On January 1st 2021 Paul R. Veenstra was “promoted to glory” as he would say, 15 days before his 93rd birthday. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and spent most of his life there. He served in the Navy during WWII. He was ordained at Calvary Church and led young people in Youth For Christ (YFC) for 18 years. He met his sweetheart, Carol, at YFC in Detroit and they were married for 61 years. He had two children, Bonnie (married to Dave Barber) and Andy (married to Debbie Crimmins). He had six grandchildren and four plus one, great-grandchildren.
Paul was also an engineer for many years, but that was just his job. His passion was for ministry to his Lord Jesus Christ. He was an elder at Calvary Church, a Sunday school teacher, a prison chaplain in New York and a mentor to many. He had a heart for mission work all over the world, and traveled overseas numerous times. He and his wife have adopted four international families: Das, Saydazamov, Yuguy, Tulanbaev families.
Paul’s last ministry was writing Bible studies. The first was “Knowing God” (5 books). Next, “God and the Prophets” (5 books). Written in his late 80’s, these study guides have been used by over 4,000 Bengali students.
As Paul approached his ninetieth birthday God led him to write a study on each of the 176 verses of the longest chapter in the Bible, the 119th Psalm. He entered Heaven one stanza, 8 verses, remaining incomplete. His recently ordained grandson, Tim, volunteered to finish the studies for the remaining eight verses.
One of Paul’s favorite verses was 3 John 4, “I have no greater joy, than to hear that my children are walking in the Truth.” He was a dear husband, cherished father, loved grandpa and faithful friend. Although we will miss him desperately, we have great hope as we know he is with the Lord.
A memorial service for family will be celebrated on January 30 at Calvary Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, at 1:30 PM. The Memorial service will be live streamed starting at 1:30 p.m. Here is the link: https://livestream.com/calvarygr/paulveenstra
Visitation will be held from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.
Memorial Gifts may be given to:
Calvary Church Missions Fund
Grand Rapids, MI 49501-1600
Bangla Ministries Worldwide
P.O. Box 2844
Grand Rapids, MI 49501