Rev. Wayne M. Moulder, 75, Presbyterian pastor active in social causes

August 13, 2005|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

The Rev. Wayne Marshal Moulder, a former associate pastor at First and Franklin Street Presbyterian Church who was active in social causes, died of lung disease Monday at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. The former Bolton Hill resident was 75.

Born and raised in Davenport, Iowa, he earned a bachelor's degree in Greek from the University of Iowa and a divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He also held a master's degree in administrative science from the Johns Hopkins University.

He was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church in 1955 and was pastor of a Garland, Texas, congregation.

In 1967 he moved with his family to Baltimore and settled in Bolton Hill, where he renovated a 19th-century Lanvale Street home. He lived there for more than 20 years.

About 35 years ago, he established and operated an agency based in Mount Vernon known as Metro Strategies and Christian Social Relations, a joint venture of the Presbytery of Baltimore, the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland and the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ. The agency provided social services to members of churches.

During that period, he was also an associate pastor at First and Franklin Street Presbyterian Church, Park Avenue and Madison street.

"He was an outgoing person with a lot of energy for the work he did," said his son, Peter Moulder of Towson. "He loved Baltimore and was interested in trying to encourage an urban renaissance. In religion, he felt all faiths should work together to solve Baltimore's problems."

In 1972, Mr. Moulder helped to create Love Peace and Soul Industries Inc., a self-help program that worked with the Black & Decker Corp. by hiring city residents to assemble cordless grass trimmers and other equipment. The tool company gave Love Peace and Soul a loan for machinery and a contract to assemble the equipment.

The tool business, which lasted several years, was located in an old Southwest Baltimore Presbyterian church. The workers turned out 147,000 garden implements, according to a 1973 article in The Sun.

He also joined the fight to keep an interstate highway out of older city neighborhoods, family members said.

"Wayne had a marvelous interest in Bolton Hill and liberal politics," said former state Sen. Julian L. Lapides. "He had a great decency about himself and his causes."

In the 1980s, Mr. Moulder worked for AARP as an in-house consultant.

In 1990 he became the associate executive of the Synod of the Chesapeake of the Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. He later helped merge a newly formed Synod of the Mid-Atlantic in Richmond, Va. He retired in 1992.

After his retirement, he served the Village Presbyterian Church of Henrico County, Va., for two years while it was without a pastor. He moved to Ocean Pines in 1997 and was pastor at a Seaford, Del., Presbyterian church for two years.

While living in Ocean Pines, he was active in politics, community service and the Presbytery of New Castle, Del.

At the time of his death, he was a resident of Mallard Landing, a Salisbury retirement community.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Wicomico Presbyterian Church, 129 Broad St., Salisbury.

In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Margaret Stutzman; two daughters, Rebecca Messer and Sarah Buser, both of Ocean Pines; and six grandchildren.

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