Reports, Conferences, Home Calls


Phoenix, AZ - The Sunnyslope assembly was encouraged with the response to the gospel when God blessed in salvation during the series with Tom Baker and Stan Wells, which ended on March 4. Blessing in the Spanish work in West Phoenix continues, with Shad Kember Jr. and John Dennison preaching. Please pray for follow-up work in that effort.

San Diego, CA - The February conference was an encouragement to the believers, with the following brethren present to minister the word: Jim Currie, Harold Paisley, Timothy Kember, and Stanley Wells. Ed Doherty spent a week at the beginning of March, with helpful ministry. He also gave help in the gospel in Spanish.

Terryville, CT - Robert Surgenor visited for a night of much-appreciated ministry in January. Weekly Friday night children’s meetings will begin on March 9 and continue for six to eight weeks.

Newington, CT - David Oliver and Eugene Higgins concluded gospel meetings with a good number of unsaved attending each night. The saints were encouraged when some professed in the last week of the series. Prayer is requested for others that were spoken to that God would reach and save them. Some good contacts were also made which we trust will prove fruitful.

DeLand, FL - The assembly was encouraged by the good number attending our largest February conference to date, and grateful to the Lord for the profitable ministry. John Abernathy, Norman Crawford, Robert McIlwaine, David Oliver, Eric Parmenter, John Slabaugh, and Larry Steers gave help. Following the conference, John Abernathy and Norman Crawford had two weeks of gospel meetings that were well supported by our visiting brethren. The believers were cheered, and a contact was made who continues to come. James Smith visited the assembly in December and gave helpful ministry.

Tampa, FL - The conference in February was excellent both in ministry and attendance. We thank the Lord for the profitable ministry ably given by John Abernathy, Norman Crawford, Jerry Jennings, Robert McIlwaine, David Oliver, John Slabaugh, Larry Steers, and Robert Surgenor. Preceding the conference, Larry Steers gave edifying ministry. Following the conference, Robert Surgenor had ministry on church history. The following week John Abernathy had a week of ministry, and the believers rejoiced that the Lord blessed in the salvation of one who has been earnestly prayed for. Jim Baker (Scotland), Murray McCandless, Jim Smith and Arnold Gratton made appreciated visits during the winter season.

Marion, IA - The assembly was encouraged with the four weeks of gospel meetings with Al Christopherson and Jim Smith, which closed on February 18 with the Lord granting some blessing in salvation.

Fort Wayne, IN - Matthew Smith, with help from Paul Wielenga and other Christians from Jackson, continues to work with youth and adults. Methuen, MA - The monthly ministry meeting on February 11 was a time of encouragement and strengthening, with ministry given by Frank Tornaquindici. The gospel was faithfully preached with a few unsaved out.

Battle Creek, MI - Please pray for gospel meetings planned to begin on April 22, DV., with William Metcalf and Stephen Vance.

Jackson, MI - William Seale and Norman Crawford started a gospel series on March 4. A number of unsaved attend the regular meetings and the assembly is looking to God for blessing in salvation. Gary Hicks of the assembly here continues to work with young people in a youth detention center. There is very encouraging interest.

Saginaw, MI - The believers in Saginaw and surrounding assemblies were encouraged with able ministry at the monthly meeting on March 4 with Lorne Mitchell and Fred Krauss. Brother Krauss continued with three nights of appreciated ministry.

Hickory, NC - John Slabaugh visited us in January, and Robert Surgenor and Robert McIlwaine gave an appreciated visit in February. On February 25, Jonathan Procopio was here for the baptism of three young believers. We trust they will continue to show growth in the ways of the Lord.

Livingston, NJ - In February the believers were encouraged with a visit from Ken and Doris Taylor on their way to Dominica. Ken presented ministry and a report on the work there.

Mansfield, OH - Bill Seale spoke to a large gathering of children and adults at the treat on March 3.

San Antonio, TX - Thomas Cooper of Jackson, MI was with the assembly on Lord’s Day, February 25. There were some unbelievers out, showing concern.

Arlington, WA - The Arlington and Marysville assemblies had the privilege of joining in a four-week gospel effort with Tom Hoy and Ross Vanstone. There was good interest from the community. We look to the Lord for much blessing. We’ve recently enjoyed profitable ministry from Dave Richards, Stanley Wells, Robert Surgenor, Walter Gustafson, and Hans Bouwman.

