Grace Presbytery calls Jan DeVries as new executive

Veteran PC(USA) leader moves to Texas from Synod of the Southwest

March 26, 2010


Dallas-based Grace Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has called the Rev. Jan DeVries, a veteran executive leader in the denomination, as its new general presbyter.

DeVries, who has most recently served as synod executive for Tucson-based Synod of the Southwest for the past 10 years, was elected March 25 at a special meeting of Grace Presbytery.

Descended from several generations of Presbyterian and Reformed ministers, DeVries graduated from Hope College in Holland, Mich. She completed her M.Div. at Union Theological Seminary in New York while working full-time in the national offices of the former United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. She later earned her D.Min. at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.

Before going to the Synod of the Southwest, DeVries served as associate executive of the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii; director of stewardship and training for the former UPCUSA; associate executive for program and leader development for Heartland Presbytery; director of seminary relations and recruitment for McCormick Seminary; general presbyter and stated clerk for the Presbytery of Northern Kansas; and associate stated clerk of the PC(USA) General Assembly in Louisville.

In its nomination announcement, Grace Presbytery’s search committee described DeVries as “a small powerhouse of a woman. She has a sharp wit and a wry sense of humor. She is a quick study and an accurate analyst. She has a great mind, and she loves to learn. She also has a great heart ... but even more, she loves Jesus Christ, and she loves his people.”

  1. Jan, will you please Email me so I can write to you or call you. My last email to you was returened. Thanks. I hope to hear from you. Dorothy

    by Dorothy DeVries

    May 13, 2012

  2. could you possibly be the daughter of Cal and Jan DeVries that served the Presbyterian church in Danvile IL in the 60's

    by margie and burt smith

    February 12, 2012