March 9, 2015 |
THE REV. Vaughn Wilson left his Chester church in 1988 because "the people did not want to follow the word of God" and came to Southwest Philadelphia with his family, one prospective member of his future congregation and no church. He found a vacant building on Woodland Avenue near 71st Street that had last existed as a candy factory in the '70s. "We rented one room," Wilson said. "We painted, hung curtains and found chairs. It was winter. There was no heat. "So every Saturday, I rented an old construction heater at Front and Hunting Park, strapped it on the back of my car, carried it to Woodland Avenue, filled it with kerosene and heated up the room," Wilson said.
February 18, 2015 |
Samuel H. Moffett, 98, who after completing a missionary career in China and Korea was a professor at his alma mater, Princeton Theological Seminary, died Monday, Feb. 9, at the Princeton Windrows retirement community. Dr. Moffett was the Henry Winters Luce Professor of Ecumenics and Mission there from 1981 to 1987, when he retired, according to seminary communications director Michelle Roemer-Schoen. Born of missionary parents in Pyongyang, now the capital of North Korea, Dr. Moffett earned a bachelor's summa cum laude in the classics at Wheaton (Ill.)
July 28, 2014 |
If anyone is having a Best Decade Ever, it's composer Robert Lopez. Along with 2013's powerhouse Frozen ($1.2 billion worldwide box office, the highest-grossing animated film ever) for which he cowrote songs with wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and his controversial Broadway smash written with South Park 's creators, The Book of Mormon , at the Forrest Theatre starting on Tuesday, the 39-year-old is an EGOT (winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) - and the youngest at that.
April 25, 2013 |
Betty C. Dorris, 63, of Oreland, a Christian missionary, died Tuesday, April 16, of ovarian cancer at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Mrs. Dorris felt called as a young adult to serve as a missionary, said her husband, the Rev. Roger Dorris, a minister with the Evangelical Free Church of America. While in college, she spent a summer in Spain as a missionary, and she continued the work here and abroad throughout her life, her husband said. After graduating from Norristown High School and from Columbia University with a degree in physical therapy, she enrolled in a certificate program at Philadelphia College of Bible.
December 21, 2012 |
The Seamen's Church Institute has been a fixture on the Philadelphia waterfront for nearly 170 years, providing friendly help each year to 40,000 seafarers whose ships dock in ports along the Delaware. Soon, the interdenominational ministry will have a new head chaplain and executive director: the Rev. Peter B. Stube, 61, an Episcopal priest who served 13 years as rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Springfield, Delaware County. For the last decade, he has been rector of Christ Church of New Bern, N.C., the second-largest parish in the Diocese of East Carolina.
August 11, 2012 |
Alderfer Auction and Appraisal's summer doll sale this month is aptly named "The Gathering. " The two-day, 500-lot event on Aug. 21 and 22 will bring together not only Barbies and Madame Alexanders from the United States, Lencis from Italy, Schoenhuts and Heubachs from Germany, and even a pair of Hansel and Gretel dolls from France once in the collection of Ann Wyeth McCoy, but also three rare Door of Hope Dolls from a far more remote source: Imperial...
June 26, 2012 |
ALFRED "BUTCHY" Turner Jr. was an award-winning graphic artist whose commitment to his religion led him to serve a community that reached from West Philadelphia to Guatemala. As an active member of Bible Way Baptist Church, Alfred worked tirelessly within the church. But he and his wife, the former Natalie Williams, also traveled to Guatemala as missionaries, not only to spread the word of their Christian faith but to pitch in to build facilities that the people needed.
September 30, 2011 |
IN "MACHINE GUN Preacher," truth is so much stranger than fiction that fiction eventually throws in the towel. The movie is based on the wild, wild life of a Johnstown, Pa., man named Sam Childers, who went from meth user/dealer to fundamentalist preacher to gun-toting missionary in the Sudan. Childers (Gerard Butler) is a different sort of Christian. In Sudan, when he turns the other cheek, it's to steady the rifle butt he's using to gun down Africans who are abducting children for conscription into warlord armies fighting over territory in southern Sudan and northern Uganda.
March 15, 2011 |
Ethel P. Moore, an 18-year employee of the Philadelphia Gas Works and a deaconess and missionary at Canaan Baptist Church in Germantown, died March 6 of lung cancer. She was 70 and lived in Mount Airy. She was born in West Point, Miss., to Ellis Rice and the former Mary Alice West. She came to Philadelphia in 1952 and graduated from the Benjamin Franklin Standard Evening School. She married Clifton McCrea Moore on June 13, 1964. Ethel worked as a customer-service representative for PGW for 18 years.
January 21, 2011 |
H. Clifton Russell, 79, a missionary in Peru for more than 20 years who became an expert horticulturist in Bucks County, died of melanoma Sunday, Jan. 9, at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Mr. Russell had been in Peru for three years when he and another missionary, James Davidson, spotted a village of the indigenous Isconahuas from the air. They journeyed by motorized canoe and then hiked for three days to reach the tribe. With some difficulty, they became friendly with the tribe and lived with it for a year.