Friday, May 04, 2001

Minister honored at camp he cherished

Marker will memorialize Gaston Cogdell

By Ben L. Kaufman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A minister whose loyalty to friends was as staunch as his resistance to unbiblical dogma and doctrines will be memorialized at 1 p.m. Saturday at Fort Hill Christian Youth Camp in Highland County.

        Gaston D. Cogdell served the camp for more than 30 years as a board member and author of courses of study for campers.

        A stone will commemorate Mr. Cogdell's service to the camp and congregations of the Churches of Christ in the area. The inscription begins:

        “In grateful memory of our beloved friend and brother, Gaston D. Cogdell and his sacrificial and enduring work for the Lord, His church and the Fort Hill Christian Youth Camp.”

        Then it quotes II Timothy 3:16-17:

   • What: Ceremony honoring Gaston D. Cogdell.
   • When: 1 p.m. Saturday.
   • Where: Fort Hill Christian Youth Campm 13500 Fort Hill Road, Sinking Spring, Highland County.
   • Directions: Take Ohio 32 east to Peebles in Adams County. Go north on Ohio 41 for about 15 miles. At the sign for the Fort Hill Prehistoric State Park, turn west/left on Fort Hill Road. Bear right at fork in road and follow it to camp.
   • Information: (937) 466 2489.
        “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

        Mr. Cogdell, 80, died last June at Christ Hospital.

        His last pastorate was Garrard Street Church of Christ in Covington. Before that, he served as minister of Clifton Church of Christ and devoted himself to establishing new congregations.

        Mr. Cogdell came to Cincinnati from Washington, D.C., in 1951, to study at Hebrew Union College. He also spent eight years as national organizer for Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

        Mere mention of state intrusion into religion or state aid to religious schools would evoke his roaring objection.

        Similarly, his opposition to abortion was absolute, and he was a prolific writer of letters to the editor.

        Mr. Cogdell based all of this in what he believed was the literal word of God in Scripture.

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