Merle G. Stoltzfus

Merle Glick Stoltzfus was born in Morgantown, PA, on September 16, 1929. He died August 1st at age 92. He farmed until 1958, then went to Eastern Mennonite College and graduated from Eastern Mennonite Seminary in 1968. He pastored in Indiana and there discovered baptism of the Holy Spirit. He spent five years in Florida and started his first church in the Christian Day School. He then returned to the home community in 1974 and began pastoring at Hopewell Mennonite Church. The following churches came out of his direction and leadership: Hopewell Spring City, Reading, Downingtown, Petra, Pottstown, Exeter, Bernville, Telford, Fleetwood, Paoli, Morgantown Community, Ephrata, Spartansburg, Pottstown (2nd church), Bedford, TX. Survived by his wife of 70 years Esther (Kurtz), a sister Barbara Benner, and a brother Melvin G. Stoltzfus. Children: Craig Stoltzfus, Christine King, and Rose Tursack, 11 grandchildren, and 26 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by a daughter Pearl Koenig.

The family will receive friends on Friday, August 5, 2022, from 6 PM to 8 PM at Moving Communities to Christ Church, formerly Morgantown Community Church, 4221 East Main Street, Morgantown, Pa. A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at Moving Communities to Christ Church. Interment will be private at the Hopewell Christian Fellowship Cemetery.

Arrangements by The Labs Funeral Home, Inc. of Honey Brook, Pa.

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So very sorry for your loss Prayers and Blessings for the family

~ Brenda Bromley Morgantown, Pa
8/5/2022 8:39:18 AM

Pastor Merle's final Church plant was New Beginnings (now in Blue Ball, PA). My wife and I were fortunate to come along side Pastor Merle and Esther to learn and receive the mantle from them. Pastor Merle stood on God's Word when even other Christians doubted. We stood on Hebrews 10:25 and kept the doors of the Church open when others wouldn't in 2020. I hope to honor Pastor Merle by standing on God's Word even when other Christians will not.

~ Pastor J.R. Martinez Honey Brook, PA
8/4/2022 5:40:32 PM

Our sincere condolences to Chris King and the Stoltzfus family John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life

~ Lee & Kathleen Wilcox
8/3/2022 7:19:32 PM

Merle you were a blessing and inspiration to so many of us. You were always, by some divine intervention, there for whoever needed you in good times and sorrowful ones. So many of us have a special place in our hearts for you... and there is certainly a special place in heaven for you! I know you are being held in God's arms now and you will always be here for us in spirit.

~ Carol Huyett
8/3/2022 11:14:03 AM

Dear Merle, I was privileged to have met you this year. you, your story, are an inspiration to me and i am grievously saddened that I will no longer be able to continue our visits. You are one of the greats Merle!

8/2/2022 4:40:23 PM

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