A newsletter for alumni of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary

Welcome to the second issue of Nyack Nation--a publication created just for you filled with the latest achievements and life events of Nyack & ATS alumni. Contribute to the "conversation" by sharing your news on our website or by emailing them to alumni@nyack.edu. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


Congratulations to the 2014 Alumni of the Year awardees, honored at Homecoming!


Pastor Roy Kirton '03

Service to Society


Rev. Charles H. Hammond, Jr.

(Associate Dean, 

Student Development NYC)

Service to Nyack College


Dr. David G. McKechnie '63 & 

Mrs. Linda McKechnie '64

Service to the Kingdom


Chaplain (LTC) Douglas L. Prentice '84

Globally Engaged Award

Mr. Benjamin D. Raber '07

Young Alumnus Award


Russell Chun, a December 2013 graduate with a master's degree in TESOL, is living proof that earning a degree at Nyack makes a difference and an impact in the lives of our nation's veterans.


Originally from the Hawaiian Islands, Russell's 23 years of service in the U.S. Army began in 1981. He says, "I moved to Hungary in June 2005 upon retiring from the U.S. Army after 23 years. I was a volunteer for many years with GoodSports International (see www.goodsportsinternational.org). Upon retirement in 2005, I joined the organization as a full-time volunteer and served as the International Director."


What's been the benefit of the TESOL degree from Nyack for Russell? "MS in 

TESOL has given me greater access in primary schools, high schools, and colleges. In the Hungarian Reformed Seminary, theological students will now be given the opportunity to participate in an English Conversation Class. Without the MS degree they would not even have given me the appointment to pitch the concept. All around, I am more qualified and thus a valued commodity in a "degree-focused" society."


Click here and learn about Russell and GoodSports and how his MS in TESOL opened new doors for him.


To read the more about Russel, click here.



Mrs. Margaret (Nagy) Jennings (BS '01, MSOL '09) | Nyack College Alumni Board Member


1. Year graduated/degree earned: 

2001, Bachelor of Science in Communications

2009, Master of Science in Organizational Leadership


2. Why did you choose to attend Nyack?

My sister Teresa "TC" (Nagy) Hagen (Class of 2003) and I came to Nyack College together. We were looking for a small Christian college and our cousin Ben Kurdt (Class of 2000) was already attending here.


3. What is your favorite Nyack memory/experience?

My favorite Nyack memory was being part of the ACTS Mime & Dance Team. We traveled around the Northeast ministering in different churches through drama and dance.


4. Who was your favorite Nyack professor? And most meaningful course studied? Why?

My favorite professor was Dr. Frank Chan because he was so transparent and real. During our Christian Foundations class he shared with the class how hurt he was about being estranged from his father. One of our class sessions focused on ethics and each group of students was given an ethical dilemma. My group was given Frank's life situation with the question, "What should he do?" After some discussion we decided to tell Frank to make attempts to connect with his father and try to gain healing from the situation. He followed this advice, made a connection with his father, and their relationship was healed.


5. Which Nyack core value transformed your life?

While attending Nyack College I was most transformed through our social-economic diversity. I loved that everyone around me did not look like me or worship God the same way I did. I learned to step out of my comfort zone and explore friendships with people from other places in the country and the world.


Anything else you'd like to add... 

The best way for an alum to give back to Nyack College is to share the college with a potential student. Full-time students who are referred by alumni may be eligible to receive an Alumni Referral Grant. (The amount of the award is determined by the program and the program aid cap.) Please contact me at margie.jennings@nyack.edu if you know of any prospective student. The Admissions Department will help them through each step of the way.



Ms. Dorothy E. Henry (M.P.S. '03, M.Div. '07) | ATS Alumni Board Member


1. Why did you choose to attend ATS? 

After I felt led by God to obtain seminarian credentials, I wanted to attend a seminary that would be convenient to access after work, a seminary that was Christian centered, offered the degree program I needed, and was diverse. I chose ATS because the staff exhibited the love of God and a genuine interest in the needs of each individual and ATS had the programs I needed.


