With the Lord

As reported in the July/Aug 2015 issue.


Rev. Edward (Ed) Clifton Kwong

November 15, 1952–December 8, 2014

Ed was born in Hong Kong and moved with his family to the United States at the age of 10. He received his MS in electrical engineering/computer science from University of California, Berkley, and his MDiv from Alliance Theological Seminary (Nyack, N.Y.). For more than 25 years, Ed worked in the high-tech industry. In the mid-1970s, he began attending San Jose (Calif.) Christian Alliance Church (SJCAC), where he met Kin; they married in 1982. Ed became involved in lay ministry at SJCAC and developed a love for studying God’s Word. In 2001, after hearing God’s call to full-time ministry, Ed quit his engineering job and joined the SJCAC staff. He loved people, and his passion was to build up saints for the next generation, grounding them in the Word and equipping them for the end-times harvest before Christ’s return. Ed spent many hours providing counsel, guidance, prayer, and tangible assistance to those in need. Ed is survived by his wife; daughters Natalie, Bethany, and Evelyn; and sons Elliott and Theodore.

Rev. Jack Rutherford Schisler

September 11, 1916–January 8, 2015

Born in Littlerock, Calif., Jack attended Simpson Bible Institute (Seattle, Wash.; now Simpson University, Redding, Calif.) and the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). On September 11, 1940, he married Marian Frances Cole in Glendive, Mont. From 1941–1943, Jack was pastor of Arbor Heights Community Church (C&MA) in Seattle, Wash. In 1945, the Schislers were appointed as missionaries to Indonesia, where they served until 1957. They then moved to Argentina, where they were involved in leadership training and overseeing Bible school interns. In 1974, they relocated to Paraguay; shortly thereafter, Marian died from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. In 1983, Jack married Ann Puerling, who joined him in ministry in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and other nations around the world. They returned to the United States in 1989. Jack is survived by his wife Marian; daughters Carol, Cathy, and Connie; sons Ken, Karl, and Clifford; 18 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren.

Gwendolyn (Gwen) N. Thompson

August 17, 1925–January 12, 2015

Born in Detroit, Mich., Gwen married Robert (Bob) G. Thompson in Atlanta, Ga., in 1946. The couple heard God’s call to ministry and moved to Nyack, N.Y., where Bob attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College). For 29 years, Gwen served alongside Bob as a secretary, church pianist, organist, and children’s worker in C&MA churches in Ormond Beach (1955–1957) and Homestead, Fla. (1957–1958); Athens (1966–1967) and Toccoa, Ga. (1967–1974); Chattanooga, Tenn. (1974–1976); Albany, Ga. (1984–1985); and DeLand and Pinellas Park, Fla. (1988–1991). She was involved with women’s missionary groups, organized nurseries, and was instrumental in starting a day care. The Thompsons also served as rural missionaries in Nebraska and Oregon for eight years under the auspices of Village Missions, an organization that places pastors in churches that otherwise might close. After retiring in 1991, Gwen and Bob returned to Toccoa and became active members of the church they had pastored there. Gwen was predeceased by her husband and her daughter, Dixie Dee; she is survived by son Kenneth; 2 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.

Alice M. Boyes

July 4, 1918–January 13, 2015

Born in Bellingham, Wash., Alice attended Simpson Bible Institute (Seattle, Wash.; now Simpson University, Redding, Calif.) and the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). On August 30, 1941, she married William E. Boyes in Philadelphia, Pa. In 1943 the couple was appointed as C&MA missionaries to Ecuador, where they served for 40 years. They started a youth camp in Manabi in 1957, taught at the seminary there, and served for one year as dorm parents at the Alliance Academy in Quito. Alice was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by daughters Lois and Bonnie; sons Billy and John; 9 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

Edith Wilma Scott Brown

September 4, 1915–January 15, 2015

Born in Cazenovia, Wis., Edith received teachers’ training in Sauk County and attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill. She then taught in a one-room school for six years. On June 19, 1940, Edith married Rodney Orville Brown. After owning and operating an apple orchard, the couple answered God’s call to full-time ministry and sold the orchard in 1952. Together the Browns served C&MA churches in Jenkins, (1966–1969; 1977–1979), Ashcamp (1969–1977), and Warbranch, Ky. (1975–1977). Edith’s compassionate heart for children was exemplified through her involvement in school chapels, Boys and Girls Clubs, and summer camps. During her retirement, Edith traveled in the United States and abroad. She was employed as a caregiver for several women and enjoyed the senior center, church activities, and family. Edith was predeceased by her husband and her daughter Rosemary; she is survived by daughters Sharon, Judy, and Joyce; son David; 13 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; and 4 great–great grandchildren.

