Condolence & Memory Journal

I had so much respect and admiration for Brother Jim. So many things he said during sermons and radio broadcasts have stayed with me over the years and have had a major impact on my life. I was also always so impressed by his intellect and the easy, second-nature way he could quote scriptures. I think he was truly a great man and a great servant of God.

Posted by M. Scott - Warren, MI   September 09, 2019

I consider myself a student and former member of Bethesda 1985 - 1995 until I moved to California. He will always remembered because of his walk with God and his Character a man of God I always respected and admired. We would all do well to continue to thank God for him as our spiritual father in church and the lives we know he impacted.
Thank you Lord for allowing me to be Blessed by you through the life of the true man of under-shephered

Posted by Frankie Stewart - Anderson - southfield, MI - Student   September 11, 2017

I attended Bethesda Christian Church from 1999 to 2009. I went through catechism and numerous Sunday school meetings. I was always excited to go to church as I had never had that feeling before. One thing that I looked forward to was being there early on Sunday mornings and seeing Pastor Jim as he would greet each and everyone who were there before services started. I even attended the mid-week bible study's in the chapel also hosted by Pastor Jim. I am truly hurt to hear of his passing but I know that his spirit is and forever be with the Lord. I love you brother Jim and may you forever and always Rest In Heaven❤

Posted by Kamilah Parker - Highland Park, MI   July 18, 2017

I think I must have nearly every book Pastor Beall wrote. I was led to Christ at Bethesda Missionary Temple in Detroit in 1972. Pastor Beall utterly changed my life. I still cherish hearing Mom Beall on Sunday mornings, and so loved the Beall family. My five years or so at Bethesda laid a lifetime foundation of faith and I will always be grateful. Pastor Beall, I'll be seeing you again one day soon, and I can't wait. You were a good and faithful servant and now you are wearing many crowns.

Posted by Sherry Churchill - Hudson, FL - Acquaintance   April 24, 2017

As I was growing up in Hamtramck, my mother would tune in to WJLB every morning at 10:00 am. I can still hear Pastor Beall's voice, "America to your knees, it's prayer time in America." He was a great teacher of God's Word, and although I have never met him face to face, his teachings have greatly influenced my life.

Posted by Betty Glover - Detroit, MI   March 28, 2017


Memories date to Latter-Rain Revival 1948 in Canada & US, which our family heard about on Wings of Healing Radio from Portland OR. , also, with phenomenal out-pouring 2/22-24/1949 a Rising Tide of Holy Spirit sensed with had been sensed for a year on a WA State Ranch thru Wings of Healing Radio! Arriving for their Bethesda Bible School 1/20 was perfect-timing at 25 (2 year diploma 1950 w/extra classes), & still a Wings-Ministry participant, including Missions as Global Frontiers! Recalling Pastor James Beall's mother, Myrtle Beall of Bethesda Temple, Detroit MI., participating in a Portland Anniversary-Conference, 1949 or 50? Desiring God's best for the Family & Ministries!

Posted by Roberta N. Tuthill - Beaverton, OR - Coworker   December 29, 2016

This looks a lot like my husband

Posted by Amanda Childress - Cresson, TX - Significant Other   October 16, 2016

Once again another year has gone by and we still miss Pastor James L Beall! No other pastor have I had can take the place of this shepherd God placed over others. I thank God for all that he shared and taught us on this earth. My sincere condolences again to all the family.
As we travel down memory lane let us remember the spiritual heritage he left for all of us in the body of Christ!

Posted by Frankie Stewart-Anderson (Former member of BCC) - Southfield, MI - Student   September 10, 2016

Just cant get over this

Posted by Wendy Brown - Eastpointe, MI - Student   August 22, 2016

To me He was my Father in the Gospel. I still listen to tapes recorded of his Preaching. There is that something that makes you feel comfort from the Shepherd. It resonates and causes me to think back when he was preaching. I will always love and appreciate the opportunity to have had him as my Pastor.

I thing I often think about when I think of the day my Mother went home to be with the Lord. I call from California and he said to me "Your bring Mom home right" Yes sir I am, was my answer. He said to me call me when you and your husband get here.

Even as I type this is brings tears to my eyes how caring, compassionate and wonderful he was as our spiritual Father. I know that Anna his wife and the entire Beall & Gruit family miss him tremendously. So do those of us he taught. The Lord Knows best.

