Alma Temple--A Pillar of Fire Ministry--Denver, Colorado
Dr. Donald J. Wolfram [1919-2003] [obituary]
Donald J. Wolfram, Ed.D. [photo], was
called to the ministry and ordained a Pillar of Fire minister in 1935 at
the age of sixteen. Thereafter he was always active in a wide variety of
ministry activities, from manual labor on church farms to radio broadcasting,
teaching in high school and college subjects ranging from history to mathematics
to New Testament Greek, preaching the Gospel, attending to foreign missions,
writing, and serving as a home missionary. In this latter work he traveled
widely, ministering to the spiritual needs of business people across the
country and accepting their financial support for the work of Pillar of
Fire schools, radio stations, and other ministries.
Rev. Gertrude Metlen Wolfram (1888-1959), Dr. Wolfram's mother
Until he stepped down in the
summer of 2000, he had served for sixteen years as General Superintendent
of Pillar of Fire International. His continuing responsibilities thereafter
as trustee and bishop entailed considerable travel, both in the United
States and in numerous foreign countries where missions have been established.
He had a daily missions radio program, "Go and Tell," on the three Pillar
of Fire radio stations, KPOF
(Denver), WAWZ (greater New York), and
(Cincinnati). He continued to record his missions program until a few days
before his death.
On November 13, 1999, friends
and relatives gathered at Alma Temple from near and far to celebrate Dr.
Wolfram's eightieth birthday.
On February 25, 2001, a celebration
of Dr. Wolfram's life and ministry was held at Belleview College. During
this celebration, a surprise to Dr. Wolfram, he was presented with a portrait,
also a surprise, which had been painted by artist Judee Dickinson.
Dr. Wolfram left this life on
August 25, 2003, after a brief struggle with pancreatic cancer. He was
laid to rest at Belleview Cemetery at 84th Avenue and Irving Street in
Westminster, Colorado. obituary
Wolfram's late wife, Phyllis Hoffman Wolfram
(1921-1985), was also an ordained minister, radio broadcaster, and teacher.
She is fondly remembered at Alma Temple for her dynamic and powerful holiness
preaching. Rev. Phyllis Wolfram's
Dr. Wolfram was survived by five
grown children, of whom the four who live locally are active in ministry
at Alma Temple, and fourteen grandchildren. Photo
of the oldest and youngest of the grandchildren as of 2000
Orland A. Wolfram (1912-1987) Orland
Wolfram's Sermons and Letters
Wolfram is regularly found in the Alma Temple pulpit on the third
Sunday evening of each month. She plays piano, sings, teaches Sunday School,
and conducts Bible studies. She has many years' experience as a mathematics,
English, and Bible and religion teacher at Belleview College and Preparatory
School. She is currently dean of Belleview College.
Her husband, David
M. Larue, Ph.D., a systems analyst for the Colorado School of Mines,
maintains numerous computers for the Pillar of Fire. He is regularly found
in the sound system/broadcast control booth during services at Alma Temple.
They have two children: Justin,
a computer specialist living in Las Vegas, and Jennifer,
who loves horses and is attending college in Colorado Springs.
J. Wolfram, Sr., is regularly found in the Alma Temple pulpit on
the first Sunday evening of each month. He is frequently the worship leader
for other services. A graduate of the University of Denver School of Law,
he is kept busy as the house attorney of the Pillar of Fire in Denver;
he also does some freelance work in such areas as wills. He has taught
numerous courses in Bible and religion at Belleview College.
Rev. Neta Miller Wolfram, is a graduate of God's Bible School in
Cincinnati and is also a registered nurse. An experienced pianist, she
took up organ several years ago when a spin-off of a church-planting group
left the Temple without an organist. She serves two main functions at the
Temple: the music ministry (including planning service music and
arranging for special music), and Director of Children's Ministry. She
runs several weekly student chapels at Belleview Christian Elementary School.
Rev. and Mrs. Wolfram both teach
at Belleview Christian College from time to time.
The Wolframs have four sons--Phillip
Jr., Albert, Preston, and Edward-- ranging from elementary school
age to college. The two middle boys maintain a long-standing family tradition
that there be a redhead in each generation.
(Wolfram) Maines formerly directed the children's
music program at Alma Temple. Under her guidance, the children have presented
full-length programs at Christmas plus shorter presentations throughout
Maines, graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy
and a former Air Force officer, is a pilot for United Air Lines. He teaches
an adult Sunday School class and is a frequent keyboardist for church services.
teacher and guidance counselor, Mrs. Maines is now a homeschooling mother
to the two Maines children, Anastasia and
(Wolfram) Reiner is a regular soloist in worship
services at Alma Temple. She and her husband, Ron,
was for many years a biology and psychology teacher at Belleview Christian
Schools. She is presently a stay-at-home mother for their daughters, Brittany,
Katherine, and Christine . Ron
is a computer programmer.
youngest daughter, Lorraine (Wolfram) Lepley,
lives in Maryland where her husband, Major
(ret.) Bruce Lepley, works after retiring
from a long career in the United States Air Force. She homeschools their
three children, Amanda, Thomas, and James.
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