Reports, Conferences, Home Calls


Aurora, NY - David Boies, 7357 Boies Road, West Falls, NY 14170. (716) 652-6935. (If no answer, e-mail:

Kamloops, BC - Phil Atkinson, 1615 Griffin Terrace, Kamloops, BC, V2B 7R7. (250) 376-1228. E-mail


Hickory, NC - Robert (Bob) MacLeod, 8036 Westbay Rd., Denver, NC 28037. (704) 483-3521 . E-mail

New Lenox, IL - Brent Studnicka, 11048 Denny Avenue, Mokena, IL 60448. (708) 479-0958.


Stout, IA - Gospel meeting on Lord’s Day is now at 7:00.


Phoenix, AZ - The assembly was encouraged during the summer when a work contact of one of the brethren in the assembly was saved after the fourth time out to the meetings. Her mother is interested as well at this time. Pray that this may only be the beginning of a work in that family.

San Diego, CA - The assembly had a short series of helpful and encouraging ministry meetings with Robin McKeown, who also spent a weekend in Sunnyslope, AZ, in July.

Brookfield, CT - One week of nightly children’s meetings concluded on Friday, August 4. Attendance was excellent, and the believers were encouraged, as contacts were made with several new families from the area. Jonathan Vizzini of Sunnyslope, AZ, assisted the assembly in these meetings.

Tampa, FL - During July and August, the assembly enjoyed the visit of Brian Currie of Ireland, for two weeks, Craig Saword of El Salvador, who also spent two weeks, and Ernest Moore of Chile, who spent a Lord’s Day. The believers enjoyed the ministry and reports of their work.

Littleton, IA - The summer gospel effort with Roy Weber and Jerry Jennings was encouraging, with nice numbers from the community, and blessing in salvation.

New Lenox, IL - Marcus Cain encouraged the saints with a report of the work in the Tepic Mexico area. Jack Gould gave helpful ministry and encouragement when he was with us for the Lord’s Day. John Slabaugh led six very profitable and instructive Bible readings regarding "Things Most Surley Believed."

Methuen, MA - The believers appreciated visits from Walter Gustafson on Lord’s Day July 2, and from Stanley Wells on July 20 & 23. They gave profitable ministry, and faithfully preached the gospel.

Saugus, MA - Eugene Higgins and David Oliver closed five weeks of excellent tent meetings on August 11. The assembly was refreshed by the clear and faithful gospel preaching, and by the exceptional response to the invitation mailing, with some from the area attending nightly. There was blessing, but some remain a burden to the believers. On August 13, the assembly enjoyed a brief visit from Malcolm Radcliffe, and from Harry Rodriguez, who also gave an account of the work in Mexico on August 15. On September 3, Bert Joyce and Harold Paisley were present for ministry and the gospel, and brother Paisley remained through September 7, with very helpful ministry on Proverbs.

Livingston, NJ - Please pray for contacts made while having weekly gospel meetings during the summer months in a popular park overlooking the New York City skyline. The assembly has been greatly encouraged by this effort.

Akron, OH - Tom Baker was with the assembly for a Lord’s Day in August, giving helpful ministry. The believers were very much encouraged at the Labor Day conference. Good numbers attended and a nice number of the Lord’s servants were present to help in the ministry, Bible reading, and the preaching of the gospel.

Cleveland, OH - The assembly appreciated a visit by James Smith.

Clyde, OH - The assembly was encouraged with many contacts from a literature distribution at the county fair during the summer. Jack Gould was present during this effort.

Lorain, OH - Tom Baker was with the assembly for a week of very helpful ministry. The English speaking assembly had their two-day conference in August, when help was given in ministry and the preaching of the gospel.

Mansfield, OH - During July and August, the assembly appreciated short visits from Tom Baker, Robert Surgenor, and Harry Rodriguez, who labors in Mexico.

Salem, OR - The believers have been encouraged with the measure of interest and blessing in salvation that has been seen from a wide distribution of Seed Sowers during the September gospel effort with Stan Wells and Alex Dryburgh.

San Antonio, TX - The August conference was a time of fellowship, enjoyment, encouragement, and profitable ministry from local brethren. A good number of unsaved were at the meetings, and two middle-aged men were very concerned.

