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Malcolm P. Maples, Sr., 1919-1986

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More than one who just owns a vision about how life might be, Malcolm "Mac" P. Maples shared his with those he ministered. He lived his life understanding the unique economy of grace, the more one gives, the more one receives. In sharing this vision, he shared himself and witnessed to the grace God shared with us in Jesus Christ.

After a career serving his country in military service, Mac received the call to the ordained ministry. He served Schuyler from 1966 to 1972. While there he was ordained deacon in 1969 and was made an associate member in 1970. He later served at Rapidan and Mineral. He retired in 1981, but continued to pastor churches until his death in May 1986. As a pastor, Mac made Christ's love real for the congregations and communities he served. His ministry was a sharing of the vision of God's kingdom by simple acts of kindness and generosity and by the sharing of himself.

Besides his wife, Rose, he is survived by two sons, Malcolm P. Maples, Jr., of New York and Mallie E. Maples of Mineral, Virginia. Those who knew Mac as pastor, friend, husband, and father will not forget the vision he shared. Gratitude is the memory of the heart. We who knew him will not forget and will continue to be strengthened by the vision he shared. Both the church he loved and the people he knew have been strengthened by his ministry. We are grateful for having known him and will remember his life and ministry with us. Mac's life was his ministry and his ministry his life.  
--Timothy R. Gerde



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