Associate Pastor Nominating Information

This is your one-stop-shop for everything related to our search for two Associate Pastors.  It is our intent to keep our congregation fully informed relative to the process and progress - from creating job descriptions, to posting open positions and interviewing potential candidates.  Should you have any questions, please contact any one of the members of the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC).


How did we get here?

In early 2019, Session voted to change our Pastoral leadership model from a Senior Pastor and Associate Pastor(s) to a Senior Pastor, Executive Pastor and Associate Pastor(s).  Why did we decide to do this?

Due to retirements and promotions, our church is looking to hire new Pastors.  As part of the PCUSA process to hire a Pastor, a first step is to complete the Congregation Mission Study.  This study is a documented process intended to take a snapshot of the congregation's perspective on the current state of the congregation and the future desired direction for the church.  This provides some guidelines for the skills required for the new pastor(s) to help our congregation realize its goals.

Our Congregation Mission Study process provided data that we used for the next part of the process, creating an Associate Pastor Nominating Committee charged with creating job descriptions, finding, interviewing and recommending new pastor(s).  The Congregation Mission Study process also showed us that our current, long standing pastor leadership model could be holding us back from realizing our full potential.  Leading the day to day operations of the church as well as the spiritual direction of the church suggests two different skill sets.  With many hours of discernment, including reaching out to relevant church consultants, and gaining approval from the Philadelphia Presbytery,  Session made the decision to implement the leadership model of a Senior Pastor, Executive Pastor and Associate Pastor(s).  While this is new to us, this is an existing model other Presbyterian churches.  The Senior Pastor remains in charge of the entire church with a primary focus on spiritual direction.  The Executive Pastor runs the day to day operations of the church.  Associate Pastor(s) are focussed on their assigned ministries.

For more information, please feel free to contact our Senior Pastor Casey Thompson, our Elder for Personnel Brian Clapp, the leader of our Associate Pastor Nominating Committee or the leader of the Congregation Mission Study committee, Mark Fabere.  You can find a full listing of our leadership here.


Update from the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee

The APNC has been meeting every week since April 2019, conducting important discussions and creating the documents needed to advertise the positions of Executive Pastor and Program Pastor (Associate Pastor for Christian Education and Discipleship). The positions have been posted on the PCUSA recruitment system, and we will spend the coming weeks and months reviewing resumes and conducting interviews. We are also advertising the positions in publications that reach targeted clergy.

Our most important sources of referrals for these positions, however, are through our network of clergy relationships and you, our congregation! If you know of any potential candidates through family, friends or travel, please pass them on to our committee at  If you or anyone you know would like further information about the positions, summaries are located on the WPC website,  

This is a very exciting time for new leaders to join our church as we build on our strong foundations in the areas of education, worship, music, fellowship and mission outreach – all vital components of our new vision, a School for Love.

We are excited to have completed the initial steps in the search process and will continue to share updates through all communications channels. Please send us an email or feel free to reach out to any member of our committee if you have any questions, concerns or referrals.

Thank you!


Updated Aug 5 2019


(left to right)

Jim Gilliland, James Barns, Elizabeth Castleman, Frank McPherson, Rick Davis, Angela Tait, Bill Gillespie, Linda Nirmaier, Janice Mack