The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Beach family

Once-a-year vacation provides clergy couples an oasis of care

Would one of the moms please bring me a towel?"  

This question — coming from a wet, sandy child standing outside a screen door — is a memory that evokes laughter from four pastors and spouses whose families have vacationed together every summer for more than 35 years. I know, because I'm one of them.

Bill Trexler, Buz Van Horne, David Webb and James Addy graduated from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C., in 1970. A few years later — with spouses Karla, Bobo, Karen and Celie and our young families — we spent a week together in a large beach house on the South Carolina coast, never realizing we had just begun a tradition that would provide decades of laughter and support.

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