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John Castle Goodrich

John Castle Goodrich

John C. Goodrich, 98, of Bemidji, MN died Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at GoldPine Home.

Memorial Services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the Evangelical Free Church, Bemidji with Pastor Fred Martin and Pastor Ray Clyde officiating.

John Castle Goodrich was born on October 5, 1914 in St. Louis Park, Minnesota to Etta Hannah Castle Goodrich and John Addison Goodrich. His family moved to Pillager, Minnesota in 1917. John studied in the Pillager Schools and graduated from Pillager High School in 1932. He accepted the Lord as his Savior at the Baptist Church in Pillager in 1922. During high school and after graduation, he worked on farms around the area. He married Hazel Elvera Bergman in 1936, and their son, John Byron, was born in 1937. John pastored Evangelical Free Churches at Funkley, Foy, Blackduck, and Lincoln, in northern Minnesota, and at Enderlin, in North Dakota. While at Blackduck, he founded Deeper Life Bible Camp on Blackduck Lake.

God led him to begin a church planting ministry in northern Canada in 1938, which resulted in his founding of the Continental Mission in 1950 (originally called Canada Inland Mission). John served as Director of the Continental Mission, headquartered in Bemidji, until 1974. During this time he was instrumental in the founding of ten churches in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan. He also founded Midway Bible Camp in Thompson, Canada. As a missionary pilot, John flew the mission airplane for over ten years to the remotest areas of northern Canada. His book, "Doing the Will of GodFor the Glory of God" tells about this ministry.

In 1974, John and Hazel accepted a call to serve as pastors and counselors to missionaries around the world in such countries as Brazil, the Philippine Islands, and Puerto Rico. From this ministry, he founded the mission, World Wide Ministries, also headquartered in Bemidji, in 1977 and served as Director until 1997. Since that time, John continued to serve on the Boards of the Missions he founded, counseling individuals who sought him out, and ministering in churches throughout the United States.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife, Hazel in 1995, son, J. Byron in 2012, daughter-in-law, Floella (Lemon) in 2011, Colleen (Peterson), granddaughter-in-law in 2013, four sisters, Cora (Hoffstedt), Edith (Bergfalk), Eleanor (Scherling), and Lillian (Maas) and one brother Earl. He is survived by three grandsons, Greg, Michael (Michelle), and Wayne (Cindy) and six great-grandsons all of the Minneapolis area.

John Castle Goodrich will be buried next to his wife, Hazel, at Oak Hill Cemetery near Randall, MN.

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