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Ulrich Addresses

Milestones In Ministry Dinner

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 2018 District Conference on Nov. 2. In attendance were nine pastors at the 50-plus years of ordination who represent 635 years since ordination. Also recognized were recent seminary graduates and Christian Growth Institute graduates.

Dr. Dan Ulrich, Professor of New Testament at Bethany Theological Seminary, spoke following dinner on “Jesus Also Opens the Scriptures for Us.”

Ministers ordained for 50 or more years:
Samuel Flora (75), Bridgewater
Emmert Bittinger (74), Bridgewater
Fred M. Bowman (72), Bridgewater
C.C. Kurtz (71), Evergreen
Emerson S. Fike (70), Middle River
James S. Flora (67), Bridgewater
Earle Fike (66), Bridgewater
Clarence Moyers (66), Harrisonburg First
John Sayre (65), Bridgewater
Thomas Shoemaker (65), Charlottesville
Charles Simmons (64), Charlottesville
James Eberly (63), Bethel-Mayland
Wendell Eller (63), Bridgewater
Cecil Haycock (63), Walker's Chapel
Grant Simmons (63), Mt. Vernon
Dee Flory (62), Blue Ridge Chapel
David B. Rittenhouse (62), New Hope
Albert Sauls (62), Madison
Jimmy Ross (61), Waynesboro
Auburn Boyers (57), Harrisonburg First
Fred Swartz (57), Bridgewater
Curtis Coffman (56), Barren Ridge
John W. Glick (53), Sangerville
J. D. Glick (52), Sunrise
Kenneth Graff (50) Oak Hill
Ministers recognized on five-year anniversaries of ordination:
        Charles Comer, Flat Rock, 40 years
        Richard Hall, Mountain View Fellowship, 35 years
        Shyrl Smith, Mt. Carmel, 35 years
        Bobby Wetzel, Front Royal, 25 years
        Glenn Bollinger, Mill Creek, 25 years
        Joan Daggett, Dayton, 20 years
        Robert Via, Little River, 15 years
        Darren Howdyshell, Moscow, 10 years
        Daniel King, Mt. Pleasant, 10 years
        William Staton, Bethel/Keezletown, 10 years
        Franklin Tusing, Crab Run, 10 years
        Robert Curns, Mathias, 10 years
        O. Guy Hudson, Melrose, 5 years
        Janet Parkhurst, Free Union, 5 years
        Richard Parkhurst, Free Union, 5 years  


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