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Biographical Sketches
Watchman Magazine
Editors and Feature Writers

Stan Cox, Tom M. Roberts, Larry H. Fain, Larry Ray Hafley,
Steven F. Deaton, Steve Wallace, Jeff S. Smith, Harry Osborne

Stan Cox

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Stan Cox was born in Lubbock, TX, in April of 1962, the son of Larry and Linda Cox. He was raised in Odessa, TX where he met his wife Debbie (Lisenbe) and married her in April of 1982. They have four children: Joshua (2/84), Kendra (11/85), Kaleigh (9/90) and Jeremiah (9/92).

Stan began preaching occasionally at the age of 16, and filled the pulpit of the Main St. congregation in Monahans, TX regularly during his senior year of high school. He worked with brother Bob McDonald for two years in a preacher training program at the Crescent Park church of Christ in Odessa, TX.

Stan began full time work with the 3rd St. congregation in Tucumcari, NM, working with the congregation for approximately 2 1/2 years. Following this, he worked for another 2 1/2 years with the West 22nd St. congregation in Odessa, TX. He has been with the West Side church of Christ in Ft. Worth, TX since September of 1989, laboring with the faithful Christians there.

Stan is actively involved in the education of his children, serving on the PTO Board for several years, as well as holding positions on various district committees such as the Site Based Committee for Castleberry Elementary School, and the District Education Improvement Council in an advisory role to the District Superintendent.

He has numerous interests, including sports, photography, and computers. He presently writes a weekly sports column covering local high school athletes for the River Oaks News.  It was his interest in computers and the potential of the internet, coupled with is his concern for the people of God that gave rise to Watchman Magazine.  In addition to his duties as editor of Watchman, Stan is currently a staff writer for Truth Magazine.

Tom Roberts

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Associate Editor

Tom M. Roberts was born in Gladewater, TX on February 8, 1935, the son of Milam and Nora Roberts. He and Pauline (Kelley) met in high school and married in 1953. They have a son, Curtis Wayne Roberts; a daughter, Paula Hirth, four granddaughters and one grandson.

Brother Roberts received the A.A. degree after attending Florida (Christian) College and Tarrant County Junior College. He began preaching while in high school near Gladewater in 1953 and started full-time work in South Texas in 1956. Following this initial work, he labored in NC (1957-1961); Whitesboro and Sherman, TX (1961-1966); Crockett, TX (1967-1969); back to NC (1970-1972).

In the fall of 1972, he moved to Fort Worth, TX and completed 27 years of preaching in the city "where the West begins." Ten of these 27 years were spent with the Westside congregation. In 1982, members of the Westside church wished to start a new work on the south side of Fort Worth and invited brother Roberts to work with them. This new work (Woodmont) began in 1982 with 43 inital members, meeting in rented quarters.

Brother Roberts has helped establish churches in Morehead City, NC., Sherman and Fort Worth, TX. In addition to meeting work across the southern states, in the northwest and on the east coast, he has done radio work in Texas and North Carolina. As a staff writer for Truth Magazine, he has contributed articles to that periodical as well as The Bible Standard. He co-authored and edited Neo-Calvinism in the Church of Christ (Cogdill Foundation).

Though now inactive, he has been a real estate broker with past memberships in the Fort Worth Board of Realtors, the Texas Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Master Appraisers.

After approximately 27 years in Ft. Worth, TX, the last 17 with the Woodmont congregation, brother Roberts moved to east Texas, and preached for two years in Longview, TX.

Tom presently lives in Tampa, Florida, and since January of 2003 has been the local evangelist for the Forrest Hills congregation, located at 1011 W. Linebaugh Ave..

Larry Fain

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Associate Editor

Larry H. Fain is the third son of H. E. (Gene) and Sally (Deceased 7/1/95) Gene is a faithful member of the East Belt congregation in Houston, TX.

Larry has been married to Jeanne (Wright) since December of 1974, and has two children, Jeremy (6/78) and Erin (9/81).

Larry began preaching in 1976 with the Roanridge Rd. congregation in Kansas City, MO, and has been involved in full-time preaching work for over 20 years.

Larry received the Associate of Arts Degree, in 1972 from San Jacinto College in Deer Park, Texas. He earned the Bachelor of Science Degree, in 1974 from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas, majoring in Political Science.

Singing has always been a great interest of Larry's, and he has worked with several churches in conducting singing schools and worked in Athens at Athens Bible School teaching Chorus where he had opportunity to train several young men to lead congregational singing. "The greatest thrill in gospel preaching is to see people respond to the gospel, but few things in life are as satisfying as seeing young men develop the confidence and the ability to properly lead God's people in worship in praise to the Father."

Other interests include particularly his work with computers and helping others, even "computer illiterate" preachers, use the computer to teach and preach the gospel.

Larry presently preaches for the newly formed K-15 church in Derby, Kansas, a suburb of Witchita.

Larry Ray Hafley

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Contending for the Faith

Larry Ray Hafley was born in Peoria Illinois, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Hafley. After graduation from Illinois State University, Larry taught school for two years.

He and his wife Marilyn have two grown sons, Shawn and Curtis Hafley.

Larry began full time work as an evangelist in 1967. He currently works in a "two preacher" arrangement with the Pruett & Lobit Street congregation in Baytown, TX. The elders there encourage Larry to spend his time in evangelistic meeting work as opportunities present themselves. He is also a staff writer for Truth Magazine, an international bi-weekly publication. Larry has engaged in a number of public, religious debates. Most of these debates have been with representatives of the Pentecostal and Baptist denominations.