2. What is your favorite ATS memory/experience? 

My favorite ATS memory was an urban mission trip hosted by Dr. Luis A. Carlo to Buenos Aires, Argentina to study urban church planting and church growth in Latin America. We were greeted warmly by our host in Buenos Aries, Rev. Enrique L. Ruloff, dean of Instituto Biblico Buenos Aires (IBBA), the seminary where we took classes and were taught by Dr. Carlo and Professor Rosa Oliva. We studied the principles of the G-12 models (cell group, "community life of 12 persons") used widely in Latin America, in addition to an in-depth study on church planting and other theological studies.


The trip was focused, informative, and allowed for times of fun and fellowship with our classmates, our host and his family, our professors and all the new and wonderful people we met in Buenos Aires.


3. Who was your favorite ATS professor?

One of my favorite professors was the late Dr. Paul Siu. Dr. Siu loved the Lord and loved his students. I liked Dr. Siu because he was a man of humility, a true servant of God who always greeted me with enthusiasm, a big smile, and a "How are you doing?" I felt that Dr. Siu had a genuine interest in my future success at ATS and ultimately my life and ministry. Dr. Siu taught theology so passionately that at times in the midst of a class the presence of God came rushing in and Dr. Siu would tell the class "Let us be silent for a moment," as he gave way to the Holy Spirit. These were awesome moments for me!  


4. Most meaningful course studied? Why?

"Greek Exegesis" taught by Dr. Glen Shellrude. Prior to attending ATS I became interested in learning more about Biblical Greek. I love God's Word and desired to increase my knowledge to interpret the Word as accurately as possible. I was glad when I saw that ATS offered studies in Biblical Greek and Hebrew.


5. Which Nyack core value transformed your life?

The Nyack core value that was most significant to me was "Personally Transforming." All that was imparted to me at ATS by my professors, and all with whom I dealt with added value to me physically and spiritually. I became a better equipped servant for the work of the kingdom, to my family, the Church, my community, and the world.


Anything else you'd like to add...

I encourage new graduates to remain "connected" with the school and with friends who have impacted their lives. As you move forward to accomplish the next level of your journey, consider joining your school alumni association board. Lend your area of gifting to your school for a season or two to add to its growth. Allow students coming after you to benefit from what you have and what they need to graduate. Give as generously and as consistently as possible to Nyack/ATS knowing that you are participating in the success of your school and adding value to your degree.


'48 Rev. John F. Wagner celebrated his 90th birthday in October surrounded by friends and family. John is the father and father-in-law of Brian (Cindy) Wagner; four grandchildren, Rachael, Jackie, Leslie, and Mitchell; and nine great-grandchildren, Caden, Ava, Alexis, Dominick, Jaden, Aiden, Jackson, Donovan, and Kelsie. Rev. Wagner retired from The Timken Company in 1984, having served the company for 39-1/2 years. His hobbies include woodworking and coin and gem collecting.


'62 Jeannie (Murray) McKean and Paul McKean '64 served as international representatives for Campus Crusade for Christ International (CRU) for 43 years. While serving the CRU, they opened a ministry in China and also developed international projects for CRU. Paul and Jeannie are directors of Champion's Heart Global, an organization that engages, equips, encourages, and challenges those who live and work globally to impact their world with the message of Jesus. For more information on this ministry, click here. Together, Paul and Jeannie have co-authored two books, Leading a Child to Independence: A Positive Approach to Raising Children through the Teens and I'm Not Home Yet.


'63 Richard Kropp and Janice (Taylor) Kropp '64 retired from missionary service in Japan in 2005 and then again in 2013.


'66 Rev. Fred Jeffrey retired from Cumberland Community Methodist Church after 34 years of service. He plans on remaining religiously active in his new hometown of Foster, Rhode Island despite his retirement. Rev. Jeffrey first realized he wanted to be a pastor while he was a teenager living in New York. Following his graduation from Nyack in 1966, Rev. Jeffrey became the assistant pastor at Wadsworth Christian and Missionary Alliance Church and in 1970, he and his wife, Linda, traveled for mission work to South America first in Costa Rica and then in Columbia where they helped build local churches. Rev. and Mrs. Jeffrey have two children.


'67 Judy Reitz, following the passing of her husband, George '68, in 2006, felt God calling her back to Cambodia where she grew up to work in an area of sex trafficking.


