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February 9, 1993 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Stunning his congregation and Presbyterian leaders throughout the West, the Rev. Donn D. Moomaw--pastor to former President Ronald Reagan--has resigned his 29-year ministry at Bel-Air Presbyterian Church. There was no explanation from Moomaw or the financially strapped 2,400-member congregation. But the Rev. Charles W.
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July 1, 2011 | By Claire Noland, Los Angeles Times
The Rev. Michael Wenning, the retired senior pastor of Bel Air Presbyterian Church who presided at former President Reagan's 2004 burial service in Simi Valley, died Tuesday at his home in Mission Viejo, one week before his 76th birthday. The cause was leukemia and kidney failure, said his wife of 54 years, Freda. From 1995 to 2001, Wenning led Bel Air Presbyterian Church, where former President Reagan and his wife, Nancy, had worshiped for years. The pastor also made regular visits to Reagan's home and Century City office when the former president, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, stopped appearing in public.
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September 9, 1995 | CORD COOPER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It has been a long journey from South Africa to Bel-Air for the Rev. Michael Wenning, but one he feels he has been preparing for all his life. The journey culminates Sunday, as Bel-Air Presbyterian Church installs the South African-born Wenning as its new senior pastor, replacing the Rev. Donn Moomaw, who led the church from 1964 until his abrupt resignation two years ago.
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November 2, 2008 | Claire Noland, Noland is a Times staff writer.
The Rev. Louis H. Evans Jr., the organizing pastor of Bel Air Presbyterian Church who went on to lead the congregation of the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., where Ronald Reagan worshiped while he was president, has died. He was 82. Evans died Wednesday at his home in Fresno after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, his son Jamie said. Born June 20, 1926, Evans was one of four children of Marie and the Rev. Louis Hadley Evans Sr.
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November 2, 2008 | Claire Noland, Noland is a Times staff writer.
The Rev. Louis H. Evans Jr., the organizing pastor of Bel Air Presbyterian Church who went on to lead the congregation of the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., where Ronald Reagan worshiped while he was president, has died. He was 82. Evans died Wednesday at his home in Fresno after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, his son Jamie said. Born June 20, 1926, Evans was one of four children of Marie and the Rev. Louis Hadley Evans Sr.
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February 20, 1993 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
The Rev. Donn D. Moomaw, who resigned his 29-year ministry at Bel Air Presbyterian Church two weeks ago, told his church that he did so because he "stepped over the line of acceptable behavior" with some members of the congregation. In a Feb.
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March 10, 1993
A regional governing body of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. on Tuesday approved the resignation of the Rev. Donn D. Moomaw as pastor of Bel-Air Presbyterian Church in Encino. Moomaw, pastor to former President Ronald Reagan, had asked his congregation to accept his resignation because he said he had "stepped over the line of acceptable behavior" with some members of his church. Neither Moomaw nor church officials have explained the nature of the indiscretions Moomaw cited.
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July 17, 1999 | ANNETTE KONDO
The public is invited to a concert featuring Paul Salamunovich, director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, at 9 a.m. today at Bel Air Presbyterian Church. The performance is part of the National Choir Conductors Guild Convention, which met this week at Bel Air Presbyterian. The convention's focus was not solely on church music. Workshops were offered on all types of choirs--children's, youth and community, said Peter Pocock, national president of the Choral Conductors Guild.
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April 16, 1995 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Rev. Donn Moomaw abruptly resigned in 1993 from his celebrity pulpit at Bel Air Presbyterian Church, with a mysterious statement that he had "stepped over the line," it was because regional church officials were looking into rumors of sexual misconduct with women he had counseled.
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September 8, 1991 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Bel Air Presbyterian Church settles into its new sanctuary, it has requested members, guests and visitors not to pester its most famous worshipers. Although Ronald and Nancy Reagan began attending services there in 1965 and joined the church after leaving the White House in early 1989, they are still approached for autographs before and after worship, church officials say. "We would like to give President and Mrs.
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August 30, 2006
PRESIDENT BUSH MARKED THE first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Tuesday with a speech in New Orleans saluting volunteers from across the country. He's right. Their overwhelming show of compassion shined a rare light in a dark time. For the last year, college and high school students have given up holiday ski trips and spring-break beach vacations to tear down walls and shovel rubble. Churches have sent squadrons of teenagers and retirees.
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July 17, 1999 | ANNETTE KONDO
The public is invited to a concert featuring Paul Salamunovich, director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, at 9 a.m. today at Bel Air Presbyterian Church. The performance is part of the National Choir Conductors Guild Convention, which met this week at Bel Air Presbyterian. The convention's focus was not solely on church music. Workshops were offered on all types of choirs--children's, youth and community, said Peter Pocock, national president of the Choral Conductors Guild.
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July 26, 1997 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Rev. Donn Moomaw, a nationally known clergyman disciplined two years ago for "sexual misconduct" with five women while he was pastor of Bel Air Presbyterian Church on Mulholland Drive has returned to active ministry at a San Diego County congregation with the blessings of Presbyterian officials.
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September 9, 1995 | CORD COOPER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It has been a long journey from South Africa to Bel-Air for the Rev. Michael Wenning, but one he feels he has been preparing for all his life. The journey culminates Sunday, as Bel-Air Presbyterian Church installs the South African-born Wenning as its new senior pastor, replacing the Rev. Donn Moomaw, who led the church from 1964 until his abrupt resignation two years ago.
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May 13, 1995 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Pentagon, acknowledging snags in military procedures for handling sexual harassment cases, announced plans Friday to shore up the existing system by increasing pressure on individual commanders to enforce current policies.
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April 16, 1995 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Rev. Donn Moomaw abruptly resigned in 1993 from his celebrity pulpit at Bel Air Presbyterian Church, with a mysterious statement that he had "stepped over the line," it was because regional church officials were looking into rumors of sexual misconduct with women he had counseled.
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March 15, 1995 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending two years of secrecy, Presbyterian church officials said Tuesday night that the Rev. Donn Moomaw, who was former President Ronald Reagan's minister, engaged in "repeated instances of sexual contact" with five women while pastor of the Bel Air Presbyterian Church. Moomaw, 63, who abruptly resigned in 1993, saying only that he had "stepped over the line of acceptable behavior" while pastor of the hilltop church on Mulholland Drive, was also suspended as a clergyman until 1997.
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March 15, 1995 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending two years of secrecy, Presbyterian church officials said Tuesday night that the Rev. Donn Moomaw engaged in "repeated instances of sexual contact" with five women while pastor of Bel Air Presbyterian Church and suspended him as a clergyman until 1997. Moomaw, 63, who was former President Ronald Reagan's minister, abruptly resigned in 1993, saying only that he had "stepped over the line of acceptable behavior" while pastor of the hilltop church on Mulholland Drive.
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