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Summer 2003 | Volume 26, Number 3 | Footnotes



WILLIAM JACKSON graduated from the Biblical Seminary in New York and was ordained in 1946. Since then, William has spent 57 years in ministry, as a pastor and as a chaplain in prisons and hospitals. Since 1990, William has traveled to Haiti every winter as a part-time missionary, where he assists in church planting, and supervision and support of a largely indigenous ministry. For the past three winters, he has taught in an English-speaking seminary in the city of Cap-Haitien. “It is a thrill, a joy, to share my lifetime of study and ministry experiences with these brothers and sisters who are so eager for Christian service,” he writes. William resides in Milwaukie, Oregon.


VERA LOCKHART GOODMAN received a Global Woman of Vision Award in July 2002 for her work in “education and social action.” The award is given to women in Calgary, Canada. A retired teacher, Vera has produced a video and best-selling book, Reading Is More Than Phonics.

, who is retired from Texas Instruments Company, travels frequently to China. Robert and his wife, May, live in Dallas, Texas, and are active in a Baptist church there.


DOUG STAVE has served as a professor and administrator in higher education for 25 years and as a pastor for more than 25 years. He recently began a nonprofit mission called Serve the Children Coalition Inc., based in Olympia, Washington. The mission’s primary goal is to build children’s homes in India, where he and his wife, Joyce, served in the 1960s. They are currently involved in building their first home at Lasina in Maharashtra state. Their next project will be in Punjab state, where 150,000 tribal people have recently professed faith in Christ. Doug and Joyce have five adult children and nine grandchildren.


began painting watercolors seriously in the early 1990s. Since then, she has exhibited and received awards for her work and is a member of Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos, California. In the mid-1960s, her husband, ROGER WILDER ’58, was the youngest elementary school principal in Portland, Oregon. He became a principal in Palo Alto, California, in 1973. Now semi-retired, the Wilders moved to Mt. Shasta, California, in 1998 and are active in their Baptist church, their community and the Art and Soul Gallery in Ashland, Oregon.


JOHN HOOD and his wife, SUSANNE SHYVERS HOOD ’64, have served with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) for the past 34 years. They now live in Oaxaca, Mexico, where John is chief of maintenance for five Latin American MAF programs. Prior to Mexico, they worked in Irian Jaya, Indonesia; at MAF’s headquarters in Redlands, California; and in Suriname, South America. While overseas, Susanne taught school, gave piano lessons and helped in several MAF programs, doing everything from operating the radio during flights to providing hospitality to traveling missionaries and holding child evangelism fellowship classes in her front yard. She also played piano for church and choirs. John and Susanne have four adult children, including JONATHAN HOOD ’93, and seven grandchildren.

CAROL KING SCHAPER taught for 19 years in Michigan and currently teaches in the Highline (Washington) School District. She has two adult daughters and two grandchildren. Carol and her husband, Bob, live in Seattle.


LYNN HOLZWARTH lives in Mobridge, South Dakota, where he recently retired from teaching at Lakeside Christian School. Previously, he taught in the Edmonds (Washington) School District for 28 years. Lynn moved to his hometown, Mobridge, four years ago to assist his aging mother. There he is active in the Lakeside Bible Church. Interested in genealogy, he has traveled to the Ukraine and Germany to research his family tree.

Alumni Lead Church-Building Team to Africa, Fulfilling Guyer's Last Request
Twenty volunteers — including eight SPU alumni — will fulfill a final request of the late missionary CLIFFORD GUYER '44. During 40 years of ministry in Africa, Guyer built 25 churches and ministered to impoverished miners working in South African gold mines. In 1933, as he was dying of cancer, he urged the construction of a church in Beira, Mozambique. Last month, under the auspices of Free Methodist Men's Ministries, Seattle Pacific Alumni PHYLLIS SORTOR '64 and JEFF YERGER '69 led a team to Africa, where they helped complete the project that had sat unfinished for 10 years.

In the early 1990's, the city of Beira donated land to the local Free Methodist church, stipulating that a church be built immediately. A 50-foot by 100-foot concrete foundation went in, as well as walls. But construction ceased for the next decade. "Grass is growing were the floors should be, and piles of dried banana leaves and garbage are heaped up in the corners of the building," said Sortor before leaving. That changed this summer.

