Reverend Charles Muller

Rev. Charles Muller


Rev. Charles (Chuck) Ray Muller and his wife, Brenda, served Hopewell U.M. Church for nearly 20 years. Chuck's part-time ministry at Hopewell began in 1986. He retired in February 2006, and he was the longest serving pastor of Hopewell, having grown the church attendance to nearly 130 people a week. Brenda and Chuck showed their love for children with a children's sermon, Junior Church, and an annual Easter Egg Hunt at their home. Hopewell had a strong MYF Youth program. A Hopewell Memorial Scholarship fund was started to support Hopewell's youth in their college studies. Brenda began our main mission program that we call Mission Year Round. A mission is chosen each month for the church to support. Some of the numerous social activities included: picnics, fall barn dances, the Thanksgiving Dinner and White Elephant Auction, and historical celebrations of the church. Rev. Muller, who had a keen interest in history, led the church in a year-long celebration of Hopewell's 200 years that culminated into a special service and homecoming on October 2, 2005. The special guest speaker was Dr. Bruce Ough, Bishop of the West Ohio Conference. The service was followed by a catered dinner, and the new Hopewell United Methodist Church history book 1805-2005 was given to those in attendance as a gift. On February 12, 2006 Chuck's retirement was celebrated with a video, special music and a dinner. After Brenda's sudden death on July 17, 2015, Chuck continued to raise their grandson, Joseph Green. On September 27, 2015 Hopewell celebrated its 210 year history with a homecoming celebration. Rojer Moody and Pastor Barbara Salyers presented Chuck with a plaque honoring him as Pastor Emeritus. Chuck remained a faithful servant to Hopewell during his retirement years. He passed away on September 5, 2019, having suffered a stroke.

A memorial service was held for Chuck at Hopewell UMC on October 6. The family greeted friends and family from 2:00-4:00pm. The memorial service was held at 4:00pm, followed by a cookie and punch reception.

Charles 'Chuck' Muller: Pastor, Editor, Furniture Scholar, 80 - by Antiques and the Arts Weekly

Submitted by Ruth Eberts, church Historian