Friday, 2 May 2014

Carlin’s eulogy

Carlin Eugene Weinhauer was born October 31, 1939 to Frank and Thelma Weinhauer of Wellsville, New York. He graduated high school in 1957 at which time he attended a conference and gave his life to Christ, with the commitment to anywhere, at any time, at any cost. He attended Buffalo Bible Institute for one year, going on to Briercrest Bible Institute the fall of 1959 where he graduated from the pastor’s course, April 15, 1962. Carlin met Marcia Watne during one of the summers between college years where she was teaching in rural Montana under the American Sunday school union. She joined him to study at Briercrest. They married on August 11, 1962.

In the fall of that year, Carlin and Marcia travelled to South Carolina where he attended Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University) where he received his bachelor of arts degree in Biblical education, June 1, 1964. While studying in South Carolina, Carlin and Marcia were asked to pastor Mt. Olivet Baptist church. He was ordained to pastoral ministry there on May 31, 1964. In August 1966 they were called back to Montana to pastor three rural American Sunday school union churches.

In February 1968 they moved to Chicago where Carlin began his studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and where Carlin and Marcia served as associate pastor couple at Bethel Community Evangelical Free Church. He received his master of arts degree in Christian Education, completed through summer studies, in June 14, 1974.

In august 1969 Carlin was invited to teach at Briercrest Bible Institute, where he continued to serve for fifteen years. During the early years at Briercrest, he completed a master of arts degree in pastoral theology at the Chicago graduate school of theology, August 21, 1971 doing summer studies. While studying at Trinity, one of his profs challenged him to have his PhD by the time he was 40. He received his PhD in Educational Administration from the university of Alberta in 1979, just months before his 40th birthday.

Carlin served at Briercrest Bible College for 15 years, teaching Bible and pastoral theology and serving in various administrative duties at the school. He also travelled extensively raising funds and students for the school, as well as doing pulpit and conference ministries across Canada.

In 1983 the family travelled to West Germany, Switzerland and Hungary for 2 ½ months ministry with Word of Life Mission. That was the first of many travels in ministry outside North America.

God moved Carlin and Marcia once again to congregational ministry upon invitation to serve on the pastoral team at Willingdon church in august 1984, where they served with joy for just over twenty years. During the years at Willingdon they visited a number of countries in Asia, Africa, eastern Europe on short term mission trips. The church planted a church among the Chechen people in 1997.

As a young person, Carlin spent time pouring over the pages of the national geographic magazine having, early on, a deep interest in geography and travel. God prepared and blessed his life with opportunities to minister far and wide in many countries, even to brief teaching opportunities in China.

Carlin has had a great love for the church and a deep desire to see young pastors preach through the Word. In December 2004 Carlin retired from pastoral ministry at Willingdon and was invited to join the lead team of MBmission, January 2005, serving in mobilization and media. Since then, Carlin has led teams of people to MB mission fields, primarily Thailand, along with Brazil, Burkino Faso, and India. He has served with joy, deeply loving God’s work far and wide.

Carlin is survived by the love of his life, Marcia, his wife of 51 years, and his daughters, Cheri (Howard and children, Jodie, Camden and Brenna), Lynda (Allan and children, AJ, Joey and Trevor) and Rebekah (Brian and children Alex and Stuart). He also leaves behind his sister Carolyn of Lincoln, Nebraska.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Marcia, you are and have been in our thoughts and prayers all this time and especially now as the final good byes are here. We do pray that the Service will bring honor and glory to the Savior, Jesus that Carlin loved,followed and served. We know that you and yours want everyone to have an opportunity to make a decision to follow Jesus as well. Carlin and Ted started in Willingdon Church at the same time--both leaders with different gifts. Looking back it was a good time, sometimes complicated but both always wanted to serve the Lord. Since then after Ted left to lead other churches a friendship developed between them that was very special and will be missed--very much! He enjoyed 'bouncing off' ideas and scriptural insights with Carlin over lunch or coffee. He thoroughly appreciated Carlin's visits when he was hospitalized for several life threatening events over the last 2 years and they had a private joke between them--Ted would say 'I am going to beat you to heaven!'. When Carlin phoned to tell him the devastating news in early March, Carlin started the conversation with 'I am going to beat YOU to heaven!'. He won the race to heaven! Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints--for sure. We have a memory of Carlin, Bill, John and Brian singing in a quartet on Christmas Eve at Willingdon--amazing! Only Brian is left here--do men sing in trios in heaven?
    We wish you, Sheri, Lynda and Becky and their families God's comfort and peace during these next several days as final good byes are said. When the crowds are gone and the silence and loneliness sets in we know that His comfort will be there with you--Jesus said--'I will never leave you or forsake you'.
    In Christ's Love,
    Ted and Pat Klassen