Reports, Conferences, Home Calls


Terryville, CT - Please send correspondence to the Terryville Gospel Hall, 34 North Main St., Terryville, CT 06786, or call: William Batterton (203) 755-7621; James Rosania (203) 753-4372; Jeffrey Batterton (860) 496-0927; or Steve Morin (203) 597-1139.


Phoenix, AZ - The Phoenix and Sunnyslope assemblies enjoyed the visit of Jim McColl for ministry during the first week of June.

Newington, CT - Jim McColl was with the assembly for profitable ministry on June 8 and 9 following the Saugus Bible readings. He also visited Manchester on June 10 for ministry.

New Lenox, IL - The fifth annual conference in May was a time of spiritual blessing, with help given by Murray McCandless, Joel Portman, William Skates, John Slabaugh, and Daniel Ussher who remained for ministry following the conference for a Lord's day and two Wednesday nights.

Byfield, MA - The conference over the Memorial weekend encouraged the believers who enjoyed the ministry of Jim Allen, Walter Gustafson, Robert Mcllwaine, Doug MacLeod (PEI), and Ken Taylor.

Saugus, MA - The Bible reading conference on the first weekend in June was a profitable time of warm fellowship. Norman Crawford, David Oliver, Jim Smith, Albert Hull, Jim McColl, and Walter Gustafson were present to help in the consideration of 11 Corinthians 3-5. The believers also enjoyed the ministry and gospel preaching of Jim Allen on Lord's Day, May 24, just prior to his return to N. Ireland.

Battle Creek, MI - The believers enjoyed a brief visit from Al Christopherson in the spring. William Skates, Dan Shutt, and Louis Smith were with them to share in the ministry at the all-day meeting on June 7.

Livonia, MI - The assembly appreciated a week of ministry in April given by David Gilliland.

Saginaw, MI - Jack Nesbitt and William Metcalf encouraged the believers in Saginaw and the surrounding assemblies at the all-day meeting on June 7.

Tylertown, MS - Jerry Jenning and Lorne Mitchell began gospel meetings in the area.

Hickory, NC - The conference on Memorial weekend was excellent, with the hall filled to the back wall for every meeting. Norman Crawford, Shad Kember Jr., Murray McCandless, David Oliver, Joel Portman, and Jonathan Procopio shared in the ministry. On Sunday afternoon there was a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Mr. Oswald MacLeod's commendation to the work of the Lord. On May 29, the tent meetings in Denver with Jonathan Procopio and David Petterson closed, the Lord having blessed in salvation.

Burwell, NE - Joel Portman and Roy Weber planned to begin tent meetings on June 24, D.V., with other brethren helping with children's meetings each morning.

Akron, OH - In May and early June the Christians appreciated visits from several of the Lord's servants, with beneficial ministry from each: Alex Dryburgh from May 10-14, Murray McCandless on May 17, and Bill Lavery on May 31 and June 1.

Clyde, OH - Jack Nesbitt began gospel meetings in mid-May, continuing on into June, with unsaved from the area attending.

Lorain, OH - Joel Portman visited for ministry for three nights during the first week in June. He also visited Akron while in the area.

Mansfield, OH - Blessing in salvation was seen in gospel meetings with Murray McCandless and Dale Vitale. The assembly also had a profitable visit from Joel Portman on May 31.

Grants Pass, OR - A good spirit prevailed throughout the Memorial Day conference and those present were greatly encouraged. Brian Funston, Bill Lavery, Stan Wells, John Slabaugh, and some visiting local brethren shared in the ministry.

Hatboro, PA - Jim Smith and Bill Seale began tent meetings the first week in June, with immediate encouragement in salvation during the first few nights.

McKeesport, PA - On May 14, Alex Dryburgh visited the assembly, and Joel Portman visited on May 27 and 28. The ministry on each occasion was instructional and profitable.

Rapid City, SD - Al Christopherson, helped by local brethren, planned to begin tent meetings on June 14 at the local fair grounds.

