t Timothy Lutheran Church in Aston will end its year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary with a dinner at 6 P.M., Saturday, May 19th at Hennessey’s restaurant and a special visit from the Rev. Claire Burkat, bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
Guest speaker will be Rev. Patricia A. Davenport, assistant to the bishop since 2007. Davenport is director for evangelical mission in the Synod with responsibilities that include working with new mission congregations and support to Synod-wide congregations in outreach, evangelism and transformational ministry.
Davenport was a vicar at St. Timothy from 1999-2000 and served as pastor of Spirit and Truth Lutheran Church in Yeadon from 2001-2007 before she left to join the Synod staff. Burkat will be the guest preacher at the 9:15 A.M. service at St. Timothy on Sunday, May 20th. There will be one service that Sunday with a light brunch following.
Burkat was elected bishop in July, 2006 and serves as the spiritual leader for nearly 95,000 members in 170 ELCA congregations in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.
St. Timothy Church was founded in August, 1961 under the direction of mission developer Rev. Kenneth W. Zimmerman. Services were initially held at the Killen-Miles American Legion in Aston beginning in September, 1961, with 138 people at the first service.
Three acres of ground were purchased for $25,000 at Pennell Road and Lamp Post Lane where the church now stands and the present sanctuary and office addition was dedicated Dec. 16, 1979.
There were 143 charter members received on Mar. 18, 1962.
In addition to the founding pastor, the church has had four pastors: Rev. Thomas H. Reinsel (1966-1969); Rev. Edwin L. Druckenmiller (1961…
For more on this topic see the May 9 – 15 edition of the Spirit.