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Pastor Randy Jost (1957 - 2021)

A Tribute to Randy Jost

Our beloved Pastor Randy Jost went home to be with the Lord on April 26th at 12:12 pm. We grieve his loss deeply, but do not grieve as those who have no hope. We rejoice that he is now with the Lord whom he loved and served so well, which is better by far.

Randy’s own father, Pastor Don Jost, joined the church staff in 1970 and served here during Randy’s formative years. Randy was, in a very real sense, a “Met boy”. He and Evelyn Williams met in the church youth group, and the rest, they say, is history! He and Evelyn were blessed with 41 years of happy marriage, through which they were an example to so many of Christian marriage and a faithful testimony to the Lord Jesus’ own love for His Church. Theirs has been a true ministry partnership that has brought the blessings of the gospel and the love of Christ to so many. Randy sensed early a call to ministry and went out west to train at Briercrest Bible College. His first ministry post was at Faith Gospel Church in Kelowna, BC (1979-86), followed by a season at Oxford Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ontario (1986-90). In the Lord’s goodness, a return to Ottawa and to The Met was in their future, and when Pastor David Epstein issued the invitation to join the staff as Pastor of Christian Education and Family ministries, Randy and Evelyn (now joined by Heidi, Jared, Lyndon and Nathan) settled here in April, 1990.

Pastor Randy just marked 31 years of ministry at The Met. During that time, Randy served in a wide range of pastoral roles, leading worship (with his wonderful baritone voice), directing the choir, overseeing METCare, leading the seniors’ ministry, leading adult education and various small group ministries (including Alpha and GriefShare), preparing candidates for baptism, leading funeral services and officiating at weddings, overseeing counselling and benevolence, and providing senior leadership within the staff as part of the Pastoral Executive Team.

Beyond The Met, Randy had a wider ministry among our Associated Gospel Churches across Canada, serving in various leadership roles, including two terms as Moderator in latter years. He was well known in ministry circles in the Ottawa region, often representing The Met in collaborative ministry ventures (perhaps most notably, the Billy Graham Crusade of 1998), even volunteering with CHRI in its early years.

Many within the church family have had the privilege of receiving ministry through Randy on a personal level. Scores of families in need will testify to the way in which Randy quietly sought to bring help to them. Many couples struggling through a hard season in marriage will tell of how Randy counselled and encouraged them. Many recall with joy how Randy baptized them. Many will tell of how Randy comforted them in grief. All of us will know Randy’s public ministry – his gracious welcome on a Sunday morning, his winsome leadership through a morning service, and his reverent observance of the Lord ’s Supper. I think I speak for the whole church family in saying I can hardly imagine coming to The Met on Sunday morning and not being welcomed by the warm and smiling face of Pastor Randy as the service begins.

As a staff team, we have known Randy as a friend, a mentor, a wise counsellor, a steady presence, a rock in times of challenge and difficulty. The thought of serving as a team without our brother is a deep sorrow to us. Speaking personally, I feel I owe Randy an immense debt of gratitude. When I joined the staff as Lead Pastor in 2016, Randy sat down with me for a chat and clearly had something he wanted to share: he wanted me to know that he was here to support me in any way he could. He delighted in his role as Associate Pastor, and felt that being a supportive Associate was the particular gifting and calling the Lord had placed on his life. Randy was highly experienced in ministry and very well loved and established in the church, and right away I could see that his graciousness toward me (so young and relatively inexperienced!) was a testimony to his godliness and kindness. I recognized that in his friendship and ministry partnership, I had a wonderful treasure as from the Lord. Randy remained a gracious and steadfast support to me to the end. I thank God for him. I was able to share with Randy my personal appreciation for his kindness, support, and example of godliness shortly before he died. In typical fashion, weak as he was, Randy simply replied to me: “It is just the Lord”.

As much as Randy loved The Met, his affection for his dear family ran even deeper. The love and respect of Randy and Evelyn’s children for their Dad is a testimony to his character. He was not only loved by the wider Christian community, he was truly adored by his kids and grandkids. For Evelyn and the family, this is a painful loss – one only sweetened by the memory of such a wonderful husband and father, and tempered by the joyful anticipation of seeing him again in glory.

Randy was a very special servant of the Lord, and I think we all feel the privilege that was ours to have known him and to have benefitted from his ministry over so many years. The Lord has blessed The Met in many ways over the decades, but one of the richest earthly blessings He has been pleased to bestow on this church is the ministry of this particular pastor whose life was marked by such kindness, godliness and integrity, and whose devotion to this body of believers was so steadfast.

We praise God and give Him the glory for a life well lived and for a ministry faithfully completed. We are so thankful that our brother is free from suffering and is even now enjoying the very presence of God: “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

Jonathan Griffiths
April 27th, 2021

Ways to Honour and Remember Randy

The Funeral Service for Pastor Randy

Family, friends, and The Met family are invited to watch the funeral service through the link below.

Watch Recording Funeral Bulletin

A Way for You to Leave a Note of Condolence

Please share a note of condolence through the link below or drop them off during the drive-by visitation. Condolences received may be posted at the bottom of this page.

Note of Condolence

A Love Offering for the Josts

The board and leadership of The Met would like to invite you to participate in a love offering for the Josts. Pastor Randy served faithfully as a pastor at The Met for 31 years, and this is one tangible way for us to honour his ministry and express our deep affection for his family. Love offerings via cheque should be made out to Evelyn Jost and mailed to Evelyn Jost c/o The Met,2176 Prince of Wales Dr, Nepean, ON K2E 0A1 while e-transfers may be sent to [email protected] Please note that because these are personal gifts they are non-receiptable.

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Condolences

David Monch

I have fond memories of accompanying Randy on the piano. On each occasion he would bring a desire to musically share his love for Christ with those listening. He would always preface each musical ministry opportunity by ensuring our focus was to honor the Lord. Now he sings a new song.. Revelation 5v9

The Fungs

We are so sorry for your loss and hope you feel surrounded by much love of family and extended family as we grieve alongside with you. Randy was dearly loved by each one of us. He will be in our hearts and memories forever.

Carrie Marston

My deepest condolences to the Jost Family! Randy was an amazing person and will be forever missed! A good and faithful servant of the Lord!!

Larry Comrie

Randy was very kind to My Mother( Joan Comrie )and I at the church.Randy was such a Encourgement to me when my dear Mom got promoted to glory.My Condolences to the Jost family. Sincerely Larry Comrie.

Aimee Mussell

Through out many years I have come to know and appreciate Pastor Randy. He was one of the few people who knew and seemed to understand the challenges I faced as a physician . He also poured insight and understand the challenges of being single and then when I got engaged he provide our marital counselling . He then married us 2 yrs ago and certainly checked in with me when my husband worked out west . I am thankful for such a godly man and life lived out. I will strive to do the same in my role. He had such a servant’ heart and was a great example

Hany Ghabrial

Dearest Evelyn, Heidi, Jared, Lyndon & Nathan, My wife Manal and I, along with our daughters Sarah and Dina share in your deep loss but find comfort in our Saviour's promise of eternal life in His presence. We thank God for what Pastor Randy meant for us during our 17 years in the MET, his servant attitude, genuine heart, warm smile, singing talent, role model and much more. I was privileged to serve on the MET Board for 5 years, during which I saw the same wise and Godly man in the closed-room meetings just like the one we all see on the platform upfront. Pastor Randy has given much to the work of the Kindom at the MET, including giving his "best"; his beloved Evelyn, whom we dearly love and remember as the AWANA director who blessed the young lives of our two girls, that is not to mention watching Pastor Randy's four talented children grow and expand their parents' talented musical ministry. Praise be to God for a life well lived. The Lord is near!

Judy Dancer

Dear Randy, You left us too soon! Having been of great comfort at the passing of Dad and, last year my Mum, and having inspired us at their funerals as well as their special birthdays and anniversaries with your presence, your friendship and your beautiful singing voice, I had hoped you would be around to conduct my funeral when the time comes. I had already chosen my song "You raise me up". I don't know if you are aware of what is happening down here, but it was of great comfort to us as Pastor Jonathan shared this morning what happens to us when we die. So you are with the Lord and may be resting until that great day of resurrection! And what an awesome future awaits us as believers! It grieves me that you suffered so much Randy, especially during treatment and in the last week but I understand from Scripture that as co-heirs with Christ we share in His sufferings in order that we share in His glory (Romans 8:17). Trusting you will be choosing one of those "many mansions" (John 14:2). Ensure it is big enough for Evelyn and the rest of your wonderful family! We miss you! Thank you for all you meant to us.

Sam & Rita Hill

Dear Jost Family, we are just so overwhelmed that our wonderful Pastor Randy has been taken from us. We wish it were a dream and we would wake up from it. We have known Randy since he was a young boy and have watched him grow and become what all of us have known him to be all the years that he was serving at the Met. There just isn't anything negative to say about him. He was all things to all people, a gifted and multi-talented man of God, full of love, compassion, advice and ready to help where and when needed. We mourn with you for losing the husband and father that he was to your immediate family. May the Lord of all comfort fill that void that Randy has left..

David Devadason

During the last twenty years of my association with the Met, Pastor Randy has been a constant presence. Even for someone who knows Randy through infrequent meets whilst visiting tfamily who worship here, I have been profoundly impacted by Randy's passing. I think of how he would lead the congregation in worship through music, and in pastoral prayer. Gentleness, faithfulness, goodness were his distinctly and he had a winsomeness about him that resulted in people being drawn to Christ through what he had to say. He pointed us to Jesus and now he stands with his task on earth finished, his mission accomplished. 'Well done good and faithful servant". With profound gratitude for Randy's life and thankfulness for how he invested his Minas while here on earth. We have been blessed and will miss him for the remainder of our own lives here but 'When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be".

Juliet Schimpf

Praise God for the life and legacy of Pastor Randy Jost! Ministry is often hard and messy. Yet Pastor Randy always made it look so easy. He encouraged me personally, and saw potential in me. For that, I shall always be grateful to God. The best leaders cultivate other leaders. They bring out the best in others. This came naturally to Pastor Randy. Psalm 1, in my mind, describes well the example of Pastor Randy: "Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers." Pastor Randy's roots went down deep--into the Word of God, into the love of the Father, into the Spirit of Christ--and so he yielded fruit until the very end of his life. What a testimony that Pastor Randy should lead a Griefshare class (of which I was part) in the very months leading up to his passing. He ran his race well. He rand with faithful endurance to the end! Well done, good and faithful servant of the Lord. May the God of all Comfort fill our hearts with peace, hope, and even joy, in this time of deep mourning.

Rebeca Oueis

When my family and I joined the Met some 15 years ago, your warm welcome, your beautiful voice raised to honour our Lord, made us feel at home. We are praying for Evelyn and your entire family to find comfort in Him in this time of loss.

Berghuis Family

As a family, we remember the ways that Pastor Randy's wisdom and kindness blessed us. Hannah and Sarah were baptized by him. Henry and Heather experienced his insightful gentleness and biblical steadfastness in a time when guidance was needed. We all will miss him and will continue to uphold his family in our prayers.

Connie lupinacci

Evelyn and Family. Pastor Randy has touched our lives in such a special way as he has impacted so many others. It was in Alpha where I came to see and know him better. He reflected the love of Christ. What an example he set for all of us. We were blessed to have him in our lives and will truly miss his presence and his glorious voice at The Met. We nevet missed a concert!! Love and blessings sent your way. Connie and John Lupinacci. So sorry for your loss!!

Norm Cadieux

Dear Evelyn, Monique and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to you, Heidi, Linden, Jared and Nathan and their families. Randy was such a wonderful mentor to us as he encouraged us to take on the responsibility of the Seniors ministry. He supported us from the beginning and guided us with godly wisdom. He played an immense role in our spiritual growth and we will be forever grateful to God for having Randy in our lives. We loved him very much as a Pastor, a mentor and a friend. We know that the Seniors all loved him, and we can just imagine how those who had preceded him in heaven must have rejoiced at his arrival. Evelyn, we love you, and continue to pray for you and your family for God’s comfort and peace. (Revelation 21:4)

Jari Tiukuvaara

Sending our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss.

Marion Gonzalez

We were very blessed to have had Pastor Randy come to our home when my mother was passing. It was a very emotional time for our family and when Pastor Randy arrived he had such a wonderful calming, caring presence in our home. I can't say enough how much the experience meant to us, his kind words, his prayers with my mom (she woke up only to say "Amen" when he prayed with us and then she was unconscious again) and just his being there. Pastor Randy knew all the right things to say and had such a wonderful presence about him. My husband and children knew him from the services (his wonderful voice, his manner of speaking and his love for the Lord) but my siblings didn't have as much experience (from out of town) and they do not have the same faith but my mother loved the Lord and was not afraid. With Pastor Randy we were able to pray together and in many ways we were able to say goodbye. Our family will always be eternally grateful for Pastor Randy, for his kindness, for his beautiful singing, for his guidance during our lowest times. We were truly blessed for the time we had with such a exceptional person and we wish our sincerest condolences to his family.

Linda Lim

Dearest Evelyn, Heidi, Jared, Lyndon and Nathan My tears flow thinking of your loss. Pastor Randy conducted my father's funeral service and that meant so much to me. I reflected that Pastor Randy had visited my dad's restaurant Ging Sing on Bank Street often as my sister remembered him when she saw him lead his service. My dad came to the Lord in his last days and I know my dad would have loved to hear Pastor Randy sing as he did in his service. Pastor Randy's voice soothed my soul. It was a joy always to hear Pastor Randy worship the Lord during service at The Met. I am so sad to hear of his home going. I am yet glad the pain he was experiencing is no longer and he is with our Father in place where there is no pain. He left such a legacy of faith. I pray for God's compassion, mercy and continual comfort to you and your family during this difficult time. Pastor Randy's presence gave us comfort during our time of grieving. I pray that you know that you are prayed for at this time. Our heartfelt condolences. He touched so many lives in so many ways.

