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Rev. Victor Ramsey '50 to Mark 60th Anniversary of His Ministry Sunday

August 5, 2005

August 5, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - "The Rev. Victor E. Ramsey Sr. will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the beginning of his ministry with the congregation Sunday at the New Bethel United Methodist Church at 131 North Main Street in Glen Carbon," begins a story in Illinois' Edwardsville Intelligencer on the 1950 DePauw University graduate. "Ramsey, the congregation's honorary pastor emeritus, will deliver the sermon, 'God Wants You to be Safe.' He will also administer communion at the three worship services at 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. A reception will follow each service and visitors are welcome to participate fully in worship and celebration."

The article reveals that Ramsey began preaching "while in the U.S. Navy and stationed at the Norfolk Naval Base. Ramsey began his ministry on the second Sunday of August 1945 at the request of commanding officer Lt. Cmdr. Alden LaBorde as the USS Kleinsmith attack transport prepared to sail for Japan for the anticipated invasion of Kyushu. When Japan surrendered, Ramsey was asked to lead a service of thanksgiving for the end of World War II."

The text continues, "After he was discharged from the Navy, Ramsey graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., and Christian Theological Seminary which was then the School of Religion, Graduate Division of Butler University in Indianapolis. He did additional post-graduate studies at Christian Theological Seminary, Butler University, and Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston."

Read the complete story at the newspaper's Web site.

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