Snapshots of Presbyterian Leadership
Since we each have different gifts according to the grace God has given us, we each live out our call in different ways. These stories offer but a glimpse of the diverse paths of leadership and service that are possible with God.
Trusting God to provide
Debt assistance program helps new seminary grad who said yes to the big call of a small Seattle church.
“Called to serve”
Rear Admiral Mark Tidd
Presbyterian chaplain to chaplains lives out motto of Navy Chaplain Corps
An unintentional tentmaker
Love of Jesus, music inspire Los Angeles man’s work
The pied piper of Detroit
The Rev. CC Armstrong
In order to achieve domestic harmony and avoid family squabbles, the Rev. CC Armstrong’s mother and father — who were raised in the African Methodist Episcopal and Baptist traditions, respectively — decided in the late 1950s that they would walk to and then join the very first church that welcomed them.
A dream fulfilled
Like many a biblical dreamer before her, the Rev. Sharon Selestewa heard God call her name while she slept. And not just once, but three times.
Called to leave home
For Lisa Magaly López-Marcial, the call to seminary was also a call to leave home.
'Raising Up Leaders'
Ted Hickman, a Commissioned Lay Pastor, has been instrumental in helping to turn the small, fragile Duryea Presbyterian Church around.
Walking in her great grandfather’s footsteps
Kathryn Howard’s greatest role model is someone she has never met.
The entire PC(USA) organization is behind me
Korean-American pastor finds joy and support in his first call
A mime finds his voice
Costa Rican native, Eliecer Barrantes, followed God’s call to ministry in the U.S.
The Rev. Pablo Rivera Madera
Presbyterian military chaplain answers call to revitalize small rural congregation
'Where God wanted me to be'
Susan Hyde Fellows
First call pastor enters the mission field through the For Such a Time as This pastoral residency program
Meeting the challenges
The Rev. James Thomas
Veteran church administrator returns to the joys of small church ministry
Law and (Presbyterian) order
When Nick Shargo retired from law enforcement in 2003, he in no way saw his career as ending.
A tiny star shining brightly
Minh Phuong Towner
When Minh Phuong Towner learned that her pastor, the Rev. Dr. Peter G. “Pete” James, head of staff at the Vienna (Va.) Presbyterian Church, was planning to use her story to illustrate the topic of happiness in a book he is writing, she was deeply humbled and not just a little surprised.
Finding their place
Four pastors reflect on their first calls, search process
A missional spirit
Ten years ago, 22-year-old Tamara Pridgen would have never imagined she would be back in her old middle school as a long-term substitute teacher and behavioral interventionist, working with students in the same classrooms where she herself once sat.
Kentucky pastor finds calling while renewing churches