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 34 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 developed strategic planning materials for congregations in transition, continue to help congregational leaders understand the shifting patterns of giving and the need for narrative budgeting, and offer coaching services to churches and other organizations that want to learn how to “tell their story” more effectively.

I am an avid bicyclist who enjoys cycling 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 time with my extended family in North Carolina, Minnesota and California. I also enjoy writing music, playing my banjo, and researching my family’s history.