Rev. Arvid Kingsriter, Respected Leader and NCU Alumnus, Passes Away

Date: June 3, 2011 - 5:19pm

Arvid Kingsriter, a lifelong resident of Minnesota, passed away peacefully on May 29, 2011 at the age of 89. His life was driven by his love for Christ and a servant’s heart.

Kingsriter, a respected pastor, college administrator and church planter for over 60 years, was the founding pastor of Bloomington Assembly of God (now Cedar Valley Church). Upon graduation from North Central Bible College (now North Central University), Kingsriter established the Little Falls Assemblies of God Church in 1943, also serving as a chaplain for the troops stationed at Ft. Ripley during World War II. Kingsriter returned to North Central as Director of Public Relations and Music in 1953 while at the same time starting the church in Bloomington.

During his boyhood on a farm near Paynesville, Minnesota, Kingsriter learned the value of hard work as he lived through the years of The Great Depression. He also learned the value of giving while watching his parents share meager possessions with their neighbors and supporting their local church. Giving was to become the hallmark of churches shepherded by Pastor Kingsriter, particularly in their support of world missions. Missionaries serving in the continents of North and South America, Africa and Europe were frequent guests, sharing reports of the pastors that were trained and churches that were built in part by the generous giving of the Bloomington congregation.

When urban sprawl began to occur south of Bloomington, Cedar Valley Church added local church planting to their giving priorities, starting Assemblies of God churches in Prior Lake, Eden Prairie and Eagan. Cedar Valley also had a major part in starting Assemblies churches in Apple Valley and Woodbury, and providing financial assistance to over twenty other churches.

Throughout his career, Pastor Kingsriter served on numerous governance bodies, including service on the Board of Regents for North Central Bible College (now North Central University), as a national presbyter, District Christ’s Ambassadors President and Assistant District Superintendent (Minnesota) for the Assemblies of God, and the Greater Minneapolis Association of Evangelicals. He also played key roles in the continued development and growth of Lake Geneva Bible Camp in Alexandria, MN.

Music was very important to Pastor Kingsriter, and took many forms throughout his ministry. While building the music program at North Central, he led collegiate choirs that were forerunners for establishing the much-loved Cedar Valley Singing Christmas Tree that enjoyed a twenty-year performance run. During Sunday night services Pastor Kingsriter could frequently be heard playing his trombone along with other musicians during the singing. The Chair of Worship Fund was established at North Central University to commemorate his lifelong emphasis on worship through music.

An avid sportsman, Arvid Kingsriter loved Minnesota and its great outdoors, but had an even greater love for his wife Marian throughout their marriage of over 66 years. He was a caring and devoted family man, and in addition to Marian is survived by their children Kathy Strandquist, Doug Kingsriter, Lynne Kratoska and Boni Caine; son-in-laws Reverend Jerry Strandquist, Bill Kratoska and Mark Caine, and eleven grandchildren.

He is also survived by the many friends, neighbors, congregation members, students, pastors, evangelists and missionaries whose lives he touched through his servant hood and who are eternally grateful for his love for Jesus. His book, Move and I Will Move, chronicled many of his experiences in the ministry and has become a guide for aspiring pastors. Kingsriter is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Lillian Kingsriter, and his four brothers, Harland, George, Orrin and Delmar.

Visitation:

Saturday, June 4, 2:00–5:00 p.m. (at 3:00 p.m. there will be opportunity for people to share their thoughts on the influence of Pastor Kingsriter’s life)

Cedar Valley Church | Sanctuary

8600 Bloomington Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55425

Funeral:

Sunday, June 5, at 3:00 p.m.

Cedar Valley Church | Sanctuary

8600 Bloomington Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55425

Private Interment

Memorial:

A chair has been established at North Central University for those who wish to honor Rev. Kingsriter with a memorial.

Chair of Worship Memorial Information: Checks should be written to North Central University with a note in the memo saying Kingsriter Memorial or Fine Arts Endowment. Send directly to Mary Murphy in Advancement at North Central University, 910 Elliot Ave. Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55404.

If you wish to donate online, visit www.northcentral.edu/donate. With this option, designation would be specifically to the Fine Arts Endowment only.