Rev. Terry L. Zolman: 1947 – 2011

Zolman, Terry L._0001Rev. Terry L. Zolman, 64, a resident of rural Albion and senior pastor of the Merriam Christian Chapel, passed away at 10:05 p. m. on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.  He had suffered a serious fall on Friday, and had been hospitalized since that time.

Pastor Zolman was born in Fort Wayne on July 31, 1947, a son of Clyde D. and Beulah Ella (Shaffer) Zolman.  He spent his formative years in Smith Township, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1965.  As a young man he attended Appalachian Bible College, the Moody Bible Institute, and later graduated from Fort Wayne Bible College.

On August 12, 1967 he was married in Merriam to Julie A. Herron.  The couple have lived most of their adult lives in rural Noble County.

He had worked at Bonar Construction, served for four years as a missionary to New Zealand, and had been the senior pastor of the Merriam Christian Chapel since 1979.  Known as a gifted counselor and teacher, he loved and cherished his family, and most importantly had a lifelong passion for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He was a member of the Merriam Christian Chapel, and served as president of the Spanish World Gospel Mission in Winona Lake.

The surviving relatives include his wife Julie; three children Chad (Christine) Zolman of Fort Wayne and Tera (Tim) Andrews and Bryce (Cori) Zolman, both of rural Albion; four siblings Barbara Lou (Donald) Bonar of Columbia City, Dean E. (Sharon) Zolman of Churubusco, and Nick L. (Elaine) Zolman and DeLara (Larry) Miller, both of Columbia City; and 15 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Saturday, December 17, 2011, in the Merriam Christian Chapel, 3985 South U. S. 33, with Pastors Steve Pulley and Dwayne Berna, officiating.

The family will receive friends in the church multi-purpose room on Friday from 2 to 8 p. m., or one hour prior to the service Saturday morning.

Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Merriam Christian Chapel Missions Fund, 3985 South U. S. 33, Albion, IN  46701

Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco is in charge of the arrangements.


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45 Responses to “Rev. Terry L. Zolman: 1947 – 2011”

  1. Greg Says:

    To Julie & Family – Words could never begin to express our sincere sympathy to all of you on your loss of Terry. And to the hosts of Believers around the globe that he has mentored and to those whose lives are eternally changed because of his faithful message of the Gospel, we share in your grief at this difficult time. Please rest in the knowledge that we will be here faithfully for you now. . .and in the days ahead.

    Sending our love and prayers,
    Greg & Jeanine Childs and Staff

  2. Craig & Laura Myers Says:

    Our hearts are broken, but our hope remains strong and confident. He who began a good work has been faithful to complete it in Terry.

    We know this, that our Lord is good, and does good, for our good. We pray for solace, comfort, and peace in the days ahead.

    Our only comfort in life and death remains that Terry was not his own, but belongs to his faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.

    We are thankful that Terry was faithful to preach the Gospel!

    With you all in prayer,
    Pastor Craig Alan & Laura Myers & Daughters
    on behalf of the Blue River Church of the Brethren

  3. Melinda Winebrenner Willett Says:

    Tera and Tim,
    My deepest sympathy goes out to you all and your family.Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. Your father was an amazing man. I still remember him speaking at our graduation from high school, which gave an extra added personal touch to our graduation class. Tera, my heart goes out to you and your family. May you find peace and comfort, knowing God will be near you today and always.
    with loving care,
    Melinda Winebrenner Willett
    New Paris, Indiana

  4. Kristy Tipton Rawles Says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family today and the days to come, dealing with a loss of a loved one is never easy but knowing they are in the arms of God now makes things a little easier for everyone to deal with it. And he will be there forever to watch over each and every one of you as you go through the rest of your lives. When my sister got taken from us in 95 there was only one person that I wanted to speak at her funeral and that was Rev. Zolman, he was such a sweetheart to all of us that were friends with Tera growing up and treated us just like one of his own kids and I really respected him for that and that stayed with me all these years, so at the time I really needed his help the most….he was there for me and I will never forget that. He was just simply a wonderful, caring man and he will forever be missed.

