John A. Dalles

John A. Dalles
Short Name: John A. Dalles
Full Name: Dalles, John A.
Birth Year: 1954

Born: Sep­tem­ber 13, 1954, Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia.

A lifelong Pres­by­ter­i­an, John Dalles has lived in Pitts­burgh, Coates­ville, Lan­cas­ter, and State Coll­ege, Penn­syl­van­ia; and South Bend, In­di­a­na. He re­ceived the Ba­che­lor of Sci­ence in Ar­chi­tect­ure from Penn­syl­van­ia State in 1976. While en­gaged in a se­mes­ter abroad in Pet­worth, Eng­land, he sensed a call to the min­is­try. An ar­chi­tect­ur­al de­sign­er be­fore di­vin­i­ty stu­dies, he re­ceived the Mas­ter of Di­vin­ity from Lan­cas­ter The­o­lo­gic­al Sem­in­a­ry in 1982. Dur­ing sem­in­a­ry, he served as a re­source con­sult­ant for the orig­in­al Par­ish Re­source Cen­ter in Lan­cas­ter.

Ordained in High­land Pres­by­ter­i­an Church, Lan­cas­ter, on Au­gust 1, 1982, John’s first call was to serve the First Pres­by­ter­i­an Church of South Bend, In­di­a­na, as as­so­ci­ate pas­tor. Re­spons­i­bil­i­ties there in­clud­ed wor­ship lead­er­ship and preach­ing, ad­min­is­tra­tion of mis­sion and me­mor­i­al en­dow­ment dis­burse­ment for mis­sion (over $130,000 an­nu­al­ly), min­is­ter for ed­u­ca­tion and pas­tor­al care (Di­a­con­ate), co­ord­in­at­or of new mem­ber out­reach and staff li­ai­son to the church owned res­i­dent camp. He served the area coun­cil of re­li­gious or­gan­iz­a­tions, was a mem­ber of the Wor­ship Task Force and Di­sci­ple­ship/Church Life Com­mit­tee of Wa­bash Val­ley Pres­by­te­ry, mem­ber and awards chair­man of the St. Jo­seph Coun­ty Schol­ar­ship Foun­da­tion, and found­ing mem­ber of Notre Dame Ci­vi­tan and the South Bend, In­di­a­na, Hab­i­tat for Hu­man­i­ty.

In De­cem­ber 1986, Dalles was called to Fox Cha­pel Pres­by­ter­i­an Church, Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia, where his du­ties in­clud­ed wor­ship lead­er­ship and preach­ing, pro­gram­ming for spir­it­u­al growth, con­gre­ga­tion­al life, ad­min­is­tra­tion of pas­tor­al care, adult ed­u­ca­tion, Ste­phen Min­is­try, and new mem­ber out­reach (with an­nu­al mem­ber­ship in­creas­es of 100 or more). In May 1994, Dalles received the Doc­tor of Min­is­try de­gree from Pitt­sburgh The­o­lo­gic­al Sem­in­a­ry for his work in the ar­ea of pas­tor­al lead­er­ship in the mul­ti­-staff church. While at Fox Cha­pel, he in­sti­tut­ed an an­nu­al com­mun­i­ty pray­er break­fast, served on the Pres­by­te­ry’s Prepa­ra­tion for Min­is­try Com­mit­tee, and as li­ai­son to an ar­ea re­hab­ilita­tion cen­ter. He wrote and edited In Life and Death We Be­long to God, the Pres­by­ter­i­an Church (U.S.A.) stu­dy re­source on end-of-life is­sues.

Since May 1997, Dalles has served as pas­tor and head of staff of We­ki­va Pres­by­ter­i­an Church, Or­lan­do, Flor­i­da, an ac­tive and grow­ing con­gre­ga­tion in its 26th year. Ac­comp­lish­ments dur­ing his pas­tor­ate have in­clud­ed a ma­jor cap­it­al and fa­cil­i­ties ex­pansion, growth in new mem­bers, and the im­ple­ment­a­tion of new staff­ing and pro­grams at ev­ery le­vel of the con­gre­ga­tion’s life. He has chaired the The­ol­o­gy and Wor­ship Com­mit­tee of Cen­tral Flor­i­da Pres­by­te­ry for the past three years.

