The Ottumwa Courier

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July 18, 2007

School of Evangelism founders honored

OTTUMWA — Nearly 250 former students and graduates of Midwestern School of Evangelism from 20 states attended a Midwestern Heritage Homecoming in Ottumwa recently.

The occasion for the Homecoming was the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Bible College in 1947. The school has trained ministers and church workers who have been active in most of the United States and nearly 50 foreign countries.

The three founders of the four-year college — Donald G. Hunt, Burton W. Barber and James R. McMorrow — were remembered at a special honors service at Christ’s Church in Ottumwa.

“We wanted to acknowledge the faith and vision of our mentors,” said Victor Knowles, a 1968 graduate who now serves as president of Peace on Earth Ministries in Joplin, Mo.

Also honored were former faculty members Richard M. Ellis, Lafe F. Culver, Iola McMorrow, William Payne, Dewey Lalk, Edwin DeVries and Anna Mae Ducommun. Staff members Ruth Thomas Junker, Nathalie Smith,and Dorothy Dahlberg were also honored.

Current faculty members who received the Midwestern Heritage Homecoming Certificate of Appreciation included Margaret Hunt, Jerry A. Weller, Dan Smith, Jeff and Becky Dalrymple. A “Special Helpers” award was presented to Raymond and Grace Lyon for their many years of “behind the scenes” contributions.

Midwestern School of Evangelism currently operates an online Internet school, Midwestern Correspondence Course, and publishes the monthly magazine “Voice of Evangelism.”

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