Huntington University recorded a strong enrollment this fall with the third highest overall enrollment in the school’s history, just 1.3% beneath the 2010 enrollment. Graduate and adult programs both set new enrollment records.

For fall 2011:

  • Huntington enrolled 1,009 undergraduate students, including its second largest class of traditional degree-seeking students.
  • The Graduate School set an enrollment record with 92 students.
  • The EXCEL Adult Degree Program set an enrollment record with 161 students.

Huntington strives to provide new and innovative programs for its students. The film studies, film production, and animation programs grew to 116 students overall this fall, up from 108 in 2010. The nursing program saw a 23% increase, with 75 students enrolled in the program this year.

Other tidbits about this fall’s student body:

  • Students hail from 23 countries and 35 states.
  • 63% are from Indiana.
  • 5% are ethnic minorities.

Troy Green, senior pastor, Monroe UB church (Monroe, Ind.)

We began our service with a video using pictures of September 11, 2001, set to the music of Alan Jackson’s song “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning.” Following this video we entered into a time of reflection on how God has worked “good” even in times in our nation’s history that were meant for evil.

Our theme for the day was “Hope.” We sang songs like “My Hope is in the Lord,” “Because He Lives,” and “Jesus Messiah,” while posting various scriptures relating to hope in between the songs for people to read and meditate on.

The message was delivered from Sujo John, who was in the north tower on that day and whose preganant wife was to be in the south tower. He told his story of how he saw God work at ground zero. Sujo quit working his job at the Twin Towers and now travels around the world sharing God’s message of love and grace and forgiveness for all mankind.

We had 101 people in attendance with 16 visitors. The gospel message was presented by Sujo, and Pastor Troy commented on how this could also be a day to remember if anyone would accept Jesus as their personal Savior. We closed the service singing “Still.”

In the end of June, we held an English camp with the help of a United Brethren mission team from the USA and 2 young men from Poland. This team of 9 adults and 6 teenagers gave themselves 100% for the Polish teenagers, and we were truly blessed by them.

Fifty-five teens attended. Many of our first time participants were invited by friends who attended tow years ago. We had a wonderful time with the teens, and we were very grateful to have the opportunity to share our faith with them during the camp. Many of the teens are keeping in touch with their new American friends. After the camp, I started to meet with 3 girls to help them with their English. So far we have been meeting twice a week regularly.

At the end of August, we shared the love of Jesus with children in the housing estates in Mickiewicza. The children’s program was supposed to start at 10 am, but when we arrived at 9:00 to prepare the place, we were surprised to see that the children had been there waiting for us already. About 40 children turned up. Strangely, we didn’t see any teens around. After asking around, we realized that those teens were working in the field to earn money to pay for the new school year.

Mickiewicza is the poorest area of the town and is neglected by the society. Most of the children are from broken families, and most of the people here have severe drinking problems. We know that many may follow the steps of their parents if no one stretches out their arms to them. When we looked at the children, our hearts really went out for them; and we wondered what Jesus would do if he was here. There are several areas like this in the town. Please pray that God will give us the compassion and open doors to reach out to them.

We are facing several setbacks in the building project. Lack of manpower (volunteers), a blocked drainage system, and the unexpected high cost of materials and labor (due to the massive construction projects as the government has stepped up preparations for the Euro 2012 Championship). All these have caused much delay to our schedule.

Most of our church people have used up their “holiday” already, and 2 of our brothers who worked hard before have developed serious health problem and the doctor has forbidden them to work physically.

While we were doing the foundation work, we discovered that underground drainage was blocked after being neglected for so many years. We dug deep to get to the pipes, opened them up, and cleaned them with a high pressure water cannon.

The 8 persons elected to the Executive Leadership Team at the US National Conference in July have appointed four additional members, as called for in the Discipline. They include one person from each region, including 2 ministers and 2 laypersons.

East Region: Daryl Elliott. Daryl has been a United Brethren pastor since 1985, serving four UB churches in Pennsylvania and Florida before his present assignment at Fountain Church in Keyser, W. Va. He holds degrees from The American University (B.A., Political Science, 1981), Evangelical School of Theology (M. Div., 1986), and Drew University (Ph.D., 1992). Other past roles include conference superintendent, Huntington University trustee, and President of the UB Historical Society. He and his wife, Ruthann, married in 1986, have two children.

Central Region: Timothy Krugh. Tim has attended Mainstreet UB church (Walbridge, Ohio), since 1975. He is an attorney with a Toledo-based law firm, with plans to slow down his practice in 2012. He has served on various denominational boards and commissions over the years, including the ELT 2007-2011. Tim and his wife, Jeanie, were married in 1975 and have three adult children.

