Todd V. Lewis (’72, professor emeritus) is the author of a new play, Flight 1225, based on a one-act play that was first presented at Biola in 1998. This updated full-length play is being premiered by Das Dutchman Essenhaus, a Christian dinner theater resort in Middlebury, Indiana, between Nov. 29 and Dec. 21. The Amish-themed inn and restaurant commissioned Lewis to write a play for their Christmas season.
John Stewart (’74, M.A. ’76) published In Defense of the Gospels — the Case for Reliability (Intelligent Faith Press, January 2018). Both Christians and skeptics question when the Gospels were written, who wrote them and whether the writers were biased. Stewart presents evidence that demonstrates why the Gospels can be trusted to tell the truth about Jesus.
Steven S. Foster (’76), a U.S. Air Force veteran, wrote Spirit of an Eagle, a novel about a Vietnam War Army medic who struggles to adjust to civilian life. Deeply moved by the sacrifices and needs of veterans, Foster seeks to inspire and uplift readers with a message of love, forgiveness and redemption.
Daniel Andrew Williams (’78, M.A. ’05) and his wife, Pam, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August. They have four children and eight grandchildren. In Washington, Daniel started the Whatcom County chapter of William Lane Craig’s Reasonable Faith ministry.
Eric (’83) and Susan (Madden, ’82) Rose, along with their daughter and son-in-law, Laurence (’09) and Ashley Blocker (’09) recently launched the Eastside Guesthouse & Bivy in Bishop, California, a lodging provider focused on creating a place of community for adventure travelers to experience all the amazing activities Bishop offers in the Eastern Sierra.
Joe LoMusio (M.A. ’86) recently retired from the pastorate after 44 years and is currently a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at California Graduate School of Theology in Garden Grove. He just published his third book, An Uncommon Sense: Making Sense of Our Spiritual Senses (WestBow Press, February 2019).
John Wallace Miller (M.A. ’91) published Resilient: Key Factors in a Long and Successful Pastorate (Entrust Source Publications, December 2018). Why do most pastors only last three to five years? Using his 35 years of experience as a pastor of Northwest Bible Church, John answers this and identifies nine key factors that lead to pastoral resiliency.
Christine Silva (’94), a public middle school counselor in Santa Ana, California, presented at the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) national conference in Boston this summer about the middle school college and career incentive program she co-created. This year’s conference theme was “Revolutionary Ideas.” The conference is annually attended by approximately 3,600 school counselors.
Daniel W. McManigal (’98) published A Baptism of Judgment in the Fire of the Holy Spirit: John’s Eschatological Proclamation in Matthew 3 (T&T Clark, April 2019). McManigal analyzes the meaning of the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, and John’s baptism as a prophetic sign-act, offering the first extended treatment of the baptism in the Holy Spirit in Matthew’s Gospel.
Dianne Shober (M.A. ’01) published a devotional called Miraculous Life (Westbow Press, June 2019), which was birthed through her weekly radio program in South Africa called “Special Moments with Dianne.” After serving as pastors and university lecturers in South Africa for over 20 years, Dianne and her husband now live in the U.S. and pastor a church in Carson, California.
Kathy Ann Camarillo (’02) recently published Light for The Way: A Guide to Pastoral Counseling (Xulon Press, February 2019), a Christian counseling guide to help churches build a strong pastoral counseling ministry. The book begins with the premise that effective counsel starts in the heart of the counselor. Camarillo completed her Doctor of Ministry degree at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (now known as Gateway).
Rebecca (Morgan) Nevius (’03, M.A. ’10) wrote and illustrated God is Bigger Than a Juice Box (Juice Box Press, April 2019), a colorfully illustrated board book designed to bring the bigness of God and his love into a child’s everyday world of juice boxes, grownups and imaginary things.
Robert Strauss (’04) and Christopher Strauss published Four Overarching Patterns of Culture: A Look at Common Behavior (Wipf and Stock, August 2019). This book explores how recognizing the four cultural patterns of justice, honor, harmony and reciprocity can help us interact with people across cultures in more sophisticated ways.
