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Pastor Nominating Committee

“Do not ordain anyone hastily, and do not participate in the sins of others;
keep yourself pure.”

1 Timothy 5: 22 (NRSV)


“I often tell people that anything worthwhile that happens in a church usually takes much longer than you would have hoped.” -Dennis Bickers, The Healthy Small Church: Diagnosis and Treatment for the Big Issues

The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) held its first meeting on July 10, 2016, so we are coming up on 7 months. A reasonable search in the Presbyterian denomination lasts approximately 12 to 20 months, so we are right on schedule. At this point, we have reviewed information packets from 56 candidates and have moved into the interview portion of our search process. It is safe to say that we are all feeling exhausted yet incredibly excited and optimistic. Please continue to keep us in your prayers, and remember to pray for the many pastors who are in the midst of their own searches. May God guide us all as we discern God’s call.

-Kimberlee Runnion, PNC Chair


First Presbyterian Church of Easton is prayerfully searching for our next pastor.  This is an exciting time in the life of our church as we discern what God has in store for us.  The search process for a pastor is quite different from a search process within a business.  We must discern what God is calling our church to do and who God is calling to serve us, while at the same time, pastoral candidates are trying to discern where God is calling them to serve.  This is a time for us to examine our history and look to our future.

What is the PNC?

In the Presbyterian Church (USA), the initial search process is led by the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC).  This committee, which is elected by the congregation, does all the dirty work – we write what’s called a Ministry Information Form, almost like a detailed online dating profile of our church; we sift through Personal Information Forms from candidates; and we perform initial interviews, review background checks, and contact references.  However, we don’t make the ultimate decision.  As our name indicates, we are the Pastor Nominating Committee.  In the end, we will present a nominee to the church, and the congregation decides whether or not to extend a call to the pastor.


Darcel Bridges
Nick Cordaro
Phyllis Finger
Kevin Joshua
Al Rutherford
Susan Tindall, Presbytery Liaison