Obituary: Rev. Wayne Goldsmith, Longtime UB Minister

Rev. Wayne Goldsmith, 91, passed away April 16, 2021. He and his wife, Mary, who died in 2018, enjoyed 66 years of marriage together. A celebration of life service will be held June 12, 2021, in Fort Wayne, Ind. Details below.

For 45 years, Wayne served congregations fulltime in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Ontario. After retiring, he spent another 15 years serving many congregations as an interim minister, including in Fountain Hills, Ariz., in 2002.

The first United Brethren church he pastored was Parkwood Gardens UB church in Guelph, Ontario, 1985-1988. He went on to pastor churches in the former Michindoh Conference, which included churches in southern Michigan, northwest Ohio, and northern Indiana. He also served a number of stints as an interim pastor for UB churches.

Visitation: Friday, June 11, 2021, from 1-3 pm and 5-7 pm.
Visitation location: D.O. McComb and Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Rd., Fort Wayne, Ind.
Celebration of Life service: 10:30 am Saturday, June 12, 2021. Visitation one hour beforehand.
Location: Central Ministries, 5801 Schwartz Road, Fort Wayne, IN.

Online obituary here.

  • Gary Bateman
    Posted at 09:32h, 19 April

    Wayne and Mary were the perfect example of pastoral leadership.
    Parkwood Gardens Church in Guelph had the privilege of Wayne’s devoted leadership and example.
    He was a friend that I will never forget!

  • Les Smith
    Posted at 18:13h, 05 May

    Wayne served as Sr. Pastor for the HUB Church in Hillsdale, Mi. for 11 years leading into his retirement. I came to the HUB a year later and served 20 years leading into my retirement. From the time I arrived, Wayne became my number one “cheerleader”. Over a period of 5 years, the congregation more than doubled in size and led the UB denomination in conversions. Wayne was just such an encourager to me throughout a transition that brought many changes to the church. He even complimented my wife on the way she did the weekly bulletin. Wayne was just that kind of guy! A super positive person who wanted nothing more than to see the church he formerly led flourish in adding hundreds of souls to the Kingdom of God.

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