Senior Pastor Search

Posted on November 13, 2015


This page will be updated throughout the search process.

March 6, 2016

The Pequea Church Board is excited to announce that an offer has been extended to, and accepted by, Reverend Jerry Clonch to become our next senior pastor. Pastor Clonch has 22 years of pastoral experience in the Brethren in Christ and Nazarene churches, with 11 of those years as a senior pastor and seven years as a church planter in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Pastor Clonch served as an assistant pastor in the Millersville and Carlisle BIC churches before serving as senior pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene in Bloomington, Illinois for the past 5 years.

Jerry and his wife, Larra, have three children. Bryce is their oldest son. Miles is their middle child, and their daughter Callie.

Jerry has an evangelist heart. He is passionate about equipping believers to impact non-believers by connecting with the community in a variety of ways. In addition, Jerry strives for excellence in ministry by recruiting, coaching, and mentoring paid and unpaid ministry leaders.

We will soon learn that Pastor Jerry is able to effectively express his thoughts in an applicable manner and he is a people person. We will all feel impacted by his high energy and love for God.

Jerry has a love for the outdoors and will be looking for places to hunt and ski.

The Clonch family will be transitioning to Pequea Church by the end of June. In the mean time, Pastor Jerry will be systematically praying for us and is encouraging us to be praying for and investing in the lives of those in our circle of relationships who need to know Jesus. He firmly believes that people move toward what they pray about so by being a church who prays for evangelistic and spiritual growth will enable us to fulfill God’s unique mission for Pequea Church of to reaching the lost.

January 10, 2016

In conjunction with Bishop Bryan Hoke, the church board has developed a job description and a list of desired qualities that the next pastor will possess. The job posting has been on the Atlantic Conference website since mid-November and many applicants have submitted their resumes to Bishop Hoke. In mid-December, Bishop Hoke provided us with the resumes of several candidates who he felt would be a strong fit for Pequea Church. Each candidate has received a series of questions to complete that will enable the board to get a better sense of the person’s beliefs, passion for ministry, and theological viewpoint.

A schedule for first round interviews of the candidates who have submitted the aforementioned items has been developed. Our plan is to conduct those interviews in late-January, early-February. Depending on how that stage of the search plays out, we are then planning to conduct second round interviews in late-February, early-March.

Because the Brethren in Christ Church uses a representative leadership, members of the church board serve as the search committee for the new pastor. We do ask that you cover the search process, us, and the future leader of the church in your prayers. I also encourage everyone to be prayerfully seeking God’s direction for what part you will have as we serve God, our community , and each other.

Please feel free to contact any of the members of the church board with questions as we continue through the search process.

November 19, 2015

The following information details the Senior Pastor Selection Process (From the Brethren in Christ Manual of Doctrine and Government). This information is intended to help those unfamiliar with the search process of the Brethren in Christ Church.

• Pastoral Committee Personnel: The Church Board/Board of Directors (minus the lead and executive pastors) and the bishop constitute the Pastoral Committee, with the bishop serving as chair. The pastoral search process is initiated by the bishop.

• Duties: The pastoral committee represents the congregation in the securing or reappointment of a pastor.

• The pastoral committee and the pastor under consideration negotiate the assignment of a pastor, who is to be credentialed through the Commission on Ministry and Doctrine of the BIC Church prior to installation.

• The pastoral committee will negotiate the term of service with the pastor. The initial term of service may be five (5) years, unless the parties involved agree for a shorter term of service.

• The pastoral committee and bishop will seek to provide for the pastor’s welfare, including remuneration.

November 13, 2015

The church board met with Bishop Hoke on November 10 to begin the search for a senior pastor. A job posting will be placed on the Brethren in Christ and Atlantic Conference websites. Applications will be received and reviewed by the bishop through the middle of December. We look to begin the interview process in mid-January. Please continue to cover the search process in prayer. Please feel free to speak with a member of the church board if you have questions.

Pequea Church Board of Directors:

Phil Gale
Barb Crews
James Fisher
Jonathan Hess
Dawn Hess
Jeff Kile
Linda Lewis, Treasurer
Art Miller
Chris Peris

On Sunday, November 1, 2015 Pastor Rick Mailloux announced his resignation as Lead Pastor of Pequea Church effective February 28, 2016. Information regarding Pastor Rick’s resignation can be found here.

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