'69 Rev. Dr. W. David Thomas retired from his position of CEO/President from Bethany Community Services, Inc. after 37 years of service. Bethany's board of directors honored Rev. Thomas at a big gala event in September and recognized him for his work with the elderly housing programs Bethany owns and manages. The gala also served as a fundraiser to support the Friends of Bethany Fund, which provides support services to low-income senior citizens, a population that Thomas served for many years.


'80 Thomas Hawkins and Beverly (Shuey) Hawkins '84 returned to France in March to serve with Greater Europe Mission. While the majority of Tom's work involves keeping the administrative wheels of GEM-France turning, the couple will also be involved in the mission's next church plant in the city of Clermont, an hour north of Paris.


'83 Mark Barnard co-authored a book entitled The Eighth Letter: Jesus Still Speaks! with Kenneth Quick. The book offers practical commentary on "Seven Letters to Seven Churches" found in Revelation 2-3. Rev. Mark Barnard serves as president of Blessing Point Ministries, which works to mend the tapestry of church life. Mark and his wife, Jeannie Henkel '84, live in Peachtree City, Georgia. Mark writes, "I couldn't have co-authored this book without the training I received from gifted men like Dr. Elio Cuccaro, Dr. Donal Nilsson, and Dr. Harold Shelley!" Click here to read a chapter from The Eighth LetterClick here to watch the book trailer.

'91 Roy Baldwin was appointed director of Monadnock Bible Conference (MBC) and assumed his position at the beginning of December. As the MBC Director, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the day-to-day ministry; including administration, compliance, and financial management. Prior to being appointed MBC Director, Roy worked as a family advocate/

teacher-counselor, houseparent, and supervisor of recruitment, retention, and training. He served as director of Parenting/Youth at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs. Roy received a master's degree from Duquesne University in 2005 and a bachelor's degree from Nyack College in 1990. He and his wife, Karen, have three children: Nicholas, Anna, and Emily. For information about MBC, click here.


'92 Mark Lynch was named interim director for Candidate Development for The Christian and Missionary Alliance. Mark and his wife, Michele, reside in the Seattle area with their three daughters.


'93 Jennifer S. Ripley co-authored a paper entitled "Integration of Christianity in Research and Statistics Courses" published in the Journal of Psychology and Theology in June 2014, Vol. 42, No. 2, Pg. 220(8).


'04 Jerfelis Pimentel served in the U.S. Air Force following graduation and currently works for the U.S. Department of the Interior.


'04 Shanna Sands-Muigai is married to Kenneth Muigai and has two lovely daughters, ages two and four. She is a social worker and business owner.


'04 Edwin Nieves and Mabel Choi '02 had a child in November. Edwin and Mabel lived in South Korea from 2007 until 2013. From 2013-2014 he studied Chinese at Shenzhen University.


'06 Anthony Ferraro authored a book entitled The Blessed Life. This prayer guide is a tool to help in effectively praying the Word of God and applying prayer to live a life in God with no regrets and no compromise. It helps in gaining a heavenly mindset on different areas of life such as relationships, finances, ministry, emotions, and the physical body.


'09 Jonathan D. Raber, manager of Circles, a program of South Central Community Action Programs (SCCAP), spoke at a luncheon in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania that focused on finding pathways out of poverty. About 60 human-services professionals, educators, elected officials, and criminal justice administrators were also in attendance. Raber states, "The insecurity and inconsistency associated with poverty spills into many areas of life, affecting things such as workplace environments and property values." For more information on SCCAP, visit www.sccap.org.

'10 Melissa Archbold (ATS '14) has been appointed to serve as a member of the College Council of SUNY College at Old Westbury. A resident of Elmont, New York, Archbold is the president and director of youth programs for the Zion Youth and Family Center in Elmont, New York. Since the Center's founding, Archbold has focused on creating a consortium for science, technology, engineering, and math education. She has volunteered for college readiness programs at SUNY Farmingdale and college and STEM awareness programs for Brookhaven National Laboratories. 


'10 Randy Martinez was presented the Jack Lyman Award for Officer of the Year on October 21, 2014 for outstanding service and dedication to the community by the Town of Orangetown. Jack Lyman was an outstanding officer who served Orangetown for 20 years. The Jack Lyman Award was designed to recognize a current member of the Auxiliary Police who has shown the same dedication.