Todd Smith (M.A. ’05) published Dark Valleys: When You Love Jesus but Hate Life (Lucid Books, December 2017). The book explores the issue of depression and replaces the many unsuccessful coping methods with the comfort of gospel truths. Based on Psalm 23, the book offers an honest, hard look at depression and the promise that God is your shepherd.
Laura Cuthill (’06) and David Wagner were married on Aug. 30, 2019, in San Diego. Biolans in the wedding included Annelise (Guisinger) Wiens (’07). The Wagners live in San Diego, where Laura works in government affairs for the Port of San Diego.
Justin Helton (’08) is now the chief financial officer at Mariners Church and is working alongside the new senior pastor, Eric Geiger, to carry out the church’s mission and legacy in Orange County, California. He retains his role as managing director of West Harbor Growth Partners, a strategic advisory firm he co-founded in 2015. Justin lives in Irvine with his wife, Danielle, and daughter, Masie.
Chester J. Delagneau (M.A. ’09, M.A. ’11) published his first academic book, Biblical Ethics: An Exegetical Approach to a Morality of Happiness, Vol. 1: Old Testament Flourishing (Westbow Press, May 2019). He is a junior high humanities teacher at Heart Christian Academy in San Juan Capistrano, California, and blogs about human flourishing at chesterdelagneau.com.
Danielle Hitchen (’10) will be publishing the next book in her Baby Believer series, Jesus Heals: An Anatomy Primer, January 2020 (Catechesis Books). Using colorful, engaging artwork, Jesus Heals introduces little ones to different parts of the body through the healings Jesus performed, pointing to his ultimate miracle — healing our sin by his death on the cross.
Cheri McDole (M.A. ’12), a Rosemead School of Psychology alumna, founded Room 116 (room116.org), a platform to improve young adult mental health and well-being through community. Its mission is to impact and empower 20- to 30-somethings with events and resources that offer love, cheer, nonjudgmental safe spaces, healing for the broken and hope for the future.
Jeremiah Silvey (’13) and Hannah (Sharr) Silvey (’10, M.A. ’12) married on April 2, 2016. This year, they gave birth to their son, Jacob Decker Silvey, on March 7. They live in Glennallen, Alaska, where Jeremiah works as a general manager of several properties and Hannah works as a K–12 school counselor.
Conner Penfold (’14) and Mary Beth Boyd (’14) married in February 2016. They now live in Sacramento, California, and celebrated the birth of Clare Ellen on May 6. Conner uses his journalism degree and works for the Sacramento River Cats as a media relations assistant. Mary Beth uses her nursing degree as a postpartum RN at UC Davis Medical Center.
Jonathan Joyce (’15) earned his Master of Science in College Counseling and Student Development in 2017 from Azusa Pacific University.
Jeremiah Campbell (D.Min. ’17) published Say What?: A Biblical and Historical Journey on the Connection between the Holy Spirit, Prophecy, and Tongues (Wipf and Stock, March 2018). Are the gifts of tongues, prophecy and the baptism of the Holy Spirit still for today? Campbell answers precisely that.
Rubena (Gunther) Ewell (’46) passed away on July 28, 2019. Inspired by Dr. and Mrs. Talbot, Rubena is remembered most for her missionary service in post-World War II Japan, serving with Mennonite Missions from 1950 to 1970, teaching English and starting churches and Christian radio broadcasts that are still active today. She was a great-aunt to current Biolan Abrielle Ward.
Lorraine L. Fleischman (’47) passed away on May 22, 2019, after suffering a stroke at Hillside Retirement Community in McMinnville, Oregon. Lorraine was a missionary in Japan for 35 years (1952–87) and continued missionary outreach to the Japanese community after her retirement. She helped start two churches in Japan and a Neighborhood Bible Studies group, all of which are active today.
