In Loving Memory of
The Rev. Dr. Harold A. Henning
April 14, 1931  --  April 15, 2015
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    Our brother in faith, the Reverend Dr. Harold A. "Rev." Henning, 84, of South Heidelberg Township passed away on Wednesday evening, April 15, 2015 at his residence.  The Rev. Dr. Henning was a member of St. Paul's UCC, Robesonia.  He had also served as the Interim Pastor of St. Paul's UCC from October 28, 2012 to December 23, 2012, and Supply Preacher for part of May 2013.
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    The Rev. Dr. Henning married Doris Ann (Bourguignon) on June 13, 1953 in Christ Church, Bath, PA.
    Born in Bath, PA on April 14, 1931, he was the son of the late Robert L. and Mabel A. (Hefentrayer) Henning.
    Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his three children: Jonathan L. Henning husband of Robin (Smith), Robesonia; Timothy P. Henning, Sr. husband of Crystal (Cote), Myerstown; and Elizabeth A. Henning-Ravesteijn, Arlington, VA.  Six grandchildren, Joshua Henning; Dr. Justin Henning; Timothy Henning, Jr; Jordan Henning; Maaike Ravesteijn; and Sofie Ravesteijn; and five great grandchildren.  Two brothers, Warren L. Henning, Northampton; and Robert L. Henning, Millboro, DE; and a sister, Jean B. Ruch, Howertown, PA.
HenningHarold Ordination crop    The Rev. Dr. Henning was a 1949 graduate of Nazareth High School, earned his BA Degree from Ursinus college in 1953, his BD Degree from Lancaster Theological seminary in 1956, and his MEd from Kutztown State College in 1973.  He was ordained on June 10, 1956 at Christ Church in Bath, PA by the East Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical and Reformed Church.
    The Rev. Dr. Henning served as Pastor at Starview U.C.C. in Mt. Wolf, PA, in Penn Central Conference from 1956 to 1961; Faith U.C.C. in Grantville, PA, in Penn Central Conference from 1961 to 1966; Bausman Memorial U.C.C., Bethany Children’s Home, Pennsylvania Southeast Conference from 1966 to 2000 where he was Associate Pastor from 1966 to 1985; served as Director of Home Life, Assistant to the Superintendent of Bethany Children’s Home from 1966 to 1985; and was the Executive Director of Bethany Children’s Home from 1985 to 2000.  Rev. Henning was a father figure to hundreds of children that passed through Bethany over those years.
HenningHaroldDoris C crop    At Bethany Children’s Home he implemented four new programs: Shelter care in 1989; Short Term Intensive Treatment in 1991; Weekend Intensive Treatment in 1996; and Day Care in 1996.  He also implemented and completed a ‘Brighter Future For Kids” capital funds campaign in the amount of $3,000,000.00.  During tenure as Executive Director at Bethany, a new gymnasium was built, an educational addition to the gymnasium and an addition to the Administration Building and a new Shelter Care Facility, which was named “The Henning Center”.
HenningHarold Robe-2013 c1    Rev. Henning served on the Church and Ministry Committee of the Penn Central Conference; was a Camp Counselor at Camp Michaux; was Moderator and also served on the Church and Ministry Committee of the Heidelberg Association of the PA Southeast Conference; was a General Synod Delegate; served on the Board of Directors and the Conference Consistory of the PA Southeast Conference; served on the Board of Directors for the Council for Health and Human Services of the U.C.C. Church; served as President of the Lancaster Theological Seminary Alumna; and was Interim Conference Minister for Penn Northeast Conference from November 2000 to April 2002. 
    Rev. Henning was also active in the National Association of Homes for Children and the PA Council for Children’s Services.  He was a past member of the Conrad Weiser Rotary Club; active in the Conrad Weiser Renaissance Program; and served on the Board of Directors of the P. Buckley Moss Society for more than 20 years.
    Rev. Henning was named Executive of the Year for 1993 by the Council for Health and Welfare Services of the United Church of Christ.  He received the Robert V. Moss Award for Excellence in Ministry in 1996 from Lancaster Theological Seminary, and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity bestowed by Ursinus College on May 19, 2001. 
HaroldHenning 0041-crop    Rev. Henning enjoyed camping, hunting, traveling, and woodworking, but most of all enjoyed time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. 
    A Memorial Service was held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 2:30pm at St. Paul’s U.C.C. in Robesonia with the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Motz officiating.  A visitation with the family was held on Friday from 1:00pm to 2:30pm at St. Paul's U.C.C.  Interment was private at the convenience of the family. 
    In lieu of flowers please make a memorial donation in his memory to: Bethany Children’s Home, 1863 Bethany Rd., Womelsdorf, PA 19567  or  to Christ Church U.C.C., 109 S. Chestnut St., Bath, PA 18014  or  to St. Paul’s U.C.C., 301 W. Penn Ave., Robesonia, PA 19551.
    Lamm & Witman Funeral Home, Inc., Wernersville is handling arrangements.  Online condolences may be made at

Dates & Times:

    Visitation:  Friday, April 24 from 1:00pm-2:30pm, at St. Paul's UCC, Robesonia


    Memorial Service:  Friday, April 24 at 2:30pm, at St. Paul's UCC, Robesonia


    Internment:  Private, at Green Mountain Cemetery in Bath, PA


    Prayers of Remembrance:  Sunday, April 26 during the 10:30am Worship Serivce,
                        at St. Paul's UCC, Robesonia



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