Margaret (Bascom,’48) Sanders recently celebrated her 90th birthday, and was joined for the occasion by her sister Barbara Bascom ('38) and niece Barbara Bryant ('67). Margaret and Al (’49) have been married 68 years and live in Newport Beach, Calif. They continue to be active in ministry in a variety of ways, including Margaret’s musicianship at the keyboard, which was part of her birthday festivities.
Walt Shannon (’69) recently retired from the California Water Resources Control Board, where he was a senior engineer. Shannon is married to Aimme Argonia, and they attend the Filipino Fellowship at Creekside Christian Church in Elk Grove. The pair are active in supporting various missions outreaches in the Philippines.
Dave (’70, M.A. ’73) and Joanne (’71) Beckwith recently published the book The Edge: God’s Power Perfected in Weakness. In the book, the two encourage readers to sharpen their edges in life as they discover why God designed humanity with built-in weaknesses, and how he perfects his power in our inadequacies, failures and frailties. In this six-week personal growth journey, readers are able to dig into God’s Word to discover how to transform their minds, release resentments and regrets, and deepen relationships through an understanding of strengths and weaknesses.
Aaron Zapata (’96), the founder and CEO of IMPACT Properties in Orange County, recently expanded his business into Los Angeles County with the opening of a new office in La Mirada.
Tom Gender (M.A. ’06) recently published the book Rethinking Genesis One: A Layman's Guide to the First Page of the Bible. In the book, Gender draws on his experience in the field of Christian apologetics, aiming to alleviate some of the consternation, confusion and conflict among Christians and non-Christians in regards to this famous passage.
David Eastman (’08) was recently elected to the Alaska House of Representatives as the representative for District 10. Eastman is a military veteran, firefighter for the Central Mat-Su Fire Department, member of the Alaska Disaster Medical Assistance Team and former military police officer. He resides in Wasilla with his wife, Jennifer, and their two children.
Andrew Allwander (’09) spent a year teaching adult ESL in Korea while training in taekwondo and earned his fourth-degree black belt and Master of Taekwondo certification from the prestigious Kukkiwon/World Taekwondo Academy, the world headquarter of taekwondo in Korea. He then became instructor-certified in the Philippines from Ensayo Kali Tactical (Filipino stick and blade martial arts).
Dennis Linthicum (M.A. ’10) was recently elected to the Oregon State Senate as the representative for District 28. Linthicum is a former Klamath County Commissioner, and a former senior vice president of management information systems at Lange Financial Corporation and Pacific Mutual Life Insurance. He and his wife, Diane, recently celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary, and the pair have two children who also reside in Oregon with their families.
Philip (’11) and Ashley (Davenport, ’10) Myers recently celebrated the birth of their first baby. Elias Michael Myers was born on Feb. 23, 2016.
Christina (Anderson ’00, M.A. ’12) and William Martinez are proud to announce the birth of their baby girl, Zoe Iris, on March 4, 2016. She is eager to join her big brother Ezekiel in as many adventurous enterprises as possible. The family lives in Pomona, Calif., with Will working for Costco in Rancho Cucamonga and Christina working for a church lender in Brea.
Chris (’12) and Megan Negrete (’09, M.A. ’12) brought their 2-year-old daughter, Noeline Margaret, home from Uganda in September 2016 after a lengthy adoption process. She is adjusting and bonding well and is such a joy. She’s already looking forward to becoming a Biola Eagle!
Brittany (Watts, ’12) married Nicholas Garner on Oct. 9, 2016. The two reside in San Jose, Calif., where Brittany works as an artistic director and executive assistant at West Valley Dance Company.
Adam Rechenmacher (M.A. ’12) recently released the book Brilliant Colors, a short fiction story addressing primal targets of human striving and several significant impairments to spiritual wholeness. The book was birthed out of his experience as a spiritual director, as he discovered recurring patterns of spiritual “stuck-ness.”
Robert Carlson (’15) recently published the children’s book The Miniature Railroad. Carlson is a graduate of Biola’s cinema and media arts program and creates videos for the YouTube channel 5MadMovieMakers.
Matt Tory ('15) wrote and directed a comedy mockumentary film, We Make Movies, which is available to stream on Amazon. The feature film follows a group of friends who spend their summer making a movie for their town's film festival. Other Biola alumni involved in the making of the film include Robert Carlson ('15), Andrew Cobb ('16) and JJ Carroll ('14).
N.T. Dellinger (’57, M.Div. ’62) passed away on Sept. 9, 2016. N.T. and his wife, Joy (’59, M.A. ’63) served as missionaries in Central America for over 50 years, making their residence in Belize. N.T. is survived by Joy and their two sons, Stephen and Jeffry.
Joe Heffley (’73), a family man and owner of a successful real estate business in Colorado, passed away on Nov. 4, 2016. He is survived by his high school sweetheart, Vickie, his three children, Nicholas, Preston and Melinda, his grandchildren Hailey, Lauryn, Ethan and Lilly, great granddaughter Nellie, and his beloved dog, Peaches.
Heath Graf (‘96) passed away on April 7, 2016. He was a servant of the Lord in North Africa, but was forced to leave that country for treatment of glioblastoma multiform. He is survived by his wife, Brandi, and daughters Erin, Carys and Sophia.