Ed Gerber is happily married to Michelle and is the father of four beautiful daughters who are all attending Surrey Chrisian School.
Ed graduated with an interdisciplinary BA in Philosophy and Religion & Theology from Calvin College ('99) before earning a Masters of Divinity from Regent College in Vancouver, BC ('02). This was followed by a two year stint at Calvin Theological Seminary in order to be credentialed for ordained ministry in the Christian Reformed Church (SPMC, '04). After serving for five years as solo pastor at Webster Christian Reformed Church in Upstate New York ('04-09), the opportunity arose for Ed to undertake graduate studies at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, where he earned a PhD in the New Testament ('13). His research concerned the use of Old Testament in the New Testament and was focused on the Gospel of John, and especially the Prologue (Jn 1:-1-18). His dissertation was entitled: The Scriptural Tale in the Fourth Gospel: With Particular Reference to the Prologue and a Syncretic (Oral and Written) Poetics, and has now been published under the same name (Brill, 2017).
In addition to pastoring full-time, Ed is a member of the Center for Pastor Theologians, which is "an organization dedicated to assisting pastor-theologians in the study and written production of biblical and theological scholarship for the ecclesial renewal of theology and the theological renewal of the church" (for more, see: www.pastortheologians.com/about).
Ed's passion for the Church and the Word of God is rooted in a deep and joyful conviction of the reality of the Triune God, supremely revealed on the canvas of history in and through the life of Jesus: God's new Adam and representative of humanity, who died, rose, and ascended in glory from where he now rules over heaven and earth.
Deeply committed to a Reformed world and life view--which bases itself centrally in Scripture, and which sees the Creating and Redeeming Lord as Lord over all--Ed's aim is ultimately the same as that of the Apostle Paul: "However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me--the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace" (Act 20:24 NIV).
Ed's prayer for any would-be visitors to Willoughby Church, and indeed his prayer for all people, is the following: That you would know the One who knows you: he from whom all goodness and truth and beauty flow, the One who is irreducibly Good and True and Beautiful, as is seen most brilliantly -- and hauntingly -- in the cross of Christ.
If you do visit with us, please don't hesitate to say hello. Ed loves to meet new people!
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