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Summer 2004 | Volume 26, Number 7 | Footnotes



EDITH SCOTT HOLMES participated in the 13th annual “Leap Year Run” in Oroville, Washington, on February 28, 2004. Competing in the “Over-80” category, she was awarded two blue ribbons, one for coming in first in her age group and one for being the oldest participant. She walked the 5K in 56 minutes. The widow of STUART HOLMES ’40, Edith resides in Oroville.


HAROLD BLACKWELL and his wife, Shirley, celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary in March 2004. Several weeks later, in April 2004, Harold celebrated his 85th birthday with 60 family members and friends. They gathered at the Poodle Dog Restaurant in Fife, Washington, where the Blackwells’ son, JOHN BLACKWELL ’70, spoke about his father, as did numerous guests. Other SPU and Cascade College alumni attending included DON COCHRANE ’47; HARLOW COOK ’53 and MARGE COCHRANE COOK ’41; HENRY LITTLEJOHN ’49 and DOROTHY DRACKENBERG LITTLEJOHN ’47; and JERRY SUGDEN CC ’89 and GERALDINE SUGDEN CC ’66. Harold and Shirley now spend winters in Mesa, Arizona, where they attend the First Presbyterian Church of Mesa. They spend their summers in Seattle, where they attend the First Presbyterian Church of Seattle.


SYLVIA BODINE BIRKS taught middle school in Seattle for five years after graduating from SPC. For the past 23 years she has been a substitute teacher for the Edmonds (Washington) School District. Sylvia has also spent her last three summers on mission trips to a Christian summer camp in the Ukraine. She has three children and lives in Edmonds, Washington.

CLAYTON CRYMES taught at Eugene Bible College, Cascade College and Open Bible Institute of Trinidad after graduating from SPC. In 1989, Clayton was honored by SPU as an Alumnus of a Growing Vision. Since 1991, he and his wife, Suzanne, have been working for Family Learn-ing Services, assisting families with educational needs. Clayton and Suzanne make their home in Junction City, Oregon.


KAY GALLAGHER DUNCKEL and her husband, Darrell, live in Spring Arbor, Michigan. Kay retired from Spring Arbor University as associate athletic director and associate professor of exercise and sport science. During her 31 years at the university, she coached women’s volleyball and basketball, leading both teams to state championships — the basketball team twice and the volleyball team three times. Her teams also won two NCAA championships in basketball. In May 2004, Spring Arbor University named its new auxiliary gymnasium the E. Kathleen Dunckel Gymnasium.


BARBARA RICH CHAMBERLAIN has taught high school mathematics in the Shoreline (Washington) School District for 28 years. In 1985, she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics, given by the National Science Foundation to K–6 grade teachers. Barbara chaired the committee that developed Washington’s Essential Academic Learning Requirements for mathe-matics. She also was involved in the development and scoring of other state mathematics tests. Barbara makes her home in Seattle.

IRENE PETTENGIL EDGAR and her husband, KEN EDGAR ’61, have worked in construction for 33 years, assisting mission organizations. Last year, Irene and Ken worked in Uganda. Residents of Everett, Washington, they say they anticipate helping a seminary in Guatemala to upgrade its facilities. The Edgars have three sons, including JAY EDGAR ’90 and BRENT EDGAR ’93.

ALLAN HULTON and his wife, Mary Ann, entered the ministry after they married in 1964. Allan is in his 18th year as senior pastor at Valley Assembly of God Church in Spokane, Washington. The Hultons live in Veradale, Washington.

LONA PETERSON retired in 1996 after 30 years of teaching in the Seattle and Bellevue (Washington) School districts. She lives in Woodinville, Washington, and works part time as a bookkeeper. Lona also volunteers at the Puget Sound Blood Center and at her church, Westminster Chapel, in Bellevue.


