Triennium Testimonies

Fall Fest 2019

The Presbytery and Area Churches Welcome Mission Co-Workers from Zambia

All are invited to join the Presbytery of Philadelphia, Carmel, and Wallingford Presbyterian Churches in welcoming Charles and Melissa Johnson, Mission co-workers in Zambia.

Charles and Melissa Johnson have been invited to help the Church of Central Africa, Presbyterian Zambia Synod expand its holistic ministry of community development, food security and improved health. A major part of Charles’ position as a Development Specialist is teaching sustainable agriculture to students at Chasefu Theological College and developing Chasefu Farm. The farm feeds the students, trains smallholders in sustainable agriculture, and generates revenue to support CTC and the farm itself.

Melissa serves in the Health Department as Health Education Program Facilitator. She is responsible for working with health related stakeholders to identify important needs and gaps in the general population’s health education, and to facilitate training programs. They will discuss the partnership between PCUSA and CCAP, and will focus on the impact the collaboration is having on congregations and individuals in the U.S., as well as on the communities they serve in Zambia.

Come to one of their presentation to learn about their exciting ministry work:

  • Tuesday, July 23 at the Presbytery Office from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with light refreshments
    915 East Gowen Avenue, Philadelphia PA
  • Tuesday, July 23 at Carmel Presbyterian Church beginning at 7:00 p.m. with refreshments
    100 Edge Hill Road, Glenside, PA
  • Wednesday, July 24 at Wallingford Presbyterian beginning at 6:30 p.m. with Potluck supper
    110 East Brookhaven Road, Wallingford, PA

Click here for a flyer to share with your congregations.

A Letter from Rev. Randy Barge

Board of Pensions Summer 2019 Updates and News

Board of Pensions Summer 2019 Updates and News

Included below are brief updates and reminders, events and dates related to benefits and the Board.

I.        Highlights from Board of Directors meeting, June 20-22, 2019

  • There will be no increase in Pastor’s Participation dues rates; the medical portion will remain at 25% of effective salary for 2020, as will the minimum and maximum dues.
  • Menu options medical dues will be available as Employer Agreement season opens July 15.
  • The final 2018 audited financial statements and 2018 Financial Review were presented to the board

II.      Organizing Pastor/Evangelists benefits grant applications due July 15.

Dues ‘scholarships’ are available for presbyteries employing organizing pastors/evangelists [job code 301].  Click for more information or the application.

III.    Online Benefits Connections webinar – registration now open!

On Monday, July 22, 2:00 pm, a small group of Church Consultants will host a live webinar. Just in time for Employer Agreement season (opening July 15), a team of Church Consultants will bring updated information and reminders about:

  • the values the Board brings to providing benefits
  • the many benefits available through the Board of Pensions,
  • how to use the flexibility of Menu Options to support your church’s staff
  • medical coverage options; included and optional benefits
  • income security plans
  • ‘how-to’s for accessing Benefits Connect, Employer Agreements and Employer Services

You can also submit your specific questions as you register.

Click here to register for the 2019 Virtual Benefits Connections.


Committee on Self-Development of People featured in Southwest Globe Times Newspaper.

The Presbytery of Philadelphia’s Committee on Self-Development of People featured in the June 14, 2019 Southwest Globe Times Newspaper.

Click here to download the article.


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Presbyterian Youth Triennium: Scholarship Request

Presbytery of Philadelphia

Presbyterian Youth Triennium: Scholarship Request

Who is eligible and what are the criteria to receive a scholarship?

  • Youth are to be active in the church and youth ministry of a church within the Presbytery of Philadelphia
  • Scholarships are awarded on the basis of need and number of applicants requesting scholarships in a given year. Application does not guarantee receiving assistance or the amount requested.
  • The request must be made before the registration deadline.
  • Parents and/or legal guardians must grant permission for participation in the Youth Triennium.
  • All information provided remains confidential and held at the Presbytery Office. Please submit completed form to Rev. Greg Klimovitz, Associate Presbyter, at [email protected].

Please fill out the online application below, or click here for a downloadable version.

2019 Youth Triennium Scholarship Application

    If other, specify amount.
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    Accepted file types: jpg, pdf.
    Please upload a JPG or PDF of the three required signatures

2019 Ministry Narrative

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Welcome Church Observes Stations of the Cross

The Welcome Church will again observe Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, inviting all to join them in walking a route through Suburban Station, beginning at noon, on Friday, April 19, 2019. Please meet us in the area near the restrooms in “Section A” of Suburban Station (also the side of the station which is closer to the Comcast Center), by around 11:45am.

Please join us for a meaningful observance of where Christ, condemned, crucified, and risen, may be found, today. Walk with us and join us in prayer. If you would like to participate or would like to know more, please feel free to let them know by contacting Rev. Schaunel Steinnagel at [email protected]