Since Pastor Ara started as our Interim Pastor in September, we are now ready for the next step — selecting a search committee to embark on the process of looking for our next settled pastor.
At Sunday’s mid-year congregational meeting (Jan. 27), a quorum of our congregation approved a slate of members for that committee:
- Nancy Pressley
- Amy Kilburn
- Chad Hayden
- Linda Baird
- Vicky Wall
- Bonita Earl
- Sean Carlson
The goal is to include a diverse group that represents different aspects of our congregation — longtime and newer members, younger and more mature, and diverse in other ways as well.
The search committee will now begin the process of considering candidates “authorized to circulate a ministerial profile within the United Church of Christ.” Additional information about how the search process works within our congregation can be found in Article X, Sections 3 and 4 of our Church By-Laws.
Our previous moderator Nancy Pressley wrote about the transition process last year, after Pastor Chris announced that he would be leaving to take a call at another congregation:
“Change and transition have always been a part of the life of our church. Please take a look at the timeline below that has been prepared for the 60th Anniversary Celebration as a way of seeing the transitions that have occurred since our church was formed 60 years ago. In our church’s history, we have had 10 settled pastors and six interim pastors” [now seven with Pastor Ara].
We appreciate the deliberation and prayerful consideration that this search committee will invest into choosing our next pastoral candidate. The process is confidential, and will happen on God’s timeline, not ours.