Austin (’55) and Lora Mae (Dillingham, ’50) Lent celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on July 5, 2012. It was a joyful occasion with family (24 came). Austin, 87, works full time as building engineer of a 17-acre office park in Atlanta, Ga. God has blessed him with excellent health; his goal is to work as long as the Lord gives him strength.

Pastor Arthur Houk (’52) was recently honored with a plaque (with an embedded clock) in an evening service at Arden Faith Baptist Church in Colville, Wash. It reads: “Dr. Arthur Houk, Celebrating 60 Years of Ministry, 1952–2012.” Dr. Houk took the pastorate of the First Baptist Church in Clarkson, Wash., in 1952 and now pastors the independent Arden Faith Baptist Church in Colville. His favorite Scripture is Psalm 100:2: “Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing.”

Rose Anne Dane (’60) recently published a book of prose poetry, Bird on a Fence Post, which can be purchased by contacting her at In July, Rose moved to Salem, Ore., to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Her big current interest is a church play that she is writing, called “What is God’s Will for Your Life?” She asks for prayer that it will glorify God’s Word and be uplifting in nature.

Steve Russo (’79, M.A. ’80) recently published God’s Answers 4 UR Life, a Bible answers book for teens featuring 125 everyday topics with supporting and easy-to-understand Scripture. Relevant topics — including depression, eating disorders, music, purpose and youth — are further explained in life application sections written by Russo, a popular youth speaker and ministry leader. Russo also published Random Thoughts: Get Real with God, Others, and Yourself in October 2011.

Jeff Hopper (’85) recently co-authored and published the book Love Never Fails: Delivering Jesus’ Love to Your Adult Children. With strong adherence to the teachings of the Bible, the book responds to the pains and prayers of older parents, offering God- honoring counsel with exhortation and encouragement. The book can be purchased in print or Kindle form on Amazon or from

Cheri (Burns, M.A. ’89) Toledo accepted the position of specialization coordinator for the Ed.S. in Educational Technology Program at Walden University on Aug. 1, 2012. After 10 years at Illinois State, she retired from her position of associate professor. In addition, Cheri has just launched Next Steps Life Coaching and Consulting.

Jack Elwood (D.Miss., ’89) has been serving as the president/CEO of Avant Ministries (formerly the Gospel Missionary Union) since January 2010, where he leads 300 missionaries spread across 30 countries with the goal of establishing the church where it doesn’t exist. Previously, he and his wife, Joan, served with the Navigators as missionaries in Taiwan from 1980 to 1994. From 1994 to 2008, Jack pastored four churches in California, Virginia and Colorado. They currently have four children (Joshua, Joel Jason and Jessica) and four grandchildren.

Jim Baton (M.A. ’96) recently published the novel Someone Has to Die, which tackles the roots of the Muslim-Christian conflict back to Abraham’s broken family and shows how ordinary people can choose to lay down their lives in acts of terrorism, or lay them down as extraordinary peacemakers. The thriller follows an Indonesian terrorist’s recruiting of a suicide bomber for an assassination attempt on an American peacemaker. Meanwhile, a persecuted Christian family in a poor Muslim neighborhood wrestle to overcome their fear of Islam and, like Jesus, demonstrate an extreme, sacrificial love that saves the day. For information, visit

Adam Johnson (’01, M.A. ’06) recently published the book God’s Being in Reconciliation: The Theological Basis for the Unity and Diversity of the Atonement in the Theology of Karl Barth. In the book, Johnson draws on Barth’s integrated account of the doctrines of God and reconciliation, harnessing the resources contained within the doctrines of the Trinity and divine perfections to energize a properly theological account of the unity and diversity of the atonement. The book can be purchased on Amazon. Johnson received his B.A. from Biola and M.A. (New Testament) from Talbot before receiving an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2007 and Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2010. He currently works as assistant professor of theology at Cedarville University.

