Our Pastor Andy Krpata
Pastor Andy’s personal mission is to grow people into the fullness of whose they are. What does that mean? It means that God has gifted each one of us with all kinds of ways to bless one another. However, we need to discover those ways and learn how to use them together to be what Wesley Church declares as their mission: to be people blessing people. To fully realize who we are and to reach out as loved and gifted children of God leads to a life of satisfaction and great joy – to the glory of God in Christ Jesus!
Andy was ordained in the United Methodist Church in 2007, but has been pastoring since 1998. He has served four churches in the past in PA and NC. His undergraduate degree is in music education attained from Susquehanna University in 1993. He plays trombone and tuba, having done so ever since serving in the Marine Corps band from 1993-1997. Following the service, and after teaching for two years in NC public schools, he and his wife Melinda moved to PA to serve as a student local pastor while attending and eventually receiving his Master of Divinity from Evangelical School of Theology (now Evangelical Theological Seminary), Magna cum Laude.
Along the way, Andy and Meilnda have raised (and still are raising) four boys: Andrew (18), twins Timothy and Aaron (both 15), and Caleb (10). Melinda is the instrumental music director at Philadelphia-Montgomery Christian Academy, where the three younger Krpata boys go to school. The three older boys hold down jobs at Chick-fil- A and Andrew is also employed by Harwood Design, Inc./Spurrier Medical in Bristol. Buster the dog, and cats Snubbles (short for snot bubbles) and Brewster round out the family.
Pastor Andy received numerous awards, letters of appreciation, certificates, a meritorious promotion and other accolades while serving in the Corps, and was awarded the J.C. Christman Practical Theology Award upon graduating seminary. Since then, he has served churches of varying sizes from 10 – 350 in attendance, and currently serves the Eastern PA Conference on the Board of Ordained Ministry as the Candidacy and Mentoring Liaison. His passions include offering creative, excellent, God-pleasing worship, and seeing the church – any church – become and maintain a true community. Future plans include having a ball at Wesley Church and pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree.