Rev. Jason Duley
So, why in the world would I want to be a pastor? I get that a lot. For me, it’s a deep, personal sense of gratitude. God has given me life and in return I am giving my life in service to God and people. Too much religion in the world focuses on rituals unrelated to relevant service to help people in everyday life. Religions tend toward routines, rubbing sacred stones, bathing in sacred waters, striding up sacred stairs. Stop. Just stop. Let me spend my time serving the needs of the hungry, the hurting; teaching the Bible and befriending the spiritually homeless.
But enough about me. Come to Galilee, where Jesus made his home, and said practically: “I have not come to be served, but to serve…”
Rev. Matthew Sergent
Associate Pastor – Leisure World
I am so grateful to be working as the pastor of Older Adult Ministries at Galilee and the Leisure World community. I remember in my youth “sitting at the feet of my elders,” listening to the great stories of the faith. My sense of God’s call to become a pastor began when I was just fifteen years old, but during college I dismissed that idea. Not long after graduating from college I became a police officer, eventually becoming a Captain in the Falls Church City Police Department. Even though my sense of calling diminished for a time, it never completely went away. It has always been rooted deep within the marrow of my bones, and over time it began to reveal itself again. I finally realized I could fight it no longer; so when the opportunity came to be the associate pastor of Galilee and the pastor of the Older Adult Ministries program, I happily agreed and answered God’s call to ministry. I did not think it would be easy leaving law enforcement after twenty years, but I must say I could not be happier in my decision! God is so good in so many ways!
I believe my greatest usefulness as a minister is my witness to and love for the Good News of the Gospel. I love to tell the story of Christ’s love for us all, just as my elders told me the stories when I was young.
In my free time, I usually like to run off to the beach or mountains with my family. And now that I have completed my seminary studies, I am looking forward to getting back to some of my favorite hobbies such as fishing, golfing and photography.