STANTON, Mich. (June 23, 2014) – A well-known and beloved pastor from Stanton was killed over the weekend, according to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office.
In the community, Kurt Hoffman is known as “PK” or Pastor Kurt, whether or not you attend Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Stanton where he served.
“Anyone that didn’t know him, come through our doors, drive into Stanton, and the good things you see, he had a part of,” said Pastor Mark Edwards, administrative pastor with Trinity Evangelical Free Church.
For the past 14 years, you would find Pastor Kurt Hoffman serving Trinity Evangelical Free Church. Then for the past four years, he delivered Sunday services as lead pastor. But this past Sunday, just before the sermon, the community learned the shocking news that Pastor Kurt was killed in a car accident.
“One of the most wonderful things that happened was that God allowed us to find out this information as we were all together yesterday,” said Pastor Edwards.
As Fox 17 has reported, Montcalm County deputies say a passerby spotted Pastor Kurt’s black 2001 Grand Prix six-feet underwater in Lampman Lake in Sidney Township.
According to deputies, Pastor Kurt was driving on South Brown Road when he missed a curve, hit a fallen tree, and then went into the lake. He was found Sunday morning June 22, his car was submerged, thirty-feet from the road, still wearing his seat belt.
Pastor Edwards said the community is reeling.
“This church became an outreaching church because of him. This church became a church that loved each other so much, and was unified, because of him. He taught us what it meant to be a part of the church of Jesus Christ,” explained Pastor Edwards.
Initially hired on a zero-dollar budget, Pastor Kurt started the youth program at Trinity Evangelical Free Church. Church leaders told Fox 17 he was a gifted speaker who wrote many sermons about his grand-daughter; but most of all, he lived what he preached.
“We thank God for bringing him to us, and he will always be with us. We’ll see him again, and we will continue his work,” said Pastor Edwards.
According to the church, funeral plans are being made with Trinity Evangelical Free Church. Church leaders believe visitation will be held Tuesday afternoon or evening at Trinity, followed by the funeral service on Wednesday.