Reports, Conferences, Home Calls

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Allan Christopherson, 1017 E. Ohio St., Rapid City, SD 57701. Phone (605) 718-2210; email:


Langstaff Gospel Hall, Harry Clingen, 1300 Langstaff Rd., Thornhill, ON, L4J 8P8. Phone (905) 889-1556.

Dunkerton, IA, Dennis Stickfort, 201 Sal Ave., Dunkerton, IA 50626.


Bolton Gospel Hall, contact Robert M. Curry, 38 Eliwood Drive West, Bolton, ON, L7E 4W4. Phone (905) 857-0753; email


Phoenix, AZ - John Dennison and Shad Kember, Jr., along with the Sunnyslope assembly, had much joy in the baptism of three who have been saved in the West Phoenix Spanish gospel effort. One of those baptized was a quadriplegic. His mother and another man completed the rejoicing threesome. A building has been purchased to continue the work in this area, and prayer for further guidance and blessing will be much appreciated.

Terryville, CT - The assembly here marked its 90th birthday on July 9. We thank the Lord for the preservation of the lampstand and trust it will continue to grow until the Lord comes.

Manchester, IA - Stan Wells was present at the end of July when seven obeyed the Lord in baptism in a local river, and the Lord blessed in salvation during the gospel meeting.

Waterloo, IA - Roy Weber and Jerry Jennings had more than five weeks of tent meetings in Evansdale, a suburb of Waterloo. God’s hand was seen in salvation. Pray for others that are interested. Also during the summer, Jim Frazier and Terry Topley from Ireland had tent meetings in Lancaster, WI, which is near Waterloo.

New Lenox, IL - Eric McCullough and Robert Orr planned to begin gospel meetings on September 30.

Saugus, MA - The assembly appreciated a brief visit from Bryan Joyce for ministry on August 21. Two weeks of children’s meetings with Gene Higgins ended on August 3, with encouragement in the numbers attend­ing and the interest of children and parents. Local brethren continued the children’s meetings on Friday nights through the end of August.

Watertown, MA - Frank Tornaquindici was with us on Lord’s Day, August 26, for encouraging ministry, gospel, and an afternoon meeting at which we were encouraged by the presence of believers from surround­ing assemblies. Our brother gave a very helpful and interesting introduc­tion and overview on the Epistle to the Hebrews. We have just begun our Bible Study on this book.

Worcester, MA - Robert Surgenor continues in his ninth week of combined gospel and ministry meetings, with the first three weeks in a tent in July. The small assembly was encouraged greatly in seeing the Lord’s hand in blessing in salvation. Five have professed and others attending are concerned.

Livonia, MI - Gary Sharp was with us for our Vacation Bible Time, and we had the joy of seeing a young teenager profess salvation. Her grand­parents are in the assembly. The dates and times for our bi-monthly Bible Readings this season are: November 17, January 19, and March 16. We are returning to our original schedule of meetings: afternoon 4:00-5:30; supper 5:30; evening 7:00-8:30. The subjects are not yet confirmed.

Saginaw, MI - The believers received needed encouragement and teach­ing from Norman Crawford and William Metcalf at the monthly ministry meeting on August 5.

Hinckley, MN - Eric McCullough was with the assembly at the end of July for the baptism of two believers, one of whom was saved during meetings he and William Skates had in the Minneapolis area last fall.

Livingston, NJ - In June and July the assembly was blessed by visits from Mark Procopio (Saugus), Walter Gustafson, Eugene Higgins, and David Oliver. The ministry and gospel presented was profitable and all were encouraged.

Akron, OH - The assembly appreciated a visit from Bill Lavery in July. Cleveland, OH - Tom Baker was with the assembly in July. Clyde, OH - Norman Crawford gave helpful ministry in early July.

Bryn Mawr, PA - Children’s meetings were held in a community building near Exton for a week in July, with local brethren helped by Shawn St. Clair and David Oliver. Some new contacts were made in this effort. David Oliver is holding a few Bible Studies at a local community college for contacts in the area. He and Jon Procopio began gospel meetings in the hall on September 9.

Hatboro, PA - Eric McCullough had appreciated ministry meetings during the week of August 19.