Matoaca, WV - Larry Steers and Bob Surgenor were with us for the day on February 18 for an afternoon meeting, and shared in the gospel. Bob Surgenor was also with us for three nights of ministry.


Calgary, AB - A brief gospel series with Bryan Funston and Dan Shutt ended on March 4. Many contacts throughout the city were followed up. The assembly was greatly encouraged by the effort, the first for a number of years.

Abbotsford, BC - Jim Currie was with the assembly for Lord’s Day, February 4. Bryan Funston was with the assembly on the following Lord’s Day, February 11. Dave Hunt visited on February 14, giving a report on the Lord’s work in southern Newfoundland and Labrador.

Vancouver, BC - Walter Gustafson spoke at the monthly ministry meeting in Fleetwood on February 18. After a series of gospel meetings in Vancouver, David Hunt visited the following assemblies: Port Alberni, Westbank, Kamloops, and Abbotsford, BC; Salem, OR; and Tacoma, WA. Alex Dryburgh and Gordon Williams began gospel meetings in late February in Westbank. Prior to starting the meetings Alex Dryburgh had three nights of ministry in Woodland Drive, Carleton, and Fairview. Jim Currie and Redmond Blair took the monthly ministry meeting in Woodland Drive on March 4. Please pray for a series of gospel meetings to start in Fairview after Easter with Robert Surgenor and Larry Steers, D.V.

English Point, LB - Bert Joyce and Jim Jarvis started gospel meetings on February 25. Please pray for God’s blessing.

Corner Brook, NF -Bill Bingham and Eric Fowler started gospel meetings on February 18, with encouraging numbers attending.

Mt. Pearl, NF - Gospel meetings with Peter Ramsay and Marvin Derksen ended on February 18, and the Lord gave blessing in salvation.

Blues Mills, NS - Alan Turkington was with the assembly for two nights of profitable and encouraging ministry on February 27 and 28.

Barrie, ON - The believers were very encouraged with two weeks of children’s meetings held by Fred Krauss, with many children from the area attending, as well as the Christians’ children. As a result, a family and a father and son have been attending, and the assembly has been added to. Alan LeBlanc made a much-appreciated visit in February.

Clyde, ON - The assembly appreciated a visit from Harold Paisley on Lord’s Day February 11. Bruce Rodgers spoke at the Sunday School treat on February 17 and then stayed for a week of ministry on Spiritual Gifts. Fred Krauss visited on Lord’s Day, February 25, giving help in ministry and the gospel. The assembly here recently marked its 125th anniversary, still meeting in the original hall that was built in 1875.

Kirkland Lake, ON - Brian Owen and Murray Pratt completed four weeks of gospel meetings. People from the community attended most nights, and the Lord blessed in salvation.

Sudbury, ON - During February the assembly enjoyed two nights ministry from Bruce Rodgers, and Peter Simms had two weeks of appreciated ministry. Earlier, we appreciated a visit from Al Cook at the end of December, and David Booth was with us for the January ministry meeting and Lord’s Day.


Queensland, Australia - Alex Wilson of Omagh and John McDowell were in their fourth week of gospel meetings at the end of February in Tasmania with encouraging interest.

Northern Ireland - The following gospel series were ongoing at the beginning of March: Albert McShane and David Gilliland in Ballymagarrick; Jack Lennox and Brian Curry in Craigavad; Robin McKeown and Brian Graham in Dromore, Brian Glendinning and Robert Fairley in James St., Newtownards; Sam Ferguson and Walter Boyd (missionary to South Africa) in Glengormley, Belfast; Albert Aiken and John Rogers in Armagh; W.J. Nesbitt and Tommie Wright in Kilmore; and WA. Boyd and S. Ferguson in Co. Antrim.

Scotland - The assemblies in New Stevenston, Whitburn, and Plains appreciated visits from John Stubbs during January and February. Brother Stubbs was with the High Parks assembly in Hamilton on the first weekend of March, and then moved on to begin a series of meetings on assembly principles in Blackburn, England.


Waterloo/Cedar Falls, IA - April 14 and 15, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:00 in the Western Ave. Gospel Hall, 726 Western Ave., Waterloo. All other meetings in the Masonic Temple, Park Ave. and Mulberry St., Waterloo. Lord’s day, Bible reading at 9:00, Phil. 2:5-11, Breaking of bread at 10:30. The week before the conference there will be Bible readings at 7:00, on Monday and Tuesday at Cedar Falls Gospel Hall, and on Wednesday and Thursday at Waterloo Gospel Hall. Subjects will be Salvation, the Holy Spirit, Sanctification, and Separation. Corr. Richard Orr, 614 Bland Blvd. SW., Independence, IA 50644, (319) 334-3931, or Erwin D. Stickfort, 223 North Francis St., Cedar Falls, IA 50613, (319) 266-6271.

