April 19, 2016
WINNIPEG—Rob Des Cotes, 62 – founder of Imago Dei, an ecumenical network of Christian faith communities based in Vancouver – died Apr. 6, 2016. Imago Dei is affiliated with the B.C. conference of Mennonite Brethren churches.
Diagnosed with cancer three years ago, Rob “enjoyed energy and relief from major symptoms” until the last couple of months, reports a congregational update. Rob’s last event with his church community was the Apr. 2 Saturday contemplative service, drawing to a close 14 years of monthly ministry with Imago Dei.
Rob left a legacy through three devotional books – Fan the Flame, Higher Than I and Ultreia! (Go Higher) – and a corpus of liturgical worship resources for the multi-campus Imago Dei community. He also served as a spiritual director and lecturer.
In his final emailed update to his congregation, Rob wrote: “We are called, above all, to bear the fruit of a merged life with God that Jesus sees possible for us and that He desires, through the Holy Spirit, to lead us to…. And we have every reason to trust the grace of God and His promise that ‘He who began a good work in us will certainly bring it to completion’ (Phil. 1:6).”
BCMB conference minister Rob Thiessen asks churches to pray for Rob’s wife Ruth and the ongoing ministry of the Imago Dei community as they discern the future.
Rob is mourned by Ruth; 3 adult children; grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Apr. 16, 2016, at Fairview Baptist Church in Vancouver, at 11 a.m.
—a Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches news release