Neera Tressler

It is very hard to believe that Pastor Randy has left us so soon! Our loving thoughts and prayers with you Evelyn, as well as Heidi, Lyndon, Jared and Nathan as we share your sense of loss. May the Lord strengthen and comfort you through this very difficult time. May the peace of the Lord dwell in you and may you find the strength to continue to glorify HIM and rejoice in anticipation that one day we shall be Home where there shall be no more sorrow! In Jesus' Name, Amen

George Hannah

Dear Evelyn, Heidi, Jared, Lyndon, Nathan, Mrs. Esther Jost, Brenda, Barbara, and Beth. Randy was highly respected as a Pastor, musician, counsellor, and friend to many. I would like to leave a few memories with you, they are disjointed, but come to mind immediately. We have a shared history at the Met. It seems like just yesterday when I met Randy in Fellowship Hall on Bank Street after a Sunday evening service in 1970. At the time Don Jost was joining the church staff; he was so proud introducing his wonderful family! Shortly after, Randy and I became friends through Christian Service Brigade, Met Youth, Met Youth Choir, Met Band, and of course the TV ministry (recently he gave me a picture he had come across). We shared many Sunday afternoons performing at Seniors Residences, or Sunday evenings with the Share TV group led by his Father, in churches throughout the region and Ottawa Valley. Randy had such a natural gift for music. Sports came easily to Randy, we skied together frequently. I will never forget when we were about 14 or 15, he convinced his father to drop us off at a ski slope. I don’t think Pastor Don realized how far Mont Tremblant was! Christine reminds me that as a teen, on some Sunday mornings she worked with Randy (both were 16 or 17) in the Sunday School Bus Ministry. He drove a massive school bus, picking up children all over the city. He was always up for a challenge, while having fun and serving the Lord. Our two families enjoyed wonderful times together when our children were young. Our kids were sad when they learned of Randy’s passing, each began talking about memories they had of times we shared with the Jost family. We had returned to Ottawa about the same time as Randy accepted a position with the Met Staff in 1990. Evelyn and Randy were an exceptional team and great example of a married couple, organizing events for young families. Evelyn, I will never forget Randy and your kindness when my father passed away in 1992. We asked Pastor Dave Epstein to present the gospel at the funeral service, as several of my counterparts and executives of the organization I worked with planned to attend. The service was very honouring, with Randy singing, his powerful voice full of emotion, “How Great Thou Art” as well as “How Can I say Thanks”. About 400 attended, and many of those who rarely enter a church, remarked how their hearts had been touched by Randy’s music. Later he also kindly surprised us with a recording of the complete service for our family. He was thoughtful, a true friend. Over the years it was a privilege serving the Lord in various ministries with Randy, he was always a calm constant steady influence in leadership. Having been on the Met Board with him for twelve years, it was obvious his experience and wisdom garnered great respect, his opinions were always sought and valued. Randy’s life had an impact on thousands of people, through his example and dedication to the Lord, his musical gifts, not to mention his friendly smile and warm loving attitude to all. What a Legacy. He will be greatly missed. Please know and be assured we will be praying for each one of you and your families, George and Christine Hannah

Janet Skemer-Donaldson

Dear Ev and family: Our hearts are saddened for you at this time of your lives. Having known the Williams family and Jost families well my whole life , I speak for my family and the extended Skemer family, Randy was a treasure to us! He was at Dad's bedside moments before he passed and what a comfort he was to us all. His indelible kind words and precious gentle spirit will never be forgotten. Thank you for sharing the beautiful service with us all to reflect on his life so well lived. Thank you for the slide show giving a glimpse of your kids, their spouses and adorable grandchildren and the Williams and Jost families. Oh the memories we will cherish . His voice, his love, his compassion and his care will remain impressed on so many hearts. May God sustain you and wrap you with all of Randy's memories until you meet again. With Love and prayers, Jan Skemer- Donaldson

Mark Sorell

Dear Ev and family, We are praying for you. There are so many meaningful memories from Sounds Aglow and the last couple of months on zoom calls with the group. I will always remember Randy as gentle, kind, warm, and strong. As I went for a walk the last couple of days I was moved to tears... and melody. From those moments it felt more appropriate to jot down some of the thoughts and melody. I hope this song I wrote for Randy encourages you and the rest of us during these difficult days. Love. Mark and Cheryl

Sarah Ghabrial

It's so hard for me to imagine the Met without Pastor Randy. The Metropolitan Bible Church was the church I grew up in and my memory is flooded with Christmas services, offertory, and sermons that Pastor Randy lead. He was a constant during all those years. There is so much to admire about this man, but for me it was especially the love he poured on his family. It was beautiful and so touching to see. Mrs. Jost, Heidi, Jared, Lyndon, Nathan, I'm so very sorry. Keeping you in my prayers.

Hank & Marilyn Willms

Dear Evelyn & Family; We are so saddened to hear of Randy's passing. Our memories of Randy are all positive. He was so peaceful and caring as a pastor and we cherished that about him. All of our memories of your time in Kelowna are nothing but positive. Marilyn Especially appreciated your visit to her sister Leona Woit in the nursing home when you visited Kelowna on one of your visits here. We visited the Met on a short visit to Ottawa and Randy was leading the music on that Sunday morning and interrupted the service when he saw us in the audience to welcome us. He was a very special guy. We are praying for you and your family at this time. May He wrap His arms of love around you and give you HIs peace. Lots of love Marilyn & Hank Willms & family

Kathryn McLeod

Randy and Ev, Wow it just roles off the tongue as if it always was said together. Although I knew you both long before you married, it still amazes me how God matched you two and you have been a life long example of godliness in so many lives and ministries. I remember hearing a song that had the lyrics " May all who come behind us find us faithful. May the footprints that we leave,Lead them to believe..." That has definately been your mantra throughout the years... we see it in the lives of your children and now with various ministries of their own which you both helped encourage, not to mention the 100's of others you have encouraged in their walks with the LORD. It was encouaging that when you returned to the Met as a pastoral family that you picked up with those of us you knew from before as if there had never been an interuption in our relationship, a sign that the family of God is always comfortable with one another. Thank you Randy and Ev for being that example to us, our children and being a part of all our lives as we passed many milestones together throughout the years. Jost Family you are loved and prayed for often. The McLeod Family

Rosemary Fast

I grew up in Ottawa and was friends with Randy and Evelyn. I’m so sorry for your loss. I can tell from all the tributes to Randy that he put God first and poured his love on others Evelyn I will be praying for you and you kids so much. One day we will all be reunited forever in Glory. Hugs and prayers Evelyn??????????

Paul Cameron

Our deepest condolences to Evelyn, Irene and the whole family on the passing of Randy. We have so appreciated his amazing ministry and most of all his friendship over the past 30 plus years at The Met. Once again, another wonderful person taken too soon. Always friendly, smiling, caring, reliable and super capable, he was also so humble and willing to serve in any capacity. An amazing role model for youth in so many ways. We were so sad to have learned of this news this week, but of course, are rejoicing with you in knowing that he was a faithful follower and servant of Jesus. We will miss him so much when the church opens back up. Love, The Camerons.

Darren DeRidder

It was an honour and a privilege to serve on the worship team under Pastor Randy, not to mention fun and personally rewarding. His supportive encouragement was tremendously uplifting to me, and his godly example continues to inspire. Accompanying while Randy sang and played guitar is one of my favourite musical memories. I’ll always be thankful to him for the chance to play together, to share music and for his warm and easy-going friendship throughout that time. Pastor Randy had a real positive impact on my life and I'm sure all our fellow musicians would say the same. My sincere condolences to Evelyn and the entire Jost family.

Joan Bell

The Bell family would like to send our condolences to your family. We were so blessed to have met this amazing angel on earth. He presided over our father's funeral and made us feel so at ease. He welcomed us in his beloved Met family, for which we will be eternally grateful. God bless and keep your family in his arms. You are and will always be in our thoughts and prayers. The Bell family

Jonathan Davies

I am so sorry about Pastor Randy's death. I got to know Pastor Randy from attending The Met (Metropolitan Bible Church) from 1990 to 2008. The last time I saw him was a little over a year ago when I started attending the Met Seniors meetings. Unfortunately, the pandemic started just after I started attending the Met Seniors meetings. I have very pleasant memories of Pastor Randy. My condolences to all members of Pastor Randy's family. Jonathan Davies

Mr. Jonathan

I am so sorry about Pastor Randy's death. I got to know him from attending The Met (Metropolitan Bible Church) from 1990 to 2008, and then, just last year, I started to attend the Met Seniors meetings, and that was the last time I saw Pastor Randy. The pandemic started only about a month after I started to attend the Met Senior meetings. I have very pleasant memories of Pastor Randy. My condolences to all members of his family. Jonathan Davies

Dave Kinsey

It was my privilege to work with Pastor Randy when the Awana Girls and the Brigade Boys collaborated on Grand Prix events during the 1990s. He was always congenial and the events went well. In later years we did not have the same opportunity to work together but I always enjoyed his friendly greeting whenever we met. I also remember Pastor Randy for the quality and sincerity of the worship services which he led. Our condolences to Evelyn, the family, and the Met on their great loss. Dave Kinsey, Awana Regional Missionary-Ontario

Mark Tso

Pastor Randy Jost was a wonderful ministry leader at the MET and was an encouragement to my family every Sunday when he led the church in worship. My late father would often visit from Oakville to Ottawa and would look forward to seeing and hearing Pastor Randy lead us in worship. His voice and smile combined brought joy to all of us as we worshiped our Lord and Saviour. My condolences to the Jost family, my prayers and thoughts are with you.

E. Ruth Smith

I appreciated Pastor Randy’s leadership with the Cornerstone ministry and his support to my mom and family at my Dads passing . It was God's timing that he visiting my Mom when got the news that Dad was now in glory . I always appreciated Randy’s solos . One that stands out is THE KING IS COMING. Although we have a hole in our hearts WHAT A PEACE to KNOW he is in the presence of our ALMIGHTY KING . Love and prayers to the family ??

Matt & Angela Rudd

Dearest Jost family and Met family, I posted some of this on social media, so you may have seen it there. But we are so very thankful for Pastor Randy and the many precious memories we have of him. Angela remembers how he encouraged her to sing at church as a little girl, maybe only 6 years old, and encouraged her in her gifts over many years. We were blessed to have him walk us through our pre-marital counselling, and we still remember many of the principles and truths he distilled to us at that time. We were so honoured to have him sing 'The Lord's Prayer' at our wedding. After we watched the funeral online, we pulled out the recording we have of that day and let his beautiful voice fill our hearts with joy. Over the years after that, he was one of my 'coaching pastors' during my pastoral internship, and I got to work closely with him in the worship ministry. Finally, when I got contacted by Calvary, the church I've pastored for the past 11 years, I was very apprehensive about pursuing that opportunity. Pastor Randy was the one who pushed me to go for it, encouraging me to spread my wings for God's kingdom. We will miss his voice. We will miss his smile. We will miss his heart. But we rest firmly in the hope we will see him again. What a day that will be! I hope I get to stand near him in the heavenly choir. May he rest in PRAISE. Love, Matt for the both of us

Dan Ferguson

While I didn't know Randy well personally, my most recent memory of him was when he came to visit my father Jack in the hospital when he was first diagnosed with cancer in the summer of 2018. Randy's ministry through his hospital visitations, notes of encouragement and prayer for Jack was a great support to both of us. I know Jack regarded Randy fondly as both a brother and a confidant through their years of service and friendship together at the Met. I trust Jack and Randy are reunited as friends rejoicing in the Lord in heaven. My deepest condolences to the family during this difficult time of loss and grief. May you find peace and comfort in the knowledge that Randy is no longer in pain or suffering and has been made new, having completed his race as a good and faithful servant.

dan king

Dear Evelyn and family, Lyne and I would want to express our deepest Condolence to you and to all of your family. We are so sad to say goodbye to a brother we so loved, but at the same time, we are at peace of knowing where he is at this time and being in the presence of the Lord, the One he loved so much. We could go on and on, on telling you what this brother meant to us, but it would take me days to do that. We all know that Randy was not perfect, but it"s as close that it gets to God. I thank God so much for blessing us with a man like Randy, plus having the privelege of serving with him for 12 years. God also gave us a last minute gift when we had the privelege of being on serving on the 20th of December when Randy came up and sang Hallelujia with the band. My heart thank the Lord so many time for that. Randy was a rock, a loving man, so many people as great these to say about him. Lyne and I loved him so much, but I've got to say, when I look at you Evelyn and your family, I could just say that the many apples have not fallen far from the tree. You where all soooo bless to have had this child of God in your lives.....and I could say the same for anyone that had the blessing of knowing him.............In Jesus name, Amen Blessings to all of you Dan and lyne King

David and Winnie Lo

Though we didn’t have the privilege to know Pastor Randy well, we had witnessed and we are encouraged by his faithful testimony. After he was diagnosed with cancer last summer, we were surprised yet comforted to see Pastor Randy at the pulpit, doing what he always did - proclaiming God’s words, loving and encouraging the church. Nothing inside of him was shaken; God’s peace was evident and he knew he belongs to Jesus and so, he continued to do what God called him to do - till the very end. When life hit that hard, all that remains is who a person is, his true character, his identity and for Pastor Randy, it is all about the Lord. For to our dear brother in Christ, to live is Christ and to die, is gain (adapted from Philippians 1:21). Winnie & David

Anita & Vijay Devadason

My husband and I met Pastor Randy in March 2001, which was our very first service in Canada. At that time, Pastor Randy used to lead the worship at the old Met church on Bank Street. He used to play the guitar and sing and seeing him the first time, the thought that came to my mind was “a man out of God’s own heart”. I always enjoyed and remember the song “these are the days of Elizah” which still resonates in my mind today. We were blessed by his music ministry at that time and later on with the different ministries at the Met until I last saw him at the Christmas Eve service this past year. He was a man of God who loved God and loved the people and will be greatly missed. Pastor Randy was a truly amazing person who was so kind, patient, loving and always had a welcoming smile. Our condolences to the entire Jost family. May God give Evelyn, Heidi, Lyndon, Jared and the rest of the extended family his strength, comfort, peace and hope during this difficult time of grief. Our love and prayers to the family. Vijay, Anita, Jacob and Joanna Devadason.

Chip Welton

I praise God for Randy and for his race well run. He was such a blessing to me during our 10 years at the Met in the 90s and since that time as well. I know and saw he had a heart for evangelism, for people including “the least of these”. Always giving people time, attention, compassion, with gentleness and respect. Would not this verse apply to Randy as well as Barnabas: Acts 11:24 For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.

Kent Wun

I had the great fortune to have met Pastor Randy over 18 years ago. Randy was not a good man, but a Great Man. A man of humility and caring for others. I remember his love for the Lord, his family, and music. Randy has intersected many lives--directly and indirectly. I can only imagine our Lord saying to Randy in heaven--"Randy, you have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, and you have remained faithful."

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Jono Hamer-Wilson

So very blessed to have known Randy and his family; and very moved, encouraged and (honestly) convicted by the wonderful testimonies and memories shared during the service. He truly honoured the Lord in his life. We did lots of music at the Met together, and beyond in various settings (Holy Week and Wesley Acres, to mention a couple). And as a pastor he was there for many important times in my younger days. Thank you God for Randy, and for bringing our paths together in this fleeting world. I look forward to worshipping our Saviour in heaven with you, my brother.

Monica Lee

I came to the Met while in high school and I've grown up listening to Pastor Rick and Randy. Thank you for your music and ministry. I learned so much from the Met and dont think I would have grow in my faith during those critical years without the Met. I will miss Pastor Randy's singing and the musical ensembles with his family during the Christmas concerts. You will be sorely missed.

