ESR Announces Spring 2014 Friends in Residence

ESR will host Dale and Sylvia Graves as our Spring 2014 Friends in Residence during the week of April 14th. The Graves are active in Friends United Meeting (FUM) and in Friends ministry. Dale is currently serving as the presiding clerk for Western Yearly Meeting, and Sylvia is clerk for West Newton Friends. During their time at ESR, they will be presenting the program for Common Meal, bringing the message for programmed worship, and leading a workshop. In addition to these public events, they will also meet one-on-one with students, and enjoy fellowship with ESR faculty, students and alumni.

Public Events:Workshop - Sharing About FUM

Tuesday, April 15th
9:00 - 10:30 am
ESR Center, Dining Room
In this interactive workshop, Dale and Sylvia will share information about Friends United Meeting, including photos and stories of the variety of ministry projects in which FUM is involved. Light refreshments will be served.
RSVP to Mandy Ford at or (765) 973-2158 by Friday, April 11th.

Common Meal Presentation - Global Glimpses of Friends
Tuesday, April 15th
11:20 am - 1:00 pm
Dale and Sylvia will share about their own spiritual journeys and experiences with global Friends.  
Lunch will begin at 1

1:20 with program following at 12:00 in the ESR Center Dining Room.
(The program is free, with a $7 fee for lunch, which can be paid at the door.)
*Please RSVP to Mandy Ford at or (765) 973-2158 if you plan on attending the meal.

Programmed Worship
Thursday, April 17th
11:20 am - 12:00 pm
Quigg Worship Room, ESR Center
Dale will bring the message: You Call That Worship?

For more information about ESR's Friend in Residence program, please contact Mandy Ford, Director of External Relations, at or call (765) 973-2158.

Dale and Sylvia Graves Bio:

Dale Graves - Raised as an Iowa farm kid and member of Eastern Region Evangelical Friends, Dale worked in a factory for a year right out of high school before enrolling at William Penn College in Oskaloosa where he majored in Math and Physics.  He earned a master's degree in Physics at Purdue University with a grant from the National Science Foundation.  He taught Math and Physics at Mooresville High School for 35 years and in Oskaloosa for 1 year. He also coached wrestling, cross country and track teams.  From 1973-76 he served Western Yearly Meeting as Director of Christian Education.  Though he retired from public education in 2007, Dale currently teaches in the Skills Center at Rolls Royce one day a week and teaches GED math to "short term offenders" in the Plainfield correctional institution. He enjoys traveling, photography, and ceramics.  He volunteers with the Friends Disaster Service and at Quaker Haven Camp where he applies many other skills such as wiring, plumbing, carpentry and concrete work to remodel or construct new buildings.  Dale currently serves Western Yearly Meeting as presiding clerk. 
Sylvia Graves - Raised as an Indiana farm girl and member of West Newton Friends outside of Indianapolis, Sylvia met Dale at William Penn College where she majored in elementary education.  She did graduate work at Butler and Purdue Universities, and has a master's degree plus many more credit hours in Education.  She taught 2nd grade, 3rd grade, Music and then became the principal, all at Neil A. Armstrong School in Mooresville for a total of 34 years. Just after retiring in 2005, she was asked to be the interim General Secretary of Friends United Meeting where she served for nearly six years before retiring again.  Sylvia's gifts of ministry were recorded by Western Yearly Meeting in 1997. "People expected me to quit being a principal and become a pastor," she said.  "And I would have if I had received a clear call to do so, but the public schools are wonderful opportunities for ministry and where else could I have had a congregation of 700 people with a 96% attendance rate?"  In spite of being fully involved in school demands, Sylvia has directed camps at Quaker Haven, Vacation Bible School, church choirs, Sunday School classes and answered many invitations to speak from the pulpit.  Her hobbies include photography, sewing, gardening, and committee meetings.  She serves as clerk of West Newton Friends. 
Dale and Sylvia have been married for 46 years and are parents of two grown children.  Maria lives near Lansing, Michigan and is a medical physicist. She and her husband, who built their own log home, are parents of two children, ages 9 and 7, adopted from Guatemala.  Eric is a Purdue engineer who has developed software to help production companies operate more efficiently to enhance their product while decreasing costs.  He, his wife and two children, ages 5 and 3, live in the mountains near Golden, Colorado.  Sylvia and Dale have had the opportunity to travel among Friends in Ramallah, Kenya, Uganda, Belize, Jamaica, Cuba, England and Ireland as well as in several U.S. yearly meetings.  This picture was taken on a recent trip to Kenya