Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Community Of Christ Elder Glenn Carlisle Still Active In Ministry In New Philadelphia, Ohio At The Age Of 88

The "other guys" have made the news this week in New Philadelphia, Ohio. reports that three New Philadelphia-area pastors, with 200 years of ministry between them, have a standing date to meet on the last Tuesday of each month in Dee’s Restaurant in New Philadelphia for a time of food and fellowship. Rev. Stuart Barr, 95, Rev. Wayne Wheeler, 87, and Elder Glenn Carlisle, 87, have been getting together for lunch for the past 15 years to share advice and experiences from their many years in the ministry. Before they met at Dee’s, they gathered at the Peppermill Restaurant in New Philadelphia.

But one of them is still active in his ministry. Glenn Carlisle is a native of Goshen Township, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard a destroyer, the USS Marshall, in New Guinea. After he returned from the service, he was ordained as an elder in the Community of Christ, formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Carlisle has served the Community of Christ congregation in New Philadelphia since the 1940s and has also served churches in Massillon and Sebring, Ohio. The New Philadelphia congregation is grouped under the Eastern Great Lakes Mission Center. Carlisle has preached in Haiti, using an interpreter, and in England and Wales.

Mission centers in the Community of Christ roughly correspond to stakes in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, although more variable in size. Mission centers can cover as few as five congregations or as many as fifteen.

I also have noticed one other difference between CofC and the LDS Church. The CofC chooses to observe Lent, as you can see HERE. They also hold daily Lenten services at the temple in Independence, MO.

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