I am told that this is what my first name, “Winthrop,” means: “From the Village of a Friend.” I suppose that this is a pretty good name for a pastor to have, not that my parents had any expectations of me in that direction. And so, I come from the Village — from the Kingdom, more truly — of Christ and I have been sent with a message to proclaim to all who are given ears to hear. That is my calling and my desire. As one pastor once put it, “it is my vocation, my avocation, and my vacation.” There are few things that I love more than teaching people about the Word of God. By passion, I am a teacher, but I also have a heart for the people of God, which means that I am very much a pastor — or the “pastor-teacher” of which Paul writes in Ephesians 4:11.
Teaching is not just done from the pulpit, though. As a shepherd feeds his flock daily, so too a pastor should find ways to guide the spiritual lives of his congregation on a daily basis. The primary way in which I do this is through writing. I began writing devotions for congregations I served pulpit supply back in my seminary days and I continue to do so today. Many of these have been compiled and reworked into books that can be found on Amazon. To accompany the expositions of scripture, I have also written a number of short theological pieces, all with the goal of equipping the people of God to live our their calling as the church.
So, what else might you want to know? I am an ordained minister in the ReformedChurch in the United States (RCUS) and have been in ministry since before I even began attending seminary, preaching as a licensed layman and serving within the local congregation. While in seminary, I served primarily as a chaplain for a homeless shelter in Jackson, MS. After seminary, in 2006, I accepted a call to serve as chaplain for Rocky Bayou Christian School in Niceville, FL and served concurrently as pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Milton, FL. After 5 years in Florida, I received a call to serve St. John’s United Evangelical Protestant in Rochester, PA, a congregation that was once part of the German Reformed movement. After nine years of laboring to lead the congregation back into its Reformed moorings, it became clear the congregation was choosing a more “broadly-evangelical” stance to theology, so we made a peaceful separation and I founded Light of Resurrection Reformed Church with the aim of preserving a Reformed and confessional witness in our community. Since this church-plant has started off with a modest core-group, Win went back to his former trade of carpet installation (at least for a season) to support his family while building this congregation. He also produces income freelance writing.
Since 2005, Win has also had the privilege of teaching Systematic and Historical Theology in the Ukrainian Mission Seminary operated by Reformed International Theological Education (RITE) and serves on their Board of Directors. He also is on the Advisory Board for The Log College and Seminary and serves as the Chief Editor for her theological journal, Theolog. Since 2016, Win has served as the Moderator for the Reformed Theology Institute discussion forum on LinkedIn. Finally, he helped to give birth to the Rabboni Leadership Institute in Nairobi, Kenya, has been a speaker with Ministerios Bethesda in Sunrise City, Florida, and has been a guest panelist for the University of Pittsburgh’s Symposium on global religion and education.
At heart, Win is a country boy that enjoys working with his hands and talking to people about Jesus Christ. He maintains a garden, enjoys reading, and likes to listen to music a little “too-loudly” as he drives down the road. He is a kid of the Star Wars generation and a Sherlock Holmes geek (Jeremy Brett is the quintessential Holmes!). C.S. Lewis is one of his personal heroes, along with J.C. Ryle and Archibald Alexander. John Dick is his favorite theologian and believes that had Zwingli deserves much more credit than he is typically given.