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Pastors’ Memoirs

A pdf of Memoirs since 1987 to 2017. Thanks are extended to Bob McDonald-Walker for managing this project. All memoirs published in the Virginia Conference Journal are included (including those from the 2017 Remembrance Service). The document is 492 pages. There is an alphabetical index at the beginning.
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In 1988, W.D. Keene, Jr., of Norfolk, Va., was largely responsible for the publishing of Memoirs — 200 Years! Soldiers of the Cross, 1785-1987. Prepared with great toil, this large volume consolidated in book form the official Memoirs of Methodist preachers who served the area now known as the Virginia Conference.

Many people, including the Rev. A. Purnell Bailey, felt that this publication should be brought up to date to include the Memoirs of the years since 1987.

This project was directed by William G. Gray, was undertaken in 2004; and the posting of these Memoirs here is the result of labors of Brenda Martin and Judy Showalter, staff members at Randolph-Macon College, and Brenda Capen, webmaster and database manager at the Virginia Conference Center of the United Methodist Church, and former editor of the Journal of the Virginia Annual Conference.

The pdf files linked below are pages of “Memoirs — 200 Years” – Soldiers of the Cross, 1785-1987, a collection of memorials for deceased ministers of what is now the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. The volume was published in 1988 by William D. Keene Jr.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints agreed to scan Mr. Keene’s book and convert the contents  to a pdf file that could be posted on the Virginia Conference Web site, free of charge, and it is also accessible in their data library. The permission to publish files are available in the opening pdf files.
Because of the size of the files, they have been broken down into five  sections by page number. An index of all the names and page numbers where the memoirs can be found is available in the final section of pdf files or in the “Index” file. The files are still quite large, so patience is required while downloading.
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Index Pages
Pages 1-230
Pages 231-518
Pages 519-842
Pages 843-1200 /Memoirs/UMCPastorMemoirs_1987-2017_2Sep17.pdf

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