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Reverend Rich Gelson's Story
Episode 1214th September 2021 • My Story of Addiction & Grace • Pastor Ed Treat
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In this episode the Reverend Rich Gelson shares his personal life journey with co-dependency and how the grace of God led him to discover a new way to understand his life and some new ways to relate to those he loves.

Pastor Rich is an ordained Presbyterian serving as the pastor of Pilgrim Presbyterian Church in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, since 2015.

He is a 1997 M. Div graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and focuses on leading worship, adaptive church leadership development and discipleship, and building partner bridges of support across the Phillipsburg/Lehigh Valley area.   He also has trained as a Spiritual Director through Oasis Ministries.

He is married to Rev. Stefanie Muntzel of First Presbyterian Church of Easton, and is the father of college student Rebecca, recent college graduate Anna, and the step-father of High School student Crosby.  

Pastor Rich reboots his energy through singing/songwriting (visit, digital photography, kayaking, reading historical fiction novels and rooting for the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles.

Addiction takes many forms and knows no boundaries. Anyone is susceptible to this cunning baffling and powerful disease, even clergy. In fact, clergy are more susceptible than average because of the nature of their work. In this podcast you will hear the personal testimonies of clergy who were caught in the hell of addiction and by the grace of God found a way out. Listen to their powerful stories of what it was like while they were addiction, what happened that caused them to get free, and what it’s like now for them living in recovery.

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