State of Illinois
92nd General Assembly

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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  are pleased to recognize milestone events in
 4    the lives of the citizens of the State of Illinois; and

 5        WHEREAS, On  October  21,  2001  the  First  Presbyterian
 6    Church  in  Centralia, which is celebrating its 145th year in
 7    existence, honored Pastor Edwin E. Evans for his 30 years  in
 8    ministry; and

 9        WHEREAS,   Pastor   Evans   was   born   in  Coatesville,
10    Pennsylvania, where his father was  the  pastor  of  a  large
11    Presbyterian  Church; he attended a Christian boarding school
12    in Florida during his high school years and he  received  his
13    bachelor's  degree  in  1968  from  Calvin  College  in Grand
14    Rapids, Michigan;  in  1971,  he  received  his  master's  of
15    divinity from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and in 1984
16    he received his doctor of ministry from McCormick Theological
17    Seminary in Chicago; and

18        WHEREAS,  At  Calvin College, Pastor Evans met his future
19    wife, Betty; they were married in August of 1968 and are  the
20    proud parents of two sons, Ed Jr. and Carl; and

21        WHEREAS,  At  the  beginning  of his career, Pastor Evans
22    served as pastor of the New Harrisburg Presbyterian Church in
23    Ohio; he then worked as an associate pastor  for  3  and  one
24    half  years at a large church in Galesburg, Illinois; then in
25    1981, he became the pastor of First  Presbyterian  Church  in
26    Centralia; and

27        WHEREAS,  During  his  time at First Presbyterian Church,
28    Pastor Evans oversaw many new additions to  the  80-year  old
29    church,   including  structural  renovations  to  the  church
30    structure, the development of youth programs, including youth
31    mission  trips,  and  the  implementation  of  the   "Stephen
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 1    Ministry",  a  program  that  trains  individuals who wish to
 2    become "listeners" to those experiencing grief  or  hardship;
 3    and

 4        WHEREAS, Pastor Evans guided First Presbyterian Church as
 5    it  developed  a relationship with a sister church in Malawi,
 6    Africa; while  visiting  Malawi,  Pastor  Evans  oversaw  the
 7    dedication  of a newly constructed church and participated in
 8    153 baptisms; in addition, he was selected by the Knights  of
 9    Templar  of  Illinois  to  take  part in a tour of Israel and
10    recently journeyed to Greece to trek in the footsteps of  St.
11    Paul; and

12        WHEREAS,  Pastor  Evans worked with the late Rev. Charles
13    Brown of the  Second  Baptist  Church  in  Centralia  on  the
14    "Concerned  Citizens"  program, a program dealing with issues
15    of race, education, finances, and housing  in  the  community
16    and  working  toward  futhering communication between various
17    social, ethnic, and  governmental  groups  in  Centralia;  in
18    addition, Pastor Evans serves as President of the Ministerial
19    Alliance  where  he  helped  organize  a  unity  service that
20    included Hindi, Islamic, Jewish,  and  Christian  faiths;  he
21    also  works  with  the  Covenant  Churches,  a group of local
22    churches,  in  an  effort  to  foster   familiarity   between
23    churches; and

24        WHEREAS,  Pastor  Evans has witnessed many changes in the
25    Centralia community throughout his ministry;  he  works  with
26    people  of  all  religions  and  races and has become a vital
27    component of the Centralia community; therefore, be it

30    we  congratulate  Pastor  Ed  Evans as he celebrates the 30th
31    anniversary of his ordination; and be it further

32        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
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 1    presented to Pastor Ed Evans as an expression of our esteem.

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