PNC Update


An Update from Session and the PNC - May 13, 2022

Dear St. Andrew’s Church Family,

Your Session is honored to announce that the Pastor Nominating Committee has finalized their search and unanimously voted on and selected the nominee for the position of Lead Pastor at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. We are excited to announce this gifted pastor to you and remain humbled by God’s provision and care for our church.

Information about the candidate will be provided on Sunday, May 29.

“Candidate Sunday” will be held on Sunday, June 5, 2022 when the candidate will preach at a special 10:00 a.m. worship service.  There will only be one service at 10:00 a.m. on June 5. Following worship, the PNC will present our nominee to the congregation at a congregational meeting for a vote of affirmation.

St. Andrew’s will host a church-wide picnic following the vote. All St. Andrew's members are invited and encouraged to attend worship, the meeting, and picnic in person. 

In addition, the PNC will also host a one hour “Welcome” event with the nominee on Saturday, June 4 at 5:30 p.m. Church members are welcome and details will follow. Light snacks will be served. There will not be a worship service on Saturday evening.

Thank you for your continued prayers throughout the last 10 months. We eagerly anticipate all that God has planned for our beloved church.

“The Lord has done great things for us; We are filled with joy.” (Psalm 126:3) 

In His service,

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Session:  Sally Afable, Tim Bauer, Jeff Beck, Greg Chao, Chris Clarke, Laura Conover, Shannon Coon, Bryan Eckelmann, Bob Edmonds, Bill Hover, Kerry Rhodes, Ken Swift, Cindy Talbott, Jay Thompson, Nancy Thompson, Gary Watkins, Andy Wolf, and Paula Zeller

Pastor Nominating Committee: Dana Binford, Blaine Bush, Sandy Chao, Zack Davenport, Bob Edmonds, Charlene Foell, Cathy Nelson, Glenn Ormseth, and Jay Thompson

An Update from the PNC - April 27, 2022

Dear St. Andrew's Church Family,

The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) continues to be fully engaged in the process of discerning God’s will for St. Andrew’s. We envision a leader who will honor our 75 year legacy but also look to the future to God’s leading. And while we are still actively reviewing, interviewing, and pursuing candidates, we are also preparing our hearts for the eventual transition that will take place once a new pastor is selected and confirmed by our congregation. We want to invite you as well to prepare your hearts for what God has in store by praying for our church, its leaders and staff, this PNC, and the potential candidates. 

“The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.” (I Thessalonians 5:24)

In His Service,

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Pastor Nominating Committee

An Update from the PNC - March 17, 2022

Dear St. Andrew's Church Family,

The Pastor Nominating Committee (“PNC”) is working diligently to refine our final candidate list. We continue to meet every Monday evening, prayerfully discerning the Holy Spirit’s leading. We’ve received, unexpectedly, several new applications from qualified candidates as well. It has been truly amazing to witness how the Spirit continues to open and close doors throughout this process!

We are now onto the next stage involving more in-depth personal interviews, reviewing past and present sermons and planning site visits to potential candidates’ churches. 

We have also been studying the essential tenets and reformed distinctives of our denomination and of our church. This is crucial in making sure that any potential candidate’s theology and beliefs are in line with ECO and St. Andrews values. 

We continue to ask for your prayers and patience as we discern God’s will for our beloved St. Andrews. 

In His Service,

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Pastor Nominating Committee

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths stright." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

An Update from the PNC - February 9, 2022

Dear St. Andrew’s Church Family,

The Pastor Nominating Committee (“PNC”) has completed the lengthy initial groundwork of our search and are moving into the next critical phase of reviewing qualifications of those identified as our top candidates.   Our work to date has included:

- Creating our own search and evaluation process in an effort to be more hands on and not dependent on an outside search firm.

- Conducting a congregational survey.

- Personal interviews with all of St. Andrews staff members and elders.

- Publishing an updated Church Profile and Lead Pastor Profile.

- Creating an exclusive PNC email address to receive applications and Statements of Faith.

We recognize that we are not privy to God’s timing and plans but are committed to being patient and obedient to His will throughout this discernment process.   We remain deeply dependent on Holy Spirit.  

Our objective has been to “cast a wide net”, make our search national, not leave any stones unturned, and pray for God to send us that special person who would be a godly fit for our church.  Over the last few months, the PNC has examined, discussed, and prayed for over 100 candidates, as well as watched hundreds of hours of sermons. 

Some candidates applied directly knowing St. Andrew’s is searching for a new Lead Pastor, while others responded to the online posting of our Church Profile & Lead Pastor Job Description.  The posting is still open, and we will continue receiving applications.

We also learned of other potential candidates from:

- Our church family

- ECO denomination leadership

- Respected leaders and pastors from other churches.