Dalles has writ­ten num­er­ous ar­ti­cles and ma­ny pub­lished hymn texts. His hymns "Come, O Spir­it" and "God Bless Your Church with Strength!" are in the 1990 Pres­by­ter­i­an Hym­nal. His lyr­ics are al­so in: The New Cen­tu­ry Hym­nal, The Mo­rav­i­an Book of Wor­ship, Wor­ship To­ge­ther (Men­non­ite Breth­ren), The Co­ve­nant Hym­nal (Evan­gel­ica­l Co­ven­ant Church), The Book of Praise (Pres­by­ter­i­an Church in Ca­na­da) and The Aus­tral­ian Book of Praise II. He has written anniversary hymn texts, in­clud­ing: Pres­by­ter­i­an Heritage Sun­day, Augsburg, Goshen, Maryville, Tusculum, Wilson and Knox Coll­eges, Amer­i­can Un­i­ver­si­ty, Pittsburgh and Lancaster Seminaries, Peachtree Pres­by­ter­i­an Church, the Lu­ther­an World Federa­tion and the Pres­by­ter­i­an Associa­tion of Mu­sicians. A mem­ber of the Hymn Society, he has been listed in na­tional and world editions of Who’s Who since 1997. Two of his an­thems are on a CD by com­pos­er Bob Moore en­ti­tled "Like a Whis­per in the Heart." His other works in­clude:
Swift Cur­rents and Still Wa­ters (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: GIA Pub­li­ca­tions, 2000)

As Christ the Lit­tle Child­ren Blessed
Bless the Ones Who Nur­ture Child­ren
Change Your Church, O God, to Be
Come, O Spir­it
God Bless the Work Your Peo­ple Do
God, Bless Your Church with Strength!
God Is the One Who Calls
God, Re­new Us by Your Spir­it!
May God’s Love Be Fixed Above You
O God of Love, Grant Us Your Peace
O Seek the Lord in Pray­er

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Texts by John A. Dalles (30)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
All who have gone before usJohn A. Dalles (Author)English2
All who live upon the earthJohn A. Dalles (Author)English2
As Christ the little children blessedJohn A. Dalles, 1954- (Author)2
Bless the ones who nurture childrenJohn A. Dalles, 1954- (Author)English3
[Called to Live Justly]John A. Dalles (Author)English2
Change your church, O God to beJohn A. Dalles, 1954- (Author)English3
[Come Celebrate the Journey]John A. Dalles (Author)English2
Come, O Spirit, with your soundJohn A. Dalles (Author)English6
Come to tend God's gardenJohn A. Dalles (Author)English2
God, bless the work your people doJohn A. Dalles (Author)2
God, bless your church with strength!John A. Dalles, b. 1954 (Author)English8
God, renew us by your SpiritJohn A. Dalles (Author)English5
[In God's Own Time]John A. Dalles (Author)English2
[Lift Up Your Eyes!] (Dalles)John A. Dalles (Author)2
[Lord, Walk Beside Us on the Road]John A. Dalles (Author)English2
May God's love be fixed above youJohn A. Dalles, 1954- (Author)English5
[O Come to God and Let Us Sing]John A. Dalles (Author)English2
O God of love, grant us Your peaceJohn A. Dalles (Author)English3
O Justice Giver, make us justJohn A. Dalles (Author)English2
[O Praise God's Perfect Goodness]John A. Dalles (Author)English2
O seek the Lord in prayerJohn A. Dalles (Author)English3
[Rejoice, Behold the One True Light]John A. Dalles (Author)English2
See what love we have been given!John A. Dalles (Author)English2
The screams of police-car sirensJohn Alen Dalles (Author)English2
The way to heed God's holy callJohn A. Dalles (Author)English2
[Though We May Speak]John A. Dalles (Author)English2
[What If We Could Speak All the Words]John A. Dalles (Author)English2
[What Shall We Say God's Realm Is Like]John A. Dalles (Author)English2
[Who Are We, That Grace Should Claim Us]John A. Dalles (Author)English2
Why would we light a lampJohn A. Dalles (Adapter)English2

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