Rev. Ken Calebaugh honored in Williamstown
WILLIAMSTOWN — The Rev. Ken Calebaugh and wife, Pat, were honored this past Sunday in a celebration at the First Presbyterian Church of Williamstown at 314 West Fifth Street.
The 76-year-old Calebaugh was bestowed the honor and title of Pastor Emeritus, while Pat, a retired Williamstown Elementary School teacher, was awarded a Certificate of Faithfulness and Deep Appreciation by both the First Presbyterian Church and Waverly-Bethel congregations.
The term emeritus is an honorary title bestowed upon a pastor who has retired as a way of honoring that individual’s service.
The Rev. Calebaugh’s ordination was June 10, 1973. A Parkersburg High grad, who also studied at Marshall University, he served the Presbyterian Church with Williamstown and Waverly-Bethel for 33 years.
Succeeding Calebaugh upon retirement was an interim minister from 2009 to 2011. Since then, the Rev. Elizabeth Campbell-Maleke has been at the church pulpit.
Campbell-Maleke spoke and thanked the Calebaughs as did parishioners Barry Calebaugh (also Ken’s brother), Lenny Rabatin, Marijean Stockwell, and Patsy Brookover.
The Calebaughs are the parents of three grown daughters — Julie Calebaugh, Jo (Doug) Badgley, and Angie (Fred) Jesser. The honorees also have three grandsons — Andrew Badgley, Michael Badgley, and Quincy Jesser.
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