KROENING, Donald

Donald was born December 8, 1930, in Edmonton, Alberta to Reverend William and Emma Kreoning. It was through his mother that he came to know Christ personally at the age of eight, and through the encouragement of his parents he attended Prairie Bible Institute High School, graduating in 1949. Upon graduating from Prairie Bible Institute in 1953, he joined the staff, serving for three years as pianist for the Janz Brothers Quartet radio program, and then teaching Prep Bible and Homiletics for two years. He was married to Mildred Luft in 1954 and was ordained to the ministry in 1956.

In 1958he received a call from the Evangelical Free Church in Herbert, Saskatchewan. Four years later he moved to Brooks, Alberta where he served the Free Church there for another four-year term.

In 1966 evangelist Barry Moore invited Don to serve as his Crusade organist/pianist. After two and a half years Don returned to pastoral ministry, serving Bethany Evangelical Free Church in Canby, Oregon for seven years. In 1978 he returned to Canada to minister in the Knox EFC in Edmonton. During his ministry at Knox, daughter churches were planted in Millwoods and Clareview.

While at Knox, Don served as the chairman of the Evangelical Free Church of Canada Priorities and Strategies Committee. In 1984 a partnership arrangement with the Evangelical Free Church of America was initiated and a Canadian home office established. Don was elected as the first Canadian Executive Director/President and served for one term.

In 1986 he returned to pastoral ministry, serving the EFC in 100 Mile House, B.C. until his retirement in 1997. During these years he published books of hymn arrangements for piano, organ, violin, and trumpet, and began presenting piano/organ benefit concerts on behalf of World Relief Canada. During retirement he completed thirty-one concerts.

While retired Don served as an organist at Knox EVF.

Besides music, Don enjoyed oil painting, photography, mountain hiking with the family, and constructing rock gardens.

Surviving are son Dwayne and wife Holly of Oregon City, USA; son Dwight and wife Colleen of Sherwood Park; daughter Patricia and husband Jim Waltner of Edmonton; son Dale and wife Denise of Edmonton. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Daughter Janet passed away April 24, 1978.

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Roy Mathies

The name Pastor Don Kreoning initiates a profound appreciation and thankfulness for the christian influence and testimony that one person can have on community. Pastor Kreoning’s introduction of the Canadian Boy’s Brigade program in the Herbert EFC in1958/59 encouraged the christian growth of teenage boys from all churches and non churched in the community during Don’s time and for years to come.
For his leadership in my baptism at age 17, to my pride in my Paster’s professional piano performances at our High School Assembly and to pastor of my youth taking time to visit my 12 year old daughter with cancer in the Edmonton hospital in 1982 will make me eternally grateful.
A life well lived, Pastor Kreoning.
Thank you and God bless you richly
Roy Mathies

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