Pastors Will Be Changed
Lake Shore News (Wilmette, Illinois), 19 Sep 1912, p. 3

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At Session of Rock River Conference Which Convenes in Evanston, Changes in Pulpits Will Be Made

H. B. Williams To Leave

Several Methodist pastors are slated for pulpit changes when the seventy-third session of the Rock River conference convenes in Evanston. Though the conference does not meet until the 1st of October several changes have already been decided upon. Others will not be be settled until the session of the conference is held. Throughout the conference Bishop William F. McDowell will be the presiding officer, and with him will rest the final authority in the Appointments and pastoral changes. The pastor of the Evanston Church of the Covenant, the Rev. Horace B. Williams, will take post-graduate studies at Harvard and Oxford Universities. A pastor for the Emmanuel M. E. church is expected to be appointed. Garfield Park church, Walnut street and Kedzie avenue, is almost equally certain of a change. The Rev. G. K. Flack has announced his intention of seeking a new field after nine years as a pastor. The Western Avenue church, it is said, is among those open to him. The Rev. F. W. Barnum, it is said, has been invited by the La Grange and Oakland churches.

Those to Change

Among the large Chicago churches certain to have a change of pastors are the Oakland church, Oakwood boulevard and Langley avenue, from which the Rev. A. M. White will retire on account of illness, and the Western Avenue church, Western avenue and Monroe street, the pastor of which, the Rev. G. D. Cleworth, has announced this intention to go to a western state. The pastor of Olivet church, Forty-second avenue and Adams street, the Rev. C. W. McCaskill, will go to Hanscom Park church, Omaha, to take the place of the Rev. E. B. Crawford, who will return to a Chicago charge. He may go to the Garfield Park church. La Grange church has been made vacant by the appointment of the Rev. L. F.W. Losemann to the superintendency of the Chicago northern district. The pastor of Diversey Boulevard church, Diversey boulevard and Seminary avenue, the Rev. M. G. Wenz, will go west on account of the health of his family. The Rev. Grover C. Clark, pastor of the Sawyer Avenue church, Wabansia and Sawyer avenues, will retire from the active ministry and go to California. The Rev. James K. Shields, formerly state superintendent of the Anti-Saloon league, and since May the pastor of La Grange chruch, has been elected assistant corresponding secretary of the Chicago City Missionary and Church extension society. His duties will begin at the close of the conference and will include the plan for a forward movement in connecton with the downtown work.

Will Be Feature

A report of the downtown commission, which has been considering the work in the congested centers for the last two years, will be one of the features of the conference and will be considered on the morning of the second day. The Rev. James Rowe is corresponding secretary of the City Mission society. Two appointments concerning which there is much speculation are those of the successors to the Rev. H. V. Holt, district superintendent of the Chicago western district, and to the Rev. R. H. Pooley, superintendent of the Joliet district. The Rev. C. K. Carpenter, pastor First church, Elgin, is said to have favorable consideration among the pastors in the Joliet district. However, a Chicago minister may be selected for both the Joliet and the Chicago western districts. Among those whose names are prominintly mentioned are the Rev. John Thompson, Wheaton; the Rev. J. M. Phelps, Wesley church; the Rev. G. K. Flack, Garfield Park church' the Rev. J. H. Odgers, Epworth church, Edgewater the Rev. T. K. Gale, Wicker Park church, and the Rev. M. E. Cady, West Pullman. It has been rumored that Dr. Holt and Dr. Rowe may exchange places the latter becoming district superintendent. and Dr. Holt secretary of city missions.

Depart from Custom

There will be several departures from the custom of former conferences in the program. The matriculation address of the Garrett Biblical institute will take place of the usual addresses of welcome and the responses on the opening evening. A celebration of the semi-centennial of several of the ministers will be held. Those who have been fifty years or more in the active ministry and whose services will be especially recognized are the Rev. H. G. Jackson, the Rev. A. D. Traveller, the Rev. J. H. Alling, and the Rev. W. A. Cross. A new secretary of the conference will be elected, owing to the resignation of the Rev. J. A. Matlack, superintendent of the Rockford district. This is considered a position of especial trust and responsibility.

Prominent Speakers

Among the prominent speakers will be Prof. Walter C. Rauschenbush of the Baptist Theological seminary, Rothester, N. Y., who will give three lectures on "Social Service" at 4 o'clock on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of conference week. The Rev. Frank Mason North, New York will speak on foreign missions Sunday evening. The Rev. George P. Eckman, editor of the Christian Advocate, New York, successor to the Rev. James M. Buckley, will speak Thursday evening, Oct. 3.

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Pastors Will Be Changed