Our Mission & Vision

“Equipping the Saints for the Work of Ministry” is the mission of RIPC. It comes from Ephesians 4:9 found in the New Testament of the Bible. Here Paul writes about God’s gifts to everyday sinner-saints like us, those gathering together who seek to follow Jesus.

Ministry to others is our reason for being. The sacraments and rites of our church help us center and consecrate our lives. The fellowship of a loving community enables us to build one another up as we confess our sins, forgive one another, and share our gifts, our joys and our sorrows in mutual affection. We reach out to our community, inviting others to share our vision of our church and to covenant with us in its work and worship.

As members of the church, we commit to continued growth as followers of
Jesus, to loving and serving one another and the world beyond the church
doors, and to building up the whole Body of Christ so that the Kingdom of
God might be evident here and now.

Leadership Team

The leadership team consists of our Pastor, Rev. Dorothea (Lorrie) Ghering-Burick, our Session (our governing board of elected and ordained Elders who serve staggered three-year terms), and our Deacons (also elected and ordained to serve three-year terms). Our passion and goal as the Bible directs is to equip believers for the work of ministry to build up the church until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.
Pastor Lorrie

Pastor Lorrie

Pastor Lorrie’s ministry focuses on the Spiritual Formation of the congregation and incorporates prayer modalities, healing and health ministries, educational programs, and workshops that focus on the spiritual/physical well-being of the person.  A dynamic preacher, she firmly believes that when we change our perceptions of God we change our perceptions of ourselves and of the world.  She holds a BA in Professional Writing from Carlow University and a M. Div. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She is married to Daniel Burick and shares a blended family of seven sons and daughters, one son-in-law, and one cat, Captain Gingersnaps.
Elders 2015 w CM

 

Pictured above is the 2015 RIPC Session, (l to r) Elders Jim Gilreath, Nancy Griffin (Clerk), Carisa Marshall, Stephanie Phillips, and Paul Mikkelsen.  Below is the 2015 Board of Deacons, (l to r) Deacons Carmen Hooker Odom, Pam Wingrove, Charlie Creef, Judy James (Chair), and Hope Guiley.
 
2015 Board of Deacons