Arnie’s youth on the farm near Horndean, Man., fostered his passion for prairie landscape, service to the community, and involvement in church. Arnie’s deep desire was to serve the gospel of Christ Jesus: as a teacher, a historical theology instructor at Winkler Bible Institute (1976–1981), the owner of Christian bookstore, and a pastor at Linden (Alta.) MB Church (1981–1985) and Port Rowan (Ont.) MB Church (1990–1992). Deeply curious about the world, Arnie loved to travel, and to collect and tell stories. A gracious, gentle man, Arnie was a model of thoroughness, faithfulness, and kindness who blessed many.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.