Messer, Glendon R.


Glendon Messer was my friend and my colleague across the years. He was born June 29, 1918 in Downsville, Louisiana. He served in the Armed Forces during World War II and worked for Standard Oil Company for a number of years before he left to seek his calling in the ministry.
He served churches throughout his ministerial education while at Louisiana State Univer-sity and Perkins School of Theology. In Louisiana he served Elysian Fields United Methodist Church; First United Methodist Church in Amite; First United Methodist Church, Lake Arthur; St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge; First United Methodist Church, Winnsboro; Simpson United Methodist Church, Lake Charles; Istrouma United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge; Friendship United Methodist Church and Corbin United Methodist Church, Walker.
He married Marjorie Marshall of San Francisco, California and leaves a loving son and daughter, Michael Glynn and Natalie Jean.
He was best known to me as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Amite and in his retirement where he came to be a part of First United Methodist Church in Hammond. While there, he shared our dreams and our projects and all of our activities. He served our church without pay, visiting the sick and shut-ins, and substituting for the pastor at Sunday services, weddings, and funerals. He did this out of a sense of love for the church and the people of the church and, at his own request, without remuneration. He attended our committee meetings, our board meetings and was a part of the life of the church in every way. He participated in the Sunday sermons when the pastor was speaking by annunciating loud “Amen” when a point in the message pleased him. He was never far away when his help was needed and will never be away at all in our hearts and minds.
One of the most distinctive things about his ministry was his teaching about what it meant to be a Methodist. He always emphasized when he left the church that he loved the peo-ple of the church, but he always emphasized to the congregations that he was leaving that they must love his successor and help his successor. He was one of the greatest sources of strength to his successors in the ministry of any minister I know. He will be sorely missed by family, but also sorely missed by his friends.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1991, p. 244 By Tom Matheny

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