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I am a 1967 graduate of The Citadel (Distinguished Military Student, member of the Economic Honor Society, Dean's List), a 1975 graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div., magna cum laude, member of the Phi Alpha Chi academic honor society); I attended the Free University of Amsterdam and completed my History of Dogma there and then received a full scholarship from the Dutch government to transfer to the sister school in Kampen, Holland. In 1979 I graduated from the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Churches of Holland (Drs. with honors in Ethics). My New Testament minor was completed with Herman Ridderbos. I am also a 2001 Ph.D. graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary (Systematic Theology) in Philly with a dissertation on the "unio mystica" in the theology of Dr. Herman Bavinck (1854-1921). I am a former tank commander, and instructor in the US Army Armor School at Ft. Knox, KY. I have been happily married to my childhood sweetheart and best friend, Sally, for 43 years. We have 6 children, one of whom is with the Lord, and 14 wonderful grandchildren.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

We hope that this letter finds you well, richly blessed by the Lord God, and enjoying a beautiful celebration of His gifts to us in Christ Jesus, the Savior! Abundant grace!

Hans and Blanca celebrated their first anniversary in November and are now rejoicing in the anticipated birth of their first son at the end of April. Hans enjoys his work in law enforcement and Blanca is continuing to work for the next few months until it’s closer to the time the baby comes. Abundant joy!

Nicky spent two solid months in court helping her boss win an important malpractice suit against an erring LA law firm. As a result, her boss was named Orange County Trial Lawyer of the Year. At the awards dinner, she was singled out for her professional excellence. Nicky works and lives to honor God so it was wonderful to see her accomplish so much. After all the hard work, she and a friend took a vacation to Hawaii. Abundant goodness!

Janneke is a steady source of delight in our lives! She is a working girl, a prayer warrior, and a social butterfly. Recently, she suffered from the return of her seizures but with new medication the seizures are now under control again. That was an answer to many prayers. Abundant mercy!

Ron, Jen, and their four are in Canada. Ron is the CEO of the farm now and recently won a national award for some innovative ideas he has implemented in farming. He, Jen, and their children are very active in their church. Laura (21) lives with us during the school year and attends Providence College. Avery (20), Cailen (18), and Cole (17) study and work nearer to home in Canada. We treasure the times we can see them. Abundant faithfulness!

Geoff and Lisa and their eight children (Rachel, Laken, Naya, Sawyer, Noel, Marin, Emma, and Charlotte) moved to Jackson, Mississippi, where Geoff is finishing up his Masters of Divinity and hoping to become a pastor. The Lord has faithfully provided them with a lovely home, a good church community, and many new friends as well. They are very happy and expecting their ninth child in a few weeks. Abundant blessings!

Ron and I are still enjoying California and our beloved congregation at Grace Presbyterian. We’ve both been writing, Ron more than me. I’m beginning a book on marriage and am excited about that. Ron has begun writing a series of ethical commentaries. The first volume on capital punishment was released this past year. His biography of Herman Bavinck, his hero in the faith, is coming out in 2010. I teach a women’s Bible study and am finishing up my term as a national representative for the women in the church in our denomination. Ron enjoys walks with “the other woman in his life”, Hosanna, our German Shepherd. He’s lost 30 pounds eating properly and hiking in the hills with her! Abundant praise!

Our home is far from an “empty nest”. We must have reared “homing pigeons” because the kids, their spouses, and the grandchildren show up on a regular basis for holidays, Sunday afternoons, and family visits. We love it! We have been blessed with visits from friends and family this past year who came from far and near. It’s been great to catch up with all who came. Abundant love!

From all of us to all of you, may the Lord bless you and keep you and cause His face to shine upon you. May He give you His Abundant peace!

Ron and Sally Gleason and the whole Gleason Clan



Blogger Jim W said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Dr. Gleason. Hope you have a blessed one.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Solameanie said...


Merry Christmas to you, Sally and family! You are a tremendous blessing to me.

Semper Reformanda!

5:43 PM  
Blogger Janet MacDougall said...

Dear Ron and Sally

Merry Christmas from all of us here.

Mother, Dad and I send greetings and I shall pass the contents of your Christmas letter on to them.

Love from all of us

Janet MacDougall

8:16 AM  

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