Dr. E. John Reinhold II passed away on October 1, 2021, at the age of 81, in Colorado Springs, Colorado due to complications brought on by COVID-19.

John was a native of North Chili, NY.  His family move to San Antonio for a period before moving back to North Chili where John graduated high school, attended Roberts Wesleyan College, and graduated with a BA in History.  John was a highly successful businessman and entrepreneur, but he never lost his passion for history and always had a history book on his bedstand.  After graduating from college, John married his high school sweetheart, Dona Marie Berle of Churchville, NY. 

John’s professional life was replete with significant accomplishments. He was the youngest executive in Eastman Kodak’s history.  After he left Kodak, he became the Vice President of Thomas Jefferson Life Insurance Company in Champaign, Illinois where he doubled, tripled, quadrupled, and then quintupled monthly production. While John enjoyed great success in the eyes of the world, he knew that there was something missing.  In 1971 he found a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

That changed John’s vision for how and where he wanted to invest his time. He founded the College of Christian Studies and in 1972, he decided to quite the insurance business and move to San Bernardino, CA where he went on Staff with Campus Crusade for Christ as the head of fundraising. Less than two years after the move to California, “Campus Crusade” moved John and his family to Miami where they remained for 20 years. While John was involved in several businesses in Miami, life for he and the family revolved around activities at Old Cutler Presbyterian Church. 

After Hurricane Andrew destroyed their home in Miami, John moved the family to Melbourne, FL. In 1993, he founded Christian Care Medi-Share (CCM) Ministry in their garage and grew it into a thriving nation-wide organization with hundreds of thousands of members.

John leaves behind 5 children and 16 grandchildren He was tremendously proud of his family. All his children are accomplished.  Eric and Baron went to the United States Naval Academy and commissioned into the U.S. Navy.  Regan enlisted as an Army Ranger, graduated from Cornell University, and commissioned into the Army. Kerstin attended Furman University, went on to attend Reformed Theological Seminary, earned a degree in counseling and assisted her husband in starting a church in downtown Atlanta.  John “Johnny” graduated from Southern Adventist University, went on to graduate school at Ball State University and then returned to Melbourne, FL and began working at Christian Care Ministry, where he still works to this day.

John divorced late in life, but found love while living in Colorado Springs, CO. He met and married Judith Nordberg, of Salt Lake City, UT.  All who knew them marveled at their love and deep affection for each other.

John will be sorely missed by all those who knew him.  He loved history, genealogy, travel, and had a brilliant business and marketing mind. He just loved people and never met a stranger.  He was kind and generous to all he encountered.  He was always the life of the party.  He loved making people laugh.  He remembered every joke that he ever heard and repeated them all (whether he should have or not).  In fact, the day before he passed, he was still cracking jokes and making the hospital staff laugh.

John’s life reflected both God’s call to greatness and our need to seek forgiveness, grace, and redemption. Even by example, he always tried to get people to reconcile our inherent frailty, sin, and the Eternal.  John was saved by grace through the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  He loved Jesus and is now with Him forever.

If you are not certain where you will spend Eternity, if John were here, he would challenge you not to go to sleep tonight without resolving the answer to that question.  Simply put, Jesus died to cover the sins of all those who know they are sinners, repent of their sins, turn to Him for their salvation, submit to His authority, and live a life through Grace that is worthy of Christ’s calling. Amen.   

Dr. E. John Reinhold, PhD Celebration of Life Livestream

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This Obituary Has 4 Condolences

  1. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. John was my father’s cousin on my maternal grandmother’s side of the family. My parents held him in high regard and I enjoyed interacting with him on the family genealogy page. He will be sorely missed.

  3. Judith ,
    So very sorry to learn of John’s passing. May the warmth of God’s love surround you and his family at this difficult time.

  4. My deepest condolences to Judith his wife, and family. John will be deeply missed by as
    well as my self. John’s love and friendship was well received. Until we meet again John, you will never be forgotten.

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