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August 24, 2019
I knew the Rev. Dr. Orme for over 30 years. He knew the Scripture well and his ability to draw from the deep well of it's truth and apply it to every day life was and still is of great help to me on life's journey.
He was one who possessed a love for life & a great sense of humor, as well. His endearing directness & honesty, when it came to counseling believers, made "Dan" a mentor to many.
August 23, 2019
Dr. Orme was one of the most interesting people I have ever met. You could tell that he loved people. His caring manner, wit and wisdom drew me to his little home church community and I still think of him every time I attend services there.
September 8, 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 4, 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
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