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Pastoral Transition

Pastor Maurice Russell and his wife Dorene recently relocated to Echo, MN where Maurice is pastor of the Echo Alliance Church. Rev. Russell served as Associate Pastor at Nowthen Alliance Church before moving to Echo. An installation service was held Sunday, January 27, 2013.

Annual Report

The deadline for the annual report is this Friday, February 8! Please make every effort to complete and submit your report before the deadline!

Crown Announces New President

Thank you! As you have joined with us in prayer for the process of searching for the next president at Crown College, we believe that the Lord has led the College to that ideal leader. Dr. Joel Wiggins was elected unanimously by the Board of Trustees on January 12. Joel brings a strong background of leadership in education, ministry, and business. We are also excited that Joel and Kathy are alums of Crown!

The need for prayer is not over. As the College looks at the next five months before Dr. Wiggins begins on July 1, 2013, there is a lot of work that still needs to be done. Please pray with us...

For Joel and Kathy Wiggins as they walk through these several months of transition and all that is involved in this move. You can read more about Joel in our website article.

For Joel and his involvement in the vice president searches to be completed this spring (advancement, finance, and student development).

For the College, as faculty and staff members begin the process of looking to the next chapter of Crown's work and mission.

For Cheri and Rick Mann as they transition to Nashville this summer where Rick will assume the roles of Professor of Leadership and Strategy and Director of Graduate and Professional Studies at the School of Business and Technology of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN beginning July 1.

By Dr. Rick Mann, President


New CAMA Worker

The North Central District has a new International Worker (IW) – Kate Manske. She will participate in a month long pre-departure orientation, then leave Minnesota in early June. Kate, as an RN, will be a part of the CAMA medical team led by Dr. Kent Copeland in Poipet, Cambodia, for the next 3 years. Kate is pursuing a call God has put on her heart to join missions and medicine, since she was in middle school. As the daughter of Dave and Sue Manske, Kate has lived much of her life overseas, where they were Alliance IWs in Brazil.

Compassion and Mercy Associates, better known as CAMA Services, is a relief and development organization that was birthed out of the global ministries of the C&MA. Historically, CAMA staff began in Indochina caring for people displaced by the war in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Through efforts linking the Word with deeds of compassion, has cared for thousands of people both physically and spiritually. Today, CAMA has ministries in 15 countries, with more than 60 workers, often working hand-in-hand with Alliance workers and national Alliance churches. The North Central District has 3 CAMA workers already in Southeast Asia.

CAMA workers are supported by the CAMA Advance Fund, and thus responsible to raising a portion of their own funding. The contributions from our local Alliance churches for the 2012 year end “Hope+Future” offering raised $427,000. This was a joint offering, where 25% goes to the CAMA Advance Fund and 75% goes to the GCF. Your generosity was unprecedented — Thank you!

Big Sandy Camp

We are so grateful for Gods provision and blessings on Big Sandy Camp. As many of you know, we’ve been struggling the past few years with very low attendance for both our winter retreats and our summer camp sessions. I am so very pleased to report that our Junior, Junior High and Sr. High Winter Avalanche Retreats have all seen over 100% increases in attendance! Please rejoice with us as this is a huge praise andanswer to prayer. What a joy it is to have a chapel full of kids bursting with energy and praising Jesus. This is why we’re here!

A very special word of thanks to those district youth leaders and churches who promoted Big Sandy Camp this winter. Your partnership with us in camp ministry has made a world of difference. The anticipation, energy and excitement for what lies ahead can be felt here! We are praying that this trend continues and we can see many young hearts touched this summer. Praise God.

Men’s Retreat will soon be here, February 22-24. Word on the street is that numbers are very strong and we may once again be full. Check out the Alliance Men’s web site and get your registrations in today. On behalf of the camp staff, we are looking forward to seeing you here very soon.

Dave Toth
Executive Director
Big Sandy Camp & Retreat Center


Pastors Institute – January 14-17, 2013

For those returning, Pastors Institute involved reconnecting with the familiar. Those attending for the first time found some reasons why we love Big Sandy Camp.

  • Birch Lodge
  • Below zero temperatures
  • Continuing Education
  • Excellent Praise and Worship
  • Fisher Chapel
  • Games
  • Lakeview Lodge
  • Precious Communion and Prayer
  • Relationships with Alliance ministry partners

Dr. Greg Ogden, the former director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Fuller Seminary, carefully walked us through the reason for and a method of discipleship ministry. Discipleship is God’s desire and the church’s responsibility. Ogden’s instructions and perspectives were helpful to many.

We aren’t independent contractors. We are co-laborers in the greatest endeavor in the world. Pastors Institute helps us make ministry connections in an environment that reinforces our most deeply held beliefs.
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