Obituary

Former Bible college president passes away

Former Bible college president passes away

Dr. Warren Woolsey passed away December 24 in Houghton, New York. He was 95. Dr. Woolsey began serving in full-time ministry after his service in the United States Army. In 1950, he and his wife, Ella, moved to Sierra Leone, West Africa, to serve as missionaries. He...
Fromer Caribbean General Superintendent passes away

Fromer Caribbean General Superintendent passes away

Dr. Alarick Wingrove Taylor, age 94, passed away on December 26 in Carmel, Indiana. Dr. Taylor pastored in the Pilgrim Holiness Church in Trinidad and Tobago. He later served as the district superintendent of Trinidad and Tobago. At the completion of this service, he...
Former District Superintendent Passes Away

Former District Superintendent Passes Away

A beloved leader in The Wesleyan Church has passed away. Rev. David LeRoy, age 64, died in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, September 6. An ordained minister with the Atlantic District, he served as district superintendent of the Dakota District from 1993 to 1997, and...
​Indiana South pastor killed in car accident

​Indiana South pastor killed in car accident

Rev. Ernest Martin, Jr., of Nashville, Ind., died Sunday, June 25, due to injuries sustained from a two-car accident. He was 36 years old. Rev. Martin served as pastor of Gnaw Bone Wesleyan Church in Nashville in the Indiana South District. Survivors include his wife,...
​IWU student killed in auto accident

​IWU student killed in auto accident

Logan Nelson, a 21-year-old Indiana Wesleyan University junior, was killed Tuesday in a vehicle accident. Nelson, a general studies major from Elkhart, Ind., was riding his motorcycle in Elkhart County, when a pickup truck struck him. He died on the scene from the...
​Wesleyan pastor killed in car accident

​Wesleyan pastor killed in car accident

Rev. Densel Ray Ball, II, age 58, died on April 27, 2017, as the result of a tragic car accident. Rev. Ball served as senior pastor of Cornerstone Wesleyan Church in Kansas City, Mo. He was also a mortgage loan officer at Mobank in Overland Park, Kans. He placed his...
​South Carolina’s Rev. W. D. James passed away

​South Carolina’s Rev. W. D. James passed away

Rev. William D. James died on April 7, 2017, in Pickens, S.C. Rev. James was graduate of both Southern Wesleyan University and Indiana Wesleyan University. A veteran of the United States Navy, Rev. James first served as a Wesleyan pastor in Indiana and then spent more...
​Chaplain Commander Richard Bareiss remembered

​Chaplain Commander Richard Bareiss remembered

Chaplain Richard E. Bareiss, 89, of Bourbonnais, Ill., died Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Bickford House in Bourbonnais. Born Dec. 10, 1927, in Springfield, Mass., he was a seaman in the Navy at the end of World War II. After attending Houghton College (where he met...
​Veteran missionary, Jim Ramsay, passes

​Veteran missionary, Jim Ramsay, passes

Rev. James Aaron Ramsay, 76, of Central, S.C., passed away Sunday, March 19. He was born in Gibraltar, Pa., on July 25, 1940 to Sedgwick Uriah and Mary Elizabeth Ramsay. He was married to Carol Chance on August 4, 1962. James was a graduate of Frankfort Wesleyan...
​Pastor and evangelist E. R. Mitchell passes away

​Pastor and evangelist E. R. Mitchell passes away

Rev. Ernest Russell Mitchell was surrounded by his loving family in his home when he received his heavenly reward at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017. The youngest of thirteen children, he was born on November 2, 1918, in Cape Charles, Va., to Revs. Willard and...
​Hephzibah leader remembered

​Hephzibah leader remembered

Ruby Estelle (Givens) Hudson, 75, went home to be with the Lord on the evening of Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Indiana. A native of Gastonia, North Carolina, Ruby taught elementary and middle school for 10 years in the North Carolina public...
​Joan Phillippe passes

​Joan Phillippe passes

Dr. Joan Melody Phillippe, 86, of Marion, Ind., died at 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017, in her Indianapolis residence. She was born in Hartford City, Ind., to the late Donald and Hazel (David) Cheeseman. She married Thomas “Tom” Phillippe on June 6,...
​Lifelong service included missionary to Caribbean and Africa

​Lifelong service included missionary to Caribbean and Africa

Roberta Lois McCallum, 90, entered heaven on March 7 from Lyons, Kansas. Born March 16, 1926, Troy, N.Y., to Robert and Helen (Boyd) Gunsalus (deceased), she graduated from Allentown Bible Institute (PA) in 1945, and later from Oklahoma Wesleyan University. She...
Church planter, leader passes

Church planter, leader passes

Forrest James Gearhart, age 94, died November 11, 2016, in Fern Park, Fla. He was founding pastor of the Sturgis, Michigan, Wesleyan church and also the Wheaton, Illinois, Wesleyan church. He served as district superintendent of the Northern Illinois District from...
​Jo Anne Lyon remembers Rev. Lewis Smith

​Jo Anne Lyon remembers Rev. Lewis Smith

In June 2016, Rev. Lewis Smith received his medal of honor for 70 years as an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church. Rev. Smith passed away December 7, 2016. A decorated veteran of the United States Army, he faithfully pastored the same church and entire community...
​Former Florida District superintendent passes away

​Former Florida District superintendent passes away

Rev. Raymond Kensell of Brooksville, Fla., passed away December 14, 2016. He was 89. Rev. Kensell began pastoring in The Wesleyan Church in 1954 and pastored numerous churches throughout the South. In 1983 he became district superintendent for the Florida District, a...
​Former district superintendent passes away

​Former district superintendent passes away

Rev. A.L. Sypolt passed away December 5 in Lexington, Kentucky, at age 92. A West Virginia native, Rev. Sypolt served The Wesleyan Church as a pastor in both West Virginia and Kentucky from 1954-1975. He served as an assistant district superintendent 1970-1975 and a...
​Missionary to Africa passes away

​Missionary to Africa passes away

Rev. William Edgar “Bill” Morgan, a Wesleyan pastor and missionary, passed away December 5 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He was 91. He served as an ordained pastor for 65 years with The Wesleyan Church. He spent thirty-three years of ministry in...
​Passing of Ruthanne Emery (89)

​Passing of Ruthanne Emery (89)

Ruthanne Adams Emery was the widow of former General Superintendent Dr. O. Dale Emery, who died in November, 2015. Together they served The Wesleyan Church for over 65 years. Ruthanne was a loving mother and gracious hostess, opening her heart and home to many. Upon...
​Former General Superintendent Dr. Lee Haines passes

​Former General Superintendent Dr. Lee Haines passes

Dr. Lee M. Haines, lifelong servant of God and The Wesleyan Church, passed away on Saturday, August 6, in Noblesville, Ind., at age 88. He served as General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church from 1988-2000. Prior to that he was General Secretary of Education and...
​Ken Heer, noted Wesleyan leader, passes

​Ken Heer, noted Wesleyan leader, passes

Dr. Ken Heer (74), noted preacher, pastor, and leader of The Wesleyan Church, passed unexpectedly Wednesday morning, May 4, 2016 in Brooksville, Florida. Dr. Heer was pastor in seven Wesleyan churches in Indiana, including College Wesleyan Church in Marion and Fall...
Headquarters employee unexpectedly passes away

Headquarters employee unexpectedly passes away

A beloved member of the Wesleyan Pension Fund team for the last 19 years has passed away. She was 54 years old. Alessia Stowers, director of benefits and administration for Wesleyan Pension Fund, died Sunday, April 17, 2016, after being hospitalized for two weeks....