Karen Martin

So very sad to hear this news of your dear Randy, he will be deeply missed by so many. My deepest sympathy to you Evelyn and Lyndon, Heidi, Nathan and Jared. You are all in my thoughts and prayers, Karen Martin xxx

Wayne & Erin Anthony

Ev, Heidi, Jared, Lyndon, Nathan & families: We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Randy. What an amazing man he was. He was the most warm and kind person that would always greet us with his welcoming smile. We were honoured that he was the man to marry us back in 2007 and also guide us through pre-marital counselling. We definitely made an important impact on our lives and marriage. After moving away from Ottawa and coming home and visiting the Met, it was always comforting to be greeted by his familiar face; whether it was while chatting in the foyer, hearing the announcements from stage or getting to enjoy his musical talents. We are so thankful for having the opportunity to have known him. We both take joy in knowing that he is now in our eternal home with our most loving and gracious Father. Praying continually for your family. Lots of love, Wayne & Erin Anthony

chee Lum

I have been visiting the MET for 35 years when I would return home to visit my parents in Ottawa and a regular fixture at the MET was the deep chested baritone singing voice of Randy Jost ! I always thought of him as the Worship Pastor because he was always leading worship, but as I read his bio, I realize how much more he has meant to the MET !!! And when my dad Kwai passed away three years ago, Randy presided at his funeral, in his warm way, came to talk to me...I asked him do you think I my dad is in heaven ? He said I think he is Chee , like many Christians whose lives and careers are based in science and medicine , we have that questioning mind, we believe, but we do not really know ! Randy in his deep comforting voice, said we are not suppose to know everything about God, if we did we would be God and we're not ! I told Randy I did not talk much with my dad when he was alive, would it be ok to talk to him now that he's gone, Randy's reply...why not !! And because of Randy, I have spent more time conversing with my dad since his passing than i did while he was alive. Thank you Randy !!! Dear Evelyn , We are so deeply sadden to hear of Randy's passing, I received your email, and I am so glad, Randy saw my message to him before he passed away, thank you..my mom didn't want to send it to you ...If it is ok with you, I will continue to talk to Randy and ask him about God, now that he knows more about Him than a week ago !! I am hoping he is hanging out with my dad up there !!! It brings me great comfort that my father who always been afraid of the other side has company up there ! I share this in this posting, because I wanted you to know who deeply meaningful Randy's presence was felt here on Earth, and very missed he will be by so many !!! I will be thinking of your family and praying for you Evelyn, our time on Earth is so short, but how well has someone like Randy finished the race and what a huge legacy of hope he has left so many... Our many thoughts and prayers Chee

Chris Foran

Dear Evelyn, Sheryl and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies and prayerful support to you, Heidi, Lyndon, Jared, Nathan and families. I cannot say that I knew Pastor Randy in a deeply personal way; however our lives did intersect at various times at the Met. He did have a lasting impact on our family. As many have mentioned, his warm greeting on a Sunday morning was always encouraging. I was just recalling a memory where a very nervous individual was about to be baptized by Pastor Randy, who approached just then, and gave a calm, confident and reassuring word that all would be well. Another sweet memory is at each of our child's dedications (and so many others) wondering how our baby would react to a "stranger" but there was Pastor Randy - calm, gentle and smiling. Loving the children. This faithful servant of our Lord Jesus knew where to store up his treasures. So, we do long with you for that day where we meet our loved ones again and rejoice with them in the presence of our great God & Saviour. Until that day may our God continue to strengthen & uphold you.

Abe Jolly

As a First Nation Cree person raised in northern Ontario and now living in Northern Quebec Randy and I established what we called “ a life-long friendship and brotherhood” going back to our college years! We were roommates in our last and graduating year at Briercrest College in Caronport Sask. Unexpectedly toward the end of our college years he asked me to be his best man when both him and Ev committed to unite in marriage...it was an honour and I admire still to this day for that experience...although there were gaps over the years of not connecting as much. When we did in recent years our friendship and brotherhood was still very much intact and solid! It was such a blessing to see him taking on his ministry as Associate Pastor at the new MET! I appreciated his welcoming presence when we had the chance to visit the MET in recent years! Our last conversation was two weeks prior to his passing it was heartfelt...even though he was painfully suffering and very tough to see him go through this... one thing was evident he still maintained a good spirit and stood strong in his faith! Certainly “you fought the good fight of faith brother and faithfully served our Master the Lord Jesus to the end!” We will meet again in His eternal kingdom and glory! Love and prayers to Ev, sons: Jared, Lyndon and Nate and their spouses and to Heidi (only daughter) and the dear grandchildren..also to his mother...siblings Brenda, Beth and Barb...God’s comfort and strength be with you all!

Sandra Mulder

I can’t begin to tell you the impact that you all have had on our lives. From being your flower girl to Randy marrying Mike and I and dedicating our children before the Lord. Randy’s example of God‘s love and Grace oozed out of him. Randy was a man after Gods own heart and it showed through his actions and loving words. The love that he showed to so many is unbelievable. He was truly a Pastor who pastored and loved his flock. Praying that all of the many people he has touched over the years we will continue to show that same love to others. We love you all and thank God that He brought you into our lives and pray now that God will continue to give you all that you need for every moment. ♥? The Mulder’s

David Kwan

I (David) first saw Pastor Randy at the Met on Bank Street in 1996 when I first joined. He was there to start the service by welcoming and leading in singing hymns, with his guitar and a smile. I was student then and always looked forward to the worship and to music specials where he sang with such a gifted voice. He stood out as one who was very involved in caring for the lives of those around and who worked hard to ensure things went well. He officiated our wedding in 2003 and experienced that first-hand. Fortunately and for some reason, we asked to meet up with him in 2019 on our return from overseas and we are now grateful to have had that last conversation. Pastor Randy - faithful, gracious, kind, encouraging, and welcoming - is himself welcome in the Father's presence. His presence at the MET will be missed but what a joy it will be to see him again in the Father's house although we are very sad to see him leave. Our prayers for his family at this time. David and Kay Kwan.

Rui Liu

I never had the chance to get to know Pastor Randy closely, but when I heard the news, my tears were rolling down my face. The LORD must think Pastor Randy had completed his mission on earth and he's good enough so the LORD took him home. We are sad but also feel joyful for Pastor Randy. May LORD be with Evelyn and the family and comfort them.

Ryan Burtt

Randy truly knew how to brighten anyone’s day. He was a continual encourager, faithful leader, diligent friend and pastor, as well as so much more. He had a Spirit-filled way about him where he made each person feel truly valued. He always seemed to know how to extend the love of Jesus in simple and practical, yet abundantly meaningful ways. We trust God will comfort and provide peace to Evelyn and the whole family. May joyful memories fill your hearts and bless your minds. — the Burtt’s

Judy Gatehouse

Our most enduring memory of dear Pastor Randy is his compassionate way of listening deeply during times of trial and sorrow. Some people "hear". Pastor Randy truly "listened" and you knew the Spirit of God was flowing through him as he provided wisdom and comfort. We will always remember his kindness and visits during Dave's struggles with heart disease. What a blessing he, and your whole family, is to the Body of Christ. Much love and sincere condolences to Ev and all of Randy's family, Judy and Dave Gatehouse

Rick and Linda Reed

Dear Evelyn, Heidi, Jared, Lyndon, and Nate, Our hearts will always be knit to yours, and will always cherish the memories of Randy. On Monday, through Pastor Godfrey, Rick called Evelyn at 11:45. Her words about Randy will forever remain in our minds: "I had the privilege of being with him for over 40 years, and knowing him for 4+ before those. It was my privilege. . . He is so handsome, even now." If every man heard his wife bless him so greatly in his last moments, the world would be a wonderful place. The way all of you have blessed your father also stands as a true tribute to the reality of his faith and practice in daily life. What a legacy - may we all follow Him in these ways!

Phil Normand

He sure going to missed. I remember when eating his place on Easter years ago after being invited by Joel one of Evelyn nephews and all help given to me by Randy. My biggest sympathy to Evelyn and her children

Mike Strevens

MAY THE LORD'S LOVE BE WITH YOU

Brian Strevens

I send my love and deepest condolences to a wonderful person and neighbour. My heart goes out to Evelyn and their extended family. Randy was always smiling and that's how I will remember him, walking hand-in-hand with Evelyn.

Bonnie Clark

My first encounter with Randy was while attending a different church in Ottawa and participating in the Rock the River event, which he helped coordinate. He was adept at connecting with and coordinating the local Christian community for such events. Since coming to the MET, he has been a smiling face and a firm hand shake on Sunday mornings, a beautiful, warm and comforting voice that leads the church through communion, numerous baptisms, and occasionally musical worship. I particularly associate him with Easter when he would always start the service by announcing with great joy "HE IS RISEN!" to which he delighted in the congregational response "HE IS RISEN INDEED!" He was a wonderful man of God. The MET was blessed to have experienced his ministry for many years and he touched many lives within and beyond the church walls. May the MET family and God himself comfort Evelyn and the rest of the family during this time of loss.

Win Bowman

I had the wonderful privilege of serving with Randy for many years on the AGC National Board. He was such a gracious leader, a man God gave great wisdom and I learned a lot from him. On behalf of the AGC National Board, I want to express our deepest sympathy to Evelyn and the family, as well as the entire MET church family, in this time of grief and loss. We loved Randy and we will miss him. I pray that God gives you comfort and peace knowing that Randy is in the presence of the Lord, worshiping his Saviour Jesus.

Rebekkah Sprague

Randy was always a steadfast person both in the church and in my life. As one of the youth of the church, I looked up to him and really enjoyed seeing him on Sunday. He never failed to treat me and others with kindness and I loved his passion for the congregation. When my family was first visiting the met in 2014 he made us feel so welcome and like he was invested in is as fellow christians. A few years later when my grandma passed away he was so comforting and knew exactly what to say. My parents went to one of his courses about grief shortly after that and it gave them really great ways to process the pain that my dad especially was feeling. Randy has been such a huge help to my family and when everything was not ok and we were feeling sad or lost we always had Randy. I've always thought that he was one of those special people that didn't only connect with one group of people. The seniors loved him, the youth loved him, the staff loved him and everyone on between. Seeing how he served God inspires me we will miss him so much but I'm so happy that he's with the Lord, in no pain and submerged in pure joy. He deserves nothing less than that. Sending our love your way. - The Spragues

Marie Vasic

To those who Randy loved our hearts are breaking for you in your grief. We also stand on the firm foundation of knowing that He is with the Father and we will see him again. Evelyn, my thoughts and prayers are with you especially. Your husband was humble and kind and I remember his patience and tremendous effort he gave to the Billy Graham tribute to George Bev Shea in 2009. I was new in my role with the BGEA and he was very kind and so helpful. He did everything for Jesus. May you and your lovely family be comforted as time goes by. Marie

Bryan Cook

Heidi and I and our family want to extend our sympathy to Randy's family and the Met Church family. We had the privilege of attending the Met from 2006 to 2009 before moving to New Brunswick. He was and is certainly a man for the glory of God! We are so sorry for your loss. Bryan and Heidi and family.

Catherine Somerton

A great man of God. He helped my family get through some difficult times over the years. I'll always remember his smile and ministry. I was privileged to have known him My deepest condolences to Evelyn and the rest of the family. My prayers are with you.

Zoe Tribe

It was the saddest news to hear that my cousin's husband, Randy, had died earlier this week. When I was an aimless 24 years old I came to Canada for half a year to live with Ev and Randy in Woodstock, ostensibly to help them with their 3 young children, although I don't know how much help I was! There I received my second great lesson (first being from my parents) on how to create a loving family home. I was so grateful for that time, and the loving way Ev and Randy allowed me to be part of their family. Although they are only a few years older than me they were like parents to me for that time. Randy was a truly amazing man, so kind, patient and loving. It's one thing to be the perfect Pastor on a Sunday morning but I can vouch for this being no skin deep quality, his goodness went right to his core. Although he had 3 young children, a testing time for any parent, I never once saw him lose his temper or even get cross! Incredible! Something I certainly was never able to live up to. Whenever I read these words "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control" I think of Randy. My heart goes out to his family, especially Ev, and Heidi, stuck here in England. Sending them all my love.

Wafa Martin

Driving through the visitation today was such a meaningful time as we mourn this great loss. As many have said Randy was a "people's pastor". He had a Spirit led warmth and concern. Mark and I both had been blessed by the ministry of Randy's dad in our childhood years. Then just following our marriage in 1990 at the Met, we got to know Randy as our pastor. In those many years he has blessed us with his loving leadership. Dedicating our first born son, baptizing our daughter and providing Alpha Marriage counselling to our middle son who was married in February this year are just a few highlights for us. There are countless services we have attended with Randy giving a word of encouragement or benediction with such Spirit filled power and insight. Working with Randy on various committees and other leadership areas, we saw his love for Jesus and the difference that love made in the way he lived. Always pointing to his Saviour. He had a wonderful laugh and could see the humour in situations. Who can forget dinners with the Ladouceurs! And his singing with Heidi, often accompanied by the family musicians were very memorable moments. Evelyn, Heidi, Jared, Lyndon, Nathan, Irene and families; we love you and are praying that you will be strong in the Lord, know the peace of Christ and that He will sustain you as you grieve. We will see him again, and sing a new song together.

Laarni Casiple

Expressing my deepest condolences to the Jost family for Pastor Randy's moving on upward I have always enjoyed the musical participation/involvement of everyone in the family. As pastor Rick had said " VON JOST" family. What a talent. May the Lord uphold you and give you peace and comfort during this difficult time. God Bless.

Andrew & Sharon Fung

Pastor Jost's warm greetings and rich musicality are an enduring memory of my every day at the Met. As a boy in the pew, I wished I could sing like him! For decades, he continued to be a blessing to my parents. Praying now that the Lord's manifest presence be with all of you.

Nico Pau

Please accept my sincere condolences to Evelyn and your family. Pastor Randy is now free from suffering and rejoicing with the Lord. Our family has been blessed by Pastor Randy ministry in MET especially in worship and special events like Billy Graham evangelistic event in Ottawa in 1998. I've prayed that "the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Phil 4:7.