Sortor, Yerger and 18 others — including alumni RANDY MATTHEWSON '58 and ALICE BLACK MATTHEWSON '59, BOB O'BRIEN '63 and JUDY EASTERLING O'BRIEN '64, and LARRY WATSON '68 and CAROLYN ROSSER WATSON '68 — are completing the Clifford Guyer Memorial Church with the help of local residents. The volunteers, as well as other individuals and churches, are financially supporting the project. "Our purpose," explains Yerger, "is to partner with the Free Methodist church in Beira, working with them as they reach their community in Christ."


BOB BARTA and his wife, Paula, are members of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Everett, Washington, where they make their home. Bob sings in the choir at Our Savior’s and Paula, an accomplished pipe organist, plays at various churches in the community.


DON HINES took an early retirement from the city of Tacoma in 2001 after working for 28 years in community and economic development. He and his wife, MYRNA OSTROM HINES ’70, then moved to Evergreen, Colorado, to work with an organization that is establishing an English training center and university in China. Last summer, they took a team of college students to China to teach English and share their faith. Don and Myrna have two sons, PAUL HINES ’97 and PHILIP HINES ’00.

KEN WAGGONER and NANCY FREDRICK WAGGONER have lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for 11 years. Before that, they lived in Southern California for 17 years. Ken served as executive vice president for Continental Singers for a time and earned an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. Now he is the vice president of operations for the software company Datanomix in Denver. After teaching for a few years, Nancy worked for Continental Singers, eventually heading up the organization’s International Department. The Waggoners have two daughters.


ROBIN COWAN lives in Seattle, where she is office manager in the Seattle-King County Public Health Laboratory. For the past 10 years, she has attended Beit Tikvah Messianic Congregation in Newcastle, Washington. She teaches Messianic and Israeli dance there, and reads in Hebrew from the Torah scroll. She writes, “In my spare time, my hobbies are Israeli dancing, reading and crosstown bus riding!”


ROB BASSETT is a professor of psychology at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York. In Autumn 2002, he was elected president of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS). He will serve a three-year term: the first as president-elect, the second as president and the third as past president. CAPS is an international organization of Christian psychologists with approximately 2,000 members.

lives in Sammamish, Washington, and works with special needs children at the elementary-school level. In the past five years, she has gone through several major transitions, including divorce, cancer — with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment — and moving to a new home. She writes, “God is good and faithful!”

JEANNE EHRET HUNTER married DAVE HUNTER ’72 more than 25 years ago. The Hunters make their home in Carnation, Washington, and have two children, including BRIAN HUNTER, an SPU sophomore last year. Dave is employed by Sisters of Providence Health System and serves on their local school board. Jeanne worked until 1986, including 10 years as an accountant for Thurston (Washington) County and three years in public accounting. Now she is a stay-at-home mom and has been actively involved in Moms in Touch International for 12 years.

SUE MCNEELY NEFF taught home taught home economics for several years after graduating from SPC. In 1975, she married Jeff Neff, who served in the Coast Guard for 24 years. They were stationed in Virginia, Maine and Seattle and had three sons “along the way.” The couple now lives in Kent, Washington. Sue has been involved in music and drama ministries at Highland Community Church in Renton, Washington, and she works for her father and brother at their small sheet metal company. She is also a substitute teacher for the Kent School District. Sue is writing a book titled The Busy Family’s Guide to Healthy Eating.

WINTERS is a neonatal intensive care nurse at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Washington, where she works with two other SPU nursing graduates. Lois and her husband, Dick, are active in their church and enjoy refurbishing their home. They have two daughters and a son, TREVOR WINTERS, who was a junior at SPU last year and a member of the crew team.


CONNIE LILLAS was chosen as one of only 22 fellows for Zero to Three’s “Leaders for the 21st Century” program. Zero to Three is a national nonprofit organization that studies the fi rst three years of a child’s development. During her 18-month fellowship, Connie will complete her book, A Psychoneurobiological Approach, which is part of a series on interpersonal neurobiology. A psychoanalyst and director of infant mental health training at The Early Childhood Center Foundation in Los Angeles, Connie and her husband, Trevor Dobbs, live in Altadena, California.