San Antonio, TX - The Lord gave help in the edifying and profitable ministry at the August conference. The assembly was encouraged and there was blessing in salvation.

Matoaca, VA - The assembly enjoyed visits from Tom Wilson from Glasgow, Scotland and David Oliver during the summer. The baptism of two young believers was also an encouragement.

Arlington, WA - The Labor Day conference was a blessing to the believers, with the following brethren present to give help: Tom Baker, John Fitzpatrick, Bryan Funston, Walter Gustafson, A.J. Higgins, Jack Saword, Neal Thompson, and Stuart Thompson. Jack Saword gave a report of the work in El Salvador.

Egg Harbor, WI - Please pray for gospel meetings planned to begin on October 14, D. V., with Lorne Mitchell and Eugene Badgley.

Waukesha, WI - On August 11, a one-day conference commemorating five years of assembly testimony was marked by a good Bible reading, ministry, and the gospel. Art Ward, William Skates and Terry Topley (Ireland) were present for this happy occasion as well as a good number from assemblies in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Canada. Please pray for children’s meetings with Dan Shutt planned for October, D.V. During July the believers were cheered by the response to the gospel preached in an old school house in East Troy by William Skates and Stan Wells.


Vancouver, BC - Bryan Funston had children’s meetings at the end of July in Nanaimo Road, a hall where the Woodland Dr. assembly has carried on Sunday School work for many years. Aubrey Kelly gave a report of the work in Mexico at the August monthly ministry meeting in Deep Cove.

Westbank, BC - The August conference was a real encouragement to the assembly. Many younger people were present to hear the word. John Abernethy, Hans Bouwman, Bryan Funston, Peter Simms, Jim Webb, Stan Wells, Gordon Williams, and Ross Smyth (Woodland Dr.) shared in the Bible reading, ministry, and gospel.

Goose Bay, LB - Wallace Buckle had two weeks of children’s meetings with help from local brethren, giving out 4000 Seed Sowers, tracts, and invitations.

Bathurst, NB - Jim Walmsley and Michael Jean from Tracadie ended three weeks of well-attended gospel meetings on August 27, with bless­ing. Albert Hull joined Jim Walmsley for the last two nights.

Gander, NF - George Whey’s open-air trailer was set up in a mall for a week of gospel meetings from August 12-19, with several local brethren helping nightly.

Gander Bay, NF - The assembly was encouraged in the baptism of five believers, with Gaius Goff and Ken Taylor present to share in the gospel. Tent meetings were very encouraging throughout August, with Gaius Goff, Ken Taylor, and Alvin Blake helping when his health allowed. The meetings continued in the hall after August 31, as good crowds attended and the Lord worked, especially in brother Alvin’s family.

Grand Falls - Windsor, NF - Marvin Derksen and Bryan Joyce ended three weeks of tent meetings on June 29. Numbers were not overwhelm­ing, but there was great joy over blessing in salvation of two souls. Bramwell Lewis (Sandringham) helped for a week of children’s meetings, and the gospel was preached in the open air in surrounding communities during the tent meetings.

New Harbour, NF - The assembly appreciated a number of visits by our brother Marvin Derksen during the summer. A meeting celebrating the assembly’s 25th anniversary was a special day of remembrance of how God has worked, with profitable ministry from brethren Goff, Taylor, Derksen, Hiscock, Barbour, and Bryan Joyce.

Parsons Pond, NF - Bert Joyce and Peter Mathews gave appreciated ministry in the monthly ministry meeting on August 26.

Blues Mills, NS - The assembly appreciated visits by Peter Orasuk and John Meekin on July 12 and James Walmsley on July 25 and 26. They were encouraged at the baptism of a sister and a young brother when a number of unsaved family members attended. The ministry and gospel were shared by William Bingham and Ed Wong (Vancouver).

Cornwallis, NS - Stephen Vance and David McClelland ended gospel meetings on August 22, with blessing in salvation. The assembly at Weymouth benefited greatly from these meetings.

Glenholme, NS - Albert Hull and Matthew Cain concluded five weeks of gospel meetings in this new area on August 17, with good attendance and faithful support from the Truro assembly.

Hubbard’s Point, NS - Albert Hull had a week of ministry beginning September 2.

