We have been informed that retired local pastor Rev. Howard J. Pinter passed away on Saturday, December 6, 2014. He is survived by his three daughters: Carol Pinter Helveston, Lois Pinter Helveston, and Nancy Pinter Cerino.
Rev. Pinter served his entire ministry of 25 years at the former Abington Church, from 1963 until his retirement in 1988.
His situation was unusual from what is the norm today, having been ordained as a Local Elder at the 1966 Philadelphia Annual Conference Session, and approved as a Supply Pastor with Elder’s Ordination, but he was not admitted into full connection. Until 1968, persons who had completed the course of study in the Methodist Church were ordained as Local Elders without being admitted as Members in Full Connection.