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Rev. Helen Berenthien

September 05, 2017
Reverend Helen Berenthien, 86, of Columbus, died Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at her home.

A memorial service was held September 2, 2017, at St. Luke United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Beckum officiating.

Rev. Berenthien was born Sept. 3, 1930, in Savannah, daughter of the late Theodor Christian Berenthien and Marian Stubbs Berenthien. She graduated from A.L. Miller High School in Macon in 1948 where she was valedictorian.

Rev. Berenthien graduated from Del Mar Junior College in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1950 with an Associates in Art Degree, was a 1968 graduate of Mercer University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law, and a 1970 Graduate of Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law with her Juris Doctor. On October 19, 1970, Rev. Berenthien passed the Georgia Bar Exam and was admitted to practice law. She was the Appointed Clerk of court U.S. Bankruptcy Court Middle District of Georgia in 1980 and resigned in 1985 to enter fulltime volunteer ministry with Covenant House Texas in Houston. While at Covenant House Rev. Berenthien heard the call into fulltime ministry and entered Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Atlanta in September of 1988 where she graduated in 1991 with a Master of Divinity Degree. She was ordained as an Elder in The United Methodist Church in 1994.

Rev. Berenthien was appointed Associate Pastor at St. Luke United Methodist Church as Minister of Pastoral Care and Older Adults in June 1991. She retired from fulltime ministry in 2012. She was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Columbus, St. Luke Older Adult Council, Respite Care Advisory Board and was a Prayer Room and St. Luke Respite Care Volunteer. Rev. Berenthien was also an outstanding Sunday school and Bible study teacher and led numerous classes both at St. Luke and throughout the community.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Berenthien Wilson and brothers-in-law, Dr. Robert Leroy Wilson and George Platt.

Survivors include her siblings, Barbara Berenthien Deaver (Bascom S. Deaver, Jr.) of Charlottesville, Va.; Theodor Christian Berenthien, Jr. (Wilma Quinley Berenthien) of Baltimore, Md., and Marian Berenthien Platt, Wake Forest, N.C.; and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

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