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In Loving Memory

Dr. Richard Robert Klein

April 17, 1943 – July 21, 2020

Dr. Richard Robert Klein was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin to Richard and Loraine Klein on April 17, 1943.  He was their second child but never met his sister who passed before he was born.  Richard played catcher for his high school and college baseball teams and remained an avid baseball fan for life.  He loved and cheered faithfully for the Green Bay Packers.  His family served in the grocery/bakery business for several generations and he often returned to these skills to financially support our family as he got his feet set in ministry. His grandfather Ferdinand Klein was influential in his salvation at the age of 18 and spiritual growth forward.

Richard met Roanne Behncke in his junior year in high school and she became the love of his life and #1 supporter for 59 years of marriage.  In the first 7 years of their marriage, their family expanded quickly.

Daddy Klein deeply loved and was proud of his 6 children and their love and service for Jesus.  These children include Mark Klein (who preceded him to heaven), Dr. Michael Klein, Rachel Klein Powell (and husband David), Timothy Klein (and wife Judith), Rebekah McCallay (and husband Greg), and Ruth Rupert (and husband Glenn).

Papa also deeply loved being the grandfather of his 12 precious grandchildren:  Andrew and Jared Klein, Laura Brown, Madeline and Matthew Klein, Scarlett and Grant Klein, Cameron and Alicia McCallay, and Elizabeth, Victoria, and Jonathan Rupert.  He prayed for them daily.  The final greatest joy he experienced was becoming the great-grandfather of Delaney and Peter Brown.

Pastor and Professor Klein adopted many others as spiritual family.  There was always room in his life and at his table for a new learner/disciple/spiritual friend.  Most of these were collected during his studies and service as a pastor and professor.

Dr. Klein began his education in Arkansas at the Ozark Bible Institute.  He then transferred to Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in Minnesota where he received his first degree.  In 1994, he completed his Master of Divinity at Houston Graduate School of Theology and then in 2002 he followed that with a Doctor of Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary.

During his early ministry, Dr. Klein interned at Lakepark Chapel in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, served as a youth worker at several Houston Bible Chapels including Braeburn Bible Chapel, and as a church leader at Manvel Bible Chapel.  In 1976, he followed the Lord's leading to plant a Bible church in Alvin, Texas.  He pastored and served Alvin Bible Church (and often many Alvin residents that were not parishioners) as senior pastor for 20 years and left a thriving church when God called him on to his next layer of ministry.

At this juncture in his ministry journey, Dr. Klein felt a strong pull to higher education and the work of equipping future church leaders and became a full-time professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas for 12 years.    During his time as professor and following his retirement from teaching, he also filled many interim pastorates to support churches in transition. 

Dr. Klein completed his official roles in ministry as the senior pastor of Family of Faith Bible Church in Manvel, Texas.  Although he paused that work after March 14, 2020 due to COVID-19 (and eventually formally retired from it) he never stopped sharing his work weekly by way of the internet through July 11, 2020.  The Lord took our precious husband, daddy, papa, pastor, professor, and friend home to Heaven on July 21, 2020.  

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Friday, July 31, 2020 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.

Condolences may be sent to the Klein family in care of Jeter Memorial Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

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26 thoughts on “Dr. Richard Robert Klein”

  1. Scott Van Hoeven

    Pastor Klein sired more sons in spirit than of the world. I'm privileged to count myself one.

    I pray God wipe away his faults, because when I was sick, he sat with me. When I was too weak to whisper, he spoke Psalms to me. When my worldly father was elsewhere, he took time for me.

    May he rest in endless light.

  2. John and Mary Frances Croix

    Rich was a great preacher, teacher and friend. He always had time for whoever needed him. He made you feel important. He loved eating hot dogs, shrimp and blue bell maybe not together but I never saw him turn any down. He enjoyed politics, history, military history. I looked forward to his phone calls asking me about some detail.
    Now I won't get another phone call, but then he knows all the answers now. I'm glad he has found peace. I pray for peace now for his family. He was very proud of Family . They will miss his wise counsel.

