alumni updates

Craig Vandergon married Bethany Johnson C’07 on August 18, 2018 at Annandale Evangelical Free Church. Bethany’s dad is the Pastor and he married them. The couple currently live in Maple Lake, MN.

Welcome ‘Lil Oakies
Travis C’06 and Sarah Scharn welcomed daughter Adeline Grace, born October 10, 2018.

Frank C’09 and Chantell (Rahrmann C’09) Waller welcomed daughter Clara Lois , born October 28, 2018.

Noah and Lisa (Hurby C’17)  Graham welcomed son Noah Scott, born December 3, 2018,  6 lbs 10 oz.

Joel and Shannon (Spaulding C’15) Mellor welcomed daughter Elizabeth Marian, born December 4, 2018, 3 lbs 13 oz.

Josh and Kimberly (Klukken C’10) McRae welcomed son Howard Duane, born January 23, 2019.

Gilles and Krista (Klukken C’07) Mbo welcomed son Amiel Peniel, born February 3, 2019, 7 lbs 12 oz.

Sam (OHCC student) and Debbie (Kavanagh C’18) Wolkoff welcomed daughter Joanna Suzanne, born February 8, 2019.

Matthew (OHCC student) and Trina Kessler welcomed son Miles Daniel, born February 11, 2019.

Professor Dana Schnortz and wife Erin welcomed son Danes Isaac, born February 11, 2019.

Alex C’16 and Casey (Louis C’16) Schuld welcomed son Sawyer James, born February 27, 2019, 8 lbs 3 oz.

In Memory:
Our thoughts and prayers are with these families.

Debra (Hanson) Benskin-Macks ‘80

Debra passed peacefully in her home surrounded by family on January 22, 2019. She was born on August 19, 1958 to Wayne and Gladys Hanson. She is survived by her husband David; children Tami (Chris), Jenni, Jason, Steven; step-sons Nick, Tim, Jason; 9 grandchildren; and siblings Brian and Pam.

Jonathan E. Waterworth ‘71

Jonathan Earl Waterworth was born in Thief River Falls, MN, on August 27, 1951, to Earl and Eunice Waterworth. He loved growing up on a farm near Newfolden, MN. He was a hard worker. He attended Oak Hills Bible College in Bemidji for 2 years, where he met Marie Jette. He went to Northland State Junior College for 1 year and then graduated from Calvary Bible College in Kansas City. He married Marie on September 22, 1973. He worked at Wichita Evangelical Free Church for 5 years, went to Trinity Seminary for 2 years, worked at Grand Island Evangelical Free Church for 9 years, and Lakes Evangelical Free Church in Lindstrom for 16 years.

Jon delighted in God’s Word and sought to understand and follow it. His favorite verse was Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Barbra M. Smith ‘55

Janusz Daszuta ‘93


Special Gifts to Oak Hills
Thank you to all who gave in memory or honor of a loved one.


David A. Smith

Merrilee Anderson

Eileen Ostenaa

Pat Tranby

Ruby Wold

James Belcher

Minnie Pederson Smith


Barbara Smith

Andrew Voss