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A Passing Friend; Stan Buck

Stan Buck (1960-2012)

Today our ministry family pauses to celebrate the life and ministry of a truly remarkable man, pastor Stan Buck of Sonrise Church (Fort Wayne, IN).

Stan first attended camps as a young boy with family members and continued attending and serving through the remainder of his life. He was involved in many camp programs, including choir school, counseled, directed events as a Pastor, and served in a number of advisory positions as well as board roles. He was a critical leader with Impact 2818 for more than 20 years and left an impact on thousands of lives. Stan was the founding pastor of Sonrise Community Church.

Stan’s legacy of changing lives continues through those he trained up as ministry leaders, including several camp staff. We will miss him but cherish knowing “he fought the good fight and won.”  We praise God for the life and ministry of Stan Buck and are excited to see how those he led will also change lives, continuing the legacy of generational ministry through Impact 2818.

In celebration of Stan’s ministry,
Nick Yarde

UPDATE – 11/20/12 @ 9:00am

The following is provided via Stan’s Caring Bridge Page at

A Funeral celebrating the life of Stan will be held at 1:00 pm, November 24, 2012 at The Chapel, 2505 W. Hamilton Road. Calling will be Wed 11/21/2012 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Friday 11/23/2012 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm and 6:00pm to 8:00 pm at Sonrise Church, 10125 Illinois Road. Burial will take place in Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made through Sonrise Church,, for the Stan Buck Life Change Fund and Epworth Forest Christian Camp. You may also make a donation to Visiting Nurse and Hospice, or Cancer Services. To read the tribute see the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette or News Sentinel Tuesday Nov. 20 or visit

About Impact 2818

Impact 2818 is the outdoor ministry of the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. There are seven different locations throughout Indiana providing unique programs and retreat opportunities to individuals, religious organizations, and corporations.

2 Responses to A Passing Friend; Stan Buck

  1. Deb November 19, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    i have followed the brave fight this Pastor has fought . i do know first hand how devastating this is on a family so today i just want his family and his church family and friends that they are being prayed for as all of you face the days ahead with grief at different levels.

  2. Weaz January 9, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    I had the honor of serving under Stan’s leadership these past 5 years at Sonrise. As the youth pastor here, I had great memories and opportunities to co-direct Camps with him and Larry Whitehead. Stan was always very excited about sending young people to camp. He was a product of it himself as he accepted Christ at camp at the age of 12. I am honored to have served alongside of Stan. And I am honored to be able to help lead camps again this summer! It has and will continue to be a great partnership. Thank you Stan for your vision, passion, endurance and example! Well done my friend!

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