Reports, Conferences, Home Calls


Waukesha, WI - Cory Peppler, 121 Rivera Dr., Waukesha, WI 53189


Indiana, PA - Dr. J. Lindsay Parks, 150 Spruce Street, Indiana, PA 15701. 724-349-5778. Email:


Newington, CT - Conference in November was very good with timely ministry given by bre. Gustafson, Surgenor, Oliver, Higgins and Petterson.

Phoenix, AZ - The Thanksgiving conference was well attended. Those sharing in ministry were Tom Baker, Ed Doherty, Philip Harding, Bill Lavery, Jim McColl, John Slabaugh, and G.P.Taylor. Brethren McColl and Lavery remained for a week of ministry in Phoenix and Sunnyslope.

Brookfield, CT - The assembly ended a series of weekly childrenís meetings on November 9. Dave Zuidema (Midland Park, NJ) took the final meeting, and a good number of parents attended.

Waianae, HI - Bryan Funston visited for a week of encouraging and uplifting ministry on assembly truths in November.

Cedar Falls, IA - The Christians enjoyed ten meetings with Eric McCullough, using his model of the tabernacle. Please pray for gospel meetings scheduled to start on January 6, D.V., with Gary Sharp and Brian Crawford.

Hampton, IA - The Lord blessed in salvation in three weeks of gospel meetings in October and November with Jerry Jennings and Arthur Ward.

Stout, IA - Our Thanksgiving Day meeting was encouraging, with seven of the Lordís servants present. Visits from Bill Metcalf, Jesse Fitch, Jim Webb, Aubrey Kelly, and Jim Smith were also much appreciated.

New Lennox, IL - The believers appreciated Walter Gustafsonís ministry in late October, a report from Aubrey Kelly in November, and David Oliverís five nights of encouraging and edifying ministry.

Methuen, MA - The assembly greatly appreciated John Stubbsí visits on December 9 for the monthly ministry meeting, and again on December 13. Brother Stubbs also visited Byfield, Watertown, and Cambridge for helpful ministry during the week of December 10.

Saugus, MA - The December conference was large and encouraging, with helpful, practical ministry from a good number of the Lordís servants. The assembly also enjoyed Walter Gustafsonís ministry on his visit on December 6, and John Stubbsí visit on December 16.

Saginaw, MI - We enjoyed a visit for three nights in October from Bruce Rodgers with challenging ministry for our hearts. Norman Crawford and Lorne Mitchell gave appreciated ministry at our monthly ministry meeting on December 2. The assembly anticipates childrenís meetings with Stuart Thompson in late January.

Livingston, NJ - The assembly was greatly encouraged in November with visits from Marvin Derksen, Walter Gustafson, Howard Barnes, and Eugene Higgins in both ministry and the gospel.

Midland Park, NJ - Marvin Derksen, Frank Tornaquindici, John Stubbs and Howard Barnes gave profitable ministry during November. Marvin Derksen had three nights of ministry on conditions in the last days.

Cleveland, OH - Larry Perkins gave helpful ministry at a midweek meeting during November.

Bryn Mawr, PA - The November conference went well and was a time of practical and encouraging ministry shared by Marvin Derksen, Walter Gustafson, A. J. Higgins, Gene Higgins, David Oliver, and John Stubbs

Hatboro, PA - John Stubbs had a week of ministry on the Millennial Temple in Ezekiel. There was a good interest and many practical thoughts developed for the encouragement of the assembly

Barrington, NJ - The assembly appreciated the ministry of John Stubbs on November 19 -21, comparing Exodus with the book of Acts.


Vancouver, BC - A farewell meeting was held on December 1 in Woodland Drive for Elton and Ruth Fairfield and family, who left on December 5 to serve the Lord in Japan. A number of brethren took part in the meeting. The monthly ministry meeting in North Vancouver on December 2 was taken by Dave Smith and Elton Fairfield.

Red Bay, LB - The assembly enjoyed three weeks of gospel meetings with Bill Bingham and Bert Joyce. There was encouraging attendance from the town and from assemblies further west.

Green River, NB - The monthly ministry meeting was edifying and profitable, shared by Leslie Wells and brethren from other assemblies.

Shediac, NB - Gerard Roy had a week of profitable ministry on Bible characters, with young believers in view.

Corner Brook, NF - The assembly enjoyed having Alex Dryburgh for a Lordís Day and three nights of ministry. He also spent several nights in Gander Bay, Flowers Cove, Lance Au Loup, and English Point, where he ministered on The Seven Churches.

