Renewal Fellowship lost a key leader in March with the passing of Stan Cox.
Although he was in hospital at the time, Stan’s departure was unexpected. At the age of 84, he remained an active member of the board executive as treasurer of the organization. He had just completed the 2020 year-end financial statements.
He leaves behind his wife Sharon, daughters Kristen Ghesquiere of Simcoe, Amy Ferreira-Iwanochko of Toronto and son Jeff Cox of Troy and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by sons Bill and John.
Stan grew up in Dundas, then attended Moody Bible Institute, University of Dubuque, Wheaton College Graduate School (Biblical Literature), University of Chicago Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary.
After ordination in the United Church of Christ, and service in Chicago-area congregations, he and his family returned to Ontario to serve at St. James United Church in Simcoe. He served alongside developmentally challenged young adults for 15 years, then returned to local church ministry at Paris Presbyterian for 10 years. He served for many years on the Board of Christian Horizons, including several terms as Board Chair.
After retirement from Paris Presbyterian, he served on staff at Innerkip Presbyterian Church.
Stan’s ministry demonstrated one who endeavoured to love God with all his heart, strength, mind and soul and his neighbour as himself. Grace and truth were hallmarks of Stan’s interaction with others in everyday life, as he practised business and as he served as minister of Word and Sacrament.
He had a special passion for those who lived on the fringes of society. We give thanks to God for the gift Stan was to so many.
Well done good and faithful servant!