Pastor Glen H. Teasdale

May 15, 1925 - March 2, 2012

Pastor Glen H. Teasdale went home to be with the Lord he loved and served for more than 65 years Friday, March 2, 2012, at the age of 86. Glen was born in Oak Park, Ill., on May 15, 1925, to Harold and Helen Teasdale.

He grew up in River Forest, Ill., and graduated from the Oak Park-River Forest Township High School. During his time in River Forest, he came to know Christ as his personal savior at the age of 12. After graduation from high school, he attended a year at the River Falls State College before the Lord called him into the ministry. After receiving the call, he transferred to the Northwestern Bible School in Minneapolis, Minn. While there, he began preaching at a small country church in Hersey. After graduating from Bible school, he became the pastor of that church. During that time, he met and later married his wife, Marjorie (nee Hollerud), on June 16, 1953. After getting married, the young couple moved to Park River, N.D., and pastored a church there for a short time. Then, they were called to the First Baptist Church of New Lisbon, where they served for nine years.

In 1964, Pastor Teasdale, his wife and three daughters took up the challenge of becoming the pastor of a new church in Waukesha. He took over as pastor in June 1964 and served the Lord here until his retirement in 2011. In fact, he preached his last message on his birthday - May 15, 2011. While in Waukesha, he saw the church grow and move from its first location on the corner of Maple and Carroll streets across from the library to its present location across Highway TT from the Meadowbrook Shopping Center. He also led in the opening of the Waukesha Christian Academy in the fall of 1976 and served as the administrator of the school until this past fall. Over the many years of service here in Waukesha, he also served on many state boards, including those of the Wisconsin Independent Baptist Mission, which helped start Baptist churches around the state; the Chetek Baptist Assembly, a Bible camping ministry in northwestern Wisconsin; and the Wisconsin Association of Christian Schools, a body of independent, fundamental Christian schools around the state. Some may have heard Pastor Teasdale on radio station WVCY (107.7 FM). He had a nightly broadcast on that station through the 70s and early 80s. Then, he changed to just a Saturday night broadcast beginning in 1982 until his failing health prevented him from continuing in July 2011. In 1997, Pastor Teasdale was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the Maranatha Baptist Bible College.

Pastor Teasdale is survived by his wife, Marjorie; five children, Karen, Donna (Gerald) Goessel, Eileen (Greg) Neu, John and David, all of Waukesha; five grandchildren, Stephen (Ruth) Goessel, Rebekah Goessel, Sarah Goessel, Elisabeth Goessel and Julia Goessel; and two great-grandchildren, Gavin and Noel Goessel. He is also survived by a sister, Lila Franson of Des Moines, Iowa; and a brother, John Teasdale of Titusville, Fla.

Pastor Teasdale was preceded in death by his parents and a brother who died at birth.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, March 6, at Faith Baptist Church, 3250 Summit Ave., Waukesha. A second visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Wednesday, March 7, at the church. The Rev. Doug Richards will be officiating. Interment at Baptist Memorial Cemetery in Mukwonago.

The family wishes to thank the Waukesha Memorial Hospital Medical Oncology Clinic for their months of excellent, compassionate care. They would also like to thank the kind folks from the Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care group for their help at the end.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Faith Baptist Church (see address above) or the Waukesha Christian Academy (same as church).

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For the online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com, or call 542-6609.