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Churchgoers shocked by lead pastor's sudden death

Dave Lanning was a pastor at the Springfield Faith Center for 25 years.

Posted: Jan 29, 2020 7:15 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Churchgoers at the Springfield Faith Center are mourning the loss of their lead pastor, Dave Lanning, who passed away Sunday after suffering a heart attack.

Lanning was a pastor at the Faith Center for 25 years.

Steve Erickson, a friend and a former pastor, said Lanning's impact went beyond the church walls. He said Lanning was involved with mentoring young people in Springfield, he was president of the rotary club for a year, and he was always calling the city to see what he could do to make Springfield a better community.

To Erickson, Lanning was more just a pastor and his boss, Lanning was a friend.

"I would consider him a best friend," Erickson said. "We’ve been through a lot. If I introduced him as my boss, he would give me the look, and I would go, 'This is my good friend Dave.'"

There will be a memorial service for Lanning at the Eugene Faith Center on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m.

Lanning is survived by his wife Pam, four children, and five grandchildren. He was 66 years old. 

"When I think of a job well done, it’s him," Erickson said.

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