Recommendation from Deacons Regarding Interim Pastor

praying handsGreetings,

The deacons recommend that the church call Dr. Terrell Carter as interim pastor.  We feel that God’s guidance has been present in bringing Dr. Carter into our church’s life.  Terrell has expressed his willingness to be a part of God’s work in our congregation.  Dr. Carter wants to be a part of our congregation’s journey to discover God’s plan for our church, and it’s work in our community.  In speaking with us, Terrell expressed that he does not have an agenda.  He wants to support us in this time of transition to strengthen our current ministries and develop new ways to serve God.  He is willing to work with members of the congregation to minister to each other and the community around us.

Dr. Carter comes to us with a variety of experiences, a breadth of knowledge and a unique set of skills.  Terrell currently serves as the Executive Director of North Newstead Association.  He is also an instructor (on-line) for St. Louis Community College.  He works with Central Seminary supporting their FOUNDATIONS program in St. Louis.  Dr. Carter is completing his second doctorate program, which has an emphasis on the Missional Church.  His knowledge of this concept of being the church will help us develop the unique ministry that God has gifted us for and will help us discover the people that God intends for us to reach.

Dr. Carter will support us in worship planning, preach on Sunday mornings, support us in pastoral care visits and perform funerals and weddings as needed or requested.  He can be available on a weekday evening for activities or meetings as those needs present themselves.  He is also available most Saturdays for activities or meetings as needed.  The deacons recommend a commitment of 12-15 hours a week with activities and preparation time.  Dr. Carter is open to serving as our interim pastor for the time needed to call our next pastor but is flexible according to God’s will and the church’s desire.

There will be a specially called business meeting at the close of the worship service on April 14 for a vote to call Dr. Carter.  We are excited about the future of our church and God’s plans for us.

May God’s Will Be Done,

Donald Johnson
Wyndy McRoy
Christine Bunch
Ken Clark
Ruth Ellsworth
Bill Kuykendall
Howard Trump

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