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Roy Comstock

May 17, 1928– October 25, 2020

Marie Comstock

July 3, 1930–March 11, 2020

Roy was born in Oklahoma City, Okla. His wife, Marie Pippert, was born near Mason City, Iowa. They attended St. Paul Bible Institute, now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn. (1947–1950), and married on August 27, 1950.

After Roy pastored Oconomowoc (Wis.) Bible Church (1957–1960), the couple moved to Wheaton, Ill., where he received his MA in New Testament studies from Wheaton College. Marie worked at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music for 34 years while Roy pursued a career with ServiceMaster. He also pastored Lee Center (Ill.) Congregational Church. In 1966, they helped plant Blanchard Road Alliance Church, now Wellspring Alliance.

Roy and Marie were predeceased by Marie’s uncle, Leslie W. Pippert, home secretary of the C&MA from 1959–1973. They are survived by sons Gordon, Gary, and Douglas; daughter Dawn; 12 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.

Jay Smith

June 28, 1934–December 30, 2020

Helen Smith

October 25, 1934–January 12, 2021

Born in York Co, Pa., Jay received a BA in ministerial studies from Nyack (N.Y.) Missionary College, where he met Helen Knauth.

They married on November 17, 1956. After working for Nationwide Insurance Co., Jay received his master’s from Asbury Seminary (Wilmore, Ky.).

After 50 years of pastoral ministry in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and Ohio, Jay was recognized with honors by the C&MA National Office. He was credentialed as a chaplain and served for 23 years at the Geisinger Medical Complex (Danville, Pa.), managing the House of Care for oncology patients. Jay was also a chaplain at several nursing homes in the Danville area.

Helen was born in Philadelphia, Pa., and faithfully served alongside her husband. She taught Sunday school, was active in the women’s mission ministry, and was a prayer warrior. Helen also worked for the Geisinger Medical Complex and volunteered at its House of Care.

Jay and Helen were predeceased by daughters Carol and Darla; they are survived by sons-in-law Terry and Jeff; 6 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

Susan Williams

November 22, 1957–March 22, 2021

Susan was born in Turtle Creek, Pa., and attended Nyack (N.Y.) College and Asbury Theological Seminary (Wilmore, Ky.), where she audited classes. On June 30, 1979, she married Jack Williams in Turtle Creek, Pa.

During 36 years of C&MA ministry, Susan served alongside Jack while he pastored churches in Tionesta (1983–1987), Mahaffey (1987–1984), Upper Saint Clair (1994–2012), and Indiana, Pa. (2013–2014); and in Maple Grove, Ohio (2014–2019).

Susan is survived by her husband; daughters Jaclyn and Katie; and 3 grandchildren.

Marilyn (VanVoorhis) Aller

January 31,1933–April 23, 2021

Born in Florham Park, N.J., Marilyn received Christ at Word of Life Camp in Upstate New York when she was 14. She encouraged her parents to attend Long Hill Chapel Alliance Church (Chatham, N.J.), where she sensed God’s call to missions. Marilyn enrolled in Philadelphia College of the Bible, acquired her nursing training from East Orange (N.J.) General Hospital, and received a BS in nursing from Wheaton College.

Marilyn met Bob at the Jaffray School of Missions (now Alliance Theological Seminary); they married on July 29, 1961. They were appointed as C&MA missionaries to Colombia, South America, where they served from 1963–1985. Marilyn taught music and Bible classes, played piano and the accordion, and was involved in church planting and discipleship.

In 1985, the Allers moved to New Jersey, where Marilyn worked at a nursing care facility. The couple was also involved with the C&MA’s Hispanic ministries and planted “the El Encuentro Con Dios” church in Elizabeth. In 1966, they moved to California, where they served at First Baptist Church of Downey in Spanish ministry and led several short-term trips to Cuba.

Marilyn is survived by children Cindy, Martha, Judy, and Danny; and 11 grandchildren.

Loyal E. Bowman

April 10, 1936–April 30, 2021

Born in Archbold, Ohio, to C&MA missionaries in West Africa, Loyal attended Nyack Missionary College (1954–1958). In August 1958, he married Polly Bozeman, who died in 1988. He married Sandy Wonderly in January 1991.

