In a way, according to my experiences and the experiences of many of my colleagues, the outline of a pastorate is too often like the tale of Solomon Grundy:
Solomon Grundy, born on Monday,
Christened on Tuesday,
Married on Wednesday,
Took ill on Thursday,
Worse on Friday,
Died on Saturday,
Buried on Sunday,
And that was the end of Solomon Grundy.
Next pastorate, please! I want to get born again.
Lawrence Totten is called to the pastorate of the Little White Church on the Hill, famous for its quaint meetinghouse that is a popular venue for weddings, and infamous for its killer congregation. Tottenís brief and tragic ministry ends abruptly, but not without producing memorable moments with redeeming results.
Thomas Mowbray is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and has served churches of historical significance in New Jersey, Wisconsin and Iowa since 1977, including the famous Little Brown Church in the Vale. Between pastorates he has also served as a minister of music and has been a college instructor in English composition and rhetoric. Dr. Mowbray is an alumnus of The University of Vermont, Westminster Choir College, Princeton Theological Seminary, and The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. He is a published poet and writer of articles for professional journals, including The Journal of Pastoral Counseling. The Treasurer's New Car is his first novel.