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Clint Cannon’s global ministry legacy carries on through gift

Ruth Cannon of Tacoma, has given $100,000 to Wider Church Ministries (WCM) in memory of her late husband, Clint Cannon, who died on April 7, 2013. 

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The late Clint Cannon's widow leaves gift to form part of UCC's Haystack Society.

The gift will form part of the Haystack Society, recently established by the outgoing board of WCM to support current and future ministries of WCM and Global Ministries.  Clint would automatically have become a member of the Haystack Society, because he was a member of its predecessor, the Samuel J. Mills Society, and was an active advocate and generous donor to UCC global mission over many decades.

Growing up in Wisconsin, he remembered missionaries visiting his childhood home and inspiring him with their mission stories.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II and made the military his career for 32 years. Tours of duty took him all over the world, from Germany and France, to Korea and Vietnam, with his last overseas assignment in Taiwan.

A graduate of the University of Illinois, he later earned two master’s degrees and a doctorate.  After his military career, he taught at several universities and retired in 1989 from the University of Puget Sound.

He was active in the national, conference and local UCC. In the Pacific Northwest, he served on the United Church Board of World Ministries, the Wider Church Ministries Board of Directors and the Common Global Ministries Board in the 1990s and 2000s.  He was did mission interpretation in the UCC Western Region, serving as coordinator for a time.  He participated in the PNC’s UCC-Disciple Global Ministries Committee until the late 2000s. 

Moved by the witness of military chaplains he knew over his career, Clint established the Cannon Endowment Fund with UCC Local Church Ministries in support of UCC members studying to be chaplains. He also endowed a scholarship with the PNC for clergy wishing to study for a doctorate.  Clint gave to WCM/Global Ministries generously for many years, especially to emergency response through One Great Hour of Sharing, and global mission through Global Ministries.

Clint had a vast knowledge and love of history, which led his wife Ruth and him to participate as re-enactors at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum in Tacoma, where Clint was “Chief Factor John Work” for many years. He also served on the boards of Tacoma Opera, Tacoma Philharmonic and Associated Ministries.

The Rev. James Moos, executive minister of WCM and co-executive of Global Ministries, appreciated Clint’s deep commitment to God’s mission and is grateful to his wife, Ruth, for providing this lasting legacy of Clint’s faithful service and care through the Haystack Society.

Copyright © September 2013 - Pacific Northwest Conference UCC News


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