Pastor Nominating Committee
At Sunday services on April 28, 2019, Pastor Pete James announced that he will be retiring from his position as senior pastor by the end of 2020. It is desirable that VPC have a new senior pastor by the time Pete retires, and this search will take time and prayer. The process for calling a pastor is established by PC(USA) and administered by the Presbytery.
The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) was elected on June 23, 2019 and began work immediately. Roles were established for all 9 individual members and have settled upon a weekly meeting time. With the help of our Presbytery Liaison, Pastor Larry Hayward, they are taking time within each meeting (5 so far) for preliminary informational and policy tasks as outlined by the constitutional requirements of the Presbytery. They are also spending considerable time getting to know each other through the sharing of their faith stories, offering prayer within their meetings, and completing a joint 40-day devotional together. They are continually asking for God to hear their prayers for guidance, for His presence to be among all their discussions, for their hearts and minds to be open to His inner-workings within us as individuals and as a group, and for the revealing of His path forward as they search for VPC’s new senior pastor. The PNC will report progress on a regular basis.
In each report they will track progress across the spectrum of our tasks. In general, they have a three step process for completing this pastoral search. The three stages can be summarized as:
1) Establish our requirements for the position of pastor/head of staff
2) Conduct a broad and thorough search, screening the responses to a final set of candidates
3) Evaluate the candidates and make a selection
Currently, the PNC is beginning our work in stage 1. As mentioned, we jointly and unanimously decided upon the following roles for individual members:
John Hall, Co-chair
Yvonne Malloy, Co-chair
Chris Dowell, Recording Secretary
Teri Dungan, Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer
Megan Gerbracht, Devotions Co-lead
Ryan Seckinger, IT Lead
Rachel Thompson, Communications Lead
Beth Webster, Hospitality Lead
Dan Wright, Devotions Co-lead
Candidates, please submit you Personal Information Forms (PIFs) to firstname.lastname@example.org.