Presbyterians Name New Leader

In a unanimous vote by representatives of 73 member churches, the Rev. Dr. Peter K. Nord has been named Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of Baltimore. The action was taken at the Presbytery’s June Meeting at Grace Presbyterian Church. The Presbytery, a governing body of the Presbyterian Church (USA), covers eight counties of Maryland plus Baltimore City.

Dr. Nord is currently the minister of Community Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, a congregation of 800 members. Previously, he has served churches in Buffalo, NY; Buffalo, MN, and Madison, MN. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Minnesota. The son of a Presbyterian minister, Nord was born in Long Island, NY. He was ordained in 1973.

In a written statement, Nord said, "While America lives off the legacy of its Christian heritage, its roots are withering from a lack of cultivation and watering. At the same time there is a deep and profound hunger for the spirit...a great interest in and exploration of alternative spiritual practices and experiences. The challenge for the church is to have its voice heard and to find a way to satisfy this universal spiritual hunger."

In their search for a new Executive, the Presbytery sought a leader who would support their current programs of social justice and outreach missionand “guide them into a vision of ministry that connects with the postmodern world and cultural diversity.”

Nord will assume his duties on September 1. His installation is planned for October 26, an event to which the ecumenical and interfaith community will be invited.

The previous Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of Baltimore was the Rev. Dr. Herbert D. Valentine, who retired in 2000.

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This story was published on July 13, 2003.