The Rev. Dr. Douglas D. Gerdts, Pastor/Head of Staff

Our ultimate goal at First & Central is to enable, encourage, and facilitate spiritual growth  through active participation in a faith community.


Doug brings energy, community involvement, excellent preaching, and a love for God's people to F&C. His background in hospitality and hotels equips him with both a savvy business mind and a deep love of welcoming people. He received a Bachelor's degree in Business Economics from the University of California and received a Master of Divinity degree from Lexington Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Lancaster Theological Seminary. 




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Read Doug's blog, Without Walls.

David Schelat, Minister of Music


​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 Univeristy, received a Masters of Music from Eastman School of Music, and has pursued post-graduate education from Syracuse University. 

Learn more about David...


Visit Market Street Music's website.