In Memoriam: Rev. William Gerrit Brouwers Jr. (1934-2019)

In Memoriam: Rev. William Gerrit Brouwers Jr. (1934-2019)

Bill Brouwers, who died June 14, was a searcher of the truth and wanted everyone he met, Christian or non-Christian, to know about the creator God behind the universe. He encouraged every congregation he pastored to share the love of Jesus and salvation through Christ in nursing homes and jails, an endeavor in which the whole Brouwers family participated.

Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Mich., Brouwers served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958. He then worked at Blodgett Furniture Service Truck Lines, working his way up to assistant treasurer. Years later, he worked there part time while studying at Calvin College and Seminary. At the age of 41, he was ordained and went on to serve the following churches: New Holland (S.D.) Christian Reformed Church; New Hope Community CRC, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc.; and Wright CRC, Kanawha, Iowa. He retired in 1998. 

Brouwers was adventurous and loved to travel. He was able to visit all 50 U.S. states. He was a private pilot and enjoyed flying. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, playing cards, reading, and engaging in a wide range of discussions.

Brouwers is survived by his wife, Beverly, three sons and their spouses, and six grandchildren. He was predeceased by two children, Margaret and Stephen, grandchild Emma, and daughter-in-law, Mary.

About the Author

Janet Greidanus is a freelance news correspondent for The Banner. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

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