Preserving and Celebrating Our United Methodist Heritage in Central and Northeast Pennsylvania

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Central Pennsylvania Conference Methodist Pastors.  Click on the first letter of the surname to enter the file of all the pastors for that letter.  The instructions file gives information about this project, the dates at which various conference boundary changes occurred, and detailed bibliographic references. 

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Pastors of the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Church


The Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church was created in 1868.  Most of the territory was originally part of the Baltimore Conference (until 1857), and then the short-lived East Baltimore Conference (1857-1868).  This file attempts to identify every pastor who was licensed by, ordained by, or served a church within the Central Pennsylvania Conference from its creation in the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1868, through its years in the Methodist Church, until its union with former Evangelical United Brethren Conferences and the creation of the present Central Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1969.  Records of pastors in this file continue until their deaths.  A different file covers those licensed and ordained after 1969.


            The following notes will help clarify some of the notation and format.

(1) In general, older terms have been entered using their modern equivalent.  And so…

      (a) “supernumerary” [unassigned, usually for health reasons, but not old enough for

             retired status] is rendered “on leave.”

      (b) “superannuated” is rendered “retired.”

      (c) “presiding elder” is rendered “district superintendent”.

(2) Prior to 1968, persons could be licensed, ordained deacon and elder, and be assigned to a charge – but could not be admitted as a member of conference if all the educational requirements were not met.  The General Conference of 1968 created the category of associate member, and several pastors with long service records were not actually admitted as (associate) members of conference until 1969 or later.

(3) Although technically beyond the stated scope of this list, we include all pastors from the short-lived (1857-1868) predecessor East Baltimore Conference who served Central Pennsylvania Conference churches – even if they died before 1868 or returned to the

Baltimore Conference in 1868.

(4) Unless identified otherwise, journal references (year, page) and admission/ordination (year) are to the Central Pennsylvania Conference.