Four pastoral transitions have recently taken place in the Iowa-Missouri Conference. Two current pastors are moving to new districts, and two new pastors are joining our conference family.
Fainer Benjamin is now serving the Gladstone and Independence churches in Missouri. He comes to us from Andrews Theological Seminary, where he graduated last summer. Before attending seminary, Fainer served as a Bible worker in various areas of the country.
Starting in January, Dale Fuhrmeister will begin serving the Kirksville and Macon churches in Missouri as a Bible worker. He will perform a number of pastoral functions but will primarily be focused on evangelism through Bible studies and Bible study training.
He had previously served as an elder for the Cedar Rapids church in Iowa, where he was instrumental in leading people to Jesus through Bible studies. He received Bible worker training through the Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism, has served as a Bible worker and lay pastor in Colorado, and has most recently taught automotive classes at Quachita Hills Academy in Arkansas.
Bob Joseph and his wife, Angie, are now serving the Cedar Rapids church in Iowa. Bob has been a pastor for 33 years, 18 of which have been in the Iowa-Missouri Conference. The Josephs had most recently served the Gladstone and Independence church is in the Kansas City area.
Starting in January, Taariq Patel, his wife, Igdaly, and their three children will begin serving the Des Moines and Jordan Crossing churches in Iowa. For the past two years, the Patels had been serving the Atlantic, Council Bluffs, Exira and Harlan churches.