Huntington University’s HTV 22 News took first place in the 2007 Intercollegiate National Religious Broadcasters TV studio contest.
Under the direction of Dr. Lance Clark, associate professor of communication (right), HTV 22 News is the student-produced weekly news magazine covering local news, sports and weather. The award-winning broadcast may be found online at

Todd Stapleton, a senior broadcasting major from Tipp City, Ohio, is the show’s producer, and Josh Fortney, a junior broadcasting major from Huntington, Ind., directs the show each week. This is the second consecutive year that HTV 22 News has won the award in this category under Stapleton’s leadership.

“I am so proud of these students because they are doing what it takes to write, produce, edit and direct a first class news program,” Clark said. “The competition is steep, and to take first place on the national level says a great deal about the character and determination of our broadcasting students at Huntington University.”


Persons from five neighborhood churches gathered in Anchor Community Church’s fellowship hall on February 25.

Anchor Community Church is getting together with four other neighborhood churches for five Sunday nights during Lent. To make a difference in their lower-income neighborhood near downtown Fort Wayne, Ind., it makes strategic sense to partner with other churches, regardless of denomination, which also want make a difference.

Pastor Tim Hallman, pastor of Anchor, got things going last spring with a letter to the pastors of four nearby churches: Grace Presbyterian, Trinity United Methodist, First Mennonite, and North Highlands Church of Christ. That resulted in a joint Vacation Bible School last summer. Now things are going further with these Lenten get-togethers.

The five pastors agreed on a common format. The host church would provide a soup and dessert meal, each church would do three songs which come out of their church tradition, and the host pastor would then talk about his/her church’s history, ministries, theology, denomination, etc. In this way, the churches could learn a lot about each other.

Pastor Tim Hallman of Anchor (right)
with Pastor Barb of Grace Presbyterian.

Anchor got things started on Sunday night, February 25. The bad weather, a big concert in town, plus the Oscars created somewhat low expectations. But those expectations were well exceeded when 75-80 people gathered in Anchor’s fellowship hall. For their three songs, the Anchor worship team did “Take My Life and Let it Be” (though they “Anchorized” by using Chris Tomlin’s version), “I’ll Fly Away,” and “This Little Light of Mine.” For the latter, when they reached the verse which said, “Shine all over Third Street” (where Anchor is located), everyone attending inserted their own church’s street. The Presbyterians, for the record, got everyone started clapping on “I’ll Fly Away.”

After Tim Hallman talked about Anchor’s history, ministries, structure, denomination, and other matters, everyone broke into smaller groups around the tables. The Anchor attendees at each table introduced themselves, told how they came to Anchor, and answered questions from the guests from other churches.

Next week we’re at North Highlands Church of Christ. I can hardly wait. In reaching our neighborhood, the most strategic relationships we can develop are not with other United Brethren churches in Fort Wayne, but with other churches, regardless of affiliation, located in our neighborhood. We’ll discover which ones share our heart for really making an impact. This can only lead to good things.

The United Brethren church began when a Mennonite and a Lutheran, discovering that they shared the same spiritual passions, declared, “We are brethren.” These Sunday night dinners fit that attitude nicely. In the process, Anchor hopes to discover the fellow churches and Christians who share their passion for making an impact in the surrounding neighborhood.

Former NFL receiver Irving Fryar spoke to over 200 persons during a dinner at Atlantic Avenue UB church (Franklin, Pa.) on February 23. Fryar spent 17 years in the NFL, and scored the Patriots’ only touchdown in Super Bowl XX against the 1985 Chicago Bears, before retiring in 1997. He reached the Pro Bowl five times.

The occasion was the church’s second annual charity dinner and sports auction to benefit World Vision. Last year’s speaker was former Pittsburgh Steeler Mel Blount.

The dinner coincided with the youth group’s 30-hour planned famine. Teens college pledge money for each hour they go without eating, and the money is donated to World Vision. About 70 youth from Atlantic Avenue, plus 20 from another church, participated in the fast. Those same teens, while fasting, served dinner to over 125 guests.

Fryar says he never prepares speeches in advance, but let’s God guide him toward the right thing to say. “Whatever I’m saying, it’s always going to lead to the gospel,” he said.

Hilltop United Brethren church in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., has withdrawn from the denomination. A letter from the Leadership Council, dated January 22 and signed by senior pastor Michael Tucker and three other men, says:

“Hilltop Community Church wishes to withdraw from the United Brethren in Christ denomination, effective immediately. We have been granted our own 401(c)(3) tax exempt status with the IRS….We are not upset about any issue, and we hold no ill will toward the denomination. the decision was put to the congregation for a vote, and it was unanimously approved. We feel this move is the best for our church.”

Hilltop began in the mid-1960s as First United Brethren Church under the leadership of Rev. Marvin Price. Using property donated by the McCulloch Corporation, First UB grew to become the largest church in what was then called Pacific Conference (later Arizona Conference). The most recent year for which we have statistics, 2005, shows an average attendance of 116. The only other churches remaining in Arizona are in Fountain Hills and Phoenix (the latter a Hispanic church).

