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Successor Named to Marble Collegiate Pulpit

New York’s venerable Marble Collegiate Church, founded nearly 400 years ago and made famous by its longtime leader, the Rev. Norman Vincent Peale, named a new senior minister on Sunday (Feb 1).
The Rev. Michael Brown, a United Methodist pastor from North Carolina, succeeds the Rev. Arthur Caliandro, who retired Sunday after heading the church for 25 years.
Caliandro, 75, had followed Peale, whose best-selling book “The Power of Positive Thinking,” put Marble Collegiate, and the self-help genre, on the map.
“I am thrilled to be joining Marble Collegiate Church,” Brown said in a statement, “one of the most historic, diverse, and renowned ministries in the country.”
An active United Methodist known for his preaching prowess, Brown previously served as senior minister of Centenary United Methodist Church, a 3,900-member congregation in Winston-Salem, N.C., according to the statement.
Founded by Dutch Reformists in the early 1600s, Marble Collegiate calls itself the “oldest Protestant organization in North America.” It remains part of the Reformed Church in America, a small denomination with headquarters in New York City and Grand Rapids, Mich.
By Daniel Burke
Religion News Service
Copyright 2009 Religion News Service.All rights reserved.No part of this transmission may be distributed or reproduced without written permission.

  • Henrietta22

    Norman Vincent Peale is always noted for his book the Power of Positive Thinking. It is great, but Rev. Peale wrote many other Christian books of powerful interpretations of his own about God, Christ and the Holy Spirit. He and his wife started the “Guideposts” and they were exceptional when he and she were the writers. I’ve heard a UMC pastor put down his thoughts and I was amazed about that some years ago. I think it was when pentecostal thoughts came into the UMC. Rev. Schuller is also from the Dutch Reformed Church.

  • jestrfyl

    One of my ancestors helped found the Marble Church, back when Haarlem was the deep woods and the wall of Wall St protected the city and Stuyvesant was a real guy – an ego-maniac storming around the city and taking command and control like a Dutch mafiosa.
    I wish the new guy well. It is hard following a famous pastor, no matter how long ago he was in the pulpit. Though Caliandro was there for 25 years, I didn’t hear much about him. It is good to have someone who is not so interested in the limelight in positions like this one.

  • John Carpenter

    This is a bittersweet day for those of us who have attended Marble throughout the ministeries of Dr. Peale
    and Dr. Caliandro. To have been blessed with being served by one of these men would have been cause for gratitude; that we were given both is something of a miracle in itself. I remember Arthur’s first sermon and thinking he would never be able to follow Norman Vincent Peale. Now, I am thinking the same thing about Reverend Brown but Marble certainly has a track record of recruiting well.

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