HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A recent street sign dedication ceremony in Hackettstown honored a local pastor who died this year.
Officials used the ceremony on Friday to recognize Frank Fowler, senior pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church, who died on May 21 from Creutzfeldt Jacob Disease (CJD).
East Moore Street from Main Street to Maple Avenue was renamed to “Rev. Frank Fowler Way.”
“Pastor Fowler was a very instrumental part of our community. He did so much to help people that didn’t have anything, he didn’t care who you were, he didn’t care what religion you were, he was there to help and he always did,” Hackettstown Mayor Jerry DiMaio said.
Fowler grew up in Hackettstown, attending the same church in his youth that he would later lead after seminary school and roles at two other New Jersey churches.
At Trinity church, Fowler was known for organizing charitable initiatives through the church including the annual Midnight Run, mission trips, support for the Hoving Home Women’s Shelter in Oxford Township, and the Lord’s Food Pantry.
For decades, Fowler hosted “Let’s Talk About It” on WRNJ, which featured discussions with guests on local interest and current event topics.
Fowler’s wife Karen thanked officials for immediately getting behind the street sign dedication.