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Rev. Jeffrey Courter

Interim Pastor

Rev. Jeff Courter is a second-career minister, coming to First Presbyterian Church of Forest Hills after a position as pastor in Westernville, NY, right in the middle of the state. 

Prior to Westernville, Jeff lived in Chicago and the south suburbs, so he knows how to navigate the city. In Chicago, he attended McCormick Seminary. Prior to seminary, Jeff worked as a recruiter for the Illinois Army National Guard, after being deployed to Afghanistan for a year in 2007.

Jeff served the First Presbyterian Church of Chicago Heights, IL as a Sunday school teacher, deacon, and elder, chairing the Stewardship Committee, Evangelism Committee, and Christian Education Committee over the almost two decades he and his family attended there.  He created an adult education program for the summer which was popular, teaching church history, Christianity and world religions, and other topics.

Jeff comes to Forest Hills with a broad experience in ministry – from being on the Committee on Ministry for the Presbytery of Utica, to being a commissioner on the Synod of the Northeast (Networking Group), as a member of the Rome, NY Clergy Association, and moderator of InterFaith Matters of Utica, Jeff has been involved in the community.  He has also worked with youth: he started a Youth Group at the town library, he has been teaching Sunday school and has led field trips with junior and senior high school students.