Glen James Hallead was born and raised in suburban Detroit, Michigan. He spent three years in the U.S. Navy living in San Diego, CA and Bremerton, WA as well as spending some significant time at sea and in such places as Taiwan and the Philippines.
After graduation from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology (1986), he attended Princeton Theological Seminary, married his college sweetheart, Carol Diane Doelp (likewise from the Detroit area) in 1984, graduated with a Masters of Divinity (1986) and was ordained in 1987.
Glen and Carol spent four years serving the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair, PA (Pittsburgh Presbytery) and it was during this time that the seed of interest in mission was planted through a trip Glen took to Malawi and Kenya. Shortly after that trip Glen accepted the position of Pastor of the Waltham Presbyterian Church, Utica, IL (Blackhawk Presbytery) where he also served for four years.
During those four years, and after another two trips to Kenya, the call came and Glen and Carol and their four children and headed to Nairobi, Kenya where Glen served as the Partnership Facilitator for the PC(USA)’s relationship with the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, as well as the PCEA Projects Associate during the PC(USA)’s “Year with Africans” focus. Carol served in Ministry Through the Home.
In 1995 Carol and Glen returned to the Waltham Presbyterian Church where they served an additional four years before accepting a call to return to mission, this time to Chiang Mai, Thailand where they served as Coordinators of the Christian Volunteers in Thailand Program and the PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer Program.
In 2006 they made the move to Ghana, West Africa where Glen assumed the position of West Africa Regional Liaison for the Presbyterian Church (USA). In that capacity Glen acted as the primary contact for the PC(USA) and worked to enhance relationships between the Evangelical Church of Niger, the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana and the Presbyterian Church of Sierra Leone. In this capacity Glen was also responsible for resourcing PC(USA) congregations and judicatory bodies who were connecting with Presbyterians in West Africa. Carol continued her much needed Ministry Through the Home and they shared responsibility for the coordination of the PC(USA)’s Young Adult Volunteer Program.
In 2008, Glen and Carol felt the call to return to pastoral ministry in the USA and served 6 years with First Presbyterian Church in Wellsboro, PA, before accepting the call here at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Sanford, NC (2014).
Glen and Carol enjoy the outdoors, gardening and canning/freezing their goodies, camping and hiking, as well as individual interests such as model railroading and cross stitching. No-so-secret addictions: Kenyan Tea, Ethiopian coffee & Vernor’s.