New Interim Pastor Hired

The PTT is excited to announce that WE HAVE AN INTERIM PASTOR!

Session has approved the choice of Rev. Samuel Pendergrast. The entire team was impressed with Sam since our first interview with him. In addition to his being the Pastor at Rome Presbyterian Church for over 11 years, he has had Interim training and experience. Steve Best, who was instrumental in bringing Vince to us, spoke very highly of him as having an excellent work ethic, personal character, and great interpersonal qualities, along with a fervent and devoted spirituality. Rev. Ginny Smith endorsed him very favorably as being very competent with extensive experiences and that he was a good listener.

His past sermons and daily videos can be seen on the Rome Presbyterian Church’s website. He has also posted many daily inspirational videos on their Facebook page. A short bio. from Sam can be found below.

We will be welcoming Sam as our Pastor on September 8!

Sam is a life-long Presbyterian. In fact, his maternal grandfather and great-grandfather were pastors in the old Southern Presbyterian Church. His parents met when his mother was playing the organ at Druid Hills Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, and his father was volunteering as a Fill-in choir director. Sam was born and raised in Atlanta, attended college at Furman U. in Greenville, SC, and seminary at Louisville Presbyterian in Kentucky.

Sam is married to Cynthia, who was born and raised as a Presbyterian in Ottumwa, Iowa. Cynthia and Sam met in 1981 when they were in training for a two-year youth ministry internship in the Presbyterian Church. Cynthia attended Iowa State U and was an elementary school teacher before meeting Sam. Until the pandemic shut the schools, she was a substitute teacher for the VVS Schools.

They have two sons. Allan (33) lives in Everett, MA, and works in software QA and product support for The Rythmia System, a device cardiologists use to diagnose and treat heart arrhythmia. James (31) lives in Somerville, MA, and works for EMBR Labs as a software engineer, writing Firmware and embedded software.

Since graduating seminary and leaving Louisville in 1987, Sam and Cynthia have lived in Iowa and Kentucky before moving to New York in 2008, where Sam was pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Rome until August 31, 2020.

Sam is an Adirondack 46er, hiking the High Peaks between September, 2009 and August, 2014. Cynthia is a weaver, and is part of both the Syracuse Weavers’ Guild and the Foothills Fiber Arts Guild. They enjoy gardening – both Flowers and vegetables – reading, hiking, camping, and music, among other pursuits.

Sam’s mother was 90 in January, and lives in as assisted living facility in Augusta, Georgia, near Sam’s brother and sister. Cynthia’s mother is 88 and lives in a retirement facility in Ottumwa, Iowa. Their fathers are both deceased.