Note: Commissioner profiles are appearing regularly in the Synod of the Trinity enews.
In what capacity do you serve (church name and leadership position, presbytery board, synod committee, etc.)?: Serving the Presbyterian Church of Mountain Top since 1987 as pastor. Service within the Lackawanna Presbytery: Chairperson of the Leadership Vision Team and Personnel Team, member of the Permanent Judicial Committee, clergy representative to Synod.
In what other capacity have you served in the past (former churches, committees, etc.)?: Chairperson of the Ecumenical Relations Committee, Christian Education Committee, co-chair of Committee on Ministry; Assistant Pastor (1980-1987) First Presbyterian Church, Norristown Pa. Committee: Session Records
When you’re not serving your church, what can you be found doing?: Playing and watching basketball (Go Tar Heels!), working out (when I can remember where the gym is), Legos, reading and watching the sun go down sitting on my front porch.
Describe yourself in one word: Introspective
What was your childhood dream job?: An NBA player (didn’t know NBA stood for No Baby-Hands Allowed), Chaplain in the Air Force, Sketch artist for the FBI
What steered you into this ministry field?: You only work one day a week plus there aren’t any good cartoons on Sunday. Being involved in my home church — First Presbyterian Church, Carteret, N.J. The influence of a Christian home, faithful people to the Lord at church and the godly impact of two pastors right out of seminary opened my heart and life to God’s call to ministry.
What goals do you have while serving as commissioner?: To better define my role as a commissioner, to assist the Synod in advancing God’s vision and to enjoy the fellowship and the great food at the Penn Stater Conference Center.
Why do you feel God has called you into this position of commissioner?: To experience and participate in the ministry and mission of God beyond the local church.
Any closing remarks?: Blessed and humbled to be part of God’s family.