Rev. Dr. William “Bill” Mathews, 69, died Sept. 14, 2003 at home in West Newfield. Born in Lima, Ohio on Jan. 1, 1934, he graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1956; Andover Newton Theological Seminary in 1960; and received his doctorate in 1983 from Boston University School of Theology. He served numerous United Church of Christ churches for over 40 years in New York, Massachusetts, and Ohio. He was also a counselor and therapist, and worked in the El Salvador sanctuary movement and with many other peace efforts. He is survived by his wife, the Rev. Carol S. Shelton or West Newfield; a son, John of Providence, RI; two daughters, Sara Stuart of Concord, NH and Martha Libster of Thornton, CO; two grandsons; and a large extended family.