Jerry Iamurri, Pastor of Bethany Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Havertown, Pa., has been named Assistant Stated Clerk for the EPC Office of the General Assembly. He fills the role being vacated by Ed McCallum, who has served in this capacity since 1998.
“I am excited to serve the EPC as Assistant Stated Clerk,” Iamurri said. “I’m looking forward to serving pastors and church leaders in areas of polity and supporting the four strategic initiatives. The EPC has been a great home for me, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude to the Lord for this opportunity.”
He has served as Pastor of Bethany EPC since 2008. Under his leadership, the congregation transitioned to the EPC in 2012. He previously served Presbyterian congregations in Forest Grove, Philadelphia, and Ardmore, Pa.; El Paso, Texas; and Toms River, N.J. In addition to his ministry experience, Iamurri was an Assistant District Attorney for the Philadelphia (Pa.) District Attorney’s Office from 1999 to 2003. As a trial and appellate attorney, he litigated more than 5,000 preliminary hearings and tried more than 500 felony cases.
He also is a previous chairman of the EPC Ministerial Vocation Committee.
Iamurri earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2014; a juris doctorate from the Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Del., in 1998; a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1993, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and English from Allegheny College in 1989.
The Assistant Stated Clerk Search Team consisted of EPC Stated Clerk Jeff Jeremiah and National Leadership Team members Scott Griffin (Moderator) and Leigh Swanson (Personnel Committee chair).
“It was clear to all three of us,” Jeremiah noted, “that God has been preparing Jerry ‘for such a time as this’ in the life of the EPC. He is uniquely gifted to carry on the level of excellence and care that Ed McCallum brought to the role for almost 20 years. I couldn’t be more pleased that Jerry has chosen to join the team in Orlando at the Office of the General Assembly.”
“I am thankful to Ed McCallum for his years of faithful service,” Griffin added, “and delighted that God has provided the perfect replacement. God has been preparing Jerry his whole life to step into the role, and I am delighted for the opportunity to serve beside him.”
Swanson said that Iamurri has “unique experience, exceptional gifting, a warm personality, and a deep love for Christ and His church. I am thrilled that Jerry has agreed to become the Assistant Stated Clerk of the EPC.”
Iamurri and his wife, Sandi, have two children: Matthew, 12, and Kimberly, 10. Jerry begins his responsibilities in Orlando on April 24.
McCallum is retiring from the Assistant Stated Clerk role after 19 years. He and his wife, Nan, were commissioned as World Outreach global workers through the International Theological Education Network (ITEN) at the 2016 General Assembly. They start their new ministry in July 2017.