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Pastor James Sweet

May 1, 1927

Pastor James D. Sweet
Born May 1, 1927 son of Enos A. and Sabina C. Sweet of McBain, Michigan. As a WWII Veteran, he enlisted in the US Navy and was stationed at Great Lakes from 1945-1946. While a student at Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina, he met his future wife, Margaret J. Knott and was married after graduation in 1951, joyfully lasting over 62 years. He is survived by his wife and six children; Tim (Karen), Tom (Gail), John (Diana), Mary (Mike), Paul (Danielle) and Priscilla (Kyle), and 19 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grand Children. During his 62 years of faithful ministry, he pastored 10 Michigan churches: Wayside Baptist in West Branch (1952-1959), Wayside Baptist in Williamsburg (1959-1960), Judson Baptist in Prescott (1960-1970), Main Street Baptist in Harbor Springs (1970-1990), McBain Baptist Church (Interim)  (1991-1994 & 1997-1998), Herring Lake Baptist Church (Interim) (1994-1995), Hale Baptist Church (Interim) (1998-1999), Greenbush Community Church (Interim) (2003-2004), Liberty Baptist in Lake George (Interim) (Mar-Jun 2005), Jennings Mission Church (Interim) (Sep 2005-Jan 2006). Additionally during his 62 years of ministry, James preached at a multitude of churches throughout the state and in Ohio. For 10 years, he also was the Director of Forest Haven Bible Camp, Ocqueoc Falls, directing a large camp staff changing the lives of many young people. Also as a Bible Teacher, he worked there for a total of 40 years. In 1996 James and Margaret were sent on a Mission trip to the Philippines to support their local missionaries.  He also was the Co-Founder of North Central Christian Academy, teaching several years and an instructor at Northern Michigan Bible Institute in Gaylord.  Throughout his ministry, he mentored over a thousand of young people where a number became Pastors and Missionaries.  In James’ earlier years, he was also a school teacher and bus driver for the West Branch and Whittemore-Prescott School Systems. In lieu of flowers, it is the families wish that donations are directed to either the McBain Baptist Church Missionary Fund or the Timothy Fund at Bob Jones University.  Proceeded in death by his father and mother, siblings John (Eva), Paul (Wilma) and Dorothy (Doug Waite). Funeral Services will be held at McBain Baptist Church Wednesday 23 October at 2:00 pm with Dr. Dallas Burrell officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until time of service.  Funeral arrangement were  made by Burkholder Family Funeral Home at McBain. Thought and prayers can be left on our website at www. burkholderfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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