“Lord, Welcome Home Thy Humble Servant”
By Ernest Ohlhoff, Director
National Right to Life Outreach
These six words were the first words that came to me on hearing of the passing of Pastor Benjamin E. Sheldon on September 18. Pastor Sheldon passed away peacefully at his home in Elverson, Pennsylvania, surrounded by his loving family.
Pastor Sheldon was a dedicated pro-life leader who served and led many pro-life organizations including Presbyterians Pro-Life in which he served in numerous capacities including president.
He was also a founding member, past president, and executive director of the National Pro-Life Religious Council. He attended and presented workshops at National Right to Life Conventions. Pastor Sheldon was also a co-presenter at a National Right to Life Prayer Breakfast. He also worked tirelessly to make his Presbyterian denomination adopt a culture of life philosophy by working with other pro-life pastors and attending many national Presbyterian conferences.
Pastor Ben, as many called him, led with compassion, love, thoughtfulness, and gentle humor. He never wavered from his commitment to truth and biblical principles.
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Oct. 31, 1928, to a family with Jewish traditions, he was converted to Christianity at the age of 16. Pastor Sheldon earned a master’s of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and served as a missionary to South Korea from 1953 to 1964.
Upon returning to the United States he pastured numerous churches including Washington D.C., Pikeville, Ky., Havertown and Glenmoore, Pennsylvania. He was also active in Messianic Jewish ministry.
Pastor Sheldon is survived by Amy, this beloved wife of 57 years. The Sheldon family includes seven children, 37 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.
I am very proud to have called him both pastor and friend. A great pro-life man of God is now forever joined with his beloved Lord.
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