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With the Lord

As reported in the Sept/Oct 2019 issue.

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Rev. Rodney O. Sawtell, PhD

February 8, 1930–January 12, 2018

Born in Pilger, Neb., Rodney attended Wheaton (Ill.) College and Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, Calif.). On July 25, 1952, he married Twyla Holsteen. After 17 years of pastoral ministry in Nebraska and Kansas, Rodney earned a doctorate from the University of Nebraska (Lincoln) in educational psychology and a doctor of ministry from Fuller.

Rodney’s career in education included professorships at Trinity College (Palos Heights, Ill.) and Crown College (St. Bonifacius, Minn.); he also was a school psychologist in the Columbus, Neb., and Columbia Heights, Minn., school districts. At Crown College, Rodney was campus chaplain and did counseling (1983–1987).

Rodney traveled to China and the Marshall Islands numerous times, sharing Jesus’ love while teaching English as a second language. He had a passion for advancing knowledge and could often be found reading and studying.

Rodney is survived by his wife; sons Steve, Ron, Tim, and Marv; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

Janet C. Jones, CWM

November 14, 1931–February 7, 2019

Born in Lewistown, Pa., Janet attended Nyack (N.Y.) College. On June 27, 1953, she married Rev. George P. Jones. A consecrated woman in ministry, Janet served with George in churches in Darlington (1953–1955), Philipsburg (1955–1961), Mars (1961–1965; 1995–2006), Lawrence Park (1965–1967), Uniontown (1976–1980), and Blairsville, Pa. (1980–1995). She retired in 2006 and moved to the DuBois area. Janet dedicated her life to serving Jesus and sharing His love with others.

Janet was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by children Glenn, Susan, and Jann; and 6 grandchildren.

Dr. Roger D. Natwick

December 12, 1932–March 7, 2019

Born in Buxton, N.Dak., Roger earned a degree in medicine from the University of North Dakota and a doctorate in medicine from Tufts University (Boston, Mass.). He and his, wife Joanne Marie, moved to Akron, Ohio, where Roger pursued his internship and residency in surgery. While attending Stowe (Ohio) Alliance Church, the couple caught a vision for evangelism and church planting. They moved to Menomonie, Wis., and Roger became Dunn County’s first-ever surgeon.

With help from professors at St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.), the Natwicks started home Bible studies that led to the development of a thriving C&MA church. Roger was also active in district ministries and served on the boards of Crown College and the C&MA. He made medical trips to Cambodia and Africa on behalf of the C&MA and enjoyed close friendships with former U.S. Alliance presidents Drs. L. L. King and Gary Benedict.

The Natwicks’ home was a nurturing environment for many international students who were drawn to Christ through the couple’s loving, godly influence. Roger was also loved by many in the Menomonie area for the quality medical care he provided.

Roger is survived by his wife; son Joel Thomas; and 10 grandchildren.

Margaret (Peggy) J. Kurlak Harvey

August 15, 1934–March 12, 2019

Peggy was born in Guinea, West Africa. She received nurses training in Chicago, Ill., where she met David; they married 

June 24, 1955. Peggy then attended St. Paul Bible Institute (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.).

In 1956, Peggy and David departed for Guinea, where they served as C&MA missionaries among the Kissi tribe. While studying the tribal language, Peggy opened a clinic on the Harveys’ back porch. She treated hundreds of people and would often walk miles to isolated villages to provide medical care to those in need; this opened many villages to the gospel. Peggy later operated Telekoro Bible Institute’s campus clinic while teaching Bible and literacy classes. After serving briefly in Côte d’Ivoire, the Harveys returned stateside, where David taught at Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College and Peggy was a nurse at Stephens County Hospital for more than 20 years.

Peggy is survived by her husband; children Judith and James; and 4 grandchildren.

Ellen W. Lloyd

December 24, 1924–March 14, 2019

Born in Syracuse, N.Y., Ellen met Jesus during her teens at the Syracuse Alliance Church. She later enrolled in Columbia (S.C.) Bible College. On July 3, 1948, Ellen married Donald M. Lloyd, a student at Nyack (N.Y.) College. They remained in Nyack while Don attended seminary and then began ministry at the Kentucky Mountain Gospel Crusade in Swampton, Ky. (1950–1952). Due to health concerns, the couple moved to Arizona, where Don pastored C&MA churches in Eloy (1953–1960) and Valley Farms (1961–1970). Ellen faithfully served alongside William until his death in 1970.

In 1980, Ellen moved to Paradise, Calif. She later retired to Town and Country Manor (Santa Ana, Calif.). Throughout her years of C&MA ministry, Ellen served in children’s ministries, as deaconess, as a VBS director, and in Alliance Women.

Ellen was predeceased by her husband and granddaughter, Monica; she is survived by children Bruce, Becky, Mark, and Debbie; 9 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren.

Jennifer Lee Bayly

October 7, 1950–March 29, 2019

Born in San Pedro, Calif., Jennifer married Rev. Glen Bayly on September 25, 1971. During more than 38 years of C&MA ministry, Jennifer served with Glen at various churches in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Vermont. She was a beloved children’s worker and active in music ministry, which she first became involved in on naval ships in San Diego during the Vietnam War.

During the Baylys’ time in Vermont, Jennifer sang in church services on local television. She was also a partner in Glen’s radio ministry and was school secretary for the Mifflinburg Elementary and Middle Schools, Bennington Vermont Elementary School, and State College High School.

