Michael Wenning

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Wenning delivering the invocation at the funeral of Ronald Reagan, June 2005

Michael Harold Wenning (July 5, 1935 – June 28, 2011) was an South African-born American Presbyterian minister. From 1969 to 1977, he was pastor of a Presbyterian church in Durban, South Africa. He was known for performing President Reagan's state funeral.

Early life[change | change source]

Wenning was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He studied at Texas Christian University and at New York University.

Career[change | change source]

From 1969 to 1977, he was pastor of a Presbyterian church in Durban, South Africa. In 1977 he returned to the United States where he worked for the next three decades as a pastor in various Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations, including one in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Death[change | change source]

Wenning died at his home in Mission Viejo, California from kidney failure caused by leukemia, aged 75.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Associated Press (June 30, 2011). "Michael Wenning, Reagans' Pastor, Dies at 75". The New York Times.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Michael Wenning at Wikimedia Commons