11 Mar Obituary: Dr. Paul B. Baker, Longtime UB Pastor and Leader
Dr. Paul B. Baker, a former United Brethren pastor in Pennsylvania, passed away Wednesday, March 10, 2021.
Visitation: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 12, 2021.
Funeral service: 1:00 pm Saturday, March 13, 2021.
Location for both: King Street UB church, 162 East King Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201
Paul Baker grew up around Chambersburg, Pa., and became a Christian at age 13 in the Mt. Pleasant UB church in Chambersburg. He graduated from Huntington University in 1955, and then served two years as associate pastor of King Street UB church in Chambersburg under Dr. Clyde W. Meadows. He went on to pastor the Otterbein UB in Greencastle for four years, then returned to King Street as senior pastor in 1961 when Meadows was elected bishop. He continued as pastor of King Street until 1991.
During most of that period, beginning in 1967, Dr. Baker served as a conference superintendent in Pennsylvania Conference, and as the senior superintendent beginning in 1977. He was elected to many General Conferences, served on the denominational executive committee, joined the Huntington University Board of Trustees in 1970, and provided leadership on various other denominational boards and committees. He also served ten years on the board of the National Association of Evangelicals.
At the local level there in Chambersburg, Dr. Baker gave leadership to the UB ministries at Rhodes Grove camp and Piney Mountain Home, as well as to such organizations as the YMCA, Kiwanis, and the ministerial association.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Geisel Funeral Home in Chambersburg.