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Question
WHY DOES OUR REVEREND  WANT  TO BE CALL PASTOR INSTEAD OF REVEREND?

Answer
Dear Peggy:

    I cannot, of course, speak for your minister.

    However, I remember a colleague in a ministerial association years ago who made the same request.
 
    "Reverend" is based on the same word as "revere, revered." My friend felt that only that which is holy, not a human being, should be revered. He also knew that "pastor" means shepherd, and he felt that shepherd of the congregation better described his work.

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The Rev. William E. Olewiler

Expertise

United Methodist church structure and doctrine. Science and religion. Christian Education and the Sunday School. Religion and race. Women in the church. United Methodist pastor for 22 years. Member, commissions on Religion and Race and Status and Role of Women. Masters in Divinity and Religious Education.

Experience

Ordained deacon and elder, United Methodist Church. District and conference leadership.

Education/Credentials
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, George Washington University, Washington DC Master of Arts, Political Science, Brown University, Providence RI Master of Arts, Teaching Secondary Social Studies, Teachers College/Columbia University, New York NY Master of Divinity, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC Doctor of Ministry, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC

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