As it does each year, the Preachers’ Aid Society of New England hosted a lunch for clergy on the day before the Annual Conference session begins.
The lunch is a time for fellowship and to recognize those who are marking 50 years of ordained ministry, those transitioning to retirement as well as those who will be ordained in 2019.
At the June 12 luncheon, the Rev. Wesley Palmer, executive director, announced that the Preachers’ Aid Society had recently gotten approval to build six new homes at its retirement community Wesley by the Sea in Wells, ME. The property, which PAS purchased in September 2018, includes an existing home as well as the farmhouse that PAS now offers as a retreat site for clergy. By the end of 2019, that will bring the total number of homes at the Wells site to 28.
The annual presentation of the Blaine and Lois Taylor Fellowship Award, which honors retired clergy and surviving spouses with significant years of distinguished pastoral service, also takes place at this event. This year's grants are for $7,500 each.
The 2019 Taylor Fellowship honorees are:
From left: Rev. Paul Samuelson, Rev. Ann Partner Nelson, and Rev. Henry (Bing) Scherer.
Rev. Paul Samuelson
had 43 years of active service in New England, serving churches in Malden, Reading, Spencer, Oxford, Athol, and Charlton City. He retired in 2012. Paul and his wife, Diane, live in New Braintree, MA. He will be using the funds to replace and add on to the deck on their home.
Rev. Ann Partner Nelson
had 43 years of active service in New England. She served in Lawrence and Scituate, MA, and in New Hampshire at Chesterfield, Richmond, Lebanon, Grantham, Manchester, Groveton, Stark and Stratford. She retired in 2004. Ann and John live in the PAS community in Wells, ME. They will be using the funds to travel to John’s ancestral home in Sweden and to visit his brother in Stockholm.
Rev. Henry (Bing) Scherer
had 34 years of active service in New England and three years before that in NY. He served in West Brookfield and Barre, Whitinsville and West Springfield, MA. He also served in East Hartford and Enfield, CT. Bing and his wife, Sue, live in West Brookfield, MA. They will be using the funds to pay for maintenance services that will allow them to stay in their home.
The 2019 class of retirees:
Being ordained as elders in 2019:
SeungRi (Victor) Han
Jae Gil Lee
Myung Eun Park
Those with 50 years of ordained ministry were honored; they are:
Jerome King Del Pino
C. Barry Wood
The Society also honored one of its own; Colleen Williams, who served as Director of Clergy Family Services for the Southwest region, was presented with a plaque in celebration of her seven years of service. Williams stepped down after suffering a stroke in May of 2018.