The Pastor is Rev. Jim McCrea. He is a graduate of West High School in Waterloo, Iowa, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction degree in English in 1976. After holding a series of full-time and freelance writing positions, he felt called to attend the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, where he studied between September 1989 and December 1991. During that time, he served as the solo Student Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Hazleton, Iowa. After receiving his Masters of Divinity degree, Rev. McCrea was called to the First Presbyterian Church of Galena in April 1992. As a professional freelance writer, his work has been published in such national magazines as Better Homes & Gardens, Northwest Airlines WorldTraveler, Mature Outlook and Currents. He's currently at work on an original commentary on the Old Testament book, Song of Solomon.