The Rev. Canon William S. Jerdan

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Bill Jerdan

Dear Fellow Reformed Episcopalians:

On June 27, 2020 our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ called home a precious, dearly loved Reformed Episcopal servant, pastor and missionary, the Rev. Canon William S. Jerdan. After he and his dear wife Diane returned from the mission field serving the evangelical and reformed believers in France for thirty-seven-years, the Most Rev. Royal Grote appointed him Canon Missioner for the Board of Foreign Missions. Even though “retired,” he travelled endlessly. Together with Bishop Grote he helped to transform REC missions in cooperation with our Global South Partners through the Anglican Church in North America. This effort brought us into many significant Anglican relationships, specifically the Province of Southeast Asia. He also played a vital role in developing a new REC Missionary Diocese in Croatia with the leadership of the Rt. Rev. Jasmin Milic.

Canon Bill was a true “Gospel Man,” a descriptive phrase first used by the renowned, 18th century Anglican vicar, Charles Simeon. Our friend and co-laborer in Christ embodied a life committed to mission in every way. Even during his long battle with cancer, he still communicated and used all of his last moments to promoting the spread of the Gospel. Below is the obituary prepared by his wife Diane. Our prayers are with her and all of the family as they enter a time of mourning and rejoicing for the life of their husband, father, grandfather, brother and brother-in-law. We join with them in thanking God for the gift of this special member, brother in Christ, and missionary of the REC. May Canon Bill rest in peace in the presence of the Light Perpetual, Jesus Christ!

Sincerely in Christ,

The Most Rev. Dr. Ray R. Sutton
Presiding Bishop

William S. Jerdan, age 75, a resident of Warrenville, IL, died June 27, 2020. He was born November 24, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to William H.S. & Eleanor Jerdan.

Bill was a pastor to his core and this was expressed in all he was and did. He first began teaching and preaching as a teenager in the Reformed Episcopal churches in South Carolina. He earned a BA in Bible at Wheaton College (IL) and a MDiv from the Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Philadelphia (PA). Following ordination, he first served at St Luke’s Reformed Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. In college he already felt called to serve the church overseas. In response to this calling, in 1972 he and Diane moved to France where they ministered with the Eglise Reformée Evangélique for 37 years. During this time, they worked in parishes in the cities of Massy, Berre-Marignane, Montpellier, and St Martin de Londres. Upon their return to the U.S. in 2009, Bill was named Executive Secretary for the Reformed Episcopal Board of Foreign Missions. In this role his pastoral care and concern extended to churches in Germany and Croatia within Europe, Cambodia in Southeast Asia, and Nepal in South Asia. He sought to facilitate communication among churches from many backgrounds and cultures. At the same time, he and Diane were involved in numerous teaching missions in French-speaking Africa for pastors of developing churches in Senegal, Togo, and Cote d’Ivoire. He was looking forward to another of these missions at the time of his diagnosis. Bill’s pastoral heart wanted most of all to see God’s people equipped and strengthened to do God’s work well. His wisdom and gentle spirit worked to enable others towards more effective service. He was a caring shepherd always seeking above all to honor the Great Shepherd of the sheep.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Diane; his children Stephanie (Gabriel) Weckesser, Daniel (Dulcia) Jerdan, Benjamin (Sarah) Jerdan and Jonathan (Sara) Jerdan; and his 14 grandchildren. Also survived by his siblings Bruce Jerdan, Barry (Nancy) Jerdan, Brian (Kathleen) Jerdan, Robert (Rhonda) Jerdan and Bonnie (Frank) Sayles.

Preceded in death by his grandson Josiah Weckesser.

Due to ongoing world health crisis, a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial gifts may be directed to:

For training pastors for service in France:
The Huguenot Fellowship
PO Box 877
Glenside, PA 19038 USA

For support of Reformed Episcopal missions in Europe:
Board of Foreign Missions REC
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.
Ste H120 #642
Katy, TX 77494

For support of Immanuel Presbyterian Church renovation fund:
IPC Renovation
29W260 Batavia Rd.
Warrenville, IL 60555

Family and friends may sign a guest book at For more information, please call Hultgren Funeral Home at 630-668-0027.

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