Randy Oberrath, 73, of Durham, NC peacefully transitioned into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday,
April 2 nd , 2024. He was born on May 21 st ,1950 in Cleveland, OH, the son of the late Glenn and
Carol Oberrath. He was a graduate of Charis Bible College in Colorado Springs, CO. He is
survived by his wife Melissa, his 3 sons Zak, Grant, Jordan (and wife Drew), and his
stepdaughter Amy Swider. He has 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was also
survived by his brother David Oberrath (and wife Nancy), along with his sister Elena Jones (and
husband Blair).
Randy married his wife Melissa on August 10, 1991, and they enjoyed 32 years together. Their
greatest passions were knowing the Lord Jesus Christ, caring for their family, and co-pastoring
Kingdom Life Church International together. They also taught at Charis Bible College
Raleigh/Durham for several years and founded and ran The Freedom and Hope Center which
served the poor and homeless in Durham, NC. Together they led Charis students on 5 mission
trips to Colombia, South America and one trip to Belize. Their greatest satisfaction came from
watching people’s lives being transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Randy was a godly man in the truest sense of the word. He walked in the deep convictions of
his faith in every area of his life. He was kind and compassionate to everyone – from family and
friends to strangers on the street. He loved investing in people, sharing deep insights from the
Bible and encouraging them in their walk with Jesus Christ. He was tireless and selfless in the
ways he served and loved others. The Word of God and his relationship with the Lord were the
compass of his life. They sustained him every day, impacted everything he did and led him
safely into the arms of Jesus. He truly heard the words, “Well done, My good and faithful son”.
He will be deeply missed by us all.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 13 th , 2024, at
Renaissance Funeral Home, 7615 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27615. Family and friends are
also invited to a gathering with refreshments that will be held on Sunday April 14th after the
10:00 am church service at the Sheraton Hotel, 4700 Emperor Blvd, Durham, NC 27703.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kingdom Life Church International in memory of
Pastor Randy. Here is a link: https://www.klci.org/give