Leonard E. "Lenny" Stadler Jr.
Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory - Reidsville
1909 Richardson Drive
Reidsville, NC
Dr. Leonard "Lenny"

E. Stadler, Jr.

REIDSVILLE-Dr. Leonard "Lenny" E. Stadler, Jr., 60, of 104 McCollum Drive, went home to be with the Lord after his hard fought battle with cancer on Monday morning, October 22, 2012 at the Hospice Home of Rockingham County.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Friday, October 26, 2012 at Woodmont United Methodist Church with Dr. Gary Royals, Dr. John Love, Rev. John Grenfell, Dr. Lee Dukes, Rev. Chris Thore and Rev. Morris Brown officiating. The family will have a private burial and committal prior to the service. Lenny was a native of Rockingham County and the son of the late, Leonard Stadler, Sr. and his wife, Dorothy Bullock Stadler. Prior to his Christian conversion, Lenny was playing with a nationally known southern rock band called, "Blackfoot." His ambition left him spiritually empty, restless and hopeless. "From Hard Rock to Solid Rock", which was published and released in the fall of 2002, is the compelling story of God's transforming grace from rock musician to United Methodist minister. He received his Bachelor of Arts in "Religion" from Elon College, 1977, his Master of Divinity from Duke University, 1980 and his Doctor of Ministry in "Spiritual Formation" from Asbury Theological Seminary, 1987. Dr. Stadler was the 1995 clergy recipient of the Denman Evangelism Award in the Western NC Annual Conference. On May 15, 2002, Dr. Stadler was invited to deliver the opening prayer for the US House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. He spent the majority of his ministry career serving as pastor of Weddington United Methodist Church. During his tenure there, the average attendance grew from 120 to over 1200 each week. He was also responsible for several renovations, built a new traditional sanctuary, a youth center and a family life center. Lenny was also active in Good News Renewal for UMC, he supported Missions Society for United Methodists, Confessing Movement, and was a member of the United States Evangelists. Also during his ministry Dr. Stadler preached over 250 revivals and camp meetings and published four books, including his spiritual biography and compelling testimony, "From Hard Rock to Solid Rock".

His significant appointments and accomplishments include; Ordination Elder, Western, NC Annual Conference, 1982, Delegate to Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, 1992, 1996, 2000, Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, Western NC Conference, 1992-1996, Chairperson of District Board of Ordained Ministry, Albemarle District.

While traveling with the Sammy Hall Singers, Lenny met Shana Morell in Dallas, TX and was married in 1976. Along with his wife, Shana, Lenny is survived by his children, Shalen Morell Stadler of Reidsville and LenPaul Stadler of Greensboro, NC. He is also survived by his mother, Dorothy Bullock Stadler of Reidsville; his sister, Judy Stadler of Lewisville, NC; his mother-in-law, Ann R. Morell of Highlands Ranch, CO; his sisters-in-law, Paula Sarmast and husband, Cyrus of Highlands Ranch, CO and Dr. Patty Bilhartz and husband, Dr. Terry Bilhartz of Huntsville, TX and a large extended family. Later in his ministry, Lenny started having anxiety attacks and experienced serious burnout in ministry. After being clean from alcoholism for over 26 years, he had another struggle with his addiction to alcohol. Fellowship Hall Rehab and Dr. Lee Dukes helped Lenny put his life back together. Even in the difficulties of his last years and until the very end, he wanted his victory in Jesus to be discovered by all. Lenny was preceded in death by his father, Leonard E. Stadler, Sr. and his father-in-law, Dr. Paul Morell. The family will receive friends 6:00

8:00 PM Thursday, October 25 at Wilkerson Funeral Home and other times at his home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Morell School, C/O Bridges International, PO Box 3795, Broken Arrow, OK 74013. Wilkerson Funeral Home is assisting the family and condolences may be sent to www.wilkersonfuneral.com

Published by Danville and Rockingham County on Oct. 24, 2012.
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I was very sorry to hear about Lenny. He was a good friend, excellent pastor, and someone that I admired greatly. I always enjoyed the times that I spent with Lenny during Wednesday night Bible studies, and appreciated his confidence in me to teach Sunday and Wednesday classes on Creation and Evolution. I will never forget him. His influence and keen Biblical insight will carry with me for the rest of my life.
Darrell Smith
January 17, 2013
Great inspiration, wonderful heart.
Jan & Patricia Coetsee
December 12, 2012
Lenny was my friend, inspiration, and colleague ever since August of 1991 when we met at the SALEM CAMPMEETING near Covington, Georgia. Not only did he preach a Revivial for my Dad, the late Rev. Dr. Shelton Eubanks, Jr., but LENNY also provided some financial assistance and prayerful assistance for me when I was dealing with my own mother's and sister's simultaneous critical illnesses and eventual deaths back in 2007. R.I.P. Lenny! I will see you in HEAVE, soon.

