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From riots to reconciliation

Religion | Pastor Myrue Spivey says God revealed over the years his need to love all people
by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/11/21, 08:56 am

Sixth in a series on long ministry

Although Myrue Spivey grew up attending church with his devout mother, he became disillusioned with Chris­tianity after seeing pastors live hypocritically. As a teenager living in Melbourne, Fla., in the early 1960s, he embraced the cause of black nationalism, seeking freedoms and political power for African Americans. With two friends, he sought “to riot and create ethnic divisions” in Norfolk, Va., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Melbourne.

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Passion and plodding in pastoral ministry

Religion | Early zeal for evangelism propelled Brad Evans into ministry, but 38 years of shepherding a congregation through disagreements taught him steadiness
by Charissa Koh
Posted 12/29/20, 05:09 pm

Fifth in a series on long ministry

Brad Evans grew up in western Pennsylvania in a family that attended church only at Christmas and Easter. At age 16, Evans professed faith in Christ after hearing John 6:37 at a summer youth retreat: “Whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”

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Friends and farewells

Religion | For Maynard and Joan Schoen, the more years of church ministry, the harder the goodbyes
by Charissa Koh
Posted 5/21/20, 05:26 pm

Fourth in a series on long ministry

Fresh out of seminary, Maynard Schoen arrived with his wife, Joan, in Jonesville, Mich., in 1961 to pastor a small church there. The church had 40 people and no bathroom—only an outhouse. Maynard devoted himself to his new role and made friends among the congregation, but he wasn’t destined to stay: After a few years, another church asked him to become its pastor. 

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