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Obituary: The Rev. Dr. Douglas W. Caldwell

Brother Douglas W. Caldwell died July 17, 2014 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania at age 71.

Born May 7, 1943 in Charlotte, North Carolina, he was the son of David and Margaret (Ashburn) Caldwell. Brother Caldwell graduated from Moravian College in 1966 and received an M. Div. from Moravian Theological Seminary in 1969. In 1985 he received a D. Min. from Drew University. He was ordained a Deacon in the Moravian ministry July 6, 1969 and consecrated a Presbyter October 5, 1975.

He was united in marriage to Barbara Brautigam on June 4, 1966 at the Old Chapel of the Moravian Church in Bethlehem. Together they served pastorates in Pennsylvania (Reading, College Hill, Central). He further served the Moravian Church as a member of the Eastern District Executive Board from 1974-1986. He entered into retirement November 1, 2009.

His wife, Barbara; son, Douglas Jr.; daughter, Ashley; and two grandchildren survive Brother Caldwell.

A memorial service was held July 26, 2014 at Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem with the Rt. Rev. C. Hopeton Clennon, the Rev. Janel Rice, and the Rev. Carol Reifinger officiating. Burial was in the Nisky Hill Cemetery, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Memorials were welcomed for the Memory Support Center of Moravian Village.


From the September 2014 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Saturday, March 24 — Psalm 38:17–22
Exodus 29:31–30:16; Matthew 26:14–30

The eyes of the Lord range throughout the entire earth, to strengthen those whose heart is true to him. 2 Chronicles 16:9

And a woman, having learned that Jesus was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment. Luke 7:37–38

Friend of sinners, thank you for the gift of grace. Cause us to see more clearly the design you have for us to share this grace with all people—including are neighbors and friends. Grant new opportunities today to share and listen for your love. Amen.

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