“Remember God’s promise; remember God’s Word; remember God’s presence,” were the charge and challenge given by the Rev. Paul Wrigley, to Marco Presbyterian Church’s new Associate Pastor the Rev. Jan Werson at the 10:30 AM, October 28 worship service.
Werson, a former naval flight officer and flight instructor, has 27 years in the ministry including 12 as a navy chaplain. He has a master’s of divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi and has served churches from California to Florida. He most recently served Cross Creek Church in St. Johns, Florida. On April 29 the congregation unanimously elected Werson to be the church’s new associate pastor.
“The Presbyterian Church has a deep and rich tradition to protect the pulpit,” said the Rev. William Lyle, Marco Presbyterian Church’s senior pastor in his introductory remarks.
“The leadership team are the gatekeepers of the pulpit,” said Reverend Tony Chin as he explained the installation service. “God’s love letter, the Bible and the “Book of Church Order” (the church’s constitution) guides us,” he said. The leadership team examined and interviewed Werson in Sept.
“Not only does he have a head for the Word but he has a heart for you the people,” added Chin.
The installation was followed by a 6 PM celebration cookout. There were hotdogs and hamburgers alongwith homemade side dishes ranging from corn casserole to quinoa salad. Dessert was homemade apple crisp.
“It’s a great joy for Jan and I to be reunited in God’s providence again at Marco Presbyterian Church,” said Lyle in the church kitchen, as he arranged hotdog buns. The two had attended seminary together and had served in a church together in Jacksonville. “We both expect great things of God here as we labor together for the gospel.”
After dinner members of the youth group interviewed Lyle, Werson and Marv Hollenbeck the church’s music director. Their questions varied from: “What has happened to strengthen your faith recently?” to “What was the worst gift you have ever received?”
The evening ended in prayer. Afterwards Werson was asked to reflect upon his time at the church and he responded via email.
“Christianity is built around ‘relationship’,” he wrote. “Relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ and relationships built in your church family.” Although the Wersons have only been there for a short time, they have grown to love the church and the people they have met. “We look forward to ministering with our church family for many years to come.”
Marco Presbyterian Church is located Marco Presbyterian Church, 875 West Elkcam Circle, Marco Island. Call 394-8186 or go to marcochurch.com for information.