The Rev. Henry Vanderbush, 82, affectionately known across the Midwest as the Cow Barn Preacher, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at the United Living Community in Brookings.
Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Monday at Holy Life Tabernacle in Brookings. Visitation will begin on the same day at 11 a.m. at Holy Life Tabernacle.
Henry Vanderbush was born to Frank and Rena Vanderbush in Holland, Minn., on July 11, 1929. Growing up in a family of farmers, it was an odd revelation indeed when, at a young age, Henry wanted to preach. He gave his life to the Lord at the Wesleyan Church in Bushnell as a child and never looked back. Henry received his education at Miltonvale Wesleyan College in Miltonvale, Kan. Henry went on the road as an evangelist, traveling around the world preaching the gospel in many nations. Just when it looked like he would be a bachelor forever, he met Ronda Brown and, at the age of 40 he finally tied the knot. They were inseparable from then on, and travelled together all over the world. They have one son, Bill Vanderbush, who along with his wife, Traci, and their children, Britain and Sara, live in Austin, Texas.
Henry suffered a stroke in 2008 that left him without the ability to preach or travel anymore. Yet through the radio broadcast of Faith Mountain Ministries, his messages continue to resound across the Midwest and lives continue to be touched. It's difficult to estimate how many people came to a relationship with Jesus Christ through Henry and Ronda's ministry, for Henry never met a stranger. His love for Jesus, his relentlessly joyful faith, his authentic affection for his family, and his amazing and boundless sense of humor endeared him to countless thousands of people. Whether you knew him for a moment or for a lifetime, Henry Vanderbush had a way of making an impression.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Faith Mountain Ministries, PO Box 595, Marshall, Minn. 56258.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com