The Pastor: Rev. Craig Wiley was called by Penningtonville to be our next Pastor on September 18, 2016 and his first Sunday at Penningtonville was on October 16th. Craig graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a dual degree in Intellectual History and Comparative Religions. His original plan was to go to graduate school to become a college professor, but involvement in his small Presbyterian church led him to discover and explore his call to ministry. Craig enrolled in Princeton Theological Seminary, graduating in 2015. Craig loves to learn, and spends free time reading and writing. He is teaching himself German, and exploring Italian as well. Craig is from Vancouver, Washington, which is just across the river from Portland, Oregon.
The Elders: The Elders are responsible for the mission and government of the church. The session of Penningtonville is made up of 6 elders, each of whom chairs different Ministry Teams and Committees. We have 3 Ministry Teams – Worship, Christian Education & Community Formation, and Mission & Outreach Opportunities – and several Committees including Budget, Personnel, and Nominating. The session is also responsible along with the pastor to lead the congregation in developing their relationship with Jesus Christ, as well as overseeing the work of all other boards and committees.
The Deacons: It is the duty of deacons, first of all, to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. The Board of Deacons at Penningtonville is made up of 9 individuals, each of whom is responsible for the different ministries the deacons provide. Among their various ministries, the deacons of Penningtonville visit with those who are homebound or in a nursing facility, and provide meals to those recovering from recent illness or hospitalization. The deacons offer financial support to the Parkesburg Churches Community Outreach (PCCO) and the Octorara Area Food Cupboard (OAFC). They also provide a Thanksgiving Dinner to Seniors in the area on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, send care packages to students away from home, and mail bulletins and cards to homebound members. A new ministry of the Deacons is Adopt a Night at The Point in Parkesburg. On the Fifth Tuesdays and Thursdays of each month the Deacons and members of the congregation serve a meal and deliver a message for the children and youth at The Point.
The Trustees: The primary responsibilities of the trustees are the maintenance and upkeep of the church buildings and grounds. They are also in charge of managing any funds given specifically for the maintenance and upkeep of the church buildings and grounds. Sundays of Service are organized periodically by the Trustees to help accomplish the ordinary tasks of maintaining an old building. Snow removal, grass cutting, window cleaning, and pipe replacing are only a few of the things the trustees do to keep our church looking beautiful.