Posted by Evangelist Frankie L. Stewart - Anderson - Southfield, MI - member of Temple & Sterling hgts   September 13, 2014



Dear Beall Family: Thanking God for Bro. Jim and praying for your comfort always.

Posted by Dave and Lynda Stallwood - Macomb, MI - Friend   September 10, 2014

Pastor Beall preached at the 1984 American Baptist Charismatic Convention in Green Lakes. I was a young insecure pastor and Jim told us not to throw away our confidence. I never was the same. I also fell in love with the natural way of demonstrating the supernatural that Jim modeled.

I listened to his sermon "UNTIL" maybe 15 times over the years. I think that conference transformed my way of ministry until today. I am a pastor of a large church in Medellin, Colombia for 27 years. Something from Jim about staying put in one spot rubbed off on me.

Posted by Pastor Andrew McMillan - Medellin, Colombia   January 31, 2014


Another Gospel Giant called home. He will never be forgotten. Such an awesome gift and a Blessed Minister. Greatly encouraged my early walk with Christ. Truly a Man of God, now living with God.

Posted by Anne-Marie - Mt Clemens, MI - former visitor   January 19, 2014

I was saddened to learn of Brother Jim's passing only just today. Brother Jim stands in my memory as a foundational figure who spoke of the Lord with the gifts of intelligence and insight. I always felt enriched and enlivened in spirit after listening to the remarkable messages delivered by Brother Jim with such passion and cadence. "This Is The Day That The Lord Hath Made" he would say to the congregation at Bethesda. My family truly loved this good man of God. I am eternally thankful that we were so blessed to have had brother Jim as our Pastor.

Posted by Dale Beisel - Antioch, CA   January 14, 2014


It is with shock and disbelief to me that Pastor James Beall has passed away.....I did not discover this until today, Jan. 5, 2014......It just so happened that I was on the Facebook site and a friend of mine was commenting to someone else that Pastor James had passed and it was like in November of 2013....I was an avid radio listener of the "America to your knees radio ministry".....and as Pastor James used to say, "Produced in the Bethesda Missionary Temple located at Nevada and Van Dyke Avenues in Detroit, MI.....We are calling America to your knees for it is prayertime in America". He (Pastor Beall) was very articulate and greatly anointed of the Lord.......It was often that I was fasting and in prayer and the last hour of my consecration time I would turn the radio on and there he would be.....I looked forward to that radio broadcast for strength and encouragement.....Now I mourn with you because a soldier has indeed gone from us.......However, one day the Lord will descend from heaven with a shout and the voice of an archangel and the trumpet will sound and the dead in Christ will rise and they that are alive and
remain will be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air" (I Thess. 4:16-18) and it is with this hope in mind that we MUST journey on and continue to hold onto and trust God in all of it.......God bless the Bethesda Family richly for you have richliy blessed me..........Rev. O. E. Kimbrough, Jr. (White Chapel M. B. C. of the Full Gospel/Detroit, MI)

Posted by Oakland E. Kimbrough, Jr. - Detroit, MI - former radio listener   January 06, 2014

I was raised in Bethesda Missionary Temple. As a child attending Bethesda Christian school I remember how all of us kids loved and respected Brother Jim.. To me Brother Jim was a great role model of how to be a man. He was big and tough, but kind. Brother Jim was firm, but with us kids you could always see a kind smile. He would speak to us during morning chapel something we really looked forward to. I guess what most impresses me was with Brother Jim a fellow always knew where he stood. The church was a tight run ship. We started on time things were orderly, the building always clean. When my parents divorced, Pastor Beal spent time with me between preaching sermons on Sunday. I am still so impressed that this important man took the time to show me he cared. I love Brother Jim and miss him dearly.

Posted by Keith Farris - Saint Clair Shores, MI - Fellow Bethesdan   November 04, 2013

My deepest condolences.

Posted by Carol S. Lewis - East Palo Alto, CA   October 16, 2013

I attended Bethesda from 1978-1984. I got some valuable training from Bethesda and am eternally grateful for my Christian education there. I had my tough times and trials that many I brought on myself. Pastor Beall was very personable and knew his Bible. I know many individuals who felt that Bethesda was one of the most Spirit filled Churches in Michigan. I wrote to Pastor Beall up until a few years ago and asked forgiveness for leaving Bethesda before the Lord released me and was so gracious in writing. When a friend of mine from Bethesda died, I questioned how he handled it. Until I had to do a funeral and did the same thing that Pastor Beall did. He taught well. I know he will be missed, but as he always said when a saint when home to be with the Lord..."Our loss is heavens gain."

