727 Harvard Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081
Rev. Joyce S. Shin
10th Pastor/Head of Staff elected September 27, 2015
It is with great joy that we shared the news that Rev. Joyce S. Shin had accepted to the call to serve as the 10th Pastor of Swarthmore Presbyterian Church. Since 2006, Joyce has served at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL, as Associate Pastor for Congregational Life. Fourth Church is a large urban church with a membership over 5,000 and a staff of over 145. In her 9-year tenure there, Joyce has led several major organizational and transformational projects and for 4 months in 2014 acted as Head of Staff. She also serves on several relevant national boards, including The Covenant Network of Presbyterians and the National Council of Churches.
We look forward to sharing many years of ministry with Joyce, and to getting to know her family – husband Michael David, Assistant Professor of Medicine specializing in infectious diseases at the University of Chicago, and their daughter, Sophia Un-Hae Shin David, a 7th grader at the University of Chicago Laboratory School. Joyce joined us in January 2016.
In Her Own Words
Called to Serve
Excerpted from the gracious words Joyce offered
following the announcement of her election on September 27:
I first learned about Swarthmore Presbyterian Church when one of the people I trust most, the Reverend John Buchanan, told me that SPC was looking for a Pastor and that, whether I agreed or not, he was going to recommend me. That began a series of steps along a path that, though I didn’t know where it would lead, turned out to be a faithful walk, because I have met faithful people along the way – people in whom you have placed your trust, the members of your congregation who have served on the Pastor Nominating Committee. Through each of my conversations with them, I have gained a sense of a deeply faithful congregation. I began to see what a privilege it would be to become part of your faith family.
I feel called to ministry with you – to become a part of your faith family – because I sense that your faithfulness is not only to one another but also to God’s wide world. Yours is an open posture toward the world, inquisitive, appreciative, and responsive. I would be honored to stand with you, looking out, marveling, and asking, “What might God be doing?” and “How can we respond faithfully?”
As part of a brief visit in October 2015, Joyce was interviewed by SPC member and videographer Charlie Seymour, Jr. In the video clips linked below, Joyce speaks of her hopes for SPC and priorities in her early days here.
Question: What have been your impressions of Swarthmore Presbyterian Church?
Question: What is most important to do when you first arrive?
Question: What do you want to learn most about the congregation?
Called as partners in Christ's service, called to ministries of grace, we respond with deep commitment, fresh new lines of faith to trace.
---- by Jane Parker Huber
Here and Now:
Welcoming SPC's 10th Pastor & Head of Staff,
Rev. Joyce S. Shin
Click on Joyce's picture to view or download her introductory flyer.
The Pastor Nominating Committee, to whom we owe a great debt of gratitude for the efforts that led us to Joyce, describes her as “having the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor.”
Coffee & Conversation
January 10 - April 3
at 9:00 & 11:30am
Rev. Shin spent many hours in her fist months among us meeting with SPC members to hear what was on their minds.
Sunday, April 17
in the Sanctuary
Rev. Shin was formally installed as our Pastor (by the Presbytery of Philadelphia) in Sunday morning worship in the Sanctuary.
A festive reception to welcome family, friends, and supporters, was held in Fellowship Hall immediately following worship.