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Service set for Youngstown Rev. Charles Lamb

Fri, Feb 1st 2019 05:00 pm

Rev. Dr. Charles F. Lamb entered into rest on Wednesday Jan. 23, 2019, at the Niagara Hospice House Lockport.

Lamb was born in Maryville, Tennessee in 1934. He graduated from Maryville College (cum laude) with a B.A. in 1956, from the Graduate Seminary of Phillips University with a M.Div. in 1961, and from New York Theological Seminary with a D. Min. in 1990.

He was ordained in 1961 in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and served East Aurora Christian Church from 1961-71. From 1971-75, he was associate regional minister of the Disciples of Christ in the Northeast. Lamb served as regional minister from 1975-98. The region included New York, New England and New Jersey.

He received mutual standing in the United Church of Christ in the 1970s and maintained UCC credentials since that time.

Since retirement in 1998, Lamb worked as assistant to the pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown. For eight months, he also served as interim pastor at Payne Avenue Christian Church.

Lamb also worked as an adjunct professor in the religion department at Niagara University from 1998 through 2004.

He married Betty J. Lamb, who retired from the Child Advocacy Center of Niagara Falls. Lamb served as an elected village trustee in East Aurora, and as chairman of the College of Regional Ministers of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He was very active in environmental affairs, serving as an executive committee member of the Niagara Group of the Sierra Club, and on the executive committee of Residents for Responsible Government in Youngstown. He authored four books, sharing his experiences as a minister, and enjoyed writing columns for “My View” in the Buffalo News.

Surviving is his wife, Betty; his children: Elizabeth Susan (Steve) Latz, Linda L. (Mark) Macfarland and Jennifer J. (David) Mehl; stepsons Mark David (Susie) Ott and Matthew Benjamin Ott; and eight grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial service to be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown, 100 Church St. Memorial donations may be made to the Week of Compassion, P.O. Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN, 46206; or Northeast Region Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1402 Washington Ave., Parkersburg, VA, 26101.

Arrangements were entrusted to Hardison Funeral Homes Inc. Lewiston. The service will be live-streamed at www.facebook.com/youngstownpres.

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