Rev. Shelton Eubanks III
Athens, Georgia
November 5, 2012
Floyd Wood...I met Lenny while he was at Fairgrove. I was preaching a revival for Robert Harris near Winston Salem.
November 5, 2012
Keeping all of your family in our prayers. Lenny will be so missed and we look forward to seeing him again in Heaven.
Nadine & Max Falk
November 3, 2012
I know you will not remember me, but we met not long after you and Lenny were married. Lenny was a great inspiration to me, going back to his days with Sammy Hall. I too play the bass and in my early days, when I was learning to play I would try to emulate Lenny's style. I still have a Rickenbacker bass that I bought from Lenny's father at Stadler Music Co. I had the privilage on many occasions of playing at Shekinah House. Not only was Lenny an inspiration to me musically, he was also an inspiration to me spiritually. Also my father was best of friends with Lenny's grandfather, Mr. Bullock. I remember what a sweet man Mr. Bullock was and the tremendous influence he had on Lenny's life. I can only imagine the sweet reunion they are now having in heaven. I am so sorry I didn't find out about Lenny's home-going until after the funeral. I really hate that I was not there. But as born-again believers in Christ, we can all be comforted in knowing we will all see each other again someday. May God bless and keep you.
Danny Shumate
November 2, 2012
We are so sad about the loss of Lenny. He was a good man who affected so many lives. He is the reason we began coming to Weddington and getting involved. God has truly worked through him, his passion and his testimony to bring thousands to Christ. God bless Lenny and the Stadler family.
The Hastings family
October 29, 2012
So sorry to hear about Lenny. Just got a message and looked this up. Had not seen him for several years. He is now in a better place and at peace again. He touched so many lives and made a great difference for so many people. Much love to all of the family and many friends.
Sylvia Stanfield
October 27, 2012
Lenny blessed my life and ministry with encouragement and inspiration. I'm thankful for the many lives he touched. My prayers are with the family.
Glenn Myers
October 27, 2012
Lenny was a friend and mentor. Our common love for Christ and Asbury Seminary was strong. God's life transformation in Lenny was an inspiration to so many laity and clergy in the UMC. He led well. When he slipped he got help, and Jesus once again became the source of his hope!
Charles Kyker
October 26, 2012
I have never met Pastor Lenny personally, but I was told he is/was a wonderful man following Jesus' foot steps, helped everybody even on the other end of the world. I'll pray God to give patience and comfort during those rough days to all his loved ones. he went home to his creator where we all belong as well. Pastor Lenny, as a devout Christian and devout man of God, The Lord, was apparently loved more by God himself, that The Lord took him there.
Again, my sympathies go out to his whole family and loved ones.
October 26, 2012
I am very sorry to hear the passing of servant of the Lord Lenny Stadler. I knew his testimony when being a friend to Agape class members in W.u.m.c. Am in Kenya African Pastor. " precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saint" Psalms 116:15. Our thought, prayer are with you during this hardtime.
Pastor Peter Lesuruapus .kenya.
Peter Lesuruapus
October 26, 2012
Such a wonderful guy in so many ways! Lenny was so talented and truly a strong musical influence for me in the genera of Christan Southern/Classic Rock. For me as a Christian musician, Lenny pioneered a sound and a ministry style that I will forever be inspired to emulate. Beyond all, Lenny was a sincere spiritual force in my life particularly from his days with Shekinah to the Greystone Chapel Band. I last saw Lenny playing in 2009 in Thomasville, NC and as always he was laughing/joking and just being "Mr. Cool". I'm so glad that we could call each other "friends". So Lenny, I'll miss ya but I know you're up in Heaven rocking on that bass with another mutual musician friend of ours, Johnny Armstrong! I'll see you in HEAVEN!
Tony Page
October 25, 2012
Lenny has touch so many people during his life on this Earth. Many will follow him to Heaven because of his service...I pray for blessings for his family that they may feel comfort at Gods hand. He was a powerful speaker and has left many memories in the name of Jesus... He is home...
October 25, 2012
Lenny was a great influence on a lot of preachers who came up behind him.