Larry is the author of, The Christ, The Cross, And The Church, a book with material which is helpful in reaching and teaching those outside of Christ, as well as providing insights into the cross currents of denominational doctrines which often threaten believers. This book may be secured by calling (800) 428-0121, or by e-mailing

Larry's hobbies include reading, studying, writing, and cheering for the Alabama Crimson Tide!

Steven Deaton

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Scripture Studies

Steven F. Deaton was born in Lexington, Kentucky, in December 1969. His father worked for IBM, so the family moved to Colorado in 1974, then to North Carolina in 1983.

After graduating high school, Steven spent time working at various jobs, attended one year of college, then decided to join the Air Force, in which he served as a weather forecaster for four years. Steven married Ashlie (Helms) in May 1991. Their only child, Hannah, was born in April 1996.

Steven was raised in institutional liberalism, but soon after joining the Air Force and becoming interested in spiritual matters, he learned the truth. From that time forward he began to study the Bible in earnest and developed a desire to preach. In his last year in the military, Steven went to South Korea where he had opportunity to preach in rotation with other brethren.

After his discharge in December 1994, Steven moved to West Columbia, Texas, to work with the church in a training program. Seven and a half months later, he moved to Harrodsburg, Kentucky, where he worked in another training program and attended the Danville church's "In Depth Bible Study Course." He remained there for about ten months, then moved to work in Mineola, Texas, as the located preacher (June 1996). During his time there he traveled to Lithuania to preach. His tenure in Mineola lasted a little over a year at the end of which he moved to his current location, Lufkin, Texas. Steven now labors with the Loop 287 church of Christ. He invites you to join Loop 287's bulletin mailing list by sending him your name and mailing address.

Steve Wallace

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White Unto Harvest

Steve Wallace grew up in Dayton, Ohio and was converted at the Knollwood Church of Christ in November, 1977.

From November 1979 to May 1980 he attended the classes offered by the church in Danville, Kentucky, taught by Steve Wolfgang and Kelly Ellis. His first fulltime work was with the Lord's church in Burkesville, Kentucky (1980-1983).

In June, 1983, he moved to work with the church in Ramstein, (then) West Germany. There he met and, in 1985, married Mary Flannery, the daughter of E.L. and Jessie Flannery. In addition to his work with the church in Ramstein, he has worked with several small churches in Germany on a once-a-month basis.

Over the years, he has been invited to speak for several churches in Western Europe and has also worked in taking the Gospel to the former Communist countries of Eastern Europe. Since 1992, his efforts have focused on Lithuania.

He and Mary like to read and travel when time permits.

Jeff Smith

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Walking Worthy

Jeff Smith currently labors as an evangelist with the Woodmont church of Christ in Fort Worth, Texas [].

Jeff was born on Sept. 25, 1969 and raised in Paden City, West Virginia, where he graduated from PCHS in 1987. He was baptized into Christ on January 14, 1988 by Harry Rice and began preaching later that year in the hills of West Virginia. Jeff cut his teeth in the pulpit by doing appointment preaching for churches in Dale, Piney and Roberts Ridge, West Va. and Mellott Ridge, Ohio.

Following his freshman year at Marshall University, Jeff moved to Florence, Alabama in 1989 to attend the University of North Alabama, where he majored in Public Relations and Radio-Television-Film. Jeff graduated magna cum laude in 1992 and worked as a reporter with WOWL-TV in Florence that year. He gained valuable experience filling in for Bill Hall at the Helton Drive church in Florence and by preaching for the Ligon Springs church of Christ near Russellville in 1991-1992.

On December 19, 1992, Jeff married the former Michele Walker of Green Hill, Ala. and the couple moved to Austin, Texas, where Jeff began working with the Wonsley Drive church of Christ in July 1993. He left Austin for Fort Worth in November 2000.

In 1995, Jeff spent two weeks in western Canada, preaching and working with the churches in Lethbridge and Calgary, Alberta. He spent time during the summers of 1997 and 1998 in eastern Europe, working with Christians in Kaunas and Vilnius, Lithuania.

In addition to the work at Woodmont, Jeff operates his own website, Electronic Gospel [], and has published articles in Truth Magazine, Gospel Truths and The Preceptor.

Jeff currently resides in  Burleson, Texas with his wife, a safety consultant with Caldwell Engineering.  They have two children, Reagan and Walker.

Harry Osborne

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"What Is Written... How Readest Thou?"

Harry Osborne was born in Pampa, Texas in 1956. He met his wife, the former Leslie Allen, while attending Florida College. They were married in 1977. Their marriage has been blessed with two sons, Christopher (8/83) and Ryan (11/85). Brother Osborne has done local work in Texas, Missouri and Florida over the past 24 years. He has done meeting work throughout this country and has helped in evangelistic efforts in Lithuania and Belarus. For over 11 years, he labored with the House Street church of Christ in Alvin, Texas. In October of 1998, he moved to the Tampa, Florida area where he works with the South Livingston Avenue church of Christ (formerly Fletcher Avenue). Harry is also a staff writer for Truth Magazine.

After graduating with his A.A. and doing Upper Division work in Bible at Florida College, Harry graduated from the University of Houston with a B.B.A. in Finance. He did graduate work in Biblical Interpretation with emphasis on Bible languages at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Kansas. Harry is currently writing the commentary on Matthew for the Truth Commentary series as well as a book on Biblical hermeneutics from Hebrews.

Brother Osborne has maintained a special interest in working with school systems in his community and especially the students. While in Texas, he served on advisory councils and was a vocal advocate for raising moral standards in curriculum. He also worked with advisory groups concerned with sex education, school violence, academic achievement and academic standards in the public schools. At the same time, Harry worked with home school associations and taught in cooperative arrangements in the areas of History and Speech.