Two Good News Board Members Remembered

By James V. Heidinger II

The Good News board has recently lost two persons who served on the ministry’s governing board for many years. The Rev. Dale C. Bittinger, 89, of Bristol, Virginia, died December 8, 2011. Attorney Dale B. Kincaid, 69, of Massillon, Ohio, died November 17, 2010. Both had served with distinction on the Good News board.

Dale Bittinger was a long-time member of the Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he served numerous appointments. Bittinger graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary and earned a further degree from Drew School of Theology. He was one of the founding members of the first Good News board when the ministry was chartered in 1967 as A Forum For Scriptural Christianity, Inc. He remained a member of the board across the years, serving a stint as board chairman and then was elected as a life-time, honorary board member. He had remained active in that capacity until only a few years ago. He also served as a member of the Board of the Florida Holiness Campground in Lakeland, Fla. Bittinger had a passionate concern about seeing The United Methodist Church renewed, often speaking fervently about that with moistened eyes and heart-felt conviction. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Vivian C. Bittinger. They attended Reynolds Memorial United Methodist Church in Bristol after moving there in retirement in 1984.

Dale Kincaid was a friend and colleague of mine in the East Ohio Conference and as an attorney, served many years in various helpful ways on the board. For 13 years (ca. 1975-1988) he served as Treasurer of Good News and impressed us all with his humble servant spirit. After graduating from Western Reserve University School of Law, Dale maintained a law practice in Massillon for over 40 years. He was one of the most self-effacing persons I have ever known. He was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Massillon, serving there as Finance Chairman, missions team member, coordinator for the children’s Adventure Club and received several awards from the Boy Scouts for his volunteer work. He also had recently started a clothing ministry at Wesley Church, where up to 60 persons per month come for help with clothing.

Dale had great passion for serving Christ and touched many lives with helpful pro-bono legal services. It did not surprise me to learn recently that at the Stark County Bar Association’s 2011 Law Week observance last May, Dale was presented posthumously with the Outstanding Pro-Bono Award, a recognition given by the Community Legal Aid Services. Dale’s life was characterized by this kind of service—the kind of self-giving our Lord spoke of so often. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Gail Muller Kincaid.

These two former colleagues in ministry are persons I am honored to have known as friends. While living and serving faithfully in The United Methodist Church, they also invested prayerful energy in our church’s renewal. They fought the good fight, kept the faith, and finished the course. Thanks be to God for their lives and service.

James V. Heidinger II is president and publisher emeritus of Good News.