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October 13, 2007

Church honors Howard Brembeck

Last Sunday was a big day for Howard Brembeck as he accepted the congratulations of friends, family and members of his church congregation as they showed their appreciation and gratitude for his life’s vision of bringing peace and positive change to the world.

Brembeck is the founder of Chore-Time Brock in Milford who also founded the Fourth Freedom Forum in Goshen. The Forum is based on Franklin D. Roosevelt’s message to Congress in 1941. Roosevelt stated that all world citizens should be afforded a fourth freedom, freedom from fear or weapons and war.

In the past 20 years, Brembeck’s forum has grown into a leading authority on nuclear disarmament, sanctions and incentives in international relations. The forum has played roles in advising international organizations and governments all over the world.

Brembeck is also known for his commitment to leadership and generous philanthropic spirit, providing funds to Christian organizations that share his views.

“We honored Howard today for his pioneering work, not only in his agriculturally-based business, but in establishing Oakwood Christian Leadership Academy, which helps train youth in leadership from a Christian perspective and his foundational work as well,” said Pastor Alan Griffin of First Presbyterian Church of Goshen.

The nonagenarian from Goshen much prefers to operate in the background, according to Griffin, who imagined Brembeck would good-naturedly expect someone to answer for Sunday’s public display.

“He is a very humble, dedicated man who is still actively engaged in pursuing his vision. He will be embarrassed that we’re honoring him, but the incredible example he gives impacts our congregation. His ministry goes far beyond the walls of our church,” Griffin said.

Brembeck was surprised to be recognized with the very first “Living Waters” honor ever bestowed by the First Presbyterian Church, Goshen.

“I had no idea what was going on until they called me up there,” Brembeck said, “I’m glad I came today!’

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