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KREHBIEL Reverend Jeffrey KrehbieL 1959 - 2017 The Reverend Doctor Jeffrey Krehbiel died at home on Thursday, April 27, 2017 with family by his side. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, he studied political science at Hope College where he met his wife of 35 years, Cheryl. Together they moved to Chicago where Jeff earned his Master of Divinity from McCormick Seminary in 1986. A Presbyterian Church (USA) pastor for 35 years, Jeff's devotion to urban ministry led him to pastorates at Good Shepherd-Faith on the West Side of Manhattan, West Church in inner-city Wilmington, Delaware, and, in August 2000, Church of the Pilgrims in Washington DC, where he served for 16 years. In addition to urban ministry, Jeff's passions included community organizing, interactive Bible study, Biblical storytelling, and post-modern worship. A true pastor-theologian, Jeff completed a Doctor of Ministry degree in Gospel and Culture at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, in 2004. The focus of his doctoral work was the "missional" calling of the church in contemporary North American culture: in our pluralistic, post-modern, post-Christian era, Jeff believed the church is called to be a community of alternative values, and practices, that bears witness to the gospel in common life. He believed that faith communities could challenge themselves to become agents of change, leading to his decades-long commitment to community organizing. In 1994, he co-founded the Wilmington Interfaith Network, an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF). In Washington, DC, he served as co-Chair of the Washington Interfaith Networkand in 2010, he authored Reflecting with Scripture on Community Organizing, published by Acta. He held leadership positions in the Presbyterian Church (USA) regionally and nationally, as member of the NEXT Church Advisory Board, Moderator of National Capital Presbytery, Chair of the Presbytery Council, Commissioner to the General Assembly, and served on many committees. He was an early advocate for inclusiveness in the church, as pastor of More Light congregations since the earliest days of the movement, and as Board Member of More Light Presbyterians since 2014. Called to serve and support other churches and stretch his skills, Jeff left the pulpit in 2017 to accept a position at The James Company, a fundraising organization. In addition to serving as Program Director, Jeff was to guide the James Company to greater engagement with community organizing through partnership with Metro IAF, a national community organizing group Jeff had worked with previously. This new role brought him back to Chicago, Illinois. Family and friends hold beloved memories of adventures, his connectedness, and all around love of life. He embraced travel, was fully at home in the great outdoors, enjoyed camping, sailing, and in 2015 completed the Camino de Santiago with his sister, Janet. He wrote his own songs, played the guitar, and jammed with friends. He loved to cook and entertain, for groups from the small to the multitudinous, and was grill master at their vacation house on Douglas Lake. He sought out unusual beers, fine wine, and in later years developed a taste for peaty single malt scotch and the occasional cigar on the deck. Jeff was preceded in death by his father, The Reverend David Krehbiel. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; two daughters, Andrea of San Mateo, CA and Kelsey of Chicago; his mother, Martha of Ann Arbor; siblings, Carol (JoAnn) of Mars, PA, Janet (Henry) of Highland Park, IL, Susan (Norman) of Baltimore, Doug (Maged) of Brooklyn; three nieces; one nephew and numerous relatives and friends throughout the world. A service of Celebration is planned for Saturday, May 6 at 12 noon, at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005. Donations in his memory can be sent to: Church of the Pilgrims, 2201 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20037; or Metro IAF, c/o WIN, 1226 Vermont Ave NW, Washington DC 20005.Donations in his memory can be sent to: Church of the Pilgrims, 2201 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20037; or Metro IAF, c/o WIN, 1226 Vermont Ave NW, Washington DC 20005.

