ForeverMissed

George passed away at the age of 80 on March 12, 2019. He is survived by his beloved wife, Sandra Meisinger. George was preceded in death by his oldest son, James Meisinger, in 2017. He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Shannon Meisinger (wife of Jim), of Portland, OR; son Keith Meisinger and his wife, Ericka, of Plymouth, MN; daughter Michelle Holguin of Lake Forest, CA; and son Joe Meisinger and his wife, Kristin, of Parker, CO. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Steven, Sarah (husband Joe Baldwin), John, Luke, Gracie, Allie, Michael, Jonathan, Matthew, Madeline, Hannah, and Hayden.

George’s earthly vessel was interred on March 15, 2019, with close family and friends present. His memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at 11 am, at Hoffmantown Church in Albuquerque. All are welcome.

George was born in Eugene, OR, on April 21, 1938, to parents George and Priscilla Meisinger. He was welcomed into the world by his older sister Pat, and was followed two years later by his younger brother, Terry. When George was three years old, his father passed away unexpectedly. His mother remarried a few years later to Jim Wiltsey, and later the family was joined by Jim’s grandson, Curt, who became George’s adopted brother.

For many years, George’s mother owned Wiltsey-Weathers, a successful music studio and store in Salem, OR, and passed her love of music on to her children. Growing up, George learned to play many instruments, including the accordion and vibraharp, and performed with his family. After high school he and his brother moved to Hollywood to try their luck in the music industry. He later went to Grand Canyon College in Arizona to study music, and after one year moved back to California to attend Biola College in La Mirada to continue his study of music. While at Biola, he heard professors from Dallas Theological Seminary speak and decided that he wanted to enter the ministry. That same year at Biola he also met a spunky freshman from Walnut Creek, CA, named Sandy Johnson. They quickly fell in love and George proposed after a month of dating. A year later they married, and after George graduated college they drove across the country to Dallas, TX. George enrolled at Dallas Theological Seminary where he majored in Hebrew and Old Testament.

During the seminary years, George and Sandy welcomed sons Jim and Keith. After seminary graduation in 1968, George accepted his first pastorate in Minnetonka, MN. Within the next few years, they welcomed daughter Michelle and son Joseph. During his 17-year tenure at Woodland Hills Bible Church, George saw the church grow from a Bible study of a few families to a church building with several hundred congregants. George loved studying and preaching the Word, and many were hungry for his expository preaching of the Scripture. George, Sandy, and the kids have many lifelong friends from their time in Minnesota. George also made sure to take the family on road trips every summer to visit relatives and friends in other states.

In 1986, George accepted a pastorate in Huntington Beach, CA. The family moved across the country, but without their oldest son Jim as he was now attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. A year after arriving in CA,
George founded Grace Church in Orange, CA. He presided over this church for 20 years, during which time his children married and blessed him and Sandy with 12 grandchildren. Also during his time at this church, he and some other pastors achieved their dream of founding Chafer Theological Seminary. The seminary ran for a few years in southern California, but after a while it became clear that the seminary students struggled with attending the seminary due to the high cost of living in CA. Chafer’s governing board scoured the country for a less expensive place for the seminary, and in 2007 George retired from pastoring and he and Sandy moved to Albuquerque, NM.

George and Sandy have enjoyed their years in Albuquerque. George taught classes at Hoffmantown Church for several years while also acting as President of Chafer Seminary. He continued studying and writing daily in his office, and loved to buy new technological gadgets to make his life easier.In the summer of 2013, George was diagnosed with cancer, which he lived with for the last six years of his life. In spite of the ups and downs of his disease, he was still active in studying, working, and writing a book about the life of King Saul.Through it all George and Sandy trusted in God’s goodness and sovereignty in all areas of their lives. George went home to be with the Lord on March 12, 2019. George and Sandy were married for 56 years.

