It is with great sadness that we report each year the passing of esteemed colleagues and members of the Society for Pastoral Theology community. SPT will honor these colleagues each year at the Annual Society for Pastoral Theology meeting.
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The Rev. Dr. Glenn H. Asquith, Jr. died on April 5, 2017, at home in Macungie, PA. Born in Westerly, RI, he was the son of the late Rev. Dr. Glenn H. Asquith, Sr., and Helen Underdown Asquith. Dr. Asquith was Emeritus Professor of Pastoral Theology and Director of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling program at Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, PA, where he taught for 31 years, from 1978 to 2009. Following retirement from Moravian, he served as Director of Congregational Care at Asbury United Methodist Church in Allentown, PA from 2009 to 2016 and he was also in private practice as a Pastoral Counselor in Bethlehem, PA from 2009 to 2015.
Prior to coming to Moravian, he was a pastor at First Baptist Church in Birmingham, Michigan, and, during graduate school, served as chaplain at various hospitals, a nursing home, and a juvenile correction facility. While at Moravian, he served part-time as an interim pastor at two local churches, as Minister of Pastoral Counseling at First Baptist Church of Bethlehem, and as Group Support Facilitator for the Dr. Dean Ornish Heart Health Program at Lehigh Valley Hospital. He also led a number of student mission trips and courses of study to Central America and in the Caribbean Islands. Ordained in the American Baptist Church, he was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Allentown.
He studied at Eastern Baptist College (B.A. in Psychology, 1968), Colgate Rochester/Bexley Hall/Crozer Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1971) and at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Th.M.,1972, Ph.D. 1976). Dr. Asquith was a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and was certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors. He also was a member of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) and the Society for Pastoral Theology. In addition, he was the author or editor of a number of books and articles in the field of pastoral care and counseling. Most recently he authored The Concise Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling. In 2015 he received a prestigious award from The College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy for significant achievement in the field of clinical care and counseling.
Dr. Asquith is survived by his loving wife, Connie, a retired United Methodist pastor. Together, they enjoyed their family of four adult children, Meredith Twardowski (Tom), Shannon Asquith Stahl (Jack), Jeffery Feltenberger (Holly) Steven Feltenberger (Michelle); two sisters, Nancy Asquith of Dover, TN and Helen Asquith Lawrence of Media, PA, and two nieces, Joan Lawrence and Mary Oyola (Marco). He was also “Grandpa” to 8 grandchildren.