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Rev. Dr. Nancy E. Lowmaster


I was called to Central Presbyterian Church in 2011 and quickly came to love both this congregation and this village.  

I am what some people call a “second career pastor.” I prefer to see my life as an always evolving journey of serving the Lord in whatever way God directs and at whatever location God places me. 

I studied chemistry at Ohio Northern University, Penn State, and Cornell University and then accepted a faculty position at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. I taught in the Departments of Chemistry and Education there for twenty-six years. During that time, I was active in the Presbyterian church of which I was a member. Though I loved collegiate teaching, I sensed that I was being called into a different vocation – to serve God through seminary study and parish ministry. I left teaching to enter Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity program and three years later was led by the Spirit to serve God with the saints at Geneseo Central. 

Ongoing theological study is very important to me; I believe that I can serve the church and, through the church, serve God only by continuing to learn and grow as a pastor-theologian. One of the ways I study is through participation in an ongoing archeological excavation located at the border region between ancient Judah and Philistia in modern Israel. That work formed the basis for my Doctor of Ministry work and enables me to see scripture through the lens of the ancient cultural context. 

When I am not studying, I enjoy walking and playing tennis. We are a family of avid sports fans (of baseball in particular): our hearts still are with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates. I especially look forward each week to the particular challenges of the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday New York Times Crossword Puzzles. 

My husband and I are the parents of three grown children and one granddaughter. 

Rev. Dr. Nancy E. Lowmaster
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