MR ALF Popple, a member of the Neale Street congregation in Bendigo, recently celebrated his 100th birthday.
This year also marks 70 years of ministry as a lay preacher for Mr Popple in the Methodist and Uniting Churches.
Mr Popple’s first appointment was in 1945 at Yackandandah, where he met and later married the Sunday school teacher, Agnes Barber. Over the next 30 years he served at Lakes Entrance, Beaufort, Hamilton District, Cudgewa, Inglewood, Mitiamo, and finally Heywood.
Mr Popple was an active member in his childhood church at Mernda when it was still farming country. He taught in the local Sunday school and led his first service at South Morang Methodist Church, in 1936, as a 23 year old.
In retirement Mr Popple continued to lead services around Bendigo and still leads devotionals at his current place of residence, the Strath-Haven Nursing Home.
Alf claims to have lead services in a least one hundred and three different churches across Victoria.