It is evil in itself. To separate ourselves from a body of living Christian, with whom we were before united, is a grievous breach of the law of love. It is the nature of love to unite us together; and the greater the love, the stricter the union. And while this continues in its strength, nothing can divide those whom love has united. It is only when our love grows cold, that we can think of separating from our brethren. And this is certainly the case with any who willingly separate from their Christian brethren. The pretences for separation may be innumerable, but want of love is always the real cause; otherwise they would still hold the unity of the Spirit in the bound of peace. It is therefore contrary to all those commands of God, wherein brotherly love is enjoined: To that of St. Paul, "Let brotherly love continue:" -- that of St. John, "My beloved children, love one another;" -- and especially to that of our blessed Master, "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you" Yea, "By this," saith he, "shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye love one another."
Ronald Jon Balzer was born on October 14, 1961 in Westland, Michigan to Richard Earl and Leola Ann (Howe) Balzer, Sr. He passed away at the age of 52 on August 10, 2014.
Ron was the Superintendent of the New South Conference, but started in ministry as a youth pastor at Westland Free Methodist and then became Senior Pastor at Bread of Life from 1998-2009. Ron loved the Lord, and had dedicated his life to serving Him and bringing others to know Him.
In 1982, Ron married his best friend Tammy, after pursuing her and being turned down many times. They have 3 children, Corey, Daniel & Abbie, but had grown their family when Corey married Ricky and in 2010, they became grandparents to Hayleigh-Ann Paige.
Ron loved to laugh. His smile & laughter were contagious. Always had the right words to say - the best advice. He loved to fish, golf, and being around others, especially his family. He knew the importance of fellowship and thought that there was no better way than with a bunch of guys and a dead pig.
He is survived by his father, brothers, daughters, son and son in-law
Tamra Ann Balzer was born in Pontiac, MI on June 26, 1962 to Robert Wayne and Joyce Ann (Merriman) Robertson. She passed away at the age of 52 on August 10, 2014.
Most people would say that her occupation was a Pastors wife, but recently she became an associate pastor at Bratchers Crossroads Free Methodist Church. Tammy was an amazing woman of God. She knew that God was always in control.
She was proud of her kids and thought she was the funniest in the family. She loved time with her girls, Corey, Abbie and Hayleigh, especially at the beach. She loved taking pictures, usually bad ones of everyone, crocheting, cooking, everyone loved her lasagna, and pulling weeds, it was free therapy at Ricky and Corey’s.
Ron and Tammy had a wonderful marriage. They were with each other through it all: ministry, raising a family, caring for people and until the end.
She is survived by her mother, father, brothers, daughters, son and son in-law.
Hayleigh-Ann Paige Fowler was born on August 26, 2010 in Ocala, FL to Richard Lee and Corey Ann (Balzer) Fowler. She passed away at the age of 3 on August 10, 2014.
She loved all things Disney, riding horses, swimming, Peter Pan Peanut Butter, Dunkin Donut donuts, Chocolate Milk and Sea World. She loved everyone & everything. She brought a smile to everyones face she met. She loved Jesus and learning songs about Him. She had just learned her first bible verse “ O Lord you searched me and you know me” Psalms 139:1. Everywhere she went she made friends and was looking forward to starting school and making new ones, imagine the friends she has made in Heaven already. She is and will always be the most precious gift Ricky and Corey have ever received.
She is survived by her parents, grandparents, 5 great-grandparents and many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.