Rev. Charles Homer Graffius was promoted to glory on December 3, 2020 at the age of 92 due to COVID in Fort Atkinson, WI. Surviving are his son, Donald (Linda) Graffius of New Enterprise, PA, daughter Cindi (James) McKenzie of New Enterprise, PA, and daughter-in-law Jan Graffius of Soddy-Daisy, TN, as well as step-children, numerous grandchildren, step- grandchildren, great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Anne Bedi and his second wife Lorna Austin and son, Rev. Larry E. Graffius. He is also survived by a brother, Joseph Weston Graffius of Hollidaysburg, PA and was preceded in death by 4 sisters and 1 brother.
He was born January 4, 1928 to Homer B. Graffius and Myrtle Stoner Graffius and grew up in Altoona, PA. He graduated from Altoona High School, the Altoona Bible Institute and Penn State University, earning a degree in Early Childhood Education. He also attended Fuller Theological Seminary. He served his country during WWII as an instructor at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds. After discharge he married Anne Bedi, on Dec. 24, 1947 and after her death in 1990, married Lorna Austin in 1994.
For more than 30 years he served as the Pastor of the German Seventh Day Baptist Church in Salemville, Pennsylvania. He also pastored Seventh Day Baptist (SDB) churches in Los Angeles, California and Denver, Colorado. He assisted the chaplain at the Fairhaven Community Center in Whitewater, Wisconsin where he served as President of the Resident Council and lived there until his death.
Before the advent of DVDs, he founded the Media Project. This non-profit organization rented Christian video tapes and movies by mail to churches and camps across the country. He traveled across the country filming SDB Conference and church events.
He was enthusiastically involved in denominational teen ministries having served on numerous occasions as director of church camps from New Jersey to California. Moreover, for more than 10 years he instructed U.S. college students and high school seniors preparing to enter the Summer Christian Service Corps. He was still teaching Sabbath School and at camps in his 70s and 80s.
He served on the governing body of the Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada and in 1981, he served as President of the General Conference. His theme was “Grow With God”. He trained SDB churches in evangelism in the USA, Australia and New Zealand.
He was one of the founders and organizers of the Senior Saints. This group of retired Seniors remodeled Seventh Day Baptist churches and camps from Alfred Station, New York to Boulder, Colorado.
A Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the German Seventh Day Baptist Church in Salemville, PA.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Seventh Day Baptist Memorial Fund, PO Box 1678, Janesville, WI 53547 or Camp Joy Treas. 156 Valley Street, Salem, WV 26426
Arrangements by Weaver Funeral Home, LLC (weaversfh.com); Woodbury.
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