Come Visit. 

You’re at Home.

 
At GPC, we are united by faith in God’s promise, commitment to God’s purpose, and love in God’s presence. GPC belongs to the Presbyterian Church, USA (PCUSA).  We experience the word of our Lord each Sunday through praise, prayer, and insightful preaching. 
 
Our congregation is multicultural and diverse in ethnicity, socio-economics, and politics. We engage in local service and are supportive of worldwide missions. We invite you to join us for worship and community outreach. 
 

Our Mission & Vision

Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, called by God to be: A global, caring community of faith, centered in Jesus Christ, training people to share His life everywhere we go.
 
Our top three priorities are:
  • To worship the Lord with heart, soul, mind and strength
  • To engage our neighbors in central Montgomery County
  • To equip each generation for Christian discipleship.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Service Times 

 
 
 
 

 

Sunday Morning

 
8:00 AM: Intimate
Intimate worship with organ, sermon, and hymns
 
9:30 AM: Blended/Contemporary
Contemporary praise songs within a traditional order of worship
 
11:00 AM: Traditional
Choirs, sermon, and the full, graded educational program for children and youth
 

 

History 


In 1962, the Potomac Presbytery selected the community of Gaithersburg as the location for a new church. The first service was held on November 25 with 25 parishioners in attendance. On May 17, 1964, the Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church was formally organized with 82 charter members. Services were originally held at the Gaithersburg Junior High and High Schools until the first building was constructed in 1966 at our current location. The first service in the new building was held on July 24, 1966.
 
From these humble beginnings, the GPC family has grown to more than 775 members of different backgrounds, cultures, ages, and occupations. The diversity within our walls has created a fruitful ministry and unites us as one family of God to worship and serve our Lord.
 

Our mission is to create a global community of faith-centered people in Jesus Christ, and to share His message in our daily lives. 
 
 
 

Full-time Staff 

The Rev. Dr. D. Jay Losher

Interim Senior Pastor     email Jay


Pastor Jay has held both permanent and interim positions around the country, and this is his ninth interim pastorate in eight states. A native Texan, he has a ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a PhD in Ethics and Society from Northwestern University. He served in the mission field for 10 years on the theological faculty of a Christian university in Central Java, Indonesia, where he helped train new pastors, teaching them the theological and social scientific tools to plant and grow new churches. “I consider my particular gifts to be helping congregations focus on and live God’s mission in their community and the world.” Pastor Jay is married and has three adult children.

 

The Rev. Mary Beth Lawrence

Associate Pastor     email Mary Beth
 

Pastor Mary Beth is a native of South Carolina, and graduated from Furman University with a B.A. in history and from Columbia Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity degree. Prior to joining GPC in 2002, she served the First Presbyterian Church in Marietta, Georgia, for 15 years. While at GPC, she has met people from all over the world and traveled to Africa and to the Middle East to see what God is doing in those areas. She is happy to report that “The church is alive and well!” In Gaithersburg, she works with a hundred or more volunteers in the community and in the caring ministries of the church.

 

Teresa McCoy

Director of Music and Worship Arts     email Teresa
 

Teresa holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and Florida State University, and is an accomplished music director, vocalist, pianist, organist, and teacher. She has been a professional church musician for all of her adult life and considers it to be her calling, not just her job. “My plan for my life was to become a big star on Broadway, but God had other plans for me. Every time I’ve tried to go in a different direction with my career, God has pulled me back into service in the church.” Prior to joining GPC in 2015, Teresa served the Beckley Presbyterian Church in Beckley, West Virginia for 10 years, during which time she was also Music Director for Theatre West Virginia and an adjunct professor at Concord University. She is married to Dr. Jim McCoy, a retired pastor and professor. They are the parents of three adult children and have two grandchildren.

 

Carolyn Hayes

Director of Children and Young Families     email Carolyn 

Carolyn and her husband, Stuart, have been active members of GPC since 1998. Since then, she has served in many capacities—Sunday School teacher, VBS teacher and director, Bridges to Worship leader, church elder, lay leader, and coordinator for FourthNight children’s activities. Carolyn has a degree in Modern Society and Social Thought from the University of California at Santa Cruz and worked in retail for 14 years. She found her calling teaching preschool – first at Gaithersburg First Baptist Church for 2½ years and then at Gaithersburg Presbyterian Preschool & Kindergarten for the next 16 years. In 2017, she heeded God’s call to move to her current position. Carolyn and Stuart are the parents of an adult daughter.

 

Carrie Larsen

Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries     email Carrie
 

Carrie is a passionate youth pastor and Christ follower who hails from Southern California but moved to the east coast several years ago. She has been serving in youth ministry for over 20 years in many different settings at various levels of leadership and loves youth of all races, nationalities, and backgrounds. Carrie has been described as creative, kind, a team player, compassionate, funny, outgoing, a leader, talkative, honest, and a Child of God. She enjoys traveling and seeing the world.

 
 

Support Staff 

Lisa Lee
Accounting Manager
ext. 107

Jenna Obermiller
Communications Manager

ext: 118

Andy Gosnell
Facilities Manager
ext. 109

Jimilee Kalu
Office Manager
ext: 101
 
 
Assistant Director of
Music & Worship
ext: 110
Amy Smith
PreSchool & Kindergarten
Director
ext. 121
 
 
 
 
 

 Session 

 
Church officers are elected and serve as elders on session, the church’s governing council. Other members serve as deacons to lead GPC works of compassion and as trustees to represent the church corporation. Lay leaders work closely with pastors and church staff to drive our mission forward.
 
 
 
 


GPC is always looking for energetic individuals to serve our community!