Rev. John Christopher Ramsey
Friday, January 11, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church
Friday, January 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM`
Trinity Lutheran Church
Rev. John Christopher Ramsey, “Chris”, 73, of Hagerstown, MD, went to be with the Lord, surrounded by family and close friends, on January 2, 2019.
Born in July 1945 in Hagerstown, MD, he was the son of William Ramsey and Rhoda (Eckert) Ramsey.
Chris graduated from North Hagerstown High School and then Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College. He worked for several years at the Social Security Administration. He got the call to serve the Lord in ministry and attended Gettysburg Theological Seminary, now United Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA. He was ordained into the ministry of the word and sacrament of the Lutheran Church of America in 1986.
It was at seminary that he met the love of his love, Pastor Patricia (Harrington) Ramsey. He and Pat served for many years at churches in the Allegheny Synod. Upon retiring from the ministry, he moved back to Hagerstown and began volunteering at Trinity Lutheran which involved being the Pastor in Residence, serving on the Church Council, leading bible studies, singing in the choir and preaching on occasion. He also served as interim pastor in Keedysville, Beaver Creek and Hagerstown. His world travels include camping and hiking with his wife Pat in Nova Scotia, Germany, and France. He was also proud that he had visited all 50 states. His recent trips included Scotland, Alaska and Italy.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father, wife Pat, and brother, William Ramsey. He is survived by numerous cousins, many close friends, extended family and his beloved cat Katie.
Services will be held Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Randolph Avenue Hagerstown, MD. Visitation will begin at 10 am, with the Funeral Service at 11 am, and lunch provided afterwards. The Rev. Dr. David Eisenhuth and Bishop William Gohl will be officiating.
Interment will be at the Union Cemetery Luthersburg, PA on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 12 noon, next to his wife Pat.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Randolph Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21740 or to WETA, 3939 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD.
My earliest memories of Chris were during our elementary days at Fountaindale. I often thought about what happened to him and his beautiful drawings. I had never seen anyone wear glasses so thick.
Glen Allen, VA
I went to school with Chris's wife Pat and she stayed for a summer with me and my family during CPE. I never knew Pat to be happier than to share her life and the outdoors and ministry with Chris. They were meant to be together. They were an inspiring couple.
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy in the loss of your dear loved one John Christopher Ramsey. I hope you find the below Bible verse comforting during this time of sorrow. Revelation 21:4 “And he will wipe every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
Sunset Beach, NC
To the Family. I am sorry for your loss and hope this scripture bring some comfort at this time. I hope this scripture bring some comfort at this time. Revelation 21:4- And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes,+ and death will be no more,+neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.+ The former things have passed away.”
Pastor Chris would always come and say good morning and pass the peace at our praise worship service at Trinity with mom and I. Our condolences to his family. He will be greatly missed at praise worship and throughout the community that he served. Frances and Vicki Harshman Trinity Members
My condolences to your family. May the hope expressed at Job 14:13-15 give you some comfort for your loss.
Gray , Tn
Chris, I'll always remember your kindness and your laugh. Thank you for helping the Ramsey clan understand our heritage and for researching our family tree. Thank you for your unwavering dedication and service to your community. I think of you now, joyfully reunited with so many of the family who have gone before and with your beloved Pat. See you on the other side, cousin Chris. Love, Laura
Pastor Chris, God bless you for loving everyone and just being you! Rest in peace, my friend.
Over the past several years, Chris was a classmate who became a friend during group lunches after class. His personality brought out the best traits of everyone fortunate enough to know him.
Silver Spring, Maryland
I became acquainted with Chris as one of the lifelong learners who participated in my Hagerstown Community College classes. Also Chris often joined myself and others for lunch afterwards and recently I've driven him home from those events. These were exceptional opportunities to get to know this extraordinarily good, loving, open, and understanding man. I grew to respect his keen intellect as well as the way he exemplified those virtues and moral qualities one finds in the best of Christians. He was a man who quickly earned a place in one's heart and who was always a delightful participant in substantive conversations or relaxed get-togethers. I didn't know Chris for long, but he enriched my life during this time, and I will greatly miss him.
Let all of us celebrate the Life of a true believer in God, a man who not only loved life but also loved those around him. He always made me smile and laugh and will be missed by all of us.
Well always remember this lovely man so kind to everyone,made you feel like you had known him for years,he was a blessing to our church,served us when we needed him the most ,he was very good at his job,very helpful to everyone ,just cannot say enough about him.
Keedysville , Maryland
Pastor Ramsey was a good and decent man who gave very much to his fellow man with his kindness, cheerfulness and always positive and upbeat outlook. We had Theological differences, but, we never allowed this to get in the way of our praising Our Saviour together and respecting each other’s commitment to Him! His tragic death is a loss to our community and he will always be remembered by those he touched and embraced with sincere pastoral and empathetic concern.
Harold Edward Wills