Major Ron Brooks
On Monday evening, January 11, 2016, our dear friend and colaborer in Christ was called home to Glory. Major Ron Brooks thus concluded his faithful, joyful ministry on this earth. Please pray for his wife Barbara and the family as they go through this difficult time.
Born on January 24, 1936, Ron Brooks grew up in the hills of West Virginia. At the age of 16, he accepted Christ as his Savior.
Ron and Barbara Brooks began their ministry in joint service to the U.S. military and Christian education. While on leave from his role as the administrator of Southside Christian School in Greenville, S.C., Major Brooks performed valiantly as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War. All this was taking place while a young family was being reared back home. Upon returning to the United States, Ron and his bride became fixtures at The Wilds Christian Camp in leadership training and also in championing the cause of one branch of the military during Army/Navy week. Everyone who knew Major Brooks was touched by his life. Though perhaps not called by the rank officially, Mrs. Brooks likewise had a “major” impact on young people through her godly example.
Following retirement from the military in 1982, the Lord called the Brooks into foreign mission ministry, in 1986, joining Baptist World in order to plant a church among service personnel stationed in Heidelberg, Germany. Little did they realize at that time what God had in store for them relating to missions.
In January 1991 after completing their goals in Heidelberg, they joined the administration of BWM, sharing the leadership team with Dr. and Mrs. Fred Moritz as they oversaw a growing work of God around the world. This work included leading our missionaries in Western Europe and the Middle East, conducting an annual retreat for the families and seeing a strong network of accountability and encouragement established.
On January 1, 2012, they transitioned into another new phase of their ministry. Though retiring from the administration at Baptist World, the Brooks moved forward with new speaking and teaching opportunities while still maintaining a close relationship to the BWM mission family. At the celebration of BWM’s 50th anniversary at Marquette Manor Baptist Church, the Brooks were honored by those present. Such honor was worthy and due, a foreshadowing of that day when the Savior Himself will no doubt say to these choice disciples, “Well done!”
Visitation 5-7 on Friday evening:
311 Century Drive
Greenville, SC 29607
Phone: (864) 232-6706
Memorial Service on Saturday morning at 11:
Calvary Baptist Church
3810 Grandview Dr.
Simpsonville, SC 29680
Phone: (864) 967-780
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be sent to:
Baptist World Mission
PO Box 2149
Decatur AL 35602
Please note on your gift that it is for the Dr. Brooks Memorial Fund.
** Cards may be sent to:
218 Burning Bush Road
Greenville, SC 29607