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Va. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Shenandoah University in 1991. He also
won one of the highest honors bestowed by Shenandoah University in 1997, the Distinguished Service Award
for outstanding service to the Church. He was fortunate to have 53 years of ministry and 46 1//2 years of
marriage to Rosalie. He lost his battle with cancer and died Jan. 23, 2006. His memoir is provided in Section
II.A (below). The picture second from the right was taken from [MacAllister 1976, p. 108]. [Glovier 1965, p.
267, from which he picture at the left was taken; see also pp. 86, 92, 153, 159, 258, 259].

BAKER: Henry Baker, at the time of the conference [at Long’s Barn], was a member of Otterbein’s vestry.
Why his name does not occur in the list of members present is not explained. He afterward moved to Virginia,
and still later to Tennessee, where he died at some time before 1812. He was a laborious and successful
evangelist. It is certain that he was not [connected with the synod] during the first few years of his ministry
in York County, from the fact that the Church at Holtzschwam was locked against him, on the very ground
that he was not in connection with the Synod, and that he belonged to what were called the ‘Otterbein and
Geeting People’—out of which grew the sect of the United Brethren in Christ.— Harbaugh, From [Drury 1913,
p. 225]. See also [Funkhouser 1921, p. 224].

BAKER: Herbert Eugene “Gene” Baker retired as of June 1997, after serving
41 ¾ years as a pastor. Rev. Baker lives at 360 George Street in Winchester,
Va., with his wife, Sandra. He is a 1957 graduate of James Madison University.
He received his Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary, Dayton,
Ohio, in 1961. He is father of two married daughters and has one
granddaughter. An Ordained Elder in 1961 from the EUB Church, he has served
the following charges: Churchville (5 churches, 1961-63), Manassas (3
churches, 1963-66); Reliance (4 churches, 1966-1970); Mt. Tabor UMC (Lacey
Springs, Dec. 1, 1970, to June 1974); Reveille UMC (Richmond, Associate Pastor, 1974-77), Luray UMC
(1977-83); Marsh Memorial UMC (Lynchburg, 1983-87); Bethlehem UMC (Lynchburg, 1987-89); and Market
Street UMC (Winchester, 1989-1997). Gene and Sandra led the 1986 “Under 40” Retreat for the Conference
UMW, and they have done other retreats for different local churches. During the past 12 years, he has led a
Volunteers in Mission Team to Mexico City; Homestead, Florida; and Jamaica. Rev. Baker is presently serving
as chair of Board of Ordained Ministry, Winchester District and serves on the Conference Board of Ordained
Ministry. Gene was born Mar. 21, 1933, in Needmore, W.Va., the son of Nelson H. and the late Sylvia Bott
Baker. Rev. Baker moved to Winchester as a young boy and attended John Kerr (Winchester), Gore School
(Moorefield), Handley (Winchester). He graduated from James Wood High School (Winchester) in 1953. He
then attended Shenandoah College for 2 years (Class of 1955) and graduated from James Madison College (in
1957) and from United Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1961). He attended First U.B. Church (Winchester) and
Mt. Pleasant U.B. Church (West Frederick Hills), being baptized and professing faith on Nov. 15, 1943. He
became a Certified Candidate for Ministry in the Winchester District on Sep. 4, 1955. He was ordained an
Elder at Conference on Aug. 24, 1961. Rev. Baker married Sandra Whittaker on June 10, 1956, at First EUB
Church (Winchester)—she is the daughter of Pearl Gaines and the late Vance Whittaker; a graduate of James
Wood High School; student at Shenandoah College (1956-57); a leader in the WSCS at the conference,
Jurisdictional, and General Board levels; member of the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global
Ministries; a trustee of Ferrum College (1984-87); a Delegate to UMC General Conference (1976, 1988, and
1992); and Delegate to UMC Jurisdictional Conference (1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, and 1992). Gene and
Sandra have two children—Kenda Jean Baker Sours (b. Oct. 13, 1960), living at Hayfield, Va.; and Andrea
Jean Baker Jenkins (b. Jan. 16, 1965), an architect in Knoxville and graduate of VPI—and one granddaughter,
Chastity Dawn Sours. At the Conference level, Rev. Baker was on the Board of Communications, 4 years;
Board of Higher Education, 4 years; VUMAC, 4 years. He assisted other churches as a consultant for Churches
in Transitional Communities (CITC) and was a Delegate to the World Methodist Conference in Kenya in 1986.
His hobbies are woodworking, hunting, and fishing. In addition, Rev. Baker served as a junior high director of
Camp Overlook, hospital chaplain, fire department chaplain, prison chaplain (Page County Jail), volunteer
medic, Chair of District Committee on Education, a member of the District Committee for Ordained Ministry,
and attended Billy Graham’s School of Evangelism (1973). In 2002 he was still living in Winchester, Va. See
[Glovier 1965, pp. 6, 92, 206, 207, 209, 258, 259, 267, 316; the picture at the left was taken from p. 267]
and [Va. Conf. 1988 Directory]

BAKER: Wesley B. Baker served Westernport Circuit, 1968-70 (Keyser Circuit). Wesley Bruce Baker
joined Va. Conf. in 1976 and was appointed to St. Paul’s of Chesapeake in 1982 and Zion Church (York
County) in 1985. Not listed in the 1990 UMC General Minutes.

BALDWIN: Chester A. Baldwin came to Virginia from the California Conference in 1924. He was assigned
to West Rockingham Charge (1924-25), which included Mt. Clinton, Mt. Horeb, and Otterbein churches. The
following year he served as supply to Edinburg (1925-26). In 1926, Baldwin joined Va. Conf. and was sent to
Mt. Horeb, where he stayed two years, 1926-28. In 1928, he came to Singers Glen for just one year. During
that year, personal problems and disagreements with his superiors-were cause for much friction and

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