About the Pastor
Schöne Grüße! My name is Philip Gelston and I am the pastor of Christ Church of Wiesbaden. My family and I moved here in August, 2011 to plant CCW. I grew up in Crystal River, Florida. As a child, my parents taught me to fear the Lord but it wasn't until high school that I became serious about my relationship with God. Through the loving kindness and faithful biblical teaching of my church, I came face to face with the reality of my sin and the grace of God that is only offered in the Gospel. Soon after I felt a call to ministry.
While in Seminary I began dating Nora, who is now my wife. Nora is a German citizen from Bad Breisig and we met in Pittsburgh, PA where she was a university student. After we both graduated (she from Robert Morris and I from Westminster Seminary), we were married and moved to Richmond, VA so I could be the Youth Pastor at Sycamore Presbyterian Church. We served in Richmond for 6 great years and during that time our hearts for the kingdom worldwide grew. We knew we had special inroads in Germany because of Nora’s citizenship and so we partnered with our denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and Ministry to the Military and Internationals (MMI) to plant a church in Wiesbaden. We have 4 children, Paul, Tommy, Johannes and Anna.
I am a graduate of Covenant College ('98) and Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia ('04)
About Our Elder(s)
Matthias Funk has been a ruling elder at Christ Church Wiesbaden since August 2021. Matthias grew up in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany. At the age of 16 he traveled to Las Cruces, New Mexico as an exchange student. There he grew in his faith, participated in the leadership of Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), was an active member at University Presbyterian Church, completed his PhD in electrical engineering, and met his wife, Katrina. In 2012 they moved their family to the Heidelberg area and started attending Christ Church Wiesbaden in 2015. God sustained them during a long season of a job/home search in the Wiesbaden area, and in 2021 they moved into their new home.
Katrina was born and raised in Las Cruces, NM. In 2007 she graduated with a degree in Human Nutrition and Food Science. She is currently a staff member at Christ Church Wiesbaden. They have been blessed with five children Daniel, Rebekah, Lukas, Silas, and Elli.