The Rev. Dr. John A. Dalles
jdalles@wekivapresbyterian.org

John is Pastor and Head of Staff of Wekiva. He is a graduate of Penn State (Bachelor of Science in Architecture), Lancaster Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity) and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry). Before coming to Wekiva, he served as Minister of Congregational Life at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh (1986-1997) and as Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of South Bend (1982-1986).

In May 1997, John was called to Wekiva. About his ministry, he says, "God has a unique purpose for this church. We are a center of prayer and praise to God, and a place of learning and growth, guided by the Holy Spirit. We are the church, in as much as we remain committed to serving God and Godís people, and inviting others to share the extraordinary journey of faithfulness. My goal is encouraging church members to see themselves as representatives of Jesus Christ and Wekiva, wherever they are. As the church is scattered into the homes, schools neighborhoods and commerce of our city, we do the work of the Lord. And, as we reach further a field, in our prayers, travels and mission activities, we fulfill Christís Great Commission". Under Johnís leadership, Wekiva has engaged in a comprehensive time of renewal including a $1.9 million Vision Initiative and experienced growth in all areas of discipleship and church life. He has chaired the Theology & Worship Committee of Presbytery and now serves on the COM. He was a 2004 commissioner to General Assembly

Before Wekiva, John served at Fox Chapel, where duties included worship leadership and preaching, spiritual growth, congregational life, pastoral care, adult education, and new member outreach. In May 1994, he was conferred the Doctor of Ministry by Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for research in pastoral leadership in the multi-staff church. He instituted Stephen Ministry and served the Presbytery's Preparation for Ministry Committee. Before serving in Pittsburgh, John was Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian South Bend, a "generalist" associate pastor, with responsibilities for education, mission and pastoral care. He was also liaison to the church-owned resident camp. He served the council of religious organizations, the Worship Task Force and Discipleship/Church Life Committee of Wabash Valley Presbytery, the St. Joseph County Scholarship Foundation, and was a founding member of Notre Dame Civitan and South Bend Habitat for Humanity.

Ordained by Donegal Presbytery in August 1982, John is a life-long Presbyterian who has lived in Pittsburgh, Coatesville, Lancaster and State College PA, Petworth (England), San Diego CA and South Bend IN. while studying in Petworth, sensed a call to ministry, but was employed in architecture prior to divinity studies. During seminary, he was a resource consultant for the original parish Resource Center in Lancaster. Author of numerous hymn texts, Johnís "Come, O spirit" and "God Bless Your Church" are in the Presbyterian Hymnal. His hymns are also in: The New Century Hymnal, The Moravian Book of Worship, Worship Together, The Covenant Hymnal, The Book of Praise (Presbyterian Church in Canada) and The Australian Book of Praise II. His commissioned hymns include those for Presbyterian Heritage Sunday, Augsburg, Goshen, Maryville, Tusculum, Wilson and Knox (Toronto) Colleges, American University, Pittsburgh and Lancaster Seminaries, Peachtree Presbyterian Church, and the Lutheran World Federation. A member of The Hymn Society, he is listed in the Dictionary of International Biography, Whoís Who and the American Dictionary of Hymnology Project. His works are catalogued at Oberlin College Library and represented by GIA Publications.

Swift Currents and Still WatersJohnís interests include architecture, the Arts and Crafts movement, hymnody, gardening, old movies, travel and "reading, reading, reading". John is married to the former Judith Ann Taylor, a South Bend native, lifelong Presbyterian, and registered oncology nurse. They are the parents of two children.

John's first collection of hymn texts, Swift Currents and Still Waters, is available from GIA Publications, Inc.

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