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Kenneth A.


PETERSBURG, IL -Kenneth A. Churchill, 75, died at 12:40 p.m. on March 1, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center. He was born on May 4, 1938, in Greensburg, Pa., the son of Charles O. and Janette N. Churchill. He married Barbara F. Jackson on Sept. 15, 1984, at Central Presbyterian Church, Petersburg, Ill.

Kenneth earned a BA degree from Maryville College, Maryville, Tenn., a Masters degree from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and a Doctorate degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Ill. He was ordained as a Presbyterian pastor in 1966. During his career he served as pastor at Covenant Larger Parish, Clarksville, Mo.; at Hodge Presbyterian Church, Trenton, Mo.; at the Central Presbyterian Church, Petersburg, Ill.; and at the Gulf Beach Presbyterian Church, Panama City Beach, Fla. He also served in three interim positions, as pastor at the First Presbyterian Churches of Clinton, Ill., and Carthage, Ill., and as Associate Executive of the Presbytery of Great Rivers, Peoria, Ill.

Throughout his ministry he was active in the larger church and in his community. In his presbyteries he had served as chairperson of all major committees. He served as Moderator of the Presbytery of Florida. He was twice a commissioner to the National Meeting of the Presbyterian Church (USA). He also represented the Presbyterian Church twice on mission trips to South Africa. He will be remembered by many for his commitment to ecumenical work as seen by his initiative in starting inter-denominational Lenten Breakfasts for Men, a Youth Recreation Center, Love Outreach Program for disadvantaged children, a beach-wide pantry, followed by Beach Care Services, referral and counseling center. His goal throughout his life was to help people experience the love and joy of Jesus Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two sons, Timothy Churchill (wife, Mabel), of Franklin, Tenn., and Kevin Troutner (wife, Gina), of Loraine, Ill.; two daughters, Kelly Holtsman (husband, Les), of Thompson, Mo., and Patience Griffin (husband, James), of McKinney, Texas; one sister, Lynn Kratz, of Chesterfield, Mo.; and eleven grandchildren.

His Witness to Resurrection Service will be held at Central Presbyterian Church, Petersburg, Ill., on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 11 a.m. A visitation will be held Friday, March 7, from 5-7 p.m. also at Central Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Central Presbyterian Church.

Online memorial messages for his family may be left at www.hurleyfh.com

Hurley Funeral Home of Petersburg is assisting with arrangements.

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