Reports, Conferences, Home Calls


Our beloved brother and servant of the Lord went home to be with the Saviour that he loved and served on January 28, 2002. He was saved in 1915 and commended to the work of the Lord in 1928 and faithfully preached the gospel and ministered to the Lordís people until his homecall. He is survived by his devoted wife, Gertrude, a son, three grandsons, five great grandchildren and a sister. Funeral services were held in Hickory, NC and also in Bryn Mawr, PA. A photograph and a memorial to our beloved brother and servant of the Lord will be carried in the Words in Season next month, Lord willing.


Japan - Jim Currie - 5-29-3 Nishi Motomachi, Kokubunji shi, Tokyo, 185-0023, Japan.

David Petterson - 3935 Ashland Drive, Maiden, NC 28650. Tel: (704) 483-6503. email:


Toronto and Steubenville, OH - The two assemblies are joining for prayer and Bible reading, and for the Sunday night gospel meetings. The meetings will alternate by month: February meetings in Toronto, and March meetings in Steubenville. Meetings will start at 7:00. The prayer and Bible reading meetings will be an hour and 15 minutes. The Breaking of Bread will continue to be held in each hall: Toronto at 9:45, and Steubenville at 10:00.


Newington, CT - Albert Hullís visit on Lordís Day, January 27, was much appreciated. He also shared in the Manchester afternoon ministry meeting with Robert Surgenor. In early February, Harold Paisley visited with profitable and encouraging ministry on biographies in the New Testament on Paul, Timothy, Barnabas and John.

Manchester, CT - The assembly was encouraged with practical ministry on assembly principles during three weeks of well-attended meetings with Robert Surgenor.

Cedar Falls, IA - Gospel meetings with Gary Sharp and Brian Crawford continued into February with strangers in nightly, and the believers were greatly encouraged as God was pleased to bless in salvation.

Dunkerton, IA - Please pray for childrenís meetings planned for the week of April 7, D. V., with Timothy Walker.

Manchester, IA - Robert Orr and William Skates began gospel meetings in early January.

Methuen, MA - The believers appreciated encouraging ministry in December from Daniel Shutt, and a Lordís Day visit from Howard Barnes. Saugus, MA - Eugene Higginsí visit on February 5 for ministry was a cheer to the assembly, as was Harold Paisleyís visit on Lordís Day, February 10.

Springfield, MA - The assembly enjoyed Robert Surgenorís visit from January 27 - February 3, with five nights of profitable ministry on the book of Ezra, and help on two Lordís Days.

Worcester, MA - Robert Surgenor had three weeks of encouraging and profitable ministry on the tabernacle at the end of December.

Saginaw, MI - Stuart Thompson had a week of childrenís meetings in January with a number of new children out. He and Norman Crawford gave encouraging ministry at the monthly ministry meeting on February 3.

Hickory, NC - Albert Hull had a profitable week of timely and encouraging ministry from January 20-26. The interest and appreciation was evident during the well-attended meetings.

Barrington, NJ - Jim Smith was with the assembly on January 8-10, giving rich ministry on the presentation of Christ in the Gospels. Hatboro, NJ - Albert Hull had heart-warming ministry on Relationships, from January 13-17, with many from neighboring assemblies attending. The Sunday School Treat was held on January 26.

Albuquerque, NM - William Lavery and Matt Smith had two weeks of gospel meetings in November. Tracts and invitations were distributed daily.

Akron, OH - A good number were present when Sandy Higgins led the area Bible reading in January on Fellowship. He was with the assembly in Cleveland for the reading on February 2. Art Ward also visited for a night of ministry. Both brethren gave ministry that warmed the hearts of the believers.

Toronto-Steubenville, OH - John Slabaugh and Art Ward had two weeks of practical and enlightening Bible readings in January on Things Most Surely Believed. During the first week, a girl of 20 professed faith in Christ in Toronto. A brother and sister who had been saved several years ago began attending, and he was baptized after the Bible Reading Sunday afternoon. In Steubenville, a young man is showing an interest in assembly fellowship, which has further encouraged the two small assemblies. Bryn Mawr, PA - Jim Smith spent a Lordís Day with the Christians. The assembly distributed nearly 2000 gospel calendars with invitations and literature.

