About the Pastor
Schöne Grüße! My name is Philip Gelston and I am the pastor of Christ Church of Wiesbaden. My family and I moved here in August, 2011 to plant CCW. I grew up in Crystal River, Florida. As a child, my parents taught me to fear the Lord but it wasn't until high school that I became serious about my relationship with God. Through the loving kindness and faithful biblical teaching of my church, I came face to face with the reality of my sin and the grace of God that is only offered in the Gospel. Soon after I felt a call to ministry.
While in Seminary I began dating Nora, who is now my wife. Nora is a German citizen from Bad Breisig and we met in Pittsburgh, PA where she was a university student. After we both graduated (she from Robert Morris and I from Westminster Seminary), we were married and moved to Richmond, VA so I could be the Youth Pastor at Sycamore Presbyterian Church. We served in Richmond for 6 great years and during that time our hearts for the kingdom worldwide grew. We knew we had special inroads in Germany because of Nora’s citizenship and so we partnered with our denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and Ministry to the Military and Internationals (MMI) to plant a church in Wiesbaden. We have 4 children, Paul, Tommy, Johannes and Anna.
Rick and Kathy Stern
Rick and Kathy Stern are volunteers serving Christ Church of Wiesbaden (CCW) through Ministry to the Military & Internationals. Rick serves as a ruling elder in the church. He is a retired Air Force intelligence officer and also is seminary trained (M.A.-Religion/Reformed Theological Seminary). He assists with CCW administration, occasionally preaches, leads bible studies, and “other duties as assigned.” Rick is from the “Big Raisin” (Fresno, CA) and enjoys cycling, loves dogs and everything about the NFL. Kathy is a former elementary teacher, homeschooler, and church Family Ministry Coordinator. Kathy assists with CCW’s Children’s Church program and leads women’s bible studies. She is a native of the “Big Tomato” (Sacramento, CA) and enjoys tap dancing, cycling, and dogs. Rick and Kathy have been married 35 years and have one son, Sam, an artist/musician living in Sacramento.