Hometown: Fort Valley, GA
Position: C Playing Height: 6-7 Playing Weight: 188
Date of Birth: June 28, 1936
Legal Name: Edward Paul Beck
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Biography - Epilogue to Book, A Love to Live By
He was scheduled to graduate from Candler in the summer of 1961. His graduation was delayed six months, however, so that he could accept speaking engagements throughout the nation. He was also invited by World Vision, Inc., to be their college-high school speaker in their Tokyo, Japan, Crusade during the spring of 1960.
In the summer of 1962, he joined the National Headquarters of the Methodist Church in Nashville, becoming a staff evangelist of its General Board of Evangelism. He was one of four men who helped organize the Department of Evangelists, and eighteen months later was selected to direct two separate programs; The Department of Evangelists (later renamed the Department of New Life Ministries) and the S.T.E.M. project (Short Term Evangelistic Mission). The New Life Ministries helped local churches develop and carry out intensive evangelistic renewal and outreach programs. The S.T.E.M. project was geared to inner city and ghetto areas. For six years he and a team of fourteen people conducted these missions and trained pastors across the country in similar programs.
Highly successful, it was produced on a large scale featuring afternoon beach entertainment with Christian overtones, and bandshell concerts with strategically located counseling booths staffed by youth-oriented advisors. These advisors included Christian entertainers and athletes from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization.
This program which continued from 1963 until 1967, inspired similar programs by other ministries in different areas. Out of its pioneering efforts stemmed such things as the familiar symbol "ICHTHUS," now used on everything from T-shirts to bumper stickers; preaching in night clubs; and well-known entertainers sharing their faith.
In 1967, Ed Beck was selected by the Pentagon to tour European and North African military bases to conduct "Christian Leadership Training Labs" for military personnel.
By this time, he had remarried and in 1968, because he found himself away from home and family too much conducting evangelism programs, he happily accepted the pastorate of Warren United Methodist Church in Denver, Colorado.
It was an inner-city congregation and he felt particularly led to it because of his earlier experiences in the Short-Term Evangelistic Mission which involved ghetto ministries.
But it was a Gideon's Army. Together, the small group went to work and in six years they had completed a $3 million apartment complex called Warren Village, designed for single-parent families endeavoring to become self-sustaining. Today, it ranks as an unique ministry in helping single parents in transition to be re-educated and restored.
Looked upon as a model for similar units in other cities, it consists of ninety-six apartment units with a self-contained Day-Care Center able to care for over 125 children.
To qualify for residency, applicants must show a sincere desire for self-improvement and sign a covenant that they will live at Warren Village only until they are able to re-enter the world better equipped to maintain themselves and their children and remain off the welfare rolls.
The success of Warren Village is currently an impressive ninety-two percent.
With Warren Village well launched in 1973, Ed Beck was assigned by Bishop Melvin E. Wheatley, Jr., to a post in the United Methodist Church called "Minister to and for Society" an unusual new kind of ministry. In 1974, he became the first Methodist clergyman from Colorado to enter the corporate world as a business executive, still maintaining full clergy credentials. In this new work he became Vice-president of Operations for the Windmill Dinner Theater Corporation of Dallas, Texas, dedicated to offering the public uplifting family entertainment in a wholesome atmosphere.
In this new work, Ed Beck was the construction overseer of all five theaters located in various parts of the nation. He also supervised their personnel. During this time he served as a consultant to other theater corporations, advising and counseling with playwrights, plus working with many actors and actresses concerning the communication of faith in the secular theater.
In April of 1980, Ed Beck was assigned by Bishop Wheatley to the post of senior pastor of the First Methodist Church in Pueblo, Colorado, a steel manufacturing city of 100,000 population, located 100 miles south of Denver. After he assumed that pastorate, the church grew from 691 to 937 members.
Colorado's governor, Richard Lamm, proclaimed June 12, 1983, as Ed Beck Sunday in honor of Rev. Beck's dedicated work and service in the United Methodist Church, in his community and for his country - and especially for his work in the organization of Warren Village in Denver.
Also in June, 1983, Ed Beck accepted the pastorate of a new church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Less than three years old, the Sunrise United Methodist congregation numbers 400. Ed plans to lead this church in growth and development, and in the design and building of worship and nurturing structures.
Ed is married to the former Faye Stokley of Newport, Kentucky. They have four sons, Jon Ed, Stephen, Bradley and Daniel.