JULIE BOLT has been teaching elementary school in Mossyrock, Washington, since graduating from SPU in 1978. She attends the Mossyrock Assembly of
God Church.

WILLIAM “CHRIS” HIGHLAND has published two books on interspiritual meditation. His first book, Meditations of John Muir: Nature’s Temple (Wilderness Press, 2001), includes quotes from famed naturalist John Muir and others about nature. His second book, Meditations of Henry David Thoreau: A Light in the Woods (Wilderness Press, 2003), takes a similar approach with the writings of Thoreau. Chris is now completing a book about Ralph Waldo Emerson. Selections and reviews of each of the books can be found at Chris’ Web site, He says, “I would enjoy any ‘responses’ from old classmates, or young!” Chris lives in San Geronimo, California.

worked in public relations for several years after graduating from SPU. She recently returned to school to earn certification in elementary education, with a focus on non-English-speaking students. She has interned in a fourth-grade class. Jan and her husband, Rodney, have two children and reside in Salem, Oregon.

STEVE MCKINDLEY-WARD married Mimi Ward in 1983. They live in Mount Rainier, Maryland. Steve writes, “I hang out with Mennonites, Catholics, Quakers, three teenage boys and other social subversives, and like to ride my bike to my job as a horticulturist for the Anacostia Watershed Society just outside Washington, D.C.”

began working for the Edmonds (Washington) School District in 1990 after completing graduate courses in school nursing at Pacific Lutheran University. During school breaks, she enjoys cross country skiing and backpacking with her husband, Tom Beavers. Cheryl lives in Seattle, attends “Church at the Center,” teaches for the American Red Cross and has served on the board of the School Nurse Organization of Washington. She welcomes email from former classmates, who can reach her at

lives in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, and is the associate vice president for enrollment management and retention at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.


LEANNE FRITZ-MITCHELL is the director is the director of music and liturgy at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stuart, Florida. She and her husband, David, live in Stuart.


KRISTIN ELLISON-OSLIN is entering her fourth year as chaplain at Fircrest School in Shoreline, Washington. Fircrest has provided services for 260 developmentally disabled residents, but now faces closure due to Washington state budget cuts. Kristin lives in Seattle.

is a staff nurse for Cardiac Health Specialists in Tacoma, Washington, working in outpatient cardiology and electrophysiology. Her husband, Pat, is an environmentalist and retired Marine. The couple lives in Roy, Washington, and spends time in family activities with son Scott and their dog.


JULIANNE LINDBERG MACH teaches juniors and seniors at Marysville- Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington. After a nine-month review process, she is now a National Board-Certified teacher in high school English. Julianne’s twin brother, John Lindberg, is an assistant professor of physics at SPU.

lives in Everett, Washington, and is a teacher of family and consumer science in the Everett School District. She and her husband, Russ, have one daughter.


KAREN ASP recently bought a “hobby farm” in Mt. Vernon, Washington, “in the heart of the tulips.” She writes that she is “looking forward to pursuing God’s will for me here.”


worked as an oncology nurse for three years in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, before returning to Oregon in 1991. She now works two days a week as a medical/surgical registered nurse. Lynnette and her husband, Dan, have two sons and raise cattle, hay, oats and corn. She writes that she has “wonderful, lasting friendships” that began at SPU.

, husband Andy and their two children have relocated to Singapore. Andy will be teaching at the Singapore American School, where Shelly will be school nurse.

MECHELLE MCCOY WONG and her husband, JEFF WONG ’87, have two daughters. Mechelle teaches piano from their home in Auburn, Washington, and teaches music at Des Moines Creek School, a small Christian school in Des Moines, Washington. She is also active as a church co-worship leader and pianist.


is the executive director of Cappella Romana, a professional vocal ensemble known for performing Eastern Orthodox music. He was producer of the group’s third CD, “The Akáthistos Hymn” by Ivan Moody, a contemporary choral setting of the sixth-century Byzantine hymn to the Virgin Mary. Mark and his wife, Kathleen, live in Edmonds, Washington, with their daughter.