Janice Hunt/Frost

In my years at the Met the Jost family were the weekly voice and face on the platform . Don Jost with his sweet Esther and family ,followed by Randy Ev and family .These gifted men genuinely loved the Lord and had a gift that drew people into fellowship. My sympathies to Ev ,Heidi Jared , Lyndon ,Nathan and families. Remembering too his mom, and sisters Brenda , Barb & Beth Continuing in prayer for you all during this difficult journey

Myrna Mitchell

Evelyn and family, I was saddened to hear of Randy’s passing. While we grieve the loss of this wonderful man we also rejoice that he is with the Lord whom he loved and served with such devotion. For the last 12 years, since my painful illness prevented me from singing in the choir and attending services, I was blessed abundantly by Randy. Every few months he would arrange a group of people to come to my home, for a service of song, scripture, prayer and encouragement. This allowed me to retain a feeling of belonging and encouragement during the difficult times. I know his absence will be a source of grief for so many of us and of course for all of you. I can just imagine him singing praises to God without any pain or illness, and this makes his loss easier to bear. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers, as I have been for quite some time. May God bless you all with comfort and encouragement as you go forward. Love and prayers for you all, Myrna

Jim & Lois Henneberry

We extend our Christian sympathy to Ev and all the Jost family. Humanly it does not seem to make sense... but obviously God had other plans. The hole left in the physical family and the spiritual family is immense and we will be remembering and praying for peace, comfort and strength in the days ahead.

Dell Smith

Moving back to Ottawa and going to the Evangelical Easter Week Services....well that is where we first got to know ‘Randy Jost’ His Leadership/Voice/Smile and Handshake was appreciated by all who came in contact with a Servant of the Lord. He encourage me to lead the ‘Next Steps Class’ for graduates of ‘Alpha’ and on many occasions he would stop in with a word of encouragement to the students...How He was a Living Example of Being Christ Like! When personal Health issues came my way, needing wise counsel as to what I could/should do....Randy was there to Pray me through. God Bless you Evelyn & Family. Randy left us all with a living example of what ‘Being a Christ Follower’ is, and PTL Dell & Ruth Smith.

Kris Nanda

To Evelyn and the rest of the extended Jost family, my wife Alison and I wish to send our condolences and to let you know we are praying for you during this difficult time. We have fond memories of Randy's warm and friendly greetings on Sundays and his smile (and that rich baritone). He truly was a gift from God to people at the MET and to the other places where he ministered. Randy always had time to respond to an email or request for prayer. His presence and leadership during the Grief Share session I attended in 2015 after my parents passed away helped me to mourn and move on. Like many people, I am thankful that I knew Randy and he made a positive difference in my life. May you know the Lord's comfort during this sad time.

aihua hu

We knew Pastor Randy well through effort of renting the faciality to run the program. I still remember that he was so excited for proposal of establishing the language school and CEF Bible Club at the Met, and for the goals and objectives of the endeavor and firmly in line with the mission at the Met. He did everything which can bring this proposal successfully to the leadership of Met. Even though the proposal did not confirm after, because the challenge of capacity to run a fairly significant weekly event, But we are so impressive to his passion and love for God’s work! Praise the lord! He have fought the good fight, He have finished the race, He have kept the faith! Praise the lord! our dear brother is free from suffering and is even now enjoying the very presence of God.

Peter and Joyce Lambert

Ev we were so very saddened to hear of Randy’s home going. He was an amazing man of God and an example to us all. He always had such a beautiful smile on his face. We are praying God’s deep peace for you and the family.

Laarni Casiple

Expressing my deepest condolences to the Jost family for Pastor Randy's moving on.I have always enjoyed the musical participation/ involvement of everyone in the family. What a talent. As Pastor Rick had said the "VON JOST" family. May the Lord uphold you and give you peace and comfort during this hard time. Pastor Randy is now at peace in a world of eternal life..Amen

Steve Andrews

Pastor Randy was my pastor and shepherd. The humility and grace with which he approach every conversation with me was disarming, inviting, and incredibly comforting. He walked with me weekly through difficult struggles in my life. He listened carefully and empathized with Christlike compassion. He always put others first. I am struck this week by his faithful service to the Lord in all areas of his life. Our condolences to the entire Jost family. We love you guys so much and mourn with you at this loss but rejoice with you that Randy is home. Love, Stevie (on behalf of the Andrews' fam.

Rachel Ng-Cheung

I had been so used to Pastor Randy's presence at the MET that now I have to make an effort to adjust to his departure to the glorious eternal home. His courageous words and attitude in the face of his health crisis inspired many of us. I shall always remember him as a kind, cheerful, steady and faithful servant of God, and of course, for his many spirit-lifting baritone solos. May God's peace and comfort be with Evelyn and the family during this difficult time.

Ron Clingen

Pastor Randy has been the face of the Met for many years. His personality was magnetic. Whether through warm personal greetings, leading worship services, or raising his rich baritone voice in praise, his Christ-centred life was evident to all. “Well done, good and faithful servant...” Matthew 25:21. Pastor Randy entered into the joy of the Lord far sooner than we had hoped but our Lord makes no mistakes. Peggy and I are praying for God’s strength for you, Evelyn, and your dear family in your great loss. How wonderful to know that he is with his Saviour. Peggy and Ron Clingen

Wayne Murphy

Dear Jost family, Please accept our condolences for your great loss. My family attended the Met when we lived in Ottawa and have nothing but found memories of Randy. We wish you strength, faith, and blessings for the future. Miriam, Janet and Wayne Murphy

Pauline de Gonzague

Dear Evelyn and family, May the Lord comfort you and fill you with His glorious Peace beyond all understanding until you meet up with your beloved Randy, who is now smiling on us all as he rests in the arms of Jesus. I am so grateful for the few months in 2019 when I got to know Pastor Randy while serving as a Greeter at MetSeniors ... he exemplified living "The Dash" ... poem by Linda Ellis [the 'dash' between one's birth and death dates is what counts] -- Pastor Randy lived each day with passion and purpose, and to inspire others by living a life of joy, compassion and kindness. Through him, we experienced the kind of love described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ... and all for the glory of God. Hallelujah! I envision this godly man with a great baritone voice singing in the highest heavens with the LORD's mighty host of angels. May you stand of the Lord's promise ... Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. X0X0 with much love from your sister in Christ, paulina

Bob & Linda Shaver

Ev and Family, What a Heritage! My path first crossed with Randy many years ago at a Christian Service Brigade Hockey Tournament, but I did not get to know him until the Billy Graham Mission in 1998 where we served on the Mission committee together – Shortly after that Linda and I arrived at the Met and we had the great privilege serving with Randy in Alpha and other areas. I recall many Board meetings with Randy faithfully at the table offering up his brand of Wisdom and the clear ability to find balance. Randy was a man of Prayer, in early meetings with him I was always impressed at the time he wanted to spend in Prayer before anything else - I recall sitting in a small room in the basement of Bank Street praying ahead of an Alpha meeting – I think of this often. Randy was a man with the Lord’s heart and his godliness shone brightly – no bushel could hide that light! Randy was a peacemaker and brought out the best, even in demanding situations. Randy’s pastoral heart caused him to be well suited for so many things – he was successful in every ministry he served in over the years; it especially came through in the pastoral care ministry. Both Linda and I will miss him greatly – he always had a cheerful encouraging word that would lift spirits.

Allison van Staden

I had the privilege of knowing Randy when I requested prayer for my brother last summer. He was so kind with his encouraging words of support. I truly felt he cared. Our family has been coming to The Met since it opened on Prince of Wales Sept. 2008. Cameron our oldest son had the awesome privilege of being baptized by Randy in Feb. 2020. We were always greeted on Sunday’s with his beautiful genteel smile and wonderful singing voice leading us in song. What an honor it has been to have known him and we will miss his presence greatly. Our love and support and prayers will carry on for you Evelyn and family. Chris, Allison, Cameron & Michael van Staden

Carol Charles

Randy Jost has been a part of my Charles family for over 45 years. After moving from St.Lucia to Ottawa Canada, the Met was our family church and the entire Jost family welcomed us with open arms. Randy had an amazing presence within the Met family. His smile was contagious, his hugs caring and his most incredible voice unforgettable. The song "Mary did you know" is one of my most beloved songs made even more special when Randy sang it at Christmas time. When my husband Leslie Charles passed away over 18 years ago Randy was the first person that came to our home to share in our grief and show support. He will be deeply missed. To Evelyn and the family I want to extend my sincere condolences and to thank you for sharing Randy with my family and I. Carol Charles

Will, Suzana, Gaby, & Michelle Dias

Our family is deeply saddened by the loss of Pastor Randy. We have been touched by his life in many significant ways. In our time of need, when both my wife and I found ourselves out of work, he was the hand of relief God extended our way. He was a comforting and supporting ear when I needed guidance in a time of distress. We have been deeply blessed by his comforting and uplifting words and positive presence at The Met. The four short years of fellowship God gave us with him were a true gift and left a lasting mark in our lives. His passing came too soon from our perspective, but the Lord had appointed his perfect timing for bringing his son home and we rejoice at the thought that he is now in the presence of his Creator for eternity. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants." (Ps. 116:15) Pastor Randy was undoubtedly a faithful servant and his legacy won't be forgotten. May the Lord bless and comfort Evelyn and the whole family and may Randy's life resonate into the future and influence many generations to come. Our love is always with you.

Andrew and Colleen Loveless

Our deepest sympathy to the Jost family in this time of great loss. Pastor Randy was such a warm and welcoming face to see each Sunday as we entered the Met. We were honoured to have him marry us back in 2012 and are thankful for the wonderful and memorable message he delivered at our ceremony. Praying for you all in the months and years ahead as you enter this season of grief. Pastor Randy will be deeply missed.

Amy Ricardo

Evelyn and family, May God comfort you in the days and months ahead. I enjoyed working with Pastor Randy at Alpha. He always made everyone feel welcome. When he shared his diagnosis with us, he did not want us to focus on him but to continue to reach out to the people in the Alpha program; it was always about Jesus and not about him. In my last conversation with him, he continued to keep the faith no matter what the outcome. My husband really appreciated the times he came to preach at the Spanish church to give my husband a day off from preaching. Pastor Randy was a man of God and a humble man of faith. He will be missed. With sympathy, Amy and Eufemio Ricardo

Arthence Henry

My condolence to the Jost family. I am praying for you to get through this time with the peace that comes from the knowledge that God loves you and He will comfort you during this time of grief.

Ivy Chan

It was with a heavy heart that I received news that Pastor Randy was sick and am saddened to hear that he has passed away. I wish to send my condolences to the Jost family. I have not had any interaction with Pastor Randy since I moved to Vancouver a few years ago but I remember him with fondness because he's such a personal and caring pastor who knows how best to serve the Lord with his God-given gifts. I appreciated his musicality and leadership. His beautiful voice, humble servitude and his sense of humor. He set such an example for the rest of us. It's such a loss for the Met.

Duncan Hardie

Evelyn and Family: Diane and I would like to extend our condolences to you at the passing of Randy. We both had the privilege of serving with Randy in ministry for the past 21 years and it was a joy and a blessing to serve with such a Godly man. We will miss his kindness, compassion, and his willingness to serve in any capacity. You could always count on Randy when you needed a word of encouragement. We will surely miss his fabulous baritone voice and guitar playing at the Seniors ministry. May you all feel the Lord's blessing of knowing that Randy is at peace in the presence of the Lord that he loved so much. We will continue to pray for you and the family at this very difficult time With Christian Love Duncan and Diane

Donna Caruth

Andrew & I will miss Randy's always welcoming smile, and greeting whenever we arrived at the Church for Sunday morning worship services. We know he is with our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and look forward to the day when we shall see him again in Glory.

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Maria Chan

I come to know Pastor Randy when I first joined the met family at the Bank location. I always look forward to sunday service with Randy leading the hymns and Heidi playing the flute. I also enjoyed the one year Christmas Eve show when Randy and Evelyn acted out the Christmas story. It was so beautiful to see them and realised they were so good actors. I thank Pastor Randy for being with us 31 years doing God’s great work. He will always be remembered. I will pray for the family. You will always be in our hearts ♥?. With Love Maria Chan

Jerry Everett

The Met has lost a stalwart. That is the phrase that has been running through my mind since hearing that Pastor Randy has gone home. It's almost inconceivable to think of him not being present during a service, event or meeting. He will be greatly missed. Especially by Evelyn, and the rest of his family. We are grateful they gave so much of him to our church family throughout the years. Our deepest sympathies, loving thoughts and heartfelt prayers are extended to them during this time of grief.

Debbie (Bell) Rutledge

Deepest love and prayers for you Evelyn, your children, grandchildren and extended family. The “Met” will always be home and friendship made over the years remain cherished in our hearts. Praying God will bless and strengthen you and your family today and throughout the days ahead. Praying too for Brenda, Barbara and Beth and your families.

Reg Volk

Randy and Ev It is with much sadness that we received notice of Randy's passing. Your time in Kelowna was very special to us. We knew Randy as a humble, caring pastor but also as a fun fisherman. He, actually, once caught a big rock! Ev, you were so kind with our children's piano lessons, and very patient with Christmas concerts! We well remember your first humble home along Mill Creek and the kindnesses you showed to the Faith Gospel Church community. It truly was a learning experience for all. To Heidi, Lyndon, Jarret and Nathan...your father was an exceptional leader and a fine family example. May the great God of the Universe bless and keep you and hold you in the hollow of his hand, until we ALL meet again. Reg and Doreen Volk and Family..Micah, Lylanya, and Aaron

Brenda Vargas

My condolences and prayers to the entire family. I met pastor Randy about 16 years ago and I’m so grateful for that. Pastor Randy was the one who dedicated my daughter Isabella to the Lord, taught me good lessons during the Alpha course, comforted me and my friends during grief. He was the warm voice who welcome us on Sunday morning. He was a leader in the church who was always present and ready to serve everyone. I will always remember Pastor Randy.

Marlene Poulin

I am truly sorry for the earthly separation from Pr. Randy. My deepest condolences to Evelyn and children and family. May the Lord comfort each one of you with lthe comfort that only God can give in the time of sadness. My family and I are thankful to have met Pr. Randy at the MET. His ministry was very significant to my family in many ways. I am thankful to God for through Pr. Randy we received help, counseling, visitation, attention, prayers and friendship and with all these Pr. Randy demonstrated love, care and hope to my family. We will miss you Pr. Randy. It was a blessing knowing him. God bless all!!

Grace Zhang

Dear Evelyn, Pastor Randy is in Paradise now with the Lord and, he probably has met with my dad who had gone to be with the Lord a year ago and Pastor Randy sent me a very touching note of Condolences to comfort me at that time. I think now in Paradise there are a lot of happy meetings and reunions are going on.... I myself am also longing for the day when I can join the joyful parties. I will always remember Randy's warm smiles and wonderful voice in worship. I am sad for your loss at this time but also deeply convinced that this current pain of separation will one day be more than compensated when we see all our loved ones together in our Savior's presence. With the living hope of the risen Jesus, Grace Zhang

Dan Cavey

Although our ministry paths didn't cross much during his time at the MET after Bible college days (Randy went west to Briercrest and I headed south to Washington and Dallas) I have nothing but fond memories for a wonderful friend and stalwart example of both humor and holiness. I have many wonderful memories of our days in the youth choir and the Met youth group (under his father's direction at the time if I'm not mistaken). I will always remember Randy for the great song in his heart and the baritone voice that brought us all to appreciate the God who had blessed him such a gift. As a teenager I can also remember Evelyn accompanying him on the piano and knowing they would be a great team. In later years when our paths did cross I could tell that Randy hadn't just gotten older - he'd become more the man of God that we knew he desired to be. I look forward to seeing him again in glory.