Posted by Patrick Davison on February 15, 2020
In 1972 a close friend invited me to go visit Maranatha Bible Church in Minnetonka, Minnesota to hear a Bible lesson. To put it mildly, that visit changed my life. It was George who opened my eyes (or, rather, it was G-D who used George to do so) to understand salvation by grace. George became a friend and my wife and I even house-sat and baby sat his kids for an extended period. When he had brought his Old Testament Hebrew teacher Bruce Waltke, to Maranatha for a Bible conference he even invited my wife and I to join them for dinner. I could continue to tell of his generosity and genuine friendship, but if you knew him my stories would be redundant. G-D bless George and his family. See you someday soon George. Thanks for your teaching and influence in my life, and thank G-D for loaning us George Meisinger !
Posted by Susan Carlson on February 4, 2020
I just ran across this when I was on the internet. I went to Maranatha Bible church for many years from the time I was 16. George laid the foundation for my faith. I will be forever indebted to him for giving me a firm foundation to stand on. His teaching was unsurpassed and I am grateful for what he taught me. He was very gifted and dedicated to teaching the Truth. I know that God is rewarding him for his faithfulness- Amen!
Posted by Marty Martin on October 9, 2019
Wanda and I appreciated the teaching and fellowship of Maranatha Bible for barely a year when we first came to Minneapolis in 1969. We were friends of Phil and Myra Hallin. Job transfer took us far away in 1970 so the life track of the Meisingers was unknown to us.
We now realize another thread from our life in that we were part of Lubbock Bible Church with Charles Clough who was a close colleague in Chafer Theological Seminary.
Blessings to all your family.
Marty Martin
Posted by Tamara Casias Shope on April 24, 2019
Matt and I were so sorry to hear of George’s passing. He was kind and genuine, giving and smart. He was also so funny. What a lovely legacy. We loved his humor and how his eyes would light up when he found something really funny. Matt and I both worked for George briefly while he was getting Chafer established in ABQ, and we are grateful for the time we had with George and Sandy. Praying for comfort and peace for Sandy and the entire family. We know they George was a real gift to this world and to this community, but we also rejoice that he is now with his beloved Savior and Friend.
Posted by Ray Mondragon on April 3, 2019
Sandy,
I know that you are praising our Lord for the rich life He gave you and George together. It will not be easy going it alone but you know our Lord has a plan for you. I, myself, am thankful you have chosen to go to Israel with our group. I pray it is a great blessing for you and starts your ministry alone on a great start.
For His Glory,
Posted by Dave Linde on March 23, 2019
Dear Sandy and family,
My sympathies and condolences to you on the loss of George. May the Spirit of God comfort your hearts in these days, and may the resurrection of Jesus be your anchor.
There are a few persons who have had a significant shaping influence on my life, and George was one of them. In a very formative season of my life—my teen years, college years, and young-adult years—God built into my life some very strong foundation pillars through the life and work of George and the communal life of Maranatha/Woodland Hills.
God fueled my love for Scripture and for Christ as I sat under George’s teaching in those early days. Seeds were planted that later blossomed into more than 30 years of vocational ministry. Patterns of thinking about the Bible and interpreting the Bible and teaching the Bible were formed in that season. They were a rich, sturdy, fruitful foundation that I have built on ever since. The authority of the Word, the power of the Word, and the applicational relevance of the Word came home to my hungry heart and, I trust, have been relayed to others over the years through the example set for me by George. I will always be grateful for his respect for Scripture, his attentiveness to the text, his trust in its truthfulness, his emphasis on application, his desire for fruitfulness, and his courage with its hard teachings.
I will also be grateful for his generous opening of the pulpit to me at times during the late 1970s. Practicing my preaching and teaching in that context was a priceless gift and fruitful laboratory of learning. That, too, helped to build a strong foundation for the future.
Through my years at DTS and then in the early days of my first pastorate in Minnesota, before your family moved to California, George continued to be an encouragement and source of counsel for me.
The passing of years brings perspective to life. Gratitude grows for the persons whom God is made instrumental in the shaping of one’s life. Such was George to me, and such is my gratitude to God for him.
His loss is great. May God’s greater grace uphold your hearts in these days of sorrow.
Sincerely in Christ,
Posted by Marianne Melton on March 16, 2019
My first thought when I was informed on March 12 that George had made his divine appointment to go to be with the Lord was that I will really miss my friend. That's its - George and I were friends. He was the best at that; supportive and gracious. I will miss his wit, warmth, insight, clarity of thought and love for me and my family. He was vitally instrumental in the spiritual growth and development of our "learning" about how to live for Christ and serve him. He officiated at the wedding of our daughter in 1997. It was such a happy time to have him come from California to Minnesota. He knew her as a youngster - he knew all of our children as youngsters because Meisinger's and Melton's were a team in love and grace and we spent lots of time together. Our children were like cousins to one another in many respects. George was gifted by God and chosen for a significant role in the lives of so many people. He had a great capacity to serve the Lord by expository and categorical teaching of God's word. His influence for good is not measurable in this economy. I am happy that God gave him to us, and I am thankful for Sandy, who was a steady "rock" in George's' life. What a great couple. Rejoicing that George is fulfilled in his journey with Christ, and now will start phase 2 in the presence of his savior and with those who have gone before. But he will be missed here. To God be the glory for the great things he has done.
Posted by DaveJan Nelson on March 15, 2019
Sympathies to the entire family on your loss!
George had a special place in our lives. Many memories prevail from those Maranatha Bible Church days – our wedding rehearsal “Jave & Dan” (whoops!), church volleyball, potlucks, my (Dave) baptism at Lake Ann, life-long friendships formed, and so much more. It was George that made the scriptures come alive and taught us a love and respect for The Word. He is definitely on each of our lists of the most influential people in our spiritual journey.
Blessed be the memory of “A life well-lived (and shared)!”
Love to you all from Colorado!
Dave & Jan Nelson
Posted by Carl Westerlund on March 15, 2019
George and I were in the same graduating classes at both Biola and Dallas. I always appreciated his love for the Lord as reflected in his diligence with the biblical languages and strong desire to communicate accurately the meaning of the text. He made a great spiritual contribution to many.
Posted by Tom Sylvester on March 14, 2019
When I think of the old days when Grace Church was a large familey, we never worked so hard as we did back then to teach kids, adults, games, outings, men's
annual outings to a 3 story house in Big Bear, excellent teaching, lots of food after church, a huge kitchen, the best cooks,
George coerced John Niemela and others to begin what would be the accredited
ceminary some day, and the rest is history. Praise God for sending me to Grace Church.
Posted by Beverly Penner on March 14, 2019
George,
You are one of the kindest men I've ever met. Thank you for bringing me on staff at Chafer, and for always showing me what 'Christ-like' really means.
You will be missed terribly, but we rejoice that you are forever in God's presence.
Posted by Kurt Staeuble on March 14, 2019
I met George in the mid 90's as a student at South Coast School of the Bible in Huntington Beach, which served as the foundation for Chafer Seminary. I took several classes with him and always appreciated his devotion to the Lord, His Word and His people. May you rest in joy, George!
Posted by LYNETTE ROSS on March 14, 2019
Dear Meisinger Family;
I will always remember George as the one who was responsible for my foundation in the scriptures at Maranatha/Woodlands Hills Bible Church. I will always be grateful l to him, and so many others are too. He is rejoicing with our Savior Jesus Christ, and reunited with Jim and so many others. Thank you George, for your faithful service. You leave such a legacy.
Posted by Janet Mankenberg on March 14, 2019
A few things I remember from Maranatha Church, Minnetonka, Mn, George and family, the grade school to graduation years: car pooling to Hopkins and the long bus rides to North Mpls for Fourth Baptist Christian School; All of us squeezing into your dad's VW bug; the Beatles playing on the radio; Sandy's peonies as a gift at my grad open house; George's VW bug in our garage when the garage caught on fire; Sunday school quiz games; church picnics, casseroles and friendship are a few of the things that come to mind. Yet the greatest gift I received through those years as a youngster growing up, was George's zeal for the study of scripture which he passed down to me. He probably never knew, but to this day I carry a notebook in church and take notes. I have a love for the inductive study method and whenever I can, I research the words back to the Greek and Hebrew. I received college level teaching every Sunday morning and I loved it! May the Meisinger family know peace, comfort, and the joy that he is with the Father. To God be the glory.
Posted by Janine Nameny on March 14, 2019
Sandy and family,
Wishing you peace and comfort and sending love and prayers for you all.
Posted by Todd Campo on March 14, 2019
While my time under R. B. Thieme cut my teeth, it was George who really opened my eyes to, not only examining the totality of scripture, but the importance of application in our lives. It is only reflecting Christ-likeness that helps demonstrate to others, the love of our Father, through His Son. Many prayers and blessings to all the family...

