Roger Mills wrote: > It may not even be regional, but personal. (Maybe denominational as > well). My experience is limited to RC and Episcopalian clergy, all of > whom I would call Father LastName, unless they were close personal > friends, in which case it would be FirstName, maybe Fr. Firstname when > talking about them. However the very essence of a minister/pastor/priest's role is that of being on a personal level with the congregation - a facilitator rather than an authority. Therefore the role appeals to people who prefer the familiar address. > Reverend would cover everyone else, including those Episcopalians who > don't like "Father". Pastor, for some reason, I associate with > Lutherans. Lutherans and baptists, plus a number of independent churches. -- web. | Here and there I like to preserve a few islands of sanity netyp.com/ | within the vast sea of absurdity which is my mind. member/ | After all, you can't survive as an eight foot tall dragon | flesh eating dragon if you've got no concept of reality.