  5. Sue Buffenbarger McKinney Says:

    Dear Julie & Family,
    Our deepest sympathy to you at the loss of your husband, father, brother, and grand-father. Pastor Terry loved his family and his church family. God will give you the strength that you need as you face the days ahead. Please know how much we appreciated his ministry at Merriam Christian Chapel. May God hold each of you in the palm of his hand.
    In Christian love,
    Bob and Sue Buffenbarger McKinney

  6. Jeff Bower Says:

    Julie, Chad, Tera, and Bryce,
    I have been crying off and on for some time and will continue to do so as I know you are. You all have meant a great deal to me and my family. I have tried to pattern my life and ministry after Pastor Terry’s model. I have fallen far short, but I thank God for the great example he has given me and so many others in Terry and you his family. I love you all very much.

    Love Jeff

  7. Chad Sievers Says:

    Tera and family,

    Your family has been in my thoughts since I heard about your dad’s accident. Life is such a fragile gift that we have. Please accept my deepest condolences. I hope you and your family can find comfort knowing so many people are thinking and praying for you and your dad.

    Chad Sievers
    Indianapolis, Indiana

  8. Robin Plasterer Says:

    I’ve known Terry my whole life. When we were both young folks Terry was always faithful to God and spoke highly of Him. I’ve noticed Terry always has the highest things to say about God. Praise the Lord that Terry is with him today and not in any pain. He is fellowshipping with his daddy, Clyde, and all who went on before. I pray for Terry’s family to have peace and comfort. I know this is a difficult time for you all, but rest assured Terry is in Heaven rejoicing for the God he has always served.

  9. Cliff Pappe Says:

    Julie and family,

    All of you have been in our families prayers. As I look back on my years groing up in MCC, each of you had an impact in my faith. One of my favorite memories of your dad is of helping with VBS and sitting in his office as he explained the various games we would be doing each day. I consider it an honor to have been baptized by such a gifted teacher and preacher and to giving me a firm Biblical foundation for my own faith.

    Praying for you,

    Rev. Cliff Pappe & family
    Beech Grove, IN

  10. Ann Buffenbarger Andresen Says:

    Julie and Family

    Our thoughts and prayers have been with all of you during the past few days. Pastor Terry was such a giving person always thinking of others before himself. It will be hard to walk into Merriam Christian Chapel and not see him standing in the Pulpit.

    He was so wonderful to our Dad, Wilbur Buffenbarger. I can still see Dad’s huge smile, just days before Dad passed away, when Pastor Terry knocked on the door and came in. I am sure that Dad, as well as many others, are smiling and opening their arms to welcome Pastor Terry into their midst.

    May it comfort you in knowing that Pastor Terry has completed his earthly journey, he is now working with his Father in Heaven, and he is rejoicing along with the other lucky ones who have gone before us.

    Jon and Ann Buffenbarger Andresen

  11. Ted Smith Says:

    Julie and Family, my heart broke when I heard of Terrys’ accident and of his passing. Terry left a large impression on me, my family and I am sure many others in much the same way. He was a great pastor and friend and I could see that you, his family meant the world to him. Erin and I are praying for you all during this time, trusting that he is with the Father now.
    Ted and Erin Smith and family

  12. Jennifer and Michael Sherrill Says:

    Zolman family,

    May our thoughts and prayers comfort you during this most difficult time. We love you all and take comfort in knowing Pastor Terry is in His Lord’s company.

    Jennifer and Michael Sherrill

  13. David Grim Says:

    It was in my youth that what began under the teaching and fervency which pastor Terry continuously professed of the gospel of Jesus the Anointed that this same confidence remains mine to this day. Grace and peace to your family at this time. –D. Grim

  14. Joatta Sayles Says:

    DeLara and family,

    You’ve been in my thoughs and prayers during this difficult time. I share this great sadness with you and I’m here for you as you move forward from this tragedy. In time it will be a comfort to realize that your brother left some of his love and faith with everyone he met. His spirit lives on in each of them.

    Love, Joatta and family

  15. Terri Shawver Burton Says:

    Julie, across all the miles and all the years, my prayers are still with you and yours.

    With love,
    King, NC

  16. The Chuck Mathieu Family Says:

    We are so sorry for your loss and want you to know you are all in our thoughts & prayers. God bless.

  17. Becky Reidenbach Says:

    Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”

    Pastor Terry was such a great inspiration. He helped me so very much even though I moved away. He will be missed by all who knew him. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.


