Fall 2018

Class Notes

Roy Mayfield (’54) recently published The Living Water Translation of the New Testament (Christian Faith Publishing, 2016), a meaning-based translation for modern-day readers. According to Mayfield, the new translation of the New Testament takes advantage of more recent studies in communication, translation and information theory. The reader will discover an enjoyable naturalness of expression without colloquialisms, as well as greater accuracy in communicating the information intended in the original manuscripts.

Robert Harrison (’60) published Britain in the Middle East: 1619–1971 (Bloomsbury Press, January 2016), a comprehensive survey of British involvement in the Middle East. This account explores how the Middle East served as the launchpad for British offensive action in the World Wars, and how resentment against colonial rule in the region led ultimately to political and Islamic revolutions and Britain's demise as a global, imperial power. Harrison is a professor emeritus of history at Southern Oregon University and a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and has over 30 years’ experience of teaching and researching in the field of British imperialism in the Middle East.

Todd V. Lewis (’72) published Second Fiddles: A Bible Study on Biblical Characters Who Agreed to Function in Subordinate Roles (Christian Faith Publishing, April 2018). This 15-section Bible study is about major biblical figures who could not have accomplished their leadership roles without the help of others who chose to work in subordinate roles. Lewis, professor emeritus of communication studies, retired from teaching at Biola after 41 years.

Stephen Schwepker (’76), former sports information director at Biola, is now living in Valley, Ala., and working as a sports information director for Point University in West Point, Ga. His grandfather, Paul Schwepker, was a former vice president for administration at Biola, and both his siblings, Daniel Schwepker (’82) and Tobye Schwepker Thomasson (’79), also graduated from Biola.

Keith Swift (M.A. ’79) is the founder and director of Instituto InterGlobal and recently launched OMGjesus.org, an outreach site that’s all about Jesus, with fresh, biblical articles on what it means to be born again and follow Jesus and grow in the Christian faith. He and his wife, Denise (M.A. ’78), both received their master’s in Christian education at Talbot.

Rita Mayell (’79) wrote 5’2” Giant, Builder of Dreams (Dunamai Press, August 2018), a book that traces God’s orchestration of the events in her father’s life — both his mistakes and failures — to accomplish God’s purpose. Branded a no-good runt and repeatedly told he was a mistake and would never amount to anything, Lionel Mayell set out to prove everyone wrong. By age 39, he had made and lost a fortune, failed at two marriages and was convinced that the naysayers were right. But God had a bigger dream. Rita Mayell, a transition expert, career strategist and speaker, can be found at ritamayell.com.

Robert Martin (’80) wrote Personal Encounters with Jesus, a 13-chapter Bible study that captures transformational encounters with Jesus from people of various walks of life and ethnicities. Martin’s wife, Karleen (Kurzweg, ’80), also went to Biola, and their daughter Eliana is a current Biola student. Martin has authored a number of works mainly used overseas in missions work. He is the lead pastor of First Missionary Church in Fort Wayne, Ind. and was previously the European director for the Bible League in Crete, Ill.  

Col. Brent V. Causey (’81), along with co-authors Steven J. Gerndt and Joseph A. Urcavich, published Father Deficit (WestBow Press, May 2018), an honest unpacking of the factors that shape a young man’s journey toward maturity. The book capitalizes on real-life experience through the depiction of three well-examined personal stories. It describes how the near extinction of generational and tribal mentorship has contributed to a warped picture of masculinity.

Leah Michelle Hamilton (’81, M.A. ’84) just released her fourth album, titled Miracle. She wrote and produced this CD with co-producer Mike Garson, former pianist for David Bowie. Leah lives in Laguna Hills, Calif., with her husband, Larry (’79, M.A. ’82), who, like her, is a marriage and family therapist. They have three adult daughters, all of whom graduated from Biola.

Dan (’87) and Janet (Hillman, ’82) Edmondson live in the Seattle area and recently became grandparents for the first time. Dan, manager and chaplain at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, published his second novel, The Parchment, in June 2018. Janet is a business intelligence reporting architect at Catholic Health Initiatives and serves as the Epic Reporting Workbench/Radar Administrator.

David Holden (’87, MOL ’10) published Glad to be a Dad, Calm to be a Mom (Christian Faith Publishing, Inc., May 2018), a book targeted to parents with pre-teens, to encourage and exhort parents to reflect on their walk with their heavenly Father.

Joel Hughes ('92)

Joel Hughes (’92) published Kicking the Habit: Quitting Pornography Under Grace (New Paradigm Publishing, 2018). Blending clinical psychology, health research and biblical truth, Hughes’ convenient workbook lays out a practical and action-oriented program to stop using pornography. Hughes, who earned a Ph.D. from Ohio State University, is an elder at Xenos Christian Fellowship in Northeast Ohio and a professor at Kent State University.

Matt Mowad (’94) retired as a commander and pilot from the U.S. Navy. He, his wife, Bethany (Levering) Mowad (’93), and two daughters now live in Chiang Mai, Thailand, as missionaries with Cadence International. They minister to foreign military and police throughout southeast Asia and support the Free Burma Rangers serving oppressed ethnic groups in Burma.

Peggy M. Cook (’00) published The Power of a Mother’s Touch (Christian Faith Publishing, June 2017), a book that includes ideas from her thesis in 1997 titled, “The Role and Effects that a Christian Mother Contributes to the Development of Her Own Children.”

Pérsida (Ph.D. ’01) and William (M.A. ’94, Ph.D. ’01) Himmelle, published the second edition of Total Participation Techniques: Making Every Student an Active Learner (ACSD, July 2017), a book that has consistently been one of ASCD’s top 20 bestsellers and has been translated to Chinese and Arabic. The Himmelles provide 51 easy-to-use techniques to motivate students to participate in learning.  