'10 Deborah A. Kim, interim vice president and director for student programs at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, has accepted a position at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois as the director of study abroad. Kim will assume her new role in January 2015.


'11 Jeffrey Motley was offered a position with the Empire State Division of the Salvation Army where he works in Upstate New York.


'13 Samantha Glasstetter is currently working as an elementary school teacher.


'13 James Y. Han (formerly Jung Yoon Han) recently became a citizen of the United States and legally changed his name. Congratulations, James!


'13 Stephanie Mercier was offered a position at the LEGO Company in Enfield, Connecticut.


'13 (ATS) Jose Carlos Montes was appointed as the chief executive officer of the Puerto Rican Action Board (PRAB) in August, assuming the leadership of this comprehensive human services organization that provides services throughout central New Jersey. Jose comes to PRAB from the Neighborhood Association for Inter-Cultural Affairs (NAICA), where he served since 2013 as the deputy/facility director of the Transitional Housing Program for 249 homeless single men. In this position, he oversaw the building operations of the two 365-day, 24-hour employment transitional housing facilities and led the redesign of the social services operations.


'06 Lars Hasseler and Amanda R. Bottle '07 were married on August 30, 2014 at the Bottle homestead in Greene, New York with the Rev. William Reinmuth, All Souls Community Church, officiating. Amanda majored in pastoral ministry at Nyack College and prior to their marriage, was a manager of a Barnes and Noble retail store in New Jersey. Lars also majored in pastoral ministry at Nyack College and is currently stationed at Ft. Bragg, Fayetteville, North Carolina, serving the U.S. Army. He has served deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

'10 Randy Martinez married Rosanna Corchado '10 on May 18, 2013.


'13 Robert (Greg) Irving married Thressa Dasilva '13 on August 9, 2014. Greg works full-time at Nyack College in the mail room. The happy couple resides in Nyack.

'13 Samuel Prahst married April Yang '14 in November. Samuel is working as an accountant.


'13 Alyssa Rice married Brian Cruz on March 3, 2014 at the Dumbo Loft in Brooklyn, New York. A reception followed the ceremony. Alyssa is a social studies teacher at Murry Bergtraum High School in Manhattan, where she enjoys working with inner city youth. Brian is a New York City Police Officer in the South Bronx. Alyssa and Brian are members of Times Square Church where they serve and share their gifts with their community in various ways.

'08 NC Kurt Michaelson (ATS '12) and his wife, Kristi, welcomed Kaleb Thomas Michaelson on June 18, 2013. Kaleb recently celebrated his first birthday surrounded by family and friends. Congratulations to the happy family!

'40 Charlotte Melissa Houck, 96, went to meet her Heavenly Father on October 31, 2014. Her trust in God gave her comfort and encouragement throughout her life. In 1937 Charlotte went to the Nyack Bible College and graduated in 1940. She was instrumental in starting the Alliance Church in Sidney. Even as a worker in Scintilla she gave out scripture and tract packets. Charlotte served the Lord as a Missionary in Kentucky, Mexico, and the Philippines, where she spent more than 31 years. Living in the jungles of the Philippines was not an easy life, but she loved her work. She provided spiritual teachings and nursing care to the Filipino people. She translated the New Testament, the Old Testament storybook, Psalms and Proverbs and Pilgrim's Progress into the Botolan Sambal dialect, which had never been done before. Charlotte is survived by many dear friends not only in United States but throughout the world. She is survived by her sister Kathleen Sherman Patterson (NC '62). Also surviving her is David Bishop of California, whom she loved as a son. There are many nieces, nephews, and cousins surviving also. 


'43 Ruth Caroline Ranshaw, 97, passed away on April 25, 2014 at Colonial Park Care Center. She worked at Christian Publications for over 35 years, retiring at the age of 75. She worked at the A.W. Tozer tape collection and was honored at the National Headquarters of The Christian and Missionary Alliance in 1995. Having dedicated her life to serving the Lord, Ruth was active in The First Alliance Church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


