The Passing of Conference Minister, John Deckenback

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of our Conference Minister, Rev. Dr. John Deckenback. John was found unresponsive early Tuesday evening, July 19, in the Catonsville, Maryland Conference office and attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

DeckenbackJohn came to the Central Atlantic Conference in May 1992.  He served as the Conference Minister and CEO of the Conference.  He also served on several national boards.  He enjoyd spending time with his grandchildren, trains, gardening, running and history.  John was married to the Rev. Carolyn Robert

As we begin to grapple with his death, we offer prayers for his wife, Rev. Carolyn Roberts, and his family. John faithfully served this Conference for twenty-four years, and his loss to us is immeasurable. We are in shock and in mourning, even as we gratefully reflect upon his pastoral leadership. We thank God for the life of John Deckenback.




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Frederick W Rogers

2 years ago

I will miss John. I counted him among my friends and colleagues.Both of us spent significant time in the parsonage of Cresskill Congregational UCC where I served as Pastor. I still wear the UCC pectoral cross that he gave me when he came from California to begin his time as Conference Minister. My prayers and condolences are with Carolyn and family. Rest in peace old friend.

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