Seattle, WA - Bill Lavery and Bryan Funston had two and a half weeks of gospel meetings in May at West Woodland Gospel Hall, with good numbers attending. During the meetings four young believers were baptized, bringing much joy to the assembly.

Brodhead, WI - William Skates was with the assembly for the baptism of a young brother on May 17. Brother Skates and Robert Orr plan to begin tent meetings on July 5 in nearby Judah, and would value prayer for this effort.

Egg Harbor, WI - William Skates visited for ministry meetings from May 24 - May 27.


Langley, BC - Bryan Funston and Dave Richards expect to begin tent meetings on July 5, D.V., and would value prayer for this effort.

Port Alberni, BC - The baptism of a teenage girl on May 24 was a cheer and encouragement to the believers.

Vancouver, BC - The monthly ministry meeting held in Victoria Drive on June 7 was shared by Bryan Funston and Ron Watterson of Brazil. Brother Watterson was ministering throughout the area assemblies, with instructive and informative reports on the work in Brazil. Special attention was given to the translation work that he and others have been involved in for several years, and prayer for the continued effort is valued.

Fogo, NF - The assembly greatly appreciated three evenings of ministry from Carl Payne and Von Boutilier during May.

Gander Bay, NF - The annual conference in May was a blessing, with uplifting ministry throughout the weekend.

St. John's, NF - Gospel meetings in Mount Pearl with David Oliver and Marvin Derksen closed on May 14 with blessing in salvation. The ministry given by brother Oliver during the series was appreciated, as well as that of Wallace Buckle during a visit following the Gander Bay conference.

Weaver's Settlement, NS - James McClelland, helped by Chester Gavel, continued into June in gospel meetings. The assembly has been greatly helped by brother McClelland's visits, and the current meetings have been well attended.

Barrington Passage, NS - Albert Hull and James McClelland expect to hold gospel meetings here during the summer, and would value prayer for the effort.

Blues Mills, NS - The Christians in Cape Breton have been exercised about the French population in Cheticamp, more than an hour away, and began bilingual gospel meetings with Ken Taylor and Larry Buote on May 31. Seed Sowers have been distributed, leading to a number of doors being opened, and continued prayer for these meetings is appreciated.

River Hebert, NS - The assembly enjoyed visits from Ken Taylor on April 2 and 5 and May 28.

Clinton, ON - In early April, the Christians enjoyed a visit from David Gilliland for a Lord's day and three nights of ministry on 'The Reign of King David." On April 29, Jack Nesbitt visited for a night of ministry, also much appreciated by the assembly.

Kapuskasing, ON - The believers were encouraged by the conference, during which they enjoyed a profitable Bible reading and excellent ministry given by Arnold Adams, Edward Doherty, Eugene Badgley, Gary Sharp, Bruce Rodgers, and Clarence Black. A number of unsaved young people attended a good number of the meetings. Two believers were recently added to the assembly, one at the time of the conference.

Nipissing Junction, ON - The assembly greatly enjoyed two and a half weeks of gospel meetings with Andy Fletcher, helped by local brethren. The Lord blessed in the salvation of a young boy, to the joy of the believers.

London, ON - Approximately 140 people from 14 different countries were present at the Spanish conference in May. Ministry was given by Tom Baker, Ed Doherty, Richard Hanna, William McBride, David Rodgers and John Thropay, and blessing was seen in salvation. 'I'he assembly also appreciated visits for ministry and reports by Jim Allen, John Dennison Tom Baker, and Bruce Cottrill.

Sarnia, ON - The first conference in the new hall was held the last weekend in May. Five hundred gathered to hear ministry given by ten brethren. The new facilities are excellent for a conference and are credit to the testimony. The assembly also enjoyed visits from Danny Ussher and Tom Baker for ministry.

St.Thomas, ON - Ed Miller and Bruce Rodgers plan to begin tent meetings on June 14.

Unionville, ON - Peter Orasuk and Brian Crawford began two weeks of tent meetings adjacent to the hall, on May 31. Brother Crawford planned to follow with a week of children's meetings.