Posted by Dante Marola - Sierra Vista, AZ - Former member of Bethesda   October 13, 2013

paster beall was sowing a seed in my heart of faiht inthe word of god

Posted by Glaser Alois - Washington, MI   October 03, 2013

To the Beall Family,

Our hearts were joyous to hear of Brother Jims home coming, but saddened to know that we have lost a spiritual leader and a man blessed of God with many talents. We have moved and just received the information.

On behalf of the family of late Rev Ambrose Cuppetelli and Mildred, we extend our prayers heavenward in grateful thanksgiving for the blessings and Gods hand in Brother Jims life. Only God knows the lives that he enriched, untold ministries enabled and global reach of his wisdom and passion for souls. A man of absolute integrity and faith. The saints gone one are welcoming a true and faithful servant. Our prayer to Sister Ann and family

Walt and Linda Cuppetelli

Posted by Walter and Linda Cuppetelli - Bluffton, SC - Friend   September 29, 2013


I am sadden to hear that Brother Jim had passed away.
I have great memories of growing up in Bethesda, receiving the Holy Spirit and the foundations of my spiritual life and growing into a young woman of God. I have learned a lot through Brother Jim, his family and the congregation. my condolences goes out to the family.

Grace Turnboe

Posted by Grace Turnboe - Detroit, MI - Former Member of Bethesda Missio   September 27, 2013

I walked into Bethesda Sept 1980 the first time (from Louisiana). I had just come back to MI after being brutalized and nearly killed by the man that was supposed to have loved me. I took a bus from New Orleans to MI. A lady on that bus led me to the Lord. Due to the fact I left LA with the clothes on my back...there were enormous things that I needed to overcome. When I arrived at the bus station in Detroit...there was a Bethesda member there (I think he worked there). He asked me "Are you saved?". Since I'd given my heart to the Lord on that bus, I answered him and said "Yes, I am". The ONLY thing I knew was that there are Christians and Jewish faiths. I got firmly rooted and built up in the Lord at Bethesda. When I completed my first class (Herb Moss) taught, I was asked to share my testimony at our celebration of completing that class. I went on to gain as much knowledge of the Lord as I could get....went through every class, and ended up helping Ruth Whittaker. I also worked as a Sunday school teacher for several years. However, being asked to be a prayer counselor felt as a reward from the Lord. When we were at "Bethesda Missionary Temple"...I took the word 'missionary" to heart. Now, thanks to my training...I've worked within 4 continents...the Lord used my time in Romania as a "launching pad" into many nations". One thing more...if it were not for Sister Pat asking us to write out our "hearing ear" paper...this along with Brother Jim and Harry's teaching...I doubt any of this could have taken place. To simply say I love not only Brother Jim but the family as an understatement of vast proportion. The word that come to mind thinking of all I just wrote is...AGAPE Love... Patricia

Posted by Patricia - Holland, MI - Brother Jim was my former pastor   September 27, 2013


I am sorry to learn about the recent passing of Pastor James. THANK YOU, dear brother, for your many years of service in the Detroit area. You have already heard the words, 'well done'.

Posted by kathy k. - redford, MI - fellow christian   September 23, 2013

Hi Anne, I was so hoping to be there for Brother Jim's funeral. It was not to be since he went to be with the Lord while I was on vacation. I know he is in the arms of Jesus.
I will always remember the kindness you both showed me when my son Stephen passed away and I hope that I can show you the same love and kindness. Jesus brought me 5000 miles to America so I could know him as my personal savior and He
made it possible for me to find Him through Bethesda. God bless you Anne and give you the strength to carry on.
Much Love Ursula Ridlon

Posted by Ursula Ridlon    September 19, 2013

We extend our sympathy to the whole Beall family. We enjoyed Pastor Beall's sense of humor, his radio program, and the many ways he showed the love of God to everyone around him. He ministered to both of us during a time in our lives when it was needed. He will be missed

Posted by greg and dee smith - shelby township, MI   September 18, 2013

Bernie and I enjoyed the Bible College classes that Brother Jim taught.
He was so knowledgeable and made learning so easy. It was a joy to be in his classes. With deepest sympathy to all the family and may you feel the presence of God close to you during this time of grief. Joy & Bernie Grzena

