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DAVID EWERT (published on April 27, 2010)



DR. DAVID EWERT David Ewert passed on to be with Christ in his heavenly kingdom on April 23, 2010 in Abbotsford, BC. He was born in the Ukraine in 1922 and came to Canada with his parents in 1926. In 1929 the Ewerts settled on an irrigation farm in Coaldale, Alberta. David received his public school education in the Readymade country school, and then pursued his theological studies in several different schools. He graduated from the University of British Columbia (B.A.), Wheaton Graduate School (M.A.), Central Baptist Seminary, Toronto (B.D.), Lutheran Seminary, St. Paul (M.Th.), McGill University (Ph.D.), and M.B. Biblical Seminary (Doctor of Divinity, Honorary). He dedicated his life to the teaching ministry and the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In 1944 David married Lena Hamm. In 2009 they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. David and Lena have been members of the Bakerview Mennonite Brethern Church since 1990 when they moved to the Fraser Valley to retire. Dr. Ewert had a teaching career that stretched over some 65 years. For seven years he taught in Bible schools; for 25 years at the Mennonite Brethren Bible College in Winnipeg; for three years at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, Virginia; and nine years at the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno, California. He served as visiting professor in colleges across Canada. Also, he served abroad in South America, India, Africa, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Russia. He is also the author of more than 20 books. Throughout his teaching career he was deeply involved in the life of the churches in his denomination. However, his ministry also took him to churches and schools of other denominations both at home and abroad. Multitudes of students remember with deep gratitude his well-prepared lectures and his expository sermons. He leaves to mourn his loving wife, Lena (nee Hamm) and their children and spouses: Eleanor (Ray) Martens, Marianne (Bob) Worcester, Ernest (Brenda), Grace, and Doreen; 12 grandchildren: Angie (Russ), Jonathan (Ruzayda), Jacquie (Danny), Tana (Brian), Matthew (Melanie), David, Robyn (Billy), Amy (Nick), Stephanie, Samuel (Celina), Benjamin, Andrew; and four great-grandchildren: Nathan, Danielle, Mia, and Niko. He also leaves behind four siblings: Margaret (Roland), Abe (Chris), Elizabeth (Allen), and Henry (Doreen). Visitation will be held at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 2310 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2010; the interment for family members will be at 11:00 a.m. at the Maclure Road Mennonite Cemetery and the Memorial Service will be at 2:00 p.m. in the Bakerview Mennonite Brethren Church, 2285 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford. In David's memory, donations may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee or Columbia Bible College.


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