Pastoral Staff


The Reverend Ernest L. Gardner, III is a Certified Transitional Pastor in the ECO. Following graduation from Austin Presbyterian Seminary in 2000, he served as an installed pastor for ten years. For the last twelve years Pastor Ernest has served PCUSA and ECO congregations as a Transitional Pastor completing accreditation in both denominations. He has served on multiple levels of church governance and currently hosts a Facebook page for Transitional Pastors in the ECO.
“I enjoy seeing churches flourish with the gospel and passionate about equipping church leaders to disciple followers of Christ who make disciples of Christ especially during a season of transition.”
Along with his Master of Divinity, Ernest completed graduate work towards his Doctor of Ministry at Pittsburgh Seminary, along with prior graduate study in voice and opera at the University of North Texas.
Pastor Ernest is married to the Reverend Ellen Campbell Gardner, also Certified Transitional Pastor in ECO. She received her Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2002. They married in 2009 and share an adopted greyhound, Andy, their “retired professional athlete”.
Pastor Ernest favorite quote is– “People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – John Maxwell. His favorite Old Testament passage is Psalm 121. His favorite New Testament verse is; “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
Pastor Ernest enjoys fishing, and biking and as his hobbies. His favorite food is Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab!


Pastor Jordan Geffre is the youth director at First Sibley Presbyterian Church. Jordan Geffre became a certified lay pastor in May 2022. He has a passion to seeing the youth come to love and enjoy Christ and to help families grow in their love for the Lord.

Jordan Geffre and his wife Shauna are from Saint Paul, MN. They got married in October of 2014.

Jordan got a Bachelors degree in Ministry Leadership at Moody Bible Institute in 2017.

He also got his Masters of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Spring of 2021.

Jordan enjoys the great outdoors and enjoys hiking, canoeing, and camping. He also likes to read and some of his favorite authors include Jonathan Edwards, R.C Sproul, and Martyn Lloyd Jones.