A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

1960 - 1979

John Bechtel ’62 was recently appointed by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries as their new regional advisor for Asia. “It has been an honor and a blessing to know John Bechtel for nearly four decades,” said Zacharias. “His experience and expertise will lend great strength to our efforts in the region.”

Joyce (Wilson ’66) Strong recently completed a speaking engagement to churches and women’s groups in the cities of Olenegorsk and Kirovsk in the Kola Peninsula of Russia (near Murmansk in the Arctic Circle). In October, Joyce traveled to Kitali, Kenya, for the dedication of the Blessings and Hope Educational Centre and Orphanage that is providing education, shelter and food for over 150 orphans, ages 3-15. To learn more visit www.joycestrongministries.org.

Paul Vicalvi ’70 retired from the military after 30 years of active duty and now is an instructor at the College of the Ozarks in Look Out Point, Mo. Col. Vicalvi teaches a three-credit course titled Patriotic Education, required for all freshmen.

Mike Flynn ’71 is a seminar and retreat facilitator in Richmond, Va., where he is developing burnout prevention services for pastors. David Frasier ’72 has been appointed associate dean at the University of Iowa Tippie School of Management in Iowa City, Iowa. In this position, he has administrative oversight for the Tippie MBA program portfolio which includes full-time, part-time and executive programs in four Iowa locations, as well as locations in Italy and Hong Kong.

David Benedict ’73 has been serving as the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Trinity College of Florida, in Trinity, Fla., for the last two years. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Benedict spent 20 years teaching political science and international relations at Houghton. The Benedicts live in Florida and Linda (Barr ’75) now has her MBA.

Stephen Clark ’73 has been named chief planned giving and endowment officer for the Virginia United Methodist Foundation where he will be working with nearly 1,200 churches in the Virginia United Methodist Conference in donor engagement and endowment building to expand ministry for the next generations.

William Meyers ’73 is in his third year as a Navigators representative, directing the Navigators Ministry to the 19,000 soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum in Watertown, N.Y.

Jenny Thomas ’74 is the institute coordinator at the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vt. She participated in mission trips to Gaza and the West Bank of Palestine in 2009 and 2011. She is also a faith partner with Canaan Fair Trade and sells embroidered items by the women of Bil’lin. 

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Frank Billman ’75 accepted the position of director of church relations at Aldersgate Renewal Ministries. He is also an adjunct professor at United Theological Seminary, leading the doctoral of ministry program in supernatural ministry. He continues to pastor a local United Methodist Church.

David W. Kofahl ’76 was named the conference superintendent of the Binghamton District of the Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church. Previously, David served churches in Olean, Niagara Falls and Clarence, N.Y., while his wife Diane (Cummings ’76) served with him as director of music ministry. The Kofahls now reside in Binghamton, N.Y. where Diane is a piano teacher.

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