Reverend Kendall McCabe

Reverend Kendall Kane McCabe

Saturday, December 2nd, 1939 - Thursday, April 11th, 2019
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McCabe, Reverend Kendall Kane, 79, died peacefully in the early morning hours of April 11 at Grandview Medical Center. The only child of the late Henry and Blanche Cathell McCabe, Kendall was born and raised with his parents and grandparents in Berlin, Maryland. Kendall attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, completed his MDIV degree at Yale Divinity School, wrote and received his PhD from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and earned a Master’s degree in English Literature at the UVA in Charlottesville. Dr. McCabe served United Methodist churches in the Peninsula Delaware Annual Conference before teaching at Wesley Theological Seminary. In 1980 he moved to Dayton and was appointed to United Theological Seminary. During his 32 years at United, Kendall was professor of Preaching and Worship, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, and retired in 2012 from the Heisel Chair in Evangelism. For his colleagues, he was the consummate mentor and friend, and for students he demonstrated an unimageable academic prowess that leveled a high bar for preaching and worship. Twice each year the seminary’s Zimmerman Chapel filled to hear him preach and at The Eucharist he gave his community a glimpse of heaven. With a dry wit and clever smile, he embodied humility and goodness. He often published in the area of liturgy, the work of worship, and preaching. He leaves his friend and house mate, Michael Welly, who cared selflessly for Kendall, and the United Theological Community where he will be often quoted and deeply missed. A funeral service celebrating Kendall’s life and ministry will be held on Saturday, April 20, at 11:00 a.m. hosted by First United Methodist Church at the First Baptist Church of Dayton officiated by Reverend Timothy J. Forbess, one of Kendall’s former students and colleagues. A reception will follow the service. Memorials can be made in Kendall’s memory to the McCabe Preaching Award at United Theological Seminary, 4501 Denlinger Road, Dayton, OH 45426. Online memories and condolences may be left for the family at Photo Kendall Messick
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    Saturday, April 20th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, April 20th, 2019 11:00am
    First Baptist Church
    111 West Monument Ave.
    DAYTON, OH 45402
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    Rev. Timothy Forbess


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Nebuly Coat

Posted at 05:40am
Kendall conducted Seminars in Practical Theology while a doctoral student at St Andrews when I was an undergraduate.
I am honoured to say that he became a friend and I am sad that we lost contact. I recall particularly his visit to London when I was an Anglican curate. I will pray for the happy repose of his soul and for the welfare of his partner and family in the Chapel of St Salvator's College, University of Saint Andrews.
Michael Thompson
Deacon, Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

Neal Blair

Posted at 09:10pm
Thank you for being a part of my life.
Prayers to Mike.

Winston A. Ashcroft

Posted at 03:56am
Rev. Kendal, a servant of God who spent most part if his life imparting knowledge of the Gospel of Christ in to the minds of nationals and non nationals. Thank God for a life well spent.
May his soul rest in peace.

Winston Ashcroft
Sierra Leone

Anthony Herrington

Posted at 11:55am
As one of Dr. McCade students I really enjoy being in his class. One of the most important lesson that I learn from him was to always look over your audience and make adjustments in my delivery style. You will be missed dear servant of God.
Anthony J. Herrington- Chaplain VA Medical Center (Retired)

Timothy S. Woycik

Posted at 11:07am
Kendall McCabe was very affectionately known as "The Count of Eucharisto" by many of his students in the early 1980's. He enhanced our knowledge about the art of preaching, leading worship and the liturgical arts through both his knowledge and his passion. All of his students appreciated his dry humor, and we always found him to be a ready listener as we shared with him some of the burdens of our lives. He cared not only for the student, but for the person in his classroom. He certainly shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ, not only through word, but through action. I was privileged to be one of his students. He will be missed, but never forgotten.

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