Aretta (Hagar, ’57) Loving recently published her third book, Immersed in “The Light of the World” — Jesus Christ!, with Gazelle Press. She and her husband, Ed, have worked with Wycliffe Bible Translators since 1958 and have served in Papua New Guinea, Kenya and Nigeria. The couple currently lives in North Carolina.

M. James Sawyer (’73) published The Survivor’s Guide to Theologythrough Zondervan in 2006. While the hardback edition went out of print, it was recently re-released on Amazon in Kindle format.

Renee Fisher (’08) published Not Another Dating Bookin February 2012 through Harvest House. Her book addresses questions and issues regarding dating and singleness. Fisher writes from the perspective that there is a perfect example in Christ of every relationship and encourages young adults to look at how they relate to God and others.

Matthew Jones (’09) accepted a job with The Walt Disney Company in February 2012 under Partners Federal Credit Union. Matthew works as Partners’ “Electronic Delivery Channel Specialist,” a new position created to assist with the adoption and training of bank-at-will services for Partners members. Some of Matthew’s work so far has included producing and directing the demo videos for Partners’ mobile apps.


Nathaniel Bell (’05) and Emily Burt were married on Dec. 17, 2011, in Westwood, Calif. Biolans Andrew Morehouse, Michael Butterfield (’07), and Dante Stack (’08) were the groomsmen. Nate is currently working toward a Master of Arts degree in film studies at Chapman University. Emily, a graduate of Otis College of Art and Design, works in Biola’s Office of the Registrar. They live in Orange.

Grant and Rachel (VanWagnen, ’06) DeRue were married on Sept. 17, 2011, in Marion, N.Y. The wedding party included Biola alumnus Jessica Absher (’06, M.A. ’09). The happy couple was successfully matched on eHarmony and now resides in Macedon, N.Y. After earning her master’s degree in social work in 2009, Rachel now works as a Chemical Dependency Therapist at a hospital.

Adam Day (’07, M.Div. ’10, Th.M. ’11) married Anna Hamner (’04) on Aug. 20, 2011, at Grace Evangelical Free Church in La Mirada, Calif. Biolans in the wedding included Jonathan Toccoli (’07), Daniel Clark (’07), Ben Jones (’08), Kenny Fox (’07), Laura HasBrouck (’01), Karissa (Palmer, ’04) Free, Brooke (James, ’05) Bouton, and Karisa (McDuff, ’04) Balaram. Adam and Anna moved in January 2012 to Louisville, Ky., where Adam is pursuing his Ph.D. in New Testament at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Katelyn (McMeekin, ’07) married Tim Jackson at Christ Presbyterian Church in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Aug. 13, 2011. Biolans in the wedding party included Kendra Bailey (’07), Elise Berg (’08), and Linell Catalan (’11). Katelyn and Tim now live in Denver, Colo., where Tim is a software engineer specializing in security, and Katelyn is a real estate agent.

Brian(’08) and Jessie (Rickard, ’10) Kraker were married on June 12, 2010, in San Diego, Calif. Brian graduated with degree in business management and is now working as a Web developer. Jessie graduated with a degree in communicative disorders. They are currently living in East Texas while Jessie is earning her master’s degree in speech language pathology.

Clark (’10) and Lizzie (Neely, ’11) Hedrick were married on April 28, 2012, at Waverley Chapel in Santa Ana, Calif. Biolans in the wedding party included Lisa Bush (’11), Turell Danson (’11), Mindy Arnold (’11), Nicole Hoff (’11), Lauren Hedrick (’07), Andrei Yaholkovsky (’12), John Sirjord (’10), Alex Beckwith (’10), Steven VanderWall (’10) and Matthew Barrios (’10). The couple’s relationship sparked while on a study abroad trip in Europe. Clark now works as a litigation clerk for Newmeyer and Dillion with plans for attending law school in the near future. Lizzie works at Biola as executive assistant to the vice president of University Communications and Marketing.

John (’11) and Alex (Goedhart, ’11) Choura were married on April 15, 2012, under an 1,100-year-old oak tree at Highland Spring Resort in Beaumont, Calif. They now live in Sunset Beach, Calif. with their kitten, Chai.


Julie (Johannsen, ’91) and Lars Nylander happily announce the birth of their twins, Hans Richard and Ella Marie Nylander, born Dec. 21, 2009. Hans and Ella were born in Denver, Colo., and joined big sister, Hannah (8 at the time), who is the second mama of the family. Lars is a firefighter lieutenant with the Englewood Fire Department in the suburbs of Denver and Julie works part time as an RN.

Cynthia Miller (’92) and Habib Saidane, along with big sister, Leila, and big brother, Ali, welcomed Sami Salem Saidane on Oct. 30, 2011. Cynthia teaches ESOL at Richland Community College and is working on her Ph.D. in aesthetic studies with a focus on photography. Her website,, owes its existence to the expertise of Habib, a software engineer.

David and Kimberly (Klein, ’95, M.A. ’99) Lomakin are pleased to announce the birth of their twin daughters, Annalise Kadee and Elianna Rebekah, born Sept. 23, 2011, in Orange, Calif. David is currently the CEO of Regency Air, an air charter company based in Orange County. Kimberly resigned from her position as director of women’s ministries at Calvary Church Santa Ana to be a stay-at-home with her baby girls. We praise God for this “double blessing.”

Tim and Gretchen (Stauffacher, ’97) Hausman joyfully announce the arrival of their third daughter, Elizabeth Louise, on May 16, 2011, weighing 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and measuring 19 inches long. This little bundle has a smile that can light up any room. She joins big sisters, Tori, 7, and Mariah, 4. Gretchen teaches third grade for the Etiwanda School District and her husband, Tim, works for Kaiser Permanente in the IT department. The Hausmans live in Eastvale, Calif.

