“Phil made of every environment, neighborhood.” – Dwight Hillstrom
Philip Emerson Beal (Phil), 1935-2009, as a kid, loved sports and music, church youth group and camp. After college, he volunteered in Latvian refugee camp, and then spent career as college administrator, including Hope College.
A work-mission in Haiti, influenced him and his wife, Kathy, to later become full-time missionaries with the United Methodist Church, serving in Singapore and South Korea as teachers and as Peace with Justice educators in U. S.
After retirement, he served on Volunteer in Mission conference board and the Haiti task force and wrote numerous letters and articles concerning Peace with Justice.
He received the annual “Peacemaker of Year” award the West Michigan Annual Conference.
Retirement volunteered with Kid Hope USA, Children After School Achievement (CASA), Children Worship Center, Meals on Wheel, InterParish Church Council, HASP, Holland Peace, Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON), Latin Americans Unit for Progress (LAUP) and on work-missions. Also had video ministry and made if stained glass.
Being a father and a grandfather were his great joys.
He never missed game or event and loved to go camping.
Phil loved kids and people and many young people besides his family thought of him as Dad or Grandpa.
“Following Jesus Footsteps in Neighborhood”
Phil would have right behind Jesus, following His Footsteps in The Neighborhood. And that would have delighted in staying with Jesus in The Neighborhood, talking with people, praying with them, laughing with them, caring for them, listening the stories. He would especially, that excited about The Celebration of afternoon, with people of ages and backgrounds, hearing and sharing stories about reconciliation, redemption, forgiveness, peace with justice, restoration, transformation, and these caring for each other in Jesus name.
We hope you will, too!