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The Rev. Edwin L Ehlers, D.D.
July 7, 1929 – April 13, 2015
A native of Jersey City, NJ, the Rev. Edwin Lord Ehlers is a graduate of Wittenberg University and Hamma School of Theology. He was ordained to the Lutheran ministry on May 26, 1953 and served St. James Lutheran Church, Phillipsburg, NJ, and St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Moorestown, NJ. In 1970 he was elected Bishop of the New Jersey Lutheran Synod, serving until 1978 when he was called to become senior pastor of Trinity Lutheran church, Worcester Massachusetts. He retired in July 1991 after having served for 10 years as pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, McLean, Virginia. In retirement, he served as interim pastor at good Shepherd Lutheran, Brevard, NC; as part time Lutheran pastor at the Church of the Savior, a Lutheran Episcopal fellowship, in Newland, NC; as interim pastor at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Silva NC.
He and the love of his life, his wife, Jane, were married for 63 years and retired in 1991 in Hendersonville, NC. He is survived by his loving wife Jane; his daughter Linda Bauer Adelsberg and her husband Lester; his son, Steve Ehlers and his wife Heidi; his son, Mark Ehlers and his wife Andrea; and six grandchildren; Chris and his wife Yatsandra, Scott, Kristin, John, Jen and Hannah.
While in McLean, VA, Pastor Ehlers served as chair of the Washington Theological Consortium; as president of Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of Virginia; as a member of Northern Virginia LARC (a consortium of Lutherans, Episcopalians, and Roman Catholics); and as chair of Washington's Lutheran House of Studies annual symposium on politics and ethics. He served on the team to organize the Metro Washington DC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and chaired its Constitution Convention Committee. He was one of the leaders in organizing McLean's teen center now known as "The Old Firehouse".
He received honorary doctorates from Wittenberg University and from the former Upsala College, and is listed in Who's Who in Religion (1st and 2nd edition).
During his retirement years, he worked with the Henderson County Habitat for Humanity, serving on the construction crew, the Board of Directors, and as President. He was on the board of Mainstay, Henderson County's agency for domestic violence, serving for a number of years as a court advocate for the agency. For more than 12 years, he and his wife regularly served meals at the Hendersonville rescue mission.
He accepted all people as God's beloved, shared social justice, and cared for the less fortunate.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 16, 11 a.m. at Nativity Lutheran Church, Arden, NC; a second service with internment to follow at St. James Lutheran Church, Phillipsburg, NJ, on Saturday, April 18th, also at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Ed and Jane Ehlers Endowed Scholarship Fund, Wittenberg University, PO Box 720, Springfield, OH 45501.
Published in The Times-News on Apr. 15, 2015
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