March 2003

Three Conference Ministers to retire

Three long-term conference ministers will retire this year.

The Rev. John Krueger will retire as Conference Minister of the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference on Sept. 30, where he has served since 1991. Krueger graduated from Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wis., with a degree in history. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in theology from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Before becoming Conference Minister, Krueger served as pastor of First Congregational UCC, Appleton, Minn.; Grace UCC, Culver, Ind.; and Peace UCC, Fort Wayne, Ind.

The Rev. Lyle Weible, who retires on Aug. 31, has been Conference Minister of Penn Central Conference since 1985. Prior to his election as Conference Minister, Weible served for 10 years as Chaplain for Hoffman Homes for Youth in Gettysburg, Pa. Weible is a graduate of Elmhurst (Ill.) College and Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Mo. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Weible also has served congregations in Mont Vernon, N.H., and Jackson, Mich. During his career, Weible has been active in the UCC justice and witness ministries, from participating in the civil rights marches in the 1960s to marching in the January peace rally in Washington, D.C.

The Rev. George Worcester, Nebraska Conference Minister since 1998, will retire on Oct. 1. He studied at Oberlin (Ohio) College and holds graduate degrees from both Andover-Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Mass., and Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Mo. Prior to this calling, he was Associate Professor of Congregational Life and Mission at Eden, and served several congregations in the St. Louis area as Interim Minister. From 1979 to 1988, Worcester was Associate Conference Minister for the Florida Conference. During his tenure, Worcester strengthened the conference's fiscal roots as well as its bonds with local churches.

Vargas elected to Disciples post

The Board of the Division of Overseas Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has elected the Rev. David A. Vargas as Acting President following the resignation of the Rev. Patricia M. Tucker. He began Jan. 1, 2003, and will serve until the selection and confirmation of a new president.

Vargas has served since July 1, 1989, as the Executive of the Office for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Common Global Ministries Board, a common witness of the UCC's Wider Church Ministries and the Disciples' Division of Overseas Ministries. Prior to 1989, he served for six years as the Disciples' Executive Secretary of the Department of Latin America and the Caribbean. Throughout these years, he has been responsible for relationships and programs with church-related partners in 19 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition to these responsibilities, he was appointed Vice President of the Disciples' Division of Overseas Ministries on April 18, 1999, and has served in that capacity with distinction.

Justice advocate Lintner dies

The Rev. Jay Lintner, former director of the UCC's Office for Church in Society in Washington, D.C., died Jan. 29, after an extended battle with cancer. He was 67. For more than 30 years, Lintner was a champion of civil rights and social justice. He ran the predecessor office to the UCC's Public Life and Social Policy Ministry for 10 years prior to restructure in 2000.

As director, he oversaw the UCC's public policy advocacy on social and political issues, which earned the denomination a reputation for leadership in ecumenical efforts to affect legislation. He galvanized the national religious community in the struggle for campaign finance reform.

Lintner also worked for the Office for Church in Society in other capacities from 1977 to 1985. He served the UCC's Washington-North Idaho Conference from 1969 to 1977, and was associate minister for the ecumenical United Ministries program from 1972 to 1977.

As an author and editor, Lintner produced "Peace Futuring," "Empowering the Church in Society," "Rights of the Elderly," "The United Church of Christ Social Policy" and "Just Peace Theology and the Gulf War," among other publications. He was instrumental in the development of "A Just Peace Church," a book produced by a UCC peace theology group.

Retired USAF Chief of Chaplains dies

Chaplain (Major General) Richard Carr, UCC minister and retired U.S. Air Force Chief of Chaplains, died Nov. 9, 2002. He was 76.

Carr was known throughout his life for his economic and social justice work. In the mid-1950s, his civil rights work in Los Angeles helped him develop the early Air Force programs in race relations that were the basis of today's well-established human relations programs. While Chief of Chaplains, Carr and his wife, Jeanne, led marriage enrichment programs within the Air Force. Under his leadership, an Office for Family Matters was established in the Pentagon, marking the beginning of family support centers at Air Force bases throughout the world.

After retiring from the Air Force in 1982, Carr traveled the globe, particularly in Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans, serving as an advisor and consultant to nonprofit humanitarian agencies. In 1995, he helped found the Global Development Center, now known as the Global Community Center, and organized the World Vision office in Washington, D.C. He served on boards of many nonprofit agencies dedicated to famine relief and development.

