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Don Hamm

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The Fort Wayne Alumni Center has been informed that the Rev. Don Hamm h02, former director of the physical plant/personnel, entered into his Heavenly rest on Friday, April 13. He passed away after battling cancer at his Anderson home, surrounded by his family. Don served on the campus from 1982 to 2002. The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20 at Grace Baptist Church, 432 W. 300 N, Anderson, IN. Calling will take place at 12:30 p.m. Surviving are daughters, Lisa (Hamm) Brant g86 and Susan (Hamm) Nielson g96, and his wife, Diane. Preceding him in his passing was his first wife, Rose, who passed in 1999.

Gene Hovee

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Dr. Gene Hovee, former Bible and Homiletics professor and administrator, joined his late wife, Jodi, dining hall services, in Heaven on April 3, 2018 after battling Parkinson’s disease and recently being hospitalized with pneumonia. Dr. Hovee served on the Fort Wayne Bible College (FWBC) from 1967 until 1982.


Amber Wiseman

Amber Wiseman fs10 purchased a small business named Cage Signs, Etc ( As the sole owner, she is designing, printing, laminating, and selling cage signs for rabbits, guinea pigs, and pigeons, with hopes to expand into awards, t-shirts, coffee mugs, and more for rats, gerbils, hamsters, mice, and other small animals. Amber lives in Van Wert, OH.


Andrea Phiri (Burns)

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Andrea (Burns) g09 married Owen Phiri on December 2, 2017 in Zambia, where she has been ministering with Heart of the Bride Ministries. Andrea and Owen continue to serve in Zambia. Former TUFW Parent Cabinet President Jeff and Julie Burns, Andrea’s parents, traveled with her twin sister and her family, to attend the nuptials.


Kent Green

The Rev. Kent Green g08 was ordained for service at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. He serves as a chaplain along with Lydia (Steele) Miller g90 and Dr. Jon Swanson, former Fort Wayne campus faculty member and administrator.


Yvette Weiland (Yoder)

Yvette (Yoder) Weiland g07 won the Republican 2018 primary for Adams County Council District 4 in May. She will now proceed to the General Election in November 2018. Yvette lives in Geneva, IN.


Nathan Marchand

Nathan Marchand g06 is a clerk at Reboot Technology & Consulting in Fort Wayne, IN, which is co-owned by Jeff Yates g05. In addition to this work and freelancing, Nathan is in the process of going to Purdue Fort Wayne for graduate school.


Andrea Osmun (Matetic)

Andrea (Matetic g05) and Keith g06 Osmun welcomed Kaden Zane on May 20. He weighed 8 lbs, 4.8 oz, and was 18 in. long.


Bethaney Leahy

Bethaney Leahy g04 graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College with an Associates in nursing. She now is working as a registered nurse at WellSpan Ephrata Hospital near her home in Columbia, PA.


Rick Henderson

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Rick Henderson g00 received his masters, accepted a new job, and he and his wife welcomed a new baby girl, Ayriana Silver Henderson, on during the same week on May 17, 2018. She weighted 6 lbs., 11 oz., and was 18 and ¾ inches. Ayriana joins Carissa, 21, Ailsa, 13, Jaida, 10, Ayin, 8, Tymon, 5, and Skylar, 2. The Hendersons live in Woodland Park, CO.


Lonnie Stout

In May 2018, Lonnie Stout g93 starting working for Pathfinders in Wabash, IN, where he works in a group home assisting mentally challenged men.


James Leichliter

James Leichliter g90 is retiring from the pastorate after serving 14 years at the First Church of God of Franklin, PA. He began serving with the Churches of God, General Conference in 1984 in Yoder, IN. After graduating from Huntington College Graduate School of Ministry in 1992, he was called to pastor in Finksburg, MD and Decatur, IL before moving to Pennsylvania


Marilyn Millar

Marilyn Millar g86 is employed by UPMC Passavant Hospital in Pittsburgh, where she continues to work and live, and attends Cornerstone Christian Community Church. She has been employed in the hospital’s dietary department for 18 years.


Carolyn Moyer (Bortz)

Carolyn (Bortz g84) Moyer and her husband Jerry have been serving with mission agency World Team as church planters in the Paris suburbs since 1997. They have two sons, who are currently completing their university studies in the US. Previously, Carolyn completed her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Kutztown University and her master’s in biblical counseling at Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, PA. 


Virginia Wilson (Shaffer)

Virginia (Shaffer) Wilson fs71 just got another excellent report from the Cancer Treatment Center in Chicago. She and her husband, Merle, recently welcomed their 10th grandchild. The Wilsons live in Mount Pleasant, PA.


Carolyn “Sue” Eynon (Harris)

Carolyn “Sue” (Harris) Eynon g66 passed away April 9, 2018 in Indianapolis. Sue devoted her life to serving children: she worked as a kindergarten teacher for IPS Louis B. Russell Jr. School 48 for 25 years, volunteered with children’s ministries at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, and loved spending time with her grandchildren.


Ray Burriss

The Rev. Ray g63 and Dorothy (White g62) Burriss have been doing unique mission work, where they offer prenatal care as an effective method of evangelism. During one year they worked with 10 other nurses/educators and had 1,200 patients in 11 prenatal classes per week. Ray has also had articles published in “Disciple Magazine.” If a person would like to receive copies of his articles, please email The Burriss’ live in Chattanooga, TN.


Jerry Cramer

The Rev. Jerry Cramer g62 married Alana Carpenter on May 5 at Woodburn Missionary Church. Both Jerry and Alana had experienced the loss of their spouses.


Clara (Bilbrey g52) Reynolds (Bilbrey)

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Clara (Bilbrey g52) Reynolds published her second book on Amazon, Just One Hill, about her mother’s missionary experience in Sierra Leone. Her mother, Edna Bilbrey, attended FWBC for one semester in 1929. Clara’s first book, The Reynolds Wrap, is a self-published memoir of her life with husband Edison Reynolds g50, including their marriage, time at FWBC, and ministry together. Two of their children attended FWBC (Timothy Reynolds g74 and David Reynolds g73), and four of their grandchildren attended TUFW, including Kari Reynolds g99, Jeremy Reynolds g01, and Maria (Reynolds g97) Weir.


Helen Lucks

Helen Lucks g38, 101, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on July 9, 2017. Helen served with the Sudan Interior Mission (SIM) for 32 years in Nigeria, where she led Bible classes for children and did bookkeeping and secretarial work. She retired in December of 1977.

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