2016-2017 FBC Basketball Team

 

Name Year Hometown
David Bottrell Junior Hunt Valley, Maryland
Mathew Good Sophomore Ypsilanti, Michigan
Jim Hunt Sophomore Chesterton, Indiana
David Crego Freshman Chesterton, Indiana
Michael Santucci Sophomore Canton, Ohio
Levi Armacost Freshman Chesterton, Indiana
John Olson Freshman Chesterton, Indiana
Joseph Norman Freshman Hunt Valley, Maryland
Jared Dircks Senior Brogue, Pennsylvania
James Critcher Freshman Tioga, Pennsylvania
Ben Martin Senior Chesterton, Indiana

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Leon and Rebecca (’06 Gaus) Staal

Greetings from a dairy farm in Zambia!

We hope all is well with you.

We are happy to report that the rainy season has begun.  After three years of insufficient rains, the dams are empty and the water table is very low.  We've been praying for a good rainy season and it is shaping up to be that way.

It is a blessing to be involved in our local church.  Leon teaches the New Converts Sunday school class.  This ministry holds a special place in his heart as he ministers to a small group of believers on a weekly basis.  Because of growing up here in Zambia, he knows the Zambian people very well and how to effectively disciple them.  Leon uses the ABC's of Christian Growth in this class which is a wonderful tool in discipling the new believers.

Also, on Saturdays, Leon has a small Bible study at the Good Samaritan Center which provides housing and job training for convicts just released from prison.  Several men have been saved over the past few years.  One man in particular is named Duncan.  He is now employed on our farm and is quickly becoming one of our best employees.  As is the case with such a ministry, many of the men that have been saved move back to their village.  We pray that they continue in their Christian walk.

Rebecca is the Junior Church teacher for the 5-10 year old class.  That class is a special blessing to her.  It was quite a different experience to learn how to teach the children here compared to the bus route.  The kids weren't quite sure what to do with an overly energetic "mzungu" (white person) in front of the class.  But they are learning lots of new Sunday school songs, books of the Bible, missionary stories, and a newly implemented character trait that accompanies a verse.  What a joy to teach these children.  They come from a variety of homes and situations just like in the States.  Though ministering on another continent, the goal is still the same:  to instill in them the Word of God and their need of a Saviour.

Our family is doing well.  We have been blessed with two children:  Liesl (2 years old) and Jules (4 months).

It is also a joy for us to see a few of the young people from Fairhaven come here to serve the Lord whether on short term or long term missions trips.  It is a blessing to see them take a step of faith and serve the Lord here in Kabwe.  We are praying for more people to come help our Pastor and his wife so that our town of approximately 500,000 people can be reached for Christ.

We send many warm regards to our friends and family in the States.

Sincerely,

Leon and Rebecca Staal

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2017 PC Trivia Contest – Round 2

In case you missed the first round, we'll review the contest below:

"Please include Preaching Conference 2017, April 23-27, on your calendar.  The conference is less than 15 weeks away. As this is the 40th year of Fairhaven Baptist College, this week will be special. Our speakers are all Fairhaven Baptist College graduates--something we are all looking forward to. Excitement and attendance are already growing, but to help it along even more, we will offer some 'incentives' leading up to the conference."

Congratulations to Bill Smith (Traverse City, Michigan) winner of Round 1.   Now on to Round 2. . .

This question is for any person over the age of 20.  The first person to respond with the correct answer wins.  The winner will receive one round-trip flight* to the 2017 Preaching Conference!

Question:  What is the theme verse for Fairhaven Baptist College?

Respond with your answer to 2017PC@fairhavenbaptist.org.

*restrictions apply

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New Online Class Offered

Fairhaven Baptist College will be offering a new online class for the spring semester 2017. The course is entitled Defining Biblical Leadership. There are currently 3 openings left for this one-credit course. We are offering the course at a discounted rate of $90 if registered by January 10.

For information or to register call (1-800-SEE-FHBC) or email (admissions@fairhavenbaptist.org).

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Christmas Lights Activity

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Christmas Banquet

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed our annual Christmas banquet. The food and fellowship was wonderful. Following the delicious meal, Pastor Ben Jaquith from Westgate Baptist Church in Tigard, Oregon, brought a challenging message.  Pastor Jaquith's daughter, Kristie, and her husband Scott Dean are both Fairhaven Baptist College alumni.

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Seth and Moriah Custer Concert

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the saxophone, piano, and harp Christmas concert performed by Seth and Moriah Custer. Dr. Seth Custer and his wife, Moriah, are both professional musicians. The music was beautiful and uplifting, and their burden to see God-honoring music in churches was evident. To purchase CDs, contact our bookstore at 1-800-SEE-FHBC or follow this link.

