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Gainesville missionary killed in Africa
Local service for church director set for July 6
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Local missionary George Hutchinson was killed Monday in a traffic accident near Kampala, Uganda. - photo by For The Times

Read George Hutchinson's full obituary here.

Local missionary George Hutchinson was killed Monday in a traffic accident near Kampala, Uganda.

Hutchinson was traveling in a car driven by Joseph Muwonge, a member of a Ugandan ministry, when it was struck by a milk tanker in a head-on collision.

Herb Guthrie, a missionary and musician from Athens, was also in the car. All three men were killed.

A Gainesville resident, Hutchinson served as director of Church Planting International Inc. which funded mission trips across the world. He was on his 16th mission to Uganda to visit and teach local pastors. More than 600 people attended his last sermon in Kasese in western Uganda, said his wife Linda Hutchinson.

“He always said that the measure of someone’s ministry is not what it looks like at the time but what remains of it after he is gone,” she said. “Though it was God’s plan, the growth of the church in Uganda is part of George’s legacy.”

George Hutchinson held five earned degrees, including a doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University in England. He helped found the German Theological Seminary located in Giessen, Germany, and participated in mission trips to many countries including Myanmar, India, Russia and Uganda.

“He would go visit prisons overseas and then give lectures at universities and theological seminaries.” said his son, Albert Hutchinson. “He was able to communicate things in a way that people could relate to and understand through different cultural and generational barriers.

“Over a thousand people showed up to his memorial service in Africa and we have received emails from friends and students of his from Germany, Russia, Uganda, India, Portugal, and China,” he said.

George Hutchinson is survived by his wife of 46 years, Linda Hutchinson, four sons and eight grandchildren. He will be buried in New Providence, Pa., in a family cemetery. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, pending his body’s return.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. July 6 at Chestnut Mountain Presbyterian Church. The family will receive visitors at the church at 10 a.m. before the service celebrating the life and ministry of the “Rev. George.”

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