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April 10

Harold Dorman

On April 10, 1958, the Presbytery of New York and New England ordained Harold Dorman and installed him as pastor of Cornwall OPC, in Cornwall, Maine, where he had been filling the vacant pulpit as a licentiate for four years.

Born in 1917 in Hamden, Connecticut, and converted as a teenager under the ministry of Pastor Craig Long, Dorman served three years in the Army and then studied at Calvin College and Westminster Seminary. His skills as a handyman afforded him the opportunity to know his professors beyond his classroom experience: he remodeled Cornelius Van Til’s home, he helped to build Meredith Kline’s home, and he laid linoleum in Paul Woolley’s home. These gifts would be employed in ministry as well. His labors in a small church in a rural Maine setting required him to serve bi-vocationally, and he augmented his salary as a town treasurer, electrician, plumber, and carpenter.

Dorman’s church relocated to Skowhegan in 1977, when it purchased a building that had previously served as a laundromat and a garage. Pastor Dorman continues to serve as pastor of the church, 56 years after his ordination, at the age of 96. In a 2011 interview with Gregory Reynolds in Ordained Servant, Mr. Dorman said that he found preaching to be his greatest joy in ministry. “I enjoy it every week. … I have no intention of stopping preaching.”

Picture: Harold Dorman, 1958

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