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Luke (’90) and Pam (’89 Thompson) Brown

It has been 34 years since my first visit to Fairhaven as a teenager. I still remember the Holy Spirit putting in my heart that He wanted me to attend Fairhaven for my college education. I attended from 1986-1990 and will be eternally grateful for all that I learned both in college and at the local church. My wife (Pam Thompson) and I have been serving the Lord in fulltime ministry for 25 years now. We worked with Pastor Larry Williams (Fairhaven graduate) in Seneca, Pennsylvania, for 3 years and have been at our home church, Cleveland Baptist, for the last 22 years.

Most of our years in ministry have been with children both in the local church and the Christian school. The rewards of working with children are very fruitful as you come alongside parents and see the potential of youth. The Lord has allowed Pam and me to develop a midweek children’s program called Glory Stars, and we have been running it for 21 years. This program reviews what the children are taught in Sunday school and has a strong missionary emphasis to help children see the need for missions. We also put together a training program for teens called TTCW (Training Teens for Christian Work). This program teaches the “Why Not’s,” “Why So’s,” and “How To’s” of Christian living.

It has been a blessing to serve in the ministry where I came to know Christ as my Savior. Presently, Pam serves as an English teacher in the high school and a secretary in the school office in addition to the work we do with the children at CBC. I am currently the principal at Heritage Christian and am enjoying each day. I also oversee Heritage Baptist Institute, a ministry of Cleveland Baptist, and allows for college age or older married students to attend classes in the evening to gain more Bible knowledge or prepare for the Lord’s work.

The Lord gave Pam and me four children. Our oldest, Alyssa, is 26 and married to
Drew Jonke who is a graduate of our institute. They are serving the Lord in Vancouver,
Washington, working with a church plant. Caitlyn, our second daughter, is 23 and serves
as a computer teacher and secretary at Heritage Christian. Mark, our third child, is 20,
and currently in his second year at Pensacola Christian College training to be a youth
evangelist. Our youngest child, Joseph, is a senior this year at Heritage Christian.

It is encouraging to hear all that the Lord is doing at Fairhaven and
in the lives of those who have graduated from Fairhaven Baptist College.

The Browns

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Amy Porozynski (’07)

Click on the PDF file below to read an update from Amy.

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Kyle (’05) and Elizabeth (’05 Roadcup) Allen

Dear Fairhaven Baptist Church and College,
It has been a very busy year for our family as well as our church (Richmond Baptist Church in Richmond, Indiana) as we travel through 2016. We began the year by raising over $3,000 to purchase paper for the printing of Bibles through Bearing Precious Seed of Milford, OH. At the same time, we were able to remodel the fellowship hall in our basement, a project that desperately needed to be completed. It was not long after completing the fellowship hall that we were able to enjoy the first use of it with a church dinner on Easter Sunday. We hope to remodel the kitchen this coming winter.
May brought our annual Mother/Daughter Banquet. My mom Julie Allen spoke this year giving testimony of how God has helped her through her continuing battle with Multiple Myeloma and the importance of faith when dealing with trials The ladies were greatly blessed by her testimony.
The year did not slow down as we headed into summer with our annual 4th of July cookout at our home as well as our annual VBS. We had a great, military themed program that brought in over sixty kids with several salvations. It also gave our bus route a much needed boost in the arm. The week successfully concluded with a carnival on Friday night to which the parents of the kids were invited.
Each year our family helps with a day camp called “Cowboy Camp” a ministry of Calvary Baptist Church. The Pastor and I have been friends for many years and we enjoy getting to serve in that ministry each year helping in any way that we can. This year we had 360 kids in attendance and over 50 kids saved. It is a very taxing week physically, but an amazing week spiritually.
The next event on our churches calendar was the 15th anniversary of the church. Richmond Baptist Church was founded the first weekend of September in 2001 by Pastor Jay Sheppard. This year we brought back Bro. Sheppard to preach for us and we had a phenomenal day! We had 96 in attendance (a record attendance since we have been here) and had one of the greatest services we have held. The preaching was fantastic, the singing was amazing, and the food was pretty good as well! We are still so excited recalling what God did that Sunday and continue to pray for and pursue some permanent fruit as a result of the day.
As for our family, we are excited to announce that Allen number five is on his/her way. Seeing how the dog and the roosters are the only male presence on the place besides myself, I would not be too disappointed if it were a boy this time, but certainly we look
forward to adding to our adorable collection of girls as well. We are thankful that God provided for Kara’s second (and prayerfully last) eye surgery. Surgery went well and her eyes are now straight and she is seeing much better.
We thank you all for your thoughtfulness and prayers and look forward to the next time our paths will cross!
By His Grace and for His Glory,
The Allen’s

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The Allens' four daughters

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