Church Planting

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The Committee on Home Missions and Church Extension

  • Assists the presbyteries of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church to plant new churches throughout the United States and Canada
  • Assists presbyteries in supporting regional home missionaries, who identify and develop new church planting sites and help new congregations to find organizing pastors
  • Has a special concern for the large metropolitan areas of North America and for the urban centers of many cities
  • Conducts training seminars for church planters
  • Introduces seminary students to ministry in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church
  • Helps established congregations find pastors
  • Provides an OPC Loan Fund to help congregations in need of property and buildings

About the Committee

Since its beginning in 1936 the Orthodox Presbyterian Church has had a Committee on Home Missions and Church Extension to assist with the establishment of new churches. The General Assembly elects nine ministers and six ruling elders to carry out this task. To accomplish their work they have been authorized to call and employ a general secretary and an associate general secretary and other staff as the need arises. The Committee meets four times a year (usually at the OPC Administration Office Building in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania) to approve funding for new works, to set budgets, to review policies, and to direct the work of their employed staff.

Meet the Staff

John ShawRev. John S. Shaw serves as the general secretary for the Committee on Home Missions and Church Extension. A 2006 graduate of Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, he was the founding pastor of Mission Orthodox Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he served from 2006 to 2013. He also served as a member of the Committee from 2008 until his hiring in March 2013. He and his wife Anne will live near Philadelphia with their five children.

Richard (Dick) Gerber

Rev. Richard R. Gerber has been associate general secretary for the Committee on Home Missions and Church Extension since 1999. A 1968 graduate of Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and a 1971 graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, he served pastorates in Wildwood, New Jersey from (1971-1979), and Hamden, Connecticut (1979-1999), and was a member of the Committee from 1987-1999. He served as moderator of the 73rd General Assembly in 2006. He and his wife Rita live in Warminster,Pennsylvania, and attend Trinity OPC in Hatboro. The Gerbers have three grown children and three grandchildren.

Sean GregMr. Sean D. Gregg serves the Committee as staff administrator. After earning his BA in communication from Dordt College he worked as a journalist. In addition to the daily administrative duties, he will work to further the Committee’s communication efforts. He lives with his wife and young children in Glenside, Pennsylvania, and they attend Trinity OPC in Hatboro where Sean serves as a ruling elder.