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Posted by Patrick Davison on February 15, 2020
In 1972 a close friend invited me to go visit Maranatha Bible Church in Minnetonka, Minnesota to hear a Bible lesson. To put it mildly, that visit changed my life. It was George who opened my eyes (or, rather, it was G-D who used George to do so) to understand salvation by grace. George became a friend and my wife and I even house-sat and baby sat his kids for an extended period. When he had brought his Old Testament Hebrew teacher Bruce Waltke, to Maranatha for a Bible conference he even invited my wife and I to join them for dinner. I could continue to tell of his generosity and genuine friendship, but if you knew him my stories would be redundant. G-D bless George and his family. See you someday soon George. Thanks for your teaching and influence in my life, and thank G-D for loaning us George Meisinger !
Posted by Susan Carlson on February 4, 2020
I just ran across this when I was on the internet. I went to Maranatha Bible church for many years from the time I was 16. George laid the foundation for my faith. I will be forever indebted to him for giving me a firm foundation to stand on. His teaching was unsurpassed and I am grateful for what he taught me. He was very gifted and dedicated to teaching the Truth. I know that God is rewarding him for his faithfulness- Amen!
Posted by Marty Martin on October 9, 2019
Wanda and I appreciated the teaching and fellowship of Maranatha Bible for barely a year when we first came to Minneapolis in 1969. We were friends of Phil and Myra Hallin. Job transfer took us far away in 1970 so the life track of the Meisingers was unknown to us.
We now realize another thread from our life in that we were part of Lubbock Bible Church with Charles Clough who was a close colleague in Chafer Theological Seminary.
Blessings to all your family.
Marty Martin
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From Terry Meisinger

