Thursday, April 25, 2019

ROAD WORKS Board of Directors

Lowell Dean, President
Raised in a Christian home in Nampa, Idaho, Lowell became a believer in childhood and his belief continues to this day.  After high school in Medford, Oregon, he graduated from the University of Oregon as a football Academic All-American.  He received a Masters degree from Southern Oregon and taught geology and geography at Treasure Valley Community College (1970-1974) and served as head basketball coach.  

Lowell moved to Arizona to start a business which lasted for two and a half years before it failed.  For the next 26 years, he sold chemicals to the pulp and paper industry which required moving from Arizona to Texas and then to Oregon.  He ended his career as the regional sales manager, retiring in 2003, and soon after started selling real estate which he still does today. 

Mary Wing Finkbeiner, Secretary & Treasurer
Mary has a B. A. in Elementary Education from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho with added education at Seattle Pacific University and Southern Oregon University.  Mary taught pre-school through grade three for 16 years in Seattle, WA and Medford, OR public schools. She has eleven years experience doing accounting work.  Mary is now retired. She is devoting her life to the ministry of her missionary son, Randy, in KwaMhlanga, South Africa. 

Mary’s favorite quote: 
“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” 

Margaret Finkbeiner, Recording Secretary
Margaret is thankful she became a Christian at a young age. She knows the importance of training children to love Jesus when they are young. Margaret graduated from Northwest Nazarene College with a degree in Business Education. She took a teaching position in Connell, Washington and met and married Galen Finkbeiner, a local farmer. 

Margaret served as Mission President in her local church for 20 years. She taught Sunday school, was church treasurer, a choir member, a Church Board member and served as director/teacher/helper for Vacation Bible School. She also served as a member of the District Missions Council. She maintains her interest in serving the Lord through missions when the opportunity presents itself. 

Randy Finkbeiner, Board Member
Randy had a belief at sixteen years of age that God was going to take him to live somewhere overseas where he would live among people not his own and experience their life and their world.  He believed God would show him that place and that his life would be spent pursuing that dream. 

Randy helped to plant a church in a rural rice farming community of Japan and lived there for two and a half years.  He earned his B. A. in Cultural Anthropology at Bethany College after studying at Oregon State University and Northwest Nazarene College.  Over the course of several years, Randy took part in short-term mission work in India, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Nigeria, Ukraine and Switzerland.  

Randy’s work in South Africa began in KwaMhlanga, a rural area of South Africa, supervising the building of centers for orphaned and vulnerable children under the leadership of Mukhanyo Community Development Centre.  Later, he began to work with people who were dying from AIDS-related illnesses.  Assisting families with HIV/AIDS became his passion and he trained home-based care workers to assist in that endeavor.  

“The HIV/AIDS epidemic is probably one of the most telling symptoms of our contemporary brokenness.  There, love and death cling to each other in a violent embrace.  Young people, desperate to find intimacy and communion, risk their very lives for it.” (Henri Nouwen) 

Randy also supervised the planting of Mandela Family of God Church in Mandela Village and has recently opened Zonke Izizwe (“All Nations”) Preschool. 

Isaiah 58 is a vision of God’s kingdom. “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice… to set the oppressed free … to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter - to clothe him - and not turn away.” 

Galen Finkbeiner, Board Member
Galen was born and raised on a dryland wheat farm in Connell, WA.  Following high school, Galen served our country in Germany in the Army.  Soon after, he married Margaret Varner and took over the supervision of the family farm.  Over the years, he developed the farm into irrigated production and formed Finkbeiner Farms, Inc.  During those years, Galen was an active member of the Connell Church of the Nazarene serving as a Sunday School teacher, Men's Ministry leader and church board member.  

When Galen's sister and husband became missionaries in the '70's, it sparked a lasting interest in missions with both he and his wife Margaret.  Galen has taken part in two mission trips: one to Argentina and one to Vanuatu.  Galen and Margaret have three children and three grandduaghters.  He is retired and living on the Finkbeiner farm that was homesteaded by his grandfather in 1900. 

"I became a Christian at the age of twelve.  Over the years I have learned that following the Lord and leaning on Him will get me through the hard times.  Trusting that God knows best and will come through has strengthened my faith for the struggles and the good times that life brings.  My father taught me to give each day to God and this has helped me to walk closer to the Lord.  God has been faithful to me and I want to remain faithful to Him." 

Sherri Maroni, Board Member
It is so easy for us (me) to think that what we have to offer is small and insignificant in light of the great needs in our world. But we forget that nothing is accomplished on our own. “But we have this treasure (the light of the knowledge of the glory of God) in jars of clay (human weakness) to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us." 2 Corinthians 4:7. "The hungry are fed, the thirsty are refreshed, the naked are clothed, the sick are treated, the illiterate are educated, and the grieving are comforted, just one person at a time. You have the opportunity to be that one person to someone who needs what you have to offer." - Richard Stearns from The Hole In Our Gospel. 

Sherri recently completed a program in Nutritional Therapy and is passionate about educating others about the value of life-giving foods. She loves gardening and spending time with family and friends...and greatly appreciates the wonderful work her brother, Randy, is doing in South Africa. 

Jessica Pratt, Board Member
Jessica works for the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care in Wilsonville, Oregon and is a Willamette University alum with a BA in Spanish literature.  She formerly served as a board member of Oasis Community Church and as head of its Community Impact Team. She led a mission team from Oasis in July 2012 and had an opportunity to see firsthand the many ways God is using Randy to restore the KwaMhlanga community and its people to Himself. 

“I have known the power of God in my own life to restore hope in the midst of despair and to heal every kind of brokenness. I am convinced that He is at work to do the same in the life of every person in my community. It has been a joy to have my heart and my community grow to include KwaMhlanga.” 

Philip Pratt, Board Member


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