Rev. Dr. Richard Gibbons
Moderator of the TTF, Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Greenville, SC
A native of Scotland, Dr. Gibbons began biblical studies at Glasgow Bible College in 1982, where several years later he supervised the student placement program and lectured in Evangelism, Communications, and Practical Homiletics. During this time he initiated missions in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Aberdeen with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. While serving The Church of Scotland's Board of National Mission in Inverness, from 1997 to 2007 Dr. Gibbons served as a Regional Development Officer to eight highland presbyteries and then as the Moderator of the Presbytery of Inverness.
Dr. Gibbons holds joint honors in Ecclesiastical History and Systematic Theology from the University of Glasgow and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Highland Theological College.
He and his wife, Ruth, have one adult son, Michael.
Rev. Dr. Laura Smit
Professor of Theology at Calvin College
Rev. Dr. Smit has been teaching at Calvin College since 1999. She is a member of the Synod Executive Council (Synod 4).
She was ordained in the PC(USA) in 1989 and served as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Clayton, New Jersey for six years before going to Boston University for a Ph.D. in medieval philosophy and theological aesthetics. Her dissertation was on aesthetic epistemology in the theology of Bonaventure.
see more at laurasmit.com
Rev. Justin Amsler
Rev. Justin Amsler became the pastor of McDonald Presbyterian Church in June of 2008. He is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a native of Western Pennsylvania. Justin also graduated from Grove City College with a degree in Biology and Education. Following college Justin enjoyed serving as a biology teacher, an executive for the Boy Scouts of America, and as a youth pastor. These experiences all worked together to prepare him for the work and ministry at McDonald Presbyterian. see more
Rev. Barry Gray
Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Mount Holly, NJ
Barry began doing pastoral ministry in 1971 as part of the Jesus People movement in Wilmington, DE and Philadelphia, PA. He is a graduate of Liberty Bible College in Pensacola, FL and Princeton Theological Seminary. He spent 27 years pastoring non-denominational churches, 15 years pastoring PCUSA churches, and became an ECO pastor in 2013. He began his ministry here on December 1, 2016. Barry has been married to the love of his life, Karin, since 1971, has 1 son and daughter-in-law, and 3 grandchildren.
Rev. Dr. Tim McConnell
Lead Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs, CO
Serving Christ in ordained ministry since 1999, Tim was a pastor in New Jersey, Virginia, and Georgia before returning to his hometown to serve First Pres. He was a US Army Reserve chaplain, worked in higher education teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, led students in Christian fellowships at the Darden Business School and the Virginia School of Law, and led mission trips to Kenya on multiple occasions.
Tim is the author of Happy Church: Pursuing Radical Joy as the People of God (InterVarsity Press, 2016) and Illumination in Basil of Caesarea's Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (Fortress Press, 2014). See more
Christian Educator, member of Presbyterian Church Old Greenwich
Mickie has served as a Christian Educator for over 40 years, always focusing on the joy of working with children and their parents. She served in churches in the greater Chicagoland area and in Scotland before coming to Connecticut in 2012. Mickie was the Executive Director of Children’s Ministries of America and enjoyed traveling all over the US planning and conducting educational conferences.
She has a Masters of Philosophy from the University of Aberdeen, and a Masters of Religious Education from Trinity Divinity School. See more
Rev. Troy Onsager
Senior Pastor of Escalon Presbyterian, Escalon, CA
Rev. Onsager received his Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2000 and studied at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford on a Parish Pulpit Fellowship (PTS). He is presently a PhD Candidate with the University of Aberdeen, Scotland (Ecclesiology). Troy is married to Leslie and they have two young boys.
Rev. Dr. Mark Patterson
Lead Pastor of Community Presbyterian Church of Ventura, CA
Elder, Lycoming Centre Presbyterian Church, Hepburnville, PA
Dave Reichelderfer is an elder and member of session at Lycoming Centre Presbyterian Church in Hepburnville, Pennsylvania. He is a retired educator with 33.5 years of experience as a teacher and administrator in the public school setting. Dave graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary with an M.A. in Religion and has been certified by the Northeast Presbytery to receive a pastoral call in ECO. He currently serves as Ministry Partnership Team Assimilation Coordinator for the ECO Presbytery of the Northeast, and is a member of the Theological Task Force of ECO. Dave and his wife, Ann, have been married for 34 years and been members at Lycoming Centre for 32 years. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.
Rev. Dr. Mateen Elass
Evangelist and Apologist for Voice of Truth
Mateen has a wonderful story found here on his blog which he regularly updates.
Rev. Dr. Gregory (G.P) Wagenfuhr
Resource Coordinator and Executive Transitional Pastor of United Presbyterian Church, Cañon City, CO
Rev. Dr. Wagenfuhr is serving for this year as the part–time Resource Coordinator for the Theology Task Force. He is the author of Plundering Egypt: A Subversive Christian Ethic of Economy (Cascade, 2016). See more in his introductory letter, and at his website.