Shared by Lina Meisinger on April 3, 2019

Dear Sandy and Family


     During our childhood, my brother George was a father figure to me.  Our step dad was very enthusiastic with his discipline.   At around age 6 I still remember cowering in the corner when dad went on one of his rampage's and my big brother George holding his arm around me until the tempest calmed down.
     When I was older, George attended my basketball and football games and always supported and encouraged me. At around age 13 while leaving basketball practice, an evangelist [Jimmy Johnson] was preparing the basketball court for an evangelistic meeting.  I stayed for the meeting.  To the refrain of "Just As I Am" I made the walk to the front and accepted Christ.  Later, at home, I told my family and urged them to attend.  One by one they attended the meetings and  accepted Christ.  Dad threw away his camel cigarettes and Budweiser beers and totally changed his harsh ways.
     I remember a funny incident from our high school days.  George was visiting a girl friend (sorry Sandi).  I coincidentally drove by and saw George's car parked in front of the house.   I decided to play a practical joke and push George's 47 Ford around the corner, making George think his car was stolen.  Unfortunately, George's girlfriend had 3 very large brothers.  They saw me and my friend pushing the car.  They ran after us, grabbed me and was just about to deliver a "coup de gras" when George ran out of the house and yelled:  "Stop! that's my brother".  
    A few years later, after I completed my active duty in the Marines,  George and I  settled in Hollywood with big dreams of pursuing musical careers. At one time during this period I was in Chicago, giving an accordion performance.   Meanwhile George was still in Hollywood and became very ill.  George later explained, "After returning from the hospital I had a temperature of over  100 and was swollen and miserable and thought I was going to die. By chance I noticed a Gideon Bible and opened it, the first verse my eyes came upon was: (Math 16:26) 'For what profit is it to man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul'. I got on my knees and rededicated my life to Christ.  Almost as is by miracle, my temperature and swelling disappeared".  That was the beginning of George's lifelong commitment to Christ.
     A few years later when George was attending Biola he went to a tiny church located in a commercial building in Lynwood, California and preached his very first sermon.   George was a little nervous and during the sermon a drunk wandered in off the street and started debating George.  We got the drunk settled down and George completed his 1st sermon.  Since then George has preached 1000's of sermon's.
     During the 20 some years George preached in Southern California I  helped with the music and other activities. I feel blessed to have been part of George's church,  It was a wonderful time.
     Unfortunately, I was the wild, reckless, risk taking brother while George was the dedicated, sincere intellectual.  George always tried to direct me in  more righteous ways.   During my current mess George mailed me a letter that stated:
     "Well brother, it looks like you got yourself into a real pickle, which is not surprising since scripture teachers that we reap what we sow.  Reaping diving discipline does not mean, however, that God is through with you.  It means on the one hand, according to (Hebrews 12:5-7) That He loves you:

        'My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
        Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him:  
        For whom the Lord loves he chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.  
        If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; 
        for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?" 

     In George's last letter he said:
      "By God's all-wise planning and mercies, he has us both confined:  you by the Feds and me by cancer.  It was about 6 years ago the doctors said I had 18 months to live.  The Lord obviously had a different blueprint in mind since I am still here, and the Feds are keeping you until the sentence runs it's course.
     The apostle Paul reveals that the rapture happens in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised incorruptible"...."Death is swallowed up in victory'".
      George finished by saying "Living righteously is continuing steadfastly in good works, whether it is being done while dying from cancer or locked up."
     I miss my dear brother, George.  I will miss his wonderful letters and guidance.  But I know that George is reaping the many rewards for what he sowed during his time with us.
    This is not a time to be sad, but a time to celebrate!