New Annan, NS - Bill Bingham, helped by Ed Wong, David Hunt, and Ian Bingham (Truro) concluded a tent series on September 2, having experienced the blessing of the Lord in salvation, to the encouragement and cheer of the assembly.

Nineveb, NS - In July Jim Walmsley had a week of profitable ministry, encouraging and edifying the assembly. They also appreciated a visit from Jon Procopio.

River Hebert, NS - During the early summer the believers appreciated visits from David Hunt, Noel Burden, and Allen Turkington, who re­ported on the work in Venezuela.

Clinton, ON - July tent meetings with Ross Vanstone and Mark Bachert were most encouraging, with blessing in salvation and good attendance. Prior to the meetings there was an extensive distribution of Seed Sowers. The believers also appreciated visits during the summer from Alex Dryburgh, Larry Steers, and George McKinley.

Clyde, ON - During the summer, the believers enjoyed visits from Lorne Mitchell, Don Nicholson, and Timothy Walker, each with helpful ministry and encouragement.

Lake Shore, ON - The tent meetings with Norman Crawford and Frank Sona during July were well attended and supported by neighboring assemblies, and the Lord was pleased to bless in salvation.

Oil Springs, ON - Gospel meetings with Lorne Mitchell and David Kember during August were encouraging, with a good number of outsid­ers attending.

St. Mary’s, ON - Tent meetings with brethren Lavery and Aiken in July were well attended and the Lord’s hand was seen in salvation.

Sudbury, ON - Brian Owen and Allen LeBlanc had three weeks of gospel meetings in July with some interest. The ministry given was also appreciated by the believers.

Victoria Park (Toronto), ON - Marvin Derksen and Peter Ramsay planned to begin gospel meetings on September 16.


L’Anse au Loup, LB - October 12, 13, and 14 with prayer meeting on Thursday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall. Bible Reading on Saturday, Philippians 2. Breaking of Bread at 10:00. On Monday there will be a gospel meeting in Red Bay at 7:30 P.M. All who walk and teach in the old paths are encouraged to attend our conference. Contact Edward Barney, Jr., at (709) 927-5535, or Francis Barney at (709) 927-5696.

Niagara Falls, ON - October 13 and 14, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Oakwood Gospel Hall at Adams and Hawkins St. Saturday, ministry at 10:00, Bible study at 1:30 on the Lordship of Christ, and gospel at 6:45. Lord’s Day, Breaking of Bread at 9:30, Bible study at 1:30 on the High Priestly Ministry of Christ, and gospel meeting at 6:45. Con’. William Smith, 7467 Merritt Ave., Niagara Falls, ON, L2G 5C3. (905) 354-8272. Gospel Hall (905) 358-0377.

Blue River, WI - October 13 and 14, with prayer meeting on Friday at 8:00 in the Gospel Hall, and supper at 6:00. All other meetings in the St. John’s Gymnasium on Wisconsin Ave., Muscoda. Ministry 10:00 and 2:00. Lord’s Day, Bible Reading at 9:00 on Revelation 1, Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Following the conference four Bible readings on Revela­tion 2-3 will be held, October 15-18 at 8:00 P.M. in the Gospel Hall. Corr. James C. Frazier, 15513 Richwood Estates Lane, Blue River, WI 53518. (608) 537-2977; email

Baldwin, KS - Annual all-day meeting October 14 in the Coal Creek Gospel Hall, 1718 N 466 Road, 1 1/2 mile north of U556 on Road 1055. Breaking of Bread at 9:30, Bible reading at 10:45 on John 19. Children’s meeting 1:15, ministry 2:00, and gospel 6:30. Corr. Dave Olmstead, 1702 N. 466 Rd., Baldwin, KS 66006.7242, (785) 594-6628, email:

LaCrosse, WI - October 27 and 28, with prayer meeting and ministry day at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, 1928 George St. All other meetings in he Logan Middle School, 1450 Avon St. Saturday, ministry at 10:00, Lord’s Day, Bible reading at 9:00. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Corr. David L. Hardie, 708 11th Ave. S., Onalaska, WI. (608) 783-4067. School (608) 789-7755.

