ericholmgren_inlineGRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Eric Holmgren, a pastor, died Oct. 30. He was 63.

Eric’s greatest desire was to preach the gospel through his ministry and his life. He earned a business degree from Central Michigan University but a short time later felt called to the ministry. Pursuing the path of ministry, he attended Word of Life Bible Institute, where he met his wife, Beth.

After they married in 1980, Eric and Beth spent several years working in campus ministry at Central Michigan University before relocating so Eric could attend Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned an MDiv in 1990, then was pastor or assistant pastor in several Michigan churches, including Calvary Baptist Church in West Branch, First Baptist Church in Cass City, Berean Baptist Church in Belleville, Tuscola Community Church, and Millington Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Beth; his sons, Chad, Ryan, and Craig; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. at West Cannon Baptist Church, Belmont, Michigan, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Friends and family may also gather on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home—Van Strien Creston Chapel, Grand Rapids.