North Region: Bob Tobey. Bob is a laymen from Colwood UB (Caro, Mich). He and his wife, Jolene, who grew up at Colwood, met at Huntington University and were married after graduating in 1980. Bob is a schoolteacher and athletics coach. He and Jolene have been very active at Colwood during the past 30 years, and for a number of years directed the denominational Bible Quiz program. They have two daughters.

West Region: Kent Koteskey. Kent is executive pastor of Emmanuel Community Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.). He has served in ministry since 1992, and at Emmanuel since 2001, initially as youth pastor. He is a previous chair of the denominational Youth Ministry Team. Kent graduated from Asbury College in 1992 and from the Huntington University graduate school in 2002, and was ordained in 2002. Kent and his wife, Amy, a registered nurse, were married in 1994 and have four children.

Mike Caley (right), senior pastor, Banner of Christ UB (Byron Center, Mich.)

We held a special worship and prayer service around the theme “Faith, Hope & Love.”

We started the service with the worship song “Hope of the Nations,” and then used a short video from the Skit Guys, titled “Ten Years Ago.” It took us all back, and then challenged us to look at the evil in our world through the reality of God’s power and authority. He is ultimately in control.

There was no preaching service, but three sections of scripture, appropriate worship, and times of silent and directed prayer.

  • Douglas Sandman has been named senior pastor of Pleasant Hill UB (Greencastle, Pa.) effective September 11, 2011. He was granted a local church ministerial license on August 29. He graduated in 2005 from Lancaster Bible College with a degree in Pastoral Ministry, and from its graduate school in 2011 with a master’s in Pastoral Studies. For 20 years, he worked as a cabinet maker and woodworker. Douglas previously pastored Faith Calvary Church (Lancaster, Pa.) 2007-2009. He and his wife, Cynthia, have two sons, ages 28 and 19.
  • Rick Pride has resigned as senior pastor of Eagle Quest UB (Columbia City, Ind.) effective September 4, 2011. He had pastored Eagle Quest since June 2002.

Here are some thoughts about Bishop Raymond Waldfogel, who passed away last night, from UB church leaders who knew him well.

C. Ray Miller, Bishop, 1973-1993

Raymond and Wardena were very good friends of Lanie and me. We knew Raymond as a fulltime superintendent in the North Ohio Conference, as a bishop, as a pastor, as a hospital chaplain, and as a friend. It was certainly a real privilege to know him in all these ways. We worked together in the denominational offices, when we served together as bishops. His counsel was always very much appreciated. It was our privilege to stay with them in their home and to travel together to NAE conventions.

More recently, it was a privilege to visit with him in a nursing home. I was amazed at his sense of humor and his wonderful attitude, in spite of his pain and suffering. He had a real interest in the work of the denomination and talked often of the pastors on his district, whom he prayed for fervently. As a pastor, he took a deep interest in the members of the congregation and often shared some of the good experiences he was having.

Raymond will be missed greatly, not only by his family, but by those of us who knew him and loved him

Paul Hirschy, Bishop, 2001-2005

I will remember Raymond as a huge gentle man! He was very much interested in helping others who were going through difficult times. This is one of the things that made him such a good fit for the chaplain’s role at the Huntington hospital and the visitation role at the College Park Church. We are going to miss him!

Ron Ramsey, Bishop, 2005-2009

Bishop Waldfogel was a great man of prayer. I loved to hear him pray. Maybe it was in part his deep, resonate voice, but you got the impression that he knew God well enough to be very personal with him in prayer. He was also a great man of faith. I suppose that goes with prayer. He was a great encourager, and could see good even in bad situations. He was a loyal friend and brother. I don’t recall ever hearing him say anything bad about anyone.

He had a very well-honed sense of humor, a dry wit that sometimes went over your head until later when you would get it. He was fun to be with! He was a man of humility. He was a leader in a rather understated way. He didn’t wave a flag that said “I am the leader,” but when I was around him I recognized his leadership abilities. He made it easy to follow him as a leader. He was a forceful preacher, delivering deep content with a deep voice that commanded your attention.

He loved his wife and family deeply. He lived his faith. What he believed he lived. He was faithful, consistent, humorous, loving, generous, fun to be with, and treated people with respect.

Gary Dilley, Senior Pastor, College Park Church (Huntington, Ind.)

Our friend and colleague, Raymond Waldfogel, has faced declining health in recent months. After his passing Tuesday evening, staff in the care facilities came to express their appreciation to the family for Raymond. He had brightened the skilled care wing of Heritage Pointe in Warren, Ind., by daily “singing praises” to his Lord.

We at College Park Church will miss Raymond greatly. He served for many years at CP doing pastoral care, along with chaplaincy at the Parkview Huntington Hospital. He was teaching Sunday school until a few months ago when his health no longer allowed him to continue. Ray was still writing sermons in his mind right up until the closing days!

We celebrate a servant of the Lord receiving his reward, but also grieve with the family in the loss of someone we cared about deeply.