Gander, NF - Gospel meetings with Peter Ramsay and Bryan Joyce have continued for four weeks, and the Lord has blessed in salvation.

LaPoile, NF - David Hunt and George Whey had four nights of gospel meetings in this small isolated community, with good response.

Parsons Pond, NF - Paul Poidevin and Stephen Joyce ended three weeks of encouraging gospel meetings on November 25, with good attendance.

St. Johnís, NF - The assembly appreciated several nights of ministry from Gordon Williams on the book of Revelation. He also visited various other assemblies at the time.

Amherst, NS - Robert McIlwaine and Ken Taylor concluded gospel meetings on November 7. The assembly was encouraged with blessing in salvation.

Blues Mills, NS - On November 4 we had the happy occasion of receiving a sister into assembly fellowship. The November conference was well attended and a variety of profitable ministry was given: All were cheered by the Lord visiting in salvation at the conference. On November 2 1-22 Fred Krauss visited, with interesting and helpful ministry.

Halifax, NS - The believers were greatly blessed and helped by the timely meetings on Relationships on November 18-19. Dr. Sandy Higgins and Albert Hull were responsible for the nine sessions and the Lordís presence and help was evident, with appreciation expressed by many. About 400 attended the two days and many assemblies represented benefited much from the wholesome and practical ministry. On December 2, Gene Higgins began two weeks of gospel meetings with his chart on prophetic events. The Halifax assembly has increased of recent years and there is a good exercise to see blessing in these meetings.

Sydney Mines, NS - The assembly appreciated a visit from Fred Bartlett on November 4. Alex Dryburgh visited from November 12-16, with ministry from I Corinthians that was beneficial to the believers. Paul Poidevin was with us on November 28, with an informative and very interesting report on the work in Zambia.

Yarmouth, NS - James McClelland and David Hunt concluded gospel meetings on November 18. While the response in Yarmouth was disappointing, unsaved were present nightly, and the seed was sown faithfully.

Kingston, ON - Eugene Badgley and Ross Vanstone (Portage) had three weeks of gospel meetings, following the distribution of Seed Sower texts to 32,000 homes. There was blessing seen among the university students.

Niagara Falls, ON - The assembly enjoyed two weeks of well-attended childrenís meetings with Lorne Langfeld at the end of November. We were encouraged to see a good number of parents attend the closing night.

Nipissing Junction, ON - David Booth gave stirring and refreshing ministry on the timely topic of Prayer at the October monthly ministry meeting. We also enjoyed profitable ministry from Nehemiah and a brief report of the work in Finland by Bruce Cottrill. On November 18-23 Mark Bachert (Clinton) had a week of childrenís meetings. The November 25 monthly ministry meeting was taken by Andy Fletcher (Waubashene), who spoke on the Day of God.

Charlottetown, PEI - In September the assembly began Friday night childrenís meetings, and more than 40 children are attending. The assembly was encouraged with the reception of a young man, and also with refreshing ministry on October 9 from Robin McKeown of Northern Ireland. During September and October the assembly appreciated the help Robert Mcllwaine, Peter Orasuk, and Peter Ramsay gave in weekly gospel meetings and Bible readings.

Longueuil, PQ - A weekend of ministry and gospel on November 10 and 11 was well attended and profitable, with help from Leslie Wells, Gerard Roy, Larry Buote, and another brother.

Ste. Flavie, PQ - Leslie Wells had seven meetings of practical ministry from Nehemiah.


Brazil - Tom Matthews and Tommie Wright continue in gospel meetings in Itati, having seen blessing and continued interest. In Sapiranga James Armstrong and Gregg Buchanan also saw blessing in the meetings they have finished. Harry Wilson and Lindsay Carswell continue in gospel meetings in Cachoeirinha.

No. Ireland - Willie Fenton and Stan Wells finished ten weeks in the gospel in the Kells area in November, with good attendance and blessing in salvation. Brother Wells had ministry meetings on future events using a large chart, during late November in Ballykeel, Kilkeel. In Ballintoy, Harold Paisley gave timely ministry for two weeks from the book of Revelation, illustrated by a large chart. He also had four nights of ministry on The Christ of the Villages in Portstewart, followed by three weeks in the gospel. The meetings were well supported by surrounding assemblies and a good number of local people attended. There was blessing in salvation.


