International Worker Dies

Greg (last name withheld because of his work in a Creative-Access country) passed into the presence of the Lord at 4 a.m. on Thursday, June 12, 2008, after battling cancer for a year. 
Greg was born on March 3, 1959, in Barberton, Ohio, the youngest of five children, to Charles and Jeannine. He grew up in Manchester, a small suburb of Akron, Ohio. The family attended the Manchester Trinity Chapel, and Greg gave his heart to the Lord at age 13.  
Greg attended Toccoa Falls College and traveled extensively throughout the eastern United States with a team called “Great Commission,” which he led during his senior year. Most summers during college, Greg worked with youth. He was the head counselor at Westminster Camp in Conyers, Georgia; worked with the youth of Northwest Alliance Church in Tucson, Arizona; and served as the pastoral intern at his home church. He graduated in 1981 with a bachelor’s of arts. 
Greg received his master’s of arts at Columbia International University (CIU) in Columbia, South Carolina. He met Stephanie at CIU and discovered that she, too shared the same passion and vision for the lost. They married in Ames, Iowa, in October 1983. After graduating in 1984, they did their home service in San Antonio, Texas; Tecumseh, Oklahoma; and Canal Fulton, Ohio. 
Greg and Stephanie and three children departed on January 9, 1989, for their overseas assignment in Asia. Their first term was spent in language study and cultural adjustment as well as beginning church planting among their target group. They were blessed with the addition of another daughter during this term. They had completed three terms of service when Greg was diagnosed with cancer and came home in May 2007. 
Greg is survived by his wife, Stephanie, and five children: Sophia (22) and her husband, Anna (21), Micah (20), Remona (18), and Lydia (13); his parents, Charles and Jeannine; his sisters, Wanda and Denise; and his brothers, Charles and Jeffery. 
The graveside service and burial was held on June 14 at Manchester Cemetery. A memorial service celebrating Greg’s life took place on June 15 at the Canal Fulton Christian Fellowship. Douglas L. Dill officiated. James Malone represented International Ministries. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Global Partners for Development, PO Box 942480, Atlanta, GA 31141 for the work of or support of Greg and Stephanie.


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