The Postwar Era (1947-1996)

NF,1991-07-03,5(Willinkintro)Rev. Alvin J. Willink (1991-1996)

Rev. Alvin Willink (1924-2005) was born in Clymer, New York, and attended Fredonia Campus (now part of the New York State University), where he studied music education. In 1944, he entered the Army and became a commissioned officer in 1945 just prior to the end of World War II. He then spent a year in Japan as part of the occupation forces and became engaged with several other servicemen in volunteer and international Christian work there. After the war, he resumed his college education at Houghton College and graduated with a music degree in 1949. He graduated from the United Theological Seminary in June 1952. He was an accomplished musician and skilled pianist and organist. He married his wife, Doris Jean Willink, on June 16, 1950, and they had three kids. Willink served numerous Evangelical United Brethren and Methodist churches in New York and Delaware. He retired on July 1, 1991, and became Bethesda’s first retired pastor that same month.


lw (1)Rev. Leonard Wheatley (1984-1991)

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KBRev. Dr. Kenneth Bedell (1979-1984)

Rev. Dr. Ken Bedell grew up in the Spirit Lake, Iowa United Methodist Church. He was ordained an elder in the Central New York Conference of the UMC in 1973, where he served rural churches until 1976. At that time, he, wife Kathy, and daughter Chairty went to Swaziland, Africa with the Mennonite Central Committee. There, Bedell taught biology and chemistry to junior-high-aged Swazi children for two years. A second daughter, Sarah, was born in Swaziland. Returning to the U.S. in 1978, Bedell served a church in upstate NY for one year, before moving to Preston. Bedell holds master’s degrees in Divinity (1973), Religious Education (1973), and Practical Theology (1979), as well as a Ph.D. in Sociology (1990). He has been a faculty member at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio and was editor of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches for several years.  In 2001, Ken accepted a call to the Archbold UMC in Archbold, Ohio. In 2006 he became the Associate General Secretary for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the UMC. Since December of 2009 Bedell has been a Senior Advisor in the Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Center in the U.S. Dept. of Education. He has authored numerous scholarly books and articles.


unknownRev. Robert G. Kelly (1978-1979)

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unknownRev. J. Arthur Mott (1977-1978)

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unknownRev. William Pittman (1971-1977)

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IMG_5195BRev. Gary Trail (1968-1971)

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Rev. Harvey Flater (1967-1968)

Harvey Barnes Flater (1911-1986) was born February 1, 1911 in Gamber, Maryland. He receive a B.A. in 1931 from Western Maryland College, and after graduation taught math and science in Dorchester County. In 1935 he graduated from Westminster (now Wesley) Theological Seminary, and earned a Master of Theology degree from Temple University in 1949. He married Louise McAllister (1909-1993) on July 16, 1935, and they had a son, Gary. Flater served churches at Bivalve, Kent Island, Wilmington, Snow Hill, Delmar, and Oxford before his appointment to Bethesda. After he left Preston, he went to Laurel and Quantico-Rockawalkin, and became curator at Barratt’s Chapel in Frederica. He died May 8, 1986, in Snow Hill, Maryland.


PitsenbargerRev. Harrel Pitsenbarger (1963-1967)

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TurkingtonRev. Thomas J. Turkington (1962)

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HuffmanRev. Charles Chester Huffman (1959-1962)

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unknownRev. John A. Irwin (1957-1958)

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H. Clifford JeffersRev. H. Clifford Jeffers (1952-1957)

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Rev. Henry Schauer (1950-1951)

Rev. Henry H. Schauer (1910-1983) was born in Baltimore.

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Rev. J. Howard Link (1947-1950)

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