Posted by Joy & Bernie Grzena - sterling hgts, MI - friend   September 18, 2013

So thankful to God, Brother Jim and his whole family for their obedience to God, by serving His people. I was dedicated to God at age 7 years old at Bethesda Missionary Temple along with my sister Bonnie. I attended 8 years. Our Mother Charlene took us girls to church every Sunday morning and nite and Wednesdays. I backslide, but now I have rededicated my life 24 years ago, and I wouldn't be the on fire for God Christian that I am without being raised like I was at Bethesda. So thankful for all the teaching and love I received from the people at Bethesda. Catechism, Baptism and Speaking in Tongues, Confirmation, Camps, Conventions in the Summertime, not to mention the 4th of July picnics. I am so great full to have been introduced to Jesus by my mother, and so thankful for Brother Jim teaching us Christianity 101, and the depth of the Bible. So many people in the world now adays don't even know Jesus, let alone teachings of the Bible. I am so very thank full to the Man of God Brother Jim, he surely was lead by the Holy Spirit, he taught me a lot from the radio program he had, and he sure was full of God's love. Oh yea, I can't forget to mention ALL the hymns and songs I learned (probably 2 or 3 hundred) from attending Bethesda. I live in Florida, my Mom lives in Michigan, we have praised and worshipped God over the telephone with the songs and hymns we learned all those years ago. I have much gratitude and I honor Brother Jim and the Beall Family and all who made Bethesda Missionary Temple (Bethesda Christian Church) what it is today. Thank full to my Mother Charlene, she also attended Bethesda with her Mother and her Grandmother Mary also attended, many years ago. God bless all of you, and my prayers are with you.

Posted by Jacqueline Sherry Jenzano (Priputen) - Port Orange, FL - former member   September 18, 2013

In 1979 I left my home, my family, and my church to serve my country in the USAF. The Sunday before I left I was blessed in front of the congregation by my Pastor, Brother Jim. It's been over 34 years now that I have worked for the DoD, and I have been around the world in places that were safe, and some that were not. Through it all God has kept me safe in the palm of his mighty hand, and the blessing and prayers of my Pastor have been honored. This past January when my mother was in the hospital I came home to help with her needs. It turned out that Brother Jim was also a patient down the hall. What a blessing God provided me in the opportunity to fellowship with my Pastor, and help in any way I could. It was truly an amazing experience to visit with both him and Sister Anne. Each day for nearly a week we laughed and told stories (he knew things about my family that I did not), and even in a hospital bed my Pastor ministered to my heart and soul through both his words, and the Lord's. The day I left I was honored to once again have my Pastor pray with me, and bless me in the name of the Lord as I departed. I thank God for granting me the priceless opportunity to spend the time I did with Brother Jim, to be blessed by him one last time, and for allowing me the opportunity to be a small blessing to both him, and Sister Anne in their time of need. Paul E. Way, Master Sergent, USAF (RETIRED)

Posted by Paul Way - Avondale, AZ - Dear Friend and Pastor   September 17, 2013

My condolences to Anne and the Beall Family. Tom and I were forever grateful to Jim for his many blessings to us. Virginia Hill

Posted by A friend   September 17, 2013

Bro. Jim was the Pastor of my family for 30 of the best, most influential years of my life. I learned a great deal from him and through the strong provision of spiritual education that he arranged for the congregation. The most vivid principle I first encountered through Bro. Jim was axiom that "God gives compensating gains for losses we sustain in life". It took years of mental and emotional wrestling in my mind and heart before I succumbed to this truth. I greatly value all that I learned and received through the life and exemplary model that Bro. Jim provided. He lived by a very high standard, demonstrated it for me and inspired to me do the same.
I am grateful to God for bringing me into the broad circle of those who were mentored by one his elite chosen vessels.

Posted by Harrell L Bailey - Rochester Hills, MI - Former member of Bethesda   September 16, 2013

Since I first heard your Radio Broadcasts on WMUZ, to Sunday's farewell. You will always be my inspiration throughout my remaining days.