I love you brother.
Terry

Grace & George...

Shared by Kathy Warren on March 20, 2019

George is in glory, face to face with Jesus Christ. Oh what an honor to have lived a long life as a good and faithful servant and be standing with our Lord whom George loved and shared for most of his life. 

My introduction to George Meisinger was a divine appointment for sure; I will never forget it. I was not happy in my secular life pursuits; the Lord sent one of George's flock to my office to be an example of love and grace. I wanted to know where this "religious" person went to church. She shared with me Grace Church at Tamura elementary school in Fountain Valley. It took me months to finally show up, but the first day I did (I think 1986) God used George to open my eyes to His truth. George was sharing the gospel at the close of his teaching, as he always shared at the close of his teaching, something like this...In the quietness of this moment, where you are sitting, if you believe in Christ Jesus, and Christ alone, not in any of your own works, but who Christ is as fully God and fully man, and that He came to earth born of the power of the Holy Spirit with a human mother, lived and died on the cross to save all mankind from their sins, then quoting Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast." you are saved and forever in the kingdom of God. It is by belief, and belief alone that you are saved.

Forgive me George, and forgive me Lord, I can't do justice to the way that George would phrase his gospel, but that is the essence of what I remember. It was in that moment of George's words that the Holy Spirit turned on the "light bulb" for me to see the truth and place my faith in Jesus. My life changed forever. I went from a secular career woman to wanting to have children, having 4 kids, becoming a stay-at-home mom, and homeschooling all of them to boot! Our family sat under George's teaching at various locations, (5 including "The Church of the Upper Room" in our family room) until George and Sandy moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to be a part of starting & developing Chafer Theological Seminary.

We have so many fond memories as part of Grace Church with pastor George, his family, and his flock. If you attended George's church you were going to learn the Bible verse by verse from Genesis to Revelation, with the background of the translation from Greek and Hebrew, along with the historical influences helping to shape the why, how, and what of God sharing with us in His holy word. One of George's analogies he liked to use was about real money versus counterfeit. How can one tell the difference? By knowing the real thing very well! Same with God's word, George made sure we were all taught to be able to discern truth from false doctrine. We are so very grateful for this discernment; it has served us as we had to move on and be taught under new teachers elsewhere when George & Sandy went to New Mexico. We had the ability to think for ourselves with the wisdom under George's tutelage to measure what was true, questionable, and false doctrine.

I know somewhere in our boxes and boxes of photos, there are several photographs of our memorable times with George, Sandy, their family, and our Grace Church family; I just have not had the time to pour through all the photos. The memories I can recount are: pastor's conferences our church sponsored, fall festivals (where the gospel skits were always included), my husband and I and 3 of our 4 children being baptized by George, some fun retreats to R-Ranch in the Sequoias, agape feasts at church, a Messianic Passover Seder by Arnold Fruchtenbaum, several Search Ministries 8 week in home discussions to help other non-believers find Christ, church picnics, and all the wonderful saints we met through our years at Grace Church/Chapel.

George, you were, and are, a man of God with integrity, wisdom, compassion & loyalty. Love,  joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self control were your hallmarks as in Galatians 5:22-23. George would always stand for what was right in God's eyes, even if it meant being ostracized by colleagues, family, friends. Thank you George for being such light and salt for our Lord Jesus Christ. We will look forward to being greeted by Jesus, yourself, and all the other beloved saints that have gone before us when we pass from this earth into the arms of Jesus as well... or if we are so blessed to still be on this earth when Jesus returns for all His saints.

In the riches of Christ Jesus,

Kathy & Steve Warren, Andrew, Trevor, Whitney, & Grant

Shared by JoAnna Rader on March 15, 2019

Sandy and family,

Sending our condolences to you sweet lady and to all of Dr. George’s family... praying for you all during this time as you prepare to celebrate his life.

Pastor George was the best shepard. He blessed many, many “sheep” with excellent teaching.  He was a man who spent time in the Word each week and then gladly shared with his flock on Sunday morning.

He was passionate about God’s Word and he loved music.  He often said, after a moving, special song, “If that doesn’t get you going, then your logs are all wet!” 

He will be missed!

It was a privilege and a blessing to have learned about Jesus from Pastor Meisinger.

No doubt he heard, “Well done thy good and faithful servant.”