Who am I?

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My name is Wayne Gillespie, and I have faithfully served several congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in the last 32 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.

Ministry has taken me in many interesting directions. I have served churches of many different sizes and have actively participated in ministries that were designed to bridge Christian denominational differences. I have served as a chaplain at several psychiatric hospitals and am committed to the safety of all of the young people who participate in church activities. I am, of course, deeply aware of the challenges that congregations are facing in the 21st Century and am deeply committed to congregational redevelopment. I, finally, offer coaching to people who describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious” and help people to carefully discern the next step forward in their personal journey of faith.

I’m, finally, an avid bicyclist who enjoys bicycling on the Great Allegheny Passage with my wife. I enjoy spending time with family members in Pennsylvania and always look forward to special moments with my extended family in North Carolina. I write music for the piano and organ, play a banjo, and have a very strong interest in genealogy.