About our Pastor

Pastor Lew Parks served United Methodist churches of all sizes throughout the Susquehanna Conference and was district superintendent of a town and country district. In 1998 he was called to Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC where he taught in the areas of church law, church leadership and administration, and congregational development. He also directed the Doctor of Ministry program. He co-authored Ducking Spears, Dancing Madly (2004) with Bruce Birch and wrote Preaching in the Small Membership Church (2009) and Small on Purpose: Life in a Significant Church (2017). Pastor Lew is an ordained elder with a MDiv from Wesley, and a PhD from the Ecumenical Institute of Theology in Baltimore. He is married to Peggy Hile of Clearfield, PA. They have two children and six grandchildren. He writes: “I look forward to advancing the plot of Chambers Hill’s story during my six months as your interim pastor. It is my hope and prayer to blend my spiritual gifts and assets with those of the congregation to the glory of God.