Talbot Davis
Talbot Davis
October 25, 2012
We had the privilege of meeting and hearing Lenny at a revival six years ago at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Charlotte. My daughter was saved that evening after hearing his testimony! Your family will remain in our thoughts and prayers and may you be surrounded by Gods love, peace, and comfort.
October 25, 2012
Heaven Gain' Prayers for the family.You shall surely be missed .
Bonnie Clifton
October 25, 2012
I always will remember Lenny by his true love for the Lord. I had always enjoyed his music back in the early days and finally got to know in 2000. When he was a pastor at sumac in wedding ton. Bless you and the family with stength and power of the holly sprit
Phillip Vaughan
October 25, 2012
Lenny preached at 2 revivals in my home church years ago I still have his powerful messages from them. He had a wonderful gift. Keeping the family in prayer.
Gray Boren
October 25, 2012
It was a honor to have met Lenny. I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with him many times. He will be truly missed.
Dana Lea
October 25, 2012
Behind that wonderful smile was a wonderful soul. He inspired many and cared for all. He will remain in our hearts forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Shana and family.
Kevin & Gailyn Thompson
October 25, 2012
The angels are rejoicing in heaven.
Dean Greene
October 25, 2012
Lenny was such a inspiration to our family at WUMC. "Little Johnny" will always be remembered. God bless the Stadler family.
Ronda Scheil
October 24, 2012
What a wonderful legacy Lenny left for so many. My prayers are for his family and friends during this tie of loss.
Freda Powell-Davidson
October 24, 2012
The world has lost a great evangelist, but we all know he is now in the presence of the Lord and at peace, free from pain and happy! Love and prayers to you and your family Shana.
Nadine and Max Falk
October 24, 2012
Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Christy Farrior
October 24, 2012
When we commit to serving our Lord it doesn't mean life will be without struggle, we, alike, have seen this. Still there are those like you who were totally dedicated with heart and soul to preaching the words that free us. May your family someday find the peace for healing. With love always like a brother,
Ron Chilton, Reidsville
October 24, 2012
Shana and family,

We love you and have always loved Lenny and so enjoyed and were blessed by his sermons. Yes, Lenny has always been anoited by the Holy Spirit. I have heard so many people and pastors in this area speak of how he has blessed their lives. God has another great angel to help him.
God bless with many wonderful memories! You all are in our prayers!

Rebecca and Elizabeth
Rebecca Drum
October 23, 2012
Lenny did so much for our church and lead so many to to the good Lord,,may he now rest in peace,,,my prayers go out to the family,,,
Marlinda Bergdoll
October 23, 2012
My friend Lenny! How I will miss seeing your GODLY face from now on. You always would tell me that you had lost many earthly battle, but that you had won the major war...entering in the gate of Heaven with your LORD. Now you can rest...assured that your lovely family will be taken care of. I am so thankful that you let me participate in the last few years of you life here on earth. You are our friend, our minister and most of all the person who kept us on the path with our LORD. The shinning church on the hill was built by the LORD and you. To me...Weddington United Methodist Church will always be "The Church on the Hill that Lenny built"