David Rempel (’03) served as producer of the new film Hellbound? The documentary, which released this fall in select theaters, looks at the current debates about hell within the Christian church. Rempel, who received his B.A. in film production from Biola, has worked for seven years on the creative side of television and feature film production. For more information about Hellbound?, visit

John Goodrich (M.Div. ’06, Th.M. ’07) is currently an assistant professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and just published his doctoral thesis. John’s Ph.D. is in New Testament from the University of Durham in England. His published thesis, Paul as an Administrator of God in 1 Corinthians, looks in detail at Paul’s description of apostles in 1 Corinthians 4 and 9 as divinely appointed administrators (oikonomoi) and considers what this tells us about the nature of his own apostolic authority.

Ken Grant (M.A. ’06) recently published his first novel, So Great a Salvation. The novel is in the futuristic/fantasy genre and explores the blessings of sacrificially serving others in the midst of struggling with problems of our own. The book can be purchased at Lighthouse Christian Publishing or Amazon.

William Casey Wells (’06) graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with an M.S. in biotechnology in August 2012. In addition to his bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and biblical studies from Biola and his newly minted degree from Johns Hopkins, William also holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and an M.S. in real estate development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. William was also recently admitted to the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC to pursue an M.S. in civil engineering. In addition to his academic coursework, William works full time for a private equity firm in Los Angeles. William’s professional interests include opportunistic real estate investment and life sciences venture capital.

Justin Wheeler (’07) is working as vice president of global awareness for LiNK (Liberty in North Korea), an organization seeking to provide emergency relief to North Korean refugees and raise awareness about the human rights crisis in North Korea. For information about LiNK, visit

Sharon Warkentin Short (Ph.D. ’10) graduated with a Ph.D. in educational studies from Talbot in December 2010, after a long career in church educational ministry. She moved to the Seattle area from Michigan several years ago, in connection with her husband’s work, and is now actively seeking online teaching opportunities in the areas of educational ministry and Bible. Sharon and her husband have two married daughters and one brand new grandson, with another grandson due soon. They are members of University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, where Sharon has had a variety of opportunities to contribute, including leading a small core group of women students from the University of Washington through the church’s university ministry.


Kalia Batts (’95) and Michael Googe were married on Feb. 29, 2012, in Newport Beach, Calif. The wedding party included Biolan Jerilyn (Upton, ’04) Sanders.

Dianna (Martinez, ’03) and Matt Smiley (’03) were married on Jan. 27, 2012, at Almansor Golf Course in Los Angeles, Calif. The alumni met at a fellow Biola graduate’s party nine years after graduating from Biola. Dianna appeared on ABC’s The Bachelor and married Matt shortly after the show aired in January. The couple lives in Tustin, Calif., where Matt is an accountant and Dianna runs a nonprofit for teen moms called Generation Her.

Mary March (’05) and Essex Lina celebrated their marriage on June 8, surrounded by family and longtime friends at the Fullerton Arboretum. Biola alumni Elizabeth Laney (’05), Molly (Green, ’05) Reider and Naomi (Luce, ’05) Fisher served as bridesmaids, while Rebekah (Gerardy, ’03) Vandewarker and her husband, Mike, photographed the wedding.

Ryan McDaniel (’08) married Leah Heinsch on April 28, 2012, at Celebration Community Church in Celebration, Fla. Biolans in the wedding party included groomsmen Luke Heinsch (’08), Tanner Gish (’09), Caleb Johnson (’07) and Brent Garrison (’07), and usher John Dunne (’09). Ryan and Leah live in Orlando and plan to go to the mission field in 2013.

Jared Ridgeway (’08) and Shonna Paluga were married in Bozeman, Mont., on July 2, 2011. They honeymooned in Whitefish, Mont., and Glacier National Park. They currently reside in Bozeman, where Jared is a firefighter for the city of Bozeman and Shonna is a teacher.

Chris and Kali (Harrison, ’11) Dougherty were married on June 18, 2011, in a beautiful outdoor wedding in Garner Valley, Calif. Chris is currently studying engineering at Biola. They live in Whittier with their two Alaskan Klee Kai, Roki and Fawkes.


Steve (’96) and Veronica (Fenske, ’96) Johnson are excited to announce the birth of their third child, Trevor Alden, born on Feb. 24, 2012. Steve, Veronica, Trevor and his big sisters, Sophia and Anna, have just moved to Castle Rock, Colo., where Steve works from home as the CIO for the Audio Engineering Society. Veronica just received her doctorate in psychology from Regent University and is now running a private counseling practice.