  18. David and Carolyn Scheurich Says:

    To Julie and Family. You have our deepest sympathy. Terry was as good as a person can get. He was wonderful to my Dad and mom in their final days and we do so appreciate what a significant legacy he has left to the community. We pray that you draw close to the Father in these next days and weeks. Terry’s dad, was my Grandpa (Ed) Zolman’s brother and thus Terry was my 2nd cousin. Again, you have our sympathy and our honest prayers for your family.
    David and Carolyn (Pippenger) Scheurich

  19. Juanita and Ray Phillips Says:

    Pastor Terry together with Julie lived and taught God’s love and salvation so others could learn to focus on God as the center of their lives,in order that many more would also come to this clear understanding, which glorifies our wonderful Lord.
    To be in Pastor Terry’s flock and as his friend you knew you were in the presence of the Lord…..
    Thy good and faithful servant is now with
    his Lord who he treasured above all else
    Love to all the Zolman family, Juanita and Ray Phillips

  20. Carla Womack LeMaster Says:

    Our family was deeply saddened to hear of Terry’s passing and our thoughts are filled with many wonderful memories of him and the entire Zolman family.

    We are thankful for the truth that to be absent from the body means to be present with the Lord. We rejoice that Terry is now in the presence of his Savior, Jesus Christ. We praise God for the truth of His Word and for Terry who so faithfully proclaimed it.

    Our prayers will continue to be with Julie and the entire family in the days to come. And, that our Lord would be glorified through the testimony of this wonderful family.

    In Christ,

    Jay & Glenda Womack, Mark Womack
    Carla LeMaster Womack, Marcia Womack Sphar

  21. Kevin and Paula Hartman Says:

    We are so sorry about Terry’s accident and now your loss of your husband, father, brother, and grandfather. We rejoice that Terry is now at peace with his loving Father, but pray for you, his family, his congregation, and his friends as you sorrow your great loss. Terry’s life left a great impact and legacy for the Lord…praise God! Our prayers are with you all! Love, Kevin and Paula Hartman and family

  22. Marjorie Elser Says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.. Terry’s life has left a big impact on our family.
    Your faith will get you thru this difficult time.
    Marjorie Elser

  23. David and Dora Anderson Gaither Says:

    Julie and Family,
    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. We know Terry will be missed.

    Nehemiah 8:10 …for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

    David and Dora Gaither
    Bedford, Virginia

  24. Alan and Nancy Erwin Says:

    Julie and family,

    We were so saddened to hear of your loss. Terry was a special man and will really be missed by everyone. Just wanted to let you know we have been praying for all of you and will continue to do.

    Alan and Nancy Erwin

  25. Emily Gerdes Munk Says:

    Zolman Family I extend to you my sympathies. I grew up in the Christian Chapel Church with Terry. One year at Bible School Terry and I decided that we would go talk to Rev. Orr and accept Christ as our personal Savior. Rev. Orr was so kind to us and made us feel comfortable with our decision. Terry wore this faith very well. He will be missed by all

  26. Ed and Judy Anderson Says:

    We send our sincerely sympathy to your family. Terry served his Lord with great dedication. He will be missed. We will keep you in our prayers.


    Ed And Judy Anderson

  27. Debra Winebrenner Says:

    At a loss for words at this sudden event. So happy for Terry to get to see Jesus, but grieving the loss of our earthly shepherd.
    So grateful to have met him so long ago.
    I know now that heaven will become closer and more dear now than ever before.

    Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.


  28. Edward Reidt Says:

    To the Zolman Family, At this time i am pray for the cofert of the lord for you and the family you are in my prayers Terry is with his savior in heaven looking down blessing us all and most of all you

  29. Art and Carol Resler Says:

    Julie and family, I came this afternoon but had to leave before I was able to speak with you. I just want you to know how sorry I am and yet though we grieve, we have to rejoice in Terry’s happiness. You are constantly in my thoughts, I have been praying so much and last night even dreamed about you. You both have been such a special couple even before you were married, and I have always held you in high regard. Please know that I will continue to pray for you and I know God will hold you in His Hand during the hard times you will face in the future. You are never alone. God Bless! Art and Carol

  30. Terry Fuller Says:


    Terry, Willis, and I shared some great moments making music together, and I know how much he loved you from those school days forward. I miss both of those guys, and cannot believe that they are gone.
    Words aren’t adequate to express these feelings, but I am sorry for your loss, but richer for having known him.


