PLANTATION, FL (March 8, 2017) – Retired Covenant minister Göte Bringerud died Friday, March 3. He was 95.
He was born February 24, 1922, in Varnamo, Småland, Sweden. He earned the equivalent of an MDiv while studying at the Swedish Mission Covenant Theological Seminary, Kennedy School of Missions, and Hartford (Connecticut) Seminary.
He was ordained in the Mission Covenant Church of Sweden in 1949 and transferred his ordination to the Evangelical Covenant Church in 1971.
He married Carol Johnson at the Army Chapel Center in Tokyo, Japan, on July 11, 1953. She had been serving as a missionary in Japan for two years prior to their wedding.
The couple moved to Okayama-ken, where they were involved in evangelism and church planting. In 1964 they moved to Tokyo, where Göte taught at the Covenant Seminary and together they served as the high-school boys dorm parents at Christian Academy in Japan.
The family settled in Lexington, Massachusetts, where Carol taught in the Newton Public Schools. In 1971 Göte was called to serve at the Mission Covenant Church in Orange, Massachusetts. After Orange they served together at Covenant churches in Lafayette, Indiana, and Lockport, Illinois. The couple retired in 1989.
Göte was an official chaplain to the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, in 1980, and an unofficial chaplain to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, in 1964.
Carol preceded Göte in death. He is survived by four children, Lisa (Daniel) Westberg of Växjö, Sweden, and Nashotah, Wisconsin; Tina (Randy) Olson of Jamestown, New York; Kurt (Marina) of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; and Bruce (Anneli) of Söråker, Sweden; 11 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren
There will be a graveside memorial service on Friday, March 31, at All Faiths Cemetery in Worcester, Massachusetts.