Matthew Carey Jordan (’03) was named dean for humanities at The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in Highland Hills, Ohio. Jordan previously served at Auburn University in Montgomery, Ala., as the director of the university honors program and deputy dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Diane Wood (M.A. ’03) recently published An Ordinary Adventure, a recounting of both the 1934 trip her mother and grandfather made from Michigan to California on Route 66 in a Model A and the 2017 trip Diane and her husband made, retracing those tire tracks from Michigan to California on Route 66 in their Model A.

Josh Shoemaker (M.A. ’04) edited God and the World of Insects (Lampion Press, July 2017) with Gary Braness. Viewed through the eyes of entomologists and scientists who believe in a creator, such as Wendy Billock (department chair, biological sciences department), Rick Gerhardt (M.A. ’08) and Raymie Porter (M.A. ’13), this book discusses design, nature and the purpose of insects in the world while showcasing their beauty and diversity.

Bryce (’07) and Danielle (Latimer, ’08) Flickinger were united in marriage on June 16, 2018. Held in Snohomish, Wash., at Bryce's parents’ home, the outdoor wedding was an actual dream come true. They now live in Bothell, Wash., where Bryce is an accounting manager with Costco and Danielle is a nurse at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Kerry (Morris, ’09) Chávez has written three children’s books: Are We There, Yeti? (July 2015), The Lying, Lying Lion (December 2015) and Wallaby Walkabout (January 2018), all published by Mascot Books. After double-majoring in intercultural studies and political science at Biola, Kerry went on to earn an M.Litt. in international security from the University of St. Andrews, an M.A. in political science from Texas Tech University, and is now finishing her Ph.D.

J.R. Miller (D.Min. ’11) authored Elders Lead a Healthy Family (Wipf and Stock, April 2017), which explores the biblical paradigm of elders as spiritual “big brothers” and shepherds to the family of God. Miller addresses key concerns of our day and discusses the need to build teams of elders who are doing ministry together as they lead.

Katie Watson ('11)

Katie Watson (’11) has been named White House reporter for CBS News’ website, covering the president and his administration. Katie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and was editor-in-chief of The Chimes during the 2010–11 academic year. She has been living in Washington, D.C., and working as a reporter since 2012.

Bethany Hazelitt (’12) has been working as an actress in many films in Michigan, some that have appeared at festivals. In August, she began working on a film called Victor Not Victim, a film based on her sexual assault story and how that affected her, especially as a Christian.

Amanda Warner (’12) wrote Reformed: How a Life Sentence Became My Saving Grace, the true story about Jojo Godinez, a former gang member who became a Christian while in prison and used his life sentence to promote nonviolence and preach grace — even against death threats. Warner studied journalism at Biola and has worked as a reporter, copy editor and copywriter. She spends her spare time volunteering in prisons and hiking the Southern California mountains.

Parnell M. Lovelace, Jr. (D.Min. '13)

Parnell M. Lovelace, Jr. (D.Min. ’13) wrote Set It Up: Developing Leaders for Healthy Churches, (ChurchSmart Resources, January 2017), a book filled with exciting concepts and stimulating ideas to develop healthy leadership. Lovelace is a Ph.D. student in intercultural studies and an adjunct professor for a newly established Innovation in African American Leadership track in the Doctor of Ministry program at Biola’s Talbot School of Theology.

Jehn Kubiak (’17) recently published God’s Grace Through Gastritis, GERD and Grit, a story of how God miraculously healed her during the summer of 2017, after battling erosive gastritis, GERD, panic disorder, depression, suicide and discovering she had ADHD. This book chronicles how God worked through all the trauma, how she dealt with these issues and how her physical issues coincided with a greater spiritual problem.


In Memoriam

Neva Carolyn (Satterlee, ’50) Neff passed away on April 16, 2018. She was a Biola graduate with a degree in Christian education, received a Master of Arts in Education from Lewis and Clark College in 1975 and taught in public schools and church for over 20 years. She married Jack Neff in July 1952 and had a wonderful marriage of almost 66 years. She was the mother of four boys, and was a grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a charter member of Village Baptist Church and attended Grace Baptist Church in Newberg, Ore., with her family.

George William “Kahu” Baybrook (’55) passed away on July 28, 2018, in his birth state of Hawaii, just a few weeks shy of his 90th birthday. George met his wife, Margie Anne Young, while they were undergraduates at Biola. They married in 1951 and were partners for more than 68 years, building and serving church communities in both Massachusetts and Hawaii. He received his M.Div. at Conwell School of Theology (now known as Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary). He was called “Kahu” (shepherd/pastor) because his generous love, true service and deep faith touched everyone he met. He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.    

Tamara (Kushnerov, ’58) Unfreid passed away on June 11, 2018, in Bellingham, Wash., at age 86 after a brief and sudden illness. At Biola, she met her husband-to-be, Glenn Unfreid (’55), and together they were blessed with 62 years of marriage. Tamara earned her teaching degree at Biola, which launched her into a teaching career that spanned more than 20 years and hundreds of children under her tutelage. She is survived by her loving husband, Glenn; her children, Deborah, Steven, Lorraine and Timothy; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Jeremy G. Reynalds (Ph.D. ’06) passed away at 60 after fighting a long-term illness. After he received a master’s in communication from the University of New Mexico, he obtained a doctorate in intercultural education at Biola’s Cook School of Intercultural Studies. He was the founder and CEO of Joy Junction, the largest emergency homeless shelter in New Mexico, which he opened in 1986 to aid homeless families in Albuquerque. Reynalds told the story of his life and mission in his book, From Destitute to Ph.D.: My Homeless Journey (Redemption Press, November 2014). He is survived by his wife, Elma, and by their five sons and eight grandchildren.  



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