March 15, 1929 Elmwood, TN – November 25, 2020 Happy Valley, OR
FIRST OF FOUR LEDBETTER BERKELEY ALUMS.
Known as JT, Jim and Led. Born to Nellie Mae (Bolton) and James Jackson “Jack” Ledbetter, eldest of three brothers. Family moved to Chowchilla CA in 1935.
Linfield College, McMinnville OR, BA 1951. While preaching during ministry outreach event met the musically talented Faithe Colene Oestreicher. Married 1952. Former Linfield Board member.
Berkeley Baptist Divinity School, BDiv 1954. Blessed by life-long NW clergy peers; “Berkeley Bash” met annually over 50 years. Honorary doctorate from ABSW.
Ordained minister of the Gospel 1954; pastored five American Baptist churches in WA, CA & HI where he built creative and functional facilities and/or progressive ministries. Faithe’s contributions through church music complemented his pastoral leadership. Denominational leader Inland NW and SoCA; retired 1994 as Executive Minister ABC-OR. Thirty-year member Rivergate Community Church, Portland OR.
Hiked and camped in Olympics and Cascades. Ran Boston Marathon at age 50. Winter RVed, especially great Southwest deserts, plus Oregon Coast condo. Devoted to and utterly dependent on his “Faith-E.”
Survived by wife Faithe, daughter Karen Faithe (Raymond), son Timothy James ABSW MDiv ‘81 (Gail) and son Gregory Harris ABSW MDiv ‘84 (Jan), brothers Felix and R. Paul BBDS MDiv ‘63 (Sue) and brother-in-law Archie, plus 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Died from COVID-related complications. Burial at Providence Pioneer Cemetery near Scio, OR in private family ceremony. Public Zoom Memorial Service to be announced through Weddle Funeral Service, Stayton, OR (www.weddle-funeral.com). Memorials encouraged to Homeless Ministry Fund of Rivergate Community Church, 4737 N. Lombard, Portland, OR 97203.