As General Presbyter, I function as a steward leader of our member congregations, seeking to insure that our collective human and financial resources are used to assist, facilitate, and support their witness to the sovereign activity of God in the world. The ultimate aim is to equip and empower our member congregations to become communities of faith, hope, love, witness and service, so that those who do not know Jesus might come to know, love and serve him and so that those who do know Jesus might come to love him more intimately and serve him more faithfully. In short, I seek to ensure that our resources are used to support our member congregations in their efforts to make, mature, and mobilize disciples for the transformation of the world.
Additionally, working in conjunction with the Presbytery Coordinating Team, I serve as the Administrative Officer of the Presbytery. In this capacity, I assist with overseeing the administration and coordination of the entire organizational system of the Presbytery. In doing so, I also have the responsibility of supervising all Presbytery staff members. The aim is to help ensure that their God-given gifts are used to provide the necessary support so that the teams, committees, commissions, focus groups, task forces, and other agencies established to accomplish the mission and ministry of Trinity Presbytery are able to do so efficiently and effectively.
As a second career pastor, I come to the position of Stated Clerk with a different perspective. Serving small and medium congregations since 1997, after a ten year career in data processing, I appreciate the struggles and joys of smaller membership congregations. Informed by that experience, I believe the Stated Clerk’s responsibilities revolve around three specific areas: Relationship Building, Information Management, and Constitutional Interpretation.
Building relationships between congregations of all sizes in Trinity Presbytery is essential for us to live out our calling as disciples of Jesus Christ. Every congregation, has a unique calling and gifts to fulfill that calling in community with other congregations, both within and outside our presbytery. To do so, we need to strengthen the bonds which unite us, while celebrating the diversity among us.
When I accepted the call to be Stated Clerk, I was told the training was like drinking from a fire-hose. However, stepping into the position has been more like standing in front of a fire-hose trying to prevent any water from hitting the ground. What is clear is that the better our management of the information we are charged to keep and handle, the better we will meet the needs of our congregations and fulfill the mission of the presbytery.
Finally, we bind ourselves together through our polity. But, like many organizations structured around living documents, there are times when we need to interpret the document for the immediate circumstance. Someone has to be the contact person for communication and interpretation to maintain consistency of interpretation. As always, the issue in teaching and interpreting the Book of Order, is not legalism or punishment, but ordering our lives as disciples of Jesus Christ, seeking to embody his reconciliation in our lives.
In all three areas, I seek to be a servant of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and a servant of the congregations, pastors, members, and staff of Trinity Presbytery. I look forward to working with all the saints of Trinity Presbytery. To God be the glory.
Serving as Vital Congregations Coordinator is an invitation to use my spiritual gifts to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. Working with pastors and congregations takes on an elevated importance when it becomes about doing ministry God’s way. When it is God’s way, then my way is secondary because the power that is needed for transformative change comes through the time that I and others spend in studying, praying and becoming who God wants us to be and what Jesus, who was often referred to as teacher, assigned congregations to do: “Go ye therefore and teach all nations about the gospel of Jesus Christ” (Matthew 28:16-19).
Though I have years of experience as a teacher, instructor, professor, national and international trainer and consultant, my greatest need and deepest desire as the Vital Congregations Coordinator for Trinity Presbytery is to model the Master Teacher, Jesus Christ; the greatest of all. As a vital congregations coordinator, my aim is to employ his compassion as a teacher, his courage to practice and teach others to proclaim the good news of the kingdom and to pray and teach others about the necessity to pray and the power behind faithful prayers. There are many lessons to learn and to teach and they all must be powerful enough to make a positive impact and yet simple enough for the young, the educated and the uneducated.
In my role as vital congregations coordinator, I will serve in various leadership capacities, following the lead of the Holy Spirit and with a leadership style of servanthood. A servanthood style of leadership means being submissive to the call of Jesus and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, allowing me to have a discerning spirit for my work and for my working with others. The opportunity to work with others will often come through training large and small groups, working with teams with a common vision, working with congregations who genuinely want to seek revitalization and follow the Great Commission through outreach ministries, beginning with the community and then perhaps spreading abroad.
Churches are beginning to follow the business world’s organizational structure by moving from committees to teams. Teams, rather than committees, denote a group of individuals working for the same purpose and a common vision. Working toward a common vision makes revitalization less stressful and more productive. Revitalization does not come without some push back, resistant to change or willingness to let go of ministries and practices that are valued in individuals or families but do not have much value to the kingdom building. It is then when I am reminded of what Max Depree once said, “The key elements in the art of working together are how to deal with change, how to deal with conflict, and how to reach our potential.”
My role as vital congregations coordinator will continue to unfold and reveal itself as the Holy Spirit orders my step.
My job is multi-faceted: not only do I work with the website and the E-News but also for the General Presbyter and Stated Clerk. Much of my time is spent keeping the records, minutes, and statistics of the presbytery up-to-date. I enjoy seeing members of Presbytery at our meetings and helping folks over the telephone.
As Financial Administrator, I work with the Treasurer and Bookkeeper to maintain bookkeeping, budget, and financial reporting for Presbytery and our churches. In addition, I administer all Human Resources functions including payroll and benefits and serve as the Board of Pensions Liaison for presbytery. I enjoy connecting with all of our churches and look forward to serving you all.
As the Part-time Bookkeeper, I work closely with the Financial Administrator, recording and maintaining Trinity Presbytery's financial records. I enjoy all aspects of the job and feel very privileged to work with such a dedicated staff.