To Pam Wagner, he was the compassionate pastor who offered her the job she has kept for 34 years.

To Clyde and Alice Heller, he was the enthusiastic traveler who showed them the German countryside.

And to Charles Glatfelter, the Rev. Frederick Weiser was the promising student with whom he shared a love of history.

By all accounts, Weiser -- both a noted historian and a longtime pastor in the Hanover-Adams County area -- was a man who made an impact on the lives of those he knew and met.

Weiser died Monday at the age of 73.

The pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Biglerville for 19 years, Weiser was committed to bringing people into the faith, Wagner said.

"I think the main thing that he had in mind here was to teach his congregation about God and also to believe in Him," she said.

Weiser was also a mentor of sorts for Wagner, who described herself as a shy woman whose best friend had just passed away when Weiser approached her with a job offer many years ago. Though she hesitated, Wagner said her pastor never doubted her ability.

"It took me a long time to do that," she said.

Thirty-four years later, Wagner still serves as secretary at St. Paul's -- the job Weiser offered her in 1975.

Weiser moved on from the Biglerville church, however, and served as pastor at a variety of Lutheran churches in the area.

Though he occasionally changed locations, Weiser always took his passion for history with him.

A student of history and genealogy since he was a teenager, Weiser became one of the area's most respected experts on the Pennsylvania Dutch culture, Glatfelter said.

"This is something that was very deep in his psyche," he said.

Glatfelter said he first met Weiser in 1953, when the future pastor was a student at Gettysburg College and Glatfelter was a professor. In the decades that followed, the two collaborated on several research projects.

"He was the kind of student who was interested in taking his work seriously," Glatfelter said.

The first collaboration resulted in two volumes of research on the history of Lutheran pastors and congregations in Pennsylvania during the 18th century. Then, in 2005, the two collaborated again to publish "The Petition of 1747," a report on the petition 250 people signed in 1747 to establish York County.

Weiser's passion for German and Pennsylvania Dutch history was born in part by the five years he spent living in and exploring Germany. The knowledge he gained from that experience he shared with members of his congregations, who he often brought with him on trips to Europe.

The Hellers took trips with Weiser in 1988, 1989 and 1990.

"He knew the customs and he knew the places to see. He made sure we got to see a lot of the religious parts too," Clyde Heller said. "But he also knew enough to pick out the highlights. He liked to have fun."