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KALAMEN, Arnold Robert

February 18, 1924 — March 13, 2013

Rev. Arnold Kalamen, of Kelowna, BC passed away peaceably into the presence of His Lord at Sun Pointe Wednesday at the age of 89. Dad moved the family to Kelowna August, 1969 from Nova Scotia and dedicated the last 44 years of his life here to serving the Lord, His Church and this community. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed, particularly by the two congregations he pastored, Evangel Church and Kelowna Christian Center. He is survived by his loving wife, Audrey Kalamen and his two children, David Kalamen (Carleen) and Barbara Giesbrecht (Terry), five grandchildren: Brodie Kalamen (Natalie), Ryan Kalamen, Kerri Frey (Nathan), Chad Giesbrecht (Dean’a), and Justin Giesbrecht (Shawna), and eleven great-grand-children – Kyla, Evangeline, Madison, Jayden, Kaden, Kylanna, Alexis, Rielynn, Judah, Carter, Wyatt, and his nephew, Al Hart (Cheryl), and their three children (Meagan, Kelsey, Amy). He was predeceased by his mother, Anna Kalamen. His coronation service will be held at Kelowna Christian Center, 905 Badke Road, Kelowna, on Friday, March 22nd at 1:00 pm with Pastors David and Brodie Kalamen officiating. Dad had a big heart for missions. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kelowna Christian Center’s mission organization, Building Beyond Borders (office – 250-762-9559). For those wishing to send a condolence, photos or share memories, may do so by scrolling down this page to the area called “Share Your Condolences”.

Friday, March 22nd at 1:00 pm

Kelowna Christian Center

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Kelowna Christian Center’s mission organization, Building Beyond Borders (office - 250-762-9559).


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The service for KALAMEN, Arnold Robert is scheduled for Friday, March 22nd at 1:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Kelowna Christian Center

905 Badke Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Debbie Wilkison says:

    David, Carleen, Mrs. Kalamen and family–My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Pastor Kalamen was my first pastor, after Dave prayed with oh so many years ago..I am still so amazed at the mercy of our God.. God bless all of you . Debbie Wilkison

    • Barb (Kalamen) Giesbrecht says:

      Thank you all for sharing and for you prayers. We miss our Dad and are so greatful for the legacy he left. We know he is in a much better place, that’s for sure. What a joy it is to have the confidence that we will see him one day again. Thanks again.

  • Karen Cooper (Carlson) says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have so many good memories of the years when Pastor Kalamen was at Evangel…they were important years, formative years in my christian walk, and I will always be grateful he was my pastor. Heaven must be rejoicing! Another faithful saint has come home!

    • Barb (Kalamen) Giesbrecht says:

      Oh wow! Karen! It’s been a long time since I have seen you! Thank you for sharing these wonderful words! It makes me smile when I think back to those days at Evangel. So many memories for sure. It’s good to hear from you! God bless you!

  • Ruth Manning says:

    Thinking of you in this time of saying good-bye to a beloved husband and earthly father. When I read the obit for Pastor Kalamen, many memories of Evangel Tabernacle came flooding back. May you take comfort in your memories at this time of sadness. God bless and keep each one of you.
    Ruth Manning, formerly of Evangel now with Summerland Baptist.

    • Barb (Kalamen) Giesbrecht says:

      Dear Ruth, Thank you for sharing your heart! Dad would be so happy to hear of all of these comments! He loved people and would do anything for them. If you missed his funeral, it’s on KCC’s website at http://www.kcc.net. Just click on his memorial. You will also see the memorial bulletin under pamphlet. God bless you and thank you again.

  • Joanna Whittingstall (Rathjen) says:

    My heart goes out to you all, Mrs. Kalamen,Barb and Dave and all his grandchildren. It is not easy to say goodbye to someone you love so dearly, even when you know you will see them again. He was a wonderful pastor and I agree with Karen, he held a huge place in our lives as we grew into the truth and confidence of our Lord and Savior. Evangel was a wonderful place and he led us well. We missed him when he left, and we look forward to the banquet table, being together once again. Absent from the body, present with the Lord. How that has been so definately renewed in our minds over the past year. Much love, prayers and peace to you all. Know that you carry his torch well. He is indeed pleased.

    • Barb (Kalamen) Giesbrecht says:

      Hi Joanne, I just came upon all of this today and am so blessed to read it all. What a joy it is to read these from everyone! Yes,those were great days at Evangel. Dad is in a far greater place, his final destiny that he longed for!Together with his Father! We are truly blessed!

  • Kim Mullan (Lesiuk) says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Pastor Kalamen was a beautiful soul and left a legacy of love, affirmation and encouragement. Thinking of you,
    Kim Lesiuk

    • Barb (Kalamen) Giesbrecht says:

      Thank you, Kim. I really appreciate your thoughts and prayers. Your family are very precious to us! God bless you! We miss Dad, but know he has won the race and completed his course and finally resting in the arms of his Heavenly Father. Please pray for Mom. This has not been easy for her. Thank you!

  • Danny & Marlene Richardson says:

    Father, Warrior, General, and Statesman of the Kingdom of God. We will miss him greatly but his dynamic ministry and victories live on thru the lives of his children and especially now his grandchildren. We all loved him as our spiritual father.

    • Barb (Kalamen) Giesbrecht says:

      Thank you, Danny and Marlene. He was a warrior for the Kingdom of God. We miss him but are so blessed to know that he is with his Heavenly Father! We will see him one day soon.

  • lois zachary says:

    what an honor it was to have this loving and caring man as a pastor. he was a wonderful example to all

  • Beryl Baldeo says:

    Dear Kalamen family;
    I send my love and sympathy to you as you say good-bye to a wonderful man of God who served our Valley well.
    I thank God for having had the privilege to have known him and for the legacy that he has left.
    Glory to God!

    Beryl Baldeo

    • Barb (Kalamen) Giesbrecht says:

      Dear Beryl, thank you for you words. Dad did leave a huge legacy which I am so thankful for! He has finished his course and won the race! He loved the people of God and I know he gave it ALL he had! What an honor to have him as my Dad! We miss him but know he is in a far better place…we’re coming soon!

  • Don and Carol Lesiuk says:

    Dear Audrey, David, Barbara and your families: Pastor Kalamen, played a very big role in our lives, as young Christians. We loved him dearly! We honestly can’t remember, seeing him without a smile on his face and the love and the joy of our Lord pouring out of his heart. We were very blessed to have this great man of God pass through our lives. Our family will never forget how he and others from KCC sacrificially ministered to my father, everyday, for a whole year, when he was dying. We had every intention of being at Pastor Arnold’s funeral service, But, that very day, our granddaughter, Quinn, and our daughter-in-law Lesley ended up in the hospital. We pray that our God will comfort you and keep you, as you move through this time of sorrow. With our love, Don and Carol Lesiuk

    • Barb Giesbrecht says:

      Dear Don and Carol, Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers and words of condolence. I shared them with my Mom the other day and she was blessed by them. We also have such fond memories of your family that I could go on here for a long time. They were also a blessing to our lives. I am sorry to hear about Lesley and Quinn and pray that they are better. You can go to KCC’s website and view Dad’s service at http://www.kcc.net. Just click on the right side there. You will also see the pamphlet Justin designed for Dad…it’s beautiful! Thanks again so much. We are honored to hear from you…Barb

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