Installation of Rev. Daniel Harrison

4pm, Sunday, October 22, at the Church of the Covenant

The Installation Service for The Rev. Daniel Harrison will take place at 4:00 pm at the Church of the Covenant, followed by a reception in the Lodge of the Fishermen. The Reverend Yvonne Riddick of Cary, NC will preside over the installation ceremony, representing the United Church of Christ. The Reverend Amanda Hatfield-Moore, minister of Hillsville Christian Church, will deliver the sermon. Will Cardwell will represent the Church of the Covenant as worship leader.

Rev. Harrison was called to Church of the Covenant in August. He and his wife Ruth, sons Daniel Jeremiah, Elijah, and Isaiah, and daughter Daniela Carolina (Mumu) now live at the parsonage.

More information about Dan and his family can be found here.


Remembering P. G. Cosby

cosby_pgP. G. died on Saturday, September 17. A memorial service will be held at Westminster-Canterbury, 501 V.E.S. Road, Lynchburg at 1:30 pm on Saturday, September 24.

The Rev. Peter Guerrant Cosby III, of Lynchburg, Va., age 103, died Saturday, September 17, 2016. P.G. was born and raised in Lynchburg. His parents were Peter G. Cosby Jr. and Kathleen Gordon Cosby. He was the eldest of five children.

Always a high achiever, he graduated as valedictorian of the 1930 class at E. C. Glass High School and as valedictorian of the 1934 class at Hampton-Sydney College. By 1943, following studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, P.G. had received a Bachelor of Divinity degree and a Master of Theology degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va.

P.G. initially served at Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, N.C., and Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Henrico, Va., followed by ministries at Shades Valley Presbyterian Church (Birmingham, Ala.), Laurel Presbyterian Church (Glen Allen, Va.), and Northminster Presbyterian Church (Roanoke, Va.). Because of his strong belief in social ministry, P.G. returned to Lynchburg, Va., in 1966 to become Executive Director of the Lynchburg Covenant Fellowship. His tenure there saw the development of the Shalom Apartments and other housing for low-to-moderate income families, low-income elderly, and disabled individuals. Later, as Executive Director Emeritus, he remained engaged in housing expansion by serving on boards of partner ministries that care for the disadvantaged and others in need of safe and affordable housing. During this time, P.G. also served as interim pastor at Massies Mill and Harmony Churches in Nelson County. He was instrumental in helping to rebuild these churches after the devastation caused by Hurricane Camille in 1969.

In 1973, P.G. was Moderator for the Synod of Virginia, Presbyterian Church.P.G. received the 1975 Humanitarian Award from the National Conference of Christian and Jews (now the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities) and was honored with the Liberty Bell Award from the Lynchburg Bar Association. Among his other numerous awards, he was always most proud of being an Eagle Scout and frequently cited incidents from this training.

His sister, Ida Gordon Poole, and two of his daughters and their husbands (Esther and Samir Khoury, and Emily Cosby and Dave Dunlap) survive P.G. He has three grandchildren, Peter Khoury, Myriam Khoury, and Eli Dunlap. Aziza Khoury, Loula Khoury, Isaac Dunlap, and Aaron Dunlap are his great-grandchildren. His youngest daughter, Ellen W. Cosby, and his three brothers (Gordon Cosby, Jack Cosby, and Beverly Cosby) predeceased him.

A memorial service will be held for Rev. Cosby on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at 1:30 pm in the Commons of Westminster-Canterbury Lynchburg, 501 V.E.S. Road. This will be a time to remember and share stories about P.G.’s goodness, nurturing service, humor, humility, and curiosity.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Lynchburg Covenant Fellowship, Camp Kum-By-Yah, and/or the Church of the Covenant. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences please visit Tharp Funeral Home.


Remembering Rachel Wilson

Rachel Wilson

Rachel C. Wilson

Rachel Wilson, an amazing friend, educator, mentor, and Covenant Member of Church of the Covenant, died at Lynchburg Hospital on Sunday afternoon, September 11. Rachel’s memorial service was held on Thursday, September 15 in the Lynchburg College Chapel. The Revs. David and Kaye Edwards officiated, and David sang.

Here is her obituary as published in the The News & Advance:

Rachel Coffey Wilson, of Lynchburg, passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2016, at Lynchburg General Hospital. Born in Lynchburg, March 14, 1925, to the late Irma Dooley Coffey and Eugene Kenneth Coffey, she was also predeceased by her husband, Nelson Oren Wilson; a daughter, Dianne Wilson LaBrie; and a sister, Dale Coffey Shaw. Survivors include her daughter, Susan Wilson Gough (Carlton Sr) of Rustburg; son, Stephen Spencer Wilson (Terri) of Lynchburg; brother-in-law, Herb Shaw (Marian); and grandchildren, William R. Moore of Goshen Ky., Katherine Moore Wimmer (Alex) of Vinton, Chad Oren Gough (Clifton) of Atlanta, Ga., Michelle Gough Stewart (Lee) of Watsonville Calif., Christopher David Wilson, Jeffrey Spencer Wilson, Julie Wilson Robertson (Jeremy), Brian D Tyree Gough, and Carlton L Gough Jr. (Sabrina), all of Lynchburg, and Addison Lineberry (Ashley) of Forest; great-grandchildren, Taylor Elizabeth Moore of Lexington Ky., Shelby Renee Moore of Goshen Ky., Devon Patrick Pruzan, Madeline Carey Pruzan, and Tanner Edward Pruzan of Vinton, Justin Alex Wimmer, and Dylan James Wimmer, also of Vinton, Ella Darnelle Gough, and Caroline Leigh Robertson of Lynchburg, and Kingston Oren Stewart of Watsonville Calif.Rachel attended Randolph Macon Woman’s College and received her B.A. and Master’s degrees from Lynchburg College in 1962 and “68, respectively. She was formerly the Director of Christian Education at Euclid Christian Church, Lynchburg, in 1970, prior to beginning a teaching career in the Lynchburg City Schools where she taught for 25 years.Rachel was active as a first president of the Fort Hill Jr. Woman’s Club, vice-president of Virginia Convention of Christian Church, Disciples of Christ; president of Lynchburg and District Education associations, and board member of both the Virginia and National Education Association. She was a recipient of the Lynchburg chapter of The National Conference of Christians and Jews’ Humanitarian Award and was representative of NEA to World Conference of Teachers in Melbourne, Australia. Rachel was a Covenant Member of the Church of the Covenant, Boonsboro Road, and was always highly involved with her church. At the age of 90, she treated herself to a birthday celebration in her home because her “house needed one more good party”. Friends and family came far and near and it was a grand occasion. Facebook posts are now telling her story, and yes, at 91 years young, she was on facebook, extra-extraordinary-beautiful-remarkable-kind-loving-caring-amazing-fiery-vibrant-fabulous-full of spunk and life. She will be greatly missed by her family. A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, September 15, 2016, at 11 a.m. in the Lynchburg College Chapel. Visitation will take place afterwards, with light refreshments, in Lynchburg College Memorial Ballroom and other times at Rachel’s house, 1442 Ashbourne Dr. or her son’s house, 1034 Ashland Pl. Memorial contributions may be made to Church of the Covenant, 4415 Boonsboro Road, Lynchburg VA 24503.