The Reverend Walter H. Schenck

The Reverend Walter H. Schenck


Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. Walter Herbert Schenck, 77, who died on Thursday, September 6, 2018. He was born October 6, 1940 in Passaic, NJ to the late Walter and Clara Crabtree Schenck.

Rev. Schenck began his career in the New Jersey Conference. He joined the New York Conference in 1970, serving several churches over the course of 33 years: Christ UMC in Brooklyn; Overlook UMC in Woodstock, NY; First UMC in Jamaica, NY and Peekskill UMC. Much of his New York Conference career was spent ministering to college students and young adults, beginning in 1970 as campus minister at United Ministries in Higher Education, New Haven, CT. He also worked for University & Young Adult Ministries at the UM General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM); as executive director of The Christian Association of The University of Pennsylvania; as associate director for urban ministry at The Fund for Theological Education in New York City; and as regional executive secretary for mission personnel at GBGM. He retired in 2003.

He is survived by his loving wife, Gay Alexander Schenck; his sons, Jonathan Schenck and his wife, Stephanie Benziger, and Adam Schenck and his wife, Spenta Cama; his brother, Robert W. Schenck; and his grandchildren, Andrew, Christopher, Feroze and Zahra Schenck.

A memorial service celebrating Walter's life was held Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church, 704 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT. Interment will be held privately in New Jersey at a later date. Memorial contributions in Walter's memory may be made to Smilow Cancer Hospital by donating to Closer to Free, Office of Development, Yale-New Haven Hospital, P.O. Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508 or to Doctors Without Borders USA, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741.