The Rev. Dr. David L. Reed was appointed Assistant Pastor of First Church in June 2014. Pastor Dave helps lead Sunday worship services, including the monthly Rejoicing Spirits service. He also conducts visitations to homebound, sick and other church members, assists the Senior Pastor in providing counseling to members as needed, and helps teach Sunday School, Bible studies and confirmation classes.
A native of Lycoming County, Pastor Dave grew up east of Williamsport on an active dairy farm.
“I grew up in the church, and all that it represents has always been an important part of my life,” Pastor Dave said. “My grandparents and my dad were all Sunday School teachers and active in many church activities.”
Some adults at the church suggested that he consider ordained ministry, but it was not until he took his first academic course in religion at Lycoming College that Pastor Dave really felt the call in a personal way. “That call has become a life-long journey, and I truly enjoy working with others as they travel their own paths in life.”
Pastor Dave began his ministry at Elimsport United Methodist Church while a senior in college. After seminary, he was appointed to the Fairview Charge (Farragut, Fairfield, and Bethel United Methodist Churches in the Williamsport District), where he served for seven years.
Next, Pastor Dave was appointed to Otterbein United Methodist Church in Boiling Springs, where he served for 24 years. Under his leadership, the congregation doubled in size to 800 members. This was accomplished in partnership with many active members, and the addition of new programs and worship offerings to include a contemporary worship service, an on-site nursery school, an outreach team, youth and adult hand bell choirs and a church orchestra.
After his service to Otterbein, Pastor Dave was named President and Chief Executive Officer of The United Methodist Home for Children in Mechanicsburg. The Home operates a residential care program for abused, neglected, and abandoned children. In addition, the Home recently began providing residential services to intellectually disadvantaged adults.
An active community member, Pastor Dave serves on the Board of Directors of the ARC of Cumberland and Perry Counties, and on the supervisory committee for the Center for Industrial Training in Mechanicsburg. He also serves as chaplain of the Boiling Springs Lions Club, and is a member of the Harrisburg Rotary Club.
Pastor Dave also has provided extensive service to committees and ministries within the Central Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Pastor Dave graduated cum laude from Lycoming College, where he earned degrees in religion and elementary education. He then attended United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, where he completed a master’s of divinity. He later completed a doctorate in higher education at Penn State University, where he was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.
Pastor Dave and his wife, Diane, have been married for more than 40 years. They are parents to two grown children.