You can hear Rev. McDermott's
weekly sermons broadcast live on
at 11 a.m. every otheer Sunday
hobbies are photography, gardening and woodworking.
wife, Karen enjoy camping on their vacations.
Rev. McDermott arrived in Logan, WV in August, 2002 to become the Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Logan.
moved from New Castle, PA with his
wife, Karen and their four cats.
Rev. McDermott was born in Meadville, PA. and as a child lived in Cochranton, PA and then went to high school and lived in Grove City, PA.
was very involved as a teenager in the Tower Presbyterian Church in Grove City in the youth group, worship and mission projects.
After a mission trip to Arkansas prior to his senior year in high school which influenced his decision about where to attend college, he enrolled in college at The College of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas (now called the University of the Ozarks) The University of the Ozarks is a Presbyterian College located in the northwest region of Arkansas.
During college, he
was involved in college drama productions, Christian campus life and the Ozark Area Mission.
was presented awards in drama, public speaking and most outstanding religious student.
He served two years as president of the Campus Christian Association.
After graduation from college, Rev. McDermott attended McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.
During seminary, he
served Presbyterian churches in Chicago; Muskogee, OK; Dodge City and Spearville, KS in positions as youth pastor, evangelism, and seminary intern.
Following seminary, Rev. McDermott
took a different path in ministry moving back to Meadville, PA and taking a job as an addictions counselor where he
worked for eight years.
During this time he became a Certified Addictions Counselor in Pennsylvania.
was then offered a position as clinical supervisor for a drug and alcohol organization in New Castle, PA.
He worked as a clinical supervisor for three years and then became the Executive Director of the organization which provided outpatient and partial hospitalization treatment and prevention services.
He was the director for nine years and during this time served as a trainer for other professionals in Student Assistance Programs, Employee Assistance, Professional Ethics, Community Prevention and Group process.
During his years working in the addictions field he served the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in the Presbyteries of Lake Erie and Shenango as moderator of the Christian Education Committee of both presbyteries, Moderator of Shenango Presbytery, Moderator of the Presbytery General Council, Moderator of Presbytery Worship and Steering committees.
Also served as a member of the budget and finance committee and the Committee on Ministry.
also served many churches in both presbyteries in short-term assignments, such as, stated supply, interim pastor, and pulpit supply.
lead worship in 70+ congregations during this time.
In 2000, he
decided to get back into church oriented pastoral ministry.
He became the part-time Pastor of the Sheakleyville Presbyterian Church in Sheakleyville, PA and worked part-time working as a grant writer, MIS manager, and trainer for the Lawrence Co.
Family Center in New Castle, PA. In June, 2002 he decided to accept the call of the First Presbyterian Church in Logan to become their full-time pastor.
is married to Karen who is originally from Elmira, NY and they have two children (Ron and Kim) and two grandchildren (Kim's children, Maddie and Gabriel and Kim's husband, Kent) all live in Williamsburg, VA
father is originally from Greenbrier County, WV near Alvon, WV and still has many relatives who still live there.
After moving to Logan, he
had a great-uncle who use to live in Logan during the 20's to the 50's.