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The discovery of a letter written by Michael F. Rinker to his family during the Civil War prompted the authors, Richard N. Rinker and David B. Rinker, to embark on a journey of research and discovery: Who was Michael Rinker, with whom the authors shared only a surname, and how did he live and carry out his calling as a pastor during a time when the country was expanding and discovering its identity?
Michael Franklin Rinker was the son of a farmer. He became a soldier, a laborer, a student, a pastor, a church-starter, a missionary, and a pioneer during his lifetime. Although much of his life remains illusive, readers will get a sense of his character, his aspirations, his problems, his joys and sorrows from the minimal documentation found by the authors and from their persistent research into the life and times of a nineteenth-century pastor. Certainly this book conveys a picture of what life was like for a pioneer pastor, working in the Lutheran church from the end of the Civil War into the first years of the twentieth century.
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The Rev. Dr. Richard N. Rinker lives in North Carolina and is a United Church of Christ minister. Dr. David B. Rinker is a resident of Florida and an educator. Both have been family researchers for forty+ years.. David is part of the Shenandoah Valley Rinker family lineage, but Richard is not. They have been actively collaborating in the search for Michael for more than six years.
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Book Description Quill House Publishers, 2012. Perfect Paperback. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG1933794534