Pastoral Transition

For the first time in more than 35 years, GCN is searching for a new lead pastor. In December 2021, Senior Pastor Ben Spitler and Associate Pastor Kelly Spitler stepped down from their leadership positions to pursue a new season of ministry. We thank Ben and Kelly for their 35+ years of faithful service at GCN and in the Gaithersburg community.

District Superintendent Dr. David Bowser, along with the GCN Board of Trustees, is leading our pastoral transition. The process of calling a new pastor will include the development of a pastor profile with input from the congregation. On January 2, 2022, Dr. Bowser announced the Rev. Ray Stark as interim pastor. He will preach on Sunday mornings and work alongside our current pastoral and office staff.

We encourage all members, attendees, and friends of GCN to be praying for God’s guidance throughout the pastoral transition. Let’s also pray for unity as our church faces a change in local leadership. 

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