Church (Wheaton, Ill.). He suffered a debilitating stroke in 2011.

Gunther is survived by his wife; daughters Ivy and Linda; son Jeff; 7 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by daughter Beth.

1 response to With the Lord

  1. Thank you for including these tributes in your magazine. Lynn Holiday, for instance, is an inspiration of a life lived well in Jesus!

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