Scott and Barbara (Kendall, ’98) Maisonet are thrilled to announce the birth of Isaac Michael Rey Maisonet on Sept. 16, 2010. Isaac loves to “play” with the vacuum, broom, hose and the water jugs. He also is avidly learning sign language. Mama Maisonet gets to continue working out of the home with her Life Coaching business and teaching swim lessons in the summer. Both mama and daddy Maisonet are in love with this little boy.

Jeremy (’99) and Christy (Cannavo, ’99) Asbra are delighted to announce the birth of their third daughter, Cheyenne Lynette. She was born on Nov. 30, 2010, and was welcomed into the family by her big sisters, Jocelynn,7, and Sydney, 3. The Asbras reside in Lake Mathews, Calif.

Amy (Phillips, ’99) and Jamey Sotis ecstatically welcomed their third son, Gabriel, into the world on May 31, 2011. He joins big brothers Toby, 7, and Braden, 5. Gabriel has overcome his club feet and is now walking and running everywhere and bringing love everywhere he goes. Amy is a stay-at-home mom, and Jamey is a family physician in Wisconsin.

Brent (’01) and Jill (Rouwenhorst, ’01, M.A. ’04) McGuyre were blessed with their third daughter, Scarlett Hope, born on Sept. 9, 2011. Scarlett was 9 pounds, 5 ounces and 21.5 inches. She was joyfully welcomed by big sisters Abby, 6, and Whitney, 3. Brent is a sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department and Jill is grateful to stay at home and raise their girls.

Rosie (Swager, ’03) and Neil Gaede proudly announce the birth of Rachel Anne Gaede with praise to God. She was born on May 15, 2012. She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and was 19 inches long. She joins big brother Nathaneil. The Gaedes live in Ontario, Calif. Rosie works as an accountant and Neil is an electrician.

Greg and Kacie (Campbell, ’04) Macdonald are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Lucy Grace, born on May 1, 2012, weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measuring 21 inches long. Kacie completed a master’s degree in social work from Asbury University in May 2010 and is currently a stay-at-home mom. The Macdonalds live in Arcadia, Calif.

Lacey (Reisen, ’06) and Derek (’08) Kern are excited to announce the birth of their son, Graham Byron Kern, born Jan. 19, 2012. The family lives in Virginia, where Derek is currently stationed with the Air Force.

Benjamin Paul (’07) and Diana V. (’08) Camp recently celebrated the birth of their son, Harold Paul Camp Romero, born in April in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Aaron (M.Div. ’08) and Krista (Esswein, ’04, M.A. ’08) Ophaug joyfully announce the birth of their first child, Julia Brianne. She was born on March 11, 2012, measuring 7 pounds, 9 ounces and 19 inches long. Her middle name was chosen in honor of Krista’s sister, Brianna, a missionary midwife who passed away while serving in Africa. Aaron works at Friends Church, Yorba Linda, as the college and
young adults pastor. Krista works part time at Mariners Christian School and spends the rest of her time at home with Julia. The Ophaugs live in Orange, Calif., and are enjoying their sweet new addition to their family!

Kevin (’08) and Carissa (Abrego, ’08) Collier welcomed their first child, Valencia Elisabeth, on Sept. 9, 2011, in Chicago, where Kevin is finishing his M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Carissa is working
on her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. Valencia means “strong” and Elisabeth means “consecrated to God,” so her parents pray she will be both.


The Rev. Lillian Bach (’32) went to be with the Lord on July 17, 2012. Lillian celebrated her 100th birthday in heaven on Aug. 25. While in sixth grade, Lillian received Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior and knew her life was set apart by God. After receiving education at Biola and Northwest University, she responded to a call from the Lord in 1940 to be a missionary in Nigeria, West Africa. Lillian invested in the lives of Bible college students for 42 years. Lillian was an outstanding missionary statesman, living out her faith in loving, caring commitment to others whether on the field or at home. Retiring to Seattle in 1982, Lillian became active in Calvary Christian Assembly, teaching and overseeing ICI Bible Correspondence ministry, leading Bible studies, women’s ministry, missionary and prayer groups. Lillian continued active ministry until 2010 when she moved to Crista Care Center. Lillian is survived by her niece, Arlene Bach Bech, and her family at Calvary Christian Assembly.