Arlington, WA -The Arlington and Marysville assemblies enjoyed the presence of those that attended their conference over the Labor Day weekend. The meetings were well attended and the believers were encouraged and exhorted to live a life well pleasing to the Master. Those ministering were: John Abernethy, Hans Bouwman, Wesley Ferguson, Bryan Funston, Tom Hoy, Dave Richards, Robert Surgenor, Lou Swaan, and Cap Van De Wetering. A baptism was held following the gospel meeting on Sunday night. Brother Surgenor remained at Arlington for ministry on The Priesthood of the Believers.

Black Earth, WI - Don Wardell had a week of children’s meetings in August using his portable trailer, at the Rio Valley Mobile Home Estates in Mazomanie, and also near the Black Earth Gospel Hall.


Squamish, BC - Two young brethren from Vancouver had a two-week tent series in the area during August.

Vancouver, BC - Ken Taylor was in the area during August, and visited a number of assemblies. He shared the monthly ministry meeting at Fleetwood on August 20 with Lou Swaan. Alex Dryburgh visited Fairview for a night of appreciated ministry on August 17.

Westbank, BC - The conference was much larger this year than in the past, with the following brethren present to help in ministry and the gospel: Hans Bouwman, Dave Richards, Ken Taylor, Cap Van de Wetering, Stan Wells, Jim Webb, and Gordon Williams. A young woman was baptized following the gospel meeting.

St. Basil, NB - Gerard Roy, helped by local brethren, had three weeks of tent meetings during the summer. A few outside folks were present.

Shediac, NB - Two local brethren held gospel meetings in the hall during the summer for almost six weeks, during which the Lord blessed in salvation.

Tracadie, NB - The 19th annual conference held on the first weekend in August was a blessing to the believers. The Bible reading on the Lord’s Supper was particularly refreshing and edifying. Gerard Roy, Leslie Wells, and four local brethren helped in ministry. Earlier in the summer, the assembly enjoyed a visit from Stanley Wells.

Barrington Passage, NS - Albert Hull and Peter Ramsay concluded four weeks of tent meetings in August, with some blessing in salvation. A week of children’s meetings was also held.

Cornwallis, NS - James McClelland and Matthew Cain had seven weeks of gospel meetings during the summer, with nice blessing in salvation. One week of children’s meetings was also held.

Nineveh, NS - During July the assembly enjoyed ministry from Stan Wells and a night with Malcolm Radcliffe and Jonathan Procopio. In August the assembly enjoyed visits from Peter Ramsay, Malcolm Radcliffe, Eric Fowler, and Marcus Cain, who reported on the work in Mexico.

River Hebert, NS - The assembly appreciated the visit of Albert Hull for ministry on July 6, as well as that of Stanley Wells for a week of ministry during the summer.

Clinton, ON - Attendance during a week of children’s meetings in Vanastra in July with Gary Sharp was especially encouraging in that a number of parents came with their children. William McBride and Gary Sharp gave help in ministry and the gospel on Lord’s Day August 27, when a young brother obeyed the Lord in baptism, giving the believers joy and encouragement.

Lake Shore, ON - During August the assembly had four weeks of tent meetings with Frank Sona, Norman Crawford (for the first week), and David Oliver. Some showed a real interest by attending nightly, and the Christians are looking for blessing upon the seed sown. A week of children’s meetings with brother Sona preceded this effort.

London, ON - Harold Paisley was with the assembly for an appreciated visit on Lord’s Day, July 9. During July, local brethren held tent meetings at a Farmer’s Market. Frank Sona and Jonathan Procopio began gospel meetings in the hall on September 10.

Grand Bend, ON - Four weeks of tent meetings with Ed Miller and Gary Sharp ended on July 23 with blessing in the gospel, and prayer continues for others who evidenced concern.

St. Mary’s, ON - The assembly would like to thank all who helped deliver 8000 Seed Sowers in the area, as well as those who supported the summer gospel meetings with Stephen Vance and Norman Mellish. Response was favorable, there was blessing in salvation, and new contacts were made.

Toronto, ON - Gospel meetings in the Stephen Leacock auditorium commenced on September 10, with Eugene Higgins and Albert Hull.

Rosebank, PEI - Robert McIlwaine and Bryan Joyce concluded seven weeks of well-attended tent meetings on August 20, and enjoyed seeing the hand of God in salvation.

Freetown, PEI - In mid-August, Arnold Gratton and Noel Burden had two weeks of gospel meetings in response to a number of unsaved who had been attending regular Sunday night gospel meetings. The assembly also enjoyed a visit from Malcolm Radcliffe and Jon Procopio for a Saturday night ministry meeting.

