Reverend Louis A. Nyiri, Associate Pastor
Rev. Nyiri grew up in State College, PA and attended The Pennsylvania State University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications in 1992. After graduation, he took a year off to prayerfully consider his call to ministry. In that year he worked for a public television station; learned the ceramic tile trade and served as a Deacon and senior high youth advisor at State College Presbyterian, the church where he was raised, confirmed and ordained. In the Fall of 1993 he enrolled at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where he earned his Masters of Divinity in May 1996. Lou accepted the call to Gettysburg Presbyterian Church as their Associate Pastor for youth ministry in July 1996.
During the six weeks from graduating Seminary to starting at Gettysburg Presbyterian, Lou married the former Candace Veon whom he met while both were in Seminary. The two met the first day of new student orientation having been seated next to each other in the opening exercises and paired together for the Seminary tour. Candace also holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Seminary and is, in Lou’s words, “yet another gift of God’s grace in my life.” They were married in June 1996 and became the proud parents of a son, Alexander Samuel, in July of 2000.
As Associate Pastor for youth, one of Lou’s great joys is leading the youth and adults on the annual summer high school work-camp mission trip to repair homes, as well as, directing the weekly Sunday evening senior high fellowship group. Lou also enjoys teaching the 10th grade confirmation-commissioning class; being a “coach” at Gettysburg High School’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle; and working at the track meets as high jump judge. Lou also shares in the church’s ministries of Peacemaking; Deacons; and Fellowship. If you get Lou’s voice mail he’s probably out meeting with youth at the high school, their workplace or one of their events. He may also be attending a meeting of the Gettysburg Lions Club or the Adams Coalition to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Lou has served for six years as a Carlisle Presbytery representative to the Krislund Camp and Conference Center. Lou serves the Synod of the Trinity as the sub-committee team facilitator and registrar for their annual youth and young adult leadership training event Trinity Youth Conference. He is part of the church’s Men’s Ministry leadership team which facilitates the monthly book study and prayer group. The Men’s Ministry, as Lou describes it, “helps me to maintain a clearer focus as to what it means to be a man of faith at home; work and play.”
In August 2003 Lou was “bit by the running bug” and can be found exploring the Gettysburg Battlefield in his running shoes. He loves golf (although his scorecards might show otherwise); watching Nittany Lion football with his son on Saturday afternoons; playing computer golf or football with his son; going to the movies with Candace and out for coffee to discuss them afterwards; or sitting and talking with friends (new and old) about any topic. One of his favorite things to do is rent a movie and bring home Chinese food for family movie nights. Lou, Candace and Alexander love traveling and can be found loading the car for trips to New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC or to visit Alexander’s grandparents in central & western PA, or Maine.
Since coming to Gettysburg Lou, Candace and Alexander have felt God’s grace through this congregation who truly are a community of “caring, commitment and celebration.”