'46 Dr. Ruth Louis Chamberlin, 91, went home to be with the Lord on May 10, 2014. Ruth was a member and a very instrumental part of founding the Forest Alliance Church in Forest, VA. Ruth taught at Liberty University for 28 years after moving to Lynchburg in 1975. She was Chair of the English Department for many years as well as the faculty advisor for Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society at the University. Ruth had such an indelible impact on her position that she was named a Professor Emeritus at Liberty University, the first woman to be bestowed with such an honor at that institution. She was valedictorian of her graduating class of Savannah High School; received a bachelor's degree from Ashland University; a master's degree from the University of Michigan; a doctoral degree from Kent State University; and received missionary training at Nyack College. She served the Lord in the mission field in Vietnam, teaching at the Dalat School in the 1950's. Ruth spent her life serving the Lord and becoming more educated; learning something new every day. Ruth is survived by her son, David; three grandchildren; and a sister.


'48 Rev. Dr. Donald James Trouten, 88, passed away on December 2, 2014. Rev. Trouten earned a bachelor's degree from Nyack College and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degree from New York University. He studied at the University of Minnesota, Columbia Biblical Seminary, and Liberty University. Rev. Trouten was a retired university professor and an ordained clergyman of The Christian and Missionary Alliance. He taught at Nyack College from 1951-1957, where he was also the director of counseling. He also served in several positions at Canadian Bible College and Crown College. In 1977 he took on the role of dean of Columbia International University where he also taught from 1977 until his retirement in 1995. Rev. Trouten was named dean emeritus of the  Bible College of Columbia International University in 2001. He is survived by his brother, Earle Trouten, four children: Darlene Mae Morgan, Donna Grace Olson, Dr. Douglas James Trouten, and Daniel Paul Trouten. Also surviving are stepchildren Murray Lathrop, Philip Walpole Jr., Reed Walpole, and Michael Walpole; 25 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wives Grace D. (Standard) Trouten in 1955, Elaine J. (Terwilleger) Trouten (NC '57) in 1984, and Margaret (Murray Walpole) Trouten in 2011, by his brother Ralph Trouten in 2012, and by his grandson Paul Trouten in 2011.


'50 Rev. George Gruen, 86, passed away on July 26, 2014. George and his wife, Jean, celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary in June. He was married to the late Doris M. Simerson Gruen, who passed away on October 9, 2001. George graduated from Nyack and began his career with The Christian and Missionary Alliance in 1950. In 1978, he went full time with Truth for Israel, Inc. and eventually became the organization's president and director. Upon moving to Philadelphia in the 1950's, George coached championship basketball and baseball teams in Philadelphia city leagues. As an ordained minister he always said he was just a little guy in God's army, but those who knew him, knew he was actually a giant in God's army. Not only did he love sharing the Gospel with all who would listen, he also spent time reading his Bible, putting jigsaw puzzles together, playing Sudoku and Wii, golfing, bowling, and enjoyed traveling. He is survived by his wife, Jean; three children, David, Georgia, and Dawn; and six grandchildren.


'50 Dorothy "Ditty" McDowell, 94, passed away on November 7, 2014. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Nyack College. She was an active member of Pineview Community Church, where she taught Sunday school and played the organ for Sunday services. Ditty retired from the New York State Department of Transportation after many years of service. She is survived by several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, and two first cousins. 

'50 Rev. Dr. Stanley I. Partridge, 87,went home to be with the Lord on November 13, 2014. Stanley left high school six weeks prior to his graduation to serve the U.S. Navy. He served on Manderson Victory Ammunition Ship in the Philippines during World War II. Following his service in the Navy, he received a diploma from Nyack College in 1950, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Akron University, a Master of Arts degree from Scarritt College, and earned a doctoral degree from Trinity Theological Seminary. He was in ministry for 42 years. Rev. Partridge is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruth (Keyes) Partridge (NC '51); four sons, Dean, Mark, and Rev. John; and ten grandchildren.


'52 Grace (Patterson) Reiter, 90, was called home to her Lord on November 2, 2014. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in music from Nyack College and received her master's degree in library science from the University of Pittsburgh. Her zeal for life was most evident in her three greatest passions: her love for her Lord, her devotion to her role as a pastor's wife, and her career as an elementary teacher and librarian in the Milton Area School District.


