The Huston's Place - about us
Elvin & Eunice (Wheeler) Huston
20 Brophy Way #18
Shady Cove, OR 97539
541-840-8913 (Elvin's Mobile)
206-660-2126 (Eunice's Mobile)
Elvin Huston was born in Sedro-Woolley Washington in March of 1945. His family
moved from there in 1946 to a rural farm in southern Missouri to be
near his Mother's aging parents. Elvin attended his first five
years of elementary school in a one-room country school called "South
Ozark School". After the death of his Mother's parents the
returned to Sedro-Woolley where Elvin finished elementary school, and
graduated from High School in the spring of 1963. That fall Elvin
arrived on the Northwest University campus as an 18 year old
Freshman. During his 5 years at NU, Elvin
was Vice President of his freshman class, worked on the Karisma staff,
traveled with the Concert Choir, and two
musical PR teams, "The
Witnesses Trio" and and "The
Ambassadors Trio". In the
1966-67 school year he served as Associated Student Body President.
Following the summer tour
with the Witnesses Trio in 1966, he married classmate, Sandra Young of
Salem, OR. Their son, Steven was born in June of 1968 just 1
week after Elvin graduated from NU.
His senior year at NU and the year
following his graduation, he served as assistant pastor under Jim Hance
at Bellevue Neighborhood Church. In the fall of 1969, he moved his
family to Phoenix, Oregon, where he was called to pastor the Phoenix
Assembly of God Church. In 1970, he and Sandy took in an infant
foster child, Melissa, whom they subsequently adopted.
In 1971, Elvin and fellow NU alum, Ray Sparre, merged the Talent
Phoenix Assemblies of God churches to form Central Neighborhood Church,
which they co-pastored for 2 years. When the Sparres resigned and
entered missionary work in 1973, Elvin continued on as Pastor of CNC
for another 15 years.
After several years of struggle in ministry and within his family, Elvin
resigned from the pastorate of the church in Phoenix in 1988.
Subsequently, he and his wife separated and he entered a season of
spiritual disillusionment. Following a moral failure and divorce, he
withdrew from church association and Christian fellowship for many
In 1998, through the influence of dear friend and fellow NU alum, Ray
Sparre, Elvin was challenged to share a daily devotion via email. That
return to reading the Bible began to open his heart again to the heart
of God. From that time, the Lord gently but persistently,
orchestrated events and encounters through which the process of
spiritual restoration was continued.
In 2002, several old NU alums in the Oregon area decided to get together
for a picnic, and Elvin was asked to emcee an informal songfest at that September gathering. It was there that Elvin met Eunice Wheeler for the first time since
college days. That gathering of old college classmates was the beginning of both
Elvin's and Eunice's involvement in, what has become, and annual event for NU Alumni who attended during the decade of the 1960s. These reunions have been conducted at Vandenburg Campground in Sedro-Woolley, Washington every summer since 2003.
These weekend gatherings have drawn from 75 to 130 alumni each summer
and have been a source of healing, restoration and rekindling of
On April 21, 2007, in a ceremony performed by
Northwest University Alum, Dr. Linfield
Elvin was married to Eunice Wheeler who had been assisting him in
coordination the reunions in Sedro-Woolley since 2003.
Immediately following their wedding, they sold Elvin's Van & Mobile Sharpening Service in
Medford, Oregon, and moved to American Falls, Idaho where they devoted
their first seven months together as "live-in caregivers" for Linfield
and Nellie Blue Crowder.
During those months they assisted with the
medical management, and daily household functions while the Crowders
adjusted to the dramatic lifestyle changes and limitations imposed on
them when Doc Crowder was placed on peritoneal dialysis as a result of
kidney failure. With the help of Elvin and Eunice, Doc Crowder
was able to do some limited travel and fulfill several ministry
opportunities during the year. In October the couple
traveled with Doc Crowder to western Washington. In a special Alumni
Chapel service at Butterfield Chapel at Northwest University, the
Alumni Association honored Elvin as the 2007
Alumnus of the Year. In November of that year the couple
assisted Doc Crowder on his 54th and
final trip to Israel. It was a special delight for the
Hustons to renew acquaintance with NU Alums, Larry & Connie (Logan) Hice,
who were also part of that 2007 Israel tour.
Following the trip to Israel the couple began the process of preparing to
move back to Southern Oregon. In mid-December 2007, they moved
back into the home they had left in Shady Cove, Oregon.
For several years Eunice worked in a Christian Law Office in Medford and Elvin kept busy at home developing and maintaining websites for the Northwest University 60's alumni at nc60salumni.com, and for Dale and Rita Lidstrom at lidstroms.com. Eunice retired in March of 2014. The couple are active in Trail Community Church, and continue their work of
coordinating the annual 60's classmates reunions in Sedro-Woolley.
[ page updated 12/8/16 ]