Fall 2011 Alumni News

Defining Ministry

Volume 7 | Issue 3 | Fall 2011

Alumni News

Tillie Baker Odor (’45) celebrated her 90th birthday on June 4th with an open house at Camp Northward in Falmouth, KY. “Aunt Tillie,” as she is affectionately known, began working at the camp with her husband, Buford “Uncle Boots,” in 1969 when he was hired as Camp Coordinator.

Bob and Thelma Tinksy (’50) celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in August. Bob has completed another book, A Christian Is . . .

Reggie (’51) and Esther Thomas recently made a church planting mission to Marie Gallante, a French island near Guadeloupe in the Atlantic Ocean. No missionary work of the Christian Churches has ever been attempted on this island.

Harriette (Frame) and Phil Holder (Att’d ’54-’56) celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on June 1. Both attended CCU and were married in the chapel of the Cincinnati Bible Seminary. Phil went on to graduate from Atlanta Christian College (Point University) and retired from the preaching ministry in 2003.

Robert Dale Day (’58) has ministered over 50 years in the same congregation, Versailles, IN, Church of Christ. He has served as Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer of the Whitewater Christian Evangelizing Fellowship since 1961.

John R. (’60) and Nancy Souders (Att’d) Johnson were honored by the Buena Vista Christian Church, located in Franklin County, IN, with a special service and dinner marking their 50th anniversary in ministry in that church. The highlight of the celebration was the gift of a trip to Hawaii.

Dr. Jeannie McElroy Hoffman (’61) is celebrating her 50th year of missionary service this year. Jeannie is still serving in the Philippines with no plans of retirement. She is president of Manila Bible Seminary and continues to be an inspiration and great example.

Roy (Att’d) and Judy (’64) Koerner celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 16. Their children, Tina (’87), Tangi (’89) and Taryn (Att’d), organized an open house at their home in Defiance County, OH, followed by a week-long trip to the shores of Lake Erie. Roy was a faculty member teaching music at CCU for 19 years from 1957 to 1976. He enjoys singing in a men’s quartet, “4 Heaven’s Sake” which recently produced a CD.

Dale (’71, ’94) and Margaret (Peggy, Att’d) Wilkinson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 11 with a reception hosted by the Northridge Church of Christ in Circleville, OH. They were married by George Huber (’58, ’59) at the Miami University Chapel in Oxford, OH. They have served churches in Ohio and Indiana, and were church planters in the Binghamton, New York area.

Dr. Barry Thorton (’78, ’92) has begun a new ministry at the Buchanan Christian Church in Buchanan, MI. Barry has been in ministry for 33 years having served in Ohio, Indiana and Arizona. He and Janet have been married for 32 years.

Terri Bewley (’79) continues to travel across the United States giving concerts, singing at church services, revivals, ladies seminars, retreats and other special events. Her ministry has been based in Knoxville, TN, since 1996.

Rick Rusaw (’80, ’90) lead pastor at LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont, CO, for the past 20 years was one of the featured speakers at the Hope International University Speaker Series: Voices of Christian Thought. Rick is the North American Christian Convention President for 2012, co- founder of the Externally Focused Network, co-author of three books and host on Worship Network.

Dee Ann Turner (Att’d ’82-’84) has worked in Human Resources for Chick- fil-A for 25 years. Her title is Vice- President of Talent. She considers her work her “high calling” because she helps others find their path in life and discover where they can use their gifts and talents at Chick-fil-A.

Brian Jones (’90) wants the readers of his new book, Hell Is Real, to know the truth about hell. The book uses the teachings of Jesus to convince Christians who have grown complacent in their view of hell to realize hell is real and they can help save people from going there.

Michelle Miller Fidler (Att’d ’90 -’92) was recognized as a 10-year employee of Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, in May 2011. She is currently a Library Services Supervisor in the Kenyon College Library in addition to adding inter-library loan lending duties in the past 2 years.

Dr. Rick Chromey (MRE, ’92) released his fifth book, The GROWLS: Motivating Positive Behavior without Bribes and Gimmicks. In 2011 he spoke over 200 times, including sessions at the Children’s Pastor Conference, National Children’s Ministry Conference, Mission & Ministry Summit, and Group’s KidMin Convention.

Deborah Zimmerman (Att’d) was appointed Assistant Principal at Northview High School in Brazil, IN. She had been a teacher and principal in the Forest Park district near Cincinnati before returning to her hometown.

Jamie Bennington (’94, ’96) is working with the One Life Won organization to provide information and resources to those in southern Ohio who desire to care for orphans from Ohio and throughout the world. The website is www.onelifewon.org.

Joe Boyd (’95) will star in a romantic comedy entitled “A Strange Brand of Happy” being produced by his company, Rebel Pilgrim Productions. It was shot entirely in Cincinnati in August and September.

Tim Parsley (’95, ’98) was a top graduate in 2007 from the University of Cincinnati concentrating on two and three dimensional arts. He has recently concluded exhibitions in Kentucky and Ohio and has completed six large murals with ArtWorks including murals in Upper Manhattan and Kenya. Now he is working on the Banks Mural in downtown Cincinnati.