Nominating Committee

Nominating Committee

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

November 2018 Update

Pastor Nominating Committee Elected

At a Congregational Meeting on November 4, the Nominating Committee presented a slate of candidates who were subsequently elected to serve as a Pastor Nominating Committee. They will be facilitating the process by which we select and call a permanent Senior Pastor. Please pray for them. There will be information on our website to follow their progress.

Accepting Applications for Deacon—Deadline Extended to January 27

Your Nominating Committee is shifting focus toward identifying new leaders—Elders, Deacons, and Nominating Committee members—to be presented for election at the Annual Congregational Meeting in March 2019. The Nominating Committee is currently accepting recommendations and applications for individuals interested in these roles.

Qualifications to serve as Elders, Deacons, or members of Nominating Committee include:

  1. Being 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 the Essential Tenets of the Reformed Faith.
  2. Be above reproach and meet Scriptural standards (e.g. 1 Timothy 3:1-10, Titus 1:6-9).
  3. Be a member of First Pres, actively involved in the life of the church.

Click here to download the Candidate Leadership Information Form that includes information about the specifics of these positions, including expected time commitments, and the application form.

The deadline for submitting completed applications is January 27. Please email with questions, names of individuals you wish to nominate for these roles, or your own completed application materials.    

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.

For More Information

You can learn more about the roles of Elders and Deacons by reading the webpages for Session and Deacons. To contact the Nominating Committee, please email 

Please pray for the Nominating Committee and our work.

2019 Nominating Committee,

Anna Fellers, Elder and Co-Chair
Janice Kolberg, Elder and Co-Chair
Molly Garritson 
Jason Gorski 
Daly Jordan-Koch 
Roland Peterson 
Peter Schroepfer, Deacon