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Missouri minister to retire after half a century behind same pulpit


PARK HILLS, Mo. — Evangelist Bernie Crum is retiring after 58 years of preaching — 50 of them behind the same pulpit.
Crum, 77, a native of Indiana, delivered his first sermon at the Flat River Church of Christ on Nov. 21, 1960.
Exactly 50 years later — Nov. 21, 2010 — he will deliver his final sermon as pulpit minister for the 115-member church in Park Hills, a town of 8,800 souls about 65 miles south of St. Louis.
While working with the Flat River church, Crum conducted gospel meetings and Vacation Bible Schools throughout Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Mexico and Oklahoma. He also served for 10 years on the Flat River city council and two years as the city’s mayor.
“Bernie has been an asset to the Flat River Church of Christ, not only in his preaching, but also in his desire and efforts to tend to the needs of the members of the congregation,” church elder Richard Mabery said.
The church will host a retirement party on Nov. 20. For more information, call (573) 431-2366.

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