Sunday, April 26

Obituary : Ankeny Free Church pastor John Allen Colyer, 64 dies in Africa

There will be something — or rather someone — missing at SummerFest this year
John Allen Colyer, 64, the longtime pastor at Ankeny Free Church, died April 18 while doing missionary work in Lusaka, Zambia.
Colyer had been a fixture at the city’s annual summertime celebration since moving to the city 18 years ago with his wife, Judie, and their four sons to take a teaching position at Faith Baptist Bible College.
“His favorite time of year was SummerFest,” son Josh Colyer said. “He’d just sit up there from sun up to sun down and talk to people.”
“He was just one of those guys who was a very impactful, kind to just everyone he met,” Brent Ouellette of Ankeny said. “It’s a big loss to the Ankeny community.”
Colyer became the lead pastor at Ankeny Free Church 12 years ago after a stint as associate pastor at Grace Church in Des Moines.
He came to the church at a tough time in its history. Membership had dwindled to about 40 people.
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