About Me

Dennis Apple

  • Born and raised in Indiana
  • Married to Buelah McAnelly
  • Father of Denny & Andrew
  • Living in Olathe, KS
  • A Christ follower
  • Author of Two Books: “Life After The Death of My Son” & “Runaway Griever.” (A novel)

Born and raised in a little town just Northeast of Indianapolis…..Oaklandon. The first of 10 children (5 boys & 5 girls), I graduated from Lawrence Central High school in 1960 and enrolled in Olivet Nazarene University the same year. After taking time out to work and get married, my wife Buelah and I graduated together in 1966.  After spending a year as an associate pastor in Galesburg, IL I enrolled in a three-year Master’s program at Nazarene Theological Seminary where I graduated in 1970, M. Div.

Across the years, I have served as pastor in Chicago and Indianapolis.  In addition, I have served at the Nazarene denominational headquarters in Kansas City, specializing in senior and single adult ministries.  In 1987 the ministerial staff pastor at College Church in Olathe, KS.

After the death of our son, Denny, in 1991, I worked to expand the “New Hope” ministry at College Church where I specialized in senior adult and grief-related issues.

I retired from College Church in 2016 but continue to support grieving families through one-to-one counseling and writing.

These days, I serve as a funeral, “Celebrant,” and work to support and give counsel to grieving families, especially those who have lost a child by death.

Author of two books: “Life After The Death Of My Son” and a novel, “Runaway Griever.”

Articles have appeared in TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors,”  a national magazine that supports grieving military families.

I am a certified, “Celebrant,” receiving my training from Doug Manning in Oklahoma City.

I am a speaker on grief issues and present workshops at the national TCF (The Compassionate Friends) annual conferences.  My workshops are titled, “Struggling to Reclaim My Faith” and “Dealing With Grief Bullies.”

My wife and I were featured on the NPR (National Public Radio) Storycorp in 2012:  http://www.npr.org/2012/01/27/145901613/after-sons-sudden-death-shock-grief-and-coping

A recent youtube interview with Gloria Horsely at The Compassionate Friends Conference in Scottsdale, AZ   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cn323nhSqms

Featured Books:

Share the Story of Your Child

There is an overpowering drive in us to keep the name of our child alive.  In addition, we want the stories about them to not be forgotten.