Sandra Martin (Bayer)
On April 1, 2015, Christopher Andrew Bayer went home to be with his beloved Savior, Jesus Christ, after nearly a 5-year courageous battle with brain cancer.
Christopher was born to Frank (Ted) Martin Bayer and Helena (Nina) Ann Bayer on November 15, 1954, in Bremerhaven, Germany, where his father was stationed in the U.S. Air Force. He returned to the U.S. with his parents when he was six weeks old, with both German and American birth certificates.
Chris’ early years were spent in North Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska with his three younger siblings. The family moved to Seattle in 1967, where Chris was active in church, Young Life, Boy Scouts, and mountain climbing. He led climbing expeditions up Mount Baker and Mount St. Helens, and graduated from Ingraham High School in Seattle in 1972. Immediately following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, and then remained in the Northwest after he was discharged.
In May of 1973, Chris married his high school sweetheart, Sandra Lee Martin, daughter of Robert (Paul) and Marjorie (Peggy) Martin of Seattle. Chris and Sandy were blessed with three beautiful daughters.
Although active in business throughout his life, Chris felt called of God to work in ministry from the age of 16. In 1983, Chris and the family moved to Gig Harbor, WA. In 1985 he founded Church on the Rock (Gig Harbor Foursquare) and remained its pastor for 29 years. He was dedicated to serving others in practical ways as well as in the ministry. Chris had a huge heart for people of all nations. He ministered in Russia/Siberia, Scotland, England, Mexico, Canada, Mongolia, Nigeria, Ghana, and the Philippines. His greatest wish was that others would come to know Jesus as he knew Him, as Savior, Healer, Baptizer with the Holy Spirit, and Soon-Coming King. He desired to see others step out into their own personal callings and to serve The Lord with all of their heart, soul, strength and minds. He believed in the “nobody’s.” He was a leader by example. He taught us all how to love like Jesus loved, serve others and to walk in faith.
Additionally, he served this community as a board member of Support Services for the Developmentally Disabled in Tacoma for many years and as a YWAM Port Orchard Board Member.
Chris delighted in the simple things. He loved to golf, climb mountains, travel, tell stories, crack corny jokes, and see the humor in everyday life. No matter how serious a situation, he viewed life through the eyes of hope and could always make you smile. He will be greatly missed by many.
Chris is survived by his loving wife, Sandra Lee Bayer; his three daughters, Tracie (Josh) Markley, Tammi (Joe) Barber and Dana (Aaron) Taylor; his five grandchildren, Hailey & Sarah Markley, Samuel Barber, and Mathai & Jace Taylor; his father, Ted Bayer; his mother, Nina Bayer; his three siblings, Steven Bayer, Nina Bayer and Catherine (Bayer) Carter and numerous nieces and nephews.
This pretty much sums up the last 41 years of our lives. He is greatly missed!!
I had long ago lost touch with Chris Bayer. After reading the post I was reminded of our friendship and I truly wish I had had a chance to reconnect.
Thank you Pat. We tried to find you a couple of years ago but didn't know how to connect.