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With the Lord

As reported in the Mar/Apr 2021 issue.

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Anne Louise Angel Moore

October 3, 1931–March 27, 2020

Born to missionaries in Vietnam, Anne received a music degree from the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College, N.Y.). While there, she sang solo concerts, was senior class vice president, and met her husband, David. They married on June 8, 1953.

The couple served a pastorate in Iowa and were then appointed as C&MA missionaries to Indonesia, where Anne was a teacher and pursued her love of musicmaking. In 1975 the Moores returned stateside. David taught at the Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack and later served as vice president for the C&MA’s Overseas Ministries.

Anne was the art director for Alliance Life and a graphic designer for The Religious Broadcaster magazine. She completed many projects for U.S. C&MA presidents, including the books All for Jesus and To All Peoples, and used her gift of interior decorating at Nyack College campuses, including several presidents’ offices and archival displays. She received the Angel Award for her work on “The New Americas”, a video about Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees coming to America, and was named Nyack College’s Alumnus of the Year in 1992 for her service to the C&MA. After the Moores retired to the Alliance Community in DeLand, Fla., Anne redecorated the chapel, created a line of inspirational cards, and received the 2018 Chapel Volunteer of the Year award.
Anne was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by son Daniel Wesley; and 2 granddaughters.

Peter Inshik Sohn

December 30, 1948–March 28, 2020

Peter was born in Chul won, Korea, to the third generation of a Christian family. He attended Korea University in Seoul and immigrated with his family to the United States. In 1975, Peter married Sue in Washington, D.C.

After trusting Christ as his Savior, Peter attended Washington Bible College and earned his MDiv at Capital Bible Seminary. He served faithfully as a pastor in the District of Columbia; Detroit, Mich.; and Bethel Korean Church (Baltimore, Md.). Peter joined the C&MA at Bethel Korean Church in Irvine, Calif., one of the largest U.S. C&MA locations, and was its senior pastor for 23 years. After retiring in 2013, he served as a missionary to North Korean refugees and worked for that country’s freedom.

Peter is survived by his wife; children Timothy and Deborah; and 4 grandchildren.

Bobby (Bob) J. Casey

February 1, 1932–June 19, 2020

Born in Bluff Dale, Tex., Bob attended Modesto (Calif.) College prior to serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He attended Simpson College extension courses at First Baptist Church in Modesto and Paradise (Calif.) Alliance Church. Bob married Barbara on July 29, 1952, and became an ordained pastor in 1972.

Bob was a long-time member and an associate pastor of Paradise Alliance Church and led the Tuesday afternoon Bible study. During retirement he continued teaching a home Bible study, served as an usher and Levite, and helped with maintenance at various times. Bob also worked with Rose Chapel Mortuary for many years and was a part-time staff member. He continued serving on staff as needed until 2016.

Bob is survived by his wife; son Robert; daughters Pamela and Karen; 6 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.

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 Joan 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 is survived by his wife; children R. Mark, Teresa, and David; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

Edwin A. Dixon

December 9, 1935–August 17, 2020

Edwin was born in Auburn, N.Y. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Houghton (N.Y.) College and his master’s in theology from Fuller Seminary (Pasadena, Calif.). On August 9, 1958, Edwin married Roslyn L. Doan.

Edwin served as a minister for 62 years, most recently at the Grove City (Pa.) C&MA Church. For 12 years he was in the pastoral chaplaincy program in the Western Pennsylvania District.
Edwin is survived by his wife; son Dwight; daughter Denise; 3 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.

Marietta Ruth Dechert

November 21, 1930–August 23, 2020

Born in Chanute, Kans., Marietta attended Phillips University (Enid, Okla.). On August 21, 1949, she married Louis Tarleton Dechert, who served in the U.S. Army. As a commanding officer’s wife, Marietta was a Red Cross Grey Lady, staff aide, and first VP of the Fort Knox Officers’ Wives Club. In 1974, she spent six weeks at the Dalat School for Missionary Children (Penang, Malaysia) to update the library.

After retiring from the Army, Col. Dechert became an ordained C&MA pastor. The couple planted or served churches in Arizona, Oregon, California, Kansas, Texas, and Florida. Marietta taught Sunday school and was instrumental in establishing and expanding church libraries. She accompanied her husband on many of his trips as national president of the Korean War Veterans Association, arranging activities and events for members’ wives. Marietta was also active in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and was president of the Louisiana State Organization (2006–2007).

Marietta was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by daughter Deborah; son Louis; 6 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and 2 great–great grandchildren.

Lauren E. Coddington

December 7, 1936–August 31, 2020

Born in Peekskill, N.Y., Lauren graduated from Nyack (N.Y) Missionary College. On September 17, 1960, he married Lillias Olmstead.