Beverly Richins (’49) of Paradise, Calif., went to be with Jesus on July 4, 2012. Beverly loved the Lord passionately. Beverly and her husband of 63 years, Paul (’49) first met at Biola’s social room on the 11th floor in 1947. As a pastor’s wife, Beverly was busy with numerous responsibilities in the church, including teaching Sunday school, directing the church choir, directing Christmas and Easter cantatas, directing church plays, and chairing the church deaconesses. She was happiest when helping others. Beverly’s activities were not limited to the church. She taught piano and music into her 70s, managed her own photography business, wrote articles for Christian publications, worked for Trinity and Butte counties and raised four children. One of her proudest accomplishments in the outdoors was climbing Thompson Peak, the highest summit in the Trinity Alps.

Beverly (Page, ’52) Kent, of Winona Lake, Ind., passed away on July 16, 2012, at the age of 82. She was born on Jan. 23, 1930, in Buena Park, Calif., and on Aug. 1, 1953, she was married to Homer Austin Kent Jr., who survives. She received her degree in music from Biola and was then employed as a voice teacher at Grace College and Seminary of Winona Lake for 25 years. She was a member of Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, Winona Lake Literary Club, Grace College Faculty Women’s Club and Women of Grace. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, two daughters, one son, six grandchildren, three great- grandchildren, brother and sister.

Thelma Bromander (’53) passed away on May 17, 2012, in Twin Valley, Minn. Thelma attended the Biola School of Missionary Medicine. She worked for several years as an RN at the Fosston Hospital in Fosston, Minn., and then worked for 30 years as the nursing inservice director at the Twin Valley Living Center. Thelma was active in her community as a charter member of the Ulen Rescue Squad as well as the Northern Lights Arts Guild. She was an active member of Walworth Baptist Church, where she served as the pianist, taught Sunday school and worked with the ladies fellowship. She was also active with the Walworth Homemakers organization and volunteered as a foster grandparent at the Callaway School. She loved God and put him first in her life, and everything she did radiated his joy through her.

Barbara Ann (Lienhard, ’58) Wulf, of Toccoa, Ga., entered the presence of her Lord on June 4, 2012, at the age of 77. Barbara studied Christian education at Biola College and, following graduation in 1958, worked alongside her husband Clarence W. Wulf in pastoral ministries in Christian and Ministry Alliance churches for 13 years. She later worked at the Christian and Missionary Alliance national headquarters in New York. Throughout her life, Barbara had a deep love for the international work of church missions around the world. Her artistic talents led to illustrating missionary biographies, creating and drawing missionary teaching materials for Sunday schools, and in being an accomplished and award-winning artist in several mediums. Her family knew her as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Kathy Schwepker (’66) passed away on June 13, 2012. She and her husband of 44 years, Tim (’62, M.A. ’64), moved to Battlefield, Mo., in the spring of 2011. Kathy, a dedicated teacher for more than 35 years, loved gardening and enjoyed the company of her friends. Her sister and family, Tim’s family and numerous friends across the country will miss her and cherish her memory.

Robert J. Neill (’69, M.A. ’72) went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 3, 2012. Bob was born and raised in Southern California. After graduating from Biola, he ministered and faithfully served two congregations: Whittwood Baptist Church of Whittier as director of Christian education (1971–75) and Christ First Baptist Church of Covina in three positions, director of Christian education (1976–82), associate pastor (1983– 84) and senior pastor (1992–2008). From 1984 to 1992, Bob served on the staff of the American Baptist Churches of the Pacific Southwest (ABCPSW) as the director of camping ministries. Most recently, Bob and his dear friend, Brian Scrivens, volunteered their services to Transformation Ministries by visiting and praying with and for the ministry’s pastors. Bob is survived by his wife, Sue, three daughters, three sons-in-law, seven grandchildren and another grandchild due in September.

Larris Richard Fox (M.A. ’74) passed into the presence of Christ on June 10, 2012, after a three-year battle with cancer. Since 2008, he has served as the associate pastor of First Baptist Church of Dinuba, Calif.