Death of Courtney Swander, former missionary in Mexico
The Division of Overseas Ministries/Global Ministries announces the passing of Courtney Swander on Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at the age of 84. Courtney, along with his wife, Lois (Grimes), served as missionaries in Mexico in the field of social service from 1958-1991.
Courtney was born in Portland, Oregon, and received a BS degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, a B.Th. degree from Northwest Christian College, Eugene, Oregon, a BD degree in Christian Education and Church History from Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma, a Master of Religious Education and Master of Sacred Theology degrees from Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut.
Courtney and Lois served in Aguascalientes, Mexico, at the Morelos Social Center, where both were involved in a multitude of programs ranging from English classes for children and adults, work with ministerial students and with lay leaders, community development, and other social service programs. They also initiated a highly successful program for the aged. “Since our major concern is the spiritual welfare of the people,” Reverend Swander wrote, “a Center such as this not only serves to meet human need, but also demonstrates the love of Jesus Christ to those who are not being reached by organized religious institutions. In this sense, it is a strategic spot, the only center of its kind for several hundred miles.”
Courtney is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lois. A memorial service is being planned for later this month at the Chapel of Eden Home, New Braunfels, Texas. Cards of sympathy may be sent to Lois at: 2 Eden Drive, Apt. M, New Braunfels, TX 78130. As per Lois’ request, any memorial contribution may be made to the Division of Overseas Ministries/Global Ministries, P O Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN., 46206-1986.