MIKE BREN has been the mayor of Grandview, Washington, for the last five years. Born and raised in Grandview, Mike and his wife, CAROLYN MARTINSON BREN ’68, raised their three children there, and Mike has owned and operated an insurance business in the town for 28 years. In 1983, he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Grandview City Council and was elected to a four-year term before becoming mayor.


JOHN OAS received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Covenant Bible Seminary in Lakewood, Washington. John has served as executive chaplain for Chaplaincy International for 30 years, and he founded and currently serves with the Airport Chaplaincy at Sea-Tac International Airport. In the past, he has served as chaplain for local and federal law enforcement, as well as for the City of SeaTac Fire Department. He is now assisting the American Red Cross to design a chaplaincy program for its disaster assistance teams. John and his wife, Kathleen, live in Seattle.

CAROL STRONG TOULOUSE is a teacher and works in the Puyallup (Washington) School District. She has three children and one grandchild. Carol lives in Port Orchard, Washington.

A Peak Adventure: Alum Leads People to New Heights of Interest in God’s Creation

BOB RORABAUGH ’69 likes to minister while having fun. For the past 17 years, Bob, a pastor at Northshore Baptist Church in Bothell, Washington, has participated in Peak Adventures, the church’s outreach that ministers through hiking, mountain climbing, river rafting and other outdoor events. “We communicate the good news about Jesus through play,” he says.

Over the years, Bob has escorted groups up Mount St. Helens, taken others “caving” and led others hiking through Snoqualmie Pass. He says that even when examining lowly creatures such as slugs on a trail, his goal is to awaken people to the wonder of God, moving them from disgust (in the case of a slug) to interest and finally to awe about God and his creation.

One Chinese national, a professed atheist, joined Bob and his daughter, DEBBIE RORABAUGH ’96, on a hike. He admitted that the more he learned and saw, the more difficult it was for him to believe the world came from nothing. Bob laughs, recalling the exchange. “It takes great faith to be an atheist,” he says.

As Peak Adventures reaches out, other churches — at home and abroad — have contacted Bob about starting their own outdoor ministries. He’s even heard from churches in Central America, Kenya and Peru. “My passion is that more churches integrate faith and fun,” he says. “The world is our God’s, and he invites us not to be so serious or so busy all the time.”

Bob and his wife, JAN VANDEHEY RORABAUGH ’69, make their home in Bothell.


ELAINE YALE WELTZ completed her 20th year as a member of the computer science faculty at SPU. She is also the rehearsal accompanist for Seattle Pacific’s Concert Choir. Her husband, TIM WELTZ ’76, is a church music and worship resource consultant with Evangel Bookstores in Bellevue, Washington. Elaine and Tim live in Kenmore, Washington.


JUDY KROPF ESTABROOK and her husband, Doug, have served in England with Wycliffe Bible Translators for 23 years. Judy recently completed a master of science degree in career management and counseling at Birkbeck College, University of London. She currently works as a career counselor for Wycliffe and lives in High Wycombe, England.


KAREN NORDENG works at Eastern Washington University (EWU) in Cheney, Washington. She provides outreach and advising services to community college students in the Spokane area and in Moses Lake. She is now coordinating a program where students at a community college take courses and prerequisites toward their intended majors in one of these EWU programs: education, business or criminal justice. Karen lives in Spokane.

Alumni Couple Provides Refuge for MKs Experiencing Re-Entry Culture Shock

On August 21, dozens of motorcyclists will rev their engines for the fourth annual Gatehouse 300 Benefit Ride, a one-day road trip over the North Cascades Highway from Arlington to Winthrop, Washington. “This year, we expect to have more participants than ever,” says JANET KRONBACH ’82, who, with husband DAVID KRONBACH ’85, organized the 300-mile rally to benefit Gatehouse Ministries, the ministry for missionary kids (MKs) they founded in 1998.

“Serving in Mali, West Africa, for many years with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, we saw a need while on furlough,” says David. “Young-adult MKs who grow up overseas often have difficulty transitioning into U.S. culture.”