  3. Bill and Sandi Graf

    We met Richard at the College of Biblical studies quite a few years ago and were greatly impressed with his teaching. We became friends, later coming to know Roanne and then the church they pastored. In later years we shared thoughts on many Bible themes and concerning ministry. They visited us here at Rio Grande Bible Ministries and we visited them numerous times in Sugarland. We will miss him for now, but look forward to much, much more time in the future to enjoy fellowship in the Lord.

  4. I never met Mr Klein personally but one day while in the waiting in a Houston hospital, I met his wife and friend. I was always concerned about the salvation of others so I struck a conversation with these 2 ladies. What a surprise and things went forward from that day concerning Richard and me. I teach a bible study at my home so this man I wanted to get to know. We prayed together on the phone, he answered questions I asked, And we became Loving Brothers in Christ.
    Richard was kind enough to what
    Re anything he has
    D with me concerning his teachings. On July 3rd he send me an Emile the files of some of his works. One was on the book of Ezra which I cherish.
    One day I will meet him in Heaven so I lean on that day.
    I must end this, but oh how I could go on about his love of sharing the word. The last time we spoke he said "I hope I can live a little longer to do more for the Lord". I praise for him and he thanked me. The angels rejoiced when he arrived in Heaven. Hallelujah! I will miss him greatly and I repeat, I never met him in person. That is how he effected men and women alike especially me. Peace to all of his family.

  5. David and Phylis Vasquez

    We met "Doc" at CBS years ago and benefited very much from his teaching. He was also our Pastor during the short time we had moved back to the Gulf Coast area. Our sincere condolences to Roanne and Rachel who we knew and other family as well. Your grief has been great the past couple years. May God give you His peace and comfort. See you in Heaven Doc, your healing is complete.

  6. Jerry Maliszsewski

    Richard Klein and his family were the only Pastor and family that ever invited us to actually spend time with their family at their home.
    I have been a Christian for over 46 years and been in church this whole time and never had anyone open there lives up to us like they did.
    We shared many meals with them, spent time playing games with them on the weekends and got to see them up close and personal.
    They were all instrumental in actually showing us what it like to live as a Christian. As I said, we have never seen that type of personal
    fellowship since those early days. It's something that seems to really be missing across the board in most Christian Churches. Thank
    you Richard and Roanne Klein and the whole family for showing us so much love and personal attention. There
    are treasures laid up for Richard in Heaven that he is now enjoying and will forevermore.

  7. Vicki Maliszewski

    Richard was a true pastor. As Jerry mentioned above, we spent a lot of time with all of the family both at their house and eventually ours. I remember the first time I was at their house. I was surrounded by all of their children. Before the end of the evening, we knew all 6 children's first names, middle names and their friends names. That was the beginning of several years of close fellowship. We were treated like part of the family. We were gone for a few years, but then came back with kids of our own. They have great memories of nights when Mr. & Mrs. Klein called and said they would be at our house in 5 minutes with Blue Bell!

    Richard loved to visit and spent a lot of time doing just that with the people in his life and church family. He stayed faithful through all the years. I'm sure he heard those wonderful words….well done, good and faithful servant!

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you that are left behind to miss him.

  8. Rich Klein was a fabulous pastor. He provided me guidance and faith through a difficult time. I will be forever grateful that I met and knew him.

  9. Isaac Schmidt

    Though I only knew Richard for the last 2 years of his life, I am deeply impacted by his legacy.

    His mind for Theology, Philosophy, History & family virtue is a treasure to the Kingdom of Christ.

    I thank The Lord that I was honored and privileged to know Dr. Klein.

