Century-old pastor still draws a crowd

December 13, 2013








The Rev. Marvin Schilling is 102, but he still has plenty of ministry to share with the Wisconsin Annual (regional) Conference, the conference reports. Schilling served many roles between 1940 and his retirement in 1978, including chaplain, assistant to the bishop, district superintendent for two different districts, and pastor to five churches. Today, he is still involved at Trinity United Methodist Church in Beaver Dam. “He is at worship at 8 a.m. almost every week, and is still very concerned about how current events and trends affect the church,” said the Rev. Jean Nicholas, vice president of the Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation and wife of Trinity’s pastor the Rev. Jeff Nicholas. “He’s a very faithful example, and he’s very well-respected throughout the congregation.” Schilling led the annual church conference on Nov. 17, which about 100 people attended.