Herbert Broeckel, 74, Potomac Conference President, Passes to His Rest
Spent 35 years in Potomac; served denomination for 52 years
BY MARK A. KELLNER, News Editor
Herbert H. Broeckel, 74, a Seventh-day Adventist pastor and administrator for more than 50 years, died January 5, 2012. He resided with his wife, Carolyn Jean Broeckel, in Huddleston, Virginia, not far from the Farmville congregation he led after retiring 10 years ago as president of the church’s Potomac Conference.
Dave Weigley, Columbia Union Conference president, who followed Broeckel as Potomac Conference leader, offered praise for a dedicated leader.
Weigley said Broeckel was a “wonderful Christian leader, who was much loved for his caring approach to leading a conference. I was privileged to follow him as president in Potomac, [and] I often heard about how Elder Broeckel showed sincere care for the churches [for which] he was responsible.”
Broeckel began his denominational service in July of 1960, after receiving a Master’s degree from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, which at that time was located in Takoma Park, Maryland. Between 1960 and 1970, Broeckel served as a pastor of Adventist congregations in the Potomac and Kentucky-Tennessee conferences, before accepting a call as a department secretary in the New Jersey Conference.
In 1975, Broeckel returned to the Potomac Conference, first as Communication Secretary, then as executive Secretary. Ten years later, he was called to the Mountain View Conference in West Virginia as its president, moving to the Central California Conference as president in 1989. In 1994, Broeckel became Potomac Conference president; in all, he spent 25 years of his denominational employment in the Potomac Conference, officials there said, along with 10 years of post-retirement service.
“Herb Broeckel served the Potomac Conference in many different capacities, from pastor to President, and in each one made a significant contribution to God's kingdom,” said Bill Miller, Potomac Conference president. “The local church was his focus. What a blessing and inspiration he was to me. He will be missed.”
Along with his wife, his daughter, Gail, a son, Greg, and a granddaughter survive.
A funeral service for Herb Broeckel will be Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at the New Market, Virginia, Seventh-day Adventist Church, on the campus of Shenandoah Valley Academy. You may also watch the Live Stream beginning at 12:45.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations be made to the Ghrow Foundation.