New Lead Pastor Process

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Updated: Monday, September 13, 2021

Nominations for Lead Pastor Search Team

Please prayerfully nominate yourself or another for the Lead Pastor Search Team.

Search Team members will be:
—a representative group, reflecting the diversity of PCC
—a trustworthy group of Stakeholders
—a group who will work together in mutual submission
—a group who discerns God’s will and direction

The team will recommend a candidate to the church leadership and the congregation. The team members must be Stakeholders and have demonstrated leadership and spiritual maturity.

The information supplied in your nomination request will be shared with the Nominating Committee, Lead Team, and Leadership Team, as they put together a Search Team.

Updated: Thursday, September 2, 2021

This week we are pleased to announce that Sue Fabbro has been chosen as the chair of the Lead Pastor Search Committee. Sue is also the Secretary on the Leadership Team (LST).

Please pray for the Nominating Committee, who met for the first time this week. The Nominating Committee is responsible for selecting the Lead Pastor Search Committee.

About the Process

A time to grieve…

Gary Gaddini has been with Peninsula Covenant Church for almost 25 years. We grieve the loss of Gary, one who has served PCC well. As with any loss, it will take time to grieve Gary’s absence before we prepare for the next chapter. We look forward to what God has in store for the Peninsula Covenant Church and our community.

Denomination & Governance

PCC is part of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). As part of this denomination, PCC is part of the Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC). All ECC churches are part of a regional conference. The Officers—John Dearborn, Maureen Becker, Sue Fabbro, Anna Schreff—and PCC Executive Pastor, Meritt Sawyer, have met with the representatives from the PSWC to learn about the denomination’s process for a lead pastor search. We are blessed by a professional and spiritually-led team of people who are trained for a transition such as this. We have planned the following process and timetable with consultation from the PSWC: 

Transition Lead Pastor selected:
In May 2021, the Officers selected Brian H. Rhen as Transition Lead Pastor for the 2021-22 fiscal year. In accordance with ECC protocol, Brian will not be eligible as a potential candidate for the Lead Pastor position.

Formation of 2 committees to commence:
Both committees are needed to complete the process:

  • Nominating Committee
  • Search Committee

Role of Nominating Committee:

  • Choose the members of the Search Committee. The Nominating Committee will be in place by September 1, 2021. 
  • Choose the Search Committee members by October 15, 2021. 

The Nominating Committee, approved by PCC Stakeholders to choose the Leadership Team (LST) board members, will also serve as the Nominating Committee for the new Lead Pastor search.

We are thankful they have each agreed to assume this additional role. The Nominating Committee members are: Karen Bowman (Chair), Jeff Sampson, Christina Lazzarini, John Becker, Brian DuBois, Curtis Elia, Stephanie Couch, and Josh Levinson.

Beginning September 1, PCC Stakeholders will be invited to nominate candidates for the Pastor Search Committee.

Role of Search Committee:

  • Complete the ECC church profile.
  • Complete the ECC pastor profile.
  • Conduct a PCC churchwide survey.
  • Conduct “listening groups” for Stakeholders to give input on PCC and their desire for the future Lead Pastor.
  • Share these two profiles with the ECC denomination, who will post the opening for candidate application by January 2022.
  • Review the applications and select the Lead Pastor candidate to be presented to the PCC Stakeholders, who must be approved by a two-thirds majority.

Presentation of Lead Pastor Candidate:
Our hope and prayer is to present a candidate for PCC Lead Pastor next May 2022. The process takes approximately one year to complete.

Every step of the way…

Our denomination will walk with PCC every step of the way. Pastoral staff within our Pacific Southwest Conference will train the Nominating Committee and the Search Committee. They will be available for discernment and guidance. 

Please pray for this process and for God’s leading as we step into this new chapter for PCC.

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
-Romans 15:5-6

Contact Executive Pastor: Meritt Lohr Sawyer