'53 L. Maxine Fenstermaker, 82, passed away on September 7, 2014. Maxine attended Titusville schools and was a graduate of Titusville High School Class of 1950. She earned a diploma from Nyack College in 1953. Maxine was a registered nurse and worked at the Titusville Area Hospital. She then worked for more than 25 years at the former Beverly Healthcare in Titusville until her retirement. She is survived by two brothers, three sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.


'53 Richard O. Lenehan, 93, went home to the Lord on June 25, 2014. As a young man, he began a lifetime commitment to the Lord. He learned auto and airplane mechanics and earned his pilot's license while working at a local airport. Richard joined the Army Air Corps during World War II, serving most of his military time training aircraft crews. He felt called by the Lord into full-time Christian ministry, leading him to Nyack College. Following his graduation from Nyack, he was accepted by The Christian and Missionary Alliance for missionary service in Papua, New Guinea. Upon his return to the U.S., he was ordained as a minister and served churches in Massachusetts and New York. He and his wife of 57 years, Edna, are survived by a son, two daughters, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


'53 Dr. Samuel Wilson, 82, passed away on July 1, 2014. Sam and his wife, Marianna, were active in Latin American Caribbean Ministries (LAC), including Voyagers Class and Heritage Class, where Sam was a co-teacher. They relocated to Kissimmee, Florida after Sam's retirement from World Vision International. Prior to his World Vision work, Sam and Marianna served with The Christian and Missionary Alliance as missionaries in Peru. Dr. Wilson was a professor at Nyack from 1971 until 1979, having taught Sociology, Anthropology, and Missions. Sam is survived by his wife, Marianna; son, Dr. Brian Wilson; daughters, Barbara Lynn, and Beth; and several grandchildren.


'54 Gordon Paul Loptson, 86, passed away peacefully on May 13, 2014. A gifted teacher, Gordon's life-long commitment to faith and love of learning led him across countries and continents, and included such diverse occupations as farm hand, painter, pastor, missionary, counselor, teacher, college professor, and labor analyst. During World War II, Gordon finished high school at the Westervelt Home for Missionary Children in South Carolina, while his parents were prisoners of war at Los Banos Internment Camp. In 1949, Gordon received his Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from Wheaton College, and in 1950, he married classmate Virginia Louise Piepgrass. He earned a master's degree in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1954, and then earned a degree from Nyack College in 1954. A lifelong learner, Gordon completed post-doctoral studies at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1963; he received his Master of Science degree in education and Spanish at the University of Pennsylvania in 1967 and his Master of Arts degree in counseling from Rider University in 1982. Gordon is survived by his wife of 63 years, Virginia Loptson; daughter, Carol; two granddaughters; and many loving nephews and nieces.


'55 Robert William Bell, 83, passed away on November 1, 2014. Bob was born in West Africa to missionary parents. He attended missionary schools in Africa and while on furlough, lived in Nyack, New York. He earned his undergraduate degree from Nyack College, a master's degree in education at SUNY New Paltz, and completed post graduate work at Hofstra University. Bob was an elementary school teacher and principal in the Three Village School District in Stony Brook and Setauket, New York for 34 years before retiring to Sarasota in 1992. He was a longtime member of The Three Village Church in Setauket, New York and then of Covenant Life Church in Sarasota. In August 1942, at age 11, while returning to the U.S. with his mother and sister, the ship they were traveling on, the West Lashaway, was sunk by the German submarine U-66. They along with 16 other survivors made it to a life raft and then endured 20 days at sea before being rescued. Years later he met and befriended many of the submarine crew that sunk his ship. He detailed the compelling account of redemption and forgiveness in his book, In Peril on the Sea, co-authored with D. Bruce Lockerbie. He was predeceased by his precious wife, Ruth (Koop '53), in 1997. He is survived by daughters, Carol and Kristine; five grandchildren, Ryan, Jenay, Joshua, Jillian, and Jacob; a sister, Mary; a sister-in-law, Linda; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

'59 Pastor John McDonald, 77, passed away on May 20, 2014. Pastor McDonald has been serving the Lord for over 38 years in various churches throughout Massachusetts, Ohio, and Delaware and was a member of the American Baptist Churches of America. He is a graduate of Nyack College, Gordon-Conwell Seminary, and Wright State University. In his free time, John enjoyed gardening, woodworking/ building, traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends. He was preceded in death by a son, John Gordon McDonald. Pastor John is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Patricia (Ferguson) McDonald; two daughters, Sharon and Allison; daughter-in-law, Crystal; a sister; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

