Pastor, Son Die In Grand Rapids House Fire 4-15-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Pastor, Son Die In Grand Rapids House Fire 4-15-2011

Church leaders said a youth pastor and his 6-month-old son died in a house fire in Grand Rapids.
The victims were identified as 34-year-old Derek Taatjes and his son, Dylan.
Taatjes' wife and two daughters were away from Michigan when the fire struck Thursday night.
The Grand Rapids Press said Taatjes worked with young people at Crossroads Bible Church in Grand Rapids.
Former executive pastor Randy Hekman said the deaths leave a "huge hole" in the church.
Hekman's 17-year-old son said Taatjes gave a powerful sermon last Sunday "about laying it all down" for God.
Fire officials said Taatjes was found in a living room and the baby was in a second-floor bedroom.
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