Alumni Connections – November 2013
Allan (’82) & Sheri Stevens
Congratulations to Allan and Sheri Stevens on the birth of their first child. John Douglas was born October 9, weighing 8 pounds, 4 ounces. Allan and Sheri are serving with Global Partners of The Wesleyan Church but came “home” for Sheri to give birth in Wilmington, Ohio. They are making contact with their ministry partners in Canada and the U.S. before returning to their work in Albania.
David (FS ’89) Presley & Amy Elliott (Presley)
In August, David, Amy, and their two children (ages 1 & 3) moved to Bruce Mines, Ontario. David began serving the Lighthouse Community Wesleyan Church as Senior Pastor on September 1.
Rob (’91) & Vallerie (Craig ’93) MacCallum
This summer (July 23-August 5), Rob and his daughter, Brooke (age 14), traveled to Ukraine and helped with the construction of Hope House 2. This ministry of World Hope International (Canada and Ukraine) works with teen girls who have been abandoned and are targets for the street-life or sex trade. As part of their family discipleship plan, Rob and Vallerie are providing an international experience for each of their children at about the age of 14. In earlier years, Rob took sons, Caleb (now 18) and Daniel (now 16) to Ukraine as well. Caleb has also been to Haiti. “The relational time of doing the trip and the time to talk about many things have been key in our continuing relationship over the critical teen years,” said Rob. Their youngest, Nathan (age 11), is already anticipating his global experience.
In 2006, Rob first came to Sussex Wesleyan Church (New Brunswick) in 2006 to serve as Associate Pastor. Two years later he became the Senior Pastor and has been leading the congregation for five years. Vallerie is a teacher at the Sussex Christian School, a ministry of the church.
Matthew (FS ’96) & Sarah Graham
Congratulations to Matthew and Sarah on the birth of their first child. Scotia Lynn was born October 2, weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces and measuring 19 ½ inches long. Matthew is both a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor. He is the director of The Bowen Center for Wabash County in Indiana, a non-profit mental health care services provider. Sarah is a Licensed Social Worker and a Licensed School Counselor. She works at Peru Community Schools (Indiana) as the Head of Guidance Services.
Walking around the Kingswood campus with smiles and pictures to show are Scotia’s proud paternal grandparents, Ivan and Debbie Graham. Ivan is Kingswood’s Vice President for Finance and Operations. Scotia Lynn is their first grandchild.
Matthew (’06) & Terra (Peterson XD ’02) Keith
Congratulations to Matt and Terra on the birth of their second child. Their daughter, Madisyn Grace was born September 25. She weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 21 inches long. Madisyn’s big brother is Ayden (age 4). The family lives in Saint Catharines, Ontario, where Matt serves on the pastoral team of a three-year-old church plant in Thorold, named Church by the Canal. In addition to being mom, Terra is a part-time bookkeeper. Madisyn’s paternal grandparents are Greg and Brenda Keith. Brenda is a fourth-year student at Kingswood, studying Christian Counselling.
Jason (’06) & Christine (Reidsma ’09) Blaikie
Elijah Jason Blaikie was born October 11, weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and measuring 20 ½ inches long. Congratulations to his parents, Jason and Christine, on the birth of their third child. Elijah has two sisters, Aaliyah (age 3) and Noelle (age 22 months). Elijah’s paternal grandparents, Larry (’99) and Anita Blaikie, are Kingswood alumni, and he shares his birthday with his aunt, Sasha (Blaikie ’06) Labonte. The family lives in Fishers, Indiana, where Jason serves as a missionary, mobilizer, and internship coordinator for Global Partners of The Wesleyan Church.
Richard (’07) & Tonya Cox
Richard and Tonya became parents for the second time on September 10 with the birth of their daughter, Allison Lee. She weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces. Congratulations! Richard is a church planter and Tonya, who is on maternity leave from her career in nursing, is a stay-at-home mom to Allison and their son, Caleb (age 2). They live in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
A few weeks after Allison’s birth, Richard and Tonya celebrated the launching of Overflow Church. On opening day, they had 111 in attendance and three people indicated on their connections cards that they would like to accept Christ.
Richard writes, “As I reflected on who was there I realized that half were people Tonya and I have gotten to know over the last year. The other half included new people who had come to one of our outreach events over the last year…That was a simple reminder that when we are planting seed we never know how it’s affecting people. We must continue planting and preparing for a harvest, realizing that it is God who brings new life!”
Tom (’08) & Grace (Cronk ‘08) Neary
Tyler Allan Neary was born October 2, weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces and measuring 19 inches long. Congratulations to Tyler’s parents, Tom and Grace, and to his siblings, Joel (age 3) and Morgan (age 2). Both Tom and Grace are on staff at Hamburg Wesleyan Church in the Buffalo, New York area. Tom serves as the Middle School Pastor and Grace is the Worship Arts Ministry Assistant.
Andrew (’09) & Charity (Henderson ‘09) Thompson
Congratulations to Andrew and Charity on the birth of their fourth child. Weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces, Titus Josiah was born September 30. His twin older brothers Micah and Avery (age 4), and sister, Karis (age 22 months), are excited to have a baby in the house. Andrew is the Youth Pastor at Houghton Lake Wesleyan Church in Michigan, and Charity serves as the Children’s Pastor.
Daniel (’13) & Laura (Keever ‘13) MacMunn
Congratulations to Danny and Laura on the birth of their first child. Addison Rose was born October 11, weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measuring 21 inches long. Danny is serving Sussex Wesleyan Church (New Brunswick) as Media and Children’s Ministry Assistant while he is working on the Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology degree from Kingswood University.
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