Alpena, AR - October 27 and 28 in the Gospel Hall, 401 Lane Street, Alpena. The first meeting is on Saturday, a Bible reading at 2:00, fol­lowed by ministry. Breaking of Bread 10:00 and ministry at 1:30. For information and accommodations contact Will Trowbridge, (501) 665-4189; email

Wallaceburg, ON - October 28, with prayer meeting on Saturday at 7:30. Breaking of Bread 10:30, ministry 2:30, and gospel meeting at 7:00. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 121 Gillard Street. For accommodations contact Charles Workman (519) 627-8743: email Gospel Hall (519) 627-7637.

London, ON, Highbury Ave. Gospel Hall - November 3 and 4, with prayer meeting on Friday at 8:00. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 1196 Highbury Ave. Sat., ministry at 10:00. Breaking of Bread at 9:30. Corr. Hugh R. Garnham, 843 Dalkeith Cres., London, ON, NSX 1S5 (519) 433-1825. Hall (519) 451-8233.

Bryn Mawr, PA - November 10 and 11, 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. Meetings on Saturday: 10:30, 2:30 and 7:00. Breaking of Bread at 10:00. Corr. Harold W. Stewart, 403 Revere Rd., Lafayette Hill, PA 19444. (610) 825-0384. Gospel Hall (610) 825-0384.

Blues Mills, NS - November 10 and 11. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 34 Mountain Rd., Blues Mills, just off the TransCanada Highway. Minis­try on Saturday at 10:00 and 2:30. Breaking of Bread 10:00, gospel at 7:00 both evenings. Correspondent John Bain, 12 Reynolds Street, Port Hawkesbury, NS, B9A 2Z1. (902) 625-2409; e-mail

Oil Springs, ON - November 10 and 11, with prayer meeting on 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. Saturday: ministry at 10:30, Bible reading at 1:00 on Romans 12, ministry at 2:30, gospel 7:00. Lord’s Day, Breaking of Bread at 10:30, ministry at 2:30, gospel at 7:00. Corr. Art Whitton, RR#3, Oil Springs, ON, NON iPO; (519) 882-1686.

Stout, IA - Thanksgiving Day conference on November 22 in the Gospel Hall. Ministry at 10:00 and 2:00. Gary DeGroote, 28073 West Brook Street, New Hartford, IA, 50660; (319) 983-2713. Gospel Hall (319) 346-1153.

Newington, CT - Annual one-day conference on November 18, 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.

Phoenix, AZ - November 22, 23, 24, and 25, with prayer meeting on Wednesday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 1246 E. Garfield St. 4, 5, and 6. 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., Glendale, AZ 85305. (623) 872-1007. Hall (602) 253-4932.

Picton, ON - November 24 in the Gospel Hall McFarland Drive. Minis­try at 2 and 6:30 For information, (613) 476.2040 and (613) 476-6718


Vancouver, BC - Angelo Halverson, age 97, on June 15. Angelo, along with his parents and three others in the family, was saved in 1924 in meetings conducted by Walter Gratias in Watson, SK. He was received for a brief time in the West End in Winnipeg, but for the last 53 years has been in the Fairview assembly where he was esteemed as a faithful brother. He never married and is survived by two sisters, Norine Breekveldt of Arlington, and Inanda Remple of Winnipeg.

Bolton, ON - John James Steen, age 63, on July 9. Our brother was born in Northern Ireland, saved there in 1951. He came to Canada in his teens and was in fellowship in West Toronto and Bolton with his wife Dorothea for many years. John was a kind and godly gentleman with a great love for Christ, His Word, and the assembly of God in Bolton, where he was a respected elder and correspondent for a many years. He was a devoted father and grandfather, to his family as well as to many others of God’s people. Our dear brother John fought a good fight, finished his course, and kept the faith, and he is greatly missed by his family and the assembly. His family’s devotion to him by being with him every day and many nights during his final hospital stay was a testimony to all. He leaves his wife, daughters Lois, Joannie, and Isabel, and son John. His son John, John Vance, Harold Paisley, and Harry Clingen shared the service at the very large funeral.

