CHILD OF THE COVENANT
Albert C. Hitchcock is a child of the covenant: born into a godly home, where from infancy, he was taught the Holy Scriptures which make us wise unto salvation. He eventually attended Southeastern Bible College where he met his wife, Jane. There he first came to appreciate the importance of expository preaching of the Bible. After college, Bert and Jane worked with Youth For Christ in the City of Chicago for two years.
It was 1974 when the Hitchcocks went to Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia; Bert graduated in 1978. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America in 1979, and called to be a "tent-making" church planter. There in South Jersey where they had lived during their seminary years, the Hitchcocks began to plant the Village Presbyterian Church, which became their church home for thirteen years.
CALLED TO THE CHAPEL
In 1992, Pastor Hitchcock was called by the Wiser Lake Chapel to come to the Pacific Northwest and be its first, full-time pastor. Though the church is denominationally unaffiliated, Pastor Hitchcock has continued to be a minister of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), working outside the bounds of his presbytery.
EXPOSITORY GOSPEL PREACHING
His ministry here at the Chapel is distinguished by a passion for the exposition of the Scriptures. In his preaching on Sunday mornings, and his teaching on Sunday evenings or mid-week Bible studies, Pastor Hitchcock simply labors to open the Bible verse by verse and book by book to the understanding of God's people. His firm conviction is that a pastor's primary calling is to proclaim, "Thus saith the Lord!" That the Word of God, when faithfully proclaimed in the power of God's Spirit, will bring people to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, nurture them toward Christian maturity, and equip them for all kinds of service.
BERT AND JANE
Pastor Bert and Jane, once college sweethearts, have now been married for 51 years. They have two grown children who share their parent's deep faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and strong convictions concerning the importance of God's Word.