Mowrey, Rev. Dr. James


The Rev. Dr. James Mowrey, 90, of Johnstown passed away on April 25, 2020 of natural causes following a lengthy stay at Arbutus Park Manor. He and his wife, the Rev. Dr. Thelma Mowrey, who died in 2015, are believed to be the first clergy couple serving in the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Born in Sykesville, PA, the son of LeRoy and Alice (Buhite) Mowrey, he was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, the Rev. Dr. Thelma Mowrey, brother Lee and sister-in-law Linda (Donald). He is survived by brothers Larry (Arlene) and Donald (Evey), and children Dr. Philip (Pamela) of Chantilly, VA; Paul (Nancy) of Slippery Rock, PA, and Dr. Rebecca of Lancaster, PA; five  grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

James earned a bachelor of science degree in Biology from Penn State and was admitted to Jefferson Medical School, but followed a call by God to attend Bonebrake Theological Seminary for a M.Div. He also earned an S.T.M. from Boston U., and a D.Min from United Theological Seminary.

A full member of the Evangelical United Brethren, Western PA Conference, he was ordained Elder of the UMC at the union. Rev. Mowrey served the Freedom: Salem, Scalp Level: Trinity, Scottdale: Christ, and Johnstown: Beulah churches. His last charge was Bradford First UMC, where he served with Thelma as a clergy couple.They retired in 1989 and resided in an Arbutus Park Retirement Community cottage. They were active in the First UMC of Haines City, FL and Beulah of Johnstown.

Rev. Mowrey was a long-time member of the Ministers' Chorus, actively supported Camp Allegheny in Stoystown, PA. and was very active in community leadership for over 60 years. He was a compassionate, sincere, patient, tender loving spiritual servant of our Lord and Savior and God's children.

In consideration of the current social distancing, no viewing will occur. The immediate family will participate in a brief Interment at Richland Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Camp Allegheny, 100 Camp Allegheny Dr., Stoystown, PA 15563 or online at

The family is being served by Geisel Funeral Home - Johnstown.