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Subject: [GM-L] MULLEIN HILL CHURCH, Lakeville, MA: parts 4&5, History
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 16:01:05 EST
This is my continuing work on the history of the Mullein Hill Church,
This is parts 3 & 4 of the same book I posted a few days ago -
History of Lakeville 1953-1978 by Phyllis Elliott Draghetti & D. Evelyn
Sylvia Norris, Pub. By Lakeville History Society. Ref: 974.4 HIS. (Pls.
note, I can't underline when posting to Lists). Parts 5-7 will be next.
1959-1964, Jansen Dederick
In January 1959, the men of the Church took a truck to New York to pick up
the furniture of their newly appointed pastor, Jansen Dederick. He served
for six years.
The men had to raised the Church pulpit from which he spoke to accommodate
Mr. Dederick's height. The towering man with the friendly face became
well-known in Lakeville as a school bus driver, a sports and hunting
enthusiast, and a good friend to young and old alike. All aspects of the
Church grew under his ministry, including the youth group.
In the spring of 1959, the Church Building Committee recommended a plan in
which, in several phases, an addition would be added to the rear of the
Mullein Hill Chapel. The new basement would house the Christian education
area and the street level would eventually become the Church sanctuary.
The project proceeded as planned with the men of the church provided
volunteer labor. Rest rooms were added; a new well was dug. In 1964 when
Rev. Dederick left Lakeville, the construction of the Christian education
area was well under way.
1964-1966, Rev. William Mortham
During the fall of 1964, Rev. William Mortham, formerly of Raynham, was
called to be pastor. Originally, he moved into a rented cottage on Long
Pong, but later he moved into the parsonage at Dighton. He served both
The men constructed and furnished a handsome office in the new basement for
our new, heavy-set, prematurely grey-haired pastor.
Pastor Mortham preached messages on the "Deeper Live." The site of the
congregation and the spiritual maturity of the people continued to grow. His
ministry was also characterized by a sincere love for his people and an
excellent rapport with young people. He transported teenagers to social
functions in a yellow, church bus.
Betty, Middleboro, MA