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Rev. John N. Grenfell, Jr.

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“Just found out that Pastor John had passed (December 18, 2017). This man was the epitome of a pastor to me and our family. We go back to the...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Nicholas McClung - Livonia, MI

“I am so sorry to hear of John's passing he always was very nice at camp. ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Jim Wehrli - Mt.Morris, MI

“Our family's condolences to the Grenfell family. John and his family have kept the light burning in our family for many years. Thank you for your...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Don and Terri & Family Keski-Hynnila - MI

“Just now heard of John's passing. Pastor John will always hold a very special place in our hearts. His wisdom impacted so many United Methodists...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Diane West - Omaha, NE - Friend

“Fondly remember John and wonderful sermons when visiting my original church home with my folks. While I moved across the street o first Baptist when...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Jerry Norquist - Canton, MI

“I am so sorry for the loss of your father..may your many memories keep him close. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Bettie Jean Pollina - Lexington, MI

“my deepest condolences to johns family. I'll forget never this wonderful man. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Elizabeth (Beth) M. - MI

“John was such a god-send to Lenny Stadler and me during our trials with the United Methodist Church in Charlotte (the Western North Carolina...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Shana Morell Stadler - SC

“So sad....he was always a bright spot for me at happy for him...Christ' comfort to his family and us who will miss him ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Penny Trupiano - Madisonville, TN

“We have lost a very dear man, and heaven has gained an amazing angel. At one point in my life Reverand Grenfell helped our family through a very...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Dawn Fair - Port Huron

“To The Grenfell family: May John rest in peace. God bless. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Jack Tornga

“I remember his sermons at Cole United Methodist Church during our Cole Capac charge ,he spoke God's truths he will be missed! ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Janet Hartway

Rev. John N. Grenfell Jr., 86, of Fort Gratiot Township, died Sunday, June 25, 2017.

He was born December 27, 1930 in Detroit to the late John and Dorothy Grenfell. He married Jeannine Neal on June 19, 1952 in St. Clair Shores.

John graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Vennard College, William Penn University, and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. He then served United Methodist Churches in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan for 41 years as a Pastor and District Superintendent. In retirement, he travelled across the country as a tireless reformer and advocate for integrity and justice within the Church. He also served as Camp Director for 7 years at Simpson Park in Romeo, Michigan, the state's oldest Holiness Camp Meeting for families.

A recipient of the Edmund Robb, Jr. United Methodist Renewal Award from the Good News Board of Directors, he was a lifetime honorary member of that Board. In addition, he received the Conscience of the Conference Award from the Associates in Advocacy in recognition of a "lifetime ministry of integrity, compassion, and courage in upholding and defending the covenant of the clergy."

John was a man of strong conviction, deep faith, loyal commitments, and persevering love. His love of God, family, and friends has inspired many throughout his life.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jeannine; children, Rev. Dr. John N. Grenfell III of Plymouth, Eileen Grenfell of Mequon, Wisconsin, Kathy (Fred) Betcher of Schoolcraft, Jim (Marilyn) of Bothell, Washington, and Laurie (Mike) Berman of Mequon, Wisconsin; a daughter-in-law, Dede Grenfell of Dearborn; 16 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and his sister, Dorothy (Don) Murray of Canton, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his son, Mike; son-in-law, Harry Kaufmann and granddaughter, Brooke.

Visitation will be 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 3, 2017 in First United Methodist Church with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Reverend John Grenfell III will officiate.

Burial will be in Burtchville Township Cemetery. His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or Simpson Park Camp. To send condolences, please visit

For complete information visit Pollock-Randall Funeral Home.