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Category: Obituaries

Book of essays in the works to honor Craddock

In a forthcoming book being put together by André Resner and Mike Graves, a dozen scholars will honor the gifts of Rev. Dr. Fred Craddock in a collection of essays titled What’s Right with Preaching Today? In addition to the essays, the volume will feature a collection of personal remembrances, which we invite anyone (clergy […]

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Posted on December 14, 2016
Filed under: General, Obituaries, People
Hal Watkins passes away

Harold R. Watkins, president emeritus of Board of Church Extension (now known as Disciples Church Extension Fund) died on Dec. 2, 2015. A graduate of Bethany College, Bethany, WV and College of the Bible (now Lexington Theological Seminary), Lexington, KY, Hal began his career serving as organizing pastor of Park Avenue Christian Church, Tucson, AZ, […]

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Posted on December 4, 2015
Filed under: General Ministries, Obituaries, People
Former Arizona regional minister dies

Rev. Dr. Gail F. Davis (Oct. 16, 1932 – Oct. 22, 2015) passed away at his home in Spokane, WA. Born in Mission, SD and raised in Spokane, WA, he attended Northwest Christian College. He married his high school sweetheart Eva in 1953. She survives. After he graduated in 1957, he was ordained in the […]

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Posted on October 26, 2015
Filed under: Obituaries, People, Regions
Leaders encourage commemoration of Kagiwada Sunday

September 2, 2015 Download PDF Dear Church, You are invited to join with North American Pacific/Asian Disciples (NAPAD) in honoring the memory of the Rev. David Kagiwada on September 13, 2015. Kagiwada Memorial Sunday will commemorate the 30th anniversary of Rev. Kagiwada’s passing and marks the beginning of NAPAD Ministry Week, September 14-19, 2015. The […]

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Disciples mourn passing of Fred Craddock

He was the favorite story-telling uncle for generations of Disciples. The Rev. Dr. Fred B. Craddock passed to new life in Christ on Friday, March 6 at the age of 86. He made himself the brunt of jokes about his physical size, but his stature as a preacher was unparalleled. Whenever Craddock was scheduled to […]

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Posted on March 9, 2015
Filed under: General, Higher Education, Obituaries, People
Former regional minister in Northeast dies

Rev. Wesley R. Bourdette April 18, 1935 – October 26, 2014 The Rev. Wesley R. Bourdette was born April 18, 1935 in Athens, PA. He was graduated from Phillips University in Enid, OK. He completed his masters studies at Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, NY in 1961 and was ordained in the Sayre Christian […]

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Posted on October 29, 2014
Filed under: Ecumenical, Obituaries, People, Regions
Former Tennessee regional minister dies

The Rev. Dr. (George) Bronson Netterville died on Nov. 24 one month shy of his 84th birthday. A native of Mississippi, he was born in McComb, where he was ordained at First Christian in 1952. He served as an associate regional minister in Tennessee from 1968 to 1980 when he became the regional minister. Netterville […]

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Posted on November 26, 2013
Filed under: Obituaries, People, Regions
History society to post video of Ray Brown

by Sara Harwell, Disciples of Christ Historical Society On October 30, 2013, to commemorate the first anniversary of the passing of the Rev. Dr. Raymond E. Brown (“Ray” to those who knew and loved him), Disciples of Christ Historical Society will post the oral history interview conducted with him at his home in Fishers, Indiana […]

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Posted on October 28, 2013
Filed under: General Ministries, Obituaries, People
Former Ohio regional pastor dies

Rev. Howard M. Ratcliff died on Aug. 11, 2013, at the age of 76. He was a pastor in Tiffin and Bowling Green, Ohio prior to becoming associate regional minister and eventually regional pastor and president from 1980 to 2003. In addition to his long service in Ohio, Ratcliff served on a number of Disciples […]

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Posted on August 21, 2013
Filed under: Obituaries, People, Regions
Former Montana regional minister dies

Courtesy of the Pacific Southwest regional office Dr. Fred Evans, former Regional Minister of the Christian Church in Montana, died on Saturday night, July 19. His daughter, Rev. Patty Evans, Pastor of First Christian Church, Albany, Oregon, was by his side. Fred served in numerous ministries in Oregon and California and as Interim Regional Minister […]

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Posted on July 23, 2013
Filed under: Obituaries, People, Regions