Remembering John Krueger
Redeemer mourns -- and celebrates -- John in many ways
2 min. read
April 9, 2012

On March 23, 2012, the world lost a wise and Godly man who had blessed Redeemer’s community more than twenty years. Career and Academic Support Coordinator John Krueger collapsed at his desk and passed away, leaving his wife Martha, son Nathan and daughter, Rachel. John Kreugerwas just 58 years old. John was born in Kitchener and had a conversion experience to Christianity in his teen years. This influenced his decision to attend firstBriercrest Bible College, and then Ontario Bible College, where he met Martha, who would become his wife. John completed his BA at the University of Waterloo and then his Masters of Education in Toronto. While in Toronto, John and Martha welcomed their son Nathan, and shortly after the move to Redeemer in 1990, their daughter Rachel was born. John spent several years working at InterVarsity Fellowship before he took up his role at Redeemer. John was very much at home in an academic environment, and his work reflected Redeemer’s commitment to student success. In particular, John had a real heart for helping those adult students who entered the university after a number of years away from school. His passion for learning and helping others made his job at Redeemer a perfect fit for him. One of the fruits of his work was his book, Discovering Your Vocation: A Student’s Guide to Discerning God’s Call, which has helped thousands of students over the years find a career path that incorporates not just their gifts, but their calling. During the funeral, and later at a memorial service at Redeemer, many stories were told of John’s passion for reading, deep conversation, music, and nature. Family, friends and colleagues shared memories of John and his caring spirit and listening ear. John always tried to be a hopeful presence to those who were in need of encouragement. For us as Student Life staff, his authenticity would often shine through during a coffee-break where he would share the joys and challenges of life as a Christian, husband, parent, church-leader, Blue Jays fan, concert-attendee, and much more. After the memorial service, members of the Student Life team and John’s family went for a hike in the Dundas Conservation Area. It was a fitting memory of John—an avowed nature lover with a particular affinity for the Niagara Escarpment, he would often lead the Student Life team on hikes during departmental retreats. John will be missed by many students, alumni, co-workers, and student development colleagues from across Canada. We would also ask that you pray for John’s family, friends, students and colleagues who are mourning his loss.

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