Pastors' Memoirs

Frederick James Lentz, 1948 – 2008

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 Fred was a barber when he received his call to pulpit ministry.  Starting as a lay speaker, he did well and soon was accepted as a full-time Local Pastor.  Fred’s commitment to Christ was growing deeper.  His heart was in sharing the good news and he put much energy into doing that.  He worked regularly at self-improvement, looking to “go on to perfection.”
 Fred was gregarious; each time you might meet him, his warm greeting reminded you that you were a welcome and worthy person, a fellow child of God.   Although pained by his early death, his many friends recall him with love and thank god for the opportunity to have known him.” 
— Rev. George W. Stewart

 The Rev. Dr. Fred Lentz was a minister for the Middlesex Charge. “Pastor Fred,”  as we came to know him, was a member of the Masons and also the Elks.
 In the short time we had with Pastor Fred, we learned that his life was much like a patchwork quilt — colorful bits and pieces put together  to tell us about the many journeys his life had taken. Life as a merchant mariner, a salesman, barber, cook and that of being homeless. These are just a few of the patches in his life’s “quilt.” I am sure there were many more “patches” yet to fill the “quilt.”
 As our pastor, Fred always encouraged our church members to be involved — not only in the church, but in the community — to reach out to those in need, the lonely, and the sick. Pastor Fred was involved in many community activities in our surrounding counties and was devoted to helping many outside of our church families.
 Pastor Fred’s sermons always had a little “bit of humor” just to get the message across, and to make sure we “got it”! His parting words after each worship service was “Remember, Friends — It’s all about Jesus.”
— Dorothy M. Wyatt


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