John Binder
  • 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 and at

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Phyl Putz on 4th December 2015

"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."

This tribute was added by Janell Beck on 27th November 2015

"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"

This tribute was added by Michelle Carnagio on 24th November 2015

"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."

This tribute was added by Brian Binder on 24th November 2015

"I love you grandpa


This tribute was added by ICS Cremation and Funerals, Inc. on 24th November 2015

"R.I.P. John"

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