Death of Former Regional Minister Rev. Eugene Frazier

//Death of Former Regional Minister Rev. Eugene Frazier

Death of Former Regional Minister Rev. Eugene Frazier

Rev. Dr. Eugene “Gene” Frazier
October 24, 1928 – December 8, 2017

Eugene FrazierEugene Norman (Gene) Frazier was born on October 24, 1928 in Ursa, Illinois, the son of J. Norman and Esther Frazier.  He dedicated his life to ministry as a teenager and preached his first sermon at the age of seventeen.  While attending college in Eureka, Illinois and Phillips University and Seminary in Enid, Oklahoma, he served student congregations in Reese, Kansas; Lorraine, Illinois; Taloga and Jet, Oklahoma.  He held B.A., B.D., and D.D. Degrees; and was ordained Into Christian ministry in 1949.  After seminary graduation, he served First Christian Church in Chillicothe, MO, followed by a staff position for the Christian Churches in Missouri.  His ministries consisted of strong emphasis on evangelism, reconciliation and outreach.  As a promoter of stewardship, he and Bonnie went far beyond tithing in their own giving.

In 1959, he became pastor of Park Place Christian Church, Hutchinson, Kansas.  During his 7 ½ years there, the sanctuary and education expansion were built; the congregation doubled in membership; and outreach giving more than tripled.  While in Hutchinson, he was awarded a trip to the Holy Land in recognition of his leadership in the church and community.  He then served for 11 ½ years as senior minister at Countryside Christian Church, Mission, Kansas.  Dr. Frazier gave strong leadership to lay leadership development and stewardship, while the church’s budget reached 49% to outreach and the building debt was retired.  His record of service throughout his ministry is extensive in all manifestations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), including numerous offices, boards, committees and interdenominational bodies.  In local pastorates he was additionally involved in Scouts, YMCA, mental health, hospitals and many areas of community service.

Dr. Frazier was installed as Executive Regional Minister for the 200 Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma in 1977, a distinguished position he held for sixteen years until his retirement to Foxwood Springs Living Center, Raymore, Missouri, where he served as chaplain from 1993 to 1998.  He was an active member of Raymore Christian Church and the Foxwood Springs community, volunteering in many capacities.

He and his wife, Bonnie, were married for nearly 68 years (Dec. 26th, 1948).  They served faithfully in ministry, traveled extensively, led groups, and witnessed the mission of the church throughout the world.  Five surviving children blessed their marriage:  Linda Sue, San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico; Cynthia Lou (Steve Summers), Springfield, Missouri; James Kevin (Judy Bryan), Overland Park, Kansas; Jeffrey Alan, Atlanta, Georgia; and Joy Lynn (Kelly Dwyer), Olathe, Kansas; 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren and one on the way.

Preceding Eugene in death were his parents, a brother Richard Lee, and sisters, Ola Mae and Wanda June.

A service of memory and celebration will be held at Raymore Christian Church, 500 Peace Dr., Raymore, MO on December 27, 2017 at 10:30 AM.

Memorial gifts may be made to:  Raymore Christian Church, PO Box 680, Raymore, MO  64083; Park Place Christian Church, 2600 N Adams St,  Hutchinson, KS, 67502; or Countryside Christian Church, 6101 Nall Ave, Mission, KS 66202.

The body has been donated for medical research. The cremains will be laid to rest at a later time in New Providence Cemetery, Ursa, Illinois.

Cards of care and concern may be sent to Bonnie at her home.

Mrs. Bonnie Frazier
508 N. Long Blvd.
Raymore, MO 64083-9148

2017-12-11T11:06:12-05:00Dec 11, 2017|Regional News|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Rev. Richard V. Ziglar 12/16/2017 at 2:19 pm

    What cherished memories I hold of shared life and ministry with Gene Frazier during his 16 years as regional minister. He was truly a gentleman in every respect and a committed servant in all phases of church life and ministry. He has left a great legacy which will continue through the Frazier Endowment at the Oklahoma Disciple Foundation. Future generations in ministry will benefit from his acts of stewardship and commitment to the Disciples of Christ.

  2. Rev. Janet Warner Chapman 12/13/2017 at 2:35 pm

    The Christian Church (DOC) nationwide is a better faith community because Gene influenced leaders and modeled for us what it means to be a generous servant of God’s. What a legacy – my heart feels a void knowing he is gone…

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