Reverend Robert C. Vance, 86, folded his earthly tent and went to his heavenly home on September 4, 2023.
Remembered as a wonderful husband and father, he is survived by his wife, Jeanette Trimnell Vance and his daughter, Andreea Vance. Also surviving are his sister-in-law, Pat O’Brien Vance; nephew, James “Jay” Vance; and niece, Melissa Berg (Kevin).
Born October 27, 1936 in St George, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Reverend C.H. Vance and Edith Lucille Hebb Vance. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Douglas Vance of Roanoke, VA.
Reverend Vance attended Lee University from 1955-1957 where he met his loving wife, Jeanette, and were married 66 years ago on September 4, 1957. It was during this time that he began his ministerial career of evangelizing and pastoring in the Church of God.
Over the course of almost 50 years, Reverend Vance pastored 12 churches across the states of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and South Carolina. He also served as State Youth and Christian Education Director in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Reverend Vance took on the mantel of ministry with great dignity. His passion was being a Pastor, a Shepherd. He felt this to be a high honor with great responsibility of loving and caring for his flock. And he knew that accomplishing great things for God was not in his own ability, but in the total reliance on the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
To so many, he was Pastor Vance, a gentle giant with a heart just as big.
A Memorial Service will be planned and shared at a later date.
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