Charlottetown, PEI - Prayer is requested for gospel meetings planned for this fall with Marvin Derksen and Peter Ramsay.

St. Donat, PQ - Larry Buote and Leslie Wells had three weeks of tent meetings at the same site as last year, with a lot less interest this year. A man who attended last year’s meetings was saved earlier this year, to the encouragement of the assembly at Ste. Flavie.

Iberville, PQ - Larry Buote and Shad Kember, Jr. had tent meetings during the summer, with several unsaved attending each evening.

Longueuil, PQ - The assembly is meeting in new and better premises, near the former hall. They were encouraged during the summer by visits from Leslie Wells and Larry Buote.

Glen Ewen, SK - The assembly appreciated summer visits from Marcus Cain, Alex Dryburgh, David Richards, and James Hanna.


No. Ireland - During the summer, the following meetings were held: Albert McShane and David Gilliland in a tent near Tandragee, Co. Armagh; W. J. Nesbitt in an area in Co. Fermanagh where the gospel had not been preached for years, with some blessing in salvation; Sam Ferguson and Walter Boyd in Ballynure, Co. Antrim; Maghaberry (Moira), Willy Fenton, helped by Paul Trimble and Alex Rodgers of the Broomhedge assembly; Lurgan, Co. Armagh, Jack Lennox and Brian Currie, in the Gospel Hall, with good numbers and encouragement in blessing in salvation; Scarva, Albert McShane and David Gilliland in tent meetings associated with the Ballyshiel assembly; Annahilt (Hillsborough), Co. Down, R. Eadie and S. Maze in tent meetings; Ballyhay, Norman Tinsley and Norman Coulter in tent meetings, with good numbers; Gortade, Co. Londonderry, Robin McKeown and Danny Ussher (Trinidad) in the Gospel Hall, with encouragement in salvation.

Republic of Ireland - Sam McBride and Tommy Wright had gospel meetings during August and September with the Errie Roe assembly (near Castleblayney), with some attending who are a burden on the hearts of the Christians. In Donegal, A. J. Higgins spent the first weekend in September with the Bridgetown assembly, encouraging the small company in both ministry and the gospel.

Ukraine - A brother and sister from Kapuskasing spent a profitable four weeks this spring in the city of L’vov distributing portions of Scripture. Lord willing, a sister from Kapuskasing and a couple from the Kirkland Lake assembly plan another visit this fall.


L’Anse au Loup, LB - October 13, 14, and 15, with prayer meeting on Thursday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall. Bible reading Saturday on 1 Peter 4. Breaking of Bread at 10:00 A.M. On Monday there will be a gospel meeting at Red Bay at 7:30 P.M. All who walk and teach in the old paths are encouraged to attend our conference. Contact Francis Barney at (709) 927-5696, or Preston Belben at (709) 927-5622.

Terryville, CT - October 21 and 22, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, 36 North Main St. All other meetings in the Harry S. Fisher School on North Main St., 1/8 mile north of the Hall. Breaking of Bread 10:00, ministry at 2:00, and gospel at 4:30. For accommodations contact William Batterton, (203) 755-7621.

La Crosse, WI - Oct 28 and 29 in Logan Middle School, 1450 Avon St., with prayer and ministry on Friday at 7:30 PM at the Gospel Hall, 1928 George St. First meeting on Saturday at 10:00 for prayer and ministry. On Lord’s Day, Bible reading at 9:00 and Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Corr. David L. Hardie, 708 11th Ave. So., Onalaska, WI. Phone: (608) 783-4067; school phone (608) 789-7755.

Alpena, AR - October 28 and 29 in the Gospel Hall, 401 Lane Street, Alpena, AR. The first meeting is Saturday, a Bible reading at 2:00, on Ephesians 6:10-20, The Armor of God, followed by ministry. Breaking of Bread 10:00 and ministry at 1:30. For information and accommodations, Will Trowbridge (501) 665-4189 or e-mail:

Wallaceburg, ON - October 29, with prayer meeting on Saturday at 7:30. Breaking of Bread 10:30, ministry 2:30, and gospel meeting at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 121 Gillard St. For accommodations contact Charles Workman (519) 627-8743, or e-mail

London, ON, Highbury Ave. Gospel Hall - November 4 and 5, with prayer meeting on Friday at 8:00. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 1196 Highbury Ave. Sat. ministry at 10:30. Breaking of Bread at 9:30. Corr. Hugh R Garnham, 843 Dalkeith Cres., London, ON, N5X 1S5. (519) 433-1825. Hall (519) 451-8233.

