Obit written by C. Joe, August 30, 2010:



At home. To be away from the body is to be at home with the Lord.
2 Cor. 5:8 NIV. Rev. C . Joe McKnight born March 12th. 1919 in Astoria, Ore. to Clyde Jethroe and Lavinia McKnight, is now at home. Having passed from this life to that which is everlasting on November 1, 2011. Graveside services to be conducted August 8, 2011 at 10:00 AM at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle. A memorial service celebrating Rev. McKnight’s life and service will be held at the Bethel Chapel at 23010 66th Ave. W., Mount Lake Terrace, WA on Friday, August 12, 2011 at 1:30 PM.


The family moved to Seattle when he was seven years old. He attended West Woodland grade school, Ballard High and Bethel Temple Bible School. Married his sweet heart, Jean Downs April 18th. 1940. They were ordained in Bethel Temple and commissioned to go to the island of Java in what was then known as the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia. With a number of other missionaries they were able to escape incarceration in the Second World War and returned safely to the States.


At the end of the Second World War they returned, this time going to Kupang, Timor in East Indonesia where they Evangelized both in Timor and the island of Roti. Also established a Bible School in the island of Roti. Later they were privileged to build a Bible School in Java which continues to this day. It is now completely in the hands of the nationals. It has spawned some 34 Bible Schools in the other islands of Indonesia.


They also pastored Bethel Temple in downtown Seattle for 27 years with a Bible School, daily radio broadcast and a strong outreach to the mission fields of the world.


Their only and greatly loved daughter Jo Ann proceeded them in death on November 20th 2005. She was a great help in their ministry always working with them in whatever activity they were involved in. Jean went home to be with the Lord on May the 29, 2010. Prior to her passing at the age of 95 they were able to celebrate their 70 Wedding Anniversary. Life on this earth has been full and sweet but heavens call promises much more.

4 Responses to “C. JOE MCKNIGHT”

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  • greg pease says:

    Grew up across the street, always liked the McKnight’s, all of them. Returned from Alaska to care for my mother until she moved on three years ago. Life everlasting.

  • Bob (Bobby) Jackson says:

    I grew up going to Bethel Chapel,living at Mirror Lake Park, Federal Way. Remember well the McKnights; watched slides they brought back from their missions. Daughter JoAnn was a couple years older than I. The Downs would move out to the lake for the summer, they had a place just a block up the street from us. Remember “traveling” to the big city, Seattle, to services at Bethel Temple. Great to see part of the old facade incorporated into the upscale building today. Sad to see old acquaintances leave us. Wish all the family our best.
    Bob & Ginny Jackson

  • Rev. Richard Lee says:

    I was privileged as a teenager to attend Bethel Temple on 2nd and Lenora in Seattle, where Pastor C. Joe McKnight baptized me on Sunday night, October 31, 1982. I remember and miss those nights when Bethel Temple would have Saturday evening services and hand out tracts at the Pike Place Market.

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