Pastoral Presence (GBG, Co-Op, DL)
M.Div. - Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, PA
B.S. - Occupational Therapy, Utica College, Utica, NY
Completion of 5 units of Clinical Pastoral Education, York, PA
Pastor Terry is blessed to serve as a pastoral presence for members of the ULS community in Gettysburg and to serve as resource for spiritual care for distance learning. He engages in a ministry whose goal is to affirm the unique personal, theological and professional journey of each student and to affirm their gifts for on going and future ministries and when appropriate to provide a ministry of presence and resources towards their care in the midst of the uncertainties, transitions and challenges of theological formation. In this role he leads groups for spiritual nourishment and for collegial discussion of upcoming scriptures that the students may be preaching on and leads worship on both campuses in a regular rotation with other faculty and staff.
After 15 years as an Occupational Therapist working with children at risk for developmental disabilities, Terry entered LTSG and received his M. Div in 2009. After graduation, he served for a year as a resident chaplain at Wellspan Health –York Hospital, working mostly with patients and their families in the in patient and outpatient oncology services. He was ordained and was called to serve as Pastor St. Paul’s Lutheran church (Broadway) in Hanover, PA in January of 2011.
In 2016, Terry suffered a debilitating stroke, leaving him with permanent left sided weakness and impaired mobility and he consequently resigned from his call. In February of 2019. Terry was appointed by Bishop Jim Dunlop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod to be a pastoral presence for the Gettysburg community of ULS. He lives with his wife, the Rev. Susan J. McCarthy and their 13 year old son, Luke.