Celebrating the service of the Rev. Dr. Douglas Gerdts
This spring, Doug 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.
Doug leaves First & Central in a good place, ready to seek a new pastor following the long-established protocols of the PC(USA). During the summer the pulpit will be filled (virtually, as needed) by talented ministers from the area, many of whom regularly worship here. The Revs. Alison Halsey and Bill Hathaway will oversee congregational care during this time, with Alison serving as moderator of Session. God willing, we will call our own interim (transitional) pastor within a few months.
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.