Our Pastor

We are excited to introduce our new pastor, Timothy Wotring. Timothy was born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland, located in the Appalachian Mountain region. His parents own a flower shop and he has a younger brother. He has been part of the church his entire life. In his younger years, he played in a worship band and preached monthly at a nursing home. In 2008, he moved to Philadelphia to attend Eastern University. He received a B.A. in Theology four years later. After graduating, Timothy worked at Broad Street Ministry with the Youth Initiative as a Spiritual Life Coordinator. He spent the next year as a youth pastor at Union Methodist Church in Havertown until he matriculated into Union Theological Seminary in New York City in the fall of 2013. Timothy wanted to attend a seminary that was known for creative experimental worship and liturgy, carrying out Christs call for peace and justice, and high academic rigor.


After graduating from Union in 2016, Timothy continued working in his field education placement at Broadway Presbyterian Church for four years total. He initiated and organized the volunteer program at the churchs soup kitchen and shelter. Timothy redesigned the organizations Supermarket Pantry and Clothing Distribution, and with the help of the pastor, created a monthly free dinner for the neighborhood. Moreover, in New York City, he was the Young Adult Volunteer Site Coordinator for two years, and the worship leader for Columbia Universitys campus ministry. Lastly, Timothy started the Youth Engaging in Service summer ministry at Broadway Presbyterian Church.  It lasted for three summers and 10 youth groups ended up attending his last summer there in 2018.


Timothy moved back to Philadelphia in December 2018 and currently lives in Strawberry mansion. He taught Sunday School for elementary school aged kids at Old Pine Presbyterian Church for several months. Timothy worked at a homeless youth shelter for several months in Warminster, PA.  Most recently, he worked with Pastor Sarah Colwill at Church on the Mall, helping with community outreach, social media, and technology. He also led a small faith community in Conshohocken called Church on the Bend; they started in June 2019 and met biweekly. In between all of that, Timothy led worship for Bryn Mawr Presbyterians youth group service.


Overall, his interests are wide, but mostly concern the well-being of those on the margins. For more than a decade, Timothy has either worked for or volunteered at homelessness nonprofits. Likewise, he is a lifelong learner and completed the Church Planting and Revitalization Certificate Program at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in September 2019. Timothy is excited to walk alongside us at Memorial Presbyterian as our new pastor.