K. Morgan Edwards, 90; Ex-Pastor Taught Preaching at Claremont School

From Staff and Wire Reports

K. Morgan Edwards, 90, a noted preacher and church leader who served as pastor of United Methodist churches in Pasadena and Glendale before joining the faculty at the Claremont School of Theology, died of natural causes Monday at his home in Claremont.

Edwards was named pastor of First United Methodist Church in Glendale in 1946, and in 1951 began a 10-year tenure as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Pasadena.

He was part of the planning group that moved the Claremont School of Theology from Los Angeles to Claremont in 1957 and he began teaching there full time in 1961. He retired as the school’s Gerald Kennedy professor of preaching in 1978.


Edwards was the author of two books: “Hoping to Be Somebody” and “More Than Survival.”

He was born Dec. 6, 1912, in Plymouth, Pa. He got a bachelor’s degree at Lebanon Valley College and a master of divinity degree from Drew Theological Seminary.