Senior Pastor Search Committee Formed
At its January meeting, Council selected the Senior Pastor Search Committee. According to our by-laws, the committee is to be made up of 12 members, two from each of the Ministry Groups and two at large. Seventy members were nominated and more than half of those indicated they would be able and willing to serve on this important committee, and we are grateful to all of you! We formed the committee using criteria that included church membership, involvement, tenure, age and gender as we looked to create a committee that broadly represented our membership. The Search Committee members are:
Heather Crimmins, Tom Geraghty, Susan Gillette, Ken Guy, Bruce Kelly, Bob Knight, Julie McConnell, Mike Meiners, LeAnn Pope, Scott Santi, Christy Shellenbarger, Heather Smith
The Council has asked Lyn McKay, who has extensive Not-for-Profit search experience, to provide advice to the Search Committee in an ex-officio capacity.
Interim Senior Pastor Called: The Executive Committee, Personnel Committee and Council are pleased to introduce our Interim Senior Pastor – Reverend Ben Bishop. Ben embodies the characteristics, experience and skills we seek for this role. He has extensive pastoral and interim experience in Presbyterian, UCC and independent churches (Kenilworth Union) over the past 18 years. Interestingly, Ben has quite a bifurcated career. After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1965, he pursued a 25 year career in Advertising. He faced a personal pivot point in 1992 that led him to McCormick Theological Seminary and his subsequent pastoral career. Ben is known as “faithful minister” with a “healing presence.” Germane to our Interim role, we learned he has a “heart for ministry and a head for business.” He is a strong worship leader and a “natural Adult Ed teacher.” He is particularly strong working with existing staff members and congregational leadership. Ben is called to WCC and we enthusiastically welcome him and his wife, Sue. A full write up is linked under the 2020 Vision tab on the website and provides considerable detail on Ben’s career and skills. He will be more formally introduced to the congregation in June.