We dedicate this page to the life and legacy of a great man and friend, Dr. Rick E. Ferguson.
We will never, never forget you, who so humbly dedicated your life and service to the cause of our Lord, Jesus Christ, bearing mass orchards of spiritual fruit, not for your glory, but for the glory of our loving Savior. May we be pressed to follow your example, just as you followed our Perfect Example, God's son.
"Well done, my good and faithful servant!"
The Berry families were greatly saddened and shocked to learn our dear friend, Rick Ferguson died suddenly in an automobile wreck on his way home to Missouri on July 25, 2002. The family was near Hays, Kansas, pulling their boat and on their way to Missouri for the annual vacation with family at Windermere, when their Explorer had a blowout. Justin, Rick and Kathy's youngest son, lost control of the vehicle. Rick tried to help Justin gain control and talked his son through the ordeal. They almost had control of the vehicle when the back right tire of the trailer hit gravel. The vehicle flipped, then rolled several times. Kathy and Justin climbed out of the wreckage with cuts and bruises. Rick had suffered severe head trauma and died instantly. Following just behind them in another automobile was their daughter, Katie, oldest son Brett, his girlfriend, and Rick's nephew, Mike McGee and his wife, Jamie.
There were two funeral services for Rick, one in Colorado and one at First Baptist Church in Arnold Missouri where Rick had been Associate Pastor some years ago. The Berry Brothers sang "These Hands Shall Touch the Hands of God" at the Arnold memorial service. Rick was a very dedicated man of God and our best friend for more than 30 years. He was as close as a brother to Steve and Alan. He will be missed by all who knew him. Please remember his precious family and congregation in your prayers.
The Berry's had spent a week in early July with Rick and his family in Denver, Colorado, just 3 weeks before his death. There they sang at Riverside Baptist Church where Rick was Senior Pastor. On Sunday, July 7th, Rick received a standing ovation from his church congregation after singing with the Berry Brothers, "These Hands of Mine Shall Touch the Hands of God." We rejoice that Rick has "entered through the gates" and is walking "on streets that saints have trod," and that his hands are touching the hands of his Lord and Savior for whom he served here on earth.
Rick sang with Steve and Alan approximately 30 years ago in a group called called The Young Messengers. The opportunity to spend time with Rick and his family in July was a true gift from God. Rick & Kathy, and their three children, Brett, Katie, and Justin Mike McGee and his wife, Jamie are some of God's greatest servants and some of our dearest friends in the world. Mike is Rick's nephew and leads the music in the early service at the church. Pictured here is also Joel Allen, Rick's Music Minister, who graciously filled in as bass singer on Sunday, July 7, 2002 for the The Young Messengers reunion at Riverside Baptist Church.
Leeta Berry, mother of Missy Berry Tisher, and wife of Steve Berry was diagnosed with Liver Cancer on March 3, 2014. She went to be with the lord on August 3rd, 2014. She was The Best Pianist, wife , mother , grandmother and friend that anyone could have. She always supported our ministries, did the book keeping, and sang at many of our concerts. She was a great pastors wife, church leader, and school teacher. When she was diagnosed, she knew her life was short on this earth, but she smiled and said "its ok" i know where i am going". Her life was an inspiration to so many kids, co-workers, friends, and family. We as christians, cant wait to see her again. Her greatest hope for each one of you, to come to know the lord as your personal savior. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. Leeta has Everlasting Life.