What visitors usually notice first is the warmth and love of the people. Our size has benefits: we’re small enough for you and your family to feel connected to others but big enough to worship on Sunday anonymously, if you choose. And if you’d like to develop authentic and enduring relationships with others, then you’ll be glad to know that is the spirit of our church.
Our worship is traditional in structure, but relaxed and informal in style. You’ll be at home in a tie or your best pearls, or jeans and a sweater. We have lots of music, and a variety of participation from people of all ages. The eighth grade kids and under are dismissed to Sunday School after the children’s message, and visiting children are welcome at church school if they’d like to go. If you have young ones and they become restless during worship, there’s a comfortable lounge adjacent to the sanctuary where you can slip off.
After Sunday worship, which lasts about an hour, we usually have a time for coffee and refreshments in the lounge. We hope you’ll hang around and get to know us better.
Together, we’re striving to become a church– with relevant faith teaching for daily living, mind and heart-felt worship, honest friendships, and compassionate care for those in need. In short, we’d like to have the kind of church that can influence and encourage the entire community, one person at a time.
So whether you’re a person just starting to ask questions about God, or a committed Christian who wants to deepen your faith, you can find a home here at Gilead.
You’ll find that this is a place where people care for one another—because God cares for us.
Peace and joy,
Rev. Martin McGeachy
About Rev. Martin McGeachyPrior to coming to Carmel and Gilead in the fall of 2002, Martin McGeachy served as the organizing pastor of Baker House Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. Founded as a ministry to the arts community in 1994, Baker House eventually broadened its scope to reach out to the artist in everyone – anyone who gives of him or herself in a creative outpouring is an artist, by the power of God, from whom all art and creation pours. Martin also worked for many years as a professional actor, playwright, and comedian, with credits from regional theatres all across the country, and also his own original one-man plays, which he toured through his production company, Theatrical Touring Productions. While in Little Rock, Martin appeared in over 75 plays, hundreds of regional and national radio & TV commercials, and was on staff as a theatre instructor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Because of his creative ministry in both theatre and church, he has been invited to speak and lead worship at many churches, youth retreats and adult conferences around the country.
Martin is a graduate of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Texas, where he worked as a hospital chaplain. He also served as an intern pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Marianna, Florida. Here in the Hudson River Presbytery, Martin has served on the Committee on Ministry, The Permanent Judicial Commission, the Faith and Order Committee, and currently chairs the Healthy Congregations/Mediation Team, traveling to churches and leading workshops on how we can more effectively function together as church families. Martin has two delightful daughters, Rebekah and Rachel, and is married to Cindy Kosacz McGeachy, a veterinarian at South Putnam Animal Hospital in Mahopac, NY.