S & L Eng

We would like to pay tribute to a wonderful godly servant as we mourn Pastor Randy's passing with Evelyn & family. We remember Pastor Randy fondly for his warm smile and welcoming spirit at all the church services and gatherings. We appreciated his support of the International Student Fellowship ministry in the 1990's for the Fungs & the Engs; and his unfailing support to Evelyn when she was the AWANA commander & rest of us serving as AWANA leaders. We looked up to Pastor Randy's exemplary role as loving husband and father for his own family. Well done, good and faithful servant ! Stephen & Liana Eng

Jojo Ruba

After leaving Ottawa for work and coming back to visit after many years, I saw Pastor Randy at church. He welcomed me back and said it was glad to have me home. It was just small comment but it meant a lot to me that he would consider me part of the Met family. Thanks Pastor Randy, for living out what the Apostle Paul says: For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. Philippians 1:20

Prema Arulpooranam

My sincere thoughts and prayers are with Pastor Randy's wife, children, grandchildren and all other family members. Pastor Randy will be terribly missed by the Met church. He was loved by everyone. May our loving Lord console and comfort each and everyone who is feeling his loss today. Prema Arulpooranam

Steven Harrison

Randy was a mentor and role model to us over the years. His life impacted many for Christ - what a faithful servant for Christ. There was a joyful presence that filled any room where he entered. As he is now in the presence of our Lord and Saviour Jesus, the comfort is that he's gone home. We will meet again. May God give his family strength and peace during this time of grief. Sincerely, Steven and Shannon

John Balaram

Gladys and I would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Ev, Heidi, Jarred, Lyndon, Nathan, Irene and Esther and all their family members on the Homegoing of our beloved pastor. Pastor Randy has left a void in our lives and will be dearly missed. May the Lord comfort you with His Peace and love till we meet all our loved ones again. God bless- John and Gladys

Ben and Beatrice Osome

When we arrived at The Met Bible Church on Bank Street, we were welcomed by a smiling Pastor Randy. The welcome was so warm that we made The Met our home church. Randy has been caring and supportive with much empathy during the loss of our relatives. Randy prayed with our family before we took Charity, our daughter to Germany for cancer surgery. Pastor Randy led our 25th wedding anniversary and our 50th wedding anniversary at The Met on Bank Street and Prince of Wales. Pastor Randy often attended events held in Bells Corners to make it possible to go and give a cup of clean water to children in rural primary schools in Kenya, where we honor our daughter Charity , who initiated the project. Thank you Pastor Randy for all you have done, for the church family and community. Love, peace, hope, comfort, and strength to the family.

Harold and Browne

Carol and I remember Randy from his arrival with his dad in 1970. He was in Brigade as a boy. We have known Randy for over 50 years. For the first few as a boy in Brigade and the pastor’s son. A really fine young guy. A little later we remember going to his wedding. For years he was our worship leader, one of the best combining classical hymns with contemporary choruses. His Beautiful Baritone voice, always in tune. He HAD A SPECIAL PRESENCE ON THE platform. Confident, God honoring For the past dozen years he was my Boss, the pastor to whom I reported for the mid-week ministry. He was a great encourager. The most recent special blessing was him leading the Memorial service for our son , Chris. Several people from his work who watched the service said it was very inspiring and it was VERY evident that he knew Chris very well. He did a fabulous job. Words can not describe our thanks to the LORD for allowing Randy to be available for that special event. At Prayer Meeting last night we invited the people share their special memories of Randy. The following people shared: Harold Reed, Sheila Thorsteinson, Gabe and Estella Lam, Joe and Sheila Jolly. Gabe and Linda McReynolds, Paul Smith Judy Dancer, Nina, and a couple of others. Every one of them were profoundly impacted by our dear brother. THANK YOU LORD FOR RANDY.

Phyllis Farley

My heart is so saddened at the great loss of this wonderful pastor and friend. Pastor Randy was a true Shepherd of the flock. He was just as comfortable holding a new born baby as he was holding the hand of an elderly person while he prayed for them. His welcoming smile and baritone voice will be forever remembered. I am sure that when he crossed Heaven's threshold and breathed in celestial air for the first time Jesus must have said to him "Well done good and faithful servant ... enter into the joy of your Lord." Matt. 25:21. Heaven's gain is earth's loss and he will be greatly missed by all of us. Sincere condolences to his beautiful and faithful wife EV and Heidi, Jared, Lyndon, Nathan and their families. You have a great loss but we pray that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ will comfort your hearts at this sad time and give you peace knowing that your loved one is free from pain and in the presence of His Lord whom he served so faithfully.

Mary Hamilton

Dear Evelyn and family, What a blessing to have known Randy and been encouraged by his faithful commitment to serving the Lord and people! Randy was a part of the welcoming team when our fellowship joined the AGC in 1993.We are thankful for his ministry among us over the years including conducting my husband's funeral service. We in Shawville are praying for you Evelyn, Heidi, Jared, Lyndon, Nathan and the Met family knowing that "the Lord is close to the broken-hearted". Love and prayers, Mary Grace Community Bible Church

Andrea Nicholls

As I thought about how to describe who Pastor Randy was to us, I realized how uncommon his character really was. He was both humble and confident. He had authority without arrogance. He was so strong and yet gentle. He held in tension both love and truth. He was steadfast and yet responsive. He was forgiving as he also held us accountable. He faithfully met the needs of others while honouring his family at home. He chose a narrow path, sowing countless seeds as he walked – seeds from which fruit will now echo through eternity. Oh what joy for him to meet the Master he served in such a faithful way. We long to join you Pastor Randy and in the meantime, you will be so very deeply missed.

Marilyn Romkey

Pastor Randy was blessed with many gifts for the ministry where God chose to place him and Evelyn, and everyone who came into contact with him felt his gentleness, compassion and genuine warmth right away. He was so real! My husband Gary and I started attending the Met when it opened in the new location on Prince of Wales and Randy was one of the first pastors who greeted us. That smile of his just drew us in and church life will never feel the same without him. He performed the funeral service for my mom eight years ago, arriving at the graveyard on his motorcycle, (gotta love it) and sang two beautiful songs a cappella under a clear blue sky. Our family cherish these memories. Evelyn, may you and your family reminisce and laugh and cry over the many memories shared through a lifetime with an amazing husband, father, grandfather and friend!

Brian Wilkie

Evelyn, our hearts are full as we pray for you and your family. Randy was such an encouragement to me from our days in the Ottawa Evangelical Ministerium to the present. May Jesus continually buoy you up by His Spirit, as I know only He can. I know the Lord will complete the work he began in us when at last we are raised, yet when we meet again in Glory, I somehow imagine that Randy will not be much different than the godly, beautiful man God has already made him.

Yolanda Gauthier

Thank you GOD for allowing me to meet Pastor Randy, he was a man who lived his faith. Full of compassion and love to help us, listen to us, encourage us and pray for us to the almighty GOD. Evelyn, many times he mentioned your spirituality and love for CHRIST. He admires you and your children. Jost family, GOD comfort you and embrace you in this painful moment.

Mark and Ruth Anna Dana

Ruth Anna and I would like to express our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy in your loss as a family. May the presence of God be very real to you at this time.

Andy & Lesli Gut

Dear Evelyn, Jared,Heidi,Lyndon,Nathan and family, We send our prayers and love to you. We have so many wonderful memories with Randy, from our pre-marriage retreat that involved such a great balance between instruction and fun, such as indoor stick hockey and a lovely dinner at the end. Our most cherished memory for both Andy and myself was the beautiful songs he sang for our children's introduction after the very difficult loss of our first. Randy was the essence of what sincere, dedicated,selflessness Christianity is. It did not matter if you met him in church, on the street, on a retreat or at Costco he was true to himself. He was always able to see past the worst, what life here on earth can be and look up, he practiced what he preached. What a gift he was here on earth to so many. Now he is with the LORD and is joyfully experiencing an eternal life. We are grateful we knew him and got to enjoy him, experiencing the cheerfulness, wisdom and generous dedication he gave to anything he was involved in. Our prayer is really for you Evelyn and your family to feel God's tremendous love and support through all the many ways HE will give you all. Much love from Andy and Lesli Gut

Fisher-Heights Community Group

Dear Evelyn, Heidi, Jared, Lyndon, Nathan, spouses and grand-children, Our deepest sympathies as you grapple with the earthly loss of your dear husband, father and grand-father, our dear pastor Randy. He was a comfort and strength to many of us, and we pray that you will experience the comfort of our Lord in this time of grief. "May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word." - 2 Thess 2:16-17 For, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." - Psalm 116:15 With much love and continued prayer, MET Fisher-Heights Community Group {Gordon Baldock; David & Adenola Bodunde; Julian & Pretheeva Brainerd; John Brainerd; Linda Kwong; Samuel & Julia Maley; Carolyn McGregor; Brice Newman; Jessica Podpollack; Lyn Ponniah; Teresa Saccuci; and David Zhang}

Richard White

Dear Evelyn and Family: My sincere condolences on Pastor Randy's passing. It was such bitter-sweet news to hear. I am happy for him that he is now enjoying the presence of Our Saviour, and that he is no longer suffering; but I am so very sad because we will all miss him. Thank you for supporting and "sharing" him as he ministered to and blessed so many of us at The Met. I found him to be a great encouragement in the worship team and men's ministry. He provided a godly, faithful, and temperate example for the rest of us to follow. On a number of occasions, I brought questions to him seeking insightful advice, and he never disappointed me. My family also really appreciated his pastoral support for the passing of Marlene's parents. I will miss his broad smile and warm greeting every Sunday morning, and his friendship. I just wanted to let you all know how much Pastor Randy blessed me during the past 17 years that I knew him.

BERNADETTE CENEZE

Pastor Randy, my heart is Full of Sadness for your leaving yet Happy that you will be with our Lord and Saviour Lord Jesus. Thank God we have this Hope that we will see each other again in The Sweet By and By. I attended The Christianity Explorer under your Leadership and that was a blessed time for my Spiritual Enhancement. The second time I wont forget is when you officiated and attended the Memorial Service of my friend and brother in the Lord, George Guirguis. Thank you for your Life Lived Well and Poured Out to Be Used for Your Commander At His Service. You Are Always Ready to Respond! And When He Called You To Rest, You never Say NO! You Alwasy SAY, YES SIR! HERE I COME!

Esther Arulpooranam

I want to express my sincere condolences on the passing of Pastor Randy. I will always cherish my time at the met when I was part of the staff team. I remember that pastor Randy was always so calm, nothing phased him or frustrated him (if it did , he never showed it). I loved how he was always ready to listen, I enjoyed his smile or chats as he walked by the front desk, made Donald Duck sounds, and every now and then I was blessed to him singing as he walked in the hallway or practiced for an event in the fireside room. Once we had a soup contest and he loved the butternut squash soup I made! When I left the met staff to move on to work at the Ottawa hospital - I thanked him for teaching me by example to always be calm and not get stressed out. To my surprise he said it right back to me and said that I am like that too. I was so touched by his kindness and grace and will miss him a lot. He was l’étaya so humble, dedicated, hard working, and willing to do what was needed no matter how big or small a task was. Sometime I was see him setting up for Alpha or griefshare and if he was missing table set up, he would go to the gym, carry a table, set it up and do the necessary. Even if I mentioned that we could call one of our custodial staff to help, he would say with a smile that it was not necessary. He was so well organized and I remember his office was so neat and tidy, with everything in its place, I enjoyed being on the worship team when he would lead the service. He always had a beaming smile, loves to crack a joke, and speak from his heart - he loved God and loved people and will be missed a lot!! He announced my very long maiden name when he read the banns of Marriage for Dave and me (way before I knew him), and he dedicated my younger daughter. He was such a caring, compassionate pastor, and he remembered so many people by name (even people who would call the church office and mention that used to attend 10 years ago). I appreciated the time he took to greet members of the congregation as we left the sanctuary! Today as I say good bye to him, I am sad that I cannot attend his funeral or line up by his coffin. But I know that in heaven above, there will be a very long line of people who have gone before him - lining up to say hello and welcome him there! I am praying for peace and strength for Evelyn, Irene, Jared, MJ and the rest of the family. I selfishly wanted him to be here longer but Jesus wanted him home. Thank you for sharing this wonderful man with all of us! I am so happy for the hope that I will see him again one day in glory! Esther Arulpooranam.

George Yee

I haven’t really known Pastor Randy Jost that well, having only joined the Met in 2019, but since then I have really come to remember him as the Pastor with the strong baritone voice, who is always smiling and ready to offer a kind word of encouragement. My first encounter with him at the Met was at a group meeting welcoming new comers. At this meeting, he gave a talk about the history of the Met, which was followed by a quiz. I was one of the lucky winners of the quiz - the prize - a yummy chocolate bar. Apart from this encounter, I have heard Pastor Randy speak at least twice, many years ago at the church I was attending at the time. I remember being so encouraged by his messages. I remember thinking at the time, like father - like son, because I did have the opportunity to visit the Met when Pastor Randy’s father, Pastor Don Jost was ministering. My condolences and prayers to the Jost family. Praise God for having sent us Pastor Randy, for whom 2 Timothy 4: 7-8 definitely applies.

Wayne Hanet

It was so sad to hear of Randy’s passing. I remember very well when he came to Faith Gospel in Kelowna to be our Youth Pastor. The young people’s group thrived under his leadership and then was even better when Ev joined him later. I miss those days of going over to their apartment and their little house for meetings and the big annual trip to Youth Quake at Briercrest. Both Randy and Ev made a big difference in many lives that still echoes all these years later. You have never been forgotten. My deepest condolences to the whole Jost family.

Bill and Nancy Cavey

The Met continues to be a church home away from home for us, especially as it has remained steadfast in His Word, and Randy has been one of those pillars. We feel the loss acutely here in Winnipeg and will support the family in prayer.

