DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH & FAMILY
With a heavy heart we write to tell you that our sister in Christ, Jane Kinter, died early Saturday morning, April 4th . Her husband, Jim, and their children were at Jane’s side encouraging her along.
On January 23, 2019 Jane was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. She had surgery on February 4, 2019. In her determination to live for her family she began an aggressive regimen of chemotherapy. One of her great hopes was that she would return to her position at OPC that she loved. When it was clear that returning to her work at OPC would not be possible Jane said, “Cancer has taken many things from me. This is one of the most painful.”
In 2003 Jane became a volunteer youth worker at OPC. Four years later in September, 2007 Jane was hired as the OPC staff person for youth. Jane developed a ministry that shaped the youth of our church and some youth from the community. She led our youth in 6 local and national mission trips and in 3 international mission trips.
In worship Jane ably led the Time with Children with a faith-in-daily-life focus. She used down-to-earth examples, sometimes from her life experience, to show the Gospel’s relevance to the children. Each Sunday she ended the Times with the Children by inviting a child to pray.
Jane initiated and, for several years, led a Women’s Bible Study. One woman said, “Jane was a consummate small group leader.”
As a staff member Jane fulfilled her responsibilities with imagination and love. As a colleague in ministry Jane was always a team player who worked for the health and effectiveness of the whole staff team.
In truth, Jane was much more than the sum of these parts. She was a dear friend and servant of our congregation, a woman of strong faith who loved God and many neighbors. Our profound grief for her passing is only equaled by our thanksgiving for the gift that she has been to so many.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Please remember in your prayers Jane’s family including her husband, Jim, and their children Zachary, Megan, Dan, and Riley.