New Lead Pastor 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, and Shawn Rankin—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 15, 2021. 
  • Choose the Search Committee members by November 1, 2021. 

Role of Search Committee:

  • Complete the ECC church profile
  • Complete the ECC pastor profile
  • 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