Ben Masters is a lover of sacred stories, a bread-baker and song-maker, and On December 1st, 2018, the Presbytery of Geneva ordained and installed him as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Hector and of Lodi Presbyterian Church (just north on Rte 414).
Following God’s call, Ben has lived in practically every corner of the country: Sunny California cities; a small town in rural Washington State; suburbs outside of Philadelphia and DC; his beloved Minneapolis and Saint Paul; and a stint in Texas at Austin Seminary. To his delight, the Spirit guided him to the Finger Lakes region.
Ben’s calling in pastoral ministry is to equip the Church to live as the family of faith: a family whose members care for each person as a child of God, share stories of who we are, and live in a distinct way in the world. Ben welcomes conversations about how we live out our faith at every stage of life’s journey, and loves creating opportunities for spiritual growth, especially when it involves singing together!
You can reach him by email ([email protected]) or by phone (610-717-7281).
Presbyterians believe the Holy Spirit works through dialogue, discernment, and community. That is why important decisions are made by the ruling elders of our church council, the session. “Session” comes from the Latin word “to sit,” and ruling elders regularly sit together to guide our the congregation so that FPC Hector “is and becomes a community of faith, hope, love, and witness” (Book of Order, G-3.0201).
For 2018, the ruling elders on session are:
Ruling Elder Class Ministry Area
Todd Denmark 2018 Buildings & Grounds
Michele Gimbar 2018 Christian Education
Sue Hazlitt 2018 Membership
David Fitch 2019 Worship
Kitty Shallenberger 2019 Social Concerns
Tammy Clarkson 2019 Personnel
Colter Pell 2020 Buildings & Grounds
Amy Swinnerton 2020 Fellowship
Walter Sheuer 2020 Stewardship and Finance
Pastor Ben Masters moderates session. Sue Rocholl serves as clerk of session. Vicki Schamel serves as treasurer.