Associate Pastor Nominating Committee



Times of transition can be an exciting time in the life of a church and that is certainly true with this process as we are excited to see the direction that God has in store for us moving forward.  This transition process is a prayerful, thoughtful, time-tested process and we are confident that God has the right person in mind for us. Please join us in praying for the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC) as we continue to cover this entire transition, from start to finish, with prayer.

The members of the APNC are Jill Ashmen, Terry Lynn Bright, Kari Muller, Joe Quattrock, Sandy Ross, Liz Thomson and Peter VanDyke.

Where are we in the Process? 

PNC Process

  1. ORGANIZE (Completed) – Congregational Nominating Committee compiles a slate of candidates for the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC) which is voted on at a Congregational Meeting.
  1. PREPARE (Completed) – The APNC meets with Presbytery representative and prepares our Ministry Information Form (MIF). Once finalized our MIF, is sent to Session and the Committee on Ministry (COM) for approval.
  1. SEARCH (In Progress) – The MIF is posted on the national Presbyterian website and in other appropriate places. The APNC explores leads from the congregation and other places and begins to receive Personal Information Forms (PIFs) from pastoral candidates.
  1. REVIEW (In Progress) – The APNC prayerfully reviews PIFs, sermons, recommendations, interviews, visits, references etc. leading to a ranking of candidates.
  1. SELECT – Search is prayerfully narrowed. After conferring with the COM, a final nominee is chosen and the invitation is made to be the candidate presented to the Congregation.
  1. NOMINATE – The candidate for Associate Pastor is presented to the congregation. The congregation votes to receive the candidate at a congregational meeting.
  1. CELEBRATE! – After being approved by the Congregation and the Presbytery, an installation for the new pastor is held at the church. Thanks be to God!


Updates from the APNC

We are pleased to introduce our new Associate Pastor of Community and Congregational Care – September 2018 

On September 23rd, the APNC introduced the congregation to the Reverend Christian Johnson as a candidate for Associate Pastor of Community and Congregational Care. The congregation vote to unanimously accept the APNC’s recommendation. On Tuesday, September 25th, the Presbytery of Monmouth also voted to affirm Rev. Johnson’s call to serve PCTR in this capacity. Christian will begin his ministry with us on November 1st and we invite you to join us in welcoming him! He brings experience, enthusiasm, and a truly humble faith in our Lord to this position and we are very eager and excited to begin this journey together.


The APNC continues to wait on God’s timing – May 6th, 2018 

As you know we have been meeting weekly for the past year. Like many of you we are anxious for God to reveal His candidate to us.  Sometimes forgetting that it will come in His time and not necessarily in ours. Each meeting we start our time with a devotional.  This past week the Bible passage we were led to was Philippians 4:4-7.  This is the passage:

“Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

This passage really spoke to us because it reminded us that even though God has not led us to the candidate yet, He will!  We don’t need to be anxious, but rather we need to pray and be thankful for what God is doing.  He has led us to review over 150 personal information forms.  He has guided us through phone and skype interviews with over 50 candidates. He has been with Pastor Robbie as he has met with many candidates that we have been very interested in. He has brought candidates here to see the ministry that is taking place at PCTR.  He has led us to expand our search to not only the matching system through the PCUSA but also through seminaries and other organizations where ministry positions are posted.  He has blessed us with the opportunity to meet wonderful men and women of faith that He is using in wonderful ways, but He has yet to reveal His candidate for this position.  But we trust that He will; in His perfect time.  And because we know He is faithful we can have a peace that transcends all understanding.

We are thankful to our families who have given us so much support and understanding for the time spent on the search and we are most thankful to you all for your love and support!  Most of all we are thankful for your continued prayers.  We ask that you continue pray for God to reveal the person He will use to spread The Good News here at PCTR.

Annual Meeting Update from the APNC – February 6th, 2018

We would like to share with you some of what we have been up to since you as a congregation called us to find our next Associate Pastor.  During the past nine months we have created our Mission Information Form (MIF), which tells about the position we are hoping to fill as well as what God is doing here at PCTR.  We have viewed more than 100 Personal Information Forms (PIF’s) of potential candidates from all over the country.  We have reached out to over forty different men and women of faith to speak with them and to help them to know who PCTR is and what God is doing here.  We have interviewed via Skype, Facetime or in person more than 10% of the individuals who were originally contacted.  It has been inspiring and exciting to see how God is working in each of these minster’s lives and ministries.  We are excited by the individuals we have met and hope that they feel the same way as we do.  We continue to ask for your prayers as we move forward trying to discern God’s will in this decision to do His work here at PCTR.  Thank you for your prayers and support.


