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By Lisa Respers and Lisa Respers,Sun Staff Writer | August 18, 1995
The Rev. Fred Stashkevetch, pastor of Ashland Presbyterian Church in Cockeysville since 1982, died Monday of a heart attack at his Reisterstown home. He was 49.Mr. Stashkevetch had been admitted into the Orthodox Church in America, an Eastern Orthodox Christian denomination, and ordained a deacon earlier this month. He was preparing to leave Ashland to teach Old Testament Studies at St. Tikhon Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pa.Family and friends said that he loved being pastor of Ashland and the parting was amicable.
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svanessen2@hotmail.com | November 5, 2013
The Rev. Mary Gaut has been accepted as a 2014 fellow by GreenFaith, an interfaith organization promoting environmental stewardship. The GreenFaith website says "the Fellowship Program is the first comprehensive education and training program in the US to prepare lay and ordained leaders from diverse religious traditions for religiously based environmental leadership. The Fellowship curriculum is designed to integrate historical perspectives, scientific information, socio-economic considerations, religious, ethical, spiritual and practical dimensions.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | September 11, 1999
The Rev. Dale H. Aukerman, a former pastor of several Church of the Brethren congregations and internationally known social activist and author, died in his sleep Sept. 4 at his home in Linwood, Carroll County. He was 69.As a pastor of Brethren churches, the Rev. Aukerman worked in Christian leadership and service roles in Maryland, Michigan, Indiana and in Europe for nearly 50 years. A plain-spoken man, he demonstrated against the war in Vietnam, the Afghan War, apartheid, the death penalty and nuclear arms.
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By Peter Hermann | December 6, 2011
Since writing about copper thieves targeting homes in Homeland and Ruxton, I've been inundated by storis from victims in the city and beyond. One woman in Pikesville told me that her $5,000 statue was taken from outside her house, even though it had been cemented to the ground. Today came a new low -- a report from a pastor in Towson who said copper from his church was taken this fall. Here is the account from Rev. Michael Carrion: "On Saturday, September 24, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Towson discovered the theft of 11 of our copper downspouts from the Rectory, the south side of the Church and on the School.    Several of them from the sides of the Church were about 20 feet in length.
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January 7, 2006
The Rev. Lavely Dorsey Gruber, retired pastor at Rognel Heights United Methodist Church, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 30 at Pickersgill Retirement Community. The former Pikesville resident was 95. Born in Hagerstown, he earned a degree at Shepherd College and a master's degree in divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. From 1936 to 1942, he served at Methodist churches in and around Hedgesville, W.Va., then moved to the Baltimore area as pastor of Sudbrook United Methodist Church in Pikesville.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | November 23, 2003
The Rev. Frank B. Lampe III, former pastor of St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baltimore who in recent years served as an interim pastor for many area congregations, died of cancer Nov. 16 at his Parkville home. He was 72. Mr. Lampe was born in Baltimore and reared in Perry Hall, where in his youth he attended St. Michael Lutheran Church. He was a 1948 graduate of Kenwood High School. "At the time he was finishing high school, there was a pastor at St. Michael's who encouraged him. It was during the summer between high school and college, when he was considering studying a number of things including engineering, that he felt a pull toward the seminary," said his wife of 24 years, the former Kate Jacobsen.
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July 24, 1999
In an article July 17 about Brenda Davis, a Mass Transit Administration bus driver and church pastor who advises, prays for, and sings with her passengers, MTA spokesman Frank Fulton, was quoted: "We're real proud of her. She represents the standards of bus operators that we like to encourage." Fulton was speaking only of her driving record and not endorsing religious activities on the bus.Pub Date: 7/24/99
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June 30, 1993
Church helps fight illiteracy in PakistanMembers of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park are raising money this week to help combat one of Pakistan's most persistent problems -- illiteracy.The money is being funneled through the Adult Basic Education Society, based in Gujranwala, to promote nonformal literacy education in a country where nearly 75 percent of the population cannot read or write."By sharing financial and human resources with the people of Pakistan, U.S. Presbyterians obey the gospel mandate to use our God-given gifts to serve one another," said the church pastor, the Rev. Terry Schoener.
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August 5, 1993
Presbyterians seek funds for Midwest flood victimsLed by Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park, several Presbyterian USA churches in Anne Arundel County are raising money for flood relief in the Midwest.The project is tagged "MidWest U.S. River Floods," and cash donations and checks are being funneled into an account through Sunday morning church offerings."Thousands of people [in need] will once again depend upon the generosity of Presbyterian Christians to respond quickly . . . to this devastating crisis," says the church pastor, the Rev. Terry S. Schoener.