Sommers Point, NJ - Eugene Higgins spent a much-appreciated Lordís Day with the Christians who formerly met in Longport.

Hardwick, VT - The assembly in Hardwick welcomed Eugene Higgins for Lordís Day, January 20. Not only was the gospel faithfully preached and the young shown in ministry the value of Christian fellowship and friendship, but the assembly rejoiced in the salvation three days earlier of a young woman for whom many had been praying.

Seattle, WA - The January conference was well attended, with many young people and young families present. The Bible Readings and ministry were excellent, with much said about the Lordís coming and a challenge to serve Him until He comes. The ministry was shared by Reddy Blair, Hans Bouwman, Marvin Derksen, John Fitzpatrick, Bryan Funston, Walter Gustafson, Peter Ramsay, Dave Richards, and Cap Van de Wetering.


Vancouver, BC - Marvin Derksen and Peter Ramsay continued into their third week in the gospel at Carleton at the end of January, with some interest shown. The January 5 missionary meeting at Deep Cove was taken by Dave Richards, who had a week of ministry on Titus at Langley during the week following.

Portage la Prairie, MB -The believers enjoyed a week of timely ministry on assembly teaching from Jon Procopio in January. It was especially helpful in view of the many who have left the Hutterite colonies and are regularly attending the assembly meetings. Many of them have been baptized and received into fellowship during December, January, and February, and the assembly is very thankful to the Lord for this season of blessing.

Tracadie, NB - During the last two weeks of January Leslie Wells had a series of practical ministry meetings on The Life of Solomon. He also gave help at the monthly ministry meetings, with local brethren, at Shediac, Pigeon Hill, and Ste. Flavie, where Gerard Roy also helped.

Fogo, NF - Bryan Funston and Dave Hunt started meetings at the end of January.

Halifax, NS - The believers enjoyed having Eugene Higgins for a week in early December, with his chart on Future Events, and also for a week in mid-January, using a chart on Egypt to Canaan. The Lord blessed in salvation in both series.

River Hebert, NS - Noel Burden visited on January 3, 4, and 6, giving help in ministry and in the meetings on the Lordís Day.

Clinton, ON - Alex Dryburgh visited on January 6, giving appreciated ministry and help in the gospel. The Sunday School Treat on January 12, taken by Stephen Prins of Sarnia, was well attended by children and some parents.

Clyde, ON - Lorne Langfeld held a week of childrenís meetings from January 21-25, with a good number attending. Lorne and Don Nicholson began a series of gospel meetings on January 28.

Sarnia, ON - Four weeks of gospel meetings in December with Jonathan Procopio and William Metcalf were well attended and the Lord blessed in salvation.

Sault Ste. Marie, ON - Five young people were baptized recently and one has since taken his place in assembly fellowship, bringing much joy to the believers.

St. Maryís, ON - On January 13, 50 years of Friday night childrenís meetings was commemorated with a dinner. George Patterson and Hugh Garnham, who started the work, gave its history and spoke in the gospel. A good number attended and new contacts were made.

Sudbury, ON - The assembly appreciated a visit from Murray Pratt for the monthly ministry meeting in December and for the following Lordís Day. Don Nicholson visited for the January 12 ministry meeting and remained for the all-day meeting on January 13. Ken Moore and Alvin Cook were also present for that day. The ministry given was much appreciated and quite a number of visitors attended.

Charlottetown, PEI - Albert Hull had three nights of refreshing ministry during December. The assembly rejoiced in receiving two young sisters into fellowship.


St. Lucia - In January Dr. David Brandt and Bryan Joyce were a great help to the gospel work, with good numbers attending tent meetings in the Ciceron area.

Malaysia - In early February Stanley Wells was helping out in Kota Kemuning, where the Klang assembly has begun a new outreach work.

Portstewart, N. Ireland - Brother Harold Paisley is expected for a week of meetings at the end of February on Danielís prophecy using his large chart.