So they found a five-bedroom house in Redding, California, and began Gatehouse Ministries. “Dave and I envision Gatehouse as a home-away-from-home for college-age MKs,” says Janet. Up to 10 students at a time receive free room and board while attending college and learning to navigate American customs. That number swells when other MKs visit for advice, support and fun.

David and Janet have taught MKs U.S.-culture basics such as operating a vacuum cleaner, using an ATM, interviewing for a job and loading a dishwasher. “We’ve had bubbles all over the floor,” Janet says, laughing and recalling times the wrong soap was used. “Everything is a learning experience.”

In 2005, they plan to build a house that could accommodate 16 students. And they hope to see Gatehouse Ministries, or ministries like it, expand into other cities. Says Janet, “We’re going where God opens the door.”


LORRAINE TOWER MARTINSON works full time in “worship and intercession” with a ministry called David’s Tabernacle. Her husband, Chad, is in training to be a pastor at a ministry called New Beginnings. They live in Charlotte, North Carolina.

GEORGE SOLOVJEV is chief psychologist at Universal Care Medical Group in Garden Grove, California. He also has a private practice at American Family Living, a Christian counseling center in Orange, California, and is a monthly guest on KWAVE Christian radio. George and his wife, Christie, live in Mission Viejo, California, with their baby daughter.


GRACE HARRIS HEFFLINGER worked for one year as a registered nurse at the University of Washington Medical Center before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Over 18 years, she has raised and homeschooled five children. She writes that her family loves to hike, camp and bike together. Grace, husband Dean and their family live in Freeland, Washington.

DIANE STEELE SINE lives in Kalispell, Montana, where she teaches third grade at Elrod Elementary School. During the summer, she works as a ranger naturalist in Glacier National Park. Diane married her husband, Dick, in July 2002 and has three stepchildren. She plays the cello in the local community symphony and is active in her church, Northridge Lutheran in Kalispell.


COLLEEN MCINTYRE CASTAÑEDA and her husband, Jesus, were married in February 2002 in Anchorage, Alaska, and held a reaffirmation ceremony for their marriage in June 2002 at her childhood church in Seattle. She, Jesus and their young son live in Anchorage, where she is a school administrator and he is a school custodian.


ANN DEIBERT is the pastor at Central Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, where she makes her home. She and the Central congregation have received a Clergy Renewal Grant from the Lilly Foundation, which will provide a three-month sabbatical for Ann.

SCOTT FEIR practices law with Montgomery Purdue Blankinship & Austin PLLC in Seattle. His work focuses on general commercial litigation and dispute resolution. He advises business and municipal clients on cases involving real estate and construction litigation, as well as civil rights and employment litigation. Scott and his wife, KIMBERLY TEEL FEIR ’90, live in Issaquah, Washington.


TONY ELVIG lives in Lake Forest Park, Washington. He is a founding member of the Pacifica Tuba Quartet at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle. Started in 2002, the quartet has played between Christmas Eve services and for events such as the church’s annual congressional meeting.


JENNIFER ALTICK BECK teaches third- and fourth-grade students in the QUEST program in the Puyallup (Washington) School District. Her husband, Chris, teaches fifth- and sixth-grade students in the Endeavor program in the nearby Bethel School District. Both programs are for gifted children. “It is very rewarding and challenging work!” writes Jennifer. Jennifer and Chris have finished graduate work in educational administration and anticipate careers in that field in the future. The Becks and their baby son live in Puyallup and attend High Pointe Community Church.

JEFFREY ENGLEHORN is a mortgage consultant with Charter Funding in Seattle. His wife, TAMI ANDERSON-ENGLEHORN ’93, was recently named director of campus ministries at SPU.

RYAN FINNIGAN works as an investment advisor for a firm in Gig Harbor, Washington, called Aslan Asset Strategies. He and his wife, KRISTIN HANSON FINNIGAN ’91, have three children and live in Gig Harbor.

