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As reported in the Jan/Feb 2015 issue.

Alliance Family News


Howard E. Dunlap

Howard E. Dunlap

October 17, 1921–July 26, 2014

Born in Van Wert, Ohio, Howard married Ruth Ellen Alspaugh on October 18, 1942. He received his BA from Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bible Institute (now Taylor University), where he later served as alumni director (1978–1986). He earned his MA from St. Francis College (Brooklyn, N.Y.).

During more than 15 years of service with the C&MA, Howard ministered in churches in Lake Clarke Shores (1987–1989), Loxahatchee (1993–2000; 2009–2010), and Palmetto, Fla. (2002–2003). He also served interim pastorates in Sebastian, Ellenton, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and West Palm Beach, Fla. Howard was the founding pastor of First Christian Union Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Palms West Alliance (Loxahatchee, Fla.). Howard was gifted in preaching and in revitalizing churches.

Howard is survived by his wife; daughters Judith, Joyce, and Jeannie; sons Jerry and James; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

Lammert Hukema

Lammert Hukema

March 29, 1934–July 29, 2014

Lammert was born in Holland and studied to be a teacher there. In 1961, he was called to serve the Lord at a teacher training school in the interior of Dutch New Guinea (now Papua, Indonesia). He married Britta Hukema-Kschwendt on March 31, 1964, in Lugano, Switzerland.

When Papua came under Indonesian control and Dutch citizens were forced to leave, Lammert continued his theological training in Belgium. He and Britta were then asked to teach at the Maduda high school in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (1964–1973). After further theological studies in France (1973–1975), the Hukemas returned to the Congo in the midst of a spiritual awakening in the Protestant high schools of the Bas-Congo province. The many conversions necessitated the opening of a training school for Alliance pastors, where the Hukemas taught from 1976 until the official closure of the field in 1992.

The Hukemas continued to teach in Bible schools in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso (1992–1994); Libreville, Gabon (1996–1998); and Krasnodar, Russia (1994–1996; 2001–2002). After their retirement, Lammert preached in churches throughout the Netherlands until 2012. Lammert is survived by his wife.

James William Nabors

James William (Bill) Nabors

August 19, 1925–August 8, 2014

Born in Chattanooga, Tenn., Bill served in the U.S. Army Air Force in the South Pacific during World War II. He received his BA from Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College. On June 4, 1951, he married Lois McIlrath. They served a pastorate in Oneonta, Ala., and then departed for Thailand in 1953 to serve as missionaries. After language study, the couple ministered in evangelism, church planting, and leprosy work. During this time, they organized two churches and several small groups.

When Bill and Lois returned to the United States in 1958, Bill was diagnosed with a lung problem, which delayed their departure for Thailand for a number of years. During this interim period, they pastored churches in Delray Beach (1960–1963) and Fort Myers, Fla. (1963–1967). Bill was then asked to return to Thailand to begin an international church, which became the Evangelical Church of Bangkok, an English-speaking congregation ministering to expatriates and Thai.

Upon returning to the United States after his lung problem recurred, Bill pastored First Alliance Church in Chattanooga, Tenn. (1969–1974). In 1974, Bill was elected superintendent of the Southern District; he served in this role for 15 years.

After retiring in 1990, Bill and Lois started North River Alliance Church in Chattanooga. They served the congregation for more than seven years until Bill retired again from active ministry. In 2003, Bill and Lois moved to the Alliance Community for Retirement Living in DeLand, Fla.

Bill is survived by his wife; sisters Coretta, Jewell, and JoAnn; and spiritual daughter Judy Gaskin, missionary to Indonesia.

Warren W. Feustel

Warren W. Feustel

April 28, 1926–August 13, 2014

Warren was born in Springfield, Mass. On May 28, 1949, he married Helen. Warren attended the Nyack Missionary College (now Nyack [N.Y.] College) in 1956 and then transferred to Northeastern Bible College in Essex Fells, N.J. He received his diploma in 1960 and his BA in 1967. On May 29, 1964, he was ordained with the C&MA.

From 1974–1983, Warren served at Grace Alliance Church in Buzzards Bay, Mass. Then he served in the C&MA’s New England District from 1984–1986.

Warren was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by son Eric.

Warren W. Worden

Rev. Warren W. Worden

May 22, 1929–August 15, 2014

Born in Greenwood, Wis., Warren was a graduate of St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.). On October 22, 1948, he married Marcia Straughn. She died on July 23, 1981, and Warren married Gail Labs on December 25, 1983.

During 37 years of C&MA ministry, Warren pastored churches in Wagner, S.Dak (1957–1962) and Verndale, Minn. (1962–1969). He then pastored the Oconto (Wis.) Gospel Chapel for 25 years. After retiring in 1999, Warren served other churches as an interim preacher.

Along with Gail, Warren traveled on missions trips to England, India, Italy, and Mexico. He was passionate about his family and enjoyed being involved in his grandchildren’s lives, conducting their baptisms and weddings. Later in life, he started a blog, www.thoughtsfromgrandpasbible.com.

