- Church Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
- Phone: 302 654-5371
- Email: Click here to send an email to the church office
- Address: 1101 Market Street, Rodney Square, Wilmington, DE 19801-1223
- Directions: Google Map
- Fax: 302 654-5932
- Parking is available free of charge on Sunday mornings in Lot B of the Hotel DuPont on Orange Street between 11th and 12th. Parking is also permitted at the Wilmington Club, but please do not park along the guardrail.
Staff and Leadership
The success of a church and its community depend greatly on the strength and dedication of staff and leadership. First & Central is fortunate to have committed individuals in both areas. Below is a listing of our staff and church leaders, as well as information on each of our Councils, their leadership and purposes. Prospective and current members should feel free to connect with any of these individuals for help, ideas or concerns.
- “Our ultimate goal at First & Central is to enable, encourage, and facilitate spiritual growth through active participation in a faith community.” —Doug Gerdts
- Send Doug an Email
- Doug's Biography
- Doug’s Statement of Faith
- Recent Sermons
Nancy Mahoney, Clerk of Session
Jeannine Laughman, Treasurer,
Joanne Reinbold, Office Manager
Patricia Brock, Financial Secretary
Gerard Coleman, Building Manager
George Russell, Building Care Assistant
Ella Maddux, Building Care Assistant
Shannon Hanson, Seminary Intern/Youth
Lauren Coleman, Childcare Assistant
June 2010 through May 2011
Moderator – The Rev. Dr. Douglas D. Gerdts
Clerk of Session – Jana Nazari
Treasurer – Ron Spinks
President, Board of Trustees & Finance Chair – Rick Ferrell
Elders - Curt Johnson, Cindy McDaniel, Eileen Dallabrida, Jana Nazaari, Nancy Rosario-Reyes, Rob Wieman, Leigh Jefferies, Rachel Wood, Rick Ferrell, Sara Snowden, Jeanmarie Braddock, and Terry Dykstra
Adult Education Council
Chair – Nancy Rosario-Reyes
“We believe that everyone should be learners for life and that our spiritual growth is never done. We like to see ourselves as a ‘spiritual university’ where learning is enticing and attracts a diverse group of ages and stages of Christian growth.”
This Council’s efforts are focused on two major areas: the Explorer’s Forum and nationally known speakers. The Explorers’ weekly programs center on spiritual development, well-being, and service, while the Speakers program welcomes nationally renowned guests for a weekend of growth and learning. Varying viewpoints and beliefs are welcomed in lively and friendly dialogue.
Children, Youth & Parenting (CYP) Council
Chair – Sara Snowden
“The CYP council creates a nurturing environment where children, youth, and their parents will feel comfortable and supported while growing in their faith. This, in turn, lays the foundation for the next generation of First & Central.”
This council is responsible for developing a comprehensive ministry for the children of our congregation and providing educational opportunities for parents, in collaboration with the Adult Education Council.
Outreach & Mission Council
Chair – Terry Dykstra
“Outreach helps people practice what they preach. We give them ways to serve others in a hands-on manner and perhaps find a path to their spiritual growth.”
“The work we do with Friendship House is the embodiment of ‘doing for the least of my children.’ Our work provides members of F&C an opportunity to walk with those in their time of need and to be humbled themselves by the realization that they are doing God's work for those who can’t help themselves.” —Curt Johnson
This council is responsible for leading the congregation in ministries of caring, compassion, justice, and peace that reach beyond our walls into the community the nation and the world.
Chair – Eileen Dallabrida
“Our goal is to enable spiritual growth of our surrounding community through participation with First & Central.”
Our members identified our diverse, welcoming, and inclusive culture, thought-provoking sermons, inspiring music, strong leadership, and a focus on outreach as the most appealing aspects of the congregation. We invite you to visit our church and experience how our members, environment and goals of the Trinity of Excellence appeal to your own spiritual path!
Human Resource Council
Chair – Cindy McDaniel
In cooperation with the Pastor/Head of Staff, this council supports the Church staff by reporting to Session recommendations related to staffing requirements.
Chair – Rick Ferrell
This council is responsible for the ongoing maintenance of our historic church.
Chair – Curt Johnson
“Worship is our response to God’s unconditional love to us, as a community of faith and individually. Our worship is therefore centered on God. Through our worship, we recognize God’s presence in our lives and the world, and are reinforced and empowered to be faithful servants.”
This Council ensures that each worship experience is an intimate encounter with our God. This experience is guided by intellectually stimulating sermons and a vibrant, dynamic music program, under the direction of our Minister of Music. The church offers a variety of musical expressions and entertainment experiences to its membership and the Wilmington community.
June 2013 through May 2014
Moderators – Tanya Duelfer
Clerk – Juliette Pierce
Chanel Griffith, Rob Black, JJ Jones, and Brenda Dean
Deacons care for those in need and to any who may be in need both within and beyond the community of faith. They assume other duties as delegated to them by the Session, such as leading worship through prayers of intercession, reading the Scriptures, presenting the gifts of the people, and assisting with the Lord’s Supper.