Pastors of the Past

Elder S. A. Sanger

Elder S. A. Sanger

The Oakton Church of the Brethren (first known as the Fairfax church) has been served by a number of ministers over the past century. At the organizational meeting of the congregation, February 7, 1903, there were four ministers present: Elder S. A. Sanger, Elder Albert Hollinger, Isaac Neff and John M. Kline.

Many congregations had more than one Elder. Usually the elder who had served for the longest period of time was called the presiding elder or elder in charge. Although the elders worked within the congregation, the presiding elder had the initial responsibility for council meetings and handling congregational concerns. Only elders could preside at Love Feasts, baptisms and installation of newly elected elders and other officials.

Since there were two elders at the first meeting at Oakton, a vote was taken and Elder S.A. Sanger was chosen to have the oversight responsibilities. From this group of ministers, and later with the ordination of B.F. Miller and Lewis B. Flohr (1907), the Oakton congregation was well supplied with free ministry. By 1907 Elder Hollinger had moved to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Lewis Flohr wrote in the book “A History of the Brethren in Virginia” by David H. Zigler (Published 1908) “There are one hunderd (sic) and thirty-six members in the Fairfax church. Four Sunday Schools are conducted with an enrollment of two hundred and twenty-four, which makes an average attendance of one hundred and twenty five. The Christian Worker’s meeting has an average attendance of forty and the Sisters’ Aid Society has thirty members.” (p. 204)

John Miller Kline and Hattie

John Miller Kline and Hattie

The first quarter of its century the Oakton Brethren were served by the free ministry. The congregation was served by more than one preacher, who earned his livelihood in another occupation, usually as a farmer. He gave his service to the church without charge.

With an ample supply of ministers, the Brethren were soon establishing Sunday Schools and preaching points in other parts of the county. At one time, there were six different missions, and the congregation constructed two other churches. Dranesville eventually became a congregation and Bull Run was closed in the 1940’s.

With the rise of professional or salaried ministry, pastors assumed the traditional functions of the elder. The Church of the Brethren replaced the term presiding elder with moderator in 1955 and discontinued the office of elder in 1967.

Casper M Driver 1925-1932

Casper M Driver
1925-1932

 

 

The first salaried minister called to Oakton church was Casper M. Driver, who served from 1925 to 1932.

 

 

During the next three-years there was no pastor, probably due to the Depression era.

 

 

 

Nora and Pastor Byron M. Flory 1935-1939 Manassas and Oakton

Nora and Pastor Byron M. Flory
1935-1939
Manassas and Oakton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Byron M. Flory served the Oakton and Manassas churches beginning in 1935 until 1939.

From that time on the Oakton congregation has had full-time salaried ministers:

 

 

 

Pastor A. Joseph Caricofe 1939-1946

Pastor A. Joseph Caricofe
1939-1946

 

Pastor Marvin E and Orpha Clingenpeel 1946-1954

Pastor Marvin E and Vernie E Clingenpeel
1946-1954

 

David L. Rogers 1954-1961

Pastor David L. Rogers
1954-1961

 

Interim Pastor Henry C. and Effie Eller, January to September 1961

Interim Pastor Henry C. and Effie Eller, January to September 1961

 

Pastor Edward K. Ziegler 1961-1966

Pastor Edward K. Ziegler
1961-1966

 

Loretta and Pastor Albert L. Sauls 1966-1970

Loretta and Pastor Albert L. Sauls
1966-1970

 

Sonya and Pastor Wendall C. Eller 1970-1981

Sonya and Pastor Wendall C. Eller
1970-1981

 

Pastor William E. Erick 1982-1983

Pastor William E. Erick
1982-1983

Ron Martin Adkins Student Minister

Ron Martin Adkins
Student Minister

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interim Pastor David Bowman  May to July 1983

Interim Pastor David Bowman
May to July 1983

 

 Pastor Robert R. and Terry Miller 1983-1986

Pastor Robert R. and Terry Miller
1983-1986

Minister of Nurture Randy Smith

Minister of Nurture
Randy Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Co-Pastor David A. Leiter 1987-1989

Co-Pastor David A. Leiter
1987-1989

Co-Pastor Kathy Hauger 1987-1989

Co-Pastor Kathy Hauger
1987-1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor David and Sara Wilson 1990-1993

Pastor David and Sara Wilson
1990-1993

 

Interim Pastor Howard Miller November 1993 to April 1994

Interim Pastor Howard Miller
November 1993 to April 1994

 

 

Interim Pastor Kathy Kurtz May to April 1994

Interim Pastor Kathy Kurtz
April and May 1994

 

 

Pastor R. Kurt and Loyce Borgman

Pastor R. Kurt and Loyce Borgman
1994-2003

 

Interim Pastor Kenneth L. Gibble 2002

Interim Pastor Kenneth L. Gibble 2002

 

Lois and Interim Pastor Del Keeney 2003

Lois and Interim Pastor Del Keeney
2003

 

Karen and Interim Pastor Dean Miller

Karen and Interim Pastor Dean Miller
2003

 

Chris Bowman 2004-current

Chris Bowman
2004-2014
(C) Church of the Brethren / Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, photographer.

 

Randy Yoder, Co-Interim Pastor
2014-2015

Randy Yoder 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dick Shreckhise, Co-Interim Pastor
2014-2015

Pastor Dick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compiled by Mary Ludwick, 2003 (edited in 2013, 14, 15)

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