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Herbert Stewart

Obituary for Herbert Stewart

February 14, 1932 - October 31, 2018
Holland, Michigan | Age 86


Missionary / Evangelist Herbert Stewart, 86 went on to his Heavenly home on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

Herb had a passion for his grandchildren and his greatest desire was for each and every one of them to live a life for Christ. Herb traveled the globe with the Good News of the Gospel of Christ, both sharing and showing the love of Christ. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Herb's vocations through the years included farmer, salesman, pastor, and finally finding his true calling as a missionary for Christ. He pastored several churches and was the founder and president of New Harvest Ministries International. Over the past 50 years, he traveled many times to Russia, Africa, India, Europe, Cuba, The Caribbean and much of the USA and Canada. His passion was spreading the good news of the Gospel of Christ. This included not only telling the good news but showing this good news. This was accomplished through the building of Churches, orphanages, schools, Bible Colleges, drilling of fresh water wells and planting crops as a renewable source of support. Untold thousands of people across the globe heard the Good News of the Gospel of Christ from Herb's lips. He is now reaping the eternal reward of his labors.

In 1959, Herb met Jean Martin while she was attending nursing school in Banbridge, Ireland. The two of them fell for each other and were married in 1962. They initially lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland then moved to nearby Lisburn, before relocating to the USA. After receiving a pastoral call from Faith Temple Christian Center in 1974, he emigrated to Holland, Michigan. Herb, Jean and their five children, sold all they had and headed to the USA. Shortly after arriving, child number six Paul, was born.

Herb remained closely connected to his birthplace. Herb and his siblings shared some wonderful memories together this past spring. They vacationed for a week along the shores of Lake Michigan.

He was preceded in death by his parents Adam and Martha Stewart and siblings, John Stewart, Anna Cummings, Samuel Stewart, Victor Stewart, Isabel Watt and in-laws Beatrice Stewart, Christine Stewart, Edgar Larmour, Richard Cummings and Marjorie Stewart

Herb is survived by his loving wife Jean, their six children and spouses, 18 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild: Derek & Cheryl Stewart of Holland, and their children, Jessica Stewart of Holland, Jennifer, Jadon and great-grandson James Bouma of Zeeland and Stephen Stewart of Grand Haven; Valerie & David Stegink of Zeeland and their children, Stephanie, Angela and Tiffany; Martin "Bill" & Carol Stewart of Holland and their children, Ryan and Ashley; Janice & Brian Geary of Zeeland and their children, Andrew, Elizabeth and Ethan; Ruth & Kendall DeLange of Zeeland and their children, Kirsten and Alex Slagh of Zeeland, Cameron of Zeeland, Zachary of San Francisco, CA and Taylor of New York, NY; Paul & Katie Stewart of Zeeland and their children, Zander, Gavin and Dylan. His brothers, Kenneth Stewart, Mervyn Stewart and Dr. Cecil Stewart OBE and his in-laws, Mrs. Esther Stewart BEM, Evelyn Stewart, Margaret Stewart, Doreen Stewart, Desmond Watt, Rene Larmour, Evelyn and Jim Greacen, Hilda and Connal Harris, Audrey and Bert Hill and many, many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 East 16th Street, Holland, Michigan on Sunday afternoon, November 4 from 1-3:00 PM and again from 6-8:00 PM. There will be a private family burial on Monday morning, November 5, followed by a public Celebration of Herb's Life at Shekinah Revival Ministries, 1941 Washington Ave, Holland, Michigan at 11:00 AM. Guests are invited to join the family for a luncheon at the church following the service. The services will be officiated by Pastor Clif White.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial donations may be made to New Harvest Ministries. Donations can be mailed to New Harvest Ministries, PO Box 1011, Holland, MI 49423 or online at

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