Pastor Wesley Cornelius Callahan died Aug. 27, 2016, two weeks after his 97th birthday. A funeral service was held at Asbury UMC in Annapolis Sept. 3.
Wesley Cornelius Callahan was born Aug. 9, 1919, in Galax, Va., and later moved to Gary, W.V. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked as a coalminer and an auto mechanic, a career he continued after moving to Annapolis.
After the death of his first wife, the late Mary Elizabeth Campbell, he married the late Dorothy Jennings of Severna Park.
Prior to his service in the Baltimore-Washington Conference, he had pastored as a lay minister from 1965-69 in the Troy Conference, then in the Baltimore Conference serving at Asbury 1969-1974. For two years, he served at Anacostia, then in 1976 moved to St. Paul UMC in Chevy Chase. He became a Local Pastor and served the Hollywood Charge in 1982, and Mt. Hope UMC in Sunderland (Calvert County) from 1986 to 1989, where he served on the Church Location & Building District Board. He then took over Mt. Tabor UMC in Gambrills for a short time and retired in 1990. He continued active with the church and conference, attending annual conferences until his retirement as a Local Pastor in 1998.
Callahan is survived by a daughter, two step-sons, a step-daughter and grandchildren.