Rev. Dr. N. Graham Standish, M.S.W
I have been pastor of Calvin Presbyterian Church since January of 1996. Prior to coming to Calvin Church, I served as a therapist in a psychiatric hospital, as well as a therapist in a pastoral counseling agency, a drug and alcohol center, did an internship as a hospital chaplain, and as an associate pastor at a growing church in Murrysville, Pennsylvania.
I came to Calvin Church with a vision to create a church rooted in prayer and a passionate desire to seek and do God’s will in everything. Since then, Calvin Church has almost tripled in size, and has garnered national attention in several studies of churches growing because of their commitment to spirituality and prayer. This includes being part of a groundbreaking book, Christianity for the Rest of Us, which researched churches across the country that are leading Christians to renewal through an emphasis on spirituality and spiritual practices (www.dianabutlerbass.com).
As of summer of 2014, I also became the Coordinating Pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Butler, Pennsylvania. I am overseeing the efforts of a team of three pastors, as a mission of Calvin Presbyterian Church, to revitalized a church that had been devastated by a crisis and lost 85% of it’s membership (www.trinitypc.info).
I am the author of six books: In God’s Presence: Encountering, Experiencing, and Embracing the Holy in Worship (2010), Humble Leadership (2007), Becoming the Blessed Church (2005, revised 2016), Discovering the Narrow Path (2002), Paradoxes for Living (2001), and Forming Faith in a Hurricane (1998). I have a new, upcoming book in 2016: Ministry Proverbs. I have contributed to five others: Spiritual Guidance across Relgions (2014); Living Our Story: Narrative Leadership and Congregational Culture (2010), From Nomads to Pilgrims (2006), Let Us Pray: Reformed Prayers for Christian Worship (2003) and The Dictionary of Christian Spiritual Formation (2003). I have also written numerous articles in spirituality, spiritual direction, and spirituality in congregations–you can find links to these on this site.
I have been an adjunct professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry program and Certificate in Spiritual Formation program, and at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Toronto, Ontario, focusing in the areas of spirituality and congregational leadership. I have served on the boards of the Samaritan Counseling Center and editorial board of Presence, the journal of Spiritual Directors International.
I am a teacher, retreat leader, spiritual director, and have a background in individual, marital, and family therapy. My Ph.D. is in formative spirituality from Duquesne University. My Master of Social Work is from the University of Pittsburgh, and my Master of Divinity is from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Finally, and most important, I am husband of Diane, and the father of twin girls, Erin and Shea.
Email: Graham’s Email
Phone: Phone: 724-452-7560 x12