The Park Church Pastor Nominating Committee is excited to announce that on March 26th, the congregation approved the call of Rev. Caleb Suydam. His ministry will begin the week of May 15th .
Pastor Caleb Suydam grew up in the small town of Farmington, Illinois, graduating from Farmington High School, Spoon River College, and Northern Illinois University, with a B.A. in Political Science. In 2010, after many years of feeling a call to ministry, Caleb enrolled at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, where he earned his Master of Divinity degree. After graduating in 2013 he served as a chaplain intern at St. Luke’s – Unity Point Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa. He and his wife, Jennifer were married in August, 2013. Caleb was ordained as a Teaching Elder (pastor) in January 2014 and began serving as pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in Nevada, Iowa.
Caleb is a lifelong Presbyterian, serving as a Trustee and a member of the Session at First Presbyterian Church in Farmington, Illinois before going to seminary. He also had the distinct pleasure of serving as a pastoral intern at First Presbyterian Church in Dubuque, Iowa, in the summer of 2011 and throughout the 2012-2013 academic year.
In his experience throughout the church, Caleb has learned that the relationships formed between people are of critical importance to living a life in Christ. Caleb looks forward to becoming a part of the community at Park Church, and is excited to help nurture the sense of community here as well as throughout Streator. Caleb’s interests include the outdoors, movies, live theater, and reading.
Caleb’s wife Jenny, also a pastor in the PCUSA, received her BA in the Study of World Religions, and a Music Minor from the University of Northern Iowa. She graduated with a Master of Divinity in 2012 from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. She has served as solo pastor in Greene and Rudd, Iowa, and as campus minister in Ames, Iowa. Jenny, also a life-long Presbyterian, grew up in Mason City, Iowa. Jenny enjoys reading, photography, music, and has recently taken cross stitch as another hobby.