Retired veteran missionary, Bryan Hersey, passed away August 23, 2017, in Cleveland, Tennessee. He was born on September 27, 1939, in Douglas, Georgia.

Bryan and his wife, Diane, began their missionary journey with World Missions in 1968 at the International School of Theology in Brazil. He would serve in Brazil for the next seven years as interim educational director and Northeast Brazil overseer. In 1980, Bryan became the educational director for NW Mexico until 1988, and rounded out his long-term missionary service by serving as missionary to Ecuador from 1990 until 2010, at which time he started short-term missionary work. The Church of God membership in Ecuador grew from less than a 1,000 to over 20,000 members during his tenure.

The Herseys coordinated several ministries in Ecuador—the compassionate ministry to street children, the building of an orphanage and Bible School, a medical clinic, and the construction of schools and church buildings among the Quichua Indians. At the time, new projects and buildings could not be erected fast enough to accompany the exponential growth.

In their earlier years, Bryan became a member of the Church of God while Diane was away at Lee College. Their first date was to go witnessing in the community where Bryan had grown up. Both of them shared the same vision and dedication to God. After meeting with the World Missions Board, they received their appointment and left everything to follow the Lord in missions service.

Bryan once stated in a sermon, “A long-range program of soul winning, separation, instruction, and sending converts to convince their world around us is still the best means of winning that world!” He was already an advocate for “FINISHING the Great Commission”!

In Lieu of flowers, Diane is requesting that a memorial donation be made to their project number #060-0017-018 for the Bryan Hersey Memorial Fund.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

The Memorial service will be held at the North Cleveland Dixon Chapel at 2 pm on Saturday, August 26, 2017. Viewing is from 12 noon until 2 pm prior to the service. Jim Rush Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.