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Seminary Names Rt. Rev. Edwin Sawyer 1999 Hus Award Recipient

The Rt. Rev. Edwin A. Sawyer has been named the 1999 John Hus Award Recipient for his distinguished career in parish ministry, administration, and education by the Governing Board of the Moravian Theological Seminary Alumni/ae Association.

Sawyer will be receiving this award at the Alumni/ae Association’s annual luncheon and meeting on Thursday, March 11. The luncheon will take place in the Haupert Union Dining Room at 12:15 and will be preceded by a reception in the lounge at 11:45 a.m.

Born in Bethlehem, Sawyer received a B.S. in business administration from Lehigh University in 1935 and a B.D. from Moravian Theological Seminary in 1938. Sawyer received his M.A. in English literature from Lehigh University in 1948, his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1956, and in 1968, an honorary D.D. from Moravian Theological Seminary.

During his ministry, he served as pastor at Moravian churches in Coopersburg, Nazareth, Philadelphia, Upper Marlboro, and Winston-Salem, and he started Calvary Moravian Church in Allentown.

He has held offices on numerous boards serving as president of the Eastern District Board, vice-president of the Provincial Elders’ Conference, vice-president of the Board of Church Extension, and secretary of the Board of Trustees of Moravian College.

In addition, he was a member of the Board of Christian Education, the Board of Trustees of Moravian Theological Seminary, and the Board of Trustees of Linden Hall.

Sawyer spent six years at Salem College as professor, college chaplain, and head of the Department of Religion and Philosophy. He also served as the executive head of Moravian Preparatory School and Moravian Seminary for Girls in Bethlehem and was instrumental in bringing the two schools together to form Moravian Academy. Beginning in 1974, he served as director of stewardship and deferred giving for the Eastern District Executive Board. Since his retirement in 1980, Sawyer has continued his dedicated service in the ministry as interim pastor for various congregations. He was consecrated bishop in 1986. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have three children.

Anyone interested in attending the luncheon should contact the Alumni Office at 861-1366.