Kenneth H. Meyers, 93, of Middlebury


MIDDLEBURY — Kenneth H. Meyers was born Jan. 5, 1931, and reared in the Buffalo, N.Y., area by a devoted mother who raised her four boys basically alone.

“During my early childhood I was taken to a church by a godly neighbor who had a burden for my brothers and for me to be attending church. I was 16 when I came to know the Lord as my savior in an evening service at my home church where I then grew in the Lord under the ministry of God’s Word. While attending mid-week prayer service, I heard God speak to me through a missionary to the Jews. It was that night that I wrestled with God over giving my life to the winning of Jews to Christ.

God finally won the battle. In time, God called me to American seminary of the Bible in New York City in 1954, where every third person was Jewish. What a mission field! There I received excellent training in Jewish evangelism. The curriculum included missionary work in the afternoons in street meetings, Bible studies and personal witnessing. As a student, I was a missionary-in-training.

It was while I was in Bible school that God brought into my life my wife, Jean. We were married after graduation and had three lovely daughters, MaryAnn, Martha and Ruth. MaryAnn and Martha have both predeceased me and in 2011 Jean predeceased me as well. We were married over 53 years.

After marriage, I became a pastor in Brooklyn for a while before being called to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to work amongst the Jews in that area. After many years of service there, God called us to Montreal, Quebec, where we started a new Jewish work there. While in Montreal, I was approached to take over a weekly radio program directed to the Jewish people, a ministry I carried on for over 29 years. I also carried on a radio broadcast for Friends for Israel for 22 years. I conducted Bible studies, telephone ministries, Bible prophesy conferences in churches and have done many tours to the Holy Land and have taken a lot of people with me, many times. I have taught Jewish evangelism in churches and Bible schools throughout the United States and Canada.

On a side note, in 1973, I was a volunteer as a medic in the Yom Kippur war in Israel.

In 2012, God had another surprise for me and the Lord brought JoAnne into my life. She had gone to Israel with Jean and myself in 1993 and 2001 and kept in touch. I also knew her late husband, Dwight. In June JoAnne heard me speak in a church in her area and the Lord spoke to me that day, “she is going to be your wife.” Through emails, phone calls, getting together through the summer months, we were engaged in September and married in December. At my age, why wait?!

We labored together in ministry in the Boston and New Hampshire area and went to Israel several times; were even blessed to put together a group in 2018 to go to Israel. The Lord has blessed me greatly and led us to Middlebury, Vt., in 2019 to live out our ‘retired’ lives, still ministering as the Lord opened doors.”

Ken went to heaven June 19, 2024, after incurring a massive heart attack on June 13. He survived the attack; just wasn’t strong enough to carry on. Ken will be sorely missed.

Graveside service for the immediate family to occur June 24 at Pine Grove in Kingston. A celebration of life will be held at a later date, both in Middlebury, Vt. and Methuen, Mass.

Arrangements under the direction of Sanderson Funeral Home. On-line condolences at ◊


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