Bernard Drew’s Retirement Officially Announced

12/06/1972 |


Bernard Drew’s retirement as senior minister was formally announced at a meeting of the congregation at Asylum Hill Congregational Church.

  1. Drew’s retirement would become effective April 22, 1973.
  2. Drew was not present at this meeting.
  3. A special committee to search for the next pastor was also appointed.

  1. Church members had known about Drew’s plan to retire for more than a year.
  2. Drew wanted his retirement to take effect when most of the members would be in town and not away on vacation.

  1. Drew had been installed as minister on September 28, 1949.
  2. Drew gave a nationally broadcast Easter sermon on April 11, 1972.

The Courant would interview Drew on March 21, 1973.

“The Rev. Dr. Drew saw his congregation through a transitional period when most of the church’s parishioners had moved away from the Hill area to the suburbs.  Around 1960, it was even suggested that the congregation abandon its historic structure and move closer to its parishioners in West Hartford.”

Drew’s tenure as minister at Asylum Hill Congregational Church was second only to Joseph Twichell's.

Unattributed, “Minister to retire in April from Asylum Hill church,” Hartford Courant, December 7, 1972, page 90.

Bernard Drew
Asylum Hill Congregational Church


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