Steven James Weibley has served Carlisle Congregational Church for nearly 25 years, first serving as choir director, and then later as associate pastor. He became lead pastor upon accepting the congregation’s call in January of 2009.
Pastor Weibley received a B.S. Ed. in Music from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Divinity (magnum cum laude) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has done advanced coursework with R.C. Sproul, Edmund Clowney, John Frame, Ligon Duncan, and Tim Keller at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He has fond memories of his term as a sabbatical student at Westminster College, Cambridge University, in England in 2003. He holds ordination in the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference and has directed worship and music at their Annual Meetings.
Steve has delivered papers at meetings of the New England Reformed Fellowship and the Annual Confessional Conference of the Reformed Congregational Fellowship (on the Savoy Declaration, the Congregationalist update of the Westminster Confession by John Owen and others in 1658). He is a member of the executive council of the New England Reformed Fellowship, which hosts the Bolton Conference. He has been board chairman for New England Camp Cedarbrook (formerly known as New England Camp Cherith) and has written the summer theme songs for the last 14 years. He has also served on the board of First Concern Pregnancy Resource Center in Clinton, Massachusetts. He has also given seminars at Christian Education conferences in Worcester and Portland.
Steve has composed many of the praise songs we sing each week during worship. These songs are simple of form and melody, but rich in scripture, so that the "Word of Christ" may indeed dwell in us richly through the means of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Col. 3:16. ref. Eph. 5:19). His musical credits include 6 musicals for children, 20 choral anthems, 15 hymn tunes, 3 hymn texts, and 42 scripture songs, as well as "Prophet, Priest, and King", the theme song of the 1999 Annual Meeting of the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference (he served as worship-leader at the 2005 Annual Meeting). He also conducted the premiere performances of Romans, I Will Remember, and My Song Is Love Unknown by Karen Green and orchestral performances of Handel's Messiah, among other choral and orchestral works.
Steve and his wife of thirty-two years, Deborah, are the parents of Joshua Caleb who is an artist in Brooklyn.