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July 2019 Class Notes

July 22, 2019 | Rebecca Au-Mullaney

Editor’s note: We’ve received several requests recently for more Northeastern Bible College updates. If you are an NBC alum, would you take a few minutes to share any recent news from your life so that we can update your fellow classmates in the next issue of Class Notes?

Jim O’Bryon (’64) writes, “I’m so blessed to have attended and graduated from King’s. I met my wife Adina Bell there (now in our 54th year of marriage, and four kids later), got to travel ministry weekends with Dr. Bob Cook who was President of King’s at that time and was such a wise and spiritual mentor to me. Of the four colleges and universities I’ve graduated from, there’s no question that TKC has had and continues to have the most significant positive impact on my life. God has shown his faithfulness in enabling King’s to not only continue but to thrive and to press toward the high calling of God in Christ Jesus! Adina and I continue to live in Bel Air, Md., as we have since 1969 and would love to have our classmates swing by and visit.”

Stewart Georgia (’72) writes, “My wife and I have been retired since 2002, and still find ourselves busy and fulfilled. I visit in the local jail, and took one inmate to TEEN Challenge. I also volunteer in our local Grant Elementary School, working with kids in math, telling time, counting and identifying money, etc. When they ask me how old I am, I tell them, ‘Three to the fourth power.’ Then I explain it, and we talk about the concept, including reversing it into square root, etc. I often visit friends in nursing homes, and am thankful when I leave that I can leave. Thank you for all that you are doing for a new generation.”

Alice (Lesterhuis) Vander Plaat (’75) writes, “I attended King’s starting in the fall of 1971. My maiden name was Lesterhuis. Although my ex and I divorced in 1997 after 23 years of marriage, I kept my married name. I have five grown children, one of whom graduated from Nyack College. I also have eight grandchildren, six of whom live in New Jersey, and the other two in Alberta, Canada. Most of my working years have been in medical billing and coding. I’ve also been playing organ and piano in churches since I was in high school. So that is a lot of years! At the present moment I am still living in New Jersey and doing a mix of things: babysitting, teaching piano, pet sitting, and similar ‘gigs.’ I am enjoying the flexibility! I would love to hear what’s been going on with my classmates.”

Mary Elizabeth Josephsen Kuhn (’79) passed into God’s presence on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Her obituary reads, “A remarkable and talented woman of God who knew her purpose in life was to guide people to an understanding of a saving faith in Jesus Christ. Mary graduated the Kings College in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. Her vocal and musical talents enabled her to spread the good news to all whom she came in contact with. Mary was a woman with incredible gifts who produced many musical presentations at churches in the Richmond area. We celebrate her life in Christ knowing that she is a soloist in the choir in Heaven! She is survived by her sons, Ryan Kuhn and his wife, Michelle and Austin Kuhn; grandchildren, Aaron and Jakob; parents, Dr. Hans and Mrs. Charlotte Josephsen; her siblings, Karen Josephsen, Eric Josephsen and his wife, Karen, Leif Josephsen and his wife, Michelle. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 11220 Nuckols Road, Glen Allen, Va. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the International Mission Board.”

Rick Veit (’83) was married on June 1, 2019 at West Point to Maria Scott (not an alumna). Rick has served on the Alumni Executive Committee for many years. When the college closed in 1994, he established TKC’s Alumni Association as a separate 501(c)3 to ensure its continuation if the college did not re-open.

From left-right: Lewis Trippett (an Adjunct Professor at TKC who taught Business Law), Ann Trippett (’79), Scott Grillo (’83), Mike Mitchell (’87), Lynn Mitchell (’86), Maria Scott Veit, Rick Veit (’83), Lori (Straton) Millham (’90), Rick Millham (’91), Ray Voorhees (’86), and Dr. Paul DeVries (professor of Biblical Studies for many years).

Donna Johnson (’85) is the new Director of Internship and Placement at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Mn. Donna writes, “I worked with undergraduate students at Bethel University for 19 years and am now working with graduate students at the Seminary. I am also working on my Doctorate of Ministry at the Seminary with anticipated graduation date of 2022.”

Amanda (Pratt) Cabanillas (’08) married Marcos Cabanillas on February 23, 2019. Amanda writes, “I married the love of my life eight years to the day that I was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor. Christ redeemed that day, and gave me beauty for ashes.”

Emily Boger (’10) now works in humanitarian aid as a Program Quality Manager in Palestine, India, Philippines, Iraq, and Lebanon (supporting Syria). Emily was married January 1, 2018 in Jerusalem and her first son was born April 4, 2019. She will be moving to Jerusalem in August 2019.

Andrea (Mellinger) German (’12) was married in December 2018 is now living in Chicago, enrolled in a graduate program to get an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at Rush University.

Josh Craddock (’13) was named a 2019 James Wilson Fellow. He clerks for Chief Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Josh will also become a Marshall Fellow with the Claremont Institute this summer.

Rebecca Au-Mullaney (’15) and her husband Michael celebrated the birth of their daughter Frances Hayley on March 23, 2019.

Joseph Holmes (Dec ’16) published an article titled “Where Are All the Great Christian Films?” for An Unexpected Journal. It’s one of their highest performing articles for the journal this cycle, and is already sparking discussion among players in the Christian film industry.

Kelsey (Thompson) Weeks (’18) married Christopher Weeks on May 17, 2019.