Sunday, January 3, 2010

Pastor Richard Gordon

Pastor Richard Gordon, the first full time pastor at Maranatha Bible Church at 4426 Stoney Creek in Alpine Township passed away on New Year's Day at the age of 85. His full obituary can be found in the Grand Rapids Press.

Pastor Gordon had the special spiritual gift for shepherding, presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ, and caring for people, especially the young people

In 1968 he established Maranatha Day Camp. Through this ministry, Pastor Gordon touched the lives of thousands of local community youth from many denominations as well as the unchurched. He is survived by his loving wife, the former JoAnn VanWingerden whom he married nearly 63 years ago. Several of his children still live in the Comstock Park area. The Celebration of Pastor Gordon's faith life and physical life will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Sanctuary of Calvary Church, 707 E. Beltline, Grand Rapids, with Pastor Lee Buer and Pastor Todd Dykstra officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the U.S. Navy with interment in Nunica Cemetery. Relatives and friends may gather at Maranatha Bible Church, 4426 Stoney Creek, Comstock Park, on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Maranatha Day Camp, 4426 Stoney Creek, Comstock Park. Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

We thank and remember Pastor Gordon for the positive way he touched the lives of many in our community. Pastor Gordon was a Navy Veteran and had been scheduled to be conduct the Alpine Township Memorial Day Service in May of this year

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