Newsjournal of the Baptist State Convention of Michigan | May 2023 | Volume 67, Number 5
PASTOR'S LEGACY RESONATES ACROSS MICHIGAN
Dr. Charles Burton Dill
1939 - 2016
FENTON, MI – Dr. Charles Burton Dill, age 76, of Des Moines, Iowa, went peacefully from his home on earth to his home with the Savior on Thursday, February 11, 2016. He was born October 30, 1939, in Memphis, TN to Elbert and Mary Lynn (Hendren) Dill. After graduating from Humes High School he continued his education at Memphis State University, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Southern Baptist Center for Biblical Studies.
He married Shirley Pepper in 1960, and together they served the Lord faithfully for over 50 years. He served various churches as youth minister, music minister and pastor. Pastor Dill was appointed as a Home Missionary for the Southern Baptist Convention and served his final 19 years of active ministry in Michigan. During his time in Michigan, “Chuck” as he was known to most, served the Oakland Baptist Association, which is now part of the Motor Cities Metro Association. Later he was the interim Director of Missions (DoM) for the Greater Detroit and Blue Water Associations. Pastor Ted Stephens recalls, “My best memory of Charles was his smile and warm friendly approach to everyone. He was consistent in his walk with the Lord and in his relationship with people. He really loved the churches he worked with and the pastors of those churches. His desire was to see them reach their communities for Christ.”
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley (Pepper) Dill; son, Dr. Pepper (Debby) Dill; daughter, LeeLynn (Rusty) Ramseyer; sister, Harriett (Jim) Godwin; and grandchildren, Hollie, Ethan, Clay, Isabel and Grace. His life Scripture verse was Jeremiah 29:11. Dr. Dill left a lasting impression on all who met him. He was a faithful leader and a most wonderful encourager. What a blessing he was to so many across our state.