Corean Bakke
1938 - 2021
BORN
1938
DIED
2021
Corean Bakke
December 15, 1938 - July 24, 2021
Bellingham, Washington - Corean Jantz was the eldest daughter of Reverend Neal and Jean Jantz of West Plains, MO. In her youth Corean studied piano and viola, winning statewide prizes in both instruments before graduating from West Plains High School with honors in 1956.
Corean entered Moody Bible Institute as a piano major, graduating in 1959 along with fellow student Ray Bakke who majored in pastoral studies. They married in 1960. Ray was the youth and music minister at Elim Baptist Church in Seattle. Their marriage produced two sons – Woody and Brian.
In 1965 the Bakke family returned to Chicago for further studies. While Ray moved into seminary and graduate studies, Corean finished her bachelor's and then master's degrees in performance piano at Chicago Music College of Roosevelt University. From 1966 until 1984 she returned to Moody as Professor of Piano and Church Music. When the Bakke's adopted an African American son, Corean's music agenda quickly adjusted to include Black composers and other ethnic classics as well.
Between 1982 and 1990, Corean traveled internationally with Ray who was doing ministry consultations in cities on six continents. Her research on theology and arts turned into a second master's degree, and her studies in international worship and arts led to her doctoral degree in 1990.
When the Lausanne Committee, founded by Billy Graham, planned their two-week International Congress on World Evangelization with 4,000 leaders from 175 countries to be held in Manila in 1989, Corean was chosen to be the worship planner and coordinator. In that volunteer role, she organized worship with 80 musical artists and groups from six continents and published the hymnal in nine official conference languages. When this monumental task was finished, she returned to Chicago to publish her first book, "Let The Whole World Sing" (Cornerstone Press, 1992), and complete her doctoral program.
After 35 years of living in Chicago, and multiple global and public stage involvements, the Bakke's returned to the Pacific Northwest. Corean designed a house for the arts and music near Acme, WA where Ray's family grew up. Between 2002 and 2018 upwards of 1,000 persons a year came to concerts and seminars at Bakken where Corean served as artist in residence, decorating the house for the seasons of the church year, while hosting and often accompanying principal musicians from the NY Philharmonic, the LA and Seattle symphonies, the SF opera, and hosts of others in the Whatcom and Skagit symphonies. Corean was also deeply involved with her church, Our Savior's Lutheran in Fairhaven, WA, where she founded and led the bell choir. She also served on the church council, functioning as chair for one year.
Corean was preceded in death by adopted son, Brian Davis, who died in 2018 in Bellingham, WA following complications from surgery. In 2013 her younger brother David Jantz died of cancer at the age of 68. David, a contractor by trade, resided in Springfield, MO. Corean is survived by Brian Davis's son, Jordan Carrier, and his two children (Jordan Carrier, Jr., and A'Miyah Marie Carrier) who reside near Tampa Bay, Fl. Son Woody teaches high school at Lummi Nation High School. Woody's son Elijah is working on his AA degree, and is a member of the National Guard, currently fighting fires in the western states. Woody's daughter, Amber, along with her husband Xavier and their two children, Olivia and Micah, are on a military base in Hawaii where Xavier is stationed. Son Brian and his wife Lisa live in Washington DC where Brian serves as Las America's Director for the Mustard Seed Foundation. Corean's sisters, Marjorie and Mary Jean (JJ), reside in Kansas City.
A graveside service is planned for 10:00am on Saturday, August 7 at the Saxon Cemetery near Acme, WA.

Published by Bellingham Herald from Jul. 26 to Jul. 28, 2021.
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I feel so fortunate to have known Corean. She was my first mentor at Camp almost 60 years ago. I attended Valley View Church and stayed in contact with the family attending h.s. with David. I am sure she is walking the streets of gold because she was such a perfect example of "Christ in me" here on earth.
Ruby Jane Pincombe Smith
August 20, 2021
Ray, So sorry to learn of Corean´s Home going. So many good memories of you folks as a classmates in the MBI class of `59 and many years of serving Christ together at MBI. I also know she was a coworker in your many endeavors promoting various ministries around the world and will be sorely missed. Our love and prayers, Howard & Lorrie
Howard & Lorraine Whaley
Friend
August 10, 2021
Dear Dr. Bakke I am just learning this morning of your dear wife Corean's home going. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Your ministry has impacted literally thousands of women and men like myself and I am eternally grateful. As Provost of the Moody Bible Institute, your wife's ministry has also made an eternal impact through her partnership and leadership with you through International Urban Associates and Bakke University but also through her ministry as Professor of Music here at Moody. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.
Dr. Dwight A. Perry Provost, Moody Bible Institute
Friend
August 10, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace. Honored Corean with a gift of trees.
Bruce & Pam Relay
Friend
August 7, 2021
Bruce & Pam Relay
August 7, 2021
Corean was a brilliant person with the most vast appreciation for music that I have ever known. I was blessed to serve alongside her on MSF. My prayers are with you as you celebrate her life!
Helen Laffitte
Friend
August 5, 2021
Gea Gort
School
August 3, 2021
Gea Gort
School
August 3, 2021
Gea Gort
School
August 3, 2021
Gea Gort
School
August 3, 2021
With fond memories. Love, Gea
Gea Gort
School
August 3, 2021
My condolences, dear Ray. With warm memories, and respect for this great lady. BGU, and among them the times in Corean´s and your home, have been life changing, bearing fruit in many ways. Wishing you much grace and love from the Almighty, and from family and friends around you. Love from the Netherlands. Gea.