Methuen, MA - Saturday March 23, gospel meeting at 5:30 with supper to follow. Sunday March 24, Breaking of Bread at 10:00, ministry at 2:30, gospel at 6:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 51 Merrimack St. (Exit 46 off 1-495.) Corr. Daniel Netti, 105 Hillside Rd., N.Andover, MA 01845, (978) 686-2462. Gospel Hall (978) 794-8679.

Clarksville, IA - One-day conference, April 7, in the Antioch Gospel Hall, three miles east of Clarksville. Breaking of Bread at 11:00, preceded by ministry at 10:00. Ministry at 2:00 and gospel at 7:30. Contact Harry Schmidt, 103 West Rowley St., Greene, IA 50636. (515) 823-5691. Gospel Hall (319) 278-4083.

Mimico, ON - Bible readings April 5, 6, and 7, with the first reading on Friday at 7:30. Subject: Matthew 24, 25, and 28, taking up Dispensational, Doctrinal, and Devotional Teaching. Saturday, 10:00, 2:00, and 7:00. Sunday, Breaking of Bread at 9:45, reading at 2:00 and gospel at 7:00. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 414 Royal York Rd S., Etobicoke, ON. For further information contact P.W. Robinson, D.C. (416) 255-4993, or email

McKeesport, PA - April 27 and 28, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, Prescott and Broadway. All other meetings in the Francis McClure Junior High School. Meetings begin at 10:00 on Saturday and Lordís Day. The homes of the Christians will be open for visitors. Contact Rob Oliver, (412) 664-1004,, for accommodations or local motel phone numbers for those desiring to make their own accommodations.

PEI - 52nd annual conference, May 18 and 19, in the Bluefield High School in Hampshire. Prayer and ministry; Saturday May 18 at 9:00. Ministry at 2:30 and gospel at 7:00. Bible reading Lordís Day at 8:30, The Seven Cries of Christ on the Cross. Breaking of Bread 10:00, ministry 2:30, and gospel 7:00. Corr. Glen McKenna, 15 Andrews Drive, Kensington, RR6, C0B 1M0, (902) 836-3073; or Brian McDonald, 25 MacRae Drive, Cornwall, C0A 1H0, (902) 566-3831. For accommodations contact Neal Thompson (902) 892-7216,


Clyde, ON - Mrs. Linda Mior, age 37, on October 20, 2001. Linda was saved at the age of ten, and was later received into the Valens assembly. After her marriage she and her husband Giulio were received into the Clyde assembly. Linda had a concern and interest in the salvation of others, and wanted all to know of her blessed Savior. When she learned she was terminally ill, it was her request that the gospel be preached at her funeral service, which was attended by many of her co-workers and friends. The message was clearly presented by Don Nicholson and Steve Kember. Linda is survived by her husband Giulio and three young children, Joshua, Melissa, and Luke, as well as her parents, Tom and Leona Watson, four sisters, and two brothers.

Unionville, ON - Marjorie Ross, age 78, on December 31, 2001. Our dear sister was saved as a young woman in Truro, NS, and had a desire to serve the Lord in the mission field. In 1957 she began teaching at the Sakeji School in Zambia. She was loved by her many students, children of missionaries, who boarded at the school for months at a f me. She returned to Canada for health reasons in 1987 and went to live at Bethany Lodge in 1988. Her caring spirit was shown to the residents of Bethany and the members of the Unionville assembly. A memorial service was held in Markham on January 5, when many family members from Nova Scotia, students, and friends gathered to pay tribute to Marjorie. Pray for the family, many not saved. A funeral service was held in Sydney, NS on January 11.

Arlington, WA - Floyd Stewart Anderson, on January 3, one day before his 95th birthday. Floyd and his wife Ethel, who predeceased him almost ten years ago, were part of the Tacoma assembly for many years before moving to Arlington. He was a quiet consistent brother who loved the Lord and his people, praying daily for all those in the assembly and their families, and dozens of the Lordís servants. His mind was very clear, and it was a joy to visit him in his apartment where he lived alone until just a few days before his home call. Many of his descendants are in fellowship in this assembly and in neighboring assemblies. He was a valued member of our assembly and will be greatly missed. Bryan Meyers, Tom Hoy and Don Kazen shared in the funeral services.

