It is with thankfulness and joyful anticipation that the 2020–2021 Nominating Committee of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley is recommending candidates to serve in the annually elected leadership positions of Deacons, Elders, and members of the Nominating Committee. At the request of Session, we are also recommending a new group who will serve as an Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC). The APNC will conduct a search to call individuals to join the pastoral team to lead our departments of Christian Formation and Mission Outreach.
This recruiting season was uniquely challenging as our team never met in person. We relied on Zoom, email, and phone calls to encourage participation in leadership. The Nominating Committee is thankful for all who engaged! We appreciate each person who recommended potential leaders, who considered an invitation to serve, and who made the decision to take on a new role in this exciting—yet atypical—moment in our life together.
Throughout our process, the Nominating Committee remained grounded in prayer as we sought to collectively discern those who we believe are being called into leadership at this time in this place. The Nominating Committee had the privilege of learning from members of our community about how this congregation has been instrumental in the ongoing development of their faith. It was a humbling experience to learn more about how this body has played a role in shaping their faith journey and how these candidates are now sensing God’s call to serve in leadership.
The individuals who appear in the booklet below were identified by the Nominating Committee after prayerful consideration of a variety of factors, some of which included dedication to their personal faith, care for the whole of the congregation, current leadership needs within the community, and a mutual sense of timing.
Terms of service for newly elected classes of Elders, Deacons, and members of the Nominating Committee will begin in May 2021. The APNC will begin to meet soon after their election.
The Nominating Committee enthusiastically endorses these candidates for leadership. We encourage you to read the materials included in this booklet in preparation for the Annual Meeting on March 14, 2021 at 11:30 am on Zoom.
In God’s grace,
2021–2022 NOMINATING COMMITTEE
Anna Fellers, Elder and Co-Chair
Arlene Hatfield, Deacon
Erica Maier D’Ambrosio
Karen Erickson, Elder and Co-Chair