Fredericton, NB - April 28 and 29, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 109 McAdam Ave. Bible reading on Saturday at 10:00, on Romans 6. Breaking of Bread at 9:30. Corr. Robert M. Griffin, 1192 Rte. 105 Highway, Douglas, NB, E3A 7K1; (506) 472-5512; E-mail Gospel Hall (506) 472-1125.

Livingston, NJ - May 5 and 6, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 405 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave., Livingston. Saturday, meetings at 10:30, 2:30, and 6:30. Breaking of Bread at 10:00, ministry at 2:30, and gospel at 5:00. Corr. Allan Valvano, 31 Townsend Dr., Florham Park, NJ 07932-2318, (973) 377-7839. For accommodations, contact David Valvano, 10 Salem Dr. E., Whippany, NJ 07981, (973) 884- 2484. Gospel Hall (973) 535-1485

New Lenox, IL - May 12 and 13, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, Route 6, one mile east of Cedar Road. First meeting on Saturday at 10:00; Lord’s Day, Bible reading at 9:00 on Hebrews 1. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Please notify in advance for accommodations. Corr. Brent Studnicka, 11048 Denny Avenue, Mokena, IL 60448. (708) 479-0958

Ottawa, ON - May 19 and 20, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. Bible readings each day at 9:00, Saturday on Romans 8:1-17, Sunday on Hebrews 1. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. All meetings will be in the Gospel Hall, 1087 River Rd., Ottawa, ON. Corr. Kenneth E. Prince, 1246 Kitchener Ave., Ottawa, ON, K1V 6W5, (613) 733-1668. Hall (613) 748-0269.

Midland and Waubaushene, ON - May 19 and 20. All meetings in the Penetanguishene Community Centre (Arena), 61 Maria St., Penetanguishene, ON. (Right on Thompsons Rd., the first street inside of town, then go one block on the left). First meeting Saturday at 10:00; Breaking of Bread Lord’s Day, 10:00. Bible reading Saturday at 1:30, 2 Peter 2; Sunday at 1:30, 2 Peter 3. Corr. Paul Barbour, 328 John Street, Midland, ON, L4R 2J5, (705) 526-3516; or Ed Heels, 2379 Rumney Road, RR #1, Midland, ON L4R 4K3 (705) 534-3698. Arena phone (705) 549-8492.

Byfield, MA - May 26 and 27, with prayer meeting on Friday at 8:00 in the Gospel Hall. All other meetings in the Town Hall. First meeting Saturday at 10:30. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Corr. John Short, 145 Main St., Byfield, MA 01922. (978) 465-2207. Gospel Hall (978) 462-5569.

Hickory, NC - May 26 and 27, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. Saturday, ministry at 10:30 and 2:30, gospel at 7:00. Lord’s Day, Breaking of Bread at 9:45. Servants walking in the old paths welcome. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 253 17th Ave. NE. For accommodations please contact Tom Turnbull (828) 874-6250 or Robert MacLeod (704) 483-3521.

Sarnia, ON - May 26 and 27, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:45. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 1791 London Line. Saturday ministry 10:00, Bible reading 1:00 on Restoration, ministry 3:00, gospel 7:00. Sunday Breaking of Bread 10:00, ministry 2:30, gospel 7:00. Corr. Shad Kember Sr. (519) 337-7476; hall phone (519) 541-1894.

London, ON - Spanish conference May 26 and 27, with prayer meeting on Friday at 8:00. All meetings in the Highbury Gospel Hall, 1196 Highbury Ave., London. Meetings on Saturday 10:00, 2:00 and 7:00. Breaking of Bread at 9:30, ministry at 2:30. All meetings in Spanish. Please give advance notice of arrival time and number coming to Philip Lampkin, 1742 Attawandaron Rd., London, ON, N6G 3N1. (519) 472-8747.

Bancroft, ON - June 2, with Bible Reading at 10:00. Subject: "Practical truths concerning the local assembly." Ministry at 2:00 and 7:00. All meetings in the Lakeview Gospel Hall, #644 Maxwell Settlement Rd. Corr. Mark Freymond, RR#1, Bancroft, ON, KOL iCO. (613) 332-4317.

