ALLEGAN, Mich.—Maynard Belt, a longtime ministry leader in Michigan, died Sept. 11. He was 81.
Maynard was president of the Fellowship of Missions since 2011. Previously he was state representative of the Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches from 1990 to 2006—the longest tenure of any MARBC representative—and then associate pastor of senior care at West Cannon Baptist Church, Belmont, Michigan, for four years.
He began his ministry as a part-time youth minister at Rogers City (Michigan) Baptist Church and then was a pastor for 22 years, serving at First Baptist Church, Durand, Michigan; Tabernacle Baptist Church, Hazel Park, Michigan; and Northland Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
In addition to his pastorates and his ministry as state representative, he also served on the councils of Baptist Mid-Missions, Continental Baptist Missions, and Bible Tracts, Inc, and was a special representative for Baptist Mid-Missions’ Department of Church Relations.
At the 2013 GARBC Conference, Maynard and his wife, Ann, received a GARBC Service Award, recognizing their 50 years of ministry in the MARBC. That summer the Belts also celebrated 50 years of marriage.
Maynard is survived by his wife, Ann, their four children, and six grandchildren.