Jennifer is survived by her husband; sons Tom, Doug, Mike, and Scott; and 6 grandchildren.

Gladys Joyce (Benjamin) Smith

March 25, 1931–March 30, 2019

Born in Binghamton, N.Y., Joyce attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College, N.Y.). There she met Marty Smith, who was training for pastoral ministry. They married June 3, 1952.

Together the Smiths served C&MA churches in Otisfield (1952–1954) and Auburn, Maine (1954–1960); Worcester, Mass. (1960–1962); and Portland, Maine (1972–1988). They also planted Faith Alliance in Winthrop, Maine; and churches in Bath (1962–1965) and Bridgton, Maine (1965–1972). After Marty’s death, Joyce was a foster parent for nearly 10 years, caring for dozens of babies. During the last few years of her life, Joyce battled Alzheimer’s. She entered God’s presence with her family at her bedside singing hymns.

Joyce was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by daughters Rebecca, Karen, and Joella; son Todd; 22 grandchildren: and 12 great grandchildren.

Rev. Theodore Ray Stombaugh

May 9, 1927–April 19, 2019

Born in Portage, Pa., Ray was a World War II Army veteran and served with the occupation troops in Germany. In August 1954, he married Lucille. Ray attended Nyack Missionary College and then served at the Beefhide Gospel Mission in Kentucky. Later during his graduate studies at Nyack, he held a student pastorate in Pleasantside, N.Y.

For more than 35 years, Ray and Lucille served as missionaries in Gabon and Côte d’Ivoire, where they were involved in evangelism, Bible teaching, and witnessing in mission centers and villages; Ray also helped build churches, schools, and houses. For four years, he pastored Karthaus (Pa.) Community C&MA Church.

Ray is survived by his wife; children Joyce, Stephen, Albert, Donna, and Philip; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren; he was predeceased by granddaughter Jensen Rose.

Ruth Onnalee (Brooks) Presswood Hutchins

January 22, 1911–April 24, 2019

Ruth was a C&MA missionary to Indonesia (formerly Netherlands East Indies) from 1940–1946. During World War II, she and her husband, Rev. W. E. (Ernie) Presswood, were interned in separate camps by the Japanese for more than three years.

Upon their release, the couple returned to Indonesia. They made two trips to Borneo’s interior to see how Dyak believers had fared during the war. During the first trip, Ruth and Ernie’s canoe capsized in the rapids. Ruth barely escaped drowning. She was rescued by two porters; one pulled her from the water by her hair, and another grabbed her arm.

Later, Ruth was stricken with Dengue fever. While she was home recovering, Ernie traveled to a conference he had previously committed to attend with indigenous leaders. He died while there, possibly of pneumonia, and was returned to Ruth in a coffin. The Dutch government honored him with a 21-gun salute at his funeral, which Ruth was too weak to attend. After Ernie’s death, she returned stateside. Ruth later married James S. Hutchins, a widower with three teenage children. She authored two books: No Sacrifice Too Great and Growing Up with Eight Brothers.

Ruth was predeceased by James; she is survived by daughter Martha Jean; 12 grandchildren; and many great grandchildren and great–great grandchildren.

Ida Joyce McNeel

June 16, 1931–April 8, 2019

Ida was born in McKeesport, Pa., and attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College, N.Y.) for two years. On June 17, 1953, she married Rev. Robert P. McNeel.

During their 48 years of C&MA ministry, the McNeels served churches in Central City (1955–1957), Somerset (1978–1986; 1994–2000), and Jeanette, Pa. (1990–1994). They were also missionaries to Vietnam (1957–1975) and the Philippines (1975–1977); served at Chalet Retreat Ministries, Tenn. (1986–1989); and ministered at the Alliance guest home in Bangkok, Thailand (2002–2003). 

Ida is survived by her husband; sons Robert Jr., Keith, and Mark; daughter Kathleen; 9 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.

Joan Inez (Borg) Lord

May 27, 1939–April 26, 2019

Joan was born in Omaha, Neb., and received an RN degree from Immanuel Hospital in Omaha and a degree in nursing from St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.). On July 25, 1963, she married Ronald Lord.

During 43 years of C&MA ministry, the couple served at Fair Havens Alliance Church in Kokomo, Ind. (1963–1977), and Orchard View Alliance Church in Janesville, Wis. (1977–2006). Joan also worked for the Rock County Public Health Department as a public health nurse for 26 years.

Joan is survived by her husband; children Karen, Cynthia, and Gregory; 7 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

Rev. Brian E. (Yogi) Durbin

August 4, 1955–May 4, 2019

Born in Mount Vernon, Ohio., Yogi received a BA in pastoral training with an emphasis in Greek from Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, Ill.). On March 19, 1977, he married Joy Maugans.

During 37 years of C&MA ministry, Yogi served churches in Edgerton (1982–1986) and Mount Gilead/Lexington, Ohio (1989–2011); Fort Myers, Fla. (2011–2014); and Westerville, Ohio (2014–2019). He also ministered at Camp Ray Bird, Bend, Ind. (1986–1989).

Yogi is survived by his wife; children Christopher, Amber, Scot, and Ryan; and 7 grandchildren.

1 response to With the Lord

  1. It is encouraging to read of these who have gone on ahead of us. It will be great meeting up with them! Thank you for publishing them here.

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