New Pastor Search Update

Update on our Lead Pastor Search (as of July 17) – Moving ahead with an Interim Pastor

     After our #1 candidate, Pastor Dan Wigton, asked to have his name withdrawn as a candidate for JFC lead pastor on Monday (July 11), our search committee then reached out to our #2 candidate on Wednesday (July 13) of this week.  We offered a few days for this candidate to pray about whether or not he wanted to move forward with us in our process.  After prayer and discussion with his family, on Friday (July 15), he let us know that he felt that the Lord was not calling him to remain in our process. 
     And so, at this point, since those two individuals were the only candidates that we moved on to the in-person interview phase, the search committee, with the affirmation of EFC-ER, now overwhelmingly feels that God is calling our church to hire an interim pastor at this time.  It is important to note that hiring an interim pastor is a common occurrence among churches.
An estimate would be that we would have an interim pastor for a period of roughly nine months.  And so, as is customary in this situation, EFC-ER will take the lead in this process for us.  They currently have a pool of three very experienced interim pastors who they will be consulting with to fill this very important spot for us at this time. 
Also, with Pastor Dave retiring July 31st, EFC-ER has already taken the step to provide pulpit fill for us for the entire month of August, including Rusty Savage from EFC-ER, Randy Heckert, retired and longtime Friends pastor and former EFC-ER Associate Superintendent, and Wayne Evans, former EFC-ER General Superintendent.

Jackson Friends Church would like to thank our committee, Mark Bankert, Libby Brinkman, Debbie Fostyk, Monte Fox, Mandy Fulton, Dave Geisberger, Justin Greenfelder, Susan Haythorn, Bill Heade, Elizabeth Kozenko, Tom Miller and Dale Stitz for all of their time & commitment, and also to EFC-ER (and particularly Ed Walsh) for their encouragement and support during our search process.

Celebration weekend for Pastor Dave and Karen – Saturday, July 30 (1:00-3:00 pm) and Sunday, July 31 (after each service)

Saturday, July 30th  1:00-3:00 pm – Open House (come-and-go format).  Appetizers provided.  Also, if you would like to provide cookies for this open house, please contact Lori Osugi at the church office. 
Sunday, July 31st (after each service) – Pastor Dave’s last day!   A time of fellowship and celebration in the atrium area after each service.  Cake will be served.
Thanks to Mike Stansbery and Lori Osugi for organizing these events. 
NOTE:  If you would like to contribute to the retirement gift that our church will be giving Pastor Dave and Karen, you can do so by marking “Retirement Gift” on your offering envelope or by dropping it off at the church office.

UPDATE JULY 11, 2021

After careful prayer and discussions with his family, Dan Wigton is withdrawing his name as a candidate for the JFC Lead Pastor position. Thus, the All-Congregational Ballot Vote on Sunday, July 17 has been cancelled. The search committee intends to meet later this week to move forward with the next steps in the process of securing a lead pastor for Jackson Friends Church.