Wrong Donald Ciampa?

Last Updated 6/10/2016

General Information

Employment History

Senior Pastor  - First United Methodist Church


Master's degree  - Sacred Theology , United Theological Seminary

degree  - Otterbein College

undergraduate degrees  - religion and philosophy , Otterbein College

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Rev. Donald J. Ciampa, Pastor Emeritus, Retired
Rev. Don Ciampa served as the Senior Pastor of First Church from 1987 until his retirement in June 2004. Pastor Emeritus status was conferred on him in February 2015. One of eight children, Pastor Ciampa and all four of his brothers followed in their father's footsteps to become United Methodist pastors. Pastor Ciampa felt the call to ministry early in life, but did not say yes to the call until attending youth camp as a teenager. "It's something I said I would never do," Pastor Ciampa said. "I did not want to follow what so many others in my family had done." "I wanted to be a basketball coach originally," he continued, "and I think I'd have been a good one, but something superseded that. He played team and recreational basketball from the age of 8 until he turned 80, only recently retiring from the sport. Ordained in 1958, Pastor Ciampa's career spanned more than 45 years. He served two congregations, Otterbein United Methodist Church in Altoona and First United Methodist Church in Lewistown, before coming to First Church. "My wife, Joanne, and I have served wonderful churches, with people who are so loving and caring," Pastor Ciampa said. "We feel very blessed." In addition to his pastoral duties, Pastor Ciampa enjoyed teaching at a Local Pastors School for nearly 30 years. The school prepares candidates for active ministry. Pastor Ciampa taught pastoral care, which includes ministering to the sick and homebound. Since retiring from full-time ministry, Pastor Ciampa has completed short-term assignments with four local congregations, helping where needed to fill temporary vacancies and mentor new, incoming pastors. Pastor Ciampa is also an accomplished builder. He has assisted in the construction of several houses during his life! Born in Somerset County in western Pennsylvania, Pastor Ciampa spent much of his childhood near Johnstown. He completed undergraduate degrees in religion and philosophy at Otterbein College in Ohio, and attended the United Theological Seminary, also in Ohio. Pastor Ciampa and his wife have three children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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Rev. Donald J. Ciampa
Pastor Emeritus Rev. Donald J. Ciampa Pastor Emeritus, Retired

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