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Shirley Reese, Pastor’s Wife

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Shirley Reese, a pastor’s wife, died Oct. 26 at age 84. She served along with her husband, Damon, as he was pastor of several churches in Iowa, including First Regular Baptist in Knoxville and Calvary Baptist in Webster City.

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Ralph Colas, Pastor

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Ralph G. Colas, a pastor, died Oct. 22 at age 85. Sensing God’s call to the ministry as a young man, he followed his father’s example, who was a pastor in Elimsport, Pennsylvania, for many years.

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Bob Gage, Pastor and Evangelist

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Bob Gage began and ended his ministry career by living out the words of 2 Timothy 4:2 and 5: “Preach the Word! . . . Do the work of an evangelist.” The recently retired pastor of First Baptist Church, Dunkirk, New York, died Feb. 9 at age 73.

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Les Chambers, Pastor

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WEST CLARKSVILLE, N.Y.—Leslie E. Chambers, pastor of West Clarksville Baptist Church, died July 30 after a brief battle with cancer. He was 62. Les attended Cedarville University and then enlisted…

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Buel Liming, Pastor

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HILLSBORO, Ore.—Dr. Buel L. Liming, evangelist, pastor, and author, died May 26, 2014. He was 80 years old. Buel attended Los Angeles Baptist College and the Bible Institute of Los…

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Bernice Miller, Missionary

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MANNING, Iowa—Bernice Pauline Miller, a retired missionary, died June 10. She was 89. Bernice and her husband, Louis, were missionary builders with Continental Baptist Missions. She also served alongside Louis when he ministered as a pastor in Iowa and a camp director. She is survived by her husband, Louis; two daughters; eight grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; […]

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Ron Urban, Pastor

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ELIDA, Ohio—Ronald E. Urban, pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Elida from 1978 to 1998, died June 5. He was 76. Prior to accepting the pastorate of Faith Baptist, he was an associate pastor at Massillon Baptist Temple, Massillon, Ohio. Ron retired from the pastorate of Faith Baptist in 1998 following a stroke. He and […]

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Gene Swim, Pastor

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TOPEKA, Kan.—Gene R. Swim, 88, died on March 14. For over 30 years he was pastor of Faith Baptist Church, where he loved preaching the Word. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, on Sept. 4, 2012. They would have celebrated their 67th anniversary on Sept. 9. Also preceding him in death are […]

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Bob Currier, Pastor

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TORRANCE, Calif.—Bob Currier, pastor of First Baptist Church of Walteria, went to be with the Lord March 13. He had been pastor of the church for 30 years. Bob is survived by his wife, Hazel, and daughters, Beth Ann and Debbie. A praise/memorial service will be held on March 30.

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Celerina Lubaton, Missionary

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SAN JOSE, Calif.—Celerina Lubaton, missionary and interim pastor’s wife, died Jan. 25 after suffering a stroke a few weeks earlier. She was 78. Rafael and Celerina Lubaton joined Independent Gospel Missions in 2007 as missionary field coordinators for the Philippines after previously serving with Baptist Church Planters. Rafael is the interim pastor at Grace Community […]

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Willard Stull Jr., Missionary to Brazil

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Willard Stull Jr., 93, died on July 4, 2012, in Novo Hamburgo, Brazil, where he was a longtime missionary. At age 16, Willard dedicated his life to Christ, having accepted Christ as his Savior at age 12. After that commitment at age 16, he says, God changed his life’s direction from planning to attend a […]

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Victor Decker, Former Pastor

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Victor W. Decker went Home to be with his Savior on Jan. 28, just two weeks short of his 87th birthday. Victor, a retired GARBC pastor, died peacefully at home after a lengthy illness. Victor began ministry in the mid-1940s after graduating from Mehoopany (Pa.) High School, and after an accident and illness nearly took his […]

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Mary Alice Modrall, Church Secretary

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BURLINGTON, Wis.—Mary Alice Modrall, 87, longtime church secretary at Emmanuel Baptist, Toledo, Ohio, passed away on Dec. 6. She was born in Erie, Pa., on April 9, 1925, to Rev. Earl V. and Rosa Willetts. Her father was an early leader in the GARBC, having served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Bellefontaine, Ohio, (1934–1947) […]

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David Miller, University President

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ALBANY, Ore.—David F. Miller, former president of Corban University and GARBC pastor, passed away after struggling with lymphoma on Dec. 7. He was 72. “He has graduated to Heaven after his 7-year battle with cancer,” says his wife, Koyce. “Through it all, God has used this time for His glory and to see new believers […]

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Daniel Morrell, Pastor and Professor

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Daniel Morrell, a former GARBC pastor and professor at Northland International University and Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, passed away on Dec. 9 after a brief bout with liver cancer. He was 59. He was born on July 16, 1953, in Berea, Ohio, where he was saved under the ministry of Berea Baptist Church. After marrying […]

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Donald Taber, Retired ABWE Missionary

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LONGVIEW, Texas—Donald Lefferts Taber, Sr., missionary with the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism, died peacefully in his sleep on Nov. 4. He was 86. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Donald grew up in Ridgewood, N.J., and was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, Hackensack, N.J. He served in the Naval Air Force from 1944 […]

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Debra Cayot, Missionary, Camp Staff

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Debra Sue Cayot, 50, who, though she had cancer, dispensed “comfort and peace to those she would soon leave behind,” went to be with the Lord on May 6, 2012. Deb’s heartfelt prayer was to build up the Body of Christ for as long as she had breath. Her family, friends, and colleagues rejoice that […]

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Guy G. Godfrey, Pastor

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Pastor Guy G. Godfrey, 91, an ardent witness for Christ who established five California churches, went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on Dec. 11, 2011. He was born to Clifford and Birdie Godfrey Aug. 21, 1920, in Mixon Valley, Ark. After his high school years in Waldron, Ark., he attended Arkansas Polytechnic College in […]

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Paul Beals, Missionary and Missions Professor

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Paul Beals, longtime missionary and missions professor, went Home to be with his Lord and Savior on May 29, 2012. He was 88. Dr. Beals and his wife, Vivian, met at Wheaton College, where he graduated in 1945. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1948 and Dallas Theological Seminary with a ThM […]

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Gary Hilliker, Missions Director

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Gary Leslie Hilliker, missionary and director with Baptist Mid-Missions, died on May 24 at age 70. Gary was a member of First Baptist Church, Wellington, Ohio, until he moved to Grand Rapids and became a member of Northland Baptist Church. In 1966 Gary and his wife were accepted as missionaries to Venezuela with […]

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