CPC Pastor Search 

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Each PCA congregation has the privilege and responsibility of selecting its own Senior Pastor. The Pastoral Search Committee was elected by the congregation to work on its behalf in that effort. The Committee does not select the pastor. Rather, it does the necessary background research, first gathering input from the Congregation and wise counsel from a variety of sources and then identifying and evaluating candidates accordingly.

“Then the pulpit committee shall, after consultation and deliberation, recommend to the congregation a candidate who, in its judgment, fulfills the Constitutional requirements of that office (e.g., BCO 8, 13-16, and 21)1 and is most suited to be profitable to the spiritual interests of the congregation.” (Book of Church Order 20-2) The congregation has the authority and responsibility to accept or reject that recommendation.

Because the Pastor is so important to God’s people (Jeremiah 3:15) and because “those who teach shall be judged more strictly” (James. 3:1) great care is taken to properly qualify men for the calling of Teaching Elder (Pastor).  To become a Teaching Elder in the PCA a man must:

  • Earn a Bachelor or Master degree from an approved college or university
  • Also earn a Bachelor or Master degree from an approved theological seminary or a theological study program as approved by the General Assembly.
  • Serve a one-year internship while a member at a particular church under care by his Presbytery.
  • Meet the Constitutional requirements for the office of Elder as found in BCO 8-1 through 8-3.
  • Meet the Constitutional requirements for the calling of Teaching Elder as found in BCO 8-4 through 8-6.
  • Become licensed by passing an “ordination trial” that includes written and oral examinations covering:
    • A statement of his faith and his calling
    • Basic knowledge of doctrine as outlined in the Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. 
    • Practical knowledge of Bible content and its application (Please see BCO 21-4-c  for the exhaustive list of  the 15 major components of “ordination trials”.)
  • Have been ordained into the PCA or else admitted by transfer as spelled out in BCO 13-6.1
Search Committee
Ryan Castle
Dan deBoom
Mike Gamble
Jana Henry
Ace Horan, Sr
Barbaranne Kelly
Frank Posey
Dean Showalter
Fred Willard
Jeanette Baldwin – Alternate
Rob Block – Alternate

Committee Updates

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The congregation met after the Worship service to nominate members to serve on the Pastor Search Committee. Results would be shared by email later in the week.

Dear CPC Family, 
 
After a long season of prayer and thought, first for nominees and then about voting, here are the brothers and sisters you’ve called to serve on the Pastoral Search Committee.

Ryan Castle
Dan deBoom
Mike Gamble
Jana Henry
Ace Horan, Sr
Barbaranne Kelly
Frank Posey
Dean Showalter
Fred Willard
Jeanette Baldwin – Alternate
Rob Block – Alternate

We want to thank all of those who accepted nominations and stood for election for the humility you displayed in our discussions and for your unselfish willingness to serve our Lord and our church. 

Please begin praying now for these women and men and the work they will begin right after the new year begins. Pray especially that in all they do, they will seek God’s will, the leading of the Holy Spirit, and that all their work and words would bring glory to our Lord. 


May God bless you all
The Session of CPC

The committee met and elected officers. Jana Henry was voted chair, Jeanette Baldwin was voted as the clerk, and Rob Block as vice chair.