Pastoral Search Updates
The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) for First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth was elected by the congregation in November 2019. The PNC has been asked to prayerfully search and then nominate a head of staff for election as the next pastor for our congregation.
Members of the PNC (pictured left to right): Jane Sykes, Ann McKinney, Brian Cunningham, Mike Henry, Merianne Roth, Margaret Sudderth, Michael Salazar, and Patrick Sheppard, Chair. Not pictured: Barbara Martin and COM (Grace Presbytery Committee on Ministry) liaisons the Rev. Michael Thompson and Rev. Dr. Richard Culp. Meet the PNC.
The chart below illustrates the process for calling the new pastor, and indicates First Presbyterian Church's progress.
The Mission Study has been approved by Grace Presbytery, and the PNC has completed the Ministry Information Form (MIF), a document that summarizes our wishes for a pastor. The MIF has been posted and we are currently receiving information from interested and qualified pastors.
If you would like to know more about our mission and prayerful search for leadership, please read the Mission Study and the narrative portion of our MIF:
The PNC will continue to provide updates via this website and the Penn Street Letter and Penn Street Online newsletters.
The PNC requests your prayers for patience and discernment during this time. The Session commends the following prayer written by the Spiritual Formation Subcommittee for use during the pastoral search. Please lift this committee in prayer:
We praise and thank you for your steadfast love of our church and humbly ask your guidance and blessing as you lead us to the pastor you are calling to this place.
Nurture and guide your servant for sharing ministry among us. Prepare our hearts to receive his or her gifts.
Give us the courage to speak truthfully and compassionately, so that we might be a building up of Your church. Teach us all the way of Jesus: to walk humbly with you, seeking justice and mercy.
Joyfully, we thank you for your Holy Spirit who enlightens and enlivens the path for each of us.
In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.
MARCH 2020 UPDATE: After several weeks of preparation of the MIF, the Pastoral Nominating Committee (PNC) has moved into a new phase of our work - the review of potential candidates. We are at the very beginning of this process.