“I give because Wesleyan first gave to me, and I have an obligation to give back. I have remembered Wesleyan in my will, and I have also recommended youth to attend the College.
I encourage all who have attended Wesleyan to do three things. First, make an annual gift to Wesleyan – whatever you can do regardless of the amount. Also, do your part to encourage students to attend Wesleyan, and remember Wesleyan in your will regardless of the amount.”
My memories of my college years are all good. I had many fine professors including Katie Peterson, Gus Paris, Walter Lisanby, Fred Pfisterer, Pauline Peeples and a host of others.
I enjoyed involvement in drama and was in “Our Town.” I also wrote a play that was produced on campus and later taken on the road as a way to promote the College. I worked on the Panogram with Frankie Scott Hager ’57, and we did the layout.
I served as associate pastor at Beaver Dam Methodist Church while I was a student and worked with the youth.
In 1956 I was appointed to the North Elkton Circuit, and I married Dorothy that September. I had never lived on a farm, but I was named Rural Pastor of the Year at Annual Conference in 1958, along with Wesleyan graduate Charles Bennett ’57.
I was appointed to a church in Atlanta in 1958 and attended Emory University Candler School of Theology.
Later I was appointed to begin a new church in Louisville, the Watkins Memorial Church on Westport Road. While there, we began a drive-in church service in addition to our regular service. It was very well-received. After the first drive-in service, the Courier-Journal ran a photo of the service on the front page. The photographer came back about once a year and took a photo, and he told me after one service that he always appreciated the opportunity to be there.
After 15 years at Watkins, I served at Fourth Avenue in Louisville and was chaplain to the Jefferson County Police Department for 18 years. I was director of the Conference Council on Ministries, superintendent of the Owensboro District, and pastor of First United Methodist churches in Madisonville and Greenville.
Following my retirement in June 1996, I became the program director at Jeffersontown United Methodist Church in Louisville, where I still serve today.
I look back on my years as a Wesleyan student with gratitude. The College prepared me academically and socially for my ministry and for life.