Frank Mansell was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but spent his formative years growing up in Charleston, West Virginia. He is married to Debbie Mansell, who is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), who serves as a hospital chaplain and pastoral care educator at Wakebrook Behavioral Health in Raleigh. They have two daughters, Erin and Heather, who are both students at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina.
Frank is a graduate of Davidson College (1994) with a degree in history, and then discerned his call to ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary, graduating with a Masters of Divinity degree (1997). Through a fellowship he received upon graduating seminary, he and Debbie lived in Switzerland and Scotland, experiencing different cultures which would impact his ministry in a local congregation. His first call was as pastor of Williams Memorial Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, a small congregation on the north-side of the city, where he served from 1998-2003. Frank’s second call was to John Knox Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, a medium-sized church on the west side of the city, where he served as senior pastor from 2003-2021. He began his call as senior pastor of Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church on November 7, 2021.
Frank has a passion for congregational ministry, especially helping churches explore how they are called to open their doors and hearts to the neighbors in their community. He believes the church is called to welcome all, for all are created in the image of God. And he feels strongly that the church has been given an opportunity for reaching people in new and adaptive ways through the turmoil we have lived through during the pandemic.
Outside of ministry, Frank enjoys walking and hiking, working on home improvement projects, golfing, photography, following all kinds of sports, traveling, and spending time with his family. And he’s a huge fan of Legos!