Pewee Valley Presbyterian welcomes new pastor Sunday

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By The Staff

 The Rev. Joel Allen Weible, a second-generation minister with a previous career in theatre, has been elected as pastor of Pewee Valley Presbyterian Church.

Weible, 43, will begin his ministry at Pewee Valley officially on Sunday. The congregation approved his call Oct. 19 at a combined service where he preached the sermon.

The Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry met earlier in the month to formally approve his selection and nomination by the PVPC’s Pastoral Nominating Committee. The PNC was chaired by longtime PCPC member Bob Pace.

Weible will succeed the Rev. Dr. R. Wayne Willis, who has served as interim pastor since December 2006. 

Weible is a native of Pennsylvania and grew up as the son of a minister in the United Church of Christ. He attended Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre in 1987. He also attended the University of Texas at Austin and earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree in theatre in 1992.

He is a doctor of ministry candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary and expects to earn his degree in the spring, after completing his dissertation. 

Weible met his wife, Katie Blackersby, in Bowling Green, where they started a theater company. They both attended the University of Texas where they earned their acting degrees and then moved to New York City to pursue acting careers. In 1999, Stage One Theatre in Louisville drew their attention and they moved to join the company of actors.

A previous stirring regarding the ministry became ever stronger in Weible after his move to Kentucky and the close proximity of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He earned a Master’s of Divinity in May 1999. He was called by Highland Presbyterian Church and ordained and installed there in November 1999, a position he has held until now.

Joel and Katie have been married 18 years and have three children – Samuel, 10, Annie, 7, and Gabriel, 5. 

Katie is a member of the faculty at the Youth Performing Arts School at DuPont Manual High in Louisville. The children attend Brandeis Elementary. 

The family resides in the Crescent Hill neighborhood near Southern Seminary.