The Search Continues in the New Year – January 3, 2018

Happy New Year!!  We wanted to give you all an update on our search for our next Associate Pastor.  The Committee has continued to meet weekly and as often as two times a week in our search for the next Associate Pastor.  We have had the opportunity to speak with and meet many talented men and women of great faith.  It is a pleasure getting to know the many different individuals that God is using around the country to spread The Good News about our Lord and Savoir Jesus Christ.  While we continue to search for the individual that God is calling to PCTR, we trust that He is in charge and He has a wonderful plan!! We are cognizant of the time the search is taking, but are reminded of and find comfort in the fact that God does not follow our time schedule. When the time is right He will guide us to the person that He has chosen to magnify His work here at PCTR.    We thank you all for your continued prayers and support during this search process.  The entire committee feels your prayers and we are extremely grateful for your support!  We, like all of you, are looking forward to God leading us to our new pastor in 2018.


Congregational Meeting Update – October 15, 2017

Our committee continues to meet on a weekly and sometimes a biweekly basis. We have entered the interview stage of the process and are having wonderful conversations with strong men and women of faith. This is an exciting part of the process as we have the opportunity to get to know candidates better and they have the chance to learn about PCTR, the position, our ministries and mission as well as the Toms River area. Thank you for your support, patience and most especially your prayers! Please continue to pray for us and for the candidates, that we may all listen for the still, small voice of our Lord as he guides each of us and helps us to discern what His will is for us and the wonderful candidates we have the honor of getting to know.


APNC Continues To Review Candidates – Wednesday August 30th, 2017

The APNC has been meeting weekly all summer long and is making progress. We continue to review PIF’s (Personal Information Forms) that have been matched through the PCUSA matching service. While reviewing new PIF’s, we have also started interviews with potential candidates to learn more about them, their ministry and where God is calling them to serve. We appreciate all of your continued prayers as we move forward in this process to find the person God is calling to join us here at PCTR.


Presbytery Has Approved the Ministry Information Form – Saturday June 25, 2017

The process is moving along! Monmouth Presbytery has approved our Mission Information Form (MIF), the document that describes our church and the position we are looking to fill! We have now been able to put our MIF into the candidate matching system of the PCUSA. We have already received some Personal Information forms from the system and will begin reviewing these to see where God is leading us. Now the reviewing, interviewing and meeting of candidates can begin. Thank you for your continued prayers. We are excited to begin meeting potential candidates and seeing who God has chosen to join us here at PCTR


Session Has Approved the Ministry Information Form  – Wednesday May 31, 2017

The Associate Pastor Nominating Committee is pleased to announce that we have completed our Ministry Information Form (MIF). This is a standard form describing our church, the position we are looking to fill and how this position will help PCTR move into God’s future for us. On Tuesday, May 30, 2017 the MIF was presented to The Session for their approval. The Session voted to approve the MIF and the next step in the process is to forward our MIF to The Committee on Ministry at Monmouth Presbytery for their approval. Once that occurs, our MIF will be uploaded into the candidate matching service of the PCUSA. We are excited to begin the process of reviewing and interviewing potential candidates for our position of Associate Pastor of Community and Congregational Care. We will continue to update the congregation so that you all can share in this journey. We thank all of you for your continued prayers and support.


APNC Meeting Regularly And Has Begun Creating MIF – April 26th, 2017

As a committee we would like to update you on our progress. We have been meeting regularly and have begun the process of creating our Ministry Information Form (MIF). This form is designed to tell potential candidates about PCTR and what we are looking for in our new Associate Pastor. We are working diligently to discern God’s guidance and His direction for our church. We ask that you, our family of faith, pray for us as well as our staff as we continue this journey. We will be providing you with updates along the way so that you are informed and encouraged. Thank you for your continued support and prayers!


Associate Pastor Nominating Committee Members Selected – March 19th, 2017

The members of our Associate Pastor Nominating Committee were voted on by the congregation at our Annual  Congregational Meeting on March 19th, 2017. The Associate Pastor Nominating Committee consists of: Jill Ashmen, Terry Lynn Bright, Kari Muller, Joe Quattrock, Sandy Ross, Liz Thomson and Peter VanDyke.   As they are diligently and prayerfully working to identify the person we will call to be our church’s next Associate Pastor, we ask that you would join us in praying for the team and for the process.