Posted by Dennis Kennedy - Howell, MI   September 16, 2013

We have so many fond memories of the years when we had the honor of learning under Pastor/Brother Jim. Our family was brought to the church by our family Mother Mildred in the 40's. She heard Maw Beall on the radio and took 3 buses to get there. Then Brother Jim lead the church following her footsteps. She had very gifted children, and they each had special giftings. Brother Jim was a teacher like no other. He had a Pastor's heart and wanted all of us to know the RHEMA word of God.

We now live in Florida, but all that we learned never left us for a day. May you rest in the peace of knowing how many people loved and admired all that he was. Our hearts are with you during your time of loss. We can only imagine the Mansion God has for James Lee Beall.

Sandy & Chuck Chupick

Posted by Sandy & Chuck Chupick - Jensen Beach, FL - Former member of Bethesda   September 16, 2013

Dearest Anne,
I am so sad at the passing of Bro. Jim.... I have great memories of the times I spent with you & Bro. Jim, both with my family and also when I was able to come visit you on my own during my college years. I had such wonderful visits every time I was with Bro. Jim and felt such kindness and genuine interest in my life and what God had for me. I remember taking a walk in your back yard one afternoon and him showing me all the plants & flowers, and I was amazed at his knowledge of just about anything! I jokingly said that he was a "walking encyclopedia"... He also had great advice about the subject of "dating" which was a great topic of interest at that season of my life. Being a "pastor/missionary kid" I was raised around many pastors growing up and I had created a list at a young age in my journal of my "favorite people" and the those who had influenced me the most. Bro. Jim was at the top of that list and I am so thankful for his influence in my life and that I had the privilege of having known him. Love you Anne!
Sheryl (Alderson) Belefski & family

Posted by Sheryl (Alderson) Belefski - Portland, OR - friend   September 16, 2013

Dear Anne,
We were so saddened by the news of our dear friend Bro. Jim's passing. He was a great man and had a great influence on our lives. Oh what good times we had together - we will never forget them! We loved him so much. He was also a great blessing to our Japanese pastors in Japan. We so wanted to attend the funeral but it was Japan Sunday here at Destiny Church and Archie was scheduled to speak. Our prayers and thoughts are with you Anne and your family....
Much love,
Archie & Vernal Alderson

Posted by Archie and Verna Alderson - San Antonio, TX - Friend   September 16, 2013

Brother Jim had a huge impact on my life. He was a brilliant preacher and teacher and was in some ways, the father I never had. Condolences to his family, with a special acknowledgement to John.

Posted by David Lubienski - Rancho Mirage, CA   September 16, 2013

We admired and loved Pastor "Brother Jim" Beall. He was always so approachable as our Pastor from the late 60's to the early 70's. He married us on May 18, 1968. A great man of God. We have fond memories of our time at Bethesda. We are praying for the family members and for God's peace to be with them all.

Lou and Norma Borsheimyxch8

Posted by Louis and Norma Borsheim - Waterford, MI   September 15, 2013

Brother Jim had a huge impact on my life.
He was like a father I never had.
David Lubienski, Rancho Mirage, CA

Posted by A friend   September 15, 2013


Dearest Bro. Jim. THE ABSOLUTE BEST. My pastor and friend -- I love him for who he was and all he did; and his great influence in my life. An honor to know -- and serve him as his administrative assistant. I will always hold in my heart his tenderness and kindness to me..........

My love and sympathy to Ann and the entire family.

Posted by Cheryl Beisel - Royal Oak, MI - My dear pastor and friend   September 15, 2013


Today we will honor the life and the memory of this man, who God used to touch and influence so many lives for so many years. So many memories, from baptizing Phyllis during youth catechism, performing our marriage ceremony and dedicating our children; to conventions and ministering and teaching the word of God, training and impacting the lives of so many people who continue to minister and serve others all over the country and the world. Our family has been blessed to have you as our Pastor and our friend.....and occasional golf instructor.

You "fought the good fight, you finished the race and you kept the faith."

Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of thy Lord!

All our love,
Bill and Phyllis

Posted by William & Phyllis Staugaard - Rochester Hills, MI   September 15, 2013

To the family of James Beall,

My affiliation with Bethesda Missionary/ Bethesda Christian Church began 36 years ago while the church was still on Van Dyke in the city of Detroit. However, it is in recent years that I experienced a special connection to Pastor James Beall--around his fondness for the carrot cakes that I bake. His quick wit and gregarious personality will be greatly missed.