Welland, ON - Stephen Vance and Albert Hull had three and a half weeks of gospel meetings, ending on May 13. During that time the believers distributed 11,000 Seed Sowers. The Lord blessed in salvation following the close of the meetings.


Burwell, NE - August 23, one-day conference with prayer meeting on Saturday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 420 Grand Ave Burwell. Breaking of Bread at 9:30, Bible Reading at 10:45, on Ephesiar 2. Corr. Laddie Hulinsky, R.R. 1, Box 127, Burwell, NE 68823, (308) 341-4194.

Kansas City, MO - September 6 and 7, with prayer meeting on Saturday at 7:00. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, East Linwood Blvd. Bib reading Lord's Day at 9:45 on Colossians 2. Breaking of Bread at 11:01 ministry at 2:00 and gospel at 7:00. Monday: 10:00, 2:00 and 6:00. Cor William Jackson, 1613 Ashland Pl., Blue Springs, MO 64015, (816) 22 3591. Hall (816) 924-6346.

Akron, OH - September 5 and 6 in Copley High School, 3797 Ridgewood Rd., Copley. Exit Interstate 77 at Ridgewood Road exit. Sat. ministry 10:00 a.m. with a Bible reading at 1:30 on "Personal Restoration and Collective Revival". Breaking of Bread at 10:00 a.m. Prayer meeting Friday at 7:30 in Gospel Hall, 2705 Smith Road, phone: (330) 867-381 Accom: David Metcalf, 3228 Blake Road, Wadsworth, OH 44281, (330) 334-9691. Corr. Kenneth Webb, P.O. Box 13350, Akron, OH 44334, (330) 836-9694.

Sault Ste. Marie, MI and ON - September 5 and 6, with a pray, meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, Wellington and Spring St., Sault Ste. Marie, ON. All other meetings in St. Basil Secondary School 250 St. George's Ave. East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON. Saturday meeting 10:00, 1:30, 3:30, and 7:00. Sunday 10:15, 1:30, 3:30, and 7:30. Bible readings both days at 1:30, on 'The Spirit-Filled Life - Individual and Assembly." Corr. R. A. Clark, 462 MacDonald Ave., Sault Ste. Mari ON, P6B lH9, (705) 759-0968.

Clementsvale, NS - September 5 and 6, with prayer meeting on Saturday at 10:00, followed by ministry. Bible reading on Lord's Day at 8:30 on Luke 22: 39-46. Breaking of Bread at 10. All meetings in the Gospel Hall. Corr. Ronald Berry, R.R. #1, Clementsvale, Annapolis Co., NS, BOS IGO. Phone (902) 467-3287. For accommodations please call James McClelland (902) 467-3351.

Beetown, WI - Sept. 7, annual all-day meeting on Labor Day, in the Lancaster Senior High School, starting at 10:00 and finishing at 4:30. Corr. Marvin R. Studnicka, 1026 Ridge Ave., Lancaster, WI 53813. (608) 7237156. School (608) 723-2173.

Arnstein, ON - September 19 and 20 with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30, with a meal served at 5:00 for those arriving early. Bible readings Saturday and Sunday at 8:45 on John 20, Breaking of Bread at 10:00. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, Arnstein, ON, POH lAO. Corr. Don Brunne (705) 757-2030


Mobile, AL - Frances Todd, age 96, on February 17. Our esteemed sister was saved early in life, and after marriage, she and her husband John realized the truth of gathering to the Name of the Lord Jesus through Bible readings held in their home. For a number of years a small group of believers gathered in their home. Our sister had a quiet, godly testimony and was known for her knowledge of the Scriptures.

Harryville, Ballymena, NI - Samuel Smyth, age 75, was called home on April 14 from a hospital bed. Our brother was saved in 1943 in Edenderry, under the preaching of William Bunting, and later was received into the assembly in Edenderry. For the past ten years he has been i n the assembly in Harryville. A wise brother, Samuel loved the Lord, the assembly, and the gospel. He leaves a son, Graham, who with his wife spent two years in Canada, in the Bracondale and Guelph assemblies, and a brother-in-law, Bill Bingham, who serves the Lord in Nova Scotia. The large funeral, in the home, was conducted by James Martin, with brethren Fenton, Jennings, Ballintine, and McKillen sharing the service at the grave.