After serving as a pastor in Bennington, Vt. (1958– 1960), Loyal was a missionary to West Africa (1960– 1990). He was involved in teaching, administration, medical work, famine relief, rural development projects, and book translation. Loyal was also responsible for several construction projects, including mission buildings and three schools, and encouraged church growth. While in West Africa, Loyal and Polly served at a girls’ school where they trained many students to be Christian leaders.

After Polly died in 1988, Loyal was “on loan” as a consultant to Samaritan’s Purse (1988–1990), refurbishing a mission hospital in Zaire and completing a large church in Ethiopia. He then served churches in Orlando (1990–1994) and Merritt Island, Fla. (1997–2010). Loyal officially retired in 2011 and was honored in recognition of his 51 years of C&MA service.

Loyal is survived by his wife, Sandy; children Rindi, Joy, and Tamara; and 4 grandchildren; he was predeceased by daughter Pamela.

James (Jim) Thibodeaux

January 28, 1948–April 30, 2021

Born in Sacramento, Calif., Jim attended Cascade College in Portland (Ore.) and graduated from Southern Oregon University (Ashland, Ore.) in 1970. He fell in love with his college tutor, Judy Ravens; they married on August 10, 1968, in Santa Rosa (Calif.) Alliance Church.

Together Jim and Judy served the Lord for 45 years, including more than 25 years when he was ordained with the C&MA. They were involved in Youth For Christ (Wash. and Ore.) and served churches in Occidental (1986–1989) and Petaluma, Calif. (1989– 1995); and Cascade (1995–2008) and Riggins, Idaho (2008–2017). Jim was known for his pastoral heart and commitment to community outreach. He also had a passion for leading groups on short-term missions trips to Mexico.

Jim is survived by his wife; sons James, Josh, and Derek; and 9 grandchildren.

Martha H. Mangham

July 31, 1926– May 16, 2021

Born in Atlanta, Ga., Martha attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College, New York, N.Y.). On August 12, 1949, she married Robert Harold Mangham in the Miami (Fla.) Gospel Tabernacle. During 47 years of C&MA ministry, the couple served pastorates in Hamilton, Ala. (1950–1955); Lake Worth, Fla. (1955–1960); Pittsburgh, Pa. (1960–1963); Greensboro, N.C. (1963–1968); and as C&MA missionaries in Bangkok, Thailand (1968–1972).

Martha also served with Harold when he was superintendent of three districts and vice president for Church Ministries. She was heavily involved in women’s ministries and served as president of Alliance Women (AW) from 1987–1993. During that time, AW raised more than $1.9 million for the Alliance Missions National Project, helping many C&MA ministries worldwide to grow and thrive.

Martha is survived by her husband; son Bob; daughters Sandy and Kim; 9 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.

Luke Sheu-Duen Poon

June 6, 1938–May 18, 2021

Born in Guangdong, China, Luke received his BTh from Alliance Bible Seminary (Cheung Chau, Hong Kong), his MDiv from Canadian Theological Seminary (Regina, Sask.), and his DMin from International Theological Seminary (West Covina, Calif.). On August 4, 1963, he married Lisa Cheung; they enjoyed 57 years of marriage.

During 55 years of C&MA ministry, Luke planted and pastored churches in Regina, Sask. (1966–1971); Calgary, Alta. (1971); San Francisco, Calif. (1972– 1979); Vancouver and Burnaby, B.C. (1980–1982); Temple City, Calif. (1985–1990); Hong Kong (1991– 1999); San Mateo, Calif. (1999–2011); and Honolulu, Hawaii (2014–2015). He served on the boards of several organizations and enjoyed ministering to the community at the International Christian Quality Music Secondary and Primary School in Hong Kong.

During retirement Luke continued serving C&MA churches in New York, N.Y.; Kent, Wash.; Panama; and Tenafly and Fort Lee, N.J. Widely regarded as a church-planting pioneer to the Chinese diaspora of North America, he was passionate about missions and shepherding the local church.

Luke is survived by his wife; children James, Christina, and John; and 8 grandchildren; he was predeceased by daughter Linda.

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