PNC update August

To our much-loved church family:
After much prayer, evaluation, and discussion, the Pastor Nominating Committee is pleased to introduce the Rev. Dr. Matthew Paul as the candidate we would like to bring before you to consider to be the next pastor of FPCPA. The PNC has, since February, been methodically evaluating candidates, This process began two years ago with a Mission Study which provided the framework both of this church family and of the kind of pastor they would seek to lead them. Trusting in the guidance of the Holy Spirit and working from that framework, the PNC considered 56 candidates, ranging from those soon to be ordained to those with decades of experience. The top candidate was chosen by the committee, with an invitation for an in-person visit with the pastor and their family members. The personal visit included introduction to our church facility and Port Angeles, a formal interview by the PNC, and a chance to meet with Session. The PNC also observed Matt leading worship and preaching in Port Townsend.

Matt is a native of Eugene, OR and has 22 years' experience in ministry. He has served congregations in Oregon, Colorado, Spokane WA, and most recently Iowa City, lA. Matt also completed his Doctorate of Ministry in 2012, with his study focusing on incarnational ministry in a post-modern, post-Christian society. He has been described as a "pastor's pastor", a godly and compassionate leader who loves the church, and a strong family man. During the interview process, the PNC has appreciated Matt's candor, dedication to ministry, and love for and submission to our Gracious Triune God. Matt and his wife Becca have three children, Willem and Marina attending college in Iowa and Arie who will be junior in HS. A flyer with additional information will be issued in the near future, allowing you to learn more about Matt and his previous pastoral experience.

On the weekend of August 24th-26th, you will have the opportunity to meet Rev. Dr. Matt, Becca, and Arie Paul. There will be coffee receptions in the Fellowship Hall on Friday, August 24th from 4-6 pm and Saturday, August 25th from 1-3 pm. On Sunday, August 26th, Matt wiii preach at a single service at 10:15 am, with a special congregational meeting immediately afterward for members to vote on whether to extend the call to Rev. Dr. Matt Paul.

Please continue to pray for God's faithful guidance for our church and the Paul family. We, your PNC, are privileged to have been given the opportunity to serve our beloved church family and remain dependent on God's merciful grace and leading. We hope you can join with the committee in our excitement about Rev. Dr. Matthew Paul.

In your humble service as the PNC of FPCPA,
Todd Haworth, Pat Hyden, Cynthia lsenberger, Sarah Mattson, Jason Mayo,Paula Mitchell, and Paul Stutesman

Rev. Matthew Paul Introduction Letter