With the Lord

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With the Lord

As reported in the Mar/Apr 2020 issue.

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George William Wood

George William Wood

June 23, 1933–March 10, 2019

Born in Wheaton, Ill., George was called to cross-cultural missions at a young age. He attended Seattle Pacific College (now Seattle Pacific University), where he met Elsie; they married December 18, 1955. Later, George received his MDiv and DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary.

After serving a pastorate in Joyce, Wash., the Woods were appointed as C&MA missionaries to Vietnam. A family illness necessitated their return to the United States in 1963 while the Vietnam War was escalating. George then pastored the Kent (Wash.) Alliance Church until the C&MA assigned the Woods to the International Church of Vientiane, Laos.

In 1975, Laos was taken over by the Communists, and the family fled to Thailand, where George was director of Far Eastern Broadcasting Company of Thailand (1978–1982). The Woods also ministered in a Vietnamese refugee camp, taught at the Bangkok Bible College and Seminary, and were church planters. Before retirement, they served as missionaries-in-residence at Salem (Ore.) Alliance Church. George and Elsie later moved to the Puyallup, Wash., area, where George volunteered with Fox Island Alliance Church and Lighthouse Christian Center.

George is survived by his wife; daughter Rebecca Ann; son Michael Bertin; 9 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren; he was predeceased by his daughter Cynthia Lynn.

Frances (Fran) J. Wolff

Frances (Fran) J. Wolff

March 27, 1930–December 10, 2019

Philippines for 27 years. For most of that time, she was a teacher at the school for missionary kids in Zamboanga.

Upon concluding her service in the Philippines, Fran taught at Alliance Christian Academy and Valor Traditional Academy, retiring in 2002. She was an active member of First Alliance Church (now Life Pointe, Louisville, Ky.) until dementia prevented her from attending any longer.

Frances is survived by her sister Doris; nephew John; niece Melodi; 4 great nieces; and 1 great nephew.

Robert (Bob) Leslie Welch

Robert (Bob) Leslie Welch

June 25, 1946–September 22, 2019

Born in Tacoma, Wash., Bob received a BA in theology from Simpson College (now Simpson University, Redding, Calif.) and an MA in Bible and theology from Simpson Graduate School. Robert also attended Golden Gate Theological Seminary. On June 8, 1968, he married Helen Wilson.

During more than 42 years of C&MA ministry, Robert served as a senior pastor in Windsor (1968–1973) and San Pablo, Calif. (1973–1979), and in Langley, Wash. (1997–2010). From 1979–1997, he was the assistant to the Central Pacific district superintendent/extension director in Oakland, Calif. Robert also volunteered with the local fire department in Windsor and as a chaplain with the San Pablo Police Department. He officially retired from the C&MA in 2011.

Robert is survived his wife; son Rob; and 2 grandchildren.

Tamara (Tami) Wilson Doughty

Tamara (Tami) Wilson Doughty

September 25, 1976–September 24, 2019

Tami was born in Corvallis, Ore. She attended Ecola Bible College, Multnomah Bible College, and George Fox Seminary. On November 4, 2005, she married Ryan Doughty.

Tami served at Lighthouse Christian Center in Puyallup, Wash., where Ryan is pastor of groups and teaching. She was a devoted wife, mother, and friend who demonstrated a fervent commitment to Christ and a love for her Savior. Tami also had a deep passion to be an advocate for foster care and adoption. She served as a community involvement coordinator at Olive Crest in Tacoma, mobilizing the faith community to meet the needs of orphans.

Tami is survived by her husband and sons Ethan James and Carsten Matthew.

Edward Lorne Jack

Edward Lorne Jack

September 30, 1930–September 27, 2019

Born in Medora, MB, Canada, Lorne moved with his family to Pasadena, Calif., eventually becoming a U.S. citizen. He attended Community Bible Church, where he met Edith Jackson; they married in February 1952.

After graduating from Simpson College (now Simpson University, Redding, Calif.), Lorne pastored C&MA churches in Silverlake, Calif. (1958–1960); Casa Grande, Ariz. (1960–1966); and American Canyon (1966–1971), San Leandro (1971–1981), and Hawthorne, Calif. (1981–1995). He also ministered through music.

In December 1983, Edith died of cancer. Lorne eventually married Gail Carlson in August 1987. She joined him in his ministry in Hawthorne and Torrance, Calif. (1995–2016). Lorne retired at the age of 85, having served the Lord for a total of 58 years.

