With the arrival of Interim Pastor Rev. Dr. Charles Svendsen in July of 2019, our search for a new Pastor/Head of Staff began in earnest. Since then, the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) met weekly to formulate the Ministry Information Form (MIF), the “want ad,’ if you will, for the position, which is found on the PC(USA) website. The MIF was uploaded to the site in January 2020, and the PNC was tasked with reviewing the Pastor Information Forms (PIFs) (Pastor’s resume) they received.
On August 27, 2020, the PNC met together one final time and unanimously voted to disband. Their final word in their final update was this: “As the congregation, and Session, move to next steps, we will continue to pray for God’s blessing on our church.”
Our First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara congregation will proceed prayerfully with next steps, as we are guided by the Session, with the help of Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry, and by the Spirit of Christ. In it all, we continue to proclaim, “Christ is the head of the church” (Colossians 1:18).