Dr. Robert Bohl
We continue with the history of the pastors of our church by considering the fourth pastor in our church's 100 year history, Dr. Robert W. Bohl.
in 1977 after a ten-year pastorate at nearby Trinity Presbyterian in
He was born in
Oklahoma in 1937 and attended the School of the Ozarks and Princeton Seminary, where he graduated in 1961.
An academic scholar, Dr. Bohl went on to complete his masters and Ph.D. at the
wife, Judy, and two daughters, Angela and Beverly.
continued in the tradition of his
predecessors with strong preaching and inspirational teaching.
ministry was characterized by his
interest in the church's mission to the community at large.
He served on a number of boards of local and national service organizations, including the Upper Main Line YMCA,
Hospital, and the Pearl Buck Foundation
helped create the Hunger Task Force
, directing the congregation's attention to the needs of the poor and hungry locally and world-wide.
Dr. Bohl was also a leader in the denomination, holding positions in Presbytery and General Assembly Committees in the areas of mission, ecumenical affairs, and theology.
In 1980, after serving only three years at
Ardmore, Dr. Bohl accepted a call to become pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Worth, Texas.
letter to the congregation Dr. Bohl
decision to leave was "a most agonizing one and very difficult to make," but one that he
took to pursue "a larger opportunity for ministry to and for the
short tenure with us can be best explained by the events going on in our denomination at that time.
When Dr. Bohl
Worth, that Presbyterian church was still in a different denomination than ours.
The Northern and Southern Presbyterian churches had been separate since the civil war, when they split over the issue of slavery.
By 1980, the two denominations were finally on the verge of reunion, which would officially occur in 1983.
background as a Northern Presbyterian pastor with personal roots in the Southwest, enhanced his
standing as a national leader in the reunified church.
After leaving Ardmore Dr. Bohl's
ministry did take on a national scale.
In 1993 Dr. Bohl served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Later he became pastor of the 5,000