SHAWN WORTHINGTON GRIFFITH spent a year as a missionary in Mexico after graduating from SPU and before embarking on a mission trip to Russia, where she served for more than a year. In 1994, Shawn married one of her fellow Russian missionaries, Michael Griffith. She currently works as a women’s ministry overseer at Calvary Chapel Southeast in Portland, Oregon. Her husband also serves there as an assistant pastor. The couple has two boys and lives in Milwaukie, Oregon.

MAURITA KANE taught fourth grade at Eastside Christian School in Bellevue, Washington, after graduating from SPU. There she helped introduce new programs such as astronomy, biology and geology. She writes that her teaching highlights included whale-watching trips and the high achievement of some of her students in national geography bees. Maurita now lives in Edmonds, Washington, where she works as a retired senior volunteer partner in public schools and establishes Christian after-school programs.

DEAN MONTZINGO M.S. ’89 coached the Kentwood High School basketball team to the Washington state 4A championship in March 2004. In his three years as varsity coach, he’s led the team to a record of 71-12. When not at courtside, Dean has taught health and physical education in the Kent (Washington) School District since 1985. He and his wife, JOANNE JARVIE MONTZINGO ’81, live in Kent and have three children, including SPU sophomore JAKE MONTZINGO.

MANUEL RETAMOZA received a master of divinity degree in May 2004 from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Prior to attending seminary, Manuel worked as a teacher at Head Start San Joaquin County in Stockton, California. He now plans to serve as parish pastor in the Pacifica Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

KRISTINE BUELKE SAVAGE worked for a year in Africa with Food for the Hungry, a Christian relief and development agency, before marrying Dave Savage in 1993. She is now a stay-at-home mom for their two children. Kristine and her family live in Hawthorne, California.

TESS SHELLENBARGER CHAPMAN has worked as a counselor in both Swedish Hospital and Seattle Veterans Administration Hospital in Seattle. She also worked as a psychologist at Roseburg VAMC Hospital in Roseburg, Oregon, from which she retired in 1998. Tess and her husband, Jess Chapman, have a 4-year-old daughter and reside in Weiser, Idaho.

LISA WELLS TURNER has worked in a private practice as a licensed psychological associate for the last 11 years. She and her husband, Paul, live in Kenai, Alaska.1990TONY WISDOM was named the general manager of agricultural production for Country Cousins and Valley Pride Sales in Mount Vernon , Washington. His wife, LESLIE MEIK WISDOM ’93, plans to begin an agri-tourism business called Wisdom Farms: Always in Season. They reside in Mount Vernon with their two Pomeranians.


SCOTT ISAAK continues to run Isaak Brothers Inc., a working Washington farm, as managing partner. His wife, JEANNIE HALLE ISAAK ’90, writes that she “invests in her ‘future farmers of America’ as a full-time wife, mother and homemaker.” The family recently built a new home that overlooks the Isaak farm in Coulee City, Washington, where they live with their four sons.

ADDIE BECKER JOHNSON is a nursing assistant at University Hospital in Denver, Colorado, where she makes her home. She was recently accepted into the bachelor of nursing program at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Addie plans to graduate in May 2006 and enter the master’s degree program to become a nurse practitioner.


AMY JUNE QUICKSALL is a marketing specialist for Cook Communications Ministries, a Christian publisher in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her husband, Brad, also works with Cook as director of international ministry development. Amy and Brad live in Colorado Springs.


JANELLE MARSTON BERSCHAUER and PATRICK BERSCHAUER have been married for seven years. Patrick teaches for the Issaquah (Washington) School District, while Janelle tutors math. The Berschauers have two boys and live in Renton, Washington.

SONJA HANSON moved in 2001 to Norway, where she teaches at an international school. She writes that she spends her time singing in a Norwegian choir, traveling and learning the Norwegian language. Sonja lives in Stavanger, Norway.

CHRISTOPHER JONES is a pediatrician working at Laundale Christian Health Center in Chicago, Illinois. Christopher writes, “At this clinic, we are able to teach the poorest of our citizens with God’s love through quality medicine and holistic services.” He and his wife, KARA JELLUM ’99, live in Oak Park, Illinois.

