Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren announces the retirement of Rev. Gerald W. Rhoades effective December 31, 2012. Pastor Gerald has served Harrisburg’s Allison Hill neighborhood since 1983 as Director of Community Ministries at Harrisburg (PA) First Church of the Brethren and since 2000 as the Executive Director for Brethren Community Ministries. In this role, he established programs for children, youth, and adults–these include developing Agape-Satyagraha Conflict Resolution Training for youth, KIDS’ Church, computer classes, coordinating a weekly food distribution and Bible study, and serving as the first executive director of Brethren Housing Association. Pastor Rhoades has been recognized by the Governor and Mayor for his ministry.
Before coming to Harrisburg, Gerald served as the pastor of the Douglas Park (Chicago, IL) Church of the Brethren and Rice Lake (WI) Church of the Brethren. He holds a Master of Divinity from Bethany Theological Seminary and a bachelor degree from Manchester College (now Manchester University). Gerald grew up at the Greenville (OH) Church of the Brethren. He has been an ordained minister for 39 years.
Gerald is the husband of Rita Rhoades and father of Marie Benner-Rhoades and Diana, Lisa, and Christine Rhoades. He looks forward to remaining active in the church and community, to reading, writing, and visiting his daughters.