Saugus, MA - Bible reading conference June 2 and 3, with prayer meeting on Friday at 8:00. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 213 Walnut St., Saugus. The subject will be The Challenges Believers Face Today: Living by Faith, Living Righteously, Living Selflessly, Living Reverently, and Living Obediently. First meeting on Saturday at 10:00. Breaking of Bread at 10:00. Corr. Joseph Procopio, 11 Forest St., Saugus, MA, 01906, (781) 233-5780. For accommodations please contact Tony Grillo, 46 Grey Lane, Lynnfield, MA 01940, (781) 334-6363. Gospel Hall (781) 233-5570.

Nipissing Junction, ON - June 9 and 10, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. Bible Readings on Saturday at 9:00 and Sunday at 11:30 on Restoration and Revival. Breaking of Bread at 9:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 1340 Lakeshore Dr., North Bay, ON. Corr. Clarence Black, 63 Massey Dr., North Bay, ON, PlA 3Y3. (705) 497-1284. Hall (705) 474-3384.

Garnavillo, IA - June 9 and 10, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, 506 South Washington Street. All other meetings in the high school gymnasium. Saturday, ministry will be at 10:00 and 2:00, gospel at 7:00. Bible reading on Lord’s Day at 9:00 on 1 Thessalonians 4. Breaking of Bread at 10:30, ministry at 2:00. Corr. Donald Kregel, 604 S. Washington St., P.O. Box 489, Garnavillo, IA 52049. (319) 964-2588. School (319) 964-2321.


Bryn Mawr, PA - Jeffrey Wenke, age 16, on January 5, went home to heaven suddenly in an accident while riding home from school. Jeff was saved at about 10 years of age. He often had serious thoughts about eternal matters and assured his family, "I know I am saved." With his sense of humor, gentle and warm manner, and consistent interest in spiritual matters, he endeared himself to the believers. More than 500 heard the gospel at his funeral. Several unbelieving friends and relatives were impressed and one family member has since professed faith in Christ. Pray that the Lord will work further and also comfort his mother father, and two younger sisters, a close-knit family who are grief-stricken.

Jackson, MI - Mrs. Alice Decker, age 90, on January 16. Our beloved sister was saved as a girl, through John 3:16. She was in happy fellowship since 1925, first in Deckerville and then in Jackson. Her husband preceded her to heaven in 1983. Many of the Lord’s servants have memories of her kindness and love, as she opened her home to them during gospel meetings. Her family is all saved and was a joy to her. The funeral service was shared by William Metcalf, Jim Smith, Gary Sharp, and James Beattie.

Kilmore, Co. Tyrone, N. Ireland - Thomas Henry (Harry) Scott, age 89, departed peacefully on February 4. He was saved in 1937 and later received into fellowship in Kilmore, where he served as correspondent for many years. Our brother had a spiritual influence on Tom Matthews (Brazil) during secular employment and taught John McCann Jr., (Brazil) in Sunday School. As a man of godly character he will be greatly missed for his faithfulness and spiritual exercise in the assembly. He is survived by his wife, Anna, a true help meet. Albert McShane and W. J. Nesbitt shared the funeral services.

Lake Shore, ON - Carl C. Metcalf, age 85, on Feb. 20. Our brother was saved in 1934 in gospel meetings that brethren McBain and Klabunda held in the old Glen Rae Gospel Hall, located on his parent’s farm. Shortly afterward he was received into the fellowship of the assembly, which later moved to Oil Springs. Since 1976 he and his wife Helen have been in happy fellowship in the Lake Shore Assembly. In 1983 he suffered a severe stroke that paralyzed him. His testimony of joy and peace spoke loudly in the nursing home where his wife cared lovingly for him every day. He is survived by his wife, four sons, one daughter, 18 grandchildren, all saved, 14 great grandchildren, and a brother. His eldest son William, is in the Lord’s work. Norman Crawford, William Metcalf and James Beattie shared the service at the large funeral.

Livingston, NJ - Frank DeMarino, on February 25. Frank was a faithful brother who was in assembly fellowship for more than 40 years. He had many medical problems over the last few years, yet was at the meetings whenever possible. Frank was a constant help to the saints in East Orange and then in Livingston and will be missed by all. The funeral services were well attended with many unsaved family members brought again under the word of the gospel. Frank Tornaquindici, Allan Valvano, and Cyril Binns shared the services.