  10. Cheri & Carlos Puig

    Dr. Rich Klein was a professor, pastor, teacher, preacher, rabbi, sensei, mentor, friend and devoted apostle of Christ. Like Paul in the 2nd Letter to the Corinthians, Dr. Klein spoke often about his own experiences in life and the faith journey. This enabled us to get to know not just the Scriptures, but to know him as a person. He allowed us as students and friends to share in his humanity. He was not afraid to be vulnerable and authentic. Like Paul, we observed how weaknesses made God's grace and the power of Christ more evident in his life. Like Paul, Dr. Klein worked to transfer life and knowledge to others.
    It is with great sadness, but also heartfelt gratitude for his labor of love, that we say goodbye for now. May God comfort and strengthen the family during this time of grief.

  11. Martha B Peterson

    All of the above. Thanks so much for the friendship that ALL of rhe Kleins have shown to the Petersons since 1985. Love and comfort to you all.

  12. My deepest sympathies go out to the family. The above comments from everyone have captured the true essence of our dear friend Pastor Klein – a loving husband, supportive father, excellent Bible teacher (especially historical references) and a pastor shepherding his flock as Christ did. I have fond memories are sharing meals together with Rich, Roanne and their family; enjoying water-based outings together at New Braunsfel; learning to earnestly examine and dissect scripture including its setting to understand its true meaning; and playing volleyball together at annual church BBQs. I will always cherish Rich's time spent with my husband Jerry who was also raised a Catholic in unfolding and demonstrating how the Christian life should be lived. I picture him now in heaven standing tall singing Onward Christian Soldiers beside his loved ones who have already passed.

  13. Ron and I met Rich in 1995 when we took his "Historical Geography of Israel" class at CBS. Ron and Rich became fast friends over their shared love of books and of course the Lord and teaching the Word. While the fellas enjoyed discussing their latest reads, Roanne and I developed a sweet friendship and her experience as a pastors's wife was invaluable to me. In 1999, Dr. Klein became the Interim Pastor at Alief Community Church which gave Ron the ability to complete another year of seminary and gain the much needed experience to lead a church beyond the pulpit. This was a huge blessing to us personally and to our church. We remained friends over the years and loved our lunch gatherings, texts, emails, and phone calls. We will miss him dearly but only for a short while because one day we will be reunited in heaven and together we will worship our Savior Jesus Christ. Hallelujah! 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻
    We are praying for you all, especially my sweet friend, Roanne.
    Love, Kimberly Davidge

  14. Jackie & Nicki Kilpatrick

    Richard Klein used his life to point others to Jesus for their eternal salvation. As a faithful pastor, he always taught the Word of God to others in a loving, respectful and friendly manner without ever compromising the truth of God's Word. We are all so fortunate that Richard came to Texas and spent his life sharing God's love with us all. What a blessing from our Heavenly Father to send Richard and his family among us as our pastor and sharing the love of God with us all and especially teaching us God's Word with such great accuracy! We miss and love you Richard. We will see you soon!!
    Friends forever,
    Jackie & Nicki Kilpatrick

  15. Dr. Joe Parle

    I was thankful to get to work with Dr. Klein at the College of Biblical Studies for several years. To this day, I have heard of many students who have been significantly impacted by his teaching and life. I am confident that he will hear a "Well done good and faithful servant" at the Bema. I am praying for his family.

  16. Praise to our good LORD for the time we had with Richard. May the Holy Comforter be with his family and friends. Shalom, Ronnie Camp

  17. Kevin English

    Simply put, the Reverend Klein was one of the greatest men who ever lived. I only observed as a teenager in Alvin what other here have testified to already. He was a man who lived what he preached and who believed in good works and old fashioned good citizenship. He was a man that could be depended on and trusted. He left a life-long impression on me and I was very sad to learn that he had passed.