Blues Mills, Cape Breton, NS - November 11 and 12. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 34 Mountain Rd., Blues Mills, just off the TransCanada Highway. Ministry Saturday 10:00 and 2:30. Breaking of Bread 10:00. Correspondent John Bain, 12 Reynolds Street, Port Hawkesbury, NS, BOE 2V0. (902) 625-2409.

Bryn Mawr, PA - November 11 and 12, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, 8 N. Summit Grove Ave., Bryn Mawr. All other meetings in the Colonial Elementary School, directly behind the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, Plymouth Meeting, PA, one mile southeast of the intersection of Rte. 476 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Norristown exit); use exit 8 for Plymouth Meeting if traveling Rte. 476 North. Breaking of Bread at 10:00. Corr. Harold W. Stewart, 403 Revere Rd., Lafayette Hill, PA 19444. (610) 825-0384. Gospel Hall (610) 525-6539.

Oil Springs, ON - November 11 and 12, with prayer meeting Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, Victoria St. All other meetings in the Oil Springs Youth Centre, corner of Highway 21 and Victoria St. Bible Reading Saturday at 1:00, 1 Peter 2. Breaking of Bread at 1010. Corr. Art Whitton, RR#3, Oil Springs, ON, NON iPO. (519) 882-1686.

Bolton and Brampton, ON - One-day conference, November 18, at Albion Bolton Community Centre. Meetings at 10:00, 1:30, 3:30, and 7:00. For further details, contact John Steen, (905) 584-2834, or Robert Curry, (905) 857-0753.

Newington, CT - One-day conference, November 19 (Lord’s Day only). Breaking of Bread at 9:45, ministry at 2:00, and gospel at 6:30. Brethren walking in and teaching the "old paths" are welcomed to minister as the Lord leads. Corr. Matthew J. Brescia, 81 Cobblestone Way, Windsor, CT 06095. (860) 688-2388. Gospel Hall (860) 666-4342.

Stout, IA - Thanksgiving Day conference on November 23 in the Gospel Hall. Ministry at 10:00 and 2:00. Gary DeGroote, 28073 West Brook, New Hartford, IA, 50660. (319) 983-2713. Gospel Hall (319) 346-1153.

Phoenix, AZ - November 23, 24, 25, and 26, with prayer meeting on Wednesday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 1246 E. Garfield St. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Bible readings at 10:00 on 2 Timothy 1, 2, and 3. Each day, ministry at 2:30 and gospel at 7:00. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Corr. Clarence Van Der Hart, 8525 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85305. (623) 872-1007. Hall (602) 253-4932.

Picton, ON - November 25 in the Gospel Hall, McFarland Drive. Ministry at 2 and 6:30. For more information, call (613) 476-2040 or (613) 476-6718. The assembly was established in 1950, and we are thankful to the Lord for preserving this testimony to His Name for 50 years.


Lonaconing, MD - Mrs. Aleda E. Warnick, age 98, on May 22. Our sister was saved when she was 16 and continued steadfastly in assembly fellowship in Lonaconing, MD (one of the oldest assemblies in the country). She touched the lives of many and was noted for giving out gospel tracts and speaking to others of their need for salvation. She had the joy of seeing her husband saved shortly before his death in 1956. One son and his wife, in assembly fellowship, preceded her in death. She leaves another son and a daughter for whose salvation prayer is requested. Dale Vitale and John Slabaugh shared the funeral service.

Portage la Prairie, MB - Tressey Ronald, age 91, on June 18. Mrs. Ronald was saved in 1927 under the preaching of William Bunting, and together with her husband Russell who predeceased her, was in assembly fellowship in Esk, 5K, Minitonas and Brandon, MB, and in later years in Portage la Prairie. Until she was 90 years old, our sister devoted much of her time to making baby layettes for the hospital at Loloma, Zambia. She is survived by her eight children and a number of grandchildren, many of them in assembly fellowship.

Arnstein, ON - Mrs. Myrtle Culin, age 86, on June 20. Our sister was saved at 18 and was baptized and received into fellowship soon after. She was very faithful to all the assembly meetings over the years, and though not feeling well attended her last meeting just three weeks before her home call. She leaves to mourn her loss two sons, two daughters, eight grandchildren, and fifteen great grandchildren for whom prayer is requested. Rob Peat, Ernie Bain, and David Booth shared in the service at the very large funeral.

