Rev. John E. Ashbrook, 85, beloved area Pastor, passed away Dec. 20, 2011, at Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland, following a short illness.
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Rev. Ashbrook was born May 13, 1926, in Hubbard. At the age of 12, Rev. Ashbrook gave his heart to Christ following a service at the church where his father pastored in Columbus.
He received his college training at Wheaton College and Northwestern University, where he completed a degree in chemical engineering while also serving his time in the United States Navy during World War II.
Feeling the call of God on his life, Rev. Ashbrook got his ministerial training at Faith Theological Seminary in Wilmington, Del. After a short time as an evangelist, Rev. Ashbrook came to Mentor in the summer of 1952, where he served as pastor of Bible Community Church for 46 years. He was well known all over the world for his clear Bible teaching and writing.
In 1967, he was led of the Lord to begin Mentor Christian School, a K-12 Christian day school operated by Bible Community Church. As well, Rev. Ashbrook, was a prolific writer, setting forth principles of separatist fundamentalism through his own book ministry "Here I Stand" books. He served the Ohio Bible Fellowship, Peniel Bible Camp, and the Ohio Bible Mission in various leadership roles.
Survivors are his daughter, Beth (John) Howard of Painesville Township; son, William (Jeanene) of Ashtabula; grandchildren, Stephen Howard, Nicole Poff, Ciera, Caitlin and Ashley Ashbrook; great-grandchildren, Anthony Narducci, Jacob Poff, and Lillian Grace Howard; and sisters, Mary Louise Deubner and Elizabeth Basye.
Rev. Ashbrook was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia, in 1995; and second wife, June Mcknight Ashbrook in 2005.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Bible Community Church, 8600 Lakeshore Blvd., Mentor.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 8466, Mentor Ave., Mentor, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church prior to the funeral service. The Rev. Roger Bixler of Berne, Ind., will officiate. Interment will be held at Mentor Cemetery in Mentor.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Mentor Christian School Endowment Fund, 8600 Lakeshore Blvd., Mentor, OH 44060.
Online obituary at www.brunners.com.
Published in www.News-Herald.com from December 21 to December 22, 2011