Dean Weaver elected Moderator of 37th GA


Former General Assembly Moderators pray for Dean Weaver (right) and his wife, Beth, at his investiture on June 21. 

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.


2017 Leadership Institute: Reclaiming the Joy of Evangelism and Discipleship in the Local Church

GA2017LI-ReclaimTheJoyOfEvangelismIn the 2017 Leadership Institute seminar Reclaiming the Joy of Evangelism and Discipleship in the Local Church, Bill Senyard explained the importance of understanding the deepest unspoken and unmet needs of people as a key to a fruitful evangelism and discipleship ministry.

“Underneath the mask, we have insecure, fearful people with high expectations,” he said. “Millennials especially are a specialty ministry.”

Senyard was a pastor for 21 years and currently serves on the EPC GO Center Revitalization Team.


2017 Leadership Institute: Transformational Family Ministries

GA2017LI-TransformationalFamilyMinistriesIn the 2017 Leadership Institute seminar Transformational Family Ministries, Martha Daniel noted the importance of recognizing life’s milestones.

“When you think about milestones in family ministry, of course birth comes first—it’s the first milestone in life! So how do we come alongside parents to celebrate the life of their new baby? One of the things we do that is really practical is we take a Christian lullaby CD and a meal to the new parents. That not only blesses them in a practical way but it gives us a personal connection and the opportunity to get to know these families better.”

Daniel serves as Minister to Families for Memorial Park Church in Allison Park, Pa.


2017 Leadership Institute: Leaders Who Matter

GA2017LI-LeadersWhoMatterIn the 2017 Leadership Institute seminar Leaders Who Matter, Erik Ohman discussed how effective leaders deal with conflict in the church.

“What did Jesus tell us? God blesses those who work for peace,” he explained. “When you deal with conflict instead of just letting it fester, you are someone who is trying to institute a correct peace.”

Ohman serves as Pastor of Warsaw Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Warsaw, Ind., and is a former member of the EPC National Leadership Team.


2017 Leadership Institute: Mobilizing People and Making Ministry Happen

GA2017LI-MobilizingPeopleIn the 2017 Leadership Institute seminar Mobilizing People and Making Ministry Happen, Bill Rasch of the EPC GO Center explained how to build consensus and pursuit of a vision in the church.

“Unity takes time and effort, and has to be continually nurtured,” he said. “We have to start with ‘how’ and ‘why,’ not ‘what.’ More people will connect on a deeper level with the who and why of what you are doing, and not necessarily the what.”

Rasch also referenced sociological studies that reveal 84 percent of people will not catch a new vision right away. “Start with the innovators and early adopters, who typically represent 16 percent of your community and will drive the vision and implementation of the vision.”


2017 Leadership Institute: Multiplying Leaders: Internships and Residency Programs

GA2017LI-InternshipsAndResidencyProgramsTyler Crowley, Director of Worship for Hope Church in Richmond, Va., described the benefits of ministry interns and praxis participants to attendees of the 2017 Leadership Institute seminar Multiplying Leaders: Internships and Residency Programs.

“‘Embedded’ is a great way to think of how we do it, because the program at Hope is a ten-month internship. I’ve been able to witness life change in our praxis program in a more intensive, focused way than in just about any other type of ministry I’ve been involved in.”


2017 Leadership Institute: Building a Philosophy of Youth and Family Ministry

GA2017LI-YouthAndFamilyMinistryIn the 2017 Leadership Institute session Building a Philosophy of Youth and Family Ministry, Joey Stewart noted that in Jesus, believers are justified “not only because of His death, but because of His life.”

Stewart is Executive Director of Reformed Youth Ministries (RYM), an EPC strategic partner.