A memorial service will be held on Nov. 27 for the Rev. Andrew J. White, an activist who taught practical theology at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia for the past 30 years.

The service was originally scheduled for Oct. 30, but bad weather forced organizers to find a later date.

The service will be held at the Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel on the Seminary campus at 7301 Germantown Ave. in Mount Airy.

It will start at 6 p.m. with preaching by Seminary professor Katie Day, following a reception. This event is open to the public for others to celebrate and remember White for all he did for the community and the church.

White, who was widely known by his middle name "Jack," retired from teaching in 1997 after holding the Peter Paul and Elizabeth Hagan Professor Chair of Practical Theology for 14 years, and serving as secretary of the faculty for three years.

Besides his work as a professor and a director, he also helped edit the Parish Practice Notebook, a publication that sought to explain to alumni, as well as to other church leaders, new ideas in connection with congregational ministry.

White took part in community service opportunities, such as serving in the Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cicero, Ind. and Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Cleveland, Ohio.

He was also active on the local civic scene as a resident of the East Mount Airy neighborhood. He served on the board of East Mount Airy Neighbors from 1968 to 1974 and from 1976 to 1979.

He also served four years on the board of the Haverford Community Center. From 1972 to 1978, he was a member of the Democratic Ward executive committee and was frequently its vice chairman. From 1971 to 1978, he was vice chairman of the board for EMAN Group Homes, which served individuals with developmental delays, focusing on personnel and fundraising.

For more information about the memorial service, visit www.EastMountAiry.org.

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