Doug Gerdts


Favorite Scripture
Acts 10:33-43   ...I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to God....
Isaiah 58:6-12    ...Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in...
Favorite Worship Music
Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy
Anthem: Saints of God (James Bassi)
Favorite Potluck Food
Jello and Pretzel Salad
     Without Walls




I was born and raised in and around New York City until my teenage years when I moved to a Detroit suburb and attended Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, MI. I then attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, majoring in Business Economics.


During college and after graduation, I enjoyed an active career working for a hotel company renovating and building a dozen hotels ranging from exclusive coastal resorts in the west to large convention hotels in Arizona, Colorado, and the east coast.


In 1994 I left the hotel business and entered seminary in Lexington, KY and upon graduation, I was called by Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church in Lexington as their Associate Pastor.


In 2001, I accepted an interim position with First Presbyterian in Maysville, KY; a small historic city perched on the Ohio River, and since July of 2003 I have lived in Wilmington where I serve First & Central Presbyterian Church. This inclusive community of gifted and diverse people continually challenges, teaches, and cares for one another and the city in exciting and creative ways. It is a privilege to serve among people of faith with a passion for justice.


To further my skills and proficiency in ministry, I received a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2008 from Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, PA. My dissertation was focused on Urban Ministry.


In 2012, after the creation of the Delaware Council for Faith-Based Partnerships, Gov. Markell appointed me the chair and since our inception, the Council has worked to define its mission and focus and to concentrate on a small number of wide-ranging initiatives. I have also served as the Treasurer of New Castle Presbytery since 2007.


I have two children, a son, Ben, who is a teacher in San Antonio, TX; and a daughter, Madison, who is an accountant here in Wilmington.


God continually brings new beginnings; to First & Central, especially! We embark anew on a road this church has traveled for generations with companions rested for the journey. God calls us from tomorrow, we follow that Spirit of restlessness and, together, strong and faithful, we seek to serve the least of our sisters and brothers.