To Sister Anne Beall and family, may God strengthen you and greatly bless you all during your time of bereavement.

Arthur Perry and family

Posted by Arthur (Carolyn) Perry and Chelsea - Sterling Heights, MI - Parishioners   September 14, 2013

"Brother Jim", as he was known by most of us, was a fine example to pastors and ministers the world over. We are grateful for the many years he fed us the Word of God. We will miss him. We are thankful for the gift of ministry that was in him. He fulfilled his ministry faithfully as a preacher, pastor and a wonderful teacher and leader. Pastors Dan and Ruth Mastro and the Congregation of JOY COMMUNITY CHURCH will be remembering the family in our prayers.

Posted by Pastors Dan and Ruth Mastro - Clinton Twp, MI   September 14, 2013

Dear Family of Pastor Jim,

I (we) have so many fond memories of our years at Bethesda Missionary Temple. Brother Jim, Brother Harry and Sister Pat were so wonderful to know. Brother Jim was one of the 'very' best teachers of The Word. My husband Don thought the world of him...Don died last September 20th.

Sister Anne, I know only too well how you will miss Pastor Jim!! Having been married to Don for over 55 years, the loss is heavy. However, we know where Pastor Jim is today, and I am certain Don has already greeted him.
I look forward to seeing both of them again.

My prayers are with all of you. Maranatha!!


Marilyn J. Rolph

Posted by Marilyn Rolph (Donald) - Holland, MI - Past Member of Bethesda   September 14, 2013

I am very sorry and sad to hear about the loss of Pastor Jim. Pastor Jim was a great and honorable man who always expressed his kindness and love to everyone. Pastor Jim was true man of God who knew and followed God's word.

Pastor very much helped me in may ways throughout my life. I will always remember Pastor Jim as he has a special memory in my heart.

My prayers and sympathy are with the Beall family during this loss and difficult time.

God Bless,

Debbie Nunn

Posted by Debbie Nunn - Sterling Heights, MI - Fromer Member of Bethesada   September 14, 2013


To our Dear Pastors and their families,
The memories are to many to count, picnics, conventions, prayer times we miss Bro. Jim already! We know we will be together soon but until that time we pray for peace and strength for all of you the family. So much wisdom and love in one man is only possible because of the Spirit of God that is resident in our dear leader, Pastor James Beall. Our prayers are with you all.
Kathie Bugajski

Posted by Kathie A. Bugajski - Clinton Township, MI - parishoner for 46 years   September 14, 2013

I was very saddened to hear of the passing of this wonderful man of God. He was my spiritual leader for many years. I always was inspired by his words of wisdom and encouragement during his many sermons and conversations we had over the years. Introduced to him by my father, David, and my grandmother, Edith Lau, I was led to the Lord by the church and it's many ministries. I will be so ever grateful to have known this man, and his dedication to serving his flock, the Holy God, and to giving me much advice in many areas. To the entire Beall family, including Mrs. (Anne) Beall, brother Harry, daughter Analee, and son John: My condolences... I am sorry, yet joyed that he will suffer no more and is in Heaven with our maker. It was a true pleasure knowing "Brother Jim". I listen to his cassette (yes cassette tapes) tapes of his broadcasts of "This is the Day", and they continue to inspire and encourage me. I am unable to afford and attend the memorial, but will send a card to John here in California. Again, I am sorry for your loss. May God give you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Kurt

Posted by Kurtis Lau - Temecula, CA - Former member/attender of church   September 13, 2013

A good and godly pastor. A man that I will remember as a pastor with integrity.

Posted by JOHN C PIPER - new baltimore, MI   September 13, 2013

The finest teacher and man of God I ever knew. He is greatly missed and admired.

Posted by MARK & BARBARA GAMBINO - Slidell, LA - former member   September 13, 2013

It was the great privilege of my husband, Rev. James Alister and I, to be counted as friends of the marvelous Beall family. So many loving memories of all of your loyal support of us in the early struggling days of our ministry. Please accept my most sincere condolences and also from my son, Stephen McAlister. We are the only two surviving members of our family. Love you much. I remember especially the kind generosity of Rev, James Beall, and all of his family. Heaven is richer. What a great gathering in there must be in heaven, of all who loved Jim Beall ! So Much Love, (Mae) McAlister

Posted by Manon (Mae) Ruth McAlister - Toronto, Ontario Canada - old friend   September 13, 2013

