The Reverend Edwin (Ted) S. Gault

The Reverend Edwin (Ted) S. Gault


Let us remember the life and ministry of Rev. Edwin (Ted) S. Gault, 93, of Fort Myers, FL, who died on Monday, January 8, 2018.

Rev. Gault was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1924 to Edwin and Helen Gault. In 1943 he enlisted in the US Navy, where he served for three years. With the help of the GI Bill, he received a bachelor of arts degree from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA and then continued his studies at Oxford University. He earned a master of divinity from Yale Divinity School.

In 1950 Ted set off on his path of ecumenical service. He served as youth director at First Baptist Church, Bridgeport, CT, and then as student pastor at South Middletown Methodist Church in CT. He was ordained in the Methodist Church in 1952 and was appointed student assistant for youth work at Cairns Memorial Church in Edinburgh, Scotland while pursuing PhD coursework at the University of Edinburgh. Upon his return to the US in 1956, he pastored the following churches: The Village Church-Methodist in Bayville, NY; High Ridge UMC in Stamford, CT; Commack UMC on Long Island; and Sheepshead Bay UMC in Brooklyn, NY. From 1973 to 1988 he was appointed to the Interchurch Center in New York City, first as assistant director and then as assistant to the president. He served as NYAC Conference Secretary from 1963 to 1972.

Rev. Gault also served the wider Methodist church in many ways. He was a member of the Conference Commission on Higher Education, the Conference Board of Pensions, and the Conference Committee on Rules. He served as a delegate to the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference and to the World Methodist Conference in London, and he was chair of the Northeastern Jurisdiction Conference Secretaries Association.

His ecumenical work included involvement in the following organizations: board member and president of the Ecumenical Foundation for Higher Education in Metropolitan New York; Nassau County Council of Churches; president of the Nassau County Ministers Association; and member of the board of directors of the Morningside Alliance in New York City.

After his retirement in 1989, Rev. Gault served as interim pastor at Orient UMC on Long Island and at New Paltz UMC. He performed numerous wedding and baptismal ceremonies around the country for family and friends. He and his wife, Carol, moved to Fort Myers, FL in 1992, where he continued his involvement with church and community organizations. Ted enjoyed boating, a good baseball game, sitting on the beach, traveling and being surrounded by family.

In addition to his wife of 44 years, Ted is survived by five children: Malcolm and his spouse, Thip; Cathie; Fred and his spouse, Eva; Ann and her spouse, Steve; and Peter and his spouse, Kelleen. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his sister, Jan, and his son Chuck.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 10:00 am at St. Hilary's Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33901. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations to St. Hilary's "Repay, Restore and Re-imagine Capital Campaign." This is a capital campaign near and dear to Ted and Carol’s hearts.

An inurnment service will take place on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at 1:00 pm at The Columbarium at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave at 112th St, New York, NY. Cards of condolence may be sent to the Gault family at 1450 Medoc Ln, SW, Fort Myers, FL 22919.