Saturday, April 5, 2008
Dan Secrist and Anita (Green-Wheeler)

Dan & Anita Secrist wedding picture

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 & Anita with 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 of their  Northwest College / University classmates from the 60's who came 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.

Dan & Anita with Northwest Alum Friends
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 was Judi (Versolenko) Bullock and Steve Emerson).

The Honeymoon
Picture of the Luxury Cruise Ship - MS Oosterdam
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.

Dan & Anita dressed up for dinner

Dan writes:
"We 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 elegance.  At this point in life we decided this would be more fun than a camping trip!

Three 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.

The 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."