Funeral and Memorial Ministry

I am available to conduct non-denominational Christian funerals. I draw on some of the prayers from The Book of Common Prayer to bring dignity and significance in a comfortable way incorporating a personalized flavor gained from talking with the family before the service in person or on the phone. The service typically runs 20-40 minutes depending on how much music and sharing of remembrances the family desires. I offer the hope of the Christian Gospel in a way that comforts and encourages the family and friends without judgment, even in cases of tragic deaths. 

Contact me at 214-793-5224 or ndstolpe@gmail.com. 


Typical Order of Service

Call to Worship
Opening Prayer
Music*
Reminiscence (may be friend or family member or by the pastor)
Prayer of Illumination and Scripture Reading
Music*
Meditation
Psalm 23 (unison if family wishes)
Music*
Memorial Prayer and Lord’s Prayer (unison if family wishes)
Benediction and Ascription

*Music is not required, but hymns, solos, organ, recordings, etc. fit well in any of these spots.

Pastoral Career History

January 2016 – March 2016
First Christian Church of Albany, Texas: Interim Pastor

September 2014 – May 2015
Highlands Christian Church of Dallas, Texas: Interim Pastor

June 2013 – August 2014
First Christian Church of Odessa, Texas: Interim Pastor

August 2012 – June 2013
First Christian Church of Midwest City, Oklahoma: Interim Pastor

September 2011- August 2012
First Christian Church of Duncanville, Texas: Interim Pastor

July 2000 – May 2011
Central Christian Church of Dallas, Texas: Pastor

November 1999 – June 2000
Pilot Project in Community Chaplaincy Hosted by Shoreland Community Church, Brown Deer, Wisconsin

August 1997- August 1999
MorningStar Christian Church of Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Pastor

July 1980 – August 1997
First Presbyterian Church of Mount Holly, New Jersey: Minister of Nurture

July 1974 –March 1997
Countryside Chapel of Glendale Heights, Illinois: Assistant Pastor for Christian Education and Family Ministry (part-time)

Education

2004 Certificate in Spiritual Formation, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia

August 1972 Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois: MA in Christian Education

June 1969 Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota: BA in English

September 1964–January 1967 Merritt College, Oakland, California

Ordained June 8, 1975, recognized by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest, September 17, 2002

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