  31. Garry & Sherri Hitzfield Says:

    Our deepest sympathy to your entire family.Such a sad tragedy for such a woonderful man of GOD.

  32. Kevin Likes Says:

    Chad and family:

    I was saddened to hear about your Father’s accident and passing. Life is truly a fragile. I’ll be thinking of you and your family.


  33. Jill Young Says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. Pastor Terry was an excellant role model of godly living and an encouragement to me as I pursued a career in missions.

  34. Amy Gibbons Says:

    Zolman family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Terry is a wonderful husband, father, grandfather & mentor to all who have had the privilege to be touched by his warm heart. You are in my thoughts & prayers.

  35. Mike Lamle & Family Says:

    We send our most heart felt sympathies, your family is in our thoughts and prayers. In my youth I admired Terry for his open personality, his friendliness to everyone and especially for his religious commitment. He will be remembered by everyone who was lucky enough to meet him.

  36. Bob & Janet Heare Says:

    Our sincere sympathy. It is not only your lose, but ours also. Although we have not had much communication, we could never forget him and the family. We met you through Jack and Betty Stalf. Terry counseled us and performed our marriage ceremony 21 years ago. Your family is in our prayers. God’s blessing to you.

  37. Dr. Greg Patten Says:

    A couple thoughts on Pastor Terry. What a superman my friend was. He helped me get my feet on the ground when we started WFCV radio in Fort Wayne. Terry and Julie gave my family use of their vehicles and provided much needed love gifts when we started in Evangelism.
    God used my brother is so many lives and I will be eternally grateful to the contributions he made to me and my family.
    There will be a huge void in the lives of all who knew this special man.
    We won’t say goodbye but rather see you in the morning.

  38. Gregg and Marcia Lanzen Says:

    Your family has our deepest sympathy. We praise God that He in control of the events of our lives and that He can comfort us as no one else can. We have been praying for your family and will continue to pray that God will help you in the days ahead.

  39. the krider families Says:

    those who have choose Christ as their personal
    Savior & are with him face to face
    May we live as Pastor Terry admonished us to try
    to live in as he taught us & he & his families
    lived it for us
    Many in the world are now lifting up more positive
    thoughts than most of us ever imagined could be
    possible as our prayers nearly bleed out of us
    for each of the many saints who are now realizing
    how much one shepherd can be loved
    These are certainly the deepest sympathies most of
    us will ever continue to lift up because of the
    certainties we can feel so very deeply for one of
    the ultimate Christ followers who seemed always to
    be running as fast as he could mentally toward the
    only One who gave His sinnless all for us

  40. George and Carol McBride Says:

    Julie and family,

    We send you and your family our deepest sympathy on the loss of Terry. He was such a special person to his family and all he met. He touched the lives of many people by mentoring and sharing his love of Jesus Christ. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless and keep you during this difficult time.

    In Christ,
    George and Carol McBride

  41. John Davis Says:

    To the Zolman family. In all my years at Smith Green Schools I always knew if we needed any pastoral help or someone to pray for the kids/faculty at CMS/CHS Terry and his church were always faithful to pray. I know God has found Terry faithful. My wife and I will pray for you family in this time of loss,but I am rejoicing with you at Terry’s homecoming.

  42. Debbie Gross and Caleb Gross Says:

    Julie, Chad, Uncle Nick, Aunt Elaine and the Zolman Cousins,

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers…thinking of you all so often and praying that the hole left in your hearts and lives will be filled by the Lord and the great love of family and friends.

  43. Phil & Kathy Taylor Says:

    Dear Julie, We think of you often. We are so sorry to hear of this news.
    Peace and love from our home to yours,
    Phil & Kathy Taylor

  44. Garry Kugler Says:

    Dear Julie and Family, I remember the many times in our school years when you and Terry were wonderful examples of truly fine and caring friends.I know you will take comfort in the memories you shared and the work completed over many decades.

  45. Pricilla Etter Says:

    Dear Julie and Family,
    I was shocked when I found out about Terry’s accident and then passing. My heart goes out to you and all the family.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all,

    Pricilla Etter

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