The Rev. Warren R. Ebinger, 85, a longtime United Methodist pastor in Maryland, died Jan. 6 of cardiac arrest at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville.

His son, Jonathan Ebinger, confirmed the death.

Dr. Ebinger retired in 1997 after serving nine years as a senior pastor at Severna Park United Methodist Church. Previously, he was a senior pastor at Woodside United Methodist Church in Silver Spring, and he also served as superintendent of the Fredrick District of the church.

After his retirement, he continued to preach at Woodside United Methodist Church, where he held the title of pastor emeritus.

Warren Ralph Ebinger was a native of Effingham, Ill., and a 1951 sociology graduate of North Central College in Naperville, Ill. He received a master’s degree from Garrett–Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill., in 1953. In 1977, he received a doctorate in sociology from American University.

Dr. Ebinger served in the Army Medical Corps in the late 1940s.

In the 1950s, Dr. Ebinger was a pastor of Methodist churches in Illinois. He moved to the Washington area in 1967 to work as an assistant general secretary for the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Global Ministries.

He moved to the Asbury Methodist Village retirement facility from Rockville in 2002.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Mary Ritzman Ebinger of Gaithersburg; three children, Lee Ebinger of Fairfax, Lori E. Lear of Naperville and Jonathan Ebinger of Palo Alto, Calif.; two sisters; and three granddaughters.

— Megan McDonough