David Engelhard, 64, a former Bible professor who guided the Christian Reformed Church through a period of historic change, died December 22 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Engelhard’s death came ten months to the day after he was diagnosed with brain cancer. “The ending is in some sense a relief,” said Peter Borgdorff, executive director of the 273,000-member CRC. “But it is a life cut short.” Engelhard was a professor at Calvin Theological Seminary for 23 years and served the denomination as general secretary from 1994—when it moved to approve women’s ordination—until his health forced him last spring to retire early.


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