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 above, 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. Pictured below, the PNC during a recent Zoom meeting.


AUGUST 2020 UPDATE: Your PNC has been diligently at work even during the COVID-19 lockdown, and the beauty of technology is that we have been collecting a large number of referrals and can watch many of the potential candidates actually preach and also read other material that they have published in journals, etc.

We are beginning to narrow our search and are in conversation with several highly qualified individuals. We even hope to be able to meet the spouses on a Zoom session. As always, there is much discussion, praying, and all the rest of the 9 “Ds” from the video. We continue to work on our discernment, always looking toward the individual that God has in mind for us, and we ask that we continue to be in your prayers.

MAY 2020 UPDATE: COVID-19 has not slowed the progress of the PNC, though it has altered our mode of communication. Despite the inability to meet in person, we continue virtually as our congregation does, on zoom, over email and document sharing, and by conference call.

The PNC is actively receiving referrals, reviewing and communicating with potential candidates from across the country. We prayerfully consider all information and candidates that are presented; our process is thorough and is vetted through the creation of subcommittees. We expect this process to continue through the fall.

We are heartened by the number of Presbyterian leaders and individuals that know of our search and hold our congregation, our pastors, and Karl, in prayer. Thank you for your continued patience and prayers.

Respectfully, The Pastor Nominating Committee

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.

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:

Holy God,
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.