Ted Brouwer not only faithfully served in the ministry, he also faithfully served his family. He is remembered as having a gift for visiting the sick. One church member recollects Brouwer visiting her in the hospital prior to cancer surgery. “I remember he prayed and read Psalm 121. I vividly recall how he told me, ‘You will be sleeping and unaware during your surgery, but the Lord never slumbers or sleeps.’ I remember the comfort and peace that gave me. And that was 32 years ago!” Brouwer died May 12 from pancreatic cancer.
After graduating from Calvin College and Seminary, Brouwer was ordained in 1956 and went on to pastor the following congregations: Sibley (Iowa) Christian Reformed Church; Calvary Community, Dayton, Ohio; Prairie City (Iowa) CRC; Borculo CRC, Zeeland, Mich.; Delavan (Wisc.) CRC. During these years, he also served on the Calvin College and Seminary Board of Trustees. He retired in 1995.
Brouwer enjoyed being outdoors and especially liked camping, fishing and playing golf.
Predeceased in 2013 by Lucille, his beloved wife of 57 years, Brouwer is survived by three children and spouses, eight grandchildren and spouses, and seven great-grandchildren.