Searching for a New Pastor

Check out this page for updates on St. Andrew's search for our next called and installed head pastor.

  • Our denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA), offers this informative booklet for explaining the procedures for calling a new pastor. The information presented includes the theology behind the call process as well as practical steps for moving forward.

  • Congregational Meeting Called Via zoom

    (April 5)

    Online Congregational Meeting Called To Elect PNC

    St. Andrew's Session is calling for a Congregational Meeting (via Zoom) at 11 a.m. Sunday April 5. The purpose of the meeting will be to elect members to the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) who will undertake the search for St. Andrew's next called head pastor. Meeting ID and Password information will be sent early next week and posted to the St. Andrew App as well as to the Searching for a New Pastor page of the church website. (All friends of St. Andrew will be able to log into the meeting, but only confirmed members of the congregation will be allow to speak or vote.)

    After weeks of considering suggestions for members to serve on the PNC, St. Andrew's Nominating Team is putting forward the following list of candidates for the nine-member committee:

    • Kathi Anderson
    • Wes Habley
    • Thomas Hartley
    • Dean Oakes
    • Tim Patrick
    • Sara Penn
    • Aaron Shileny
    • Becka Simpson
    • Marylu Watkins

    The nine individuals elected by the congregation will need our prayer and support as they begin working on the Ministry Information Form that St. Andrew will use as the primary help wanted ad for interested pastors to consider. The committee then will begin to look through applications and contact qualified pastors for phone and in-person interviews. Throughout the process, the PNC will be assisted by a liaison from the Presbytery of East Iowa, and many of the details of their work will have to be held in strict confidence.

    If the slate of nominees is elected as is, the committee can begin its work immediately. If additional names are nominated from the floor during the electronic meeting, then the membership of the committee will be decided by an email ballot that would need to be sent in within 48 hours of the meeting's adjournment. (We'll give more information about that process at the meeting.)

    Any recommendations from the PNC will be just that: recommendations. The final decision about extending a call to a new pastor rests with the congregation, with the concurrence of the Presbytery. Updates and additional information will be made available regularly on the Searching for a New Pastor page of the St. Andrew website.

    If you have specific questions about the process, contact Elders Tim Benson and Becka Simpson, who co-lead the Nominating Team. If you need help learning how to log into Zoom, you can view several video tutorials on the Zoom site. (You can also contact the Church Office or Pastor Kyle.)

    In Christ,
    St. Andrew's Session

  • In his January column for The Messenger, St. Andrew's interim pastor explains how St. Andrew's Nominating Team is assembly a list of 7 or 9 congregational members to serve on a Pastor Nominating Committee. The membership of that committee will need to be approved in a congregational meeting within the next few weeks.

  • As part of the Adult Education hour between worship services, St. Andrew's interim senior pastor explains the process for forming a Pastor Nominating Committee and beginning the search for the congregation's next pastor.