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Brian Weigelt

Captain Weigelt with Commanding General, BGen. Keith Reventlow, reaffirming the oath of commission.

Brian Weigelt (’93) was promoted to the rank of Navy Captain (O-6) on Sept. 1, 2019. His current assignment is to 3rd Marine Logistics Group in Okinawa, Japan, supervising eight chaplains who serve 5,000 Marines and sailors in the Pacific. In June 2020 he will become Command Chaplain for Commander, 6th Fleet and Naval Forces Europe/Naval Forces Africa, based in Naples, Italy. He will supervise all operational Navy Chaplains serving in Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean Sea, and will be involved in religious leader engagement on both continents. 
 

Jobs and Accomplishments

Sandra (Alumbaugh ‘73) Johnson retired as an executive administrative assistant with CSG International in Englewood, Colorado. Her husband, Jerry D. Johnson (‘76), retired in 2018 from Carollo Engineering.

Rev. Mark McCuistion (‘76) is senior pastor at Odessa, Texas, First Church of the Nazarene. He was previously an executive coach and trainer with the Kansas City-based John Maxwell leadership group. He and his wife, Patricia, have four children and two grandchildren.

Rev. Terry Armstrong (‘79) was recently elected Illinois district superintendent for the Church of the Nazarene. Previously he served as lead pastor at Mustang Church of the Nazarene in Oklahoma. He and his wife, Becky (Zachow ‘79) Armstrong, have been in full-time ministry since 1981. They also pastored in Guymon, Medford, Bartlesville, and Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

Sheila (Vandervoort ‘79, MBA ‘04, MAOA ‘05) Bird has been named director of stewardship development for the Global Ministry Center, Church of the Nazarene.

Dr. Charlotte (Pickenpaugh ‘79) Holter is now a gifted education adjunct professor at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia.

Dr. Jerry (‘79) and Brenda (Minor ‘81) Rice, have received the Distinguished Service Award from Bethany First Church of the Nazarene.

Susan (Sciolaro ‘84) Lynch is now the chief financial officer of Vectrus, a global government services company based in Colorado Springs. In her role as CFO, Susan will be in charge of the company’s tax, treasury, controllership, and financial planning and analysis.

Melanie (Talley ‘92) Vilardo earned her master’s in nursing for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and is a nurse practitioner with Newton Urgent Care and a nurse practitioner hospitalist with Atlantic Health.

David Wyatt (‘92), earned a PhD in nursing healthcare systems research in 2018 from the University of Colorado, Denver. He is president-elect of the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and will begin his tenure in April 2020. David is vice president, perioperative enterprise at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dale Schaeffer (‘99) was recently elected Florida district superintendent for the Church of the Nazarene. He was previously lead pastor at Medford First Church of the Nazarene in Oregon.

Krista (Dunn ’99) Wyatt, is now an academic advisor with George Washington University Online High School, after teaching 23 years, 10 in the online environment. 

David Platter (‘06) is an assistant professor of art and serves as the gallery director at Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Stephanie (Dyrness ‘07) Lobdell is the new campus pastor at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. She recently published a book, Signs of Life.

Beth (Drege ‘10) Laird is a graphic designer with Kansas City-based Gift Card Impressions and recently won the Louie Award at an art gallery in New York City for her design of a birthday gift card holder.

Sara Prigel (MA ‘12) is the director of philanthropy and special events with Heartland Soccer Association in Overland Park, Kansas.

Jeramiah German (‘14) was recently promoted to director of environment, health & safety at AT&T.

Joe Hall (MSM ‘14) is the director of football student-athlete development at Kansas State University.

Cohen Plummer (‘14) is the assistant administrator at Prime Hospice in Phoenix.

Allegra Vieux (‘14) is the new marketing and events coordinator for the San Diego Rescue Mission.

Lauren Woodward (‘16) is a physical therapist at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Rockhurst University in May 2019.

Clark Campbell (‘17) is an agent with Liberty National at the Mark Wofford Agency.

Alexis Gonzalez (‘17) is now the director of social media at Digital Lagoon in Overland Park, Kansas. 

Dawn Eblen (‘19) is an account manager for donor recruitment at the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City. We loved hearing Dawn’s excitement about landing this job: “My goal before graduation was to be a part of a nonprofit organization dedicated to the community in which we live and that is right where God put me! I am humbled to know that I am saving lives every day through the work that I’m doing.”

Anthony Ledbetter (‘19) is a client adviser with Sterling Seacrest Partners.