San Diego, CA - February 16 and 17, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 4646 Twain Ave. There will be a Bible reading on Saturday and on Monday at 10:00 A.M., on Matthew 13. Meetings Saturday and Sunday at 10:00, 2:00, and 7:00. Breaking of Bread at 10:00. Corr. William Smith, 5005 LaDorna Drive, San Diego, CA, 92115. (619) 582-2109. Gospel Hall (619) 280-7021.


Westbank, BC - Claude Reginald Hatt, formerly of Forest Glade, NS, age 92, on August 8. Our brother was saved in 1950 at meetings conducted by the late L.K. McIlwaine. He was in the assembly at Brickton for many years and had the joy of seeing all his family saved and in assembly fellowship. Latterly he was with the assembly in Westbank until his homecall. His first wife, Eileen, and a daughter, Ann Marie, predeceased him. Surviving are his wife Margaret, three sons and three daughters and their spouses, eighteen grandchildren, and twenty-eight great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted by his son Wayne, Albert Hull, William Bingham, and James McClelland.

Main Point/Gander Bay, NF - Alvin Blake, age 60, on October 20. Alvin was called home to be with the Lord after a battle with liver cancer. Our brother trusted Christ in 1974 at the age of 32. Alvin was in fellowship with the Main Point Assembly from its formation in the 1970ís and was a definite help to the believers there. Alvin was a kind and godly gentleman with a great love for Christ, His Word, and the assemblies in Newfoundland and Labrador. He was a respected elder and correspondent for many years and served his God faithfully. Our brother was commended to the Lordís work just prior to his illness, but continued on to the end, speaking from a seated position during the past summer in a tent. He leaves behind his loving wife, Daphne, three daughters, Cindy, Kathy, and Nancy, two sons, Derek and David, nine grandchildren, five sisters, one brother and his dear mother Eva. Please pray for the family, some of whom still need salvation. The services at the very large funeral were shared by Francis Barney, an elder from LíAnse au Loup and long-time friend of Alvinís, Carl Payne, Gaius Goff, and Sandy Feltham. Brethren from many parts of the province were present and appreciated. Our esteemed brother is greatly missed by his family and the believers here.

Moncton, NB - Mrs. Hazel Inglis, age 90, on October 26 passed peacefully into the presence of her Lord. Saved in her late twenties through the preaching of the late John and Robert McCracken, she was in the Swaine Street assembly in Halifax for most of her Christian life. She was a faithful sister, a lover of the gospel, and given to hospitality. Many a student has been indebted to her for accommodation and care. Her last years were in the Royal Court Home in Moncton. The funeral was shared by Ken Taylor and Albert Hull.

Charlottetown, PEI - Margaret H. Howatt, age 97, on October 28. Margaret was born again in Boston in 1931 and later moved back to PEI. She was highly esteemed and an inspiration to the believers. Her life was restricted during the last few years to a nursing home. Robert Mcllwaine, Douglas McLeod, and Peter Ramsay conducted the funeral service.

Lake Shore, ON - Austin Rawlings, age 98, on November 4. Our brother was saved at 13 during gospel meetings in the old Lake Shore Hall, with Hugh Walker and Harold Crone preaching. He and his late wife Verna farmed next to the old hall, and took an interest in the assemblyís welfare. He helped much in the new hallís construction in 1979. Confined by his advanced age to the North Lambton Rest Home for the past 18 years, he leaves one son, Robert, of Akron, and a grandson, Paul. The funeral service was shared by his nephew, Robert Fuller, and William Metcalf.

Akron, OH - Robert Steffensen, age 82, on November 4. Our beloved brother was saved as a teen, and when brought into contact with the assembly, immediately showed a genuine love for the truth of God. He continued in happy assembly fellowship until the Lord called him home. Always cheerful, he suffered increasing breathing distress for several years. The focus of his life was his family and the assembly, where he was a faithful help for more than 42 years. Bob had an endearing, kind concern for others, and the large number attending his viewing attested to the respect in which he was held. David Oliver, John Slabaugh, and Kenneth Webb shared the funeral service. He is survived by his wife Margaret, two sons, Ronald and Thom, and daughter Karen, all saved by Godís grace, and four grandchildren.

Ballymena, N.I. - Mrs. Elizabeth Martin, age 77, on November 7. Saved in 1939 in meetings with T. McKelvey and W. McCracken in Limavady, our sister was received into fellowship in Coleraine and after marriage was in the Harryville assembly (Ballymena) until her homecall. She had a deep interest in the assembly and was most faithful to the gatherings of the Lordís people. A real help to her husband Jim in the work of the gospel, she was faithfully cared for by him in her recent years of sickness. Our dear sister was greatly encouraged during her illness when her only son Wesley was also commended to full time work. The service at the very large funeral was conducted by A. McShane and A. Aiken. Please pray for her husband, and her son and his family.