GREG REGER attended Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, for five years after graduating from SPU. He is currently in his final year of doctoral training in clinical psychology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Greg and his wife, Darlene, live in Silver Springs, Maryland.

KIMBERLY DAVEY REIS is a stay-at-home mom in Puyallup, Washington. Previously, she taught seventh-grade language arts for four years at a private school in Tacoma, Washington. The first daughter of Kimberly and her husband, Douglas, unexpectedly died as an infant. Their second daughter is now a toddler. Kimberly is learning to play the cello and writes that she “loves being a wife and mother.”

LARS ROOD received a master of divinity degree with an emphasis in youth, family and culture from Fuller Theological Seminary this year. After six years as the youth director at Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, California, he became the pastor of student ministries at North Coast Calvary Church in Carlsbad, California, on August 1, 2004. Lars and his wife, Danielle, live in Vista, California, with their two small sons.

CARMEN WALL SCHABEL teaches math at the University of Portland. She and her husband, Tim, have a daughter and live in Tualatin, Oregon.


NATHAN STRONG lives in Petaluma, California, and is a senior product-line manager for the telecom startup company Mahi Networks. He has worked for the company for more than four years. Nathan and his wife, Jenna, regularly lead worship at several churches in the community, and they began a band together called “After the Chase,” which released a debut CD in March 2004.


CARRIE BURR is currently the head coach for the West Seattle High School softball team. In her first year as coach of the Wildcats, Carrie led the team to a winning record and a position near the top of the division standings. Previously, she was an assistant coach at Seattle Prep and Ballard High School in Seattle. Carrie and her sister, CAROLYN BURR ’97, are both third- generation SPU graduates, following their parents, KEN BURR ’74 and SHELLEY EGGERT BURR ’74, and their grandparents, BILL BURR ’50 and RUTH DAVIS BURR ’50.

DAVID SLADE lives in Paris, where he works for a European site development group. He also works for Amazon. com as Web site production manager.


AARON KELLY received his Ph.D. in exercise physiology in February 2004 from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He now works as a research scientist at St. Paul Heart Clinic. His interests are in the area of clinical cardiovascular research, focusing on obesity, diabetes and heart failure. Aaron and his wife, GRETCHEN FIELD KELLY ’98, live in Woodbury, Minnesota, and are expecting their first child in September 2004.


ELISSA GRAYSON BASTINELLI is a nurse at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Her husband, Tony, works as a police officer in Beaverton, Oregon. Elissa and Tony have two small children and live in Hillsboro, Oregon.

JENNIFER BENNETT was accepted into the doctor of veterinary medicine program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, beginning with the upcoming autumn term. Earlier, she earned a master of science degree in behavioral neuroscience from the University of Washington. Jennifer currently resides in New Haven, Connecticut, where she is a research assistant in the Department of Psychology at Yale University.

ARIANA HOLLINGSWORTH EVANS and her husband, David, have been married for three years, and Ariana is now a stay-at-home mom to their baby daughter. The family lives in Anacortes, Washington.


CALISTA YATES was named a Krista Colleague by the board of the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship in May 2004. She is part of an ecumenical Christian mentoring community that honors young adults committed to service. Calista works for the ministry CB International, serving at Bethesda Hospital in the village of Serukam in West Kalimantan (also known as Borneo, Indonesia).


HEATHER HILL completed her master’s degree in social work with a concentration in child and family studies from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York, in May 2004. She resides in Dover, Delaware.

ELAINE PEARCE DEL ROSARIO received her master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) in May 2004. “Being at PTS was likely the most wonderful three years of my life,” she writes. “While I’m sad that it’s over, I am so excited about what God has for our future.” She and her husband, Daniel, also a PTS graduate, live in Issaquah, Washington.


BRANDON PETERS begins medical school this fall at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. He currently works in the Sleep Laboratory at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center in Wenatchee, Washington, where he lives. He eventually plans to enter medical research.

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