Gabe & Linda McReynolds

Our hearts and prayers are with Evelyn and the whole Jost family. We thank the Lord for Randy's faithful ministry over so many years. He was exemplary as a servant of the Lord, a husband and father. We appreciate how just a few years ago, he officiated the first wedding in our family of our son Gabriel and his wife Leah. Also, as a family, we will always cherish the memory of when Randy and Evelyn came to visit us in 2005 while we were out on the mission field. A precious pastor and brother in Christ. Gabe, Linda and family

Chantal Vachon

I have been sitting on this post for a few days now, trying to find the words that could best express the emotion that my heart has been feeling since the passing of Pastor Randy Jost. During this time, I have been reading through the many testimonies that friends, family, brothers and sisters have been writing. I am in awe of the impact one man has had on so many souls, lives, hearts. The many words that have been used to describe him throughout these many posts ... "beloved, patient, gracious, kind, joyful, loving, attentive, humble, authentic, servant, wise, faithful, 1000 watt smile, encourager, dedicated, role model..." and so many more. He has made a difference in people's lives in so many ways... provided guidance and encouragement, discipled many, served alongside and provided opportunities to grow under his guidance. I am so thankful to my husband who first introduced me to the Metropolitan Bible church at Bank st. many years ago. I will always remember the day that Pastor Randy shook our hand and warmly welcomed us. And then he sang! Wow... the barritone voice as so many describe. Another impact. He later became an important part of our lives, celebrated with us and led us in his warm signature fashion! 1. Our wedding: Pastor Randy provided guidance and support leading up to our wedding day. Then he travelled almost 2 hours to marry us so that we can have our dream ceremony on the beach! He serenaded us with his guitar and his voice! He made it so special. 2. My daughters' dedications in our home and at the Met. Once again, he took the time to drive out to our home. 3. My Baptism: One warm sunny June morning in the park. 4. My parents' baptisms: Both my parents were baptized by Pastor Randy. You have been such a steady presence in our lives and have impacted us in more ways than I can name. You have been someone to look up to, enjoy conversations with and love and cherish as a brother. You will be immensely missed. I am sending my most sincerest, heartfelt sympathies to all who have felt this loss. And a special prayer of comfort to Evelyn, his children, grandchildren, extended family and dear friends. Much love xo

Andrew & Cheryl Smith

We were so sorry to hear of pastor Randy moving on to be with the Lord. Pastor Randy prayed for us and met with my husband. There was always such genuine concern and care, you felt his prayers were sincere and heartfelt. This leaves such a void but I'm thankful he is in a better place.

David Collins

It saddens me greatly to hear of Randy's passing. I served with him on the leadership team of the AGC for a number of years and had nothing but the greatest respect and admiration for him. I know he will be missed by both those who he ministered along side of and the many he ministered to. My love and prayers go out to his family

Esther Jubilo

Our family extends our deepest sympathies to the Jost family. God's Love is a light that can reach all corners of the earth. Lend your worries to HIM and know that you are all loved. We pray that the LORD gives your family strength and healing.

Frances King

Please accept my condolences for the loss of Pastor Randy. It is a loss for all of us who had been helped, ministered to or touched by Pastor Randy. I am grateful to Pastor Randy for many things but especially for calling my husband after my mother-in-law passed away in May, 2020. Because of the restrictions, it was a small family funeral. Pastor Randy did not know my husband but learned about the funeral. He called and talked to my husband about the passing of his mother. I could see that my husband was comforted by Pastor Randy’s call. It is one of the kind acts that Pastor Randy did amongst many others he did in his lifetime of ministries. Thank you, Pastor Randy. We will miss you.

Isabelle Crowe

Dear Ev, Heidi, Jared, Lyndon and Nathan, I wanted to extend my most sincere condolences to all of you. There have already been so many beautiful tributes and personal stories that speak to how loved Randy was...I am one of the many, in that great cloud of earthly witnesses, that can testify, that Randy's love for the Lord and his love for his family were so evident in every interaction. I have many great memories of serving in various ministries with Randy. He was full of wisdom, had a gentle and kind spirit, and when he spoke of his family, it was with extravagant love and admiration. Your loss is tremendous. I pray that the presence of God would be palpable and that it would bring you peace in the days ahead. Sending love to you all. -Isabelle

Craig Warnholtz

Dear Evelyn, Heidi, Jared, Lyndon and Nathan. We want to let you know our hearts ache with you in the loss of Randy. We have so appreciated his gentle nature and heart felt ministry approach over the years. His faithfulness as husband and dad have been a huge example and blessing to us. I can remember him beaming with joy multiple times as he would tell of the family playing beach volleyball together at Myrtle Beach. “It was awesome”, he would say. We will always be thankful for his partnership in the summer camp ministry at Parkside Ranch. I remember fondly praying together in his office at the old Met, talking about the themes for the week and ideas about presentation, and him agreeing to do some drama sketches at campfires. Not sure he was overly keen on the idea but he agreed with a genuine smile and they were great. It was a blessing as camp director to have Randy there for morning Bible time and campfires, knowing that his love for the Lord and his family would shine through. Love in Christ, Craig & Kathy

Brian Pascas

We are deeply saddened by Pastor Randy's passing. Such a kind, compassionate and gentle man. We were especially touched by his loving support last year, when our family was going through a difficult time; our granddaughter, Tessa, spent weeks at CHEO and Pastor Randy was there for us and our daughter and son-in-law. Even though he was also struggling with cancer, he continued to encourage us through emails until Tessa's death in November, at age 15 and 1/2 months. We will continue to uphold his family in prayer, for the Lord's strength and comfort.

Dieudonne Kabingi Kienge

My family and I extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved family. May the soul of the deceased rest in peace. May our God gives strength to the family during this time of sorrow.

Ruth Kelly

Psalm 116:15 "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His faithful servants." This verse was in ODB today, and is what I was looking for, since we lost dear Randy. He & Evelyn were such comforts to us when we lost Dad, later my only Aunt, then Mom, then my husband & latest, my Brother-in-law. May his family be comforted with warm memories and joy for all he helped. Until we meet again...

Steve Redtman

Heaven has welcomed another strong Angel. For as long as I can remember, Randy has been a figure of encouragement and faith. Test in peace old friend.

Brian Mitton

On behalf of Kim and I, we wish to offer our condolences to you, Ev and the family. While we all know that Randy is healed and beside his Saviour, we also know that your grief, is a natural outpouring of a heart that has loved and been loved. We pray that peace and a deep sense of hope will reign in your hearts. I often turned to Randy for advice and guidance during my time on staff at the Met. I always left his office feeling accepted and uplifted. His heart for missions resonated well with mine, as we discussed his past trips to Guatemala and his kids passion for ministry locally & globally. I have nothing but deep respect and love for Randy. Ev, someone once said: "When sorrow comes, God's promises are shining rays of hope that break through cloudy skies to bring us warmth and help us cope." This is our prayer for you and the family. With our love and prayers, Brian & Kim

Sherry Lozano

Such a privilege to have known Pastor Randy, even in a small way. He always had a smile for everyone and was so kind and gentle. I will never forget his voice as he sang “Mary Did You Know” in many of the Christmas pageants. He was such a gifted singer as well as a Pastor. Thank you to Evelyn, Heidi, Jared and Lyndon for sharing him with the church family. He will be greatly missed.

Randy and Elaine Van Volkingburgh

Dear Evelyn, Heidi, Jared, Lyndon, Nathan and families, While we know and rejoice that Pastor Randy is free from suffering and with the Lord, our hearts are grieved and so saddened by the huge loss of a husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather and to us, a pastor. He will be so missed! What can we say or do, except to pray for you all in these difficult times ahead. Please be assured of our love, and continue prayers.

Muriel McConnell

How can I express what Pastor Randy meant to Larry and I over the years. Remembering attending the Holy Week and Good Friday services where he led the singing and sang solos and so many Sundays at the Met in his beautiful voice to his ability to make everyone feel respected with his character of friendliness and smiles. Last year when Larry was leaving the hospital to go to Embassy West, he came with Paul and moved Larry's furniture, etc. to EW. I don't know of any other pastor who would have humbly done that! Jesus said to His disciples if any of you want to be a leader you must first be a servant. Pastor Randy was Jesus disciple in every meaningful way. My heart was overwhelmed with gratitude of how Pastor Randy organized Larry's funeral last August. Singing three of our favourite hymns and putting them on video to be shown at funeral with dear Evelyn playing the paino. Along with his comforting message on heaven. Along with many other administrative things. He just made the atmosphere so casual that everyone felt his sincerity and love. Many commented of how fortunate we were to have Pastor Randy officiate. I am so very thankful for having him minister all these years, what a blessing our Lord Jesus gave us. Praise the Lord for every memory he has left us with.

Cecilia Fung

It has been a great privilege to serve alongside Pastor Randy in The Met Seniors' Ministry. It gave me a glimpse into the life of this wonderful and gracious man. Every Thursday morning he would spend time leading and fellowship with the Seniors.The programs were always well planned and enriching. The times I enjoyed most were when he blessed us with beautiful hymns with his God gifted voice. When he made announcements or gave advice, his words were always kind and gracious. We would sit down and discuss about menus for Seniors monthly luncheon and refreshments and he had so many interesting ideas. He always provided help when needed. He was so engaging that I wanted to do above and beyond. He always appreciated the food served. I was so blessed by his kindness and encouragement.He was never slow to show his appreciation! Sometimes it came with a bear hug! He had showed me how to love and serve our God with joy in my heart! The Lord has welcomed him home. many who are there now are rejoicing with him! We will see him again! Those of us on earth will remember "A life well lived " and will try to do so with God's help!

Renel Guerrier

L'église evangelique d'Ottawa souhaite condolences à toute la famille et que le vous console!

Cora Mathieson

Pastor Randy was a precious jewel who faithfully served his Saviour. Having the privilege of working in the Met Church Office on Bank Street, I watched a steadfast, unwavering, faithful servant. Randy was at his best when doing marriage counseling. Evelyn Randy loved you as Christ loved the church. His life was the perfect example engaged couples needed. I had the privilege of listening to him sing and play the worship songs for the upcoming Sunday. I was so blessed. Praying for your family and looking forward to the DAY when we will all meet again. Love and prayers, Cora and Jim Mathieson

Maria Rivera

It is with sadness heart that I am writing this short message for Pastor Randy. We met a few times at the MET as I have visit my daughter Sandra . The last time we spoke was in early 2019 before I had taken a trip to the south. And we had a talk about our Bdays been on the same day , but with a laugh I said Pastor Randy you are much much younger than me and he gave me this contagious smile as usual. I was very sad with the news when Sandra told me. And I ask my daughter think what date is today? It happen that it was my Dads 9th Anniversary of him leaving us. Pastor Randy as I am reading your Tribute it really touches my heart you ware an amazing person. I'm going to miss you dearly next time I visit the MET. I loved to listen to you ..It was always a Joy when I visit the MET to see you. May you Rest in Peace and please look after all of us that needs your Prayers. As you are now with God please keep doing what you use to love to do, taking care of all of us. And we will Pray for your family to accept the lost of such of loving Husband/Father and Grandpa.

Scott Towaij

Pastor Randy was always very kind, supportive and available to everyone. If you had the privilege of being one of his friends, it was a true blessing indeed. My thoughts and prayers are with Ev and the kids. Although we know we will see him again, the world is a little bit dimmer without Randy’s smile, radio voice and positive outlook on life. Well done good and faithful servant… GBNF ????????

Jim Tanner

My thoughts and deepest condolences go out to Evelyn and family. I knew Randy and Evelyn in my teen years, as our families were all a part of a bigger family...the Met family. Randy would hang out with my brother Fred a fair bit, and there was always the youth choir, and youth events. My mother thought so much of Randy, she always wanted to set him up with eligible young ladies. I was thankful for the opportunity to chat with Randy when his diagnosis first went public. It was as if no time had lapsed in our friendship since teen years. Randy was a friend, and a role model who set the bar high for us to follow. As a two time cancer survivor, I will admit, Randy's passing has hit me hard. I am a better person for having known him. Jim Tanner Kelowna, BC

Kelly & Girlie Quocksister

Thank you Pastor Randy for the compassion you shared with us. Your love of Jesus and your caring for others inspired us. To the Jost family: We offer our condolences to all of you. Solemn Regards, Kelly & Girlie Quocksister.

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Grant Deall

Although it has been quite a few years since I have spoken to Randy, I remember him as a guileless, kind-hearted friend and family member. My heart goes out to Evelyn and the children.

Anil Balaram

Randy was a wonderful presence at the Met. Always calm, kind, and helpful. He organized and ran many events. He visited many in the hospital and in their homes. He and Evelyn were a model Christian family. Their children are a testimony to their wise and Godly parenting. May the Lord comfort and guide the Jost family at this difficult time.

Rick Lamothe

TO ONE OF THE GREATEST MAN I HAVE EVER KNOWN!!! Randy was very special to me. He discipled me in the early 90s when Donna and I started to attend The Met. I was a fairly new believer! Faithful very early every Friday morning for 3 years, Randy would lead a few of us guys through the Nav 2:7 Series! Little did I know at that time, that Randy’s investment in my life, would be foundational to prepare me for the call into full-time ministry in 1993-94 As everyone also knows, Randy had an amazing voice. He would sing a dedication song at the baby dedication of my 2 kids. I believe Randy has been one of the most amazing faithful dedicated man I have ever known! Faithful in every way - friend, pastor, mentor, husband, father, grand-father! The last quality time I spent with Randy was when he, Eve and Heidi, came visiting the “Wild Wild West”. Donna and I were living in Canmore AB at that time. So we connected while they were in the Rocky Mountains and I took them hiking Lord Stanley Glacier (just outside of Banff on Hwy 93 heading towards Radium BC). We had an amazing time together. It was so good to catch up! Sadly, I have not seen Randy much since moving back to the Ottawa area in 2019 as shortly afterward, Covid hit, and well, it’s been minimal contact with everyone. I was so shocked to hear of his Stage 4 Lung Cancer diagnose. I could not believe it! When I spoke to him to see how he was doing, you know Randy - full of grace and optimism! HONESTLY - this world would be a better place if we had more people like Randy!!! My sincerest sympathies to Eve and the family!!! Know that your husband, your dad, had an amazing impact on so many people. But you know that, because he had that special impact on you! Randy will surely be missed and so many people are grieving his lost alongside all of you! “Till we meet again brother”!

Josh Brake

Barbara and I are so thankful to have had the chance to have been welcomed and encouraged by Randy. His love for the church was in no way administrative but rooted in his love for the People of God. Randy knee names and cared for the people attached to them. Randy was a godly example of kindness, gentleness, patience, humility and love. We both grieve and celebrate with all those who were impacted by the love God displayed through his servant.

Kenneth Ghereje

I love you Pastor Randy, you touched my life and that of my family with your selfless love and service. I will miss you so much. It also gives me great comfort that you with Jesus now. Thank you

Brock Entwistle

To the entire Jost clan... my heart felt condolences and prayers are with you all. Pastor Randy was an amazing man. He was always there when I needed him, whether it was a technical glitch during a wedding or help adding a last minute file to a funeral plan, he always was ready to assist in any way he could. These past few years he has been a mentor and a very helpful guide while I’ve been dealing with a very serious illness... all the while dealing with his own recent health issues. God love him! I always will! RIP Randy. We shall see you again in glory! Brock

Tom Forsythe

Pastor Randy was a genuinely kind, gentle man. He knew how to make everyone feel welcome and included. He always knew the right thing to say, to provide encouragement. Even when he corrected you, he did it in a positive way. And his singing was incredible.

