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August 11, 2013
Times-Republican

Former resident publishes book

The Rev. Dr. Diana M. DeWitt, daughter of Marshalltown residents Arthur and Beverly DeWitt, has recently published a book with national distribution entitled, "The Authority of Love: Reclaiming Spiritual Authority in the Church Today."

This book offers insights into the lives of healthy congregations and their pastors as it explores the difficult situations many pastors face in ministering to congregations that do not respect the spiritual authority that has been biblically instituted in the church.

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Interwoven throughout the book is a five-week Bible study, which can be used personally or in a small group setting. This study examines the lives of spiritual leaders from throughout the Bible, with contemporary application to help equip lay persons today in the nurture, support, and care of their pastoral leaders.

DeWitt has also recently established a 501(c)(3) ministry called Aspen Tree Ministries. The goal of Aspen Tree Ministries is to undergird ministries and individuals with a root system that will facilitate growth and effectiveness in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

The book can be ordered directly through Amazon.com. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go toward providing pastors with financial support to receive spiritual direction or transformational coaching and related support services through Aspen Tree Ministries.

DeWitt grew up in the Laurel area and was a graduate of SEMCO High School. She is now the pastor of Greenville United Methodist Church in Joelton, Tenn. She is also currently the chairperson of Spiritual Formation for the Tennessee Conference of the UMC.

Growers Association, Corn Checkoff announce director election results

New farmer leaders for the Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board were elected. Roscoe Eggers, of Marshall County, was elected to District 5 of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. Dennis Friest, Hardin County, will represent District 5 on the Iowa Corn Growers Association.

Directors for the ICGA will bring grassroots policy issues forward and directors for the ICPB will work on market development, education and research. Their terms will begin Sept. 1. Both organizations will continue to create opportunities for long-term Iowa corn grower profitability.

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