is the executive director of Wild Salmon River Expeditions (, a nonprofit ecotourist company. The company takes clients to Kamchatka in Russia for fly-fishing steelhead and rainbow trout, combining angling and scientific research. He, wife Nadya and their daughter live in Seattle.


has been an account executive at Masterworks, an advertising advertising and marketing agency that helps nonprofit organizations, since August 1998. His wife, Alisha, taught first grade at Christ the King Academy in Poulsbo, Washington, until June 2001, when their first child was born. They attend Crossroads Neighborhood Church in Bremerton. Paul writes, “We don’t do much else than be parents and work on our home that we bought in January 2002!” The Anunsons live in Poulsbo.


lives in Surrey, B.C., lives in Surrey, B.C., Canada, and is working toward a master of divinity degree at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. From 1992 to 1994, he was a youth pastor in Coquitlam, B.C., and has overseen the youth ministry department at Willingdon Church in Burnaby, B.C., for the past seven years. Norm’s wife, Nicole, a former high school teacher, stays at home with their two young children.


CHRIS LOPEZ is a loan consultant at Washington Mutual in Seattle. His wife, KIMBERLY JOHNSON LOPEZ ’91, is a stay-at-home mother to their three children. The Lopez family resides in Edmonds, Washington.


KERRIE MCCALL BAUER traveled through Europe with her husband, Brett, after graduating from SPU. In 1997, she began a women’s theological discussion group, she says, “in order to continue the habit of thoughtful dialogue and deliberate living that I enjoyed at SPU.” She continues seminary study at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C., Canada; serves as an elder and lay preacher in her church; does occasional freelance writing; competes in triathlons with her husband; and enjoys carpooling and being a soccer mom. Kerrie and Brett live in Bellingham, Washington, with their two young daughters.

joined the U.S. Air Force in August 2000 after working for more than seven years in the pediatric unit of the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Washington. For two years, she was stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. She completed the Air Force Flight Nurse Course in December 2002 in preparation for a flight nurse assignment at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina. She and her German shorthair pointer moved there in March 2003.

GRETCHEN WILEY STEHR is currently taking time off from teaching to stay home with her young daughter. She and her husband, Vaughn, are active in the Marysville Free Methodist Church in Marysville, Washington, where they live.

LESLIE MEIK WISDOM is the program director for Seattle SCORES, an after-school program for inner-city students. SCORES teaches leadership and teamwork through soccer; literacy and creativity through poetry and creative writing; and community sensitivity and awareness through community service projects. Leslie resides in Seattle.

From Columbine to New York, Alumna Explores How Violence Affects Faith
Violence has been in the world since Cain and Able, but few researchers focus on how it affects someone's faith. JEANNETTE REED SUTTON '93 is one who does. "Churches have always reached out to the people in disaster, but there's not a lot of research about how they do that," says Jeannette, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Colorado (CU)-Boulder. Her research, galvanized by personal experience, is changing that.

Jeannette and her husband, DAVID SUTTON '92, earned master of divinity degrees at Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey. He is now an associate pastor in Layfayette, Colorado. She was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1998.

Today working at the Hazard Center at CU-Boulder, Jeannette has been a chaplain in hospital emergency rooms and domestic violence shelters. She coordinated victim services after the 1999 Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, and interviewed response teams — including 45 chaplains — in New York City following September 11, 2001. Researching faith-based responses to disaster, she asked the chaplains, "Why is spiritual care necessary when mental health care is already available?"

Not allowed to share their own faiths, chaplains tread carefully. "Instead of their words, they used their presence, walking with the victims," she says, adding they lived out Psalm 23 by dhowing the victims that God, indeed, was with them even "in the valley of the shadow of death."

Her doctorate is scheduled to be completed in May 2004, Jeannette says, "I'd like to do research and be connected with the SPU campus somehow."


RICK DULAINE completed a master’s degree in computer information systems from University College at the University of Denver in May 2003. He accomplished this after transferring with his employer, Raytheon Vision Systems, from Colorado to California in early 2001. He completed the degree via the Internet and independent study. Rick and his wife, Dawn, recently celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary and live in Ventura, California.

