Rev. Christopher A. Mickel 56, of Rock City Falls, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2012. Born in Amsterdam City Hospital on August 20, 1955, he was the son of Walter and Elizabeth Mickel. Chris grew up in Gallupville and was a member of the Gallupville United Methodist Church and the Gallupville Fire Dept. He was a graduate of Schoharie Central School, SUNY Cobleskill, and Clarkson University. After graduating he was employed as a Chemical Technician at Schenectady Chemical.
Chris then went on to graduate from Drew University Theological School with a Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology degrees. Upon graduation, he served as Minister of the United Methodist Churches at Branden and Pittsford Vermont, and then Rock City Falls and Middle Grove in New York. Chris also served on the Board of Trustees at Drew University.
Padre, as Chris was known by many, was heavily involved with the community, serving as member, treasurer and chaplain of the Rock City Falls Volunteer Fire Department; treasurer of the Milton Grange, chairman of ECHO; and assisted with the local food pantry in Rock City Falls. He attended the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church.
Chris is survived by his parents, Walter and Elizabeth Mickel of Gallupville, sister, Paula Ecker of South China, Maine, brother, Walter Mickel, Jr of San Jose, California and two nephews, Jesse Ecker of Portland, Maine and Nathan Ecker and his wife Lori of Austin, Texas.
Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, April 11, at the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will follow at 2:30pm Wednesday at the Gallupville Rural Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.
Memorial contributions may be made toward the Mickel Scholarship for Country Pastor Students at Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940.