'62 Paul W. Carpenter, 73, went home to be with the Lord on September 18, 2014. He had recovered from esophageal cancer in 2009, a miracle for which he gave all the glory to God. Family and friends enjoyed his presence for six more joyful years before the illness returned. After several years as a high school principal, Paul realized his passion for business and spent the rest of his life dedicated to commercial real estate as a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) broker, investor, and consultant. Recently he was instrumental in procuring Nyack's new Manhattan campus in Battery Park. Paul was a stranger to no one, and will be remembered for his love of storytelling, a brilliant sense of humor, his conviction of faith, and an abundant spirit with an absolute willingness to help anyone, anytime. He cherished his family and loved nothing more than getting everyone together for fun times. His earthly presence will be greatly missed. Paul is survived by his wife, Marilyn (Doss '63); and four children, Cynthia Hester, N. Scott Carpenter, Candace McLuskey, and Colleen Ishee; their respective spouses, Lindsey Hester, Carnie Carpenter, Dex McLuskey, and David Ishee; seven much-loved grandchildren, Matthew Hester, Grant Hester, Colby Carpenter, Caroline Carpenter, Ethan McLuskey, Megane Ishee, Valya Ishee and one on the way; sisters, Winnie Kaetzel, Joyce Knepper, and Judy Patton; and brothers, Doug and Phil Carpenter.


'62 Gladys I. Harshman, 75, passed away on October 9, 2014. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1956 and from Nyack College in 1962. She completed her graduate studies at SUNY, Oneonta, New York and the University of Pittsburgh. Gladys worked as a teacher for the Ellwood City Area School District from 1967 until 2001. She was a longtime member of The Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, where she served as church librarian, Sunday school teacher, and stamp ministry coordinator. She was a member of the Woman's Club Unlimited and past president of Business and Professional Women.


'94 Sarah E. Carter Thompson, 43, died unexpectedly on July 4, 2014 in Bangor, Maine. Following her graduation from Nyack College, Sarah attended nursing school in Louisiana. In 1989, she married her husband, Howard Thompson (NC '88)When Sarah left the state of Maine she never could have imagined the life that God had in store for her. She experienced life all over the world, literally, because of her husband's job in the Army. She made lifelong friends in each of those places, touching and being touched by each person. God gave her the grace to work in geriatrics and then as a caregiver for her husband. She showed people what it looked like to truly live with the redemption of Christ in their lives and she was willing to share it. She was the most beautiful person and her presence will be greatly missed. Sarah is survived by her husband, Howard Thompson; their children, April and Josh Symons; and grandchildren, Landon and Layla, and Christina Thompson and Howard Joshua Thompson Euceda.


'98 Susanne M. Garcia, 39, passed away on December 12, 2014 after a two-year battle with breast cancer. Susanne earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Nyack in 1998. She is survived by her husband and two-year-old twin daughters.


'10 Parris Chanelle Canty passed into the presence of the Lord on October 29, 2014 at the age of 26. Born on June 17, 1988 to Kimschrice Moore and Terrance Lee Canty in Brooklyn, New York, Parris was an excellent student who received many awards and was recognized for outstanding community service. She was part of the Police Athletic League (PAL) program. God led Parris to Nyack College where she was part of the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), a Resident Assistant (RA), member of the Dance Team Ministry, More Than Conquerors Gospel Choir, and Chapel Worship Team. She graduated in May 2010 having earned a bachelor's degree in Sociology. Parris loved children and wanted to be a child advocate. Before she was called home to the Lord, Parris worked as a teacher at Bright Horizons where the children were her pride and joy. She was a worshipper, praise dancer, talented poet, "fashionista," and music lover. Her smile was infectious and she celebrated life daily. Parris did not leave anyone to mourn her death but rather left those to rejoice in her life. Surviving are mother, Kimschrice Moore; grandmother, Bertha Moore; uncle, Howard Wright; aunt, Peggy Wright; fiancÚ, Kenny K. Persons; godmothers, Debra Robinson, Rosella Rivers, and Shelia Smith. Parris' family asks that you keep them in prayer and as you think of her life, may you continue to smile.


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