Welcoming the Rev. Dr. Sam Massey, Interim Pastor
Rev. Massey has arrived in Delaware, having served 12 years as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City, Iowa. He and his wife, Susan, a professor and chair of Masters of Education program at Upper Iowa University, have two grown sons and are rejoicing in the birth of their first grandchild! They have taken a home in the 40 Acres neighborhood of Wilmington, which they share with their beloved basset hound, Clover.
Sam will aid the congregation of First & Central in the process leading to the call of our next pastor.
We give thanks for the gracious service of those talented ministers who worship with First & Central, who filled our (virtual and real) pulpits during this transition. You can expect to see these folks from time to time on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, along with elders in the church, leading our prayer services.
Celebrating the service of the Rev. Dr. Douglas Gerdts
In April, Doug (pictured above in pulpit) announced his resignation from his position at First & Central, feeling called to take on ministry elsewhere. He began a new role as transitional pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, NJ, in June.
Doug leaves a legacy of leadership that strengthened our congregation and propelled us in new directions. He encouraged use of our building as a resource that housed a preschool, a high school, and hosted a variety of community meetings. He oversaw a successful capital campaign that enabled us to create a home base for visiting missionaries and to transform our kitchen into a culinary teaching lab. And he encouraged us through strategic visioning to guide us as we enter our second century of service on this corner of Wilmington.
His brilliant sermons taught us that surely alliteration is somehow next to salvation, and his prayers soothed the souls of God's servants. He served his congregation and New Castle Presbytery with honor.
David's passion for music and faith in God make him a true Minister of Music. His remarkable talents for playing, directing, and composing are such a gift to F&C and this community. Under his direction, F&C's choir is comprised of some of the most talented musicians in the area. He studied music at The Ohio State University, received a Masters of Music from Eastman School of Music, and has pursued post-graduate education from Syracuse University.