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Update from FPCA's Pastor Nomination Committee (PNC)

January 2023

The Pastor Nomination Committee of First Presbyterian Church of Arlington has selected a candidate to be our pastor!


We invite you to join us this weekend to get to know the candidate and complete the call from our church:

Saturday, February 4, 2-4pm: open house to meet candidate in Welcome Hall outside sanctuary.

Sunday, February 5, 11am: candidate will lead worship (with communion), and during meeting immediately after service, members of the congregation - including our confirmed youth - will vote to call the candidate to our church and approve the proposed terms of call.


In the meantime, members should expect a brochure in the mail to arrive shortly to introduce the candidate and as well as a video introduction later this week.

This has been a long process filled with thoughtful questions and long discussions. The committee has been working hard to listen to where God is calling us, our church, and this candidate. We ask you to please be respectful of the confidentiality of our process and the candidate’s privacy as they begin their separation from their current church.

As we turn the last page of our 150th year, we’re looking forward to the new chapter God is writing for us!


Jen Allen, PNC Congregational Communications


Members of the PNC


Chair:  Joan Koenig
Co-chair:  Jeff Noble
Spiritual Leader:  Doug Pulak
Scribe:  Aromie Noe
Session Contact:  Jeannie Kazmierczak
Congregational Communications:  Jen Allen
Clerk:  Michael Bruno

Progress To Date

February 27, 2022

  • PNC elected at Congregational Meeting.


March 2022

  • Kickoff with Presbytery representative Priscilla Andre Colton


April 2022

  • PNC orientation, background reading

  • Reviewed CAT results with Tara Spuhler McCabe

May 2022

  • Continued review and discussion of CAT results, review and discussion of Town Hall results

  • Began drafting responses to narrative MIF questions


June 2022

  • PNC Commissioned

  • Continued drafting and refinement of narrative MIF questions


July 2022

  • Reviewed draft responses to MIF questions with John Molina-Moore, General Presbyter, National Capital Presbytery

  • Revision of responses based on John Molina-Moore’s feedback


August 2022

  • Session approves MIF; MIF gets published to Presbyterian referral system

  • Creating intake and interview process for candidate responses to MIF

  • Creating detailed job description for position

September 2022

  • Weekly (if not more frequent) meetings continue

  • PNC begins reviewing and sorting PIFs received via CLC (25 arrive at a time) and self referral

  • Sermons, writings, other digital footprint of potential candidates reviewed


October 2022

  • Weekly (if not more frequent) meetings continue

  • Another batch of CLC PIFs arrive, along with more self-referrals, more review and sorting

  • Job description approved by Session

  • First interview questions established

  • Interviews begin

  • Sermons of potential candidates reviewed and attended


November 2022

  • Weekly (if not more frequent) meetings continue

  • Another batch of CLC PIFs arrive, more review and sorting

  • Interviews continue, second interview questions established

  • Reference check questions established

  • Job descriptions shared with potential candidates

  • Services and sermons of potential candidates reviewed and attended

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