|Birth: ||Sep. 30, 1878|
|Death: ||Dec. 15, 1969|
George Thomas Pinches, a retired minister, Bible teacher and evangelist, was born 30 September 1878, in Much Wenlock, Shropshire, England, son of William and Martha (Page) Pinches. He went to Toronto, Canada, in 1903, then lived for a time in Manitoba before coming to the United States in April 1910 to begin his full-time Christian ministry first in Chicago, Illinois, then Numa ,Iowa. He spent 63 years spreading the Gospel, traveling throughout the United States, Canada and Britain. His last years of active ministry were spent at the Pella Gospel Chapel.
He married on 26 June 1913 in Jerome, Iowa, Naomi Isabella White, daughter of John and Mary Elizabeth (Huston) White. Their first year of marriage was spent on a preaching mission in England, Ireland and Wales. They lived in Des Moines (1914-1917) and Centerville (1917-1942) before moving to Pella in 1942.
They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a reception at the Legion Auditorium in Pella on 22 June 1963 with over 100 close friends of earlier years and of the Gospel Hall congregation. Guests enjoyed a vocal solo by their pastor when he sang his favorite hymn, "How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds."
On 4 November 1954, the Pella Chronicle reported: "The many friends of Rev. George T. Pinches will be happy to hear that Mr. Pinches is back in the United States after a very blessed and successful six months ministry in England, Scotland, and Wales. He is well known as an evangelist in the British Isles and Canada as well as in the United States. Rev. Pinches is now conducting meetings in New Jersey, New York, and other places but expects to be pack in Pella sometime after the first week in November."
In 1957, when he returned from a three-month ministry in sixteen cities (including Flint, Valjaraise, London, Toronto, Kingston and Detroit), he noted "Whether in the United States or Canada amid the mad rush of the world some turned aside to the things that cannot pass away and in which there is not confusion." Rev. Pinches was impressed with the trivial things that seem to occupy the majority. He said a real awaking to realities is most urgent. With this in view, he turned the searchlight on the present and future world movements in a series of nightly addresses on the Book of Revelation at the Gospel Chapel.
He died 13 December 1969 in the Pella Community Nursing Home where he had been living for three and a half years. He was survived by his wife, Naomi; and a brother Charles of London, Canada. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Phebe and Mary, and three brothers, Charles, John and Arthur.
His funeral services were held on Monday, 15 December 1969 in the chapel of the Van Dyk-Duven Funeral Home in Pella. Officiating for the services were Raymond Routley of Davenport, and James White of Des Moines, friends and associates of Rev. Pinches. Burial was in the Oakwood Cemetery.
Naomi Isabel White Pinches (1889 - 1972)*
Oak Wood Cemetery
GPS (lat/lon): 41.41217, -92.92709
Created by: Bill Hawkins
Record added: Aug 06, 2009
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