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April 22, 2008

First Presbyterian Church
647 East Market Street
Akron, Ohio 44304-1684

Dr. Mark Ruppert, Pastor

I will give you shepherds who are loyal to Me, and they will shepherd you with knowledge and skill. Jeremiah 3:15

Biographical Information

Born in Bellevue, Pennsylvania, Dr. Ruppert brings many gifts to the pulpit of First Presbyterian Church. His dossier portrays a lifetime of faith, ministry, and scholarship, and a strong commitment to family and community.

* Educational Background

McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL, 1986 - 1990. Doctor of Ministry.

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, 1980 - 1983. Master of Divinity.

Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA, 1974 - 1978. Bachelor of Arts, Christian Education/Elementary Education with a concentration in Communications. Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

* Career Highlights

First Presbyterian Church, Akron, OH, 1994 - Present. Pastor, Head of Staff.

Summit United Presbyterian Church, Butler, PA, 1987 - 1994. Pastor.

First Presbyterian Church, Titusville, PA, 1983 - 1987. Associate Pastor.

First Presbyterian Church, Titusville, PA, 1978 - 1980. Director of Christian Education.

* Public and Private Life

Dr. Ruppert has served on committees for various judicatories in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at both the Presbytery and Synod levels. He also served from 1989 - 1991 on the New Wilmington Missionary Conference (New Wilmington, PA) Board of Managers and was a Career Vespers Speaker. Currently, he serves as moderator of the Eastminster Presbytery Personnel Committee.

Locally, Dr. Ruppert is a member of the Strategic Planning Family/Community Involvement Committee of the Akron Public Schools, Summa Community Health Advisory Committee and Love Akron Covering Committee. He is a 1999 graduate of Leadership Akron, Class XV.

Dr. Ruppert's hobbies include basketball, running, furniture refinishing, and listening to all types of music. He especially looks forward to spending time with his wife, Margaret, to whom he has been married over 20 years, and their two daughters.


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