David DeRemer

Adjunct Instructor: UCC Polity


B.S. Ursinus College, 1976

M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1979




The Rev. Dr. David DeRemer has served for more than a decade as an adjunct professor and more recently as Director of Supervised Ministry at Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem PA. He has taught courses in worship, preaching, and UCC History, Polity and Theology.  He is also a visiting lecturer in UCC Theology and Polity at Princeton Theological Seminary and has taught similar courses in several on-line and licensed ministry training programs. 

DeRemer earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew Theological Seminary in 2006 with a focus on collaborative ministry. He recently concluded more than 18 years as Senior Pastor of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Nazareth PA, one of the largest UCC congregations in the Central Atlantic region. Since his departure from St. John's, DeRemer has become a senior consultant with Farr Associates Consulting, is a national consulting firm based in Macungie, PA specializing in the needs of non-profit organizations, especially fund development and capital campaigns. Farr Associates has served more than 300 clients across the country since 1990.

Additionally, he has been providing consulting services through Penn Northeast Conference UCC to congregations in transition, especially those that no longer can afford a full-time pastor.

In 1985, DeRemer was the founding director of New Bethany Ministries in Bethlehem. Created by the Episcopal Diocese, this ecumenical, social ministry organization grew from one program to a continuum of housing services in his ten-year leadership. 

He served as pastor of First UCC Bethlehem from 1979 to 1985.

DeRemer has always been active in community organizations, particularly in a variety of housing-related groups.  Most recently he served on the Board of the Phoebe Ministries, chairs the Northampton County Housing Authority commissioners and is a member of the Gracedale Nursing Home Advisory Committee.

A graduate of Ursinus College and Princeton Theological Seminary, DeRemer was ordained in 1979 by the United Church of Christ.

He is married to Kathy, who is employed at the St. Luke's School of Nursing and is a violinist with the Allentown Symphony. They have two grown children. 


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