Lawrence Dean Hurst dies; worked for ABHMS’ Educational Ministries

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 8/10/20)—Lawrence Dean Hurst, 83, of Audubon, Pa., formerly of King of Prussia, Pa., passed away on Aug. 4. He was employed by Educational Ministries—today part of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS)—for 28 years, holding various positions.

He was the husband of Joan (Wadsworth) Hurst, with whom he was married for 56 years. Born in Hillsdale, Mich., in 1937, he was the son of the late Dallas and Marie (Boman) Hurst.

After working at ABHMS, he was an account administrator at Vanguard for seven years. Upon  retiring, he continued working with finances as a certified financial planner and volunteering to prepare taxes with AARP.

He received degrees from the International Business College of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pa. He served in the United States Army, 1955-1957.

He was a member of Bankers Baptist Church, Michigan, and Upper Merion Baptist Church, King of Prussia.

He was active with Valley Forge Kiwanis Club for many years.

Survivors: Wife; daughters, Shelley (Kevin) Meenan of Wayne and Deborah (Kenneth) Chiarello of Berwyn, Pa.; five grandchildren, Marissa and Elizabeth Meenan and Matthew, Cailyn and Ella Chiarello; three siblings, Maxine (Dean) Scoville of Hillsdale, Mich., Karen (Frank) Johnson of Qunicy, Mich., Tom (Sue) Hurst of Reading, Mich.; and sister-in-law Janice Hurst of Jonesville, Mich. He was predeceased by his parents and brother Marvin Hurst.

Services: Private.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the L. Dean and Joan Hurst Scholarship Foundation at or via mail to Hillsdale County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 276, Hillsdale, MI 49242; or to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at

American Baptist Home Mission Societies partners with American Baptists to promote Christian faith, cultivate Christ-centered leaders and disciples, and bring healing and transformation to communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.

American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with approximately 5,000 congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.