The Rev. Bob Edgar (center), a Democratic congressman and United Methodist minister who went on to lead the National Council of Churches through a painful series of restructuring, died suddenly Tuesday at age 69. Edgar is pictured here while participating in an anti-war rally with Rev. Jean Arnold de Clermont (left), head of the French Protestant churches, and Bishop Manfred Kock (right) of the German Protestant Church in Feb. 2003. RNS file photo by Mark Abraham

The Rev. Bob Edgar (center), a Democratic congressman and United Methodist minister who went on to lead the National Council of Churches through a painful series of restructuring, died suddenly Tuesday at age 69. Edgar is pictured here while participating in an anti-war rally with Rev. Jean Arnold de Clermont (left), head of the French Protestant churches, and Bishop Manfred Kock (right) of the German Protestant Church in Feb. 2003. RNS file photo by Mark Abraham