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Welcome Rev. Dr. Tim McQuade!

We invite you to read a bit about our appointed Interim, Rev. Timothy McQuade, and join us in intentional prayer for his ministry here with us at SJWUC!
The Rev. Dr. Tim McQuade grew up in Westfield, NJ, but considers himself an Ohioan. He states he only misses three things from Jersey; pizza, bagels, and going “down the shore”. Tim earned a BA in History from Rutgers College, then went on for his MDiv and his doctorate in preaching and homiletics from Gordon-Conwell Seminary.

I am looking forward to meeting you!

I am looking forward to meeting you all as we spend this interim time together.  We are entering a very important time in the life of this congregation.  This two year interim period may be new to many of you so let me provide a thumbnail sketch.  There will be four significant things happening as we make this journey.

First I will be getting to know you and this congregation.  In our conversations I will be asking questions as I learn about St. John’s Westminster.  By the way, this goes both ways.  I’m happy to answer any questions you might have about me and this process.  I will report to Council/Session what I learned hopefully this summer.  This is called a Ministry Assessment and will be presented to them in written form.

Second, Council Session will form a Mission Study Taskforce.  This taskforce will take a very deep dive into the life of this congregation.  This report will take time to do well.  It will include such things as focus groups, a survey, demographics of the congregation and community, the zip codes we draw from, and so on.  I’m hoping we will be able to form the Mission Study Task Force in early to mid-fall.  Clearly, this taskforce will be a working group.  Once the mission study is written Council/Session will review and approve it.  It will then go on to the Presbytery Committee On Ministry (COM) for their approval.

Third, following that very important step COM will then grant permission for us to elect a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) from the congregation.  The PNC will then write the Ministry Information Form (MIF) drawing from the Mission Study Report.  Think of the MIF as the church’s resume.  COM will review and approve the MIF.

Fourth, then the search begins involving both the PCUSA and UCC denominations and their respective resources.

This is an involved process.  Trust the process because there are very good reasons behind each and every step.  I’m happy to answer any questions you might have!

                                         God is Good

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