Rev. Austin Miles, a chaplain in Northern California is a writer and historian. He is the author of Santa's Surprising Origins, a story that received worldwide circulation and resulted in him being cast in the 2004 Hallmark Christmas Movie titled, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus. He played the mall Santa who magically received the gift of sign language.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Religion • BREAKING! Noted Author-Historian Peter Marshall Dies

Peter Marshall, author of, The Light and The Glory, and From Sea to Shining Sea, died suddenly on Wednesday evening, September 8, 2010 in Orleans Massachusetts. He was 70 years old.

His mother, Catherine Marshall wrote the best-selling biography of his father entitled, A Man Called Peter. This book was later made into an Oscar-nominated film of the same title (1955) in which Peter, Jr. was portrayed as a young child by the actor, Bill Chapin.

Born on Janurary 21, 1940, Peter John Marshall, the son of the Scottish minister, Dr. Peter Marshall, who became Pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washinton, D.C. in 1937 and was appointed twice as Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, serving from Janurary 1947 until his sudden death at the age of 46.

A graduate of Mount Hermon School in Northfield, MA, Peter John attended Yale University where he sang in the Yale Glee Club and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History. He then entered Princeton Theological Seminary from which he was graduated in 1965 and ordained as a minister of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.  .

For the next twelve years, he served pastorates in West Hartford, CT, and East Dennis, MA. Since 1977, he had devoted himself to a nationwide ministry of preaching, teaching, speaking and writing.  He is survived by his three children and their mother Edith Marshall Roberts as well as two step-brothers and a step-sister.

The Rite of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, Deptember 13, at 10 A.M. at the Church of the Transfiguration, 5 Bay View Drive, Rock Harbor, in Orleans, MA. Internment follows in the Orleans Cemetery.

We are grateful to Jamie Just of Brentwood California for alerting us to this breaking news and forwarding the announcement of the deathas published in the Peter Marshall Ministries Newsletter

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