You were loved and will be missed, Bro. Jim, but now you are in heaven celebrating with Jesus, your parents, son Jimmy and brother-in-law Peter Gruits. What a beautiful homecoming celebration!(if I missed anyone, else, I'm sorry)Condolences to the entire Beall family. With Love Shirley Werner

Posted by A friend   September 13, 2013

I have had the priviledge of being one sheep under Pastor James Beall's leadership for over 35 years. Pastor Beall was a father, mentor, teacher, and confidant on such a personal level that I called him "Dad." He was the best! True, honest, devoted, and loving Pastor. You will be missed.
Love, SanD

Posted by Sandra Brown-Anderson - Rochester Hills, MI - Daughter-In-Christ   September 13, 2013

What a wonderful man of God and truly gifted preacher. How blessed I feel to have sat under his teaching. I know he is walking on streets of gold and looking for a piece of pecan pie. My love to the family.

Debra Lamb

Chesterfield, MI

Posted by Debra Lamb    September 13, 2013


Brother Jim we'll miss you my friend. You loved life, people, but most of all, you loved the Lord! We thank God for the privilege of having known you & having you as our Pastor. You were such a blessing & inspiration to our family!
Our Love, deepest heartfelt condolences are extended to Anne & the Beall family on the passing of this great man that we ALL loved & admired.
Love, Marty,Louise, Jae, & Jenna Smith

Posted by Marty & Louise Smith - Shelby Township, MI   September 13, 2013

You fought the good fight of faith and have now received your heavenly reward. Thanks for all that you did for the kingdom.

Posted by Emma Waits - Oxnard, CA - in His Service   September 13, 2013

I attended Bethesda in the 80's. Wonderful speaker and his love for people was impressive. When I served at a banquet, he went the extra mile, to talk to me and showed an interested in me. Even though he was sitting with important people. He was a servant. I learned so much there. I will never forget him. Until we meet again.......

Posted by Carol Herdman - chesterfield, MI - attended bethesda in the 80's   September 13, 2013


The Angels rejoice as a good soul has finally made its way home! My sincere sympathy and prayers to you and all of your family.

Posted by Pam vest - Clinton Twp., MI - Bethesda Christian Church Member   September 12, 2013

What a wonderful man of God and truly gifted preacher. How blessed I feel to have sat under his teaching. I know he is walking on streets of gold and looking for a piece of pecan pie. My love to the family.

Posted by Debra Lamb - Chesterfield, MI   September 12, 2013

I met Pastor Beall while attending the Bible studies at Bethesda with Anna Lee Dunn teaching the class...It was the most amazing Bible study I ever had the privilege to be a part of...Pastor Beall would drop by many times or wait in the hallway to talk to many of us....His memory was beyond belief as he could tell you what your name was even though I was not a member of the church, but would volunteer to serve at the many dinners held at the church...He would mention to me that the next time I made a typical English roast beef dinner, he would love to was a standing invitation...the love he shared to all who knew him was unforgettable . Heaven may be rejoicing but we here will miss your very presence....

Posted by Luann McCollum - Sterling Hts, MI - blessed by knowing Pastor   September 12, 2013


When I first started attending Bethesda nothing in life made sense. Pastor Jim help life not only make sense again but help me understand the love of God.
I looked forward to Church every week and couldn't believe I would like being at Church for two hours. I would of stayed at Church for four hours just to hear him preach, sometimes I didn't want it to end. I loved the way he made the Bible come to life, I loved his sense of humor and I especially loved his singing. My life is so much better as a result of knowing him. I know he is Resting safe in the loving arms of Jesus. Well done good and faithful servant!

Posted by Janet Richmond - St Clair Shores, MI - Sister in Christ   September 12, 2013

He was a true Shepherd to his flock those 57 years of pastoring. How he remembered everyone's name always amazed me! We will miss his great smile and warm hugs.

Posted by Sharron Rutt - Macomb, MI   September 12, 2013

Pastor Beall gave a certain kind of hope to many of us in ministry by being such a fine role model.

Jim Brandyberry
The International Church of Karachi, Pakistan

Posted by Rev. Jim Brandyberry - Karachi, Pakistan - Admirer   September 12, 2013

We will surely miss our friend, Pastor Beall! We made many memories over the years for us to cherish....the sense of humor, the keen way of knowing just what to say at the right time, the impeccable, perfect "look" he had, the grace with which he always handled himself...and the many golf games and stories we shared...oh yes, we will miss him.....we love you, Anne and all of the family and will be praying for God to sustain you with His supernatural peace...we are sorry we cannot be there but please know that our hearts are right there with you!