jerry Cross
October 23, 2012
The hand of God was truly on Lenny. He will be dearly missed.
Shannon Barbee
October 23, 2012
Some of my fondest memories are at WUMC when Lenny was there. I will never forget his bold witness for our Lord, and seeing how much he enjoyed playing his bass guitar. I can even remember hearing him sing a few times. Our prayers are with you all.
Susan Godley
October 23, 2012
Lenny was a great man of God. Our prayers go out to the Stadler family. He will be missed.
Robin Dixon
October 23, 2012
My thoughts and prayers for Dorothy and the family. It was a pleasure to have worked with you and known you and Leonard and family back in the 1960's. Kermit Robinson
October 23, 2012
Sending love and prayers to Shana and family - loved Lenny -
marjorie bass
October 23, 2012
Sending love and comfort to the entire Stadler family. He was much loved.
Ann Vassiliou
October 23, 2012
I'm very sorry to hear of Lenny's passing. The last time I saw him was his last weekend with Blackfoot back in the 70's. They were staying with me while in Charlotte (as they always did). Everyone had gone to sleep and Lenny and I sat up in the kitchen talking most of the night about his decision to leave the band. That was the last time I ever saw him. I have very fond memories of those days and I'm sure he will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
Carol Shubkin
October 23, 2012
Dear Shana, Lenpaul and Shalen, Lenny was a wonderful man with an awesome gift from God for speaking and demonstrating his love for God. Lenny's testimony would bring hundreds to Weddington UMC and be standing room only. He babtized all 3 of my girls at WUMC. We moved in 2005 but we still listen to his taped sermons from UMC and reread each of his books. He planted the seed of faith in my family's heart. WE love him and each of you dearly. We will never forget Lenny. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. God Bless You!
Julie and Jerry, Charleston, Greylyn and Taylor Gaillard.
October 23, 2012
Shana~ May God hold you close and give you peace in this difficult time. You will be in my prayers.
Trudy Porter
October 23, 2012
I never met you but I feel that I know your Witness because of the lives you touched in my Sunday School Class. Your be missed.
Alice Nichols
October 23, 2012
We were very blessed to have known Lenny and his family during our time at Weddington Methodist Church. Lenny was a wonderful Christian and man of God. He will be missed.
Pat and Bill Wiltsee
October 23, 2012
To Lenny's Family,
I cherish the memories of the times that Lenny and I preached together at the Rock Spring Camp Meeting in Denver, NC. I pray you draw your strength from God, just as Lenny encouraged so many people to do and know that God's grace will be there for you! Blessings, Rev. Gary Fulker
October 23, 2012
To The Family of Lenny
I am sorry about Lenny he was a great person I have been knowing the family for over 40 years and my prayers are for the family
Bobby Shelton
October 23, 2012
Dear Stadler Family,
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I did not know Lenny personally, but was able to hear some of his testimony when he and the rest of the Greystone Chapel members came to our church to sing for a youth event. May God comfort you during this time.
Beth Peedin
October 23, 2012
Dear Stadler Family,

I knew Lenny for about 37 years. He played in the Gospel Band, "SHEKINAH" (which means "GOD'S GLORY") with my daddy, Johnny Armstrong. I am sure he and my daddy are playing one of their old favorite songs together today. I loved Lenny, he was a true inspiration and witness to everyone he met. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Melia Armstrong James
October 23, 2012
Dear Stadler Family,
I knew Lenny for probably 35 years. He played with my daddy, Johnny Armstrong, in the "SHEKINAH" band. I am sure Lenny and my daddy are playing music together again today. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I loved Lenny and he was a true inspiration and witness to everyone he met.

Melia Armstrong James
October 23, 2012
Thanking the Lord for a wonderful friend, and mentor. May the Lord's blessing rest upon Shana, Shalen and Len Paul during this time. May Lenny rest in peace.
~Rev Rick and Pamela Amendola
Richard Amendola
October 23, 2012
Shana and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. My father and mother loved Lenny and I counted Lenny as a friend. I had the priviledge of going to Costa Rica in my father's place and count my time there with the folks from Weddington UMC, and in paticular Lenny as precious. He truly loved the Lord and His gospel. Jerry L. Helms
October 23, 2012
Hope and prayers for the family.
Jay Brande
October 23, 2012
As a result of Lenny's testimony, I became a Christian on November 21, 1974. My prayers are with you as a family.
October 23, 2012
dear stadler family -- lenny was a wonderful man and my family were blessed to have him as our pastor at weddington. out thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.
alan & Jan williams
October 23, 2012
Shana and Mrs. Stadler,

I am living in High Point now and will not be able to make it to Reidsville for the services. But, I wanted you to know that I am thinking about you and praying for you at this time.

Lenny was a good friend to me. After his days with Sammy Hall, we met again at Shekinah House. After moving to High Point, I saw him a time or two at revivals. Each time I saw him it was as if I were the only one in the room. He cared about his friends and made each of us feel special.

May God be with you and your families during this time.

With Love,

Linda Crouse
Linda Crouse
October 22, 2012
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