Office Phone: 
336-292-9125, ext. 103

Pastor Bernie was born in Youngstown, Ohio graduating from Youngstown University.  He married his spouse Ann, a graduate of Wittenberg University, in 1966.  They have two adult children; Cheryl Pressley and Michael Hess and one grandson Trey Pressley who is the National Guard and lives in Boone.  Cheryl and her spouse Dano were married at First Lutheran in 1991.  

Bernie was ordained in 1968 after graduating from Hamma School of Theology. He also has a Master's Degree in Pastoral Care from Ashland Seminary.  Since moving to Greensboro with his family in 1985 he has served four churches in Guilford County before coming to First.  He also did two years of Clinical Pastoral Education at Wesley Long Hospital.  Later he used that degree to serve a chaplain and bereavement counselor at Hospices in Guilford and Alamance Counties.  He loves getting to know people and taking their faith journey with them.  Spiritually he is involved in Via de Cristo and is a member of a centering prayer group in our congregation  

He has enjoyed his first year at First Lutheran especially meeting and working with so many different folk.  He is available to visit or have conversation on any of life's dilemmas with our First Lutheran family, and guests.

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