First Presbyterian Church welcomes Plunkett

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The Rev. Steve Plunkett

There was a new face behind the pulpit this past Sunday when First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich welcomed a new interim senior pastor, the Rev. Steve Plunkett.

Mr. Plunkett officially began his work on May 27 and his first Sunday service was on June 1. And this wasn’t just his welcome to the church. It was his welcome to Greenwich as Mr. Plunkett and his wife, Margaret, moved from Denton, Texas, which is just outside of Dallas, where they had lived for 25 years.

Mr. Plunkett received his B.A. from Austin College in Sherman, Texas; his M.A. from the University of Texas at El Paso; and his master of divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

After serving as pastor to churches in Texas and Kentucky, Mr. Plunkett was called in 1989 to serve as the senior pastor at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Denton, Texas, a congregation of 700 members in a small city/university community.

During his time at St. Andrew, Mr. Plunkett developed numerous mission and outreach programs, tripled the church operating budget, and managed all aspects of the church’s growth. In 2002, he published a book, This We Believe which he describes as a “theological introduction for laypersons to encourage discussion among Presbyterians about the faith we profess.”

In the Presbyterian church, when a congregation is without a senior minister, an interim pastor leads the church until a permanent senior pastor is called. This typically takes 12 to 18 months and church officials said that, “Reverend Plunkett’s proven leadership experience will bring guidance and nurturing to our congregation during this transitional time.”

First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich is at One West Putnam Avenue. For more information, call 203-869-8686 or visit Fpcg.org.

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