In Memoriam: Rev. Calvin R. Knapp

Minister of the Quincy Unitarian Church from 1971 - 1976.

The last sermon that Cal Knapp gave to Quincy's Unitarian Church.

A graduate of Garrett Theological Seminary, he was an ordained Methodist minister who first served the Melrose Chapel in Quincy, Illinois. After appointment to the Metro Peoria Council of Churches, he became the minister of the Unitarian Church in Quincy. With one and a half years of continuing study, he was approved and accepted into the ministry of the UUA.

His years with the Quincy Unitarian Church were marked by growth in membership, leadership in various activities including organization of the annual plant sale (which continues through the years), several Attic Auctions and Arts & Crafts Fairs. Of particular notice is the membership attention to the Proclamation of World Citizenship.

Rev. Knapp's earlier vocation centered on livestock farming in southern Illinois. Following his retirement from the Quincy Unitarian Church, he served a series of part-time Unitarian and Universalist ministries in Alton, Hutonsville, Waltonville and Danville in Illinois, and in Evansville and Terre Haute in Indiana.

In 1998 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and was affiliated with the Greater Nashville UU Congregation. There he became the enabler of Credo, a humanist study group, and was the initiator-leader of a series of four Jesus Seminar Study Groups.

On April 7, 1947 he was married to Ruth Gregory who survives. Also surviving are four children: Gregory Knapp of Clayton, Illinois; Stephen Knapp of Belleville, Illinois, Jane Walling and Scott Knapp both of Nashville. There are three grandchildren.

Memorial services were held on April 10, 2004, at the Greater Nashville Unitarian Universalist Church.


The last sermon that Cal Knapp gave to Quincy's Unitarian Church.