Lloyd and Irene Pelfrey were honored at the Missouri Christian Convention with “God’s Honored Servant Award” on Friday, March 31, 2017. This award was created five years ago, when the convention began to pick out people whom they wished to honor for their influence in the state.
When approached about the honor, Mr. Pelfrey started to turn them down saying he had enough honor in his life. When Mark Kummer, the convention president persisted, Lloyd agreed as long as Irene was honored with him. “I can’t do all those things that I have done, could not do them, except for the fact that she was behind me. She kept the home fires burning. She took care of our children. And she established great attitudes in them so that they did not resent the fact that I was gone so much. They were proud of the fact that I could be gone for the Lord’s work.”
Although teacher is his favorite role at the college, Mr. Pelfrey later spent many years behind the President’s desk. He served as President for 26 years, during which time a building was constructed on campus that would later bear his name. The college also became accredited and gained a nationwide reputation for conservative Bible teaching for ministry preparation. After signing thousands of gift receipt letters, Lloyd retired from the presidency in 1998. Since then, he has continued to teach in the classroom and online as Professor Emeritus of Old Testament. He is also Central’s President Emeritus.
Lloyd Pelfrey is known for his classroom humor, his whistling ability, and his kind manner with everyone he meets. Everyone who knows Mr. Pelfrey marvels at his vivid memories of their past interactions. Lloyd Pelfrey’s service in Missouri has blessed churches of our region and the Christian church movement around the world.
Lloyd and Irene have been partners in marriage and ministry for over 60 years. The Pelfreys are blessed with three daughters (Rhonda Dunham, Theda Wortman, and Brenda Bernhardt), three sons-in-law, five grandchildren (2 not pictured), and 3 great-grandchildren.
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