Farmer leaves $2M to his church

BLAIRSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - December 8, 2008

A tiny church in western Pennsylvania inherited more than $2 million from a farmer who lived in a mobile home.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Sunday that John Ferguson left his entire estate to Hopewell United Methodist Church near the town of Black Lick.

The 71-year-old farmer attended the church before dying in January 2007. The gift has been in probate since then.

The church has just 80 members. Hopewell pastor Jason McQueen says a panel of congregation members will choose projects to be funded annually from the income generated by Ferguson's estate.

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