our New pastor
It is our privilege to introduce to you our new Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Chuck Guth.
Chuck Guth was called to First Presbyterian Church in April 2022. His previous experiences include church work in Denver, North Carolina, and the Chicago area; teaching New Testament and theology at a seminary in Canada; and working as a remodeling contractor and, later, as the maintenance supervisor of a retirement community.
Chuck has enjoyed all of these roles at different times in his life, and especially appreciates how his diverse background helps him connect with people from all walks of life. Chuck went to Wheaton College and Denver Seminary, and has a PhD in systematic theology from the University of Aberdeen (in Scotland!). He still gets a kick out of getting to live in Aberdeen “again”!
Chuck is married to Cheryl, his best friend. They have two children, Hilary and C.J. Hilary lives in Vancouver, Canada, where she works on staff at Regent College, a graduate school and seminary. C.J. lives in New Jersey, where he is working on his PhD at Princeton Theological Seminary. His wife, Amelia, works with children on the autism spectrum and their families.
Chuck is passionate about helping people get to know God better. He loves teaching and preaching in a way that makes the Bible accessible, interesting, and relevant to people of all ages—and helping them explore how being a follower of Jesus makes a difference in daily life. He likes connecting with people in and through their life experiences, listening, chatting, and praying with them through good times and bad. In his spare time, he likes to canoe, hike, and garden.
Connecting People to God
Every human being is created to be in relationship with God. By telling God’s story faithfully and creatively we desire to be a place where the community of First Presbyterian Church and the larger community around us can connect their stories to God’s story and find their true identity in Christ.
Connecting People to One Another
The good news of the gospel creates a community like no other. God uses the deep relationships of the church to grow and nurture us in the faith and to be a foretaste of the Kingdom of God here on earth. We desire to be a place that is connecting with one another in order to be the body of Christ in all the beautiful ways the Bible teaches us to be.
Connecting people to the Community Around Us
First Presbyterian Church does not exist for our own sake but because God has something He desires to do with and through us. We desire to be a place that is constantly connecting with the residents of Grays Harbor by listening to their stories and selflessly serving this community, and beyond, with the hope, healing and restoration that is found in the good news of Jesus.