Three ordained “sons of the congregation” were honored on Father’s Day at St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen, Ohio. Family and guests from as far away as Florida and Colorado gathered to celebrate their ordination anniversaries.
The Rev. John Tostrick was ordained at St. Paul 50 years ago. The Rev. James Egbert and The Rev. Dr. Ralph Quellhorst were ordained at St. Paul 55 years ago. The three pastors each received a special certificate and were thanked for their years of ministry in a litany written by the Rev. Becky Erb-Strang, pastor of St. Paul UCC.
Among the guests were several members of Trinity UCC in Tiffin, Ohio, home of Heidelberg University. Quellhorst and Egbert, as well as the preacher for the day, the Rev. John Gantt, Interim Conference Minister in the Ohio Conference, are alumni of Heidelberg. Gantt is a former senior pastor of Trinity UCC, Tiffin.
Quellhorst set a record as the longest-serving trustee of the Heidelberg Board of Directors. In tribute to his service on the University Board, the Sue and Ralph Quellhorst Student Community Service Endowment was created. Friends helped mark the ordination celebration with contributions of $30,520 to the fund which in one year has grown to well over $300,000.
Egbert served many years as pastor of Washington UCC, Cincinnati, where he laid the foundation for a vital community outreach program in an inner city neighborhood. Camp Washington, as it is affectionately known, has very few official members but offers a thrift shop, regular community meals, after school study and recreation times for children, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for hundreds of persons, a holiday gift shop, and a daily summer-long experience for children. Egbert was also the author and director of an Ohio State Fair ministry in the years of his active pastorate in Cincinnati.
Quellhorst served as Associate Association Minister in Northwest Ohio Association, then on national staff at a time when the Book of Worship and the New Century Hymnal were created, as the Conference Minister in both the Ohio and Indiana-Kentucky Conferences UCC.
Tostrick served various times as part-time Associate Pastor for visitation at St. Paul, while working full-time to manage the family turkey farm.
Cheryl Staib Lewis represented Heidleberg University at the ordination celebration and recommends that additional gifts to the Quellhorst Endowment Fund be sent c/o Heidelberg University, 310 E Market St., Tiffin, Ohio 44883 ATTN: Jim Minehart.