Among the UB people with roots in Lake Havasu are missionaries Ruth Ann Price and Debbie Osberg; pastors Don Dennie, Stu Dennie, and Steve Gilbertson; Communications Director Steve Dennie; and Huntington University’s Rich McConnell.

The Hillsdale UB Church (Hillsdale, Mich.) dedicated its new Ministry Office Center on Sunday morning, February 25. The Ministry Office Center, located in the former parsonage, is located next to the church. It now houses a large classroom and offices for all of the church staff.

In a five-year period, Hillsdale’s average attendance grew from 200-500. This created the need to add classroom, plus expand the lobby, nursery, and other areas. Moving the church offices into the former parsonage freed up space in the church building.

Bishop Ron Ramsey spoke at the dedication. An open house followed at both the Ministry Office Center and the renovated Student Ministries Center on the church’s second floor.

Pam and I have a precious two-and-a-half year old great nephew by the name of Karson Cabe. Karson’s dad, Kraig, is the regional director for Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Northern Indiana. His mom, Christy, was the children’s ministry director at Emmanuel Community Church and has been a tremendous mother. Karson’s Miller grandparents are Denny and Karin. Denny is senior pastor of Emmanuel Community Church in Fort Wayne, Ind. His great-grandpa Ray was our Bishop, with Lanie serving by his side for over 43 years of ministry. His Cabe grandparents are Lee and Melody. They are a wonderful Christian couple that have lovingly served the Lord in many ways and raised their children to faithfully serve the Lord.

Karson loves to play with Thomas the Train. And he loves Jesus. His prayer at bedtime a couple weeks ago signed off, “I love you Jesus, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.” Not bad for a two-and-a-half year old.

Last week, the world seemed to stop as the doctor told Christy that blood work indicated Karson has leukemia. They went immediately to Riley Children’s Hospital, the diagnosis was confirmed, and Karson began his three-year journey of chemotherapy. A terrible disease is loose in his body, and without treatment it will kill him. With proper treatment comes eradication of the problem and life.

We appreciate your prayers.

For all of us, nothing else is important right now next to doing everything possible to make sure that little man gets healthy and lives a normal life.

Isn’t that a parallel of how we should feel about loved ones we know who don’t know Jesus? They have a terrible disease loose in them. There is a treatment plan that will bring healing, but it doesn’t look desirable at the start. Life by necessity will change because of fighting this disease. And when we are burdened by the knowledge of their condition, no effort seems too sacrificial in helping or supporting the cause of getting them healthy. Nothing else is important. Nothing.

On the other side of the equation, the promises, grace, strength, and confidence we have in Christ are providing the “peace that passes understanding.” Our confidence and hope lie solely in the hands of the One who gave His own Son for us. And by His stripes, we are healed.

Karson learned a new song in the days leading up to his diagnosis. He sang it over an iChat date with our daughter Jalonna. “This is the day, this is the day that the Lord has made, that the Lord has made. ….”

That is the heart of an innocent little boy that loves and trusts Jesus without even being aware of what is going on in him. It is a heart that helps us remember and trust. That is Karson’s Gospel for us. We can confidently trust Jesus no matter what.

A team of three staff members and 11 Huntington University students traveled to China during the 2007 January Term for a 23-day experiential learning trip. Dr. Luke Fetters, associate professor of ministry and missions, and Campus Pastor Bill Fisher took the students to seven Chinese cities to learn about Christianity in China.

The team traveled to Hong Kong, Macau, Zhouhai, Guangzhou, Fuzhou, Nanjing, and Beijing, covering an estimated 2000 miles.

Fetters wanted students to understand the complexity of the Christian experience in modern day China. “The general stereotype among Americans of the church in China is secret meetings, smuggling of Bibles, fear, and police,” said Fetters. “But in reality there is a government-regulated legal church with 20 million members. There is also a government-recognized printing company that has printed 15 million Bibles.”

Huntington University approved a 3% increase for fulltime undergraduate tuition for 2007-2008. Annual tuition at Huntington University is currently $18,420. The increase amounts to $280 more per semester for fulltime undergrads.
Across the United States, the average tuition and fees at four-year private institutions this year is $22,218, reflecting an average increase of 5.9% over 2005-2006, according to College Board’s 2006-2007 annual survey of colleges.

Two groups of students spent their January Term, January 8-24, at United Brethren camps–16 students at the Michindoh Camp and Conference Center in Hillsdale, Mich., and ten students at Camp Living Waters in Luther, Mich.

Camp Michindoh. Dr. Bill Bordeaux (right), professor of chemistry, took 16 students to Camp Michindoh, where they worked with fifth and sixth graders from Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana schools. The class was called “Outdoor Environmental Education for Children.”

The students served as cabin leaders for 10-12 elementary students, helped the camp staff in classroom and laboratory settings, and taught team-building classes.