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Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 30, 2017.
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May 6, 2017
Cheryl, Martha Jeff's siblings. I share your sorrow on the loss of Jeff. He was part of our extended family. Vatsala
Vatsala Venkatachalam
May 3, 2017
I would like to extend my condolences to the family. I briefly met Jeff at a Next Church conference, and prior to that his words in Church of the Pilgrims newsletters were helpful to me. I am grateful for Jeff's graciousness.
- former member of Church of the Pilgrims from 1982 to 1987
Carolyn (Duff) Gibbs
May 2, 2017
Dear Krehbiel Family,
Jeff and I crossed paths at McCormick, I graduated in the Class of 83 and my work in West Michigan. I was stunned to learn of his death. I want to my offer my condolences to you the family. He was a good man, a good leader in the PCUSA too. He willl be missed. God Bless.
Rand Jelks
May 2, 2017
I grew up with Jeff at A2, then ran into him again in Manhattan with Bonnie Rosborough, then in DMin. study at Columbia. To have lost Dave and now Jeff within a year is horrible. My heart goes out to all of you.
Craig Lindsey
May 1, 2017
I enjoyed several classes with Jeff at McCormick. Passionate student, passionate pastor. Condolences to Cheryl and family.
Matthew Floding
May 1, 2017
I was on the PNC that called Jeff to Church of the Pilgrims and am so glad we did. He was an extraordinary man and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. My deepest sympathy go to Cheryl and the family.
Tish Lowe
May 1, 2017
Cheryl, Andrea and Kelsey -- my heart is with you, hoping that the many, many wonderful, touching, and funny memories soon overshadow the heartache. Jeff was such a terrific person! So many will miss him deeply.
Nancy Doorey
May 1, 2017
Dear Cheryl, Andrea and Kelsey, dear Krehbiel family that is my own,

I have been pouring over all the extraordinary missives about and photographs of Jeff that family and friends and colleagues are generously sharing on so many venues, over and over again. It is so hard to let go. I wish I could be with you now.
With love and in awe of so much.
Nancy Gage-Lindner, with John & Daniel
April 30, 2017
Hi Cheryl, from Wellington New Zealand; so sorry to read of Jeff's passing. I remember him with gratitude for his leadership and teaching. I am praying for you and the family in this hard time. love, Becky Dudley
Rebecca Dudley
April 30, 2017
He started McCormick as I was finishing but all these years later, I can even remember seeing his greatness. He will be missed Blessings to his family.
Rev. Dr. Brad Palmer
April 30, 2017
I had the priviledge of attending West Church and two funerals. And, Rev Krehbiel expressed his weariness of things that he wanted to have changed, about his church, in Delaware, the issues that the Lgbt community faced and other issues. When West burned down, he was devastated . I was there for him and Cheryl. When West was built again, he was joyous about it. Jeff left an indelible mark in Wilmington, De. He will be missed.
Sebastian Gross
April 30, 2017
Dear Sheryll , my toughts are with you and the family , to early , but I am sure he will sit on a beautifull bright star and lokks down on us .
Sabine Goossens , Mikumi -Tanzania (East-Africa)
April 30, 2017
Giovanni Carani
April 30, 2017
This is Trey Hammond, from Albuquerque, and I am heartbroken for Jeff's live ending so suddenly and the hole in your, and your extended family's, lives. I spoke about Jeff's illness to my congregation in Lent, the week of the Raising of Lazarus, with a prayer his cancer might be healed. But, hearing of his death in the week we hear the Walk to Emmaus story in church, I will share again my heartfelt questions to God as to the circumstances of his leaving so soon. I find the words of Frederick Buechner, in his sermon "The Road to Emmaus" healing in my own questions about life's fairness. He writes, "Emmaus is wherever we go or whatever we do to make ourselves forget that the world holds nothing sacred: that even the wisest and bravest and loveliest decay and die.The one thing we can't escape is life itself. At those times, life is going to ask us some questions we cannot escape...if we look with all our heart and listen with all our being, what we may see is Jesus himself, what we may hear is the faint sound of voice somewhere deep inside of us saying that there is a purpose in this life, whether we understand it or not; and that this purpose follows behind us through all our doubt, hurt and fear....when suddenly we know that everything is in the hands of God." I hope in your Emmaus journey you are joined and embraced by love of family, friends, Jeff's continuing love (as love is stronger than death), and God's journeying with you. Prayers and love to you all, Trey
Trey Hammond
April 30, 2017
Glenn and Hannah Johnson
April 30, 2017
Cheryl and family, my deepest condolences and much love and to you all. I am so glad to have known Jeff and to have spent even a little time with him over the past 9 years. What a wonderful man with an amazing legacy--the greatest being your family. I'm so sorry I cannot be there on May 6th, but you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Christy Rogers
April 30, 2017
Dear Janet, my deepest condolences to you all on the death of your beloved brother, Jeff.
Ann Barry
April 30, 2017
Sending love to the Krehbiel family. What a remarkable life Jeff lived in the body! May you find comfort and new life in discovering the gifts Jeff has left with you and that his life continues through each of us whose lives he touched.

Peace be with you,

Therese Taylor-Stinson
April 30, 2017
Cheryl & Family, please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your beloved husband.
Mrs.Shears & Family❤❤
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