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Bob McCroskey, '65

posted Sep 11, 2011, 10:50 PM by Faith Academy Alumni Coordinator   [ updated Oct 27, 2011, 7:41 PM by Deanna Nichols ]

Bob McCroskey (class of 1965) and Rosa will be "retiring" from Indonesia in November.  We are completing our 36th year as missionaries here.  We have had a long and very rewarding career here.  With the 36 years spent here plus the 10 years growing up in the Philippines, nearly 3/4 of my life has been spent in tropical Asia.

We use the word "retirement" loosely.  We really are looking forward to just changing locales of ministry.  Our first year will be spent on the road in a final year of deputation.  Except for the months of June and July, the whole year is quite full.  We will be visiting old friends and making new ones.  We never know at this point what specific churches we will be visiting, but we just know the areas.  So, we are going to be holding services all over: Florida, North Carolina, Indiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Tennessee, California, Kansas and even Alaska.  Then, we will be retiring in the Oklahoma City area.  We are planning on staying very active in holding weekend services in surrounding churches.  Rosa has taught private piano lessons since she was a teenager and will work at building up a class of students there in Oklahoma.  Then, I am also hoping to teach at the college level.  I received a PhD in Islamic Studies from an evangelical seminary here in our home town of Yogya and am wanting to teach at several different Christian colleges there in the OKC area.  I have taught here at our Indonesian theological college for 30 years now and I am wondering how big of a change it will be from teaching Asians to teaching Westerners.

We haven't added any kids in the last 30 years, but we have added grandkids!  We now have 4 of them.  The latest additions were a set of identical twin boys who are into their terrific twos now.  Our son, wife and the 4 grandkids live in Florida about halfway between Tampa and Orlando.  Our daughter lives in Austin, Texas.  mccroskey@reachone.com

Kitty (Robertson) Van Andel ’69

posted Jun 12, 2010, 12:54 PM by Jason Quick   [ updated Oct 27, 2011, 7:50 PM by Deanna Nichols ]

Kitty (Robertson) Van Andel ’69 “Hi Faith Academy... It is so wonderful to be in touch with all of my friends and classmates from a great school that holds such “sweet” memories for me. I will be attending the Faith reunion in Colorado in August and I hope to see many of you there that are dear to my heart. Please feel free two contact me via e-mail or facebook. Would love to hear from you.” LUVKITTY@sbcglobal.net

Annie (Morrison) Richey ’69

posted Jun 12, 2010, 12:54 PM by Jason Quick   [ updated Oct 27, 2011, 7:52 PM by Deanna Nichols ]

My husband and I live in Columbus OH where he is the pastor of Northwest Church of the Nazarene. We have 2 grown sons, both married. We would appreciate your prayers for our eldest son Scott who was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme) in June 2007, which has resulted in multiple health problems. He and his wife have 2 daughters, ages 4 and 1. amorrison5107@wowway.com

Martha (Simons) Lavalle ’67

posted Jun 12, 2010, 12:53 PM by Jason Quick   [ updated Oct 27, 2011, 7:53 PM by Deanna Nichols ]

I'm married to an environmental engineer and we live in Jackson, Mississippi. We had five children whom we home-schooled. The oldest daughter and family are music missionaries in Japan, the second is with Wycliffe Bible Translators as an exegete for the Choctaw translation working in Philadelphia, Mississippi and married to a man who does IT work. Third daughter is raising a family in Peoria, Illinois where her husband works for Caterpillar, Inc. Fourth daughter is in third year college here in Jackson and son Paul is working to be an electrician in an apprenticeship position. We're active in our church. My husband is also teaching Biblical Greek at Belhaven College.

Carolyn Cadd ’67

posted Jun 12, 2010, 12:53 PM by Jason Quick   [ updated Oct 27, 2011, 7:54 PM by Deanna Nichols ]

Carolyn Cadd ’67 has taught music most of the time since she graduated from college, but she will retire next year. Her main area of teaching has been in grade school, but at one time she also directed the high school musicals and taught at George Fox University. She is married to Ron Brannon, lives in Newberg, Oregon, and has 2 adopted girls, 2 step daughters, and 2 grandsons. Carolyn has always been involved in dramas—both acting and directing.

