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Memorial Park Church pastor heading up national organization

| Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 10:18 a.m.
The Rev. D. Dean Weaver, lead pastor at Memorial Park Church and new moderator for the Evangelical Presbyterian Churches, with wife, Beth.
The Rev. D. Dean Weaver, lead pastor at Memorial Park Church and new moderator for the Evangelical Presbyterian Churches, with wife, Beth.

The pastor of Memorial Park Church is heading up a national organization.

The Rev. D. Dean Weaver takes on the important role of moderator for the nationwide Evangelical Presbyterian Church. This past June, at its annual general assembly in Sacramento, Calif., Weaver began his year-long role of heading the EPC, an organization consisting of more than 600 churches and includes a world missions program.

Weaver was nominated and elected as moderator-elect last year and became moderator this year. After his tenure, he will become moderator chair.

“It seems the Lord was preparing me for these things,” said Weaver.

Steven Little, an elder for three years at Memorial Park Church, said Weaver's position fits him.

“This sort of leadership and vision is a gift of his,” said Little, of Hampton. “With his skill set, it's right up his alley.”

Weaver was also a moderator for Presbytery for the Alleghenies — regional branch of the national organization — and gained experience there.

In order to take on this large role, Weaver said it was important to have the support of his wife, Beth.

“We're a team. We do what we do together,” the Ingomar resident said.

They have six children ages of 19 and 27 and two are adopted from west African nation of Sierra Leone, where Weaver does mission work, including building schools and communities with nonprofit EduNations.

Weaver also will be traveling internationally, including an upcoming trip to Brazil at a sister church.

And congregants at Memorial Park Church can take comfort as their lead pastor devotes more time to the moderator role The church now has four full-time and one part-time pastors. He said the church elders agreed he can devote 25 percent of his time as EPC's moderator.

He's been lead pastor at Memorial Park for more than 10 years.

Weaver has a bachelor's in history and religion from Grove City College, a master's of Divinity from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a doctorate of ministry from the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts, according to the church website.

He looks forward to handling his various roles within his church.

“As long as I keep it in balance,” said Weaver, 53.

Natalie Beneviat is a Tribune-Review contributor.

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