The funeral service for Pastor James Ralph Grove will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at the J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary, Inc., 24 N. Second St., New Freedom. Officiating will be Pastor Paul Zander of Heritage Baptist Church. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Pastor James Ralph Grove, 66, went home to be with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on Thursday, January 3, 2013, at Pinnacle Health Hospital in Harrisburg after a long illness. He was the beloved Pastor of Heritage Baptist Church in Loganville. He leaves his beloved wife, Pearl (Bosley) after recently celebrating their 44th wedding anniversary. He is also survived by a son, Jonathan; two grandsons, Noah and Nolan; and a nephew, Bruce. He was predeceased by his parents, J. Pearce and Hilda (Sowers) Grove, and a brother, Kenneth. Jim was born in York Hospital in 1946, lived in Parkton, Md., and graduated from Hereford High School in 1964. He worked at Westinghouse in Hunt Valley, Md. He was born again in Christ in 1972 and answered the call to be a preacher. He graduated from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Mo., and founded the Souls' Haven Baptist Church in Seven Valleys in the early 1980's. He later founded Heritage Baptist Church in Loganville. Pastor Grove had a heart for public ministry and was well-known in the city of York and surrounding towns for bringing the Word of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ to people in the public square. He was a popular speaker at the Unregistered Baptist Fellowship meetings throughout the country and traveled to England with a fellowship of street preachers. For several years he had a program on public access television, "Call the Preacher," during which he answered questions from viewers, giving Biblical answers and advice. Jim Grove received the Bill of Rights Award from the Bill of Rights Bicentennial Committee in 2005. He enjoyed old-time hymns, bluegrass gospel, gardening, cooking, fishing, and his dogs, but he liked nothing better than to preach the Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to defray funeral costs may be offered to J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary, Inc., P.O. Box 96, New Freedom, PA 17349.
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Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Jan. 6, 2013