General Secretary Search Committee Named
In its meeting on September 8, 2010, the General Synod Council named the individuals who will serve on the general secretary search committee. This committee will be responsible for leading the search process for the next general secretary and ultimately recommending a candidate to the General Synod Council.
Members of the committee are:
- Eddy Aleman, Paramount, California, Regional Synod of the Far West (pastor)
- Mary Bechler, Sioux City, Iowa, Regional Synod of the Heartland (elder) *Moderator of the search committee
- Michael Hardeman, Alton, Iowa, Regional Synod of the Heartland (pastor)
- Jan Hoffman, Scotia, New York, Regional Synod of Albany (pastor)
- Paul Janssen, Park Ridge, New Jersey, Regional Synod of the Mid-Atlantics (pastor)
- Daniel Meeter, Brooklyn, New York, Regional Synod of New York (pastor)
- Michael Pitsenberger, Holland, Michigan, Regional Synod of the Great Lakes (pastor)
- Jimmie Stevenson, Kankakee, Illinois, Regional Synod of Mid-America (elder)
- Barton Strong, Hamilton, Ontario, Regional Synod of Canada (elder)
Three GSC members are also members of the search committee:
- Stephanie Doeschot, Lake St. Louis, Missouri, Regional Synod of Mid-America (pastor)
- Don Poest, Brunswick, Ohio, Regional Synod of the Great Lakes (pastor and General Synod president)
- Andrea Godwin-Stremler, San Antonio, Texas, Regional Synod of the Far West (chaplain)
Gregg Mast, president of New Brunswick Theological Seminary and General Synod Professor, will serve as an advisor to the search committee.
"We had more than 150 individuals offer their time and services to be on the search committee," says Michelle Chahine, GSC moderator. "There were so many talented applicants it was a challenging assignment to select the search committee."
Chahine emphasized that the General Synod Council was diligent in its selection process and reviewed all profile forms to identify the most representative group, taking note of a variety of factors, including geographic location, experience, and skill set. "I am thankful that we were able to identify a search committee that is diverse and gifted in many ways. I am confident these individuals will serve the Reformed Church in America and God well in this important process."
Chahine also encourages prayers for the search committee as they take on this assignment.
We will continue to keep you updated as the search process progresses.
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