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In Remembrance: Lance Beachem

On April 13, 2023, Lance Beachem passed away unexpectedly. He was the former pas­tor at the Beaver Bay Assembly of God, the Confidential Secretary for Silver Bay, and an active member in the community.

Beachem worked for the City of Silver Bay for nine and a half years, taking minutes for the City Council and various City Boards and Commissions and helping to set up and ad­minister elections. “Lance was a quiet, gen­uine man with a contagious sense of dry hu­mor,” Lana Fralich recalls. “He was known for his funny ‘quote of the day’ created from comments he heard over the course of his working day.”

Marcia Beachem, Lance’s widow, remem­bers how much he loved the North Shore. “He walked and prayed on every street in Silver Bay, Beaver Bay, and Finland, and drove through all the outlying roads and all along the Shore,” Marcia says. “Praying for people he hadn’t even met, praying that men, women, and children would encounter the life-giving love of Jesus. I think of his prayer walk all the way from Canal Park Bridge in Duluth to the Canadian border. 154 miles. He quietly served and worked and prayed, with­out fanfare or attention to himself. He always had a heart for anyone who was suffering or unseen by the rest of the world.”

An active community member, Beachem “really reached out across generations, serv­ing young and old alike.” For many years, he ran a free summer carnival for children during Bay Days. He worked with Vacation Bible School, home Bible studies, and prayer meetings. Lance was even known to host a tea party or two for children who attended his wife’s Bible study. Beachem also helped with the upkeep of the Beaver Bay Assembly of God – orchestrating for the parking lot to be paved and landscaping done, and for new roofing and windows to be installed.

Marcia Beachem relates that one of his fa­vorite things to do were the Worship in the Park services at Gooseberry Falls State Park. “He loved meeting and sharing the simple message of God’s great love with folks from all over and from all walks of life.” Over 5,000 people attended these services over the years.

In 2016, Lance and Marcia Beachem adopt­ed three sons, and he deeply loved his family. He was “proud of the young men” his sons are becoming. He loved taking his sons on adventures, hiking along Lake Superior, and “being close to God in nature.”

Thank you for the years you gave to this community, Lance. You are missed by those whose lives you touched both in person and in prayer .

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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