Missionary to Leshoto under International Conservative Holiness Association, this young single missionary had already touched the lives of so many. In a tragic accident, she was taken to Heaven on November 17, 2015. Her school family at Union Bible College and the entire Cutler Family were supported by holiness people everywhere. May many young people step forward to finished her unfinished task.
Fred and Viola Wagner were especially known for their music ministry and evangelism. Her passing on May 1, 2015 marks the end of an era for the Wagner’s ministry. With both Fred and Viola in Heaven, they are meeting the fruits of their long labors. Souls who have been touched across many years.
Author, missionary and friend of missions, Anita Brechbill went home to be with the Lord on April 25, 2015. Her ministry of prayer became an example to holiness people everywhere. She will be missed but her influence will carry on.
Gene Hood was the “pastor of Indianapolis.” At his passing, the Governor declared special notice. Involved in so many facets of ministry including evangelism, missions, pastoring, education… a man of passion and conviction. No one guessed where Dr. Hood stood on the issues that mattered. He died “with his boots on” leaving behind a grieving family and countless friends, on April 24, 2015.
A unique apostle for the holiness cause, John Dorsey had a long history of evangelism and writings. His memory is cherished. His home-going and journey complete on February 23, 2015.
Wife of the late, Paul King, Lucille was “queen of the parsonage” in the Bible Methodist Church. Her husband was a powerful preacher throughout the holiness movement and ministered in evangelism and at the Dayton IHC. Behind the scenes and in public, she was a powerful influence for holiness. Her passing on February 14, 2015 left a void to be filled. May God bless her memory.
Dr. Connie Palm was known as an educator and missionary. She, along with her late husband, Dr. Edward Palm, made a tremendous mark on the world by their studies, writings, teaching and evangelism. Her passing on January 3, 2015 left her Hobe Sound family in grieving. Her legacy will no doubt be ongoing and touch many lives world-wide.
No greater mind preached from holiness pulpits. A voice for vision and purpose for our people, G.R. French was a great preacher, teacher and evangelist. A world traveler and ambassador of Jesus Christ, he will forever hold a special place in the hearts of the people he touched. His death is a profound loss to the combined ministries of Hobe Sound, Florida, and a loss to holiness people everywhere. His association with IHC was strong in conjunction with his uncle, H. Robb French, a co-founder of the IHC. G.R. French was remembered by hundreds of people in a large funeral service at Hobe Sound Bible Church on November 22, 2014.
KENNETH and JEWEL STETLER
Kenneth and Jewel Stetler were each known as a powerful team of dedication, sacrifice and commitment. Parents who did it right, they raised their children to serve the Lord and give themselves to ministry. Together, they gave most of their ministry to God’s Bible School and College. Kenneth Stetler trained a generation of preacher boys to spread the message of holiness. Kenneth passed away on August 16, 2014, with his beloved wife, Jewel, joining him exactly one month later on September 16, 2014. Our loss is great, Heaven’s gain is real.
There was no preacher quite like Amos Hann. IHC’s greatest soul-winner. He loved people. He loved the IHC work, and served on our board for so many years. His passing was marked by a funeral in Bedford, Indiana on November 1, 2013. He simply cannot be replaced.
Whether at the keyboard at Stoneboro Camp Meeting, or assisting with the IHC treasury at Dayton, pastor’s wife Marilyn Baker did all things well. She will be missed. She entered Heaven’s gates in September 2013, with her funeral conducted on the 21st. Her husband, William, and all of the IHC family will miss her.
Evangelist, pastor and friend- R.G. Humble, went to be with Jesus and his sweet wife in August 2013. His funeral was conducted among his many friends and long time associates in the Church of Christ in Christian Union on August 19, 2013.
Eugene and Shirley Gray have blessed generations of holiness people through their fine example and outstanding ministry. Shirley was known as the “queen of the parsonage” as she stood beside her husband in leadership in the Pilgrim Holiness Church. She made her home-going, with her funeral conducted on March 23, 2013
W.O. Kneal was the long time leader of the Lower Light Church and IHC board member. His example and leadership inspired many and he will be missed. His support of the Eastern Michigan Area IHC was strong as long as he was able to attend. His passing was on February 11, 2013.
