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Hubert Kenneth Clevenger, Jr.
Oct. 20, 1922 - Feb. 20, 2011
Reverend Hubert Kenneth Clevenger, Jr., Congregation-al Christian minister in Indiana and Ohio during the 1940s and early 1950s and then missionary, professor, and administrator in Brazil South America with OMS International for 49 years, went to be with his Lord, Sunday, Feb. 20. He was 88. The cause was complications from Alzheimerâ€™s Disease.
In the late 1940s and early 1950s Rev. Clevenger served as pastor to several Congregational Churches including Sand Bank, Ind.; New Hope, Ind.; Carlos, Ind.; Beamsville, Ohio; Teegarden, Ohio; Woodington, Ohio; and Argos.
In 1954 he joined OMS International as a missionary to Brazil. His missionary work centered on training new Brazilian pastors at the Instituto e SeminĂˇrio Biblico de Londrina (ISBL) in Londrina, ParanĂˇ, Brazil.
He was a Professor of Theology through all the years he lived in Brazil. He also served as Dean and then President of the Seminary. In an administrative capacity he served for a time as director of the Brazil field for OMS, as director of Latin American operations, and as member of the board of directors at OMS.
His missionary service in Brazil centered around the many facets of seminary life, but he also continued preaching and pastoring and was instrumental in helping establish new churches in both Londrina and MaringĂˇ. He participated in a calling ministry and youth camp ministry. One of his consistent ministries was to other pastors as a mentor and guide.
Teaching theology was a true passion, and he lovingly helped new pastors sort through difficult doctrinal issues. His lectures on theology, as well as the example of his life, live on as legacy among Brazilians who now minister all over Brazil and among some who now even serve as missionaries to other parts of the world.
After his official retirement from OMS in February 1988, he continued to teach in Brazil and to serve as consultant to the Brazil field until 2004.
Rev. Clevenger was born in Randolph County, Ind. Oct. 20, 1922 to Rev. Hubert Kenneth Clevenger, Sr. and Enola Cortner Clevenger. He attended the public schools of Randolph County, graduated from Taylor University in 1945 and from Asbury Seminary in 1949. He also held an M.A. degree from Northern Baptist Seminary.
In 1942 he was married to Melva B. Bingaman, who survives him and who served by his side throughout his years of ministerial service. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Judith Clevenger Fagan of Charlotte,N.C.; a son, Kenneth Mark Clevenger of Zionsville; a brother, Roger Lee Clevenger of Milwaukie; a sister, Evelyn Creviston of Carmel; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was tirelessly dedicated to serving the Lord and spreading the message of good news. He was beloved by the many whose lives he touched both in Brazil and in the United States.
A service in celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 at the Church at the Crossing, 9111 Haverstick Road, Ind. 46240; 317-844-9355.
Visitation hour with the family will be at 10 am. at the church before the service at 11 a.m. The burial will be later in the afternoon at Woodlawn Cemetery near Farmland, Ind. Thornburg Memorial Chapel of Parker City, Ind. has been entrusted with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent, designated for the Clevenger/Elkjer Scholarship Fund #405123, to OMS International, 941 Fry Road, P.O. Box A, Greenwood, IN 46142. Phone: 317-888-3333.
This fund provides scholarships for students at the Brazilian Seminary in Londrina, Brazil.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.wilsonshookfuneralhomes.com.