Dean Weaver, Teaching Elder from the Presbytery of the Alleghenies, was elected Moderator of the EPC’s 37th General Assembly on June 21 at Fair Oaks Church in Sacramento, Calif. The vote was unanimous.
“I am humbled, honored, and excited to stand before you and serve in this way,” Weaver said. “We stand as a church with a vision and a mission, and a God who is bigger than all put together Who is able to bring it to pass for His glory.”
Weaver has served as Pastor of Memorial Park Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Allison Park, Pa., since 2006. He previously served as Senior Pastor of Knox Presbyterian Church in Kenmore, N.Y., and Pastor of Clymer Presbyterian Church in Clymer, Pa. As a staff member of the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) following his college graduation, he served as Campus Minister for Graystone Presbyterian Church in Indiana, Pa., where he met his wife, Beth.
In addition to his pastoral roles, Weaver was Founder and Co-Moderator of the New Wineskins Association of Churches (NWAC). The NWAC, formed in 2001 and dissolved in 2011, was a group of about 200 theologically conservative Presbyterian churches and was formed as a result of growing discontent regarding the general direction of the PC(USA).
“In 2007,” Weaver told the Assembly, “you created a space for me and all of us in the New Wineskins Association that we very desperately needed. As we got to know one another and know a church that is truly Presbyterian, Reformed, evangelical, and missional, we found that we were two parts of the same family. And over the past 10 years, we have discovered—as many of you have—that we are home.”
He was Co-chair of the Joint Commission on New Wineskins and the EPC from 2007 to 2012; and a member of the Coordinating Council of the New Wineskins Presbytery. In the EPC’s Presbytery of the Alleghenies he served as chair of the Ministerial Committee in 2012-2013, Moderator in 2014, and Chair of Council in 2015. He has been a member of the EPC National Leadership Team (formerly Committee on Administration) since 2013. He also is President and co-founder of EduNations, a non-profit corporation that builds and operates schools in Sierra Leone, West Africa.
Weaver is a 1986 graduate of Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh (Pa.) Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He currently is pursuing a Master of Theology in homiletics from Gordon-Conwell.
He and Beth have been married for almost 30 years and have six children—three natural born and three adopted internationally (one from St. Vincent and the Grenadines and two from Sierra Leone)—and one granddaughter.