On Sunday, January 30, 2022, the congregation of First Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg, approved the recommendation from the PNC to call The Reverend Alan F. Dyer as our next Senior Pastor. Watch the video that was presented at the Congregational Meeting and see Alan's message to the congregation below.

From the Desk of Alan Dyer

Dear Friends in Christ,

For over 175-years now, First Presbyterian’s heart for service, commitment to discipleship, inspiring worship, love for one another, strong leadership, and dedication to building up the Kingdom of God in Spartanburg and beyond has served as a model for many other congregations near and far. And so, it was with a healthy dose of “holy trepidation” that I first responded to your PNC’s outreach last summer because while I was not searching for a new call, I knew that if there was a church capable of calling my family and me away from St. Simons – a place and people who we love deeply – First Presbyterian Spartanburg might be it.

Since then, through much prayer and countless conversations with friends, mentors, trusted colleagues, and, most of all, the faithful and gifted members of your PNC, my sense of call to come and serve in your midst has become crystal clear. I have been inspired by your hands-on ministry to neighbors both around the corner and across the ocean. Your music and worship each week uplifts my spirit – yes, even through a screen. Your passion for going deeper into God’s Word through study and prayer has invited me to go deeper in my own faith. And the joy you find in seeking the fellowship of the risen Christ in your fellowship with one another makes me want to pull up a seat at the table. For all these reasons and more, I am deeply honored, humbled, and grateful to accept the call to serve as your next senior pastor.

Alan, Erin, Sam, and Jack

As we prepare to enter into this new season of ministry together, I am equally excited for you to get to know our family and for our family to get to know all of you. It will not take you long to figure out that my better half truly is the better half. My wife, Erin, is the most compassionate, kind, loving, and intelligent person I know. Erin is an elementary school teacher by vocation and has served in both public and private school settings for the past fourteen years. Having met during our freshman year of college we will celebrate our thirteenth wedding anniversary this October. Together, our greatest joy is being the parents of two loving and active boys – Sam (7) and Jack (4). Sam and Jack can generally be found outside playing any sport involving a ball, building with Legos, or reading a good book. Erin, Sam, Jack, and Gordy the dog will make the move to Spartanburg at the end of this school year.

Friends, I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that God’s Spirit has led us to this point. Why? Because by God’s grace that initial “holy trepidation” has now been transformed into immense hope. Indeed, I am full to the brim with anticipation for all that God has in store for our ministry together. So please know that I am continuing to hold you in prayer. And I invite you to likewise pray for our family as we prepare to say goodbye to a church and community that has nurtured and formed us in profound ways over the past nine years and hello to this next chapter in our new home. May the peace and grace of our risen Lord be with us all until we meet soon.

Peace,

Alan

Biographical Snapshot

• Born in Atlanta, GA; grew up in Dayton, OH

• Currently serving as Pastor/Head of Staff of St. Simons Presbyterian Church on St. Simons Island, GA. Called to St. Simons Presbyterian as associate pastor in 2013. Served as pastor since 2015.

• Previously Associate Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA, 2010-2013.

• Earned B. A. (Cum Laude), Vanderbilt University, 2008; M. Div., Columbia Theological Seminary, 2013.

• Continuing education includes invitations to participate in Zick Preaching Scholars Program and the Kittye Susan Trent Symposium. The Zick Preaching Scholars is a three-year program that provides intensive continuing education around the craft of Christian preaching, peer-led critique, and mentorship by renowned preachers in the Presbyterian Church (USA). The Trent Symposium is a partnership between Second Presbyterian Church of Roanoke (Va.) and Union Presbyterian Seminary that provides “special training for newly ordained pastors in the Presbyterian Church (USA) who show promise for one day leading larger congregations.”

• Served in numerous leadership positions in Savannah (GA) Presbytery.

• Former member, Board of Trustees, Columbia Theological Seminary.

• Community involvement includes service on the boards of Habitat for Humanity of Glynn County, Hospice of the Golden Isles, and the Katz Whittle Foundation. Additionally, has worked closely with a diverse group of local interfaith clergy working to foster dialogue and education amongst different faith traditions. This work included co-leading an interfaith pilgrimage to the Holy Land in summer 2019.