Grove City College interim chaplain Rev. Dr. D. Dean Weaver ’86 was recently chosen to serve as the Stated Clerk of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC), which has churches all over the world.
“I am humbled, honored and excited to serve the Lord as the servant leader of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church,” Weaver said. “I love the bride of Christ, and the opportunity to serve this way, with my entire life, is the privilege of a lifetime!”
In addition to his role as chaplain at the College, he currently serves as the lead pastor of Memorial Park Presbyterian Church in Allison Park, Pa. Weaver was also founder and co-moderator of the New Wineskins Association of Churches, a group of about 200 theologically conservative Presbyterian churches that was formed in 2001 and merged with the EPC in 2011.
Weaver will be presented for confirmation at the EPC’s 40th General Assembly, scheduled for June at Hope Church in Cordova, Tenn. His tenure as stated clerk begins Jan. 4, 2021. The role could be likened to that of a CEO in a business, but Weaver thinks of it as “The lead shepherd of the denomination.” It involves overseeing more than 660 congregations and 160,000 people in the denomination.
The Evangelical Presbyterian Church, headquartered in Orlando, Fla, has congregations and workers/partners all over the world, according to Weaver. “I will be working out of the office in Orlando, but living between Florida and Pittsburgh,” Weaver said.
“The Lord has prepared me for this calling all of my life,” Weaver said. “From my days on campus as a student at Grove City College to each of the wonderful congregations I have served to my time these last two years as the college’s Interim Chaplain; all of these experiences have equipped me in a unique way to serve in this capacity.”