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May 6, 2004
Wilbur A. Taylor, a retired dental technician and United Methodist Church pastor, died of heart failure Sunday at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Northwood resident was 85. Mr. Taylor was born and raised in Hampden and attended City College for a year before leaving to help support his family. He worked in the cotton mills of Woodberry in the Jones Falls Valley and for Co-Operative Laboratories as a dental technician before being drafted into the Army in 1941. He served with Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army and participated in the Battle of the Bulge and invasion of Germany.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 10, 2011
The Rev. Lorenzo Long, pastor of Central Baptist Church in West Baltimore, where he was known for his community outreach initiatives, died Sunday of complications from surgery at Howard County General Hospital. The Columbia resident was 52. Dr. Long was born in Aiken, S.C., and was raised by an uncle and aunt in Baltimore. After graduating from Edmondson High School, he earned a bachelor's degree in communications in 1983 from what is now Bowie State University. Dr. Long worked as a media technologist at his college for 24 years, where he also taught a course in basic and advanced photography and was Bowie State's official staff photographer.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,Sun reporter | October 31, 2007
The highest judicial body of the United Methodist Church announced yesterday that a transgender man can remain pastor of a congregation in Charles Village. The ruling by the Judicial Council affirms last spring's decision by Bishop John R. Schol to reappoint the Rev. Drew Phoenix -- formerly the Rev. Ann Gordon -- to St. John's United Methodist Church. Schol's action had been appealed to the Judicial Council by several local clergy in the Baltimore-Washington Conference, who have raised questions about the proper role of transgender people within the church.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,sun reporter | March 28, 2007
The Rev. Jim Chambly Jr., a United Methodist Church pastor who regarded young people as crucial to his ministry, died Thursday of an apparent heart attack at his Essex home. He was 62. Born James Wellington Chambly Jr. in Baltimore and raised in Violetville, he was a 1962 graduate of Polytechnic Institute, where he was a marching band drum major. He was also active in the Boy Scouts and community baseball. He earned a psychology degree at what is now Towson University. "He told me at 12 years old, he felt he wanted to be a minister," said his wife, the former Mary Ann Thomas, whom he met on a New Years' Eve blind date at a South Baltimore parsonage.
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By Los Angeles Times | November 5, 2006
DENVER -- An investigative committee of independent pastors concluded "without a doubt" yesterday that the Rev. Ted Haggard had committed "sexually immoral conduct" and removed him from his duties as senior pastor at a mega-church in Colorado Springs, Colo. The committee's decision took away Haggard's last position of church leadership - and cast doubt on his assertion that he had met a gay prostitute for a massage, but never had sex with him. Last week, Haggard resigned from the presidency of the 30 million-member National Association of Evangelicals under allegations that he had a three-year sexual relationship with the man. Haggard also has said that he bought methamphetamine from the prostitute, but did not use it.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN REPORTER | October 27, 2006
Harry L. Holfelder, First and Franklin Street Presbyterian Church's retired pastor and an early advocate for the spiritual and physical needs of people with AIDS, died of cancer Saturday at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He lived in Mount Washington and was 70. Arriving in Baltimore nearly two decades ago as pastor of the Mount Vernon area church, the Rev. Holfelder held the pulpit for 13 years and was chairman of the AIDS Interfaith Network of Baltimore. "People of faith have to ask themselves whether they will be compassionate or judgmental," he told an Evening Sun reporter in 1989.
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January 7, 2006
The Rev. Lavely Dorsey Gruber, retired pastor at Rognel Heights United Methodist Church, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 30 at Pickersgill Retirement Community. The former Pikesville resident was 95. Born in Hagerstown, he earned a degree at Shepherd College and a master's degree in divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. From 1936 to 1942, he served at Methodist churches in and around Hedgesville, W.Va., then moved to the Baltimore area as pastor of Sudbrook United Methodist Church in Pikesville.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff Writer | August 30, 1992
The First Baptist Church of Guilford is seeking a permanent injunction barring a former church pastor from entering the church or its grounds.At a hearing before Circuit Judge Cornelius F. Sybert, Jr. on Friday, the church's attorney, Charles L. Fuller, argued that the Rev. Elaine Dowell's presence at the church would not be in the best interest of the congregation.The request for an injunction stemmed from an incident on Aug. 9 when Ms. Dowell, a former associate pastor at First Baptist, was arrested for trespassing at the church during Sunday services.
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June 16, 2002
John Preston Wilson, a retired federal worker and church pastor, died Thursday of a muscular disorder at University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 85 and lived in Walbrook. He retired as a Social Security Administration claims examiner about 30 years ago. He was pastor of Oak Street African Methodist Episcopal Church at Howard and 24th streets from 1961 to 1973 and was then pastor of Bethel AME Church in the Eastern Shore community of Church Hill. "He was widely known for his great voice, which he used to narrate Christmas and Easter cantatas," said his daughter Jean Wilson Richie of Baltimore.
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July 1, 2005
St Mary's Catholic Church welcomes new pastor St. Mary's Catholic Church of Annapolis last week welcomed a new pastor, the Rev. John Kingsbury. Kingsbury most recently served as rector of Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, N.Y. The Boston native holds a Doctor of Ministry from Catholic University and is marking 25 years as a priest. He previously served as a priest at churches in New York state and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Kingsbury succeeds the Rev. Denis Sweeny, who will be the superior and prefect of students at the Redemptorist House of Formation, Holy Redeemer College, in Washington.
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