Saturday, April 5, 2008
Dan Secrist and Anita (Green-Wheeler)
Dan Secrist, and Anita Wheeler were married on Saturday, April 5,
2008 at the facilities of Church Extension Plan in Salem Oregon.
Surrounded by close friends and family they were united in a delightful ceremony
officiated by NU Alum, Roy Brewer.
Dan, who's wife Susan was taken by cancer 15 months ago is Pastor of
Faith Assembly of Lacey, Washington. Anita, who's husband Paul Wheeler
died of cancer in 2001 while they were pastors in Libby, Montana, has been living in Salem, Oregon and working at Church Extension Plan. Anita now joins Dan in continuing on the ministry at Faith Assembly in Lacey.
Their wedding was celebrated by many members of both of their families, and
the families of their former spouses. In addition, there were 16
their Northwest College / University classmates from the 60's who
to witness and celebrate their marriage. The Ambassador's Trio of 1967,
brushed off a few old songs, and entertained the couple and their
guests at the reception.
Below is a picture of the
60's Alumni who posed with the bride and groom following the reception.
Pictured from left to right: Elvin
& Eunice Huston, Ray & Becki Sparre, Yvonne & Jerry Snyder,
Ed & Genny Benintendi, The Bride and Groom (Dan & Anita
Secrist), Bonnie & Ed Smelser, Arlene & Roy Brewer, Lola (Rice)
Cain and Judy (Kennedy) Delgatty. (Also present, but not pictured
Judi (Versolenko) Bullock and Steve Emerson).
Following their wedding, Dan and Anita headed south for a 3 week
honeymoon that took them to Southern California. Among
other things, they visited Universal Studios, Sea World, and the San
Diego Zoo. A highlight of their honeymoon vacation was the week
aboard this luxury cruise ship, the MS Oosterdam which departed
from San Diego on April 12th.
boarded the MS Oosterdam for a 7 day cruise down the west coast
of Mexico. What a honeymoon excursion! We visited 3 ports
along the way and each night on the ship we dined in five-star
At this point in life we decided this would be more fun than a
weeks after the wedding we return home to a grand reception event given
by our home church in Lacey, WA. We now resume pastoring
the church we founded 28 years ago.
love and support we continue to receive from our Northwest College
friends really does encourage and bless us during this joyful yet
difficult journey. The next stage of life now dawns and we
step into it together feeling God's hand upon us and lots of great
friends surrounding us."