The Rev. Greg Wiest was recently installed as the new pastor of Lewes Presbyterian Church.
He previously served as pastor of Glade Run Church in the Pittsburgh area for about 15 years, and he has been a Presbyterian pastor since 1992 when he graduated from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. He has served churches in Richmond; Jacksonville, N.C.; Lancaster, Pa.; and Pittsburgh. Greg and his wife Laura attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., before marrying in 1986, and they now have three grown children and one grandchild.
Wiest labels himself as a Navy brat because his dad was a career naval officer, and the family grew up living on naval bases in California, Alaska, Bermuda and the Washington, D.C. area. Having lived a lifestyle of moving from place to place, he has enjoyed meeting new people and discovering new places. Laura and Greg both are looking forward to exploring the Lewes area and making it their home. Because Greg lived near the water for much of his early life, he looks forward to being near the shore once again, and engaging in all of the activities and recreation that go along with being near the ocean.
Wiest’s philosophy toward ministry has been influenced by the variety of churches which he attended as a young person and also by the faith of his parents. He became a believer at an early age while attending a Good News Club in California. During his teen years, he was involved in Young Life youth ministry, where knowing Jesus in a joyful setting was central, and earning the right to share one’s faith through friendship was key to the ministry. Greg and Laura were also Young Life leaders in college, and were engaged in personal Bible study and evangelism through Cru ministry. Wiest considers his wife to be his partner in ministry, especially while leading a church, and his favorite Christian speakers are Chuck Swindoll and Ravi Zacharias. He also loves to listen to Tim Keller.
In the past, Wiest has enjoyed ministering to international students at the University of Pittsburgh, and teaching philosophy and other liberal arts courses as an adjunct professor in Pittsburgh. He has been on a variety of mission trips and enjoys engaging people from a wide range of cultures. Wiest says he is thrilled to be living in the Lewes community and is already enjoying meeting the people of this community and the surrounding areas.
The church is at 133 Kings Highway, Lewes. For more information, call 302-645-5345 or go to www.lewespresbyterianchurch.org.