With the Lord

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With the Lord

As reported in the Jan/Feb 2021 issue.

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Stephen (Steve) Grunlan

February 9, 1942–February 11, 2020

Steve was adopted by a godly couple the year after he was born. He became a Christian while in the Army, during which time he met and married Sandy. Steve attended Moody Bible Institute and Nyack (N.Y.) College and earned graduate degrees at Wheaton Graduate School and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed his doctoral studies at Luther Theological Seminary in Minnesota.

During more than 35 years of ministry, Steve was a pastor at Balboa Community Church in San Diego, Calif.; Grace Fellowship Church in Overland Park, Kans.; Minnetonka Community Church and Zion Evangelical (Minn.); Hope Community Church and Appleton Alliance Church (Wis.); and Osage Alliance Church (Iowa). He and Sandy focused on revitalizing smaller churches through a strong emphasis on biblical teaching and prayer.

Steve was also on the faculty of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago; Crown College and Northwestern and Concordia University (Minn.); and several other colleges and universities across the United States. He authored many books, including Serving with Joy, Marriage and the Family, Scripture Prayers for Everyday Use, and Climbing with Jesus.
Steve is survived by his wife; sons Jaime and Stephen; daughter Rebecca; and 1 grandson.

Donna Marie (Kline) Mallery

June 1, 1925–June 15, 2020

Born in Randolph, Minn., Donna was raised in a Christian home on her family’s dairy farm. She attended St. Paul Bible Institute (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.), where she met Robert Warren Mallery. He proposed to Donna by asking if she wanted to join him in ministry. They married on September 22, 1945.

For 45 years of C&MA ministry, Donna ministered alongside Robert in his pastoral and church-planting work. Together they served churches in Savage (1945–1950), White Sulphur Springs (1950–1958), Arlee (1958–1964), Columbia Falls (1964–1971), Plains, (1971–1981), Shelby (1981–1983), and Saint Ignatius, Mont. (1984–1990). Donna blessed many through her teaching ministry, correspondence with missionaries, and love for people. She had an infectiously positive spirit.

Donna was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by sons Richard, Robert, Ronald, Roger, and Raymond; 26 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; and several great–great grandchildren.

Myra U. (Flint) Fisher

September 17, 1924–June 16, 2020

Myra was born in Pike, N.Y., and attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College, N.Y.). On October 10, 1942, she married Otis G. Fisher.
During 56 years of C&MA ministry, Myra served with Otis as a missionary to Vietnam (1951–1972) and faithfully supported him in his pastoral ministries. Together they served in Long Island, N.Y.; Charles City and Boone, Iowa; Minneapolis, Minn.; and Bismarck, N.Dak.

Myra was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by children David, Jim, Joyce, and Janice; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

Richard Ellis Bush

May 6, 1939–June 25, 2020

Born in Pensacola, Fla., Richard attended St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.) and received a BA from the University of Nebraska. He completed master’s programs at Wheaton (Ill.) College and New York Theological Seminary and earned his DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary. Richard and his wife, Carolyn, enjoyed 59 years of marriage.

Richard served with the C&MA as a pastor for 34 years, as the New England District superintendent for 12 years, and as director for Ministry Coaching. He developed a “LIFE-on-life” approach to preparing leaders for the twenty-first century church. Richard’s concern was that most continuing education for church leaders is performance based and often fails to address issues of soul health. While he acknowledged that performance cannot be ignored, he believed the Church must address the vacuum that exists in the areas of the heart, soul, and mind. To that end, Richard and his team worked to develop church leaders whose lives reflected the transforming grace and power of “Christ in me.” He impacted many lives and will be remembered as a friend, mentor, questioner, reader, and visionary thinker.

Richard is survived by his wife; daughters Candy, Cindy, and Karen; son Richard; 12 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.

John Raymond Barkman Sr.

May 10, 1930–June 29, 2020

John was born on a farm in Enid, Okla., and attended a one-room schoolhouse. He was raised in a Christian tradition beginning with his family and the Mennonite Brethren Church. John accepted Christ when he was 12 and fully surrendered to His Lordship at the age of 18.

