Richard Avery

AVERY, Richard Kinsey. b. Visalis, California, 26 August 1934; d. Santa Fe, New Mexico, 15 March 2020.  Avery attended the University of Redlands, California (BA 1956), Union Theological Seminary, New York City (MDiv 1960), and was an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church USA. His forty-year pastorate at First Presbyterian Church, Port Jervis, New York, included three decades shared with his life partner, Donald S. Marsh*, the church’s choirmaster and director of arts. Richard Avery was the commentator, preacher, and song leader of the Avery & Marsh duo. In the late 1960s and into the 1990s the duo significantly energized traditional and emerging worship forms, and led...

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