Love you dearly,
Jimmy and Becky

Posted by Drs. Jimmy and Becky Pearce - Valrico, FL - good friends of the family   September 12, 2013

We love you, Brother Jim, and will miss you greatly until we meet again before the throne.

I realized the other day that a HUGE, ENORMOUS amount of my spiritual life, and particularly my spiritual foundation, was laid carefully under your care and guidance.

I would not be who I am today, spiritually, if it had not been for all the wisdom imparted to me, first from your mother, "Mom Beall," then mostly from you as my pastor for most of the 30 years of attendance, from Brother Harry, from Sister Pat, and finally from your daughter, Pastor Dunn. I am eternally grateful for all of the teachers God has placed in my life, and am unable to express the sincere gratitude in mere words.

What an incredible heritage, and legacy you leave. You have run the race well, indeed!

I pray I am just as effective, just as integral a part in God's plan, just as "used by God" to the same degree you were...but, in man's eyes, I fear I may fall far short of ever being compared in the same breath. So, my goal is, as you have taught us from the Word, to live a God-pleasing life, be a spiritual leader to my family, who now inherits what has been imparted to me from God...thru you...and to expect God to do more than I can ever ask or imagine.

One of my fondest memories that was more recent was when the church had a footwashing ceremony, and I had the honor of washing your feet.

Thank you for being a willing vessel in the Master's hand.

I close my comments remembing your pastoral blessing all those years..."May the Lord bless thee, and keep thee, and make His face to shine upon thee..."

Mark & Elizabeth Gadley & Family (Mark Jr., Gabrielle, & Shyena)

Posted by Revs. Mark & Elizabeth Gadley - Lake Orion, MI - Bethesda member-30yrs ('74-'04)   September 12, 2013

Pastor Beall will always have a special place in my heart. Several times during my years of illness, he personally visited me in the hospital, despite pastoring a large church and having ministers serving under him who did that. Adding together the hospital visits that I remember and those where I was not yet fully alert during Pastor Beall's visit, I know that he did this several times. That will always be special to me.

Posted by Chris - Livonia, MI - Former member of Bethesda   September 12, 2013

Pastor Beall was one of my favorite ministers of the 20th century. He was a true pioneer in the Christian area, all because he loved The Lord, a lot, who was also a staple in conquering justice, once and for all. I loved him.

Posted by Gary Collins II - Ypsilanti, MI   September 12, 2013

Pastor Beall's message on tv were what interested me enough to become Born Again. He offered so much hope and scriptural blessings. God bless all of you.

Posted by Karen - Clinton Twp, MI - follower   September 11, 2013

Remembering great times, excellent golf games, in-depth teaching of the Word of God, a warm smile, a friendly greeting, a gentleman and powerful man of God, compassionate and kind. strong yet gentle. We thank God for the opportunity to have known Brother Jim. Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family during this season of loss. We love you all.

Posted by Fred and Florence Parker and family - Victoria. British Columbia - Dear friends   September 11, 2013

Fond memory of Pastor James and Ann visiting me and my husband in San Jose California when we were first employed by The San Fransico 49ers....

Posted by marva fuller hanks - Bloomfield, MI - former member of Bethesda   September 11, 2013

No doubt Pastor Beall is in heaven! We will certainly miss him.

Posted by Wendy Sitek - Sterling Heights, MI   September 11, 2013

Dear Beall Family:

Our heart-felt sympathy and sincere prayers are being extended to you and on your behalf during this time of sorrow over Bro. Jim's passing. May the peace of the Almighty overshadow each one of you and may you be comforted by the blessed hope that we have in Christ Jesus. One sweet day we will all gather at the feet of our Lord.

Please take care...we recall the pain of loss and realize the importance of others carrying us during those times. We will do the same for you.

Blessings always, Dave and Lynda

Posted by Dave and Lynda Stallwood    September 11, 2013

May we continue to honor and respect all the lessons we have learned; acting as living symbols of a loving spirit. You are in our prayers.

Posted by The Wujek-Calcaterra Family - Sterling Heights, MI   September 11, 2013