Singer, Rev. Dr. James M.

April 23, 2006

On Thursday, April 13, 2006, THEREVERENDDOCTOR JAMES M. SINGER, age 83, entered life eternal. Jim (or Pastor Jim, as he preferred to be called) was born in Manheim, PA in 1923. He graduated from Gettysburg College in 1945 and from Gettysburg Seminary in 1948. During his 44 years of ordained ministry, he served six churches, including Luther Place Memorial Church in Washington, D.C.; Christ Second Lutheran Church in Altoona, PA; St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Bloomsburg, PA; Ascension Lutheran Church in Towson, MD; Our Savior Lutheran Church in Lansdowne, MD; Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Reston, VA. Jim was founder and president of the Massachusetts Avenue Mile, an Evangelism Ministry in Washington, D.C., that included all Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Greek Orthodox churches and Synagogues. During the riots of 1968 following Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, he kept Luther Place Memorial Church in Washington, DC open to serve the needs of all who needed it. He served as Dean of the Washington, D.C. District of the ELCA from 1964 through 1968 and of the Baltimore District from 1982 through 1984. Jim is survived by his wife of 58 years, Phyllis; his two daughters, Deborah Singer Dobson and Barbara King; three grandchildren, James Singer Dobson, Justin King, and Carolyn King; his brother Robert Singer; his three sisters, Deborah Pinkerton, Cordelia Eisenhart, and Jean Thomas. Services to celebrate Jim's life will be held at Luther Place Memorial Church, 1226 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., 20005 on Saturday, April 29, at 11 A.M., and at The Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, 31 S. Duke St., Lancaster, PA, 17602 on Saturday, April 22, at 11 A.M. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the James Singer Foundation to continue Jim's ministry (make checks payable to Luther Place Memorial Church, 1226 Vermont Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005 for the James Singer Foundation) to continue Jim's ministry.

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