United Presbyterian Church has had a long-standing presence in this community and on Oct. 15 will honor one of its most admired pastors. Rev. Dan Wheeler was pastor at United Presbyterian Church from 1995 to 2004. During his 20-plus years of service and ministry to the congregation, church and community, he touched the lives of many area residents, and all are invited to attend both the worship service and luncheon to celebrate his work.

Wheeler was instrumental in leading the church to their current position. Wheeler began his service in Amsterdam at Second Presbyterian Church in the 1980s. In 1995, Emmanuel Presbyterian Church and Second Presbyterian Church merged to form the United Presbyterian Church of Amsterdam. He was preparing to retire when the church was destroyed by a fire in January 2000. He remained in his role through the aftermath and reconstruction of the new building on the same site at 25 Church St. The church building is home to more than just the beautiful sanctuary and congregation, it also houses an adult education program, Amsterdam Literacy Zone, and the River Ringers Bell Choir. Additionally, rehearsal space is used by the Mohawk Valley Chorus and Ensemble and performances by the Bell Choir and Chorus can be heard on several occasions throughout the year.

On Oct. 15, United Presbyterian Church welcomes everyone to join them in honoring Rev. Dan Wheeler. There will be a worship service at 10 a.m. followed by a luncheon celebration in the reception hall named after Wheeler. In addition to members of UPC and the community, Wheeler also became a beloved pastor to other churches he has worked with. The Oct. 15 service and celebration will also welcome people from the congregation in Menands.