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Obituary: Rev. John David Christman

Brother John David Christman, died Sunday, August 14, 2016 at the Brian Center of Eden, in Eden, N.C.  He was 71 years old.

John was born in Easton, Pa. on June 9, 1945, a son of John Lincoln and Dorothy Sandt Christman. He graduated from Elizabethtown College in 1967 and Moravian Theological Seminary in 1970.  While a student, he served at the following churches in Pennsylvania: Paxton Methodist Church, St. Marks UCC and Calvary Baptist Church.  He accepted a call to be pastor of the Leaksville Moravian Church, Eden, N.C.

Brother Christman was ordained June 21, 1970 at Nazareth Moravian Church, Nazareth PA, by the Rt. Rev. Allen Schattschneider, and installed at Leaksville later that month.  Along with his wife, Arlean, he faithfully served as pastor there for 32 years, until his retirement in 2002. He was consecrated a presbyter on June 20, 1976 at the Leaksville church, by the Rt. Rev. George Higgins.

John was very involved in the community, serving in the Eden YMCA Men’s Club, the Eden Lion’s Club and the Eden and Leaksville Fire Departments, and as the Secretary on the Executive Board of the Eden Boys and Girls Club for many years.  He was one of the founding members of the Eden Ministerial Association and the Cooperative Christian Ministry, which is still housed in the Leaksville Moravian Church.

He is survived by his wife, three sons and seven grandchildren.  Funeral services were conducted August 17, 2016 at Leaksville Moravian Church, with burial at Ridge View Memorial Gardens, Eden, N.C.


From the September/October 2016 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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