Dr. David R. Hosick
After college, I went to work at General Nutrition Corporation in Pittsburgh in retail and purchasing. While there, I met and married my wife, Joanie. We have been married for forty five years and have three children and two grandsons. While at GNC I felt restless and unfulfilled. I was sensing a call to ministry. So, I applied to and was accepted at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
After completing seminary and being ordained by Pittsburgh Presbytery, I accepted a call to be Associate Pastor at Central Presbyterian Church in Omaha, Nebraska, with responsibility for Christian Education and Youth. Fairhill Presbyterian Church (now Heritage PC) called me from Omaha to Lincoln, Nebraska. I served there for four years as solo pastor. First Presbyterian Church of Sharon, Pennsylvania, called us back home to Pennsylvania as Associate Pastor for Evangelism and Community Outreach. After my first year, the Senior Pastor received another call. I remained for a year to assist his successor get his ministry off to a good start. Then I considered a new call. One came in a timely manner from First Presbyterian Church of Meadville, Pennsylvania to be Head of Staff. I served there for 16 fulfilling years. Then I sensed God’s call from Meadville to Tryon Presbyterian Church in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. I served there as Pastor for six years. By the mischievous providence of God, my name was given to the Pastoral Nominating Committee of First Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg, Florida. They and I agreed that we were a match, and a call was extended. I began my ministry there on June 1, 2008 and retired at the end of October 2015. I served for one year from May of 2016 to 2017 as part-time stated supply pastor of Hope Presbyterian Church in Clearwater, Florida. In June of 2017 we returned to our home in Tryon, North Carolina.
I earned a B.A. in Political Science from Grove City College, a Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. I have moderated a variety of presbytery and synod committees. I have spoken at several conferences and taught seminary classes and have written articles for Faith at Work magazine, These Days, and renews. I have lead Bible study trips to Israel, heritage trips to Scotland, and mission trips to Central America. I like to golf, fish, read, and work crossword puzzles. I am a lifelong Pittsburgh Steeler and Pirate fan. I serve on the Board of Directors of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and in May of 2016 receive their Distinguished Alumni Award in Pastoral Ministry. I have received training from Holy Cow Consulting to interpret the CATWALK survey tool. I have completed interim pastor training, “The Art of Transitional Ministry,” and conflict resolution training, “Mediation Skills Training Institute” from the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center.
Rev. Mary Potter
Rev. Potter was ordained to pastoral ministry in the American Baptist denomination. Mary and her husband, Rev. Wilmer “Will” Potter, moved to Tryon when Will retired from full-time ministry. Mary is a member of Tryon Presbyterian Church and served with Rev. Hosick on staff there.
Organist Elaine Myers
Elaine comes to us with a background of teaching classroom music grades K – 12, Bachelor and Masters degrees in organ and voice, and certificates in Gifted Education and Family Life. Her minister of music experience includes organ, choir director, and English Handbell director. Currently living in Hendersonville, NC with her husband, gives her the opportunity of ministering in Landrum Presbyterian as organist. She considers it a blessing to greet the church attendees after each worship service and getting to know the congregation.