Who am I?

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My name is Wayne Gillespie, and I have faithfully served congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for 33 years. I am presently, the pastor of Christ’s Lutheran Church in Murrysville, PA.

I’m a native of Western Pennsylvania who was graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering by the Pennsylvania State University and who was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel after being graduated by the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with a Master of Divinity degree.

I have served congregations of many sizes and have actively participated in ministries that were designed to bridge Christian denominations and faith traditions. I have served as a chaplain at several psychiatric hospitals, and I am committed to the safety of young people who participate in Church activities. I am, of course, aware of challenges that congregations are facing and am excited about being a part of congregational redevelopment especially during a time when God is calling the Church to stretch its wings and embrace new ideas. I have been trained as a coach, and I offer coaching to people who describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious” as they discern the next step forward in their journeys of faith.

I am an avid bicyclist who enjoys bicycling on the Great Allegheny Passage with my wife. I enjoy spending time with my family in Pennsylvania, and I am always excited to have the chance to share special moments with my extended family in North Carolina. I write music for both the piano and organ, play a banjo, and am passionate about genealogy.