Pastor Joseph's Story

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Pastor Joseph Stringer, 87, of Methuen passed away Friday, September 15, 2017, at the Lawrence General Hospital. He was born in Fall River, Mass., and was the son of the late Joseph and Mildred (Leach) Stringer.

Pastor Stringer was a graduate of Thibodeau Business College and worked at the Fall River Gas Company. In 1952 he followed God’s calling and became a pastor. He pastored churches in Pennsylvania, Block Island, R.I., and Lawrence. In 1964 he founded the Fellowship Bible Church in North Andover. In 1978 Fellowship Christian Academy was begun and quickly expanded from K4-Grade 12. Having outgrown their space in North Andover, Fellowship Bible Church moved to Methuen in 1995. He also taught and trained many pastors in the New England area, who in turn founded their own churches.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Lorraine (Taylor) Stringer; his daughter and her family, Cynthia Berube and her husband, Douglas of Methuen; son, Jason Berube, his wife, Kristin, and their children, Ethan, Logan and Corin of Hampstead, N.H.; son, Douglas Berube, his wife, Miranda, and their son, Montana of California; daughter, Crystal Ortlieb, her husband, Michael, and their children, Jayce, Reagan, Landon and Damien of Dover, N.H., and their daughter, Lauryn of Texas; his other daughter, Cheryl Stone and her husband, Peter of North Andover, their daughter, Jennifer Stone-Grimaldi, her husband, Jeremy and their son, Eli of Hudson, N.H.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017, at the Fellowship Bible Church, 1 Fellowship Way, Methuen. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery, Andover.
For directions or to send condolences, please visit www.cataudellafh.com.
Published on  September 19, 2017
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