Sault Ste. Marie, ON - Ruth Patrizio, age 91, on January 3. Our dear sister Ruth was the beloved wife of the late Caesar Patrizio, servant of the Lord, of Philadelphia, PA. Ruth (Davis) was saved in 1927 and received into assembly fellowship where she continued steadfastly. She married Caesar Patrizio in 1959, and after his death returned to the Soo, spending her latter years in a nursing home, unable to attend assembly meetings because of ill health. Elgin Johnson, Douglas Rankin, and Tony Francesco shared the funeral services.

Wallaceburg, ON - Clarence Kerr, age 84, on January 7. Our esteemed brother was saved at the age of 17. He was a student of the Word with a deep love for his Lord, and was a true Christian gentleman, walking a steady path, and "fearing God above many." He and his wife Elsie were given to hospitality, faithfully supporting the beginning of the gospel work in Wallaceburg. After the assembly was planted in 1975, Clarence was a devoted overseer in it. He will be greatly missed by his dear wife and two daughters, all in assembly fellowship, and three sons. The service at the large funeral was taken by Norman Crawford, William Metcalf, James Beattie, and Bert Snippe.

Niagara Falls, ON - Noel Caron, age 76, on January 10, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was a faithful brother who had a deep sense of commitment to the Lord whom he loved, and right to the end was looking for the Lord to come. He leaves his wife Blanche and a daughter, who are in the assembly, and eight other children, twenty grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. He will be missed. The well-attended funeral service was shared by Tim Walker and James Smith.

Torrington, CT - Cosiniena (Connie) F. Illuminati, age 87, was called home on January 11. Saved as a girl of nine while speaking with her sister Rose, Connie was received into the fellowship of the Waterville (now Terryville) assembly. For the last 60 years she gathered, with her husband Victor, with the believers in Torrington. Connie and Victor faithfully served the Lord, the assembly, and His people. She was loved and held in high esteem by all, and many can rise up and call her blessed as they remember her hospitality, work in the Sunday School, and spirit of being a true nurse to all. She leaves her beloved husband, two daughters and their families, and one brother, Anthony Faita of Springfield. Robert Surgenor, Frank Tornaquindici, David Swanney, and her sons-in-law and a grandson shared in the funeral services.

Marion, IA - Reuben Gentz, age 85, passed peacefully into the Lordís presence on January 13. Reuben was saved at 17 under the preaching of Willie Grearson. He soon identified himself with the Manchester assembly where he and his wife faithfully served. Since 1969 they were in happy fellowship at Marion, where he manifested joy in Godís salvation to the end, even through severe illness. Surviving are his wife Belle; four sons, Don, Cleo, Phil, and Chris; one daughter, Patricia; their spouses, 18 grandchildren, and 25 great grandchildren. The funeral service was shared by Robert Orr and Al Christopherson.

McKeesport, PA - Mrs. Harold (Mary) Clark, age 85, went to be with Christ on January 22. Mary was raised with a knowledge of the gospel, and was saved in gospel meetings in Indiana, PA. She and her husband Harold sought to serve the Lord and His people in McKeesport for more than 64 years. A gracious, loving and warm Christian, she will be sorely missed by her family and by the believers. She is survived by her husband, two sons and two daughters and their families. The large funeral was taken by James Smith, David Oliver, William Lavery, and Gene Higgins. A number of friends and grandchildren also took part, speaking about her impact on their lives.

Portage la Prairie, MB - Al Watson, age 93, on January 22. Al was saved as a young man and was in the assembly for many years, but spent the past nine years in a care home. He was predeceased by his wife Verna in 1984 and is survived by three children, two brothers, and a sister, Ada Williams of the Austin assembly. The funeral was shared by David Vanstone and Keith Ronald.

London, ON - Mrs. Ada May Ritchie, age 86, on January 29. Our sister trusted Christ at the age of 37. She came into fellowship in the old Pall Mall Hall and will be remembered for her facility in speaking to the unsaved. She was predeceased by her husband Charles Scanlon (1975), Tom Clark (1991), and George Ritchie (2001). Ada is survived by two sisters, both saved, and will be missed by all of her step-children. The funeral was shared by David Derksen, Dr. David Vallance and John Walterhouse.