Nominating Committee

Nominating Committee

The primary responsibility of the Nominating Committee (NC) is to select candidate slates for Elder, Deacon, and NC for election by the congregation each year. When needed, the NC also selects candidates for Pastor Nominating Committees and Presbytery Commissioners (First Pres' representatives to the San Francisco Presbytery). 

To apply for a position please read the position descriptions and complete the application in the Candidate for Leadership Information Packet.

** OR ** To quickly recommend someone, try the NC’s short Leadership Interest Form.

Nominating Committee Formation and Composition

Per our Bylaws, the NC is a committee of seven or eight members elected by the congregation annually. The NC includes one or two currently serving Elders appointed by Session, a currently serving Deacon appointed by the Deacons, and at-large lay members to represent the church. Session designates an Elder to chair the NC. In addition, the Pastor shall be an ex-officio (non-voting) member.

The currently serving NC presents a Nominating Committee candidate slate (including the appointed Deacon). The Congregation elects the NC for a one-year term by majority vote at an Annual Meeting or Congregational Meeting. Additional nominations may be made from the floor, in which case the vote is conducted by written ballot. NC members may not serve for more than four consecutive years.

Qualifications to Serve

Elders, Deacons, and Nominating Committee members serve in church leadership, and should exhibit the following qualities as Deacon and Elder candidates:

  1. Be able to affirm trust in Jesus Christ, believe in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; accept the Scriptures to be the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ in the Church universal; and adopt Essential Tenets of the Reformed Faith.
  2. Be above reproach and meet Scriptural standards (e.g. 1Timothy 3:1-10, Titus 1:6-9).
  3. Be a member of First Pres, involved in the life of the church and support First Pres financially.

2017–2018 Timeline

November – December:
  • Nominating Committee receives an email stating the nominee’s name.
  • The person recommending a prospective candidate is asked to submit a brief letter of recommendation.
  • NC contacts the nominee to inform them of their nomination, and invites the nominee to complete a Leadership Application.
January – February:
  • NC reviews Leadership Applications and recommendations in the context of the qualifications.
  • NC conducts discussions and prays over the applicants.
  • NC discusses and reaches agreement on a slate of nominees for congregational approval.
  • Candidate Statements of Faith materials are made available to the congregation for review two weeks before the Congregational Meeting.
March – April:
  • NC presents the slate of nominees at the Congregational Meeting for election by majority vote.
  • The elected slate of officers is ordained during a Sunday worship service.
  • The new leadership terms begin.

For More Information

To contact the Nominating Committee, please email nominating@fpcberkeley.org

Learn more about Elders, including the Elder Position Description
Learn more about the Nominating Committee Position and responsibilities.
Learn more about Deacons, including the Deacon Position Description

2017–2018 Nominating Committee

Lorenzo Bavoso, Elder and Co-Chair
Kristin Loo, Elder and Co-Chair
Jason Draut
Bonnie Johnston
Jeff Kang
James Kifuthu
Eric Mowat
Peter Schroepfer, Deacon

Please pray for this team and their work.