During his 23 years of C&MA ministry, Lauren pastored churches in Otisfield/Webbs Mill (1965–1966) and Winthrop, Maine (1966–1969); Newport, N.H. (1969–1974); Hayt Corners, N.Y. (1974–1981); Mill Hall, Pa. (1981–1983); and Elmira, N.Y. (1983–1988).

Lauren is survived by his wife; children Anita, Chester, David, Paul, Stephen, and Daniel; 15 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Gordon Moser

November 13, 1925–September 14, 2020

Born in Thomasville, Ga., Jackie moved with her family to Tampa, Fla., where she received Christ and committed her life to serving Him. She attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College, N.Y.), where she met another in-coming freshman, Alvin (Al) Moser, her husband of 72 years. They married on August 8, 1948. Jackie went on to be trained as a licensed practical nurse at Booth Memorial Hospital (New York, N.Y.). She earned a BS from Wheaton College and trained at North Georgia College School of Nursing to become a registered nurse. In addition, Jackie was certified and worked in cytology and cytogenetics.

Jackie served alongside her husband during nearly 56 years of licensed C&MA ministry, teaching Sunday school, working with women and youth, and ministering hospitality in countless situations. She was quick to witness and share Christ’s love while employed at numerous medical facilities where the couple was called to serve, whether through church planting, pastoring, district administration, and higher education (Wheaton College, Alliance College of Theology [Australia], Toccoa Falls [Ga.] College, and Alliance Theological Seminary).
Jackie is survived by her husband, now retired in Louisville, Ky.

Paul W. Valentine

April 1, 1932–September 16, 2020

Born in Bowling Green, Ohio, Paul attended the C&MA church and felt called to pastoral ministry. He graduated from the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College, N.Y.) and married JoAnn Ridley. They moved to Canada, where they planted a church in Orillia, Ontario. Paul was instrumental in planting five churches in Canada in 12 years.

During more than 58 years of C&MA ministry, Paul pastored Stow (Ohio) Alliance Fellowship (1965–1983) and Westgate Chapel in Toledo, Ohio (1984–1994). Under his ministry the Stow home Bible study prospered, and the Lord used it powerfully throughout the country. Paul’s preaching ministry continued under Valentine Christian Ministries. He was invited to speak at Ravi Zacharias Ministries, Promise Keepers, various colleges, and around the world. Countless young people responded to the call to Christian service under Paul’s preaching, and he always considered his legacy to be the people he reached for Christ and discipled for full-time ministry.

Paul served on the C&MA Board of Directors for many years and was also a C&MA national evangelist. Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College bestowed an honorary doctorate on Paul for his outstanding and faithful service. After retiring to Beulah Beach in Vermillion, Ohio, he and JoAnn relocated to Naples, Florida.

Paul is survived by his wife; sons Michael, David, and Stephen; and 6 grandchildren.

Marjorie Germain

November 18, 1958–October 1, 2020

Marjorie was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She attended Rockland Community College and received her nursing degree at Rockland BOCES. On July 14, 1984, she married Ronet Germain.

During more than 30 years of C&MA ministry, Marjorie served alongside her husband in the Evangelical Christian Alliance Church of Spring Valley, N.Y. She was known for her gift of encouragement, especially to young people and women, and used her love of music both professionally and in ministry. Marjorie enjoyed decorating for various events including weddings and church celebrations. Her infectious smile, big heart, and compassionate ways were her signature.

Marjorie is survived by her husband; children Jonathan, Jethro, Gerlynn, Yudine, and James; and 3 grandchildren.

Justin Su-Tieng Hsu

February 7, 1930–November 26, 2020

Born in China, Justin left for Taiwan in 1949 during the Cultural Revolution. He received his BS in naval engineering and architecture from the Naval College of Technology and his master’s in nuclear engineering from Ching Hua University. In 1965, Justin was granted permission to leave Taiwan to study abroad at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Mass.).

After being hired by McMullen Company (Long Island, N.Y.), Justin followed his boss to J. S. Henry Company and later worked for the Nuclear Engineering Division of Combustion Engineering, Inc. in Windsor, Conn. (1960–1985), and Toledo (Ohio) Edison Company as the senior nuclear engineer (1985–1990). Justin then pastored a Chinese Church in Colorado Springs, Colo. (1990–1997). He participated in missions trips to Israel, Saipan, Trinidad, and Tobago and served as an interim pastor in New York, N.Y.; Pittsburgh, Pa; and Amherst, Mass. Justin was married to his wife, Esther, for 46 years.

Justin is survived by his wife; children Elias, Eliot, Justina, and Joshua; and 5 grandchildren.

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