Origin of pastorMiddle English pastour from Old French from Classical Latin pastor, shepherd (LL(Ec), minister of a congregation) from pascere, to feed: see food
- A Christian minister or priest having spiritual charge over a congregation or other group.
- A layperson having spiritual charge over a person or group.
- Archaic A shepherd.
transitive verbpas·tored, pas·tor·ing, pas·tors
Origin of pastorMiddle English from Old French from Latin pāstor shepherd ; see pā- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present pastors, present participle pastoring, simple past and past participle pastored)
- (Christianity) To serve a congregation as pastor
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Old French pastor (Modern French pasteur), from Latin pastor.
- On his way home from the university he passed through Saumur, and, having visited the pastor of the Protestant church there, was introduced by him to Philippe de Mornay, governor of the city.
- Everyone in the crowded room knew Pastor Humphries and treated him with the reverence as a visiting cardinal.
- He graduated at Yale College in 1807, studied theology under Timothy Dwight, anfl in 1812 became pastor of the First Church of New Haven.
- His father, Georg Karl Benjamin Ritschl (1783-1858), became in 1810 pastor at the church of St Mary in Berlin, and from 1827 to 1854 was general superintendent and evangelical bishop of Pomerania.
- In the Reformed Church (far the more numerous of the two bodies) each parish has a council of presbyters, consisting of the pastor and lay-members elected by the congregation.