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Clergyman , religious organization administrator

Richard Edwin Wilkin, clergyman, religious organization administrator. Recipient Outstanding Teacher award, 1958; Distinguished Alumnus award Findlay College, 1973, Outstanding Leadership award Ohio Conference Churches of God, 1986, Distinguished Associate award University Findlay, 1992; named Honorary Alumnus Winebrenner Theological Seminary, 1978.


Wilkin, Richard Edwin was born on November 3, 1930 in near Paulding, Ohio, United States. Son of Gaylord D. and Beulah E. (Tarlton) Wilkin.


Student, Giffin Junior College, 1949. Bachelor of Science, Findlay College, 1952. Doctor of Divinity, Findlay College, 1975.

Postgraduate, Indiana University, 1960.


Ordained to ministry, Churches of God General Conference, 1953; pastor, Neptune Church of God, Celina, Ohio., 1952-1959; pastor, Wharton (Ohio) Church of God, 1959-1964; pastor, Anthony Wayne Church of God, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1964-1970; administrator, chief executive, Churches of God General Conference, Findlay, Ohio., 1970-1987; supervisor mission work, India, Bangladesh, Haiti, 1970-1985; director field education and Institute for. Biblical Studies, faculty member, Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Findlay, 1987-1992; adjunct facult O.T., Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Findlay, since 1993; interim senior pastor, College 1st Church of God, Findlay, 1992-1993. Director summer youth camps, secretary, member Executive Committee Ohio Conference, 1952-1959, state clerk, president, 1959-1964.

Chairman Commision on Education, member Executive Committee Ind.Conf., 1964-1970. Advising committee American Bible Society. Steering committee United States Church Leaders, 1979.

President Fort Wayne Ministerial Association. Board directors Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County, 1966-1970. Teacher Center Township Junior High School, Celina, Mendon (Ohio) Union High School, Van Del High School, VanWert, Ohio, 1954-1959.

Interim pastor Shawnee First Church of God, Lima, Ohio, 1987-1988, church consultant, since 1987.


Vice president of the board of trustees Winebrenner Haven, member of advisory committee in race relations regarding school reorganization and busing, Fort Wayne, 1967-1969. TrusteeWinebrenner Theological Seminary, 1980-1987, secretary board of trustees. Trustee U. Findlay, since 1985, chairman of commission on trustees of board of trustees.

Secretary Board ofPensions of Church of God, General Conference, since 1986. Trustee Foundation Ohio Conf.Chs. of God, since 1998, Chairman, Board Of Directors. Member National Education Association, Ohio Education Association, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Farm Bureau.


Married Barbara A. Zehender, August 10, 1952. Children— Richard Edward, James Lee, Deborah Annual.

Gaylord D. Wilkin

Beulah E. (Tarlton) Wilkin

Barbara A. Zehender

James Lee Wilkin

Richard Edward Wilkin

Deborah Annual Wilkin