David Cedervall ‘65

posted Jun 12, 2010, 12:52 PM by Jason Quick   [ updated Oct 27, 2011, 7:55 PM by Deanna Nichols ]

David Cedervall ‘65 is a cancer survivor after two rounds with prostate cancer, surgery, and radiation therapy. He and wife Rose have entered honored early retirement after 41 years of ministry in The Salvation Army and his main job is caregiving to his wife who has short-term terminal cancer discovered last August. He appreciates (“craves") prayers for both of them. Lives presently in Garnerville, NY, moving soon to Asbury Park, NJ. His book Monday Morning Motivators, Spirit Boosters for Stressed Believers was published in January by Others Press, The Salvation Army's Eastern USA Territory. Cost $7.99; Can be ordered by e-mail to use.trade@use.salvationarmyorg "Greetings to all of you who were there for Faith's first years!" fil57@optonline.net

Frank Jenista ’64

posted Jun 12, 2010, 12:52 PM by Jason Quick   [ updated Oct 27, 2011, 7:58 PM by Deanna Nichols ]

I am among the elite–a charter member of Faith Academy! I attended 6th and 9th grades at FA before moving to Brent Baguio because 9th was as high as Faith went at the time. I also attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the "new" campus out there in Antipolo! After graduating from Cedarville University I served as an American diplomat for 25 years, including 2 assignments at the U.S. embassy in Manila (1982-87 & 1992-96). Our kids Todd (’92) and Margi (’97) went to Faith and in the 90s my wife Barb Jenista taught at Faith. I chose early retirement from the State Department to return to my Cedarville alma mater for an encore career as Professor of International Studies and was named the university's "Distinguished Educator" for 2009. jenistaf@hotmail.com

Ray Copelin '69

posted May 22, 2010, 4:12 PM by Jason Quick   [ updated Oct 27, 2011, 7:59 PM by Deanna Nichols ]

Ray Copelin retired in June '09 after teaching for 29 years in elementary schools in Oregon. To kick off retirement, he went to visit his sister (Kathy, '74) in South Africa for six weeks. While there he bungy jumped off the world's highest bungy bridge which is 216 meters. Ray says Cape Town and the surrounding areas are some of the most beautiful places in the world.

David and Sumontha Atherton ’69

posted May 22, 2010, 4:11 PM by Jason Quick   [ updated Oct 27, 2011, 8:01 PM by Deanna Nichols ]

David and Sumontha Atherton ’69 continue their sojourn in the Pacific Northwest. They live 15 miles north of Spokane WA in the sleepy town of Deer Park. Dave continues his real estate business while Sumontha works part time in the difficult business of in home care. Together they operate a daylily nursery (MyCountryHomes.com) from their property. Their oldest, Monique, just completed a post graduate, 8 month course of photography at the San Francisco Institute of Art. Will, the middle child, is working as a contractor in Iraq. Danny, just completed his degree graduating summa cum laude from Whitworth University in Spokane. He and his sister are trying to figure out where to go from here. In the meantime, we enjoy their presence at home. DavidWAtherton@gmail.com

Denis Haack '65

posted May 22, 2010, 4:10 PM by Jason Quick   [ updated Oct 27, 2011, 8:03 PM by Deanna Nichols ]

I continue to work with my best friend and wife, Margie, for Ransom Fellowship (www.ransomfellowship.org). Our desire is to help evangelical Christians develop skill in discernment, so they can engage our postmodern and post-Christian culture winsomely with the gospel. I am finishing a masters in theological studies from Covenant Seminary by writing a book on Christian faithfulness in a pluralistic world. We have 8 grandchildren, and live in Rochester, MN in a house named Toad Hall by our three children. When I was at Faith my parents were with the Plymouth Brethren, which we left years ago to be part of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), after being mentored by Francis and Edith Schaeffer of L'Abri Fellowship. My pilgrimage since my days at Faith is something for which I am immensely grateful as an expression of grace. denishaack@charter.net

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