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Dr. Anderson, E. Donald Preston, and the Rev. David Colwell (currently) have served as Directors of the Board of Home Missions, now the Board for Homeland Ministries.
...In 1957, Mr. E. Donald Preston of First Church was active in the establishment of the Congregational Christian Church of Fairfax County in Annandale, Virginia, which called as its first pastor the Rev. Hubert S. Beckwith, who had served as the assistant pastor at First Church under both Dr. Anderson and Dr. Kopf.
...Mr. E. Donald Preston, one of the few remaining members of the church who was a member during Dr. Gordon's pastorate, writes of him:
reference to the difficulty of obtaining seats during Dr. Gordon's pastorate may serve as a reminder that this was one of the factors in leading persons in the Northwest area to start Cleveland Park Congregational Church
Overburdened by the mass of detail involved in registering, housing, and collecting fees from so many delegates, Mr. Northrop collapsed with a nervous breakdown before the Council sessions began, leaving Mrs. Preston
to struggle through the entire period of the session.
A committee led by Dr. J. M. P. Metcalf, Dr. J. D. Wolcott, Mr. E. Donald Preston
, and Mrs. E. C. Alvord were determined that Dr. Pierce not leave without a resounding vote of confidence.
E. DONALD PRESTONChairman Centennial Committee
LRUCC Early History: Beckwith Slideshow
There was E. Donald Preston, a Deacon and member of First Church, one who gave so much to the subsequent planning and working for the new Church that on its Founding Day, he was made an honorary member in gratitude for the love and concern and effort he had put in, often coming from Cheverly, Maryland two and three times a week.