Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Memorials: Arthur Merlin Climenhaga

Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Memorials: Arthur Merlin Climenhaga

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Arthur Merlin Climenhaga was born to John and Emma Climenhaga on February 21,1916, on the campus of Messiah College, Grantham, PA, which his grandfather had founded. He was saved at age 14 in a Sunday evening evangelistic service in Oklahoma where his father was a minister. Arthur received his B.S.L. from Upland College in Upland, CA in 1936; his B.A. from Pasadena College (CA) in 1937; his M.A. from Taylor University in 1938; and his S.T.D. from Los Angeles Baptist Theological Seminary in 1944. Arthur married Arlene Brubaker in Ashland, OH on August 27, 1938. Arthur served as president of Upland College from 1939-44, and then he and Arlene went as missionaries to Rhodesia and Zambia in 1945, where he was District Superintendent, then General Superintendent and Bishop of the Brethren in Christ Church. They returned to the United States in 1960 because of Arlene's health. Arthur was then president of Messiah College in Grantham, PA (1960-64), during which time the college received its accreditation. Arthur served as Executive Director of the National Association of Evangelicals from 1964-67, while living in Wheaton, IL.

Arthur next served as Bishop of the Brethren in Christ Church in California. …

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