Births

Nathan (’19) and Beth Anderson, a son: Waylen Reid, July 17, 2019

Bradley (’14) and Jessica Baur, a son: Rowan, July 24, 2019

Mario (’17) and Makenzie (Anderson ’17) Flores, a son: Leo Phillip, August 23, 2019

Jake and Tyler (Hobson MED ’07) Hill, a son: Ezra Phineas, June 10, 2019

Mike (’12) and Ashley (Maxville ’12) Keese, a daughter: Haley Grace, August 30, 2019

Landon (’17) and Alayna Lampkin, a son: Micah, June 10, 2019

Fonzo (’08) and Mandy Martinez, a son: Noah Jude, September 10, 2019

Garner and Jennifer (Fuhrman ’11) McGregor, sons: Valor Michael and Judah John, June 6, 2019

Myke (’13) and Katie McJunkins, a son: Calvyn Lee, September 23, 2019

Drake (’16) and Faith (Koker ’16) North, a son: Jon Parker, August 25, 2019

Kyle (’13) and Stacy (Johnson ’15) Olson, a daughter: Lillian, June 12, 2019

Jesse (’08) and Adrien (Bebermeyer ’08) Piercy, a daughter: Kramer Althea, January 19, 2019

Clayton (’07) and Morgan Pritchard, a daughter: Chloe, June 7, 2019

Johnathan (’07) and Amber Riley, a daughter: Mary Irene, February 18, 2019

Kyle (’12) and Lexi Segraves, a son: Declan, June 3, 2019

Harold and Nicole (Graham ’08) Staley, a son: Ian Jared, September 18, 2019

Remington and Lisa (Najarian ’07) Taylor, a daughter: Emberly, June 7, 2019

Seth (’09) and Tori Turner, a son: Graham Douglas, August 31, 2019

Stormy (’11) and Lindsey White, a son: Grayson, June 25, 2019


Marriages

Matias (’19) and Jasmine (Parra-Navarro ’17) Cabello Villagren, June 7, 2019

Tanner and Sarah (Schmidt ’16) Hamilton, June 8, 2019

Brian (’17) and Kelli (Reid ’18) Marty, June 8, 2019

Brent and Andra (Kee ’13) Neely, June 8, 2019

Grant and Erica (Drege ’11) Petersen, June 22, 2019

Harrison (’19) and Cailyn (Bessmer ’18) Shearer, June 6, 2019

Angel and Krista (Fischer ’15) Sigui, July 27, 2019

Corey (’18) and Adeline (Limmex ’16, MAC ’19) Sudhoff, July 6, 2019


Condolences

Carolyn (Armstrong ’72) Miller, August 25, 2019

LeAnna (McGettrick ’76) Wilson, July 29, 2019

Rev. Don L. Bird (’78), August 25, 2019

Rev. Cheryl (Turner ’85) Riddle, October 1, 2019

James Maxwell (’88), July 2, 2019

Staci Elliot (’92), September 2, 2019

Dale Galemore (’02), July 27, 2019

Michelle (Bennett ’13) Dennis, July 28, 2019

Dr. C. Marselle Knight (Former Trustee/ ‘78 Honorary Doctorate), August 17, 2019 

Marilyn J. Oddo, former nursing faculty, October 12, 2019


Former First Lady Adeline Owens Passes

Adeline OwensAdeline Owens, age 89, of Olathe, Kansas, beloved former first lady of MidAmerica Nazarene University, went to be with her Lord September 26, 2019. Mrs. Owens was a gracious, loving, supportive wife, mother, missionary, educator, first lady, and friend. 

Adeline Owens has been described by her husband, Dr. Donald Owens, MNU president from 1985-89, as his inspiration and mission partner, having worked alongside him faithfully during their 68-year marriage. They met at Bethany-Peniel College (now SNU) where Adeline earned a BA in religion with a minor in English. Their first pastorate was at the Church of the Nazarene in Fairbury, Nebraska. 

The Owens’ were pioneer missionaries to Korea. Adeline taught at Korea Nazarene Theological College, now University, which he founded. They served in Korea from 1954-1965. Back in the U.S., they founded Lake Overholser Church of the Nazarene, while he taught at Bethany Nazarene College (SNU). 

Dr. Owens later became a professor at Nazarene Theological Seminary while Adeline taught fourth grade in Olathe. They returned to missions in Metro-Manila, Philippines in 1981.

In 1985, Dr. Owens was elected MNU’s second president and Adeline became the cherished first lady of the community. Dr. Owens was elected General Superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene in 1989. Adeline supported his efforts from their home in Olathe until his retirement in 1997.

Adeline Owens is survived by her husband and four adult daughters, Donna Bean, Deborah Bohi (FS ’83), Darlene Conyers (’85) and Dorothy Owens (’88), sons-in-law and grandchildren. 

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