Rev. Nelson and Emma Jane (Byler) Roth recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception at the Allensville Mennonite Church.
They were united in marraige at Allensville on Aug. 23, 1963, by the groom's father, the late Rev. Paul M. Roth. The Roth's four children and their spouses, Darrel, Bernadine (Wade Stauffer), Cedric (Lora) and Arlin (Geri), hosted the event, along with the seven granddaughters singing "Ten Thousand Reasons."
In lieu of gifts, the Roths suggested that contributions be designated for the Crossroads Pregnancy Center's new ultrasound project. This will help to provide equipment and staff to perform ultrasounds for abortion-minded women. Approximately 80 percent of the women who see the image of their preborn baby chose the adoption option or parenting for their child. Crossroads reports that more than $2,500 has been received and designated in honor of the Roth anniversary.
Rev. and Mrs. Nelson Roth ... now
Rev. and Mrs. Nelson Roth ... then
Roth has volunteered as a pastoral counselor for the Mifflin and Huntingdon County Crossroads offices during the past 10 years. He also previously served for six years on the board of directors for Crossroads.
Roth has also been an instructor for local Driver Safety Classes. He works part time as an associate chaplain for the Valley View Retirement Community.
He is a retired elementary schoolteacher, and taught six years in Mifflin County, and 31 years in Blair County, while pastoring churches in Martinsburg and Woodbury.
Emma Jane volunteers frequently at the Valley View Haven Cafe, the Big Valley Gift and Thrift Shop and for Meals on Wheels.
The Roths are members of the Allensville Mennonite Church, where he teaches a young adult Sunday School class, and she is active in the monthly women's Sewing Circle.
They returned to Mifflin County 10 years ago, following a two-year pastorate near Johnstown. They live in the Valley View Village in Belleville.