Christian Family Fellowship’s beloved friend and brother in Christ, Associate Pastor and President Emeritus Wayne Clapp, is now sleeping with Jesus, awaiting His return. He leaves behind a family who loves him, and a body who has been profoundly impacted by his life, love, and ministry.
Wayne lived out the meaning of compassion: he had a temper or disposition inclined to show mercy, a heart that was tender, and he was easily moved by the wants, extremities, and distresses of others.
What follows is a small sample of what that compassion produced – just some of the sharings and memories from those who have been deeply moved by Wayne’s life and ministry.
He encouraged us to go to places in the Lord we wouldn’t have been without him. – Tom Dill
Wayne was our scholar brother. He knew everything and would explain it in a way that you could understand it more perfectly. Wayne moved the Kingdom right up until the day he passed. – Gail Collinson
He could put the Scriptures in a way that we would get more understanding and vision. – Timothy Elwell
Wayne taught us much. He loved us well. – John Davell
So many lessons and truths ring through my heart and mind because of his teaching. His tender heart for our Lord and the Body and strong sound stand on God’s Word will always be remembered. – Christin Matthews
I was talking to a very dear friend today about Wayne. She said, “do you know who taught me Romans 10:9-10? Wayne did, back in the ‘70s in Massachusetts!” How many more can say that – and all the richness he brought to us about God and our Lord Jesus. – Jan Rawlins
When I think of Wayne, I think of all he taught me about kindness and joy. His light will be missed in this world. – E.J. Tappan
Thank you Father for the Word this wonderful man embedded in all the hearts and lives he taught and shared. The family of God was tremendously blessed by him. – Cynthia Davis
We worked with Wayne for many years, attended camps and seminars together, taught the Bible together, witnessed together, and lived life together.
Wayne was a dedicated student, teacher, servant of the Lord, Father, and friend. – Pat Lubomski
He lived his life so truly for God and his tender heart brought love to everything he did and everyone around him. – Sara Clapp
He always loved people with a big heart. – Mark Harbert
His heart for God’s Word and God’s people was magnanimous. – Marianne Stein
The world has been greatly blessed by the life and ministry of this wonderful, loving man of God. – Pat Malone
He loved nothing more than to be in his office with the Lord and the Scripture, but he would step to the plate when there was that need. – Tonia Shroyer
A big, big man – physically and spiritually. I thank God for the gift of his life and ministry. What a faithful servant! What an example! – Debi Pilot
What a kindhearted and deeply spiritual man. We know you would be sharing the great hope of Christ’s return about now if you were physically with us. – Carole Jones
He was a pastor in the truest sense of the word! He so tenderly cared for the needs of God’s people, of which I was one! God knows I’m eternally grateful for the great influence this man of God had in my ilfe. There is no doubt in my mind that the first words he will hear from the Lord Jesus at the judgment seat of Christ will be, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant!” – Linda Williams
“His lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.” Matthew 25:21 NKJV
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day, and not to me only, but also to all who have loved his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:6-8 NKJV
We will end with an excerpt from Pastor Tom Dill’s prayer on the Sunday service following Wayne’s passing. Click below that for an audio archive of Pastor Wayne’s best-loved teachings.
“Thank You for the life that Wayne gave for You. How he loved You and was an example of that to all of us. How he loved the Scripture and how he fought for Your Word. We thank you for that fight.”
May our Lord’s love fill the void left behind. May we feel the healing that is present with His touch.