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

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Pennsylvania United Brethren 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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Born: 7-12-1893  Near Cincinnati OH                       married: Millie A. Glass [1915]

Died: 9-1-1969  Wilkes County GA                          obit: [12/31/1890 – 8/6/1945]

Miller-Raker #: no                                                      married2: May Graham

Fulton #: 434

Gibble list: no


1911    quarterly conference license, recommended by Cherry Grove

1912    license, Miami Conference

1917    ordained, Allegheny Conference


Interment: Booneville Cemetery, Booneville TN



1912-15           student, Otterbein University

1915-16           Industry, Allegheny Conference

1916                transfer to Allegheny Conference

1916-17           Industry

1917-20           Sewickley (ending 3/15/1920)

1920-21           Monessen (3/16/1920 - 3/15/1921)

1921-23           East Freedom (beginning 3/16/1921)

1924-27           Jeannette

1927-32           Huntingdon (ending 8/16/32)

1932-33           Lutz, Florida

1934-38           C.C.C. Service

1938                name erased for specific violation of the Discipline, page 100

                        became a Presbyterian minister


Note: Arthur C. Van Saun is a brother to Walter Van Saun (1889-1950) of the Miami Conference, who was a longtime (1929-1950) faculty member at Hope College in Holland MI.  He is the author of Replanning the Rural Church, printed in 1934 by the Quincy Orphanage Press, and based on his 1932 PhD dissertation at Penn State.  The 1945 obituary of Mrs. Van Saun (buried in Alto Reste Burial Park, Altoona) states that she died at her home in North Philadelphia and that Rev. Van Saun was living in Florida.




Born: 5-4-1923  St. Michaels PA                                           married: Louise L. Laidig

Died: 3-1-1974  Harrisburg PA                                              obit:

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1941    quarterly conference license

1946    license, Allegheny Conference

1952    ordained, Allegheny Conference


Interment: East Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1974,432


1943                Rio Grande, South East Ohio Conference (Feb-Oct)

1943-44           Three Springs

1944-46           Fulton Memorial

1946-49           Monessen

1949-52           student, Bonebrake [United] Theological Seminary in Dayton OH

1952-54           Philipsburg

1954-60           director of youth work, Pennsylvania Council of Churches

1960-68           staff. Indiana State Council of Churches 

1966-68           executive director, York County Council of Churches

1968-70           executive director, Pennsylvania Council of Churches

1970-74           State College St. John's




Born: 11-1-1923  Niagara Falls NY                           married: Virginia Storer

Died: 12-26-1998                                                        obit:

Miller-Raker #: 698

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: no


1944    license, recommended by Spring Run

1947    ordained


Interment: Crestlawn Memorial Gardens, Howard County MD

Obit: Baltimore-Washington Conference 1999,611


1940-42           student, Shenandoah College

1942-44           student, Otterbein College

1944-47           student, United Seminary

                             1945-47           youth pastor, Dayton Euclid Ave

                             1947           student pastor, Piqua OH Presbyterian Church

1947-49           Myersville

1949-54           Keedysville

1954-59           York Haven

1959-62           Scotland

1962-68           Baltimore Siemers Memorial

1968                local

1970                transfer to Baltimore Conference

1970-87           Relay

1987                retired, active at Catonsville UM


Note: Karl I. Varner worked with the juvenile court in Baltimore City 1969-86, and his service to the church after 1968 was on a less-than-full-time basis.





Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:


Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 39 [XARNER]

Gibble list: no


1841    license, Allegheny Conference





1854                name erased


Note: Samuel Varner [Samuel Xarner?] never served under appointment and is otherwise unknown.  This may be Samuel T. Varner (2/26/1812 – 11/26/1894) – a first-cousin to Nancy Jane Varner (Mrs. J.F.) Tallhelm who is reported to have been “a minister of the Gospel.”




Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: 115

Gibble list: no


1860    license, Allegheny Conference





1865                name erased


Note: David Veech never served under appointment and is otherwise unknown.   This may be David Henry Veech (5/15/1837 – 5/2/1874), son of [Judge] James Veech, author of The Monongahela of Old.




Born: 12-27-1833  Stayestown PA                             married: Henrietta “Ettie” Stahl [1857]

Died: 4-18-1904  St. Louis MO                                  obit: [10/10/1837 – 4/10/1887]

Miller-Raker #: no                                                      married2: Cordelia Hyatt Myers [1889]

Fulton #: no                                                                 obit2: [d. 3/?/1897]

Gibble list: yes


?          license, ?

1870    ordained, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis MO



1866-68           president, Lebanon Valley College

1868                transfer to East Pennsylvania Conference

1868-71           president, Lebanon Valley College

1871-74           principal, St. Louis MO public schools

1872                “transfer” to St. Louis Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

1872-96           principal, St. Louis MO. Public schools

1896                retired

                            1896-1904   publishing advisor in Chicago IL


Note: Thomas R. Vickroy had a college degree, worked in a bank, and was a local preacher in the Methodist Church.  He became an ordained United Brethren preacher in order to become the first president of Lebanon Valley College.  He authored several textbooks and was a promoter of phonics and phonetic spelling.  Originally THOMAS REES VICKORY, he had his middle name legally changed to match the ancestral spelling of Rees.




Born: 8-9-1875  Baltimore MD                                  married: Netta E. Rickenbaugh [c.1903]

Died: 11-6-1936  Charlotte NC                                  obit: [2/5/1869 – 6/4/1954]

Miller-Raker #: 477

Fulton #: 316

Gibble list: no


1901    license

1903    ordained  1903,45&80


Interment: Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro PA



1902-03           living in Dubois

1903                transfer to Allegheny Conference

1904                transfer

1916-17           Wyoming Park, Michigan Conference

1917                transfer to Michigan Conference

1917-20           Detroit Euclid Avenue

1920                open transfer

1923-24           Dunbar WV


Note: While the Dunbar UB (now UM) Church lists A.V. Vondersmith as their pastor, and states they have a picture of him in their pastors’ gallery, he does not appear in the UB yearbooks after 1922.  He appears in the UB yearbooks in sporadically: Va (1905-09), N Ill (1911-15), WV (1916), MI (1918-20,22).  Minutes of the Virginia Conference indicate he was given an advisory seat at the conference of 1904 and 1905, but there is no record of a transfer.  




Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

Miller-Raker #: 408

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes [VON NIEDA]


1883    license

1886    ordained, East Pennsylvania Conference





1882-84           Halifax Otterbein

1884                transfer to East German Conference

1884-89           Lykens (moved to Reading during the 1888-89 year)

1889-94           Reading First [Zion] (moved from Lykens during the 1888-89 year)

1894-96           Lebanon Salem


1897-99           Reading Zion

1899-00           living in Reading

1900                withdrew


Note: Jeremiah H. Von Neida was “given advisory membership” at the Nineteenth Annual Conference of the Mennonite Brethren in Christ, of the Pennsylvania District, convened in the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church in Reading PA on October 17, 1902.




Born: 3-24-1809                                                          married: Elizabeth Mary Fry

Died: 7-21-1880  Dayton OH                                     obit: [5/13/1815 – 5/10/1881]

Miller-Raker #: 282

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes


1845    license

1848    ordained, East Pennsylvania Conference


Interment: Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum. Dayton OH



1846                charter member of East Pennsylvania Conference

1848-49           Berks County circuit

1849-50           Dauphin circuit

1850-52           Myerstown

1854                transfer


Note: This surname is also rendered VON NEIDA and VONNIEDA [all one word, with only the V capitalized]. Solomon Von Nieda was active at the denominational level as publishing agent, etc., and the denominational histories contain many references to him.