Garnavillo, IA - Harold Brandt, age 82, on May 2. Our dear brother was saved at the age of 11 through a Sunday school paper his mother was reading to him. He and his wife Ruth, who died in 1996, were in happy fellowship in the assembly for many years until going into the Lynn Manor Care Center three years ago. He was a respected and faithful brother. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, George and Jean, their two sons, and his twin brother Gerald. The funeral services were shared by Grant Hagan, Robert Orr, and Joel Portman.

Stout, IA - Earl Hayes, age 80, on May 9. Our beloved brother was saved in 1950 during a gospel series in Stout, and was received into the assembly there. He was always faithful in his interest and support of the assembly. He leaves his wife Mildred, sons Bruce, Scott, and Sid, and daughter Beth Walvatne. A large number attended the funeral service, which Roy Weber and Richard Van Mill shared.

Earlton, ON - Norman Fergusson, age 86, on May 9. Our beloved brother was born and spent his life on the farm on which the Earlton Gospel Hall is built. Saved at 15, he was later received into the assembly, where he went on faithfully as a leader and example to God's people. Norman loved to sing and preach the gospel, and continually encouraged others in the work of the Lord. He is survived by his wife Winifred, four sons, two daughters, sixteen grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren. At his funeral, the gospel was kindly and clearly presented by Ed Doherty to the large crowd, which included many unsaved neighbors and friends, evidence of the high esteem in which he was held.

Charlottetown, LB - Nicholas Dempster, age 4, on May 11. Little Nicholas's parents, Gaius and Lisa, would like to express their thanks to all the Lord's people for the prayers and support they have received at this time of tragedy and great loss. The phone calls, cards, and messages sent from near and far have been greatly appreciated. Please continue to remember this family in prayer. The very large funeral was taken by David Swan and Wallace Buckle.

Unionville, ON - Edith Cavon, age 68, on May 12. Our sister was saved at an early age while looking on at a worship meeting in the Brock Ave. Gospel Hall, like her brother, Bert Joyce. Edith appreciated her salvation and expressed great delight at being back in the assembly shortly before her homecall. Her bright smile and happy disposition during her final years of failing health at Bethany Lodge were an evidence of the Lord's care for her. She will be missed by her family - two sons, three daughters, and their families, her brother Bert Joyce, and her sister, Peggy Brown.

London, ON - Donald Reed, age 79, on May 16, after a long illness with cancer. Our dear brother was saved in 1937 in St. Thomas and received into fellowship there. He lived in England for a number of years before moving to London, ON, in 1954, where he attended the meetings faithfully. A widower, he is survived by seven children. The funeral was taken by Gordon Brodie.

Hampton, IA - Marion Shane, age 84, on May 18. Our dear brother was saved as a teenagers and lived his life in fellowship with God's people. Marion was a gentle man who displayed a kind and compassionate heart. He was a pillar in the Hampton assembly, where he will be greatly missed as an overseer. He was predeceased by his wife, Pauline, and a son, Robert. He leaves a son, William, and a daughter, Karen Wahis, who both look forward to a reunion in heaven. Leonard DeBuhr and Floyd Christopherson shared the funeral service.

Terryville, CT - James C. Batterton, age 78, on May 21. Our brother grew up in Plymouth, a suburb of Waterbury, CT, and was saved in 1937 as a result of tent meetings held by Mr. Halliday. He was received into fellowship shortly thereafter, and developed into a devoted elder who loved the assembly. Jim's faithfulness and enthusiasm were an encouragement to many, especially to younger men. His Christian life evidenced a deep sincerity and courage, and his sure, steady, and guiding hand will be greatly missed in the assembly. Remember his wife Adelaide, two sons and their wives and families in prayer. The large funeral was shared by his son Jeff Batterton, his grandson Jim Batterton III, Eugene Higgins, David Oliver, and Frank Tornaquindici.