Dennis Lee Masters went to be with his Savior and Lord on June 30, 2020 with his wife, Barbara by his side. He was a faithful husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, and servant of God.
Dennis was born in Mitchell, South Dakota on August 19, 1940, to Wayne and Carol Masters. He lived there until his early teens when his family moved to Sioux Falls and then to Minneapolis where he graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1958.
He met Barbara Walters Adair while attending North Central Bible College and they were married June 1, 1962 and both graduated in 1964.
Dennis and Barbara moved to Roundup, Montana in September 1964 and pastored the Roundup Assembly of God for two years. Their first child, Phillip Wayne Masters, was born during their time there.
Dennis was called to Pastor the Bigfork Chapel in Bigfork, Montana in April 1967 and served there for twenty years. While living there, Dennis and Barbara had their second and third children, Paul Ervin Masters and Denise LeAnn Masters. Bigfork was a wonderful place to raise a family and they lived in a beautiful log home he and friends built. He also oversaw the construction of a new building for the Bigfork Chapel, that is still in use today. He served as Youth Representative and Presbyter for the Flathead Section of the Assemblies of God. The Flathead Valley offered tremendous opportunities for Dennis and his family and they enjoyed hiking and fishing in high-country lakes; as well as hunting, gardening and school activities.
In 1987, Dennis was called to pastor at the Butte Assembly of God (Journey Church).
While in Butte, he was deeply involved in the community as administrator of Summit Valley Christian School, a volunteer hospital chaplain, a member of the ministerial association and the Lions Club, and rest home ministry.
He loved teaching and preaching and had the opportunity to do so around the world. First in Oaxaca, Mexico and then in Paraguay. While in these countries he taught and preached at churches and bible colleges.
Another place that was dear to Dennis’ heart was Israel. On three occasions he led tour groups there. He never grew tired of talking about his time there and in his last minutes, he was listening to songs from Israel and trying to sing along.
Dennis and Barbara retired from full-time ministry in 2006 and became snowbirds, sharing time between Lake Havasu City, Arizona and Glacier Bible Camp in Hungry Horse, Montana. Glacier Bible Camp had been an important part of their lives every year since 1965. After they retired, they volunteered in different positions at the camp and became MAPS RV Missions workers. He also served as an interim pastor and did rest home ministry in his retirement, never losing his passion for sharing the word of God. He was honored in 20017 for serving as an ordained minister in the Assemblies of God for fifty years.
Other highlights of his retirement included leading the West of 60’s Camp at GBC for over 25 years, as well as leading groups of fellow seniors on trips to Branson, MO and on an Alaskan cruise.
Dennis is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara, and three children; Phillip (Tina) Masters, Paul Masters, and Denise (Michael) Bartel. He is survived by four siblings; Ronald (LaVonne) Masters, Gary (Carol) Masters, Janice Masters and David Masters, and a brother in law and sister in law; John and Betty Kneiszler. Six grandchildren; Brianna (Ryan) Eamon, Andrew (Chelsea) Masters, Stephen (Kyleigh) Masters, Dylan and Veronika Bartel. Six great grandchildren; Aislyn, Jameson, and Ellisyn Eamon, Kingston and Colson Masters, and Nora Masters. He was preceded in death by his parents Wayne and Carol Masters.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Memorials may be given to FREE International, 631 North Stephanie Street, Box 350, Henderson, NV 89014 or online at TEAMFREE.TV and put in the comments: “For Dennis Masters’ Memorial”.
We are deeply grateful for your kind and loving expressions of sympathy and prayers. May God richly bless and keep you and your family in His tender and loving hands of mercy is our prayer for you.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 2pm on Monday, July 6th at Journey Church, 2055 Florence Ave. Masks are appreciated.
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