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February 21

John Mitchell

On February 21, 1961, John Mitchell became the first son of an Orthodox Presbyterian pastor to be ordained into OPC ministry. Mr. Mitchell's father, the Rev. Thomas Mitchell, who died in 1954, was a charter minister of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

The Rev. Robert Atwell, pastor of Calvary Church, Glenside, presided at the service of ordination. The Rev. Edmund P. Clowney preached the sermon on "A Scribe in the Kingdom." The Rev. Edward J. Young, president of the Committee on Christian Education, delivered a charge to the newly ordained minister as Mr. Mitchell had received a call from the Committee on Christian Education as a writer and editor with primary task of preparing the new Great Commission Publications’ Sunday School curriculum.

Picture: John Mitchell

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