Judy (Schlange) Williams (’51) passed away at age 89 on May 25, 2019. She was the widow of Max A. Williams (’51), who passed away in April 1990. Judy is survived by four sons, 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. The family moved from Southern California to Modesto, California, in 1958 and attended La Loma Grace Brethren Church, where Judy served as the church secretary from 1964 to 2004. She was also involved in Christian education, the music ministry, the missions commission and the women’s Bible study groups.
James W. Braley (’56, LL.D. ’80), born on Aug. 29, 1933, passed away on May 9, 2019. Braley, a native of Cottonwood, Arizona, received his bachelor’s in Christian education at Biola, and was later conferred a Doctor of Laws in 1980 in recognition of his contributions to Christian schools. Braley has taught at every level from elementary through graduate school. He was the director of educational services with what later became known as the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
Robin J. Genung (’57) passed away at age 86 on May 12, 2019. She was born in Napa, California, and was active in church life where she sang in the choir and worked in the church dining center at Mount Hermon Conference Center in Santa Cruz, California. She is survived by her husband, Robert Genung.
Lyle Connet (’64), born on June 22, 1932, passed away on May 6, 2019. He was 86 years old. Connet received a Bachelor of Arts in History.
Lawrence Dennis Smith (’67, ’68) passed away on Oct. 26, 2018. Smith served as a pastor for 43 years in Christian and Missionary Alliance churches in Pennsylvania, Washington, Oregon, California and Texas. He was an avid reader, a chess player and a tennis player who enjoyed coaching youth soccer and baseball. In addition to his degrees in humanities and Bible from Biola, Smith earned a master’s in New Testament from Wheaton Graduate School in 1969 and a Ph.D. from California School of Theology in 1988. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; three children, Martyn D. Smith, Angela Bullard and Joanna McFall; and five grandchildren.
George C. Moore Jr. (’64, M.Div. ’74, M.A. ’78), born on March 21, 1932, passed away on April 20, 2019. He was 87 years old.
Sharon (Warkentin) Hilts (’65) passed away on Oct. 7, 2019, after a 19-month battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Bob Hilts (’66); three children, Heidi Hilts Schmidt (’89), Kristen Hilts Jones (’91) and Michael Hilts; and six grandchildren.
Glen Thomas (’68) passed away on July 26, 2019, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He made many contributions to the education of California students from preschool through high school. He served as California’s Secretary of Education from 2009 to 2010. Prior, he served as the executive director of CCSESA from 1998 to 2006, and enjoyed a long and successful career in the California Department of Education. He served as a faculty-at-large at Biola’s School of Education and helped lead the Emerging Leaders Institute in Sacramento. Glen is survived by his wife, Connie, two daughters and four grandchildren.
Christopher William Burnett (’03), born on March 30, 1980, in Sacramento, California, passed away on June 4, 2019, in Citrus Heights, California. He was a founder and CEO of C&B Bookkeeping Services. Chris was the loving husband of Meredith Burnett. He is survived by his brothers, Brian (’00) and Joshua (’06); sister, Katie (Burnett) Joiner (’10); grandmother, Frances Ott; and two nieces and three nephews. He also leaves behind his greatly loved dog, Holly. Chris was known for his warm smile and gentle demeanor, and for his silly antics that made his nieces and nephews roar with laughter.
Amanda Grace Hilpert (’15), born on leap day in 1992, passed away on Oct. 5, 2019. Amanda graduated with a double degree in psychology and anthropology, as a member of the Xenia cohort in the Torrey Honors Institute. She loved California. She excelled at school, loved the mountains and played the flute. Whether climbing with her dad, baking and shopping with her mom, making (or arguing about) music with her brother, or joining in a family adventure to who knew-where, she was always eager to try something new and to laugh with glee while doing it. She is dearly missed.
Glenn Dill, professor of accounting at Biola for 11 years, passed away in the comfort of his home alongside his beloved wife of 63 years, Barbara Dill, on Aug. 29, 2019. He was 85 years old. Glenn served and honored Christ faithfully through various fruitful careers and is survived by his wife, three children, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.