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.

  • PNC April report

    St. Andrew's Pastor Nominating Committee met for the first time on April 14. Becka Simpson and Aaron Shileny were elected as co-chairs of this committee.  Our Presbytery liaison went through the PNC process with the group. 

    The committee's first task will be to complete an online Ministry Information Form to describe the mission and call of St. Andrew. The PNC plans to meet weekly as they work through completing this form which will inform prospective pastors about the church's gifts and vision moving forward.

    Please keep the committee's work in your prayers.

    -- Becka Simpson

  • Pastor Nominating Committee Elected

    St. Andrew Elects Nine Members to PNC

    During St. Andrew's first electronic congregational meeting,  the congregation unanimously elected the following nine members to serve on the church's Pastor Nominating Committee.

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

    These individuals elected 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.

    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 this webpage.

  • 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.

  • At the beginning of 2019, St. Andrew's Session appointed a Missional Planning Team (MPT) to make recommendations for the congregation's vision and strategy over the next 3-5 years. The team's report can be found here. After receiving the report in May, Session appointed several Task Forces to follow up on the Team's recommendations.