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Obituary: The Rev. Gordon B. Mowrer

Brother Gordon B. Mowrer died at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, July 19, 2016, at age 80.

Born February 9, 1936 in Bethlehem, he was the son of Clifton and Margaret (Brown) Mowrer. Brother Mowrer graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa. in 1959 and received a Masters Degree in Education from Lehigh University, in Bethlehem in 1965. He received a Masters in Pastoral Counseling from Moravian Theological Seminary in 1989 and a Certificate in Theological Studies in 1992. He was ordained a Deacon in the Moravian ministry June 17, 1992 and consecrated a Presbyter October 22, 1995.

He was united in marriage to Mary Thaeler December 29, 1960 in Bilwaskarma, Nicaragua. Together they served the Bethlehem, Pa. community and, following his ordination, pastored the Advent Moravian Church until his retirement January 1, 2003.

Brother Mowrer is survived by his wife, Mary; son, George; daughters, Ruth and Margaret; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service was held July 26, 2016 at Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Memorials were welcomed for the Bethlehem Rotary Foundation or Central Moravian Church’s Tanzania Mission Fund.


From the August 2016 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Friday, January 19 — Psalm 14
Genesis 22; Matthew 8:5–22

The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure, silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times. Psalm 12:6

You will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. Philippians 2:15–16 (NIV)

Lord, you never promised us that life would be easy. However, you did promise to be with us through it all. May our trust in your promise witness to the joyful hope that we have in you. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

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