By: Sandra Hedrick, Stated Clerk

We received our newest presbytery member Stephen Kolderup on April 10, 2014.  He and his wife Jan (recently retired from federal service including 18 years with the CDC) have moved to Jacksonville so that he can serve as interim pastor of South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church. The couple has two married sons and a granddaughter. They enjoy baseball (they have tickets for a Suns game), outdoor activities (such as cycling), art museums, and music, among other things.

Stephen went to Gettysburg College, where he was a physics major. He received his theological education at Princeton Theological Seminary. Stephen has never lost the interest in science that led to his first degree. Among other ways of supporting the dialogue between science and faith, he is a board member of the Presbyterian Association for Science, Technology and the Christian Faith.

Stephen is excited to serve the South Jacksonville church in his tenth interim position (after nineteen years of installed ministry in two Midwest parishes). He has led churches in transition in a variety of settings including inner city, lakeshore, suburban and small town congregations. Congregations he has served have ranged from 49 to 2,300 members. Each place had unique gifts and challenges and helped shape his experience. Most recently, Stephen served in the Greater Atlanta Presbytery.

I first met Stephen at a friend’s funeral service at South Jacksonville church, which took place just a few days after he arrived. In my conversations with him and at his examination last week, I have found him to be friendly and funny. In addition, Stephen loves to sing! His written statement of faith ends with these words: “The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart, a fountain ever springing! All things are mine since I am his! How can I keep from singing?”

Please say hello to Stephen and his wife Jan when you see them at the Spring Stated Presbytery Meeting, or – if you are in the neighborhood – stop by to see him in his office at South Jacksonville church. Welcome Stephen and Jan!