Our Pastor

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A native of northern New Jersey, Pastor George Hammond (Chip to his friends) responded to the gospel while he was in college. Studying psychology at the time, he transferred from William Paterson University in NJ to Nyack College in NY so he could add biblical and theological studies to his college work. At Nyack he was introduced to the writings of the titans of the Reformation, old Princeton Seminary and the founding faculty of Westminster Seminary.

After graduation he worked in sales, as a college admissions director and as stated pulpit supply for Broughton Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield, NJ, before moving to Philadelphia to attend Westminster Theological Seminary.

Pastor Hammond graduated from Westminster in 1992 with the degree Master of Divinity and was called to pastor Bethel Church the following year. In May 2014, Pastor Hammond graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with the degree Doctor of Ministry. His area of study was the doctrine of the image of God in light of those with severe cognitive disabilities.

Pastor Hammond has contributed to publications like Westminster Theological Journal and New Horizons, and secular periodicals. He has served his community as senior chaplain of the Leesburg Police Department. For more than a decade he served as chairman of the candidates and credentials committee of the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic. He currently serves on the Committee of Home Missions and Church Extension, an area of particular interest for him. In 1995 Pastor Hammond began traveling to NJ to meet with the congregants of the former Broughton Church and helped to establish an Orthodox Presbyterian work there. In 2000 Pastor Hammond began meeting with residents of western Loudoun, preaching on Sunday mornings in a local municipal building, which work eventually grew into Ketoctin Covenant Presbyterian Church. In 2015 Pastor Hammond was appointed as a Teaching Fellow for the C.S. Lewis Institute’s Fellows Program.

Pastor Hammond lives in Loudoun County with his wife Donna and their four children. When not preaching, teaching, studying, or engaged with other kingdom work, he and his wife care for their intellectually disabled daughter. When time permits, Pastor Hammond enjoys listening to and playing jazz and working with his hands.