Howard Edington, Interim Senior Pastor
J. Howard Edington accepted the call to become MDPC’s Interim Senior Pastor, and began his preaching ministry here on Sunday, June 30. 2013.
Learn more about Howard, the remarkable path that led him to MDPC, and of his great love for Trisha, his partner in marriage and in ministry for over 50 years.
About Howard Edington
From 1982 to 2003, Dr. Edington served as senior minister of the 5900-member First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, one of the largest mainline churches in the United States. Under his leadership, the congregation quadrupled in size, and Dr. Edington’s sermons were televised weekly for 21 years on The Certain Sound, broadcast to millions of homes throughout Central Florida and Metropolitan Atlanta.
Within months of his retirement from First Presbyterian of Orlando, Dr. Edington was called to a new ministry. In July 2003, he joined Providence Presbyterian Church in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, as Senior Minister. In 2006, Dr. Edington launched a new outreach ministry to bring nationally recognized Christian speakers and teachers to the Island. He recruited his colleague, Charles W. Colson, and long-time friend, Rich DeVos, to headline the inaugural Cross Currents event.
In 2008, now twice-“retired,” Dr. Edington was asked to serve as Preacher-in-Residence at Central Presbyterian Church on the Upper East Side of New York City. What began as a Coffee Hour on Sunday mornings grew into a faith-based public outreach.
Dr. Edington has maintained a steadfast commitment to the development of young people at all education levels. He is the founding chairman of The Christ School, an elementary and middle school that operates on the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando campus.
A leader in the global mission community, Dr. Edington has committed his life to serving God by ministering to men and women from all walks of life. During his ten-year tenure on the board of the Outreach Foundation (the evangelistic mission arm of the Presbyterian Church), he spent three years as its chairman and led numerous mission trips, including one to the Middle East where strong ties were developed with leaders throughout the war-torn region.
Dr. Edington was instrumental in forming and fostering a unique relationship between First Presbyterian Church of Orlando and the Bethlehem Bible College in Israel. This bond served as the basis for efforts to build unity among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Central Florida, and led to the signing of a Twin Cities agreement between the mayors of Orlando and Bethlehem.
Dr. Edington’s first book, Downtown Church: The Heart of the City, has enjoyed success with churches of all denominations and has been used in seminary curricula and classes. Dr. Edington was a contributing author to Beyond Belief, published by The Gathering/USA. His most recent book, The Forgotten Man of Christmas, was featured in the December 19, 2005, issue of TIME Magazine.
Husband, Father, and Grandfather
Howard and his wife, Trisha, have two adult daughters (Meg and Beth) and three grandchildren (Penn, Hunter, and Sarah Beth). In 1994, the Edington’s 22-year-old son, John David, was tragically killed in a car accident in Orlando.