Pastor Don Ciampa, Parish Visitor
Pastor Don Ciampa
Was not our heart burning within us, while he
spoke to us in the way, while he
opened to us the scriptures?
Pastor Ciampa was appointed Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in 1987.
officially retired from the ministry in 2004, but remains on the First Church
staff as the Parish Visitor.
In this position, Pastor Ciampa
provides support to our full-time pastors by visiting homebound members, those recovering from illness or grief, and those who are facing challenges and change.
also assists in making visits to our members in the hospital or other long-term health care facilities.
became a Christian at the age of 10, but felt called to full-time ministry at the age of 17 while attending summer camp.
"I first wanted to be a basketball coach.
I did NOT want to follow my dad and older brother into the ministry," said Pastor Ciampa
However, a call was given at a consecration service for those willing to be full-time Christian ministers to come forward.
Much to Pastor Ciampa's
found himself going forward.
has been an ordained elder in the Central Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church
In the past, he served congregations in Altoona and Lewistown before coming to First Church in 1987.
remained with us until his
retirement in 2004.
Although officially retired, Pastor Ciampa
has served several interim assignments since.
"Christ still warms my heart as I study his
Word," says Pastor Ciampa
"It is my life's work to make His
Word known in my teaching, preaching, worship preparation and living."
Pastor Ciampa has a degree from Otterbein College in Ohio, and a Master's degree in Sacred Theology from United Theological Seminary.
wife, Joanne, are the parents of three grown children.
Pastor Ciampa's Vision for his Ministry