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Gordon Visscher Webster,, American minister. Ordained to ministry Presbyterian Church (United States of America), 1973. Grantee George Gund Foundation, 1987, Presbyterian Women's Opportunity Giving, 1987, Joan and Harold Feinbloom Supporting Foundation of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, 1998-2002.


Webster, Gordon Visscher was born on October 2, 1947 in Huntington, New York, United States. Son of Gordon Visscher and Marion Beatrice (French) Webster.


AB, Hamilton College, 1969; postgraduate, St. Andrews Divinity School, 1970-1971; postgraduate, McCormick Theological Seminary, 1982-1987; Master of Divinity, Union Theological Seminary, 1973.


Staff associate Metropolitan Church Board, Syracuse, New York, 1973-1975. Associate pastor 1st Presbyterian Church, 1975-1983. Missionary Middle East Council of Churches, Limassol, Cyprus, 1983-1984.

Missionary-in-residence Presbyterian Church (United States of America), Stony Point Center, New York, 1984-1986. Interim pastor 1st Presbyterian Church, Oneida, 1988-1989, United Presbyterian Church, Cortland, 1989-1991. Pastor Ogden Presbyterian Church, Spencerport, 1991-2001, Downtown United Presbyterian Church, Rochester, 2001—2009.

Interim senior pastor Lake Avenue Baptist Church, since 2009. Executive director American Coalition Middle East Dialogue, Jamesville, New York, 1986-1988, Common Good Planning Center Rochester Area Community Foundation, 1998-2001. Vice president Greater Rochester Community Churches, 1992-1993, president, 1994-1997, executive team, 2002-2007, 09-.

Chair Interfaith Forum Greater Rochester, 1995, 99. President Interfaith Alliance Rochester, 1998-1999. Member Mayor's Stewardship Council Comprehensive Planning, City of Rochester, 1996-2006.

Member Mayor's Commission on Race and Ethnicity, 2000-2005. Board directors Odyssey Humanity, 2006-2007, Center for Interfaith Study and Dialogue, since 2005. Presbyterian Commissioner to General Assembly National Council of Churches of Christ in United States of America, 2000-2007.

Member National Strategy Team Let Justice Roll 2005-2006, Martin Luther King Junior Commission of Monroe County, 1995-2000. Member public policy commission New York State Community Churches, 1996-1999. Member Presbytery Genesee Valley, since 1991, trustee, 2003-2006.

Commissioner PC (United States of America) Gen Assembly, 2004, member permanent Judicial Commission, since 2007, executive presbyter search team, 2007-2008. Leader workshops on Middle East, 1983-1989. Moderator Syracuse Middle East Dialogue Group, 1981-1983.

Member general council Presbytery of Utica, 1988-1989. President American Friends Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam, since 2007.


  • Ordained to ministry Presbyterian Church (United States of America), 1973.


General council Cayuga-Syracuse Presbytery, 1975-1983. National board member American Friends of Neve Shalom Wahat al Salam, since 2004, president, since 2007. Presbyterian commissioner General Assembly Presbyterian Church, 1987.

Member Witherspoon Society (steering committee 1974-1976), Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (board advisors, national committee 1972-1983).


Married Gloria Marie Farwagi, May 31, 1975. Children: David Gordon (deceased), Daniel Farwagi, Diana Alexandra.

Gordon Visscher

Marion Beatrice Webster

Gloria Marie Farwagi

David Gordon Webster (deceased)

Daniel Farwagi Webster

Diana Alexandra Webster