The Reverend James A. Warren
The Reverend James A. Warren
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. James A. Warren, 83, of Middletown, NY who died on Thursday, July 25, 2019.
James was born in Parkersburg, WV, the son of Clyde and Chessie Warren. In 1954 he graduated from Parkersburg High School, where he was a member of the Capella Choir and the West Virginia All-State Chorus. In 1962, he graduated magna cum laude from Alderson Broaddus College in Philippi, WV. He was president of the student body in his junior year and was also a member of the Alpha Psi Omega dramatic fraternity, the Silver Key Honor Society, and the college choir. In 1965, he graduated from Yale Divinity School with a master's degree in biblical theology.
James was appointed to Rocky Hill UMC from l965-1974. In l970, he was honored with the Chamber of Commerce's "Outstanding Young Man of the Year" award for his work in establishing the Rocky Hill Mental Health Commission and the Rocky Hill Youth Center as well as his work as executive treasurer of the Connecticut Council of Churches, and his work for World Hunger. For many years, he was a member of the Silas Deane Lodge of the Masonic Order. He also served the New York Conference in various capacities on conference and district committees and organizations.
In 1974, he was appointed to South Trinity UMC in Meriden, CT. He was president of the Interfaith Council and worked to establish fellowship and spiritual sharing between the Methodist and Catholic churches in the area. From 1977-1985, Rev. Warren served Trinity UMC in New Britain, CT, where he established luncheon programs for the elderly, initiated faith-sharing programs between Orthodox, Catholic, Jewish, and many Protestant congregations in the community. He was appointed in 1985 to St. Paul's UMC in Middletown, NY, and retired in 2001 following a medical leave of absence.
He is survived by the mother of his children, Barbara; by his sons, Eric and his fiancée, Maria (Grace); James and his wife, Lexy, Jonathan, Colton, Randy, Natalia, and Julia; Marc and his wife, Jaime, (Zachary), Julianna, Kayla, Marc, Jr., Kyle, Dylan, and Tyler; Chris and Jodi, (Jordan), Christopher, Nicole; and his daughter, Alison and her husband, Rob, (Jase, Sydnie, Everett), Jocelyn, and Keaton; and his five great-grandchildren, Chase, McKenna, Reese, Jayden, and Kevin. He is also survived by a sister, Sally Swiger (Sandy and Glen.) He was preceded in death by his brother, Clyde Warren, Jr.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at 10am at Rocky Hill UMC, 623 Old Main St., Rocky Hill, CT 06067, with burial following in Rose Hill Memorial Park, Rocky Hill. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rocky Hill UMC. Please share a memory or note of sympathy at www.carlsonfuneralhome.com.