Pastor Don Troast was examined by the Committee on Ministry and approved to begin as our Bridge Pastor. In his role, he will also begin Moderating our Session meetings and provide pastoral care to the congregation.
Pastor Troast and his wife reside in Williamsburg and attend Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. He is a retired from the United States Navy Chaplain Corps after 21 years of service. Prior to entering the Chaplain Corps, he was pastor to two congregations in Massachusetts and an Associate Pastor in a United Methodist Church.
Pastor Troast has been an active participant in the ministry at Williamsburg Presbyterian. He has assisted in ushering, been responsible for making coffee for the always important fellowship time, and has preached when needed. He and his wife are looking forward to being able to travel again and see their grandchildren in New York.
We are excited and thankful that Pastor Troast has been called to join with us in the season of transition and look forward to his time with us on this journey.
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