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Timeline of Past & Current Ministers

1821 – Reverend John Guldin becomes ordained and serves as Pastor at St. Peter until 1840.

 

1840-1848 – Various ministers took turns serving the Church which included Reverend Jacob William Haagen, Reverend Andrew Young, Reverend John Sharpley Foulk & Reverend Lawrence D. Leberman. 

 

1848 – 1854 – Reverend David Heffelfinger is licensed to preach the Gospel and that September began his service to the Brownbacks charge including St. Peter & Shenkle Churches. 

 

1855 – Reverend William Sorber begins his ministry at St. Peters Temple, Brownbacks and Shenkel Church and would serve for 23 years until his death in 1878,

 

1878 – 1888 – Reverend George Sorber (son of William Sorber) begins a short term at St. Peter Temple. 

 

1888-- Reverend James Wilbert Meninger begins a short stay as Minister of the Church.

 

1888 – 1890 - Reverend Abraham D. Wolfinger serves as Pastor.

 

1891 – 1893 – Reverend Henry Hilbish begins his charge of Brownbacks and St. Peter Temple. 

 

1894 – 1901 – St. Peter Temple is served by two separate Pastors, Rev. Frank Nelson Bleiler & Rev. George William Royer.

 

1901 – 1914 – St. Peter Temple is served by the Reverend Charles H. Slinghoff.

 

1915 – 1921 – Rever Art. C. Ohl serves the charge of Brownbacks and St. Peter

 

1921 – 1927 – Reverend Vernon Doyle Grubb

 

1920 – Reverend Vernon Grubb designated as Pastor.  Conducted services every Sunday at Brownbacks Church and every other Sunday afternoon at St. Peter Temple.

 

1928 – 1931 - Reverend Thomas Matterness

 

1931 – 1935 – Various short term supply pastors

 

1935- Reverend Ethelbert Bretney Yost “Bertie” chosen as the new Minister of St. Peter Temple and was largely credited for reviving the Church’s attendance.  He would serve until his death in 1957.

 

1957 – 1967 – Reverend Paul Wickie Yoh

 

1968 – 1972 – Reverend Thomas Adams

 

1972 – 2010 – Rev. Milton E. Detterline.  Click here for a special tribute to Rev. Detterline.  

 

2010 – 2012 – Rev. Peter Nichols

 

2013  - Supply Pastors: Ron Hughes, Peter Detterline,  Rev.Tom Hilton, Bob Seigfried

2014 - 2015 - Rev. Tom Neilsen

2016  - Rev. Elsa Peters (interim)

2017 - 2018  Pastor Robyn Evans Fehnel (interim)

2018 - 2020 -  Rev Jean DeLong Custer

2020 -  Supply Pastors: Peter Detterline, Rev. Ann Few, Rev.Beth Eustis

 

2021 – Present – Pastor Peter Detterline

The Church history has been extensively researched by the Rev. Ronald Hughes, former member

and current Pastor at St. Matthews UCC Church, Chester Springs, PA.

 

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