Retired Pastor Profile

Retired Pastor Profile

Name:  Leroy C. Bass

Birthdate and place:  January 17, 1925    Springfield, MA

Leroy was raised in a Christian home, attending Baptist churches. At age 18, he was baptized (by immersion) and joined a Methodist church.

While in the Army, his Bible study showed him that Sabbath was the 7th day of the week. “I changed my practice completely within two weeks. This was while I was overseas in the Army. To love Him is to follow Him in the light of truth.” (Sabbath Recorder, May 1961)



Married: Marjorie Darrow on August 29, 1954

Children: Gordon, Vivian, Clifford, Valerie, Marvin

Grandchildren: 18



1943 HS diploma, Northampton (MA) Vocational School

1955 BA in Religion and Ministerial Certificate, Atlantic Union College, South Lancaster, MA

1958-59 Potomac University Theological Seminary, Washington, DC

1966 Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA

1976  Decision School of Writing (in June)

1977-78  Mendota (WI) Mental Health Institute, 3 units of CPE


Ministry Experience:

SDB Churches

Paint Rock, AL (1959–63)

Nortonville, KS (1963–66)

New Auburn, WI (1974–1977)

Madison, WI  (Unofficial pastoral leadership in late 70s and early 80s)

SDB Boards and Agencies

SDB Missionary to Guyana (1966–74)

Recording Secretary for the SDB World Federation (1982–92)


Church Planting, Torrington, CT (1955-56, not SDB)

Chaplain, Southern Wisconsin Center for the Developmentally Disabled (1978–85)

Director, Bible Sabbath Association (1980-1990, President 1984–87)


Non-Ministry Experience:

US Army 1945-1946 in India and China with CBI operations

Driving School Bus for 12 years on Washington Island, WI

Seasonal Tour Guide for 8 years on Washington Island, WI

Favorite Bible verse:

Matthew 4:4


Favorite books (right now):

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas; Primitive Christianity in Crisis by Alan Knight; My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers; Eusebius: Church History by Paul L. Maier.


Retirement Locations:

Washington Island, WI

St. Petersburg, FL (4 winters)

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