“I praise the Lord for His provision and goodness in bringing me and my family to the Seattle, WA, Reformed Presbyterian congregation. I pray that the Lord would build up our congregation, and I look forward to seeing what He will do as we serve Him together in the coming years,” Pastor David Witmer wrote.

David was raised in a Christian home in Maine. In 2019, he married Crystal, who grew up in Alaska. They have two young sons and a third son due in June.

Witmer family

After obtaining a Ph.D. in computer science, David sensed God’s call to become a pastor. He enrolled at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary and graduated in May 2022. He and Crystal were members of the North Hills Reformed Presbyterian Church while in Pittsburgh, PA.

David first preached in Seattle as a potential candidate in July 2022. Our members decided the Witmers would be a good fit for the congregation and the Seattle area, so on July 25, we voted to call David to be our pastor.

“Crystal and I were united in our desire to accept the call,” David wrote. “We prayed about it and sought counsel from our North Hills session and other friends and family. These encouraging conversations helped confirm our sense that the Lord was calling us to Seattle. Crystal and I felt that both the Seattle RPC and the city were good fits for us. We believed we connected well with the congregation and grew to love them during our visit. I appreciated my interaction with the session and valued their wisdom and experience. We also felt comfortable in an area where tech companies and a major university have a significant presence. And we both love the outdoors. We were excited about the opportunities in the area for outdoor activities in this beautiful part of God’s creation.

We also saw a need in the Seattle congregation, and the city. The congregation had been without a pastor for over a year. Seattle has long been among the least Christian cities in the nation. Many in the area are without Christ and need to hear the gospel.”

David with former Seattle RPC pastors Ryan Hemphill and Don Piper.

The Seattle RPC is thankful that David accepted the call to fill the pulpit vacated by Pastor Ryan Hemphill, who started a new work in Idaho in April 2021.

David was ordained and installed on December 9, 2022 as the Seattle RPC’s twelfth pastor since the congregation reorganized in 1892. The evening began with a fellowship meal. Guests included elders from the Pacific Coast and Allegheny Presbtyeries, Seattle’s two former pastors, pastors of local reformed churches, and David’s family from Maine. Rev. Harry Metzger (North Hills RPC) gave the ordination sermon, “The Fruitful Church” (Ephesians 4:11-16) and Rev. Martin Blocki (North Hills RPC) gave the charge to David Witmer.

“Our King, the Lord Jesus Christ reigns (Psalm 2). He is building His church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18)

Thanks to Karen Olson for putting together this article. Karen is a longtime member of the Seattle RPC and is a freelance write, editor, and proofreader. She is married to Dennis Olson, ruling elder.

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