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Frank Edgar Farrell

September 14, 1926 September 25, 2014
Frank Edgar Farrell
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Obituary for Frank Edgar Farrell

The Reverend Dr. Frank Edgar Farrell, a resident of Brighton, Michigan died in the care of his family on Thursday evening, September 25, 2014. He was 88 years old.

Born in Portland, Oregon on September 14, 1926, Frank was the son of William George and Vera Olivia (nee. Glanville) Farrell. He attended Wheaton College in Wheaton Illinois and went on to receive his Master�s Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

In 1961 Frank was ordained into ministry. His studies continued at University of Edinburgh, Scotland where he received his PhD in Theology and Church History.

He went on to serve as an editor for World Vision Magazine, a publication of World Vision US, affirming �people responding to God�s call to care for the poor by providing information, inspiration, and opportunities for action, linking them with children and families in nearly 100 countries where World Vision serves.� He travelled the world working as an editor for Christianity Today while providing thoughtful, biblical perspectives on theology, church, ministry and culture. Carl F.H. Henry, the first editor-in-chief of Christianity Today, regarded Frank as the �brightest man he knew.�

Frank was a well-known scholar of church history and devotional classics. He shared his appreciation of those subjects with countless students and theologians as a professor at Simpson College in California, Nyack College in Nyack New York, and at the Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia.

In 1976 he married Marjorie Eleanor Farrell. They enjoyed 37 years together as husband and wife. He cared deeply for his children and grandchildren and was well-loved by all. With a love for knowledge on many topics, he possessed the gift of being able to talk to anyone on any subject matter-but he was ever humble, and generous in his want to teach and assist others in their faith and in their lives.

He is survived by his daughters Arlene Ruth (Darryl) Winslow, Janet Mae Garrison and Nancy Garrison (The Rev. Dr. Del) Belcher; grandchildren Rebecca Lee (Daniel) Melvin, Bradley Garrison (Reaksmey) Winslow, Carrie Winslow (Jon) Baker, Jennifer Lee Morin, Stephen Bender, Del (Stephanie) Belcher, IV., Marjorie (Tom) Stemanski, Breaden Belcher, Audrey Farrell (Noah) Thorne, and Julia Belcher; great-grandchildren Margaret, Timothy, Abigail and Andrew Melvin, Ainsley, Reagan, and Harrison Baker, and Lola Mae Morin, extended family members, colleagues and dear friends who join his family in mourning his passing and giving thanks to God for his life among them.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 37 years, Marjorie in 2013, and his parents, William G. and Vera(nee. Glanville) Farrell.

A Funeral Service will be held at GracePointe Church, 228 S. 4th St., Brighton, this is a LOCATION CHANGE, on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 11AM with The Rev. Dr. Del Belcher officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Brighton. Friends may gather from 10 AM until the time of service.

Memorials may be made in his name to the Benevolence Fund at Pathway Community Church, P. O. Box 1198, Brighton, MI 48116.


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