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Pastor Search

The Pastor Nominating Committee continues to actively review and evaluate candidate applications for our Pastor / Head of Staff position.  

Excellent candidates continue to express interest and apply for the position. To date, we have received over 100 applications and referrals from the congregation and friends of First Pres. PNC team members have held numerous Zoom interviews and are inviting top candidates to visit Kirkwood, giving us the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face and giving them the opportunity to get to know the staff, our facility, and the Kirkwood community.  

Through this process we have become even more convinced that First Pres has so much to offer - an incredibly strong staff, vibrant committees and a dedicated congregation. We are seeking the right person that fulfills what the Mission Study identified as the most important needs of First Pres. We've had many great conversations and meetings, but we are still working toward finding that one person who best meets the needs of First Pres and whose calling it is to join us in ministry. We very much appreciate your support and respect for the confidentiality required.

It is our honor to represent the congregation of First Pres as your PNC, and we will continue to do our best to keep you informed on our progress. If you know a candidate who would be a good fit, please encourage them to apply or have them send materials to  


Your Pastor Nominating Committee:

Ron Evens, Co-Chair

Sue Hosack, Co-Chair

Tom Edelstein

Ivy Hartmann

Bennett Lasater

Mark Robinson

Lucy Tidwell



Important Documents

Read the results of our Mission Study Survey.

Read our Ministry Information Form.


Where are We in the Process?
Below you will find the Presbyterian Church (USA) steps in the process of calling a new pastor. The green circle indicates where we are in the process. To learn more about the process of “Calling” a new pastor click on THIS LINK to see the document that is used by churches nationwide.

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