PASTORAL TRANSITIONAL MINISTRY INFORMATION

Our congregation is currently in a time of transitional ministry, as our pastor for 26 years, Rev. Gary Mathiesen, retired from ministry in October 2017.

Rev. Heather James is currently serving as our Transitional Pastor as we undergo the process of identifying a new installed pastor. 


September 10, 2019

The Pastor Nominating Committee continues to review PIFs. We’ve had a few initial interviews. Our committee feels that SOTH is in a good place with our transitional pastor and there is not an urgency to find a pastor quickly. We are allowing ourselves to be picky and really listen as the Spirit guides us to the pastor that is the best fit for us. Thank you for your continued prayers!  Your PNC, Sheri Martin, Doug Boyles, Jen Engle, Merry Panteleo, Brad Maxa, Paul Cascio, and Brittain Southwell.

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May 22, 2019

After seven meetings in ten weeks, the Pastor Nominating Committee has completed the MIF (Ministry Information Form). It has been approved by Session and will be reviewed by Presbytery this week. Once approved, the MIF will be uploaded online with CLC (Church Leadership Connection). The PNC will then begin to receive, read, and evaluate PIFs (Personal Information Forms). We ask for continued prayers as we move forward in a spirit of prayerful openness to the movement of God's Spirit. Your PNC, Sheri Martin, Doug Boyles, Jen Engle, Merry Panteleo, Brad Maxa, Paul Cascio, and Brittain Southwell.

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March 13, 2019

The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) has completed training with Rev. Christine Long, the Executive Presbyter, and Tom Kirkpatrick, member of the Committee of Ministry. These two will be the liaisons between our PNC and Presbytery. We are preparing to create our MIF (Ministry Information Form) using the mission survey done by our congregation last year. An MIF is our church resume to help match potential candidates to the needs of our church. As part of our committee’s covenant, we are committed to keeping the congregation updated on our progress. However, due to the confidentiality of the process please know that there will be information we cannot give. We ask that you would keep the committee and members in your prayers as we work together to seek our next pastor. Thank you! Your PNC, Sheri Martin, Doug Boyles, Jen Engle, Brad Maxa, Merry Pantaleo, Brittain Southwell, and Paul Cascio

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Our Pastor Nominating Committee has been formed!  Those serving are:

Doug Boyles
Paul Cascio
Jennifer Engle
Sheri Martin
Brad Maxa
Merry Pantaleo
Brittain Southwell

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October 29, 2018

Congratulations SOTH!   The Presbytery's Commission on Ministry has received, approved, and celebrated our mission study, and given us the green light to move forward with our Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC).

If you want to read our study, you can find it here: SOTH mission study

Please be praying for those who will serve, and for our congregation as we move forward towards our next installed pastor.


Our congregation is currently in a time of transitional ministry, as our pastor for 26 years, Rev. Gary Mathiesen, retired from ministry in October 2017.

Rev. Heather James is currently serving as our Transitional Pastor as we undergo the process of identifying a new installed pastor. 

After the PNC is formed by SOTH’s nominating committee, and voted on by the congregation, they will be charged with taking the information discovered through the mission study process and will develop a Ministry Information Form (MIF) that can be circulated to attract possible candidates for the next installed pastor. The PNC will receive training from COM, and support from the transitional pastor in their work. They will consider all the applications they receive and will work to discern the best fit for the congregation based on the discoveries in our current conversations and mission study process.