Pastoral Changes

Ambrose, Bert Apple Creek OH to Richville UCC, Navarre OH
Arens, John to Milton UCC, Litchfield CT
Barriger, Carol J. Redwood City CA to First Congr. UCC, Redwood City CA
Barrows Jr., Robert K. Burlington NC to Congr. UCC, Tryon NC
Baxter, Gerald North Conway NC to First Congr. UCC, Harrison MI
Benson, Timothy J. Holliston MA to Central Square UCC, Bridgewater MA
Blackwell, Ava M. Littlestown PA to Faith & St. James UCC, Littlestown PA
Bowling, David C. Newton NC to Community Congr. UCC, Southern Pines NC
Burnard, Eric D. Oshkosh WI to Int., St. Paul's UCC, Oshkosh WI
Calhoun, George D. to Congr. UCC, Edgerton WI
Chiaramonte, Lee Kansas City MO to Blvd. Christian Church (DOC), Independence MO
Cobbs, Wesley Chicago IL to Int., Avalon Park UCC, Chicago IL
Craig, Laurilyn to Congr. UCC, Phoenix NY
Daly, Michael D. Glen Ellyn IL to St. John UCC, Naperville IL
Donnellan, Mary O. Dorchester MA to First UCC, Plymouth MA
Dutton, Dwight A. Hartford CT to UCC, Groton CT
Edwards, James D. Doylestown OH to United Church UCC, Warsaw NY
Feeney-Bastian, Kate to St. Paul UCC, Pekin IL
Feller, Melinda L. Elkhart Lake WI to Immanuel UCC, Kaukauna WI
Fitzgerald, Terry A. Millbury MA to United Congr. UCC, Worcester MA
Fitzpatrick, Nora New York, NY to First Congr. UCC, Ypsilanti MI
Gessner, Tammy S. to UCC, Richfield PA
Grant, Lisa Mayville ND to Trinity UCC, Hublersburg PA
Harwood, James Harrison MI to Bostwick Lake Congr. UCC, Rockford MI
Hawken, Jane E. Wilton NH to Congr. UCC, Middle Haddam CT
Hilgert, Karl from Sacramento to retirement
Horgan-Baker, Susan Vero Beach FL to Orthodox Congr. UCC, Petersham MA
Hughes, Teresa East Hampton CT to Stanley Memorial Congr. UCC, New Britain CT
Jackson, Matthew Lewisburg PA to First Congr. UCC, New Baltimore MI
Johnston, Rebecca A. Ripon WI to St. John's UCC, Elkhart Lake WI
Knorpp-Williams, Patricia J. Sedro Woolley WA to Chaplain, Providence Hospice, Everett WA
Kuntzman, Paul R. Vassar MI to Int., First Congr. UCC, Chelsea MI
Lashbrook, Steven J. Kent OH to First Congr. UCC, Manistee MI
Latimer, James H. Berkeley CA to Point Place UCC, Toledo OH
McDonough, Duane V. Brownstown WI to Bethlehem UCC, Warsaw IL
Merrick, Kathy Dublin NH to Memorial Congr. Church UCC, Baldwinville MA
Molitor, Ute Madison WI to UCC Congr., Boxborough MA
Pitton, Amy Rutland VT to Bethany UCC, Montpelier VT
Pitton, Mark Rutland VT to Bethany UCC, Montpelier VT
Rennick, Cathey A. Burlington WI to Peace UCC, Brillion WI
Robert, Clare Orange CT to Congr. UCC, Naugatuck CT
Rowland, Russell Henniker NH to First Congr. UCC, Meredith NH
Skagerlind, Janet V. Leicester MA to First UCC, Gardner MA
Spain, Pamela to First Congr. UCC, Swanzey NH
Spaulding, Robert M. Mechanicsville VA to Hope Congr. UCC, East Providence RI
Steedley, Donald to Union Congr. UCC, Holly Hill FL
Stevenson, Diane to Congr. UCC, Wilton CT
Tulip, Richard J. Raymond ME to Federated UCC, West Winfield NY
Walker, Robert B. Dupo IL to Prince of Peace UCC, St. Louis MO
Wicker, Leslie C. Conover NC to Congr. UCC, Delavan WI
Willis, Robert J. Lanham MD to Church of the Open Door UCC, Miami FL
Yudt, Alan J. Milford CT to Jerusalem UCC, Penryn PA


Cannon, Ross 94, 11/29/02 Served IL, MA, MN and NJ churches
Edger, Louis 74, 11/30/02 Served PA churches
Grevatt, Walter 72, 11/20/02 Served NY, OH, PA and VT churches
Hedgebeth, Emmanuel S. 84, 1/3/03 Served CT, DE, FL, MA, MD, NC and ND churches
Pitman, Paul G. 81, 10/28/02 Served MA churches
Usry, John S. 71, 9/2/02 Served IL churches
Wratchford, Eugene P. 68, 11/25/02 Served CT, IN, MA and PA churches

Pastoral changes and obituaries are reported by Local Church Ministries and run as space permits