Joe Medearis (Teaching Elder)
Arlington Presbyterian Church / Peace Presbyterian Church

Joe Medearis
Joe Medearis in Cuba

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a husband, father, Pastor, amateur chef, Freemason, Shriner, and Disney addict.

What is your role in the church where you are a member, worship, and/or serve? What do you enjoy most about this ministry?

I wear a lot of hats. I am currently serving as the Pastor at both Arlington and Peace Presbyterian Churches. When it comes to ministry, I enjoy people the most. 

What are you looking forward to about General Assembly?

Having the Donut Shoppe accessible! Really, I am excited that this GA will be more accessible to everyone!

What or who inspires you and your ministry?
My mentors – the Rev. Dr. Timothy Simpson and Rev. Dudley Elvery. I am often inspired by their teachings and hold myself up against them.

Volunteer experience within the Presbytery
My experience with the Mutual Mission Committee has helped me to build lasting relationships in this Presbytery and in Cuba. 

How has your experience during the current pandemic impacted your thoughts about the role of the church / your ministry?
The pandemic has highlighted inequalities across a broad spectrum of our society. It is our moral obligation to speak truth to power. It is our duty as the church to do the kingdom work here and now where it is so desperately needed. We cannot stand idly by while injustice is being played out. We, as the church, must live out God’s good news everywhere we go!