Samuel Pickenpaugh remembered

Mount Crawford, Virginia

Samuel Paul Pickenpaugh, retired pastor and district superintendent, passed away 12 November. He was 84 years old.

He was born in Morgantown, West Virginia, the second son of Harry and Margaret Pickenpaugh. After graduation from Morgantown High School, Samuel enrolled in Trevecca Nazarene College (now University) in Nashville, Tennessee. On 2 December 1954, Samuel married Grace Guseman in their hometown. He was ordained in the Church of the Nazarene in July 1959.  

Samuel pastored churches in Onego, Belington, and Buckhannon, West Virginia; Lynchburg and Richmond Southside, Virginia; Lawrence, Kansas; and Jacksonville and Pensacola, Florida. He was then appointed superintendent of the Western Australia District in 1987. 

In 1989, his responsibilities were expanded to include the Northern Pacific District in Australia. Following his service in Australia, Samuel served as superintendent for the Minnesota District from 1992 to 2000.  Sam also served on the Board of Trustees for Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee, and for MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, where he earned a Doctor of Divinity in 1998.

He is survived by his wife, Grace, his daughter, Charlotte Holter, and two grandchildren. 

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, 15 November at Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene in Virginia. The funeral will follow with Jim Harrison and Kerry Willis officiating. 

Interment to be held at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg, Virginia, following the service. The service will also be live streamed on the Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene Facebook page.

--Church of the Nazarene Prairie Lakes District via NCN News submissions

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