Gea Gort
School
August 3, 2021
My deepest sympathy to Dr Ray on the passing of his wife, Corean. I had the pleasure of meeting her at Bakken in a History class conducted at their home, May 2011. Memories of Bakken are etched in my mind for many reasons, one of which was my time with her. I recall her gentle nature and her devotion to her husband, she was always smiling, an excellent host and a great cook. I will never forget her music session with us, singing and playing while telling us the history of the hymns. May the peace and comfort of the Lord be with the members of the bereaved family.
Evangeline Smith DTL
School
August 2, 2021
Great woman. God, you be praised for a life of success.
ADEKUNLE ADEYEYE
Work
August 1, 2021
Hello Ray; I want to extend my deepest condolences to you and family. May the Lord comfort you in His peace, knowing of course you will reunite with Corean again around the Father's throne. May He keep you in His peace as I know He already is, even as you know Him and His faithfulness even in life's most challenging seasons. The Lord bless you and your family richly in all His grace.
Rev Rodger Niemeier
Other
August 1, 2021
So sorry Corean passed away. She was always at church or online.
Elin Valtyrson
Other
July 31, 2021
On behalf of the Theology of Work cohort 1 in Malawi led by Lilongwe Theology Institute, we would like to send our condolences to the Bakke family. Our hearts are heavy and we thank God for the life of our late Sister in Christ. May Her South Rest in Peace
Mavuto Mwakabana
Other
July 31, 2021
Please accept my warmest condolences for the passing of Corean Bakke. What a treasure of love and beautiful memories that the Bakke Family has shared. I hold you and the entire BGU Family in my heart and prayers.
Wendy Realer
July 31, 2021
Kathy and Sayres Dudley
July 31, 2021
BGU has touched so many lives globally including me. My deepest sympathy and condolences to Dr. Ray Bakke and his family. The first time I met Korean in person was at Bakken, and later on Middle East and Israel Immersion course with Dr. Ray Bakke. Korean lived a full life in service to the Lord, Most High, and she has transitioned into God´s rest. Thank you Korean for all you did to make this world a better place. I pray the God of peace be with the family at this trying time.
Rev. Dr. Adebisi Oyesile (BGU 2013)
July 31, 2021
My condolence as I join the family and friends in celebrating the home calling of a Godly mom mentor coach and minister of the gospel. Proud to know Corean and Ray . Both did powerfully influenced my life and ministry. I am forever grateful. Rest in peace Corean
Dr. Moses Alagbe
School
July 31, 2021
Shortly after I met Ray, I learned of Corean, whose love of music paralleled mine. Ray spoke about Corean with such love and admiration that I knew that I had to meet her. During a class trip to Baaken, I had that honor. She was a loving and lovely person who spoke about music with such great joy that I felt that we were musical relatives. I particularly enjoyed hearing of a blues tune that she composed and was looking for a blues singer who could "rock the tune." I found one, attempted to connect them, but never learned if that connection produced the "rockin'" music that Corean desired on this side of heaven. My deepest condolences to my friend and mentor, Dr. Ray Baake and to the entire family in the loss of such a gifted and talented one. The music of heaven just went up a notch. Ollie
Dr. Ollie Malone
School
July 30, 2021
So sorry to hear of Corean's passing. I did not have the privilege of meeting her but remembered how fondly Dr. Bakke spoke about her in class. She loved others well and has left an indelible legacy of excellence. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Lejone Morris
School
July 30, 2021
My condolences to the Bakke family. Thank you for being such a great person and role model for everyone. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
BK Park
School
July 30, 2021
On behalf of my wife Cheryl and I, our heartfelt condolences to Dr. Bakke and the Bakke family. I have wonderful memories of enjoying a piano concert in the Bakke home and the warm hospitality she extended to BGU students. May God's peace be with you.
David Koop
School
July 30, 2021
I express my heartfelt condolances to the family and friends of our sister Corean Bakke. I remember when I took one class she welcomed her at home with warm hospitality. I admire her music performance and artistic values. She is so organized and wonderful. I pray for the comfort of the family. Yared Eshetu
Yared Eshetu/pastor
School
July 30, 2021
Hello, I am ADAHOU Gbôkanlé Salomon, one of the African students who benefited from the doctoral program of BGU. I took my 1st course in Ghana (Accra) from January 19 to 29, 2010, today I am Dr. Following the reminder to God of our late Corean Bakke, I offer my sincere condolences to the Bakky family as well as to the great GBU family. May the Lord console us all. Amen. Dr ADAHOU, G.S. E-mail : [email protected] Tél: +227 97 03 95 81/Niamey/Niger
Dr ADAHOU G.Salomon
Other
July 30, 2021
My condolences to the Bakke family. Having lived such a life used by God, may Corean enter our Lord's rest.
Paul Chen
July 30, 2021
I remember her when I was there for my D Min in 2009. We had very good time in their home. She hosted us with great respect and love. We still remember her committed hosting. That challenges my ministry also. Thank God for her blessed lif and ministry. Praying for Bakke fly and their ministry! May the everlasting peace of God be with you all!!
Pastor Johnson Chacko Mumbai India
School
July 30, 2021
BGU has touched and transformed so many lives globally and therefore I feel led to express condolences to Dr. Ray Bakke and his family on the passing of his beloved wife and their mother and family member who has made her mark in the rich Christian heritage of the Bakke family. She has lived a full life in service to her God and has been transitioned into His rest. May the peace of God be with you all during this time of grief.
Dr. Marlene Hines (BGU Alum-Jamaica)
School
July 30, 2021
My deepest sympathy to the Bakkes. Though l never met Korean in person, l have heard of her. As a BGU alumna, l thank God for her life and legacy. Much love to all the family members.
Vedawattie Ram
July 29, 2021
Woody and Family,so sorry to hear of your Mother´s passing. What an amazingly full life she led.
Gary Zwiers
Friend
July 26, 2021
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