JEFF HAGGAN is vice president of real estate management with Briar Development Company. He manages Briar’s real estate holdings, administering existing leases and managing surplus properties. After earning his degree from SPU, Jeff went on to graduate from the University of Southern California food industry management program in 1995.

has joined Imagio-J. Walter Thompson as an account executive. Previously, Allison managed media and community relations for the Washington State Bar Association. She has also taught speech communication at Washington State University and served as a writing consultant to Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Imagio-J. Walter Thompson offers its clients services in planning, advertising, development and public relations.


was appointed to a position on the City Planning Commission for Westport, Washington. Jeremy is a past president and treasurer of the Southwest Washington Farm Bureau, a past board member of the Washington Cranberry Alliance and a current member of the Westport Grayland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is also a financial consultant with D.A. Davidson in Aberdeen, Washington. Jeremy and his wife, CHRISTINA RICE HAWKINS ’94, own and operate Glenacres Inn Bed and Breakfast in Westport.

LARA KELLER OLSEN received a master’s degree in teaching and learning from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in May 2003. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.


CAROLYN RAY ROCHE graduated with a master of education degree in school counseling from SPU in June 2002. In October, she and her husband, David, moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Carolyn is an elementary school counselor at Frank Elementary School in the town of Guadalupe in the Tempe School District. She writes, “We are loving the warm weather, saguaros and desert living.” The couple lives in Ahwatukee, Arizona, with their two Italian greyhounds.


received a master of divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, in May 2003. Rebecca makes her home in Atlanta.


JENNIFER BEHRENDS KINLEY married DAVE KINLEY ’97 in August 1998. Jennifer worked for a social service agency for more than two years until, she says, “Dave and I felt that God was asking us to slow down and re-evaluate.” They quit their jobs and moved to Gig Harbor, Washington, joining a close community of Christian couples. Jennifer now works as a legal assistant, and Dave works in construction management.


completed a master of science degree in psychology at the University of Washington in August 2002. In September, she drove across the United States to New Haven, Connecticut, where she is now on the research staff in the Department of Psychology at Yale University. She is studying the effects of estrogen on learning/memory systems. Jennifer lives in New Haven.

JASON DENHAM attended the University of Washington for two years after graduating from SPU to earn a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and complete his “3/2” transfer program with Seattle Pacific. Since 1999, he’s been working at a combined cycle cogeneration power plant in the Skagit Valley in Washington. In 2002, Jason began an evening M.B.A. program at Western Washington University. He makes his home in Burlington, Washington.

graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in June 2003. She and her husband, ANDREW ECKSTROM, will move to Boise, Idaho, where Jennie is scheduled to complete residency training at Family Practice Residency of Idaho. Andrew will continue working in information technology.


LISA MOY recently accepted the position of program assistant for the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), based in Seattle. She works on projects that focus on women’s reproductive health in developing countries. Lisa resides in Lynnwood, Washington.

ANNE MARIE OLNEY STERLING was in northern Kuwait in late March 2003 with the 28th Combat Support Hospital, 44th Medical Brigade out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She was personnel officer for 500 medical personnel in a 300-bed field hospital. Her husband, ROB STERLING, remained at home in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he attends seminary, works in a music store and serves as a youth and music pastor for Trinity Methodist Church.

is a lead child behavioral specialist at the Walker Home and School in Needham, Massachusetts. His wife, Shelby, is in graduate school, studying for a master of fi ne arts degree in lighting design at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

SARAH FRUTCHEY WOODWARD graduated from the University of California-Santa Barbara with a master’s degree in dramatic art in June 2003. She and her husband, NATE WOODWARD, are moving to Kansas City, Missouri, where Nate will begin graduate study in music composition at the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music.


MANDY OLNEY graduated from Signal graduated from Signal Corps Offi cer Basic Training and left for Wujon, South Korea, in February 2003. She is stationed there for one year as cable platoon leader for 20 soldiers who lay cable and telephone lines.


joined the firm Imagio-J. Walter Thompson as an account coordinator. She supports the consumer and health teams on the fi rm’s Nautilus and NexCura accounts. Imagio-J. Walter Thompson offers its clients services in planning, advertising, development and public relations. Amy lives in Seattle.


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