“Chief Hugs Him Self,” friend to the Native American, William Gale passed from this life to the next on February 11, 2013. A long time friend and board member of the IHC, William Gale preached holiness and exemplified the spirit of holiness. His funeral was truly a celebration of his life.
The late S.D. Herron, founder of Hobe Sound Bible College, was privileged to have at his side a lady who shared in his vision and sacrifice. Dorothy Herron was known for her wit and wisdom and was a champion of her husband’s ministry. Her influence and love for Hobe Sound was cherished by all holiness people. She joined her husband on the other side, November 13, 2012.
Ron Hartkoph was the longtime coordinator of the Eastern Michigan InterChurch Holiness Convention. A brother beloved and supporter of the work of holiness in Michigan and beyond, his passing on October 18, 2012 came just after the East Michigan IHC. No one would have dreamed it was his last. We await a glad reunion day.
Herman Noll was IHC Director of Evangelism for many years and organized the music each year at the Dayton convention. His exuberant style and trademark Pennsylvania Dutch brogue will always be remembered. His passing on January 17, 2012 leaves a tremendous void in the Noll family.
George Schaefer was known for his ministry to the “homeless and helpless” of Southern Florida. An early convert of Fort Myers Rescue Mission in Fort Myers, Florida, George Schaefer went on to lead the mission to great days of growth and ministry. Known for his passion for the lost, he was featured several times at the Dayton IHC along with converts who had been won to Christ from the “guttermost to the uttermost.” His passing on August 22, 2011 was mourned by all.
Judy Williams, the famed lady evangelist, went home to be with her Lord on May 12, 2011. She began speaking at age sixteen in Methodist and Free Methodist Churches near Zanesville, Ohio. Her ministry continued for over fifty years across America. Joined by Penny Ford and Mary Braun, The Victory Trio became a household name in holiness circles. The ladies were known for their emphasis on revival, holiness and separation from the world. Nearly 2500 people attended the viewing or funeral for her held in the Zanesville United Methodist Church.
L.W. Barbee, a southern gentleman and missionary statesman and revivalist, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. His long time ministry with Evangelistic Faith Missions is saluted. His service to holiness people world wide is remembered fondly.
Edsel and Alice Trouten have filled our pulpits and parsonages, as leaders and people beloved- giving their life in Bible colleges and for the holiness cause. Sister Trouten went home to be with the Lord on March 6, 2011. Our sympathy to her husband and family.
Walter Hobbs was our host pastor in Dayton, Ohio for many years. His wife, Ada, stood behind him and the convention work so faithfully. Known as a prayer warrior, she organized prayer meetings and believed God for every Dayton convention. She joined her husband in that better land on February 4, 2011. We will miss her courageous spirit and undiminished faith that carried all of us in difficult times.
Andrew Whitney was a long time associate of our founders, Rev. Harold Schmul and Rev. H. Robb French. His passing on January 18, 2011, marks a historic loss for the New York Pilgrim Holiness Church and the entire IHC family. Rev. Donald Myers speaking at his funeral said “His shoes were too big for anyone to fill but left unmistakable footprints in the direction that all should follow.” Assistant General Secretary James Plank represented Leonard Sankey and the IHC family at the funeral.
Fred Watson was an evangelist for God’s Missionary Church having helped found several of their congregations. Best known for his unique experiences including a night in jail for a tent meeting near Allentown, Pennsylvania. A veteran of the Marine Corps in WWII, he was not only a military hero, but also a soldier of the cross. He received his final call on January 18, 2011, with his funeral conducted in Millmont, Pennsylvania.
Evangelist and friend to many. Wayne States was known also for his evangelistic singing, including the song “God is Working out His Purpose.” His home-going was on September 19, 2009.
Pastor’s wife and friend to many, Anna Walker made her journey to heaven on April 10, 2009. The faithful wife of Evangelist B.J. Walker, her Christian testimony and sweet spirit exemplified the life of holiness to her family and friends. She will be missed by all.