Lorne was predeceased by his first wife and son, also a C&MA pastor; he is survived by his second wife; children Joaline, Douglas, and Geraldine; 9 grandchildren; and 21 great grandchildren.

Mark Lanz

Mark Lanz

October 28, 1956–October 17, 2019

Mark was born in Bassett, Neb. After his parents died during his early childhood, he and his brother, Chauncey Jon, were raised by their grandparents. Mark attended Norfolk (Neb.) Community College and served honorably in the U.S. Air Force. Later, he heard God’s call to preach the gospel and pursued a Bible education at Calvary Bible College (Kansas City, Mo.). Mark then earned a master’s degree at the Billy Graham Institute of Evangelism (Wheaton, Ill.).

Mark was ordained by the C&MA and pastored several churches in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania. He served in numerous ministries, including evangelism, discipleship groups, Bible studies, and outreach events.

Mark died suddenly of heart failure in his home in Colorado Springs, Colo. He and his wife, Jane (Anderson), were married nearly 43 years.

Mark is survived by his wife; children Sara, Levi, and Gabe; and 9 grandchildren.

Howard William Bedell

Howard William Bedell

June 28, 1919–October 18, 2019

Born in West Sayville, Long Island, Howard joined the U.S. Army during World War II. Soon afterward, he heard God’s call to full-time ministry and attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College, N.Y.). There he met Ruth Elizabeth Freischlag. Dr. A. W. Tozer, who was Ruth’s pastor, married the couple in Chicago, Ill. They enjoyed a ministry-packed, 66-year marriage.

During his 50 years serving with the C&MA, Howard planted churches in Davenport, Iowa; and South Holland, Ill.; and served churches in Fremont, Neb.; Peoria, Ill; and Charlotte, N.C. Upon “retirement” from pastoral ministry, he began a career as a chaplain, serving for five years at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and at the Southside Mission in Peoria for 15 years before moving to Elgin, Ill. Whether he was knocking on doors with Ruth to invite people to church, visiting the sick, or caring for the poor, Howard’s life was centered on the pursuit of God.

Howard was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by daughters Martha, Mary, and Esther; sons James and John; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

Arlie Merlyn McGarvey

Arlie Merlyn McGarvey

July 20, 1934–October 18, 2019

Arlie was born in Clearfield County, Pa., and attended Nyack (N.Y.) Missionary College. On August 17, 1962, he married Nancy Jones in New Castle, Pa.

For more than 50 years of C&MA ministry, Arlie ministered in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia, and North Carolina. He also preached in several countries and mentored many young men in the South Atlantic District during their ordination process.

Arlie is survived by his wife; daughter Pamela; son Jamie; and 2 grandchildren.

Paul Robert Brittin

Paul Robert Brittin

October 20, 1927–October 27, 2019

Paul was born in Toledo, Ohio, and attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College, N.Y.). On July 16, 1955, Paul married Phyllis Coleman, with whom he enjoyed 64 years of marriage.

Paul was a C&MA pastor in Albany and Kenmore, N.Y.; and Trenton, N.J. For most of his career, he was a radio personality at WFMZ in Allentown, Pa., and WRAF in Toccoa Falls, Ga. Paul was a member of Good Samaritan Community Church in Kissimmee, Fla.

Paul is survived by his wife; children Sharon, Sharlene, Barbara, and Jonathan; 8 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

Julia (Julie) Marie Snowdon

Julia (Julie) Marie Snowdon

December 4, 1926–October 29, 2019

Julie was born in Jefferson City, Mo. On January 21, 1949, she married Barney Snowdon. For more than 50 years, Julie served with him in pastorates at C&MA churches in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, California, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania. She also ministered with Barney for seven years at Sabraton (W.Va.) Baptist Church.

Julie taught Sunday school, served in the children’s church, and participated in the Women’s Missionary Prayer Fellowship and the American Baptist Women’s Ministry. She was also a member of the Lions Club and enjoyed opening her home to many missionaries and church workers.

Julie was predeceased by her husband and daughter Deborah; she is survived by son David, a retired C&MA pastor; daughters Janice and Priscilla; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

2 responses to With the Lord

  1. Grateful to have known George and to know Elsie Wood in their ministries growing up in the Pacific NW! Their commitment to the Great Commission was so evident in their love for the Lord and for people. Thank you for the imprint on my life and example of obedience!

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