Pastoral Transition

The Call Process

Current status: Search

Session has approved our Ministry Information Form, and we have posted our MIF and our new MDP to the appropriate job boards and with Presbytery.

This begins the secret part of the PNC’s work, when we’ll have to keep confidentiality of resumes and the folks we talk to.

How can you help?

  • Pass on the names of anyone who may know folks who might be open to a call. 
  • Post these links or the blurb below with your networks. We never know how the spirit moves!
  • Pray for the PNC and our search. 

Pastor and Head of Staff wanted to move with the spirit at Old Presbyterian Meeting House

Old Presbyterian Meeting House (OPMH) is a historic, energetic, service-focused church in Alexandria, Virginia. We come out of our 250th anniversary celebration eager to organize our gifts and energy for the next century.

We seek a pastor to lead us and our talented staff in continued service to God, to help us grow in faith and work together toward meaningful impact in this world. There is so much opportunity here in the national capital region, and also so much need.

If you feel called to join us in service, please review our MIF here or our new MDP here.

Then send your PIF or PDP directly to our PNC:

We can’t wait to meet you!

If you have questions about the process, email the PNC.

Session Updates

  • At the November 2022 Session meeting, Rev. John Molina-Moore, General Presbyter of National Capital Presbytery, offered guidance about the pastoral transition process, including describing the use of a Jump Start Retreat as a first step in that process.
  • At the December 2022 Session meeting the Jump Start Retreat proposal was approved and set for March 3-4.
  • At the January 2023 Session meeting, the IPSC recommended Rev. James Sledge as Transitional Pastor and Session voted to accept the committee’s recommendation and contract with Rev Sledge for a one-year term beginning February 21, 2023.
  • On March 3-4, 2023 the Jump Start Retreat was two days of guided visioning and discernment to articulate the hopes and dreams of this congregation. This will be the basis for a draft Ministry Information Form (MIF) that will be provided to the PNC.
  • April 30, 2023 the PNC offered a listening session at Adult Education. The PNC consists of Meeting House members Marty Barolo,  Meredith Check, Eric Johnson, Chuck Jones, Wendy Matney, Chris Pommerer and Marsha Rhea.
  • April-June 2023 the congregation took part in and received the results of the CAT congregational survey to help us shape the future direction of OPMH and inform our search for a new pastor and head of staff.
    CAT summary
    CAT full report

Transitonal Pastor Search Committee

The Transitional Pastor Search Committee was approved by Session on September 26, 2022, and began service on October 4, 2022. The following people served on this committee:  Mary Hill (moderator), Carol Stalun, Art Guarinello, Sandy Davis, Kait Murphy, and Brian Comey. 

At the January 2023 Session meeting, the IPSC recommended Rev. James Sledge as Transitional Pastor and Session voted to accept the committee’s recommendation and contract with Rev Sledge for a one-year, extendable term, beginning February 21, 2023. Rev. Sledge will provide pastoral leadership and serve during the time OPMH seeks to identify, call and install our next Pastor/Head of Staff.

Pastor Nominating Committee

In September 2022 Session also commissioned the standing Congregational Nominating Committee (CNC) to identify members representing a broad cross-section of the Meeting House membership to serve as a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC). A congregational meeting was held on February 26, 2023 to elect the members of the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC).

2023 PNC Member Bios

The Pastor Nominating Committee has the ultimate responsibility for nominating a minister to the congregation for election as the next Pastor/Head of Staff. Over a number of months, the PNC will journey through the pastoral search process, seeking to hear the call of Christ and “to participate in God’s own choice” for our next pastor. The Committee has numerous responsibilities including:

  • Completing the congregation’s Ministry Information Form
  • Receiving, reading, and evaluating the application of prospective pastors
  • Narrowing the field of prospective pastors
  • Interviewing face-to-face the “short list” of prospective pastors
  • Arranging with the presbytery for the necessary protocols and documentation
  • Selecting a nominee to present to the congregation for vote.
  • Negotiating the terms of call.

The responsibility of the congregation is important to the process and includes electing the PNC, praying for and supporting the PNC as it conducts its work, electing the new pastor and approving the terms of call, and welcoming the new pastor as the ministry begins.