The Reverend William Otis Breedlove, II, Class of 1992, died March 8, 2019 in New Brunswick, NJ. He most recently served as an Associate at St. Barnabas’s Church in Monmouth Junction. He previously served in the diocese of New Jersey at St. Andrew’s Church, Trenton; St. Andrew’s Church, Mount Holly; and Trinity Church, Swedesboro. He also served in a number of interim positions and organized and worked in the Resource Room at Diocesan House for many years.
Born January 15, 1941, Breedlove was the son of a Baptist minister who followed in his father’s path and after college and seminary, was ordained in the American Baptist Church. His years at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago started him down a different spiritual path from that in which he had been raised and shortly after his ordination in the Baptist Church he left that tradition and became an Episcopalian.
After receiving a M.S. in library science, Breedlove spent time at The Free Library of Philadelphia working mostly in adult literacy and outreach services. He also served as the director of two public libraries in New Jersey. In the late 1980s, he again began to explore ordination. After Anglican Studies and training as a spiritual director at General, he was ordained to the priesthood by the Rt. Rev. G. P. Mellick Belshaw. He was an active spiritual director and a life professed member of the Third Order, Society of St. Francis as well as serving as the Formation Director for the Province of the Americas.
Services will be on Saturday, March 16th at 11 AM at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 142 Sand Hills Road, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852.