- 85 years old
- Date of birth: Nov 10, 1930
- Place of birth:
Dafoe, Saskatchewan, Canada
- Date of passing: Nov 20, 2015
- Place of passing:
Venice, Florida, United States
|Let the memory of John be with us forever|
Rev. Dr. John Binder died peacefully surrounded by family on November 20, 2015 at his winter home in Venice, FL, at the age of 85.
John was born November 10, 1930 in Dafoe, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Henry and Katherine Sauerwein Binder and grew up on a farm in Swan River, MB. He attended CTI, Edmonton, AB, 1949-50; University of Sioux Falls, SD, 1952-54, and graduated from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, with a B.A. in Philosophy in 1956. He graduated from Sioux Falls Seminary (formerly North American Baptist Seminary) in 1959 with a Bachelor of Divinity degree. He studied at Hamburg University and Baptist Seminary, Hamburg, Germany, 1957-58. He was ordained by and became pastor of Emmanuel Baptist, Morris, MB, October 9, 1959-60. He married his seminary sweetheart, Barbara Weisser, in 1960 and moved to Illinois where he accepted the position of Director of Youth Ministries for the North American Baptist (NAB) Conference. In 1967, he accepted the position of Director of Stewardship and Communications. In 1979, Sioux Falls Seminary bestowed upon him an Honorary Doctor of Divinity. Conference delegates elected him Executive Director of the NAB Conference, Oak Brook Terrace, IL, 1979-94.
While serving on the Baptist Joint Committee (BJC) for Religious Liberty from 1979-94 and as Chair from 1989-91, he articulated and embodied the fundamental values of soul freedom, religious liberty and church-state separation that are central to the ministry of the BJC. He served on the Executive Committee of the Baptist World Alliance from 1982-94.
After his retirement in 1994 from the NAB Conference, he served as interim pastor: Ridgewood Baptist, Brookfield, WI, 1994-95; Valley Baptist, Milbank, SD, 1996-97; Century Baptist, Bismarck, ND, 1997-98; Rowandale Baptist, Winnipeg, MB, 1998-99; SonCoast Community (Evangel Baptist), Boca Raton, FL, 1999-2000; interim president, Sioux Falls Seminary, Sioux Falls, SD, 2000-01; interim pastor, Faith Baptist, Minneapolis, MN, 2001-02; and Trinity Baptist, Sioux Falls, SD, 2002-03.
Not only did John spend his adult life serving God in ministry and touching the lives of many across five continents, he also enjoyed working on cars and in carpentry and electrical.
He was a dedicated volunteer at South Sarasota County Habitat for Humanity, doing electrical work on new homes.
John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara, Twin Lakes, WI / Venice, FL; his children: Laurette Hampel, Hanover Park, IL; Douglas (Jacqueline) Binder, Bartlett, IL; and Brian Binder, Oak Brook, IL; grandchildren: Thomas (Crystal) Hampel, Michael Hampel; Michaela, John “Jack” (Corinne fiancée) and Quintin Binder; Sienna, Montanna, and Mason Binder; great grandchild: Blake Hampel; a brother, David Binder; a sister-in-law, Laura (James) Westby; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Henry Binder and his parents.
A memorial is scheduled for 1pm, Friday November 27, at Venice Presbyterian Church located at 825 The Rialto, Venice, FL 34285 with a reception to follow. Pastor Chris Romig will officiate the ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Sioux Falls Seminary
2100 S. Summit Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
200 Maryland Ave. N.E. , Washington, D.C. 20002
Venice Presbyterian Church
825 The Realto, Venice, FL 34285
Habitat for Humanity
280 Alligator Drive, Venice FL 34293
The family would like to thank Tidewell Hospice Care and Take Care Home Health for their caring service.
John may be kindly remembered at icscremationandfunerals.org and at facebook.com/icscremationandfunerals
"Jo and I extend our sympathy to you, Barbara, and the entire family. We have prayed for your comfort and a huge infusion of the hope that only the sure prospect of an eternity in God's presence can foster. I (Phyl) had the opportunity to work with John in denominational and seminary settings on a number of occasions. He was steadfast in his convictions and willing to wrestle over difficult issues without abandoning kindness, respect and friendship. He served the Lord as well as the NAB Conference well. Now, he gets to serve only the Lord in far more intensity than we can imagine...until we get there."
"Dear Family of John:
You have my sincere sympathy in the loss of your special loved one. I had the privilege of working with John while on the Board of Trustees at the seminary and appreciated his insights in many decisions. He was a steadfast man of good values and leadership. Prayers to you and your family as you adjust to your loss and heaven's gain. Drs. Janell and Ron Beck"
"Brian - my thoughts are with you and your family as your dad's soul continues on its journey, watching over you with pride and love. I am so very sorry for your loss."
"I love you grandpa
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