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Hal Leigh Shrader


1967 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Shrader, Hal Leigh
47, of Phoenix passed away on October 19, 2015. Hal Leigh Shrader, lead pastor at Trinity Mennonite Church of Glendale, Arizona, was killed in a motorcycle accident near Blanding, Utah. He was on a long planned trip with his father, JB Shrader of Yuma, Arizona. Hal was born in Flagstaff, Arizona on November 16, 1967. His family was instrumental in founding Kingman Christian Church in Kingman, Arizona before they moved to Yuma in 1970. Hal received his bachelor's degree from Pacific Christian College now Hope International University in Fullerton, California. He went on to earn his master's degree in theology from Pepperdine University. He married Christine Michelle Marshall in 1989. Together they led the youth ministry at her home church in Camarillo, California for 10 years. During that time their daughters, Mollie and Madison, were born. The young family served as missionaries in Santiago, Chile for three years. When they returned to the States they settled in Phoenix and began attending Trinity. Hal eventually became the pastor and a leading voice in the Anabaptist movement. One of the highlights of his career was speaking at the Mennonite national convention in Kansas City last summer. Hal is survived by his wife Christine; daughter Mollie Christine Shrader-Perry and her husband Joshua of Anaheim, California; daughter Madison Leigh a student at Fresno Pacific University; parents JB and Laretta K. Shrader of Yuma; sister Cynthia Shrader Pantoja and her husband Jorge; their children Kassandra and Toby also of Yuma; his parents-in-love Paul and Janice Marshall of Avondale, Arizona. And many other extended family members and friends around the world whose lives he touched in many many ways. A memorial service will be held at Pure Heart Christian Fellowship, 14240 N. 43rd Ave, Glendale, AZ 85306, at 11:00 a.m. on October 30. In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting gifts to: AMOR Ministries, www.amor.org; International Rescue Committee, 4425 W. Olive Ave., #400, Glendale, AZ 85302; IberoAmerican Ministries, P.O. 1493, Monroe, WA 98272; Kulpahar Kids Home of India, P.O. 32574, Phoenix, AZ 85064.


Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 27, 2015
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