Moody Alumni Board
Front row (left to right): first-vice president, Hugo Pérez BA '92; president, Kathy (Winebrenner '70) Russell; secretary, Judy (Marr '78) Stewart; second vice-president, Gene Getz '52.
Back row: Clarence Shuler '72-'75; Ricardo Peoples BSBS '04; Deborah (Bergstrom '81) Borland; Dariusz Brycko BA '99; Martene Craig '56; George Verwer '60; Bonnie Ho MABS '04; Georgeann (Smart '78) Hiebert; Ian Leitch '69.
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How can I find out about Moody alumni gatherings in my area?
When we are planning to have a gathering, we send out invitations or evites to all Moody alumni in that geographic area for whom we have valid addresses and emails. For more details about a specific gathering, or how to get involved in helping to host a gathering in your area, please contact the alumni office at 312-329-4412 or email email@example.com
Does the Moody Alumni Association do gatherings on a regular basis?
Currently, we try to "piggy-back" onto other functions of the Institute or the Christian community.
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Martene's Moody Experience
Words cannot begin to express my deep appreciation and gratitude to the Lord for leading me to Moody Bible Institute. I had accepted Christ at the end of my
junior year in high school. It was then that the Lord gave me Galatians 2:20 as my first life verse:
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ
lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the
faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Beginning a personal relationship with Christ really turned my life around. This experience sparked my desire to bring the message of Christ to people wherever they are.
I continued to grow in the Lord through Bible studies and outreach involvements that took place in my hometown of Zanesville, Ohio. After graduating from high schooI, I attended a college that I discovered was very liberal (theologically). I struggled with professors who denied the scriptures, the miracles of Christ and many other doctrines that I held dear.
Being active in Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, I met with a visiting staff member who suggested that I consider going to a Bible school. I didn’t know there was such a thing as a Bible school! He gave me a list of several Bible schools, and I proceeded to pray and to send out letters requesting catalogs and other pertinent information. When I received this information, it seemed that Moody Bible Institute was the school that the Lord had for me. Now, “How do I tell my parents?” I went home at Thanksgiving and, at the dinner table, I shared that I was not happy in school and explained why. My mother immediately said, “Have you ever considered Moody Bible Institute in Chicago?” I just about fell off my chair! I asked her how she knew about this school and she said that she had a friend in college who had attended Moody. Needless to say, that was the “go ahead” for me and the next thing I knew, I was off to Chicago for one of the greatest experiences of my life.
I will never forget getting out of the cab after a long train ride and walking through the Arch. I felt like I was truly entering Holy ground. I sensed this from that very first day, throughout my years at Moody, and even today.
The Lord used this school to shape my life and to prepare me for the rich ministry that He called me to do. It was at Moody that I became grounded in the Word of God with awesome professors like Dr. Kenneth Wuest who would frequently say, “Now class, let’s have a Bible conference and let the Holy Spirit teach us.” I was so hungry for the Word because I was just a new Christian and had not been brought up in a Bible teaching church. It was at Moody Church, under the leadership of Dr. Alan Redpath, the author of Victorious Christian Living, that the Lord called me to make Him not only the Savior but the Lord of my Life. I literally ran forward at the invitation and totally surrendered my life to Christian service and whatever He had for me. I felt the call to be baptized, and Dr. Redpath baptized me one Sunday evening at Moody Church. It was then that the Lord gave me my second life verse,
“Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great
a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which
doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is
set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising
the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
It was Moody’s practical Christian work assignments that laid the foundation for my passion for outreach beyond the four walls of the church. The ministries in Cook County Jail, the rest homes, skid row, the directing of a children’s choir, and the summer mission trip to Bemidji, Minnesota, are just a few of these experiences. Being president of the Moody Orchestra and touring with the orchestra, sparked my desire to bring the message of Christ to people wherever they are. I could never have imagined that one day God would call me to a musical outreach ministry that would span five decades and five continents.