Suzanne (Melotti, ’97) Kearney and her husband, Shannon, celebrated the birth of their third child, Sarah Ann, on April 20, 2012. She joins her two older brothers, Isaiah and Timothy. Follow Timothy’s journey as he honors God through Lymphatic Malformation at

James (’99) and Kirsten (Haaland, ’00) Petermann welcomed their second child, a daughter named Austen Brielle, at home on Jan. 18, 2012. She weighed 9 pounds, 8 ounces and was 21.5 inches long. Big brother, Ewan Eliezer (Sept. 18–Oct. 4, 2010), celebrates his sister’s safe arrival heavenside with the communion of saints. The Petermann family resides in Casselberry, Fla. James is employed as an admissions representative in Orlando and Kirsten is a stay-at-home mom, blogging at

Erik (’00) and Monica (Duran, ’99, M.A. ’03) Peterson are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Anabella Natalia Peterson, on April 21, 2011. Anabella joins big sister Tatiana, who is 5. The Petersons live in Whittier, Calif.

Andrew and Veronica (Rasmussen, ’00, M.A. ’04) Cushman happily announce the birth of their first child, Darren MacGyver Cushman, on Nov. 25, 2011. Both are self-employed connecting investors with multifamily properties. Veronica is thankful to have been a Biola student, adjunct professor and staff member. Her email is

Timothy (’01) and Kelly (Feenstra, ’00) Pinkham welcomed their fourth child, Adeline Veronica, on June 13, 2010. She joins her brothers, Tidus, 8, and Tristan, 6, and sister, Elyse, 4. Adeline’s first name was chosen because both sides of the family have a history of involvement in barbershop and Sweet Adelines singing groups. Her middle name was given in honor of dear family friend Veronica (Gordon, ’02) Wingard.

Ricky and Shannon (Hueners, ’02) Vaught, welcomed their second child, Kaelyn Jean, on Dec. 15, 2011. Kaelyn joins her 20-month-old brother, Titus. Ricky and Shannon live in Belleville, Ill., where Ricky works as an IT specialist for the United States Air Force. Shannon stays at home with the little ones and is a reserve nurse for the Air Force.

Ryan (’04) and Alison (Teel, ’03) Bestelmeyer are proud to announce the birth of their second child, Aaron Godric, on May 1, 2011. He is happy and mellow, and loves to make his big sister, Aubrey, laugh. He has truly brought so much joy to this home! The Bestelmeyers live in Long Beach, Calif., where Ryan is one of the pastors at Grace Brethren and Ali stays home with the munchkins.

Matt (’05) and Denise (Paul, ’04) Baquiran are pleased to announce the birth of their second child, Colin Andrew Baquiran. Colin was born on Feb. 8 in Mountain View, Calif., weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches. Denise teaches first grade at a Christian school in San Jose while Matt works in sales for a high tech company in the Silicon Valley.

Tim(’05) and Rachel (Robinson, ’04) Motte joyfully announce the birth of their son, Justin Ransom, on Feb. 5, 2012. Justin joins big sister, Lucy Virginia, in being named for an early church martyr and a character in a Lewis fiction story. The Mottes live in California, where Tim produces a live talk radio show and Rachel works from home
as a freelance writer and editor.

Daniel (’05) and Elizabeth (Orr, ’99) Shackleton are excited to announce the birth of their precious daughter, Lena Joyce, who is named after two of her great-grandmothers. Born three weeks early on Nov. 3, 2011, Lena weighed 4 pounds, 3 ounces. After years of infertility struggles, Lena is God’s blessing through embryo adoption. The Shackletons currently reside in Chino, Calif.

David and Amber (Peters, ’05) Vecchio are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Aurora Ruth. She was born on Jan. 11, 2011, at 5:39 p.m., weighing 8 pounds, 10 ounces and measuring 20 inches. The Vecchios live in the Los Angeles area and love every moment watching Aurora learn and grow. She is their precious gift from God.

Jeff and Joy (Buller, ’05) Walker joyfully announce the birth of their son, Caleb Daniel, born May 18, 2011. He arrived weighing 8 pounds, 13 ounces and measuring 20 inches. Caleb joins his big sister, Grace Noel, now 2 years old. The Walkers reside in Apple Valley, Calif.

Seth (’06) and Jaime Nydegger (’06) would like to announce the birth of their firstborn, Madilynn Rae Nydegger. She was born at 6:55 a.m. on March 6, at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Downey, Calif., weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces and measuring 20 inches. She is named after her mommy and maternal grandpa (both have the middle name Lynn), and paternal grandma (whose middle name is Rae).


Lois (Roth, ’45) Clinesmith was born April 29, 1923, in Newton, Kan. She attended Biola and later graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Wheaton College. Believing that God was calling her to missionary service, in 1950 she joined Gospel Missionary Union (now AVANT), serving initially in Morocco. Her ministries there included working with Arab and Jewish girls and women and teaching MKs. She married Richard Clinesmith on Feb. 25, 1961, in Tangier, and the union was blessed with a son Mark and a daughter Sharon. Subsequent fields of service were Spain and Alaska where she was involved in hospitality, music, and children’s ministries. Retiring to Whitewater, Kan., Lois was especially active in Swiss Missionary Circle at Swiss Church, serving most recently as treasurer. She devoted much time daily to prayer for her church family and missionaries around the world, and encouraged others over the phone by listening to them and praying with them. Lois died at the age of 88 on Dec. 8, 2011, in Whitewater.