Rev. Dr. Steve Starzer

Steve Starzer does not particularly care for the title Senior Pastor, although the thinning hair and gray beard betray the fact that he is the senior member of the staff. He saw the light and became a Virginian in 2011. Prior to that, he endeavored on his “missionary journey” as the Pastor of the Conklin (NY) Presbyterian Church, which he joyfully served for nearly 20 years. His first call was to serve the rural small town congregation of the Wyalusing (PA) Presbyterian Church in the scenic hills of the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania. It was during that wonderful calling that his life became richly blessed by his marriage to Debby Dabback, the daughter of a well respected colleague. It seemed appropriate, since Steve himself is the son of a very distinguished Pastor. Their love for each other was seen in the expansion of their family with the birth of their children Courtney and Chad. Both of their children are now grown and making contributions in their own fields of endeavor.

Steve is quick to point out that his training came from the churches he served and who nurtured him in return. He did, however, receive his academic training at Wheaton (IL) College, Princeton Theological Seminary and his doctorate from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. We have found Steve to be a welcoming presence who enjoys people and has a passion for the Good News of Jesus Christ, which he shares through his preaching and his leadership in the church.