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Pastor Search Updates

April 26, 2015

We are happy to announce that we have selected a candidate to be our next pastor.  His name is Ryan Donahoe, from Holland, MI.  Please click HERE for a complete copy of the letter sent to the congregation as well as the letter from Ryan to us.

November 12, 2014

Reverend Peter Kim has unexpectedly withdrawn his name and is no longer a candidate.  The congregational meeting for November 16 has been cancelled.  The PNC will begin a new search with regular weekly meetings beginning after Thanksgiving.

November 2014

The PNC has selected a candidate, Rev. Peter Kim. He will be preaching on Sunday, November 16th and a congregational meeting with a vote will follow the service.  We invite all members and friends to join us for this service and for a celebration luncheon sponsored by the Deacons afterward.

September 2014

As of September, the PNC Committee is conducting what they expect to be the final candidate interviews.

June 3, 2014

Six members of the PNC will be traveling to Detroit on June 13th and 14th to participate in the Face-to-Face event which is part of the General Assembly.  The event offers an informal setting in which churches who are seeking a pastor can meet with pastors who are seeking churches.

April 17, 2014

The PNC is now receiving referrals for the pastor position.  As of April 23rd the PNC will again meet weekly on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.  

March 25, 2014

The Ministry Information Form (MIF) was approved by Session and forwarded on to the Presbytery and has been approved.  The form will now be placed on the Church Leadership Connection website.

March 11, 2014

The PNC has completed the Ministry Information Form (MIF).  Session will hold a special meeting on Sunday, March 16th to approve the MIF and it will then be forwarded to the Presbytery for their approval.

February 18, 2014

Here is a basic outline of the process the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) will be following.  
  1. Our church Nominating Committee chooses a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) - COMPLETE
  2. The PNC will meet and elect a chairperson - COMPLETE
  3. The PNC writes a Ministry Information Form (MIF) which outlines our church's mission and vision as well as giving an overall view to potential candidates of what we feel is important and what drives us as a congregation - COMPLETE
  4. The MIF will need to be approved by our session and then by the Presbytery's Committee on Ministry (COM) - COMPLETE
  5. Once the MIF is approved, the form will be placed on the Church Leadership Connection (CLC) website.  Here is where potential pastor candidates will view our MIF.  In addition, CLC staff will match pastor candidates with our interests and passions and will send their Pastor Information Form (PIF) to our PNC for review.  The PNC will most likely review hundreds of PIFs and pray over who will move on to phone interviews and possibly a visit - IN PROGRESS
  6. Once the PNC has chosen a candidate, he/she will be invited to preach here and you will have the opportunity after their service to place your vote on the candidate.
  7. This entire process may take up to 2 years and may seem long and tedious, but it is a good process for everyone.  Most of the work by the PNC is done in secret and they cannot share any information because of confidentiality reasons.  They will update the congregation on the steps they have taken, but no names will be shared.  Please respect the process and those who have graciously agreed to serve on the PNC.
Please direct any questions to the Chair of the committee, Sandy Bollinger.

January 22, 2014

The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) is meeting weekly on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.  Thus far, we have done some team building activities, ground rule setting, reviewing and discussing the mission study results, and are now beginning to complete the Ministry Information Form (MIF).  For more information on the committee members, please visit our Pastor Nominating Committee page.

December 30, 2013

The Pastoral Nominating Committee was elected at the congregation meeting held on December 15, 2013.  Elected members are:
  • Sandy Bollinger
  • John Cooley
  • Bob deJonge
  • Sue Fantini
  • Patti Fitzgerald
  • Joe Leach
  • Sue Westerman
The Committee held their first meeting on December 29, 2013 and elected Sandy Bollinger to serve as Chair, Joe Leach to be Vice Chair, Sue Fantini as Secretary and John Cooley will be the Financial Secretary.  Rev. Bob Faulman was in attendance as our Committee on Ministry representative from the Presbytery and he will be working with the PNC on an ongoing basis.  Meetings will be held weekly and the Committee asks for your prayerful support as they begin the process of finding the new minister God has in mind for our church.

September 27, 2013

The Session of First Presbyterian Church of Petoskey is pleased to announce the hiring of Rev. Donald Kinloch as interim pastor beginning October 1, 2013. He replaces Rev. Dr. Bob Lueck who retired in July.

Rev. Kinloch was born in Scotland but spent most of his early life in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) where his father was in the government hospital service. He returned to Scotland for his education at the University of Edinburgh, and attended both Ripon College and Oxford University for post-graduate study. He then moved to New York where he attended Union Theological Seminary where he was the Resident Scots Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar.

Rev. Kinloch has served as pastor in churches in Glasgow, Scotland; Norfolk, Virginia; Gaithersburg, Maryland; and retired from fulltime ministry after serving in Northbrook, Illinois. He then served as an interim in Martinsville, Indiana, before moving to northern Michigan.

He and his wife Susan are living near Atwood, and Donald’s first service at First Presbyterian was Sunday, October 6, 2013.

September 19, 2013
The Mission Study Commitee has been formed and has begun work on putting the church mission study survey together.  Once the survey is complete, all members and friends of the church will be asked to complete the survey to help with the continuing pastor search process.  Thanks to the following for volunteering to be a part of the committee:  Lisa Blanchard, Anne Cooley, Cliff Denay, Lin DeVaun, Fred Feldkamp, Lynnet Johnson, Kathy Layman, Bill Muller, Barbara Steele, Kim Timm, Sharon Walker, and Phil Welch.

August 22, 2013

Dear Members & Friends of 1st Pres:

We would like to update you on what has been happening since Dr. Bob’s retirement.

·       Session is actively pursuing an interim pastor and we have begun the interview process.  Our paperwork has been filed with the Presbyterian USA office and we are hoping for more candidates.  The Worship Committee has done a wonderful job filling the pulpit with guest ministers until we are able to hire an interim.


·       The next step in securing a full-time minister is for the church to do a Mission Study.  This is a report on statistical aspects of our congregation, our current programs and hopes for the future.  The information will be gathered from a questionnaire that will be sent to members and friends of our church, and possibly some additional interviews.  It is your chance to voice your opinions on many aspects of our church.  We will appoint members to serve on the Mission Study Committee from different program areas, different ages and backgrounds.  Probably the time commitment for this work will be only a few months.  We hope you will consider serving on this committee if contacted by the Nominating Committee.  We also encourage you to participate in the study as it will help to determine the criteria for selecting a new pastor.


·       After the Mission Study is completed, a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) will be elected by the congregation based on nominations from the Nominating Committee.  The seven members who will comprise the PNC will be making a commitment of up to a year of weekly meetings and possibly some travel. 


In short, the work and life of the congregation is continuing.  As we move forward in the process we value your continued support and prayer and your participation.  Future updates will be available on this page.  We will also do small blurbs on the CAW page in the Sunday bulletin.


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