Doris Eveline Bruckner

January 17, 1927–January 17, 2015

Doris was born in Alsace, France. After fleeing the German invasion in 1939, Doris and her family returned to the area, which later came under Adolf Hitler’s domination. As a result, Doris’s father became a staunch Nazi and Doris a deeply committed Hitler Youth leader. At the end of the war, she was imprisoned by the French, along with her mother and sister. After their release, they received help from a Christian pastor and attended church, where they heard the gospel. Doris received Jesus in 1947 and in 1951 sensed a clear call to missionary service. She studied nursing and then attended Bible school. In 1958, she was appointed as a C&MA missionary to Mali, West Africa, where she served for 34 years as a teacher, girls’ school director, and nurse. Doris also was part of the team that opened Bako, a remote area with no known believers and no churches, to the gospel. She recruited hundreds of prayer warriors from Europe and North America to intercede for this people group. Doris impacted the lives of many individuals in Bako, including a powerful fetish leader who was called to be a pastor after he accepted Christ. Doris taught the man to read, and in 1992 he completed his studies at Bethel Bible School in Mali. He returned to Bako to pastor one of the seven churches that were established there. Doris retired in 1993 and settled in Lingolsheim, France, where God continued to use her in various ministry activities. Doris is survived by her ministry partners and friends.

Paul E. Burkhart

June 2, 1940–January 27, 2015

Paul was born in Mechanicsburg, Pa. He received Jesus as his Savior at the age of seven but did not commit to following Him until he attended a Billy Graham Crusade during his freshman year of college. Under the tutelage of a fellow student, Paul began to memorize Scripture. As he did so, the living Word of God began to change Paul’s life. He developed a passion for Bible translation, desiring that all peoples would have access to the Scriptures in their heart language. This led him to Indonesia, where he and his wife, Jean, arrived in 1968. On January 14, 1968, the Burkharts began ministry in Papua. The Wolani New Testament was drafted first. Today, the New Testament has been completely revised and is awaiting its final evaluations and revisions. Large portions of the Old Testament also have been translated. Paul died in Jakarta after suffering a stroke on January 14, 2015. After their retirement, he and Jean had returned to Indonesia to continue translation of the Wolani language Bible. The funeral was held in Jakarta, with Rev. Paul Paksoal, president of the C&MA in Indonesia, officiating. Paul committed to memory large sections of Scripture in English, Indonesian, and Wolani. “His passion was to provide God’s Word in the heart language of the Wolani people,” said Rev. James C. Kendall, Indonesia field director. “Paul was ready to serve—however and wherever he was called. This included being field director. But no matter where Paul was living, he always found time to work on translating the Wolani Bible.” Paul is survived by his wife; sons Aaron, Andrew, and Daniel; daughter Susanna; and 7 grandchildren.

Eva F. Rice

October 22, 1939–January 24, 2015

A 1964 graduate of Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Bible College, Eva married Donald (Don) Rice on February 16, 1960. During 14 years of C&MA ministry, the couple served churches in Strongsville (1987–1990), Medina (1994–1997), and Middleburg Heights, Ohio (1997–1998), where they were part of the original church-planting team from Grace Church. Eva’s ministries included mentoring and discipling women, participating in prayer meetings, and leading a senior adult fellowship. She also served on the PTA and various boards and committees. Eva is survived by her husband; sons Don and Bill; daughters Amy and Winnie; 10 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.

Muriel Grace (Green) Kelly

December 28, 1926–February 4, 2015

Muriel was born in Kobe, Japan, to C&MA missionaries Charles and Grace Green. She received Christ at the age of five and sensed the call to missionary service early in life. In 1947 she enrolled in Canadian Bible College (Regina, Sask.; now Ambrose University, Calgary, Alta.). There she met Eugene Kelly, and they married in 1950. During 39 years of C&MA ministry, Muriel and Eugene served a pastorate at the C&MA Church in Trail, B.C., and were missionaries to Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador; they also ministered in other Latin American countries. Eugene was involved in church planting, and Muriel focused on teaching, mentoring, and discipleship. She especially enjoyed caring for the indigent and women in crisis. After Muriel became ill, the couple returned to Regina, Canada, where Muriel participated in the Alliance Women’s prayer ministry. Muriel is survived by her husband; daughters Ellen Ruth and Rebecca Jean; sons Tim and Charles; 9 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by children Marilyn and Daniel, who died in infancy.

Rev. Sherman H. Berkey

June 6, 1942–February 4, 2015

Born in Pleasant Hill, Pa., Sherman worked for the Somerset Candy Company for 25 years. He married Linda Mankamier on August 24, 1963, in Bakersville, Pa. In 1991, Sherman completed the C&MA’s ministerial studies program through Nyack (N.Y.) College and was ordained that year. For 29 years, he pastored the Berlin (Pa.) Alliance Church and served on the executive committee of the C&MA’s Western Pennsylvania District for six years. Sherman always preached from God’s Word and enjoyed leading people to Jesus. Sherman is survived by his wife; daughter Wendy; son Todd; and 6 grandchildren.

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