Pockras Family

December 1999

Our Minister

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Our minister is Phil Pockras. He has been here at Belle Center since March of 1985. Before that he was the pastor of our New Castle, Pennsylvania, church, and before that was associate pastor of the Rose Point congregation, near New Castle. That's where he was ordained to the ministry in 1980. He joined the Reformed Presbyterian Church in 1979, at the Broomall congregation, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Phil's originally from Cincinnati, where he was born in 1954. He grew up in the Northern and Southern Presbyterian Churches at different times. He graduated from Finneytown HS, in the suburbs of Cincy, in 1972. He attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and graduated BA in History from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1976. Phil went to Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he graduated MA in Religion in 1979 and MDiv in 1980. He did some work at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, during the academic year 1980-81 to help him to serve in our denomination.

Phil's been married since 1982 to Judy (Wilson), who grew up in the Rose Point church mentioned above. You see that he wasn't just pastoring. Judy had just graduated BS in Business and Accounting from Geneva College. He and Judy were blessed with the arrivals of Nathaniel in 1987 and Isaac in 1991. Nathaniel is now a student at Geneva College. Phil and Judy homeschool Isaac and are active in the local homeschool support group.

Phil has been on a number of Presbytery and Synod committees and commissions in the past 19 years. He was elected Moderator of Great Lakes - Gulf Presbytery in 1988 and served as Presbytery's Assistant Clerk for seven years. He is also on the Board of Advisors of the National Reform Association.and the Board of Corporators of Geneva College.

Phil is active as an adult leader in the Boy Scouts of America, currently serving as Scoutmaster for Troop 51 of Tecumseh Council, the oldest troop in Ohio (1908). As well, he was elected to the Belle Center Village Council, serving from 1992-1996.

Phil's hobbies include amateur radio, where he holds an Extra Class license from the FCC with the call NY8V; playing around on the computer; walking; biking during the summer; and hunting and fishing when he has the time.

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