Retired Pastors Profiles: Pastor C. Rex Burdick & Pastor Edgar Wheeler

Retired Pastors Profiles: Pastor C. Rex Burdick & Pastor Edgar Wheeler

Mar 18, 2016

Pastor C. Rex Burdick was born in Boulder, CO. At age 11 he was baptized and joined the DeRuyter, NY, SDB Church. He went to Salem (WV) College, and at the beginning of his senior year married Bette Lippincott. They had five children (Douglas, Norman, Carole, Martha, and Pamela) in ten years. While they were serving in Riverside, CA, Bette died. In the next year, he married Joyce Sholtz from Verona, NY. He served six SDB churches over a forty-year period: Independence, NY; Marlboro, NJ; Salem, WV; Verona, NY; Riverside, CA; and Berlin, NY. After college at Salem, Rex attended the Alfred School of Theology for one year, then transferred to Faith Theological Seminary (Elkins Park, PA) where he earned a Bachelor of Theology and a Master of Sacred Theology while serving full time at the Marlboro, NJ, SDB Church. He was ordained to the Christian Ministry by that Church in 1948 (where he served for eight years). He was accredited by the Conference that same year. Pastor Rex was the President of the General Conference in 1964, serving on Commission for three years. He edited a special issue of the Sabbath Recorder in 1958 and was the Editor of the Helping Hand, 1990-1992. He was a member of the American Sabbath Tract Society while in Marlboro and served on the Council on Ministry from 1978 to 1984. The Sabbath Recorder records his participation in at least ten ordinations for pastors. While in Berlin, NY, he was bi-vocational, driving school bus and substitute teaching in the high school. Pastor Rex and Joyce retired from Berlin, NY, to Verona, NY, in 1985 where they were active in the SDB family. Pastor Rex went to the home that Jesus had prepared for him on February 29, 2016. His wife Joyce will continue to receive benefits under the Old Pastors Retirement Program. Pastor Edgar Wheeler Pastor Edgar Wheeler was born on October 28, 1920, in Nortonville, KS. He graduated from Nortonville High School in 1938 and then pursued education at Salem College, WV, where he graduated in 1947. While going to college, Pastor Edgar met and married the love of his life, Xenia Lee Randolph, on August...

Retired Pastor Profile — Donald E. Richards

Retired Pastor Profile — Donald E. Richards

Feb 22, 2016

Donald E. Richards (Pastor Don) was born on June 5, 1925, in Montrose, CO. Pastor Coon from the Boulder SDB Church visited with families in the Montrose area as much as possible; and in the Spring of 1934, Don came forward during a revival meeting. He accepted Jesus as his personal Savior and was baptized shortly afterwards. The family moved to Riverside, CA, and Don graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School in 1943 and from Riverside Junior College with an Associate in Arts Degree in 1950. Don also attended Salem College graduating in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. On May 29, 1955, Pastor Don married Edna Ruth Randolph in Lost Creek, WV, with Rev. Rex Zwiebel officiating. They had four children together: Dan, Tim, Elizabeth, and Doneta. Edna Ruth passed away on January 2, 1980, after a struggle with cancer. Pastor Don then received pastoral training from the Alfred University School of Theology, graduating with a Bachelor of Divinity in 1957, and a Certificate in Pastoral Counseling from Princeton Theological School in 1978. Pastor Don married Shirley Maxine Boyd on September 19, 1982, in Salemville, PA. Shirley passed away on February 20, 1985. Pastor Don also married Geraldine Cox on September 3, 1989, in Ritchie County, WV. Gerry passed away on September 21, 2003. Pastor Don served SDB churches in Riverside, CA; Battle Creek, MI; Alfred, NY; Berea, WV; Middle Island, WV; Dodge Center, MN; Verona, NY; Marlboro, NJ; and Waterford, CT; he was on the Board of Christian Education, the American Sabbath Tract Society, and the Missionary Society. Pastor Don is currently a faithful member of the Milton SDB Church. COSAR Over the course of 2016, the Committee on Support and Retirement and the General Conference wish to highlight the eleven current retirees in our Old Pastors Retirement Plan, formerly called P.R.O.P. (Pastors Retirement Offering Project), to bring awareness to our continued need to meet the obligations set forth by the terms of these plans in honor of their service to Seventh Day Baptists. If you wish to contribute to honoring the service of these individuals, you can make a donation by giving online with a mention towards COSAR at seventhdaybaptist.ministrygive.com...

