Death of Joseph McKinney

Joseph McKinney

Robert McKinney is saddened to announce the death of his father, Joseph McKinney, who died on Saturday, June 20. He was 78 years old and had the blessing of being baptized by his son, Robert in 1997.

Mr. McKinney is survived by his wife Mildred, eight children, fifteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 11 in Freeport, Bahamas.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to Robert McKinney at or sent to Robert McKinney, P.O. Box N-3934, Nassau, Bahamas.

Death of Reta Rakestraw

Reta Rakestraw and her son Jonathan.

Please pray for the Rakestraw family. Jonathan’s mom Reta Rakestraw died unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 24. Jonathan pastors Grace Family Fellowship, the GCI congregation in Tallahassee, Florida, of which his mother was a founding member until her death, having come into the church in 1971. She was well-loved by all who knew her and treated everyone like her family.

Your prayers for Jonathan’s father John, as well as Jonathan, Carolyn and their three adult children Matthew, Charlotte, and Andrew, and his sisters Debra and Amy and their families are much appreciated.

Cards may be sent to:

Jonathan & Carolyn Rakestraw
3946 Elysian Ct
Tallahassee, FL 32311-0705

Drive-In Church in Kenockee

Our congregation is now participating in a drive-in service each Sunday. What a joy to be physically present with one another in God’s presence. Join us in praying for gospel fruit and good weather as we find ways to safely worship together.

I am transmitting the message over an FM station. Each attendee can either tune their car radio into the station, listen over the loudspeaker or both.

Worship music is played and the lyrics are printed on the handouts along with announcements and offering choices (including an offering box as you exit).

We have done this for five Sundays now. It is extremely popular for our members and we are getting a few curious attendees as they see us do this week after week.

Grant Forsyth
In His Grace Community Church
Kenockee, MI


Death of Barbara Hogberg

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my loving wife of 54 years, Barbara Ruth Hogberg, which occurred on April 21, 2020, in Sachse, Texas. She was 79 years of age, and had been living in a nearby memory care facility, having suffered many months from Alzheimer’s disease.

Because of coronavirus restrictions, only immediate family members were present at her funeral at Sachse Cemetery, at which longtime family friend and GCI minister, Thomas Pickett, officiated. Barbara and I had attended Mr. Pickett’s New Hope Christian fellowship congregation for a number of years.

Barbara was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but grew up in Houston. After graduating from Bellaire High school, she attended what is now Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, graduating in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics, with a minor in art. Barbara had exceptional sewing and homemaking skills and had an excellent eye for paintings and fine decorations that later beautified all our homes.

In 1964 she moved to Pasadena, California, in order to attend classes at Ambassador College, the educational arm of the Worldwide Church of God (she, her mother, maternal grandparents and several other family members had become members of the church). There we got to know each other. I was the director of the News Bureau in the church’s editorial department and Barbara became the office secretary in the fall of 1965. Our relationship blossomed and we were married on January 23, 1966. Two sons, Neal and Derek, rather quickly entered our lives in December 1966 and July 1968.

After the children grew up sufficiently, Barbara worked for a while as a much-in-demand substitute teacher in the Pasadena area. Then the two of us began to undertake numerous, often international, trips together, usually in conjunction with my editorial, and later, ministerial responsibilities. Barbara loved international travel, visiting over fifty countries and territories. She also enjoyed fellowshipping with the ministry and members in far-off lands. Our travels continued even after we settled down in Texas in 2007 to be with family.

Barbara was known and loved by many friends and members in Southern California, Texas, and around the world, who have testified in cards and emails to her warmth, effervescent personality, generosity and ability to light up a room whenever she entered.

In addition to our two sons, Barbara is survived by Neal’s wife Denise, and our three grandchildren – Chloe, age 17, Brett, 15, and Grant, 9, and her favorite aunt who also lives in Sachse, Maisie Wheat, age 92, the last living member of the original Dallas congregation. Barbara is greatly missed by all of us.

Gene Hogberg, Retired Elder


Cards may be sent to:

Gene Hogberg
7619 Forest Ridge Trail
Sachse, TX 75048



Reuel Enerio & Lucellie Santibañez Engaged to be Married

portrait of reuel and lucelliephoto of reuel and lucellie as children playing gamesThese two first met at the age of 5, while attending church festivals in their home nation, the Philippines. After becoming friends, they kept in touch remotely and were able to see each other at GCI camps and functions over the years where they remained close friends. In the last 3 years, they both moved to the USA separately and were able to reconnect, sparking a relationship earlier this year. Reuel works for GCI at the Home Office, and Lucellie is completing her Master of Music Therapy Equivalency program in Texas. They were engaged Thursday, June 18th in Charlotte, NC. They plan to announce a wedding date in the near future.

Our New Podcast: Gospel Reverb

Check out our newest podcast: Gospel Reverb, hosted by Southeastern Regional Director, Anthony Mullins.
Click the image to listen online.
Click the image to listen online.

In the first episode, “The Struggle Bus,” Anthony sits down with President Greg Williams to unpack four Romans passages from July’s Revised Common Lectionary:

Romans 7:15-25
Romans 8:1-11
Romans 8:12-25
Romans 8:26-39
You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and many other streaming platforms. If the podcast resonates with you, please share with your friends, subscribe to the monthly episodes, and rate us on your favorite podcast site.