Services for the Rev. Arthur L. Herries will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Timonium Presbyterian Church, 303 W. Timonium Road, where he was pastor emeritus.
Mr. Herries, 79, died Saturday of heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
Before his retirement in 1981, Mr. Herries served for 10 years as the first pastor of the Timonium church, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America. During his tenure as pastor and into retirement, he led activities such as Bible study groups and a bimonthly class for young adults.
Mr. Herries, born in Waterloo, N.Y., was raised in the Baltimore neighborhood of Walbrook and graduated from Polytechnic Institute.
Prior to returning to the Baltimore area, Mr. Herries was pastor at St. Paul's Union Church in Chicago from 1960 to 1971; the Vermont Avenue Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles from 1951 to 1960; the Calvin Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia from 1946 to 1951; and had two pastorates, in Ashland and Centralia, Pa., from 1936 to 1944.
He was chairman of the Foreign Missions Committee for the PCA and president of World Presbyterian Missions of the Reformed Presbyterian Church.
While in Chicago, he taught at the Moody Bible Institute.
From 1944 to 1946, he served as a combat chaplain for the 82nd Infantry Division in Europe and the Philippines during World War II.
Mr. Herries graduated from Maryville College in Knoxville, Tenn., where he was captain of the swim team and a member of the tennis and basketball teams.
He was also a member of a gospel team that preached to area residents.
In 1936, he earned his bachelor's in theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.
While he was pastor of Calvin Presbyterian Church, he earned his master of theology degree from Eastern Baptist Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa.
Between his time in college and the seminary, Mr. Herries worked with a mission in New Mexico that served area ranchers.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Doris Griffin; a daughter, Carol Herries Wehr of West Chicago, Ill.; a son, John Herries of Cockeysville; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family suggested contributions to the Timonium Presbyterian Church, 303 W. Timonium Road, Timonium. 21093, and the Bethel Mission of China, c/o Betty Hu, The Scripps Home, 2212 N. El Molino Road, Altadena, Calif. 91001.