I never studied harder at any school than I did at Moody. I remember the day the Dean of Women called me in for an appointment. I was so worried about what I might have done. It turned out she was concerned that I was studying too much and that I was not getting out to see Chicago and do other things (besides study). That sure was a switch, but it showed the deep concern of the faculty for meeting the needs of the students. The hard study paid off, however, because I was able to graduate with highest honors.
I am so thankful that I was able to return to Moody Bible Institute, in 2006, for my 50th class reunion and to attend Founders Week. What a trip down memory lane! As I thought back I could see the immense impact this school has made on me, personally. What a blessing Moody has been to me, and for that I will praise God the rest of my life.
I dearly love the school that D.L. Moody founded, and I hope to serve in any way that I can, both now and in the future.
Interview with E. Martene Craig '56
E. Martene CraigNickname: Songbird
Birthday: March 8
Birthplace: The farm house at Mt. Ephraim Train Station, OH
Current home: La Verne, CA
Marital status: single
Occupation: I have served over 25 years as Minister of Music in three churches (small, medium, and large), developing extensive graded choral and instrumental programs in each. Having established a School of Fine Arts in the church setting, I went on to found and administrate ARISE Academy of the Arts, a training ground for the discovery and development of the expressive gifts in children, youth, and adults.
I serve as a clinician, choral, and instrumental director and consultant to churches and organizations interested in ministering through the arts. I also serve as a columnist for music publications, guest director, and music festival adjudicator.
Favorite MBI memory: My favorite memories are singing "Great is Thy Faithfulness" in Torrey-Gray Auditorium with over a thousand fellow students and sitting under the ministry of Dr. Alan Redpath at Moody Church where he preached on Hebrews 12:1,2. It was there that the Lord called me to make Him not only the Savior of my life but the Lord of my life. I literally ran forward at the invitation and totally surrendered my life to Christian service; and I also felt the call to be baptized by immersion. One Sunday evening I was baptized at Moody Church by Dr. Redpath. What an awesome experience to be baptized by this great man of God.
Favorite Moody prof: There are so many, but two that God used in a very profound way in my life were Dr. Kenneth Wiest (Bible) and Robert Carbaugh (music).
Other schools attended: I received most of my music education at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music in Berea, OH. I am a graduate of California State University at Fullerton, and I am ordained by the Evangelical Church Alliance.
I've never been able to: Swim. Or sing as high as Sandi Patty. In heaven I will have a glorified voice and I will be able to sing even higher.
People who knew me in high school thought I was: going to South America as a missionary and marry a rumba dancer (1953 high school class prophecy).
A book I would recommend: The Church Unleashed by Frank Tillapaugh.
I knew I was grown-up when: I came all by myself, by train, to the big city of Chicago. I will never forget being dropped off by a taxi at the Arch at MBI. Walking through that Arch and into this school and started a glorious journey that was to touch my life in so many ways.
The worst time in my life: when my brother was tragically drowned at the age of 30; and when I was told that I had breast cancer and would have to go on a year of chemotherapy. (I am now a 27-year cancer survivor. Praise God!)
My most humbling experience: Receiving the Ray DeVries Music Ministry Award at MUSICalifornia in San Diego in 2005, following in the footsteps of former recipients such as: Ralph Carmichael, Bill and Gloria Gaither, John W. Peterson, Jack Hayford, Don Moen, Andrae Crouch, Tom Fettke, Camp Kirkland, and Carol Cymbala. This Lifetime Achievement Award was established to recognize the work of those who have had significant impact and influence on the music and worship ministry of the church.
Salvation experience: When I was a junior in high school, we were seated in alphabetical order, and the girl seated in front of me began praying for her classmates. I was one of them. She reached out to me by befriending me and inviting me to Bible studies. She and two other girls began a prayer meeting before school. As a result, many came to Christ, including myself. She helped me to see that I needed a personal relationship with Christ and that I needed to accept Him into my life. I had "churchianity" and not Christianity. It was the latter part of my junior year that I gave my heart to Christ.
Three words that best describe me: energetic, dedicated, innovative
Moody Alumni Board
Interview with E. Martene Craig
Pictures from Founders Week
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