Please pray for the families of these beloved men who formerly served as pastors of churches in the GARBC. The Association is blessed to have these Godly leaders in its heritage of faithful pastors.

Pastor John Balyo
Funeral service for Dr. John G. Balyo will be held on Sat., April 26, 1:30 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Salem, Ore. Dr. Balyo served as pastor of churches in Indiana and Ohio (20 years at Cedar Hill Baptist Church in Cleveland), on the GARBC Council of Eighteen, on the faculties of Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary and Baptist Bible College (Clarks Summit, Pa.), and as faculty member and president of Western Baptist College, now known as Corban College. You may encourage Dr. Balyo’s wife, Betty, by entering a tribute in honor of Pastor John on Corban College’s website.

Pastor Merle Wood
Pastor Wood’s memorial service will be held on Fri., April 25, 2:00 p.m., at Tieton Drive Bible Church in Yakima, Wash. Pastor Merle Wood formerly served as pastor of churches in the northwestern states of Washington and Idaho and as treasurer for Northwest Baptist Home Mission. You may e-mail notes of appreciation for Pastor Merle’s ministry and words of encouragement to his wife, Helen, in care of their son, David.