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Pastor Terence Y. Mullins: Still Shining for Christ

Posted by trinitygermantown on July 28, 2010 at 8:16 PM

On Sunday, June 20, 2010, Council President Angela Duson lifted up the Reverend Terence Y. Mullins before the congregation, celebrating his continuing long and faithful service to Trinity.

Pastor Mullins was given a beautiful plaque of appreciation from the Trinity Family, which reiterated the opening of Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians: "We give thanks to God always for you, making mention of you in our prayers; remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of God our Father." The inscription concluded, "Your gifts of time and talents are truly a labor of love, God's love at work through you. We Thank God For You."

Terence Mullins 2010A member of Trinity since 1964, Pastor Mullins has never failed to share his wisdom, humor, and effort with the congregation. In his 46 years in the Trinity Family, he has served on Council, guided confirmands, led the Adult Forum and Bible studies, guest-preached, and presided when needed for Holy Communion. At age 89, he still performs the last two of these tasks and worships regularly with the congregation.

Pastor Mullins was ordained into the Virginia Synod of the United Lutheran Church in America in 1946 (having already been actively a pastor for a month!), where he served Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Waynesboro, Va., and Melancthon Chapel in Weyers Cave, Va. After 14 years in parish ministry, he moved to Philadelphia where he taught for a year at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Mt. Airy.

In 1960, he joined the Board of Publication at the Lutheran Church in America offices in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia, where he edited the quarterly discussion publications Salt (including "raw facts in the fields of Science, Art, Law, and Theology") and Augsburg Home Bible Studies, along with other materials. He also wrote the book God's Word and Contemporary Ethics and numerous articles for Journal of Biblical Literature and other scholarly publications, particularly focusing on New Testament form criticism.

With the 1988 formation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the relocation of church headquarters to Chicago, Mullins retired. Until 2008, he wrote a regular column, "Some Words About ...," for the ELCA's bimonthly magazine for pastors, Lutheran Partners. The columns focused on particular Greek words that rarely occur in New Testament texts. Many of these columns are archived online with Lutheran Partners.

Pastor Mullins has also published more than two dozen short mystery stories with Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and his poetry has appeared in such journals as Time of Singing, Friends Journal, and The Cresset. He continues to write and submit both stories and poetry, when he is not finding clementines dropped by the squirrels in the yard.

He is not to be mistaken for the Terrence Mullins who plotted to kidnap the remains of Abraham Lincoln.

Joanna Mullins, Trinity Member & Loving, if Irreverant, Daughter

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