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February 22 Today in OPC History

Reuben R. Stuart

 

On this date in 1977, Reuben R. Stuart, a devoted member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church from its inception, died at the age of 93. Thirteen days after the OPC (then Presbyterian Church of America) was formed on June 11, 1936, Mr. Stuart's daughter, Elizabeth, married Robert Atwell, then pastor of the OPC congregation in Harrisville, PA. Six months later, Mr. Stuart helped organize with Pastor Calvin Cummings the first worship service at Covenant Church in Pittsburgh, PA. His zeal in bringing everyone together was why Pastor Cummings would later call Mr. Stuart the "founder of Covenant Church." Nine days after the first worship service on January 24, 1937, the members of Covenant Church unanimously elected Mr. Stuart as a ruling elder. He would service actively until moving to Florida shortly after the death of Mrs. Stuart in 1961. He would also serve many years as a Trustee of Westminster Theological Seminary. On January 9, 1978, the Presbytery of Ohio placed a memorial to Mr. Stuart in its minutes praising God for his goodness in sending his servant to labor among them for so many years.

Picture: Presbytery of Ohio Resolution of Thanks to God for Reuben R. Stuart

 

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