Welcome, MN - Mrs. Esther Larson, age 94, on July 6. Our dear sister was saved in the late 1930’s through the testimony of her dear friend, Ethel Meyer. She was in fellowship for many years in the assembly in Cylinder, IA. Attending conferences was one of her greatest joys, as she loved to be with the Lord’s people. She was a steady and faithful testimony to her family and friends and was held in high esteem by all. Robert Orr preached the gospel at her funeral, which many unsaved attended. She leaves three sons, 13 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Her hope was to see the rapture but instead she now sees her Lord in glory.

London, ON - Frederick Turner, age 84, on July 14. Our brother first heard the gospel at a street meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, at 17, and was saved shortly thereafter, while reading a book on the Lord’s coming. He and his wife, Violet, who predeceased him in 1996, emigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1960 and settled in London seven years later. He leaves three sons to mourn their loss.

Methuen, MA - Emanuel Netti, age 73, went suddenly into the presence of the Lord from his home in North Carolina on July 15. Our beloved brother was saved at the age of 12 and received into fellowship at 15. From a young age he displayed a deep exercise for the things of God and throughout his life he was faithful and a good help in a number of different assemblies, including Hartford, Torrington, Methuen and Byfield. His beloved wife Ann (nee lannelli) and three daughters, all of whom know the Lord, and seven grandchildren, survive him. Joe Procopio and Frank Tornaquindici shared the service at the large funeral.

Newtownhamllton, NI - Donald T. Lockhart, age 45, departed to be with Christ suddenly on July 20. Our brother was saved in 1991, a year after his wife Mary, under the preaching of W. J. Nesbitt and T. W. Wright. He and his wife were received into fellowship at Newtownhamilton, where they sought to adorn the doctrine of God their Savior. The assembly has lost a brother whose growth was an example to all. One daughter is in fellowship and prayer is requested for the remainder of the family, one daughter and two sons. W. J. Nesbitt and T. Wright shared in the funeral service, when more than 600 neighbors heard the gospel plainly preached.

Waterloo, Iowa - Fred "Bud" Cirksena, age 77, on July 22. Our brother was diagnosed with cancer only six weeks before his home call. He was saved in 1958 and received into the Western Ave. assembly. A faithful brother, he is greatly missed. He leaves his wife, two sons, and a daughter for whom prayer is requested. The hall was filled for the funeral service, which was shared by Eric Mccullough and Russell Nesbit.

River Hebert, NS - Mrs. Nellie Lillian Eagles, age 83, passed peacefully into the presence of the Lord on July 29. She and her husband, Wilbert, were both saved on the same day in 1979 through the preaching of David Hunt and the late Floyd Stewart. Both were received into the assembly and continued in attendance until they were physically unable. She leaves her husband and daughter Mildred with the blessed hope, and two sons, Donald and Sydney, for whom prayer is requested. A number of family members who had never been to the hall before were at the funeral to hear the gospel. The funeral was shared by Bill Bingham, David Hunt, and Ken Taylor.

Ballintoy, Northern Ireland - Mrs. Elizabeth Brown, age 87, on July 31. She was saved while attending gospel meetings conducted by Sam Kanes and Robert McIlherron, and was faithful in attending all the assembly gatherings until her home call. Our sister was a godly and wise woman who will be missed. She leaves five sons and two daughters, all in assembly fellowship. Brethren Aiken, Martin, Kane, Fenton, and McKillen shared the service at her very large funeral.

Monaghan, Ireland - William Corbett, age 82, on July 31. Brother Corbett was saved as a young man of 17. An able preacher and teacher, his contribution to the assembly in Monaghan and his weekly hospital visitation work will be greatly missed. At the funeral, a large number of friends and neighbors heard the gospel preached by J. Kells and S. Ferguson. Prayer is valued for the family circle and the assembly. 1 Sam 20:18

Portage la Prairie, MB - Mrs. Jane McRae, age 102, on August 4. Aunt Jean, as she was lovingly known, was born in Ireland, and saved in 1931 during meetings held at Pine Creek, MB by Herb Harris and Robert McCracken. She and her husband Archie were part of the Pine Creek assembly at its formation. After the death of her husband in 1956 she moved to Portage la Prairie where she was in happy and active fellowship as long as her health permitted. She is survived by two sons and grandchildren, many of them not saved. Dennis Walker took the funeral service.