Pastor Nominating Committee

At Sunday services on April 28, 2019, Pastor Pete James announced that he was retiring from his position as senior pastor. His last day was February 28, 2021. The process for calling a new pastor is established by PC(USA) and administered by the Presbytery.

The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) was elected by the congregation on June 23, 2019 and began work immediately. The committee is continually asking for God to hear its 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 each individual and as a group, and for the revealing of His path forward as it searches for VPC’s new senior pastor.

In general, they have a three-step process for completing this pastoral search. The three stages can be summarized as:

  • Establish VPC’s requirements for the position of pastor/head of staff – This step is completed and can be seen in the Ministry Information Form (MIF) (see link below).
  • Conduct a broad and thorough search, screening the responses to a final set of candidates. This step is completed. 
  • Evaluate the candidates and make a selection – This step is complete! They have selected a nominee and asked Session to call a Congregational Meeting to affirm the discernment of the PNC. That meeting is set for Sunday May 2,2021 and will occur via Zoom after the morning service wherein the nominee will worship at VPC and preach. 

The PNC continues to ask for the prayers from the congregation – prayers for the members of the committee, this church, and and the called nominee.  The PNC is joyous and excited about what God has in store for our church.

Members of the PNC:

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

Get to know your PNC Committee. Read their Bios here. They are also interested in your feedback. Please feel free to contact them with your comments or additional questions at PNC@viennapres.org.

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