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Dr. Alan Dan Orme 1933 - 2015

Dr. Alan Dan Orme

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September 08, 2015
I'd like to share five things that characterized Dan's life that meant a lot to those around him:

When Dan moved to Georgia in 1962 he served as Dean of Carver Bible College in Atlanta, a historically black school of training for men entering Christian ministry. Dan refused to attend any church that was not racially integrated, which for the time was an especially isolating stand for him to take.

Throughout his time as minister of University Church Dan never had much more than a poverty-level salary. I'm told that he accepted an artificially low salary on principle, as he believed that he should do all he could to be financially self-supportive. (I'd provide a dollar amount, though by Rwandan or Zambian standards it might seem like a tidy sum.) During his own education and while a pastor he sought to support himself as a builder and a landlord, renting rooms cheaply to students of the university here. He lived lean, but shared everything he had. Most notably he had the gift of hospitality, and he had a strong desire to live a thoughtful Christian life, and in contrast to the prevailing values of the surrounding culture.

For having earned five academic degrees, including a Ph.D., you might think that such a person would have an especially high view of himself. Dan was not at all that way. He never forgot his humble roots, and he was always thankful for the many ways he saw God's grace extended to him as a fallible man very much in need of redemption. For that redemption his trust was firmly placed in the completed work of Christ. I'm thankful to have been among those to witness part of that redemptive process as it was worked out in Dan's life over time.

In an age that badly confuses the pursuit of personal desire with love, Dan modeled for single men like me how to grow into areas of service and to appreciate and love those whom God brings into our life. This kind of love was practical, and it was extended far beyond people who may seem likable or convenient to oneself. I'm forever thankful for his positive example of this.

And in a culture where self-serving and self-promotion are the norm for most, and an art form for some, Dan never seemed motivated by such things. He cared infinitely more about God's view of his choices in life than what you or I might think of such things. He simply lived as He believed a follower of Christ should live, and he left any potential impact on himself and others to God's care. His was a wonderful example for those of us who came to know him well.
September 04, 2015
I've been thinking a lot about the void left in the world for over a week, now. I was lucky. I was a student at UGA at the time. I found in Dr. Orme a spiritual father, a mentor. A scholar who held many degrees and was of a reformed Presbyterian nuance. He pastored a small house church in Athens. I was hooked from day one. The church was informal, passionate about the Good News of Christ & intellectually responsible. 25 years of nurture. As I said, I was lucky. So many have to make it up, try on many different hats, or just fake it...Dan Orme? Here, I thought, was the real deal. I still think that.
RIP, my dear friend. I have a million memories of you, your profound sermons and your life...and all of them hallowed. Thank you, Dan.
I can still see him this way and likely always will: He's reverently approaching his hand-built pulpit in the add-on wing of his house on Church Street, Athens Ga. We straggle in and gather in a large rectangular room for worship, prayers and a sermon. "The Great Room," as he called it. It's all glass windows one one side of that room facing the pulpit. In my mind, for some reason, it's always Fall in full display behind him.
Dan Orme, with his old Harper study Bible bound together with blue duct tape...It's pages dog-eared and thin as a blade.A symbol of a man being sent forth into the field of the world.Clearing his throat and peering out over the lot of us, 25-50 folks strong. We are mildly restless, expectant, empty, but hungry all the same.
Dr. Orme was always so generous with his extensive library. When i lived there at the "Ormatory," I use to sneak a look at his hand scrawled Bible glosses and such...Then I'd peer into one or two of his old "stand-bys" like Louis Berkof's "Systematic Theology."
"There's so much to know!" I thought.
Thank you, Dan. You made the map clearer, the road more real, the fellowship more profound...and the Faith more lovely than any theology book I ever read.

~ Bill Mallonee ~ New Mexico
September 03, 2015
A humble man who served his church with love for Christ. I will forever be thankful for Dan and his ability to show me that God's sovereign grace and Christ's redeeming love are boundless.

University Church will always be in my heart as a refreshing bastion of loving friends, living Scripture, prayerful fellowship, caring people and a "home away from home".

Thank you Dan for being a shining light for Christ in Athens, and great example of love, compassion and humility.
September 01, 2015
Heaven's gain is our loss. He was a warm & wise man.
September 01, 2015
Dan set me on the path to Christ. I revere his gift to me.
September 01, 2015
Dan touched me deeply when I attended his church as a high school student in the 1970s. He created a wonderful community and set an example of a reflective life that has stayed with me. I am fortunate to have known him.
August 31, 2015
My husband JJ and I attended University Church for most of our college years. We were at UGA from '93 to '96. We got married our senior year of college and had Anna Grace, our daughter, ten short months later. Dan baptized her @ University Church. What stands out most about our time with Dan as our pastor is the warmth of his home, its physical warmth with the wood burning stove on chilly mornings and the warmth of fellowship there. I loved that people stood up and asked for prayer from fellow believers as a part of the worship service. . .and I loved to hear Mr. Pellitier (sp?) pray the Psalms. These are just a few snap-shots of memories in Dr. Orme's home. His life was a beautiful picture of love and service to the body of Christ.
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints."
August 31, 2015
Pastor Dan, I am forever grateful for your steadfastness, grace, mercy and hopeful words through the dark trials in my family. You were faithful, kind, an always welcoming soul and a true servant of God Almighty. Truly you were the feet, voice and hands of Christ on this side of Heaven. My sadness is for missing you, but I so rejoice that your suffering has ended forever and ever, and, that now you are the presence of our loving and powerful Savior and Lord and King, Yahushuah. Thank you, Dan, for all that you are and for giving so generously.
August 31, 2015
Thank you for being such a Good pastor and faithful servant during my two years at the Portico.
August 31, 2015
My sincere condolences to the family

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