Matt & Amy Usherwood

Our deepest sympathies and prayers, Jost family. I have only the kindest and most fond recollections when I think about Randy and his role in my families life. He was a great champion for the gospel, and a champion to see that people use and share the gifts they were given. Indeed, Heaven has gained an incredible man.

Joe Candy

To the Jost Family, My deepest condolences to you all as you mourn the loss of Randy. Although he was roughly 40 years my senior and had been a pastor here at the Met for almost 30 years when I first showed up as an intern, he always treated and respected me as an equal from the beginning, and he was always incredibly supportive and encouraging to me throughout these past couple of years that we served together. Though I didn't know him well or for very long, I am forever grateful for the ways in which he touched my life. Praying for the Lord's peace and comfort for you all in these difficult days. - Joe Candy

Thomas George

Pastor Randy always created a warm ambiance and welcome in every interaction I've had with him. His invitation to Alpha and Christianity Explored were appreciated and was instrumental in growing my faith, while I was attending The Met. I will remember him very fondly!

Heather Fraser

I feel so blessed to have known Pastor Randy . He was such a faithful and caring Pastor. He seemed to easily move from one ministry to another in the place of service that needed him most. His singing and worship ministry were always uplifting and a blessing. He spoke at the funerals of both my Father and Mother, with comfort, kindness and grace. His counsel was a great encouragement to me. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints". (Psalm 116:15) My thoughts and prayers are with dear Evelyn, the family and the Met family.

Laird Crump

Our loss is heaven's gain. Randy and I are the same age, and he and I travelled a similar ministry path over the years. In fact, our fathers were colleagues in ministry as well. This is a sobering milestone. I have always thought so highly of Randy and seen him as one who so tangibly represented the beautiful character of Christ as well as one who intentionally reflected the missional priorities of Jesus. What a beautiful servant of the Lord. Well done Randy! Our prayers are with the family and the church during this difficult season of loss. Laird Crump

Corey Pike

I would like to give great thanksgiving to God and Randy Jost for all that Randy has done for me, my family, the Met and many others in different communities. I pray that the Lord will be very close to uplift and comfort Evelyn, Heidi, Jared, Lyndon, Nathan and their families during this very difficult time where Randy has moved on to be with the Lord leaving his character and love that has been firmly imprinted in his immediate family as well as those in his extended family at the Met. I met Randy when he came back to the Met in 1990 and I have been deeply blessed personally by Randy where he has poured himself out as a pastor and leader in the music worship team, seniors’ ministry and small groups ministry in Alpha and Christianity Explored but most of all during my days of great need when my wife passed away in January 2019 when Randy came to my rescue, when he was sick, to arrange for the funeral and conduct the service in a very short time to uplift me, my family and friends. Randy has always been to me, a man firmly planted on the rock and may I say he was a smooth rock, as having been polished in the rock tumbler of life. His physical, moral and ethical stature blended very well together to radiate the love of God that has set a model for me to follow based on his knowledge, experience and walk with the Lord. Randy’s character reflected the fruit of the Spirit through his love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control with great humility and honesty … thank you Lord. We have been separated from Randy for a while as he settles very nicely into his new heavenly home. I will miss Randy deeply yet I look forward to the time when it comes for each of us to join him in our time and celebrate all that the Lord has planned for us in eternity.

Margaret Warner

Dave and I would like to express our sincere sympathy to the Jost family in the loss of your husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, son-in-law, Randy. He was active in many significant ways at the Met church and in the greater Christian community. We cannot imagine the Met without his kind and welcoming presence. May you be bound together in love as a family as you mourn Randy's loss together. We extend our love and prayers for God's peace to abide with you all at this time. Dave and Margaret Warner

William Fietje

Dear Evelyn and family, fond memories of times spent with you both over these many years. Randy exemplified Christ- like living and service. He was a dear friend and constant encourager. Our hearts and prayers are with you . May you sense the Lord’s presence in the midst of grief. Our hope is in the Lord. William and Lois Fietje

Gregory Gaensler

I thank God for Randy and Evelyn's warm welcome into the AGC family when I moved to Eastern Ontario to minister with my wife ten years ago. We had the opportunity to connect at AGC conferences and were always blessed by their faith in the LORD and their commitment to seeing God's kingdom grow through the AGC. I will always remember Randy's loyalty to AGC functions and his delightful hospitality to other pastors and leaders at ministry leaders gatherings. God's gift of leadership in Randy, with humility and sincere love for others, will be deeply missed. Randy's character exemplified that of a faithful servant who new his identity in Christ Jesus. Peace and comfort to your family until we meet again! In His love, Pastor Greg and Marion Gaensler. Calvary Bible Church, Smiths Falls.

Gregory Gaensler

I thank God for Randy and Evelyn's warm welcome into the AGC family when I moved to Eastern Ontario to minister with my wife ten years ago. We had the opportunity to connect at AGC conferences and were always blessed by their faith in the LORD and their commitment to seeing God's kingdom grow through the AGC. I will always remember Randy's loyalty to AGC functions and his delightful hospitality to other pastors and leaders at ministry leaders gatherings. God's gift of leadership in Randy, with humility and sincere love for others, will be deeply missed. Randy's character exemplified that of a faithful servant who new his identity in Christ Jesus. Peace and comfort to your family until we meet again! In His love, Pastor Greg and Marion Gaensler. Calvary Bible Church, Smiths Falls.

Venus Lai

We remember Pastor Randy Jost as someone who greeted us graciously in church. When we had questions relating to faith, we emailed him, and he replied promptly. We respected him and thanked him. Will keep him in our memory.

Steve Dundas

Evelyn, Pat and I were so saddened to hear of Randy's passing but are rejoicing that he is now with the Lord. We will continue to pray That the Lord will uphold you and your family during this difficult time. Steve and Pat Dundas

Dave & Sandr Epstein

Dear Ev and family, I went to bed last night thinking of Randy and woke up this morning thinking of Randy. He is one of the finest men, in every way, that I have ever known. Serving the Lord with him was an amazing privilege and blessing! I felt led by God to have my devotions this morning in 1 Thess 4:13-18, which celebrates the hope a believer in Christ and his family have in the time of death. I personalized this passage, since God loves us by name. So here goes: But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about Randy who is asleep, that you may not grieve as others who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring Randy with him, who has fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede Randy who has fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God, and Randy will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with Randy in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we and Randy will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. Thinking of you, praying for you, and loving you! Dave and Sandy

Peter Cooney

I did not know Randy but certainly knew a lot about him with the info that I received from Pastor Humphrey of Peoples Church in Montreal and Pastor Guinness of Onward Gospel in Montreal. My role in both churches was and is similar to a certain extent as Randy’s but I can see that he took on a greater role which has inspired me to appreciate all he did for the Met for years. My tears are with you as I continue in my role but I now love the church even more as I read about some of the tributes that are pouring out for him. May the Lord be with you at this difficult time. What more can I say. Peter

Arvind Balaram

I have known Pastor Randy and his wonderful family my whole life. Pastor Randy and Mrs Jost have been a tremendous support and encouragement to me from the beginning. Pastor Randy was a humble servant of God and His people for so many years, and in this way he was a model and inspiration to me. Great is His reward in heaven! And yet I can't believe that he is no more here with us, and my grief is great. My sincere condolences to Mrs Jost and the whole family, along with the whole MET family who is also grieving at this time. May God grant us all grace and help to follow Pastor Randy's example of faithfulness. Sincerely, Arvind Balaram, along with Karisa and the kids

Armand and Merlen Hough

Dear Evelyn & family; Our deepest sympathy and condolences to you with the loss of Pastor Randy. Anchored in Jesus, Armand and Merlen Hough.

Lou Ranahan

Jean and I were very saddened to hear of Randy's passing. We came to the Met just before Randy and Ev did. Randy was such a blessing over many years to so many people. He was a steady hand in guiding the Met musically and pastorally through some turbulent times. I had the privilege of working along side Randy for several years. Randy would often practice a piece singing with his guitar in his office. It was so wonderful to hear him sing from his heart. i can still hear his voice. We will miss him dearly....Our sincere condolences to Ev and the family.

Adam Callaway

Good Afternoon to the Jost Family, Lindsay, Seth, Lizzie, and I send our love and share in your grief with the passing of Pastor Randy. I believe Randy was one of the godliest and most faithful men I've ever been around. He will be sorely missed by all. My the peace of Christ which surpasses understanding be with you all in this time. In Christ, The Callaways

Jim Kightley

To Evelyn and family, my deepest sympathies and condolences on the passing of Pastor Randy. He was such a help to us through Zora’s illness and passing and I treasure his leadership and words at Zora’s funeral. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow and remembrance. May the memories of yesterday uplift the feelings of loss of today and fuel the hope of tomorrow.

Mark Kotchapaw

On behalf of Bethel Church I want to pass on our condolences to the MET and to Randy's family. I did not know Randy that well but admired his commitment to the MET. We will pray for you as the family and the larger spiritual family grieve the loss of Randy. Pastor Mark Kotchapaw Bethel Church Kingston, Ont

Rick Wagg

Condolences to the Jost family at this difficult time. His presence, encouragement and smile will be greatly missed ???? He sang at my wife’s funeral in 1991 at her request and it was beautiful!!

Gordon Belyea

I am sorry for your church family and for Pastor Jost's family on hearing of his death. He was kind to us at Église évangélique baptiste d'Ottawa when we imposed on him a couple of times for advice at the start of our building project. Please accept my personal condolences, and those of the pastoral staff at our church. May the Lord bless to you this time in the valley of the shadow of death by the felt presence of the Good Shepherd.

Eliza Ho

I'd like to extend my deepest sympathy to this family for their loss of their beloved one; not only theirs, but also ours. Pastor Randy is one of my respectable and honorable persons I met at the MET church. He appeared as my "mentor" and "supporter" at the serve of Alpha course & Christianity Explore for the seekers for the past consecutive years. I got to know him more closely in person happened at Mary's home in one Christmas' gathering with his wife, Evelyn. He gave me an impression of a fun, relaxed, humorous, persistent, a joyful middle-aged fellow, unlike his image at church. Since then, I realized that he had had many ministries involved and he had been well looking after the congregations' in terms of their physical and spiritual needs. I, personally not able to have chances to talk to him that much due to his busy, rapid mode, always being surrounded by his needed people. At times, when the table of Alpha courses had not many show-ups, he would choose to sit with us as a support. His biblical knowledge was rich and sense of capturing the seekers' thoughts approach was rapid and to the points. Then, I knew he came to Christ when he was about 5, which I amazed of his determination. God has been good to him and called him to be His full-time servant like his father. It was a great asset for the MET to have him amongst us; his subtle, low profile personality also a compliment to have people drawn to him naturally, and at ease. We missed him a lot, and especially during the pandemic, I/we couldn't have chances to greet him nor able to ask him how he was doing; and I personally owe him a gratitude for his unknowingly support for my serve path, and spiritual enlightenment during the past years at the MET. I benefitted from him countless, and not to mention as others especially of those seekers, new converts; and all I witnessed a faithful servant, full of joy at all times, a great model of Christ-follower. Dear Pastor Randy, as Apostle Paul said, you finished the race, you'll receive your crown in heaven. Despite you are absent from the body, you are present with the Lord, you are always in our hearts. We loved you. We have the HOPE in the risen Christ--we'll reunite in heaven with our FATHER one day!

Susan Thiessen

I wanted to say how sorry I was for your loss. I got to know Randy as we served on the AGC National Board over many years! He was a kind soul and his words and leadership were always filled with grace. He reflected well the Saviour he loved and followed. I was grateful to call him friend. He will be missed. Susan Thiessen, Varsity Bible Church

Brenda van der Meer

My sincere condolence to Evelyn and family during this time of loss. Psalms 27:1

Cecilia Garcia

My deepest symphathy for your loss..Praying for you sister Evelyn and your family during this difficult time. I hope you feel the power of God's love and his presence in your lives..Be strong

Glenn McDougall

Evelyn and family; We are rejoicing that Randy is with our Lord and Saviour although we grieve with you in the loss of a husband and father. I grew up in the Met along with Randy although I was a few years older. In later years I worked in settings where Randy was providing the music and inspirational talk while I did the setup. It was always a special occasion to hear Randy sing, so rich and strong was his voice. May God bless you and give you His peace. Glenn McDougall (son of Edward and Mildred McDougall)

David Tucker

My condolences for your loss.

David Nadeau

28apr21 Georgine and I knew and appreciated Randy while we were on staff and faculty at Briercrest, be it on campus or in our home when we held Met-togethers for the many Met kids attending BBI. When we met again years later at the Met, he had not changed: still friendly, warm, and genuine. How's this: we stayed after a Sunday morning service at the Met and when he saw us (after nearly 20 years of separation), he knew our names. David and Georgine Nadeau Three Hills, AB

Bud and Beulah Penner

We are the richer for the life and ministry of Randy, and you Evelyn. I remember staying with you in Kelowna and your wee baby Heidi. later I would stay with you on a number occasions. Thank you for the grace and love you've shown us and we extend the same to you. May God heal sorrows while remembering His love and grace extended to you and the family, Evelyn.

Dan Sudfeld

I only had a precious few interactions with Randy, mostly through AGC conferences. I especially remember when we hosted the AGC West conference here in Wetaskiwin and he attended as the National Board rep. I couldn't believe how many people he knew (and was related to) here in our area, and as I helped coordinate him meeting with people, it became apparent how he was highly respected by all. To me, he was the ultimate churchman. He always spoke positively about the church, and had an unwavering commitment to the church. I'm praying for his family and for you all at The Met as you absorb his loss. But I am rejoicing with you that Randy's faith is now sight.

Susan Page

It is so meaningful that the word kindness is often used when thinking of Randy. That is the word that immediately comes to mind when I think of him. Whenever he arrived at the AGC office for a meeting, he would greet me warmly and ask me how I was. I always sensed that he was really asking. When he was serving in his role as AGC Moderator and would lead us in worship, often up at Fair Havens, what a gift he had to draw us into worship. This is a hard loss and I know the journey of grief will be difficult, especially for Evelyn. My thoughts, love and prayers go out to Evelyn and the family and to the staff and family of The Met. Well done, Randy, you have walked the walk and honoured the name of Jesus.

