Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Rev. Dr. Julius Carroll reflects on a life lived in the church

Hesitation, in making decisions, found Dr. Carroll spending a ministry as a layman, college administrator, before leaping into seminary.  Parish ministry, synod staff, national church staff, and seminary staff have all been stops in a ministry that was fueled by the enthusiasm of Grover Wright, a Lay Associate turned recruiter for the staffing of urban ministries.  Still doing interim ministry Dr. Carroll reflects on his life.


At the 2019 Upstate NY Synod Assembly Dr. Carroll and Dr. Kenneth Simurro presented "African Forced Migration" .

Monday, October 15, 2018

Theartrice Williams - Layman, community organizer, long term justice warrior.

Theartrice Williams has gone from Chicago, to Philadelphia, back to Chicago for education and work, but call to direct a settlement house in Minneapolis, where he settled into being a churchman in the ALC and the ELCA.  He is a long term member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Minneapolis and lay worker on the District/Synodical level

.  When a non-Luther graduate was looking for a first call, Mr. Williams fought to call Mark Hanson, who was a newly minted graduate of Union Seminary in New York.


Dr. Addie J. Butler, Eternal Advocate for the Big R.

Dr. Addie J. Butler declares that her journey with God has been a lifelong adventure. Howard University and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church opened her up to being justified by her faith alone, but in the last quarter century, she has appeared to be always at work in the church at the congregational level, the synodical level and as ELCA Vice President.  As much as she credits the church for her adventures in life, she brings a basketful of enthusiasm and energy to being a servant leader.


Rev. Sharon F. Kelly, PhD. Long term Lutheran still searching for what is yet to unfold.

Dr. Sharon Kelly, grew up in Baltimore with family values that were and are 'upwardly mobile.'  Gifts and skills were to be nurtured, with final goals unclarified, but expected.  Her local pastor led her to seminary at Gettysburg, a Lutheran Church in America school, while her church background was in the American Lutheran Church.  While that seems immaterial in the 21st century, it created interesting choices and challenges at the end of the 20th.  Like a number of women of color, her longest call was seven years. Dr. Kelly completed her doctoral degree by resigning as an academic advisor at a community college during the 2nd worst economic crisis in U.S. history (2009). More recently, she completed two interim ministries that permitted her to be near her family during her father’s health crisis and subsequent death.  She highlights the image of struggle that face many of our female colleagues, and women of color.


Friday, October 12, 2018

Robbin W. Skyles response to a 1980 request for an interview lasted 90 seconds.

Image result for Robbin W. SkylesWith the equipment set to record a conversation in 1980, Pr Skyles said clearly, "Boy turn that tape recorder off."  There was no debate.  This liturgical scholar, and single pastor of one congregation had lots to say beyond what is included in the "LCA Partners" April 1979 issue.


A mature picture appears in the article from the April 1979 issue of "LCA Partners".

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The First Interview,,, so long ago...Winston Bone's 1980 response to his being a part of African Descent Lutheran Ministry

Winston Bone's 50th Anniversary of Ordination in Blaine, WA

Not all excursions seeking out the elders provide face to face and oral encounters. A month after a west coast trip, many on Facebook learned from Winston Bone's daughter that she was experiencing,  "...the absolute hardest thing I have ever done in my life. Watching my daddy, the kindest man in the world in hospice. I don't want to say goodbye. He has been my rock always."  In going through my old research I found a response from Winston that included a reference to Richard Stewart's work in 1980, and his own personal history, Thank you to his family for the use of a family picture.

From Winston: "I received your request of February 26, 1980, for a personal history.  I am not quite sure what kind of information you would wish.  I am enclosing some biographical information.  Please let me know if you wish more elaborate information or if you wish information of a different nature.
Also enclosed is a copy of a talk I gave to our pastors' group, the Timotheans.  As you can see, and as I stated in the paper, I drew the first part of the presentation from your project.  The latter half is based on my personal involvements.  I thought that you may be interested in seeing a copy of the paper."

Winston Bone 1980 response.

My Daddys memorial service information. You are very welcome to attend.
Saturday, 8 December at 11:30a, Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 411 156th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98007
Daddy loved to mentor students into the ministry. He served on the board of several seminaries.
Memorial Gifts can be made to the Urban Theological Institute of United Lutheran Seminary to further the theological education of African American students. Please make checks out to “Urban Theological Institute” and write “Winston Bone Memorial” on the memo line. Checks can be mailed to United Lutheran Seminary, 61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Lee Wesley, Pastor, Church Staff, Social Service Agency Director

Calling to a congregation seems to be opening charge to all who consider ministry.  The church, too, has the potential of discovering hidden talents in those who serve the church and its agencies.  Uppsala College challenged Lee Wesley to examine his own religious roots in the CME and AME traditions.  Pr. Wesley's questioning mind continues to demonstrate the intellectual flexibility to have served the church in a number of positions over the course of his career.


The Rev. Dr. Lee H. Wesley entered the church triumphant on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

Pastor Wesley served congregations in Los Angeles, California and Jamaica, New York, Lutheran ministries in Philadelphia, and as president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services New York until he retired in July of 1998. A memorial service for Pastor Wesley will be announced in the coming months.

Note: Pastor Wesley’s family held burial service Saturday, July 27, 2019
Dudley’s Funeral Home
617 East Jackson Street
Dublin GA 31021.

You can read the full obituary here.
God of all grace, we give you thanks because by his death our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed the power of death and by his resurrection he opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. Make us certain that because he lives we shall live also, and that neither death nor life, nor things present nor things to come will be able to separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Rev. Victor Langford, being the best friend of a Detroit childhood friend, led to a life of service to the church.

Rev. Victor Langford has a diverse history, from being a tag along friend, to developing a mission while on internship, to settling in Seattle and serving two congregations.  Along the way he was encouraged to join the National Guard as a Chaplain and retired as the first Brigadier General Chaplain to have completed the United States Army War College.  He is still serving St. Marks, Seattle.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Rev. Dr. Nelson Strobert, Author, Educator, Pastor

Growing up Lutheran is not a direct path to being a pastor. Being a French major in college is not an automatic indicator for someone headed toward the ministry, but the life, the studies and the experience have all shaped the ministry of the Rev. Dr. Nelson T. Strobert.  He has served as a Religious Educator in the Virgin Islands and a parish pastor at Advent Lutheran Church in Cleveland. He retired in 2013 as Professor of Christian Education from Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary [now United Lutheran Seminary], where he was recognized as the first tenured faculty of color.  He is the author of Daniel Alexander Payne: The Venerable Preceptor of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, who was also the second African American ordained as a Lutheran in the United States.


Heading toward the Priesthood at Duquesne University, a mentor suggested he read Luther...

Joseph Donnella has served parishes in Indiana, the Virgin Islands, Campus Ministry at Howard University and was the Chaplain at Gettysburg College until his retirement in 2017.  He is currently serving as an interim pastor in Baltimore.  His story of living a true Reformation experiences is informative, even after 500 years.