White Plains’ New Pastor
The White Plains Presbyterian Church on North Broadway called The Rev. Jeffrey A. Geary as our new Senior Pastor in January 2011. White Plains Presbyterian Church is a congregation that will be 300 years old in 2014 and is a member of the Presbytery of Hudson River and the Presbyterian Church USA.
The Rev. Jeffrey A. Geary is an ordained minister of word and sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) since 1996, Rev. Geary served as the Associate Pastor of the Setauket Presbyterian Church on Long Island for fifteen years prior to accepting his current position. He brings expertise in education, family, and justice ministries. At an honoring ceremony, a local Long Island paper summarized Rev. Geary’s ministry saying, “His vocation is to help others find theirs.”
An avid reader, you will likely spot him at a local coffee shop, book in hand, reading the latest in French philosophy or a Wendell Berry novel. However, his predilection is for “kitchen table” theology – reflection that is a part of ordinary conversation about the challenges and possibilities of life; the kind that happens over kitchen tables rather than in lecture halls.
Having nurtured his former congregation’s relationship with a sister church in San Antonio de los Baños Cuba, Rev. Geary is committed to fostering dignity and equality with partners in mission. Rev. Geary also served as the immediate past President of the Shalom Interfaith Partnership, a Long Island non-profit that works together with people who have been made poor to provide emergency assistance and create practices for a more sustainable life together as a community. “I was drawn to the Presbyterian Church of White Plains because it is vibrant and inclusive,” he explains. Affirming that all people are created in God’s image, Rev. Geary works actively to include GLBTI persons in the full life and ministry of the Presbyterian Church.
Equally at home as a high ropes course instructor at the Presbyterian Camp at Holmes, NY or at the Victor Rothschild Memorial Symposia at the Institute for Advanced Study at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Rev. Geary suggests it is the practices of our life that define our faith – attentive prayer, hospitality, breaking bread, sharing goods, passing peace.
Currently completing a Ph.D. in medieval history from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Rev. Geary holds a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and certificates in adolescent studies as well as youth ministry. He is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Medieval Academy. He is married to the Rev. Noelle Damico, who works for the national offices of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in the field of human rights. They have a four-year-old son, August Xavier. “White Plains is an ideal city; it’s international, intellectual and interesting”, he quips. “My family and I look forward to sinking our roots deep in this wonderful place.”