|Rev. David Wilson, Rector & Senior Pastor
|(Read his Blog here)
|I am David Wilson, the senior pastor of Christ the Redeemer Church. I am also a native Eastern
Pennsylvanian, having been raised in a suburb of Philadelphia. Meeting my wife Gale, a
native of Western Pennsylvania while we were undergraduate students at Penn State
ensured that soon after marriage we would move west to Pittsburgh. Yinzers never live
further than fifty miles from where they were born. In my former life as a real person, I
worked as a construction worker, a carpenter, a steelworker, an International Trade
Specialist for the US Department of Commerce, an Executive Director of an evangelism
ministry and as the Director of Finance and Administration of a missionary sending
agency. Each job provided great training to be an all around pastor! While working at
these several vocations Gale and raised two children; son Greg and daughter Hannah.
Greg now lives in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, teaches eighth grade English, and coaches
soccer, basketball and track. Hannah is a senior fashion designer for Ralph Lauren and
lives and works in New York City.
I love to read, especially history and spy novels, play and watch sports and am a beer
aficionado. Plus I am a joyful hacker on the golf course. The current joy of our lives is our
dog Sherman. His is a PBGV – a small dog who thinks he is big dog. He has a big nose,
big ears, big feet, a big howl and a very big heart yet weighs a mere thirty pounds. My
favorite TV shows are Sportscenter and Pardon the Interruption (ESPN), FoxNews, the
History Channel, and 24. In fact I have watched every episode of all seven seasons of 24 –
Jack Bauer rules! As far as music goes, I am eclectic --- blues, ska, reggae, zydeco,
bluegrass, gospel (both southern and black) all work for me. Irish praise music especially
Robin Mark is my worship preference.
Gale and I love to travel. In the summer of 2005, we spent six weeks in Ireland, mostly
County Donegal and Northern Ireland, and I could move there tomorrow. We also visited
Uganda, Jerusalem and Europe The four places we enjoyed most in our travels were
Brugges Belgium, Salzberg Austria , Stavanger Norway and Prague Czech Republic. We
also love spending time on the beach and eating fresh seafood especially with Greg and
I began my ordained ministry in 1995 as the associate minister of a dynamic urban church
plant in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Church of the Savior, Ambridge PA. I was called in
1997 to serve as vicar and then rector of St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kittanning PA.
After ten years of ministering in Kittanning, I accepted the appointment of Bishop Duncan
to serve as priest in charge of St David’s beginning in June 2008.
Gale and I have extensive experience in missions and evangelism, small group ministry,
church growth and children’s ministry. I gave my life to Christ as a young husband and
father in 1981 through the ministry of an Anglican priest (the former rector of St David’s!).
Gale was converted during the same time in her life. “Ever since our almost simultaneous
conversion; the course of our individual and family life and our subsequent ministries has
been profoundly directed by Christ. We are fully convinced God want families, children
and youth to build his church at Christ the Redeemer”