Pastor’s Biography

Reverend Galen “Joe” MacDonald

Reverend Galen “Joe” MacDonald and his wife, Pam, began their tenure with First Presbyterian Church of Livingston in September, 2010. Pastor MacDonald, a native of northern Maine, came to us from the Sandy Lake, PA area. Before he came to us, he served two churches for 12 years in the Sandy Lake area. He has been with First Presbyterian Church in Livingston since 2010. Rev. MacDonald earned bachelor degrees in Bible and Psychology in 1968 from Gordon College and a Master of Divinity from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1970. In 1990 he earned a Masters Degree in clinical psychology from Edinboro University.

The Power of Mentorship

“You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses; now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others—“ II Timothy 2:2

My dad was a master carpenter for his day and time. He used hand saws instead of skill saws, hammers instead of nail guns, hand crank drills that he called “bit and bores”, etc. I was extremely proud of his ability at construction. He built six homes from the foundation to the shingles on the roof by himself, and when he retired at the age of 75, he and mother moved in and out of four homes in five years, completely remodeled and sold them before he contracted cancer and died at the age of eighty. Three days before he died I said to him (he talked openly about his pending death) “Dad, there is only one thing I wish that I could do before you leave us; I wish I could download everything you know and preserve it for posterity”. Even as I said those words it hit me. I could have “downloaded” what he knew if I had invested time with him allowing him to mentor me in what he knew. It was no one’s fault but my own that I did not enter into that lifetime training program. Whether we are aware of it or not we all need a mentor or mentors at all stages of life and whether we like it or not we are always mentoring someone who is watching. It might be a child or grandchild, someone in the church, someone else’s child or someone that is watching us, though we may not know it. We are always teaching something by our actions and attitudes, good or bad. The biblical term is discipleship. We are always discipling, or pouring something of ourselves into others. We always are part of a mentorship process. What are we reproducing in others?
Blessings, Pastor Joe