We posted a note on June 15 that longtime Grace Brethren pastor Harold Painter had gone to be with the Lord. His nephew, Pastor Howard Mayes (Clinton, Maryland) has provided the following further details:
Harold D. Painter was promoted to his eternal home on June 8, 2006 at the age of 95.
He committed his life to Christian service at about the age of 36 when he left a managerial career in Ohio with his wife and four children to enroll in the Bible Institute of Los Angeles.
While a student at BIOLA, he assisted his brother-in-law, Charles Mayes, in nurturing the new Grace Brethren Church in South Pasadena, California. He later pastored Grace Brethren Churches in Modesto, CA; Sunnyside, WA; Tucson, AZ; and Montclair, CA.
In retirement he served as pastor to seniors at the First Baptist Church of Perris, CA, where his memorial service was held on June 8, 2006. He had been preceded into glory by his wife, Margaret, one year previously.