Retired Pastor Profile: Melvin G. Nida

Retired Pastor Profile: Melvin G. Nida

Sep 23, 2013

Retired Pastor Profile     Name:  Melvin G. Nida Birthdate, place:  June 4, 1920   St. Paul, MN Melvin died September 21, 2009   Family: Married: Jeanette Dickinson on Nov. 24, 1944 in DeRuyter, NY (Jeanette died January 24, 1987) Children: Larry, Elizabeth and Sylvia Married: M. Wanda Bowyer on Oct. 28, 1987 (She filed for divorce in 2000) Married: Cynthia Jeanne Brissey on May 28, 2001   Education: Downing (WI) High School, 1938 (Salutatorian) Dunn County Normal School, Menomonie, WI, 1941—Elementary Teaching certificate Salem (WV) College, 1947—BA in Social Science Alfred (NY) University, 1950—BDiv Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO, 1956— ThD (Teaching degree)   Ministry Experience with SDBs: Chicago SDB Church 1947-49—Associate Pastor Richburg, NY 1949-52—Pastor. Ordained there in 1950;  Accredited 1951 Salem, WV 1982-85—Interim Pastor Editor, Helping Hand, 1951-54 Commission of the General Conference, 1960-63 General Conference President, 1962 Council on Ministry, 1962-71, 1974-80   Other Work Experiences: Teacher, rural WI, 1941-42 Civilian Public Service (Alternate military service), 1942-46 Hospital Technician, Bethany Hospital, Chicago, 1948-49 Professor’s Assistant, Iliff School of Theology, Denver, 1953-54 Assistant Professor of New Testament & Christian Ethics, Alfred University School of Theology, 1954-61 Associate Professor of New Testament, Alfred, 1961-63 Associate Professor of Religion, Salem College, 1963-66 Chaplain, Civil Air Patrol, 1965-1970 (rank of Major) Academic Dean, Salem College, 1966-68 Prof. of Religion and Philosophy, Salem College, 1968-80 Interim Teacher 6th Grade, Enterprise, WV, 1981-82 Private home care of elderly, 1987-95   Special Interests included: Boy Scouts, sailplane pilot, gardening, pottery. He was also a court-appointed special advocate volunteer in a program for abused and neglected children.   Cynthia was his companion and caregiver for the last 8 years of his earthly life. She is employed at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV and is an active member of the Salem, WV, SDB Church serving as a deacon, singing in the choir, and participated on the 2012 Conference Host Committee. She is the recipient of widow’s benefits from COSAR (Committee on Support and...

SDB Pastor’s Retirement Fund

SDB Pastor’s Retirement Fund

Jun 24, 2013

SDB Pastor’s Retirement Fund by Jeanne Yurke        The (old) Retirement Fund provides retirement and survivor benefits for retired pastors, missionaries, and denominational employees. The following provides some background on retired employee Jean Davis McAllister and her husband William who receives survivor benefits.     Jean Davis McAllister was born in Plainfield, N.J., on May 28, 1929, the daughter of Courtland and Frankie (Lowther) Davis. She had two brothers, Courtland Davis Jr., and S. Kenneth Davis who was a Seventh Day Baptist pastor. Jean graduated with a BS degree in mathematics from what was then Salem College in West Virginia. Except for her college years, she lived her entire life in New Jersey. On July 24, 1951 Jean married William E. McAllister. Together they raised three children: Stephen, Marjorie, and Norma. When denominational offices were still located in Plainfield, Jean was secretary to the Seventh Day Baptist Executive Secretary. She also worked in the SDB Publishing House where she mastered the offset duplicator, training others to use the machine and to make metal plates for photographs and illustrations that appeared in such publications as The Missionary Reporter. Having spent her life actively participating in Seventh Day Baptist congregations (New Market, Plainfield, and later Raritan Valley), Jean was able to relate easily to the many guests who would stop by The Seventh Day Baptist Building in Plainfield. Serving as a church clerk helped her to make the connections between people and their home churches. This was certainly useful while working in her secretarial role. After completing her denominational service, Jean worked as a Systems Analyst for AT&T in Piscataway, N.J. She retired from that job in December of 1989 and became an active volunteer with the local AARP chapter, and the advisory board of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Middlesex County in New Jersey. Jean enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and was known for her quick wit, sharp intellect, honesty, and caring personality.  Preferring to work behind the scenes, she contributed selflessly to many groups and was a great encourager to younger generations. On August 26, 2007 at the age of 78, Jean McAllister died. Family members continue her...

Retired Pastor Profile – David C. Pearson

Retired Pastor Profile – David C. Pearson

Feb 22, 2013

Retired Pastor Profile Name:  David C. Pearson Birthdate and place:  September 10, 1931    Amsterdam, NY “Though I received Christ at an early age and was baptized at about 12, I didn’t join a church until years later when I united with the Paint Rock SDB Church in Alabama. “I grew up in a Christian, Sabbath-keeping home. My uncle pastored a first-day church, so we attended there and also at the Schenectady (NY) Mission, an outreach of the Berlin SDB Church. Attending church on Sabbath and Sunday we practically kept both days, and I was taught to respect the day observed by others. It was not uncommon to attend seven or more services within a given week.”   Family: Married: Bettie Butler on Sept. 20, 1953 Children: Deborah and Joanna Grandchildren: 10   Education: 1949 Wilbur H. Lynch High School, Amsterdam, NY 1953 BA in Religion, Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC 1959 Gordon Divinity School, South Hamilton, MA– some classes 1972 MA in Religion, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA   Ministry Experience: SDB Churches Paint Rock, AL (1953) Berea and Middle Island, WV (1953-54) Richburg, NY (1965-66) Marlboro, NJ (1966, student supply) Plainfield, NJ (1977-79) Paint Rock, AL (1979) Memphis, TN (1989–95) SDB Boards and Agencies SDB Missionary in Malawi, Africa (1954–65, 1967–76, 1979–88) Other Teacher, Makapwa Bible College, Malawi (1997, 2000-01) Chapel services, Floyd Medical Center (2003–present)   Non-Ministry Experience: Maintenance, National Cotton Council (1989–96) Court-Appointed Special Advocate (1999–2005) Favorite Author: Saint John the Gospel writer   Retirement Location: Aragon, GA   Retirement Activities: Local senior’s group, morning walks to keep in shape, clerk for the Metro Atlanta SDB Church, working with tools in home shop, keeping in touch with friends in Malawi. Bettie also wrote a book, A Hundredfold: Memories of Missionary Life in Africa (available from the...