We’re pleased to report that Steve Henry, pastor of Victory Heights UB Church in Franklin, Pa., did not have a heart attack as reported on December 6. Rather, the problems he experienced resulted from a leaking valve from a valve replacement surgery he had years ago. Steve will undergo another valve replacement surgery on Thursday, December 9.

Steve HenrySteve Henry, pastor at Victory Heights UB Church in Franklin, Pa., had a heart attack on Sunday, Dec. 5, after shoveling snow. He has had two previous major heart surgeries. He is now in the Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Bishop Phil Whipple will visit Steve in the hospital Monday night, Dec. 6.

They’ve had a bit of snow, so pray not only for Steve and his recovery but for Phil and Sandy Whipple as they travel to Pittsburgh, then on to Cochranton on Tuesday.

The Pastoral Ministry Leadership Team approved these persons for ordination:

  • Warwick Fuller, Devonshire Church, Harrisburg, Pa. A date of December 12, 2010, has been set for his ordination at Devonshire, with Senior Pastor Todd Fetters and Bishop Phil Whipple. Warwick was recently selected as associate pastor of Crestview UB church in Lafayette, Ind.
  • Tim Scroggs, Eagle Quest, Columbia City, Ind. On January 30, 2011, an ordination service will be held at Eagle Quest, where Rick Pride is the senior pastor. Bishop Whipple will conduct the service.
  • Thurm Payton, Lighthouse Community, Williamson, Mich. His previous ordination was recognized by Bishop Whipple in the October 24 worship service at Lighthouse Community, where he serves as senior pastor.
  • Mary Flamer, Park Layne, Dayton, Ohio. An ordination service, with the laying on of hands, will be held at the Park Layne Church in March 2011, with Pastor Roland Albert and Bishop Whipple, to recognize Mary’s prior ordination.

Other licensing updates:

  • Gary Reiber was ordained in a service on September 19, 2010, at Union Chapel Church, Fort Wayne, Ind. Bishop Whipple officiated and the following elders participated in the service: Wayne Goldsmith, Jim Reiber, and witness Tony Roberts. Gary Reiber is senior pastor of Union Chapel.
  • Dan Van Arsdalen was appointed senior pastor at Alvordton UB, Alvordton, Ohio, effective November 1, 2010. He will receive his local license from Bishop Whipple in a service on November 21.

Rachel E. Sanders (right), 93, wife of retired UB minister Willard Sanders, passed away Sunday, October 31, in Berne, Ind. She was a member of Hudson United Brethren Church (Hudson, Ind.). She and Willard were married in 1939.

She is survived by her husband Willard, two daughters, two sons, 20 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation: 4-7 pm Monday, Nov. 1, at Swiss Village in Berne, Ind.; and 4-7 pm Tuesday, Nov. 2, at Johnson Funeral Home in Hudson, Ind.
Funeral: 10 am Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. Pastor Craig Burkholder of Hudson UB and Pastor Jason Hollopeter of nearby Corunna UB (Corunna, Ind.) will officiate.
Funeral Location: Hudson UB church, 516 N. Main Street, Hudson, Ind.

In a letter to the Shoreline Church, Pastor Steve Fish shares these thoughts with his congregation:

“You have heard it said, and scriptures states that there is a season for everything under the sun. It is with a heavy heart and many mixed emotions that I am writing this letter to inform you that I am resigning from my position of Lead Pastor with the church. My final Sunday will be November 14. This decision has come neither lightly nor quickly. I have been seeking counsel about this decision throughout the course of the past year. … We are asking God to provide you with new leadership quickly, but we are convinced that you will be committed to one another and the church should the wait be long. Kim and I have such a deep love for you. We are saddened to leave, and although this has been a difficult decision, we believe the time has come for us to depart. We have been well cared for and supported throughout these past four years. We have experienced the love of Jesus through you!”

Bishop Phil Whipple is prayerfully considering who God’s man for this hour would be for the Shoreline Church. Your prayers are appreciated during this transition not only for the Shoreline Church, but for Pastor Steve Fish.

Rev. Warwick Fuller has been selected as the first associate pastor in the history of Crestview UB church (Lafayette, Ind.). Warwick holds a Master of Divinity from Evangelical Theological Seminary in Myerstown, Pa., and will soon be ordained in the United Brethren church.

Warwick and his family–wife Heather and three daughters–are natives of Harrisburg, Pa., where they currently live. Heather is a high school science teacher.

James E. Sturgeon, 72, of Rockford, Ohio passed away Friday morning, October 22, 2010, at his residence in Rockford, Ohio. He was a member of Praise Point UB church in Wilshire, Ohio.

Before entering the ministry, Jim worked for Chrysler 1956-1970. He graduated from Huntington University in 1974, and from its Graduate School of Christian Ministries in 1975.

Jim retired in September 2003 as a pastor. He had served these congregations:

  • New Hope UB (Huntington, Ind.). He presided over the relocation of the church, initially called Etna Avenue UB church, to its present location.
  • Park UB (Bluffton, Ind.).
  • Calvary UB (Rockford, Ohio)
  • Decatur UB (Decatur, Ind.).

Surviving are his wife, Joann Sturgeon, and three children.

Visitation: 11 am – 2 pm and 3-8 pm Sunday, October 24. Also, 1 hour before the funeral on Oct. 25.

Visitation Location: Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, 520 North Second Street, Decatur, Ind. 46733.

Funeral: 2 pm Monday, October 25. Wes Kuntzman officiating.

Funeral Location: Praise Point Church, Wilshire, Ohio. 555 Decatur Rd North, Willshire, Ohio.

Tim Gorniak was hired as the new youth pastor at New Hope UB (Camden, Mich.). He holds a local license from Shoreline UB church in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Don Gentry is the senior pastor at New Hope.

Retired minister, Jim Sturgeon, has discontinued dialysis as of last Wednesday, the family reports. Hospice care has begun and he is ready to go be with the Lord. Please hold Jim and his family up in prayer during this time of transition.

You can send cards to:

507 W. Market St.
Rockford, OH 45882

Three changes have occurred at Laurel Mission in Big Laurel, Kent., all within the Boggs family.

  • Titus Boggs is on medical leave as director of Laurel Mission, but continues as senior pastor of Little Laurel Bible Church.
  • Nathan Boggs, his son, who has been issued a local conference license, is serving as executive director of Laurel Mission, effective October 8, 2010.
  • Debbie Boggs, wife of Titus Boggs, is the new associate director of Laurel Mission.