Five years ago – after three years as pastor of Calvary Presbyterian Church in Cleveland – the Rev. Adrian T. Lynum was named pastor at what had been his home church, , now in Beachwood.
Lynum joined St. Mark’s in 1968, when the church was located on East Boulevard in Cleveland, and later served three terms as an elder. He was named the church’s “Man of the Year” in 1996. His status as pastor was made permanent on Oct. 11, 2009.
The 68-year-old Beachwood resident died of complications from cancer on March 29.
Lynum, who was born in Manila, AL, was a teenager when he moved to Cleveland with his family.
He was educated at East High School and attended Bowling Green State University for two years.
Lynum worked as a psychiatric aide at Fairhill Psychiatric Hospital before taking a job with Lincoln Electric. After retiring around 30 years later, he resumed his education and graduated from Cleveland State University with a bachelor’s degree in social work.
He earned a master of divinity degree from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1991. While in Pittsburgh, he interned with the East End Cooperative Ministry Homeless program and served as a student assistant at Valley View Presbyterian Church.
Lynum, who was installed as pastor at Calvary Church in 2003, became involved in the Greater Cleveland Round Table, NOAH (Northeast Ohio Alliance for Hope) and Inter-Act Cleveland.
Survivors include his wife of five years, Earnestine; daughter, Adrienne; two grandchildren; and siblings, Marjorie Dowlen, Helen Evans and Ernest. His first wife, Thelma, died in 2004.
Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at E.F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home, 25900 Emery Road, Warrensville Heights.
Friends also may from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. services Wednesday, April 6, at , 2757 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights.