Religion: Ministry in Lapeer

The Liberty Street Gospel Church of Lapeer, Mich. (pop. 6,000) seats 280 people, but 400 crowded in one night last week. They stood six-deep at the back to pay a tribute to the Rev. Frank S. Hemingway—a man one Lapeerite called "as near a saint as anyone can be without being one."

Pastor Hemingway was 24 when he came to town 33 years ago to take over the Lapeer Methodist Protestant Church. He was what the townspeople called a "visiting preacher"; he never forgot the people who lived too far away or were too sick to come to church regularly. When radio...

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