Medak, Pete Joseph


Pete was a very active layperson at Southside United Methodist Church before he was ordained to preach. He was active in all departments of the church and served as chairman of the board, treasurer, commissions chairman, choir member, Sunday school teacher, usher and lay leader. The Louisiana Conference named him Layman of the Year in 1962.
He believed that a man finds himself when he finds Christ as a personal redeemer. Rev. George Harbuck called on Pete almost every Sunday to fill the pulpit at some church in the Monroe District. In Rev. George Harbuck’s words, “We’ve struck oil in Pete Medak.”
During his ministry he won 1,700 people to Christ. Pete felt a responsibility to tell others about Christ, and how much the church meant to him and his family. His favorite saying was “We are not in this world for self, but to serve others.”
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, p. 260 By Marie Medak and Pam Smith

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