Welcoming the Rev. Dr. Sam Massey
Rev. Massey arrives in mid-November, 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 their first grandchild is on the way! Excitingly, the move to Delaware puts them in day-trip vicinity (Lancaster area) to their son, daughter-in-law, and coming-soon granddaughter. They plan to live in walking distance to the church with their beloved basset hound, Clover.
Until the new pastor arrives, the pulpit will be filled (virtually) by talented ministers from the area, many of whom regularly worship here. The Revs. Alison Halsey and Bill Hathaway will continue to oversee congregational care during this time, with Alison serving as moderator of Session.
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.