Chester Presbyterian Church call new pastor

On April 29, 2012 at a called meeting of the congregation, Dr. Gordon Bidwell Mapes, III was elected as the next pastor of Chester Presbyterian Church. Dr. Mapes began his call to service on May 29. His first Sunday in the pulpit is June 3.”I am excited and blessed to have been called to a faith community with such a rich, vibrant history and dynamic, engaged future. I look forward to building on Chester Presbyterian’s commitment to community involvement, welcoming seekers and transforming lives,” stated Mapes.

Having received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at San Diego and Master of Divinity from Princeton Seminary, he later earned his Doctor of Ministry at Union Presbyterian Seminary. Dr. Mapes, began his ministry with the Massies Mill and Harmony Presbyterian Churches in Nelson County, Virginia. In 1994, Dr. Mapes was called to Salisbury Presbyterian Church as Associate Pastor, bringing him to Chesterfield County. The Brandermill Church, in 2002, called Mapes as its Pastor and Head of Staff where he served until 2010. (A union church of Presbyterians and United Methodists, Brandermill is the largest church of its kind in either of the two Protestant traditions.) Since that time, Dr. Mapes has served as Interim Pastor and Head of Staff at Bon Air Presbyterian Church.

Active in the Presbytery of the James, the Rev. Mapes serves on the Committee on Ministry as the Moderator for Church and Pastor Relations, and served as Moderator for the leadership Ministries Board. He has also served as a member of a Presbytery Judicial Commission and as a volunteer with the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly.

Involved in community service, Gordon has led and participated in mission work in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Haiti and Gulfport, Mississippi. He is a past president of the Midlothian rotary Club and CCHASM (Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Alliance for Social Ministry) and serves as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 1810. Gordon was a founding  board member of the Life Long Learning Center of Chesterfield, served as a board member for RISC, worked with the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, the Bon Air Interfaith Trialogue and volunteered as a Little League baseball coach.

Gordon Mapes was born in Los Angeles, Calif., grew up in San Diego and is the eldest of three children. He and his wife, Susan, have two teenage children, Stuart and Chloe.

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