Goodbye Pastor Maas

This is the obituary in Mom Eloise page at

THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010 2:24 PM, MST

This is an expanded version of the obituary that will appear in the Arizona Republic on Saturday, May 8.

Rev. Maas VanderBilt, 85, passed away on May 5th, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Eloise (Kuipers), with whom he would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 30th this year, and six children: Lori Vanderbilt, of Ashville, NC, Cori and Tim Fordice of Lookout Mountain, GA, Monty and Lori Vanderbilt of Seattle, Lois Vanderbilt and Ash Marquart of Anchorage, AK, Deb Vanderbilt and Bill Soleim of Rochester NY, and Joni Vanderbilt and Breen Smith of Pittsburgh, PA, 14 grandchildren ages 14 to 36, and 8 great-grandchildren from 2 weeks to 7 years old; and also by his brothers John (and Effie) Vanderbilt, age 99 and Bert Vanderbilt, age 100.

Maas served in the military in World War II and was stationed in the Philippines, where he felt called to return as a missionary. After the war, he attended Calvin College and Seminary in Michigan, where he met Eloise, and they married in 1950. The Philippines was not open at that time for missionary work, so Maas and Eloise went to Japan as missionaries in 1955, and Maas established and pastored three churches. In 1980, they were transferred to the Philippines where Maas established the BF Homes Christian Fellowship, a congregation in Paranaque.

Maas and Eloise retired in 1990 to Sedona, AZ, where he was able to devote serious attention to his favorite hobby, golf, which rewarded him as he scored 21 holes-in-one in the next 20 years! In retirement, he also continued to assist in the ministry at Hope Fellowship in Flagstaff and later at West Valley Christian Fellowship in Sun City. Maas was beloved in every community in which he lived and served, because of his kind, caring, and giving nature. His family and friends will miss him greatly, but we rejoice that he is now seeing the Lord whom he served for all his life on earth.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 14th at 10 a.m. at West Valley Christian Fellowship (12649 North 105th Ave. Sun City), and the burial with military honors will take place at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on Friday, May 14th at 2 p.m. (23029 North Cave Creek Road, 480-513-3600). If you wish to send a card: Eloise Vanderbilt, 8650 N. 65th Ave. #307, Glendale AZ 85302. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Faith Hope and Love Ranch, an orphanage/school for abused, neglected, and abandoned children in the Philippines. Donate to Global Adventures (memo line: FHL Ranch), 4001 Osuna Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.


One response to “Goodbye Pastor Maas

  1. I miss Ptr Maas a lot… One of the greatest teachers I’ve ever met in my life.

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