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Pastor/People Newsnotes From Around the Fellowship

Jun 6, 2005

Baby Bogue
Ann and Norm Johnson, proud grandparents, send along this news note about the family of Jeff Bogue, pastor of the north campus of the Norton, OH, Grace Brethren Church:

We had a great weekend with the birth of healthy grandchild #9. Heidi
delivered Naomi Cleonise Joy Bogue at 12:45 a.m. Sunday June 5. What a

Elizabeth Schaefer Reports
Elizabeth Schaefer, wife of Grace Brethren military chaplain James Schaefer, sends along this report on her cancer treatment:

Just want to let everyone know that I finally got to come home on Friday night after a very hard four days in the hospital–it is definitely NOT something I want to repeat! Lord willing, I’ll never have to. I was very, very sick, and still am a bit, but just so glad to be back home and able to get to my own bed, (even tho it’s really not my bed–it’s Army borrowed furniture!) 🙂 Nevertheless, I’ve just been so glad to rest here at home, and that’s basically all I can do right now since I’m still rather weak, but that’s okay as long as I’m home….

I get a full-body scan on Thursday, and then get the report from the doctor on the 13th, and we’ll know more about where we stand at that time. He already started me on the thyroid hormone, and I should begin to feel better soon–maybe within a few days if all goes well. I’m looking forward to that.

The ladies of my Bible study here on post are bringing meals for the next week–I am so blessed. I feel hugged everyday by some kindness from someone, or a kind word via email or cards. It’s been amazing, and I just am so very grateful, and so is James. So thank you, thank you for your prayers and support! God is good, and caring for us. I am looking forward to a good report, Lord willing, from the doctor on the 13th.

Smals to Woodville
Pastor Ron Smals is concluding his ministry at the Ocala, FL, Grace Brethren Church and will be assuming the pastorate of the Mansfield, OH Woodville Grace Brethren Church on July 1

Coatesville Gets a Shepherd
Dan O’Deens, pastor of Gateway Grace Community Church, Parkesburg, PA, sends the following staff news:

Jonathan Damon has accepted the call to join the Gateway Church team. Jon brings 20 years of faithful pastoral ministry. Jon began interning at First Baptist Church of South Whitley, IN, with Pastor John King while attending Grace College. After college he became the Youth Pastor. When Pastor King left the church Jon was asked to step in and be the Senior Pastor. He has served as Senior Pastor at the church for over 10 years. Jon continued his education at Grace Seminary and earned a Masters of Divinity degree. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at the college in Bible and Languages. Jon is married to Kelly and they have three high school children: Jon, Jordan and Megan.

Jon is a shepherd pastor at heart. He will share the ministry in a “senior” level role of pastoral leadership with current Senior Pastor Dan O’Deens. Jon will be teaching pastor and focus widely on shepherding the church. He will be a great complement to the Pastoral team at Gateway.