The Reverend Dr. Nancy Jo Dederer is a life-long Presbyterian who grew up in Sylvania, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo. She graduated from Alma College (Alma, MI) with her B.A. in Speech and Theatre and certification for Secondary Education. Following graduation Nancy served as a Director of Christian Education for three years at The Presbyterian Church in Circleville, Ohio. While there, she discerned a call to parish ministry and moved to Princeton, NJ, where she attended Princeton Theological Seminary. Nancy was ordained in August 1991 and her first call was to Manassas Presbyterian Church in Manassas, VA as associate pastor, serving there over nine years.
Nancy began a new call as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Homewood, IL in 2001. In 2007 she received her Doctor of Ministry degree in Parish Revitalization at McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL. Over the past ten years she has focused her ministry on church transformation, working with her congregation to develop deeper connections to their community with meaningful, relevant ministry in Jesus’ name. Two areas that have brought delight and growth to her and the congregation have been leading a Bible study at Panera Bread and serving a free, weekly community dinner at the church.
Nancy’s husband Chris is the Organist at Christ United Methodist Church here in Greensboro. Their son Andrew is a young adult who has completed a three month course with the National Outdoor Leadership School in Wilderness EMT and Rescue Training in Wyoming. He is currently living in the Chicago area. Nancy enjoys music, theatre, traveling, and Scrabble.