Memorial for TE John Murdo MacGregor
Whereas God in His wise and gracious providence has seen fit to call home to himself our dear brother John MacGregor, we pause to honor the Savior who so powerfully used him and to remember the life that so beautifully reflected the glory of his great Savior.
John MacGregor was born on October 7, 1918 in Niagara Falls, New York, graduated from Houghton College, attended Northwestern Theological Seminary and was ordained to the Gospel Ministry in the Bible Presbyterian Church in 1951. He was married to Jane Elizabeth Petit of Lockport, New York on May 15, 1948 and their union was blessed with six children and twenty-eight grandchildren.
He served his country during World War II in both the Pacific and European theatres returning to civilian life in 1946. He was recalled to active duty in 1951 to serve during the Korean War. It was there he elected to serve both his country and the Lord as Chaplain, United States Army until his retirement in 1970. During his military service he rose to the rank of Colonel and received 15 awards and decorations. Among them the Legion of Merit and the French Croix de Guerre.
After retirement from the army, he served as the beloved chaplain, Covenant College from 1970-1980. He was the founding pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Summerville in 1982. He was granted Honorable Retirement in 1984 and endeared himself to numerous churches in north Georgia through interim pastorates and pulpit supplies.
He continued his service to the Lord by mentoring numerous chaplains and spiritual leaders, offering a ready ear and quiet, but wise counsel. He attended Christ Presbyterian Church in Marietta where he received the title of Pastor Emeritus, marking the impact he made on the origins and growth of that congregation from its inception.
Therefore be it resolved that the Northwest Georgia Presbytery pause and rise to be led in a prayer of gratitude for the life and ministry of John Murdo MacGregor and to remember his wife Jane and all the family.