Warren was board president of Lake Lundgren Bible Camp (Pembine, Wis.), where he served as camp pastor. He also counseled released prisoners and was a mentor and encourager. He is remembered for his love for people and his listening ear. Warren enjoyed the outdoors and working with his hands.

Warren was predeceased by his wife Marcia and son Donald; he is survived by wife Gail; sons Dennis, Robert, and Jonathan; daughters Cindy, Sherry, and Lisa; 22 grandchildren; and 22 great grandchildren.

John Paul Breaden

John Paul Breaden

November 28, 1933–August 21, 2014

Born in Jerusalem to C&MA missionaries George and Lola Mae Breaden, John grew up on the mission field in the Middle East. On December 1, 1964, he married Shirley.

John served in the U.S. Navy and then worked for 30 years as a civil engineer and water resource planner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Later, he became an entrepreneur and business owner, retiring in 2004.

John was active in several C&MA churches. He served as an elder and treasurer for his local church, the Mid-Atlantic District, and the National Alliance Men for many years. He always sought to minister to lost people in his neighborhood and workplace. John’s passions included serving the Lord, traveling to his birthplace, and flying his private plane. He will be remembered for his love for the Lord and for others.

John is survived by his wife; son David; daughters Dana, Lora, and Tammy; 11 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.

Dianna Sanders

Dianna Sanders

November 2, 1953–August 22, 2014

Dianna was born in Willard, Ohio. She attended Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College; Ambrose University (Calgary, Alta.; formerly Canadian Bible College, Regina, Sask.); and Nyack (N.Y.) College. On November 4, 1972, she married Dr. Martin P. Sanders.

During Martin’s 23 years of C&MA ministry at Alliance Theological Seminary and Living Christ Church C&MA (Nyack, N.Y.), Dianna took great joy in raising their four children. She enjoyed travel, watching bull riding, and being with her family. She and Martin lived in Georgia, the Chicago area, and Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, before making Nyack their home in 1991. Dianna was fascinated with other cultures and traveled extensively on six continents.

Dianna is survived by her husband; sons Bo and Eric; and daughters Amy and Lauren.

Doris Gold Putnam

Doris Gold Putnam

December 15, 1932–September 30, 2014

Doris was born in Savannah, Ga., where she and her family attended the First Alliance Church. She received a diploma in missions from the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). There she met Leon Gold; they married on July 7, 1956, in Savannah. Leon was an Australian who had been a missionary to Thailand with the Overseas Missionary Fellowship before he was ordained by the C&MA. In 1956, the couple was appointed to serve in Thailand.

They began their ministry on the Mekong River, across from Laos, during the early years of the Vietnam War. As church planters, Doris and Leon traveled in a Land Rover over dirt roads and rugged terrain, sometimes fording streams and rivers, to visit remote villages. Over the years, Doris climbed Malaysia’s highest mountain, rode on elephants, and chased snakes out of her washing machine. Eventually, Leon’s ministry led him to radio production and ultimately to Bangkok, where he served with the Far East Broadcasting Company.

While the Golds were in their forties, Leon was diagnosed with melanoma, and they moved to Sydney, Australia, for his medical care; he passed away in 1975. Doris returned to Savannah and then moved to Atlanta. She worked for the Salvation Army and later for World Relief, helping to resettle refugees from Cambodia, Laos, Eastern Europe, and Ethiopia. Also, she provided devoted care to her disabled son, Stephen.

While attending church, Doris met Archie Putnam; they married on June 6, 1981, in Atlanta, Ga. Doris and Archie were quite active in church. Her faith was the bedrock of her life.

Doris was predeceased by her husbands, Leon and Archie; she is survived by sons Alan, Geoffrey, and Stephen; and 5 grandchildren.

Marilyn Downey

Marilyn Downey

February 4, 1951–October 8, 2014

Marilyn Downey was born in Jamestown, N.Dak. She attended St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.), where she met Lee; they married in 1971 in Jamestown. Soon after graduation, Lee and Marilyn moved to Alaska. In 1978, they returned to the Lower 48, where they began an outreach to motorcyclists.

From 1989–1991, Lee was an evangelist in the C&MA’s North Central District, and Marilyn served alongside him. When Lee’s schedule kept him on the road for extended periods, she cared for their five children, whom she homeschooled. She also taught at Maranatha Academy for one year, after which she continued to work as a substitute teacher.

Marilyn’s ministry as church pianist spanned 40 years. When conducting evangelistic meetings in churches, Marilyn and the children performed with accordions, fiddles, guitars, saxophones, and vocals.

Marilyn was an avid motorcycle rider, ministering alongside her husband for more than 30 years at motorcycle rallies in the United States and Canada. She had an effective personal ministry to women cyclists. In 1989, Lee and Marilyn founded Six Seasons Christian Riders, which expanded their outreach to street rod shows, snowmobiles, and rodeos. Marilyn served as secretary for that ministry. During the past few years, she enjoyed driving her Mustang to street rod shows, where she won a number of trophies while ministering at these events.

Marilyn is survived by her husband; sons Benjamin, Reuben, Judah and Zeb; daughter Rebecca; and 11 grandchildren.

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