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[PCUSANEWS] Maryland pastor is 2nd candidate for moderator

Date 2 Dec 2002 15:05:55 -0500

Note #7530 from PCUSA NEWS to PRESBYNEWS:

Maryland pastor is 2nd candidate for moderator
November 27, 2002

Maryland pastor is 2nd candidate for moderator

National Capital Presbytery endorses the Rev. Susan Andrews

by John Filiatreau

LOUISVILLE - The Rev. Susan Andrews, pastor of Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD, has become the second candidate for moderator of next year's 215th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

National Capital Presbytery endorsed her candidacy unanimously on Nov. 26.

"I feel called to stand for moderator because I love our church, because I worry about our church, and because I have great hope for our church," she said. "With a pastor's presence and a pilgrim's heart, I seek to serve the whole church with energy, intelligence, imagination and love." 

Andrews, 53, is a daughter and granddaughter of Presbyterian pastors. Since 1989 she has been senior pastor of Bradley Hills, a 700-member congregation in suburban Washington, DC.

 From 1985 to 1989, Andrews was the solo pastor of Kitchell Memorial Presbyterian Church in East Hanover, NJ; before that she served as co-pastor there (with her husband, the Rev. Simmons Gardner, now a PC(USA) chaplain at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda) and as associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Allentown, PA.
She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Harvard Divinity School, and earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary. 

While serving in parish ministry, Andrews has served the denomination at
several levels. She has been moderator of two presbyteries - National Capital
(1999) and Newton Presbytery in New Jersey (1983) - and has been elected as a
commissioner to the General Assembly on three occasions. At the 207th
Assembly, in Cincinnati, she was moderator of the bills and overtures
Andrews is on the boards of the Presbyterian Association of Science,
Technology and Faith and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians.
She was named "Preacher of the Year" for 2000 by Lectionary Homiletics
magazine. Her sermons and essays have been widely published.

"We, as a church, in order to be what the Book of Order calls the
'provisional demonstration of what God intends for all of humanity,' need
each other," she said. "... Liberals and conservatives, prophets and mystics,
traditionalists and innovators.

"Shaped by the promises of God, the companionship of the Living Christ, and
the power of the Holy Spirit, we can ... love kindness, do justice, and walk
humbly with our God. 
"As moderator, I want to energize the church for proclamation and service in
the world. I believe we Presbyterians have a message that can make a
Andrews and her husband have two children, both ordained elders: Nathan, 24,
and Anna, 20. 
The other announced candidate for moderator is the Rev. Harold Kurtz, a
former missionary and founder of the Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship. He was
endorsed by Oregon's Cascades Presbytery on Nov. 9.
The 215th GA, in Denver, is scheduled to begin next May 24.

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