WHO WE ARE
Shady Grove Presbyterian Church is a loving and warm church community of people of all ages who are committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We seek to serve the diverse community of Montgomery County, everyone from our elected leaders to newly-arrived non-English speaking neighbors. Attendance on Sundays averages around 250 and includes younger and older families, children and youth, college students, singles, and empty nesters.
Our goal is to be a church community where people seeking to serve Jesus Christ can grow in their personal walk with Him and in their ability to serve His Kingdom in our area and around the world. We have a blended worship service that mixes contemporary Scripture songs and praise choruses with the traditional hymns. Our doctrine emphasizes the sovereignty of God in all things, especially salvation. We ascribe to the Westminster Confession of Faith and we are a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
We are committed to members using their spiritual gifts in the body of Christ. We organize for ministry through ministry centers in the church that enable members of the body to use their gifts in various capacities within the church. We are also committed to small group ministry, and we have several small groups in the church that meet in various places and times during the week. We see this as essential for accountability, fellowship, and Christian growth.
We invite you to come and join our family of faith. Sunday School classes for all ages begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by our worship service at 10:45 a.m.
|Tom Pulaski||Greg Wilson|
|Bruce Fraser||John Mitchell|
|Porter Harlow||Dan Hackenberg|
|Tom Parker||Dave Hawes|
|Stephen Allen||Rob Peterson|
|Scott Chesemore||Bruce Semple|
|Jeff Durr||Dale Orwig|
|Jim Stewart||Mike Pfeiffer|
Charlie grew up in Maryland and was drawn to the Lord through the ministry of Liberty Baptist Church in Lisbon, MD. Shortly after his conversion at the age of 17, Charlie did his undergraduate work at Nyack College in Nyack, NY. Continuing to sense God’s calling towards the pastorate, Charlie continued his education at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte. Charlie was ordained in the PCA in 1998 and was an Assistant Pastor for four and one half years at Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church before becoming the Pastor of Shady Grove. Charlie is married to Kim and they have three children: Haddon, Elise, and Karis.
Minister of Congregational Care
Tom is also a native of the county. He grew up on a farm in the Aspen Hill area and attended John F. Kennedy High School, along with his wife, Priscilla. At Bucknell University, Tom worked with Young Life as a volunteer leader. Tom graduated from Gordon-Conwell, after which he pastored a church in Philadelphia for five years. Returning to Montgomery County in 1983, Tom and Priscilla began attending Shady Grove. Tom became a Ruling Elder in 1991 and joined the staff in 1993. The Parkers have three children: Carrie, Ben, and Abby. They live in Silver Spring.
Minister to Youth
Bruce grew up in the youth program at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, and has been active in youth work since then. He graduated from the University of Maryland and returned to Fourth to lead the middle school ministry. From there he worked with the high school ministry at McLean Bible Church and was the youth pastor at Grace Presbyterian in Annapolis before joining the staff here at Shady Grove in January 1999. Bruce and Peggy live in Gaithersburg and are the proud parents of his daughters, Cara, Emma and Cate.