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Rev. Daniel L. Mead, age 69, Pastor Emeritus of Calvary Baptist Church, went to be with the Lord on Sunday morning, July 7, 2019 from his home near Rockford.  The son of Freeland & Betty Rose (Gile) Mead, he was born on September 2, 1949 in Adrian, Minnesota.  

Dan began his ministry career at the age of 18 and served churches in Ohio and Michigan over the next 50 years, retiring from Calvary Baptist Church in Greenville.  On May 15, 1971, in Alaska, Michigan, he married Barbara E. Good and together they raised four sons and enjoyed 48 years of marriage.    

He was preceded in death by his father, the Rev. Freeland "Fred" Mead on May 12, 2008;  and his mother, Betty Mead on March 6, 2016.  Surviving are his wife, Barb Mead of Rockford;  their children, Daniel &  Jennifer Mead, Matthew & Tina Mead, all of Rockford, Nathan Mead of Grand Haven, Froi Mead of Holland;  six grandchildren, Logan, Graceyn, Noah, Megan, Lincoln, Leal;  a sister, Barbara & Ronald Holthe of Iowa;  his father-in-law, David Good of Caledonia;  siblings-in-law, Marcia & Dean Thompson of Caledonia, Dr. Carol Good of Cedar Springs, John & Chrisann Good of Caledonia, and Mary & Charlie Peterson of Holland;  and several nieces and nephews.

Dan's new and eternal life will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church, 12501 Montcalm Avenue N.E., Greenville, with the Rev. R. Mark Shaw officiating.  Honoring his wishes, there will be no visitation and burial will take place privately at Courtland Township Cemetery.  

Instead of flowers, contributions in memory of Pastor Dan to the Building Fund at Calvary Baptist Church would be appreciated.  Envelopes will be available at the church.  

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Pastor Mead's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  www.ChristiansenCares.  Arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. Matthew Barber-Witzel on July 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

  2. Gary and Patti on July 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    To the family of Dan Mead:-á -áour hearts are heavy with the loss of a dear friend and the heartache you are feeling right now.-á May you all feel God’s arms wrapped around you in a very special way.-á We rejoice with Dan and what he is experiencing but cry with you as you deal with your broken hearts.-á We love you all,-á -á

  3. Brenda Thompson on July 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Much love and prayers to Barb and family.

    Paster Dan always had special hugs for my mom.
    She used to watch for him at church just to get her hug.
    Although due to Alzthiemers, she doesn’t remember, but we always will treasure that memory.
    Very special man, will be missed by all
    Jim and Brenda Thompson

  4. John & Kim Doane on July 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Pastor Mead married John and I and was a fantastic pastor at North Casnovia Baptist church. He will be dearly missed, but also dearly remembered and we look forward to seeing him again in GLORY!!!G¥ñn+Å
    -In loving memory,
    John & Kim Doane and family

  5. Jams and Krista byer on July 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Pastor Dan touched our lives and will forever be in our heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  6. Pat cole on July 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    My prayers are with the family during this time of sorrow. Knowing that he is in Heaven and not suffering anymore will give you comfort that you need to get through. My husband Cliff served as a deacon under his ministry at North Casnovia Baptist. Now they are both in Heaven free from pain, he was a pastor that I could talk too and helped me make some decisions that I was questioning. RIP my dear friend.

  7. Tom Lothamer (Nancy) on July 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Nancy and I have been friends with Dan and Barb for nearly 50 years. Dan was a groomsman in our wedding 49 years ago and there have been many good memories over the years! But it has been this past year that has been most precious for me. Since last August Dan and I met numerous times for fellowship, reflection and prayer. Dan was always concerned and prayerful for family and friends and our prayer time was something I always looked forward to. I miss my brother but know one day weGÇÖll see each other again! Our love and prayers go out to Barb and the family!

  8. Dee and Carla Burnett on July 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Pastor Dan was an awesome man of God.-á We loved him and we will miss him very much.-á We look forward to spending eternity with him in heaven.-á Our thoughts and prayers are with Barb and the family.-á

  9. Jana Sathre on July 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Pastor Dan spent some time with us at Robinson Baptist Church in Grand Haven quite a few years ago. He left a lasting impression with me, of how fun he was and how much I learned from him. He was a Great man of God who had a way teaching that really stuck with you. To all his family and friends, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Pat and Cindy Lowry on July 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Pastor Dan is rejoicing. A man of true faith. Always encouraging. Never left the side of those struggling. Could always pick up where we left off. Heaven is real and he is there….giving hugs to all who went before him. Barb and family, our hearts ache for you. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss!
    We love you!
    Pat and Cindy Lowry

  11. Lonnie & Gail Armstrong on July 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Oh how he will be missed! He was a dear friend and mentor to Lonnie. He was a great example of selfless love to us. Praying for peace and comfort in months ahead for the whole family.

  12. Maynard Belt on July 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Puritan Thomas Watson said “Heaven is such a happy place the angels wouldn’t wish to leave it for a minute!” Thankful my friend is now safely in his happy place. We will be praying for the family.
    Maynard & Ann Belt

  13. Doug and Jennie Moyer on July 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

  14. Christine on July 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

    No words can describe this incredible loss of a beautiful soul on earth but what an amazing treasure heaven has gained!-á I will never forget the love he poured into me and my children at such a desperate time. He and Barb never stopped the love from flowing. Incredible journey. Love beyond words Chris, Ireland, Teague and Navy

  15. James & Beth Wittenberger on July 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I first got to know Dan when he became Pastor of North Cas Baptist Church and we were a supported missionary in Liberia in the 1980’s. I appreciated his support of our work then and throughout the years that followed! A man of great love and wisdom. What a great legacy to pass along for all those who knew him!

  16. Roger & Cheryl Bennett on July 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Thank you Pastor Mead for all you have done for us and our family. Especially the encouragement with love and prAyers for us. You will be missed but we will see you in Glory.

  17. Dan & Judy Rogers on July 13, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Sending prayers for Barb & Family. We will miss seeing Pastor Dan & getting his famous hugs!! He was an amazing Pastor & friend! Loved listening to his stories & sermons! Hugs to Heaven! Love, Dan & Judy Rogers

  18. Joyce KwekelKronemeyer on July 13, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Barb, IGÇÖm so sorry to learn of the loss of your husband. Praying for peace, comfort and strength throughout such a sad time.
    Joyce KwekelKronemeyer

  19. Jerry and Diane on July 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Our deepest sympathy to the Mead family and our loss of a dearly loved Pastor. -á Pastor Dan was a true prayer warrior for all of us at Calvary and thru that taught many of us to deepen our relationships with our Heavenly Father thru prayer. -á-á Heavy hearts abound but one day in Heaven we shall see you again and that will be a glorious day!

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