  18. Wanda (Reed) Hall

    I have many fond memories of Dr. Klein. When the family moved to Manvel, we were neighbors . The girls would come over and pretty well teach themselves to play our piano. I loved attending Alvin Bible Church because he taught the Bible. Although I haven't been in touch with him in many years, I thought of him often and the significant impact he had on me. Prayers, love and comfort to the Klein family.🙏

  19. Janice Klein Gorrell

    I am saddened I was unable to visit my Cousin Rich before his home going. Even though he was fighting his illness he called me recently to talk about a visit to see him . He was so encouraging and cheerful and had no audible sign of being ill. I could tell what an amazing love he had for our Lord and Savior and how much he loved and cared for others. He was so looking forward to a visit however that was not to happen due to many Covid cancellations. I am so happy for Rich that he is no longer suffering and so happy to meet Jesus but at the same time I extend my sympathy to the whole family who will be missing his presence so much! Lord, come quickly to reunite us in your presence. All my love and prayers.

  20. Rev. Dave Flores

    My deepest condolences and prayers to the Klein family. I will deeply miss Dr. Klein, He was more than a mentor or professor to me, he was my friend and confidant. Even through his journey with cancer, He continued to uplift and exhort me to develop my life in ministry as a pastor and teacher of God's word. I was hoping to speak to him one more time before his heavenly departure and was grieved to find out that he had already left us. I know that He is in a better place and I look to our great reunion in heaven one day when we all will be awaiting to receive our heavenly rewards for our duties here on earth. His legacy will continue to live on in all the disciples that he has mentored and taught. I am honored to have been his friend both personally and spiritually. May the Lord bless his family during this time.

  21. Cynthia Davis

    Dr Kline will always be in my testimony of my ministry journey. He has left an enormous affect on my life and biblical understanding of the Bible.

  22. I echo my wife Kimberly's comments above. The Kleins have been special to us over the past 25 years. We will miss our ongoing lunch gatherings, phone calls and emails. I appreciated Rich for being my mentor, teacher, encourager, fellow pastor and friend.
    We will miss Rich for awhile, but when we meet again, it will be in the glorious presence of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, for worship and praise throughout eternity.

    1. margiehill59@yahoo.com

      May the lord watch over his family at this time. He was a great pastor. The family lived around the corner from us for many years on Flora. The family was very nice. May everyone know he is in Heaven watching over us as a guardian angel. One day we will see him again.
      Just remember everytime you think of him he is right here in your heart. James and margie hill and family

  23. Adam and Janet Roy

    We started going to Alvin Bible Church in the 80s when our church did not have night services. Klein was recommended by our pastor Allen Thrall who had been kleins close friend in the ministry for years- both very caring, conservative, detailed, great leaders and encouragers, sooo wise and knowlegable in scriptures….

    Since my husband, Adam, was from the Catholic religion -a Bible church is one Adam felt comfortable with. I am soooo thankful for the time, love, and patience Pastor Klein and his family put into us!!!

    Because of them we have a GREAT FAITH!!!❤️❤️❤️

    Teaching Love for God and his commandments

    Pastor Klein we sooooo appreciate you!
    With love in Christ,
    Adam and Janet Roy and family🌻🌺🌷🌹🌸🌼

  24. Kelly Schaeffer

    Sorry I was unable to attend Mr Klein's service. I know it was a true celebration of his life for there are so many great things to celebrate. I have been so blessed to have such a wonderful childhood pastor that poured into me and my family. I have so many memories of going to Church, family camping trips, bbq, fishing trips, beach time on Sunday afternoons with his kids, being baptized and having him marry Ben and I many years ago. This list could go on forever. I know you guys have many more memories and I know they will last a lifetime for you guys. My prayers continue with you all and may you have peace knowing he's finally home and well. Love to each of you.

  25. Amy Logue Cheatham

    I never met Pastor Klein but his son, Tim, was a dear schoolmate to me. Tim's character alone speaks volumes for the man that Pastor Klein must have been. From reading through these tributes, it is apparent that your father was a blessing to so many. Prayers for the whole family at this difficult time.

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