- Researching a multitude of well-known churches throughout the country

We have now entered the interview phase of the process in which we will be evaluating a wide range of gifts that the Senior Pastor will bring to our congregation, specifically the roles of Pastor/Shepherd, Teacher/Preacher, and Leader/Head of Staff.  Prayer is the most important element in this process, as we, the PNC, work together with the Holy Spirit to discern who God will call as our next lead pastor.  

We have distilled our candidate list to approximately ten (10) qualified individuals and, unfortunately, Gary Watkins cannot be one of them.  Our polity does not allow our transitional pastor to become our permanent pastor.

We remain invigorated by the outpouring of love and support for our church and have learned that a great number of people, both within and outside our church, are praying for St Andrew’s!  God has blessed us all with a remarkable church home filled with faithful and loving members!

As we continue to post updates every month, we would like you to know that there are some limitations in what the committee is able to share.

Please continue to pray that the Holy Spirit will keep guiding us in this endeavor.  

In His Service,

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Pastor Nominating Committee

“Wait for the Lord, be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord”  (Psalm 27:14)

An Update from the PNC - January 6, 2022

Happy New Year St. Andrew’s Family,

The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) has been hard at work discerning whom God is calling to St. Andrew’s as our next Lead Pastor. After taking a couple weeks off to spend Christmas with our families and to celebrate the birth of Christ, we are continuing to evaluate the names put forth by the congregation, as well as submitted resumes and other potential candidates. We are striving to narrow down our list of candidates and committed to listening, evaluating and staying aware of what God has in store for St. Andrew’s.

As we pray for this church, please continue to pray for our Pastor Nominating Committee, our Transitional Pastor, Gary Watkins, and the future Lead Pastor of St. Andrew’s. We are excited by what God is doing in the life of our church!

Grace and blessings,

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Pastor Nominating Committee

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.  (Jeremiah 29:11)

An Update from the PNC - November 16, 2021

Greetings St. Andrew’s Family,

Your Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) wanted to let you know that our Lead Pastor Profile and Church Profile has now been officially approved and posted to the ECO job board, added to the St Andrew’s Job Openings page and is also on other Presbyterian job search websites. We are excited to let you know that we have already received a number of responses and are currently in the process of reviewing and discerning the qualifications of those candidates as well as continuing to explore candidates recommended to us by you, the congregation. 

We are so grateful for your continued prayers as the Pastor Nominating Committee patiently works towards finding whom God is calling to be our next Lead Pastor of St Andrew’s. We wish you and your families a very blessed Thanksgiving.

Grace and blessings,
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Pastor Nominating Committee
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” 
-Philippians 4:4-7

An Update from the PNC - October 25, 2021

Greetings St. Andrew’s Family,

Your Pastor Nominating Committee (“PNC”) has reached a milestone in the process of the St. Andrew’s Lead Pastor search: Our Lead Pastor Profile and Church Profile (“LPPCP”) has been completed and was approved by Session. It has now been sent on to the ECO Presbytery leadership for approval. Once we have received ECO approval, the LPPCP will be posted on multiple Presbyterian job search websites, as well as the St. Andrew’s Job Openings page on our own website.  This posting is a crucial part of our process as it will cast a “wide net” and expose our Lead Pastor search to prospective candidates a national level.

Additionally, the Pastor Nominating Committee has actively been listening to and critically discussing sermons by those pastors recommended by the St. Andrews congregation as a part of last month’s PNC Congregational Survey.

Please continue to hold the Pastor Nominating Committee in prayer as we continue the work of discerning whom God is calling to serve as our next Lead Pastor.

Grace and blessings,
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Pastor Nominating Committee
"In Him, the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by the His spirit.” 
Ephesians 2:20-22

An Update from the PNC - September 3, 2021

Dear St. Andrew’s Family,

Your new Pastor Nominating Committee (“PNC”) is well into the early stages of the very important process to identify a candidate that will serve as St. Andrew’s next Lead Pastor.  As we continue to move forward, our intention is to provide you with regular updates.  The PNC’s initial meetings have been extremely productive, and we are very excited about what God has in store for us.  Our priority has been to come together in relationship as a group and spend meaningful time in prayerful devotion to God so that we may best discern His vision for this important commission.

The PNC’s initial efforts have primarily focused on both following the ECO guidelines for a pastoral search and gathering valuable input from our church family via the survey and in-depth interviews with our pastoral staff, administrative staff, and Elders, as to the particular characteristics we’d all like to see in our next Lead Pastor. 

Thank you all for your participation in the recent PNC survey!  We are so pleased with the level of participation and your insightful comments.  It’s clear that our church family cares deeply about this search, and we remain mindful of your interest in this process.

The survey and interview results will guide us as we complete the lead pastor profile that will, along with the church profile, serve as our calling card to potential candidates.

We are grateful for your continued prayers over our work as a PNC.  We continually pray for our church, you and your families, our staff and our new lead pastor.  We’ll be in touch!

Grace and blessings,


Psalms 136:1: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.

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