Ernie accepted Jesus as Saviour as a child and enjoyed youth group and helping with Sunday school, VBS and tract distribution. He attended Briercrest Bible College, Caronport, Sask., where he met Irene. Ernie and Irene began life together in Vancouver, followed by a year of volunteer service with MCC in Washington, D.C. They settled in Chilliwack, where Ernie worked as an electrician. In 1973, Ernie and Irene felt called to prepare for ministry. Ernie enrolled in Pacific College and MB Biblical Seminary, Fresno, Cal., graduating with a BRS. He pastored 4 MB churches over 34 years. Though Ernie grew tired in pastoring, he never tired of pastoring. God was faithful. Ernie and Irene retired in 2012, taking a missions trip to Mexico, serving 2 MDS projects in McLeod, Alta., and Minot, N.D. Ernie loved God, family, church, fishing, sports, people and a good laugh.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.