Douglas Reiner, Baptist Mid-Missions’ administrator for Missionary Finance, stepped into the presence of his Lord and Savior on May 2, 2017, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
In 2016, after serving nearly 30 years as Brazil missionaries, Doug and his wife, Renate, moved to the US for Doug’s new role in the BMM Home Office. A week before Doug was to start, doctors discovered pancreatic cancer. Doug and Renate’s courage showed strongly as they faced this challenge in dependency on their Lord. In between chemo treatments, Doug kept up with his job at the office and worked from home when he was able.
In March 2017, Doug suffered a stroke and struggled to make a recovery. In late April, he experienced multiple strokes that weakened his body, leading to his homegoing.
Doug was born to Brazil missionaries Harold and Joan Reiner on February 13, 1964. He spent his childhood in northeast Brazil growing up with his missionary aunt and uncle, Ray and Jan Reiner, and their family. At age five, Doug attended a Vacation Bible School with his mother, where God touched his heart. He prayed with his mother and asked Jesus to save him and be the master of his life. From that time on, Doug began to feel God’s call on his life.
Doug attended Baptist Bible College to prepare for ministry. There, he met Renate Damm, and they were married in 1986. They joined Baptist Mid-Missions and served in northeast Brazil as church planters. In addition to the churches they started, Doug was interim pastor of three Brazilian churches, director of Treasure Island Camp, president and treasurer of the BMM northeast region, treasurer of the Brazil field, and director and ministry facilitator of the Fortaleza ministry complex.
The Reiners have two adult children, Alex and Candice. Doug’s brother and sister-in-law Tim and Vicki Reiner continue to serve as Brazil missionaries as do Doug’s cousins Jonathan and Jeff Reiner and their families.
The funeral will be Monday, May 8, at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 120 Main St., Hamburg, NY 14075. There will be no visitation. If you plan to stay for the reception after the funeral, please contact the church at firstname.lastname@example.org.