Longport, NJ - Mary Ruth McCullough Dittmyer, age 94, on July 13. Saved in 1920, our sister was originally in the Friendship Avenue assem­bly in Pittsburgh. She then moved to the McKeesport assembly and later to the Longport Home in New Jersey. A faithful and godly example, our sister displayed an excellent memory for Bible verses through her 94 years. She is survived by three sons and two daughters, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The gospel was presented at her funeral by her grandson, Bill Seale, Jr.

Nineveh, NS - Gwen (Swan) Barkhouse, age 58, on July 17, after a nine-month battle with cancer. Our beloved sister was saved in 1960 during gospel meetings held near her home by the late Doug Howard and Fred Holder. A year later she was baptized and received into assembly fellowship at Oxford, NS. Gwen was an RN, and worked for two years in the Boston area, where she was a happy part of the East Boston assem­bly. She married Bruce Barkhouse in 1975, and was in the Nineveh assembly until her home call. Gwen was a calm, quiet, warm, and consistent Christian who will be missed not only by her family, but also by many believers in the Maritimes, especially those of her home assem­bly. Pray for her husband, Bruce, and their three daughters, Ramona, Rebecca, and Ruthann, all believers. Gwen also leaves her mother and seven brothers and two sisters and their families. Jon Procopio, Ken Taylor, and James Walmsley shared the service at the large funeral, which was attended by many neighbors and business associates of her husband.

Arnstein, ON - Geoffrey Dellandrea, age 73, on July 22. Our dear brother was saved at the age of 21, baptized, and received into fellowship shortly thereafter. He was faithful to the Lord and was a well-respected elder and pillar in the assembly. When work had to be done on the hall, Geoffrey was always there, as he was very capable with his hands. He and his wife Shirley were given to hospitality and their home was a haven to many. He became ill in 1986 with Shy- Drager Syndrome, which changed his life completely. He bore the resulting effects with patience, courage, and dignity, and his wife lovingly cared for him over the years until his home call. Beside his wife, he leaves three sons and two daughters, all in assembly fellowship, and eighteen grandchildren. The services at his very large funeral were taken by his sons Tommy, Mark, and Matthew, his brother Ernie, and his son-in-law, David Booth.

Toronto, ON - Margaret Lorimer, age 76, on July 30. Our beloved sister was saved on the last night of a six week gospel series in Toronto in 1939. She was the fourth generation in her family to be gathered to the name of the Lord Jesus, and she continued steadfastly in the Highfield and Pape (now Victoria Park) assemblies. A true helper to her husband Norman throughout their life together, Margaret spent much time making clothing and scripture gifts for underprivileged children in other lands. She had the joy of seeing her three children saved, and her oldest son is already in heaven. At her request the gospel was plainly preached at her very large funeral.

Deckerville, MI - Janet Gardner, age 82, on August 3. Our sister heard the gospel as a girl, and sat in tent meetings by the late John Smith in the Forest, ON area, but was not saved until 1972. She was baptized in 1977 and soon received into assembly fellowship. She leaves two daughters and several grandchildren, some of these not yet saved. William Metcalf took her funeral service.

Arlington, WA - Lori (Klein) Breekveldt, age 42, on August 12, after months of illness from a malignant brain tumor diagnosed early this year. Lori was saved as a child of seven, and always loved to work with children. Our dear sister was marked by a sweet and quiet spirit through­out her life, and her husband, children, parents, siblings, and fellow believers in the Arlington assembly will miss her greatly. She taught Sunday School for 15 years, volunteered at a Christian school, and ran an in-home day care center. Please pray for her sorrowing husband, Hank, and their three young children: Tia, 11, Brian, 9, and Kendon, 2. She also leaves her parents, Gerald and Loleta Klein, six brothers and two sisters and their families, and her grandparents. Her six brothers were the pallbearers at her very large funeral, and the service was shared by Maurice Scandrett, Tim Klein, Tom Hoy, and Ed Rollins.

Blue River, WI - Sophia Studnicka, age 89, on August 17. Our sister was saved in 1932 during meetings of the late Stephen Mick. With her husband William, she was one of the believers that formed the assembly in 1934, and was faithful to the Lord and to the assembly throughout her life. A widow since 1956, Sophia was cared for by her daughter, Virginia Bethke, for the last number of months. She leaves her daughter, her son Paul, and their families, besides others. The funeral service was taken by Robert Orr.