Memorials -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
Volume: JETS 30:1 (Mar 1987)
Article: Memorials
Author: Anonymous


Louis E. Knowles

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, in 1917, Louis E. Knowles had moved with his family to Long Beach, California, by age seven. That would be the headquarters for most of the activities of his life until he died on January 22, 1986.

He aligned himself with Christian groups on the campuses of his high school and college (UCLA). Pursuing his growing commitment to Christian ministry, he enrolled at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia and graduated in 1944. The previous year he had married Velma Fusby, also of Long Beach.

He was ordained as a pastor and served the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Volga, South Dakota, for three years. Returning to California, he began a 35-year teaching career in the Bellflower Christian Schools. His ability to articulate Reformed doctrine was well received in his religious education courses. His enthusiasm to teach never wavered, and his love for young people and his fellow colleagues was always evident.

Upon his retirement in 1982 he answered the call for help of Westminster Seminary in Escondido, California, and came out of retirement to serve as assistant to the president from 1982 to 1984. His wise counsel, loving concern for students, and joy in Christ were a wonderful gift to the entire seminary family. His vision for Westminster’s ministry was a constant encouragement.

During his teaching career he was a ministerial member of the Southern California Presbytery, serving on many committees and preaching hundreds of sermons. Fellow ministers recall that he was particularly helpful in discussions of important matters in presbytery deliberations. He was also a faithful and valued participant in the ministry of his home church, First (now Faith) Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Long Beach.

At the age of 68 he passed away, suffering complications with his heart. His school superintendent wrote: “He will always be admired as an excellent, well-loved educator, co-worker and friend to many. We can always be thankful for his dedication in giving his life for young people and glorification of the Kingdom of God.”

Knowles leaves behind his wife, Velma; children, Louis L. Knowles and Ruby Takanishi of Washington, D.C., Stephen D. and Florence Knowles of Templeton, California, and Rodney E. and Elizabeth Alexander of Portland, Oregon; and six grandchildren.

Merland Ray Miller

Merland Ray Miller was born in Spokane, Washington, on April 5, 1952. He served the Lord until June 11, 1986, when he died of heart disease in St. Louis, Missouri.

He graduated from Washington State University in 1974, from Western Conservative Baptist Semina...

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