David Wehrle, Pastor

David@Leonia.Church
mobile: (201) 972-5279
office:   (201) 944-2970

Pastor David has served as pastor of Leonia Church since July 2011. Before serving Leonia United Methodist Church, David served as Youth and Christian Education Director at a multi-staff church, as a missionary to Soviet Ukraine and independent Russia, as manager of tech support and engineering at a private software firm, as pastor of First United Methodist Church (Mount Ephraim, NJ), and David started TRINITY United Methodist Church (Garner, NC). David is married to his high school sweetheart, Janet, and together they have three sons: Gabe, Elliot and Nate.David is the son of a United Methodist minister and an entrepreneur/teacher. He graduated from Ridgewood High School in Bergen County. He holds the BA in Biblical Literature from Taylor University (Upland, IN), the MDiv with an emphasis in missions from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (South Hamilton, MA). In 1997, David was selected as a Beeson Pastor and spent one year in residence at Asbury Theological Seminary (Wilmore, KY). David is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and a member of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference.

In addition to serving as pastor of Leonia Church, David serves on the GNJ Conference Council on Youth Ministries, and he serves the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference as an official mentor to both candidates for ordained ministry and not-yet-ordained clergy. David has previously served as a Circuit Elder on the Palisades District, as Director of the GNJAC Russia Initiative, on the Palisades District Board of Church Location and Building, on the Palisades District Strategy Team, as a Trustee at CUMAC in Paterson, and in various other positions .

David is especially interested in contemporary worship forms, mission, small group discipleship, work with youth and young adults, mentoring, building community, music and technology. He enjoys playing guitar, cycling, basketball, hiking, travel, reading and spending time with his family. (He is rumored to be an Army Football, New York Jets, Knicks, and Yankees fan.)