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Newsmakers, October 2017


Debra Lawrence, hostess for the Hands of Compassion ministry in Rochester, Minn. After 11 years of serving Mayo Clinic patients and families, Lawrence is stepping down and moving to the East Coast to be closer to family. The Rochester Church of Christ recognized her service and prayed for her as she departs.

Elders of the Rochester Church of Christ in Minnesota pray for Debra Lawrence as she steps away from her role as Hands of Compassion hostess.

Kent and Barbara Risley, for 30 years of ministry with the Edmond Church of Christ in Oklahoma. Kent Risley has served as campus minister, associate minister and now executive minister.


Jana Rucker

Jana Rucker, vice president for university communications and enrollment, Harding University, Searcy, Ark.

Rucker added admissions and financial aid to her previous role overseeing communications and marketing.



Gregory Swindle

Gregory C. Swindle, as president and CEO for Hope for Life, a ministry of Abilene, Texas-based Herald of Truth. Swindle will assume his duties on Jan. 1, 2018, after a two-month transition period with the current CEO, Bill Brant. Swindle has ministered for Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida and Alabama churches and served as an Army National Guard chaplain.

Emerald (Cardenas) Cassidy, as Abilene Christian University’s public and media relations director.

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