Daniel and Wendy Winter

Dear Ev, Heidi, Jared, Lyndon and Nathan, Words cannot express how much I admired and valued the friendship of Randy. He was one of the most caring and wise men that I worked with. What a precious man of God. I am so sorry for your loss. I always told Randy about my own dad who is also in heaven, and I hope that they've already met, along with my mom who just passed away. Randy always had an ear to listen, and just before Christmas we got caught up again on the telephone. We are praying for you all as a family every suppertime. Pastor Daniel, Wendy, Joshua, Matthew and Rebecca Winter

Bill Allan

Dear Evelyn & family, Our heartfelt condolences to you at this time. We grieve, yet not like those who have no hope. Our hope in the Gospel gives us a focus on eternity. The pain and sorrow of today will one day be replaced by joy evermore at that great reunion. May our great heavenly Father be your comfort in these days. with prayer, Bill & Michele Allan

HAL & RUTH LOCHRIE

DEAR EVELYN AND FAMILY: IT IS WITH GREAT SORROW THAT WE RECEIVE THIS NEWS OF HIS PASSING. WE HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR A HEALING BUT GOD OBVIOUSLY HAD OTHER PLANS FOR HIM. HAL, AT 88 IS BATTLING BLADDER CANCER AND I HAVE THE SAME TWO OPTIONS, HEALING OR HEAVEN. IT IS NOT CONCERNING ME BECAUSE I WANT WHAT GOD WANTS AND SO IT IS A WIN WIN SITUATION AS I SEE IT. KNOWING RANDY AS I DO, HE WAS PROBABLY THINKING THE SAME WAY. RANDY IS NOW A PART OF YOUR FUTURE BUT IN THE MEANTIME I PRAY THAT GOD WILL GIVE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY THE STRENGTH YOU NEED FOR THIS FORCED TRANSITION. BLESSINGS HAL AND RUTH

Eleanor Burgess

Pastor Randy's smile,handshake,singing, spoken word gave us love, comfort, encouragement. God's power shone through him. We will miss his soothing singing which ministered to us every time. We experienced his loving care through family funerals. God guided him to phone us & pray as we anxiously drove to a hospital appointment. He always had time for us in his busy ministry. Ev, we treasure you, love you, pray for you & your dear family. Love, Bruce & Eleanor Burgess

Steve Hollands

Randy was one of my Jost cousins of whom myself and the rest of the greater family have many fond memories from the ages of toddler through adulthood. One of the brightest lights in the group of about 63 first cousins. He will be missed. Photo approximately 1963.

Michael Pawelke

Dear Jost family and friends, Indeed our hearts go out to you as you grieve Randy's going to be with the Lord. Randy was an extraordinary man on so many levels - as a Christian, as a family man, as a friend, and as a leader in the body of Christ. Our prayers are with you at this time. In Christian love, Michael Pawelke, President, Briercrest College and Seminary

Paul John Charron

PASTOR RANDY A FRIEND, MANY TIMES WOULD TAKE PASTOR RANDY OUT TO STARBUCKS AROUND THE CORNER AND JUST SIT DOWN AND CHAT , HOW LIFE IS EVOLVING. PASTOR RANDY AND EVELYN A SERVING COUPLE AND IT SHOWED IN THEIR KINDNESS AND WILLINGNESS TO SERVE AND THAT EXAMPLE SHOWED UP AND EFFECTED US ALL. PAUL JOHN CHARRON. PGA. Dave Ramsey SOLUTIONS, E-CORNELL U. NUTRITION WE WILL UNDERSTAND IT BETTER, BY AND BY,. IN HIS CARE AND LOVE

Debbie Davidson

Dear Ev and family I'm saddened to hear about your dear husband's passing. You have and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. May you be comforted knowing that Randy is with the Lord who he loved and served all of his life. Debbie Davidson

Tristan Brake

I am very gratefull i got to do worship with him, I loved his still and chill nature. His voice when singing and also at front of the church when leading announcements. I remember during a low point of coming to the church and had not been in awhile he instantly recognized me with his big welcoming smile.

Noella Charles

Hi, My Name is Noella Charles. I recall my first church of worship in August 1971 in Ottawa was the Metropolitan Bible Church on Bank St. That is where I met the Jost Family. I recall when Randy Jost and his family returned to the MET and his support to our family during many ups and downs of living in Canada was unmeasured. He will be missed greatly. Our deepest sympathy to his family. His earthly journey is complete. He ran a good race. He lived a godly life. May he RIP

Brenda Tarasuk

My deepest sympathies to you, Evelyn, and your family. In May 2004, Randy officiated and you played the piano at my Wedding at the MET. Sadly, in 2013, Leigh and I divorced. Randy was concerned about our marriage going forward and to this day, I wish that I had listened properly to his guidance. I reside now in Peterborough, ON. I am keeping up with the piano. Would love to hear from you, Evelyn.

Lyn Pacleb

Pastor Randy Jost will be greatly missed at the MET, his smile and kind greetings to all. I felt sadness when I heard that day but I know that he is now happy with the Lord. But i am also happy that i had the chance to see him at the Met last month? Praying for family’s comfort.

Sally Tewolde

My heart goes out to Pastor Randy's family. May God comfort and strengthen them through this difficult time. Although I had never talked personally with Pastor Randy, his love for Christ and for the church shone through him so brightly. He really touched my life and I'm sure so many others in the church. We mourn with you the loss of his precious life and praise God for the amazing witness he was and the hope we have that he is at rest with him. May God bless you all.

Priscilla Mullings

Dear Pastor Randy, When we re-visited Ottawa and came to the Met for Sunday Service, from Mississauga, your smiling face was the one we looked for. I too like you grew up in Ottawa, with the Met as our Spiritual Home. My Mom, Carol Charles is your number one Super fan. Thanks for always singing to her, the special song. My daughter remembers you as the Pastor with the guitar, always smiling and singing. It must have been quite, the welcome home greeting from your dad, Pastor Jost. I can almost hear him saying, "Good job son, welcome home." My dad, Leslie Charles and all the Met folks, who have gone before, must have welcomed you with open arms. God and the rest of the Met Family will love and care for your Family till we meet again. Priscilla Mullings(Charles)

Lindsey Erling

Pastor Randy was such a special man. He married Josh and I and it was so very important to me that it be him who officiated. Randy was the first person to hear me sing at the Met and was always encouraging me. I remember getting to sing alongside him on many occasions and feeling so blessed, he truly had the voice of an angel. Randy loved God and lived to serve Him through song and leadership. He will be missed by so many. We mourn in our sadness but rejoice that he is in his forever home with his Lord and Savior.

Andy Lim

We were very sorry to hear about the death of beloved Pastor Randy Jost. We would like to offer our deepest sympathies to the Jost families especially, Evelyn and the children on the loss of a husband and a father. We knew Pastor Randy as a wonderful man, who God has blessed with a rich fount of wisdom, compassion and inspiration to many. He indeed was a wonderful pastor and truly devoted servant of Christ. To Evelyn and the children, Pastor Randy belief in a better world and an afterlife closer to God was an enormous source of comfort and encouragement to me, and I hope that it is for all of you as well during these difficult times. May God comfort and bless you all. Sincerely, Andy Lim / TraceyLim

Jae-Won Bae

My deepest condolences and prayers go out to the family of Pastor Randy Jost in the loss of him. I miss your welcoming greetings and warm smile, Pastor Randy, Rest in Jesus.

Lindsay Brazeau

I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to your family at the loss of your husband, father and friend. Your family is a huge part of many of my best memories from childhood. One that I think of often is the time when Pastor Jost ‘rescued’ me by removing a window when I got trapped in your family’s bathroom on one of the church family retreats. I still don’t lock doors to this day. As a family you brought joy and music to the lives of our congregation and I was truly blessed to grow up, physically and spiritually, in a church community such as the one Pastor Jost fostered and kept. His service to our church family helped make me the person I am today and I am so grateful. Love Lindsay (Hannah)

Jonathan Chery

Pastor Randy was such a Godly-man, wise friend, and mentor to me. I had the privilege of serving with him on staff at the Met during the Youth Internship back in 2017. I remember having so many meaningful conversations in his office, during staff get togethers, and more. He even joined when there was a staff basketball game during the lunch hour one time... He had some hops... no doubt! If there are two words I would use to describe Randy in all he did, it would be: diligent and steadfast. Through the observation of his life as a man in Christ on earth, it's with reverent assurance that he has heard the words: "Well done good and faithful servant" Matthew 25:21. I send my condolences and genuinely pray that the God of all comfort ministers deeply to the Jost family in every way possible. God Bless.

Tim Maat

Our deepest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. We mourn with you, as well, we rejoice in his homecoming. Our deepest, deepest sympathies.

John Corrente

I best knew Randy through serving with his children. Heidi, Jared, Lyndon, and Nate served others in a way that reflected their father's faithfulness to Christ and generous spirit. Randy has been a rock at the Met for many years. His smile, care for others, and passion for the church will be well remembered. I'll always appreciate his encouragement of young leaders and care for elderly members. To the Jost family: I am so sorry for this loss while knowing you look forward to an eternal reunion. My family and I be praying for you through this time.

Edmonde Lanteigne

My deepest condolences to Evelyn and his beloved children and grandchildren. May our Comforter carry you through this great trial. We will miss him deeply ... until we meet him again. For all the people he touched with his love, faith and kindness, an eternal thank you!

Andrée Morissette

To Evelyn, Jared, Heidi, Lyndon and Nathan: Words fail me to express how much I feel for you all. You have been on my heart and in my prayers so much these past few weeks and months. Randy was a beautiful man in so many ways and his loss is huge. Personally I had many opportunities to interact with Randy through the hospital visitation program, seniors residence ministry, griefshare and even some personal issues, and he always made me feel heard, valued and very appreciated. The Met will not be the same for me without him. May God’s comfort and love be especially real to you as you grieve your dear loved one. Be assured of my continued prayers. In Christ, Andrée Morissette

Aline Andrews

My sincere condolences to Evelyn and family for the loss of a good man. He touched all our lives in some way through his varied ministries. This world has lost a great example of the life God wants us to live. We are so thankful to have that legacy he has left.

Graham Hodgson

Although, I don’t recall meeting Pastor Randy at any time, although I have attended church services from time to time, there is no doubt in my mind that the ministry of this brother in the Lord was so important and edifying. Indeed, the character of Christ seems so evident when one contemplates his photo. He will undoubtedly have an enduring legacy.

Elaine Sanderson

I was deeply saddened to hear the news that Pastor Randy had gone home to be with the Lord. I was part of the Met Choir and I always loved it when Pastor Randy would sing with us he had a beautiful voice. My thoughts and prayers are with the Jost family as they say goodbye to their husband, father and grandfather.

Brian Peter

My Condolence to the Jost family we are praying for you guys we will get through this together. This is not the end we will see pastor Randy again amen.

Ghee Ghee Sarmiento

My condolences go out to you and your family for the loss of a loved one. I know that God will be with you through this difficult time. God called home another faithful servant. He will also embrace you with His love as you grieve for the loss of Pastor Randy. May God strengthen you and your family! Please accept my sincere sympathies for your great loss.

Donna Williams

So sorry for this dear pastor's going home. I will miss his smile, his singing voice and presence at the seniors' group. My prayer is for comfort for the family. With heartfelt love, Donna

Karen Granville

Where does someone even begin to express thankfulness to the Lord for the gift of Pastor Randy? My first memory was him out playing basketball with his sons behind the church parking lot at the old Met on Bank. Watching him parent was a true joy. His sons were Youth Sponsors for my three teenage children. Having Pastor Randy facilitate Communion was another blessed memory. He had such passion and humility as he read scripture and shared the elements at the Lord’s table. It was always as if the Holy Spirit was speaking through him to me. He had such a presence about him and even though he was a tall and larger than life man, he had such a welcoming and gentle spirit. I just loved how he loved his family and the church. I can’t imagine the Met without him. I am so happy for him that he is with his Saviour who he honoured with his life. I am so saddened for his family who will miss him immensely. My prayers are with you as you grieve. May you know how much your husband, Dad, Father in Law, Grandpa was loved. Thank you Randy for your incredible service. Thank you Lord for gifting the Met with such a servant.

Esther Charles

My deepest sympathy to Evelyn and the rest of the family. As a member of the Charles family who immigrated to Canada from St.Lucia, many years ago we were welcomed to the Met family with such warmth from everyone especially the Jost family, I remember attending high schoolers with Randy and the bunch, his welcoming smile was a joy. Randy has been so kind to our family. When our dad(Leslie passed) Randy was a great comfort to us, we shall miss him dearly and remember him smiling safe in the arms of the Lord.

John Fabi

My heartfelt sympathies to the Jost family. I am saddened by the passing of Randy who touched me with his warm and friendly manner. I always looked forward hearing him speak in various MET services, preworship, the Lords Supper and closing announcements. He truly left his mark when he graciously accepted to speak at my dad's funeral in April 2015. Randy was always available for the service of the Lord. Rest in peace Brother.

Clara Bonhomme

Dear Evelyn and family. Thinking about you during this time. Randy was our pastor for 30 years and every time we went to his office to talk with him we were never disappointed. I am sure the Lord is saying: "Well done, my good and faithful servant". Rick, Clara and Nathalie Bonhomme

Tammy and Brendan Touhey

Dear Evelyn and family, We have been at a loss for words to express our heart for our friend, our pastor, our brother in the Lord Randy. The loss of this wonderful, faithful and godly man cuts very deep. God used Randy to rescue my (Tammy) faith on a few occasions, the first being the first day I attended The Met when he said that Christianity wasn’t a list, it was a relationship. It was like I had heard the Gospel for the first time despite walking with the Lord for 20+ years before that day. Randy was our wise counsel, and our wisecracker, but more than anything, he was our brother and friend. His words never failed to grab our attention when he spoke truth to our hearts and spirits and his warm voice enveloped us when he sang and when he prayed with me (Tammy), more times than I can count. His kindness and forgiving nature was like a beacon to everyone who knew him in this life. His encouragement was a life preserver. His servant’s heart, a blessing for the ages. The friendship that developed with Randy and Evelyn and their family over 20 years is precious to us and we have no words to describe how empty the world feels without him at this moment. We shared many moments of laughter, heartache, joy and sadness in that 20 years and while we will see him again, and hear his voice and no doubt, share a hug in eternity, we already miss him more than words can express. Rest well, dear friend. - Tammy and Brendan

Behnaz Behmanesh

I entered the Met as a Muslim, new immigrant in Canada, a visible minority in the society, a woman and a lost soul. I started going to the Christianity Explored course and I met Pastor Randy. I had no intention of following Jesus Christ before meeting him, but his welcoming smile, his kind voice and his face beaming with joy, peace and love made me wonder. Who he is following? Who he is believing in? Why he is different? I started reading the Bible and I understood where his sense of compassion and love for everyone is coming from. Pastor Randy was and will be a very significant part of my faith journey. He will be missed by many but not for long. We will meet him again and we will rejoice that day in presence of our Holly father in heaven. My deepest condolences to Jost family for losing such a great husband, father and grandfather. But his sweet memories will live on forever until we join him.

Agnes Reyes

Praying that God’s love enfolds you and comforts you through the pain.... Psalms 147:3 Sending prayers, Agnes and Nick