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Rev. Dr. Carl F. SCHULTZ Jr. Obituary




SCHULTZ, Rev. Dr. Carl F., Jr.

The Reverend Dr. Carl F. Schultz Jr., a leading pastor of the United Church of Christ, went to eternal life on Monday in Hartford surrounded by the love of his family. He was 80. For 34 years, Rev. Schultz served as Senior Pastor First Church of Christ Congregational, in Glastonbury. Following his retirement from First Church, he served for over two years as the Interim Senior Pastor at historic Old South Church in Boston. The defining characteristic of Rev. Schultz's ministry was his lifelong love and devotion to preaching. He was an inspirational preacher whose sermons addressed the spiritual issues present in our daily lives. Rev. Schultz was born in Hyannis, MA, the only son of Reverend Dr. Carl F. Schultz and Janet Schultz. Rev. Schultz's father served as Senior Pastor of The Hyannis Federated Church. Rev. Schultz graduated cum laude from Tufts University in 1956 and was awarded a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological Seminary in 1959. In 1986, Rev. Schultz earned a Doctor of Ministry from the Hartford Seminary. On August 20, 1955, Carl married Della M. MacAskill of Waltham, MA. As Carl has written of Della, "She has been a constant source of love and friendship, support and wise counsel, inspiration and encouragement." Hundreds of his parishioners who have known them both through the years would certainly agree. On October 4, 1959, Rev. Schultz was ordained to the Christian Ministry in the Plymouth Congregational Church in Plymouth, NH. After serving three years at Plymouth Church, he was called to become the pastor of First Congregational church in Auburn, MA, where he served from 1962 to 1968. During his time in Auburn, Rev. Schultz was part-time Director of the Worcester Council of Churches Pastoral Committee, an elected member to the Auburn School Committee and active in the civil rights and ecumenical movement. In 1968, Rev. Schultz was called to become the Senior Pastor at the First Church of Christ Congregational in Glastonbury. He was one of the longest serving pastors in First Church's over 300--year history. Rev. Schultz's ministry extended to the entire Glastonbury community. He led the movement to develop the Glastonbury Conference of Churches and the Pastoral Counseling Center. He served as Chaplain for the Glastonbury Police Department. Rev. Schultz introduced many innovations to his ministry including an interfaith television ministry and "Faithline" - a daily phone meditation for the parish and Glastonbury community. In 1998, First Church was selected by ABC television to broadcast its Christmas Eve service throughout the nation. In 2002, he was named Pastor Emeritus of First Church. The First Church Fellowship Hall is dedicated to Rev. Schultz and Della. Following his retirement from First Church in 2002, Rev. Schultz served as interim Senior Minister at Old South Church in Boston and at the First Congregational Church of Madison, CT. Rev. Schultz maintained a lifetime connection with Craigville Village on Cape Cod. For over 20 years, he served as President of the Craigville Camp Meeting Association and was presently Director of Worship at the Craigville Tabernacle. Rev. Schultz loved the summer gatherings of his children and grandchildren in Craigville. Rev. Schultz was an active participant in the United Church of Christ (UCC) organization. He served as a delegate to the UCC General Synod, Moderator for the Hartford East Association, Chairman for the Conference Board of Church Life and Leadership, and a member of Connecticut Conference Personnel Committee. Rev. Schultz had the honor of serving twice as the guest Chaplain in the United States Senate. Rev. Schultz is survived by his loving wife Della, their three children and spouses, Mark and Caroline Schultz (Charleston, SC), Lesley and Stephen Faber (Cohasset, MA) and Ruth and Louis Robin (Longmeadow, MA), and their ten grandchildren, Scott Faber, Ashley Faber, Andrew Schultz, Corbin Faber, Matthew Schultz, James Faber, Joshua Robin, Dana Schultz, Eliza Schultz, and Emma Robin. Known to his family as "PopPop," he was a loving grandfather. He was actively involved in his grandchildren's academic and sports activity. His grandchildren cherished his wit and storytelling.
A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. on December 8 at the First Church of Christ in Glastonbury (2183 Main Street). Visiting hours will be held on Friday December 7 from 6-8 p.m. at First Church. The family has requested that gifts be made in lieu of flowers to Glastonbury First Church of Christ or the Craigville Tabernacle. The Mulryan Funeral Home has care of arrangements.




Published in The Hartford Courant on Nov. 29, 2012
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