Roswell Pres Blog

IPNC Update - September 10, 2015

To the Congregation of Roswell Presbyterian Church,

I want to take a moment to provide you with an update on the progress that has been made by the Interim Pastor Nominating Committee (IPNC).

As you may recall, over the last month we have had the wonderful pleasure of hosting and interviewing several impressive Interim Senior Pastor candidates. Through the critical process of discernment, we reached a decision and extended an offer.

I have the wonderful privilege to announce that the candidate we chose accepted our offer! At his request, we are keeping his name confidential as he announces his move to his constituencies. What we can share with you is that he comes with an impressive track record of leading and growing Presbyterian (USA) churches of our size and larger. His passion for not only bringing energy to the pulpit every Sunday but also coaching and caring for our amazing staff was apparent during our time with him, and it has us incredibly excited for his walk with us over the next season of life at Roswell Presbyterian Church.

Naturally, you may be asking when he will be arriving. Due to several prior commitments, his official start date will not be until Tuesday, December 1. However, he will be preaching on Heritage Sunday (Sunday, October 18) - so mark your calendar!

Finally, I'd like to take a moment to thank the members of the IPNC that I have had the pleasure of working with over the last few months. Their commitment, talents, and passion were evident every step of the way. God is truly great.

Interim Pastor Nominating Committee Members:
Brandon Smith, Chair (Personnel Committee)
Bill Powell (Personnel Committee)
Sara Heslin (Personnel Committee)
Peter Scott (Worship Council)
Carol Fowler (Mission Outreach Council)
Tricia Patterson (Discipleship Council - Children's Ministry)
Rev. Lyndsay Slocum, Ex Officio Member

And on behalf of the IPNC, I'd like to take a moment to thank each and every one of you. Your prayers, support, and investment in this process have helped us navigate through a challenging and critical time. A tremendous heartfelt "Thank You" is due to all of you. We have an amazing congregation that continues to do God's work in the world.

I would also like to take this time to introduce the members of the Transition Committee as approved by the Session of RPC. As the church moves forward through this transition process, you will be hearing from them in regards to their role and duties in welcoming the Interim Senior Pastor as well as facilitating and coordinating a congregational survey that will be a great asset for the Interim Senior Pastor as well as a resource in the search for RPC's long-term Senior Pastor.

Transition Committee Members:
Emily Perry, Chair
John Carruth
Diane Duane
Dolores Duvall
Howard Flint
Becca Raymond
Jim Takeuchi
Frank Thach
Rev. Emily Wright, Staff Liaison
Ginger Jeffries, Presbytery of Greater Atlanta Liaison

More to come as we prepare for an exciting season ahead. Until then, I look forward to seeing you at church on Sunday.

In Faith,
Brandon M. Smith
Chair, Interim Pastor Nominating Committee
Cell: (404) 403-6903
E-mail: brandon@theworkplacetherapist.com