Reverend Charles (Chuck) Yrigoyen, Jr., Ph.D. | Obituary

Charles Yrigoyen, Jr., a resident of Willow Valley Communities, died May 9, 2022. Son of Reverend Charles Yrigoyen, DD and Erma Mae (Suters), he was born December 9, 1937 at the Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia . A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School, BS), Lancaster Theological Seminary (BD), Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Th.M.), and Temple University (Ph.D.), he received a Ph.D. honorific in theology. from Albright College in 1987.

For 63 years he was married to Jeanette (Jean) Alice Brittingham. They have two children: Debra Y. married to Michael J. Floriani of Downingtown; and Charles III married to Paula R. Yrigoyen of Bradenton, Florida; and two grandsons, Darin Charles Yrigoyen of Oak Park, Illinois and Hunter Radice Yrigoyen married to Megan A. Yrigoyen of Iowa City, Iowa. Yrigoyen is also survived by his brother Robert Paul of Palm Springs, California.

The child of a preacher, Yrigoyen planned a career in railway management until he was called to the Methodist ministry. He was appointed to Methodist churches in Gap, Lancaster (Lancaster Avenue) and Philadelphia (Falls) before becoming Methodist campus pastor in downtown Philadelphia (Arch Street), professor of religion and chaplain at Albright College and general secretary of the General Commission of United Methodism. on archives and history. He has also taught at Drew University, Union Theological Seminary (NY), Moravian Theological Seminary, and Philadelphia Lutheran Theological Seminary. He served terms as Director of United Methodist Studies at Myerstown Evangelical Theological Seminary and Lancaster Theological Seminary. He was a clergyman of the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference of United Methodism.

Yrigoyen was the author or editor of eleven books on John and Charles Wesley, Methodist history and theology, and Mercersburg theology. He has written articles in forty-four encyclopedias, journals, and other historical and theological publications. For twenty-four years he edited Methodist History, the denomination’s historical journal. He has also edited a series of DVDs on Methodist history.

Active in a number of organizations, Yrigoyen has served on the boards or trustees of Lancaster Theological Seminary, Ocean City (NJ) Tabernacle, Epworth Old Rectory (England), Evangelical Theological Seminary, United Methodist Historical Society, Boehm’s Chapel Society, Religious and Theological Summaries, World Methodist Council and Society of Mercersburg.

Travel was one of his pleasures. He visited fifty states and thirty-six foreign countries. Throughout his life, family vacations in Ocean City, NJ have been high points.

Chuck was honored by the clergy of his annual conference, who elected him eight times as an Eastern Pennsylvania delegate to the denomination’s general and jurisdictional conferences. He was also selected to appear in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Religion and was a Fellow of the Methodist Institute of Theological Studies in Oxford (England).

Among his passions were model railroading and sports. He was an avid fan of University of Pennsylvania athletics and Philadelphia professional sports teams. Chuck was a railroad fan with a particular interest in the Reading and Pennsylvania railroads, and Eastern Pennsylvania wagons.

Yrigoyen attended First United Methodist Church, Lancaster, and enjoyed teaching in its educational program.

Its viewing will be private for the family. A celebration of life will be held at First United Methodist Church, Lancaster, Duke and Walnut Streets on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. Visits will continue service at 3:00 p.m. To view the service virtually, please click on the following link: https://my.gather.app/remember/charles-yrigoyen

The family would like to thank the staff on the second floor of the Glen for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to First United Methodist Church, 29 E. Walnut Street, Lancaster, PA 17602 to support the NarSarah Clinic and Children’s Village Mission Project in Sierra Leone. To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit:

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