London, ON - George C. Ritchie, age 95, on November 18. Our dear brother was saved as a boy of sixteen in Scotland, and shortly afterward emigrated to the United States. After brief periods in Boston and New York, he came to Detroit, and was present at the first meeting of the West Chicago Blvd. assembly (now Stark Road, Livonia). During the last 28 years, he wintered in Florida, and was associated with the assemblies in North Tampa and Deland, until moving back permanently to London in April 2001. His godly life and testimony were influential at work, at home, and in the assembly. He was predeceased by his wife of fifty years, Marion, in 1988, and in 1997 was remarried to Ada Clark of London, ON, who survives him. He is also survived by his daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Vallance of the Stark Road assembly, and a son, James. Four grandsons, all in assembly fellowship, shared in the funeral services, and expressed their appreciation for the legacy they received from him.

Arlington, WA - Mrs. Lois Eylander Wilson, age 88, on November 23. She was saved as a teenager during gospel meetings held by Albert Joyce and Herb Harris in 1931, and during her 40 years of marriage to Walter Wilson was in fellowship in Vancouver and Seattle until her husband was called home in 1985. Then she moved back to Arlington where she has been in fellowship until called home. The fruit of the spirit was manifest in her life and she will be missed by all. Don Kazen, Maurice Scandrett, and Tom Hoy shared the funeral services. Please pray for some family members not saved.

Parkersburg, IA - Mrs. Anna Spieker, age 94, on November 25. Our dear sister was saved nine days after her husband during gospel meetings held by Oliver Smith in Hitesville in 1935. She was a faithful sister and appreciated the assembly where she gathered for many years. Her husband Jerry went to be with the Lord in 1982, and she is survived by her two daughters and their families. The funeral service was shared by Leonard De Buhr and Robert Orr.

Sussex, NB - Howard Godsoe, age 85, on November 27. Our brother was saved in 1973 in meetings held by David and Paul Kember. He was part of the assembly when it was first formed, a wise and respected overseer who shouldered a lot of responsibility, especially when the assembly was small. He was a man given to careful study of Godís Word. He is survived by his second wife, Marjorie, two daughters, Joan Gustafson and Shirley McCandless, and one son, not yet saved. The funeral service was shared by his sons-in-law, Walter Gustafson and Murray McCandless, and David Beckett.

Newington, CT - Lena Cetola, age 87, passed peacefully into the Lordís presence on November 30, 2001. Saved as a girl of 15, she was received later into the assembly. Her husband Tony predeceased her less than a year ago from the same nursing home. Her last days in the home were her best, as she was always cheerful and distributed calendars and Seed Sowers to all the nurses and residents. The funeral service was shared by Frank Tornaquindici and Matthew Brescia. She leaves one son, David and his family.

Worcester, MA - Antoinette Camarra, age 84, on December 2. Our dear sister was born in Italy and came to Worcester in 1929. She was saved in 1937 during meetings with Rocco Cappiello and was received into the Worcester assembly. She was faithful to the assembly for 64 years and served the Lord and his people with her late husband Joe, an overseer in the assembly. She was loved by all and will be missed. Her godly character and hospitality to the Lordís people and His servants was greatly appreciated. She is survived by two sons and their families. Robert Surgenor, David Oliver, and Matthew Brescia took the funeral, and the large number of unsaved friends and relatives present heard the gospel clearly. Please pray for an unsaved son and his family.

Ballymena, N. Ireland - Wilson Jennings, age 75, on December 3, after much suffering. Our beloved brother, an evangelist and servant of the Lord, was raised in a home with godly parents, but left in his teens, glad to get away from restraint and meetings. At university in Belfast, he found lodgings with a couple in the assembly, and in 1947 was saved while attending gospel meetings held by Harold Paisley. He soon manifested his interest in the things of God, was baptized, and received into assembly fellowship, and was exercised in the preaching of the gospel and the care of the saints. He was commended to full-time service 26 years ago and preached throughout Northern Ireland, laboring together with our brother Jim Martin for 16 years. Three weeks after his wifeís death almost five years ago, he had a car accident, resulting in great disability and suffering, and for some time before his homecall he was confined to Prospect Nursing Home in Ballymena. He is survived by three daughters, two sons-in-law, four grandchildren, and three brothers. The services at the very large funeral were shared by Jim Martin, Matthew McKillen, and John Rodgers.