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John (‘14) & Carolyn (Sewall) Ogilvie (‘15) live in Mary Esther, FL where John is stationed with the U.S. Air Force. Emily Robinson (‘15) will be graduating from Lancaster Bible College this year and will be starting her own business. Asher Rabquer (‘15 & ‘16) is continuing his education at Northeastern Baptist College and is currently doing a church counseling internship and is studying church planting and entrepreneurial leadership. Emily Parrish (‘16) lives in Resaca, GA where she works at a restaurant. Emily is a Middle School Sunday School teacher, teen youth leader and continues her schooling through Liberty University online.

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91 years of age July 1925 – January 2017

ormer faithful Word of Life Bible Institute guest lecturer, Dr. Thomas Orlando Figart, graduated to glory on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at 91 years of age. He was born July 28, 1925, in Altoona, PA, the last of 11 children. His wife, Edna, was a great asset to his ministry in a marriage that spanned 62 years. She preceded him in death by ten years. Together they raised four children and had nine grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Dr. Figart was short in stature but “big” in impact as he taught, preached and sang in a clear tenor voice. He graduated from Cairn University (then Philadelphia School of the Bible), Dallas Theological Seminary and earned his Doctorate at Grace Theological Seminary under Dr. John Whitcomb. His doctoral thesis was later edited into a book, A Biblical Perspective on the Race Problem (Baker Books). He pastored the Second Congregational Church in Baltimore, MD, for seven years while also teaching at a lay Institute, Baltimore School of the Bible. In 1961 Dr. Figart moved to Lancaster Bible College where he was Academic Dean and Professor of Theology for 30 years. Over a span of 20 years (Classes of 1972, 1974-1983, 1989- 1992) Dr. Figart taught at Word of Life Bible Institute as an adjunct professor covering topics such as the Minor Prophets and John in the freshman year and Contemporary Issues and the Charismatic Movement in the sophomore year. Dr. Figart authored several books including a Commentary

on Matthew, a devotional book, a history of Lancaster Bible College and a moving account of the life of Dr. Ralph H. Stoll, his pastor in Altoona, PA, who influenced him to enter the ministry. Dr. Figart was my reason for attending Lancaster Bible College after being impressed with his teaching at WOLBI in 1972. He influenced my wife-to-be and later my daughter and her husband who also attended Lancaster Bible College. Dr. Figart encouraged me to study under his mentor, Dr. John Whitcomb, at Grace Theological Seminary. Once I joined the WOLBI staff in 1978, we had many enjoyable visits with Dr. Figart as he came to teach. In my notes from one of his classes at Lancaster Bible College I lifted this quote and have used it for many years in my Theology course, “Thus it will be that sin will have run its course. Eternity future will be more glorious than eternity past, for the infinite accomplishment of salvation, bringing many sons into glory, and the final, complete victory over sin as it has been brought out into the open and destroyed once for all; these two great works will be in the past, and God will be all in all!!”

BY DR. TOM DAVIS (‘72) N EW YO RK CAMP U S P R O F E S S O R

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