In 1952, John married Merlyn Johnsen and transferred to St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.). He graduated in 1955, and the couple embarked on their ministry as C&MA church planters, serving in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Throughout his more than 38 years of C&MA ministry, John was known as someone who experienced God’s love and shared it with others.

John was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by children John, Rebecca, Sarah, and Tim; 9 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

James (Jim) Clarence Larkin Sr.

September 27, 1952–July 24, 2020

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Jim attended Wheaton (Ill.) College and received his MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Hamilton, Mass.). After serving as an interim pastor in South Carolina, Jim became the senior pastor of Kensington Gospel Tabernacle (Philadelphia, Pa.), where he met Sharon Lynne Ellingson. They married on January 30, 1988, and moved to Chicago. In 1989 during a prayer meeting attended by three people in the couple’s apartment, Christ Church of the C&MA was founded. Jim served as the senior pastor for more than 30 years. For more than 25 years, he directed Chicago Alive Youth Camp, an annual summer camp for urban youth.

Having witnessed the difficulties faced by individuals in urban communities, Jim was particularly saddened at how these challenges impeded their confidence in becoming local church leaders. To better address these needs, he returned to Gordon-Conwell at the age of 53 to start his doctoral studies. He completed his doctor of ministry in 2009 with a dissertation on methods to develop indigenous church leadership. Jim then founded Beckon, a nonprofit aimed at equipping young urban men to lead within the church and society. He died after a 14-month battle with brain cancer.
Jim is survived by his wife and children Bruce, Maggie, Jimmy, and Michael.

Raymond L. Droll

December 29, 1935–July 26, 2020

Raymond was born in West Decatur, Pa., and received a BA in theology from Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College. On April 14, 1956, he married Jean Frantz. During more than 27 years of C&MA ministry, Raymond pastored churches in Boyertown (1975–1980), Reedsville (1980–1984), Canton (1984–1988), and Titusville, Pa. (1988–2000).

Raymond was predeceased by his wife; children R. Mark, Teresa, and David; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

Larry F. Llewellyn

April 30, 1953–July 29, 2020

Larry was born in New Castle, Pa., and received his BS in Bible/theology from Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College. On December 27, 1975, he married Terry Phillips. During 44 years of C&MA ministry, Larry pastored churches in Coal Run and Beccaria, Pa., and served as pastor of Hoover Heights Alliance Church in South New Castle, Pa., for 38 years.

Among his varied ministries, Larry served at the Royal Family Kids Camp and was actively involved in the Shenango (Pa.) baccalaureate services, where he often led the opening or closing prayer for sports teams in the Shenango School District. He had a genuine love for the young boys in his care and prayed for them daily.

Larry is survived by his wife; sons James and Michael; and 4 grandchildren,

Adriaan van der Bijl

November 19, 1929–August 20, 2020

Adriaan was born to missionaries in Indonesia. His happy childhood came crashing down when the Japanese invaded. Along with his mother and siblings, Adriaan spent the next three-and-a-half years in an internment camp, where they endured near starvation, and his father died. When the war ended, the family sailed to Holland.

After connecting with a Navigators leader, Adriaan committed his life to Christ. He met his first wife, Mijo, in Bible school. When he heard that the C&MA urgently needed teachers in Irian Jaya (now West Papua, Indonesia), he and Mijo answered the call and were sent by the Dutch Alliance.

During 35 years of ministry, Adriaan built airstrips, churches, schools, and medical clinics. In 1963, he opened the first work among the Stone Age Nduga tribes-people. He and his team taught the Nduga people how to care for their families and much more. Today a number of Nduga are serving as pastors, professors, medical workers, pilots, and lawyers.

In 1986, Mijo died; a year late Adriaan married his coworker, Elfrieda Toews, a nurse. They continued to work together with the Nduga tribe. Adriaan is survived by his second wife; sons Daniel, David, and Paul; daughter Heidi; 14 grandchildren; and 1 great granddaughter.

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