The Rev. Kenneth L. Beale Sr.

The Rev. Kenneth L. Beale Sr. a retired Elder in the Eastern PA Conference, passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2016. He was 89.

Raised in Eden Methodist Church, he served in World War II in the U.S. Army and as a pastor and chaplain throughout his ministerial career. He was married to the former Anna Carey for 66 years until she passed in 2014.

Rev. Beale served four Philadelphia Methodist churches from 1950 to 1959: Wesley, Mt. Hermon, 22nd Street and Taylor Memorial. He then served Jarrettown United Methodist Church for nearly 34 years, from 1959 until his retirement in 1992. After retirement, he became an associate pastor at Chalfont UMC for 24 years and continued to work as a chaplain at Abington Hospital.

Surviving Beale are his two sons: the Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. and Keith E. Beale, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

His funeral service will be held at Jarrettown UMC, 1460 Limekiln Pike, Dresher, PA, on Saturday, June 4, at 11 AM, with family visitation at 9:30. In lieu of flowers, Rev. Beale requested that donations be made in his memory to the ministries of his two sons: CLC Ministries International, P.O. Box 1449, Ft. Washington, PA 19034 ( or Ft. Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation, 9031 Penn Ave So, Bloomington, MN 55431 (

A more detailed obituary, provided by Beale’s son, Kenneth Beale Jr., is attached. Consider posting your condolences at the Wetzel & Son (

Attachment: Kenneth L. Beale Sr. Obituary [PDF]