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Kurtz, Haycock Recognized

At 2017 Milestones In Ministry

Each year, the District’s Ministerial Leadership Team, through its Pastoral Support Committee, recognizes “milestones in ministry.” Congregations often do a good job in recognizing tenure milestones. We also know that a minister’s years of ordination to the set-apart ministry are significant chapters. Areas of service for the ordained extend beyond parish ministry and include chaplains, counselors, biblical professors, district and national staff and other specialized ministries.

Each of the ministers listed below was recognized during the Milestones In Ministry dinner that preceded the opening of the 2017 District Conference on Oct. 27. In attendance were 20 pastors at the 50-plus years of ordination and at five-year milestones since ordination. Combined, they represented 803 years of ordained ministry. C.C. Kurtz of Evergreen Church of the Brethren, at age 92, led in years since ordination at 70 years. Cecil Haycock, 91 years old, was recognized for 62 years since ordination and still in active ministry as pastor of the Walker's Chapel Church of the Brethren.

Tara Hornbacker, Bethany Theological Seminary professor, reflected on humor in the Bible, related humorous incidents from her own ministry and called on pastors in the audience to share funny pastoral moments.

Ministers ordained for 50 or more years:
Samuel Flora (74), Bridgewater
Emmert Bittinger (73), Bridgewater
Fred M. Bowman (71), Bridgewater
Robert Houts (70), Pleasant View
C.C. Kurtz (70), Evergreen
Emerson S. Fike (69), Middle River
Jesse Robertson (68), Bridgewater
James S. Flora (66), Bridgewater
Robert McFadden (66), Bridgewater
Earle Fike (65), Bridgewater
Clarence Moyers (65), Harrisonburg First
John Sayre (64), Bridgewater
Thomas Shoemaker (64), Charlottesville
Charles Simmons (63), Charlottesville
James Eberly (62), Bethel-Mayland
Wendell Eller (62), Bridgewater
Cecil Haycock (62), Walker's Chapel
Grant Simmons (62), Mt. Vernon
Dee Flory (61), Blue Ridge Chapel
David B. Rittenhouse (61), New Hope
Albert Sauls (61), Madison
Jimmy Ross (60), Waynesboro
Auburn Boyers (56), Harrisonburg First
Fred Swartz (56), Bridgewater
Curtis Coffman (55), Barren Ridge
John W. Glick (52), Sangerville
J. D. Glick (51), Sunrise
Wayne Judd (50), Bridgewater
Ministers recognized on five-year anniversaries of ordination:
         Robert Alley (45), Bridgewater
         Howard Lutz (40), Community Mission
        Fred Mauck (40) Meadow Mills
        Wayne Pence (40), Mountain View Fellowship
        Clarence Davis (35), Calvary
        Ken Dolan (35), Greenmount
        Michael Fike (35), Bridgewater
        Keith Simmons (30), Leake's Chapel
        Matthew Fike (25), Lebanon
        Randy Simmons (25), Mt. Vernon
        Kent Bennett (20), Newport
        Steve Spire (20), Sangerville
        Diann Whetzel (20), Front Royal
        David Kingrea (15), Mt. Lebanon Fellowship
        Garold Senger Jr. (15), Lebanon
        Daryl Ritchie (10), Cedar Grove/Brandywine
        Dale Bowers (5), Community Mission
        David Collins (5), Durbin
        Todd Crowder (5), Waynesboro
        Jonathan Prater (5), Mt. Zion/Linville
        Richi Yowell (5), Mt. Olivet


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