ARCHIVES OF THE SUSQUEHANNA CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

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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ZABEL, WALTER JOSEPH

 

Born: 8-6-1923  Indiana                                             married:

Died: 4-1-1999                                                            obit:

 

1948    admitted on trial, Baltimore Conference

1948    ordained deacon, Baltimore Conference

1950    ordained elder, Baltimore Conference

 

Interment:

Obit: Baltimore-Washington Conference 1999, ?

 

1945-47           Ray’s Hill (beginning 11/1/45)

1947                Harrisonville (ending 6/1/47)

1948                “transfer” to Baltimore Conference

1948-51           Great Falls

1941-59           Brookfield-Immanuel

1959-65           Patapsco-Freedom (Eldersburg)

1965-74           Liberty Grove

1974-78           College Park

1978-88           conference pension administrator; conference secretary (ending 12/31/88)

1988                retired (12/31/88)

 



ZANKER, ROBERT FREDERICK

 

Born: 1-8-1934  Shamokin PA                                   married: Martha Alice Getman

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1954    license, recommended by Shamokin Chestnut Street

1956    admitted on trial

1956    ordained deacon

1958    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1956-58           Audenreid-Jeanesville (beginning 9/1/56)

1958-60           Orangeville

1960-62           chaplain, US Navy

1962-67           Newport

1967-73            Fayetteville

1973-82           Philipsburg Trinity (ending 9/1/82)

1982-89           Hummelstown Trinity (beginning 9/1/82)

1989-96           superintendent, Altoona District

1996-99           Harrisburg Calvary

1999                retired

 

Note: Robert F. Zanker is listed in the Who’s Who in The Methodist Church, page 1481.



 

ZEARES, WILLIAM DENNIS

 

Born: 2-6-1946                                                                        married: Donna F. _____

Died: 7-15-1997                                                                      obit:

                                                                                                married2: Lavon Jackson

1968    license, recommended by Mifflinville                        obit2:

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1968-70           Kulpmont

1970-71           Snydertown

1973                no longer listed

 

Note: W. Dennis Zeares served as a local pastor.  Some sources give 7-30-1997 as the date of death.  W. Dennis and Donna F. Zeares were married 4/9/1982 and divorced 5/26/1983.  He appears to have remarried to a Lavon Jackson in 1987.



ZEIGLER, JOSEPH STEPHEN

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1954    license

1958    admitted on trial, New England Conference

1958    ordained deacon, New England Conference

1961    ordained elder, New England Conference

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1954-57           student, Lycoming College

                             1954-55  Allenwood (9/14/54-9/15/55)

                             1955-57  Wallis Run (beginning 9/15/55)

1957-61            at school

                             1957-61  Worsester MA Park Avenue

1961                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1961-62           Bald Eagle Parish

1962-64           at school

                             1962-64  McKeesport, Christy Park

1964-65           director, Bethany House

1965                transfer to Western Pennsylvania Conference

1965-66           director, Bethany House

1966-68           mental health director, Pittsburgh Methodist Church Union

1968                withdrew, page 125

                        clinical director, Cherokee Etowah DeKalb Mental Health Center in Gadsden AL

 

Note: J. Stephen Zeigler earned an STB in 1961 and a PhD in 1972.



 

ZEISLOFT, JAMES HOWARD

 

Born: 4-1-1928  Centralia PA                                     married: H. Jean Wills

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1956    admitted on trial

           

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1955-57           Catawissa circuit

1957-63           Nescopeck

1963-68           Shippensburg

1968-70           Lewisburg Beaver Memorial

1970-71           sabbatical [director, Harrisburg YMCA Camp and Extension Work]

1971-76           Steelton Mt. Zion

1976-78           Harrisburg Park Street

1978-83           Altoona First

1983-89           superintendent, Altoona District

1989-93           York Aldersgate

1993                retired

 

Note: James H. Zeisloft is listed in the 1966 Who’s Who in The Methodist Church, page 1481.

 



ZELINKA PAUL JOHN HUSS

 

Born: 5-26-1898  Husinec Czechoslovakia                 married: Margaret Porter

Died: 6-27-1975                                                          obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1985, 421

 

1929    ordained, Unity of Czech Brethren [Czechoslovakia]

1952   admitted on trial, Central New York Conference

 

Interment: New Albany Cemetery, New Albany PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1976, 153

 

1950-57           New Albany-Overton-Era

1957-61           Big Flats

1961-62           New Albany-Overton-Era

1962                transfer to Central Pennsylvania Conference

1962-70            New Albany

1970                retired

                             1974-75  Wiconisco

 



ZIMMERMAN, EDGAR THOMAS

 

Born: 2-12-1907  Steelton PA                                                married:

Died: 11-17-1975                                                        obit:

 

1935    admitted on trial

 

Interment:

Obit: Southern California-Arizona Conference 1976, ?

 

1932-35           student, Boston University School of Theology

1935-37           West Fairview-Summerdale

1937                transfer to Southern California Conference



 

ZIMMERMAN, ELWOOD CONNER

 

Born: 7-5-1924  Snydertown PA                                married: Dolores Lee Johnson

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1943    license, recommended by Williamsport Calvary

1948    admitted on trial

           

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1944-46           student, Bucknell University

                             1944-45  Montandon (beginning 9/1/44)

                             1945-46  Snydertown 

1946-49           student, Wesley Theological Seminary

                             1946-49  Wallaceton

1949-52           Howard

1952-61           Mechanicsburg

1961-65           Huntingdon First

1965-78            Harrisburg Calvary

1978-84           superintendent, New Cumberland District

1984-92           Chambersburg St. Paul

1992                retired

                             1992-00  administrative assistant, Harrisburg Episcopal Area

 

Note: Elwood C. Zimmerman is the son of Raymond A. Zimmerman and the father of Jay Elwood Zimmerman in the United Methodist files.  He is listed in the 1966 Who’s Who in The Methodist Church, page 1483.

 



ZIMMERMAN, GEORGE F.

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1918    admitted on trial

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1918-22            at school

1922                transfer to Michigan Conference



 

ZIMMERMAN, RAYMOND ALFRED

 

Born: 12-2-1891  Lykens PA                                      married: Lena Marie Neuhard

Died: 12-20-1963  Williamsport PA                           obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1954, 234

 

1922    admitted on trial

 

Interment: Montoursville Cemetery, Montoursville PA

Obit: Central Pennsylvania Conference 1964, 360

 

1922-24           Laurelton

1924-27           Snydertown

1927-33           Shrewsbury

1933-36           Barnesboro

1936-42           Clearfield West Side

1942-46           Williamsport Calvary

1946-51           Huntingdon Fifteenth Street

1951-57           Williamsport High Street

1957-60           Altoona Lakemont

1960                retired

 

Note: Raymond A. Zimmerman is the father of Elwood C. Zimmerman, and the grandfather of Jay E. Zimmerman of the United Methodist files.  His autobiographical booklet “A Brief Sketch of the Life and Labors of a Retired Minister” is on file in the conference archives.



 

ZUBROD, STEPHEN ADAIR

 

Born:                                                                           married:

Died:                                                                           obit:

 

1968    admitted on trial, recommended by Hollidaysburg First

1968    ordained deacon

1970    ordained elder

 

Interment:

Obit:

 

1966-67           student, Penn State University

                             1966-67  Penns Valley

1967-70            student, Boston University School of Theology

1970-82           at school

1982-87           leave of absence

1987                honorable location

                       

Note: Dr. Stephen A. Zubrod is employed by the PA Department of Corrections