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313 Center St.
ASHLAND, OH 44805
Phone: 419-281-2566, 1-800-430-2566
Fax: 419-281-4411
Pastor Sanford Mitchell

Pastor Sanford C. Mitchell

Saturday, February 28th, 1942 - Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
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Pastor Sanford C. Mitchell, 77

Pastor Sanford Carveth Mitchell, 77 of Ashland, Ohio, died Saturday, March 23, 2019 with his family by his side.

Pastor Mitchell was born in Columbus, Ohio, grew up in Mansfield, and graduated from Wittenberg University with a BA in history. Following studies at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., Pastor Mitchell earned a Master’s in Theology from Hamma School of Theology in Springfield, Ohio, and a Master’s in American History from Bowling Green State University.

He served as pastor for four years at First Lutheran Church in Findlay, Ohio; for seven years at Zion’s Lutheran Church in Defiance, Ohio; and for 37 years at Trinity Lutheran Church, Ashland, Ohio. He served as Pastor Evangelist of the national Lutheran Church for 14 years and on the Board of Directors of Wittenberg University.

Pastor Mitchell served as adjunct professor of homiletics at Ashland Theological Seminary and professor of homiletics for the seminary consortium’s Doctor of Ministry program at Methesco Seminary in Delaware, Ohio. He is former editor of the clergy journal, Homiletics, which provides weekly sermon helps for the Unified Lectionary Series.

In Ashland, he spent 25 years as Chairman of the Personnel Committee for the YMCA. In 1991, Ashland Theological Seminary awarded him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.

In 1965, Pastor Mitchell married Judith Weber of Findlay, Ohio, who survives him. He also leaves sons Jeffrey Mitchell, his children Hannah and Nathan, and Rodney Mitchell (Megan) and their children Alexa and Reece; sister Kathryn Mitchell Taylor and her daughter Lindsay of Charlotte, NC; aunt Elizabeth Burrier and her daughter Beth, from Zanesville, Ohio. Pastor Mitchell was preceded in death by his parents, the Reverend Doctor and Mrs. Carveth P. Mitchell of Charlotte, NC.

Pastor Mitchell was known for his passion for serving his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and his deep love for his family and community. He enjoyed water skiing, fishing, and chopping wood for his wood-burning furnace, playing ping-pong or volleyball, and participating in spirited card games with his grandchildren who loved it when they could beat “Papa.” He had a love of and talent for music and played piano, guitar, banjo, and other instruments with groups at his various congregations. Pastor Mitchell – husband, father, brother, minister, and friend - will be profoundly missed.

A service to celebrate the life of Pastor Mitchell will be held Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church with Reverend Dr. Eric Riesen officiating. Interment will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Findlay, Ohio. Friends may call Friday, April 5, 2019 in Jack’s Place at Trinity Lutheran Church from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that remembrance gifts go to Trinity Lutheran Church, 508 Center St., Ashland, Ohio, 44805.

Online condolences may be shared on the funeral home’s website at denbowfh.com.

Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements
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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 5th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Friday, April 5th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Jacks Place at Trinity Lutheran Church
    Address
    508 Center Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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  • Funeral Services

    Saturday, April 6th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, April 6th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    Address
    508 Center Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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    Officiant
    Reverend Dr. Eric Riesen
  • Interment

    Location
    Maple Grove Cemetery
    Address
    1120 West Main Cross Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
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Stephen Salamon - Council Vice President of Stone Evangelical Lutheran Church-Ashland, OH

Posted at 04:55pm
Pastor Mitchell was truly a God send to us, at Stone Evangelical Lutheran Church in rural Ashland. Our church was struggling the past few years as members of the ELCA, and we knew a change was sorely needed. We were unsure what direction we would be going, other than that the congregation was determined to remain a Lutheran church. Pastor Sandy welcomed me, and took me under his wing. He offered guidance and direction to our church Council while we tried to look at our options, and as we communicated those to our congregation. He directed me to Bishop Bradosky, and the Bishop and I formed a wonderful relationship. Pastor Mitchell was instrumental in explaining everything about the NALC to our Council in numerous meetings, and then later, to our entire congregation. Pastor Mitchell offered himself to be of any assistance he could be to our congregation as we began to explore all of our options. From day one, he became a fixture at our church, even though he was already in failing health, and he worked with us as we began the transition away from the ELCA to the NALC. Pastor Mitchell offered to assist us entirely, as we went through that rather lengthy process, and he simply became our go to Pastor. He even offered to come in to do our Fall Bible Study classes during the week so those classes could continue. His help was an inspiration to all of us, his love for the church, and his love for our Lord was without question, simply amazing. His last involvement was to help us get an Interim Pastor that he knew recently relocated to our area, and that was Pastor Cathy Ammlung. At this juncture, the Bible study had ended for the year, he helped us secure an Interim Pastor, and our transition to the NALC was completed. God has a plan for everything, and for each of us, and we truly believe that God sent Pastor Sandy to us to complete one more mission/task for Him, and that was to help and guide us. We can't thank him enough for all he has done for us, Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife, and to his family, that he spoke of often, and whom he dearly cherished and loved. May the good Lord bring all of you peace and comfort at this difficult time.
CS

Connie Eisenhour and Ashland Home Care Staff

Posted at 11:21am
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic time.
MH

Michelle Hann

Posted at 08:47pm
I’m so sorry to hear this. My condolences to the family. Prayers and hugs!
AH

Amie Hobson

Posted at 04:22am
Pastor Mitchell welcomed me into Trinity’s family with open arms. He provided sound advice and guidance which still resonates with me today. I feel blessed that my family and I had the opportunity to know him. Pastor Mitchell will truly be missed. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family. -Amie Hobson
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Richard E. Allison

Posted at 12:27pm
Pastor Mitchell was a rare and exemplary person; homiletically superior. an interesting and thorough teacher; committed to the mission of the church; devoted to family and involved in the community of Ashland.
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