Rev. Henry VandenHeuvel was welcomed into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 25. He was 79.
After graduating from Calvin Theological Seminary, he served the following Christian Reformed congregations: Lamont (Mich.) CRC; Princeton CRC in Kentwood, Mich.; Bethel CRC in Sioux Center, Iowa; Bethel CRC in Zeeland, Mich.; and First CRC in Oak Lawn, Ill.
VandenHeuvel was well loved in the churches he served for his sound biblical preaching, the way he led Bible studies, and for the compassion he showed to members of his congregations. Over their years of ministry together, he and his wife, Nancy, formed many lasting friendships.
After retiring from full time ministry in 2000, VandenHeuvel served Graafschap CRC in Holland, Mich., as its interim pastor for three years. He served as its pastor of visitation until the time of his death.
Many hobbies occupied his spare time over the years. While serving in Sioux Center, VandenHeuvel enjoyed gardening. After they moved to Zeeland, the family bought a boat and spent many Saturdays and vacations boating and fishing.
VandenHeuvel will be missed by his wife of 56 years, Nancy; by their children Greg and Lauren, Amy, Brad, and Kim, and by five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.